Gran Turismo Sport’s PSVR Support Is Frustratingly Brilliant

We all knew this was coming. It’s a story we’ve heard time and again in VR, but despite everything we still had our fingers crossed this might be the exception to an increasingly unfortunate rule. Sadly, Gran Turismo Sport doesn’t buck the trend; it’s an amazing VR experience without anywhere near enough content. When Sport…

HTC Vive Is Playing With Power

The dream of motion control has been around for a long time, with various degrees of success. Since the very early days, Nintendo has been chasing the dream, eventually succeeding with the Nintendo Wii, kickstarting much research into motion control that virtual reality (VR) users are still reaping the benefits of. What of these early…

Oculus’ Jason Rubin Confirms it Won’t be Launching a Subscription Service

It’s certainly been a busy week for Facebook and Oculus with Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) having now closed for another year. The whirlwind that was the keynote speech certainly had a few surprises in store, with the company aggressively expanding its hardware range ahead of HTC launching its own standalone headset. One route Oculus isn’t…

PSVR Turns One: A Year Of Frustrating Fun For Sony’s Headset

Between the hustle and bustle of Oculus Connect this week it was all too easy to forget that one of VR’s biggest headsets was celebrating its first birthday. In fact, even without Oculus stealing the headlines, it’s hard to believe PlayStation VR (PSVR) really launched a year ago to the day. Time flies when you’re…

Oculus Go: What We Know So Far

We went into Oculus Connect this year fully expecting an update on the company’s prototype standalone VR headset, codenamed Santa Cruz. As it turns out, we got more than we bargained for. While Santa Cruz remains in the development stages, Oculus has an all-new standalone device to show off this year. Oculus Go, as the…

Hands-On with Project Santa Cruz – Getting Closer to Where VR Needs to Be

Oculus VR’s Santa Cruz was originally revealed at Oculus Connect 3, San Jose, last year. Today the company offered an update on the all-in-one head-mounted display (HMD), and a year in development has brought about some big changes. While the underlying technology appears on-par with the debut a year ago, the HMD itself has benefited…

Hands-On With Santa Cruz And Full Freedom Of Movement Controllers

Oculus offered me brief hands-on time with its Santa Cruz standalone headset prototype and full freedom of movement controllers. I got to try the earlier version of Santa Cruz at last year’s conference and, like last year, I wasn’t allowed to shoot video of my time with the all-in-one gear. Before diving into my impressions,…

Camouflaj Announce First VR Title for Gear VR République VR

Today Oculus Connect has returned for its fourth annual showcase, with event attendees able to get their hands on some of the latest titles and listen to talks covering future ideas and advancements in virtual reality (VR). Of course the main showpiece is the keynote speech which opens proceedings, and there’s been plenty going on…

Oculus Home Gets Upgrade; Dash Brings More Screens

Oculus Rift getting Minority Report-like interface for VR. On top of announcing a new and more affordable standalone headset at Oculus’ annual developer conference, the Facebook owned company also teased a massive update to the Oculus Rift platform. Dubbed Rift Core 2.0, the software update is a “complete overhaul” of the Rift experience. Designed from…

Microsoft Has A Hardware Problem

A recent interview with Albert Penello, senior director of product management at Microsoft, revealed some of the reasoning behind Microsoft’s reluctance to get the Xbox One involved with the virtual reality (VR) market. The interview also revealed something deeper about Microsoft’s position, and what might be holding it back. At its heart, Microsoft is still…

Epic Games and NVIDIA are working on Enterprise-Grade Platform for VR

Unreal Engine creator Epic Games and NVIDIA, two of the most prominent companies advancing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology have announced work on an enterprise-grade solutions to help application developers create better, more immersive experiences. As businesses adopt VR the two companies want to make this process easier. So they’ve collaborated, with…

Oculus Rift and Touch Win Big at the VR Awards 2017

Oculus Connect 4 begins later today and this week has started off well for the virtual reality (VR) company. On Monday the VR Awards 2017 were held in London, UK, with 12 awards covering the VR spectrum, and Oculus secured two of the main categories for VR hardware. Oculus Rift won the VR Headset of…

Valve Continues VR Development With New LCD and OLED Compatible Lenses

Earlier this year Valve began licensing its SteamVR tracking tech, royalty free, to anyone wishing to develop virtual reality (VR) products. Now the company has announced the availability of new core components needed by VR hardware manufacturers to deliver best in class VR systems, specifically an advanced optical system to unify hardware for an optimal user experience….

Nokia Announces VR Cutbacks As It Refocuses Its Business Direction

Nokia’s had a very frantic last few years, being taken over then sold by Microsoft and with the brand effectively being killed in between that time. It’s been over a year since the buyout was finalised by former Nokia employees in Finland, after they formed HMD – a company name with the potential to cause…

VR Thriller The Hidden in Post-Production, due for Launch Early 2018

Immersive 360-degree storytelling has come on leaps and bounds over the last few years, with more directors and producers experimenting with the medium to see what can and can’t be achieved, alongside advancements in camera hardware and software. Currently Vanishing Point Media is in the post-production part of creating 360-degree thriller called The Hidden, which is now slated for release…

Gear VR Offers To Get You Into Virtual Reality

As we enter the fourth quarter of 2017, we can look back on the year to date with something of a sense of ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. Whilst many things have improved and virtual reality (VR) is beginning to hit its stride, with all the major players well into…

Comic Books Are Coming To Magic Leap Via Madefire

Magic Leaps’ augmented reality technology still remains a mystery but, whatever it ends up being, you’ll be able to read comics on it. Madefire this weekend announced a partnership with Magic Leap to release its digital comic book app on the platform at launch. Readers will be able to project the company’s own ‘Motion Books’,…

BT Mobile Offering Free Samsung Gear VR

If you are in the UK and shopping around for a new mobile phone contract, or are interested in acquiring Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, and are also interested in trying out virtual reality (VR) then BT Mobile have a new offer that might be of interest. BT Mobile is…

How AR Acceleration has Overtaken VR: Gaming vs. Everyday Application

Augmented reality (AR) has speedily risen in popularity over the course of 2017. While those affiliated with virtual reality (VR) have been discussing the impending arrival of the passthrough medium for years – citing technology from the likes of Magic Leap as a basis for something groundbreaking – it’s simple success stories from the likes…

Independence Day Director Roland Emmerich Launches VR Company

Independence Day director Roland Emmerich just launched his own VR company. No, really. Emmerich is the chairman and co-founder of a new VR media outfit named VRenetic that aims to make 360 degree broadcasting accessible and affordable to everyone. The company has its own free app, VResh, that allows for real-time streaming of panoramic video…

Google Unveils AR Stickers for Pixel 2

Google’s currently holding its anticipated Pixel 2 event, with the new smartphone taking center stage alongside several other hardware additions. As part of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL announcement Google has obviously detailed some of the devices features which include an augmented reality-optimised camera for a new function called AR Stickers. With AR…

Avegant Ships Development Kits for Light Field Display Technology

Earlier this year, Avegant announced it had made a breakthrough in augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) with its Light Field Display technology. Now the company has announced that it has begun shipping its Light Field Display Development Kits. The main goal of Avegant’s Light Field Display technology is to solve a fundamental problem…

Samsung’s $500 Odyssey VR Headset Comes With OLED Displays

The Windows VR headset looks impressive on paper. Samsung, in partnership with Microsoft, today announced the Samsung HMD Odyssey—a Windows VR headset expected to have some impressive specs. According to Samsung, the Odyssey VR headset rocks dual 3.5-inch OLED displays and a 110-degree field of view. With an OLED screen at 1440 x 1600 per…

Independence Day Director Launches VR Company VRenetic

Hollywood director and producer Roland Emmerich (Independence Day and Godzilla) and entrepreneur/ producer Marco Weber have announced the launch of a new virtual reality (VR) company called VRenetic. Specialising in accessible, social-media enabled 360-degree streaming, VRenetic’s first product VResh is a free broadcasting and viewing application created on the company’s on the brand new VRenetic Media Engine. VRenetic…

VR vs. Timings

One of these weeks, I swear, a planned topic will be able to be addressed. Unfortunately though it seems like we’re going to have to talk about something else instead. No biggie but this one came pretty much out of leftfield. So, let’s set the scene. I made the mistake of heading back into the…

It Must Be Bunnies – Phantasma VR Discounted On Steam

Surreal horror/room escape title Phantasma has been out since June this year, and features a story involving a bunny called Flappy and a series of perplexing puzzles for users to solve. Now the title is available for a discount on Steam, just in time for spooky Halloween videgaming. Developers The Shady Gentlemen have recently released…

New PlayStation VR Model to Debut this Month

Earlier today Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) revealed that a new PlayStation VR model, known as CUH-ZVR2, had been designed and was ready for consumer adoption. However, the company didn’t reveal a release date for the product, simply stating that they ‘will share details on the launch timing at a later date’. This date has subsequently…

VRNISH Publishes White Paper On Location-Based VR

Several companies and brands have already begun to see the potential available in location-based virtual reality (VR) experiences and facilities. Some high-profile entertainment companies have begun to invest in this area, including SEGA, HTC and IMAX. VRNISH, a directory of location-based VR centres, has now published a white paper report about the emergence of location-based…