VR at Retail: Are Expectations Too Low?

There’s always a catch 22 situation with new technology platforms, especially in the video game industry. For a new piece of hardware to do well it needs great content. It doesn’t matter how good the specs might be, or some amazing new feature, if there’s nothing to play then it’s not going to sell. On…

AR, VR, MR, RR, XR: A Glossary to the Acronyms of the Future

Virtual reality (VR) began its climb back into the social consciousness in 2013 with the launch of the well-documented Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift. In the four years that have passed since, things have become more complicated. Augmented reality (AR) has finally begun its ascent and Microsoft has muddied the waters with the HoloLens…

PlayStation VR’s Farpoint Debuts at Number 2 in UK Sales Chart

Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE’s) virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) Farpoint launched last Tuesday and has proven to be a highly popular purchase – in the UK – with the title debuting at number two in the UK sales charts. It is currently the only VR experience to feature in the charts – Resident Evil 7…

HelmetVR Combines an Oculus Rift with a Real Race Helmet

Said to be the world’s first VR sim racing helmet, the HelmetVR is perhaps the ultimate in VR sim racing excess, combining a real Arai racing helmet with an Oculus Rift headset. The custom headset comes from FormulaVR, a Netherlands-based, high-end sim rig manufacturer. It is sometimes claimed that VR headsets provide a similar field…

Fox Working on Multiplayer Alien VR Videogame

When Alien: Covenant In Utero was released, there was some disappointment expressed by fans that it was a 360-degree video and not a full virtual reality (VR) videogame experience. Fox are now seemingly seeking to address that complaint with a multiplayer VR experience set in the Alien universe. The experience is being produced by FoxNext,…

Eurocom Launches VR-Ready Gaming Laptop Sky MX5 R3

For users of PC-based virtual reality (VR) devices such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, it’s reasonably easy to put together a rig that will support the level of performance you require. There are plenty of website out there that will guide you in exactly what hardware parts to pick if you want to…

VR UniBlock Develops Low Latency Wireless Technology Without Compression

VR Uniblock, a company that aims to create a universal hardware platform, has revealed its low latency wireless video transmission technology that works without ever compressing or decompressing the data. High-end wireless head-mounted displays (HMDs) will be one of the next key breakthroughs for the virtual reality (VR) industry, and companies like TPCast and VR UniBlock…

Sony Santa Monica Studio Prototyped A God of War VR Demo For PSVR

All major console manufacturers have flagship first-party characters that define their systems and audience. For Nintendo it’s always been the colorful cast of the Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda franchises. For Microsoft it’s the Halo and Gears of War games. But for Sony, it’s changed with each console generation. The PS1 had Spyro and Crash…

A VR-Enhanced Professional Motorcycle Simulator Is Unveiled

Cruden built their first professional-grade motorcycle simulator in 2005. Since that time they have been working on a range of hardware and software to create the most accurate motorcycle simulator possible for use by manufacturers, universities, race team and road safety organisations. To do this, they have leveraged the power of virtual reality (VR) along…

Google Announces Standalone VR Headset

Image Credit: Google. Used under Fair Use Doctrine Just as the 2017 Google I/O conference kicked off, we posted that a rumour about a new standalone HMD from Google was doing the rounds, backed by credible sources who spoke to Variety. It turns out that the rumours are true and Google duly announced a new…

Hacker Adds Augmented Reality To Ultrasound Machine Found In Dumpster

A German student is combining AR technology with an 80’s ultrasound to display scanner data in real-time. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. That must have been the thought going through Victor Skobov’s head as he began converting the output of an ultrasound machine found in a dumpster into a real-time augmented reality overlay. A…

Google’s Seurat Aims To Bring ‘Desktop-Level Graphics’ To Mobile VR

Given processing restraints, mobile VR obviously isn’t able to measure up to the kind of visual fidelity we’d expect on PC, but a new development tool from Google is helping to close the gap a little. Today the company is introducing Seurat, named after French painter Georges Seurat. According to the company this tool can…

First Impressions With Google’s WorldSense; ILMxLAB VR Experience

WorldSense mobile VR tracking paired with Seurat could be a game changer. Day 2 of Google I/O is in full swing and Google is shining some light on the core technologies the company is working on to make VR, AR, and immersive platforms accessible to even more people. In a press briefing with Clay Bavor,…

Steam Expands into VR Videos

This week the news broke out that Steam will adding VR video to it’s platform in the form of the Steam 360 Video Player. This is a big deal, in case you didn’t know. If you’ve never heard of Steam then, first of all, welcome back to civilization! While you were away on that desert…

I/O 2017: Google Unveils VPS – Indoor Navigation Through AR

Clay Bavor, VP of VR for Google, took the stage to share intriguing new information for immersive technology. He made a blockbuster announcement for the new standalone VR headset Google is working on with HTC and also shared that the S8 will finally be getting Daydream support. Not to be left out, AR also got some…

Google I/O: The New Google Lens Shows AR Potential

Google I/O’s 2017 keynote kicked off with some exciting statistics, showing off just how impactful and widespread the company’s applications are. There are 800 million Google Drive users and 500 million active Google Photos users. For hardware, they’ve even reached an incredible milestone with over 2 billion active Android devices. Later into the keynote, Google’s…

Oculus Launches Improved Developer Hub, Updated Documentation

Oculus’ new developer hub website is up and running, featuring better navigation, documentation and search capabilities. The improvements address many of the requests and feedback received from the recent global developer survey, and follows an initiative to increase overall support for the developer community. The site, found at developer.oculus.com, now has a new header and…

Step into the Tardis with Doctor Who Time Vortex 360

The long running BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who has become massively popular across the world and now the broadcaster is turning its attention to virtual reality (VR). Today, the BBC has announced the launch of a new immersive mobile videogame called Doctor Who Time Vortex 360. As they speed through time, the title sees players pilot…

Bandai Namco Delay PlayStation VR’s Ace Combat 7 Until 2018

Today, Bandai Namco has officially announced that the next instalment of its arcade flight series Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, will be delayed until 2018. Via the Bandai Namco website, Ace Combat franchise director Kazutoki Kono wrote a short letter revealing the dalay and the reasons behind it. “The Project ACES team and I have been working hard on…

Half of SteamVR Tracking Course Attendees Using Tech for Non-gaming

In August of last year, Valve created the SteamVR licensing program to allow any developer to create their very own SteamVR tracked object. At that time, Valve partnered with Synapse, a Seattle-area product development firm, to provide a mandatory training program for all SteamVR licensees. Road to VR met with Synapse’s electrical engineering program lead…

Farpoint Review: A Good Game That Could Have Been Great

Farpoint is a rare game. It’s rare in the sense that it’s one of the first truly made-for-VR titles that is 100% based on full analog stick movement without teleporting around. But most importantly, Farpoint is rare in the sense that it really feels like it has the polish and breadth of a AAA game….

PSVR Aim Controller Review: Feel The Game Like Never Before

I’ve never really cared for peripheral devices. As much as I loved playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band (and I really loved it, ask any of my past neighbors) I still hated having to plug extra stuff into my system. Plus, it takes up so much extra room and it never, ever, works as well…

FaceDisplay Aims To combat the Isolation of VR Experiences

One of the frequent criticisms aimed at virtual reality (VR) as it exists currently is that it is an inherently isolating, anti-social experience. Confined within the headset, unable to see those around you and cocooned within a virtual bubble, it is somewhat difficult to interact with those around you. A team at Ulm University in…