NZXT’s BLD Tool For Custom Computers Lacks VR, But It’s In The Plans

More and more gamers are becoming interested in the PC gaming world, but there’s a general knowledge barrier keeping them from taking the leap. When making that transition, “build your own” is the general consensus but how much you save building your own gaming rig has gotten significantly smaller with more custom build options around…

Oculus: Don’t Hold Your Breath For New Rift Tech Soon

Thinking that Oculus’ insane Rift sale is to clear out stock for something new? Think again: the company has no plans for new Rift tech anytime soon. Head of Content Jason Rubin said as much in a recent interview with Cnet, assuring people that just bought the headset — currently discounted to $399 with Oculus…

‘Our Investment Is Paying Off’ Says Jason Rubin of Oculus

The launch of the Oculus Rift could be said to be the stone that precedes the avalanche. Since the Oculus’ first version become available, it has led the way in virtual reality (VR). A recent blog post by VP of Content Jason Rubin suggests that the strategy is working out for Oculus. Rubin muses on…

uSens Unveils SLAM-Based 6DOF Tracking for Mobile VR/AR

uSens, the tracking technology specialist behind the Fingo, has announced development of a Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) based mobile inside-out 6DOF positional tracking solution. Designed specifically for mobile devices, using advanced machine learning and computer vision techniques, uSens’ algorithm constructs a virtual map of an environment without the need for markers. This environment can then be customised…

Your VR and AR Event Guide to Comic-Con 2017

San Diego Comic-Con kicks off this week, and if last year is any indicator, we can again expect VR to make a major showing during the four-day conference. Comic-Con 2016 introduced VR to fans from all over the world last year, with brands like MTV, DC Comics, Conan, FX, Suicide Squad, and Mr. Robot making…

uSens Reveals Improved 6DOF Inside-Out Positional Tracking For Mobile VR

It’s been nearly a year since we’ve heard from uSens. Back then, we wrote about the company’s new mobile SDK, offering positional tracking for smartphone-based headsets as well as hand-tracked input. Today, the company is announcing a new technology that offers better inside-out mobile positional tracking using simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology. Using a…

What Does the Oculus Rift Price Cut Mean?

If you haven’t heard the collective nerdgasm from the hordes of cash-strapped tech geeks yet, you may be interested to hear that Facebook has slashed the price of the Oculus Rift + Touch bundle to an unprecedented $399. That’s about $200 off the usual asking price and is a deal almost too good to be…

Matterport and Truss Partner to Create New VR Real Estate Viewer

It’s already been demonstrated that virtual reality (VR) is very useful for allowing customers the opportunity to see locations they couldn’t easily get to, or to pre-visualise a space before it is built. Real estate and travel are two of the areas where VR is growing fast. Now Matterport and Truss have teamed up to…

Google Glass Returns with Enterprise Edition

Google Glass was a somewhat ill-fates attempt by Google to get in on the ground floor of the augmented reality (AR) smart glasses industry. Google have now unexpectedly announced a new version of the smart glasses technology, with a new look. The technology was derided upon launch for its unwieldy form-factor, and criticised due to…

Nokia and Xiaomi Team Up for VR and More

It may seem a little weird that two companies who both make phones and should be in competition with each other have teamed up, but that’s just what Nokia and Xiaomi have done in a surprising bit of news. The two companies have signed a cross-licensing patent deal and say they will be looking at…

Mobile Retailer Sees 300% Increase in Demand for VR

Whilst the biggest virtual reality (VR) news generally tends to revolve around high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs), it’s mobile VR that’s driving adoption with Samsung Gear VR leading the way and Google Daydream starting to pick up the pace. In a recent report by online retailer Mobiles.co.uk has charted a sharp increase in demand for VR,…

Sony Music and MelodyVR Agree Licensing Deal

MelodyVR, a virtual reality (VR) music content platform which is a subsidiary of EVR Holdings PLC, has announced a new licensing and distribution agreement today with Sony Music Entertainment. This will give MelodyVR the right to produce and distribute VR content created with Sony Music artists. Sony Music’s current roster of artists includes both local musicians…

Finger Tracking Specialist Leap Motion Completes $50m Investment Round

Today, Leap Motion – the motion tracking technology specialist – has announced a $50 million USD funding round, led by clients advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Founded in 2010, Leap Motion’s tracking technology can be used to make virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) experience more immersive by allowing users to actually grab virtual objects…

Oculus Planning on a ‘Spectrum’ Of Standalone Headsets

Oculus have already revealed plans to release a standalone headset to sit in-between the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. Now further information has emerged that Oculus are in fact planning to make various different options available for consumers who are interested in standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets. Ars Technica has reported that Oculus is…

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Makes You An AR Jedi

Disney announced Star Wars: Jedi Challenges at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA today, and revealed it was partnering with Lenovo and Lucasfilm to create a new consumer AR headset. Not many details were given about the hardware itself, but we did learn you download apps onto your phone then lock it into the headset,…

Re-Thinking VR Market Adoption in 2017

The next 12 months could be the year of VR. 2016 was supposed to be the year for VR. As many of us who work in the VR industry know, it most certainly wasn’t. Headset sales were much lower than every research report ever made on the subject, the killer VR app was not discovered…

Microsoft Patches Critical HoloLens Vulnerability

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality (MR) headset is currently only available to developers, but it has already begun to see some remarkable uses, from helping air stewards keep passengers comfortable, to teaching children about the solar system and the entire Super Mario Bros. Level recreated for the HoloLens. Even though not many people have the hardware yet,…

$200 Standalone Wireless Oculus VR Headset Coming 2018

Oculus seeks to bridge the gap between PC and mobile VR with a mid-level headset. Oculus is all up in the news lately. The Facebook-owned VR manufacturer shut down its Oculus Stories department and revealed a ridiculous $399 Rift & Touch bundle sale running throughout the entire summer. Now the company is teasing brand new…

Editorial: HTC Vive Needs A Major Price Cut To Stay Competitive

Since the bombshell price drop earlier this week by Facebook’s Oculus, a number of theories have emerged regarding the Rift’s temporary $400 price tag. Is Oculus preparing a second generation and hoping to clear stock? Is Oculus struggling so much that Facebook is dropping the price of the Rift in a last ditch effort to…

Playstation VR – Sony’s 23 Years of Virtual Reality Ambitions Realised

In the world of high end consumer Virtual Reality, there are currently three major players, and each is seeking something very different from VR. For Oculus, the goal is the culmination of a well-publicised journey from start-up to acquisition from the biggest social media company on Earth, and the hope for clearer waters after a…

How Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent are Investing in VR

The BAT web companies — Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu — are using their war chests for a different take on virtual reality (VR) than their overseas competitors. Instead of building and investing in headsets like Facebook of the US, Sony of Japan and HTC of Taiwan, the Chinese trio are becoming middlemen: creating platforms and…

nDreams Secures £2.7 Million In Funding

The British virtual reality (VR) industry continue to grow alongside the larger VR industry. As a sign of this growth, UK VR developer nDreams have announced that it has secured £2 Million in funding from Mercia Technologies, with an additional £700,000 from other private investors. The company has been focussed on rapid growth as the…

VRWorks Now Supported in Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine is one of the most popular bases for videogame development, and has been the base on which many popular virtual reality (VR) titles have been built, such as Robo Recall. Nvidia have now released a new branch of VRWorks which integrates Unreal Engine support. VRWorks – which was responsible for a new ‘Ultra’…

The Best Oculus Rift Games of 2017 So Far

It’s already halfway through 2017 and what a year it’s been for Oculus Rift. There’s been highs and lows for the company and Facebook, restructuring, people leaving, lawsuits and so much more. But where you, the customer, are concerned it’s all about playing great videogames on the first high-end head-mounted display (HMD) to come to…

The Mk Player360 Turns Your Room Into A 360-Degree Media Screen

Your bedroom is a place of peace and expression and there are a handful of ways to make it resemble the dreamscapes you occasionally wake from. Art on your walls and ceilings, 3D domes that project stars all over, and more. The Mk Player360, from Broomx Technologies, is a powerful and compact device that takes this…

The Price Is Rift: $399 Is The Sweet Spot For Gamers

You may have already noticed this, but we like VR. We like it a lot, in fact; enough to write about it day-in, day-out for years now. But, let’s be honest here, would we really recommend that your average everyday consumer run out to throw down $599 on an Oculus Rift with Touch or $799…

CryptoCurrency Miners Causing VR-Ready Graphics Card Shortage

Various technical news outlets such as The Register and PC World have been reporting for the past couple of weeks that there has been a shorting of medium-to-high-end graphics cards. The shortage of cards on shelves both in physical stores and online has begun to get to the point where retailers are limited households to…