Update: HTC Confirms It’s Merging VR and Smartphone Divisions

Chialin Chang, HTC’s President of Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, made his immediate resignation official last week, which HTC now confirms has prompted the company to merge its smartphone and VR divisions—a move that possibly points to the HTC putting greater focus on VR in the face of the company’s waning smartphone business. Update (02/24/18): The Verge has confirmed…

Meet Meep, Mindshow’s Latest Character

Mindshow lets users make animated movies in virtual reality (VR) by using their voice, body and some creative thinking. The latest addition to the show is Meep, an alien who even brought along their flying saucer. Thanks to the technology available from VR programs like Mindshow are able to transform motion and tracking data to…

The Biggest Rift, Vive And Windows Releases Of The Week 02/18/18

A pretty good selection of content for Rift owners this week! Though it’s a little sparse elsewhere for other headsets. If you missed last week’s releases they’re here. And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group, complete with a curated list of recommendations so that you don’t have to waste any money finding out what’s good in the…

Cloud VR & 5G: More Work Still Required

There has been a lot of talks and great articles in the past on web augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). From a content and user experience point of view, it makes great sense to have VR content web based in the Cloud instead of downloading on a PC, especially as standalone VR headsets…

Throw Anything Is A Different Kind Of Zombie VR Game

We know, we know, yet another zombie VR game. But Throw Anything isn’t your typical undead-slaying experience. In this new title launching in Early Access next week from Visual Light, players must indeed defend themselves from hordes of shuffling zombies. But, instead of arming yourself with machine guns and grenade launchers, Throw Anything asks you…

XRI: Cross-Reality Interaction

Widespread consumer adoption of XR devices will redefine how humans interact with both technology and each other. In coming decades, the standard mouse and QWERTY keyboard may fade as the dominant computing UX, giving way to holographic UI, precise hand/eye/body-tracking and, eventually, powerful brain-to-computer interfaces. One key UX pattern that must be answered by designers…

Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR Nears Full Release With Act III Update

Indie studio MiroWin released its first virtual reality (VR) title Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR in September 2017 on Steam Early Access for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. That was followed in October with a major content update introducing ‘Act II’. In preparation to leave Early Access the studio has launched ‘Act III’, introducing the final part of the campaign.  In the update MiroWin has…

MLB ‘Home Run Derby VR’ Game to Land on PSVR and Vive This Spring

Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby VR will let you step into the box and swing for the bleachers. The game, first trialed at All-Star FanFest back in June, is now heading to a total of 10 ballparks for the 2018 season, and also to consumers on PSVR and Vive this spring. According to a Forbes report, a…

Pluto Wants To Become Like The Discord Of VR, Now Available

If I’m not playing a game that I’m supposed to write about then chances are I’m either playing something for fun, talking about games with friends, or thinking about games while I do other things. This goes for both VR and non-VR. Point being: gaming is a huge part of my life. As a result,…

Explore the Cosmos When OVERVIEW Launches Next Month

The universe is vast and wondrous, filled with planets, galaxies, stars, black holes and much more, some of which mankind understands and a lot we don’t. There are a number of virtual reality (VR) apps that let you explore and learn about our solar system and the cosmos in general. Due for launch next month…

How To Balance Gameplay And Realism When Creating A VR Sim Experience

My team at MarineVerse just spent two years making VR Regatta, a virtual sailing experience that rides the narrow boundary between authentic simulation and entertaining game. Finding the sweet spot between authentic simulation and fun entertainment product is always a challenge, and here is how we found that balance. When game developers try to recreate…

A Hands on Look at the State of Input in VR

How far we’ve come. Two years ago, on the eve of consumer VR, we put together a piece laying out options consumers had to get their hands into VR. The devices at the time included: HTC Vive wands that shipped with the Vive headset Playstation Move controllers that were included with the PSVR headset Oculus…

Kickstarter Funded VR Adventure Now Out on Gear VR

Last year, independent developers RiseAngle launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a virtual reality (VR) adventure with the aim of creating a story-driven, episodic VR title. That videogame, titles Saving Princess Maya, is now available for Samsung Gear VR. The developers say that Saving Princess Maya episode 1 is just the start of their…

Editorial: Why PSVR’s Current Library Is An Investment Towards PSVR 2

Apex Construct’s release this week once again brought about a recurring topic in its reviews: PlayStation VR’s limited tracking and Move controllers restrict what is an otherwise great experience. The 180-degree tracking makes traversing an entire virtual world much more finicky than it should be and the lack of analog sticks on the controllers make…

Dino Hunter Island 359 Ready to Leave Early Access Next Week

Dinosaur fans are in for a treat over the next couple of months as two big dino filled titles are coming to virtual reality (VR) headsets. For those that want a part action, part educational experience Snail Games’ ARK Park will be released next month. For a purely action oriented adventure, CloudGate Studio has confirmed that Island 359 will…

‘Assetto Corsa Competizione’ Announced With VR Support, Coming This Summer

Following a week of teasing from Italian developer Kunos Simulazioni, their new racing sim has been revealed, Assetto Corsa Competizione, which is planned to enter Steam Early Access this summer. Announced as “The Official Blancpain GT Series Game”, the sim brings many technology upgrades over Assetto Corsa (2014), thanks in part to the move to…

The Farm Animals Want Revenge in Mad Farm

Zombie people are everyone’s favourite cannon fodder. Zombie people have been used so much they’ve become old hat. What about zombie animals though? Chickens and cows with a craving for human flesh are your foes in Mad Farm. Indie developer Happy Bat are working on bringing Mad Farm to Steam, where it will support Oculus…

Summer Funland Opens Its Doors To PC VR Users Tomorrow

It’s not the most ideal weather, at least in the Northern hemisphere, to go out at present. In fact, in the UK it’s what we like to call “bloody freezing out there”. It’s also a windy, rainy (among a number of other types of precipitation) and generally not the sort of thing you set out…

Virtuix Heading To Amusement Expo International

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) videogames to many things still aren’t what they want them to be, and part of that is that the sense of immersion doesn’t necessarily match up with what they expect or would hope for. There is an ongoing desire for freedom of movement when it comes to VR….

VRinFocus Set to Bring Together Developers and Investors this Spring

VRFocus Ltd. today announces VRinFocus, a brand new summit designed to bring virtual reality and augmented reality developers face-to-face with the technology investment community. The VRinFocus expo will be held on 25th April 2018, at De Vere Grand Connaught, 61-65 Great Queen St, London, offering startups a unique opportunity to meet with financial investors from…

WarDucks’ RollerCoaster Legends is Making its way to Gear VR

Roller coasters are great fun but depending on where you live in the world February isn’t exactly the best time of year to be enjoying some adrenaline fuelled rides. With virtual reality (VR) you don’t need to worry about the weather as there are one or two roller coaster VR experiences available. One of the…

High Fidelity Takes Us Dancing In A Virtual Reality Club

I’m looking forward to Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film based on Ernest Cline’s virtual reality sci-fi novel Ready Player One. In one scene in that 2011 tome, a group of hackers gather to dance in a virtual night club. They float in the air and bump and grind to pulse-pounding music as a masked DJ looms over the crowd….