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…

Facebook Will Share Its ‘Biggest AR/VR News To Date’ At F8

Facebook is very bullish about the VR and AR news it’s going to be making at this year’s F8 developer conference. Taking to Twitter, Facebook’s head of virtual and augmented reality products and hardware, Andrew Bosworth, promised that the company would be sharing “the biggest AR/VR news from Facebook to date,” at its developer event….

BBC Launches VR Documentary Series Damming the Nile VR

Today, BBC VR Hub and BBC News have announced a new virtual reality (VR) series exploring the water politics of the river Nile in Egypt, Damming the Nile VR. The two-part documentary series follows BBC Africa Correspondent, Alastair Leithead, on assignment across the Nile, taking viewers on a journey down the famous river, taking in its beautiful sights and…

Scientists Recreate Stunning Deep Sea Objects In VR

Corals dive into virtual reality. Most of us will never experience diving underwater in a submarine to study the deep sea. But thanks to 3D imaging and virtual reality, we can now get a digitized, 360-degree look at life deep underwater. Marine biologists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are scanning underwater objects, including corals,…

Scientists Recreate Stunning Deep Sea Objects In VR

Corals dive into virtual reality. Most of us will never experience diving underwater in a submarine to study the deep sea. But thanks to 3D imaging and virtual reality, we can now get a digitized, 360-degree look at life deep underwater. Marine biologists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are scanning underwater objects, including corals,…

Song Made By AI Gets Stunning 360° Music Video

Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality are two of the most compelling and fastest growing sectors in today’s technological landscape. Analysts often focus on which of these world-changers are “winning” or which is “better” for investors and the general public to focus on. One pair of artists, however, wants to ask “porque no los dos?” Taryn…

RealWear Raises $17M For Industrial-Grade Wearable AR Device

RealWear has raised $17 million for its AR wearable device aimed at workers in construction and other heavy industries. Vancouver-based RealWear is already shipping its hands-free HMT-1, which is mounted via a band that goes around your head or safety helmet. It’s a wearable device, but RealWear CEO Andy Lowery calls it a “head-mounted tablet,” since…

Magic Leap Job Listing Suggests Big Retail Presence Incoming

As with virtual reality, the best way to get people to understand augmented reality is to get them to actually try it. To that end, it looks like Magic Leap will be making a big push towards getting its kit into people’s hands in the future. The Florida-based AR company is currently looking for a…

Magic Leap Job Posting Reveals the Company is Preparing to Enter the Retail Space

According to a recent update to Magic Leap’s massive list of job postings, the company revealed it definitely has plans to enter the retail space, which could include everything from special in-store installations to its own bespoke retail locations. The company is now entertaining applications for the position of Director of Store Design, a job that they say…

Developers Are Now Receiving HTC Vive Pro

Ostensibly the first batch of Vive Pro, HTC’s upcoming prosumer VR headset, is now landing on the doorsteps of developers. Owlchemy Labs, the studio behind Job Simulator (2016) and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017), tweeted out that they’ve recently received what they call “the newest member of [their] VR HMD family.” We’ve been eagerly…

‘Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality’ to Land on PSVR April 10th

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017) is coming to PSVR April 10th, 2018. Developed by Owlchemy Labs, the studio behind Job Simulator (2016), and voiced by series creator Justin Roiland, this might be the only chance to hang out with the hard-drinking genius scientist Rick and his hapless grandson Morty while you’re wasting away waiting for season 4. The game, which places you…

‘Viral Invasion’ Aims to Be ‘Job Simulator’ Meets ‘Mars Attacks!’

We’re all so busy looking at our smartphones and vying for likes on social media that we didn’t bother to check whether we were invaded by a hostile alien species or not; that’s at least the basic premise behind Viral Invasion, a game still in concept phase from Stockholm-based studio Hatrabbit Entertainment. The object of the game,…

Humble Bundle’s VR Sale: Every Game Covered

Image Copyright: Bethesda (Used Under Fair Use Rationale) Humble Bundle, the charitable PC game storefront and bundle distributer have a VR sale, with a good number of games on sale until Friday. All of these games use Steam and are compatible with at least the HTC Vive. Not all are compatible with Oculus Rift natively,…

Former RIGS Developers Join New VR Studio Virtual Arts

The closure of RIGS: Mechanized Combat League developer Guerrilla Cambridge marked a sad start to the year for the VR industry. Fortunately, some of its developers are still working with the tech. Former members of Guerrilla Cambridge have been hired by Virtual Arts, a new UK VR, AR and MR studio revealed today, GamesIndustry.biz reports….

Farpoint Dev Wants To See Improved Move Controllers For PSVR Successor

As the first developer to support PlayStation VR’s (PSVR’s) Aim Controller, Farpoint creator Impulse Gear is well-versed on the control issues that Sony’s VR headset faces. That’s why one member of the studio is eager to see the next iteration of the PlayStation Move motion controllers. In an interview with Finder, Impulse Gear founder Seth…

How The Future Group Is Redefining Live Game Shows With Mixed Reality

Game shows have been losing younger audiences for some time. The Future Group wants to change that by making game shows more interactive with mixed reality technology. The Oslo, Norway-based startup — which raised $20 million in venture funding — teamed up with FremantleMedia (maker of the Idol TV shows) to create Lost in Time, a new game show that uses…

The VR Job Hub: Apple, nDreams & More

If you are looking for a change in career, or just a chance in focus and want to work in an area that is constantly changing, growing and evolving, then the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries are always looking for talented people. Engineers, designers, artists, community managers, programmers and even top of…

Unity Head of VR: ‘we believe this is going to be huge’

Depending on who you talk to from the virtual reality (VR) industry they’ll either be wildly supportive of the technology and its future or at least optimistic that it’ll see mainstream success, and as such more profitability for studios involved. In a recent interview Tony Parisi, Unity’s Head of VR, remains positive whilst acknowledging there’s…

Superhot, Rick And Morty Star In New SteamVR Collectibles

VR hasn’t yet brought about a revolution of the Trophy or Achievement systems for gaming, but SteamVR Collectibles are pretty close to that. This week, Valve has added the second wave of figurines to this new concept. The new batch of SteamVR Collectibles features ornaments from games like Superhot VR and Rick and Morty: Virtual…

5 Patriotic VR Games To Play On The Fourth Of July

Today is the Fourth of July which is also known as Independence Day in America. Officially this day is known as a celebration of the date from over 200 years ago when the American colonists adopted the Declaration of Independence and set forth on a journey to win their freedom from the British Empire of…

The 5 Coolest Apple ARKit Projects So Far

From an interdimensional portal to dancing ballerina robots, the ARkit from Apple is changing AR one killer project at a time. Apple’s groundbreaking augmented reality development platform, ARkit, has only been out in the wild for less than a month and already the advanced AR tool has been used by both amateur and professional developers…