Meet Kyle Riesenbeck, UploadVR’s New Editor-in-Chief

I can still remember the first time I heard about the Oculus Rift. In August 2012, I received an email from a co-worker with the subject line, “This looks like your kind of thing” along with a link to the Oculus Rift Kickstarter. My life hasn’t been the same since. I sought out the VR…

‘The Wild’ Is A Platform For Collaborative 3D Design In VR & AR

Powered by VR, The Wild’s cross-platform 3D design platform works much like Google Docs. Last month, the developer of The Wild finally opened the gates to its cloud platform for collaborative 3D design across VR and AR. Founded by Gabe Paez, The Wild seeks to do what Google Docs does for collaborative word processing, but instead…

Magic Leap to Launch AR Shooter ‘Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders’ Next Week

Magic Leap’s first annual L.E.A.P. Con dev conference is set to open its doors next week, and while we expected to hear a lot about Weta Workshop’s upcoming AR shooter Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders there, Magic Leap today announced that the game will be heading to Magic Leap One headsets on October 9th. Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders has long…

This Brain-Analyzing AI Could Kill Your Dream of Being a Professional Athlete

Sorry, Fry In the pilot episode of “Futurama,” the character Philip J. Fry wakes up in the year 2999 after a millennia-long slumber in a cryogenic tank. Soon after, a computerized device called a “probulator” assesses the former pizza delivery boy’s skillset to assign him a new job: delivery boy. Now, life imitates art: Researchers have created a…

Owlchemy Labs Develop an AR Spectator Camera Called Mobile Spectator

Owlchemy Labs has been at the top of the virtual reality (VR) game ever since its first release way back in 2016, Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives. It’s been so popular that it tends to stay in the top 10 downloads for PlayStation VR, and most likely helped sway its purchase by Google last year. Being…

Oculus Job Listing Reveals Interest in Creating Location-based VR Games

Oculus published a job listing recently that could mean the company is finally looking to enter the VR arcade space. The listing, which calls for a ‘Producer of location based entertainment’, is tasked with building and curating a “portfolio of location based experiences in collaboration with LBE (Location Based Experience) stakeholders at Oculus.” As first…

GIVEAWAY: Win A Physical Copy Of Bow Shooter Apex Construct On PSVR

Apex Construct is one of our favorite story-focused shooters and it does a great job of replicating the feeling of shooting a bow and arrow in VR. It’s a lengthy adventure by VR standards and delivers a great sense of freedom and action. We’re hosting a giveaway here at UploadVR to send out five physical…

Valve Releases Impressive ‘Gulping Goat’ Environment for Steam Home

Steam Workshop is Valve’s open marketplace for environmental additions and asset packs to Steam Home, the VR landing spot for users who play games through SteamVR. Now counted among Valve’s many self-built Home environments is a charming little alien dairy farm that ostensibly was created to spark the imaginations of casual users and developers alike….

This Humanoid Robot Can (Slowly) Install Drywall All by Itself

Safety First Construction is dangerous work. Between the powerful equipment, hazardous materials, and often-precarious environments, it’s not all that surprising that construction workers experience frequent injuries. Even worse, of all the people who died on the job in 2016, more than one-fifth were working construction. To prevent those injuries and perhaps even save some lives, various…

Google’s Owlchemy Labs Reveal ARCore Spectator Experiment

Google’s Owlchemy Labs just revealed one of its experiments using ARCore on a phone to offer a spectator view into the upcoming game Vacation Simulator. We’ve just come from Oculus Connect 5 where Facebook’s teams demonstrated a series of experiments that together included full body tracking, arena-scale movement freedom and mixed reality which incorporates real…

Twilight Path Review: Magical Mystery Without The Wonder

Twilight Path had a lot of potential. When I first covered the game in a hands-on preview last month, I noted Charm Games’ past success with Form and how it seemed that the core principles that made that VR puzzle adventure so memorable would be carried over into this spiritual follow-up, but that doesn’t seem…

The FDA Just Raided the Headquarters of E-Cigarette Maker JUUL

VAPORIZED The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just raided the headquarters of popular e-cigarette maker JUUL Labs in San-Francisco. It seized thousands of pages of documents about the vape maker’s sales and marketing strategies, according to the Wall Street Journal. The raid comes on the tail of a huge effort by the agency to stop e-cigarette makers from…

The UK Government Is Planning to Regulate Hate Speech Online

It’s an ugly reality we see in every corner of the web: racism, bigotry, misogyny, political extremism. Hate speech seems to thrive on the internet like a cancer. It persists and flourishes on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit — they certainly don’t claim to welcome it, but they’re having a hell of…

Dragon Quest VR: Going Inside The Mind Of Toriyama In This VR JRPG

It’s been a busy year for Dragon Quest. The most recent entry in the long-running Japanese role-playing game series, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, recently came out on PC and consoles to much critical acclaim. But unless you live in Japan, you might’ve missed another crucial milestone: the release of the franchise’s…

Automation Could Destroy Poor Economies, Says Historian

AUTOMATION STATION Experts predict that automation is going to replace hundreds of millions of jobs over the next few decades. One approach to offsetting total social upheaving in the process is “universal basic income”: the idea that if there aren’t enough jobs, the government — or some other entity, like maybe our robotic overlords — will pay everybody…

The VR Job Hub: Finish September By Finding A New Job

As the last Sunday of September ticks by it is time for another entry in The VR Job Hub. This weekend there are a number of exciting job opportunities at a range of companies all working on immersive content. Maybe you want to be a Lead Unity Engineer at apelab, or how about a Marketing Manager at…

Ground Runner: Trials Leaving Earlier Access Next Month

Last year developer Astrofish Games released Ground Runner: Trials into Early Access and gave players the chance to engage in fast-paced, intense vehicle combat on hover bikes along with immersive first-person shooter (FPS) gameplay. Now, the London based virtual reality (VR) videogame development team have announced that the title will be leaving Early Access and…

This Week in Tech: Sept 22-28

Would you be OK with a caterpillar robot crawling all over your insides, even if it meant it would deliver helpful medications in the process? That might be a choice you have to make in the future. To glimpse what else we’ve seen in our crystal ball, read on. Scientists Want to Put a Horrifying…

VR Rhythm Game ‘Rave Runner’ Announced For Oculus Quest

Dance like nobody’s watching. Facebook’s fifth annual Oculus Connect event was arguable its biggest as the company revealed a plethora of updates to its ever growing catalogue of VR software, not to mention an entirely new standalone headset, the Oculus Quest. The device, while not quite as powerful as its Rift counterpart, features 1600 x…

The Future of Oculus Home Will Have Plenty More Incentives

This week saw Oculus announce a raft of new improvements for its Oculus Home platform. Designed to further advance the user experience while in virtual reality (VR) the new Core 2.0 updates saw performance enhancements, achievements and Oculus Dash redesigned for better ergonomics. But that’s not all, as Oculus has even more incentives planned for Oculus…

Space Junkies Hands-On: Unreal Tournament In Zero-G VR

I’m a simple man. I like zooming around in space, I like shooting stuff, and I like VR. Space Junkies is a game that combines all of these things with the polish of a AAA title directly from Ubisoft and it’s shaping up to be one of the best new competitive shooters in the VR…

Exercise Adventure With Rave Runner on Oculus Quest

There are a number of virtual reality (VR) apps that aim to help you become fitter and healthier, ranging from mindfulness meditation to making you burn calories. Orpheus Self-Care Entertainment is a developer that specialises in these sorts of apps, and has now announced that its upcoming rhythm-exercise title Rave Runner will be heading to…

VR Game Wrench Teaches Car Mechanics without All the Oil

I’ve never thought of working on a car’s engine as “fun”, but there are plenty of people who really love getting their hands oily over the weekends. Just because you’re too delicate to swing a wrench for real, doesn’t mean cars and their mechanical principles aren’t interesting. So if you’re not too keen on physical…

Oculus Quest Hands-on and Tech Details

Oculus Quest was the main attraction at Oculus Connect 5 this week. Following the high-end standalone headset’s reveal, attendees of the conference got to try several demos to experience the headset’s inside-out positional head & hand tracking, including in an ‘arena-scale’ setting. We also got a handful of interesting details about the headset’s specs and…

‘Vox Machinae’ Early Access Review: VR’s Latest & Greatest Mech Sim

Having grown up with FromSoftware’s mech arcade series Armored Core and the more simulator-style multiplayer Chromehounds, I have a special place in my heart for the lurching mech goliaths. And now Vox Machinae is here, promising to bring an immersive twist on the classic genre that aims to not only stuff the servers with VR players, but also players on…

Defector Hands-On: Becoming Jason Bourne In VR Is A Blast

When I was younger, I wanted to be a secret spy. I’d imagine a lot of former young people would say the same thing. The escapades of James Bond, Jason Bourne, and Mission Impossible’s Ethan Hunt just seemed like such amazing and heroic jobs to have. Clearly I went down a very different path professionally,…

Robots Are Coming for Service Jobs

JOB THIEF First came the factories. Between 1993 and 2007, as U.S. factories became highly automated, every new robot eliminated 5.6 human jobs, an economic think tank estimated in a study. Now automation is starting to eat into a new industry: food and hospitality. Workers are concerned — according to the New York Times, the labor union…

Santa Cruz: Everything We Know About Oculus’ Next Standalone Headset

It’s Oculus Connect week, and that means we’re soon to be showered in updates from Facebook’s VR team. Heading into this year, we’re most intrigued to learn the latest on the company’s newest standalone VR headset, codenamed Santa Cruz. As you probably know, Oculus introduced its Go standalone headset earlier this year at an affordable…