Argentina’s Crystalis VR Game Wins The 2018 Global WebXR Hackathon

The second edition of Virtuleap’s Global WebXR Hackathon has officially come to a close. This year’s event was sponsored by Mozilla, Samsung Internet, Supermedium, and VR First, and unlike last year, the competition theme was narrowed down to just two tracks: participants could either reinvent a classic game or give education a facelift using the…

New Samsung Odyssey+ Headset Revealed in FCC Documents

Samsung appears to be developing a followup to its Odyssey VR headset which launched late last year. A ‘Samsung HMD Odyssey+’ sporting a new model number has appeared in FCC documentation, suggesting that the device is nearing a launch-ready state. While Samsung has had a strong presence in the mobile VR space for many years…

Spatial Brings AR Gaming To The Tabletop With A Magic Window

AR tabletop gaming could get a real boost with this new peripheral from Spatial Gaming. The Spatial MRX is a mobile accessory designed to bring augmented reality boardgames to anyone with a smartphone or tablet. It’s a $60 device that plugs into your hardware and places it behind what it calls a ‘Magic Window’. Using…

VR Game Releases For August 2018

Every month we aim to round up each and every VR game release for you in one single place — this is August’s list. Since we’re starting this series a bit late in the middle of the month it won’t be as comprehensive as future months since a lot of games have already come out,…

Seven VR Titles Nominated At This Year’s Emmy Awards

VR continues its mainstream invasion as a new pack of virtual content makes its way to the prestigious award ceremony. This September the Primetime Emmy Awards will celebrate its legendary 70th anniversary, once again honoring the absolute finest in U.S. television entertainment. For the last two years, VR content has managed to quietly infiltrate its…

Community Download: What Is VR Gaming Missing Most Right Now?

Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused articles series in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate. It’s been a while since we’ve posted a new Community Download! Several months, in fact. This used to be a weekend series but we’re reviving it…

First Ever OpenXR Demo Heading To Siggraph 2018 This Week

Khronos Group’s anticipated VR/AR standard API, OpenXR, is finally getting its first ever public demo at Siggraph 2018 this week. The platform, which was announced at GDC last year, will be shown running an Unreal Engine VR demo inside both the StarVR and Microsoft’s Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets at the event in Vancouver, Canada,…

Nintendo Switch ‘Test VR Mode’ Reportedly Uncovered by Modders

While Nintendo has lent its Mario Kart IP to a arcade VR experience, the company has so far steered clear of VR on its consoles. It seems it hasn’t been completely off the their radar though, as a Nintendo Switch ‘Test VR Mode’ has reportedly been uncovered in the system’s software by modders. As reported…

AltspaceVR Lets You Build Your Own Sharable Space In Virtual Reality

AltspaceVR has released tools to let users create their own sharable spaces in virtual reality. It uses a drag-and-drop interface, allowing you to place objects in a 3D space using AltspaceVR-compatible headsets — including Oculus Go and Gear VR. It’s one of the first major upgrades since Microsoft acquired the social VR platform. If you save the space,…

The 5 Best Free Games on HTC Vive

Steam is chocked full of free games that support HTC Vive, but it may be difficult with all that choice to know exactly which games to start out with, especially if that shiny new HTC Vive or HTC Vive Pro blew out your remaining games budget. Also, don’t forget that as an HTC Vive owner,…

Nintendo Switch Hack Reveals VR Mode – Report

The ever-evolving saga of if the Nintendo Switch will get VR support continues. Over the past few days, a group of hackers appear to have uncovered something called a VR Mode buried within Nintendo’s hybrid gaming device. Twitter user random666_kys posted the below video, which highlights the option to ‘Test VR Mode’. Keep in mind…

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 Is The Most Powerful Gear VR-Ready Phone Yet

Yesterday’s Samsung Galaxy Note 9 reveal came and went without so much as a mention of Gear VR, but rest assured the new device will support the Oculus-powered headset. Samsung confirmed to UploadVR that the Note 9 will support the current iteration of the Gear, though it will need an adapter to fit it. The…

The 5 Best Free Games on Oculus Rift

There are plenty of great games out there for Oculus Rift, with the Oculus Store featuring a number of top titles certainly worth your hard-earned money. But before you crack that wallet too wide open, you may want to take a look at some seriously cool free content out there on the Oculus Store right…

AltspaceVR Releases New World-Building Kits

Microsoft just announced new tools to make it easier for users to build and share their own virtual spaces. In a virtual Town Hall today, AltspaceVR unveiled a suite of tools that will allow anyone to build customizable VR spaces. The two new world-building kits are based on Altspace’s most popular environments: Campfire and Alien…

The New York Times Bringing Its Content To Magic Leap One Creator Edition

Ever since 2015, The New York Times has had a keen interest in immersive technology, and over the past few years VRFocus has diligently followed their trail. From partnering with Google to produce virtual reality (VR) related works for the Google Cardboard head-mounted device (HMD), to NYTVR and them producing daily 360 degree videos for…

Lufthansa Airlines Uses VR To Give Flyers A Glass Bottom Airplane Experience

Lufthansa partners with 3Spin to deliver a unique VR experience featuring 3D maps of mountain tops, lakes, and cities, all in real-time. ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, please buckle up your seatbelts, move your seats and trays in the upright position, put on your VR headsets and prepare for takeoff.’ Those are the words that Lufthansa airlines…

Take A Virtual Tour of Dubai On Your Flight With Lufthansa

Though flying is a necessity for many of us, it also comes with significant drawbacks, as you are crammed into an airlines seat for many hours. German airline Lufthansa is offering a way to escape the cramped confines of the cabin with an in-flight virtual reality (VR) prototype that lets passengers take a virtual tour…

Staying Cool And Comfortable In VR

As Summer drags on, many people in the UK and Europe are sweltering under an unprecedented heatwave. As Kevin E has already noted in VR vs Scorchio article, this kind of weather can make donning a virtual reality (VR) headset and unappealing prospect. However, there are a few measures you can take to make staying…

VR Docu-Series Explores The Lives Of Chimps Freed From Research Labs

Follow former medical chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, as they leave isolated captivity and step outdoors for the very first time. During 2009 two chimpanzees originating from the New Iberia Research Center (NIRC) at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, were ‘leased’ to Stony Brook University in New York.. It was there that the unfortunate animals were…

Verizon Have A Massive Sale On Google Daydream View VR Headsets

The Google Daydream View was released back in 2017 and since then has been a popular choice for mobile phone based virtual reality (VR) experiences. For those who have not had the chance to pick up one for themselves then now is your lucky day as Verizon have the Google Daydream View on sale for…

Resolution Games Brings Wonderglade and Bait! To Viveport

China has become a market of great interest to virtual reality (VR) content developers and hardware manufacturers, as it is a fast-growing market that is embracing new technology. To cater to this developing market, Resolution Games have released two of its leading titles on Viveport, making them available to customers in China. The two titles…

Evil Dead: Virtual Nightmare Crawls onto Oculus Go

Any horror fan worth their salt should know of Sam Raimi’s cult classic The Evil Dead series which began in 1981, going on to inspire countless knockoff’s and even a TV spin off series. Mobile games publisher Boomdash Digital announced earlier this year that it was in the process of making a virtual reality (VR) experience of the…

Event Planning Platform AllSeated Launches New VR Visualization Tool

AllSeated, an event planning and coordination platform, has launched a new VR tool which allows for one to one visualization of floorplans and venues for high end event planning. AllSeated’s new VR visualization tool allows for virtual walk through a venue before locking down plans, offering up a better perspective of what the venue will…

Massive New End Space Update Upgrades Game Across All Platforms

End Space, one of the best single player-focused VR space shooters we’ve played yet, is getting a huge update today across all platforms. Whether you’re playing on PC VR via Rift or Vive, on PSVR, or even on mobile with the Go or Gear VR, this update has something for you. In an email from…

Take A Virtual Tour Around The Solar System With ‘Overview’

A French company is using VR to create the next generation of educational space simulators. From outlandish ideas involving sensory deprivation chambers housed inside a Burning Man art installation and a location-based VR experience launched as a partnership between NASA and Samsung in commemoration of the Apollo program’s 50th anniversary, to multiplayer moonwalks and actual…

Take A Virtual Tour Around The Solar System With ‘Overview’

A French company is using VR to create the next generation of educational space simulators. From outlandish ideas involving sensory deprivation chambers housed inside a Burning Man art installation and a location-based VR experience launched as a partnership between NASA and Samsung in commemoration of the Apollo program’s 50th anniversary, to multiplayer moonwalks and actual…

Oculus To Talk Porting Content To Santa Cruz And More At Connect 5

The first talks have been revealed and registration is now open for Oculus Connect 5, being hosted September 26 and 27 in San Jose, California. The first 18 talks revealed for the two-day event cover a variety of subjects, including porting content to the upcoming high-end standalone headset Facebook is seeding to developers this year….