Rift 1.16 Update Adds New Look For Oculus Home, Mixed Reality Capture

Oculus has got into a pretty steady pattern of releasing new software updates for its Rift VR headset each and every month, and June’s edition is rolling out now. Rift 1.16 adds a handful of appreciated features to the platform, though there’s little in the way of truly significant news. Highlighting the update is added…

Watch This Choir Go Viral with the Help of VR

Multidimensional concert uses VR to challenge the traditional role of audience participation. Earlier this month, an old church in Downtown LA filled for a full chorale production, with renditions of Bach, Motown and Cyndi Lauper…along with a live Tilt Brush performance—highlighting the beauty of blending the traditional and the modern. Approximately a thousand people on both June…

SnakeByte Announce New GameStore for Android

You’ve probably heard of SnakeByte before – well known well for producing gaming peripherals and accessories, SnakeyByte have been a staple of videogame store shelves for years. Not content with merely producing products for videogames any longer, SnakeByte are now setting their sights on publishing games. SnakeByte’s new GameStore for Android is a subscription service…

Lazy Cat Garfield Wants You To Get Outside in Garfield GO

Pokémon GO certainly didn’t start the augmented reality (AR) smartphone app trend, but it’s certainly inspiring a fair few of the AR games now hitting the App Store and Google Play. Now it’s time for everyone’s favourite lasagne-munching lazy feline, Garfield, to get you out of the house in Garfield GO. In Garfield GO players…

Kids can Learn Chemistry with MEL Science’s new VR app

One of the many uses virtual reality (VR) technology is being put to is education, covering a great swath of subjects whether its for children just beginning to learn a subject or adults mastering one. For the youngsters MEL Science has today launched a new virtual reality (VR) app called MEL Chemistry VR, focused just on…

Linkin Park Team Up With Intel for Linkin Park VR Destination

It’s not unusual for E3 to contain a few surprise announcements, but we didn’t expect this. Everyone’s favourite nu-metal rockers Linkin Park are bringing the Linkin Park VR Destination to their fans, it was confirmed earlier today during Intel’s livestream. Linkin Park Destination is coming to a head-mounted display (HMD) near you very soon thanks…

Linkin Park to Release VR Experience, Created by Spatialand and Intel

Starting off today’s E3 fun, Intel announced that not only will upcoming VR title Lone Echo have a free multiplayer mode for all Oculus Rift owners, but that Linkin Park is releasing a VR experience next month. With the help of AR/VR production studio Spatialand, Linkin Park’s VR experience will feature music, special contests, Linkin Park…

New Oculus Dev Blog Teaches Best Practices for User Interfaces in VR

When using virtual reality (VR) for the first time, nothing is worse than a bad experience for the user – it can put them off the medium for life. As you can imagine, no one fears this more than head-mounted display (HMD) manufacturers such as Oculus, and Oculus have released another dev blog to help…

NextVR Partners with NBC for Weekly World of Dance VR Companion Series

NextVR, the virtual reality (VR) company synonymous with sport and concert livestreaming, has announced a new partnership with NBC to produce an exclusive weekly companion series for the broadcasters World of Dance programme. World of Dance is a new competition series being judged by a team of superstars known for their dancing skills – Jennifer Lopez…

Facebook’s Quest to Kill the Smartphone

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is on a quest to kill the smartphone. Apple and Google beat the billionaire social media magnate to creating the smartphone — the dominant platform underpinning the Facebook network. When Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004, we didn’t have Android or iOS, but the mobile phone market was well established — think…

New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For The Week Of 06/04/17

We’ve got ourselves a cross-platform party this week. There’s only a few games out on Oculus Home for Rift, and they both appear on Gear VR too. Gear also has a number of other interesting releases this week that we’ve highlighted below. If you missed last week’s releases you can see those releases here. Don’t…

Augmented Reality RPG UnderVerse Launches in New Zealand

A team of Russian independent developers have formed a studio named Ambidexter, which has released its first augmented reality (AR) title for mobile, combining AR with turn-based RPG combat, a GPS system and MMORPG elements. The development team claim that the title, UnderVerse, is the first videogame of its kind, combing as it does multiple…

Secure Mobile Browser Aloha Gets VR Integration

Cyprus-based Aloha Mobile Ltd have announced that their flagship product, the Aloha mobile web browser, will be integrating support for virtual reality (VR) to allow mobile users to watch VR and 360-degree content through mobile VR platforms such as Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR. The Aloha Browser was released in 2016, initially for Android,…

War Thunder VR Stream Brings the Battle to Mobile

Gaijin Entertainment, the developer behind MMO title War Thunder, has announced a collaboration with Dive into VR on a new app called War Thunder VR Stream. This will allow mobile users to play the online combat title in virtual reality (VR) using Google Daydream or Cardboard headsets. Dive into VR’s technology is called VR Stream and it uses proprietary…

Viveport Subscription Gets Serious About Gaming, Doubles Library Size

HTC’s Viveport Subscription service has been available for a little over two months now, and in that time it’s mainly focused on offering experiential VR content with just a few games. Today, though Viveport gets serious about gaming. The service today announced that it’s doubling the amount of apps on offer with the Viveport Subscription,…

BigScreen Teases Upcoming Big Update

BigScreen has been around for a while in various forms, offering HTC vive, Oculus Rift and OSVR users the opportunity to change their desktop environments into a cinematic virtual environment where each app gets its own big screen to work from. Though currently still in open Beta, BigScreen has just released an update with various…

Apple Takes a Bite of AR at WWDC

The Apple WWDC (worldwide developer’s conference) has dropped several exciting bits of news from the Cupertino cult-favourite company. We’re getting a snazzy new iPad Pro lineup, Siri will become Skynet-smart with iOS 11 and Apple now makes a speaker. For us here at VRS though, every WWDC reopens the hope that Apple may finally throw…

Oculus Is Putting Rift In 90 California Libraries So VR Is Free To Use

100 Oculus Rifts will be deployed at 90 California libraries over the next three months as part of a pilot program offering VR to anyone with a library card. The roll-out will include Rift and Touch controllers so visitors can use their hands in a variety of applications. VR applications for people to explore include…

Samsung “Gears” Up with VR Rights Acquisitions

  Samsung’s Gear VR mobile headset is undoubtedly one of the best mobile VR headsets you can buy, with the caveat that you must have a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone to use it with. However, since Samsung also makes very good phones (when they don’t explode) that’s not too harsh a requirement. What makes the…

Unity Gives Apple the XR Treatment

If you missed the big news yesterday, Apple is now supporting virtual reality (VR) on its Mac platforms thanks to the new OS High Sierra and augmented reality (AR) on iOS with ARKit. During the keynote address the immersive demonstrations from Wingnut AR and ILM used Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, but the other big player…

Apple Unveils Augmented Reality Developer Platform ARKit

Apple has made some surprise announcements today regarding virtual reality (VR), revealing Steam VR, Metal, Unity and Unreal Engine support will be coming to Mac’s. But the company wasn’t finished there, moving on to augmented reality (AR), Apple has come up with ARKit for developers. Showcasing the software in real-time on stage, Apple’s Craig Federighi…

Mixed Reality Comics Wants To Revolutionize VR Comics

We’ve seen plenty of interesting ideas on how to bring comic books into VR, but Mixed Reality Comics (M.R. Comics) is probably one of the most ambitious. M.R. Comics is actually an extension of another app from developer V.A.R. Studios named Diorama Worlds. Released in Early Access last April, the experience lets users assemble their…

What Virtual Reality Means For Marketers

When new technology is introduced, businesses are never quite sure how to react. In 2008, marketing agencies were inundated with app requests from clients claiming  ‘we want to be on the App store.’ Wanting to be first but not quite sure what they wanted, or why. Other businesses wondered the same thing, and today many…