Oculus Opens Applications for 2018 Launch Pad Mentorship Program

Oculus recently opened applications for its annual Launch Pad program, a developer mentorship that provides funding and resources to people from underrepresented backgrounds. Oculus Launch Pad was created to “ensure diversity of thought in the VR ecosystem,” and focuses on women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people from other underrepresented backgrounds,…

OVERTURN Goes Multiplayer In OVERTURN: Final Operation

One particular trait often explored in videogames when it comes to being ‘The Hero’, is the idea you’ve got to give everything you’ve got for the cause. Whether that is fighting against incomprehensable odds or even laying down your life in exchange for ultimate victory (or redemption). To be a hero is a path of…

Leap Motion Teases Prototype ‘Collapsible’ User Interface for AR Headsets

Leap Motion, the company behind the hand-tracking depth sensor, recently tweeted out another through-the-headset view of a prototype UI, this time centered on how some simple elements might work in the “augmented office” of the near future. Using the company’s prototype dev kit, dubbed Project North Star, Leap Motion serves up another host of interesting design…

Furniture Design Meets Virtual Reality With OYSTER Chair

As continued research and development is carried out on furniture design to explore new design methodologies and how new technologies will impact the industry and fabrication techniques, designer Arturo Tedeschi did just that by exploring the applications of virtual reality (VR) for furniture design. The result of this is the reveal of the OYSTER chair, a…

VRStudios Announces New Wireless Multiplayer VR Solution

Location-based virtual reality (VR) centres are becoming more popular as places where players can try out the latest in high-end VR experiences without the expense of buying your own VR kit. However, those centres still face challenges in creating fully fledged multiplayer VR experiences. VRStudios is offering a solution with its latest product, the VRCade…

Life in 360°: A Slice Of New York

When it comes to food you can pick up and eat its usually fast food that you think of and now I’ve said that your first thought is like a burger. No doubt we’ll have something related to a quarter pounder down the line (or a steamed ham for that matter) but today we’re going…

Mindshare UK and Zappar Release Report Into the Influence of AR

Augmented reality (AR) has become hot property in the past few months. The upward trend in interest began with the release of Pokemon Go, and accelerated with the release of Apple’s ARKit. Now Mindshare UK and Zappar have released a report into how brands need to adapt to the rise of AR. Several retailers and…

Filmmakers Launch New VR Company At Tribeca Film Festival

Among film festivals, the Tribeca Film Festival has one of the strongest relationships with virtual reality (VR), with several VR and 360-degree movies getting premieres at the event Now a new VR content company has been announced at the event. Filmmakers Jacob Wasserman, Adam Donald and Ant Gentile have announced the creation of a new…

‘Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall’ Is A Masterclass In VR Storytelling

Meena’s journey continues in this absolutely breathtaking expansion to last years VR tear-jerker. The last time we talked about Arden’s Wake, we referred to it as essentially “Pixar in VR.” A testament to the endless possibilities of long-form virtual cinema, the ambitious project immediately grabbed our attentions with its unique approach to storytelling, refusing to…

VR Film Examines Consequences of Climate Change

As the scientists of the world become increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change, it can be difficult for people to relate to such a huge, sweeping issue. To bring the problem down to a human level, Contrast VR and the European Forest Institute (EFI) announce the release of The Disappearing Oasis, a virtual…

Dead Secret Circle Reveals New Trailer

Back in 2015. developer Robot Invader released its first virtual reality (VR) title for the Samsung Gear VR, titled Dead Secret. The horror/mystery titled was subsequently expanded to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, where it was well-received by critics. The development team have now revealed the trailer for the sequel, Dead Secret Circle. Dead Secret…

Giant Mecha Combat In Action With Code 51: Mech Arena

In a world reeling from a devastating world war, the accumulation of resources has become the paramount task of everyone, especially when it comes to gathering sources of the mysterious Code 51 energy, which powers the huge and powerful mechs. Code 51: Mech Arena is a title created by Chinese developer Smellyriver. There has been…

Developer Playsnak Announces New Shooter Wanted Killer VR

Berlin-based developer Playsnak have announced that it will be releasing a new fast-paced virtual reality (VR) shooter called Wanted Killer VR on to Steam in May 2018. Wanted Killer VR puts the player in the role of a secret group who are opposing the evil corporate empire of Genetic Minds Corp and its maniacal private…

Time to Get In the Cockpit As Code 51: Mech Arena is Out Now

After noting the regrettable dearth of good mech combat titles available in virtual reality (VR), Chinese developer Smellyriver have arrived to fill that particular niche with new title Code 51: Mech Arena, which is available now on PlayStation VR. Code 51: Mecha Arena takes place in a world that has been ravaged by a devastating…

VR Shooter Archangel Gets Free Multiplayer Update

Skydance Interactive are opening up the world of its action-shooter title Archangel to multiplayer introducing both cooperative and competitive multiplayer with a free update that will also introduce new maps and new mech classes. The new update is called Archangel: Hellfire and will be made available to all players who have a copy of Archangel…

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality Physical Release Arrives On Shelves

Fans of the incredibly popular animated series from Adult Swim, Rick and Morty will now be able to get hold of a physical copy of the PlayStation VR version of critically acclaimed virtual reality (VR) spin-off, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Developers Owlchemy Labs teamed up with Adult Swim Games and Other Ocean Group to…

Augmented Reality & Dragons Could Be The Future Of D&D

A team on kickstarter wants to take your next D&D session to the next level using AR tabletop technology. Dungeons & Dragons. Even those completely foreign to the game will instantly recognize it as the epitome of nerd culture. It’s become a staple within the gaming community serving as the grandfather of role-playing games, having…

Fast Travel Games Announce Physical Release For Apex Construct

For hardcore videogame collectors there is little more satisfying than seeing a physical copy of a favourite title on your shelf. This is often a pleasure that virtual reality (VR) fans must forgo, as VR relies mostly on digital distribution. Fast Travel Games will be plugging as last one hole in your physical videogame library,…

Pimax Announce New Design for Controllers

Pimax attracted a great deal of attention with its Kickstarter campaign that aimed to fund the creation of an 8K virtual reality (VR) headset. The crowdfunding campaign went well over its initial funding goal, and customers are keen to get their hands on the headsets. A question still remained, however, and that was regarding the…

Pimax Unveils New Knuckles-style Controller, Supports SteamVR 2.0 Tracking

Pimax, the company behind the wide field of view “8K” VR headset, today unveiled a new  controller design intended to ship alongside their upcoming VR hardware. Much like Valve’s still unreleased ‘Knuckles’ controllers, the new Pimax controller is designed to strap to your hand for an ‘open-palm’ experience. Pimax boasts a number of changes from…

‘Paper Valley’ Review – Settling the Busy Mind by Throwing Paper Airplanes

Paper Valley is as pretty unique experience. Although it’s decidedly a more zen-like game without any real pressure to succeed, there’s something to it that’s just engaging enough to keep you moving forward, hopefully getting you into the quiet, focused flowstate. Paper Valley Details: Official Site Developer: Vitei Backroom Available On: Oculus Home (Rift) Release Date: April 19th, 2018 Gameplay…

XXII Group Showcase New Mixed Reality Experience Verne

XXII Group have showcased a new mixed reality (MR) simulation experience at Laval Virtual, which brought participants into virtual reality (VR) to repair a submarine engine with physical interaction and controls. Dubbed Verne, the experience would put two users into a virtual submarine thanks to the power of HTC Vive headsets, Vive Tracks and ManusVR…

Paw Print Games Talks Robots, Borders and Contraband

Paw Print Games came to the attention of virtual reality (VR) fans with its title Bloody Zombies, a 2D beat-em-up featuring a stylish comic book look and gameplay from the classic side-scrolling era of titles such as Streets of Rage. The studio is now branching out with its next title, Border Patrol. Nina speaks to…

VR vs. Data

It has suddenly dawned on me as I begin to write this that the title makes it sound like I’m going to be laying down the law – or should that be Lore? – on Brent Spiner this week on VR vs. I can assure you, however, that’s definitely not the case. But at the…

Dimension Launches Partner Programme For VR, AR and MR

As an increasing amount of realism is demanded by audiences for virtual reality (VR) and other immersive media, volumetric 3D capture is becoming appealing to many content creators. To further these ambitions, state-of-the-art capture studio Dimension is launching a partner programme that will allow developers to create new experiences using volumetric video. The new partner…

VRLA 2018 Returns to Los Angeles May 4th & 5th – Save 15%

VRLA 2018 returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 4-5, featuring hundreds of immersive tech demos, educational session, presentations and groundbreaking product launches from the most innovative technology companies shaping our world today. From immersive full-room installations, motion simulators and VR arcades, to next-gen haptics, 360-cameras and the hottest product launches across VR/AR/XR, this…

Everything We Know About Oculus Go (so far)

Oculus Go is an upcoming standalone VR headset and controller that offers the same content library and a similar experience to Gear VR, but in a dedicated unit rather than a ‘headset shell’ accessory for a smartphone. What follows is a brief overview of everything we know about the soon the launch headset. What is…

VR Sci-Fi Comedy Bro Bots Premiers At Tribeca

British-based virtual reality (VR) content studio Breaking Fourth have launched a new scripted sci-fi comedy series called Bro Bots at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, with the first episode forming part of Samsung’s VR Video Pilot Season. Bro Bots takes place in a futuristic vision of New York City where robots have become sophisticated,…

IKinema Animation Technology Being Integrated Into NVIDIA Holodeck

Real-time animation technology specialist IKinema have announced that their powerful full-body technology is being integrated into NVIDIA Holodesk for hyper-realistic character motion within virtual reality (VR). IKinema‘s technology allows for hyper-realistic character motion and natural real-world interactions will full-body tracking. NVIDIA Holodesk is a photogrealistic, collaborative VR environment that incorporates the feeling of real-world presence…