Justin Roiland’s Squanch Launches Space Heroes On Daydream Next Week

Justin Roiland’s next VR project from Squanch Games debuts Monday on Daydream. Dr. Splorchy Presents: Space Heroes is the first project to emerge from a partnership between Google and Squanch Games to build a series of small, experimental VR titles exclusively for Daydream. In typical Squanch fashion, the announcement includes a comic and trailer giving people…

Beat Saber Update Adds Hidden Exclusive Song

An update for Beat Saber promises the first “exclusive” song hidden as an Easter Egg. The update is live now on Steam and Oculus with the following hint posted to help people unlock the song: Go to the place where your journey should have started. Maybe something is meant to be otherwise than stated. I’m…

Modbox Dev Shows Why Valve’s Skeletal Input Is So Useful

A recent video posted by Lee Vermeulen, the developer behind Modbox, shows how useful Valve’s skeletal input can be for developers. For those unfamiliar, Modbox is a sandbox creation game that initially launched in early access back with the HTC Vive in April 2016. Players can create games in VR and share them with others….

Unreal Engine Gets Official Mixed Reality Video Support With Version 4.20

Developers working with the Unity toolset to build VR experiences have enjoyed solid support for mixed reality video capture for around two years now. A mixed reality video seamlessly merges two realities in real-time, so this means that many Unity-based VR games, starting with Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption, include features that let enthusiastic players…

Google Adds Support For Two Controllers To Daydream SDK

Google is showing indications that its operating system for VR could be evolving toward support of two-handed games. While it remains unlikely you’ll ever be playing Job Simulator or Tilt Brush on a Lenovo Mirage Solo or a Daydream View, the new addition to Google’s Daydream SDK could lay the groundwork for those titles and…

Rick And Morty, Coco And Blade Runner Nominated For VR Emmys

A pair of projects built for Oculus VR headsets by Los Angeles-based studio Magnopus — Coco and Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab — are nominated for an Emmy this year in the Outstanding Original Interactive Program category. Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab The projects are nominated alongside Google Spotlight Stories’ Back to The Moon, NASA JPL:…

Meet Waba: A Squishy VR Friend Available Now On Oculus And Steam

Waba starts its journey when you place an egg in a hole. When it is born, Waba emerges from the hole as a squishy floating blob looking out into the world with big endearing eyes. With my wobbly Mickey Mouse-like hands, I couldn’t help myself from poking, pushing and grabbing Waba. I threw a ball…

Report: HTC Lays Off 1,500 People In Latest Cost-Cutting Effort

HTC’s leadership is laying off around one fifth of its workforce in an attempt to put the company on a path to sustainability. According to a tweet from Bloomberg journalist Samson Ellis, HTC is cutting 1,500 people from its Taiwan workforce. That’s roughly 22 percent of employees. June 26: @htc says it will return to…

Report: HTC Lays Off 1,500 People In Latest Cost-Cutting Effort

HTC’s leadership is laying off around one fifth of its workforce in an attempt to put the company on a path to sustainability. According to a tweet from Bloomberg journalist Samson Ellis, HTC is cutting 1,500 people from its Taiwan workforce. That’s roughly 22 percent of employees. June 26: @htc says it will return to…

Editorial: Google’s Long-Term Strategy Could Dominate VR/AR

Confidence is a prerequisite to enjoy VR’s magic. There are so many things that can go wrong wearing a VR headset and most of us know this before the goggles come down over our eyes. “Discomfort” doesn’t quite encapsulate the risk of wearing something that blocks your view of the real world. Just trying to…

Summer VR Sales Offer Big Savings On Top Titles

Summer sales are now in place across Steam (through July 5), Oculus (through July 1) and Viveport (through July 7), with major savings on some of our favorite VR titles. Oculus is also offering special deals each day along with packs of top-tier experiences that can be purchased together while HTC’s Viveport is throwing free games…

New Valve Knuckles Prototypes Add Thumbticks, Now Shipping To Devs

A new generation of the Valve Knuckles controllers are rolling out to developers with thumbsticks added on. The touchpad is reduced to a small strip on the updated controllers. Among the changes: Improved industrial design and ergonomics Updated input set and layout Improved strap fit and feel for more hand sizes New sensors, enabling new…

Madame Tussauds Adds VR Escape Room In Hollywood

Madame Tussauds Hollywood is offering a new VR attraction next to the Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theatre. The 4-player VR installation is from the Virtual Room and situated among the wax inhabitants of Hollywood Boulevard. The Virtual Room operates similar installations in Europe, as well as a second location in Hollywood. The system…

VIDEO: Facebook Researcher’s Talk About More Comfortable VR Headsets

Facebook’s research into a more comfortable VR headset with a wider field of view was revealed at the company’s developer conference in early May. A few weeks later, at a symposium put together by the world’s preeminent researchers and engineers in display technology, Douglas Lanman of Facebook Reality Labs (formerly Oculus Research) detailed the reasons they…

Oculus Update: Import Objects To Home, 5K Video Method Released

Oculus is supporting the glTF 2.0 file format in its Home environment and allowing users to import 3D objects with the latest update. With the 1.26 update rolling out today users get to import 3D objects and use virtual computer monitors, TVs and arcade cabinets to display traditional windows and applications from their computer. Later…

Owlchemy Labs Co-Founder Departs To Found New Startup

Owlchemy Labs co-founder and former CEO Alex Schwartz is departing the company he started. The departure comes around a year after selling the company to Google. Owlchemy Labs is the company behind Job Simulator, Rick & Morty and the upcoming Vacation Simulator. The new CEO, Devin Reimer, spent hundreds of hours as the head of…

Q&A: SculptrVR Completes Journey To All Major Platforms With PSVR Launch

Sculpting VR creativity platform SculptrVR is the work of just two people yet, over the last two years, they’ve brought the software practically every major VR platform. PSVR becomes the latest headset to get SculptrVR with a launch on June 19. Nathan Rowe and Brandon Hjelstrom work together on the project, which is based around…

Budget Cuts Launches On Oculus And Steam

One of the most anticipated VR games — Budget Cuts — is now available on Steam and the Oculus Store. The stealth game that sees you lurking around hallways to throw knives into unsuspecting robots is now available to buy after multiple delays. The game is priced around $30 but launches at a 10 percent…

E3 2018: DisplayLink’s Booth Showcases Wireless VR With Gatling Guns

Chipmaker DisplayLink partnered with HTC for quite the demonstration of wireless VR at E3 2018. DisplayLink is powering HTC’s upcoming official wireless adapter for the Vive Pro and Vive. At E3, a pair of the adapters were shown wirelessly connected to Vive Pros alongside four of the 2.0 base stations tracking both headsets in a…

E3 2018: Arca’s Path Will Bring Relaxation To All Headsets

Arca’s Path is a relaxing gaze-based VR game coming to practically all major headsets. I was a bit surprised when I arrived at the Rebellion meeting room at E3 2018 to see Arca’s Path by Dream Reality Interactive. There were no controllers at all. Can a game really be good that relies on gaze-based interaction…

E3 2018: Transference Is A Haunting Psychological Experience

Transference is shaping up to be a powerful and haunting psychological trip from Ubisoft Montreal and Spectrevision. I don’t know how Games Editor David Jagneaux played through all of Resident Evil 7 with a VR headset on, but accomplishing that terrifying task and then describing Transference as an “intense and unsettling thriller” planted seeds of…

Budget Cuts Gets New June 14 Release Date

Highly anticipated VR game Budget Cuts just received a new release date. The game by Neat Corporation is now slated for launch this week on Thursday June 14 at 10 am Pacific. The game has been in development for more than two years by an extremely small studio. It t was last going to release…

Budget Cuts Gets New June 14 Release Date

Highly anticipated VR game Budget Cuts just received a new release date. The game by Neat Corporation is now slated for launch this week on Thursday June 14 at 10 am Pacific. The game has been in development for more than two years by an extremely small studio. It t was last going to release…

The VOID Debuts ‘Nicodemus’ Horror Experience

The VOID’s location in Las Vegas is selling tickets for their latest VR attraction — a haunting trip to a World’s Fair in the 1800s. Nicodemus: Demon of Evanishment is developed by The VOID and Ninja Theory. The VOID previously launched Ghostbusters and Star Wars experiences at a number of locations around the world while offering…

Mech Combat Game Archangel: Hellfire Officially Launches On July 17

Archangel: Hellfire is slated to officially launch July 17, according to an announcement during the PC Gaming Show at E3. The promising mech combat game builds on its predecessor by taking the game off-rails and delivering multiplayer. It is in Early Access now on Steam. For a good look at its gameplay check out our recent video showing…

Leap Motion Improves Its Hand Tracking (Again)

Leap Motion continues to improve its hand tracking technology with the latest update today. Software updates issued over the last few years for Leap Motion’s hand-tracking sensors have steadily improved the hardware’s functionality. Mounted facing outward on a VR headset, Leap Motion’s $80 Controllers allow some developers to build VR software with complex interactions and without…

Jaron Lanier Explains What Could Make VR ‘A Device Of Nightmares’

To say Jaron Lanier is a pioneer of the VR industry is a bit of an understatement. His achievements include popularizing the term virtual reality and starting VPL Research, which was among the first startups creating VR hardware back in the ’80s (the company literally created an “EyePhone“). He’s also a best-selling author on the…

Second Episode Of Jurassic World: Blue Arrives On Oculus Headsets

The second episode of Felix & Paul Studios’ Jurassic World: Blue is now available to experience on Oculus Go, Rift and Gear VR. Felix & Paul Studios is known for extraordinarily high quality 360-degree VR productions, and this is their third such work for the Jurassic World franchise to arrive on Oculus headsets. It is…

NextVR NBA Finals Streams Will Showcase Major Resolution Upgrade

A new production pipeline from NextVR for the NBA Finals promises higher quality streams for all viewers. The streaming app is now available for most VR headsets, but Vive Pro and Samsung Odyssey owners have a major reason to put on their headsets throughout the NBA Finals featuring the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers….