Artist Builds VR Game In Two Weeks Using Google Blocks And Unreal

Artist Jarlan Perez recently worked with Google to test out a VR-first creation process. Perez built a fully interactive game in two weeks that started in intuitive VR creation tool Blocks, with another week spent polishing and squashing bugs. You can now download the short puzzler, called Blocks Isle, and play it in an HTC…

Vive Trackers Now Available For Pre-Order

HTC Vive is launching its consumer push for Vive Trackers with accessory bundles and support on the way from a series of software developers. The highly anticipated accessory can enhance immersion while wearing an HTC Vive by bringing in physical objects like guns or sports rackets — or even your full body — and representing…

Black Friday: HTC Offering A Year Of Access To 60 Viveport Apps For $30

HTC is offering significant discounts on pre-paid Viveport subscriptions for Black Friday. The largest discount for a 12-month pre-paid subscription offers access to 60 apps for $30. The plan is typically priced around $80. There’s also a $40 6-month plan with 30 apps and a $20 3-month plan with 15 apps. Those are both $20…

Black Friday: HTC Vive Bundled With Audio Strap And Fallout For $600

Purchasing an HTC Vive from Nov. 24 through Nov. 27 will get buyers a room-scale Vive, the Deluxe Audio Strap accessory and copies of both Fallout 4 VR and Tilt Brush. The deal is priced around $600 and is available both online and retail locations where Vive is sold. Bundling the Deluxe Audio Strap for…

Black Friday Deals Drop Oculus Rift To $350, Acer Headset To $300

A pair of tempting discounts are being promoted for VR headsets heading into the busiest shopping week of the year. The Oculus Rift packaged with its Touch controllers will be just $350 at Best Buy from Nov. 23 to 25. Meanwhile, the Acer VR headset and controllers will be around $300 from Microsoft starting Nov….

Steam Preview For Microsoft VR Headsets Arrives Nov. 15

Microsoft is planning to make a preview of its SteamVR integration available on Nov. 15. The preview should make hundreds of VR apps available on Steam playable on headsets from Acer, Lenovo, HP, Dell and Samsung. So far, Microsoft has only offered access to developers through closed access to a Steam app. We recently reviewed…

Review: Acer’s $400 Windows VR Headset And Controllers

I had a strange feeling the first time I packed the Acer VR headset into a bag with two hand controllers, a laptop and earbuds, and realized that’s all I needed to enjoy a walk-around virtual world. It was a bit like when you pat your pockets for your phone only to realize you’re already…

Mythbusters’ Jamie Hyneman Backs Treadmill Shoes Crowdfunding Effort

We’ve seen a number of hardware-based attempts to simulate movement through large virtual spaces, but none have really taken the world by storm. Omnidirectional treadmills, for example, are typically very large and extremely expensive. A new effort backed by Mythbusters’ Jamie Hyneman is looking to raise $50,000 on Indiegogo to produce a more advanced prototype…

Logitech Is Working On A VR Keyboard That Works With Vive Tracker

Logitech is working with developers on a solution that brings keyboards into VR using HTC’s Vive Tracker. The VR keyboard developer’s kit is being distributed to a small set of creators to make software and apps that use the capability. This BRIDGE kit, as it is called, could be a boon to apps like VR…

Poly Is Google’s Foundation For Building Virtual Worlds

Google is launching Poly, a service with a growing library of free objects for creators to incorporate into their virtual worlds. The repository immediately makes it easier for creators to publish their works from apps like Tilt Brush and Blocks, as well as find pieces to incorporate into their own designs. The service, however, is…

CCP Games Ending VR Efforts After Building Its Biggest Titles

In what can only be characterized as one of the biggest blows to the budding VR industry, CCP Games is shelving its VR efforts. The Iceland-based creator of EVE Online is one of VR’s biggest proponents and earliest developers, producing some of the industry’s most prominent titles including Rift-first space battle game EVE: Valkyrie, mobile…

Moss Comes To PlayStation VR In February 2018

Third-person mouse adventure Moss is coming to PlayStation VR in February 2018, Sony revealed at Paris Games Week. The game from Polyarc makes use of a third-person perspective like Playful’s Lucky’s Tale to control Quill, an adorable mouse. Here’s what we had to say about the game from our hands-on earlier this year: Moss is…

Bow To Blood And Its Airship Battles Coming To PS VR In 2018

Sony revealed a new game coming in 2018 for PlayStation VR that sees players control airships in procedurally generated battles. Bow To Blood looks like it puts players at the helm of airships with a dashboard full of controls to manage in battle against other ships. The new game from Tribetoy was announced as part…

Minecraft Available On Windows VR Headsets

Minecraft has made the leap from Rift and Gear VR headsets to the Windows Store, with a beta version of the game now available for headsets from Acer, HP, Lenovo and others running on Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform. I was able to get into the beta from the Windows 10 version of the game…

First Look And Alpha Sign-Ups For VR Team Shooter Rushfire

I was crouching behind a set of crates, my arm raised high above my head trying to get an angle with my gun on one of Phosphor’s developers who was doing the same on the other side. We kept moving in opposition left and right trying not to expose our bodies from behind the crates…

Chromecast For Daydream Leaps Ahead Of Oculus Support

Earlier this year Oculus announced support for Chromecast around the same time Google’s Daydream revealed it too would be adding the feature. In case you are unfamiliar, Chromecast is a feature from Google included in many recent televisions that makes it easy to broadcast to the TV from phones, apps and computers. If your TV…

Adobe’s Project SonicScape Visualizes Audio For Easier 360 Editing

Adobe previewed a concept it is working on that would make it easier for creators working on VR videos to place and align sound. Producing high-quality 360-degree video content has traditionally been a difficult affair at all stages of production, from capture to delivery. However, a constant stream of new cameras, editing tools and streaming…

Halo Recruit On Windows Pits You In VR Against A Flat Screen

I got the Fall Creators Update installed and I’m making my way through the launch library Microsoft has prepared for VR headsets from Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP and, next month, Samsung. One of my first stops was Halo Recruit, which is now the definition of a disappointing wave shooter in VR. In Recruit, you shoot targets…

Hands-On With Santa Cruz And Full Freedom Of Movement Controllers

Oculus offered me brief hands-on time with its Santa Cruz standalone headset prototype and full freedom of movement controllers. I got to try the earlier version of Santa Cruz at last year’s conference and, like last year, I wasn’t allowed to shoot video of my time with the all-in-one gear. Before diving into my impressions,…

Oculus Connect 4: Mark Zuckerberg’s Chance To Outline VR’s Next Steps

Microsoft is poised to release a series of PC-powered VR headsets and Google is about to launch the Pixel 2 with an upgraded Daydream View. But neither company took the opportunity with recent announcements to detail VR’s next steps. Both tech giants were clearly focused on making the most of the holiday shopping season. This makes…

SculptrVR’s Smooth Update Adds Incredible Detail To Hand-Made Worlds

SculptrVR’s “Smooth” update looks poised to enable the creation of far more expressive hand-made objects and worlds. The ground up rewrite of the software is expected to debut later this month on Steam and Daydream offering people the chance to shape by hand far more detailed objects and worlds. Unlike some other VR creation software,…

TheWaveVR Releasing Mind-Bending VR Album With TOKiMONSTA

With the release of its latest collaboration, TheWaveVR continues to push the boundaries of VR and make a name for itself building mind-bending virtual worlds centered on music. Based in Austin and Los Angeles, TheWaveVR raised a $4 million seed round earlier this year. The company employs around eight people full-time, plus a number of…

Microsoft Acquires AltspaceVR To Jumpstart Social VR Efforts

Microsoft is jumpstarting its social VR effort by acquiring AltspaceVR and its remaining team. Altspace was a pioneering social VR service available on all major VR headsets as well as traditional screens. It allowed people to meet up in a virtual world together and play games or share other activities. The startup burned through a…

Exclusive: The Well Is A Gorgeous RPG From Turtle Rock Studios

After about 15 minutes exploring the newest virtual world from Turtle Rock Studios, I emerged from the forest I was journeying through and came into a clearing. I moved out to the edge of a lake, where light broke through the clouds above and descended onto the scene. I paused, took a deep breath, and…

Samsung Odyssey’s OLED Display Stands Out Among Windows VR Headsets

Samsung’s VR headset for Windows 10 — the Odyssey — is equipped with OLED display panels. We saw the headset leaked recently but now a page on Microsoft’s store was noted on Reddit that reveals the Samsung headset is priced around $500 with motion controllers included and Nov. 6 listed as its shipping date. It features…