Epic Highlights Visually-Stunning VR Experiences In New Unreal Sizzle Reel

Who says VR games can’t look as good as AAA titles? Certainly not Unreal Engine 4 creator Epic Games, and it’s got a trailer to prove it. In celebration of the six month anniversary of the company’s Edge Program, created in partnership with Nvidia, Epic recently released this new trailer showcasing some of the projects…

New Nintendo Labo Is Not An Answer To VR Says Company

To the wider world, Nintendo’s new Labo initiative, consisting of cardboard printouts that you fold to make specialized controllers for Switch games, is a crazy idea. For those of us that have been folding up Cardboard VR headsets and sticking phones in them for the past three years, though, it’s a little more viable. Don’t…

Rift Core 2.0, Oculus Desktop App Get Improvements in January Update

Oculus’ first monthly update of 2018 is here, though it’s as slight as they come. For starters, anyone that hasn’t yet jumped into the beta version of Rift Core 2.0, which introduces a new Oculus Home, desktop app and the Dash UI, will now find it easier to do so. Using the updated Oculus Desktop…

Japanese University Uses ‘Building Scale VR’ For Disaster Training

Forget Room Scale VR; the Nagoya University in Japan is using ‘Building Scale VR’ for disaster training. In a recent talk hosted by Microsoft Research (available at the bottom of this page), the University’s Katashi Nagao outlined its work with this ambitious form of VR. Using a room scanning robot that can create 3D maps…

Sony’s Jumanji: The VR Adventure Is Drawing Attention For The Wrong Reasons

Sony Pictures released Jumanji: The VR Adventure on Steam today, but the game’s attracting attention for the wrong reasons. We haven’t gone hands-on with the game ourselves but, at least on a visual level, Jumanji looks unfinished, as you can see in the below trailer. It’s based on the recent rebooted movie that stars Dwayne ‘The…

Paper Valley Is A Breezy VR Adventure About Throwing Paper Airplanes

There’s a lot of things to love about summer, but the breezy days of throwing then watching paper airplanes has to be a highlight. VR developer VITEI Backroom is chasing that sensation with its latest project. Paper Valley, as the game is called, is set to fly onto the Oculus Rift in mid-2018. It’s to…

Melita Creator Future Lighthouse Shutting Down

Creative VR studio Future Lighthouse is set to close its doors nearly three years after its launch. Lighthouse, which was dedicated to pushing the boundaries of VR storytelling (and wrote about its work on Upload late last year), worked on 18 VR productions over the past few years. That includes Melita, a stunning animated story…

Nicolas Cage Is Set To Star In An Episodic VR Movie

VR has its very own Face/Off; first John Travolta announced he was to star in an episodic VR series, and now Nicolas Cage is set to jump inside your headset too. Variety reports that Cage’s latest movie, The Humanity Bureau, will be releasing as an episodic spin-off VR series on March 2nd named The Humanity…

The Exorcist: Legion VR Episode 3 Gets Release Date, PSVR Launch Soon

Just about recovered from the first two episodes of Wolf & Wood’s Exorcist VR series? Good, because the third installment is nearly here. The Exorcist: Legion VR Chapter 3 – Skin Deep will be launching on both Steam and the Oculus Store on January 25th. In this episode, you’ll investigate a wave of infant mortality…

Microsoft Launches Sci-Fi ‘Reality Rooms’ For Employee VR/AR Development

VR and AR can both still be considered experimental technologies, so Microsoft is letting its employees experiment with them. This month the company’s Garage division revealed what it calls Reality Rooms. These spaces, located at the company’s Garage sites, are designed for Microsoft employees to come in and play around with the latest augmented and…

Why I’m Very Excited For Google And Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

As always, CES 2018 was a big week for the entire VR industry, but there’s no question as to what headset stole the show: the Vive Pro. HTC’s enhanced SteamVR device has our mouths watering at the thought of its 3K display, integrated audio and improved design and we can’t wait to revisit games like…

Blade Runner: Revelations Gets First Teaser Trailer

Last week we reported that a brand new game set in the Blade Runner universe was on its way to Google’s Daydream platform. Today, we’ve got the first trailer for it. Blade Runner: Revelations, as the game is called, is developed by Seismic Games and features an all-new adventure set in the year 2023. You…

Nintendo Downplays VR Interest Yet Again

The rollercoaster ride that is trying to gauge Nintendo’s interest in VR took another nosedive this week. After years of on-and-off statements about the company’s interest in VR, Nintendo France General Manager Philippe Lavoué recently expressed doubts about the technology’s mainstream viability, though that’s nothing new. “If you look at VR headsets, I doubt they…

Lone Echo Gets More Detailed Environments, New Gadgets In Atlas Update

Usually, it’s Ready at Dawn’s other sci-fi VR epic, the multiplayer Echo Arena, that’s getting the updates but this week the team’s single-player adventure, Lone Echo is getting a few tweaks of its own. Actually, if you have the PC for it, the Lone Echo Atlas Patch is pretty significant. Basically, it provides a new…

Next PS4 System Software Update Beta Sign Ups Now Live

Want to test the latest features for Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset before anyone else? Here’s your chance. The company this week launched sign ups to test the beta for the next version of PS4’s System Software. Details on what the update will actually include aren’t yet known, but there’s likely to be a few…

Bebylon Battle Royale Dev Scores Unreal Dev Grant

Bebylon Battle Royale developer Kite & Lightning is one of a long list of teams awarded funding in the latest round of Epic Games’ Unreal Dev Grants. The team, which made its name with free VR experiences like Senza Peso, was given an undisclosed portion of over $200,000 that Epic handed out to developers. This…

Oculus Starts Selling Single Replacement Touch Controllers

Smashed your left Oculus Touch controller playing Echo Arena? Oculus finally has a solution for you. As spotted by Reddit user indianajonesilm, the company now sells single Touch controllers on the company’s store page, either for your left or right hand, at $69/£69. This is very much a replacement product; you’ll need two Oculus sensors…

The Surrogate Is A Black Mirror-Style VR Experience

Netflix’s Black Mirror series has already shined the spotlight on VR in one of its many cautionary takes on the future of technology. The Surrogate, however, is a Black Mirror-style experience that takes place inside VR itself. Launching today on the Oculus Rift and directed by Peter Flaherty, The Surrogate is an interactive VR experience…

Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs Is Getting A VR Experience

The Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson’s latest project, The Isle of Dogs, has to be one of our most anticipated movies of 2018. Firstly because it’s made by one of the best directors of our time and secondly because, well, dogs. The film’s faithful canines are coming to VR, too. Announced at CES last…

Yaw VR Is A Portable Motion Simulator Seat For Your Headset

VR still hasn’t managed to solve the difficult subject that is locomotion, but Yaw VR thinks it has the answer for at least some experiences. Shown at CES last week and now running a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, Yaw VR is a portable motion simulator seat that could be ideal for cockpit-based VR experiences like Dirt…

StarDrone VR Is PSVR’s First Game Of 2018

We hope you had a good Christmas haul because 2018 sure has been quiet for PlayStation VR (PSVR) so far. But fear not; the content drought ends this week with the arrival of StarDrone VR. We haven’t really seen it in action yet, but StarDroneVR is a spin-off of a pre-existing arcade-style game that mixes…

VR Mental Illness Experience Anamorphine Delayed

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Anamorphine for a while now. Sadly, we’ll have to wait a little longer to play it. The new VR game, originally due to launch on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR (PSVR) this winter will now be arriving in late Q1 2018, likely indicating a March release…

Brass Tactics Is Getting A Free Version, Pre-Orders Go Live

Still not sure if Hidden Path Entertainment’s Rift-exclusive real-time strategy (RTS) game, Brass Tactics, is for you? You’ll soon be able to find out at no extra cost. Hidden Path today announced that the game, which was delayed from last 2017 into 2018, will be getting a free version called Brass Tactics Arena. In this…

VRChat Dev Vows To Address ‘Harmful’ User Behavior In Open Letter

Social VR platform VRChat has vowed to tackle “disrespectful or harmful behavior” in an open letter to the community. VRChat, which launched early last year, is one of many VR platforms that allows friends and strangers to meet up online and hang out. Unlike many other apps, though, VRChat allows users to create their own…

Oculus’ PAX South Pin Pays Tribute To Original Logo

Heading to PAX South in San Antonio this weekend? If you’re an Oculus fan, there’s a pin you should be on the lookout for. This exclusive collectible will be given out to attendees that visit the Oculus booth at the VR Village this weekend. While the top of the pin features the sleek current logo,…