24 Semi-Finalists Pitch Innovations to SPIE for a Share of $85,000

Pitching and getting your brave new ideas accepted is a difficult task in any industry, but luckily the non-profit organisation SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, have now announced the 24 semi-finalists to their SPIE Startup Challenge. Held during SPIE Photonics West, SPIE are now in their 8th year of highlighting new businesses solving…

BattleSky VR Launches onto Steam Early Access

BattleSky VR is a multiplayer virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) promising to bring ‘Overwatch style’ gameplay to head-mounted displays (HMDs) as it launches today, according to developer Oh!WHATif Inc. BattleSky VR debuts as a Steam Early Access title for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows MR. In BattleSky VR, each player picks a Hero with vastly…

Hatsune Miku VR Dances onto Steam VR in Early 2018

We bought into virtual reality (VR) for anime girls. All of us did, it’s a fact. Well maybe it was just me, but regardless, it can only be good news that Hatsune Miku is dancing her way onto Steam VR in the first half of this year. Hatsune Miku VR is, as Miku fans will have…

Experience Nicolas Cage and The Humanity Bureau in VR

Conventional media is adapting to virtual reality (VR) as quickly as possible. The quick adoption rate of the technology throughout the world has quickly propelled VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) from being a specialist device to something you can get with a phone contract, and it has happened incredibly quickly. You can watch Netflix in VR,…

Fraunhofer HHI Develop Volumetric Human Body Reconstruction Technology

Volumetric video is regarded as the next important development step in the field of media production, especially in the context of the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. The researchers from Fraunhofer HHI have developed a new variant of this technology known as 3D Human Body Reconstruction (3DHBR). 3DHBR transmits the realistic image…

Update Your Oculus DK1 and DK2 Demos, Win $10,000

There were dozens upon dozens of virtual reality (VR) experience and videogame demos available for Oculus Rift Dev Kit 1 and Dev Kit 2, and the fact is that many of them have been lost to time now. Indie developers, one-man teams and those simply tinkering about out of interest created so much content for…

Hands-on: Pimax’s 8K Headset Impresses but Isn’t Ready yet

When Pimax launched a Kickstarter campaign for its ‘8K’ head-mounted display (HMD) last year it not only acquired massive media attention but also a huge sum of money, smashing past the initial funding goal of $200,000 USD in a few hours and going on to raise over $4 million in total. A big portion of that…

Konrad the Kitten to Leave Early Access Next Month

FusionPlay are preparing virtual reality (VR) virtual pet simulation, Konrad the Kitten, for full release. Compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs), Konrad the Kitten takes the novel approach of attaching one motion-controller to a plush toy for true simulation. Next month, players will be able to immerse themselves…

Has Facebook Given Up on Oculus Rift?

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR back in 2014 came as a surprise to near-everyone in the virtual reality (VR) industry. Many predictions of a large company moving on the hardware developer had been circulated prior, with the likes of Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment banded about as potentials, but as a company with no prior…

Bring Doom to the Earth in Day of Destruction

Embrace your inner alien and rise as the destroyer of cities; conqueror of galaxies. Empower yourself with alien technology as you can on the feeble powers of the human race and bring destruction to the Earth, plus many other planets in Day of Destruction, now available for HTC Vive. The planet’s communication systems have received…

VR vs. Nostradamus (2018 Edition) – Part One

Well, here we are again everybody. It’s the beginning of the year, or at the very least the middle of January and it’s time once again for me to make some degree of predictions. Now, I think it’s actually more difficult to do this than this time last year. Then there were some logical degree…

Microsoft Introduce The Garage Reality Room to Employees

Microsoft’s Garage project has made spaces around the world available to their employees where they can go hands on with specialised hardware, such as 3D printers, and create and experiment in their own time. Now, the Garage is getting expanded with Reality Rooms, where employees can experiment with the latest augmented reality (AR), virtual reality…

Flying FPS BattleSky VR Hits Steam Early Access This Month

We’ve seen a few different concepts for virtual reality (VR) shooters. Some attempt to stay still while you take on enemy hoards, others like DOOM VFR make new methods of movement to please a variety of players, and now BattleSky VR wants you to literally fly through the air while spraying bullets as you please. Players will…

VR Fighter Nemesis Realms Launches on Steam Early Access This Month

Fighting videogames haven’t quite managed to penetrate virtual reality (VR) yet. Traditional fighters aren’t necessarily suited for VR, as we saw with Tekken 7’s somewhat lacklustre VR support last year. Despite that, it hasn’t stopped developers Evocat Games from attempting something brand new in the fighting genre; an asymmetrical party fighter built for VR first….

Support for Oculus Dash and More Added to the SteamVR Beta

Oculus Rift owners using the SteamVR beta will be happy to know that Valve’s developers are continuing to work towards making the Rift user experience on the SteamVR beta better than ever. SteamVR has become a central hub of virtual reality (VR) content on PC, and PC VR head-mounted display (HMD) owners will be pleased…

The Dream VR Brings Hours of Video Content to Pico Devices

With the demand for more video content on virtual reality (VR) devices higher than ever, it’s only natural that head-mounted display (HMD) manufacturers would partner with video streaming services to get their users the biggest possible array of content to enjoy. In case it wasn’t obvious from that intro and the title, that’s exactly what…

Vive Videos Recap Everything Shown Off at CES 2018

CES 2018, Las Vegas, has just been and gone, and needless to say it displayed all the future technology we can expect to see in stores in the next few years. High end PCs, new HTC Vive headsets, new control devices, new HTC head-mounted displays (HMDs) and more and given the recap treatment in their…

Guild of Music Supervisors Nominate GT Sport for Award

The Guild of Music Supervisors have announced their list of nominees for their eighth annual GMS awards. The awards show will present 14 awards to nominees from the motion picture, television, trailers, promos, advertising and videogame industries; and Gran Turismo Sport, the PlayStation VR favourite, is up for an award of its own. There’s a…

Enter the Sanatorium in This New Trailer for The Inpatient

For many people, The Inpatient will be their most anticipated PlayStation VR title right now. Supermassive Games took the world they carefully crafted in Until Dawn, and now they’re plunging all of it into virtual reality (VR) with The Inpatient, a psychological horror game which will see you taking up residence in the Sanatorium and undergoing…

Get Ready for Out of Ammo on PSVR with These Screenshots

PlayStation VR owners looking for a new war-gaming experience will be happy to know that Out of Ammo is on it’s way to PlayStation VR, and it’s looking pretty good in these new screenshots. The virtual reality (VR) videogame is being brought to PlayStation VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) by Zen Studios, and they’re launching the…

NGCodec Announce Availability of New Lowest Latency Cloud VR Encoder

Virtual reality (VR) content is constantly in demand, and in the past streaming high quality VR video has been an issue. We’ve seen a variety of companies tackle this problem, and now NGCodec are throwing their hat into the ring with their new NGCodec RealityCodec. We’ve recently seen Tiledmedia win investments for their own high-quality…

Fantasynth’s Music Visualisation Wins Limina Creative VR Award

Virtual reality (VR) has expanded to the point where we can do so much from inside our VR head-mounted displays (HMDs). We can browse the internet, work, craft videos, experiences, explore worlds and so much more. Now, after a sellout VR arts festival in December, Fantasynth has been awarded a VR arts awards. Created by…

OmniVision and ASTRI Reveal Production-Ready AR Glasses Reference Design

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has today announced that it has collaborated with Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) to develop a reference design for production-ready augmented reality (AR) glasses. The AR glasses combine OmniVision’s lightweight and power-efficient OP02220, the industry’s only single-chip, 1080p high definition (HD) liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS)…

Intel Give VR Update At CES 2018, Reveal Intel Studios

When you think of virtual reality (VR) the chances are you think of the main hardware manufacturers. The likes of Facebook owned Oculus with their Oculus Rift head mounted display (HMD), of HTC and the Vive – and now by extension the HTC Vive Pro. for console VR the PlayStation 4’s headset the PlayStation VR…

META Partners with Dell for Retail Distribution

Dell’s CES 2018, Las Vegas, press conference revealed two important new initiatives for the virtual reality (VR) industry: a brand new VR-ready PC for $799 USD, and a partnership for reselling HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs). However, little was mentioned about AR; that is until the confirmation that the PC reseller was also partnering with…

Dell To Sell HTC Vive Directly, Reveals New Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680

When it comes to getting involved with PC virtual reality (VR) there are three stages of the conversation. The first is “can my current PC run VR?” Often, especially with more recent machines, the answer is yes. As the market has continued to develop and the demands required to run VR has become more economical….