Second Echo Combat Open Beta Now Live

Believe it or not but it has been one whole year since Ready at Dawn launch the well received Lone Echo and multiplayer spin-off Echo Arena for Oculus Rift. After its initial reveal during Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) the studio then held a free open beta in June for players to start testing the title. If you didn’t manage to…

George Takei Launches New Political AR App

Though beloved all over the world for his role in Star Trek as Hikaru Sulu, George Takei is also an outspoken political activist whose work on social media to raise awareness of various social issues has garnered a great deal of attention. Takei is using that platform to launch a new augmented reality (AR) app…

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…

NeverBound Is A Gravity-Defying Shooter With Some Awesome Ideas

I’m starting to think the fastest way to making a compelling VR game is to play with gravity. Lone Echo used zero gravity traversal to create an immersive adventure and then Downward Spiral did the same with the ability to bring friends into the game. Enthusiast Games’ NeverBound might not be as revelatory as those…

NeverBound Is A Gravity-Defying Shooter With Some Awesome Ideas

I’m starting to think the fastest way to making a compelling VR game is to play with gravity. Lone Echo used zero gravity traversal to create an immersive adventure and then Downward Spiral did the same with the ability to bring friends into the game. Enthusiast Games’ NeverBound might not be as revelatory as those…

Deal: Refurbished Acer VR Headset & Controllers for $150

While you can find steep deals on brand new Windows VR headsets, if you’re not afraid to buy refurbished you can get a rather phenomenal deal in the form of a factory recertified Acer VR headset and controllers for just $150. Spotted by Reddit user ‘nosfusion’, the deal can be found on Acer’s official US…

Turn Any Surface Into An AR Experience With Post Mobile AR

Walmart, Coca Cola and Mercedes Benz are using Post Mobile AR to give customers a more interactive in-store experience. Dallas-based spatial experience company Spacee has come up with a technology that can deliver an AR experience that doesn’t require a phones, tablet, glasses or any other type wearable to operate. By transforming any 2D or…

Archangel: Hellfire Review – The Best VR Mech Combat Game Yet

Piloting a giant mech has been a fantasy for sci-fi lovers around the world for decades. From popular anime like Gundam and TV shows such as Power Rangers, to modern interpretations in Pacific Rim and more, we’ve become accustomed to seeing giant robots marvelously realized in our favorite works of fiction. And while Archangel: Hellfire…

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…

Experiencing The Thrill Of Being A Spy In Defector

Developer Twisted Pixel announced earlier this year that they would be working once again on an Oculus Rift exclusive, following their virtual reality (VR) title Wilson’s Heart, in the form of Defector. The title is a no holds bar action adventure title that sees players step into the spy life to go on a grand…

Rick And Morty: Virtual Rick-ality Nominated For Primetime Emmy

Adult Swim’s outrageous VR adventure goes head-to-head with Mr. Robot, Silicon Valley at this years upcoming Emmy Awards. Originally released April of last year, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality has pleased fans of both the adult-themed animated show and VR technology with a refreshing combination of comedic storytelling and unique VR gameplay. Developed by Owlchemy…

The VR Job Hub: The World Cup Is Ending But The Jobs Are Not

Even with the FIFA World Cup coming to a close soon it does not mean that the number of exciting opportunities in the immersive industry have slowed down. In this week’s entry of The VR Job Hub there are a number of positions available around the world in fields such as programming, art, design, and many more….

Nintendo’s Virtual Boy Lives Again Through VR Emulator

Look back to 1995 and you may remember a product by Nintendo called the Virtual Boy. At the time, this was designed to offer stereoscopic 3D graphics to players but would sadly end up being a commercial failure. Though the system did effectively offer a sense of depth, it failed due to its poor, uncomfortable…

Clarks Vehicle Conversions Is Using VR To Help Build Custom Vehicles

Virtual reality (VR) continues to be used for a number of different applications and one such area it is seeing continued development is with manufacturing. Now, a team from the Integrated Manufacturing Group (IMG) at the University of Sheffield‘s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has worked with Doncaster-based Clarks Vehicle Conversion to showcase how it…

Marvel VR: Every Hero, Villain And Location Explained

Ever wanted to be a superhero? Better yet, how about a Marvel superhero? With Marvel Powers United VR you can do just that. This promising new VR game lets you step into the shoes of your favorite comic book characters and team up with friends to save the world over and over again. What is…

Facebook Spent Over $88M This Year on Oculus’ Seattle Area Satellite HQ

Oculus has been on quite the hiring spree as of late, with over a hundred positions currently advertised on the company’s career website aimed at bringing hardware and software engineers into the Seattle area. Now, a report from real estate analysis firm BuildZoom estimates parent company Facebook has spent over $88 million in Redmond-based labs and…

Review: Seeking Dawn

Ahead of launch some videogames just have that instant attraction, they look stunning, seem to offer tons of gameplay and tick every box for an awesome experience. Then you get your hands on it and that golden glow starts to fade as expectations aren’t quite met. This is very much the case for Multiverse Entertainment’s…

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…

VR vs. Fiction – Vol III: Current Creativity

It has been a good couple of months since the last time I dipped into how immersive technology keeps popping up in fiction, but then again there’s been quite a lot going on. What with Facebook’s F8 event, Google I/O being a bit crap, Mother Nature trying to take immersion in films a little too…

The VR Job Hub: Summer Job Opportunities Working On Immersive Technology

As the month of July continues so too does the heat and the World Cup. Along with these though there are also plenty of exciting job opportunities to discover within the immersive technology industry. This means it is time for The VR Job Hub where there are a number of positions available around the world. This weekend there…

Steam Leak Reveals Detailed Player Counts For Top VR Games

A recent oopsie-do by Valve gives us the total player count for thousands of Steam games. Thanks to a recent data leak within the Steam Achievements API, thousands of games available on the Steam library have had information regarding their total player counts made available to the public. The leak, now plugged by Valve, was…

Meta Discuss Their Upcoming Meta Viewer Application

Back in June of this year, augmented reality (AR) headset manufacturer Meta debuted their first software application in the form of the Meta Viewer. This visualization application is designed for use with the Meta 2 headset and allows users to interact with 3D CAD models like never before. Now in a recent hands-on via Next…

International Travelers At JFK Use VR To Escape Airport Crowds

Travelers at the NYC airport can now use VR to cope with long delays and unruly crowds. A VR startup called PeriscapeVR is offering an escape for commuters at JFK International Terminal 4 – one of the busiest international terminals in the United States – with a unique VR experience designed to be easily approachable…

The 15 Very Best VR Shooters For Rift, Vive, PSVR, and Windows VR

Over the last two and a half years we’ve gotten a lot of VR shooters. From zombie-slaying adventures and sci-fi romps through the stars, to hardcore military simulations and hunting dinosaurs on a lonely island, there’s been something for just about everybody. Now with quite a few promising VR shooters on the horizon we’ve decided…

Create and Race Your own AR Tracks With Room Racer

UK-based indie developer Combo has released two augmented reality (AR) experience to date, the rather quirky Pigeon Panic and the rather scary dARk: Subject One, both for iOS devices using ARKit. Today, the studio has launched its third title, a Micro Machines style AR videogame called Room Racer.  This miniature AR racer has a single-player mode so gamers can race…