Myst Creator’s Firmament Needs Final Push To Clear Kickstarter Goal


The company behind genre-defining atmospheric puzzle adventure games Myst and Riven, as well as the VR-optional spiritual successor Obduction, have until Friday to clear their Kickstarter goal. Spokane-based Cyan Worlds, Inc.

3 Ways To Visit Notre-Dame Cathedral In VR


The beautiful medieval Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris suffered a devastating fire yesterday during renovations. The spire and most of the roof were unfortunately lost- but luckily the rest of the building remains intact. President Macron has vowed to rebuild and restore the beloved cathedral.

Superhot VR Has Sold Over 800,000 Units, Made More Revenue Than The Original


Here’s a fun little fact; smash hit VR shooter, Superhot VR , has made more revenue than the original game it was based on. Tomasz Kaczmarczyk, one of the founding members of the game’s development team, recently confirmed as much to Mixed.

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Ghost Giant: How This Seemingly Cute VR Story Makes Depression Relatable


Ghost Giant is, as we made clear in our full review , a remarkable game that handles the subject of depression with skill and care. It’s not a game that constantly discusses depression.

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Latest Valve Index Controller Firmware Brings Noticeably Improved Finger Tracking


Those lucky enough to have their hands on Valve’s upcoming VR controllers are reporting noticeably better finger tracking thanks to a new firmware update released yesterday.

Boneworks Feels Like The First Next Generation VR Game


Boneworks from Stress Level Zero feels like the first game of PC VR’s second generation. The small team based in Los Angeles previously developed Duck Season and Hover Junkers. In Boneworks, they are applying years of refinement to physics, locomotion and object handling systems.

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Nintendo Labo VR Is A Creaky Headset That May Have Cracked VR For Kids


I remember the first time I showed my PSVR to a 10-year-old. Or, more specifically, I remember the deafening crack I heard when he tried to yank the headset’s visor forward without pushing in the button to move it.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Odyssey To Support Nintendo Labo VR


Okay, someone may need to pinch me. It appears I’m dreaming. Nintendo just announced that two of its biggest Switch games will get support for its Labo VR headset later this month. One is Super Mario Odyssey and the other is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Hands-On: No Man’s Sky VR Is A World Of Limitless Possibilities


No Man’s Sky was first released for PlayStation 4 in August of 2016. A few months later the PSVR headset came out and ever since then it has felt like only a matter of time before Hello Games’ ambitious space exploration epic gets support for the immersive realm of VR.

Valve Teases ‘Index’ VR Headset For May


Valve is teasing its VR headset for May. You can check it out right now on Steam , although there are currently no other details listed. The site at least partially confirms our report from late last year.

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Hands-On: Blood & Truth Is Shaping Up To Be A True PSVR Blockbuster


We have played Blood & Truth a lot over the last couple of years. In fact, this is our fifth hands-on preview of the game (here is one , two , three , and four ).

Patrick Stewart Stars In First Trailer For Oculus Quest’s Shadow Point


Back at GDC in March we were introduced to Shadow Point , the latest from Esper developer Coatsink. As with a lot of Quest games, though, gameplay footage is being kept under wraps. Today we can show you a bit more of it with this first trailer.

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Feelreal VR Smell Mask Costs $299, Kickstarter Next Week With Discount


Virtual reality is about to get a whole lot more smelly. Feelreal VR this week revealed pricing and plans for its long-in-development smell sensor for current headsets. The device will retail for $299.

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No Man’s Sky VR Finally Coming To PSVR And SteamVR This Summer (Update)


It’s been a long time coming but today we can finally say No Man’s Sky VR is real. Developer Hello Games announced the title today on Sony’s State of Play broadcast. This version of the game is coming to Sony’s PSVR headset.

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Hands-On: Iron Man VR Really Nails The Sensation Of Flight


Iron Man VR was a huge surprise announcement last week when it was first debuted during the PlayStation State of Play stream. The game is in development by Camouflaj ( Republique VR ) and is slated for release exclusively on PSVR later this year.

‘Lightsaber Battle’ Confirmed For Vader Immortal On Quest


‘A panel at the upcoming Star Wars Celebration will detail “breakthroughs” with “lightsaber battle” in Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series. The panel will be streamed live at 11:30 am Pacific time on April 12.

Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ VR Painting App Is Coming To Oculus Quest, Cross-Buy With Rift


Google’s VR painting app Tilt Brush is coming to the upcoming Oculus Quest standalone headset. It will be a launch title. Google have enabled cross-buy for Tilt Brush, so if you own it already on the Oculus Rift store you already own it for Quest. Tilt Brush was a launch title for the HTC Vive back in April 2016. It pioneered the idea of true spatial art with 6DoF tracked controllers in room scale VR.

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Defrost Is A VR Series With Carl Weathers Launching Soon


Forget The Mandalorian, there’s a much more exciting Carl Weathers project coming soon, and it’s in VR! Weathers just one part of a surprisingly large cast in Defrost.

Oculus Quest Preorders Accidentally Went Live On Amazon UK, 128GB Model Is £499


UPDATE: Facebook told us that Amazon launched preorders accidentally. Preorders for Oculus Quest have not begun. The Amazon listing has now been taken down. However, Facebook told us the £499 (US $499) pricing for the 128GB model is correct. ORIGINAL ARTICLE BEFORE UPDATE: Live in the United Kingdom and wanting to get an Oculus Quest? Preorders for the 128GB model just went live on Amazon UK.

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Editorial: Why Catching Pokemon In Skyrim Could Be The Future Of VR And AR


You have been invited to join a movement. A rebel cause to make the future a stranger, freer, more interesting place. A place where people, applications, games, all intersect and intermingle seamlessly around us in unlimited configurations.

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HTC Brings Gloveless Finger Tracking To Vive and Vive Pro, Gestures To Vive Focus


HTC released an SDK which allows developers to add finger tracking to their Vive or Vive Pro apps. For the Vive Focus standalone headset the SDK instead provides hand position and gesture recognition. The feature was first announced back in October.

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Watch The First Full Trailer For Star Wars: Vader Immortal For Rift + Quest


At long last, we have our first real glimpse of Star Wars: Vader Immortal Episode 1. The first proper glimpse of the game was revealed at the Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago today.

Nintendo Releases First Zelda: Breath of the Wild VR Screenshots


We’ve been toying around with Nintendo Labo VR for a weekend now and it’s a fun piece of kit. But we’d be lying if we didn’t say we were more excited to jump into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild VR with the headset. To whet our appetites, Nintendo’s just released some new images of the game running in VR. Two new screenshots of the game surfaced on the Nintendo blog this week.

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Beat Saber Confirmed As Oculus Quest Launch Title


Facebook’s $400 Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is launching with Beat Saber in its lineup. For Facebook, Beat Saber was a must-get its Oculus Quest launch lineup. The game is a system seller for some buyers.

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Here’s How You Set Up Guardian On Rift S And Oculus Quest, And What Happens After


The lastest Public Test Channel release of the Oculus PC software adds driver and software support for the upcoming Oculus Rift S headset. By looking at the code, we can see the new Guardian setup process- as well as what happens after.

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The Next PlayStation Supports PSVR, Sony Confirms


Sony has just confirmed that its current PSVR headset will be compatible with the next PlayStation console. The company revealed as much in a new article in Wired. Mark Cerny, the system architect behind the PS4, confirmed that the company is working on a next-generation PlayStation. It’s not called PS5 yet, but it could well be in the future. The article notes that the console will come with a more powerful GPU and CPU with an AMD chip. The latter is based on AMD’s Ryzen line.

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DCS World Update Delivers ‘50% Increase In VR Performance’


The next update to DCS World should bring a “50% increase in VR performance” That’s according to Eagle Dynamics Senior Producer Matt Wagner on the company’s forums. DCS (Digital Combat Simulator) World is a combat flight simulation game.

Facebook Is Developing An AI Assistant For Oculus Headsets


Which has the better ring to it, “Hey, Oculus?” ” or “Okay, Oculus”? I’m asking because Facebook’s VR headsets could soon have an AI voice assistant of their own. CNBC first reported that the social networking giant was building a new voice assistant to work across multiple platforms.

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Jack Daniel’s AR App Turns Whiskey Bottles Into Little 3D Dioramas


Augmented reality is proving to be a potent marketing tool in the hands of the right brands, and world-famous spirits maker Jack Daniel’s is today unveiling one of the strongest uses yet of the technology. Developed by Tactic, the company’s AR Experience app turns the classic black-and-white front label of any Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey bottle into a matching pop-up book, educating consumers about the company and brand.

CreativeXR Funds 20 UK Studios Working On New VR/AR Projects


A few months back CreativeXR launched its second year of funding opportunities for UK studios. The initiative, put together by Digital Catapult and Arts Council England, was looking for teams working on experiential VR and AR projects. This week, the programme revealed the 2019 recipients. CreativeXR gave 20 studios a grant of £20,000. They span the breadth of the UK and feature a few names you might have seen before.

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Sony Files Patent For In-VR Esports Tournament Spectator System


Own a PSVR? One day you might be able to spectate esports leagues from inside virtual reality. Sony recently filed a patent application titled “Spectator View Into An Interactive Gaming World Showcased In A Live Event Held In A Real-World Venue” The patent describes using an array of cameras to make the VR user feel as if they’re attending the tournament. The cameras and microphones would be embedded in the seats themselves.

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Oculus Rift S Hands-On: Facebook’s New PC VR Headset Takes Small But Important Steps


Five years ago Mark Zuckerberg directed Facebook to purchase Oculus VR for $3 billion. This was the state of consumer VR in 2014. In 2016, the first consumer Rift shipped for VR-ready PCs. Facebook encountered fierce competition.

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Every Game Confirmed For Oculus Quest So Far


Darth Vader approaches you in the newest trailer for Facebook’s Oculus Quest standalone VR headset. The system is entirely self-contained. Quest has no wires, it doesn’t need a PC or phone to operate and the price starts at $400.

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Ambitious VR Project Restores 1964 Tokyo With Real Images


The absence of Terminators in 2019 means VR is probably the closest we’re going to get to time travel. But how do we ensure trips to our past are as accurate as possible? NHK Enterprises (NEP) and Rhizomatiks have one idea.

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Acer Announces Windows VR Headset With HP Reverb Resolution And IPD Adjustment


During the company’s annual “next@acer” conference, Acer announced a new Microsoft-based headset with 2K per eye (4K overall) resolution and physical lens separation adjustment. High Resolution, IPD Adjustment. Called ConceptD OJO, the headset uses dual 2160×2160 LCD panels. That means they might be the same panels used in the HP Reverb.

Facebook Files Patent For VR Finger Tracking AI Armband


Facebook filed a patent application for an armband which performs finger tracking by reading electrical signals inside the user’s wrist. Machine learning is used to convert these signals into finger positions. Two variations of the device are described.

Report: Valve Index Dev Video Apparently Reveals Render Resolution And Refresh Rate


The apparent contents of the SteamVR Settings panel opened by a developer seemingly using the Valve Index headset could reveal the headset’s resolution and refresh rate. Just to note, this isn’t an April fools- at least we’re pretty sure.

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GDC 2019: Espire 1: VR Operative Is A Great Mix Of Action And Stealth


Espire 1: VR Operative is still one of our most anticipated VR games and at this point it should only be mere months away.

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Open-World Online VR RPG Nostos Global Alpha Test Coming This April


It’s rare that a game can so entirely capture my attention purely from its art style alone, but that’s what happened with Nostos.

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Varjo VR-1 Shows Us Virtual Reality Through High-Res Lenses


It’s been 20 months since I tried the Varjo prototype and its promise of VR at extreme resolutions. Now in 2019, the company has made it a reality. Dubbed the Varjo VR-1, this enterprise headset has launched today to 34 countries, including the U.S.

Asynchronous Spacewarp 2.0 Released For Rift, Promising Greatly Reduced ASW Artifacts


Facebook finally released Asynchronous Spacewarp 2.0 for the Oculus Rift and Rift S PC VR headsets. This should result in far fewer visual artifacts when ASW is enabled. What is ASW? Low framerate in VR is not just a visual annoyance, but can actually cause discomfort and even sickness.

Report: Nintendo To Launch Switch VR Headset This Year


Poor Nintendo will probably never be free of Switch VR speculation until it announces its own headset. The latest rumors suggest that could be this year.

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Facebook Bets On Realistic Face Tracked Avatars As Key To VR’s Future


Dozens of people are working at Facebook Reality Lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on research into ultra-realistic avatars that could redefine communication in the 21st century.