Last week in San Jose, California, thousands of mostly youngish white guys attended Oculus VR’s third annual developer’s conference. Over three days in the San Jose Convention Center, attendees milled from one talk to another and hit up parties with open bars and plenty of food. VR demos were on offer in the hallways,…
Ronnie O’Sullivan is one of the greatest snooker players to ever pick up a cue. In the real world, he would kick your ass. In a virtual game of snooker, though, the dude has some problems. Mostly with the floor.
Valve showed off a new, slicker controller for its HTC-backed Vive virtual reality system at the Steam Dev Days conference today in Seattle.
A surprise feature buried in the new PlayStation 4 version of Rise of the Tomb Raider appears to show just how much of your real-life playing area can be tracked by Sony’s new PS VR set-up.
The eagerly-anticipated Oculus Touch controllers begin shipping on December 6 worldwide, with a price tag of $199. Combined with an array of three Oculus sensors ($79 for the third), Touch will support room-scale VR.
In another sign that the competition between expensive virtual reality headsets will be waged as a platform war, ads for the PlayStation VR releases tied to the Batman Arkham and Resident Evil series indicate they will be exclusive to Sony’s VR offering for quite some time.
The virtual reality “watch party” for the first Trump-Clinton debate was a bust. It was presented by VR hangout app Altspace and NBC News, and just amounted to glorified Second Life, basically. Avatars of people from around the world watching a flat video stream. Not a great experience.
Following last night’s news that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is helping fund a troll army of Trump supporters, several VR developers have decided to pull Oculus support for their titles.
Virtual reality can’t fix the disconnect between clicking a card and slamming it down on a table, but playing on a battlefield between two fantasy dimensions certainly helps distract from it. Watch us play High Voltage’s Dragon Front on the Oculus Rift and see for yourself.
There are virtual reality games that seek to offer bold and immersive new experiences. Feral Rites, from the Insomniac Games team behind Sunset Overdrive, is not one of those. It’s just a 3D brawler adventure from a slightly different perspective, and that works.
It remains frustratingly difficult to convey what is good or interesting about new VR games, especially to anyone who hasn’t already played games while wearing virtual reality goggles. New VR games come out weekly, many of them not so great. Sometimes, though, we find a game with a spark of promise we need to tell you…
During E3 2016, Patrick Klepek told us what it was like to be Batman in virtual reality. Now the official fan reactions trailer for Batman: Arkham VR for the PS4 shows us flashes of gameplay between shots of excited Comic-Con attendees. You’re Batman.
This is the kind of thing I’d like to see more of.
VR painting in 3D—like this image of WoW’s Illidan Stormrage—is black magic, and no amount of demos or explanations will convince me otherwise.
It’s funny how much more important defending your base is when you’re standing in the middle of it. Cosmic Trip for the HTC Vive uses virtual reality to deliver a intimate perspective on real-time strategy.
Hey, remember that cool zombie VR warehouse we told you about that Sega Japan was going to open? Where players could walk around with guns strapped to their backs and blast zombies? It’s open. And it’s...well, see for yourself.
Launched today on Steam, Star Wars: Trials of Tatooine is a very small taste of what official virtual reality lightsaber swinging might feel like.
Dirt Rally is getting Oculus Rift support next Monday, July 11. From what I’ve played of the non-VR game, it will be a lot to deal with. I’m going to play it anyway.
Probably my favorite virtual reality experience was unearthed around 1863 in the Roman suburb of Prima Porta. Well, it’s not a virtual reality experience as much as it’s an illusionistic fresco on four walls, but bear with me. In the villa of Livia Drusilla (58 BCE-29 CE), the wife of the first emperor of Rome, there…
Thumper, an intense music game that lovingly describes itself as rhythm violence, is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC on October 13. It’s part of the PS VR lineup, but it’s not confirmed if the PC version will also support VR. “We hope to have good news soon,” the developer told me over email.