Latest Virtual Reality News

Bloober Team's haunted house horror Layers of Fear heading to PSVR later this month
Bloober Team's haunted house horror Layers of Fear heading to PSVR later this month
PlayStation VR owners with a lust for unease and a taste for the disorientating will soon be able to traipse the halls of Bloober Team's psychedelic haunted house horror Layers of Fear VR, which opens its door on 29th April. Originally released for PC at the tail-end of 2019, Layers of Fear VR does pretty much exactly what it says on the label, delivering a more intensely immersive version of Bloober Team's delirious 2016 horror specifically designed for virtual reality headsets. Layers of Fear, if you're unfamiliar, tells the tale of a tortured painter as he attempts to complete his masterpiece - a process that draws players into an increasingly hallucinatory nightmare, with the game's beautifully realised gothic mansion setting warping and reconfiguring itself into ever-more-impossible arrangements, and delivering some deliciously disorientating, frequently unforgettable set-pieces in the process. Read more
New Proof Of Concept Video Showcases Zelda: Breath Of The Wild In Virtual Reality
New Proof Of Concept Video Showcases Zelda: Breath Of The Wild In Virtual Reality
No Labo involved here. It feels like every other day we're hearing something new about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Sony unveils PS5 VR controllers
Sony unveils PS5 VR controllers
Separate left- and right-hand controllers will have adaptive triggers, finger sensors, and inside-out tracking
Next-gen VR on PS5: the new controller
Next-gen VR on PS5: the new controller
Following the recent reveal of our next-generation virtual reality system for PS5, I’m excited to unveil more details about the new controller that will play a critical role in providing gamers with the VR experience we’re working to deliver.
HTC unveils two Vive trackers
HTC unveils two Vive trackers
The new Vive Tracker and facial tracker will both launch in the US this March
Swedish start-up Stonx wants to disrupt the market with affordable VR tracking
Swedish start-up Stonx wants to disrupt the market with affordable VR tracking
If you are into virtual reality gaming, chances are you are looking for the best experience.
I Found Some Rad Tracks At This Virtual Japanese Music Festival
I Found Some Rad Tracks At This Virtual Japanese Music Festival
Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make.
Google’s no longer selling Cardboard VR headsets, but you can still make your own
Google’s no longer selling Cardboard VR headsets, but you can still make your own
Google Cardboard might be just about the worst way to experience virtual reality, but its accessible smartphone-led approach makes it the best VR headset for those on a budget.
Doom 3 VR Edition announced for PlayStation VR
Doom 3 VR Edition announced for PlayStation VR
Doom 3 VR Edition will launch for PlayStation VR on 29th March, Bethesda has announced. This VR-enhanced version will contain the 2004 first-person shooter and its expansions Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission, enhanced with new textures, sound effects and virtual reality features. The game makes use of the system's Aim controller for its motion-controlled flashlight-mounted weapons.
Sony's VR commitment must be about software, not hardware | Opinion
Sony's VR commitment must be about software, not hardware | Opinion
Will Sony's interest in VR go far enough for the company to commit its most treasured IPs to the medium?
Sony confirms next-gen VR for the PlayStation 5. That's great news for virtual reality on all fronts
Sony confirms next-gen VR for the PlayStation 5. That's great news for virtual reality on all fronts
"We believe in VR... We see it as something that really could be really big and important."
Sony planning new PS5 VR headset
Sony planning new PS5 VR headset
System will feature single-cord setup and new controller using DualSense technology, but won't be ready this year
Sony Finally Announces Next-Gen VR For PS5
Sony Finally Announces Next-Gen VR For PS5
Fans of Sony’s virtual reality efforts have been wondering what was to become of console-based VR with the launch of the PlayStation 5.
Altdeus: Beyond Chronos review – Meh-canical mundanity
Altdeus: Beyond Chronos review – Meh-canical mundanity
Virtual reality gaming has proven to be a shockingly versatile medium.
Oculus Quest 2 is getting 120Hz support in a future update
Oculus Quest 2 is getting 120Hz support in a future update
Facebook have given it a literal 'thumbs up'
System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition dev confirms fully fledged VR mode after earlier tease
System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition dev confirms fully fledged VR mode after earlier tease
Nightdive Studios has confirmed its upcoming enhanced edition of seminal sci-fi adventure System Shock 2 will include a fully fledged VR mode, after the developer teased virtual reality support for the game earlier this year. Nightdive initially announced System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition back in 2019, and while the studio is yet to confirm the exact enhancements it'll feature on release, we do know it'll include improvements to co-op play and employ the same engine used to create its enhanced version of System Shock 1 - which added the likes of 4K support, achievements, and improved controls. As for VR support, that was teased back in January, when, after a period of silence regarding System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition's progress, Nightdive finally popped up on Twitter to assure fans of the project's continued existence, and, more surprisingly, to reveal video footage of what appeared to be work-in-progress VR support. Read more
Rez Website From 2001 Brought Back From The Dead
Rez Website From 2001 Brought Back From The Dead
The English website for Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s legendary rhythm shooter Rez went live in 2001 and shut down in 2003.
It's 2021, And Super Mario 64 Now Has Ray Tracing
It's 2021, And Super Mario 64 Now Has Ray Tracing
You might think that marrying mid-90s textures to 21st-century lighting tricks would look hideous, but this video of the Super Mario 64 PC port is looking very nice. Read more...
Vertigo Games acquires SpringboardVR
Vertigo Games acquires SpringboardVR
Location-based entertainment specialist joins the Arizona Sunshine dev for an undisclosed sum
PlayStation Files Patent For Technology That Lets Spectators Mess With You in VR
PlayStation Files Patent For Technology That Lets Spectators Mess With You in VR
Sony has filed a patent for technology that lets audience members make decisions for players inside of virtual reality.
This mod puts Half-Life: Alyx's gravity gloves into Skyrim VR
This mod puts Half-Life: Alyx's gravity gloves into Skyrim VR
Half-Life: Alyx ‘s gravity gloves ruined a lot of other virtual reality games for me, because being able to point and flip objects into my hands solved a lot of awkward manoeuvring problems common in other games.
Apple reportedly planning VR headset for next year
Apple reportedly planning VR headset for next year
Bloomberg says iPhone maker is planning to launch a niche stand-alone VR device in preparation for a more mainstream AR play
Hitman VR - the verdict
Hitman VR - the verdict
Alongside today's release of Hitman 3 is a welcome bonus - a mode that allows you to play through the entirety of IO's World of Assassination trilogy in virtual reality.
9 Things Half Life Alyx Doesn't Tell You
9 Things Half Life Alyx Doesn't Tell You
If you've recently picked up Half Life Alyx, don't miss out on these essential tips to explore Half Life in virtual reality.
Microsoft Flight Sim's virtual reality update hits home
Microsoft Flight Sim's virtual reality update hits home
It's already been quite a remarkable year for Microsoft Flight Simulator, the technically dazzling, gorgeously detailed celebration of all things aviation taking the sim mainstream, but the best has been left until the very last.
Microsoft Flight Simulator Virtual Reality Update Available Now
Microsoft Flight Simulator Virtual Reality Update Available Now
Microsoft Flight Simulator was built from the ground up to achieve three key goals: realism, accuracy, and authenticity of flight.
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond director calls VR the “best platform” for developing shooters
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond director calls VR the “best platform” for developing shooters
Peter Hirschmann, the director of Respawn's new VR-exclusive Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond, is one of those people who has been to the mountain of virtual reality and come back ready to share the good news.
Zynga veterans launch VR gaming company ForeVR
Zynga veterans launch VR gaming company ForeVR
Marcus Segal and Mike Pagano Doom lead studio aiming to develop mass market VR games
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond review
Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond review
An inconsistent, sometimes boring, virtual reality World War 2 adventure.
Oculus' Elite Strap makes the Quest 2 1000% better
Oculus' Elite Strap makes the Quest 2 1000% better
The Oculus Quest 2 is a great VR headset for anyone looking to dip their toes into virtual reality, but if I had one complaint about Oculus’ standalone headset (apart from the mandatory Facebook account requirement), it would be the uncomfortable little knobbly bits on its elasticated head strap.
VR spending to pass $1bn in 2020
VR spending to pass $1bn in 2020
Market analyst Omdia says 6.4 million virtual reality headsets will be sold this year
Get the Oculus Quest 2 with a $15 voucher from Newegg
Get the Oculus Quest 2 with a $15 voucher from Newegg
I already own three VR headsets and yet I still find myself considering a fourth.
PSVR Brought Virtual Reality To The Masses
PSVR Brought Virtual Reality To The Masses
Virtual reality has become much easier to jump into these days.
HP Reverb G2 review — Crisp visuals hampered by tracking flaws
HP Reverb G2 review — Crisp visuals hampered by tracking flaws
After the surprising interest from the gaming community with the original unit, HP and Microsoft knew they had to step it up with their new HP Reverb G2 virtual reality headset.
90Hz finally arrives in new Oculus Quest 2 update as competition heats up
90Hz finally arrives in new Oculus Quest 2 update as competition heats up
For a section of gamers, the virtual reality space is one of particular interest.
Oculus updates the Quest 2's refresh rate to 90Hz
Oculus updates the Quest 2's refresh rate to 90Hz
The Oculus Quest 2’s refresh rate has been given a boost in its first major update.
Resolution Games launches VR publishing arm
Resolution Games launches VR publishing arm
First partnership will bring Odd Raven Studio's Carly and the Reaperman to Oculus Quest and Quest 2 next year
Oculus publishes new set of VRCs focusing on accessible design
Oculus publishes new set of VRCs focusing on accessible design
Technical recommendations include suggestions for audio, visuals, interactions, movement, and more
Double win for Valve at 2020 VR Awards
Double win for Valve at 2020 VR Awards
Index headset won best hardware, while Half-Life: Alyx was crowned Game of the Year
Humble's got a great VR bundle going cheap
Humble's got a great VR bundle going cheap
At a time when many of us are stuck inside, it's hard to beat that escape offered by virtual reality.
PlayStation boss pours cold water on imminent VR potential
PlayStation boss pours cold water on imminent VR potential
PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has said he believes in the potential of virtual reality for video games - but also that the technology to really make it "meaningful" is still years away.
Jim Ryan:
Jim Ryan: "We're more than a few minutes from the future of VR"
PlayStation's CEO said VR will not be "meaningful component of interactive entertainment" until at least 2022
Oculus Quest 2 pre-orders were five times higher than Oculus Quest
Oculus Quest 2 pre-orders were five times higher than Oculus Quest
Mark Zuckerberg sets a target of "ten million active units" to make Facebook's VR platform self-sustaining
HP Reverb G2 VR headsets to ship in November
HP Reverb G2 VR headsets to ship in November
If you’ve been waiting for an update on your new HP Reverb G2 virtual reality (VR) headset, wait no more.
SuperData revises yearly and long-term XR predictions for the third time this year
SuperData revises yearly and long-term XR predictions for the third time this year
Firm expects the Oculus Quest 2 to sell at least 3 million units in 2021
Deleting Facebook wipes out Oculus purchases
Deleting Facebook wipes out Oculus purchases
Users who have not linked their Facebook account to their VR headset yet are not impacted
Facebook Continues Its Bullshit With Oculus Accounts
Facebook Continues Its Bullshit With Oculus Accounts
In case you weren’t uneasy enough about having to create Facebook accounts just to use a virtual reality headset, you should know that in some circumstances deleting a linked Facebook account will then remove your access to any Oculus purchases you have made. Read more...
VR lessons from Arizona Sunshine's success
VR lessons from Arizona Sunshine's success
Vertigo Games dives into the strategies behind its virtual reality hit, and how it paved the way for future projects such as After the Fall
Facebook is locking some Oculus Quest 2 owners out of their headsets
Facebook is locking some Oculus Quest 2 owners out of their headsets
By all accounts, the Oculus Quest 2 is a lovely bit of kit.
Step into the future with Oculus Quest 2
Step into the future with Oculus Quest 2
Wirefree virtual reality adventure awaits.
Rhythmic VR workout Beat Saber now has multiplayer
Rhythmic VR workout Beat Saber now has multiplayer
Until now, your only foe in VR sword-slasher Beat Saber was the music.
Oculus Quest 2 review
Oculus Quest 2 review
Oculus Quest 2 review specs: Display: Fast-switch LCD Resolution: 1832×1920 per-eye (3664×1920) Refresh rate: 90Hz Field of view: N/A Tracking: 6 DOF head and hand tracking via Oculus Insight tech Audio: Integrated stereo speakers and microphone, plus 3.5mm headphone jack Price: From £299 / $299 (64GB) When I tested the Oculus Quest earlier in the […]
It's a great time to get into virtual reality
It's a great time to get into virtual reality
I'm back to having a blast in VR.
Google officially ends support for Daydream VR
Google officially ends support for Daydream VR
App may not work properly on devices running Android 11 or later, Daydream View headset no longer for sale
The Walking Dead Onslaught infects VR platforms today
The Walking Dead Onslaught infects VR platforms today
The next spin-0ff for The Walking Dead franchise releases today, this time in virtual reality form.
Cyan Inc.’s Myst will soon be reimagined in virtual reality
Cyan Inc.’s Myst will soon be reimagined in virtual reality
Get ready to dive back into nostalgia as the 1993 classic Myst is being transformed into a VR experience in the near future.
Facebook ditching PC-only Rift VR development, dates and prices Oculus Quest 2
Facebook ditching PC-only Rift VR development, dates and prices Oculus Quest 2
Following the official reveal of Oculus Quest 2 earlier this week, Facebook has shared price and release date details for its latest all-in-one virtual reality effort, while also confirming it will no longer be focussing on PC-only hardware, meaning an end to sales of Rift S in 2021.
Oculus Quest 2 will start at £299 when it launches in October, replacing the Rift S
Oculus Quest 2 will start at £299 when it launches in October, replacing the Rift S
Facebook have confirmed that the Oculus Quest 2 will start from £299 / $299 when it launches on October 13th, which is a full £100 / $100 less than the original Quest.
Splinter Cell And Assassin's Creed VR Games Coming From Ubisoft
Splinter Cell And Assassin's Creed VR Games Coming From Ubisoft
A whole slew of virtual reality games were announced as part of today’s Facebook Connect broadcast, including upcoming entries in Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed series that will be exclusive to Oculus. Read more...
Koch Media acquires Vertigo Games for €50m
Koch Media acquires Vertigo Games for €50m
The Dutch VR publisher joins Embracer Group, in a deal that could rise a further €65m over ten years
Facebook have leaked the Oculus Quest 2 early
Facebook have leaked the Oculus Quest 2 early
Facebook have accidentally leaked the Oculus Quest 2 after a pair of videos detailing the new VR headset emerged on their Blueprint training site yesterday.
Leaked Vids Reveal The Oculus Quest 2, A VR Headset That's Gonna Get Dirty
Leaked Vids Reveal The Oculus Quest 2, A VR Headset That's Gonna Get Dirty
Last year, Facebook untethered virtual reality fans from their computers with the standalone Oculus Quest, one of the best ways to experience VR.
Minecraft gets PlayStation VR support this month
Minecraft gets PlayStation VR support this month
PlayStation VR will be officially supported in the PlayStation 4 version of Minecraft later this month. Developer Mojang is enabling support for Sony's virtual reality headset within its main Minecraft client - this isn't a separate version of the game, or a slimmed down version.
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Turns Mario Kart Into An AR Game With Real Toys
Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Turns Mario Kart Into An AR Game With Real Toys
For some time, Mario Kart has famously been playable in virtual reality, which you can do at the VR Zone, in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
Oculus halts headset sales in Germany
Oculus halts headset sales in Germany
Facebook says it's a temporary move and will continue supporting existing owners in the country
Sam & Max return with a virtual reality caper next year
Sam & Max return with a virtual reality caper next year
Fuzzy freelance coppers-for-hire Sam & Max are back from their ten-year hiatus. The
Facebook renames its Oculus VR studio to Facebook Reality Labs
Facebook renames its Oculus VR studio to Facebook Reality Labs
And Oculus Connect is now called Facebook Connect
Oculus VR headsets will soon require a Facebook account, and that sucks
Oculus VR headsets will soon require a Facebook account, and that sucks
Oculus plan to make Facebook accounts mandatory for all of their VR headsets, starting with new users from October 2020, Oculus announced last night.
Oculus devices to require Facebook accounts to log in
Oculus devices to require Facebook accounts to log in
Oculus account support will end after January 1, 2023
Oculus VR Devices Will Soon Require Facebook Accounts
Oculus VR Devices Will Soon Require Facebook Accounts
Starting in October, new users of the Oculus virtual reality gaming platform will need to log in with a Facebook account, the company announced today.
The Walking Dead Onslaught launches on PS VR September 29
The Walking Dead Onslaught launches on PS VR September 29
Calling all survivors! We’re Survios, a virtual reality game studio and creators of PlayStation VR classics like Creed: Rise to Glory and Raw Data.
Sony reportedly increasing PS5 production to 10m units by 2021
Sony reportedly increasing PS5 production to 10m units by 2021
Meanwhile, Facebook said to be ramping up manufacturing for Oculus devices
Interview: How unexpected consumers shifted HP’s virtual reality focus
Interview: How unexpected consumers shifted HP’s virtual reality focus
A surprise surge of sales changed the path of one of the largest tech companies in the world.
In VR You Can't Escape The Loading Screen
In VR You Can't Escape The Loading Screen
Loading screens are something we all deal with while playing video games.
Budget Cuts VR out September 25 on PS VR, first look at new Panopticon level
Budget Cuts VR out September 25 on PS VR, first look at new Panopticon level
Budget Cuts is an action-adventure stealth game full of sneaking, stabbing, and robots(!) which was built for virtual reality from the ground up.
Iron Man VR: The Kotaku Review
Iron Man VR: The Kotaku Review
Iron Man feels like a perfect fit for virtual reality.
Marvel’s Iron Man VR is out Friday
Marvel’s Iron Man VR is out Friday
Hello hello. The day is nearly upon us! What is Marvel’s Iron Man VR We set out to build the ultimate Iron Man game by leveraging all the best things about virtual reality by pairing the amazing aspects of Iron Man — the flying, the shooting, the HUD — with the great features of PlayStation […]
Amazing Emulator Turns 2D NES Games Into Fully 3D Worlds
Amazing Emulator Turns 2D NES Games Into Fully 3D Worlds
A strange new product appeared on Steam last week: a Nintendo Entertainment System emulator that translates the 2D pixel graphics of classic 8-bit games into 3D worlds built with voxels.
Best VR headset 2020: the best virtual reality headsets for PC
Best VR headset 2020: the best virtual reality headsets for PC
VR has been going from strength to strength in recent months, and with many of us continuing to be stuck at home, we’ve put together this list of our best VR headset recommendations to help you decide which VR headset is right for you.
Doom co-creator Tom Hall joins Resolution Games
Doom co-creator Tom Hall joins Resolution Games
Industry veteran will be the Swedish VR specialist's senior creative director
Oculus ditches Go headset to focus on Quest
Oculus ditches Go headset to focus on Quest
Oculus has discontinued Oculus Go to focus on the Quest virtual reality headset. In a blog post, Oculus said it's ending sales of Oculus Go headsets this year to "double down on improving our offerings for Quest and Rift". Oculus Go launched in May 2018 as a low-cost standalone VR headset designed to be as affordable and accessible as possible.
Oculus Go is going away this December
Oculus Go is going away this December
Oculus have announced they’re ending sales of the Oculus Go this year, just two years after it first launched.
Facebook acquires Lone Echo developer Ready at Dawn
Facebook acquires Lone Echo developer Ready at Dawn
Ready at Dawn, the developer behind The Order: 1886 and virtual reality sci-fi hit Lone Echo, has been acquired by Facebook. The studio was founded in 2003 by former members of Naughty Dog, and enjoyed a long relationship with Sony working on the likes of God of War: Chains of Olympus and God War: Ghost of Sparta for the PSP before moving on to develop the divisive PS4-exclusive The Order: 1886 in 2015. In 2017, however, Ready at Dawn entered into a partnership with Facebook's Oculus Studios, releasing the acclaimed VR sci-fi adventure Lone Echo, combining a solo story campaign and the team-based multiplayer mode Echo Arena, which had a standalone release since the following year.
Facebook Buys Creators Of The Order: 1886
Facebook Buys Creators Of The Order: 1886
Ready At Dawn, the makers of The Order: 1886 and more recently Lone Echo, is now part of Facebook, where the studio will work on virtual reality games for the Oculus VR platform, the social media company announced today. Read more...
I Expect You to Die has earned over $2m on the Oculus Quest
I Expect You to Die has earned over $2m on the Oculus Quest
Schell Games' VR title has also sold nearly 100,000 copies on the platform
The Oculus Quest is finally back in stock for UK buyers
The Oculus Quest is finally back in stock for UK buyers
The Oculus Quest is a great VR headset if you don’t want to be wired in to your PC all the time, but trying to get hold of one has been increasingly difficult these past few months, as stock levels have been pretty patchy to say the least.
HP's Reverb G2 looks an awful lot like the Valve Index
HP's Reverb G2 looks an awful lot like the Valve Index
After teasing their new VR cybergoggles earlier this year, HP have now fully unveiled their new Reverb G2 headset, and it looks an awful lot like the Valve Index.
Magic Leap CEO Ronny Abovitz to step down
Magic Leap CEO Ronny Abovitz to step down
Abovitz will continue as CEO until a replacement is found, and remain on the board after the transition
HP Reverb G2 virtual reality headset launches worldwide this fall
HP Reverb G2 virtual reality headset launches worldwide this fall
In a partnership with Valve and Microsoft, HP takes aim at the future of virtual reality
HTC co-founder reveals new VR headset and social platform
HTC co-founder reveals new VR headset and social platform
Priced at $599, Mova headset offers hand-tracking and 5G while social platform Manova makes big promises
The best VR games on PC
The best VR games on PC
Got a VR headset for your PC but don't know which games to play first? We list the greatest VR games around.
Review: Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted - A Largely Pointless Cash-Grab
Review: Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted - A Largely Pointless Cash-Grab
Freddy Faz-bleh. It's often entirely possible for games designed to be played in virtual reality to be played outside of the VR headset.
Dreams VR Testing Is Kicking Off Soon
Dreams VR Testing Is Kicking Off Soon
Media Molecule are getting ready to bring Dreams into virtual reality.
An Iron Man VR demo is now available on the PlayStation Store
An Iron Man VR demo is now available on the PlayStation Store
It might be a little late out of the gate due to coronavirus-related complications, but Marvel's Iron Man VR is finally almost here; and for those itching to take a test flight ahead of its PS4/PSVR release on 3rd July, a demo is now available on the PlayStation Store. Iron Man VR casts players as playboy billionaire Tony Stark and sets them loose across a virtual reality adventure that pits them against hacker and anti-corporate activist, Ghost.
Review: The Persistence - Firesprite's Likeable VR Horror Has Survived The Shift To Switch Perfectly
Review: The Persistence - Firesprite's Likeable VR Horror Has Survived The Shift To Switch Perfectly
Xeroxmorph. The idea of taking a game that's been originally designed as an all-encompassing virtual reality experience and expecting it to stand tall when unplugged from that impressive virtual realm – played instead on the Nintendo Switch's dinky little portable screen or a bog-standard telly – isn't one that really fills us with much confidence.