Wandering the VR halls of ‘Westworld Awakening’

My name is Kate and I've been brutally murdered in an old west farmhouse. Moments after meeting my doom, I'm awake. Barely. I'm in a sterile room with two people lording over me. They talk to each other while I try to understand what's happening. My...

HBO’s ‘Westworld Awakening’ VR game arrives August 20th

HBO has announced a Westworld virtual reality game, and you won't have to wait long before you can play it. Westworld Awakening -- which it produced with Survios, Kilter Films and the help of Westworld's showrunners -- will hit Oculus Store, Viveport...

Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell is the latest to leave Facebook

One more Oculus co-founder is heading for the exits. Software architect Nate Mitchell has decided to leave Facebook, explaining it only as a decision to "move on." He didn't say where he might be going next, but planned to "recharge" and spend time...

Wonderscope uses AR to teach literacy and tackle bullying

After Pokemon Go put augmented reality on the radar of a mainstream audience, developers have intensified their efforts to find useful applications for it. Google, for example, added AR navigation to Maps, overlaying arrows on the world in front of y...

Faster algorithm could lead to more realistic sounds in VR

Producing realistic sound models in VR is tricky, even compared to conventional video games. You don't always know how objects will sound in a given environment or where the listener will be, and you don't have the luxury of waiting hours for conven...

‘No Man’s Sky VR’ arrives August 14th with ‘Beyond’ update

No Man's Sky has won over many players after its rough launch, thanks in large part to a string of major updates that brought long-awaited features to the game. The next big release, No Man's Sky: Beyond, was revealed several months ago, and now Hell...

Facebook wants Quill to be a one-stop shop for VR animators

Facebook's Quill is a tool that helps artists create virtual reality illustrations and animations, and the latest version will offer them more ways to realize their visions. Quill 2.0 has additional features allowing animators to make their creations...

Inside the virtual production of ‘The Lion King’

The new Lion King movie is visually spectacular. A two-hour remake that frequently defies belief. Pride Rock is, of course, a fictional place but in director Jon Favreau's film it feels eerily real. The creatures, too, move just like they would on th...

Brain-controlled VR lightshows could lull you to sleep

By most accounts, technology wreaks havoc on our sleep. Even tools meant to help us sleep better can make insomnia worse. But sleep and tech don't have to be mutually exclusive. Artists and researchers from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RM...