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Joanna Lumley and EE host 360-degree movie trivia quiz to watch in VR and right here

Joanna Lumley and EE host 360-degree movie trivia quiz to watch in VR and right here

By Rik Henderson

EE is the headline sponsor of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards and to celebrate has made a 360-degree, virtual reality movie trivia quiz you can watch in a VR headset or online.The host is British national treasure Joanna Lumley, who is also hosting... Read more

BBC Earth: Life in VR added to Daydream, explore the natural world first hand

BBC Earth: Life in VR added to Daydream, explore the natural world first hand

By Rik Henderson

The BBC has released a virtual reality application that works as a companion to its nature programmes, such as Blue Planet II and Planet Earth II.BBC Earth: Life in VR is available on Google Play and through the Daydream app store. It gives users a journey... Read more

A-Tech Cybernetic VR review: Space-based mutant slaying
3.5 stars

A-Tech Cybernetic VR review: Space-based mutant slaying

By Adrian Willings

A-Tech Cybernetic is yet another game that proclaims to be "built from the ground up for VR" for a more polished virtual-world experience.It features a storyline that thrusts you onto a futuristic biomedical spaceship that's been overrun by hordes of... Read more

Apple's AR/VR headset pops up in new patent for head-mounted display

Apple's AR/VR headset pops up in new patent for head-mounted display

By Elyse Betters

Apple is definitely working on a headset or a pair of smart glasses.We know this thanks to leaks about the company talking to parts suppliers at CES 2018 as well as several reports that have claimed the device will launch as soon as next year. Oh, and... Read more

Intel shows off its Vaunt smart glasses that might one day use Alexa

Intel shows off its Vaunt smart glasses that might one day use Alexa

By Elyse Betters

It turns out Intel really is serious about smart glasses.A week after Bloomberg claimed Intel wants to sell its majority stake in an augmented reality firm, with the ultimate hope of launching a pair of consumer smart glasses, The Verge has posted photos... Read more

Shooty Fruity review: A VR experience with plenty of juicy bits
4.5 stars

Shooty Fruity review: A VR experience with plenty of juicy bits

By Adrian Willings

Virtual reality games often give you the chance to escape reality. Whether it's a case of disappearing to an unfamiliar environment, or a familiar one with the chance to experience something that's new and different. Shooty Fruity is, at first glance,... Read more

High Noon VR: Virtual reality meets the Wild West
3.0 stars

High Noon VR: Virtual reality meets the Wild West

By Adrian Willings

Yeehaw! High Noon VR is here, offering up a serving of Wild West showdowns with a VR spin. Draw 'em, pardner.The idea of grabbing a couple of six-shooters and strapping on our cowboy boots to blast some pesky varmints was immediately appealing. But in... Read more

Winter Olympics 2018 can be watched in VR thanks to Eurosport

Winter Olympics 2018 can be watched in VR thanks to Eurosport

By Rik Henderson

Eurosport will be broadcasting more than 50 hours of the forthcoming PeongChang Winter Olympics in virtual reality, for those with mobile VR headsets.It's the biggest undertaking by any broadcaster at a sporting event and covers a wide range of sports... Read more

New PSVR controllers spotted in Sony patent filings

New PSVR controllers spotted in Sony patent filings

By Rik Henderson

Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed patents that could show a new pair of PSVR motion controllers.At present, the PlayStation VR headset and system uses Move controllers and an PlayStation Camera to track them. However, it has sometimes been questioned... Read more

Huge sale! All these Windows Mixed Reality headsets are 50% off

Huge sale! All these Windows Mixed Reality headsets are 50% off

By Elyse Betters

If you've been waiting to buy a Windows Mixed Reality headset, now is the time to do it, as many of them are on sale.Microsoft launched its Windows Mixed Reality platform last autumn, with headsets from Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung. They have front-mounted... Read more

Duck Season review: Let's game like it's 1989
4.0 stars

Duck Season review: Let's game like it's 1989

By Adrian Willings

If you didn't gather from our previous review of Duck Hunt-styled Duckpocalypse, we've got a thing for nostalgia-inducing virtual reality games that take an old format and breathe new life into it. Especially ones featuring ducks and virtual lightguns.On... Read more

Merge 6DoF Blaster: If Nerf did AR this is what it would look like

Merge 6DoF Blaster: If Nerf did AR this is what it would look like

By Stuart Miles

Merge, the company behind an augmented reality cube for kids, has created a blaster that combines with a smartphone to give a fun, interactive AR gaming experience.The Merge 6DoF (6 Degrees of Freedom) Blaster is a bright green and purple contraption.... Read more

The best VR headsets to buy 2018

The best VR headsets to buy 2018

By Chris Hall

The age of virtual reality is upon us with a torrent of devices and content appearing over the last couple of years. The idea of VR isn't new of course. It's been circulating in the tech space for a number of years, but recently, the technology has broken... Read more

Apple ramps up AR glasses project by talking to parts suppliers at CES

Apple ramps up AR glasses project by talking to parts suppliers at CES

By Elyse Betters

Apple was at CES 2018 in an effort to speed up its augmented reality glasses project, according to a new report.Bloomberg claimed Apple representatives met with suppliers that "make the nuts and bolts required to power AR glasses", but it also said that... Read more

What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format

What is VR180? How to capture and view Google's VR photo and video format

By Mike Lowe

As virtual reality (VR) gets more and more popular, the ways in which such content can be captured and experienced begins to change.VR180: What is it?You may think that all VR experiences are fully immersive 360-degree views, but Google's V180 offers... Read more

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400

By Mike Lowe

When it comes to virtual reality there are a few options: go down the fully-formed route, with PC powering everything, like HTC Vive; opt for a headset that requires a phone to be slipped in to act as the processor and screen, such as the Google Daydream... Read more

Lenovo goes big on VR for CES 2018 with Mirage Solo Daydream headset and Mirage Camera

Lenovo goes big on VR for CES 2018 with Mirage Solo Daydream headset and Mirage Camera

By Rik Henderson

Lenovo has announced two Daydream-enabled VR products during CES 2018 in Las Vegas.The Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset was previously leaked, when it appeared in an FCC filing over Christmas last year, but now we know much more about it.Lenovo claims it's... Read more

HTC Vive Pro initial review: Better resolution gives a clearer experience

HTC Vive Pro initial review: Better resolution gives a clearer experience

By Stuart Miles

The HTC Vive, considered by many to be the leading virtual reality device on the market, has had an update worthy of a new product name: the HTC Vive Pro.Pocket-lint was on-hand at the launch of the new headset to try it out to see what all the fuss is... Read more

HTC Vive Pro revealed at CES 2018, higher resolution and integrated headphones

HTC Vive Pro revealed at CES 2018, higher resolution and integrated headphones

By Stuart Miles

HTC has announced a new version of the HTC Vive, dubbed the HTC Vive Pro, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas.The new model, which sits above the current Vive already available on the market, will feature a greatly improved resolution and high-res audio support.... Read more

HTC Vive Pro vs HTC Vive: What's the difference?

HTC Vive Pro vs HTC Vive: What's the difference?

By Adrian Willings

HTC has announced a new version of the HTC Vive, dubbed the HTC Vive Pro, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas.This new model comes with a number of improved features including an enhanced resolution and high-res audio support. What does HTC Vive Pro offer... Read more

Oculus Go standalone VR headset: Release date, price and everything you need to know

Oculus Go standalone VR headset: Release date, price and everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

Oculus will, in 2018, make a new, wire-free VR headset available to the public.The standalone VR headset, Oculus Go, was announced during the company's Connect 4 conference in October last year and is designed to sit between mobile VR, such as a Samsung... Read more

L.A. Noire The VR Case Files review: Criminal investigation has never been so much fun
4.0 stars

L.A. Noire The VR Case Files review: Criminal investigation has never been so much fun

By Adrian Willings

The original L.A. Noire was released back in 2011 - by Rockstar, well known for the Grand Theft Auto franchise - which, in this fast-moving world, feels like a lifetime ago. When launched it was the game to show-off just what was possible with facial... Read more

HTC Vive wireless adapter by TPCast now available to buy, ditch those cables

HTC Vive wireless adapter by TPCast now available to buy, ditch those cables

By Rik Henderson

Of all the virtual reality headsets the HTC Vive (reviewed here) is the most technically impressive. The others are catching up, with Oculus adding its Touch motion controllers for Rift subsequently, but full body movement has been a feature of Vive since... Read more

Raw Data review: The robot uprising is coming
4.0 stars

Raw Data review: The robot uprising is coming

By Adrian Willings

The year is 2271, the seemingly innocent Eden Corporation is in the robot creation business - and business is booming. Things aren't as innocent as they seem, however, as a leak reveals a sinister plot in the corp's latest product line, which is where... Read more

GORN VR review: Hilarity and brutality abound
4.0 stars

GORN VR review: Hilarity and brutality abound

By Adrian Willings

The wonderful thing about virtual reality is that it opens gaming up to a whole world of possibilities and experiences that aren't possible elsewhere. Sure, gaming has always done that in one dimension, but being wrapped entirely in a game's environment makes... Read more

HTC Vive tips & tricks: How to set up your new VR headset and solve any issues

HTC Vive tips & tricks: How to set up your new VR headset and solve any issues

By Rik Henderson

Of all the virtual reality headsets to come out in the last two years, the HTC Vive has been the one talked about most fondly. It is still the most costly consumer offering, albeit now available for a lot less than at launch, but is also the most technically... Read more

Doom VFR review: Harder than Hell
3.5 stars

Doom VFR review: Harder than Hell

By Adrian Willings

Doom is a staple of the gaming world. A series that essentially kick-started the first-person shooter (FPS) genre and an utter nostalgic classic. The first version of Doom was released way back in the hazy days of 1993, but like all good things, it's... Read more

Kingspray Graffiti VR review: A breath of paint-fumed air
4.0 stars

Kingspray Graffiti VR review: A breath of paint-fumed air

By Adrian Willings

You'll find plenty of examples of incredible artwork from all over the world that were created with a humble spray can and a few hours graft. Of course, in most countries around the globe, this sort of painting will get you locked up. For some, that's... Read more

Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset could be unveiled at CES 2018

Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset could be unveiled at CES 2018

By Max Langridge

Lenovo has a standalone virtual reality headset, i.e. one that doesn't require a smartphone to be inserted, that runs on Google Daydream in the works. It's expected to be unveiled early-2018, most likely at CES in January after it recently passed the... Read more

Magic Leap One Mixed Reality headset looks like cyberpunk sunglasses

Magic Leap One Mixed Reality headset looks like cyberpunk sunglasses

By Rik Henderson

Magic Leap has unveiled its first Windows Mixed Reality headset and it looks quite unlike anything else on the market.While Mixed Reality headsets from brands such as Asus and HP look more like virtual reality rivals, the Magic Leap One headset resembles... Read more

Pilot Doctor Who's Tardis through time and space in Time Vortex VR game

Pilot Doctor Who's Tardis through time and space in Time Vortex VR game

By Max Langridge

The BBC has announced the release of a new Doctor Who VR game, that will see you pilot the Tardis through the Time Vortex from the show's opening title sequence. Best VR headsets to buy in 2017, whatever your budget The game requires players to avoid... Read more

Lego AR-Studio brings Lego bricks to life in a digital world

Lego AR-Studio brings Lego bricks to life in a digital world

By Max Langridge

Lego has just launched a new AR app for iOS 11 devices that will let Master Builders the world over combine real-life Lego sets with virtual ones to create a brand new way of playing. Apple's AR platform: These demos show what ARKit can do Lego Boost... Read more

Amazing HP Mixed Reality headset Cyber Monday deal gives you £100 off a prime VR bundle

Amazing HP Mixed Reality headset Cyber Monday deal gives you £100 off a prime VR bundle

By Rik Henderson

Microsoft is betting the bank on its Windows Mixed Reality technology and you don't have to break yours to jump on board. That's because, for Cyber Monday, Amazon has an amazing deal on the HP VR1000 headset and motion trackers.You can get the HP VR1000... Read more

Oculus Rift and Touch Controller bundle now £349, save £50 in Black Friday deal

Oculus Rift and Touch Controller bundle now £349, save £50 in Black Friday deal

By Max Langridge

It's not just games consoles that can benefit from Black Friday, as Amazon has knocked £50 off the Oculus Rift and Touch Controller bundle, bringing the price down to £349. The bundle was already reduced to £399 earlier in the year and at that price,... Read more

HTC Vive Focus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

HTC Vive Focus: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

By Elyse Betters

HTC has officially unveiled a brand new VR headset called the HTC Vive Focus. It's a standalone headset that runs on HTC's own VR platform, the also brand new Vive Wave and has access to the Viveport content store for downloading apps and games. Allow... Read more

Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset initial review: Worth waiting for?

Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset initial review: Worth waiting for?

By Mike Lowe

Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is Microsoft's route into virtual reality (VR) experiences for Windows, without the need for a ultra-fast and expensive PC setup. There are a variety of third-party headset options, of which the Asus HC102 is perhaps the most... Read more

SteamVR games are coming to Windows Mixed Reality this month

SteamVR games are coming to Windows Mixed Reality this month

By Elyse Betters

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality platform is finally adding support for SteamVR games - but in the form of a preview program at first.Windows Mixed Reality is a combination of VR and AR, though much of the experience is what you'd expect from VR: you... Read more

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - What's the story on Niantic's next AR game?

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - What's the story on Niantic's next AR game?

By Elyse Betters

The developer behind Pokemon Go is working on a Harry Potter game.That means, as soon as next year, you should be able to overlay pieces of the popular wizarding world onto your real world, resulting in an immersive experience the most die-hard Potter... Read more

Apple might introduce its augmented reality headset as soon as 2019

Apple might introduce its augmented reality headset as soon as 2019

By Elyse Betters

Critics of Apple want to know when it will release its "next big thing".It's been 10 years since the iPhone debuted, and although Apple has innovated with tablets, wearables, streaming media devices, headphones, and most recently, speakers, people still... Read more

Acer Windows Mixed Reality review: Good enough to bring VR to the masses?
3.0 stars

Acer Windows Mixed Reality review: Good enough to bring VR to the masses?

By Adrian Willings

Microsoft is making gentle waves into the world of Virtual Reality (VR) with Windows Mixed Reality, a supposed middle-ground between Augmented Reality (AR) and the VR experience we already know and love.After creating some excitement with Microsoft Hololens... Read more

How to upgrade your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift with prescription lenses

How to upgrade your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift with prescription lenses

By Adrian Willings

If you're a spectacles wearer then you know the frustrations that come with trying to wear 3D glasses over your prescription pair. The same issue exists with VR headsets too. It's uncomfortable trying to fit virtual reality headsets over the top of... Read more

Giant Cop Justice Above All review: Give a big hand for VR's creative god game
4.0 stars

Giant Cop Justice Above All review: Give a big hand for VR's creative god game

By Adrian Willings

Giant Cop: Justice Above All is a refreshing experience that stands out from the wave shooters that typically dominate virtual reality gaming. In the game, you play a giant police officer who towers above the streets of Micro City, laying down the law... Read more

Dead Effect 2 VR review: An action-packed sci-fi joy that's rammed full of content
4.5 stars

Dead Effect 2 VR review: An action-packed sci-fi joy that's rammed full of content

By Adrian Willings

A half-broken spaceship, darkly lit corridors and a mass of undead monsters baying for blood. Sounds like a recipe for a fantastic VR horror game with a touch of cliché, right? That's pretty much what Dead Effect 2 VR is all about.With RPG elements... Read more

The Wizards review: Conjuring up some spellbinding VR escapades
3.5 stars

The Wizards review: Conjuring up some spellbinding VR escapades

By Adrian Willings

Deep down inside we've always wanted to be a Wizard, but were never really able to pull off the long majestic beard and robe look. Being far too old to dress up as Harry Potter, we have instead achieved our wizard spell-casting dreams by leaping into... Read more

Superhot VR review: Virtual reality's most frustratingly enjoyable game
4.5 stars

Superhot VR review: Virtual reality's most frustratingly enjoyable game

By Adrian Willings

Bullet time is dead, long live bullet time.Since the days of Max Payne - which was the first game to feature bullet time, the Matrix-style super slow-mo action - a multitude of other games designers have tried to a create a gaming delight by including... Read more

Sairento VR review: Fast-paced ninja action with a shuriken serving of role-play
4.5 stars

Sairento VR review: Fast-paced ninja action with a shuriken serving of role-play

By Adrian Willings

There's something incredibly alluring about the ninja lifestyle. Skilled in the art of swordplay, capable of dispatching multiple enemies and then disappearing into the shadows. Armed to the teeth with all manner of weaponry. Light-footed and nimble... Read more

Space Pirate Trainer review: A fantastically exhausting VR shooting gallery
4.0 stars

Space Pirate Trainer review: A fantastically exhausting VR shooting gallery

By Adrian Willings

Space! Pirates! Training! What could be more fun than that? Well, Space Pirate Trainer, but of course.We're not really sure where the pirates come into the equation, though. But the lack of swashbuckling, pieces o' eight, barrels of grog and peg legs... Read more