Latest AR & VR news

VR hasn't taken off as we'd hoped but give it time, says Rebellion's Jason Kingsley
VR hasn't taken off as we'd hoped but give it time, says Rebellion's Jason Kingsley By Rik Henderson

Virtual reality is an area of gaming that is growing slowly, but has not taken off as some predicted.Analysts and gaming experts claimed that VR would be a massive success story in 2016, but the release of the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR... Read more

Oculus Go standalone VR headset: Price, specifications and everything you need to know
Oculus Go standalone VR headset: Price, specifications and everything you need to know By Adrian Willings

Oculus now offers a wire-free, standalone virtual reality headset in the form of the Oculus Go. This device was originally announced during the company's Connect 4 conference and is designed to sit between mobile VR, such as a Samsung Gear VR, and high-end... Read more

Oculus Go now available in UK and European stores, standalone mobile VR for £199
Oculus Go now available in UK and European stores, standalone mobile VR for £199 By Rik Henderson

Oculus has made its standalone mobile virtual reality headset more widely available across UK stores. It has also been released in Canada and Europe.You could previously buy Oculus Go from oculus.com in 23 countries, including the UK and US, but there... Read more

Xbox shelves Xbox One X VR and Mixed Reality plans
Xbox shelves Xbox One X VR and Mixed Reality plans By Rik Henderson

Xbox has confirmed that it has no plans to add support for virtual reality or Mixed Reality headsets to the Xbox One X.When he first revealed "Project Scorpio" - the development name for Xbox One X - Xbox head Phil Spencer said that not only would it... Read more

Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset to use Qualcomm's XR1 VR chip
Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset to use Qualcomm's XR1 VR chip By Maggie Tillman

VR and AR headsets aren't cheap.If companies making these forward-looking devices want people - other the developers - buying them, they have to lower their prices. The $200 Oculus Go is a good start, but Microsoft's HoloLens, on the other hand, starts... Read more

You can watch the World Cup from your own private VR box
You can watch the World Cup from your own private VR box By Rik Henderson

The BBC's World Cup VR app is now live on Android, iOS and Gear VR and will be available on PlayStation VR later today, in time for the first World Cup match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. If you want to be in a World Cup stadium this summer but haven't... Read more

Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset might launch this year or in early 2019
Microsoft HoloLens 2 headset might launch this year or in early 2019 By Maggie Tillman

HoloLens is over three years old.Microsoft's mixed reality headset isn't getting any younger, and many have begun to wonder if the company has dropped this project altogether, considering it opened up its MR platform to other manufacturers, which led... Read more

Formula E 'ghost racing' app will let you race against drivers in real time
Formula E 'ghost racing' app will let you race against drivers in real time By Maggie Tillman

Those of you who are fans of Formula E will soon be able to compete against your favourite drivers.You'll be able to do this in real-time via your mobile phone, tablet, or computer, thanks to a new online gaming platform that the FIA and Formula E has... Read more

Lego Apple ARKit 2 demo showcases next phase of AR interaction, we have a play
Lego Apple ARKit 2 demo showcases next phase of AR interaction, we have a play By Rik Henderson

Lego was invited on stage during Apple's WWDC keynote to show how ARKit 2 can improve augmented reality experiences when iOS 12 launches later this year.The toy manufacturer is no stranger to AR apps, having a couple of its own already and being part... Read more

Qualcomm XR1 is a dedicated chip for low-cost AR/VR
Qualcomm XR1 is a dedicated chip for low-cost AR/VR By Max Langridge

Qualcomm has announced a brand new processor dedicated to being used in AR & VR headsets. Called the XR1, the chip has been designed to make it easier and cheaper for companies to build dedicated AR or VR headsets.  Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: Everything... Read more

BBC Earth: Life in VR launches alongside Lenovo Mirage Solo, explore the natural world first hand
BBC Earth: Life in VR launches alongside Lenovo Mirage Solo, explore the natural world first hand By Rik Henderson

The BBC has announced its virtual reality application, BBC Earth: Life in VR, is launching alongside the Lenovo Mirage Solo VR headset. Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400 The game, that has previously... Read more

You can now buy Lenovo's Mirage Solo VR headset and VR camera
You can now buy Lenovo's Mirage Solo VR headset and VR camera By Elyse Betters

Lenovo's Mirage Solo is now available to buy from Lenovo.com.The device, billed as the first standalone Daydream VR headset that doesn't require a smartphone to use, debuted at CES earlier this year. At that time, Lenovo said it was targeting a mid-2018... Read more

HTC Vive wireless: How to upgrade your VR headset and ditch those cables
HTC Vive wireless: How to upgrade your VR headset and ditch those cables By Adrian Willings

Cables are a necessary evil of VR gaming on a high-end headset like the HTC Vive or Vive Pro. These devices need to be tethered to a powerful gaming PC to run smoothly but room-scale VR gaming can be frustrating when you can feel cables constantly tugging... Read more

Oculus 'Half Dome' prototype headset offers wider FOV in the same compact package
Oculus 'Half Dome' prototype headset offers wider FOV in the same compact package By Max Langridge

Following a day talking about a new dating service and the launch of the Oculus Go standalone headset, Oculus took to the stage once again at Facebook's F8 conference to unveil a new prototype headset, currently code named Half Dome. Facebook's F8 event... Read more

Google releases its first VR Doodle to celebrate French illusionist George Méliès
Google releases its first VR Doodle to celebrate French illusionist George Méliès By Max Langridge

If you head to the Google homepage today, Thursday 3 May, you will see a new Google Doodle. However, today's is the first to compatible with VR headsets, or can be watched in a 360-degree interactive video if viewing on a regular web browser. The best... Read more

Apple's standalone headset with AR and VR support might launch in 2020
Apple's standalone headset with AR and VR support might launch in 2020 By Elyse Betters

Apple is rumoured to be making a headset of some sort, and now, there's a new a report with details about it.According to CNET, the headset is a standalone device. It's codenamed T288 and expected to support both augmented reality and virtual reality... Read more

Samsung's AR Emoji might be used for video chatting in the future
Samsung's AR Emoji might be used for video chatting in the future By Elyse Betters

It looks like Samsung had bigger plans for AR Emoji.The company recently launched AR Emoji with its latest devices. Initially, everyone figured Samsung was just copying Apple's Animoji. But even Apple sort of lifted the idea from Snapchat, which has long... Read more

New software turns your HTC Vive Pro into an AR headset
New software turns your HTC Vive Pro into an AR headset By Rik Henderson

HTC has released an early access build of a new SDK that enables developers to unlock and utilise the HTC Vive Pro's front cameras. That means they can incorporate the real world into their virtual experiences and games, making the headset a full augmented... Read more

HTC's full Vive Pro Starter Kit launches for £1,048
HTC's full Vive Pro Starter Kit launches for £1,048 By Elyse Betters

Attention VR gamers: Now's the time to buy an HTC Vive Pro, because you can get it in a bundle that includes everything but the PC needed.HTC has announced a "Vive Pro Starter Kit" - a bundle which includes the HTC Vive Pro's head-mounted display, two... Read more

Firefox Reality unveiled: Mozilla made a browser for AR and VR
Firefox Reality unveiled: Mozilla made a browser for AR and VR By Elyse Betters

Mozilla has announced a new version of its Firefox browser.This version is unique because it's designed for standalone virtual reality headsets and augmented reality headsets. Called Firefox Reality, it's described as a cross-platform, privacy-friendly,... Read more

HTC Vive Pro tips: How to set up the Vive Pro and tackle issues
HTC Vive Pro tips: How to set up the Vive Pro and tackle issues By Adrian Willings

The pinnacle of virtual reality gaming now comes in the form of the HTC Vive Pro. This is an incredibly powerful VR headset and a step up from the original HTC Vive. As we mentioned in the review, most of the upgrades are in the headset itself. All the... Read more

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

Major Pokemon Go update adds daily tasks, story mission, and Mew
Major Pokemon Go update adds daily tasks, story mission, and Mew By Elyse Betters

Niantic will soon give Pokemon Go more of a story.The company has announced the next major update to the location-based AR game. In a blog post, it explained how the update revolves around a new concept called “research," which consists of daily tasks... 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

HTC's standalone Vive Focus VR headset will launch worldwide in 2018
HTC's standalone Vive Focus VR headset will launch worldwide in 2018 By Elyse Betters

HTC's standalone virtual reality headset will arrive by the end of the year, the company has announced.The HTC Vive Focus technically had a limited launch last year in China, but soon, it'll be available going worldwide. The company announced the news... Read more

Oculus Go standalone VR headset expected to launch at F8 in May
Oculus Go standalone VR headset expected to launch at F8 in May By Elyse Betters

Facebook-owned Oculus might launch its standalone virtual realty headset this spring, a new report has claimed.The company is planning to launch Oculus Go at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, according to Variety. Keep in mind Facebook’s VP of... Read more

Lenovo will launch its Mirage Solo VR headset in May after Google I/O
Lenovo will launch its Mirage Solo VR headset in May after Google I/O By Elyse Betters

Lenovo's Mirage Solo will launch in May for under $400.The device, billed as the first standalone Daydream VR headset that doesn't require a smartphone to use, debuted at CES earlier this year. At that time, Lenovo said it was targeting a mid-2018 release.... Read more

Google and LG are developing a high-res, 120Hz VR display
Google and LG are developing a high-res, 120Hz VR display By Max Langridge

Google will unveil a new 4.3-inch, 18-megapixel VR headset screen at Display Week 2018. The screen will have a wide field-of-view, use OLED display technology and have a 1,443ppi rating. Google Daydream: What does it do, what devices support it and what... Read more

Motorola's next Moto Mod is a VR headset, leaked image reveals
Motorola's next Moto Mod is a VR headset, leaked image reveals By Elyse Betters

Lenovo-owned Motorola is developing a new mod - and it's designed to make its Moto Z line more immersive.The company offers a line of Moto Mod accessories for its smartphones. These include add-ons like a projector, Alexa speaker, and instant camera.... Read more

Bose shows off AR glasses designed to augment your world with sound
Bose shows off AR glasses designed to augment your world with sound By Elyse Betters

Bose is getting into the augmented reality business -- but with a focus on audio, rather than visual.The audio company announced at SXSW that it’s working on a pair of augmented reality glasses that - instead of overlaying data onto the real world like... Read more

Oculus issues fix for security problem: How to unbrick your Oculus Rift
Oculus issues fix for security problem: How to unbrick your Oculus Rift By Rik Henderson

Oculus Rift owners were in a proper flap yesterday as their VR headsets stopped working completely. Many vented their anger online, claiming their devices had been bricked.However, considering it was a simple firmware issue whereby a security certificate... Read more

Jurassic World Alive brings dinosaurs to life in Pokemon Go-like AR game
Jurassic World Alive brings dinosaurs to life in Pokemon Go-like AR game By Elyse Betters

If we had to use augmented reality for one thing, it would be to see dinosaurs in real life.No? Just us? Well, anyway, it's been more than a year since Pokemon Go exploded onto the scene and influenced a whole new trend of AR-based games, such as the... Read more

Channel your inner ape with Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR
Channel your inner ape with Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR By Max Langridge

With 20th Century Fox's Planet of the Apes trilogy now complete, FoxNext VR Studio has announced Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR, a new game that sees you take on the role of an ape, with a mission to battle humans and return to Caesar.The game, available... Read more

This 360-degree video from Waymo lets you ride in its driverless van
This 360-degree video from Waymo lets you ride in its driverless van By Elyse Betters

Have you ever wanted to take a ride in a driverless car?Well, now you can experience what it's like, thanks to Waymo, which has released a 360-degree video showing the inside of one of its fully driverless minivans. Waymo is the self-driving car company... Read more

Ghostbusters World is a Pokemon Go-like AR game for catching ghosts
Ghostbusters World is a Pokemon Go-like AR game for catching ghosts By Elyse Betters

A new Ghostbusters game has been announced, called Ghostbusters World, and it reminds us of Pokemon Go.It's an augmented reality game, in which you use your device to find and catch "specters, ghosts, and apparitions." The game is coming to Android and... Read more

Want to travel down the Nile in VR? Then watch this new BBC VR series
Want to travel down the Nile in VR? Then watch this new BBC VR series By Elyse Betters

BBC has a new interactive experience for you to enjoy.Last year, the broadcasting company, which is well-known for its radio plays, announced interactive plays that listeners could tune into via an Amazon Echo or Google Home and actively participate in... Read more

Is this the future of VR?
Is this the future of VR? By Dan Grabham

Qualcomm has revealed a demonstration VR headset that harnesses its latest Snapdragon 845 chip. The Snapdragon 845 was first talked about in December - check out our in-depth Snapdragon 845 guide - and this reference design headset is all about performance. It... Read more

Is Samsung still making Galaxy Glass? New filing pops up with logo
Is Samsung still making Galaxy Glass? New filing pops up with logo By Elyse Betters

Not to be outdone by Apple's recent patent filing, Samsung has filed its own smart glasses-related trademark.Sure, the company has been rumoured to be making smart glasses for a quite a while, but the timing of this latest filing looks like Samsung is... Read more

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

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

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

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

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 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 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 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