Latest AR & VR reviews

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

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

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

Operation Warcade VR review: Reinventing the arcade experience for virtual reality
4.0 stars

Operation Warcade VR review: Reinventing the arcade experience for virtual reality

By Adrian Willings

Years ago, before the days of modern personal computers and way before the rise of Xbox and PlayStation, people used to get their gaming fix by visiting their local arcade. A pocket full of change and a few spare hours could bring endless joy.Operation... Read more

Google Daydream View (2017) review: New looks and lenses, but no new tricks
4.0 stars

Google Daydream View (2017) review: New looks and lenses, but no new tricks

By Elyse Betters

Mobile VR is the most affordable way to experience virtual reality.You can go ultra cheap with the £15 Google Cardboard headset, which works with most iOS and Android phones, or you can spend a little more on the £80 Samsung Gear VR, which works with... Read more

Asus ZenFone AR review: You know when you've been Tango'd
3.5 stars

Asus ZenFone AR review: You know when you've been Tango'd

By Cam Bunton

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are two areas of huge potential, especially as all major manufacturers and platform developers are involved, whether it be for mobile or desktop.For Google, Project Tango was the first major push towards... Read more

HTC Vive review: An experience that’s out of this world
4.0 stars

HTC Vive review: An experience that’s out of this world

By Rik Henderson

We've dabbled in VR many times before, even as far back as the beginning of the 90s with W Industries' Virtuality system. More recent years have given us mobile-based devices, such as Samsung's Gear VR and Google Cardboard, but such devices are essentially... Read more

Google Earth VR review: Now with virtual reality Street View
4.0 stars

Google Earth VR review: Now with virtual reality Street View

By Adrian Willings

We've always been big fans of Google Earth. It's just so incredible to be able to virtually go anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home.So when we discovered that Google Earth had a VR version - including Street View - that was compatible... Read more

Front Defense review: The VR first-person arcade shooter for HTC Vive
4.0 stars

Front Defense review: The VR first-person arcade shooter for HTC Vive

By Adrian Willings

Front Defense is a fast-paced arcade-style shooter set in the final days of World War II. Developed by HTC's first-party team, Fantahorn Studio, the game is a virtual reality shooter created specifically for the HTC Vive. Backed by the people who actually... Read more

The Brookhaven Experiment review: Virtual reality monsters in your living room
4.5 stars

The Brookhaven Experiment review: Virtual reality monsters in your living room

By Adrian Willings

The Brookhaven Experiment is an intensely dark, atmospheric wave-based VR shooter for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.The game's story centres around an experiment gone wrong, which has torn a hole through the fabric of reality and let monsters and demons... Read more

Duckpocalypse review: Duck Hunt reimagined for virtual reality
4.0 stars

Duckpocalypse review: Duck Hunt reimagined for virtual reality

By Adrian Willings

We don't generally take the time to review cheap and cheerful games, but Duckpocalypse is something special that hit us right in the nostalgia zone. It's like a smart reboot of gaming classic, Duck Hunt, but with a twist - it's in VR.Ok, so it's not technically... Read more

EVE Valkyrie review: Virtual reality space battle fun without the motion sickness
4.0 stars

EVE Valkyrie review: Virtual reality space battle fun without the motion sickness

By Adrian Willings

Space and virtual reality is a heady and exciting mix. After all, who hasn't dreamt about flying through space blasting laser-cannons? Which is exactly what EVE Valkyrie brings to (virtual) life - from the comfort of your living room sofa.EVE Valkyrie... Read more

Rick and Morty Virtual Rick-ality review: It's time to get schwifty
4.5 stars

Rick and Morty Virtual Rick-ality review: It's time to get schwifty

By Adrian Willings

Wub-a-lub-a-dub-dub! From the creators of Job Simulator comes Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. If you're fans of the series like we are, then you can imagine the sort of shenanigans Rick and Morty in VR presents. And we're happy to report the hilarity... Read more

Arizona Sunshine review: Zombie shooter is at the pinnacle of VR gaming
4.5 stars

Arizona Sunshine review: Zombie shooter is at the pinnacle of VR gaming

By Adrian Willings

Set in the barren landscapes of a post-apocalyptic America, don't let Arizona Sunshine's title confound: this is a VR zombie shooter for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift set in the baking heat of Arizona state.Like many other zombie game narratives before... Read more

Royole Moon review: The 3D 'Virtual Cinema' experience, minus the popcorn
3.0 stars

Royole Moon review: The 3D 'Virtual Cinema' experience, minus the popcorn

By Adrian Willings

The Royole Moon is an interesting piece of hardware. It's a headset that purports to offer a 'virtual 3D theatre experience' in an immersive mobile device that's suitable for use anywhere, anytime. It's not a virtual reality headset, as such, despite... Read more

Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat

Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat

By Mike Lowe

The theme at this year's IFA show - the largest technology show in Europe - is all about Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's dive into easy-to-setup virtual reality experiences, which will debut from 17 October when a Windows 10 update arrives.And manufacturers... Read more

Lenovo Explorer preview: The best-fitting Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

Lenovo Explorer preview: The best-fitting Windows Mixed Reality headset yet

By Mike Lowe

If there's a theme at this year's IFA show - that's the largest technology show in Europe, if you're not in the know - then it has to be Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's dive into easy-to-setup virtual reality experiences.Lenovo had previously announced... Read more

Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges preview: We put on the headset to battle Kylo Ren

Lenovo Star Wars Jedi Challenges preview: We put on the headset to battle Kylo Ren

By Stuart Miles

We aren't sure about you, but we've always wondered what it would be like to have a proper Lightsaber duel. Or maybe play a game of Holochess.Thanks to the joys of augmented reality, you can now do both. Lenovo has teamed with Disney to create an AR experience... Read more

HTC Vive Tracker preview: Turns baseball bats, guns and more into VR controllers

HTC Vive Tracker preview: Turns baseball bats, guns and more into VR controllers

By Rik Henderson

2016 might not have been the year of virtual reality everybody had previously predicted, but it set the stall for future innovations. And unlike failed attempts in the past, this time it does seem that VR is here to stay.One of the best headsets available... Read more

Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR
4.0 stars

Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR

By Steve Boxer

So PlayStation VR has arrived, offering a cheaper-than-PC means of experiencing the joys of virtual reality on PlayStation 4. But like every new item of gaming hardware, it's in dire need of a so-called killer app: a game which is an abdolute must-play.Battlezone... Read more

Star Trek: Bridge Crew delayed until 2017, this is what you’re missing

Star Trek: Bridge Crew delayed until 2017, this is what you’re missing

By Rik Henderson

Ever since we first caught a glimpse of Star Trek: Bridge Crew at E3 in June, we've been extremely excited by the communal VR game. And recently we got to spend a lot more time with it, playing in different crew member roles and trying to complete the... Read more

Sony PlayStation VR review: Virtual reality for the masses
4.0 stars

Sony PlayStation VR review: Virtual reality for the masses

By Rik Henderson

We can't count the amount of times someone has said 2016 would be the "year of VR", ourselves included if we're being honest, but we're 10 months in now and it's been anything but.Unavailability, price hikes and the reliance on expensive PC equipment... Read more

Oculus Rift review: The VR revolution begins here
4.0 stars

Oculus Rift review: The VR revolution begins here

By Rik Henderson

Our first dalliances with virtual reality (VR) were with Virtuality, a system created by W. Industries back in the early 90s, and it blew our minds at the time.The graphics were basic and blurry, the headsets cumbersome and heavy, and a session with a... Read more

Batman Arkham VR preview: Find out why the PS VR game was best of E3 2016

Batman Arkham VR preview: Find out why the PS VR game was best of E3 2016

By Rik Henderson

We’ll come out with a bold claim right from the off, not only was Batman: Arkham VR the last game we saw at this year’s E3 before its doors were shut, it was also the best. Of the whole show.That’s a personal opinion, of course, and it doesn’t... Read more

PS VR Aim Controller preview: Playing Farpoint with Sony's new gun-shaped controller

PS VR Aim Controller preview: Playing Farpoint with Sony's new gun-shaped controller

By Elyse Betters

At the start of the E3 gaming expo 2016, Sony announced a first-person shooter called Farpoint, compatible with PlayStation VR and a new controller called PS VR Aim. This is no SNES Super Scope, though, as we found when playing the game ahead of launch.The... Read more

Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality

Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality

By Mike Lowe

Here's something we didn't expect at the E3 gaming expo this year: to be playing Fallout 4 in virtual reality. But it wasn't a dream, it actually happened - and it might become a reality for all players in the near future.Bethesda - the studio behind... Read more

OnePlus Loop VR headset preview: This is the free VR headset for the OnePlus 3 launch

OnePlus Loop VR headset preview: This is the free VR headset for the OnePlus 3 launch

By Chris Hall

When OnePlus said it was giving away free VR headsets, the internet blew up and soon stock had vanished. Fortunately we were at the front of the queue and now we've had our Loop VR headset delivered. It would be selfish not to share, so here it is, the... Read more

Microsoft HoloLens preview: An augmented vision that's still very much in the future

Microsoft HoloLens preview: An augmented vision that's still very much in the future

By Stuart Miles

Microsoft HoloLens is the company's stab at delivering what it believes is the next big thing. Rather than go down the virtual reality route favoured by Oculus, HTC, Samsung, Google and others, Microsoft believes augmenting our reality is the future.But... Read more

Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic
4.0 stars

Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic

By Chris Hall

Virtual reality, or VR, is very much the hot topic in 2016. With VR systems appearing all over the place, Mattel has reinvented the classic View-Master as its own pitch into this futuristic entertainment space.Originally launched as a stereoscopic toy,... Read more

Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition review: The stepping-stone to Oculus proper
4.0 stars

Samsung Gear VR Consumer Edition review: The stepping-stone to Oculus proper

By Mike Lowe

Virtual reality, often known as VR, has a long and winding history. From the distant dream of Sega's VR, unveiled back in 1993, to the modern day it's-almost-here reality of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, it's South Korean giant Samsung that's... Read more

Minecraft on Oculus Rift preview: VR heaven or just a load of old blocks?

Minecraft on Oculus Rift preview: VR heaven or just a load of old blocks?

By Rik Henderson

One of the major new products to be shown at the Xbox Spring Showcase in San Francisco was Minecraft. Not regular Minecraft mind, but a virtual reality version that we got to play using an Oculus Rift headset set-up at the event.Microsoft had previously... Read more

LG 360 VR preview: A unique perspective on mobile VR

LG 360 VR preview: A unique perspective on mobile VR

By Chris Hall

LG surprised many with the launch of the LG 360 VR, a virtual reality headset announced alongside the LG G5 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.VR seems to be very much the hot topic in 2016, from the major systems like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, through... Read more

Google Cardboard review: The cornerstone of mobile VR
4.0 stars

Google Cardboard review: The cornerstone of mobile VR

By Chris Hall

Google Cardboard was announced at Google I/O in June 2014, and consists of two parts: a virtual reality (VR) headset, technically called a viewer, and the software ecosystem that supports it.Rather like Android Wear, it's one name applied to both the... Read more

Hands-on: Audi’s new 3D VR Configurator

Hands-on: Audi’s new 3D VR Configurator

By Stuart Miles

You’re on the hip Left Bank of Paris’s Seine River. It’s a sunny, breezy spring morning and you’re staring into the engine bay of your brand new, Ara Blue Audi R8 V10 Plus. As you move around the side of the car, you can’t help but wonder if... Read more

The Climb preview: Virtual hands hanging-on with Crytek's Oculus exclusive VR game

The Climb preview: Virtual hands hanging-on with Crytek's Oculus exclusive VR game

By Rik Henderson

We've experienced plenty of games and demos on Oculus and other virtual reality headsets over the last couple of years, but few have left us in a puddle of sweat quite so capably as Crytek's new game. And we mean that in a good way.The Climb is an Oculus... Read more

Here are the Star Wars Cardboard headsets: Kylo Ren, Stormtrooper, BB-8, and R2-D2

Here are the Star Wars Cardboard headsets: Kylo Ren, Stormtrooper, BB-8, and R2-D2

By Elyse Betters

Google Cardboard is already cool, but throw Star Wars into the mix and suddenly you got something unbelievably awesome.As a refresher: Google launched Cardboard in 2014. It gives you a rich virtual reality experience without the big price tag. It's a... Read more

Land's End review: Glimpsing the future of VR gaming
5.0 stars

Land's End review: Glimpsing the future of VR gaming

By Luke Edwards

As exclusive games go Land's End takes the crown. To play it you need to have a Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge or Note 4 smartphone. You then need to also own a Samsung Gear VR headset.But it's oh so worth it because Land's End is one of the most immersive... Read more

AuraVisor makes VR totally wireless and affordable at last

AuraVisor makes VR totally wireless and affordable at last

By Luke Edwards

AuraVisor has come along to steal the virtual reality crown from the competition by offering totally wireless immersion.The VR headset is a crowd-funded project initially and will sell for £300 when at full price. That gets you 1080p screens, built in... Read more

Homido is a universal virtual reality headset for smartphones (hands-on)

Homido is a universal virtual reality headset for smartphones (hands-on)

By Chris Hall

There's a lot of talk about VR at the moment, from the cheapest of the cheap - Google Cardboard - to the premium experience like HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.The Homido Virtual Reality Headset is a headset that's been cleverly designed to accept any smartphone... Read more

Halo 5 on HoloLens hands-on: A gaming match made in Heaven?

Halo 5 on HoloLens hands-on: A gaming match made in Heaven?

By Rik Henderson

One of the best received demonstrations during Microsoft’s E3 press conference involved a device we tried out for the first time at the Build developers conference last month: HoloLens.The company showed how it could be used to add an all-new element... Read more

This is Microsoft HoloLens: Hands-on with the future of computing

This is Microsoft HoloLens: Hands-on with the future of computing

By Rik Henderson

Ever since Microsoft first unveiled its own augmented reality headset - or holographic device, as it likes to call it - we've wanted to have a go. It's quite unlike anything we've seen or used before, so getting that first hands-on experience with HoloLens... Read more

View-Master hands-on: The VR reimagining of a 50s classic

View-Master hands-on: The VR reimagining of a 50s classic

By Andy Robertson

As you have no doubt heard, Mattel wants to re-launch its classic View-Master toy with a fresh injection of virtual reality, Google Cardboard style.This leverages the iconic red viewer from the late 50s that used disc-mounted photos, one for each eye,... Read more