Unity Updates XR Platform to Improve Multi-Platform Offering on 2019.3, Removes Gear VR & Google VR Support

Videogame engine Unity has supported the XR industry from the early days of virtual reality (VR) through to the current crop of augmented reality (AR) hardware. That has included a lot of different hardware support, some of which is still relevant while others less so. This week has seen Unity update its XR platform, removing support for some devices whilst reaffirming official functionality for the latest headsets. 

Unity Supported Platforms

Affecting Unity 2019.3 and beyond, the company has confirmed that Samsung Gear VR and Google VR support will end due to the fact the relative companies have moved their interest away from these products. It’s worth noting Gear VR and Google VR will remain supported in Unity 2018 LTS for developers working on existing projects. Continue reading

More VR Savings are Here With the Steam Lunar New Year Sale

Generally speaking, you’re never too far away from a Steam sale. The Winter Sale only ended on 2nd January and now it’s time for the annual Steam Lunar New Year sale. Once again it’s time to delve into the platform’s vast library and hopefully grab yourself a bargain, saving some cash on that one videogame you’ve been keeping an eye on.

Steam Rat StickersAs per usual, Steam’s sale isn’t just about discounted videogames. To help everyone celebrate the New Year in Steam style, you’ll be able to follow the origin story of the Zodiac each day by opening a new gift from the Emperor. Daily red envelopes feature Year of the Rat Tokens, which can be used toward seasonal items available exclusively in The Lunar New Year Night Market. Continue reading

The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets Coming to PlayStation VR on Disk Next Month

Fast Travel Games launched its award-winning (Raindance Film Festival – Best Immersive Game 2019) puzzle experience  The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets for multiple VR headsets a couple of months ago. Today, the studio in collaboration with Perp Games has revealed a physical version will be arriving next month for PlayStation VR gamers in Europe.

The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets

Originally revealed during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany last year, the videogame features a heart-warming tale narrated by the players’ grandfather. Each level consists of a floating island which can be spun around to investigate the intricate details and characters within. Continue reading

Apple CEO Tim Cook Expects AR: ‘Will Pervade our Entire Lives’

When it comes to preference over virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies Apple CEO, Tim Cook has made his stance continually clear, AR is most certainly the future. Cook was in Dublin, Ireland this week to receive a Special Recognition Award for the company’s contributions to the country – 6,000 people work at its Cork office – and discussed the future of tech and AR’s role.

During a session chaired by IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan, he asked Cook about his expectations for the next five to ten years: “I’m excited about AR. My view is it’s the next big thing, and it will pervade our entire lives,” reports Silicon Republic. Continue reading

Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency’s Mutators Update Adds Smooth Locomotion

Last month Neat Corporation and Fast Travel Games launched stealth sequel Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency for PC VR headsets. Having received a positive response from players the developers have now dropped the Mutator Update, adding a bunch of options to customise the experience plus one major feature – smooth locomotion.

Budget Cuts 2

Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency’s movement is based around its teleportation gun dubbed the ‘Translocator’, great for moving between surfaces, small gaps and sneakily looking around corners. But it wasn’t great for those action situations where accomplished VR players want to move fluidly, strafing or quickly evading danger. So the introduction of smooth locomotion will be welcomed by many fans. Continue reading

Global Tilt Brush Art Fest and Tournament Taking Place in London Next Month

Google’s Tilt Brush app has been the cornerstone of virtual reality (VR) artistic expression since its launch in 2016, allowing artists both amateur and professional to paint in three dimensions. Many competitors have arrived over the years but Tilt Brush still remains a firm favourite which is why the Reality Centre in London is hosting the UK leg of the Global Tilt Brush Art Fest and Tournament taking place next month.

The event is for artists and VR fans alike, a community get together involving food, music and some friendly competition. For those actually participating they will be able to compete to make the most immersive VR art environment, having 45 minutes each. To add a party vibe to the proceedings a live DJ will be broadcasting via Twitch entirely in VR powered by TribeXR. Continue reading