Ben Lang

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Based in Silicon Valley, Ben has held editorial positions across several technology publications for eight years. He founded Road to VR in 2011 to explore the immense possibilities of virtual reality, augmented reality, and human-computer interaction. Having seen the individual pieces but never the entire puzzle, he set out to map VR’s current state-of-the-art and to understand how far it is from a perfect simulation of reality (a la Matrix). Beginning with tracking the consumer VR space nearly a year before the Oculus Rift Kickstarter, Ben has spent the last several years actively documenting and promoting the industry as it experiences an explosive resurgence.
In addition to the consumer-focused Pico 4 headset announced this week, the company has also announced a Pico 4 Pro variant aimed at enterprise use-cases. With the announcement of Pico 4 this week, Pico is squaring up to compete with...
Bonelab the anticipated followup to VR physics sandbox adventure Boneworks (2019), is due to launch next week after a surprise release date announcement from developer Stress Level Zero. Along with the game's release date, new Bonelab gameplay shows a unique avatar-swapping...
Pico today announced the Pico 4 standalone VR headset, with pricing and content aspirations that make it clear the company hopes to compete directly with Quest 2. The headset will launch in October starting in Europe and some Asian...
HaptX, which makes-enterprise focused haptic VR gloves, has announced the closure of a $23 million investment. The company says it will use the cash to accelerate the rollout of its next-gen products. HaptX has been enhancing and refining its enterprise-focused...
Resident Evil Village is one of the best looking games on PS5 to date, and its forthcoming VR version will be one of the best looking games in VR to date. During a hands-on with RE8 on PSVR 2 I...
While Oculus doesn’t offer much publicly in the way of understanding how well individual games & apps are performing across its Quest 2 storefront, it’s possible to glean some insight by looking at apps relative to each other. Here’s...
One of the big questions on my mind ever since the announcement of Horizon Call of the Mountain for PSVR 2 is whether it would be a short 'experience' designed as a simple demo for the headset, or a full blown...
Sony's long awaited PSVR 2 isn't here just yet but after an extensive hands-on with the headset it's clear it'll be worth the wait. Last week I visited Sony's PlayStation headquarters in San Mateo, CA to see PlayStation VR 2...
Valve this week updated its monthly Steam Hardware & Software Survey to fix issues resulting in anomalous VR population data. The corrected figures return the survey to being one of the most useful pieces of public data about the...
Varjo, maker of high-end enterprise XR headsets, this week announced it has raised a $40 million Series D investment to continue building its Varjo Reality Cloud software and deliver a "true-to-life industrial metaverse." Varjo makes some of the highest-end enterprise...
StrikerVR, longtime maker of haptic VR guns, is launching its most affordable product yet: the Mavrik-Pro. Though still primarily targeting VR attractions, the company says it plans to launch a consumer version of the new gun next year. StrikerVR makes...
Two of the biggest names in XR—headset maker Meta and chip maker Qualcomm—today announced a "multi-year broad strategic agreement" to collaborate on "customized virtual reality chipsets" for future devices. Qualcomm, a leading provider of smartphone processors, was an early mover...
NVIDIA, one of the tech sector's power players, is pushing the Universal Scene Description protocol as the foundation of interoperable content and experiences in the metaverse. In a recent post the company explains why it believes the protocol, originally...
Sony confirmed today that its latest VR headset, PSVR 2, will see a release date in 2023. The company's brief announcement didn't include a price for PlayStation VR 2, one of the last pieces of key info that's still...
An innocuous screenshot of Meta's social VR platform shared by CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week saw widespread criticism in the tech sector. Prompted by the reaction, Zuckerberg shared a glimpse of purported visual upgrades headed to the platform. Last week Meta...
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