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.
For the third month running, the number of VR headsets on Steam has reached a new record high of some 2.9 million, or 2.3% of Steam users. Update (April 4th, 2021): A prior version of this article reported that monthly-connected...
While Facebook has yet to reveal official unit sales figures for Oculus Quest 2, various data points the company has offered, along with data from developers, has allowed us to hone in on a reasonable estimate. Compared to PSVR,...
Following a prototyping phase started in 2019, Microsoft and the United States Army have announced they are moving to a production phase of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), based on HoloLens 2 technology, through a contract worth up...
Hot on the tail of Niantic teasing a pair of AR glasses earlier this week, a new report from The Information says the company is readying a pair of its Spectacles glasses with proper AR functionality. Snapchat has been selling its Spectacles...
During an interview with Bloomberg this week, Facebook Reality Labs VP, Andrew Bosworth, said that Quest 2 has outsold all Oculus headsets combined, a significant milestone for a headset which has only been available for five and a half months. Adding...
Tundra Tracker, the SteamVR Tracking tracker in development by Tundra Labs, has well exceeded its $250,000 Kickstarter goal in less than 24 hours. The project has already exceeded $600,000 and still has 59 days to go. Backers of the Tundra...
Niantic, the studio behind the popular Pokémon GO, today teased some kind of see-through headset. Following a prototype demonstration of Pokémon GO running on HoloLens 2 earlier this month, Niantic CEO John Hanke today showed a teasing glimpse of a see-through headset...
With nearly all major XR events cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, it's been a somewhat odd year for the industry. With vaccines starting to roll out in the US, AWE has set a hopeful November date as...
Carbon Studio has revealed a new cinematic trailer for its upcoming mouthful-of-a-game, Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Tempestfall. While the cinematic trailer doesn't show any real gameplay, the studio also offered up a brief glimpse of actual gameplay and narrowed the...
The latest beta update to SteamVR has brought improvements to the way users can use their PC desktop inside of VR through the SteamVR dashboard. Now you can choose to display specific applications instead of your entire desktop, and...
Last month Oculus launched App Lab for Quest which allows developers to distribute their games on the headset without going through Oculus' curation process. There's now more than 100 games and apps available on App Lab. There's now 103 apps...
Now through March 31st you can pick up Half-Life: Alyx on sale at a 40% discount in celebration of the game's one year anniversary. Half-Life: Alyx is clearly one of the best VR games released thus far, and if you've somehow avoided...
Nintendo and Niantic have announced a partnership to jointly develop new AR games based on Nintendo franchises. The first game will be based on the Pikmin series, and be "built on Niantic's real-world AR technology," which has most famously...
WarpAR is a free iOS app from developer Matt Bierner which lets you use Photoshop-like liquify tools to dynamically modify the world through AR. More than just a cool tech demo, it also helps us imagine what the future...
Asymmetric co-op VR games—where each user plays a wholly different gameplay role—are a rare breed. Fortunately, the well regarded Carly and the Reaperman is set for a Quest release date on April 15th, making it available on every major VR...
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