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.
The Knight Foundation, focused on journalism and the arts, is opening a call-for-ideas from creatives and organizations using immersive technology to bring art to their audiences. Selected projects will be awarded a share of a $750,000 grant pool, as...
From the very first time we previewed an early build of ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission, it was clear that there was much care and craft behind the work. At its October 2018 launch, the finished game not only didn't disappoint,...
I have to say, when I first saw the announce trailer for Marvel's Iron Man VR, I wasn't exactly blown away. Now that I've actually had a chance to try the game for myself, my tune has totally changed—there's...
Indie VR gem Racket: NX (2018) launches today on Oculus Quest with cross-platform multiplayer with the Rift version of the game. Playing out as a techno-future infused mashup between Breakout and racquetball, Racket: Nx feels right at home on Quest thanks...
Echo VR, the hub for both 'Echo Arena' and 'Echo Combat', got a sizeable update today with a revamped lobby which turns zero-G into under-the-sea. A new Skirmish zone lets players hop into pick-up battles for practice before diving...
With Facebook recently launching the Oculus Quest and Rift S—both of which rely on always-on cameras during use—we reached out to the company to learn more about what data is captured by the cameras and how it's used. There's never...
Oculus Quest is the company's first mobile headset to offer full positional tracking, and also its first to be able to run a handful of top PC VR titles that have been ported to work with the headset. To...
Disney Animation Studios is set to debut its second VR short film, A Kite's Tale, late this month at the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles. Following the debut of their first VR short film, Cycles, last year at the same conference, Disney...
Amazon's annual deal day for its 'Prime' members is on, and there's a handful of deals on VR headsets. Here's the breakdown: Amazon Prime day offers exclusive deals to Prime members (you can get a free trial here). The deals...
In announcing Until You Fall, Schell Games was boastful about its ability to deliver an “intense, real-time combat expe­ri­ence that hasn’t been seen before with VR." After spending a few hours with the pre-alpha version of the game, it's clear...
Until You Fall, the upcoming hack-and-slash rogue-lite from the studio behind I Expect You to Die (2017), is set to launch in Early Access on August 27th. Until You Fall so far appears to be a very intriguing departure for Schell Games....
Lone Echo II isn't due out until 2020, but developer Ready at Dawn recently offered up a glimpse of some of the gameplay to come. Lone Echo II was first announced back in mid 2018, but the first playable demo was...
Channeling Journey (2012) and Viva Piñata (2006), albeit at a smaller scale, Fujii is a game about exploration and gardening with a dash of discovery. That's not to say that you'll be exploring epic landscapes or saving the world by discovering long-lost knowledge in...
Following months of steep discounts, most of the Windows VR headsets have vanished from Microsoft's online store and are showing limited or no stock at other retailers. Microsoft has yet to offer an explanation, but signs are pointing toward...
As the studio behind the excellent PlayStation VR Worlds, Sony Interactive Entertainment's London Studio has been at the forefront of VR game design since before PSVR even shipped back in 2016. With their latest title, Blood & Truth, the studio sought...
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