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.
With content for headsets like Rift, Index, Vive and Windows 'Mixed Reality' maturing since their respective launches, there's more reason than ever to finally jump into VR—especially now that headsets have come down in price. For the gamers out there who...
Located at the Vatican City in Rome, Italy, the Sistine Chapel is Michelangelo's magnum opus; the chapel's painted ceiling, which includes the famous 'Creation of Adam' along with hundreds of other works which form an epic mural, is a cornerstone of Renaissance...
Valve has confirmed that that rumored Half-Life: Alyx is indeed real. A full reveal is planned for Thursday. Valve has been teasing its work on several full VR games for years, but beyond that we had only rumors to go on....
Oculus Link, the feature which turns Quest in a PC headset, is now available in beta. If you're wondering whether or not your PC has the specs to handle it here's a breakdown of the Oculus Link recommended specs...
With Stormland finally launching this week you may find yourself wondering how the game's co-op features work and especially the 'Cycling World', which aims to keep the game feeling fresh from week to week. We went straight to developer...
Like all Oculus Studios titles, Stormland officially only supports the Oculus platform. Revive, an unofficial mod, has been a reliable way to get Oculus exclusive games to work on SteamVR headsets like Index and Vive, but Stormland didn't work with Revive...
Halo Reach (2010), the final Halo game from the series' original developer, Bungie, is coming to PC in December, and could wind up with a VR support through an unofficial mod. Zack "Nibre" Fannon, the creator of the Alien: Isolation VR...
It's been a long, long road for Golem, the upcoming PSVR exclusive title that's been in development since even before Sony's VR headset launched in 2016. After several major delays, Golem is finally due to launch, albeit a little later than previously...
Legendary programmer and Oculus CTO John Carmack today announced he'll be moving to a "consulting CTO" role in order to reduce his time spent at the company to a "modest slice." This, he says, will make way for him...
With Stormland, Insomniac Games set out to figure out if an open-world adventure game could really work in VR. The result? Not just 'the new bar', but a rather high one at that (not to mention one of VR's first great co-op games). Stormland Details: Official Site Developer: Insomniac Games Available On: Oculus...
Insomniac Games is no stranger to VR game development. Since 2016 the studio has created three Oculus exclusive VR titles—Feral Rites, Edge of Nowhere, and The Unspoken—but its next (and possibly last Oculus exclusive), Stormland, is unequivocally its most ambitious...
RGB Haptics is a new Unity-based tool that aims to make it easier for developers to create and implement haptic effects in VR games. Haptics are important in games in general, but especially in VR—because the medium gives players significantly...
While Oculus doesn’t offer much publicly in the way of understanding how well individual apps are performing across its VR storefronts, it’s possible to glean some insight by looking at apps relative to each other. Here’s a snapshot of...
Microsoft today announced that its latest AR headset, HoloLens 2, is finally shipping. The headset can be purchased directly for $3,500 or rented for $125 per month. Microsoft announced HoloLens 2 back in February and has started selling the headset...
Formerly known for its linear, story-driven VR adventure series The Gallery, Pistol Whip is a surprising shift for Cloudhead Games into VR's rhythm and shooting genres. Surprising as it may be, the studio makes a strong case for fusing the two,...
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