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.
Meta is rolling out update v37 for Oculus Quest and Quest 2 bringing quality-of-life improvements like interface tweaks and tracking support for the Apple Magic Keyboard. A new link sharing feature promises to finally make it easy to send...
Varjo, makers of high-end XR headsets, today announced it is introducing an XR cloud streaming service for enterprise customers. The streaming solution leverages the headset's foveated rendering to deliver high quality XR experiences on less powerful machines. The company...
In Inside VR Design we examine specific examples of great VR design. Today we’re looking at the clever design of Stormland's weapons, locomotion, and open-world. You can find the complete video below, or continue reading for an adapted text version. https://youtu.be/AILowWzXJEE Stormland is...
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...
Acclaimed VR flight sim VTOL VR got a major update this month adding co-op and PVP multiplayer modes alongside a paid DLC featuring a co-pilotable helicopter for the first time. VTOL VR is an indie combat flight sim that's been lauded for...
Since 2019 Epic Games (well known as the creators of Unreal Engine & Fortnite) has run the Epic MegaGrants program, a $100 million fund to financially support projects built with Unreal Engine. In 2021 the program awarded grants to 31...
Oculus Air Link is an integrated way to play PC VR games (on Oculus PC or SteamVR) wirelessly on Quest or Quest 2. This guide will show you how to activate the Air Link feature on both your headset...
The studio behind the inventive multiplayer VR title Half + Half today announced a new multiplayer VR game called NOCK. Due to launch "soon" on Oculus Quest, Nock looks like Rocket League played with bows & arrows instead of cars. 'Normal' is the studio behind Half +...
Oculus Quest headsets now account for nearly 44% of all headsets used on Steam, and this clearly hasn't gone unnoticed by Valve. An update to the latest SteamVR beta aims to make the experience easier for new users. Despite making...
PlayStation VR 2 isn't here quite yet, but at the very start of 2022 Sony revealed the first detailed specs for the headset. Comparing PSVR vs. PSVR 2 specs side-by-side shows us how much has changed since Sony's first...
Nreal is a China-based startup behind the Nreal Light AR glasses, which aim for a sunglasses-like design. By hooking it up to your (Android) phone, it’s able to project virtual objects in your real environment and even allow you...
Though Meta is steadily building up three social VR apps—Horizon Worlds, Horizon Venues, and Horizon Workrooms—the trio still exist as separate apps and hardly constitute a seamless experience. In the future the company hopes to change that and open...
Today during Sony's CES 2022 press conference the company revealed the first details on PlayStation VR 2, including eye-tracking, a "4K" HDR display, and a 110° Field-of-view. For the first time today, Sony confirmed that its next-gen VR headset for...
Today during Sony's CES 2022 press conference the company not only confirmed a bunch of PSVR 2 specs, but also announced Horizon Call of the Mountain, a new made-for-VR game that will take players inside the world of Horizon, one...
Today during Qualcomm's CES 2022 press conference, the company announced a partnership with fellow tech-giant Microsoft which will involve "designing custom AR chips and integrating software platforms." Qualcomm and Microsoft today strengthened their growing relationship in the XR space with...
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