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.
Set to launch this week, on the two year anniversary of the original Vive, HTC's Vive Pro shows the progress the company has been able to make on their VR headset in the same span, though it isn't being...
Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 845 VRDK, a VR headset reference design for hardware and software developers, is now offering 6DOF controller input with ultrasonic tracking. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 VDRK is essentially a starting point for companies who want to build their...
Thanks to a free update to PS4's WipEout Omega Collection (2017), you can finally get the authentic anti-grav racing experience on PSVR. The game's VR update is a smart and skillful adaptation, offering players a chance to "play the full...
After getting our hands on VR rhythm lightsaber game Beat Saber at GDC 2018 last week, we've been looking forward to more information on the game's release date, which is so far set for April. Now developer Hyperbolic Magnetism...
Indie VR developer Mixed Realms, creators of badass VR ninja simulator, Sairento, announced this week plans for their next chapter, coming in the form of Sairento Reborn. Described as "bigger and better," Sairento Reborn hopes to open up the title, allowing cooperative hack &...
Sony has announced a $100 price drop to their PlayStation VR headset across the board. The PSVR Doom VFR bundle now starts at $300 and the PSVR Skyrim bundle runs $350. Bringing prices that haven't been seen since temporary sales...
PlayStation's legendary anti-grav arcade racer can now proudly display the 'PSVR-compatible' badge thanks to a free update pushed out today to WipEout: Omega Collection for PS4. Update (03/28/18): Announced via a PlayStation blog post, Wipeout's PSVR update is finally here. For...
Rockstar Games, the mega studio behind Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, and plenty more, are officially bringing Oculus Rift support to its first VR title, L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files. The game, which previously launched on HTC Vive via...
Oculus' PC SDK version 1.19 now supports NVIDIA's VRWorks Lens Matched Shading (LMS) technique, offering "a performance boost and a slight quality improvement" on supported GPUs. Lens Matched Shading is part of NVIDIA's VRWorks toolset, and takes advantage of the...
Researches from Stony Brook University, NVIDIA, and Adobe have devised a system which hides so-called 'redirected walking' techniques using saccades, natural eye movements which act like a momentary blindspot. Redirected walking changes the direction that a user is walking...
Because VR is so demanding, hardware makers have issue 'Recommended' or 'VR Ready' guidelines to help customers understand what kind of hardware they need for a good VR experience. For the most part, the VR industry's biggest players have...
Infinadeck is an active omnidirectional VR treadmill which has been in development since at least 2014. A new video shows the treadmill now using Vive Trackers for enhanced tracking, which appears to have increased the responsiveness of the device....
Massless is developing a stylus designed specifically for high-precision VR input. We got to check out a prototype version of the device this week at GDC 2018. While game-oriented VR controllers are the norm as far as VR input today...
Over the last year, Oculus' public hardware ambitions have mostly centered around their upcoming standalone headsets (Oculus Go and Santa Cruz), with little to say about what's next for the company's PC VR headset, the Rift. Addressing a small...
Because VR can take over our entire reality, it can be great for entertainment. But when it comes to AR, the hope is that the tech will be a transient and beneficial addition to reality, rather than taking over...
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