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.
Oculus VR has opened the doors to pre-orders of their new Oculus Rift DK2. A new video from the company highlights the improvements they've made over the DK1 and an official FAQ answers some important questions. Hidden away on...
Today at GDC 2014 Oculus VR has announced availability of their second Oculus Rift developer kit, widely referred to as the DK2. The unit, which includes positional tracking, low-persistence, and other major improvements over the DK1, is available for...
Minecraft developer Markus "Notch" Persson recently made a trip to visit Oculus VR and Valve to check out their latest work in VR. Notch seemed suitably blown away by the virtual reality hardware that he saw, but will we...
Oculus VR is among a number of organizations and developers who will be present at the first public VRLA Meetup being held on April 7th. If you're interested in VR and are in the LA region, the VRLA Meetup is...
Last week Oculus VR was in Austin Texas at the annual SXSW interactive festival. In addition to hosting an open panel, the company showed off their latest Oculus Rift Crystal Cove prototype to the public for the first time....
Tactical Haptics says that they're currently raising money to bring the unit to market for VR developers and enthusiasts. The company ran a Kickstarter back in November which unfortunately failed to hit its goal of $175,000. It's unclear if...
Second Life developer Linden Lab has been teasing Oculus Rift support for their popular world since way back in April of last year. Today the company has announced that they're seeking users with Oculus Rift developer kits to participate...
Two of the region's largest VR Meetups are teaming up to host a VR Mixer at GDC next week. Come by for a chance to meet developers, media, and enthusiast from the VR industry and community. "Join us for a...
As my personal favorite Oculus Rift demo, I've been watching Crashland's development closely. The forthcoming version, which will include a ferocious "Hell Worm," among other additions like powerups and new weapons, looks absolutely amazing. Crashland is the hobby project of...
Valve has recently confirmed that the company is getting their highly anticipated Source 2 game engine "working well with VR." Oculus subreddit moderator, Dudelsac, compiled a list of questions from the community to ask Valve during a recent Q&A session...
Those who have been following along will remember Proton Pulse as one of the best early demos for the Oculus Rift. After being mysteriously shut down over what seemed like intellectual property concerns, the game may have a chance...
The Avegant Glyph Beta Kickstarter has ended with just over $1.5 million in funding. The company is now accepting pre-orders for the head mounted display with a release date expected in Q1 2015. Rap legend Snoop Dogg gives the Glyph...
Oculus VR Inc has announced that Oculus Rift developer kits (DK1) are in short supply, the company will suspend shipping due to shortage of components. Oculus VR Inc's community manager, Andres 'cybereality' Hernandez, announced via the Oculus subreddit that "certain components" used...
Developer Michael Blix has created an Oculus Rift Simulator web app which gives an idea of what an Oculus Rift could look like equipped with a 1080p, 2k, and 4k screen. The demo also features simulated 'low-persistence' which helps...
Oculus VR's 'Crystal Cove' prototype is a huge step up from the Rift developer kit (DK1). Those who have tried the very latest prototype technology from Oculus VR say that it's even better than Crystal Cove. Cliff Bleszinski, best known...
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