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.
First revealed at the Quest Gaming Showcase back in April as Ghostbusters VR, Sony Pictures Virtual Reality and nDreams today unveiled the name of their upcoming four-player co-op: Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord. The game is slated to...
Quest Pro is here and brings with it some welcomed hardware improvements but a dubious value proposition that's highly dependent on someone else making the right apps. There's two ways to look at Quest Pro: A better and more expensive...
Meta quietly confirmed that its next consumer-focused Quest headset (likely called Quest 3) will launch in 2023. While it was a bit more than a year between the launch of the first Quest and Quest 2, it's now been more...
In Meta's most recent quarterly earnings call the company shared the latest revenue figures of Reality Labs, the company's XR division. In the third quarter of the year the division hit new milestones... unfortunately not the kind investors like...
Quest Pro has finally been revealed and we were lucky enough to be among the first to get a hands-on demo with this interesting new standalone VR MR headset. Update (October 25th, 2022): Quest Pro releases today—our review unit arrived...
There's a lot to talk about after our time with Quest Pro. In our prior article we talked about the experience using Meta's new MR headset. Here we'll get into the nitty gritty of the headset's capabilities and performance. Update (October...
In early 2021 Meta launched App Lab for Quest which allows developers to distribute their games on the headset without going through Meta's curation process. There's now 1,457 games and apps available on App Lab, more than triple the...
In addition to the consumer-focused Pico 4 headset launched this week, the company is also getting ready to release a business-focused variant called Pico 4 Enterprise, which brings to the platform eye and face-tracking for a price that aims...
Unreal Engine 5 brings two key features which stand to radically improve the realism of both 3D geometry and lighting. While the features aren't yet fully optimized for VR, early developer experiments are showing impressive results. Unreal Engine 5 launched...
Meta has announced that developers will be able to opt their apps into providing users with a free timed trial which the company hopes will increase conversion while giving developers an easier path compared to creating and maintaining a...
At Connect 2022 this month, Meta announced the Quest content store has surpassed $1.5 billion in purchased VR content since its launch in 2019, representing continued but decelerating growth likely due mostly to market seasonality. Update (October 18th, 2022): Article...
While Oculus doesn’t offer much publicly in the way of understanding how well individual games & apps are performing across its Quest 2 storefront, it’s possible to glean some insight by looking at apps relative to each other. Here’s...
Panasonic brand Shiftall has revealed the latest prototype of its MeganeX VR headset. Along with the updated design the company has shown off a SteamVR Tracking module to add precision tracking to the headset, along with support for Valve Index...
This week Meta showed off a preview of its next-gen avatars during the Connect keynote. Frankly, they looked great! However, there's... less than meets the eye here. When Mark Zuckerberg appeared in Horizon during the Connect 2022 keynote sporting a next-gen...
Meta announced that Quest users will soon be able to watch YouTube content inside Horizon Home, the first-party social VR space that's finally making it easy to hang out in VR with friends. Meta is slowly... painfully slowly... building out...
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