Athena VR gun controller enhances HTC Vive shooters, seeks funding on Indiegogo

Ilium VR and Arrow Electronics have launched a crowdfunding campaign for Athena, a virtual reality gun controller that uses SteamVR Lighthouse tracking technology to deliver immersive first-person shooter experiences.

Currently in the prototype stage of development, Athena is a wireless, motion-tracking gun peripheral that allows HTC Vive owners to intuitively aim, shoot, and reload within first-person VR experiences without relying on approximated input from Vive controllers.

“If you’re like us, you know VR shooter experiences have the potential to be so much more,” the Indiegogo pitch states. “We want our out-of-game interactions to inform our in-game experiences, not invalidate them with unrealistic gestures and simple buttons. That’s why we created Athena, an immersive gun controller for gaming — to put the virtual world in your hands.”

VR enthusiasts wielding the controller can pull the device’s trigger to fire at in-game targets, while reloading is mapped to an included drop magazine. The Athena additionally boasts SteamVR tracking technology, enabling “seamless integration” with existing SteamVR games and experiences.

Backers can reserve an Athena peripheral for a $260 early bird pledge, which also grants access to one of two bundled games: the zombie apocalypse shooter Arizona Sunshine or sniper sim The Nest. Supporters who pledge $300 or more will receive both games in February, while the Athena device itself will begin shipping in December 2017.

“Athena is the result of over two years of hardware prototyping and working with game developers and gamers around the world,” the project’s creators note. “We at Ilium VR have taken everything we’ve learned from our previous controllers and put it into what we think is the most immersive gun controller for virtual reality.”

Athena seeks $100,000 in fixed-goal funding by January 5. Ilium VR expects manufacturing to begin in August.

Gaming

The Teslasuit could turn Black Mirror’s terrifying ‘Playtest’ into a reality

We spoke with Teslasuit co-founder Dimitri Mikhalchuk about VR gaming at CES 2019. With all its features, the future of the Teslasuit and virtual reality look bright. And it also sounds a bit like a Black Mirror episode.
Gaming

Take a trip to a new virtual world with one of these awesome HTC Vive games

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.
Gaming

Immerse yourself in a new universe with these incredible PSVR games

The PSVR has surpassed expectations and along with it comes an incredible catalog of games. There's plenty of amazing experiences to be had so we've put together a list of the best PSVR games available today.
Virtual Reality

Think virtual reality is just for games? These awesome apps will change your mind

Virtual reality isn't all about gaming. Swim with turtles, paint in 3D, and immerse yourself in some unique experiences the platform has to offer with our curated list of the best VR apps.
Gaming

HTC brings two new headsets, a VR browser, and ‘Netflix for VR’ to CES 2019

HTC Vive made several new announcements to CES 2019, including two new headsets, a new subscription service, and a new user interface that completely transforms how applications are launched.
Photography

Camera records real-life scenes to design virtual worlds using a single device

Creating virtual reality worlds may get a bit easier in 2019 -- the Axis is a camera module that records a 180-degree depth map, allowing designers to reconstruct the scene for virtual or augmented reality.
Product Review

HTC puts eye-tracking tech in Vive Pro Eye to make next-gen VR hands-free

With the announcement of integrated eye tracking for the Vive Pro Eye, hands-free VR, less demanding high-quality experiences, and intuitive software, are all on the table.
Gaming

The Vive Pro Eye uses Tobii eye-tracking technology to make VR more lifelike

HTC revealed the Vive Pro Eye with eye-tracking support at its CES 2019 press conference on January 7. We now know that Tobii will be the company responsible for integrating the technology.
Computing

Oculus’ Quest is the headset that will make me (and you) a VR believer

Without excessive wires or complicated setup, and a price point that makes sense for tech that just isn't there yet, Oculus' upcoming standalone headset, the Quest, could bring VR mainstream.
Gaming

Dive headfirst into the best experiences available now on the Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift brought back virtual reality and put a modern twist to it. Grab your Touch Controllers, put on your VR headset, and jump into the fun with some of the best Oculus Rift games available now.
Gaming

The best VR headsets at CES 2019 could bring the technology to the mainstream

While there weren't a ton of new VR headset on display at CES 2019, the ones we saw led us to believe that VR could have a real moment soon, both from a gaming and business standpoint.
Gaming

These are the coolest virtual and augmented reality gadgets from CES 2019

CES 2019 had plenty of VR and AR gadgets on display, including headsets that completely change how you experience virtual reality, and some that don't even require a PC or a phone to run.
Gaming

These shoes let me stroll through ‘Skyrim,’ and I desperately want to go back

After being funded in just two hours on Kickstarter back in October 2018, Cybershoes has earned itself a place among the coolest VR walking and running tech. At CES 2019, we got to try them out and they live up to the hype.