Play WWII VR FPS Front Defense: Heroes For Free This Weekend

Yearning for an old-school Call of Duty 2-era WWII-focused first-person shooter (FPS) in VR? Does the modern, Counter-Strike style setting of Onward and Pavlov not do it for you? Then Front Defense: Heroes could be just what you’re looking for. And luckily this weekend (starting today and running through 1PM PT on Monday, 4/29, anyone…

Hands-On With Alien: Descent — A New Take On VR Attractions

A new kind of VR attraction opens today in Orange County, California, with Alien: Descent offering a trip to LV-426 overrun with dangerous Xenomorphs. I’ve previously visited location-based VR attractions from companies like The VOID, Dreamscape Immersive, and VRStudios. This system, put together by Pure Imagination in partnership with Fox, brings together different VR technologies…

Four-Sided VR Cave Installed At French University

A number of educational institutions have begun to include virtual reality (VR) equipment among the tools used to educate students. The Compiègne University of Technology (UTC) in France has perhaps gone a bit further with the installation of a VR Cave. Created by European VR solutions company Antycip Simulation, CAVE or the Cave Automated Virtual…

Snappables Brings Multiplayer AR Games To Snapchat

Snapchat users can now play AR games, with friends,  using the platform’s powerful lens and filter features. The update will roll out to users gradually over the course of this week. Some games will have a high score leaderboard, while others let you invite friends to play games directly together. In the quick teaser below…

Woolmark and Start VR Team Up To Promote Wool In VR

An increasing number of brands and businesses are turning to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) as a means of engaging with customers. One of the latest to engage with immersive technology is Australian brand The Woolmark Company, who have teamed with Start VR to showcase its product in VR. Woolmark VR have created…

Mozilla Hubs Turns Your Internet Browser Into A Social VR Experience

If Ready Player One gets anything right about the grand vision of VR, it’s that the future of the metaverse needs to be inherently social. Some of the best VR games out right now are solitary, single player experiences (such as Skyrim VR) but until we can enjoy things of that qualtiy, or higher, online…

Leap Motion Teases ‘Augmented Office’ With Project North Star AR Dev Kit

A foldaway user interface could bring new levels of productivity to AR workspaces. With Leap Motion’s Project North Star set to hit the streets in the coming months, the American-based hand-tracking depth sensor manufacturer has officially begun teasing the various ambitious design concepts made possible by the open source AR development kit. In a series…

WaveOptics and EVG Collaborate for Sub-$600 AR Glasses

When it comes to UK based work into augmented reality (AR) one of the biggest names out there must surely be WaveOptics. Much like fellow AR company Vuzix, it’s a name you hear often within the news and a company that keeps itself very busy. Again, much like Vuzix, they focus on smart glasses, except…

Apple HMD Research Continues With New Eye-Tracking Patent

An Apple patent for eye-tracking published today highlights the company’s continued research and investment into VR and AR. Last year Apple reportedly acquired leading eye-tracking company SMI, which forced other manufacturers using the tech in their hardware designs to find other options. Eye-tracking is important for comfortable communication using a VR or AR headset —…

Pennsylvania Police Get Grant For VR Training

Police face many scenarios where they must make life-or-death decisions in an instant. As a result, much emphasis is placed on training, and how to react to reprieved threats. In an effort to increase the quality of training given to police officers and guide them on how to react in complex situations, a police department…

Mixed Reality Lets Any Surface Become A Touch Screen

The market is still awaiting a consumer version of the Microsoft HoloLens, which is currently one of the most expensive mixed reality (MR) devices on the market, priced at $3000 (USD). This hasn’t stopped developers and researchers experimenting with the device to see what it can do. According to a team of Microsoft Researchers, the…

MLB Home Run Derby VR Out Now

Fans of baseball can rejoice as today sees the launch of MLB Home Run Derby VR on the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. The title has been developed by the Games and Virtual Reality team at Major League Baseball, so fans can expect and authentic experience. MLB Home Run Derby VR will feature three All-Star…

Outdoor Voices Aims to Use AR To Get Customers Outside

It was noted when Pokemon Go released that many people were drawn by the app into exploring the outdoors, with crowds of people hunting for elusive Pokemon in parks or public spaces and engaging in ‘Pokewalks’. Outdoor-wear retailer Outdoor Vices is also engaging with augmented reality (AR) to sell its product and get customers enjoying…

Missing in Action: Where are these PlayStation VR Games?

The PlayStation VR has skyrocketed to the forefront of consumer virtual reality (VR) since its launch back in 2016. In the 18 months since the debut of the head-mounted display (HMD) we’ve seen some fantastic VR experiences become available, with the likes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Farpoint and Moss redefining what videogaming can…

Real-Time VR Views Of Earth From Space

With Elon Musk’s Space X project aiming to bring the fantasy of space travel for everyone into reality, this has led to a renewed interest in the concept of space travel and what it would be like to view out planet from space. A new project called SpaceTime Enterprises plans to give everyone a chance…

Fast Travel Games Talk About Moving Into Mobile VR

Fast Travel Games is a small, independent development studio based in Stockholm, Sweden. The company has recently seen its first success in the virtual reality (VR) sphere will the release of Apex Construct, which received a positive response. Nina speaks to Kristoffer Benjaminsson, the CTO of Fast Travel Games about the origins of the company,…

How VR Porn Is Secretly Driving The Industry

As virtual reality (VR) technology continuously expands, its applicability is being tested in a wide range of markets – classroom learning, travel and tourism, online shopping, virtual cinema, etc. But what’s really driving VR, what’s really raking in the cash, is none of the above. It’s porn. Right now, the VR porn industry has a…

Virtual Builds is Offering SteamVR Tracking Development Kits & Expertise

Virtual Builds, a company spinning out of ASIC engineering firm Noisefigure Research, is a new entrant now selling SteamVR Tracking development hardware. With a full DIY kit starting at $200, Virtual Builds aims to make SteamVR Tracking more accessible for VR hardware companies and individual developers makers alike. With goal of making SteamVR Tracking a license-free…

VR Medical Company Vicarious Surgical Closes Series A Funding

With numerous opportunities opening up for use of immersive technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in the medical field, a number of companies have risen to this challenge. One of them is Vicarious Surgical, which has recently closed a Series A funding round. Vicarious Surgical uses VR along with surgical robots…

Channel 4 Commission VR Film – Grenfell: Our Home

With the horrific images from the Grenfell Tower Fire still very much in the public consciousness in Britain, Channel 4’s Current Affairs department have commissioned a virtual reality (VR) film titled Grenfell: Our Home. The film is being produced by independent production company Parable and is set to premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest Alternative Realities exhibition…

Snapchat Unveil Puggerfly AR Pet

Snapchat has shown a definite willingness to embrace augmented reality (AR) recently, and has now gone a step further with the announcement of a new kind of Snapchat AR pet called the puggerfly. The pug has become beloved to many denizens of the internet thanks to its cheerful nature and faintly ridiculous appearance that makes…

‘Echo Arena’ Update Overhauls Social Lobby, Makes Way for ‘Echo Combat’

Echo Arena, which ranks among our 5 favorite Rift sports games, has seen the release of patch 9.0, which totally overhauls the game’s social lobby, a place where players can socialize and participate in a number of activities while waiting for matches to begin. An incomplete section of the lobby teases forthcoming Echo Combat content. Launched…

Mark Zuckerberg Explains Why He’s Still Committed To VR

Facebook held its quarterly earnings call today to update investors on the company’s performance, and in a Q&A session someone asked about VR. It was a well-timed question coming ahead of the launch of Oculus Go, Facebook’s first standalone VR headset, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the opportunity to respond. Though his answer is…

Remembering The Alamo With Augmented Reality

The battle of The Alamo is one of the most famous in American history, and the site of that 1836 conflict has become a popular tourist attraction for visitors to San Antonio in Texas. Visitors will now be able to peer into the past to see how the historic site would have looked during the…

An Arcade Stalwart Evolved, Sony Square NYC Welcomes A(i)R Hockey

The arcade is ever evolving as it seeks to find a new audience and adjusts to the new status quo for on-location entertainment. Regular readers of VRFocus will be aware that news relating to virtual reality (VR) arcades and digital out-of-home entertainment (DOE) is pretty regular. Be it new locations, expansions, adaptions to existing venues, or…

New PlayStation VR Title Dream Match Tennis VR Announced

In the latest issue of Famitsu magazine a brand new PlayStation VR title has been revealed. Dream Match Tennis VR is looking to bring the enjoyment of tennis to virtual reality (VR) and give players a chance to score big on the virtual court. Dream Match Tennis VR is being developer by Bimboosoft, the team…

VR Vision Report Shows Demand Remains High for PlayStation VR

A new report and infographic released by immersive technology innovation company VR Visions shows that demand for virtual reality (VR) devices remains high, with the expectation of further market growth and a forecast of 1 Billion VR and augmented reality (AR) users by 2020. The report was compiled by VR Vision, a company that specialises…

TPCast Sign Distribution Agreement With Fry’s Electronics

For those who are eagerly awaiting the chance to upgrade their PC-based virtual reality (VR) rig into a wireless unit in order to ditch the cables, the latest news might be of interest. TPCast has signed well-known North American electronics retailer Fry’s Electronics as a channel distributor partner. The agreement between TPCast and Fry’s Electronics…

Virtual Banking: China Construction Bank Experiments With Cutting-Edge Technology

A state-owned Chinese bank has opened a branch that claims to be fully-automated, featuring a host of cutting-edge technology, including facial recognition, talking robots and virtual reality (VR). The new branch of China Construction Bank opened in Shanghai’s Huangpu district, and has been designed with the aim of making banking more personal, convenient and efficient….