DDD60 Is A New EU-Funded Compression System To Make 360-Degree Video Clearer

Watching 360-degree content inside a VR headset can be an amazing experience, but only if the image is clear enough. The European Union wants to help with that. The EU’s research and innovation program, Horizon 2020, is devoting a portion of its funding to a group of pioneering video companies and film festivals, including reelport,…

How We Live Streamed President Obama in 360°

On January 10, 2017 VRScout Studios teamed up with Radiant Images, vantage.tv, Nokia OZO, and The White House to make history, executing a multi-platform livestream of President Obama’s Farewell Address in 360°. It was the first broadcast of its kind, as not only the first Presidential farewell preserved in 360°, but also the first 360°…

HTC Plans to Certify Accessories Approved for Use with Vive Tracker

At CES earlier this month, HTC announced the Vive Tracker, a standalone tracking device which taps into the Vive’s Lighthouse tracking system, and which can be attached to objects to track them in VR, including purpose-built accessories. The company plans to have an official certification process for accessory makers. The Vive Tracker is a standalone…

Drummer Plays the ‘Pokemon’ Theme In VR With Custom Software

Drums are cool. Everyone knows it. When you were a kid playing in a rock band with your friends the two hottest spots were lead guitar and drums. And then, when you were playing Rock Band as a teenager or adult, that plastic kit made you feel both talented and grateful that you weren’t stuck…

Nike’s New AR Feature Lets You Display Different Styles On Physical Shoes

Augmented and virtual reality are slowly but surely being integrated into shopping experiences worldwide. At CES for example, GAP and Asus teamed up for an AR shopping app that may point toward the future of mobile shopping engagement. And previously we covered Adidas and their promotion of a new soccer shoe using virtual reality throughout Europe….

Jaunt Reviving Cult Classic The Lawnmower Man as a VR Series

Today, Jaunt, the virtual reality (VR) content production and distribution specialist has announced its production slate for 2017. Five new scripted series are planned, with one being the iconic 90’s VR themed movie The Lawnmower Man. The other four series that have been announced are Luna, The Enlightened Ones, Bad Trip and Miss Gloria. Each series…

‘The Lawnmower Man’ is Coming Back in VR

Jaunt unveils their 2017 VR scripted slate at Sundance. As the Sundance Film Festival kicks off today in Park City, Utah, Jaunt has revealed the development of five new original scripted VR series — one of which is based on the 1992 cult classic feature, The Lawnmower Man. The company that most recently brought us…

‘The Lawnmower Man’ is Coming to VR as an Original Multi-Episode Series

Jaunt, the cinematic VR company, has today revealed 5 different content deals slated to go into production in 2017, one of which—love it or hate it—will be based on the seminal ’90s VR flick The Lawnmower Man (1992). And no, neither Pierce Brosnan nor Jeff Fahey have signed on to reprise their roles as the eccentric scientist Dr. Lawrence Angelo and the…

Get Your Cook on with Cosmic Chef for Daydream

Since its launch a couple of months ago, Google’s Daydream View head-mounted display (HMD) hasn’t exactly been overrun with content, with titles appearing sporadically. Today those that have bought the headset have been treated to another release, this time from Uber Entertainment in the form of Cosmic Chef. Available to download now on Google Play…

ZeniMax Wanted 2 Percent Of Oculus In Exchange For John Carmack

Following Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance earlier this week, Tuesday saw Oculus founder Palmer Luckey answer questions in the company’s ongoing legal battle with ZeniMax Media over the alleged theft of VR technology. Wednesday, however, Luckey got into the nitty-gritty about the origins of the Oculus Rift and more. Luckey faced questions from both prosecution and defense. The 24-year-old…

HTC Vive Launches $10 Million VR Fund For Social Good

The program is dedicated to show how virtual reality can lead to positive impact in support of the United Nation’s sustainable development goals. Unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, HTC announced the launch of a $10 million VR fund for content and technology that will create positive impact and change. In support…

Raw Data Developer Survios to Launch VR Arcade Initiative

This week Los Angeles-based developer Survios, the studio behind first-person shooter (FPS) Raw Data for HTC Vive, has announced the launch of an arcade-optimized version of the title, specifically for VR entertainment venues around the world. The new version of Raw Data will give players a uniquely streamlined experience. Raw Data Arcade will feature simpler in-game menus, improved loading times, faster multiplayer matchmaking,…

Capture Photos In VR With This HTC Vive Accessory

Share all your amazing digital experiences with the first ever camera to shoot in virtual reality. The internet has been going bonkers ever since HTC unveiled their most exciting Vive accessory to date at this years CES in Las Vegas, The Vive Tracker. The revolutionary accessory can attach to various real-world items, turning them into…

Within and FoxNext Creating Planet of the Apes VR Experience

FoxNext, a newly created division of 21st Century Fox has announced a partnership with virtual reality (VR) content and distribution specialist Within. This will see a slate of new immersive content including a Planet of the Apes VR experience. Planet of the Apes will be the first project the partnership put into production, directed and produced by Within…

YJM Games Become First South Korean Investor in The VR Fund

Today South Korean developer YJM Games has announced a partnership with The Venture Reality Fund (The VR Fund), providing investment alongside building a network to expand their global virtual reality (VR) plans. Through YJM Games’ US subsidiary, YJM Games USA, the company plans to make quick strategic investments in VR, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality…

DigiLens Raises $22 Million For Consumer-Focused Augmented Reality Products

DigiLens raised an additional $22 million in a Series B investment round from Sony, Foxconn, Continental and Panasonic, along with venture investors including Alsop Louie Partners, Bold Capital, Nautilus Venture Partners and Dolby Family Ventures. Gilman Louie, founder and managing director of Alsop Louie Partners, said the next generation display technology will be glass. “Data…

PSYOP Bolstering VR/AR Capabilities Hiring Ex 2K Executive Matthew Seymour

Psyop, the Los Angeles-based developer behind fortune-telling video game Kismet, has announced today the expansion of its virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) business with the hiring of former 2K executive Matthew Seymour. Seymour will be the new executive producer/business development manager for VR/AR, overseeing production of original and brand related content at the studio. He brings more…

Within and Fox Partner to Create VR Content, Spike Jonze to Co-Produce Original VR Film

Content distribution platform and VR studio Within is partnering up with FoxNext, a recently created immersive media division of 21st Century Fox. The new partnership is promising to “bring viewers a new slate of virtual reality experiences this year,” the first of which will be based on Fox’s Planet of the Apes franchise. The first VR project, based on the dystopian…

Carbon Studio Unveils Next VR Project The Wizards

Last year Carbon Studio released its first virtual reality (VR) videogame ALICE VR for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and OSVR. Today the studio announced its next VR project, this time with a magical theme, The Wizards. In The Wizards players take on the role of a young wizard traveling through time, fighting hordes of enemy forces along the…

‘Kismet’ Developer Psyop Expands With Former 2K Executive

LA and New York-based production studio Psyop has only dipped its toes into VR thus far, but it’s about to commit to a lot more. So far we’ve seen the company release one original piece of VR content, a small but effective experience named Kismet. It saw players meet a fortune teller and engage in…

HTC Vive Creates $10 Million Initiative VR For Impact to Support UN

HTC has done quite a bit over the last year in support of virtual reality (VR), creating various programmes such as Vive X. Today sees the launch of another, ‘VR For Impact‘, a $10 million USD initiative created to support positive impact and change in collaboration with the United Nations (UN), helping the organisation achieve…

Jaunt Expands Global Operations with New Chief Financial Officer

While it won’t be the most exciting news of the week, Jaunt has revealed that because of its continued plans for global expansion its now appointed Fabrice Cantou as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). With nearly two decades of experience in the finance industry, Cantou has led finance operations for fast-growth technology startups and large corporate organizations, having been CFO…

Win a Development Contract at The VR Concept Game Jam

Continuing VRFocus’ event initiative, today we are pleased to announce a collaboration with The VR Concept for ‘VRFocus Presents The VR Concept Game Jam’. Taking place at The Four Thieves pub in Battersea, UK, The VR Concept Game Jam will challenge participants to make a unique multiplayer VR project in just 24 hours. Sponsored by…

Vive To Spend $10 Million on VR Projects That ‘Create Positive Impact’

Tonight at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland HTC Vive announced that it will devote $10 million “to drive VR content and technologies that will create positive impact and change,” according to a company spokesperson. Vive is pledging these funds through a new program called VR for Impact. The money will also be used in conjunction…

Sonic Meme Tweet Teases SEGA Hololens Experiments

When it comes to video game social media it would be difficult to think of another account that has had as much impact than that for the Sonic The Hedgehog brand. The Twitter account – run by SEGA of America (SOA) – has, over the last 18 months almost deliberately eschewed actual news updates in favour…

Hands-On: ‘SpaceDragon’ Is A Trippy Touch Title For VR’s Darker Side

With Oculus Touch in-hand you can turn yourself into amazing things. How about a badass warrior that’s able to control time with his movements? Or an artist capable of creating amazing sculptures out of thin air? Or perhaps you desire to embody the master of two neon laser-shooting dragons hell-bent on destroying entire solar systems? That’s…