Samsung’s New VR Display Has Nearly 3.5x More Pixels Than Rift & Vive

At last week’s Display Week 2017 conference, Samsung showed off a new ultra-high resolution display for VR headsets that more than triples the pixel count of the displays in the Oculus Rift and Vive. A new display from Samsung targeting use in VR headsets packs a whopping 2,024 x 2,200 pixels into a 3.5″ form-factor,…

Future Warfare Could Involve Tactical Augmented Reality

People who have played a modern first-person shooter such as Call of Duty or Halo will be familiar with the idea of a soldier going into battle with extra information in their field of vision, such as a map, radar, enemy positions, positions of your teammates etc. Researchers working for the US Army are trying…

Bring Order to Micro City as Giant Cop: Justice Above All Comes to HTC Vive

March saw indie developer Other Ocean release virtual reality (VR) Giant Cop: Justice Above All for Oculus Rift and Touch. Today, the studio has announced it’ll be launching the videogame for HTC Vive tomorrow. In Giant Cop: Justice Above All, players police Micro City as an enormous officer than can pick up criminals and throw them into…

‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’ Review

Ubisoft’s long-awaited Star Trek: Bridge Crew, the co-op space sim that puts you at the bridge of your very own Federation vessel, is nearly here (coming out May 30th), but we’ve had our mitts all over a pre-release copy for a few days now. Wherever you may fall on the spectrum of Trek fandom, Bridge Crew promises more than…

Augmented World Expo Press Conference Roster Confirmed

The Augmented World Expo (AWE) 2017 will be taking place this week at the Santa Clara Convention Centre, California. A big part of the event is the Thursday press conference, where several companies have chosen to make major announcements regarding virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). AWE 2017 organisers have now revealed the roster. The…

A XXX Reality: The True Future of VR for Adult Entertainment

The virtual reality (VR) we’ve dreamed about and eagerly craved from popular movies and TV isn’t quite available, but it’s not far off. The adult industry has been a driving force behind many innovations over the past 20 years, influencing the development and implementation of online systems like secure billing, streaming video and more. Fast…

How Hidden Path Designed Real-Time Strategy Game Brass Tactics for VR

Mark Terrano cut his teeth as a game designer on real-time strategy (RTS) titles such as Age of Empires II. Now at Hidden Path Entertainment, he is using that experience to take RTS games into virtual reality. The company is making its next VR RTS title, Brass Tactics, as an exclusive for the Oculus Rift…

Preview: Everything Must Fall – Sort of Like Dominos for VR

Destruction in virtual reality (VR) is great fun, no matter what the theme is – usually giant robots like VRobot – where you can grab or shoot buildings, cities and more, leaving a swath of devastation in your wake. New Swedish studio Carry Castle has gone for a far more tactile approach to this medium…

VR Theatre Adaptation of The Glass Mask Year 3 Class D

3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen or The Glass Mask Year 3 Class D is a parody spin-off of a successful manga series aimed at young women titled The Glass Mask, which has also been adapted into several anime films and series. 3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen is a satirical show that began in 2016. Now…

VR and AR Get a Place in Silicon Valley’s Tech Museum

For many emerging new technologies, the introduction of a permanent exhibit for that technology at the Tech Museum in Silicon Valley is a sign that the technology in question has ‘made it’. Though by most metrics virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are still in their infancy, they too have received the honour of…

Hang 10 With Kelly Slater in “VR” Dude

We get it, “virtual reality” is now a big buzzword. Every newly-minted technology goes through a phase where every marketing department tries to figure out how they can use the latest buzzword to get some eyes on whatever they’re doing at the moment. So now we have a “VR experience” from totally radical surfer dude…

Star Trek: Bridge Crew Review – The Final Frontier of VR

In front of me to my left sits Tal Blevins, Editor-in-Chief of UploadVR. But in this moment he isn’t my boss; he’s my subordinate. Currently he’s my acting Helmsman aboard the U.S.S. Aegis and is in charge of steering our ship through deep, dark space. Then I’ve got Ian Hamilton, Senior Editor, taking over duties…

AirAsia Launches VR Campaign To Celebrate 50 Years of ASEAN

ASEAN is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, an organisation of ten Southeast Asian countries that aims to improve economic growth and social progress among its member nations. 2017 is the 50th Year of ASEAN’s existence, and in celebration, AirAsia have launched a new campaign integrating virtual reality (VR). The campaign will be presented via…

Managing Director of intu Digital Speaks of the Future of AR

Retail company intu is the largest owner of shopping centres in the UK, with more than half of the UK population having shopped with the company at one point. With the rise of online shopping, Karen Harris, Managing Director of intu Digital believes in the integration of technology into the shopping experience. In an interview…

Indian Filmmakers Begin to Explore VR

India is one of the biggest emerging markets for tech products, particularly smartphone technology. India also has a thriving creative film industry. It’s therefore not too much of a surprise that some enterprising filmmakers have chosen to combine the two to make India’s first virtual reality (VR) horror short. The 12-minute short is titled Crackle…

ARM Unveil New VR-Ready Processors

British semi-conductor firm ARM have announced a new series of processors that have been designed specifically with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) videogaming in mind. ARM say that they are aiming to offer the potential of ‘distributed intelligence’ to device vendors, which includes such things as artificial intelligence (AI), on-device learning and the…

How VR Experiences Influence Consumer Buying Decisions

There is no doubt in our mind that in the next couple of years we will see the virtual reality industry continue to grow at an unbelievable rate. The value of the industry is set to rise from 1.9 Billion Dollars (2016) to over 20 Billion Dollars! So with that amount of money being projected…

Peraso Look To Provide The Connectivity Needed In A Wireless VR World

Whether “wireless”, “untethered” or “standalone” virtual reality (VR) afficionardos and casual users alike can’t wait to be free of the pesky cord tying their head-mounted display (HMD) to either console or PC. It’s an understandable next step in VR’s evolution as a retail product and both first and third parties are looking into solutions. The…

The VR Job Hub: Climax Studios, Curve Digital Entertainment, Archiact

Whether you’re an experienced designer, programmer, engineer, or your’re looking for a move into the exciting worlds of virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) – whatever the case, welcome once more to the VRFocus’ Job Hub. The jobs listed here are located worldwide, from major game players to humble indie developers – the one thing…

TV Broadcaster MTG Launches VR app Aimed at Nordic Region

Modern Times Group (MTG) is primarily known as a TV broadcaster aimed at the Nordic and Baltic regions. The company has now launched a virtual reality (VR) content app for customers in its target region called Viareal. Users of the app will be able to experience content such as the 360-degree video broadcast of the UEFA…

Hammerhead VR’s Horror Title Syren 2 Returns for a Gameplay Video

Earlier this month Hammerhead VR released the second episode for its virtual reality (VR) horror experience Syren 2,  for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. So VRFocus thought it would be a good idea to return to the ocean depths and see what the new release entails. The first episode arrived back in February for both headsets,…

Tencent Announce Success of Fast & Furious AR Marketing Campaign

Tencent Holding Limited are one of the biggest providers of internet services in China, including popular instant messaging software QQ. The company recently announced that it’s campaign for the latest The Fast and the Furious movie, which included augmented reality (AR) elements was a success. As part of a campaign to promote the film in…

Schizophrenia Treatment Has Patients Face Their Demons in VR

An experimental treatment using virtual reality (VR) at the Phillippe-Pinel Institute in Montreal is forming part of a pilot program to treat patients with schizophrenia. The project was developed by psychiatrist Alexandre Dumais and involves the patients facing a VR recreation of the voices inside their heads. Patients chosen to be part of the pilot…

This Week In VR Sport: Football, Football Everywhere

The more virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) spreads, the more it gets adopted by those looking for new ways to enchance means of entertainment such as games, or film and television. Of course we at VRFocus have our own weekly overview of everything that’s affected another world of entertainment: the world of sport. So let’s…