Facebook, HTC and Intel Among Biggest Investors in VR

Several industry reports have indicated that the virtual reality (VR) sector is undergoing tremendous growth, with some indications that revenues from VR and augmented reality will approach $24 billion (USD) by the end of 2017. A report from analytics company Quid has revealed who the biggest investors in VR technology and industry are. As indicated…

AMD Debuts a VR Experience Around Big India Movie Release

Baahubali is one of India’s biggest films, and it is getting a sequel, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which is one of the most technologically sophisticated films ever made. It is the world’s first “trillion pixel film,” and it is getting a virtual reality experience that debuted this week at the Tribeca Film Festival in New…

VR For Awareness Takes Over Tribeca Film Festival

This year’s festival features a huge selection of immersive experiences spotlighting some of the world’s most pressing issues. So far, the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival has been a chaotic whirlwind of innovative filmmaking, groundbreaking immersive entertainment and masterful storytelling. However the most impressive part of the event has to be the increasingly high amount of…

How Ubisoft Crafted Star Trek: Bridge Crew Into A Multiplayer VR Game

Star Trek: Bridge Crew from Ubisoft and its Red Storm studio could be one of the most interesting social virtual reality games coming your way. This sim comes out on May 30 for Oculus Rift with Touch, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR (PSVR). It will have full cross-platform multiplayer. I was able to play a few missions…

Intel Let NABShow Attendees Try Out Immersive Movie Pods

Attendees at the NABShow event in Las Vegas had the opportunity to try out the immersive virtual reality (VR) pods supplied by Intel and Positron, which were showing how VR can be enhanced by involving senses other than sight in the process. The Positron Voyager pods resembled a half egg shape, in which the user…

The VR Job Hub: Coatsink, CCP Games and Playful

As the virtual reality (VR) industry develops, more jobs and careers are opening up in that sector. Programmers and engineers are always in demand, but there are opportunities available for designers, artists and animators, too. For anyone who is looking for a change in careers or further advancement, maybe something here might be perfect for…

Schoolchildren Get Chance to Create A VR Experience

The annual GSMA Girls’ Day was celebrated this year by inviting schoolgirls to Telefonica’s start-up accelerator in London, where they were given the chance to work on their own virtual reality (VR) experience. The girls were aged between 12-13 and studied at The Bridge Academy. Along with creating a new VR experience, the girls were…

Acer Reveal Upcoming Windows 10 VR Headset

Tech manufacturer Acer are one or the firms that Microsoft has partnered with to create its new line of virtual reality head-mounted displays (HMDs) for its Windows 10 operating system. Acer are one of the first to have a prototype of their headset ready for testing. Microsoft claim that one of the top reasons for…

Artist Fuses Real and Virtual Art with ‘Tilt Brush’ Mixed Reality

Artist Anna Zhilyaeva recently created an ‘augmented reality painting’ for her YouTube channel, ‘Anna’s dream brush’, which is dedicated to VR-based art. The work combines mixed-reality footage using VR software Tilt Brush with a real painting on canvas. “I was so amazed by Tilt Brush textures similarity with real paint that I decided to extend…

VRgluv Is A Fully Funded Force Feedback Glove On Kickstarter

Deepening the immersion of virtual reality is something many creators or working on, from finding a natural form of locomotion to delivering realistic physical feedback from these virtual worlds. The latter of the two has been tackled in various forms but a common factor between a majority of the options is a high price tag….

AMD Talk About What They See As Future of VR

In a recent interview, Roy Taylor, Corporate VP and Head of Alliances at Radeon Technologies discussed what he thought the future might hold for AMD and for virtual reality (VR) in general. Taylor was speaking to TechRadar about the recent acquisition of Nitero, a company specialising in wireless VR solutions. Many analysts believe that development…

Sony’s Streaming Service Crackle Jumps Into VR

The free streaming TV network is creating VR content for original programming like Snatch, along with immersive sponsorships for advertisers. Rupert Grint, known for playing Harry Potter’s witty ginger haired sidekick, Ron Weasley, has left the world of magic behind for the world of VR. Announced last week by Crackle, Sony’s free streaming TV network,…

Draw Me Close Uses VR, Props, And Performance To Evoke Childhood

There is a multitude of scientific studies on how complex memory is. How audio, smell, even taste, can take you back somewhere. That is to say, sensory immersion can help stir recollections and feelings of that past. What better way to immerse yourself and stir up emotions than with an immersive medium like virtual reality?…

Google Tilt Brush Gets Art Gallery Alongside New Updates

Google’s virtual reality (VR) painting app Tilt Brush recently received a large update that introduced a number of new features. In addition Google are introducing a social website where Tilt Brush users can share their masterpieces. The recent update added the ability to change the lighting scheme, which allows Tilt Brush users to change the…

HTC Vive’s VRCA Looks at the Future of the HTC Vive

Virtual reality (VR) as an industry has developed rapidly over the course of the past couple of years, with new hardware, software, videogames and experiences being announced almost hourly, the race to keep up with the rapid technological development is on. For the Vive Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRCA) looking to the future s…

Watch the First two Missions of Batman: Arkham VR

Batman: Arkham VR is proving to be hugely popular, both on PlayStation VR and the recently released PC edition compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. VRFocus has spent a considerable amount of time with the videogame, and today brings you two new gameplay videos. Played on the Oculus Rift with Oculus Touch, the videos…

GNOG Developers Release Level Trailers and Discuss Audio

Developers behind upcoming PlayStation VR puzzle game GNOG have released three trailers that show off what to expect from three of the levels within the title as well as discussing the intricacies of the soundtrack and how it came to be developed. The post on the PlayStation Blog goes in to some detail about how…

New Oculus Rift And Gear VR Releases For The Week Of 04/23/17

There is no better example of the differing strategies of two platforms than the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. In the case of the PC-powered Oculus Rift, they’ve taken a decidedly quality over quantity stance by focusing on fewer releases but making the ones that do come out better. Gear VR on the other hand…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 04/23/17

Welcome to a new week of releases for th HTC Vive! We’ve got two vastly different highlights, but be sure to scour the full collection to see if there’s something that catches your eye. TITAN SLAYER brings some extra flavor to the virtual brawler by asking you to be stylish and flashy while taking down massive monsters. Holos is a…

New PSVR Releases For The Week Of 04/23/17

I hope you like puzzles, because both of the main new releases on Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) this week are all about them. One of the games we reviewed and we previewed the other previously, so you don’t have to go in blind. Other than that, there’s a music video, which Sony seems fond of…

HTC Vive Teases WeChat VR Integration

Vive and WeChat users will be able to interact with each other in the same virtual space. Last week, Facebook showed us what the future of social VR looks like at their annual F8 developer conference. Dubbed Facebook Spaces, the new VR app lets you join friends in VR, step inside 360 videos, and even use Messenger…

Facebook Discusses The Future Of Oculus Rooms And The Monetization Of Spaces

Social VR is now a reality for Facebook proper and as a result it raises a few questions concerning the corporation’s pre-existing properties. In 2014 Facebook purchased Oculus, making it a matter of time before the acquisition’s virtual reality hardware would be incorporated into Facebook’s wider mission of “connecting the world.” A Facebook social VR experience…

Robinson: The Journey Nets German Computer Game Award

It is becoming more common to see virtual reality (VR) videogames and experiences be recognised in awards ceremonies. As the sector grows and the technology develops, it will hopefully become commonplace to see prestigious awards going to VR experiences such as the BAFTA received by David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR, or the German…

Conan O’Brien Plays ‘Wilson’s Heart’ in Latest ‘Clueless Gamer’ Segment

Wilson’s Heart, the latest exclusive on the Oculus Rift and Touch, has launched to much fanfare, including a funny take on the game (and VR in general) by Conan O’Brien. Conan O’Brien is the long time late-night talkshow host of Conan which includes a segment called ‘Clueless Gamer’ where Conan tries his hand at playing anticipated titles, despite…

Nokia’s OZO Integrates Into Qello Platform

As part of the upgrade to Nokia’s OZO platform, Nokia and Qello have announced a partnership that will allow Qello to become the new monetisation platform for virtual reality (VR) content produced on with the OZO camera. The new partnership will allow content creators who are using the OZO camera along with OZO Live to…

Adobe Tech Could Give Cheap 360 Cameras 6 DOF Upgrades

Virtual reality cameras have been hot hardware in the industry this past month and now Adobe is bringing innovative new software to the table as well. Earlier this week, Variety reported that Adobe’s head of Research Gavin Miller is claiming a new process for 360 video post-processing. Adobe’s system can apparently convert standard monoscopic 360 video into a much…

Upload LA Opening Represents a Focus Shift From VR Tech to VR Content

UploadVR opened up their new 20,000 square foot Upload LA co-working space in April. I had a chance to catch up with co-founders Taylor Freeman and Will Mason as VRLA to get the inside scoop. Mason told me that opening up this huge co-working space in Los Angeles represents an energetic shift from the VR technology…