Dragon Front 2.0 Brings New Campaign, New Boosters and New Champions

High Voltage Studios announced a major update for its Oculus exclusive collectible card game Dragon Front. Update 2.0 is available for download today in the Oculus store. It will bring a new campaign mode, new champions for your favorite faction and new cards via booster packs. According to Dragon Front’s updated store page, the full…

Time Is Running Out To Apply For OZO Storytellers

Nokia’s OZO range of professional virtual reality (VR) cameras are among the best-rated products for capturing high-quality 360-degree and VR footage, but that high quality comes at a significant price that makes it out of reach of most users and even some companies. However, Nokia does offer support to the aspiring VR content creator in…

Microsoft Reveals Asus Mixed Reality Headset, New Design from Dell

Today at Computex 2017, the annual IT expo held in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft revealed more from their line-up of affordable Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ headsets, including Asus’ headset and an updated design from Dell. While solid specs or pricing information aren’t available for either headset just yet, the company today revealed Asus’ headset which sports an interesting low-poly front cover…

uSens Reveals American Winners Of uDev Challenge

The Augmented World Expo (AWE) played host to a number of announcements today including, amongst others the reveal by VR tracking specialists uSens of the winners uDev Challenge for America. This followed a sister competition in China. The projects, which required use of uSens’ own Software Development Kit (SDK) for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality…

Impressive Social VR Demo Combines Mouth and Eye Tracking

There are multiple initiatives across the VR industry attempting to provide the most immersive and involving social experience the platform can provide. Creators like Avi Shapiro of USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies are even working on ways to bring realistic avatars into VR content to enhance the immersion that much more. Shapiro’s project is technology…

Epson Reveal Two New Products In Smart Glasses Line At Augmented World Expo

California is playing host to this year’s Augmented World Expo (AWE) and as you might expect there are a number of stories coming out of the event. New deals and new augmented reality (AR) products are being announced, including Epson. The Japanese technology company is best known for its printers and scanners. However it has…

CCP Games Announces Double XP Weekend For EVE: Valkyrie Pilots

It’s a rather significant time for makers of the EVE franchise, CCP Games. The Icelandic developer has been in business for twenty years, a period which has seen them move from working on an indie board game to crafting one of the biggest video games of all time in EVE Online to, in more recent…

Game Developers Session Dated, Session Applications Open

Things might be warming up as we prepare for this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as E3 – of which you can expect, of course, plenty of coverage on VRFocus. But there are of course more events than that on the horizon and as always the number is being added to all the time.  The…

Elon Musk-Backed Company Using VR To Train Robots

OpenAI is directing robots on how to move using references created in virtual reality. Another day, another exciting use for the versatile technology that is virtual reality. That’s what it feels like at least, considering nearly every day we’re waking up to fresh new possibilities and critical advances within the budding industry. We’ve seen augmented…

Gear VR Beats Daydream To Chromecast Support

Mobile VR is taking yet more strides to becoming more social; Oculus and Samsung’s Gear VR mobile headset will soon be getting Chromecast support. Integration arrives via the latest edition of the Oculus Android app and the wider Android OS. That means that users will be able to mirror the image they see inside the…

Intuitive Reveal Reference Design With Wide Field of View

Intuitive are a developer of 3D vision and image processing technologies who have announced their latest reference design, titled Veronica. Designed with a small form factor that can fit into most virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs), smart glasses or drones, Veronica offers a 120×90 degree field of view, greater than the current standard of…

VR Action Shooter Gunheart Announced For HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Virtual reality (VR) start-up developer Drifter Entertainment have today announced the upcoming release of the company’s first title, a VR action shooter designed for VR cooperative multiplayer gameplay. Players of Gunheart take on the role of futuristic bounty hunters who take control of sophisticated robots to track down their prey. Since the bodies they control…

Share the Fun with Chromecast for Gear VR

Experiences are often better when they are shared. That’s as true for virtual reality (VR) as it is for anything else. Now with support for casting app Chromecast available on Samsung Gear VR, users will be able to share the joy of VR with friends and family. Users who wish to use the Gear VR…

The Vive Is Finally Complete With This Deluxe Audio Strap

The VR headset just got even better. We’ve all experienced it at some point while in VR. The fidgeting of the velcro strap. The adjustment of the headset. The tangled headphone cord. For the most part, the HTC Vive has been a complete room-scale VR platform. But there’s always been a few quirks that bothered us….

Tower Defence Title Ancient Amulator Gets Free PlayStation VR Demo

Inspired by the ancient civilisation of Egypt and the modern design of tower defence titles, Ancient Amulator will be coming soon to PlayStation VR. Ahead of the full release, the developers at Time of Virtual Reality (TVR) and TiGames have released a free demo for PlayStation VR users to test out. The demo consists of…

Microsoft Unveils ASUS and Dell VR Headsets

Microsoft had already let users get a glimpse of the headsets from Acer and HP, but now they have revealed what the Windows 10 mixed reality (MR) headsets from manufacturers ASUS and Dell will look like. The headsets, as revealed by Engadget, look to be roughly the same size as the device from Acer, and both share…

Road to VR Partners with Eurogamer Parent Company Gamer Network

Road to VR, the internationally respected resource and leading independent publication for virtual reality coverage, today announces a new partnership with international games media specialist Gamer Network. The partnership will see Gamer Network leveraging its expertise in digital media monetisation, allowing Road to VR to further embrace its mission of bringing quality, independent journalism to…

HTC Promises Less Than 7ms Latency For Intel’s Wireless Vive

Wired VR headsets have barely noticeable motion-to-photon latency. It’s essential to ensure a comfortable experience; a headset must keep the pace with where the user is turning their head, otherwise they might being to feel nauseous let alone unimmersed. Introducing wireless add-on kits for these devices threatens to risk increasing these latency times, however. As…

The Future of Cricket is VR

Intel will be introducing several technologies during the International Cricket Champions (ICC) Trophy, which begins on 1st June 2017. Technologies on display will include virtual reality (VR) zones at the cricket grounds along with a drone that will capture data about the pitch. Intel will be putting dedicated VR zones around The Oval and Edgebaston…

Hapto VR Glove Controller Launches IndieGoGo Campaign

The creators of the Hapto virtual reality (VR) haptic controller are turning to crowdfunding site IndiGoGo to seek further funds to create an updated version of the controller. The campaign will be launched on May 31st 2017. The Hapto is a slightly odd-looking haptic control device that was first developed in 2013 by inventor Alexander…

Striker VR Launches Pre-Orders For Gun Peripheral At A High Price

Realistic weapon handling is one of VR’s greatest caveats right now. Launching pre-orders today, Striker VR looks to solve that, but it’s going to cost you. We went hands-on with this new system back at GDC in March. It offers a heavy rifle-shaped controller with realistic recoil that roots you deeper in the VR experience….

Matterport Unveils New 124 Megapixel All-In-One Camera

Media technology company Matterport have announced the release of the Matterport Pro2 3D Camera aimed at the real estate market. The new camera is capable of 4K 2D photography as well as capturing 3D and virtual reality (VR) walkthroughs and floorplans. The Pro2 camera is a 134 megapixel device that features built-in GPS technology for…

Deep Optics Displays First Demo of AR/VR Lenses

The technology that powers augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) is evolving all the time. Improvements are constantly being sought in many areas, including in the area of depth-of-field and focussing, where VR imaging has not yet caught up with the capabilities of the human eye. Deep Optics are trying to bring a more…

Date & Venue Announced for the VR Diversity Initiative

The announcement of the VR Diversity Initiative, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the enabling of underrepresented groups in the virtual reality (VR) industry, supported by VRFocus, has been met with an overwhelming reaction. Today, the organisation is announcing the date and venue of the first event. The first event hosted by the VR Diversity Initiative…

Tiny Trax Is Like Scalextric On PSVR, First Trailer Revealed

If you’re a fan of top down shooters then chances are you’ve played Velocity and its sequel, two brilliant indie titles from UK-based Futurlab. It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the studio but this week it makes its grand return with Tiny Trax on PlayStation VR (PSVR). Judging by the trailer, Tiny Trax…

NVIDIA’s New ‘Max-Q’ Laptops Are “as thin as a MacBook Air” and VR Ready

Starting June 27th, leading OEMs such as Clevo, ASUS, and MSI will begin to offer new high-performance Pascal-powered ‘Max-Q’ gaming laptops using GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 GPUs. Max-Q is NVIDIA’s new holistic approach to notebook design, with claims of major thermal and efficiency improvements that result in much thinner and quieter gaming notebooks. Less than…

VirZOOM Leverages Funding And Partnerships for Growth

VirZOOM has been reported on before regarding its efforts at making virtual reality (VR) into a way of promoting fitness and exercise with its bike peripheral which has been installed at various VR arcades, and even gyms and fitness centres in various locations around the world. Now the company hopes to move on to the…

Investing in Exponential Technologies with Andreessen Horowitz: VR, AI, & Drones

Kyle Russell is on the deal & research team for venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz (aka A16z) where he’s focusing on investing in technologies ranging from virtual & augmented reality, artificial intelligence, drones, and other exponential technologies like quantum computing. A16z has invested in a number of prominent VR companies including Oculus, Magic Leap, Within, BigScreen as…

SEGA Open New VR Arcade Arena In Japan

The Club SEGA arcades have been a fixture in Japanese cities for over two decades, featuring some of the most iconic arcade titles from SEGA themselves and from other developers. Now SEGA are bringing virtual reality (VR) to the arcades with the new VR attractions opening at Club SEGA Akihabara New Centre. The first attraction…