Digital Catapult Launch Three Reports To Explore The UK’s Immersive Ecosystem.

Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, which looks to drive early adoption of technologies to help make UK business more competitive and productive to grow he country’s economy, have launched three reports which highlights key trends in the UK’s immersive ecosystem. The reports have been produced in partnership with Limina Immersive,…

The Pixel Crushers Talk About Escape Rooms in AR

Independent developers The Pixel Crushers showed off its slightly different take on the immersive escape room experience at E3 last week, with ARia’s Legacy taking the idea into the augmented reality (AR) space. Galal Hassan of the Pixel Crushers development team spoke to Nina Salomons of VRFocus about ARia’s Legacy and how the title came…

Watch: PSVR’s Bravo Team Becomes Less Bad With New Update

Earlier this year Supermassive Games launched a cooperative military shooter named Bravo Team on PSVR. Given that this is the team that brought us Until Dawn and its VR spin-off, Rush of Blood, we expected big things. Sadly, the game was a bit of a disappointment, with a wealth of issues holding it back. Today,…

AR Comes to Yo-Kai Watch

The Yo-Kai Watch franchise has emerged as one of Pokemon’s biggest rivals in recent years, so it follows that Yo-Kai Watch would also follow Pokemon into the realm of augmented reality (AR). Players in Japan are no able to hunt down Yo-Kai using their smartphone cameras. Yo-Kai Watch World uses similar mechanics to Pokemon Go,…

John Carmack Reveals 5K VR Video

Despite smartphone screens reaching ludicrous resolutions and fantastic specifications, there are very few 3D-rendered applications that can take advantage of it. So most 3D games and other real-time 3D applications are produced at a lower resolution and then scaled up to the native resolution of the screen. Even then, the absolute rendering ability of top-class…

Oculus for Business Expands to More Regions

It has been amply demonstrated that virtual reality (VR) can have a positive impact on businesses, offering facilities such as immersive training as well as the chance for long-distance collaboration. Oculus for Business was set up to provide this facility as part of a service to businesses and organisations. Oculus have now announced that companies…

Leap Motion Announces Update for Project North Star

A few weeks ago Leap Motion released the files for the reference design of its Project North Star augmented reality (AR) headset. The team have now released an update to the North Star headset assembly that adds some improvements and the addition of the Leap Motion Controller. The Project North Star has several advantages over…

BBC Introduces VR Technology to Home Design TV Show

The BBC has been quietly experimenting with virtual reality (VR) technology in various ways for a while now, mostly with its online content, offering up a small range of special 360-degree videos. The broadcaster are now taking it a step further by introducing the technology into an upcoming TV show. A new property design show…

Life In 360°: Well, Ovals Are Basically 360…

Motorsport. The smell of burning rubber, the sound of a roaring engine, the taste of champagne for the victorious or the bitter taste of defeat. As mentioned previously on Life In 360° I am a motorsport fan, particularly Formula 1 racing. As such we’ve featured Formula 1 quite a lot, particularly since new owners Liberty…

Trivantis Announces Immersive Learning Platform CenarioVR

Though the benefits of using virtual reality (VR) for training in business and enterprise settings has been demonstrated in various ways, there are still difficulties in set-up cots and creating custom content. E-learning company Trivantis is aiming to make this process easier with its CenarioVR platform. The CenarioVR platform has been created to bring immersive…

Black Panther Coming To ‘Marvel Powers United VR’ As A Playable Character

Marvel’s upcoming co-op brawler adds Wakanda’s mightiest hero to the roster. Earlier this year it was revealed that Oculus and Marvel had teamed up to develop a co-operative first-person VR brawler set within the Marvel Universe entitled Marvel Powers United VR. The promise of letting friends team-up as their favorite heroes was more than enough…

Disney VR Animation Short to Debut at SIGGRAPH 2018

Inter-disciplinary educational and technology event SIGGRAPH has announced the line-up for its virtual, augmented and mixed reality program, with a short VR film from Disney Animation set to have a prominent place. Walt Disney animation Studios will be bringing its VR short film Cycles to SIGGRAPH 2018 for its world debut, where it will be…

University of Michigan Commercialisaton Fund Invests in Neurable

In 2015 a tech start-up called Neurable began its work in using EEG to let users control virtual reality (VR) using only the power of the brain. Now the Zell Lurie Commercialisation Fund (ZLCF) has announced that it has participated in a Series A fudning round for Neurable. Neurable began as a project by two…

PayPal Sees A Future With AR Glasses

The popular online payment platform patents AR glasses in hopes of a ‘look-and-buy’ economy. Have you ever wished you could just walk down an aisle at any store, and simply look at an item to find out if it was in stock, how much it cost, what the payment options are, get information on the…

Preview: Gungrave VR – Arcade FPS Action That Doesn’t Benefit VR

While standard videogame ideas do work in the virtual reality (VR) realm, most developers and players realise that a title made specifically for VR utilises the techs unique features. Titles like Rez Infinite for example work just as well – if not better – in VR than on a standard flat screen, while others like…

The Journey Continues as Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter Two Arrives

If you’re an Elite Dangerous fan then you’ll be pleased to hear that Frontier Developments has now launched the second chapter of its Beyond season of updates. The update is free to all players, whether they’re on PC (compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift), PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. While it may be smaller than previous installments Elite Dangerous: Beyond…

Niantic’s Latest Pokemon Go AR Demo Shows Impressive Occlusion Tech

A lot of people still do not consider Pokemon Go “real” AR. At launch, the AR features were extremely limited and in most cases the camera would simply plaster an animated Pokemon over the top of your real world environment which resulted in the creature seemingly standing inside of objects and walking across things it…

Oculus Medium Finally Gets Home Sharing And More In 2.0 Update

Oculus Medium, the company’s VR sculpting app that launched alongside its Touch controllers in December 2016, just got a big update adding some crucial new features. Headlining Oculus Medium 2.0 is the ability to bring the creations you make into the new Oculus Home. As those that are taking part in the Rift Core 2.0…

Uncharted Creator Amy Hennig Looking Into VR After EA Split

One of the driving forces behind Sony’s Uncharted series is looking to start working in VR. Amy Hennig is best known for her work with Naughty Dog on Nathan Drake’s adventures over the past decade, though recently she’s been working at EA on an untitled Star Wars project. However, last October we heard that the…

Uncharted Creator Amy Hennig Looking Into VR After EA Split

One of the driving forces behind Sony’s Uncharted series is looking to start working in VR. Amy Hennig is best known for her work with Naughty Dog on Nathan Drake’s adventures over the past decade, though recently she’s been working at EA on an untitled Star Wars project. However, last October we heard that the…

Pixvana Creates New VR Video Playback Technology for SPIN Play

Pixvana, the company behind the SPIN Play platform has announced the launch of its new “overlay” virtual reality (VR) video playback technology to improve visual quality. Now available on the updated SPIN Play platform, the new version uses an Oculus Compositor Layer to deliver high-quality 60fps video for fully immersive 360 degree with monoscopic content. The…

Pixvana Creates New VR Video Playback Technology for SPIN Play

Pixvana, the company behind the SPIN Play platform has announced the launch of its new “overlay” virtual reality (VR) video playback technology to improve visual quality. Now available on the updated SPIN Play platform, the new version uses an Oculus Compositor Layer to deliver high-quality 60fps video for fully immersive 360 degree with monoscopic content. The…

High Fidelity Announces Close of Series D Funding Round

High Fidelity is one of the companies that is trying to take advantage of the newly emerging Blockchain technology, and has founded the virtual reality blockchain alliance to try and develop an interoperable virtual reality (VR) world. The company has now announced the successful closing of a Series D funding round. The founding round raised…