Creating 3D App Launchers is Easy in Windows Mixed Reality

How long have we had 2D icons for shortcuts on our home desktops? Centuries. Eons. It’s about time we upgraded, frankly, and thankfully Windows Mixed Reality understands the urge for modernisation. In mixed reality (MR) we no longer have to worry about rubbish 2D icons for our programs and applications, as it is simple as…

New VR Documentary Highlights Effects of Oil Trade in Nigeria

Virtual reality (VR) and 360 degree video has already proven its worth in enhancing traditional broadcast entertainment and provide a more empathetic, immersive experience. Now we’re getting a brand new VR documentary which will make full use of VR technology in order to deliver a powerful message. Contrast VR is Al Jazeera Media Netwrok’s immersive studio,…

New Microsoft Video Explains Motion Controller Tracking

Interacting with and controlling elements in virtual reality (VR) or mixed reality (MR) still feels like an imperfect science, and many companies, from HTC, to Oculus and now Microsoft offer their own solutions for an ideal VR experience. They all share a few common similarities and work in similar ways, but the implementation of the…

G’Audio Lab Makes 360 Video More Immersive with New Audio Streaming

Watching concerts, gigs and events with 360 degree video is the best way to go. So much more immersive and interesting than standard TV broadcasts or even the usual HD streams, 360 video makes you feel like you’re there in the moment. It’s the kind of experience that requires more than just stereo audio to…

Immersive Entertainment Centre Area15 Opening in Las Vegas Mid-2019

Retail chains where you try virtual reality (VR) are becoming more and more common, so it seems only natural that something similar would open in the most glamorous city in the world, Las Vegas. We’ve seen them all across the United States, but this one, Area15, feels a bit different. Chain Store Age reports that Area15…

Get Horrific with Meitu’s new Insidious Inspired Filters

One of the most popular features and applications of augmented reality (AR) has been filters for apps such as Snapchat, Messenger and Instagram. Meitu is one of the more popular “beauty” apps that use AR technology, and now thanks to Insidious: The Last Key, things are getting spooky in your Meitu filters. The filters come…

The Perfect Sniper has Launched on Steam VR

Crime doesn’t pay. Unless you don’t get caught, in which case, it can pay handsomely, and as an enterprising youth with a need for cash in the wallet, crime seems like a sensible idea. In a world with corrupt politicians and police, crime is really the only option. In The Perfect Sniper, you’ll become the…

The VR Job Hub: Developers and Artists Needed for PlayStation VR

So you’re looking for a new career, huh? We can’t blame you, and if you’re looking to get your foot in the door of the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industry, then this is a great place to start. This week we’ve got a bunch of jobs available in Manchester and London in…

NUSHU Makes News Accessible to Children in Augmented Reality

Getting kids interested in learning can be difficult, but try to throw some current events at them and they melt down, and anyone who has ever grilled a five year old on why their dad voted for Brexit will attest to this. But now we might have a way to get the kids up to…

32 New VR Experiences Receive Funding, From Group Singing to an Immersive Circus

Virtual reality (VR) can be used for far more than videogames, and now the Arts and Humanities Research Council, along with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, have announced that they’ll be funding 32 brand new VR research projects. These will range from experiences looking to recreate the benefits of outdoor group singing, to…

24 Semi-Finalists Pitch Innovations to SPIE for a Share of $85,000

Pitching and getting your brave new ideas accepted is a difficult task in any industry, but luckily the non-profit organisation SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, have now announced the 24 semi-finalists to their SPIE Startup Challenge. Held during SPIE Photonics West, SPIE are now in their 8th year of highlighting new businesses solving…

Sure Ventures Trades on London Stock Exchange, Raising Over £3 Million

Public trading is a big milestone for any company, and reputable investor in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), FinTech and Internet of Things devices, Sure Ventures, is now trading on the London Stock Exchange. Now instead of private venture capital funds and Angel Investors dominating the investment space, retail investors and smaller investors can…

Check Out Blade Runner: Revelations in These New Screenshots

Fans of cyberpunk dystopian fiction and virtual reality (VR) are about to get a lot happier thanks to the upcoming Blade Runner: Revelations. We’ve got a bunch of crisp new screenshots for the anticipated VR videogame just below, so read on for more… The videogame is being developed exclusively for the Google Daydream by Seismic…

Former Crunchyroll COO Colin Decker Joins WITHIN

WITHIN are working hard to build themselves as the best place to go in virtual reality (VR) for story-based VR content. With a variety of experiences and VR programming, they’ve already shown their dedication to the medium, and now, they’re making even further new hires to bolster their team, with the former Crunchyroll COO Colin…

Communicate in Augmented Reality with Snaappy, the 3D Animated Bear

Ringing someone using a landline? Old school. Text messaging? Retro. Skype video calls? What is this, 2008? No, the future of digital communication is much more advanced than such old fashioned technology; the future is most definitely communication using augmented reality (AR). As such, Snaappy is here to pave the way for the future of…

Hatsune Miku VR Dances onto Steam VR in Early 2018

We bought into virtual reality (VR) for anime girls. All of us did, it’s a fact. Well maybe it was just me, but regardless, it can only be good news that Hatsune Miku is dancing her way onto Steam VR in the first half of this year. Hatsune Miku VR is, as Miku fans will have…

Experience Nicolas Cage and The Humanity Bureau in VR

Conventional media is adapting to virtual reality (VR) as quickly as possible. The quick adoption rate of the technology throughout the world has quickly propelled VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) from being a specialist device to something you can get with a phone contract, and it has happened incredibly quickly. You can watch Netflix in VR,…

Update Your Oculus DK1 and DK2 Demos, Win $10,000

There were dozens upon dozens of virtual reality (VR) experience and videogame demos available for Oculus Rift Dev Kit 1 and Dev Kit 2, and the fact is that many of them have been lost to time now. Indie developers, one-man teams and those simply tinkering about out of interest created so much content for…

Lose Weight in VR, with BOXVR, in Early Access Today

Christmas is well and truly over. Most of you will have taken your stockings and trees down by now, and as for the rest of you; are you okay? The holiday season has finished and we’ve eaten our fill of mince pies and other festive feasts, and as a result, many of us are feeling…

Nintendos Labo is Not an Answer to Virtual Reality, Says Reggie Fils-Aime

Nintendo announced Labo last night, a brand new part-construction project, part videogame. A brand new move in videogame peripherals, Nintendo essentially wants players to assemble their own accessories, Google Cardboard style, and play a small variety of videogame experiences with them that can seem all too reminiscent of the kinds of gameplay we see in…

Nina Takes On An Alien Invasion In Crowe: The Drowned Armory

Rogue Initiative’s Crowe: The Drowned Armory has impressed since its debut last year, so VRFocus‘ Nina decided to dive in and see what she’d been missing. Available now for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Crowe: The Drowned Armory is an action-adventure videogame designed specifically for VR, and Nina lets us know what she thinks in…

Try on Bags and Phone Cases in Augmented Reality

Trying on clothes and accessories with the help of augmented reality (AR) seems like the new trend. It was only the other day we saw Amazon patents that allude to an AR armoire to try on digital clothes with, and now we see STM Goods and Element Case are both creating AR apps to try out…

Unboxing the TPCast: Go into VR, Untethered

Since virtual reality’s (VR) inception, quite possibly the biggest hinderance to full immersion has been feeling cables droop down your back, or trail across the floor. When in a seemingly unlimited VR world, it cruelly reminds us of the limitations of VR. Well, with the new TPCast, all of those annoying cables and wires can be…

Microsoft Introduce The Garage Reality Room to Employees

Microsoft’s Garage project has made spaces around the world available to their employees where they can go hands on with specialised hardware, such as 3D printers, and create and experiment in their own time. Now, the Garage is getting expanded with Reality Rooms, where employees can experiment with the latest augmented reality (AR), virtual reality…

Flying FPS BattleSky VR Hits Steam Early Access This Month

We’ve seen a few different concepts for virtual reality (VR) shooters. Some attempt to stay still while you take on enemy hoards, others like DOOM VFR make new methods of movement to please a variety of players, and now BattleSky VR wants you to literally fly through the air while spraying bullets as you please. Players will…

Kia Unveils New Virtual Reality Test Drive of the Kia Stinger

We’ve had virtual reality (VR) driving simulators and even VR tours and test drives, but Kia promise their new VR experience for the 2018 Kia Stinger is a “four-dimensional virtual reality test drive.” It certainly sounds grand. Being debuted at the North American International Auto Show, Detroit, the presentation puts users behind the wheel of…