Superdata Report Predicts Rise of AR and MR

A new report released by research company Superdata suggests that revenue from augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) will more than double over this year, though videogames will continue to earn the majority of software revenue. According to the report, titled ‘Nowhere to Go But Up: The Future of XR’, 2017 marked the first…

Google Plans To Make Major AR Push

Apple’s ARKit has been a major success, seeing a whole host of apps and videogames created since it launch. Not surprisingly, Google have been keen to keep pace with Apple in this area, as seen by the announcement of ARCore in August last year. Now reports indicate that ARCore is almost ready for launch. An…

GORN Gets Even Bigger With Big Things Update

Over-the-top violence and copious amounts of mangled body parts have been the trademark of GORN since it was released. Apparently developer Free Lives and publisher Developer Digital are believers in the concept of ‘Go Big or Go Home’ judging by the upcoming Big Things update. GORN is ostensibly a gladiator simulator in virtual reality (VR)…

GORN Gets Even Bigger With Big Things Update

Over-the-top violence and copious amounts of mangled body parts have been the trademark of GORN since it was released. Apparently developer Free Lives and publisher Developer Digital are believers in the concept of ‘Go Big or Go Home’ judging by the upcoming Big Things update. GORN is ostensibly a gladiator simulator in virtual reality (VR)…

Microsoft Gains New German Partners for Mixed Reality Partner Program

Four new firms have joined the Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner Program in Germany. All four companies are specialists in their field and will be able to take advantage of hands-on training and technical support from Microsoft. The four firms are Data Experts, Medialesson, Riflekt and Viscopic, who will strengthen the German-speaking mixed reality partner network…

Kickstarter Funded VR Adventure Now Out on Gear VR

Last year, independent developers RiseAngle launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a virtual reality (VR) adventure with the aim of creating a story-driven, episodic VR title. That videogame, titles Saving Princess Maya, is now available for Samsung Gear VR. The developers say that Saving Princess Maya episode 1 is just the start of their…

VISYON Unveils New Multi-Format VR Video-on-Demand Platform

The rise of video-on-demand (VoD) over the past few years has been massive, dovetailing in some ways with the rise of virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video. In order to add value to VR VoD, VISYON are launching a new customisable platform for watching VoD content. The new platform, titled VROADCASTER allows content with multiple…

The Farm Animals Want Revenge in Mad Farm

Zombie people are everyone’s favourite cannon fodder. Zombie people have been used so much they’ve become old hat. What about zombie animals though? Chickens and cows with a craving for human flesh are your foes in Mad Farm. Indie developer Happy Bat are working on bringing Mad Farm to Steam, where it will support Oculus…

Virgin Galactic Rolls Out VR Website

Though Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been grabbing headlines recently, another commercial space effort is still continuing. Under the auspices of Richard Branson’s Virgin brand, Virgin Galactic have partnered with Microsoft to showcase its efforts in mass-marked space flight in virtual reality (VR). Virgin Galactic have recently rolled out a new and upgraded version of its…

Brass Tactics Creator Tournament Announced

Virtual reality (VR) real-time strategy title Brass Tactics was released today and to celebrate its release Oculus have announced a Creators Tournament for the title. Hidden Path Entertainment have been working on the steampunk-inspired RTS title for quite some time, having previously released the free Brass Tactics Arena to allows users a taste of the…

Brass Tactics Creator Tournament Announced

Virtual reality (VR) real-time strategy title Brass Tactics was released today and to celebrate its release Oculus have announced a Creators Tournament for the title. Hidden Path Entertainment have been working on the steampunk-inspired RTS title for quite some time, having previously released the free Brass Tactics Arena to allows users a taste of the…

New Development Studio To Incorporate Blockchain into VR

Much attention has been focussed upon blockchain and cryptocurrency in recent months, with several companies turning to initial coin offerings to fund development. A new development studio aims to take this concept much further. Satoshipowered.AI is seeking to establish itself as a new form of developer and crowd-publisher by using blockchain technology to integrate Ethereum…

New Development Studio To Incorporate Blockchain into VR

Much attention has been focussed upon blockchain and cryptocurrency in recent months, with several companies turning to initial coin offerings to fund development. A new development studio aims to take this concept much further. Satoshipowered.AI is seeking to establish itself as a new form of developer and crowd-publisher by using blockchain technology to integrate Ethereum…

Microsoft Worker Confirms New Version of HoloLens In Development

There have already been some indications that a new version of Microsoft’s mixed reality (MR) headset will be undergoing significant revision, but this has now been confirmed thanks to a blog post. On LinkedIn, Alex Kipman, part of the Operating System Group at Microsoft wrote an extensive blog post talking about what developments can be…

Unity Announces Dates For Unite Conferences

Unity is one of the most popular videogame engines, and has been the platform of choice for a huge raft of titles in virtual reality (VR), offering an affordable option to those wanting to enter videogame development. To support its huge community, Unity hosts its Unite conferences, and has just unveiled that dates and locations…

Telephone Provider EE Offer Deal on Google Daydream

People in the UK who are interested in trying out mobile virtual reality (VR) have the opportunity to get hold of a Google Daydream headset as part of a deal offered by network provider EE that lets the cost be spread out over several months. If you are in the market for a new mobile…

A Helping Hand in Apex Construct Gameplay Video

Apex Construct is something of a leap forward for virtual reality (VR) titles. Whereas many VR videogames up until now have been relatively straightforward arcade-style experiences, Apex Construct presents a complex story in a fully-realised world. The experience starts with you floating in a space-like void before a mysterious male voice calls out to you…

VR Expo Reveals Healthcare Showcase

At VRFocus we’ve covered a number of immersive technologies that have been designed for healthcare uses, from technology to help surgeons perform complex procedures, to VR headsets to help distract from pain, or overcome phobias and addictions. The VR Expo has announced a specific day focusing on virtual reality (VR) for healthcare. On Friday 9th…

Review: Apex Construct

It’s a welcome change to see an in-depth, story-driven videogame that has been designed and built from the ground up for virtual reality (VR). While we’ve seen some huge titles in VR over the past few months, the majority of them have been converted from non-VR. Not so with Apex Construct, which aims to deliver…

Royal British Legion Uses AR to Tell Stories from the Great War

The horrors and heroism of the First World War are now long distant, but the lessons of the past should be remembered. A campaign led by the Royal British Legion it using augmented reality (AR) to bring stories of those lost in battle to life. The campaign is a joint effort between the Royal British…

AR Experiences May Soon Come to UK Trains

The British public are very experienced at complaining about the rail service, decrying delays and dilapidated carriages. However, that will be set to change thanks to an injection of funding that may see rail journeys transformed. The Department of Transport and Innovate UK are offering £3.6, in funding for innovative rail projects, such as adaptable…

Abilities Expo Showcases VR Technology

People attending the Abilities Expo will have an opportunity to test out a cutting-edge technology that uses virtual reality (VR) to improve outcomes of physical therapy. The Abilities Expo has run in various forms for almost 40 years, offering a community for people with disabilities as well as their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals….

ModBox Introduces Unity-Like Visual Scripting

At its launch, the HTC Vive became a popular platform for those who wishes to explore their creativity. One such arena for this was ModBox, a physics sandbox videogame. The developers behind ModBox have now announced the introduction of a new visual scripting system. While much was possible with ModBox right from launch, the new…

VR Used For Aircraft Refuelling Training

The use of virtual reality (VR) simulations for training pilots and aircraft mechanics is slowly coming to be accepted in academic institutions and in companies. The success of the VR approach is seeing an increasing number of areas where VR is being applied, such as training for the complex procedure of refuelling a plane. The…

Crowdfunding Project For VR Concept Album Live Now

Since the early days of the music industry the idea of the concept album has represented the daring and experimental side of music. Indiana-based music duo I-Exist are hoping to raise funding to merge the concept album with virtual reality (VR). I-Exist are hoping to raise enough money via Kickstarter in order to complete the…

VR Title Polybius Gets Prominence in New Nine Inch Nails Music Video

We’ve already seen how virtual reality (VR) can make a great accompaniment to music, and proper use of VR tech can lead to stupendous music videos, as displayed by Bjork’s music video for Notget and the Gorillaz continuing involvement with VR. Now trippy trance shooter Polybius forms the basis of the music video for new…

nDreams Secures £2.7 Million In Funding

The British virtual reality (VR) industry continue to grow alongside the larger VR industry. As a sign of this growth, UK VR developer nDreams have announced that it has secured £2 Million in funding from Mercia Technologies, with an additional £700,000 from other private investors. The company has been focussed on rapid growth as the…

VRWorks Now Supported in Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine is one of the most popular bases for videogame development, and has been the base on which many popular virtual reality (VR) titles have been built, such as Robo Recall. Nvidia have now released a new branch of VRWorks which integrates Unreal Engine support. VRWorks – which was responsible for a new ‘Ultra’…

VR Content Platform Sketchfab Introduces Sound Support

Sketchfab has been enthusiastic in its support for virtual reality (VR) content, allowing users to share, publish and examine 3D and VR content, including 3D animations in VR, where it has made its entire library of 3D models viewable in VR. Now Sketchfab is introducing the ability to add sound to the 3D creations. From…

Speakers for VRX 2017 Announced

VRX will be returning to San Francisco for its third year of operation as preparation for its third event kick into high gear with the announcement of the list of featured speakers that are expected to attend the event. The VRX event attracts attendees covering a broad spectrum of disciplines from within the wider virtual…