Dimension Launches Partner Programme For VR, AR and MR

As an increasing amount of realism is demanded by audiences for virtual reality (VR) and other immersive media, volumetric 3D capture is becoming appealing to many content creators. To further these ambitions, state-of-the-art capture studio Dimension is launching a partner programme that will allow developers to create new experiences using volumetric video. The new partner…

VR Sci-Fi Comedy Bro Bots Premiers At Tribeca

British-based virtual reality (VR) content studio Breaking Fourth have launched a new scripted sci-fi comedy series called Bro Bots at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, with the first episode forming part of Samsung’s VR Video Pilot Season. Bro Bots takes place in a futuristic vision of New York City where robots have become sophisticated,…

8 Circuit Studios Looks To Create Connected Digital Metaverse

The transparent, distributed nature of blockchain and its ability to track transactions and objects across vast networks has opened up possibilities in many industries, with several in the immersive technology space already beginning to take advantage. One of these is 8 Circuit Studios, who are planning on using blockchain to create a new, interconnected virtual…

StarVR Begins Trading on Taiwan Emerging Stocks Board

StarVR Corporation is the result of an ambitious joint venture between Swedish virtual reality (VR) content company Starbreeze and computer hardware manufacturer Acer. The aim was to create a company to provide solutions for professional and location-based VR markets. That company’s shares are now being traded on TPEX Emerging Stocks Board. StarVR Corporation applied for…

Review: Megadimension Neptunia VIIR

Compile Heart and Idea Factory have found a fair amount of success with their ‘Neptunia’ series. Though the first title in the series, Hyperdimension Neptunia on the PlayStation 3, was quite ropey around the edges, it nonetheless won fans and launched the series, which has now worked its way to virtual reality (VR). Megadimension Neptunia…

Samsung Push Forward Creative VR With New Video Initiative

Samsung have expressed a strong interest in virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video, whether this is in regards to its Gear VR headset or its Gear 360 camera. The company is now taking that further with the announcement of Pilot Season, an initiative aimed at supporting the independent VR filmmaking industry. The Pilot Season programme…

Become the Ultimate Train Conductor With Trains VR

For those who are fans of model railways, whether children or adults, one of the joys is carefully planning and creating the track, adding myriad small details before letting the train cheerfully run rapidly over the track. If you have never had the space or money to properly indulge your hobby, however, Trains VR offers…

ARK Park Gets Free Locomotion And A Discount

The development team at Snail Games have been hard at work on improving the virtual reality (VR) spin-off to ARK: Survival Evolved. ARK Park has now been updated with bug fixes and a free locomotion option. Best of all, the title is currently available with a discount as part of the Steam VR Spring Sale….

Augmented Audio With Bose and Aaptiv

Usually when people thing of augmented reality (AR), they are thinking of something visual, a projection mapped across the real world. As humans, we react to a lot of information that isn’t seen, but rather heard. Aaptiv are partnering with audio equipment makers Bose to create a new kind of AR for health. Aaptiv are…

Augmented Reality Company Celebrate Establishment of New European HQ

As immersive technology industries develop, there is a natural expansion that occurs as the benefits of the new technology start to be demanded in new areas. One company to benefit from this rising demand is OPS Solutions, makers of augmented reality (AR) tool Light Guide Systems. The company has just crossed a new milestone with…

FutureTech Expo Announced For September 2018

Current technology is moving and developing quickly. For those working in the technology sector, this means a lot of new information coming at you at once. Conferences can prove to be good to gain new perspectives and discuss the impact of new technologies and where they might be headed. This is the aim of the…

Unity Funds AR Documentary On Muslim Identities in the USA

Unity Technologies are the creators of one of the most popular 3D development platforms. Which has powered a huge range of videogames, including several virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) titles. The company has now launched its first annual Unity for Humanity grant, which is funding projects such as Terminal 3, an AR documentary…

Calming Building Experience Block’hood Comes to VR

Celebrated publisher Devolver Digital and developer Plethora Project think that the world could use a bit more peace and quiet, and a lot more creating instead of destroying. As such, they have brought award-winning neighbourhood building simulator Block’hood into virtual reality (VR). Block’hood aims to allow the creation of diverse environments and ecosystems. Players will…

Futuresource Consulting Release Report On Location-Based VR Businesses

Location-based virtual reality (VR) centres are popping up in many towns and cities all over the world, giving people a look at the most powerful VR technology is capable of, with companies such as The VOID producing in-depth licensed experiences for audiences. A report by Futuresource Consulting predicts that this sector will continue to grow,…

Suning Unveils Technology Installation At Milan Design Week

Chinese-based company Suning Holding Group have unveiled a new installation that features some of the latest technology, including augmented reality (AR) that could change how consumers view shopping and design. The exhibition, titled Innovative Passion, features new technology such as facial recognition and artificial intelligence alongside AR which has been created to bring an immersive…

Snapchat Lens Studio Lets Anyone Create AR Face Lenses

Social media lives and dies on its content. For many people who wish to experiment with creating immersive content, Snapchat lenses can offer a simple and easily accessible way to get to grips with the idea. Snapchat are opening up the Lens Studio tool to users, enabling anyone to create their own AR face lenses…

How VR Can Revive Dead Videogame Genres

As time passes, tastes change. Technology moves on, the audiences grows up, the market becomes saturated, or there’s just that one awful, unforgivable title that kills the entire genre stone dead. Everything comes in cycles, however, and perhaps there is now life to be found on the videogame graveyard thanks to the power of virtual…

Digital Catapult Announce AR and VR Augmentor Programme

UK-based immersive technology company Digital Catapult have announced a new programme designed to bring expert support and access to cutting-edge facilities to early-stage companies as a means to stimulate the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) sectors. Digital Catapult have launched a renewed call for Augmentor, a 10-week programme that aims to discover and…

VR Helps Burn Victims With Pain

Virtual reality (VR) and its related immersive technologies has seen a variety of uses in healthcare, from assisting in surgical procedures to helping overcome addiction, but some researchers believe one of the most promising is in pain relief. Burns are some of the most agonising and traumatic things a person can suffer, and for many…

Korea’s Biggest VR/AR Event Reveals Focus on VR Theme Parks

Seoul VR AR Expo advertises itself as the biggest exhibition and conference dedicated to virtual reality (VR) and other immersive media in the country. The event plans to display some of the latest VR and augmented reality (AR) technologies and will feature a spotlight on VR theme parks. The event is due to take place…

Eminem Embraces Augmented Reality at Coachella

Anyone who has attended a concert in recent years can’t fail to notice the number of people who have smartphones held up, recording the ongoing gig. Not all performers and music fans are on board with this idea, but hip-hop star Eminem has embraced is, using smartphones and augmented reality (AR) to create new music…

Spring Into VR With Steam Spring Sale

As the year advances and Christmas becomes a distant memory, your videogame library might need a bit of a refresh. Steam are here to assist with some wallet-friendly special offers in celebration of the warming weather and blooming flowers of the Spring season. There are deals of up to 70% off selected titles in the…

BeBop Sensors Secures Series A Funding

BeBop Sensors have become known as one of the leading companies working in the area of smart fabric sensors, such as with the Forte Data Glove, a device which provides a more intuitive and immersive way to control virtual reality (VR) experiences. The company has now announced it has closed a successful Series A funding…

Review: Psychonauts In The Rhombus of Ruin

Double Fine has become know for its unique approach to creating videogames, which usually boast an individual style and look that makes them stand out. One of its most beloved properties is Psychonauts, which has gained a substantial cult following. Psychonauts In The Rhombus of Ruin came out on the PlayStation VR in March 2017,…

Amazon Embraces AR and VR With Sumerian Platform

Amazon is no stranger to changing company direction and expanding into new markets. Starting out as an online bookstore, Amazon is now one of the giants of technology, with fingers in almost every conceivable pie. Small wonder, then, that the company is working towards a new platform for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)….

Cirque Say They Are Designing The Future of VR Controllers

As virtual reality (VR) develops, many companies and manufacturers are searching for the best way to interact with the VR environment. Though motion tracked controllers were a step forward, they are still limited in some ways. Cirque believes it has a solution with its VR Grip platform. One of the goals for the next generation…

Corporate Espionage, Design And Killing Robots in Budget Cuts

Spy action title Budget Cuts was originally announced back in 2016, with a HTC Vive teaser. Since then, its seemed to vanish, only to re-emerge from stealth at GDC 2018, complete with a release date. Linnéa Harrison, Creative Director at developers Neat Corporation talks to VRFocus interviewer Nina about what influenced the design of Budget…

Full Sail University Announces VR Learning Software for Classrooms

Education is one area that has started to experiment with virtual reality (VR), with various schools and colleges exploring the benefits of VR for learning and training. Full Sail University is becoming the latest educational institution to embrace VR with the announcement of a licensing deal with VR software firm Doghead Simulations. Full Sail University…

Neko Atsume VR Gets Japanese Release Date

Japanese cat lovers can rejoice as the release date for the virtual reality (VR) adaptation of cat collecting simulator Neko Atsume has its release date on PlayStation VR announced. First announced back in September 2017, it has now been revealed that Japanese fans of the title will be able to get their paws on the…

Google Develop AR Microscope That Can Detect Cancer

Immersive technologies have already seen a variety of uses in healthcare to improve patient outcomes in a number of ways. A team of researchers from Google are taking it further with the reveal of a prototype Augmented Reality Microscope which can help detect cancer in real-time. The research around the prototype AR microscope was unveiled…