Apple Patents Technology for AR Windshield

By this point it is hardly a secret that Apple is very interested in augmented reality (AR) technology, with Apple CEO Tim Cook publically stating his support for the technology, and of course having created ARKit. As an extension of this, Apple have submitted a European Patent filing for an AR windshield. The patent covers…

Review: Gates of Nowhere

There are a lot of fantasy titles available on virtual reality (VR). They vary in scale from simple small-scale arena battlers to vast sprawling titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. Gates of Nowhere lies somewhere in-between, a relatively linear dungeon crawler with hack and slash gameplay. Gates of Nowhere has been out in…

Inowize Announces Location-Based VR Attraction

One of the challenges faced by location-based virtual reality (VR) centres is how to offer a room-scale experience within a limited amount of space. Digital production agency Inowize thinks it might have the answer with its newly announced product, VR Quest Arena. VR Quest Arena is a turnkey, location-based VR attraction which allows for three…

Marvel Powers United VR Update Brings in Fixes and Tweaks

The run up to the release of Marvel Powers United VR was a festival of hype, with seemingly not a day passing without word from Sanzaru Games and Oculus Studios to advertise some new feature of the title. The patch notes for the first big patch have now been released, showing what players can expect….

WorldViz Launched Upgraded VR Development Platform

As the technology that powers virtual reality (VR) develops, the tools that developers use to create content need to keep pace with those changes. Recognising this, VR solutions company WorldViz have launched the newest version of its Python-based VR development platform, Vizard 6. Vizard has been designed as a development environment aimed at scientific-grade VR….

Magic Leap One To Launch Today [Updated]

There is still a great deal about Magic Leap and its flagship mixed reality (MR) product that we simple do not know, including the full specifications and capabilities of the Magic Leap One. However, thanks to some tantalising hints on the official Magic Leap website, we might now know the launch date. The founder of…

HTC Showcases Update for HTC Vive Focus at ChinaJoy

As expected, HTC had a substantial presence at the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference, better known to most as ChinaJoy. The company worked with several of its partners to highlight some of the projects in the works, including the McLaren Shadow Project Esports league, as well as an update to HTC’s standalone virtual reality…

Play Arca’s Path At The Post Gamescom XR Review

Not everyone is lucky enough to make it to Gamescom, which does mean missing out on some f the biggest and best upcoming immersive titles, and putting up with the smugness of those who did get to go. Fear not, as VRFocus is here to help, with some of the most anticipated immersive properties coming…

Cyclists Get Benefit of AR Technology with Raptor AR Smartglasses

Augmented reality (AR) technology has seen a surge in popularity recently. The technology has become popular for various entertainment applications, as well as in business and industry, but it also has some useful applications in the leisure and fitness sector, as demonstrated by the newly released Raptor AR smartglasses. The Raptor AR Smartglasses are designed…

XR Think-Tank To Be Held at Byron Bay Film Festival

Though often overlooked, Australia is another area which is growing and developing its augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) sectors. In recognition of this continued growth, 2018 will be the third time that the Co_Lab_Create event will be held to bring together VR/AR professionals at the Byron Bay International Film Festival. The Co_Lab_Create event…

Third Open Beta Weekend for Echo Combat Kicking Off Soon

Ready at Dawn have done fairly well out of the ‘Echo’ franchise so far. Though less popular than its successors, Lone Echo nonetheless got critical praise, and multiplayer spin-off Echo Arena drew in substantial crowds of Oculus Rift users. The developers are still trying to tweak the second multiplayer spin-off, Echo Combat and are soon…

VR-Controlled Robot Limbs Could Open Up Now Possibilities for Remote Working

It has already been demonstrated how virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can help when workers need assistance performing an unfamiliar procedure. An assistant professor at Tokyo’s Keio University is taking this idea step further with his ‘Fusion’ project. Fusion consists of two main elements, one of which is a pair of robotic arms…

Young People Still See VR As Socially Isolating

Though the general perception and stereotype is that older people are afraid of new technology while younger people eagerly embrace it, we should all be aware by now that the reality is a lot more complex than a single headline can convey. Brand experience agency Amplify has unveiled its second ‘Young Blood’ report which covers…

Space-Based Real-Time Strategy in VR with MoonStrike

Real-time strategy has seen something of a resurgence in popularity thanks to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Several titles have taken advantage of the immersive capabilities of VR to offer RTS games, and now developers Big Dorks Entertainment mix in some space combat to bring MoonStrike to VR. The developers describe MoonStrike as…

Hiroshima Bombing Recreated in Virtual Reality

The 6th August, 2018 marked the 73rd anniversary of the day an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. To mark these events, and ensure that the horrors of atomic warfare are not forgotten, a group of Japanese students have painstakingly…

Virtual Reality Gets Expanded Line-up At 2018 deadCenter Film Festival

The deadCenter Film Festival is names for its location in the very heart of Oklahoma City, and has become the largest film festival in Oklahoma. The festival first offered a virtual reality (VR) line-up in 2017 with its VR Lounge, which attracted a great deal of positive feedback. The 2018 event went much further with…

Underwater 8K Videos With Hydrus VR

One of the most challenging environments for capturing high-quality footage is underwater. Not only do you need a camera rig capable of withstanding the wet, high-pressure and variable temperatures of being underwater, but you also need the camera to be capable of capturing footage in poor lighting conditions. The Hydrus VR camera claims to offer…

Take A Virtual Tour of Dubai On Your Flight With Lufthansa

Though flying is a necessity for many of us, it also comes with significant drawbacks, as you are crammed into an airlines seat for many hours. German airline Lufthansa is offering a way to escape the cramped confines of the cabin with an in-flight virtual reality (VR) prototype that lets passengers take a virtual tour…

Amazon Files Patents Applications for Employee AR Goggles

Amazon has faced criticism of late for how some of its employees are treated, particularly in its vast network of warehouses. Some reports claim that employees are constantly under surveillance, and subject to difficult productivity targets. Some analysts are now saying that its recent patent applications for augmented reality (AR) goggles designed specifically for employees…

Amazon Files Patents Applications for Employee AR Goggles

Amazon has faced criticism of late for how some of its employees are treated, particularly in its vast network of warehouses. Some reports claim that employees are constantly under surveillance, and subject to difficult productivity targets. Some analysts are now saying that its recent patent applications for augmented reality (AR) goggles designed specifically for employees…

Detu Max 3D 8K 360-Degree Camera Ends Kickstarter Campaign Over 900% Over Target

A Kickstarter campaign for a high-end virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree camera designed exclusively for the professional market easily attained its funding goals, and then quickly exceeded them. The campaign completed at the end of July after massively overshooting its initial target. The initial funding goal was set at $20,000 (USD), a figure which was…

Detu Max 3D 8K 360-Degree Camera Ends Kickstarter Campaign Over 900% Over Target

A Kickstarter campaign for a high-end virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree camera designed exclusively for the professional market easily attained its funding goals, and then quickly exceeded them. The campaign completed at the end of July after massively overshooting its initial target. The initial funding goal was set at $20,000 (USD), a figure which was…

Defeat Deadly Space Wasps in VR Shooter Hit the Hive

Wasps are one of those things that can ruin a peaceful Summer picnic or day out. Publisher and developer VOID VR is allowing players the chance to vicariously get revenge on those pesky insects by sending you into battle against evil robot insects from space in virtual reality (VR). Hit The Hive is a procedurally…

Staying Cool And Comfortable In VR

As Summer drags on, many people in the UK and Europe are sweltering under an unprecedented heatwave. As Kevin E has already noted in VR vs Scorchio article, this kind of weather can make donning a virtual reality (VR) headset and unappealing prospect. However, there are a few measures you can take to make staying…

See The Music with AR App Necessary Explosion

Since before even the creation of album art, it has been popular to pair music with visuals. Some artists have continued to try and progress this idea by utilising modern technology such as 360-degree video, virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) as with the new platform, LAVA and app Necessary Explosion. The new app…

Airbus Brings AR App IflyA380 to Android

At the start of 2018, aircraft manufacturer Airbus launched an augmented reality (AR) app called iflyA380 to promote its flagship aircraft, the double-decker A380. The original version of the app was only available on ARKit-compatible iOS devices, but now Android users will be able to explore the features of the Airbus A380 as well. The…

Poker VR Goes Multi-Platform With Oculus Rift Release

Card players have been able to enjoy playing poker in virtual reality (VR) on the go since the Oculus Go launched back in May. Like many other titles, Poker VR was available at launch for the Oculus Go, but now Oculus Rift owners can enjoy playing poker in VR with friends from the comfort of…

Resolution Games Brings Wonderglade and Bait! To Viveport

China has become a market of great interest to virtual reality (VR) content developers and hardware manufacturers, as it is a fast-growing market that is embracing new technology. To cater to this developing market, Resolution Games have released two of its leading titles on Viveport, making them available to customers in China. The two titles…