Tick Tock Unlock To Bring First UK VR Experience Centre To Leeds

A new UK virtual reality centre created by British VR entertainment company Tick Tock Unlock will soon be opening its doors. The new Hyper Reality Experience will launch in Leeds, in the Trinity Leeds shopping centre in the centre of the city. The facility was developed by Tick Tock Unlock, and is similar to facilities…

Upload and VR Base Partner To Take VR Spaces Movement Global

Today, at CEBIT 2017, Upload and VR Base are announcing a partnership that will expand the idea of dedicated VR/AR real estate spaces to a global level. According to a joint release from both companies: “Upload and VRBase’s collaboration is the inevitable product of the global AR/VR ecosystem. Working from its locations in Amsterdam, Berlin and…

VR Arcade Shooter Drop Dead Out Now on Oculus Rift

Independent developer and publisher Pixel Toys today announced the launch of virtual reality (VR) zombie shooting game Drop Dead on to Oculus Rift with Touch. Drop Dead is out now on the Oculus Store for $19.99 (USD). The title is an action shooter with 40 single-player missions in story mode as well as competitive and…

Vive Tracker Needs Headset To Run, HTC Confirms

HTC’s upcoming Vive Tracker has literally thousands of potential applications for VR, but we can also see how it might be useful outside of the tech. If you’re looking for a cheap motion capture system, though, you’ll still need to buy the headset itself. HTC itself recently confirmed this over on the Viveport forums. In…

Rock Band VR Out Now

Harmonix finally releases the rhythm game franchise’s first venture into virtual reality (VR), which features an all-new gameplay style. Rock Band VR will be available exclusively for Oculus Rift. It is available now on the Oculus Store for $49.99 (USD). There is also a limited-edition Rock Band VR bundle on Amazon, which consists of a…

The 9 Best PSVR Games to Play Right Now

The age of consumer grade video game console-powered virtual reality is finally here with the PlayStation VR (PSVR). Sony’s headset isn’t as powerful as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, or as portable as the Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream View, and it doesn’t really offer fully-featured roomscale tracking, but it brings VR into the living…

Theorem Solutions Preview AR/VR App

British engineering solutions firm Theorem Solutions will be displaying a new hybrid VR/AR/MR app at the Develop3D Live event on the 28th March 2017. The new application uses the Unity 3D graphics engine to produce graphical representations of data, such as CAD drawings, on a variety of commercial virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and…

The Beginner’s Guide to VR Scriptwriting & Storytelling

This is the first piece in an ongoing series about writing, storytelling, and critique in VR, in partnership with Galatea, a writing and narrative design management tool for immersive stories. We’re nearly a half-decade into this new Immersive Renaissance—somewhere in the neighborhood of half a decade depending on who you talk to—and we’ve learned a…

BMW Introduces Mixed Reality Car Development

Car manufacturer BMW are using technology developed by the videogame industry to assist in the process of designing and building cars by combining virtual reality (VR) and 3D printing for rapid prototyping and testing. The German car maker have begun using Unreal Engine’s real-time physics-based rendering engine to explore design options such as interior design…

Studio Roqovan CEO James Chung On World War Toons & Other Projects

As the technology behind virtual reality (VR), both the hardware and the software continues to develop at a pace so to do the companies behind it. The studios, products, and individuals involved continue to evolve. The studios their working practices, the products their scope and rage of creative vision, whilst the individuals evolve their talent…

SVVR 2017: For Trailblazers, by Trailblazers

Grab tickets to the Silicon Valley VR Expo, kicking off March 29-31. SVVR 2017 is less than a week away, and with an exciting roster of speakers and demos across all major industry verticals, with 100+ VR/AR companies represented, it’s slated to be a star-studded gathering of VR experts. In preparation, VRScout‘s Malia Probst spoke with SVVR Co-Founder Karl Krantz for…

New VR Entertainment Company Nomadic Opens Its Doors

A new company called Nomadic specialising in creating immersive entertainment installations for retail venues has just announced it is opening its doors. The company was founded by veterans from companies such as Apple, ILM, Disney and Electronics Arts. Nomadic aims to create large-scale untethered virtual reality (VR) installations in retail locations and other communal spaces…

New Sony Patent Points To Inside-Out Tracking For VR Headsets

Many people in the virtual reality (VR) industry believe that inside-out tracking is the future of consumer-grade HMDs. We’ve seen prototypes from Oculus with Santa Cruz and Intel’s Project Alloy-powered devices and now Sony is dipping their toes into the inside-out tracking race. Today we caught wind of a new Utility Patent Application from Sony…

Timecode Systems Unveil New Technology for 360-Degree Video

Timecode Systems has revealed a new method to combine two of its products, the SyncBac Pro and Blink Hub to make filming virtual reality 360-degree footage easier. The SyncBac Pro is an accessory for the GoPro camera system that allows wearable cameras, professional cameras and audio devices to be wirelessly synchronised together using long range…

Quark VR Shows Its Wireless Vive Streaming

All the way back in August last year we reported that Bulgaria-based Quark VR was working on a wireless prototype for the HTC Vive with some help from SteamVR creator Valve. At the time is was hard to believe but since then we’ve seen a flood of wireless adapters announced. Now, Quark is finally ready…

VRTV Weekly Recap: Giant Cops, Control Gloves & Dancing Candlesticks

We’re already five weeks in to the second season of VRTV on VRFocus and it’s that time again as our video correspondent Nina covers what has been in the news. You can watch the episode below: Stories include: The CaptoGlove Kickstarter campaign which launched this week. For people in the UK who want to invest in…

Digital Catapult Announces New Head Of Immersive

As we often say on our regular Sunday feature, The VR Job Hub, the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries are always changing, always moving and there are always new opportunities in each for those looking for a change for those either already in it or looking for a change. And as we…

Google Daydream Title Wonderglade Gets Big Update

Developer Resolution Games has announced that it is bringing a major content update to Google Daydream title Wonderglade. The update will include a new mini-game called Bistro Basher, which involves visiting an upscale French restaurant and then destroying everything that is brought to the table. This will bring the total of min-games available to six,…

‘Drop Dead’ for Oculus Touch Review

When Gear VR games are ported to the Rift, you usually end up with is more of the same; a game with nicer graphics and the added benefit of positional tracking, but more or less the same experience. However with Drop Dread (2017), Pixel Toy’s port of their critically acclaimed Gear VR on-rails arcade shooter, the…

Paediatric Cardiologists Introduce VR Technology to Children’s Healthcare

Three new projects are in development at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford that utilise virtual reality (VR) technology to improve the education, health and hospital experience of children who require medical care. The three projects include the Stanford Virtual Heart, which allows doctors to explain often complex congenital heart defects to children and their parents…

Robo Recall Gets Locomotion Mod From 3dRudder

How to move in a natural way continues to be a hot topic within virtual reality (VR) mainly because moving about at speed is a big factor in many cases of sim sickness. There are a number of different movement methods that are being used in the current crop of VR videogame titles, including various…

Experience Non-Euclidean Space In VR

Mathematicians at Oklahoma State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology are attempting to bring a different world to life within virtual reality (VR) by creating a VR space to explore ‘alternative geometries’ in which the rules as we usually understand them do not apply. In normal geometry as it is customarily taught, two parallel…

Fire Service Use VR to Let People Experience A Burning House

Firefighters in New Zealand are using a new way to teach the public about the dangers of a burning building, and educate them on the importance of having an evacuation plan. The Fire Service has created a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) experience called Escape My House, which puts people inside a burning house and tasks…

Watch These Schoolchildren Discover the HoloLens for the First Time

For the first time in Norway, students at a primary school have experienced one of the Microsoft HoloLens’ greatest applications — education. The science lesson, presented by Pointmedia, took kids at Åssiden Elementary School to outer space to learn about our Earth and Solar System. “It was a little strange,” student Casper Hansen said. “I could…