ICAROS Secures Seven Figure Investment From Segnalita

ICAROS have been providing a unique training system that combines fitness and virtual reality (VR) since 2016 and has now announced that that the Tyrolean private venture company Segnalita, has invested a sum in the mid-seven figures into the Munich-based company. The company has a vision to provide the most motivating and health-promoting training experiences…

Schell Games Unveil HoloLAB Champions, Bring Chemistry To VR

Entertainment and educational videogame development studio Schell Games have unveiled their next title in the form of HoloLAB Champions. This new immersive virtual realty (VR) title puts users onto the center stage of a chemistry themed gameshow where knowing their science will be key to succeeding and winning a holo-brain trophy. HoloLAB Champions has been as…

Vuzix Announce Appointment of Two New Vice Presidents

Vuzix have become one of the most recognised names in the field of Enterprise-focussed augmented reality (AR) technology. In particular, the company is known for its line of AR smartglasses for consumer and enterprise markets. The company has now announced that it has appointed Zach Stone as its new Vice President of Operations and Shane…

This Week In VR Sports: It’s All About The Beautiful Game

With the weekend here  it is time for another entry of This Week In VR Sport. VRFocus brings you a number of sports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories every weekend and this time it is all about the football. Cherry Pop Games have released highlights from their virtual world cup, Coca-Cola teams up with Swiss Striker…

ABI Research Provides New Report On Eight Technologies That Will Transform Manufacturing

ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm that provides strategic guidance on compelling transformative technologies have released a recent report that outlines how technologies fit together with each other in Smart Manufacturing and identifies vendor challenges and solutions within the sector. The eight areas the report covers include additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning…

The Biggest PSVR Releases Of The Week 06/17/18

We haven’t been doing release lists for the past few weeks because E3-prep and then E3 itself, but now that things are settling back down here we go! We’ve got two spooky scary experiences and one tundra-themed adventure to pick from. UploadVR also launched the ‘UploadVR PSVR Community’ on PlayStation 4! Join up, find other…

Reports Shows Dip In VR Headset Sales

A report from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker has found that shipments of AR and VR headsets was down from last year, but the IDC report also predicts a resurgence of sales in the near future. The report showed that shipments of VR and AR headsets were down 30.5% year over…

Preview: Lems

It’s becoming quite common to see virtual reality (VR) titles that cast the player in the role of a giant manipulating or otherwise interacting with a world that is in a much smaller scale. Moss, Along Together and the upcoming Ghost Giant have all used this approach, and Lems does the same. In this case,…

A Taste of the Action in Gunheart

Science fiction has become something of a go-to setting for action first-person shooter titles. Perhaps the vast, unknowable nature of the universe makes it attractive to explore, or perhaps it is the idea that there might be hostile aliens out there we can shoot without feeling guilty. Whatever it is, space is the setting for…

Competition: Move Fast To Enter This Ludicrous Speed Prize Draw

The end of the week is here once again, and that of course means (now that E3 is out of the way for another year) that it’s competition time here on VRFocus. This time you’ll be wanting to probably stretch your muscles in advance because the virtual reality (VR) videogame we’re offering codes for is…

Editorial: Google’s Long-Term Strategy Could Dominate VR/AR

Confidence is a prerequisite to enjoy VR’s magic. There are so many things that can go wrong wearing a VR headset and most of us know this before the goggles come down over our eyes. “Discomfort” doesn’t quite encapsulate the risk of wearing something that blocks your view of the real world. Just trying to…

Save The Lems in VR Puzzle Platform Title

Lems are tiny cartoonish wolf-like creatures that are running around a colourful landscape in search of a new lair to call home. Developer Universe Worth Experiencing has announced that its virtual reality (VR) puzzle-platform title Lems will be out soon in Steam Early Access. In Lems, players use the VR motion controllers to create and…

Summer VR Sales Offer Big Savings On Top Titles

Summer sales are now in place across Steam (through July 5), Oculus (through July 1) and Viveport (through July 7), with major savings on some of our favorite VR titles. Oculus is also offering special deals each day along with packs of top-tier experiences that can be purchased together while HTC’s Viveport is throwing free games…

Microsoft Affirms No Plans for VR on Xbox Consoles

Back at E3 2016, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced on stage that the Xbox One X (then ‘Project Scorpio’) would become the industry’s next VR-compatible console, positioning the platform to compete with Sony’s PSVR with what Spencer called “high fidelity VR.” Now, it appears, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer for gaming Mike Nichols has put…

Tour The Historic Anne Frank House In VR

Since opening its doors to the public in 1960, the Anne Frank House in Westerkerk, Amsterdam has become an important reminder of the horrific discrimination Frank and others faced during the WWII era. Ran by the non-profit Anne Frank Foundation dedicated to the preservation of Frank’s original hiding place and story, the 17th century canal…

UK Food Delivery Service Just Eat Looks Into AR

The UK-based food delivery service is looking into using augmented reality (AR) to advertise its service across social media sites such as Facebook. The plan is to test how effective AR ads are in convincing people to order. The AR advertisement campaign was developed by agency Byte London, and the campaign will run over Facebook…

Krikey Add New AR Soccer Mini-Game To Celebrate The World Cup

Augmented reality (AR) mobile app Krikey have announced a new networked mini-game as part of the FIFA World Cup 2018 celebration. This new update will allow players to go up against each other to see who can score the most goals and, if they so wish, see who really is the best team. The Krikey…

Experiential Design Insights from Chinese Philosophy & Natural Philosophy

One of the things that inspires me to do the Voices of VR podcast is being able to talk with hundreds of people listening for the underlying patterns of experiential design. VR & AR are reflections of the human experience, and so any experiential design framework for immersive technologies should also describe aspects of our…

Steam Summer Sale Offers Big Discounts on Top VR Titles

Steam’s annual summer sale is back, and heavy discounts are here on hundreds of VR games including a number of top titles that will have you spending those hot days in the cold depths of space, post-apocalyptic warzones, and practically anywhere you can imagine that isn’t your backyard. Both Oculus and Viveport’s respective sales are…

Steam Introduces SteamVR Skeletal Input

Back in May Steam announced a new SteamVR input system that was designed to allow developers to more easily support existing and future controllers, offering gamers to more easily customize their controls. Now, Steam have revealed their next part of this system which will allow virtual reality (VR) titles to gather extra information from the…

Oh No They Didn’t! Microsoft Reverses Xbox One X VR Plans

Editorial credit: Pe3k / Shutterstock.com Has the Sony PSVR been a success? That depends on how you look at it. More than 100 million PS4 consoles have been sold at this point and about a million PSVR units to go with them. That’s a small percentage, but in absolute terms that’s still an install base…

XSEED Discuss Gungrave VR In Interview

You might have heard about the upcoming virtual reality (VR) title Gungrave VR recent following its present at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 where a new trailer and information was released. During the event VRFocus’ Nina Salomons was able to sit down with Jason Hayato Higa, Localisation Lead at XSEED, to discuss the upcoming release and…