MIT Accelerator Play Labs Announces Class of 13 AR/VR Startups

Play Labs, a summer accelerator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced its first batch of 13 startups that are developing augmented reality and virtual reality technology. The focus of the startups will be to develop “playful tech” in a variety of industries. The initial companies are focused on AR and VR, as well…

Russian Artist Arrested for Refusing to Take off Her VR Headset

Moscow artist Ekaterina Nenasheva claims she was arrested and taken to a psychiatric clinic. The crime? Refusing to take off her VR headset according to reports. Over the past four years, VR has caused us to re-evaluate many of our social norms and collective ideas—particularly as it relates to how we engage with each other—but Ekaterina Nenasheva might…

A Closer Look At Preta: Vendetta Rising With New Screenshots

Developer Illion Games has released some more screenshots revealing a closer look at the developer’s first virtual reality (VR) experience, Preta: Vendetta Rising, a title that had its first playable demo at this year’s E3. A fantasy action-RPG taking gameplay and stylistic inspiration from the likes of Dark Souls and The Elder Scrolls franchise, players…

Trailer Reveals Upcoming PlayStation VR Titles

At E3 the PlayStation VR had a fairly generous selection of upcoming new titles revealed. Sony have assembled a trailer that recaps some of the biggest announcements of videogames that are expected for the PlayStation VR platform. The trailer presents a swirling series of TV monitors floating the void of space, with each one getting…

Apple Team Up With IKEA To Create AR Shopping App

Apple have begun making a push towards augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology recently. With news that SteamVR would be supporting Mac platforms, and the iPhone 8 expected to have advanced AR capabilities, Apple have teamed with well-know furniture store IKEA to create an AR shopping app to show off some of Apple’s…

Super Mario Bros. Recreated For HoloLens

It seems like whenever someone needs a simple basis for a ‘proof of concept’ videogame, it’s Super Mario Bros. That they turn to. We’ve already seen the original NES title turned into a virtual reality (VR) experience, now a HoloLens developer has recreated it as a HoloLens augmented reality (AR) experience. Abhishek Singh, a HoloLens…

Hands-on: ‘Fallout 4 VR’ Shows Improvements, but I’m Still Not Sold

Entering the Wasteland, sneaking up on a group of raiders and shooting them down with guns in your own two hands, tossing back a Nuka-Cola, hanging out with Dogmeat; these are some the things that get fans excited about playing Fallout 4 VR. And in case you’ve been cryogenically frozen in a nuclear bunker this past year, you should know Fallout…

Checkout More Screenshots of The Talos Principle VR by Croteam

Fans of Croteam’s action puzzle title The Talos Principle have been waiting patiently for the title to get a proper virtual reality (VR) port. Though Croteam announced SteamVR support back in 2015, there was little word on progress until the sudden reveal of a HTC Vive version at E3. The Talos Principle was lauded by…

Video: Watch Valve’s New ‘Knuckles’ VR Controller in Action

Knuckles, Valve’s unique VR motion controller, is already in the hands of select developers who are no doubt designing ways to use the controller’s 5-finger tracking. In the video published by Zulubo Productions, we get a better look at just what Knuckles can do. The demo, first seen in a Knuckles developer guide, is designed to…

New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For Week Of 06/18/17

There’s not a whole load of new on either of the Oculus stores this week but there’s a very good reason for that; the Summer Sale is now on and you can get a heck of a lot of games at great prices. Still, if you are in the market for something new we have…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 06/18/17

Welcome to another week chronicling the latest releases for HTC Vive. We’ve got a couple highlights for you that are of incredibly different flavors. Chess Ultra is a visually impressive experience that pits you either against online players or a collection of AI modeled after chess grandmasters. VINDICTA channels expertise of a different kind, giving you a shooting experience…

LucidCam Celebrates Commercial Launch With Tour of San Francisco

Lucid VR have announced the general commercial launch of its pocket-sized virtual reality (VR) 3D camera, the LucidCam and will be celebrating the general availability of the device with a billboard truck tour of the famous landmarks of San Francisco. The launch tour will take place on 23rd June, 2017 and is aimed at encouraging…

5 Impressive VR Companies From ViveX Batch Two Demo Day

This week we went to an HTC-hosted Demo Day for the second batch of ViveX funded VR and AR companies. With 26 different companies on display in San Francisco ranging from game developers, hardware manufacturers, utility creators, and everything in between there were a lot of different projects to try. Most of the companies were…

VRTO Canada’s VR & AR convention Announces Lineup

VRTO, also known as the Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo, is one of the largest events of its kind in Canada and the event organisers have now revealed details on its updated line-up of speeches, panels and other events. Among the line-up will be an expert panel on the future of Out-of-Home…

Unearthing Mars Lands On HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Increasing numbers of virtual reality (VR) titles are going multi-platform. With HTC Vive and Oculus Rift titles making it on to PlayStation VR, or cut down versions heading to mobile VR platforms, or PlayStation VR titles heading to PC VR. Developer Winking entertainment have announced the launch of its title Unearthing Mars on Steam for…

KCON Will Be Captured in 360-Degree Video

KCON USA is one of the largest festivals of Korean music and culture in the world, with events in Los Angeles and New York. Beginning as a small one-day evening back in 2012, the event has seen exponential growth. This year, even more people will be able to experience what KCON USA is like, since…

PSVR’s Aim Controller Adds A New Layer To ROM: Extraction

At E3 last week in Los Angeles Sony’s media showcase included a demo of ROM: Extraction paired with the PSVR’s Aim Controller — adding a cool new element to the shooter. The arcade-style shooter from First Contact Entertainment released late last year for both Rift and Vive, allowing players to throw orbs and slow down…

Break a Leg’s First Chapter Coming to Samsung Gear VR this Month

In March VRFocus reported that Apelab would be releasing a new story-driven experience called Break a Leg for the launch of Samsung’s new Gear VR controller in April. That didn’t happen with the title getting delayed, but as it turns out not for long. The developer has just announced that Break a Leg’s first chapter will be coming…

IBM Watson’s Interactive Speech now Integrated into Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Last month Ubisoft released its biggest title yet for virtual reality (VR) platforms with Star Trek: Bridge Crew. VRFocus reported that the studio planned to add voice commands using IBM Watson integration in a future update, that update has now arrived. Using IBM Watson’s interactive speech and cognitive capabilities, Watson Speech to Text and Watson Conversation, players will…

VR eSports Finally Arrive With ‘Onward’ FPS Pro League

The popular multiplayer FPS is leading the way in competitive VR with a new pro league. When virtual reality began making its reemergence a couple of years ago with the introduction of pioneering tech such as the Oculus Rift, only one thought was running through my head: Is this is? Are we FINALLY about to…

Review: VR Slugger: The Toy Field

Baseball is often seen as a quintessential American sport – the World Series only features US teams unlike football’s World Cup – but it’s still popular around the world and usually features in videogames that include a mashup of sports. It’s the type of game that fits virtual reality (VR) really well, putting players inside massive…

HTC’s Vive Tracker Has Brought Out The Best In VR Innovation

HTC’s Vive Tracker presents an elegant solution to the VR peripheral problem. Instead of releasing hundreds upon hundreds of different controllers that replicate real world items, why not just stick a single tracked object onto the real thing to bring it into the virtual world? When it was announced at CES back in January, we…

It’s Time for Some Multiplayer Combat as the Echo Arena Beta Goes Live

Last week, just prior to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017 opening its doors – and between all those big press conferences – developer Ready at Dawn revealed during Intel’s conference that it’s upcoming space-based experience Lone Echo will also have an accompanying title, a multiplayer arena videogame called Echo Arena. While Echo Arena is scheduled for release next month,…

The Red and Black legacy of the Virtual Boy

The innovative minds at Nintendo launched the Switch on 2nd March 2017. The aim and indeed the marketing is that it’s both a pretty powerful handheld console that docks into a charging station and becomes a full games console. Like many Nintendo systems the aim is not necessarily to bring people the latest and most…

Google Working On Universal Video Format for 360-Degree Film

Currently 360-degree videos are the most popular way for consumers to experience virtual reality (VR) content. With movies, short films, documentaries, concerts and other experiences available for users to experiences in immersive 360-degrees, its not surprising that demand is rising for a simplified way to create 360-degree movies. Google is set to provide. With smartphones…

Cmoar Announces Cancellation of Hybrid VR HMD

Image Credit: CMOAR LTD Bad news for VR crowdfunding as CMOAR LTD’s CEO, Damian Boczek, announced yesterday the cancellation of their Cmoar hybrid virtual reality headset in a lengthy, somewhat somber statement posted to Kickstarter. The post, entitled “Project Overview” is a deconstruction of the project as a whole, deeply apologetic for the end of…

Further Details Emerge About Microsoft’s DirectReality

Prior to E3, news emerged that Microsoft had filed for a Trademark by the name of ‘DirectReality’. Much speculation then ensued on what the Trademarked technology would be related to, with most analysts believing it would be related to virtual reality (VR) or mixed reality (MR) in some way. Now further information has been revealed…