Canadian Music Week Includes Discussions on VR

The Canadian Music Week will be running from 18th April until 23rd April, 2017. Included within it will be the Digital Media Summit, which will cover a keynote speech and panel discussions related to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). The Digital Media Summit will take place on Wednesday 19th April, 2017 at the…

VRX Europe Returns to London

Over 600 of the biggest names in the virtual reality (VR) industry will descend upon London for the VRX Europe Conference and Expo. The event is returning to London after its successful debut in 2016. There are over 60 speakers set to be featured over the event, with representatives from Sony, Oculus, HTC Vive, Unity,…

Capcom Release Resident Evil 7 Behind-the-Scenes Video

Capcom, the makers of the survival horror series Resident Evil have released the first in a series of videos called The Making of Resident Evil 7 biohazard. The four-part video series will contain exclusive footage and interviews with members of the development team as they go into detail about the creation of Resident Evil 7….

Korean Amusement Park Unveils Robot VR Attraction

The chance to pilot a giant robot is finally here. In an announcement made this Sunday, South Korean amusement park Everland revealed a brand new VR attraction that gives you the chance to control (and feel) the movements of an enormous robot in a dirty mech-on-mech brawl. Opening this Friday in the high-tech city of Seoul,…

IKinema Introduces Inexpensive Motion Capture Technology

Animation studio IKinema have unveiled a new type of motion capture, or mocap technology that uses commercially available virtual reality (VR) hardware that aims to make motion capture and body tracking accessible and affordable for everyone. The new system, which IKinema have named Orion, uses a VR headset like a HTC Vive, motion controllers and three…

Walmart Focuses On Future of VR/AR at New Silicon Valley Tech Incubator

Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the big-box retail giant, is focusing on the future of VR and AR, along with other emergent technologies, with its newly unveiled tech startup incubator. According to a Bloomberg Technology report, Wal-Mart is creating the incubator to “identify changes that will reshape the retail experience, including virtual reality, autonomous vehicle and drone delivery…

Sephora’s AR App Update Lets You Try Virtual Makeup On At Home

Sephora Virtual Artist adds virtual try on of thousands of eyeshadow shades, expert looks and an expanded library of virtual tutorials. If you break out in hives at the thought of navigating Sephora’s seemingly endless rows of beauty products, ranging from your run-of-the-mill lipstick to high-end luminizing products that you can’t even pronounce, you may…

Water-Types Aplenty, As Global Water Festival Comes To Pokémon GO

Niantic, the developers behind popular augmented reality (AR) mobile game Pokémon GO, have announced that the game is getting a tweak in the form of the Global Water Festival. From 1pm (PDT) Pokémon GO users will be more likely to encounter water-type Pokémon such as Magikarp and Squirtle and their evolutions. Additionally, if users are travelling in…

Behind the Scenes of Robo Recall Cinematics

Epic Games have released a video revealing the secrets of the Sequencer Editor that is built into Unreal Engine 4 and how it was used to create the cinematics for Robo Recall. The video is presented by Wes Bunn, Technical Writer at Epic Games and shows how one of the cinematics for Robo Recall was…

Disney Reveals How to Catch a Real Ball in Virtual Reality

Disney’s Research arm have revealed a system where a user can catch a real, physical ball while wearing a headset and still immersed in virtual reality (VR). Disney Research have released a video showing how someone wearing a head mounted display (HMD) who can only see the virtual landscape can still catch a real ball…

China Hero Project Announces New PlayStation VR Games

The China Hero Project helps independent videogame developers based in China get their product to market. They are working together with Sony to bring several new games to the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation VR (PSVR). Ten new games were announced as being in development for either PS4 or PSVR. The games are all currently…

More than 17,000 Visitors Expected at Laval Virtual

The calendar for events dedicated to virtual reality (VR) just keeps filling up. The end of March will see the conference return to Laval in France, where the organisers are expecting a crowd of 17,000 visitors. Laval Virtual begins today 22nd March and run until 26th March 2017. The first three days of the conference are…

Life In 360°: The Spherical-ness Of The Long Distance Runner

Welcome back to Life In 360°, where we take a thrice weekly look into one of the ways you can use a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in order to get into the action. Before we get on with today’s visit though, if you’re interested in 360 degree video or you’re looking to get into 360…

SC Johnson Produce VR Film to Promote Rainforest Conservation

Maker of household products such as Glade and Pledge, SC Johnson have produced a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) film called Under The Canopy as part of their campaign to promote conservation of the rainforest. Under The Canopy is a journey through the Amazon rainforest, in which the viewer is guided through the lush tropical landscape…

Linden Lab Adds Bing Gordon to Board of Directors

Creators of MMO Second Life, Linden Lab, have announced that Bing Gordon, Chief Product Officer KPCB is joining the Linden Lab Board of Directors. Linden Lab say that they are looking to Gordon for advice on strategy and marketing as they improve Second Life and launch their new virtual reality (VR) platform Sansar. Sansar is…

SteamDolls VR Demo Released on Steam

Steampunk-inspired adventure videogame SteamDolls VR has received a substantial update to its demo recently, which integrates trackpad support and a full gameplay tutorial. SteamDolls VR was designed exclusively for virtual reality (VR). The player steps into the shoes of a thief who must use cunning and stealth to make their way through the environment, avoiding…

Fated: The Silent Oath Reveals PlayStation VR Launch Date

Originally slated to be a PlayStation VR launch title, the developers behind Fated: The Silent Oath have finally revealed when it will drop on to PSVR. Fated: The Silent Oath came out for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in 2016, a version which VRFocus did a review of. The story of the videogame concerns a…

AWE Issues Call for Nominations for Auggie Awards

Organisers of the Augmented World Expo has issued a call for nominations for the Auggie Awards, a prize awarded to those who contributed extraordinary innovation to the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. The awards ceremony will be held at the Augmented World Expo, a conference for AR/VR technology. This year will be…

Power Rangers Morph onto Mobile VR

To tie in to the upcoming release of the new Power Rangers movie, Lionsgate has partnered with Reel FX and QuiverVision to create a mobile VR experience for Google Cardboard users. The new mobile VR experience is named Zords Rising and is based on a Power Rangers VR experience that was previously demonstrated at the…

Upload Continues to Grow with 20,000 Square Foot VR/AR Coworking Space

Next month, Upload will be launching a brand new 20,000 square foot co-working space in Marina Del Rey, CA. The space will officially be known as Upload LA and it will serve as the premiere destination for Los Angeles-based augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) companies. Whether you’re just starting up or looking to expand,…

NCAA March Madness Live VR Now Available

Oculus have partnered with NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports for the second year to bring Basketball’s March Madness to virtual reality (VR) users. Users of Oculus Rift and Gear VR will be able to use the March Madness Live app to get a courtside seat to six live games. There will be two premium…

A Guide to the Best 360 Cameras Your Money Can Buy

There’s always been two barriers to 360 degree video content: price and quality. Thanks to the rapid adoption of the Samsung Gear VR and now with nearly a year under the belts of the consumer editions of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, those two issues are becoming less of a worry. A selection of…

The VOID Hyper-Reality Experience Comes To Dubai

The mixed reality park opens its second location in the city built on sand. In an attempt to bring the immersive attraction to several locations outside the United States, The VOID hyper-reality experience has partnered with UAE-based holding company Meraas to open a brand new location right in the heart of the beautiful city of…