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…

Standalone Virtual Reality Headsets Will Bring VR Into Focus

As some of you may know, I have a background in software engineering and CAD and have been active in emerging tech field over the last ten years through investments as well as growing start-ups in mobile IoT, AI and, recently, augmented reality (AR) and/or virtual reality (VR). We then have set up the Realities…

CPDinVR Opens Registrations for Anniversary Event

In 2017 Steve Bambury set out to attempt something new by hosting a free ‘continuing professional development’ (CPD) by using virtual reality (VR) by using the Engage platform from Immersive VR Education. To celebrate the first year anniversary of this, a special CPDinVR event is planned. The special CPDinVR First Anniversary Event will feature a…

New AR App Set To Enhance Dining and Nightlife

While augmented reality (AR) has already seen use in retail, with companies such as IKEA using it for assisting customers in making decisions. The technology has yet to see a great deal of use in the area of food, but that might be about to change with a new app called ‘Aug-It!’. Liverpool-based start-up company…

OpenSpace Uses 360 Degree Cameras To Capture Construction Sites

Workers in offices are used to the idea of being able to look over previous versions of their work to track changes. Up until now, however, this has not been possible for the construction industry but that is about to change thanks to OpenSpace. OpenSpace have launched an AI framework which uses images captured on…

Valve Reveals Latest Knuckles Dev Kit & New ‘Moondust’ Tech Demo

Since announcing the ‘Knuckles’ controller prototype all the way back in 2016, Valve has been relatively quiet about its progress outside of a select group of developers who have been experimenting with early development kits. That changed this week as Valve offered up a major information dump, showcasing the latest Knuckles dev kit with a…

Life In 360°: Thou, My Most Beauteous Land

Wednesday’s stop back in the UK was a nice change of pace, and since writing that article a number of other videos featuring looks inside high concept design buildings have popped up on my search thanks to Google’s little algorithms. But I’m going to save those (if there are any of particular interest, that is)…

Apple Details Latest VR Optimizations Coming to macOS Mojave (10.14)

Earlier this month at Apple’s annual WWDC conference, the company introduced their latest operating system, macOS Mojave (10.14). Due to roll out as a public beta later this month, and launching widely this Fall as a free update, Mojave brings further VR-specific optimizations to Apple’s Metal graphics API, which the company detailed in a session…

Echo Combat Livestream – Gravity-Defying FPS Action

The Open Beta for Echo Combat is finally here! If you have Oculus Home installed already, you may have noticed that the Echo games have undergone a bit of re-branding. Instead of Echo Combat and Echo Arena existing in the launch separately, there is now just Echo VR and when you load into the lobby…

CEEK VR Announce VR Series and Movie Called Hollywood Rooftop

With virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video growing in popularity, even famous names in Hollywood filmmaking are getting in on the act. CEEK VR is working with several recognisable names to develop a VR series called Hollywood Rooftop. Hollywood Rooftop will comprise several 10-minute VR short films along with a 2D feature film which will…

VR Drama ‘Kiss Me First’ Arrives On Netflix June 29th

Live-action meets CGI in this six-part adaptation of Lottie Moggach’s hit YA novel. A suspenseful cyber-drama series developed by Bryan Elsley, Kiss Me First tells the story of Leila (Taboo’s Tallulah Haddon), a lonely 17-year-old haunted by the death of her mother. In order to escape the tortures of her reality, Leila has become addicted…

Research Project Show VR Can Improve Memory Recall

Its already been demonstrated that virtual reality (VR) can be beneficial to education and training, but a study by the University of Maryland shows that VR can help people retain information. The study involved 40 volunteers attempting to memorise well-know faces within a special environment called a ‘memory palace’ with the researchers comparing the results…

Expore The Surface Of Mars In Red Rover

Most of us have had dreams about going to space and visiting other planets. Seeing the stars and looking out towards other systems. Though it might still be some time off, virtual reality (VR) is allowing people to experience those moments today. With the upcoming release of Red Rover: Planetary Driving Simulator, users will be…

The Weather Channel To Use MR To Showcase The Power Of Tornadoes

The Weather Channel have revealed plans to showcase the lasted in mixed reality (MR) technology but creating their own tornado. Broadcasters have been taking advantage of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology for sometime now. The Weather Channel is hoping to use this technology to deliver viewers an immersive and realistic experience that…

New Valve Knuckles Prototypes Add Thumbticks, Now Shipping To Devs

A new generation of the Valve Knuckles controllers are rolling out to developers with thumbsticks added on. The touchpad is reduced to a small strip on the updated controllers. Among the changes: Improved industrial design and ergonomics Updated input set and layout Improved strap fit and feel for more hand sizes New sensors, enabling new…

Endeavour Foundation Uses VR To Help Teenagers Train For Jobs

In Australia, the Endeavour Foundation is trying to help young adults with intellectual disabilities learn news skills that might help them prepare for entering work. To do this, the foundation has turned to virtual reality (VR). The not-for-profit organisation is in the process of rolling out 15 VR training programs which use the Oculus Rift…

Madame Tussauds Adds VR Escape Room In Hollywood

Madame Tussauds Hollywood is offering a new VR attraction next to the Walk of Fame and the Chinese Theatre. The 4-player VR installation is from the Virtual Room and situated among the wax inhabitants of Hollywood Boulevard. The Virtual Room operates similar installations in Europe, as well as a second location in Hollywood. The system…

New Screenshots Released For RollerCoaster Tycoon Joyride

Atari have released a number of new screenshots for their upcoming virtual reality (VR) title RollerCoaster Tycoon Joyride. The title, which was announced earlier in the year, is planned to release for PlayStation VR and will give players a chance to truly immerse themselves within the classic RollerCoaster Tycoon experience with some new twists. For the…

Open Beta for Echo Combat Goes Live

Zero-gravity first-person shooter Echo Arena was a team-based esport spin-off from sci-fi virtual reality (VR) adventure Lone Echo. Echo Arena became extremely popular, with several users declaring it was their entry into VR as a whole. Developers Ready at Dawn are following up with a third title in the series, Echo Combat, which is now…

VIDEO: Facebook Researcher’s Talk About More Comfortable VR Headsets

Facebook’s research into a more comfortable VR headset with a wider field of view was revealed at the company’s developer conference in early May. A few weeks later, at a symposium put together by the world’s preeminent researchers and engineers in display technology, Douglas Lanman of Facebook Reality Labs (formerly Oculus Research) detailed the reasons they…