NextVR Releases Streaming Schedule For Critical 2018-2019 NBA Season

Startup NextVR is preparing to stream the 2018-2019 NBA season across all platforms. NextVR’s focus is on live capture and streaming content in 3D and the startup’s partnership with the NBA has offered basketball fans in VR courtside seats at games for the last couple years. NextVR’s capture and streaming technology is generally some of the…

Jaunt Shuts Down VR Operations

Jaunt is letting go “a significant portion” of its staff and “winding down a number of VR products and content services in the coming weeks.” The prepared explanation comes in a Medium blog post and an additional statement sent over email: “Today we had to make some difficult decisions in an effort to realign Jaunt for…

The Sims FreePlay Adds Multiplayer AR In ‘Brilliant Backyards’ Update

Real-time cooperative building and AR functionality arrive in a seasonal themed update to EA’s mobile Sims experience. The Sims FreePlay, a free-to-play mobile version of EA’s wildly popular strategic life simulator, The Sims, launched its latest update today, offering a slew of fall/autumn themed content to spice up your digital backyard. This includes new plant…

Insta360 Goes Halvsies, Bringing 180° Capture To Pro Series

At the end of last week on VRFocus we brought you news of how innovative camera firm Insta360’s announcement of their new ONE X 360-degree camera, which the company touted as the “future of the action camera”. The 5.7K camera bringing not just 360 degree video capture but a number of other very attractive features…

The Virtual Arena: VR’s Bonanza for Commercial Entertainment (Part 2)

Industry specialist Kevin Williams of KWP, concludes his report on the latest developments shaping the digital out-of-home entertainment (DOE) sector and all things to do with Commercial virtual reality (VR) deployment seen internationally. In this final part we see the drive for new investment and the realities and speculation on the market’s true worth. With…

YouTube VR Creator Lab Heads To Tokyo

VR180 makes its way to Japan as YouTube continues to expand its VR Creator Lab. YouTube has set their sights on yet another location for their VR production course, this time bringing their support to the talented creators of Tokyo, Japan. Beginning December 5th, those selected to participate will head to YouTube Space Tokyo for…

New AR Horror Mobile Title Night Terrors: Bloody Mary Released

Imprezario Entertainment, an augmented reality (AR) mobile entertainment company, has announced a new mobile horror experience that leverages AR technology to scare users. Titled Night Terrors: Bloody Mary, the experience has been made in partnership with acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter, Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) who acted as Executive Producer on the project….

Allstate Launches AR Experience To Help Families Build A Fire Escape Plan

As part of National Fire Prevention Week, Allstate have released Escape Route, a new Allstate Mobile app feature that leverages augmented reality (AR) to help families create and practice fire escape plans. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments within the United States respond to a home fire every 90 seconds. Because of…

Two Years On: PlayStation VR

It has now been two years since the PlayStation VR first launched, completing the ‘Big Three’ trifecta of high-end virtual reality (VR) systems alongside the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The PlayStation VR is widely seen as the most ‘accessible’ of the high-end VR devices, as it only requires a PlayStation 4 in order to…

Facebook’s 3D Photos Arrive On Your News Feed And In VR

Facebook uses iPhone’s AI depth-sensor to a new layer of realism to your photos. Originally announced during the 2018 F8 developer conference back in May, Facebook’s 3D Photos feature is now officially available on your News Feed and in VR. By utilizing the 3D depth maps stored with portrait photos taken recent dual-lens iPhone models,…

Point & Place AR Shopping Platform Adds Face Tracking

Augmented reality (AR) is becoming increasingly popular as a tool for retailers to aid in sales. AR technology allows customers to virtually try out a product before purchase, so see if it fits in their room, or on their body. Digital commerce company EyeKandy has announced that it hopes to make AR retail technology more…

See The Hacker And Thief Action Of Covert In New Hands-On Gameplay

During the recent Oculus Connect 5 event indie developer White Elk Studios announced a new virtual reality (VR) videogame that offers asymmetrical gameplay by the name of Covert. This title sees two players have to work together to pull off heist with one of the team being a thief in VR with the other playing…

See The Hacker And Thief Action Of Covert In New Hands-On Gameplay

During the recent Oculus Connect 5 event indie developer White Elk Studios announced a new virtual reality (VR) videogame that offers asymmetrical gameplay by the name of Covert. This title sees two players have to work together to pull off heist with one of the team being a thief in VR with the other playing…

Insta360 Announces New ONE X Action Camera With 5.7K Video

Insta360 have announced what they are calling the ‘future of the action camera’ with the launch of their new ONE X 360-degree camera. This new 5.7K camera is capable of capturing full 360-degree video with groundbreaking stabilization and cinematic slow-mo to radically expand on what is possible with an action camera. This also means that…

Honeywell & U.S. Army Testing Proof Of Concept AR/VR HMD For Use In Tank Warfare

The use of immersive technologies with military connotations usually involves augmented reality (AR) more than virtual reality (VR) – at least in practical usage. Use beyond education, training or designing of military equipment, although there are certainly companies out there looking to VR for military solutions. Palmer Luckey’s start up Anduril comes to mind in…

Feature-Length VR Film ‘7 Miracles’ Debuts At Raindance Film Festival

A VIVE Studios production about the miracles performed by Jesus Christ was the winner of the “VR Film of the Festival” grand jury category. 7 Miracles – one of the longest feature-length cinematic VR films ever produced – premiered last week at the 26th Raindance Film Festival, Europe’s leading independent Film Festival and the largest…

17 Smart Home Products That Don’t Need Access to Your Wi-Fi

As more and more traditionally “dumb” products are incorporated into the Internet of Things (IoT), public interest in smart-home technology will continue to grow. But as the list of internet-connected devices expands, so too does the potential to overload our home Wi-Fi networks. Being able to control various aspects of your home with the push…

17 Smart Home Products That Don’t Need Access to Your Wi-Fi

As more and more traditionally “dumb” products are incorporated into the Internet of Things (IoT), public interest in smart-home technology will continue to grow. But as the list of internet-connected devices expands, so too does the potential to overload our home Wi-Fi networks. Being able to control various aspects of your home with the push…

17 Smart Home Products That Don’t Need Access to Your Wi-Fi

As more and more traditionally “dumb” products are incorporated into the Internet of Things (IoT), public interest in smart-home technology will continue to grow. But as the list of internet-connected devices expands, so too does the potential to overload our home Wi-Fi networks. Being able to control various aspects of your home with the push…

Racket Fury: Table Tennis Review – Missing Important Features

VR is best used to replicate experiences we can’t actually have in the real world, whether it be climbing a treacherous mountain or piloting an X-Wing. Table tennis isn’t one of those experiences, but Racket Fury: Table Tennis does its best to make it one by throwing you against robotic masters in outer space. What…

Google Rebrands AR Stickers as Playground; Introduces 3D AR Animation

While there wasn’t much news on the VR front from Google at today’s New York hardware event except from learning that the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL are compatible with Daydream View VR headsets, Google did introduce a new slate augmented reality (AR) stickers that will have you taking selfies with Iron Man. Dubbed…

Google AR Stickers Are Now Named Playground, Avengers Coming Soon

At today’s Made by Google event, Google announced that its AR Stickers feature, which can be found inside the Pixel’s camera app, is being re-branded as Playground. Along with the re-brand they’ll be releasing all-new characters such as heroes from Marvel’s Avengers (both Iron Man and Hulk were shown) as well as an animated version…

Philip K. Dick-inspired VR Story ‘The Great C’ Brings Expert Cinematic Flair

Secret Location, developers behind Blasters of the Universe (2017), today launched a Philip K. Dick-inspired VR adaptation of The Great C, a sci-fi short story that follows a tribe of humans oppressed by an artificially intelligent overlord. The titular VR experience takes you to the ruins of a typical American city, now entirely depopulated with a…

Google Unveils The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Starting At $799

Today at the Made by Google 2018 event, Google officially unveiled the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, its latest line of smartphones. Sporting what it describes as the most powerful camera on a smartphone to date (they showed seven different magazine covers that were shot using the Pixel 3 camera) the device is set…

Owlchemy Labs Teases AR ‘Mobile Spectator’ Experiment

Could Google’s ARCore platform finally provide a low-cost alternative to mixed reality? Best known for their outrageous-brand of AAA VR content, such as their immensely popular title Job Simulator, Texas-based game developer Owlchemy Labs is no stranger to the spotlight. The accomplished studio has made waves within the immersive entertainment industry thanks to a fine…