Amazon Prime Day Deals Include PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR

If you’ve been in the market for a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) but have been awaiting some decent deals to appear this week certainly has one or two available. Yesterday VRFocus reported on Oculus launching a very aggressive promotion for the Oculus Rift with Touch, dropping the price down to $399 USD/£399 GBP…

Wild West Management Sim Dino Frontier Receives Official PlayStation VR Launch Date

During last year’s PlayStation Experience in December, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) showcased a few titles for PlayStation VR during the showcase, mainly all sandwiched into one long trailer. One of those was Dino Frontier, a quirky looking management sim from Uber Entertainment that mashed up the Wild West with dinosaurs. Today, the studio has revealed an official…

Latest Version of Unity Engine – Unity 2017.1 is now Live

The Unity engine is one of the most popular videogame engines available today. With estimates that is powers roughly half of all mobile videogames along with three-quarters of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) content. The people behind Unity have just announced that the latest version in the form of Unity 2017.1 is now…

Amazon’s Prime Day Offers Discounts On PSVR and HTC Vive

So many of us have barely recovered from the Steam Summer Sale and we’re already being hit with another wave of attacks on our wallet via Amazon’s Prime Day. If you haven’t pulled the trigger on the next level of entertainment, there’s no better time than now with PSVR and HTC Vive both available in…

Fantastic Contraption Serves Up A Stellar PSVR Port

Truth be told, I had nothing but the utmost confidence that Fantastic Contraption’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) port would set a high bar. Northway and Radial Games’ gem of a puzzler might be best suited to room-scale gameplay, but the developers’ combined knack for intuitive controls and the game’s at-your-own-pace approach assured me that they’d figure…

ARKit and HTC Vive Bring Mixed Reality to iPad

Apple’s ARKit combined HTC Vive shows us the future of mixed reality. Apple’s recently released ARKit platform is absolutely killing it right now. The augmented reality developer application has been breaking down walls for both amateurs and professionals providing an experience that’s as impressive as it is accessible. We recently covered some of the cooler creations made…

360-Degree Video Editing App for Smartphones

Studies have shown that 360-degree video is currently one of the most popular ways of consuming virtual reality (VR) content. With the current trend of increasing numbers of 360-degree cameras coming to market, user-created 360-degree content is becoming more popular. V360 are aiming to make this even easier by launching an editing suite for smartphones….

This AR Firefighter Helmet Will Save Lives

How augmented reality can help assist firefighters in saving lives. One of the trustiest tools firefighters have in burning buildings is a thermal-imaging camera, a device that allows them to see through dense smoke. Unfortunately, to use it, a firefighter has to stop, take a photo, and then evaluate the information they see on-screen. In normal environments, those few seconds…

A Guide To Mixed Reality Capture on Oculus Rift

With Oculus recently introducing the ability to natively capture Mixed Reality (MR) footage, VRFocus thought that we would be helpful and provide a guide in how to set yourself up to capture such footage. Mixed reality footage means that viewers can see the person playing alongside the virtual reality (VR) environment, giving viewers a better…

Future or Flop? The RED Hydrogen One AR/VR Smartphone Announced

Image Credit: RED Digital Camera RED Digital Camera are famous for their incredible cinematic camera technology beloved by the likes of James Cameron (who has bought heaps of the things) and Peter Jackson. Given how expensive their video cameras are, they haven’t really made a name for themselves as purveyors of consumer products. A…

RED’s Hydrogen One Smartphone Is “The World’s First Holographic Media Machine”

What’s a billionaire named Jim Jannard to do after founding and selling Oakley’s for $2.1 billion then creating a state-of-the-art Hollywood-caliber camera manufacturer in RED Digital Camera? Create a phone that can power holograms and doesn’t need a headset for AR or VR, that’s what, apparently. Today RED announced the Hydrogen One smartphone. Reportedly this is being…

Robot Invader Announce Sequel Dead Secret Circle Coming Soon to Steam

Back in 2015 Robot Invader launched its first virtual reality (VR) Dead Secret for Samsung Gear VR. Being well received, over the course of 2016 the studio then expanded support to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Today, Robot Invader has announced a followup, Dead Secret Circle, releasing a teaser trailer as well. Currently, Robot Invader hasn’t gone into to many…

Developers can now Capture Oculus VR Content in Unreal as an MR Video

Oculus have been making strides with regards to the ability of users to capture mixed reality (MR) videos that contain both footage of the virtual reality (VR) user alongside the virtual environment they are currently inhabiting. Footage of that nature allows viewers to gain a much stronger understanding of how a VR experience plays out….

Hands-On With The Durable Outdoor-Focused Everysight Raptor AR Glasses

When you spend your time covering the VR and AR industry you see a lot of really cool technology, but not all of it has clear real-life applications. The Raptor AR smartglasses from Everysight don’t fall into that category. From being used by hundreds of actual cyclists and sport enthusiasts around the world to serving…

Clay Brings Gesture Tracking To Apple’s ARKit With No Extra Hardware

One of the amazing things about Apple’s new ARKit developer platform is that there’s no extra hardware required. All of the amazing AR experiences we’ve seen running on iPhones are just using the kit’s camera, and that’s it. Clay is looking to do the same with gesture tracking. Developers may already be familiar with Clay,…

Samsung 360-Degree Partners For BST Hyde Park Music Festival

Summertime can be unpredictable in the UK, as you can never be entirely sure if the day will bring rain or sun. That rarely stops the British from having a good time, however. As proven with the British Summer Time Hyde Park music festival, which this year will feature Samsung as an official ‘360-Degree Partner’….

Life In 360°: From Bunnies To Space

A sneak peak from a familiar face on Wednesday’s visit to Life In 360° and that familiar face is Baobab Studios. If you’ve followed VRFocus for sometime you’ll know we’ve charted Baobab Studios’s adventures involving their property INVASION! Which began life as a smaller presentation before the company received a lot of funding and it…

The Future of VR Audio – 3 Trends to Track This Year

2017 has pushed the VR industry forward in countless ways, including the recognition of audio as an absolutely critical element in VR experiences. Some big-time VR pieces like the Gorillaz’ Saturnz Barz (Spirit House) 360 video or Lytro’s Hallelujah experience have focused on experimenting with auditory experiences. Sound isn’t just a cue used to nudge…

The 5 Coolest Apple ARKit Projects So Far

From an interdimensional portal to dancing ballerina robots, the ARkit from Apple is changing AR one killer project at a time. Apple’s groundbreaking augmented reality development platform, ARkit, has only been out in the wild for less than a month and already the advanced AR tool has been used by both amateur and professional developers…

Design In VR, Print In 3D With Obsidian 3D Printer

A company called Kodama have launched a Kickstarter campaign for an affordable 3D printer. The Obsidian 3D printer is designed to be simple to use, affordable, plug-and-play device that allows users to design 3D items from within virtual reality (VR) then turn them into real objects. The campaign to fund the Obsidian 3D Printer has…

Oculus Adds Support For Native Mixed Reality Capture

When trying to sell someone on the wonder that is virtual reality, it’s better to show than to tell. Explaining the incredible immersion that a solid virtual reality experience provides is difficult to put into words, but showing someone playing or allowing  a person to play themselves is the quickest path to amazement. Mixed reality…

Oculus Studios ‘Augmented Empire’ Arrives on Gear VR This July

A voice cast of veteran performers join one of Oculus Studios’ most ambitious new titles. Coming exclusively to the Samsung Gear VR July 13th, Oculus Studios’ Augmented Empire is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious story-driven VR games to date. Engineered by UK developer Coatsink, Augmented Empire promises to bring a whole new…

Apple Maps Rivals Google Earth VR With ARKit Integration

Apple revealed a lot of details about its impressive new ARKit platform at its event at WWDC 2017 last month, but it didn’t mention that one of its most popular apps already supports the new feature. The latest version of Apple Maps has ARKit support built in. If you’re beta-testing iOS 11 you can check…

Aryzon’s Entry-Level AR System Surpasses 400% Kickstarter Funding Goal

Google Cardboard created a landslide in virtual reality (VR). A cheap, accessible way to experience an entry-level version of the technology that lead to wide-spread awareness. Back in May 2017, Aryzon launched a Kickstarter campaign with plans to do the same for augmented reality (AR), and today, one day from completion, sits at more than…

Board the USS Eisenhower in the Latest VR Experience from USA TODAY

USA TODAY has been a prominent figure in the creation of immersive content having created virtual reality (VR) news show VRtually There and livestreaming the Presidential inauguration. This week sees the network release its latest project, a fusion of 360-degree storytelling with VR interactivity aboard the USS Eisenhower.  USS Eisenhower VR transports viewers into the middle of…

Virtual Girlfriends Are a Thing at Tokyo VR Show

Social has the potential to be the killer app in VR—enabling us to connect with others on a level that more closely mirrors human interaction, all with a strong sense of presence (that feeling of truly being transported somewhere else). We’ve seen the ability to connect with Facebook friends from across the globe or let…

Sarah Stumbo on Unity 2017.1 and Supporting Virtual Reality

Unity has helped support videogame developers on all platforms, but it looks like they’ve managed to find a way to simplify the processing of creating a videogame by bringing in new features such as Timeline, Unity teams, Cinemachine and much more. What’s so great about these new features is that it enables teams to work…