‘Farpoint’ + PSVR Aim Review

Sony’s new VR peripheral, the PSVR Aim, launches today alongside Farpoint, a sci-fi VR FPS that was specially made with the controller in mind. Those who have been PlayStation fans for many years will remember that this isn’t the first time the company has made a gun peripheral, and those prior attempts didn’t see much success….

Farpoint Review: A Good Game That Could Have Been Great

Farpoint is a rare game. It’s rare in the sense that it’s one of the first truly made-for-VR titles that is 100% based on full analog stick movement without teleporting around. But most importantly, Farpoint is rare in the sense that it really feels like it has the polish and breadth of a AAA game….

PSVR Aim Controller Review: Feel The Game Like Never Before

I’ve never really cared for peripheral devices. As much as I loved playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band (and I really loved it, ask any of my past neighbors) I still hated having to plug extra stuff into my system. Plus, it takes up so much extra room and it never, ever, works as well…

Play Super Mario VR And More Nintendo Classics With 3DNES

I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve played through Super Mario Bros, but never quite like this. I just became Mario himself; I hopped over Goombas, travelled down pipes, and grew bigger after eating mushrooms. No, I’m not on drugs; I just played 3DNes with my HTC Vive. You’ve probably heard of 3DNes before….

Game Offers PSVR Bundle With Farpoint, Resident Evil 7 Free

Given that VR headsets are so expensive, we’re always on the lookout for deals that might entice more people to dive in, and UK retailer Game might just have the best offer yet for PlayStation VR (PSVR). The company is currently offering Sony’s headset along with a copy of the rather excellent PSVR compatible survival…

Life in 360°: Surf’s Up with GoPro

This week for Life in 360° you’ve got me rather than our illustrious community manager Kev who usually does this column, as he’s taking some well deserved time off. To start the week off we’ve selected a new 360-degree video from action camera supremos GoPro, with a behind-the-scenes look at Taylor Steele’s new film Proximity….

A Nightmarish Ancient World Comes Alive in Medusa’s Labyrinth

In February 2016 developer Guru Games launched PC title Medusa’s Labyrinth for free on Steam as a standard desktop experience. VRFocus has known about the videogame since 2014, when the studio started a Kickstarter campaign in which it said virtual reality (VR) support would also be included. Now Guru Games has announced the VR version is set to be released later…

VR Creation Comes To Hollywood Through Uncorporeal and Radiant Images

Uncorporeal Systems, a maker of virtual and augmented reality software, and Radiant Images, a digital cinema innovator and rental house, have partnered to enable Hollywood companies to create VR and AR experiences. Radiant Images will provide studio services and production support that’s paired with Uncorporeal’s cloud software. The partnership will initially focus on deploying Uncorporeal’s…

Community Download: Will Microsoft’s Headsets Be Upstarts Or Afterthoughts For VR?

Microsoft is partnering with manufacturers like Acer, Lenovo, and HP to create a new line of virtual reality headsets. These devices will be competitively priced, at around $300-$400 each or less, but comparatively, as capable as the highest quality headsets on paper: the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Microsoft is relying on reduced price, easy cooperation with Windows, and…

Field in View: Why The Aim Controller Is PSVR’s Secret Weapon

For VR to be as immersive as possible, it needs to be accessorized. Position tracked controllers do a great job of simulating certain objects like pistols, swords, and sports rackets, but it only gets you so far. That’s why HTC is rolling out its Vive Tracker to turn real life objects into VR accessories, and…

Single-Camera VR/AR Tracking Unveiled by uSens

Most current PC-based virtual reality (VR) systems rely on tracking sensors for head and hand tracking, which means positioning several tracking modules in the right position, which can be awkward for people with small or unusually-shaped rooms. Tracking technology specialist uSens is aiming to remove that requirement with advances in its Fingo camera technology. VRFocus…

Feels Like Home: VR Adoption in Real Estate

Real estate is, more often than not, the biggest single investment we make in our lives. We spend an average of 20 hours per day inside buildings – working, sleeping and passing time with friends and family – so it is doubly important that when making this investment we get it right. Technology innovation brings…

Scope AR’s WorkLink Platform Brings Smart Instructions to HoloLens

During 2016 augmented reality (AR) smart instruction and live support video calling solution specialist, Scope AR raised $2 million USD towards its plans for industrial AR applications. Today, the company has revealed the fruit of that work by announcing that its mixed reality (MR) content authoring platform, WorkLink, now supports Microsoft HoloLens. With the combination of…

Google Street View Testing New 360-Degree Camera

Google Streetview is an invaluable tool for many people, and Google are always wanting to improve the product relied upon by so many people. As such, Google are set to trial a new 360-degree imaging camera to capture updated footage for Street View. The camera is produced by NCTech and is designed to be mounted…

Drinks Become Art with Augmented Reality Cocktails

City Social is a high-class London bar and restaurant created by Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton. One of its specialities is it’s cocktail menu, featuring unique and distinctive cocktail recipes, which City Social is seeking to enhance even more by adding augmented reality (AR). Before choosing any of the twelve cocktails available on the menu,…

What Oculus Story Studio Taught Us About VR Storytelling

So here’s a confession: before Oculus announced it was closing down Oculus Story Studio last week, I hadn’t actually seen any of the team’s VR movies from start to finish. In the ever-growing backlog of VR content that continues to increase by the week, I just hadn’t set out the time to sit down (or…

Create 360-Degree Videos From 2D Images with Imverse Software

A company in Switzerland named Imverse has created a software suite that will allow anyone to take a 360-degree 2D image and turn it into a 3D virtual reality (VR) experience. Three things are all that is required to create a VR environment with the new Imverse software; a 360-degree 2D image, which can be…

NVIDIA Demonstrates Experimental 16,000Hz AR Display

While virtual reality surely has high performance requirements to maintain a comfortable experience, immersive AR may ultimately require a greater level of performance if we’re to achieve the theoretical ideal. While virtual reality can get away with comfortable and immersive performance at latency under 20ms, augmented reality has the backdrop of the instantaneous-latency real life…

Periscope Gets Native Insta360 Air Support

Livestreaming has become a feature of life for many people. The idea of sharing an experience over the internet with people hundreds or even thousands of miles away is not a new one, but the addition of 360-degree video means that unique experiences such as concerts or sport events can now be much more immersive…

Hunt Digital Treasure With Captain Blimey

Combine augmented reality (AR) with the worldwide hobby of geocaching and add the possibility of winning real cash prizes and you’ll get recently announced AR mobile videogame Captain Blimey. The concept of a large-scale treasure hunt dates back to the Victorian era, where the ‘letterboxing’ treasure hunts were sometimes organised as party games. Later, children’s…

DokiCam 360° 4K Camera Launches for Extreme Sports Enthusiasts

Last November, Suzhou, China-based DokiCam launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its 360-degree consumer camera. Called the DokiCam 360° Action Camera, the campaign was a success, and now the device has become available to purchase. Entering a growing field of 360-degree cameras, the DokiCam has the ability to capture 4K (4896×2448) stills, 3K (2880×1440) video,…

Preview: Bloody Zombies – Beatdown Bloody Zombies on London Bridge

Last year nDreams announced plans to not only continue their efforts to become the largest virtual reality (VR) videogame developer in the UK, but also to expand their repertoire to publish titles from other developers. Paw Print Games’ Bloody Zombies, announced today, is the first such title, coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC…

Nvidia’s VRWorks Gets Better With New Audio, 360 Features

Nvidia is serious about VR, likely due to the fact PCs need advanced graphics cards like the company’s GTX series in order to run headsets. But it’s also doing a lot in other areas of the VR industry, including updating its VRWorks SDK. As announced at the GPU conference today, Nvidia is releasing new software…

Why 360 Film is in the Midst of a Reboot – Part 3: Demand

The 360 film industry is still young and it’s maturing rapidly. With his name on more than 20 360 film projects to date, Armando Kirwin has had an inside view as to where things started, where they’re going, and why. Guest Article by Armando Kirwin Armando Kirwin has worked as a Director of VR, VR Producer,…

What F8 2017 Means for Mass Market Adoption of Immersive Technologies

Now that the dust has settled on F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference, it’s time to look back and ask ourselves: what do those announcements actually mean for the end consumers? F8 2017 was held on April 18th and 19th 2017. More than 4,000 people attended the event at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose,…