PlayStation VR Boasting High Software Attachment Rate

The PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD) launched a little over a year ago and with it changed the dynamic of console peripherals. Often considered an accessory to the PlayStation 4 itself and requiring further add-ons for use (PlayStation Camera, PlayStation Move motion controllers), the PlayStation VR was seen as an expensive step into a new…

Fusion Lens 360 Camera Secures IndieGoGo Funding

Consumer 360-degree cameras come in all shapes and sizes, from standalone units like Samsung Gear 360 to devices that attach to smartphones like the Insta360 Air or Nano. Currently running an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign are NoMatterWhat Technologies for its Fusion Lens camera designed for iPhone. Featuring a duel lens system where one lens sits on…

Samsung 360 Round Aims for the Professional Market Retailing for $10,499

Last month VRFocus reported on Samsung unveiling a new 360-degree camera model, the Samsung 360 Round, essentially the finalised consumer version of Project Beyond from several years ago. Whilst specifications and other details were released, one thing Samsung was keeping quiet on was price. That’s now been revealed at a hefty $10,499 USD. As it…

Vodafone Qatar Launches AR App Competition

Since the introduction of ARKit and ARCore, the amount of augmented reality (AR) content that’ve appeared covering videogames and apps has steadily increased on mobile devices. The latest comes from Vodafone Qatar, utilising the technology to run a competition where you can win a Samsung Galaxy S8. Firstly, you need to download the Vodafone AR…

View Products at Home With Amazon AR View

Augmented reality (AR) has plenty of applications outside of videogames, one of which is now being employed by online retailing giant Amazon. This month the company has released AR View through its mobile app, allowing users to place items in their homes prior to purchase. Using Apple’s ARKit, AR view helps customers make better shopping…

Art Gallery User AR To Display Hidden Paintings

Artist Clyfford Still had a fairly specific set of rules for the curators who were to display his artworks after his death – only his artwork could hang on the gallery walls. The gallery and museum is now seeking to circumvent those rules with the use of ‘invisible’ augmented reality (AR) artworks. The very specific…

Sony Reveal PlayStation Deals For Black Friday Week

We might be still some way from Christmas and the Holiday season but that doesn’t mean November is devoid of things to get interested in. Because the end of November, particularly in America means sales, bargains and perhaps some much needed retail therapy in the form of Black Friday. The day after American Thanksgiving has…

DAQRI Smartglasses Now Being Shipped To Customers

Augmented reality (AR) technology firm DAQRI have been working on developing wearable AR for quite some time, in order to tap into the growing market for enterprise-focussed AR technology. The company has now begun to ship its smartglasses to some of its customers. DAQRI has been working with a variety of manufacturers and distributors to…

End Space Finally Lands on PlayStation VR in Europe

Way back in July VRFocus reported on Orange Bridge Studios Inc. announcing the long awaited arrival of End Space for PlayStation VR. That happened in September for North American players but there was no news on a European release until now, with the title quietly appearing on the EU PlayStation Store. Originally a Samsung Gear VR from 2016, End…

This AR App Is Like Minecraft for Drone Pilots

Dronebase pilots can build their own AR race tracks in the sky. Whether decorating your home with virtual furniture or entering inter-dimensional portals, we’re now seeing an endless stream of augmented reality (AR) apps for your mobile device that transform the world around you in creative ways. Now one company wants to take AR to…

Here Come The Holograms

It won’t be long before 3D holograms are part of everyday life. In virtual reality, the more realistic the digital world, the greater the demand for fidelity. The greater demand for fidelity, the greater the demand for bandwidth. Nothing is more demanding than cinematic realism. We expect photo real worlds to have absolutely perfect fidelity….

Matterport Expands 3D Reality Capture Platform in Greater China

Immersive media technology company Matterport, which is known for its professional-grade 360-degree cameras, has announced a new partnership today with Centaline Data Technology Limited and Centaline Property Agency Limited, a real estate agency based in China. The partnership will provide the agency with Matterport’s interactive 3D reality capture and application platform, enabling its 60,000 professionals across 2,000 offices…

Sony Announces PlayStation VR Skyrim VR Bundle

There’s just over a week to go until The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR launches for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIEs) PlayStation VR, marking one of the biggest IP launches for virtual reality (VR) headsets. To mark the even, SIE has today announced a new bundle featuring the epic role-playing game (RPG) and the PlayStation VR….

Sony Reveals Skyrim VR PSVR Bundle, New TV Spot

It’s not a stretch to say that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR will be one of PlayStation VR’s (PSVR’s) biggest releases yet, not just in terms of content but also notoriety. It makes sense, then, that Sony is bundling the game with new headsets. The Skyrim PSVR bundle launches in the US and Canada…

NYT VR’s Latest Gear VR Documentary Explores Deafness and Sound

The New York Times (NYT) has collaborated on plenty of virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree films and experiences since it first launched a dedicated app – NYT VR- back in 2015 for mobile devices. But it wasn’t until August this year that the app came to the most popular mobile VR headset, Samsung Gear VR….

Rylo Launches 360-Degree Camera That Simplifies Editing And Sharing

San Francisco startup Rylo is launching a 360-degree video camera today that emphasizes smooth videos that are easy to share. Created by a team of former Instagram and Apple engineers, Rylo has stabilization software and a smartphone app that helps eliminate some of the pains of traditional shooting, editing, and sharing of videos, said Rylo CEO Alex Karpenko, in…

2018 Samsung Gear 360 4k Camera Showcases New Playful Design

2017 has almost come to an end and with the start of 2018 looming there’s going to be the usual influx of new gadgets and gizmos from events like CES and Mobile World Congress (MWC). Yearly updates aren’t an unusual thing anymore – just look at smartphones – and it seems as though tech giant…

Logitech Is Working On A VR Keyboard That Works With Vive Tracker

Logitech is working with developers on a solution that brings keyboards into VR using HTC’s Vive Tracker. The VR keyboard developer’s kit is being distributed to a small set of creators to make software and apps that use the capability. This BRIDGE kit, as it is called, could be a boon to apps like VR…

Amazon Launches AR Shopping Feature Within App

Amazon’s AR View lets you see items inside your home. Following in the footsteps of Ikea, Houzz, and Target, Amazon is now the latest retailer to make it easier to buy items from home thanks to AR. An update to the Amazon iOS shopping app enables what the company calls AR View, a tool that…

VR Could Still be on the Cards for Xbox One X Hints Microsoft

When Microsoft officially announced Xbox One X – Project Scorpio as it was back then – during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016, Xbox chief Phil Spencer didn’t shy away from announcing that the console would deliver ‘high fidelity VR’ experiences. Since then however any mention of virtual reality (VR) has been actively snubbed by…

New PlayStation VR Model Arrives in North America and Europe

The PlayStation VR is preparing for a busy holiday season, with numerous big name titles heading to the format in the coming months. Along with those new videogames and experiences however, will be the newly revised edition of the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD) itself. Launched in Japan last month – and leading to something…

Taiji Vision Announces iPhone Compatible 360 Camera VRCam X2

There are plenty of 360-degree cameras on the market to suit everyone’s needs and budgets. For standalone devices with built-in memory and batteries to smartphone compatible cameras. Now VIA Technologies, Inc., has announced the launch of the iPhone compatible VRCam X2 from Taiji Vision Co. Ltd which combines the best of both worlds. Similar in…

AR Gets Spooky With Snapchat’s ‘Stranger Things 2’ World Lens

Visit the ‘Upside Down’ in Snapchat’s most impressive World Lens to date. Stranger Things Season 2 is now officially out on Netflix, but you probably already knew that seeing as you can’t not run into some kind of advertisement for the massively-popular show. Billboards, buses, TV commercials, customized Lyft rides, specialized Spotify playlists, even a…

Prisoners Reconnect With Families Through VR Project Back Home

While most virtual reality (VR) users will utilise the technology to play videogames or travel the world visiting far flung exotic locations, one content creator is using it to help people make closer to home visits. Chilean filmmaker Catalina Alarcón has created a project called Back Home (or Volver a casa in Spanish) allowing inmates to visit home through…

Microsoft Flat Lens Patent Could Improve Next Generation HoloLens

The current version of HoloLens is not generally considered to be its final iteration. The current build is available only to developers and certain enterprise customers selected by Microsoft, partially since there are still a number of criticisms of the HoloLens in its current version, including its narrow field-of-view and its sheer bulk due to…

And The Beat Goes On: Holodance Updates To Version 0.8

There are a number of music related virtual reality (VR) videogames, many of which we’ve featured on VRFocus down the years. Of those titles a number are rhythm action style videogames. Titles such as Hyperbolic Magnetism’s note slicing Beat Saber, the manic drumming themed title Into The Rhythm VR by NTWO Studio and the self-described “rhythm violence game” Thumper….