OptiTrack to Showcase Location-Based Arizona Sunshine at GDC 2018

At the beginning of January VRFocus reported on Vertigo Games and HTC Vive revealing a location-based version of popular first-person shooter (FPS) Arizona Sunshine, which was on display at CES 2018 on the HTC Vive stand. With location-based VR becoming evermore popular, VRFocus has learnt that Arizona Sunshine will be making an appearance at the Game Developers Conference…

Hardware Developers Are Now Receiving SteamVR 2.0 Base Stations

It was only a few weeks ago that we saw our first SteamVR 2.0 base station in the wild, shown off at this year’s CES working with Vive Pro, HTC’s upcoming high-resolution VR headset. Now, it appears some developers are already receiving the 2.0 base stations from Valve. GameFace Labs, the makers of a hybrid…

HTC Debuts Updated Vive Tracker For SteamVR 2.0 At MWC 2018

HTC Vive’s Tracker peripheral may not have been on the market that long, but it’s already due a future-proofing update. At Mobile World Congress 2018 this week in Barcelona HTC debuted a new version of the Vive Tracker that’s designed to support Valve’s upcoming refresh to its SteamVR tracking hardware. Back at CES in January,…

HTC Shows Off Vive Pro with Vive Wireless Adapter at MWC 2018

Though both products were announced back at CES, HTC showed off the Vive Pro and the Vive Wireless adapter used together for the first time today at MWC 2018. Back at CES, we went hands on with the Vive Wireless Adapter and the original Vive headset, but the company wasn’t showing the Adapter in use…

How Mixed Reality Technology Will Transform Telemedicine and Healthcare

When it comes to healthcare, emerging technologies are capable of truly transforming the way surgeons, doctors and healthcare staff are able to provide support. Telemedicine solutions company in December Exelus announced they would be showcasing their mixed reality (MR) technology at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). So, VRFocus made a visit to them at…

XRI: Cross-Reality Interaction

Widespread consumer adoption of XR devices will redefine how humans interact with both technology and each other. In coming decades, the standard mouse and QWERTY keyboard may fade as the dominant computing UX, giving way to holographic UI, precise hand/eye/body-tracking and, eventually, powerful brain-to-computer interfaces. One key UX pattern that must be answered by designers…

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Reference Design

Mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm has been heavily involved in pushing virtual reality (VR) technology forward for sometime now, most recently at the company’s CES 2018 press event announcing that Oculus Go and the Xi VR Standalone headset would be powered by Snapdragon 821. Today, Qualcomm has revealed far bigger plans for the mobile VR industry, unveiling…

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Reference Design

Mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm has been heavily involved in pushing virtual reality (VR) technology forward for sometime now, most recently at the company’s CES 2018 press event announcing that Oculus Go and the Xi VR Standalone headset would be powered by Snapdragon 821. Today, Qualcomm has revealed far bigger plans for the mobile VR industry, unveiling…

Qualcomm Unveils Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Reference Design

Mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm has been heavily involved in pushing virtual reality (VR) technology forward for sometime now, most recently at the company’s CES 2018 press event announcing that Oculus Go and the Xi VR Standalone headset would be powered by Snapdragon 821. Today, Qualcomm has revealed far bigger plans for the mobile VR industry, unveiling…

Standalone VR Headset Comparison: Oculus, Vive, Lenovo and Pico

Standalone headsets represent an enormous leap forward for VR technology, with companies like Google, Facebook and HTC early to market. An all-in-one VR headset, or standalone, puts everything in the headband needed to convince you that you’re in another world. It is a single integrated piece of hardware, like a phone or tablet. The first…

TPCast Promises Upgrades to Wireless VR Technology

HTC took a major step when it announced a wireless VR add-on that will work with the original Vive and the newly announced Vive Pro. We’re very happy that a first-party solution now exists and there’s no downside to consumers here. However, HTC did not beat everyone to the punch here. Instead, it’s been months…

What to Expect in Wireless for AR and VR in 2018

As an analyst, I have many areas of coverage when it comes to computing. In addition to covering AR and VR, I also spend a lot of my time covering wireless technologies. This report covers what to expect in 2018 and beyond when it comes to wireless technologies and how they might impact the AR/VR…

Eye-Tracking Is Both Incredibly Important And Very Risky

At CES last week one of my first demos was with Tobii and its eye-tracking technology. I left the demo convinced that once you’ve tried a VR headset with eye-tracking included you’ll never want to wear one without it again. Google, Facebook and Apple all purchased eye-tracking companies over the last few years because these…

Why I’m Very Excited For Google And Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

As always, CES 2018 was a big week for the entire VR industry, but there’s no question as to what headset stole the show: the Vive Pro. HTC’s enhanced SteamVR device has our mouths watering at the thought of its 3K display, integrated audio and improved design and we can’t wait to revisit games like…

Top 10 VR Highlights at CES 2018

Another January brings us another dose of the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and CES 2018 is one of if not the biggest showcases for tech in the world this year. The last couple of years have been rather interesting for VR, with 2016 being the grand party to celebrate the first true…

CES 2018: Facebook Deal with Xiaomi, Oculus Go Renamed in China

Image Copyright: Facebook/Oculus, image used under Fair Use Rationale After a glimmer of a sunrise at the end of 2017 with fast sales of a vastly cheaper Oculus Rift and the positive reception to a proposed standalone VR system, Oculus and parent company Facebook have announced a deal with Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi as a…

HTC’s Vive Tracker Has Brought Out The Best In VR Innovation

HTC’s Vive Tracker presents an elegant solution to the VR peripheral problem. Instead of releasing hundreds upon hundreds of different controllers that replicate real world items, why not just stick a single tracked object onto the real thing to bring it into the virtual world? When it was announced at CES back in January, we…

The Red and Black legacy of the Virtual Boy

The innovative minds at Nintendo launched the Switch on 2nd March 2017. The aim and indeed the marketing is that it’s both a pretty powerful handheld console that docks into a charging station and becomes a full games console. Like many Nintendo systems the aim is not necessarily to bring people the latest and most…

Kandao Announce New 360-Degree Camera – Kandao Obsidian

Chinese tech company Kandao has announced the launch of their latest hardware product designed for 3D and 360-degree image capture, the Kandao Obsidian. The device has already gain praise and even an award, named as a ‘Best of Innovation Honoree’ at CES 2017. The Kandao Obsidian has two variants, the R and S. Th Obsidian…

Intel’s Wireless Vive Headset Comes To E3

Wigig technology introduces more options for wireless VR. Initially revealed back in January during the 2017 Consumer Electronics Showcase, aka CES, Intel’s new wireless solution for the HTC Vive has finally emerged from the shadows and was being shown at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo, currently taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Labeled the…

DisplayLink to Show ‘XR’ WiGig Wireless VR System at E3 Capable of Dual 4k @120Hz

Another entrant in the rapidly burgeoning wireless VR segment appears as DisplayLink prepares to present their new WiGig 60Ghz wireless VR technology at next week’s E3 convention and, according to a recent hands-on, it’s looking pretty impressive. Given recent opinions shared by the founder of Oculus, that current generation virtual reality headsets would not see…

AR Company Meta Sues Competitor For Alleged IP Theft

Augmented reality startup Meta is suing a competitor called Dreamworld for alleged intellectual property misappropriation in a case that mentions fake identities and this very publication. Stay with us. A few months ago, I took a trip to San Mateo to visit a new AR startup called Dreamworld. One of their founders, a man who…

The Virtual Arena: From Silver Screen to Silicon Dreams! (Part 1)

With the Digital Out-of-Home entertainment (DOE) applications of virtual reality (VR) gaining momentum, along with the announcement of more VR arcades scheduled to open, developments in the serious business opportunities for VR have started to galvanize. In this two-part feature, industry specialist Kevin Williams looks at the continuing impact that the movie business aligned with…