Ever Needed an AR Smartphone Projector? Now There’s Kickstarter Project Count

During CES 2018 in January Yinscorp Ltd. unveiled a new projector, one that’s been designed to work with smartphones as well as offer an interactive element. Called Count, the company has now launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the device. The idea behind Count is to take a format everyone knows – smartphones and tablets –…

Two Years On: HTC Vive

The HTC Vive is now celebrating its second anniversary. Though the successful Kickstarter for the Oculus Rift could be said to have launched to start of the modern era of virtual reality (VR), the emergence of the HTC Vive as a competitor and its success proved that the market for high-end VR headsets was a…

Dell and Alienware Launch New Range of VR-Ready Laptops

PC manufacturer Dell and its videogame-focussed subsidiary Alienware have shown a willingness towards becoming a one-stop-shop for users wanting to get into virtual reality (VR). The company seems set to continue this commitment with the announcement of its new line of VR-ready gaming laptops. Dell has become one of the vanishingly few hardware manufacturers to…

Hands On With The HTC Vive Pro

The Vive Pro is coming and there’s also a discounted bundle for those just getting started. Two weeks ago, pre-orders opened up for HTC’s $799 Vive Pro VR headset. The upgraded headset touts a 78% increase in resolution, improved audio, and additional comfort features that should have you spending more time in VR. For those…

Kandao Announce Specialised VR Livestreaming Software

Chinese-based company Kandao Technology have becomes recognised for its range of virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree cameras, such as the Kandao Obsidian, which received a Best of Innovation award at CES 2017. The company is branching out a bit further with the launch of a new streaming service for VR and 360-degree content. The new…

Lenovo Mirage Solo Daydream Headset Now Available For Pre-order at $400

Lenovo’s Mirage Solo, a standalone VR headset in the Daydream app ecosystem, has had an official release date and price for some time now: May 5th and $400. Pre-orders are now live for both the VR headset and Lenovo’s VR180 camera. You can pre-order Lenovo Mirage Solo on Amazon for $400 with a release date of…

Lenovo And Google’s VR180 Camera Goes Up For Pre-Order

Lenovo and Google’s standalone Daydream headset, the Mirage Solo, has been available to pre-order for about a week now, and now you can grab the other half of the pair’s VR offerings, too. The Mirage VR camera, which was introduced alongside the Solo at CES 2018, can now be pre-ordered for $299 on Amazon. The…

The Realities Centre on Supporting the VR Diversity Initiative

The Realities Centre is a space dedicated to accelerating virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for start-ups and corporates. Based in London they have two locations where they regularly host events, hackathons and showcase VR. Previously they have done a Post-CES event with VRFocus and showcased nominated VR films from Sundance Film Festival’s XR Awards in Huckletree…

Noitom Launches Business Edition of Hi5 VR Glove

Leading motion capture technology company, Noitom, have announced that their Business Edition of the Hi5 VR Glove, designed to bring real-world hand interactions into virtual reality (VR) is available to order. The Hi5 VR Glove is a wireless, full-finger movement, sensor-based glove that is designed to capture and transfer rapid hand actions in VR environments….

uSens Opens Beta Program To AR Engine uSensAR

At the 2018 Game Developer Conference this week uSens Inc, a pioneer in HCI and computer vision augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) announced that it was opening up a beta program to it’s upcoming Smartphone AR Engine, uSensAR. Back at the start of the year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), uSens revealed…

Dominic Collins Goes in-Depth on Jaunt’s XR Platform

Jaunt is primarily known for the high quality virtual reality (VR) films it produces, as well as distributing other creators work and most recently their XR platform – a turn key and enterprise solution for media companies, IP holders or mobile operators looking to build or integrate immersive content. VRFocus has previously covered Jaunt’s partnership with NTT…

HTC Vive Announces Vive Pro Pricing at $799

Pre-orders start today. Current Vive headset gets price-cut. We finally have a price for the recently unveiled Vive Pro, HTC’s upgraded Vive VR headset that promises improved resolution, audio, and comfort. HTC Vive announced that the Vive Pro headset will be available for $799 with global pre-orders starting today. All Vive Pro headsets purchased by…

What to Expect From Top AR/VR Companies at GDC 2018

GDC is here once again, all next week we’ll have boots on the ground bringing you the latest VR/AR news. Held annually in San Francisco, Game Developers Conference has undeniably been a focal point for VR the industry, and as augmented reality continues to heat up, we expect it to be increasingly important for AR…

Serious Factory Enables Users to Create Custom Training in Virtual Reality

Creating a virtual reality (VR) experience may seem extremely complicated; especially if you have no knowledge in character animation, coding or you just don’t have the time to learn the software. Virtual Training Suite aims to solve this problem with Serious Factory, an editor that will allow for simple, low-cost creation of education and training…

Tobii Develops Eye-Tracking Standalone VR Headset With Qualcomm

Eye-tracking is expected to be an important next generation technology in VR headsets, potentially enabling better performance through foveated rendering, and lower hardware costs overall, at the same time it dramatically changes how a virtual world responds to your presence. Apple purchased SMI, one of the leading companies in the field, leaving other manufacturers to…

Senseglove Showcase Haptic and Force Feedback

When it comes to immersion, you may lose the sensation when presented with something that requires the use of a controller to operate it when you’d normally just use your hands to accomplish the task. Everyday experiences in virtual reality (VR) such as opening or closing doors, or feeling absolutely no resistance of an object…

HTC Vive Pro Will Get Link Box Redesign

The unveiling of the HTC Vive Pro has generated some excitement in the virtual reality (VR) community, with the tantalising prospect of higher-quality visuals. It seems that the headset itself is not the only thing seeing a design change, as the Link Box is also going to get a redesign. Announced at CES 2018, the…

Ready Player One Movie Review Roundup: Another Spielberg Classic?

Steven Spielberg’s epic VR-focused blockbuster film Ready Player One, which is based on Ernest Cline’s novel by the same name, is just about two and a half weeks away from its full, worldwide release in theaters on March 29, 2018. This past weekend at SXSW attendees got the chance to see an advanced screening of…

Inside the ‘Ready Player One’ OASIS at SXSW

Ready Player One arrives at SXSW. Ready Player One is one of the most anticipated films due to hit theaters on March 29th. Taking place in the year 2045, the world based on Ernest Cline’s best selling novel is bleak. But there’s one place where you can escape to a virtual universe, an immersive world where…

3dRudder Releases New Chrome Extension Update

Virtual reality (VR) locomotion controller 3dRudder has released a new update that brings support for control of web pages by means of a users foot control. This new control scheme is possible thanks to the new 3dRudder WebSocket server. By opening a constant communication flow between a users web browser and the 3dRudder, a real-time…

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…

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…