NextVR Adds Friends To Live VR Viewing With Oculus Partnership

Leading VR broadcasting company NextVR is partnering with Oculus so you can connect with friends and watch a live event together in VR. The highly anticipated feature (who wants to go to a concert or comedy club alone in VR?) will be available in some NextVR broadcasts through Oculus Venues — a new app for…

NextVR Partners With Oculus to Bring Live Events to ‘Oculus Venues’

NextVR, the live event VR broadcasting company, today announced a partnership with Oculus to bring live VR events to Oculus Venues, the company’s upcoming social viewing app that will allow mass viewing of events such as sports, concerts and comedy. According to a press release, Venues will be available for the new Oculus Go headset…

Unboxing The HTC Vive Pro

Revealed back at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, the HTC Vive Pro has now started making its way into the hands on excited users, keen to experience all the new features. VRFocus’ Nina Salomons got hands on with the HTC Vive Pro and put an unboxing video together. The HTC Vive Pro is designed…

Pimax Unveils New Knuckles-style Controller, Supports SteamVR 2.0 Tracking

Pimax, the company behind the wide field of view “8K” VR headset, today unveiled a new  controller design intended to ship alongside their upcoming VR hardware. Much like Valve’s still unreleased ‘Knuckles’ controllers, the new Pimax controller is designed to strap to your hand for an ‘open-palm’ experience. Pimax boasts a number of changes from…

HTC Vive Pro Is $1,400 With Controllers And New Base Stations

A complete version of the HTC Vive Pro system with next generation base stations is around $1,400 plus tax. The new bundle announced today by HTC includes two future-proof base stations that, when combined with a future software update and two additional units, should ultimately enable SteamVR 2.0 Tracking across a huge 10 meter by…

iQIYI To Release World’s First 4K VR Integrated Headset

The marketing-leading online entertainment service in China, iQIYI, has revealed that this May it will officially launch the world’s first 4K virtual reality (VR) integrated headset supporting 8K (7680*3840) panoramic video playback. This announcement follows the debut of iQIYI’s second generation VR headset, the VR II, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this January. The…

BeBop Sensors Secures Series A Funding

BeBop Sensors have become known as one of the leading companies working in the area of smart fabric sensors, such as with the Forte Data Glove, a device which provides a more intuitive and immersive way to control virtual reality (VR) experiences. The company has now announced it has closed a successful Series A funding…

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…