Editorial: Google’s Long-Term Strategy Could Dominate VR/AR

Confidence is a prerequisite to enjoy VR’s magic. There are so many things that can go wrong wearing a VR headset and most of us know this before the goggles come down over our eyes. “Discomfort” doesn’t quite encapsulate the risk of wearing something that blocks your view of the real world. Just trying to…

Krikey Add New AR Soccer Mini-Game To Celebrate The World Cup

Augmented reality (AR) mobile app Krikey have announced a new networked mini-game as part of the FIFA World Cup 2018 celebration. This new update will allow players to go up against each other to see who can score the most goals and, if they so wish, see who really is the best team. The Krikey…

Standalone Virtual Reality Headsets Will Bring VR Into Focus

As some of you may know, I have a background in software engineering and CAD and have been active in emerging tech field over the last ten years through investments as well as growing start-ups in mobile IoT, AI and, recently, augmented reality (AR) and/or virtual reality (VR). We then have set up the Realities…

CPDinVR Opens Registrations for Anniversary Event

In 2017 Steve Bambury set out to attempt something new by hosting a free ‘continuing professional development’ (CPD) by using virtual reality (VR) by using the Engage platform from Immersive VR Education. To celebrate the first year anniversary of this, a special CPDinVR event is planned. The special CPDinVR First Anniversary Event will feature a…

Apple Details Latest VR Optimizations Coming to macOS Mojave (10.14)

Earlier this month at Apple’s annual WWDC conference, the company introduced their latest operating system, macOS Mojave (10.14). Due to roll out as a public beta later this month, and launching widely this Fall as a free update, Mojave brings further VR-specific optimizations to Apple’s Metal graphics API, which the company detailed in a session…

CEEK VR Announce VR Series and Movie Called Hollywood Rooftop

With virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video growing in popularity, even famous names in Hollywood filmmaking are getting in on the act. CEEK VR is working with several recognisable names to develop a VR series called Hollywood Rooftop. Hollywood Rooftop will comprise several 10-minute VR short films along with a 2D feature film which will…

Make It A (Virtual) Reality: Cyberpunk 2077

If one reveal during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 has caused more waves through the internet then any other it has to be the long awaited showcase of Cyberpunk 2077 from developer CD Projekt RED. Most known for their work on The Witcher series of videogames, this new title is a different direction for…

Washington’s By The People Festival Feature AR Art Hunt

The nonprofit organization Halcyon, which believe in the power of creativity and compassion to empower humanity, have announced the final line-up of artists, performers, and speakers who will participate in the inaugural By The People festival. The event is set to be Wasington’s largest international arts and dialogue festival taking place all across the city from…

John Cusack & Christina Ricci Make Their VR Debut In ‘Distorted Reality’

Another VR project starring AAA talent shows how the immersive medium is continuing to attract more of Hollywood’s biggest names. To compliment the theatrical film release of Distorted on June 22nd, Minds Eye Entertainment and SkyVR have partnered to produce Distorted Reality, a scripted, live-action cinematic VR distributed through OneTouchVR on Google Daydream, Oculus Go,…

Wunder360 Cameras Launches With New Imaging Technology

Virtual reality (VR) imaging specialist, Wunder360, have revealed their new 360-degree camera which includes a number of key features such as an all new view pilot, point-to-frame feature for effortless editing, sharing and storage. All of this in a pocket sized, light weight model offering users a compact and affordable 360-degree camera. Featuring a host…

Kona Finally Makes it to Virtual Reality

Fans and Kickstarter backers of Parabole’s Kona have been eagerly awaiting the title’s arrival in virtual reality (VR), a feature that was promised back in 2015, when the Kickstarter was originally launched. After a long wait, the time has finally arrived, as Kona VR is now available. Parabole have announced that to celebrate the 1st…

Apple Doubles Down with Announcement of ARKit 2.0

When Apple released the first public version of its ARKit API, I admit that I was gushing about it. I’m not sorry in the least however, since it was without a doubt the biggest leap in mainstream consumer AR so far. While other AR leaders, like Microsoft and Google, were messing around with expensive hardware-based…

Arcade VR Shooter Nightstar Alliance Is Now Available In Early Access

Tiny Leviathan Studios, an independent developer with only three full-time members of staff, revealed their virtual reality (VR) arcade shooter Nightstar Alliance not long ago but now it has released into Early Access. This neon filled, arcade shooter invites players to command a powerful battlecruiser and stop all sorts of things from destroying humankind. Players…

New Screenshots Released For Gungrave VR

The upcoming virtual reality (VR) re-release of the classic PlayStation 2 title, Gungrave VR, has revealed a number of new screenshots that showcase the action packed title. Originally released back in 2002 the title has been sleeping every since. That is until now that XSEED and Marvelous Entertainment are bringing the title to the West…

Moviebill Brings AR Dinosaurs From Jurassic Park To Life

Jurassic World has been one the recent Hollywood releases which has completely embraced immersive technology, seeing a host of virtual reality (VR) location-based experiences as well as an augmented reality (AR) app. Now entertainment magazine Moviebill will offer another way to get acquainted with Jurassic World’s cast of prehistoric beasts. Moviebill has worked with Universal…

The VR Job Hub: Big Roles At The Big Hitters

So ends another busy week for VRFocus covering everything at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. As with every year there was much that was revealed and much that left us with questions. Even beyond videogames though there will still plenty of news, so much we frankly didn’t have enough time to…

Ex-Apple Designer Joins Mapbox Team To Lead AR Work

Augmented reality (AR) technology has several interesting implications for navigation, which has already been demonstrated on a small scale. Mapping services start-up company Mapbox has tapped former Apple employee Avi Cieplinski to head up its efforts in integrating AR into its platform. Maps powered by Mapbox are found in many places, such as Snap Inc…

Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum Of The Seas To Feature VR Attraction

Royal Caribbean revealed last year that it would be embracing virtual reality (VR) as an advertising venue, using the technology to promote the companies cruise by offering tours and cruises, all within virtual space. Now, after a decade of rapid growth and development in China and introducing the world’s most advanced cruise ships to the…

Q&A: SculptrVR Completes Journey To All Major Platforms With PSVR Launch

Sculpting VR creativity platform SculptrVR is the work of just two people yet, over the last two years, they’ve brought the software practically every major VR platform. PSVR becomes the latest headset to get SculptrVR with a launch on June 19. Nathan Rowe and Brandon Hjelstrom work together on the project, which is based around…

This Week In VR Sports: Coca-Cola Planes, eSports Dreams, And AR Games

As the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 comes to a close, it is time for another entry of This Week In VR Sport. VRFocus brings you a number of sports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories every weekend and this week, there are some goodies. Byond have created a virtual tour of the FIFA World Cup Trophy…

Teamwork and Strategy Form the Core of Firewall Zero Hour

First-person shooter title Firewall Zero Hour has some fresh new screenshots earlier in the E3 2018 timetable, and now its developers at First Contact entertainment are following that up with a chat about what players can expect from the upcoming title. Firewall Zero Hour involves two teams of mercenaries fighting for victory. Players can choose…

Sniper Rust VR Brings Action-Packed Gameplay Next Week

Indian based development studio Zatun found success with their Sniper 3D Rust title on iOS and Android and back in May, revealed it would be coming to virtual reality (VR) on PC. Now, the studio have announced that the title will be bring action-packed marksman gameplay to players next week. Sniper Rust VR is described…

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Gets New Trailer

Though many fans were disappointed that Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown didn’t make an appearance at E3 2018, seeing as the title has been highly anticipated since it was first announced back in December 2015. As a consolation prize, however, Bandai Namco have released a new trailer for the title. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown…