Disney Reveals How to Catch a Real Ball in Virtual Reality

Disney’s Research arm have revealed a system where a user can catch a real, physical ball while wearing a headset and still immersed in virtual reality (VR). Disney Research have released a video showing how someone wearing a head mounted display (HMD) who can only see the virtual landscape can still catch a real ball…

China Hero Project Announces New PlayStation VR Games

The China Hero Project helps independent videogame developers based in China get their product to market. They are working together with Sony to bring several new games to the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation VR (PSVR). Ten new games were announced as being in development for either PS4 or PSVR. The games are all currently…

Sony Reveals Slate Of New PSVR Games

PlayStation VR (PSVR) is set to have a busy few months with big releases like Farpoint and Starblood Arena, but Sony is also looking ahead, today revealing a new slate of VR titles coming from Chinese developers. These games are all being created under Sony’s China Hero Project, which supports developers in the country. A…

Life In 360°: The Spherical-ness Of The Long Distance Runner

Welcome back to Life In 360°, where we take a thrice weekly look into one of the ways you can use a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in order to get into the action. Before we get on with today’s visit though, if you’re interested in 360 degree video or you’re looking to get into 360…

AWE Issues Call for Nominations for Auggie Awards

Organisers of the Augmented World Expo has issued a call for nominations for the Auggie Awards, a prize awarded to those who contributed extraordinary innovation to the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. The awards ceremony will be held at the Augmented World Expo, a conference for AR/VR technology. This year will be…

‘Ghostbusters VR’ Experience Comes to PlayStationVR, from the Makers of ‘The Walk’ Demo

It seems the Ghostbusters franchise isn’t done capitalizing on the video game market just yet, because the first installment of a new Ghostbusters experience is heading to PlayStationVR today. The experience (read: not game) was developed by CreateVR and Sony’s in-house VR production studio, and is entitled Ghostbusters VR – Now Hiring, Act 1: Firehouse. In the experience you meet Mooglie, the iconic ghost from the franchise’s…

Virtual Worlds are Teaching Better Lessons

When Virtual Reality (VR) content is experienced using a VR headset the outcome is a virtual world. In that world, the possibilities are limited only by the imagination. This approach has given education an opportunity to leapfrog existing teaching practice by providing educationally beneficial immersive experiences. The first among these is that VR allows students…

VRTV: Karnage Chronicles Review

VRFocus correspondent Nina gives us her review of co-op hack-and-slash Karnage Chronicles by developer Nordic Trolls for VRTV. Nordic Trolls has produced a first-person experience for up to four players to co-operate using one of four atypical classes (Warrior, Archer, Mage and Cleric), armed with either bow and arrows, a pair of knives, or other weapons…

VR Basketball Sim Nothin’ But Net Adds Online Multiplayer and New Mode

Back in November, the NBA 2k franchise dropped their first VR entry but the major series was immediately overshadowed by the independently developed Nothin’ But Net in our HTC Vive new release roundup. Despite being in Early Access at the time, it out-shined the competition with an experience obviously better built for virtual space by…

Disney Shows How VR Can Teach You To Catch A Ball

You might think Disney is too busy making blockbuster movies to spend time researching how VR can help teach you to catch. Well, strangely, you’d be wrong. The company’s research division this week posted footage of experiments it’s been working with in VR regarding the human perceptual system. Specifically, its work explores if VR could…

Giant Cop: Justice Above All Releasing on March 30 for Oculus Rift

Other Ocean Interactive is announcing today that Giant Cop: Justice Above All will be releasing for Oculus Rift on March 30. According to a statement from Other Ocean, releases for other VR platforms will follow in the coming months. Giant Cop will cost $24.99 and will be available to download via Oculus Home. “This is…

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Getting VR Ride

The Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia is getting a new virtual reality (VR) ride, set to debut in Spring 2018. Busch Gardens announced their plan to introduce a new VR ride during a presentation at a Pass Holder Preview Day. The new ride will use the existing motion simulator technology, which has previously…

HoloLens Sees Use in Norway Classrooms

The Pointmedia company in Norway are experimenting with new ways to teach children, including using mixed reality (MR) to help them learn more about the solar system. Jo Jørgen Stordal a MR producer for Pointmedia is the major driving force behind the project, with the cooperation for Stig Halvorsen, who have together written a report…

Report: GoPro Is Making Significant Cuts To Its VR Efforts

Action cam company GoPro seemed well poised to play a leading role in VR video, but instead it’s apparently already scaling back. Forbes is reporting that the company is making “significant cuts” to its work in VR in the latest round of 200 layoffs, announced last week. A source apparently told the site that “no…

The VOID Opens Mixed-Reality Location in Dubai

THE VOID, the untethered mixed-reality park, is opening a new location in Dubai, UAE. The new Dubai-based park is the company’s second public location, and will be hosting their Ghostbusters: Dimension experience—the same currently running at their first location at Madame Tussaud’s New York. The makers say the new park, located on the high-rent shopping area of…

CaptoGlove Launches Kickstarter for Wearable VR Controller

CaptoGlove today announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for its new wireless, wearable controller. The controller has been in development for five years and last month was demonstrated to GDC. The device was originally designed to assist victims of stroke recover the use of their hands. From there, CaptoGlove have developed the technology into…

SXSW 2017: Swapbots Brings Toy Collector Culture To Augmented Reality

Augmented reality caught a flash of exposure with Pokemon Go and continues to get mentioned regularly alongside it, but the technology still has a way to go before it becomes a household constant. Children have access to mobile phones and tablets nearly as much as adults these days and encounter gaming ecosystems geared toward their…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Surprises Fans With Sketch in VR

Kazuki Takahashi uses Tilt Brush to bring everyone’s favorite five foot duel-master to life. In appreciation for the support surrounding the release of the latest Yu-Gi-Oh feature film, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, show creator and all-around amazing manga artist Kazuki Takahashi decided to thank fans with an extra special VR rendition of the shows…

Oculus Touch And Rock Band Beat Vive Tracker To VR Accessory Market

The competition between HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Rift is a closely watched battle, with the two leading PC-powered headsets racing to expand upon the groundwork laid by the SteamVR and Oculus platforms in 2016. It seems the next step for each company is to support a wide range of accessories that can enhance a virtual world…

EmbodyMe Is A Social VR App That Uses Your Own Face

Social VR apps are a big part of the industry’s future, but everyone’s got their own ideas as to what they should offer. Avatars are a big part of that discussion, as how we represent ourselves inside VR forms a big part of the connections we can make with others. We’ve seen plenty of interesting…

Twilight Pioneers’ Kai Yu Talks To VRFocus About The Next Chapter

VRFocus correspondent Nina talks to Kai Yu, Product Designer at NetEase Games, creators of Google Daydream action RPG Twilight Pioneers about the upcoming second episode of Twilight Pioneers. At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017, Nina spoke to Kai Yu about how Chapter 2 is coming along. Yu described the set-up for the second episode…

Boston Students Are Turning Classic Novel Ulysses Into A VR Experience

We’re seeing a surprising eagerness from creatives to turn classic novels into VR experiences. Winking Entertainment is trying its hand at retelling ancient Chinese story, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, inside the HTC Vive, and now a group from the Boston College is attempting to do the same for James Joyce’s Ulysses. The Irish tale…

Vuzix Partners with KDDI [email protected] for video transmission

Vuzix, creators of a series of augmented reality (AR) Smart Glasses like the M300 series, have partnered with KDDI [email protected] in order to allow images captured by the camera mounted on the Vuzix Smart Glasses to be transmitted securely. KDDI [email protected] is a system that allows images and videos taken my smartphones, tablets and laptops…

Life In 360°: Take A Tour Of Your Future Home With iStaging

With another weekend consigned to the history books welcome back to VRFocus for another week, another Monday, and another trip into the world of 360 degrees with Life In 360°. Today though we’re not taking you off into the skies or under the sea, or even dealing with video for that matter as we’re simply reporting…

Intel Headsets, Vive Conferences and VR Cats: The Week’s Biggest VR News

GDC 2017 is starting to fade into the distance and the VR industry is settling down again once more before the next big week of events. Still, we have some big stories surface from some of the post-show announcements to get through, plus some cool experiments from the development community this wekk. Intel’s Standalone VR…