AR Functionality Comes To Vive Pro With New Front-Facing Camera Tools

The Vive Pro gets new SDK tools unlocking advanced AR capabilities. The Vive Pro is one hell of a VR headset. A combined 2880 x 1600 pixel resolution, dual AMOLED 3.5″ diagonal screens, a 90 Hz refresh rate, high quality integrated headphones, the list goes on. However one feature in particular, the stereo front-facing cameras,…

Beyond the Joystick: Companies Building the Future of VR Locomotion

How close are we to walking around a Ready Player One world? In Ready Player One’s opening act, Steven Spielberg sets the stage for the capabilities of 2045’s VR hardware. We get to see a VR headset, facial tracking gear, haptic gloves and bodysuit, and most importantly for Wade’s sprinting, an omnidirectional treadmill. The omnidirectional treadmill…

Virtuality – A New Reality of Promise, Two Decades Too Soon

Dr Jonathan Walden Discussing Virtuality in 1994. Image Credit: Virtuality Group In the history of Virtual Reality, there are a few people, companies and concepts that are considered vital to its existence. VPL Research, creators of the Dataglove, Datasuit and one of the earliest Head Mounted Displays are one of the most important names in…

VRFC Gets AI Support, Sports Bar VR Bundle And More

Summer’s nearly here, so it’s time to start looking for excuses to stay indoors rather than heading outside to get some exercise. VR Football Club might be just what the doctor ordered. Cherry Pop Games’ ambitious VR football simulator (or soccer, for those that like things to be incorrect), this month got a new update…

Improved AR and VR Features Available to All with Unreal Engine 4.19 Release

Unreal Engine remains one of the most popular engines for creating in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and is considered powerful and versatile enough that it has even seen use in Hollywood. The latest version is introducing a host of new features and improvements to make the engine even more indispensable to developers…

Mech Combat Title Code 51: Mech Arena Reveals Release Date

Originally Greenlit on Steam in summer of 2017, Code 51: Mech Arena is the results of an effort by Chinese developer Smellyriver to fill the mecha-shaped hole in the virtual reality (VR) videogame line-up. The developer has now announced that Code 51: Mech Arena will be launched on PlayStation VR on 24th April, 2018, with…

The VR Job Hub: Producers, Engineers, Programmers And Animators Needed

Another weekend and another chance to find yourself a new opportunities within the immersive media industries. As always VRFocus are here to help you out, with another entry of The VR Job Hub. Every weekend VRFocus gathers together a number open position from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the…

Skyfront VR Reveal Major Update That Adds Grenade Launcher

Skyfront VR, the fast-paced multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) that pits players against each other in virtual reality (VR) has announced a new major update that brings with it the long awaited new weapon. The release of the Pineapple – what the grenade launcher has come to be known as – follows weeks of hype from the…

The Biggest PSVR Releases Of The Week 04/08/18

Still playing WipEout VR? Yeah, good call, but if you don’t have a Rift or Vive then there’s one big release you probably have been missing out on until now that could pull you away and it features a mad scientist + his grandson going on crazy adventures. If you missed last week’s releases,…

The Biggest Rift, Vive And Windows VR Releases Of The Week 04/08/18

Skyrim VR is still on the minds of most PC VR gamers, and that’s for good reason. Modders have been hard at work adding features and tweaking aspects of the VR version to get it running better and more feature-rich than ever. But if you want a break from slaying dragons, consider checking out one…

VRLA 2018 Returns; Keynote Lineup Announced

The two-day conference’s full slate of keynote speakers also include live performances. The world’s largest VR & AR conference is back again May 4-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There’s quite no conference like VRLA. Part industry event and part immersive tech festival, VRLA is a place where seasoned veterans can catch up on…

VRLA 2018 Returns; Keynote Lineup Announced

The two-day conference’s full slate of keynote speakers also include live performances. The world’s largest VR & AR conference is back again May 4-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There’s quite no conference like VRLA. Part industry event and part immersive tech festival, VRLA is a place where seasoned veterans can catch up on…

Open For Business: Reality Clash Armoury Sees Cryptocurrency Price Jumps

Reality Gaming Group have launched the online store that will allow users to explore a list of available weaponry and buy them using the Reality Clash in-game cryptocurrency, RCC Gold. The online store will support an economy for the augmented reality (AR) title Reality Clash. Reality Clash is a AR first-person shooter title which allows…

AR Drawing Tool Comes To Facebook Camera

Bring your art to the third dimension with 3D drawing functionality on the Facebook Camera, available on smartphones now. Since day one, Facebook has always been about making communicating a breeze. Whether you’re reaching out to an old college buddy, making the bold first move on a crush, or finally sending out invites to that…

VRLA 2018 Returns Next Month, Full Keynote Lineup Revealed

The Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA) event has grown from a small meetup group to one of the biggest events focused on VR, augmented realty (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technologies. This year’s event is due to take place in just over three weeks so today the organisers have revealed who will be giving the…

YouTube Broadcasting Coachella Livestream in VR180 this Weekend

Tune in to Coachella’s YouTube Channel to watch select live performances April 13 – 15. One of the first festivals to bring VR to the masses with custom Google Cardboard headsets mailed to ticket holders back in 2016, Coachella has aways been experimenting with immersive technology and exploring new ways they can bring the music…

Review: STAR SOD

Making modern videogames is a large undertaking. Even with modern tools, most development teams number in the dozens, and sometimes even the hundreds. Virtual reality (VR) adds and extra layer of complexity, making it all the more impressive when a lone coder manager to turn in a polished product. STAR SOD kicks off with the…

Inside VR Park, Dubai Mall’s Massive New VR Theme Park

The Dubai Mall, one of the world’s largest shopping complexes, is now home to VR Park, an indoor theme park spanning two floors and over 75,000 square feet of space, offering a wide variety of VR experiences, including several physical rides. At the opening of the park we went hands-on with the main attractions, many…

Applied Neural Nets in Virtual Reality

Forget the state of the art, even the basics of machine learning can be comically misunderstood by the general public and tech industry luminaries alike. (Full disclosure: I include myself in this indictment). We’re told the possibilities are endless, but how do we get there? At a high level, how does the average programmer in…

MirageSoft’s Project VR Fishing Could be the Most Realistic yet

Recreational fishing tends to be one of those sports people either love of hate, either because of the tranquil nature of the activity or for the exact same reason. That hasn’t stopped virtual reality (VR) developers bringing fishing into the virtual realm, with Resolution Games’ Bait! proving to be popular. Then there are upcoming titles like…

Preview: Maxi Pool Masters

One of the nice things about the virtual reality (VR) ecosystem is that it is still new enough that small developers, or even individual coders, have a chance to get noticed. As with pretty much everything else, quality can vary but there can be gems waiting to be polished. Is that the case with Maxi…

VR Horror Mystery ‘Dead Secret’ to Arrive on PSVR April 24th

Studios Frame Interactive and Robot Invader today announced Dead Secret (2015), the Gear VR title that later landed on PC VR headsets, is finally making its way to PSVR. Coming to PSVR April 24th, the horror-mystery adventure puts you in the shoes of a 1960’s era reporter looking for your next big story. You’ll unravel the threads…

‘Killing Floor: Incursion’ to Land on PSVR May 1st, Arriving With ‘Tron-style’ Bonus Level

Last month Killing Floor: Incursion (2017), the co-op zombie shooter from Tripwire Interactive, made its transition from Oculus exclusive to multi-platform title when it launched via Steam with support for HTC Vive and Rift. Now, the zombie-splattering sci-fi horror game is headed to PSVR too. Update (04/09/18): Tripwire Interactive has released the street date for the PSVR version: May…

The VR Job Hub: Senior And Junior Positions

If you are looking to find yourself a new job in the world of immersive technology then allow VRFocus to help you out, with another entry of The VR Job Hub. Every weekend VRFocus gathers together a number open position from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe,…

Facebook Messenger App Now Supported 360-Degree Photos

Facebook have released a new update to their Facebook Messenger app that allows users to enjoy full 360-degree photos directly within the app. Being able to send and receive 360-degree photos directly within the Facebook Messenger app means that users are now able to share more immersive views of the world with friends and family….

New Megadimension Neptunia VIIR Screenshots Showcase New Forms

The upcoming release of Megadimension Neptunia VIIR for PlayStation VR is nearing closer and now Idea Factory International have released a new batch of screenshots that show off the next form of the Gamindustri Goddesses. In the latest title from the ever popular series, Megadimension Neptunia VIIR is an ‘enhanced’ version of the 2016 role-playing game (RPG), Megadimension Neptunia…

Geek & Sundry Release VR Tabletop Series Now Your Turn

Hollywood-based virtual reality (VR) studio Light Sail VR has teamed up with Geek & Sundry, in collaboration with Google’s Daydream team, to release their debut VR 180 series Now Your Turn. Every episode of Now Your Turn will transport viewer into the ultimate board game showdown were they will be able to experience unique board…

VR Fighter Nemesis Realms is Leaving Steam Early Access

Independent developer, Evocat Games, has released their virtual virtual (VR) title Nemesis Realms on Steam after a successful time in Early Access on the platform. The sequel to the award-winning Nemesis Perspective, this new title is a local multiplayer experience that puts a team of heroes playing on a PC, against a big boss who is controlled…