Google Buying HTC’s Pixel Team for $1.1 Billion

HTC retains brand but lets part of their smartphone business go. Google has announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. Leading into today’s news, shares of HTC were halted on the Taiwan Stock Exchange…

YouTuber Brings VR To Commodore 64

The VR64 retro virtual reality headset is as cool as it is totally unnecessary. Remember the Commodore 64 home computer? No? That makes sense. After all, the revolutionary device was released all the way back in 1982, a year some of you younger folks probably consider the stone age. However for many veteran gamers the…

HTC Halt Sales of Shares as Rumours of Google Takeover Grow

Taiwanese tech company HTC has been struggling over the past year or so, with its core smartphone business failing to keep it profitable while its virtual reality (VR) division shows the most promise. Today HTC has announced it’ll be halting sales of it shares tomorrow, looking like a precursor to a takeover bid which is…

ARise Is An AR Puzzle-Platformer For ARKit

Unlike VR, AR’s rise in relevance hasn’t largely been fuelled by gaming (save for the enormous success of Pokemon Go). That’s why we’re so interested to see the first games for Apple’s new ARKit. Arise is one of those games. This is the latest project from Climax Studios, the developer of VR games like Lola…

Images Emerge Showcasing new Daydream View Headsets

Earlier today VRFocus reported on the Google announcement that the company would be holding a special event in October to launch the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Surmising that might not be all Google would be unveiling – leaning towards something Daydream related – its seems we might not have been too…

How VR Can Help Solve Dementia

How VR is helping us spot, research, treat, and raise awareness for dementia. Anyone who has suffered from dementia, or knows someone who has, knows that is a cruel, tough syndrome to battle. 5.5 million people in the United States alone suffer from dementia, which is marked by chronic degeneration of cognitive functions such as…

Microsoft and Google Both Holding Launch Events in October

The festive season is almost here and as you may expect major companies are preparing for the busiest consumer spending period of the year. Two of the biggest tech firms looking to attract customers are Microsoft and Google, both of which will be holding special events within a day of each other. Microsoft has announced…

Street Art and Graffiti In Augmented Reality

Graffiti and street art tends to be a contentious subject. A popular way for the young to leave their mark, or promote a social agenda, but generally despised by authorities, with various methods being introduced to try and discourage graffiti and tagging. An augmented reality (AR) app called WallaMe may have found a way to…

Duck Season Review: A Nightmare On 8-Bit Street

Type ‘Duck Hunt VR’ into Google and you’ll discover a ton of tributes to a Nintendo classic. None of them, though, are quite like Stress Level Zero’s Duck Season. On the surface, this looks like yet another clever nod to one of the first games that really let you hold and aim a gun, but…

The VR Society’s ‘On The Lot’ is Back—and Fully Augmented

‘On The Lot’ is back—and now featuring AR—October 13 and 14 at The Lot in West Hollywood. Last year, the inaugural VR On The Lot brought together major players from Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Europe, and China for a two-day exploration of the intersection between entertainment and technology. Organized by the VR Society, presented by AMD Studios,…

VR Society’s “On The Lot” Conference to Feature AR Seminars

Last year the VR Society held its inaugural ‘On The Lot’ virtual reality (VR) conference at Paramount Pictures Studios, in Los Angeles, California. Today the organisers have announced the second event will be moving to a new location and expanded with augmented reality (AR) sessions. This year’s conference adds an entire AR track featuring one…

ABI Research Predicts Mobile VR’s 6DoF Future

When the HTC Standalone headset was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, some criticism was directed its way with regards to the decision to bundle the device with a 3DoF controller. It seems that criticism may have been on point, since a new report predicts the rise of 6DoF controls. The 3DoF controllers for…

Learn a New Language in VR

MondlyVR app leverages the power of VR to help us learn new languages in shorter timeframes. Learning and mastering a new language is no easy task—something I discovered firsthand when I attempted to learn French. A friend of mine who is a language professor at Colgate University suggested I move to France and immerse myself into…

New Screenshots and Artwork Released for Death Horizon

Earlier this week VRFocus reported on Dream Dev Studio’s upcoming first-person shooter (FPS) Death Horizon coming to Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream. If you liked the look of the zombie survival title then take a look at these new screenshots and artwork from the team. Set in a secret laboratory called Horizon, all hell has broken…

VR Short Film I Philip Comes To Google Daydream

A virtual reality (VR) short film called I Phillip created by French filmmaker Pierre Zandrowicz is exploring what it is like to be a robot, putting the viewer in the head of an android and giving a glimpse of the world as seen through electronic eyes. I Philip tells the story of an android created…

HoloGrid: Monster Battle Recreated With ARKit

Since the release of Apple’s ARKIt, many companies have been keen to take advantage of its enhanced augmented reality (AR) capabilities. Tippett Studio have announced they are also using the ARKit to make a new version of HoloGrid: Monster Battle. HoloGrid: Monster Battle is inspired by the holo-chess scene in the original Star Wars movie,…

Virtual Reality Comes to Commodore 64

For many people, the Commodore 64 microcomputer was where they acquired an interest in videogames, programming and computing. To this day, the Commodore 64 still has quite a following and fanbase, and one person who decided to bring virtual reality (VR) to 8-bit videogaming. A Commodore 64 fan identified online as [jim_64] has managed to…

HTC Vive Focus, a Name for a new Generation

Earlier today VRFocus reported on what could be the official name for HTC’s upcoming standalone headset, the HTC Vive Focus. So VRFocus’ roving reporter Nina took a look at what this could mean for a new wave of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs). Vive Focus appeared in a trademark application that HTC submitted earlier…

New Trademark Labels HTC Standalone Headset As Vive Focus

HTC’s standalone VR headset is coming soon. When Oculus first revealed its prototype standalone VR headset, code-named Santa Cruz, back in 2016, we all new a response from HTC was inevitable. Earlier this year those suspicions were proven correct when HTC as well as Lenovo announced their own upcoming versions of standalone VR hardware at…

Torrus VR Open Source Controller Looking For Contributors

A project to create an open-source 3DoF controller for mobile virtual reality (VR) called the Torrus Open VR Controller is looking to get more of the VR community involved with its development. The creators behind the Torrus Open VR Controller believes that a better quality of interaction with mobile VR titles is possible without need…

Snapchat Adds AR User Avatars Through Bitmoji

Snap just deployed an interesting new tool in the battle for AR supremacy on Snapchat. The company is finally utilizing Bitmoji, a company it acquired for $64 million last year, to integrate virtual avatars of its users into the real world. As Business Insider reports, you can download the separate Bitmoji app to create your…

HTC Trademark Suggests Vive Focus Is Standalone VR Headset’s Name

We’re expecting to find out more about HTC’s Vive-branded standalone VR headset in a few weeks’ time, but it looks like the name has already surfaced online. Lets Go Digital has uncovered two filings from HTC for a ‘head mounted display’ named Vive Focus. One is from the European Union Intellectual Property Office while the…

Google Earth Integrates With Street View In New Update

Google Earth remains one of VR’s most impressive apps, allowing anyone with an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift to travel around the world and immerse themselves in iconic cities and other environments. This week, Earth is pairing up with another piece of vital Google software: Street View. The most recent update to Google Earth allows…

HTC’s Standalone Headset to be Called Vive Focus

During Google’s I/O Conference earlier this year the tech giant revealed both Lenovo and HTC were working on standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) what would use the Daydream platform. Now it seems the latter has an official name, HTC Vive Focus. A recent trademark application noticed by LetsGoDigital shows that HTC applied at both the European…

VR Short Film SONAR Gets Updated Google Daydream Release

360-degree short film SONAR was originally released way back in 2015, and was available for Oculus Rift, and later a new version headed to the Samsung Gear VR platform. Now the film has received something of a makeover and is set to come to Google Daydream. The creator of the six-minute sci-fi horror experience, Philipp…