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,…

Google Spotlight Stories’ Age of Sail Gets Sneak Peak at Annecy

Google Spotlight Stories have brought some of its virtual reality (VR) animated projects to the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France. The VR projects being showcased include Age of Sail and Piggy. 2018 will mark the third year that Google Spotlight Stories has team with VR @ Annacy to offer its VR projects to…

Owlchemy Labs Co-Founder Departs To Found New Startup

Owlchemy Labs co-founder and former CEO Alex Schwartz is departing the company he started. The departure comes around a year after selling the company to Google. Owlchemy Labs is the company behind Job Simulator, Rick & Morty and the upcoming Vacation Simulator. The new CEO, Devin Reimer, spent hundreds of hours as the head of…

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…

Report: Almost Half of US Colleges Use VR

It has been clear for some time that virtual reality (VR) has some considerable implications when it comes to the area of education and many schools, colleges and other educational institutions have recognised this. What had not been previously clear was the extent to which schools and colleges were adopting the technology. A report compiled…

Watch John Cusack In The Trailer For VR Thriller Distorted Reality

Another well-known Hollywood name is placing his bets on VR being the next big thing. This time it’s John Cusack, and you can already see him in this 360 degree trailer for Distorted Reality. As with recent VR projects starring Nicolas Cage and John Travolta, Distorted Reality is a tie-in to an upcoming theatrical film…

Life in 360°: Plenty Of Fish In The Sea?

Thanks to Star Trek we often think of space as the ‘final frontier’, the great adventure into the unknown.  After all the human race knows a surprising amount about the Earth. We know it has a surface area of 510.1 million km². We know it has a radius of 6,371 kilometres. We know it has…

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…

Something For The Weekend: Post-E3 PlayStation VR Deals

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 has come to an end, but that does not mean the excitement needs to end. VRFocus has put together a number of deals on virtual reality (VR) titles from the PlayStation store so you can keep the excitement of the week going strong. From fighting demons with big guns, flying through the skies…

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…

Shortening the Distance Between Family and Friends With Oculus Go

The inexpensive VR headset is the latest way to help connect with loved ones. Almost 50% of marriages in the U.S. end in divorce, with even higher divorce rates in Spain, Portugal, Hungary and Belgium. And when children are involved, it can be even more difficult and trying for everyone. Custody agreements split the children’s…

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…

The Devil Awaits VR Releases Onto New Platforms

Spanish developer Bloompix Studios released their first virtual reality (VR) title several months ago for Samsung Gear VR, The Devil Awaits VR. The title is a thriller where players take on the role of Rick H. Johanson who finds himself in a crusade against evil. This immersive title has now been picked as one of…

Google Debuts Two New Spotlight Stories ‘Piggy’ & ‘Age Of Sail’

Google heads to the Annecy Film Fest in full force with two, never-before-scene Spotlight Stories. The biennial Annecy International Film Fest is currently in full-swing as creators from around the world gather in France to showcase their latest achievements in the field of animation. Google returned once again with its interactive Google Spotlight Stories series,…

‘Ocean To Plate’ Uses VR To Reveal Waste In Our Seafood Harvesting

Explore every step of seafood production in Daydream Impact’s latest VR documentary. More than a third of the global harvested seafood is lost or wasted on its journey to your dinner table. In the U.S. it is closer to half, with most fish being wasted by consumers. Ocean to Plate: A Journey into the Seafood Supply…

‘Ocean To Plate’ Uses VR To Reveal Waste In Our Seafood Harvesting

Explore every step of seafood production in Daydream Impact’s latest VR documentary. More than a third of the global harvested seafood is lost or wasted on its journey to your dinner table. In the U.S. it is closer to half, with most fish being wasted by consumers. Ocean to Plate: A Journey into the Seafood Supply…

New Update Appears for Wands

The spell-slinging virtual reality (VR) title Wands from Cortopia Studios has been out for quite some time, first making its appearance on Samsung Gear VR before moving on to Google Daydream and then getting a high-end upgrade on Oculus Rift. The developers are now announcing a new update with The Sanctum of Sahir. Wands is…

iStaging’s VR Maker App Is Now Google Street View Ready

Late last month iStaging announced a new feature for their virtual reality (VR) Marker app that brought the power of ARKit into play for use when making floor plans of locations. The applications for this feature would benefit estate agents, interior designers and event organizers offering a range of valuable capabilities. Now, iStaging have revealed…

Ghost Giant Is A New PSVR Title Similar To Along Together

After Sony revealed Tetris Effect earlier this week from the creators of Rez Infinite, they’re back today with another new PSVR game announcement. Ghost Giant is a new title from Zoink Games that puts players in the ethereal ghost hands of a giant being tasked with protecting and helping a little cat-like person named Lois….

Here’s What’s Inside The ‘Surprise’ Mystery Oculus Start Box

Yesterday we reported on a mystery box that Oculus was sending out, as a surprise, to developers that signed up for the Oculus Start program. Now, we know what’s inside. Dedric Reid, founder and creator of ambitious VR MMO MetaWorld, posted an image on Twitter today showing off what he found inside the box. Mystery…

Full Version of NOLO Home Now Available

Many commentators on virtual reality (VR) are of the belief that six degrees of freedom, or 6DoF represents the most immersive and realistic experience that modern VR can provide. To cater to this, NOLO VR have launched the full version of its NOLO Home content platform for 6DoF content. NOLO Home is a mobile VR…

The age old Battle of Cat vs Dog Continues in Paws ‘n Claws

The world is split into those who love dogs and those who love cats, there’s no in between – those who say they love both are lying. Naturally, videogame developers have catered for this long held rivalry, with titles that are either cat or dog biased. When it comes to Go-Ah! Games and its latest…

Lenovo Mixed Reality Headset Down to Half Price

While the general reception to the range of Windows 10 mixed reality (MR) headsets has been somewhat subdued, news of a price cut is the sort of thing that tends the renew enthusiasm. Consumers in the US might be interested to learn that the Lenovo Explorer mixed reality headset has had its price cut by…

VR vs. AR vs. Creative Play

It was, I have decided, not the best week I’ve ever had. It started off on the Monday where I woke up drenched in sweat and not entirely sure where I was and who I was. Which, I can assure you, is pretty frightening. Going in and out of consciousness to the point you no…

What to Expect at E3 2018: Ubisoft’s VR Games

Ubisoft has been one of the most prolific virtual reality (VR) publishers amongst the big players in the videogames industry, despite being dismissive of the technology early in the game. With a new update recently launched for Star Trek: Bridge Crew, available now for PlayStation VR and coming soon to PC for Oculus Rift and…

POGs Get a 21st Century AR Makeover on Indiegogo

If you’re of a certain age – went to school in the 90’s – then you’ll likely remember a toy craze called POGs, little cardboard discs with interesting cartoon designs that could then be used by players to slam their opponents into submission and capture their collection. Well thanks to Compton Technology POGs have been brought…

Apple Could Unveil ARKit 2.0 at WWDC With a Focus on Multiplayer

The augmented reality (AR) war between Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore certainly seems to be hotting up if rumours about today’s WWDC 2018 conference are correct. With Google holding its I/O conference last month, this week it’s the turn of Apple, with not only iOS 12 expected to be announced but also a new version of…