E3 2017: Hands-On With VR Hand Controller CaptoGlove

Immersive experiences are the foundation of VR’s growth and devs or creators continue to find ways to keep the illusion from being broken as long as they can. Controller input is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to this, but the team behind CaptoGlove is utilizing our natural gestures to keep players engaged….

Half of Developers Cite HTC Vive as Most Popular VR Platform

A report released by VRDC titled the VRDC VR/AR Innovation report compiled the results of a survey of professionals involved with the development of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (VR). The report showed information relating to funding, platform preferences and challenges in the market. According to the report, the vast majority of respondents cited…

LucidCam Celebrates Commercial Launch With Tour of San Francisco

Lucid VR have announced the general commercial launch of its pocket-sized virtual reality (VR) 3D camera, the LucidCam and will be celebrating the general availability of the device with a billboard truck tour of the famous landmarks of San Francisco. The launch tour will take place on 23rd June, 2017 and is aimed at encouraging…

5 Impressive VR Companies From ViveX Batch Two Demo Day

This week we went to an HTC-hosted Demo Day for the second batch of ViveX funded VR and AR companies. With 26 different companies on display in San Francisco ranging from game developers, hardware manufacturers, utility creators, and everything in between there were a lot of different projects to try. Most of the companies were…

Unearthing Mars Lands On HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Increasing numbers of virtual reality (VR) titles are going multi-platform. With HTC Vive and Oculus Rift titles making it on to PlayStation VR, or cut down versions heading to mobile VR platforms, or PlayStation VR titles heading to PC VR. Developer Winking entertainment have announced the launch of its title Unearthing Mars on Steam for…

The Red and Black legacy of the Virtual Boy

The innovative minds at Nintendo launched the Switch on 2nd March 2017. The aim and indeed the marketing is that it’s both a pretty powerful handheld console that docks into a charging station and becomes a full games console. Like many Nintendo systems the aim is not necessarily to bring people the latest and most…

Google to Bring 3D 180 ‘Point-and-Shoot’ Cameras to Vloggers this Winter

To fit alongside the company’ Daydream mobile VR platform, Google is partnering with Lenovo, LG, and YI Technology to create a new class of 180 cameras. Called VR180, the point-and-shoot video cameras create stereoscopic 180 video that can be uploaded or livestreamed to YouTube, and viewed on VR headsets. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki took the stage at Vidcon…

Facebook Fights to Prevent Oculus Rift Sales Ban

In February, ZeniMax filed an injunction to request the worldwide blocking of sales of products that use Oculus software, which includes both Rift and Gear VR hardware, following a recent high-profile court case against Facebook/Oculus. According to a Bloomberg report, the hearing was held on Tuesday, where Oculus’ lawyers fought the ban, which has so far not seen…

MelodyVR Partners with Microsoft to Launch app Across all Windows MR Devices

A couple of weeks ago virtual reality (VR) music content platform MelodyVR revealed it had secured £5 million GBP in investment to expand its service. Now EVR Holdings plc which owns MelodyVR has announced a Global Partnership and Windows Mixed Reality (MR) App Collaboration Agreement with Microsoft, bringing the platform to every Windows MR device. MelodyVR and Microsoft…

Super Mario Bros Recreated As Life Size HoloLens Experience

Watch how this mixed reality game for Hololens turns Central Park into a full Mario level. What do you get when you combine everyone’s favorite mustached cartoon plumber with one of the hottest pieces of hardware currently on the market? Arguably the coolest mixed reality experience developed on the Microsoft HoloLens headset so far, that’s…

Kandao Announce New 360-Degree Camera – Kandao Obsidian

Chinese tech company Kandao has announced the launch of their latest hardware product designed for 3D and 360-degree image capture, the Kandao Obsidian. The device has already gain praise and even an award, named as a ‘Best of Innovation Honoree’ at CES 2017. The Kandao Obsidian has two variants, the R and S. Th Obsidian…

Market in VR and AR For Healthcare Worth $5.1 billion By 2025

At VRFocus we have extensively covered the rise of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in the healthcare sector, as it is used to train doctors, assist patients and build better operating theatres. Now a new report from Grand View Research puts some hard numbers on the rate that the VR/AR healthcare sector is…

You Can Buy A PSVR Headset Right Now For $300

Sales on VR hardware have been  few and far between ever since we entered the consumer-age of modern virtual reality. Most deals on PC-powered devices such as the Rift and Vive have only come as a result of bundled deals with VR-ready computers. Discounted prices for headsets in and of themselves though have been a…

IVRPA 2017: Seeking A Path Forward For Creators

The International Virtual Reality Photography Association (IVRPA) 2017 conference brought together over two hundred 360˚ and virtual reality (VR) content creators from across the globe for four days of keynotes, workshops and social events. Set in the city of Vienna it was also an opportunity for attendees to create some fabulous 360 content. Content and Product…

Best VR Hardware Of E3 2017

Now that it’s all said and done it’s easy to see that E3 2017 just wasn’t a huge showing for VR hardware. Microsoft didn’t even mention VR at all during the reveal of the Xbox One X even though executives have suggested the system will still support it. That said, we did try out some…

Varjo Promises Human-Eye Resolutions For VR This Year

I am standing in a virtual living room rendered via Unity. Except I am seeing things I never have before in VR. There is a virtual television on the wall to my left displaying a 4K video of a city. The floor, the couch pillows, the clothes hanging on a rack to my left, are…

Five Tech Titans Bullish on Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) became more widely known after the success of Pokémon Go in 2016. Investors have since been scrambling to back the next big AR hit. In 2016 alone, there was over $1.6 billion invested in the development of display devices based on AR. It’s a sign of the times. The leaders of tech…

HTC Explains Why It Hasn’t Lowered the Price of the Vive

Despite its primary competitor, Oculus, making a major price cut to the Rift & Touch earlier this year, HTC’s Vive headset still sits at a hearty $800. The company’s GM of VR, Daniel O’Brien, tells us why HTC hasn’t cut the cost of their headset in response. Price Point Speaking to Road to VR this week at…

New Oculus Update Embraces 360 Room-scale, Adds Mixed Reality Capture

Version 1.16 of Oculus Rift software is beginning to roll out to all Rift users, adding support for Mixed Reality capture, a redesigned interface for future updates and issue reporting, a new Home environment and multilanguage support. The Store now supports 360°-only apps, and provides alerts before purchases if you don’t have an appropriate tracking…

All the Virtual Reality Highlights from E3 2017

Another year, another round of the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Centre. As the absolute centre of gaming, all eyes have been on the event to present the biggest showcase for upcoming hardware, games and major developments. Needless to say it hasn’t disappointed VR fans. While there wasn’t a major hardware release…

The Virtual Arena: From Silver Screen to Silicon Dreams! (Pt 2)

In the second part of his feature, (click here for part one) looking at the impact that the movie business and prominent Intellectual Properties (IP) have in steering new commercial entertainment VR business. Digital Out-of-Home entertainment (DOE) industry specialist Kevin Williams charts the major develops shaping this emerging new sector. One of the technologies gaining…

The Best VR Games at E3 2017

As with every year, E3 2017 has brought with it a swathe of new titles for all modern platforms – and we can barely contain our excitement! But of course, we’re most excited about the latest virtual reality (VR) games coming to our head-mounted displays (HMDs). At E3 2017 we’ve seen some familiar games, ones…

The Best HTC Vive Games at E3 2017

E3 is always an exciting season for new games and hardware, and 2017 is no exception. The show kicked off in Los Angeles and immediately we were seeing brand new titles that’ll keep us plugged into virtual reality (VR) for months. We’re seeing brand new titles from a range of developers, including Bethesda, who finally…

Cruden Release Footage of Incredible VR Motorcycle Simulator

Cruden has released the first footage of their new motorcycle simulator, the B306-HMD. The world of virtual reality enthusiasts demand the best and most immersive tech – but those wishing to be early adopters might have to put their wallets away. The B306-HMD Motorcycle Simulator is currently only for commercial use. In the trailer below…

Nielsen Report Data Illustrates Rising Interest In VR and AR

This might not exactly shock you but the source is worth noting.  Nielsen, one of world’s largest research companies, has released new information showing the rising appeal of both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) among gamers. No surprise, given the new VR and AR software and hardware hitting the market all the time. As…