Leap Motion Teases ‘Augmented Office’ With Project North Star AR Dev Kit

A foldaway user interface could bring new levels of productivity to AR workspaces. With Leap Motion’s Project North Star set to hit the streets in the coming months, the American-based hand-tracking depth sensor manufacturer has officially begun teasing the various ambitious design concepts made possible by the open source AR development kit. In a series…

Apple HMD Research Continues With New Eye-Tracking Patent

An Apple patent for eye-tracking published today highlights the company’s continued research and investment into VR and AR. Last year Apple reportedly acquired leading eye-tracking company SMI, which forced other manufacturers using the tech in their hardware designs to find other options. Eye-tracking is important for comfortable communication using a VR or AR headset —…

Virtual Builds is Offering SteamVR Tracking Development Kits & Expertise

Virtual Builds, a company spinning out of ASIC engineering firm Noisefigure Research, is a new entrant now selling SteamVR Tracking development hardware. With a full DIY kit starting at $200, Virtual Builds aims to make SteamVR Tracking more accessible for VR hardware companies and individual developers makers alike. With goal of making SteamVR Tracking a license-free…

Mark Zuckerberg Explains Why He’s Still Committed To VR

Facebook held its quarterly earnings call today to update investors on the company’s performance, and in a Q&A session someone asked about VR. It was a well-timed question coming ahead of the launch of Oculus Go, Facebook’s first standalone VR headset, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the opportunity to respond. Though his answer is…

4 Additions We’re Likely To See In VR Headsets For 2019

Headset manufacturers have to contend with various trade-offs when they come to the designing of their hardware. Not all capabilities can be added together in the same unit, for example, whilst still making the headsets cost effective. This is something that tech companies are working to resolve, however, so what can we expect from virtual…

North Star Open Source AR HMD Announced By Leap Motion

Remember Leap Motion? They are a tech startup that got going back in 2010. The Leap Motion tracking module is was (and still is) one of the most exciting and affordable hand and object tracking technologies I’ve seen. The original idea was to use it as a replacement for your mouse. You could use your…

Steven Spielberg Says He Played Mario On PSVR And The Internet Is Confused

Either Steven Spielberg just accidentally revealed a history-making collaboration between two of gaming’s biggest rivals, or he needs a quick refresher on a who’s-who of the industry. Much to everyone’s surprise, the Ready Player One director recently claimed he’d played Mario in VR on a PlayStation, implying that Nintendo’s mascot is soon to appear on…

Pimax Unveils New Knuckles-style Controller, Supports SteamVR 2.0 Tracking

Pimax, the company behind the wide field of view “8K” VR headset, today unveiled a new  controller design intended to ship alongside their upcoming VR hardware. Much like Valve’s still unreleased ‘Knuckles’ controllers, the new Pimax controller is designed to strap to your hand for an ‘open-palm’ experience. Pimax boasts a number of changes from…

HTC Vive Launches ‘Enterprise Advantage’ Service for Vive Pro

HTC Vive has today announced the Vive Pro 2.0 Kit specifically built for commercial users to develop and deliver VR experiences to grow their business. In addition, the ‘Enterprise Advantage’ service will offer dedicated support, onsite customer pick up and return and a two-year commercial warranty covering the head-mounted display (HMD) and accessories. The Vive…

HTC Vive Pro Is $1,400 With Controllers And New Base Stations

A complete version of the HTC Vive Pro system with next generation base stations is around $1,400 plus tax. The new bundle announced today by HTC includes two future-proof base stations that, when combined with a future software update and two additional units, should ultimately enable SteamVR 2.0 Tracking across a huge 10 meter by…

StarVR Begins Trading on Taiwan Emerging Stocks Board

StarVR Corporation is the result of an ambitious joint venture between Swedish virtual reality (VR) content company Starbreeze and computer hardware manufacturer Acer. The aim was to create a company to provide solutions for professional and location-based VR markets. That company’s shares are now being traded on TPEX Emerging Stocks Board. StarVR Corporation applied for…

What to Expect in AR and VR at Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference

While Oculus holds their own annual developer conference (coming later this year), parent company Facebook has in years past had plenty of exciting news to share at their own F8 developer conference. With F8 just around the corner on May 1st & 2nd, we take a look at what might be revealed. Buzz is building…

Something For The Weekend: Steam VR Spring Sale

The weekend is here and with the Steam VR Spring Sale still in full swing it is time to find something for the weekend. To help you out VRFocus has put together some of the best virtual reality (VR) deals from the Steam VR Spring Sale to make finding your new favorite even easier. As always be sure to…

TheWaveVR Raises $6 million For Social VR Music And Arts Platform

Some virtual reality startups are having trouble getting the attention of investors, after the first wave of VR headsets failed to live up to the hype. But TheWaveVR has been able to raise $6 million in venture funding for its social VR platform and community for VR music and visual arts experiences. TheWaveVR turns concerts into social VR experiences…

VR/AR Unity Developer at Planeta (New York, NY, USA)

Planeta is a product studio in the East Village of NYC that builds creative hardware, software, and VR/AR applications with a strong focus on sound. Our… Source: VR/AR Unity Developer at Planeta (New York, NY, USA)

The Oculus Go Could Change Everything… But Not For The Reasons You Think

If you follow the virtual reality (VR) space at all, you’ve probably heard about Oculus Go – the much anticipated ‘all-in-one’ headset set to revolutionize mobile VR. No phone required, no awkwardly fitting your phone inside the goggles and hoping it’s secure, no cables to entangle you. Just…go. And that’s the intended magic of VR…

9 PSVR Titles Just Got Permanent Price Drops, Between 25-50% Off

It looks like PSVR owners have a few more games to browse through on their next digital shopping spree. Now it appears at least nine games have gotten between a 25%-50% off their permanent prices. First spotted by ShackNews, the following list contains some pretty big titles including the newly supported Wipeout Omega Edition. This comes shortly after…

Google Brings WebVR to Chrome, All Major PC VR Headsets Supported

Google recently pushed out Chrome 66, the latest update to the company’s web browser. Unbeknownst to the VR community, Google also quietly included WebVR integration for OpenVR-compatible headsets including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets. Although initial WebVR integration has been a part of beta versions of Chrome for about two…

Spring Into VR With Steam Spring Sale

As the year advances and Christmas becomes a distant memory, your videogame library might need a bit of a refresh. Steam are here to assist with some wallet-friendly special offers in celebration of the warming weather and blooming flowers of the Spring season. There are deals of up to 70% off selected titles in the…

TheWaveVR Closes $6M Series A Investment, Opens L.A. Office for Artist Collabs

TheWaveVR, the studio behind the eponymous music-centric social VR platform, today announced the closure of a $6 million Series A funding round led by RRE Ventures. TheWaveVR also opened their new Los Angeles office today, where they plan to collaborate with artists and musicians on what they say will be “a number of high profile VR concerts…

Developer Spends 30 Days Working, Dancing, Living In VR

An Italian developer tests the limits of VR comfort with a ’30 Days In VR’ challenge. Thanks to new more comfortable hardware releases like the HTC Vive Pro and tetherless HTC Vive Focus, people are spending more consecutive time in VR than ever before. With the better resolution and upgraded ergonomic design of the Vive…

Everything We Know About Oculus Santa Cruz (so far)

Oculus Santa Cruz is a VR prototype that brings many high-end features of the Oculus Rift and Touch, most notably positional (6DoF) tracking on both headset and controllers, into a self-contained, standalone design. What follows is a brief overview of everything we know about the headset so far. What is Oculus Santa Cruz? Image courtesy…

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…

Pastimes For Pirates Developer Diary #2 – Navigating The Early Waters

In the first dev blog for VRFocus, we looked at the creation of the initial mobile virtual reality (VR) prototype and how this evolved into a full VR design, ready for pitching to publishers alongside the high-level design document and pitchdeck. Following on from the high of XR Connects and the XR Indie Pitch 3rd…