Samsung Gear VR Currently Available with Discount

The Samsung Gear VR has been the first taste of virtual reality (VR) for many people, owing to its easy portability and affordable price. The headset is currently even more affordable thanks to Samsung applying a hefty discount to the device. Certain retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy and Samsung themselves are offering the device…

Oculus Mum on Rift Support for MacOS as Apple and Valve Forge Ahead

Apple this week showed it’s getting serious about the VR medium with platform-spanning VR announcements this week crossing both hardware and software. With SteamVR and the Vive on their way to Mac, eyes turn to Oculus, but the company isn’t ready to commit to MacOS. Update (6/4/18): This week is Apple’s WWDC 2018 event and it’s…

Top Four Stand-out Design Flaws Encountered When Demoing VR

People are still finding their feet with what virtual reality (VR) can do. As such we continue to be in a period of experimentation, sometimes this results it great steps forward… and other times not. VRFocus‘ Video Content Producer Nina Salomons discusses design problems she’s experienced when demoing or trying out various experiences from haptics to headsets….

6DoF Shooter Overload Out Now on Steam

Way back in 2016, developer Revival Productions launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of the 6 degrees-of-freedom action shooter Overload. The campaign met its goal, and since then backers and interested parties have been awaiting the release of the title. The waiting is now over, as Overload is available on Steam. Revival Productions…

6DoF Shooter Overload Out Now on Steam

Way back in 2016, developer Revival Productions launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation of the 6 degrees-of-freedom action shooter Overload. The campaign met its goal, and since then backers and interested parties have been awaiting the release of the title. The waiting is now over, as Overload is available on Steam. Revival Productions…

Rift/Vive Gap Narrows In Latest Steam Hardware Survey Results

Last month saw the Oculus Rift pull even further ahead of the HTC Vive in Valve’s Steam Hardware Survey results, but the gap has narrowed again in May. This month’s results show less than 1% difference in headset usage between Rift and Vive, with the former holding 46.1% of the overall VR usage and the…

SPEX Announce New AR Headset Platform Offering Breakthrough In Enhanced Vision

SPEX, the new division of eSight Corporation, has announced that it is introduction its first augmented reality (AR) headset platform providing enhanced vision to commercial, industrial and medical applications with the need for precision vision without overwriting or obstructing a users natural vision. The new SPEX head-mounted display (HMD) was revealed and displayed at the…

Mapbox Release New SDK To Help Developers Build AR Navigation Apps

Mapbox, the open source mapping service that is positions as direct competition to Google’s Maps Platform, have announced that they have a new software development kit (SDK) which will allow developers to build applications that provide augmented reality (AR) navigation. The SDK is also able to make use of ARM’s Project Trillium AI platform which…

Hugo Weaving Is Making A Full-Length VR Movie

Hugo Weaving may be best known for his roles as Agent Smith in The Matrix trilogy and Elrond in The Lord of the Rings films but now it seems he is to star in the first feature-length virtual reality (VR) movie. Based on the Joseph Conrad novel The Secret Agent, the film will will be…

Insta360 Announces New High-Res VR Playback and Video Transmission

As 360-degree video capture becomes increasingly popular, the range of tools, hardware and software becomes ever more extensive and sophisticated. Virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree camera company Insta360 have now announced new technologies aimed and helping to simplify the VR production workflow for users at all levels. The tools it has announced include an integrated…

The Snapdragon XR1 Promises Mobile VR & AR Heaven

Editorial credit: jejim / Shutterstock.com Standalone VR headsets are starting to take off now. The most prominent device is the Oculus Go. These headsets are self-contained. They don’t need a smartphone or a tethered computer in order to work. Since they are purpose built for VR and do nothing else, the hardware is optimized. The…

Epson Partners With AR Company ByondXR

Epson has been working on promoting and developing its line of augmented reality (AR) smartglasses, the Moverio, for a while. The company is seeking to give the hardware a boost with some now content from AR software company ByondXR. ByondXR have integrated the Moverio AR SDK into its platform, allowing for developers and content creators…

NextVR NBA Finals Streams Will Showcase Major Resolution Upgrade

A new production pipeline from NextVR for the NBA Finals promises higher quality streams for all viewers. The streaming app is now available for most VR headsets, but Vive Pro and Samsung Odyssey owners have a major reason to put on their headsets throughout the NBA Finals featuring the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers….

Report Shows Tech Giants Still Leading Augmented Reality Sector

A new report published by Market Insights Reports shows that large US-based tech companies are still leading the way with regards to trends and development within the augmented reality (AR) sector. The report also forecasts potential areas of significance for AR for the next five years. The report, titled ‘Global Augmented Reality Market Outlook 2024:…

MixCast 2.0 Lets You Stream Mixed Reality VR Without A Green Screen

Today Blueprint Reality is announcing the release of MixCast 2.0, which is now available for download. The biggest barrier to more people recording and streaming amazing mixed reality videos like this Beat Saber one is the equipment cost. Setting up lighting sources, multiple cameras, a green screen, potentially complex recording/streaming/other software, and getting it all…

Renzo Racer Introduced VR Support

Since the release of Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo way back when, kart racers have gradually developed into their own independent sub-genre, identifiable by colourful graphics and simple arcade-style gameplay. Renzo Racer is bringing this into virtual reality (VR) with its newly introduced VR support. Renzo Racer is a kart racer that was released…

Facebook Account Required To Use Oculus Venues

Oculus Venues launched today on Go and Gear VR as a gateway to live VR entertainment such as concerts, comedy shows, sports games, and more. However, unhappy users have been quick to point out that the app requires you to link a Facebook account before you can use it. Previously, all Oculus content such as the…

Tobii Launches New VR Eye-Tracking Analytics Tool

Tobii has becomes one of the more recognised names in the virtual reality (VR) eye-tracking sector, and now the company has turns its attention towards helping companies get the most out of eye-tracking technology with a new analytical tool called Tobii Pro VR Analytics. Eye-tracking has a number of uses within VR, and access to…

Snapdragon XR1 is Qualcomm’s First Dedicated Chip for AR/VR Headsets

When it comes to mobile VR and AR headsets, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips are dominating the space, with every major mobile headset launched so far this year built on the company’s Snapdragon 821 or 835 chips. And while those existing chips are also found in smartphones, Qualcomm today is announcing XR1, a new chip specifically built…

Snapdragon XR1 is Qualcomm’s First Dedicated Chip for AR/VR Headsets

When it comes to mobile VR and AR headsets, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips are dominating the space, with every major mobile headset launched so far this year built on the company’s Snapdragon 821 or 835 chips. And while those existing chips are also found in smartphones, Qualcomm today is announcing XR1, a new chip specifically built…

PlayStation Days of Play Returns With VR Special Offers

This year, Sony are bringing back the Days of Play promotion, which was a huge success last year. The promotional event will see a number of deals available for PlayStation hardware, accessories and videogames. Loosely tying in to the week of E3, the promotion will see discounts on hardware, peripherals and some selected videogames over…

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

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is rapidly approaching, and one question that’s on everybody’s mind is exactly how Bethesda Games Studios intend to follow-up 2017’s virtual reality (VR) success. Rumours on the matter are currently abundant, but what comes next is still shrouded in mystery. VRFocus however, decided to take a look at the…

LG Develops AI-based Tech to Reduce Latency & Motion Blur in VR Displays

South Korean tech giant LG Display and a team from Sogang University in Seoul have collaborated on a new AI-based content creation technology that’s designed to address the issue of latency and motion blur in VR headsets – well ahead of the mounting race for higher and higher display resolutions. For good reason, VR hardware developers…