This Theme Park Has A VR Water Slide

The German waterpark lets riders strap on a waterproof VR headset. From VR roller coaster rides at Sea World to shooting yourself out of a cannon, we’ve seen a range of exhilarating ways VR can bring theme park rides into the future. Now one startup is taking water slides to the next level with submersible…

Leap Motion Jumps Into AR With Project North Star Headset/Platform

Over the past five or so years Leap Motion has been pushing hand-tracking VR forward with its controller-free sensor. Today, though, the company is announcing a move into augmented reality with Project North Star. Just like VR before it, AR, which projects virtual objects into the real world, has input problems right now. Many see…

Virtual Reality Headset History 2012 To 2018

Over the last six years consumer VR products evolved considerably, with new capabilities added each year for developers to use in building virtual worlds. This evolution is sometimes hard to see because VR headsets came in two varieties — wireless and wired. Until 2018, wireless VR trailed the capabilities of wired systems except in a…

Virtually At The Wheel With OPTIS and Elektrobit

The basic layout of the inside of the car has remained almost the same for several decades now. Though technology such as satellite navigation has found a home on the dashboard, it has changed little of the fundamental layout. That might be about to change, thanks to augmented reality (AR). Virtual reality (VR) prototyping company…

40 Amazing Must-Have Skyrim VR PC Mods To Make Tamriel Even Better

Skyrim VR is an amazing game. It was already fantastic when it originally released on PSVR last year and now that it takes full advantage of the Rift and Vive’s more powerful hardware and improved controllers, this may very well be the definitive version of Bethesda’s timeless RPG epic fans have been waiting for. We…

Two Years On: HTC Vive

The HTC Vive is now celebrating its second anniversary. Though the successful Kickstarter for the Oculus Rift could be said to have launched to start of the modern era of virtual reality (VR), the emergence of the HTC Vive as a competitor and its success proved that the market for high-end VR headsets was a…

Two Years On: HTC Vive – Videogames

As previously mentioned, the HTC Vive had something of an advantage upon launch, with its room-scale tacking and motion controllers. However, we all know that great hardware is only half the story. To become a success, the HTC vive needed great software as well. Early adopters of the HTC Vive were lucky enough to get…

Report Outlines Potential Risks With Use Of VR By Kids

A new report from Stanford researcher Jeremy Bailenson in partnership with Common Sense Media outlines what parents need to be thinking about if their children are interested in trying VR. Common Sense Media operates a site with reviews that help parents gauge if a movie or game is appropriate for their child. In a foreword…

BANC3 Announces Selection For Phase II Small Business Innovation Research Award

BANC3, one of the leading companies in augmented reality (AR) products has been selected for a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program for “Augmented / Mixed Reality for Live Fire Rangers.” BANC3 is a rapidly growing C4ISR defense contractor whose core technical areas include AR, EOIR, Sensor system development/integration, software and hardware along…

Dell and Alienware Launch New Range of VR-Ready Laptops

PC manufacturer Dell and its videogame-focussed subsidiary Alienware have shown a willingness towards becoming a one-stop-shop for users wanting to get into virtual reality (VR). The company seems set to continue this commitment with the announcement of its new line of VR-ready gaming laptops. Dell has become one of the vanishingly few hardware manufacturers to…

HTC Announce New Vive Pro Starter Kit

The HTC Vive is rapidly coming up on its second birthday, as date the company refers to simply as ‘Vive Day’. HTC vive have been working at enticing new users into high-end virtual reality (VR) lately, reducing the price of the standard HTC Vive. For those who want to jump right in at the deep…

HTC Launches $300 SteamVR 1.0 Tracking Bundle for Vive Pro Users

HTC today announced they’re launching a hardware accessory bundle for $300 that will include all necessary bits for new Vive Pro customers starting from scratch (besides the headset, that is). The tracking bundle includes two SteamVR base stations and two Vive controllers, representing a $220 savings off the current price when purchased individually. This “Vive Pro…

Mozilla Announces Open Source AR/VR Web Browser ‘Firefox Reality’

Mozilla, the non-profit company behind Firefox web browser, today announced a new cross-platform, open sourced web browser called Firefox Reality, something Mozilla says was built from the ground-up for standalone VR and AR headsets. Firefox Reality, Mozilla says in a blog post, has a specific focus on serving up the web to “a wide variety of devices and platforms” including…

Vive Pro Hardware Review: For VR Buyers With Deep Pockets

Two years ago HTC Vive beat Oculus Rift to market with a more complete package, helping inspire developers who were able to create groundbreaking virtual worlds in which people could use their hands to interact and feet to move around larger spaces. Now, just days after we saw Oculus Rift widen its lead over Vive…

Oculus Rift Increases Lead Over HTC Vive in Steam Majority Market Share

Valve’s monthly Steam hardware and software survey is out, and it appears Oculus Rift is still gaining momentum over HTC Vive on the Steam platform as the number one VR headset among Steam users. Each month, Valve runs the survey among Steam users to determine some baseline statistics about what kind of hardware and software is used…

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 VRDK to Offer Ultrasonic 6DOF Controller Tracking

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 VRDK, a VR headset reference design for hardware and software developers, is now offering 6DOF controller input with ultrasonic tracking. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 VDRK is essentially a starting point for companies who want to build their own standalone VR headsets to offer to customers; the reference headset offers a number of…

Groove Jones Signs On As Magic Leap Early Access Developer

Virtual reality (VR) studio Groove Jones has previously worked with a number of companies and brands to produce 360-degree videos and VR content for both entertainment and promotional purposes. The company has now announced that it is working with Magic Leap as an Early Access Developer. Magic Leap have raised over $4 billion (USD) in…

The Exoskin Is A Ready Player One-Themed VR Haptic Jacket

  I just saw Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One film, and I’ve been thinking about the haptic suit that allows the main character to feel the sense of touch in virtual reality. Now we’re getting a taste of that in real life through the Haptic Jacket being launched today by High Fidelity and NeoSensory. I got to try out the jacket at…

Kandao Announce Specialised VR Livestreaming Software

Chinese-based company Kandao Technology have becomes recognised for its range of virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree cameras, such as the Kandao Obsidian, which received a Best of Innovation award at CES 2017. The company is branching out a bit further with the launch of a new streaming service for VR and 360-degree content. The new…

Prototype AR App Translates Sign Language In Real Time

AR continues to break down the language barrier as this NYU student introduces a new form of augmented sign language translation. If the last decade of sci-fi movies have taught us anything it’s that the near future is going to be full of futuristic language translating earbuds, implants, or some other form of high-tech speech…

Tobii Eye-Tracking on HTC Vive: The Next Evolution of VR Interaction

It’s been some time since VRFocus first discussed the potential of eye-tracking within virtual reality (VR) with specialists Tobii. In that time we’ve seen the rise of FOVE and NVIDIA’s own internal experiments with SMI, amongst many others, and yet Tobii had stayed on the sidelines. It appears the company was simply biding its time, as…

Oculus Rift Increases Lead Over HTC Vive In March Steam Hardware Survey

March’s Steam Hardware Survey results are in, and the Oculus Rift continues to increase the gap with the HTC Vive. Last month’s survey results were the first ever in which Rift beat the Vive, taking almost 2% more of the total headset usage on Valve’s platform that month. The distance is even bigger in March;…

High Fidelity And NeoSensory Announce Exoskin Haptic Jacket

High Fidelity and NeoSensory have announced a new haptic jacket that enables the wearer to feel body contact and the environment around them in virtual reality (VR). High Fidelity are known for their work on making an open source platform for social VR and in partnership with NeoSensory, creators of hardware to extend the human…

5 VR Games Released in March Worth Checking Out

This month’s immersive offerings include squad-based combat, post-apocalyptic archery and a parkour puppy. Now that there’s finally a healthy ecosystem of VR headsets competing for the affection of users, we’re thankfully at the point where we’re regularly being treated to a constant flow of both polished and unpolished VR experiences. Afterall, the only thing more…

MAGIX Releases First VR Software Photostory Premium VR

MAGIX Software have announced their first virtual reality (VR) software in the form of Photostory Premium VR, allowing users to create impressive virtual worlds in just a few steps with conventional photos and videos. The release of Photostory Premium VR complements MAGIX’s successful Photostory product family and brings a new, innovative way of editing photos and…