Samsung Demonstrates an Incredible Flexible OLED

Samsung is showing off bendy OLED screens which, apart from looking cool, have the potential to change mobile display technology forever. The screens on our mobile devices have reached the point where our eyes can’t even pick out individual pixels anymore. Super AMOLED screens and other OLED variants in particular are beautiful. The double-curved unit…

Kenzan Studios: Behind the Scenes of the Kenzan Arena Franchise

Kenzan Studios’ out-of-home entertainment franchise, Kenzan Arena, made waves in the virtual reality (VR) industry upon its announcement earlier this year. A large-scale multiplayer experience that utilises backpack PCs, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs) and Noitom optical tracking systems to deliver original content and unique VR experiences to consumers. VRFocus recently visited…

HandyGames Release Early Preview Trailer for Townsmen VR

German developer HandyGames, the studio behind Gear VR titles Hidden Temple – VR Adventure and Stunt Kite Masters VR, has released an early preview video for its next virtual reality (VR) project Townsmen VR. Townsmen VR is an immersive version of HandyGames’ world building strategy title Townsmen, which launch on mobile and PC last year. Players start with a tiny village and through…

VR at Retail: Are Expectations Too Low?

There’s always a catch 22 situation with new technology platforms, especially in the video game industry. For a new piece of hardware to do well it needs great content. It doesn’t matter how good the specs might be, or some amazing new feature, if there’s nothing to play then it’s not going to sell. On…

AR, VR, MR, RR, XR: A Glossary to the Acronyms of the Future

Virtual reality (VR) began its climb back into the social consciousness in 2013 with the launch of the well-documented Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift. In the four years that have passed since, things have become more complicated. Augmented reality (AR) has finally begun its ascent and Microsoft has muddied the waters with the HoloLens…

Half-Life 2 Gets a VR Mod

Half Life 2 is widely considered to be one of the greatest games ever made. Valve software ushered in the AAA, next-generation cinematic gaming experience that we all take for granted these days. It was a game of atmosphere and story that has become a trove of cultural icons over the years. It’s also been…

Microsoft Reveal Z-Depth Layering for Windows 10 Mixed Reality Devices

Creating a stereoscopic effect within a virtual reality (VR) application has been a given for decades. It’s a standard component for immersion in a virtual environment, however in other applications – including the likes of Skype, Netflix and beyond – having a 2D plane embossed upon your real world has been the limitation up to…

VR UniBlock Develops Low Latency Wireless Technology Without Compression

VR Uniblock, a company that aims to create a universal hardware platform, has revealed its low latency wireless video transmission technology that works without ever compressing or decompressing the data. High-end wireless head-mounted displays (HMDs) will be one of the next key breakthroughs for the virtual reality (VR) industry, and companies like TPCast and VR UniBlock…

Google Announces Standalone VR Headset

Image Credit: Google. Used under Fair Use Doctrine Just as the 2017 Google I/O conference kicked off, we posted that a rumour about a new standalone HMD from Google was doing the rounds, backed by credible sources who spoke to Variety. It turns out that the rumours are true and Google duly announced a new…

Google 2.0 Euphrates to Make Daydream Even More Social

It’s day two of Google I/O and after the announcements yesterday the company has gone into further detail about its virtual reality (VR) plans. So today Google has revealed Daydream 2.0 Euphrates, the next version of its operating that’s been designed to work with mobile and the upcoming standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs). Mike Jazayeri, Director…

Steam Expands into VR Videos

This week the news broke out that Steam will adding VR video to it’s platform in the form of the Steam 360 Video Player. This is a big deal, in case you didn’t know. If you’ve never heard of Steam then, first of all, welcome back to civilization! While you were away on that desert…

Google Announces Standalone Headset to be Made by HTC and Lenovo

Google’s currently holding its annual I/O conference today detailing plenty of plans for the future. Saving virtual reality (VR) to the end the company has announced a brand new head-mounted display (HMD) that’s completely standalone. Making the reveal was Clay Bavor, vice president of VR at Google, who said the company had been working alongside…

Are We About to See True Premium Google VR?

Google has been no stranger to the world of VR, but rather than trying to compete with Facebook or Valve at the premium end, they’ve lead the charge in the mobile VR space, which is arguably the market segment that will have the largest audience and the lowest barrier to entry. It all started with…

Insane VR Headset Lets You Poke Your Friend In The Face

Ambition and confusion come together in this outrageous virtual reality experience. Like any emerging technology still in its infancy, virtual reality developers and manufacturers are still experimenting will all different types of concepts and designs for their headsets. All of them searching for that winning formula that could make their particular model the gold standard within…

Oculus Research Reveals “Groundbreaking” Focal Surface Display

Oculus Research, the VR and AR R&D division of the company, today announced a new display technology that they’re calling the “Focal Surface Display.” The display aims to improve the vergence-accommodation conflict that plagues today’s VR headsets. The company calls the work “groundbreaking.” Oculus Research’s Focal Surface Display prototype Oculus Research has published a paper…

Avegant Takes on Microsoft with A New Light Field MR Prototype

Image Credit: Avegant We were very impressed with the Avegant Glyph. A (non-VR) HMD that uses impressive retinal projection technology to produce an image that causes no eye-strain, no chicken wire effect and appears amazingly sharp despite the relatively low resolution. Not content to create its own product niche, Avegant has revealed a totally new…

Claustrophobic Explorer Scanner Sombre Coming to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

Introversion Software, the developer behind PC strategy videogame DEFCON, and DEFCON VR, has revealed it’ll be releasing its latest title Scanner Sombre for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in the near future. Scanner Sombre launched latest month. A cave exploration experience inspired by Gone Home and Dear Esther, in which the player has no traditional light source, a torch, lamp,…

Combine Your VR Headset And Your Prescription With VR Frames

With any type of head-mounted display, prescription lens garbed users are typically left out in the cold (or profoundly uncomfortable in some of the major HMDs) until a special solution is crafted. Some VR headsets can be a nuisance especially, not allowing a lot of room for glasses to be worn depending on their design….

Microsoft Announce Motion Controllers for Windows 10 VR

VRFocus recently covered the development of the upcoming Windows 10 virtual reality (VR) headsets by Acer. At the time there was no word on how VR experiences would be controlled by users of the headsets, that has now changed with the announcement of Microsoft motion controllers. Its become commonplace for VR headsets to come with…

An In-depth Look at Microsoft’s HoloLens & Mixed Reality Ecosystem

The HoloLens is the most impressive augmented reality headset on the market today, and their developer kit is already being deployed into industries ranging from architecture, engineering, design, sales, medicine, and education. Microsoft is taking a holistic approach with Windows Mixed Reality being baked into Windows 10, meaning that developers can create a single application…

VESA Creates AR and VR Special Interest Group

Many people don’t actually know who VESA is, but they’re responsible for a lot of the display standards that we use every day. They’re responsible for the most crucial digital display standards that have existed in the past and even into the future including VGA, DVI, LVDS and DisplayPort. The extremely popular USB Type-C uses…

Preview: Master Shot VR – A Shot in the Dark, Literally

New content for head-mounted displays (HMDs) is essential for the success of virtual reality (VR) as a medium, so VRFocus welcomes any new addition to the videogame catalogue for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. However, it seems clear that while many are embracing the technology, few are able to master it in the same way…

SGOCO Acquires VR R&D Firm Century Skyway Limited

Chinese computer company SGOCO has recently announced the full acquisition of virtual reality (VR) research and development company Century Skyway Limited, which is also based in China. SGOCO are mainly focused on product design, development and distribution within the computer product market in China, which is known to be a growth area as China’s economy…

The Unreleased Sega VR Headset – So Much Effort Squandered

Image Credit: Sega In the early 1990s, the first golden age for Virtual Reality, there were a ton of different technology companies that attempted to cash in on the hype. The Virtuality arcade machine were probably the biggest success story of that era, until everything collapsed. Nintendo has a rather experimental time with VR until…

VirZOOM and AMD are Bringing VR to the Gym

AMD and VirZOOM have announced a collaborative effort to bring the VirZOOM virtual reality (VR) platform to a wider consumer base, seeing it installed in gyms and arcades. The graphics card manufacturer will provide small form factor PC’s to power VirZOOM experiences in commercial venues, alongside HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs). “We’re excited about location based…

The 9 Best Star Wars VR Experiences We’ve Seen So Far

Science fiction and virtual reality go together like medieval fantasy and LARPing. Two intergalactic peas in a space pod, if you will. So naturally, the popularity of the latest and greatest form of interactive entertainment – VR headsets – means it was only natural that one of the largest and beloved sci-fi properties on the planet…

Walking the Walk in VR with OptiTrack

While a great deal of the virtual reality (VR) industry is focused on providing immersive experiences that consumers can enjoy at home or on the move, there’s a select group of companies developing far grander ‘out-of-home’ technology. One of those is OptiTrack, a camera company that’s utilising its many years of expertise to build free-roaming…