$5 Million Raised by Lightform for its AR Projection Device

Augmented reality (AR) can take many forms, from head-mounted displays (HMDs) to mobile devices. San Francisco-based AR hardware company Lightform has announced a $5 million funding round for its projected AR device, which lets artists and designers map digital video content onto 3D objects and spaces. Lightform creates a form of AR that uses projectors to map digital…

Holodance Fully Integrates HTC’s Vive Trackers, Currently Discounted by 33%

For those that like their virtual reality (VR) rhythm action videogames, Narayana Games’ Holodance has to be near the top of the pile having been available for HTC Vive since launch. Still in Steam Early Access, Holodance has been added to and expanded numerous times, such as the introduction of Osu! Beatmaps, improving the music library or adding HTC Vive Tracker…

Virtual Reality Shopping Guide: 2017 Edition

At the end of 2017 there are virtual reality headsets available powered by technology from some of the world’s largest tech companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, Sony, and Google. Unlike the failed 3D TVs of just a few years ago, these VR headsets convince your eyes and ears that you’re actually seeing and hearing a fantastic…

Pinball FX2 VR Makes its Debut on Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft launched its series of Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headsets in partnership with Lenovo, HP, Dell and Acer last month with the Samsung Odyssey arriving in November. After the first spate of launch titles other videogames have slowly begun appearing, the latest being Pinball FX2 VR by Zen Studios.  Pinball FX2 VR has appeared on numerous head-mounted displays…

Modigliani VR Comes to Tate Modern

In an effort to promote virtual reality (VR) to as wide a field as possible, HTC Vive announced back in June that its was collaborating with Tate Modern in London, UK, on an exhibition celebrating the work of artist Modigliani. The Tate has now launched its highly anticipated Modigliani exhibition ahead of the official public opening tomorrow….

Rez Infinite Goes Mobile, now Available on Google Daydream

It’s not often that a virtual reality (VR) title originally released for one of the higher-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) gets ported to a mobile headset but that’s exactly what’s happened today. Enhance Games has announced that its highly popular psychedelic shooter Rez Infinite is now available on Google Daydream. Originally released for PlayStation VR during its launch…

Immersive Tech Startup Pixvana Completes $14m Series A Funding Round

Pixvana, the tech startup that specialises in cloud-based video content creation and distribution has announced the completion of a Series A funding round of $14 million USD. The round was led by Vulcan Capital with participation from new investors Raine Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, Cisco Investments and Hearst Ventures, and existing investor Madrona Venture Group.   The…

Print your Own HTC Vive Headstrap

Comfort is an important consideration is you plan to spend a lot of time immersed in virtual reality (VR). Some VR devices, including the HTC Vive, have suffered criticism for its offered level of comfort. SynergyWiz is offering a potential solution by offering a way to 3D print your own HTC Vive comfort headstrap. When…

HTC Partners with Unity for One-Click Vive Focus Publishing on Viveport

HTC has delivered a comprehensive Vive Focus proposition for developers, and the contribution to on-boarding new content continues with a newly announced partnership with Unity Technologies. The Unity engine will incorporate a one-click solution for publishing on Viveport, targeted at Vive Focus content but also including PC-based head-mounted displays (HMDs). The Vive Focus was announced…

VR vs. Daydream: HTC Vive Focus Side-Steps Google’s VR Platform

HTC Vive’s standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) came into the public consciousness back in May of this year when the company was revealed to be partnering with Google at Google I/O. Since then new information has trickled out from the company slowly, but the attention has turned to the Chinese market, with the Vive Focus being…

Driver4VR Update Adds PlayStation Move and Daydream Controller Support

In September VRFocus reported on indie developer Grzegorz Bednarski releasing a piece of software called Driver4VR, allowing virtual reality (VR) users to track their entire body using Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. Now Bednarski has revealed that an upcoming update for the software will add PlayStation Move and Daydream controller support. If you happen to have either…

Microsoft’s Black Friday Deals Include $100 off Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

In just over a week’s time the annual Black Friday sales event happens, bringing with it plenty of discounts on technology that you’ve been after, just in time for the festive period. Today Microsoft has announced its Black Friday deals, which include the newly released Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs). The headsets only launched…

Review: Acer’s $400 Windows VR Headset And Controllers

I had a strange feeling the first time I packed the Acer VR headset into a bag with two hand controllers, a laptop and earbuds, and realized that’s all I needed to enjoy a walk-around virtual world. It was a bit like when you pat your pockets for your phone only to realize you’re already…

Sony Announces PlayStation VR Skyrim VR Bundle

There’s just over a week to go until The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR launches for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIEs) PlayStation VR, marking one of the biggest IP launches for virtual reality (VR) headsets. To mark the even, SIE has today announced a new bundle featuring the epic role-playing game (RPG) and the PlayStation VR….

ZephVR Blows Past its Kickstarter Goal

It was only three days ago that VRFocus reported on Weasel Labs launching its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its fan system for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs). Today, VRFocus can report that the funding goal of $30,000 USD has already been passed with 28 days still to go. Weasel Labs has so far managed…

Ready At Dawn and Oculus Make Echo Arena Free Forever

One of the biggest titles to be released this year for Oculus Rift has to be Ready at Dawn’s sci-fi epic Lone Echo. The title was well received by press and consumers alike – VRFocus gave it five stars. Unlike most studios however, Ready at Dawn decided not to tack on a multiplayer element, instead…

Pimax 8K Kickstarter Finishes Campaign on Over $4 Million

There are two camps when it comes to virtual reality (VR), the positive one which sees the technology as an important future entertainment medium, and those that just decry it as idiotic and a fad. When Oculus first reignited the VR spark back in 2012 with its Kickstarter campaign it smashed through its funding goal…

Creating An Alien World: Check Out This Concept Art For Planetrism

When it comes to Earth there is incalculable creativity everywhere you look. Buildings have a different appearance depending upon how old they are, even the style between recent decades is noticeable. Such variety. Then there are the people and cultures, even more variety. How many different types of vehicles, how many colours and styles of…

HTC Vive Standalone Suggested for Launch this Month

The next phase of virtual reality (VR) hardware will be standalone devices, with both Oculus VR and HTC Vive having announced new head-mounted displays (HMDs) with on-board computational capabilities. HTC Vive was first out of the stalls with an announcement of a partnership with Google at Google I/O earlier this year, but has since remained…

Intel’s Kim Pallister Weighs In On VR

Intel are one of the biggest and most recognisable names in computer technology, the second largest manufacturer of semiconductor chips in the world and a company deeply involved in the world of virtual reality (VR). While not as outwardly involved as companies such as Oculus or Google, Intel nonetheless play a central role in the…

Planetrism Touches Down With New Screenshots From A New World

Thanks to virtual reality (VR) you can find yourself immersed in any number of fantastic locations real or fictional. In the last week alone on VRFocus we’ve discussed escaping the clutches of a demonic clown in a dangerous haunted house and partaking in gunfights in a version of the Wild West. We’ve had rocking out in a virtual music studio,…

University of Leeds Conducts Virtual Reality Tests On Young Children

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) and children the line has been pretty clear since the technology had its ‘second coming’ – VR devices for children have a recommended age limit.  Botht the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR head mounted displays (HMDs) operate with an recommended age rating of 13 years old. Sony…

Skyworld Receives Huge Update: Gameplay Changes, Bug Fixes & Localisation

Vertigo Games launched its latest virtual reality (VR) exclusive title, Skyworld, earlier this month. Available now for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs), Skyworld has today received a new update covering several areas including gameplay changes and localisation. Skyworld is a turn-based strategy videogame in which the gameplay unfolds across…