All the VR Games Sony is Demoing for PlayStation VR at E3 2018

The presence of virtual reality (VR) at the biggest videogame event in the world, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018, tends to be a bit of a mixed bag. There will be indie developers showcasing their latest projects while the bigger studios put on a smaller display. That’s not the case when it comes to…

What to Expect at E3 2018: Sony’s PlayStation VR

The PlayStation VR has been a showcase piece for Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Los Angeles, for two years running. Last year’s media briefing featured a segment which demonstrated dozens of titles in quick succession, including big hits such as Moss and new downloadable content (DLC) for Farpoint. This year,…

The Mirage Solo: Yay or Nay?

Image Copyright: Lenovo (Used under Fair Use Rationale) The Lenovo Mirage Solo joins an ever-growing list of standalone VR headsets. In other words, you don’t need a computer or a smartphone to use this headset. It is purpose-built to do mobile VR and nothing else. On balance, this means that these headsets can do a…

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…

This Week In VR Sports: Higher Resolutions All Around

VRFocus is back once again to bring you another entry of This Week In VR Sport. With a number of sports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories, this week has a theme of looking to the future at bigger, better and more immersive quality content. The BBC reveal their plans to provide Ultra HD and…

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…

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…

VR vs. A Matter Of Natural Immersion

Regular travellers to this part of the internet will know I’ve taken to looking at how virtual reality (VR) has been represented in fiction down the years. Not just VR of course, but also augmented reality (AR) and pretty much any interpretation that could be made on the theme of immersive technology. So, we’ve had…

Secret Location Set To Release Two New Products For VUSR Platform This Summer

Leading virtual reality (VR) content creator and distributor for emerging platforms, Secret Location, have announced that they are launching two game changing products this coming summer which will take advance of location-based experiences (LBE). These products will expand Secret Location’s VUSR publishing platform and will be built to further support the growing LBE industry. The…

Wanted Killer VR Shoots On To Steam Early Access

Playsnak has launched its second virtual reality (VR) title on Steam, coming back with a vengeance. Wanted Killer VR, announced last month, is now available as an Early Access title, compatible with the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs). From Berlin-based developer Playsnak, Wanted Killer VR throws the player into…

Facebook Explains Why It Engineered The Half Dome Varifocal VR Headset

At Display Week in Los Angeles Facebook revealed why its researchers and engineers built a varifocal VR headset. Over the last few years researchers at Facebook’s Reality Labs (formerly known as Oculus Research) developed a series of prototypes designed to solve a fundamental problem facing current VR headset design. The event opened Tuesday with a keynote…

VR Firm Formerly Known As Daydream Acquired By ValueSetters

Buy and sell. Chop and change. Release and re-evaluate. When it comes to the world of virtual reality (VR) it really doesn’t stay still. Just compare where we are now in terms of the technology to where we were, say, when VRFocus was launched back in the tail end of 2014. Even compare it to…

Along Together Coming to PlayStation VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and More

US developer Turbo Button has made a name for itself with some unique virtual reality (VR) content, such as SMS Racing and Floor Plan. A year ago the developer debuted on Google Daydream with Along Together, and this month the critically acclaimed VR videogame will launch on a multitude of new formats. Along Together tasks…

Microsoft Introduces The HMD Exerciser Kit For Microsoft HoloLens

Earlier this week Microsoft introduced the new head-mounted display (HMD) Exerciser Kit, a new tool that is used to validate Windows Mixed Reality PC’s and HMDs. This new HMD Exerciser Kit extends the Microsoft USD Test Tool (MUTT) Connection Exerciser, offering developers a number of ways to preform tests and functions. The HMD Exerciser consists of…

VRgineers On 5K Virtual Reality And The VRHero 5K

Virtual reality (VR) standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) continue to take advantage of the latest technologies and VRgineers have created a 5K VR headset aimed at professional use. VRFocus’ Nina Salomons sat down with Martin Holecko, co-founder at VRgineers to talk about this headset titled the VRHero 5K. In the interview Holecko also explains how VRgineers are working closely…

What do We Know About the Apple HMD?

Image Credit: hans engbers / Shutterstock.com Look, I like Apple as much as the next person. I’m on my fifth iPad already. You’ll have to take my iPad Pro from my cold dead fingers. That being said, it can be a little much when fans of the company want them to make everything. There have…

Blind Sets Sights on PlayStation VR Retail Edition

Tiny Bull Studios’ Blind has been on the radar for some time. With a PC release for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive expected soon, the development team had already confirmed that a PlayStation VR edition was set to follow later in the year. Now however, it appears that Tiny Bull Studios has entered into a…

JDI Announces High Pixel Density LCD for VR Applications

One of the primary concerns when it comes to the future of virtual reality (VR) hardware is the development of better displays. In an effort to move towards this goal, Japan Display Inc (JDI) have announced the development of a new TFT LCD display which is specifically design for VR head-mounted display (HMD) use. The…

VR vs. Fiction – Vol II: Games That Want To Play You

We’re already in May and you know what that means. Events season is almost on us once again. An endless Summer of this and that, and probably even more of ‘this’ on top of ‘that’.  Over the next couple of weeks there’s two events that VRFocus will be gazing at intently. First of there is…

TopDogVR’s Speed Kills VR Experience Is Now Available

The cinematic virtual reality (VR) episodic experience Speed Kills VR, following its win for the Best Feature Film VR 2018 at Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley, have now released. Staring John Travolta, Kathleen Winnick, Kellan Lutz, and many other stars, Speed Kills VR Experience is a 360-degree experience that was shot alongside the filming of…

The Virtual Arena: China’s VR Entertainment Revolution – Part 1

At the beginning of April, China held its largest Out-of-Home entertainment convention, along with theme parks and amusement, virutal reality (VR) played a prominent part at the Asia Amusement & Attractions (AAA) Expo. In a two part feature, Kevin Williams, specialist in the interactive immersive entertainment scene, reports from the heart of the entertainment dragon….

TPCast Sign Distribution Agreement With Fry’s Electronics

For those who are eagerly awaiting the chance to upgrade their PC-based virtual reality (VR) rig into a wireless unit in order to ditch the cables, the latest news might be of interest. TPCast has signed well-known North American electronics retailer Fry’s Electronics as a channel distributor partner. The agreement between TPCast and Fry’s Electronics…

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…

Go Behind The Scenes Of Ready Player One With HTC Vive

Following the success of Ready Player One in box offices HTC Vive, the official partner for the film, has released a short behind the scenes video that showcases some of the techniques and technology that was used to create the visually impressive world of Oasis. Ready Player One is all about virtual reality (VR) and the…

New Images of Leap Motion’s AR Headset North Star Surface

Earlier this week VRFocus reported on hand-tracking specialist Leap Motion revealing work on an augmented reality (AR) headset dubbed Project North Star. Now there’s several more images and gifs to showcase Leap Motions ongoing development of the project. Up until now Leap Motion has worked with several manufacturers to integrate its hand-tracking technology into various…