Nordic Trolls Talk Magic And Multiplayer In Virtual Reality

The 2017 editions of Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) may be slipping into memory, but VRFocus spoke to so many people over the course of those five days we’ll still be bringing you the conversations for a while yet. Today Nina is talking to Nordic Trolls’ Executive Art Director Daniel…

VR vs. An Immobile Stance On Mobile

The week of the end of February through to the beginning of March seemed unreasonably long with both Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) to deal with. For those of you who aren’t in, ahem, ‘The Business’, international events aren’t actually that much fun, especially for those left behind. For us, not…

The Number of VR Companies Grew 40 Percent in 2016

The Venture Reality Fund reported that the landscape of companies it tracks in the virtual reality market grew more than 40 percent in 2016. The largest area of growth was in content companies that create apps for head-mounted VR displays, said Marco DeMiroz, cofounder of The Venture Reality Fund with Tipatat Chennavasin. The fund invests…

Global VR Industry Grows 40% Over Last Quarter

The virtual reality (VR) sector is still growing at a rapid rate, as VRFocus has reported previously. The Venture Reality Fund (The VR Fund) has today released it’s quarterly report going into detail on the global rise of VR. Previous VR fund reports showed the rate of growth in Europe, and now it turns it’s attention…

VR Sanitizer Aims to Make Headset Swapping Far More Hygienic

If you’ve ever been to a videogame event that’s been demonstrating virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) you may have wondered about the hygiene side of so many people using these devices. Generally exhibitors utilise cleansing wipes, tissues, or paper face masks as a way to keep the headsets clean from dirt, sweat and other…

Vimeo 360 is a Revolution for Immersive Storytellers—Here’s How

Vimeo 360 is here, and it’s more than just 360 video functionality. It’s a big day for VR and 360 video. In addition to Facebook launching a dedicated VR app for Samsung Gear VR, high-end video platform Vimeo has announced Vimeo 360. Detailed in this announcement post, the platform consists of three different components: 360 video upload…

CNN Announces Dedicated VR Unit CNNVR

Virtual reality (VR) is becoming an important outlet for a range of content, not just videogames, with social, teaching and more being experimented with. Another is news, with outlets such as The New York Times and CNN branching into the field with immersive reports and documentaries from around the world. Now the latter as announced…

Preview: Brass Tactics – Can the Dev Behind Defense Grid Pull off Another Winner?

Real-time strategy (RTS) titles have found a home on virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs), with the likes of Force Field VR’s Landfall and Siegecraft Commander showcasing some of the different avenues available. Now Hidden Path Entertainment, the studio behind the highly rated Defence Grid 2: Enhanced VR Edition, has taken its experience in tower…

Apple Reportedly Could Have Over 1,000 Engineers Working on AR in Israel

According to UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, Apple could have over 1,000 engineers working on Augmented Reality technology in Israel, mostly at its major R&D centre in Herzliya. Milunovich maintains Apple might introduce AR features similar to Google’s Tango in the next iPhone. AR and VR technologies are in their infancy, but well past the proof-of-concept stage,…

Valve and SMI Collaborate on Incorporating Eye-Tracking Into OpenVR

As VRFocus have previously reported, SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) have been working with eye-tracking technology for some time now. Their eye-tracking product has even been incorporated into the latest version of the HTC Vive headset, which is currently undergoing testing by research customers. Now SMI and Valve have announced they they will be introducing this eye-tracking…

Review: Robo Recall

With a myriad of wave-based first-person shooters (FPS) available for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs), the genre is becoming increasingly saturated to the point where a new release needs to do something special to get any recognition. Epic Games has become renowned in the industry for its Unreal Engine software and tech demo Bullet…

Oculus’ Jason Rubin on Wireless VR “the Wrong Direction for Right Now”

Speaking at GDC 2017, Jason Rubin described VR wireless technology as “compressed, not perfect, and expensive” and “the wrong direction for right now”. Rubin’s task at Oculus is to deliver compelling VR content, and believes that hardware features such as wireless, while desirable, simply add to the cost of a product that is already considered…

GDC 2017: AMD Will Soon Support Asynchronous Reprojection for VR

AMD had a press conference at GDC to demonstrate their engagement with the gaming community and had some major VR related announcements. AMD has long supported VR through their own Liquid VR technology and have been evangelizing VR for quite some time. So these announcements at their Capsaicin and Cream event made complete sense. GDC…

Valve and SMI are Working to Add Eye-Tracking Support to OpenVR

Eye tracking experts SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) have collaborated with Valve to bring their technology to OpenVR. Eye tracking-enabled HTC Vive units are being shown at GDC 2017, as part of an R&D effort to integrate eye-tracking support into Valve’s OpenVR API. At this week’s Game Developers Conference, along with LG’s ‘next generation’ VR headset prototype,…

NVIDIA’s New GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is a VR Beast

As many of you already know, NVIDIA is one of the leading purveyors of graphics cards which are heavily used for VR. In fact, NVIDIA is the go-to solution for the majority of users, so it is always a good day when the company launches a new graphics card. This is especially true when they…

NVIDIA Announce Official Price Drop for the GeForce GTX 1080

After nearly a year of being considered the most capable graphics processing unit (GPU) available to consumers, NVIDIA has today announced a price drop for the GeForce GTX 1080. The announcement arrived as part of a press conference today, ahead of the opening of the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) event in San Francisco. The…

OPTO Launches Mobile VR Headset OPTO Air At Mobile World Congress

The virtual reality (VR) landscape continues to change day on day, although some days bring with them more than a few changes. For example, in the last two days we’ve had the news of a new iteration of the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR. And, as revealed earlier today, there has also been news of LG…

Optitrack’s New System Could Accelerate VR Theme Park And Arcade Roll-Outs

Lower-priced cameras from long-time motion tracking company Optitrack could slash as much as 40 percent off the cost to track VR headsets and accessories over very large areas. The price cut could accelerate the roll-out of out-of-home VR experiences like The Void. The Void covers very large regions with Optitrack cameras overhead to find the locations…

Qualcomm and Leap Motion Partner on Mobile VR Hand Tracking

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. has announced a partnership with hand tracking specialist Leap Motion to bring its interface to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform. Hand tracking alows for a much more natural, intuitive interface between virtual reality (VR) users and virtual worlds. The two companies will be showcasing this technology at the upcoming Game Developers Conference…

Valve Reduces SteamVR Development Cost

Valve, developers of the technology behind the HTC Vive, has announced that the SteamVR Tracking solution is now open to all developers. Previously developers have been required to attend a training course costing $3,000 USD, but now direct access to the technology and course work has been made available free of charge in English and…

SLIVER.tv and ESL to Launch 360° Experience at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2017

Next week the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) World Championship will be held in Katowice, Poland featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II and League of Legends. For the event ESL and SLIVER.tv are collaborating to launch a virtual esports stadium experience for fans worldwide. With IEM Katowice 2017 expected to surpass last year’s 113,000 attendees in the Spodek Katowice stadium, many…

HTC Plans to Launch Mobile VR Device in 2017

In the world of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) sales have been dominated by mobile devices such as Samsung Gear VR which offer a cheaper, entry level alternative to costly headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. This trend is likely to continue and HTC is very well aware of this fact, recently revealing…

AltspaceVR To Host World’s First Virtual Reality Wedding

On May 25th, 2017, bride and groom Elisa Evans and Martin Shervington will get together with friends and family at one of their favorite hangout spots: a quirky florist that doubles up as a bar in the Welsh city of Cardiff. They will then don their HMDs, and join the remainder of their guests scattered…

Build Your Model Cars with Monzo VR for Oculus Rift & Gear VR

If you like designing and building stuff virtual reality (VR) developers have got you covered. There are a range artistic and creativity focused applications out there across most of the head-mounted displays (HMDs), stuff like Tilt Brush, Modbox, SculptrVR, Medium, Quill and more. While these apps offer unlimited design options, MADFINGER Games has recently launched Monzo VR, catering…

ABI Research Predicts VR HMD Shipments Should Hit 110 Million by 2021

This week ABI Research released findings from its Augmented and Virtual Reality Devices and Enterprise Verticals report, forecasting that between 2015 and 2021 the total amount of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) shipped will hit 110 million. Headsets such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard are already in their millions, dwarfing the higher end devices…

Listen to the Universe as Here Be Dragons Launches the Next Instalment of The Possible

Last month Here be Dragons launched the first episode in a five-part series called The Possible. Called Hello, Robot, it took viewers inside the secure testing facility of Boston Dynamics a robotics specialist. Now the production company has released its second instalment Listening to the Universe, heading to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) to see how scientists are measuring gravitational…