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…

Xbox One X VR: Still a Reality or Fading Fantasy?

The virtual reality (VR) industry continues its development at a pace far exceeding that of the standard videogame industry. The past couple of years has seen an influx of head-mounted displays (HMDs), from mobile iterations to high-end devices that push the boundaries of what VR is capable of. One of the most successful is Sony…

Applied Neural Nets in Virtual Reality

Forget the state of the art, even the basics of machine learning can be comically misunderstood by the general public and tech industry luminaries alike. (Full disclosure: I include myself in this indictment). We’re told the possibilities are endless, but how do we get there? At a high level, how does the average programmer in…

Fly Over Paris With A Jetpack In One-Of-A-Kind VR Attraction

If you have ever wanted to experience what it would be like to fly over the city of Paris like never before then you are in luck as FlyView has opened a new virtual reality (VR) 360-degree attraction that has visitors flying over the city with a jetpack. Now open in Paris, the FlyView attraction…

STXsurreal’ New Developments Feature Jay and Silent Bob VR

STXsurreal, the virtual reality (VR) and immersive content division of Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment, has announced several new original short-form series in development including Jay and Silent Bob VR. STXsurreal work to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television,…

VR Thriller Blind Finds its way out of the Darkness This Spring

Having first encountered virtual reality (VR) thriller Blind during Gamescom 2017, when VRFocus caught up with Matteo Lana, CEO of Tiny Bull Studios, it’s now been revealed that the title will be coming to head-mounted displays (HMDs) this Spring. Blind is a narrative-driven psychological adventure where you are blind and must explore your surroundings using echolocation. In the story…

SteamVR Welcomes the Cold Embrace of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR

One of the biggest virtual reality (VR) releases of 2017 was a videogame that was six years old, with Bethesda Softworks bringing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR to PlayStation VR just before Christmas. Now its the turn of the console headsets PC brethren, as the massive open-world adventure comes to Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows…

Life in 360°: Many Players Ready

Virtual reality (VR) is very much in the public consciousness at the moment and somewhat ironically VR itself has had nothing to do with it. That’s because, of course, the much-anticipated film Ready Player One is out. A film in which the idea of VR and virtual worlds is very much centre stage in proceedings…

This Week In VR Sport: Boxers, Dehydration And VR Arcades

With the Easter weekend in full swing it is time to say goodbye to March as April is almost here so to see the month off VRFocus is here to bring you another edition of This Week in VR Sport. With a number of sports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories, this week has a number of…

Preview: Final Assault – When an RTS is not an RTS

Following the success of Final Approach comes another light-hearted-yet-chaotic affair from Phaser Lock Interactive, with Final Assault set to deploy to virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) later this year. While Final Approach looked towards a fairly modern genre for inspiration – using the mobile template of Flight Path as its inspiration – Final Assault…

Hands-on with the Holodeck: Ready Player One – Escape Room

The motion-picture release of Ready Player One has, unsurprisingly, a number of virtual reality (VR) tie-ins to accompany it. One of those which home users may not get to jump into any time soon is NVIDIA’s own Ready Player One – Escape Room, which premiered at the company’s GTC 2018 event, San Jose. As the…

Liveblog: GTC 2018 – ‘Light Field Rendering and Streaming for VR and AR’

VRFocus is once again providing liveblog coverage of sessions (where we can) at this year’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) hosted by NVIDIA in San Jose California.  At GTC we’re expecting a number of sessions that will be touching on the fields of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and also how mixed reality (MR) and related…

See The Art of Drew Struzan In VR With Sansar

Celebrated illustrator, Drew Struzan, has created a number of the most reknown film posters of all time including the likes of Indiana Jones, Back to the Future and Star Wars. Now, thanks to Sansar, viewers are invitve to see his recent exhibitioon in virtual reality (VR). The Art of Drew Struzan: The Studio Experience opened…

The Oculus Go Makes Its Debut: Here’s What People Are Saying

Image Copyright: Oculus VR (Used Under Fair Use Rationale) More than a few VR companies are working on a standalone VR solution right now. It’s an idea that makes a whole lot of sense, since right now your only real choices are between a clumsy phone-in-box solution or an expensive HMD tethered to an even…

Payday 2 VR Developers Reveal Details On The Title In Livestream Q&A

Developer Overkill Software and Starbreeze Studios recent held a livestream for the virtual reality (VR) version of their popular heist videogame Payday 2 to play the title and ask questions. During the livestream a number of questions were asked towards Tobias,one of the producers on Payday 2 and Payday 2 VR which, when answered, gave…

First VR Radiology Training Video Unveiled At SIR 2018

The Society of Interventional Radiology debuted the first-ever virtual reality (VR) 360-degree training video for interventional radiology in practice at the recent SIR’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Los Angeles. The one-hour long multisegment movie was a special project of its peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR) and its pioneering editor-in-chief, Ziv J Haskal, M.D., FSIR, a…