Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive Price

In terms of price there is, before purchase of your head-mounted display (HMD) is considered, the need to make sure you have an adequately functioning PC. Fortunately the base cost of this has begun to significantly reduce over the last 18 months on both PC and laptop thanks largely to the efforts of the hardware…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive Software

Content is king. That’s the truism we’ve come to learn from decades of hardware success stories and near-equal amounts of failures. Virtual reality (VR) may yet be waiting to find its ‘killer app’, but there’s still plenty to be excited about. A swathe of videogames, 360 degree videos, healthcare and education applications are already available…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: One Year On

The most important part of the decision making process for consumers when purchasing new hardware is invariably bang-for-your-buck, but what that means to the individual could be very unique. Is it the amount of features? The quality of the product? The software line-up? Or simply the price? With it now being just over one year…

Play Minigolf Forever in Zen Studios’ Infinite Minigolf

Zen Studios has today announced that Infinite Minigolf, the highly anticipated follow-up to Planet Minigolf, is coming to consoles and virtual reality (VR). The PC version of the videogame and the upcoming PlayStation 4 version will feature VR gameplay, allowing you to create, customise, and play your courses in a brand new way. Having…

A Cappella Student Group Launch VR Music video

Music and virtual reality (VR) have a fairly solid relationship these days. There have been several bands and singers who have produced music videos designed to be viewed through VR head-mounted displays (HMDs). A student project has apparently been inspired by this enough to bring their A Cappella music group into VR. A Cappella is…

Save £99 on Samsung Galaxy S7, Gear VR and Gear 360 Bundles

Following the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung has launched a special limited-time promotion to encourage you to join the virtual reality (VR) foray. A complete bundle including the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, a Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) and Gear 360 camera is now available at £99 GBP…

IrisVR Reveals Multi-User VR Conference Call Technology

IrisVR has today announced a new feature for the company’s virtual reality (VR) software platform which will allow for multi-user conferencing. Multi-User VR Experiences for Prospect Pro will make its public debut at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Florida next week. With Multi-User VR Experiences for Prospect Pro, users will be able to…

Oculus Open Source React VR Allowing Devs to Rapidly Build Immersive Experiences

As you’d expect from Facebook, the F8 conference is a highly social themed event with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) both having a big part to play. While VRFocus has covered the big keynote announcements today – Facebook Spaces, ARstudio and Zuckerberg’s cryptic talk about camera’s – there’s been more quietly going on….

Axon VR Pushes Haptics Forward with Incredible Technology

Anyone who has used the latest VR HMDs will tell you that in terms of audio-visual quality the VR industry has basically nailed it. Obviously we’ll be seeing greater fidelity as time goes by, but the minimum threshold for quality VR is well and truly behind us when it comes to your eyes and ears….

Detached to Leave Early Access Next Month

Today Anshar Studios has announced that its PvP space combat experience, Detached, will be leaving Early Access on Steam and Oculus Home next month, and to celebrate the studio has released a new story trailer. The video is an animated intro to the story arc of Detached, which goes: “Once-thriving human colonies in the far reaches of the…

Steam Greenlight’s DYSTOA Planning Future VR Support

The beauty of video games is that they can come in all shapes and sizes, from massive open world adventures to intricate little brain teasers. Studio’s are consistently striving to develop them as not only forms of entertainment but expressive pieces of art, that provoke thought alongside wiling a few hours in a virtual world….

PowerDVD 17 Now Features 360-Degree VR Support

This week Cyberlink released the latest version of its popular movie and media player, PowerDVD 17. With the launch comes several new features one of which is virtual reality (VR) support for PC headsets and 360-degree videos. PowerDVD 17 is now compatible with both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs) allowing user to play immersive videos…

Impeller Studios Hits $150,000 Funding Goal for Starfighter Inc.

Last month Impeller Studios took a second chance at Kickstarter success with its space combat simulator Starfighter Inc. Today that gamble proved to be worth it as the funding campaign achieved its goal of $150,000 USD. Attracting pledges from just over 2800 backers, the current amount sits at $154,830 with 28 hours to go. With just over…

Global Virtual Reality Industry to Reach $7.2 Billion in Revenues in 2017

In a new Virtual Reality Industry Report, Greenlight Insights forecasts modest VR industry growth in the short term, growing into a major global content marketplace by 2021. In its new Virtual Reality Industry Report: Spring 2017, Greenlight Insights forecasts total virtual reality revenues to reach $7.2 billion globally by the end of 2017, of which,…

China Releases Group Standard for VR Industry

The first VR Summit forum for International Cooperation: Opening Up Opportunities for Mutual Progress was held in Beijing on 6th of April, during which a group standard was developed for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) by representatives of the Chinese VR industry. The new group standard is titled ‘General Specifications for Virtual Reality Head-Mounted…

AMD Acquires Wireless VR IP from Nitero

Technology manufacturer AMD have announced that they have acquired key intellectual property (IP) and engineering talent from a company working in millimetre wave solutions called Nitero. The new IP will provide AMD with a broader portfolio of IPs that relate to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology. The technology that Nitero designed was…

CaptoGlove Achieves Kickstarter Goal, Eyes Thumb Pressure Sensor Stretch Goal

Only a couple of weeks ago CaptoGlove launched its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its virtual reality (VR) compatible data-glove. Looking to secure $50,000 USD, that’s now been achieved and with 19 days to go the campaign is looking towards its only stretch goal, putting a thumb pressure sensor in. Adding a pressure sensor to the…

ResearchVR Episode 38 – FOVE and Eye-Tracking in VR

This week on ResearchVR you have a chance to catch up with our latest episode, where Az analyzed FOVE in detail with Jim Preston, Director of Strategy and Business Development. The last few weeks were tough – between our day jobs and preparation of [email protected], we did not have much time for the work needed…

Ghost in the Shell Out Now for Oculus Rift and Gear VR

Today Ghost in the Shell fans will finally be able to jump into Major’s shoes as the virtual reality (VR) experience has now arrived for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. Created in partnership between Oculus Studios, REWIND, Dreamworks, HERE BE DRAGONS and Paramount, Ghost in the Shell is an adaptation of the famous Japanese anime of the same name,…

How to Keep Your PlayStation VR in Pristine Condition

The PlayStation VR launched late last year and by all accounts is performing quite well with the early adopters. However, along with having the opportunity to brag about your new piece of hardware comes the responsibility of keeping it in good condition; and with something like a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) – constantly…

NVIDIA to Present Latest Foveated Rendering Research at GTC 2017 in May

Held from May 8-11th in Silicon Valley at the San Jose Convention Center, NVIDIA’s GTC 2017 session schedule is chock full of deep tech talks that we’re looking forward to. Among them, Senior NVIDIA Research Scientist Anjul Patney will overview the company’s latest learnings from their study of the ‘perceptually-based’ approach to foveated rendering. Simply…

HTC Vive Gets a New Bundle in China

While many are discussing the next iteration of the HTC Vive, HTC itself is looking to expand the development network for the existing device. In addition to a series of new partnerships announced earlier today, the virtual reality (VR) product manufacturer has announced a new bundle aimed at large development studios and consumer-facing businesses. Intended…

5 Companies Aiming to Cut the Cord on High-end VR Headsets

Today’s most immersive virtual reality systems, like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, rely on a bothersome tether to send power and high fidelity imagery to the headset at low latency. But everyone agrees a dangling cable is not only annoying, it’s an immersion detractor. The demand for a solution to this issue has spurred…

New Sony Patent Points To Inside-Out Tracking For VR Headsets

Many people in the virtual reality (VR) industry believe that inside-out tracking is the future of consumer-grade HMDs. We’ve seen prototypes from Oculus with Santa Cruz and Intel’s Project Alloy-powered devices and now Sony is dipping their toes into the inside-out tracking race. Today we caught wind of a new Utility Patent Application from Sony…

3 Months in PlayStation VR Scores Highly in Online Customer Reviews

Virtual reality (VR) always felt like a risk to many in the run-up to consumer versions and retail launches. This is not surprising considering the history of its first generation of technology. To many, of course, this still rings true. It is a technology not yet fully realised, with developers and researchers still learning its…

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Getting VR Ride

The Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia is getting a new virtual reality (VR) ride, set to debut in Spring 2018. Busch Gardens announced their plan to introduce a new VR ride during a presentation at a Pass Holder Preview Day. The new ride will use the existing motion simulator technology, which has previously…

First All-in-one VR Headsets Based on Qualcomm’s VRDK Expected in 2H 2017

Qualcomm’s latest VRDK headset is a reference design that the company has positioned to act as a foundation for consumer electronics makers to create their own headsets based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon VR hardware. Now with manufacturing partners on board, the first consumer headsets based on the VRDK reference design are expected to launch in the…

UK retailer Game makes big push into VR

UK retailers have been slowly getting into the virtual reality (VR) field, offering a range of head-mounted displays (HMDs), demos, and other related peripherals. GAME, one of the largest specialist companies on the high street is making an even bigger push, with a recent mailshot detailing massive range of hardware and promotions. The retailer is…