Dell To Sell HTC Vive Directly, Reveals New Inspiron Gaming Desktop 5680

When it comes to getting involved with PC virtual reality (VR) there are three stages of the conversation. The first is “can my current PC run VR?” Often, especially with more recent machines, the answer is yes. As the market has continued to develop and the demands required to run VR has become more economical….

Humaneyes Technologies Reveals The Vuze+ VR Camera At CES 2018

When it comes to immersive technologies on display and being announced at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) it isn’t all wireless virtual reality (VR) solutions, new VR head mounted displays (HMDs), augmented reality embedding and integration and various haptic controllers and tools. Although you’d be forgiven for thinking so. The humble 360 degree camera…

Vive Video Gets New Update, Now Supports Vimeo

Vive Video, HTC Vive’s native video player, has been out for a while, and we haven’t seen many improvements or new features appear for it in quite some time. Thankfully today’s HTC announcement bonanza has also brought us some good news about Vive Video – it’s getting an update, with support for new a new video…

Valve to Unveil Steam VR Tracking 2.0 at CES 2018

After hearing so much and seeing so little, we’re finally going to see in Steam VR Tracking 2.0 in the flesh at CES 2018, Las Vegas. There’s plenty of demand from virtual reality (VR) fans for Steam and Valve to introduce their latest iteration of their VR tracking technology, especially since the base stations with…

New HTC Vive Wireless Adapter Announced at CES 2018

Untethered virtual reality (VR) is undoubtedly the future of the medium, as proven by TPCast and other companies as they scramble to make low-latency HD video streaming to head-mounted displays (HMDs) a reality. Now, HTC are throwing their own hat into the ring, one they promise will beat out all competitors, with the HTC Vive Wireless…

TPCAST’s Wireless Solutions Are Getting a Hardware Upgrade

TPCAST has begun rolling out its wireless solutions for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) but it is not stopping there. Today, the Chinese company has revealed its going to be releasing several upgrades to the hardware which it calls TPCAST Plus. TPCAST Plus is in fact a whole product family that the company has…

How To Keep The VR Newbies

At the time of starting with VRFocus I was a relative newbie to the virtual reality (VR) world. I didn’t own a dedicated VR head-mounted display (HMD), though I had dabbled with mobile VR. I’m also old enough that I remember playing Dactyl Nightmare at the arcade back in the 90s on the old Virtuality machine….

Vuzix Making Alexa-Enabled Smart Glasses, to Debut at CES 2018

The very first Alexa-enabled smart glasses are on their way, and making their debut at CES 2018, Las Vegas. Of course, it’s the enterprising young Vuzix who are taking the reigns and spearheading Alexa’s incorporation into augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) devices. Amazon are of course eager to have Alexa integrated with as…

4% of Steam VR Users use Windows Mixed Reality After Less Than 2 Months

Steam has released the results of their most recent Hardware Survey, detailing what kinds of machines, monitors, OS and head-mounted displays people are using to access Steam, and the results are incredibly enlightening – and sure to bring a smile to the faces of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality (MR) team. Windows Mixed Reality launched in October,…

Up to 280 Titles Could Be Available On PlayStation VR In 2018

PlayStation VR fans will be excited to know that their investment is going to be making some more returns in 2018 after a great bunch of releases in 2017. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR and DOOM VFR were big releases, but in 2018 PlayStation VR might get much more than just that. As reported by…

Next-Generation Audio Coming to vTime Through DTS Partnership

vTime, one of the longest running social networks for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) has announced a new partnership with audio specialist DTS to bring enhanced audio to the service with the aim of improving users immersion. Heading to CES 2018 next week to showcase what the two companies have been developing, the custom…

Knights of the Drowned Table Brings Medieval Drinking Games to VR

RillyBoss Studios has launched its debut virtual reality (VR) videogame, Knights of the Drowned Table, now available via Steam Early Access. Knights of the Drowned Table transports players into a fantasy tavern, where they will encounter the local bar flies. The gameplay of Knights of the Drowned Table plays out via flashbacks from within this…

Bigscreen Rolls Out To Windows Mixed Reality, More Planned For 2018

Virtual reality (VR) isn’t just about having the best videogame and what support each of the various headsets are given. Although it seems it is easy to forget that on some occasions. There’s also a wide range of software and applications out there for all manner of things, be they small or large. Everything from…

Echobox Partners with ROTU Entertainment for Music-Based VR Game

Audio company Echobox has announced a collaboration with ROTU Entertainment for integration of Echobox’s titanium technology into a new virtual reality (VR) experience. Echobox’s new Nomad earphones grant gamers all the sound without any accompanying bulk in ROTU Entertainment’s latest VR project. The collaboration with ROTU Entertainment has all the signs of mutual benefit. According…

The Best Gear VR Games of 2017

We’re at the end of the second (calendar) year where virtual reality (VR) head mounted displays (HMDs) have been commercially available. And whilst the majority of talk when discussing both the past, specifically that of 2017 as a whole, and of the future for VR going into 2018 has been about the PC based HMDs…

Combine First- and Third-Person in VR Bullet-Hell Bombyx

Particle Storm has today launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new virtual reality (VR) shoot-‘em-up, Bombyx. Seeking to complete the development of an impressive looking prototype, Particle Storm has set the funding goal at a surprisingly low £6,123 GBP. Bombyx is an odd but intriguing mash-up of first- and third-person action wherein the player can…

Shed that Holiday Weight with New BOXVR Workouts

The holiday season is famed for overindulgence; mass food consumption and little in the way of exercise. However, FitXR has the antidote to the January regret, offering new workouts in BOXVR designed specifically to fight those seasonal excesses. BOXVR is a rhythm based fitness videogame which brings high intensity boxing workouts into virtual reality (VR)….

Star Trek: Bridge Crew Opens Up to Non-VR Crew Members

Ubisoft has today announced that Star Trek: Bridge Crew is now available for both virtual reality (VR) and non-VR players on PlayStation 4 and PC, thanks to a new free update. This update also includes support for Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs). Originally launched back in May 2017, after a delay from its proposed…

Standalone Headset Pico Goblin Officially Goes on Sale

While 2017 has been a battle between high-end tethered headsets Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, with each one jockying for position with content sales, exclusives and hardware discounts, 2018 is looking to be an entirely different beast altogether. Next year is set to see the rise of standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs), devices that…

Ron Dearing University Technical College in Hull Invests in VR

The need to educate the next generation in immersive technologies is seen as an important step towards its continued success and growth across every industry that uses it. Which is why its implementation in curriculum’s across the world are so sought after, whether that’s through initiatives like VR First or colleges and universities creating their own…

3dRudder Announces Support for Fallout 4 VR and DOOM VFR

This holiday season has seen a boom in AAA virtual reality (VR) videogame releases, with Bethesda Game Studios brining a trio of big name franchises to the medium for the first time. While The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR remains a PlayStation VR exclusive, both Fallout 4 VR and DOOM VFR are available via Steam,…

Settle in as Oculus’ Winter Sale has now Begun

It’s come to that time of year again where temperatures drop, snow becomes a more common sight – depending on your location – and you just want to stay indoors all warm and cosy. You’ll need some entertainment to help you through those long dark nights, and Oculus has got you covered with a range…

Baobabs’ Asteroids Crash into VR Today

Baobab Studios has today debuted the highly anticipated virtual reality (VR) animated film, Asteroids!, available for Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and Windows MR head-mounted displays (HMDs). Featuring Ingrid Nilsen as the voice of Peas, Asteroids! marks Nilsen’s first foray into VR work alongside Elizabeth Banks.  The follow-up to Baobab Studios’ well received…

TPCast Now Available to Pre-Order Throughout Europe

Last month pre-orders for the TPCast began in the UK through retail partner Overclockers. At the time however, there was no confirmation of a release date for the device. Now the company behind the product has confirmed that those who pre-order across European territories will receive their device before the year’s end. The TPCast wireless…

ZED Mini Turns Your VR into AR This Winter

It’s long been thought that the line between virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will blur, and the two technologies will eventually meet with one piece of hardware capable of doing both. Stereolabs is aiming to help that merger along, with the launch of the ZED mini development kit this month. The ZED mini…