SteamVR Support Won’t be Available for the Windows Mixed Reality Headset Launch

This week’s virtual reality (VR) news has been dominated by Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets, with the launch now confirmed for 17th October. The company also confirmed that SteamVR would be supported, without saying when that might be implemented. As it turns out that won’t be for launch. German website Computer Base reports that Microsoft’s…

The VR Job Hub: Apple, Google and Facebook

Summer is almost over, nights are drawing in, event season is winding down, but there are still plenty of opportunities available in the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) areas. If you are interested in a career in this fast-moving, quickly developing field, then some of the listing below might be of interest to…

This Week in VR Sport: Golf on HoloLens, Baseball in 360 degrees

It’s Saturday, it is almost the end of Summer and the start of a new school year. That means some sporting seasons will be starting up and others are ending. Many of theme will be starting their new season with the aid of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology. This week, Baseball and…

Summary of Microsoft’s Latest Mixed Reality Headsets From IFA 2017

At Microsoft’s keynote IFA 2017 in Berlin Germany, Microsoft showcased their serious interest in their mixed reality (MR). Microsoft is working together with partners Acer, HP, Lenovo, Dell and Asus to provide a range of MR Head-mounted displays (HMD’s) that all have Windows 10 and Cortana on them. All five of these MR HMD’s will…

Review: Spartaga

Even in the niche world of virtual reality (VR) development it can be hard for a fledgling studio to get noticed, no matter what videogame they’re trying to make. House of How maybe new to this side of the industry but its team is made up of Gears of War and HoloLens veterans who should…

Paint 3D Gets an Immersive Boost with Mixed Reality Viewer

There’s been plenty of discussion about Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headsets, when they’re coming out, the differences between each one and so on. But what about content, Steam support has been confirmed so there’s going to be plenty of entertainment available, so what’s available for those with a more creative side. Well, Paint 3D…

Why VR Could (And Should) Restore Halo To Its Former Glory

People called Lucky’s Tale the Super Mario 64 of VR, but it wasn’t really. It was a great platformer, sure, but it was more like a taster of things to come, not a revelatory milestone that laid the foundation for the next two decades of mainstream gaming. Literally, yes, Lucky’s Tale was similar to the…

Windows Mixed Reality Collection Aims to Cover all Bases

This week has finally seen Microsoft properly discuss the upcoming launch of its Windows Mixed Reality (MR) platform which its building with manufacturing partners Acer, HP, Asus, Lenovo and Dell. For the company’s IFA press conference today, Microsoft unveiled what it calls the Windows Device Collections, a fancy way of bundling similar products together for…

Windows VR Headsets Start Arriving On October 17th

There’s one last bit of Windows VR news to round out a week of big announcements for the upcoming platform; the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update hits on October 17th. Microsoft announced the news at the IFA technology show in Berlin this week. The Fall Creators Update adds of host of new features and applications…

Dell’s Mixed Reality Headset Named ‘Visor’, Controller Bundle Revealed

Dell has revealed that the company’s upcoming mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) for Windows 10 will be known as ‘Visor’. The product was already confirmed to be launching later this year at $349.99 USD with controllers also set to be available for $99.99, but now a retail bundle package has been revealed containing both…

Lenovo Windows 10 Mixed Reality Headset Gets Official Name

Lenovo was announced as one of the companies creating the Windows 10 Mixed Reality headsets earlier this year, alongside other brands such as Dell, Acer and ASUS. Lenovo has now announced the official name of the device: the Lenovo Explorer. Full details on the device, such as a full specification list, are yet to be…

Rebecca Van Dyck Is Oculus’ New Head Of Marketing

Earlier this year Microsoft hired the head of marketing from Oculus, Liz Hamren, to run the company’s efforts as it started building up toward launching a series of VR headsets. We’re starting to see the culmination of those efforts, with a Halo project coming for VR, a $900 all-in entry point for Windows-based VR systems,…

Asus’ Windows Platform VR Headset Detailed

We’ve now seen Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo’s Windows-based VR headsets, and today we’ve finally got our look at the last one expected to launch this year, made by Asus. The Asus headset was detailed at the company’s IFA press event today. By now you should pretty much know the deal; it’s got two 1440…

Dell Will Be Bringing its VR Hardware to IFA

This year’s IFA Berlin Trade Show looks to be very popular with companies working on virtual reality products. Among the companies planning to make an appearance at one of Europe’s biggest consumer electronics fairs is PC hardware manufacturer Dell, who are planning on bringing its Dell Windows 10 Mixed Reality device, along with a range…

Mixed Reality Content will Include Halo, Steam VR Support and Much More

The next steps are being taken for the mixed reality (MR) head-mounted displays (HMD’s) to be the next big thing. Microsoft has been focusing on their MR HMD’s, working together with Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo with motion controllers – these mixed reality headsets will be launching later this year. It may not look…

Unity Working with Google on ARCore Integration

It seems with Gamescom 2017 taking place last week the big tech companies have planned a slew of big announcements for this week and it’s only Tuesday. Microsoft had its Windows Mixed Reality news and today Google gone on the augmented reality (VR) offensive against Apple, unveiling the first developer preview for the ARCore software…

Halo and Steam VR Coming to Windows VR

Microsoft announces new content & bundle options for their upcoming VR headsets, all for a killer price. Today was a busy day for the guys & gals over at Microsoft with a handful of exciting announcements around their upcoming ecosystem of mixed reality products. Windows is diving into the VR and MR market head first…

Jaunt’s VR App for Windows Mixed Reality to feature Cortana Voice Navigation

Today’s virtual reality (VR) news has been firmly focused on Microsoft and its Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headset announcements. One of which was the unveiling of several apps and videogames that’ll support the new head-mounted displays (HMDs) from HP, Dell, Acer and Lenovo. This included Jaunt’s own VR app, which the company has now said…

Mac DeMarco’s “This Old Dog” Launches Inception and Pitchfork’s VR Programming

Last month VRFocus reported on online music magazine Pitchfork and  immersive content network Inception teaming up to provide interactive music content. Today the two companies have launched their first joint virtual reality (VR) programming featuring artist Mac DeMarco’s single This Old Dog. Multimedia artist Rachel Rossin created the video, utilising first generation CGI and 90’s videogame graphics…

Halo, Arizona Sunshine, SUPERHOT VR and More Coming to Windows Mixed Reality

For any new videogame hardware to have any impact at launch it needs some killer titles for consumers to get enthusiastic about. Due to arrive later this year will be Microsoft’s Mixed Reality (MR) head-mounted displays (HMDs), coming from manufacturers like Acer, Dell, Lenovo and HP. There hasn’t been a great deal of info released…

Grab a Windows VR Headset and New PC for Under $1000 at Christmas

With Gamescom 2017 now over Microsoft has ensured that Monday isn’t quiet on the virtual reality (VR) news front. Its announced that the upcoming Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headsets will support Steam, and that customers looking for an all-in-one solution of head-mounted display (HMD) and PC will be able to purchase both for less than…

Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality HMDs Will Support Steam

Later this year Microsoft will be launching its first virtual reality (VR) headsets, hotting up the competition against PC-based devices Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Today, the company has announced support for Valve’s SteamVR platform. “The introduction of Windows Mixed Reality headsets is a big step forward for VR,” said Valve Software’s Joe Ludwig in…

Halo VR Is Coming From Microsoft And 343 Industries

Microsoft confirmed today it is working with 343 Industries to bring its epic Halo series to its Windows Mixed Reality platform. The franchise is one of the biggest in gaming and a major driver of Xbox console sales over the years. Its arrival on Microsoft-backed devices could be a major driver of headset sales, though…

Minecraft Is Coming To Windows VR Headsets

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft is bringing arguably its biggest gaming IP to its new Windows 10 VR headsets. Minecraft is among the first wave of games that will be coming to the devices when they launch later this year. The smash hit creation game was included in a long list of content Microsoft revealed earlier today. You’ve…

Steam Will Support Microsoft’s Windows-based VR Headsets

Windows-based VR headsets on the way from Microsoft’s partners will work with Valve Software’s Steam. The announcement today from the companies could have long-lasting implications for the evolution of the VR industry, firmly establishing Valve’s leading PC software store as a one-stop shop for content that can run on any major PC-based VR headset. Steam…

Windows Store Is Getting Superhot, Rec Room, Arizona Sunshine and More

Some of the biggest and best games in VR are on their way to Microsoft’s new Windows 10 headsets. We already knew some of the company’s best known IP like Halo and Minecraft were coming to Microsoft’s Mixed Reality platform, but Vertigo Games’ Arizona Sunshine, Against Gravity’s Rec Room, and Superhot VR are all on…

Dell’s Windows VR Headset Releases This October For Under $400

The Windows VR headset landscape is starting to get pretty crowded and it hasn’t even really begun yet. Both the HP and Acer are available in dev kit form with another on the way from ASUS, but now we know the Dell VR headset (known as the Dell Visor) is just around the corner. Today,…

Windows VR’s All-In Price Starts At $900

Going all-in on Microsoft’s new Windows 10 VR platform will cost you at least around $900. By all-in, we mean buying not just one of the new VR headsets (made in partnership with several manufacturers) when they launch later this year but the PC to go along with it as well as motion controllers bundled…

Hands-On With the Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR Motion Controllers

When it comes to input mechanisms for virtual reality it’s really a two horse race at the moment. The HTC Vive nailed roomscale tracking first with its lighthouse base station system and wand-like motion controllers while the Oculus Rift released its Oculus Touch controllers less than a year ago. We prefer the Touch controllers from…