Oculus Home Gets Even Homier

Image Copyright: Oculus (used under Fair Use Rationale) User interfaces in VR face their own set of challenges other media don’t. You aren’t just responsible for designing the on-screen UI elements. You literally have to design the user’s entire virtual environment. I guess that’s one of the reasons the concept of a literal home is…

SentiAR Joins Microsoft Mixed Reality Partnership Program

Mixed reality (MR) as an idea is an area that has largely bee led by Microsoft, who has used the designation not only for its HoloLens headset, but also for its line-up of Windows 10-based head-mounted displays (HMDs). As part of the company’s push for MR, Microsoft set up the Mixed Reality Partnership Program, which…

Windows VR Headsets Seeing Slow But Steady Adoption on Steam

The monthly Steam hardware survey is out again, and while June hasn’t revealed any major upsets in the balances of usership between HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, the survey shows that Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets are making slow, but steady headway on the platform. Each month, Valve runs the survey among Steam users to determine…

An Augmented View of the Stars

An observatory in Quebec, Canada is turning to immersive technology in order to give visitors a unique and enhanced view of the night sky by utilising augmented reality (AR) at its newly opened open-air AR planetarium, the ObservEtoiles. The new planetarium can seat up to 190 guests in a mountain side amphitheatre which has been…

Oculus Adjusts Min and Rec Spec for VR, Platform Moves to Windows 10

Windows 10 has been out for a while, with Microsoft launching the operating system (OS) back in 2015. Oculus has supported the most current OS alongside its older brethren Windows 7 and 8.1 since the Oculus Rift arrived, however that’s going to start to change from today with the company announcing that Windows 10 will now…

LEAP Motion Impresses with Amazing AR Table Tennis Demo and Headset

Image Credit: Leap Motion (Used under Fair Use Rationale) There are few things I admire as much as much as a company that can pivot with the blows of market changes. Apple is probably the best example. They went from making desktop computers to being one of the most popular smartphone makers in the world….

VR Days Europe Set to Return in October

Originally beginning life back in 2015 as the Dutch VR Day Meetup, VR Days Europe has continued to expand over the past few years into one of the biggest European events focused on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). Now in its fourth year, VR Days Europe is set to return for…

South Korean Companies Foster UK Ties During AR & VR Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University

Last week the Manchester Metropolitan University held the 4th annual AR & VR Conference, hosted by the University’s Creative AR & VR Hub. The event was focused on foster the UK’s growing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industry, combining global technology venture capitalists as well as South Korean technology companies backed by the  government organisation Gyeonggi…

Microsoft Affirms No Plans for VR on Xbox Consoles

Back at E3 2016, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced on stage that the Xbox One X (then ‘Project Scorpio’) would become the industry’s next VR-compatible console, positioning the platform to compete with Sony’s PSVR with what Spencer called “high fidelity VR.” Now, it appears, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer for gaming Mike Nichols has put…

Oh No They Didn’t! Microsoft Reverses Xbox One X VR Plans

Editorial credit: Pe3k / Shutterstock.com Has the Sony PSVR been a success? That depends on how you look at it. More than 100 million PS4 consoles have been sold at this point and about a million PSVR units to go with them. That’s a small percentage, but in absolute terms that’s still an install base…

Ever Wonder What The Inside Of A Dog Looks Like? There’s An AR App For That

From animal anatomy to digital twinning and mining simulations, this Canadian company is bringing game development know-how to VR experiences After meeting Charles Lavigne and Kevin Oke at the BCTECH Summit last month, we were enticed to visit their headquarters on the beautiful Island of Victoria and try out their latest VR demos. But it…

Leap Motion Announces New Project North Star Demo

Leap Motion attracted a great deal of attention when it announced the prototype of a new augmented reality (AR) headset which offered an increased field of vision beyond what currently available hardware such as the Microsoft HoloLens can currently offer. The headset was called Project North Star, and the company has now announced a new…

Apple Doubles Down with Announcement of ARKit 2.0

When Apple released the first public version of its ARKit API, I admit that I was gushing about it. I’m not sorry in the least however, since it was without a doubt the biggest leap in mainstream consumer AR so far. While other AR leaders, like Microsoft and Google, were messing around with expensive hardware-based…

VR vs. E3 2018 In Absentia Alternative Awards

Welcome once again to VR vs. The weekly opinion piece written by ‘the one who isn’t a writer’ on VRFocus, because… well, I can’t even remember why any more. But I’ve been doing this for long enough to be able to welcome you, for the third year running, to my In Absentia Alternative Awards. That’s…

SharePoint Spaces Brings Mixed Reality To Microsoft Office 365

Microsoft wants to make collaborative immersive experiences accessible to everyone. With 135M Office 365 monthly active users and 400K organizations currently using SharePoint, Microsoft is now investing in AI and immersive experiences to enhance the collaborative functions of the platform. “As new generations that have grown up with technology are entering the workforce, bringing new…

Air New Zealand Partners With Magic Leap

Though Magic Leap remains tight-lipped on the details of its main product, that has not stopped to company from establishing relationships with brands and companies, such as the recently announced strategic partnership with Air New Zealand. The airline is working with Magic Leap and London-based creative studio Framestore to create an experience that lets travellers…

Microsoft Has No Plans For ‘Xbox Consoles In VR’

Microsoft’s messaging around VR on Xbox has been confused to say the least, having introduced its Xbox One X console to the world in 2016 stating that it would support “high fidelity VR”, then promising that ‘Mixed Reality’ experiences would come to the console this year. None of that has happened, though, and getting a…

Ex-Apple Designer Joins Mapbox Team To Lead AR Work

Augmented reality (AR) technology has several interesting implications for navigation, which has already been demonstrated on a small scale. Mapping services start-up company Mapbox has tapped former Apple employee Avi Cieplinski to head up its efforts in integrating AR into its platform. Maps powered by Mapbox are found in many places, such as Snap Inc…

All the VR News From E3 2018

June has rolled around, meaning it is time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. E3 is the biggest event of the year for computer and video games, as well as the hardware that runs them. Whilst CEO looks at incredible technology trends, E3 looks at the games you will play on them….

All the VR News From E3 2018

June has rolled around, meaning it is time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. E3 is the biggest event of the year for computer and video games, as well as the hardware that runs them. Whilst CEO looks at incredible technology trends, E3 looks at the games you will play on them….

What’s The Story With VR On Xbox One X?

Over the past couple of years there has been a great deal of speculation on whether or not Microsoft intend to bring virtual reality (VR) to the Xbox. The company itself has seemed to zig-zag on the issue, making it quite hard to discover what is really going on. At last it seems, Xbox fans…