VR vs. Getting Antsy

“Are you guys also having insects fly all over the place at you?” As work questions go I wasn’t really expecting that one. I looked around my little bedroom office for any invading insect hordes I’d, in my work focused state, neglected to see. But there were no armies at the gate. No cartoon picnics…

Sony Music and MelodyVR Agree Licensing Deal

MelodyVR, a virtual reality (VR) music content platform which is a subsidiary of EVR Holdings PLC, has announced a new licensing and distribution agreement today with Sony Music Entertainment. This will give MelodyVR the right to produce and distribute VR content created with Sony Music artists. Sony Music’s current roster of artists includes both local musicians…

Leap Motion Raises $50 Million For Its Finger Tracking Technology

VR and AR headsets are heading to market from Microsoft, Google, Facebook and others that have a wide range of capabilities. Just last week we learned about Facebook’s plan for a $200 headset that occupies the low end of the market while Google continues work on a six degrees of freedom standalone headset. What’s unclear…

Microsoft Is Making First-Party Content For Its Windows 10 VR Headsets

Microsoft will need the support of the greater VR development community if its new Windows 10 Mixed Reality VR headsets are to succeed when they launch later this year, but what about potential first-party content too? That’s in the works already, the company assures. Speaking to GameSpot, Microsoft general manager Dave McCarthy stated that “several”…

World of Tanks Rolls Into Reality With Google Tango and Hololens

We began today on VRFocus with a Life In 360° focused on historical miltiary aircraft now we get our head out of the clouds and back down to earth for some ground-based machines of war. We’ve reported several times on the efforts of World of Tanks developer Wargaming who have previously experimented with 360 degree…

Microsoft Are Focussing on PC for VR, Not Xbox

Ever since the initial announcement of Project Scorpio, speculation has been rife over if the upcoming console would support virtual reality (VR). Early indications were that a VR platform for the upgrades Xbox One was one the way, but new information indicates that Microsoft is intending to be using Windows PCs for its VR efforts…

Microsoft Releases New Windows 10 Preview with Mixed Reality Improvements

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with shell, gaming, Task Manager, mixed reality, and delivery optimization improvements. This is the seventh build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is slated to arrive later this year (likely in September). Windows 10 is a service, meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors…

Microsoft Patches Critical HoloLens Vulnerability

Microsoft’s Mixed Reality (MR) headset is currently only available to developers, but it has already begun to see some remarkable uses, from helping air stewards keep passengers comfortable, to teaching children about the solar system and the entire Super Mario Bros. Level recreated for the HoloLens. Even though not many people have the hardware yet,…

Editorial: HTC Vive Needs A Major Price Cut To Stay Competitive

Since the bombshell price drop earlier this week by Facebook’s Oculus, a number of theories have emerged regarding the Rift’s temporary $400 price tag. Is Oculus preparing a second generation and hoping to clear stock? Is Oculus struggling so much that Facebook is dropping the price of the Rift in a last ditch effort to…

Playstation VR – Sony’s 23 Years of Virtual Reality Ambitions Realised

In the world of high end consumer Virtual Reality, there are currently three major players, and each is seeking something very different from VR. For Oculus, the goal is the culmination of a well-publicised journey from start-up to acquisition from the biggest social media company on Earth, and the hope for clearer waters after a…

Overclockers UK Release VR Ready PC and Oculus Rift Bundle for £999

Overclockers UK, the PC gaming specialist has just announced a new virtual reality (VR) combo for Oculus Rift with Touch, featuring the headset and a VR-ready PC for $999 GBP. Launching today, the new deal makes getting into VR even cheaper for those looking to purchase a fully compatible PC for immersive gaming. The PC features…

Oculus Plans on Releasing a $200 Standalone Headset in 2018 Claims Report

The last few months have seen some major virtual reality (VR) announcements from companies like Microsoft, Google and HTC. But Facebook and its subsidiary Oculus have been fairly quiet, with barely any presence at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which wasn’t the case in previous years. While Oculus hasn’t released official figures, those from…

Hackers Use Ultrasonic Waves To Disrupt VR Headsets

Sonic guns set to headset frequency can send you into a spin and cause sickness. Are you one of the many people who loves virtual reality, but wish there was a way to make it even more vomit-inducing? Well boy are you in for a treat! According to Forbes, researchers at China’s Alibaba have created a sonic gun…

The Mk Player360 Turns Your Room Into A 360-Degree Media Screen

Your bedroom is a place of peace and expression and there are a handful of ways to make it resemble the dreamscapes you occasionally wake from. Art on your walls and ceilings, 3D domes that project stars all over, and more. The Mk Player360, from Broomx Technologies, is a powerful and compact device that takes this…

The Price Is Rift: $399 Is The Sweet Spot For Gamers

You may have already noticed this, but we like VR. We like it a lot, in fact; enough to write about it day-in, day-out for years now. But, let’s be honest here, would we really recommend that your average everyday consumer run out to throw down $599 on an Oculus Rift with Touch or $799…

Legion MR HoloLens Experience Coming to San Diego Comic-Con

The San Diego Comic-Con has become a popular place for unveiling virtual reality (VR) experiences based on TV shows and films. The latest comes from FX Networks, announcing that its critically-acclaimed series, Legion, will be going down the mixed reality (MR) route with a 10-minute piece using both Microsoft HoloLens and live actors. Titled Sessions: The Legion Mixed…

Take A Look A Microsoft’s Home Space For Windows Mixed Reality

Oculus Home and the new SteamVR Home offer cosy spaces to launch into your VR experiences, so why should we expect Microsoft to offer anything less? The company’s upcoming mixed reality headsets will offer their very own home space, and we recently got a better look at it. The company’s Nadia Steer-Mobley introduced the home…

Microsoft Launches the Mixed Reality Partner Program

Ever since Microsoft launched its enterprise focused mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD), HoloLens, back in early 2016, its been gradually expanding those companies using the device through the HoloLens Agency Readiness Partner Program. Today, the Redmiond-based company has announced the expansion of the programme, renaming it the Mixed Reality Partner Program. The programme is designed to…

Virtual Reality: Exploring the Business Applications

For decades, we have dreamt of transporting ourselves to alternate realities with the power of virtual reality (VR). As the hardware and software needed to create truly immersive, three dimensional worlds becomes more inexpensive and accessible, that dream comes ever closer to reality. Once widely perceived as nothing more than a gimmick and a toy,…

SEGA To Reveal Sonic The Hedgehog Augmented Reality Experience At SDCC

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) the usually highly experimental SEGA have been a tad hesitant to embrace the new technology. With the exception being the releases on PlayStation 4 of the PlayStation VR compatible games relating to Hatsune Miku. But Miku and her Vocaloid brethren are still licenced characters, and SEGA have yet…

This AR Firefighter Helmet Will Save Lives

How augmented reality can help assist firefighters in saving lives. One of the trustiest tools firefighters have in burning buildings is a thermal-imaging camera, a device that allows them to see through dense smoke. Unfortunately, to use it, a firefighter has to stop, take a photo, and then evaluate the information they see on-screen. In normal environments, those few seconds…

Despite The ‘VR Desert’ Developers Can Still Find Ways To Survive

Virtual reality developers aren’t making as much money as they expected. Just ask Vander Caballero, founder of Minority Media, creator of the VR game Time Machine VR. Montreal-based Minority Media, which also created the groundbreaking PSN title Papo Y Yo in 2012, created the dinosaur undersea adventure game that launched on the Oculus Rift and HTC…

Microsoft Discuss Their Mixed Reality Future

Earlier this week we brought you news from Taipei where Microsoft were taking part in a ‘WinHEC’ – a Windows Hardware Development Conference, where a number of representatives went through the current crop of mixed reality (MR) related Microsoft products, demonstrated problems and solutions that the technology can solve and explained what the way the…

Apple Engineers Join WebVR Community Group

As Apple have been embracing virtual reality (VR) technology of late, it has begun to emerge that Apple are taking more of an interest in the wider VR and augmented reality (AR) industry. It seems that part of this developing strategy involves participation in the WebVR Community Group, which three Apple Engineers have recently joined….

Here’s How You Setup Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets are set to be on the market in a matter of months, and Microsoft recently gave us a sneak peek at how you set them up. The company’s Nadia Steer-Mobley revealed how these devices will be installed and readied at a mixed reality talk at WinHEC in Taipei last month….

Clay Brings Gesture Tracking To Apple’s ARKit With No Extra Hardware

One of the amazing things about Apple’s new ARKit developer platform is that there’s no extra hardware required. All of the amazing AR experiences we’ve seen running on iPhones are just using the kit’s camera, and that’s it. Clay is looking to do the same with gesture tracking. Developers may already be familiar with Clay,…

PLAY Expo Blackpool To Feature VR

PLAY Expo Blackpool is returning to the seaside town of Blackpool in the North of England for the sixth consecutive year. Previous events have seen success, and the organisers are keen to ensure that this year’s event is the biggest yet. As such, virtual reality (VR) is set to get a featured role at the…

Spacial Sound Providers Nationalux Coming to HoloLens

Creating a truly immersive environment involves more than just what you see, what you hear is just as important. 3D sound is a vital part of creating depth, and HoloLens users will soon be able to get that experience with the announcement that Korean 3D sound specialists Nationalux Research Centre are planning on bringing their…