Seven VR Titles Nominated At This Year’s Emmy Awards

VR continues its mainstream invasion as a new pack of virtual content makes its way to the prestigious award ceremony. This September the Primetime Emmy Awards will celebrate its legendary 70th anniversary, once again honoring the absolute finest in U.S. television entertainment. For the last two years, VR content has managed to quietly infiltrate its…

Austin’s Rapidly Growing VR Community

Does Austin have the largest VR community outside of Los Angeles? This was a question I asked myself several times last summer before moving. I was familiar with Austin, Texas because of SXSW — having attended with my previous employer, Emblematic Group. But visiting the city for work was wildly different from uprooting my life. After…

Developer Teases AR Functionality For The Apple Watch

Apple’s popular smartwatch is even cooler with high-quality augmented widgets powered by ARKit. When he’s not delivering expert-level gestures and animations to iOS applications, iOS Design Technologist, Nathan Glitter, is busy sinking his teeth into another budding user experience: augmented reality. So far the talented developer has managed to create a Hogwarts-style newspaper experience, educational…

Capital Region AR VR Accelerator Teams With Sacramento Kings & More

Regular VRFocus readers will – at least we hope – be well aware of out three regular weekend features. Those being ‘This Week In VR Sport‘, ‘The VR Job Hub‘ and ‘Something for the Weekend‘ – click all those links incidentally to be taken to last weekend’s iteration of all three, incidentally. But when it…

Third Open Beta Weekend for Echo Combat Kicking Off Soon

Ready at Dawn have done fairly well out of the ‘Echo’ franchise so far. Though less popular than its successors, Lone Echo nonetheless got critical praise, and multiplayer spin-off Echo Arena drew in substantial crowds of Oculus Rift users. The developers are still trying to tweak the second multiplayer spin-off, Echo Combat and are soon…

Researcher Outlines How VR Data Collection Could Be Used Against You

The possible effects of VR data collection are covered in a new opinion piece in the American Medical Association’s pediatric journal, authored by Jeremy Bailenson of the Department of Communication at Stanford University. In the piece, titled ‘Protecting Nonverbal Data Tracked in Virtual Reality’, Bailenson calls upon findings from his own work such as his…

The VR Job Hub: August Job Opportunities

It’s time for the first entry of The VR Job Hub for August which means it is once again time to feature a number of exciting positions across companies big and small. This week sees chance to work at companies such as PlayStation, nDreams and Climax Studios with positions open for engine and systems programmers, Unity developers,…

Raleigh Fire Department Invests In Virtual Reality To Enrich Training

In a move that is becoming more common as time passes, Raleigh Fire Department have revealed that they are investing in virtual reality (VR) to enhance training and save money. The department spoke with abc 11 to discuses the new technology which will allow the department to enrich their training and further prepare their crews…

How QuiVr Sold 35,000 Copies In Early Access

Archery game QuiVr recently emerged from Early Access after more than two years of development. During that time, the game sold roughly 35,000 copies on Steam. Sole programmer Jonathan Schenker and business partner Aaron Stanton say the game, selling at $20 per copy, generated around $700,000 in gross sales before Valve took a 30 percent…

Canada Market Opens Up for In Virtuo

As research into the benefits of virtual reality (VR) for various applications is conducted, a number of businesses, institutions and even governments are pursuing the potential that VR can offer with pilot schemes and other trails. One of these involves the Government of Canada, which is providing support to a company called In Virtuo, which…

Canada Market Opens Up for In Virtuo

As research into the benefits of virtual reality (VR) for various applications is conducted, a number of businesses, institutions and even governments are pursuing the potential that VR can offer with pilot schemes and other trails. One of these involves the Government of Canada, which is providing support to a company called In Virtuo, which…

Hands-On: Arrowborn Feels Like The Ultimate PvP Archery Game

After I played Longbow in The Lab on HTC Vive over two years ago the first thing that came to my mind is that I really, really wanted to shoot other people in VR with a bow and arrow. Well, here we go: it’s real and it’s called Arrowborn. To date, shooting a bow and…

Dev Proves SteamVR’s Knuckles Are Perfect For Petting Cats

Last week we wrote about Modbox developer Lee Vermeulen showcasing Valve’s new skeletal input API for SteamVR. Using the original HTC Vive controllers, Vermeulen demonstrated an impressive replication of the user’s thumb movements. After many requests, the developer is back to showcase the same API running with Valve’s new Knuckles controllers. It proves one crucial…

Review: The Persistence

It has been well-established for some time that horror works well in virtual reality (VR), as very little can bring a sense of tension and atmosphere so much as putting it all around you. A common criticism of recent horror has been that it relies too heavily on cheap gimmicks and jump scares. Thankfully, however,…

It’s not all Champagne and Canapes as you Learn to Become Mr.President

When done right videogames can make a great entertainment form for parody. Titles like Humble Pie have already taken aim at President Trump, while The American Dream focused on America’s gun culture. Virtual reality (VR) content and platform company Fibrum have recently announced its comical take on what it’s like to run America, Mr.President. In a similar vein to titles…

RETINA Are Bringing Augmented Reality To Air Traffic Control Towers

A new project is aiming to make it easier for staff in airport control towers to visualize information to help make their job easier by leveraging augmented reality (AR) technology. The project, dubbed RETINA, is looking to modernise Europe’s air traffic management for safer, smarter and even smoother air travel. As the technology in synthetic…

The VR Job Hub: Late July Creative Opportunities

Another week and another chance to find new employment in the immersive industry. In this week’s entry of The VR Job Hub there are a number of positions available around the world working at companies such as Future World Studios, Niantic, Facebook and even Instagram. Open positions include programmers, artists, software engineers working on machine learning and…

Second Echo Combat Open Beta Now Live

Believe it or not but it has been one whole year since Ready at Dawn launch the well received Lone Echo and multiplayer spin-off Echo Arena for Oculus Rift. After its initial reveal during Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) the studio then held a free open beta in June for players to start testing the title. If you didn’t manage to…

George Takei Launches New Political AR App

Though beloved all over the world for his role in Star Trek as Hikaru Sulu, George Takei is also an outspoken political activist whose work on social media to raise awareness of various social issues has garnered a great deal of attention. Takei is using that platform to launch a new augmented reality (AR) app…

Unreal Engine Gets Official Mixed Reality Video Support With Version 4.20

Developers working with the Unity toolset to build VR experiences have enjoyed solid support for mixed reality video capture for around two years now. A mixed reality video seamlessly merges two realities in real-time, so this means that many Unity-based VR games, starting with Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption, include features that let enthusiastic players…