World of Tanks AR Experience Rolls Out At GDC

We’ve been following Wargaming’s increasing love for all things immersive for some time here on VRFocus. Be it teaming up with a museum to tear down the wall (literally, in this instance) between the real and gaming worlds, or in more recent times as to how their new firm Neurogaming has been working to bring…

Learn a new Language With Your Mobile Using MondlyAR

Whether its for business, education or you just like travelling, learning a new language can have all sorts of benefits. Last year, ATi Studios released MondlyVR, a virtual reality (VR) version of its language learning platform Mondly for mobile headsets. With the rise of augmented reality (AR) thanks to ARKit and ARCore, the developer has just announced …

What to Expect From Top AR/VR Companies at GDC 2018

GDC is here once again, all next week we’ll have boots on the ground bringing you the latest VR/AR news. Held annually in San Francisco, Game Developers Conference has undeniably been a focal point for VR the industry, and as augmented reality continues to heat up, we expect it to be increasingly important for AR…

LG Patent Eye-Tracking Technology for LG UltraGear VR

LG has been working on a new virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) head-mounted display (HMD) for some time now. Thanks to a recently published patent it looks like the HMD will include a new eye-tracking technology. Titled ‘Personal immersive display device and driving method of origin’ the patent details a HMD with a built-in…

18-Megapixel Display To Be Unveiled In May From Google And LG

During the Display Week tradeshow in late May, Google and LG are reportedly set to reveal a highly-detailed 18-megapixel 4.3-inch OLED VR headset display. You can see the session, which will take place from 11:30AM – 11:50AM on Tuesday, May 22nd, listed in this advance program here. According to the session summary: An 18 Megapixel…

Google Announces ARCore 1.0 Update and New AR Experiences

ARCore 1.0 makes AR development faster and easier; launching soon on more devices. Google’s ARCore is getting an update that brings improved environmental understanding and lets developers now publish AR apps to the Play Store. Launching at Mobile World Congress next week, ARCore 1.0 is out of preview and comes with a ton of new…

Could Google’s VR180 Camera Revolutionize Photography?

Image Copyright: Google/Lenovo (Image Used under Fair Use Rationale) These days we all take having a camera with us for granted. Every single phone has one built in and a culture of social media photography is deeply entrenched globally. Photographic content for consumption on VR headsets is a little harder to make. You either have…

Top 10 VR Highlights at CES 2018

Another January brings us another dose of the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and CES 2018 is one of if not the biggest showcases for tech in the world this year. The last couple of years have been rather interesting for VR, with 2016 being the grand party to celebrate the first true…

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…

Future or Flop? The RED Hydrogen One AR/VR Smartphone Announced

Image Credit: RED Digital Camera RED Digital Camera are famous for their incredible cinematic camera technology beloved by the likes of James Cameron (who has bought heaps of the things) and Peter Jackson. Given how expensive their video cameras are, they haven’t really made a name for themselves as purveyors of consumer products. A…

Google Working On Universal Video Format for 360-Degree Film

Currently 360-degree videos are the most popular way for consumers to experience virtual reality (VR) content. With movies, short films, documentaries, concerts and other experiences available for users to experiences in immersive 360-degrees, its not surprising that demand is rising for a simplified way to create 360-degree movies. Google is set to provide. With smartphones…

Google to Bring 3D 180 ‘Point-and-Shoot’ Cameras to Vloggers this Winter

To fit alongside the company’ Daydream mobile VR platform, Google is partnering with Lenovo, LG, and YI Technology to create a new class of 180 cameras. Called VR180, the point-and-shoot video cameras create stereoscopic 180 video that can be uploaded or livestreamed to YouTube, and viewed on VR headsets. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki took the stage at Vidcon…

YouTube Introduces VR180 Format

So you don’t have to look behind you. During a keynote at Vidcon, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki took the stage to announce the rollout of a new video format called VR180. As the name implies, the YouTube video format focuses on the 180-degree field of view in front of you. This lets YouTube creators make…

Samsung “Gears” Up with VR Rights Acquisitions

  Samsung’s Gear VR mobile headset is undoubtedly one of the best mobile VR headsets you can buy, with the caveat that you must have a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone to use it with. However, since Samsung also makes very good phones (when they don’t explode) that’s not too harsh a requirement. What makes the…

Valve’s Upcoming Base Stations Won’t Work With Existing HTC Vives

The next generation of Valve’s Lighthouse tracking technology for SteamVR will include updated components that will not be compatible with existing HTC Vive systems, we’ve confirmed. Existing base stations, however, should be capable of tracking future headsets and objects on the way from Valve and its partners. Earlier today we reported on the reveal of…

SteamVR Tracking 2.0 Improves Base Stations To Cover Warehouses

Valve’s Lighthouse tracking system for SteamVR headsets remains arguably the best in the industry, and it’s set for a big upgrade this November. The company this week issued a tracking technology update over on Steam where it revealed some surprising new plans for what it called SteamVR Tracking 2.0. Crucially, the post confirms Valve will…

LG and Dell Aim to Develop VR Connection Standards

There has been an effort made recently towards creating standards for virtual reality (VR). Weather that involves software standards, or specifications that hardware has to meet in order to acquire certifications from the likes of THX. Other companies are looking at standardising the ports and connectors used in wired VR. Anyone who remembers working with…

Eurocom Launches VR-Ready Gaming Laptop Sky MX5 R3

For users of PC-based virtual reality (VR) devices such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, it’s reasonably easy to put together a rig that will support the level of performance you require. There are plenty of website out there that will guide you in exactly what hardware parts to pick if you want to…

Socially Watch YouTube Videos in VR on Google Daydream

During the second day of the Google I/O conference Director of Product Management at Google Mike Jazayeri spoke about Google Daydream while Erin Teague, Product Manager for the YouTube virtual reality (VR) team came on to discuss the video developments. Teague spoke of trying to make YouTube feel natural in a VR environment, and also…

Samsung Galaxy S8 Gets Google Daydream Support

Google Daydream has many phones that are currently compatible, including the upcoming LG flagship smartphone that will be launched later in the year. Google also announced during I/O that Samsung’s latest smartphones will also be getting Daydream support. Clay Bavor Vice President of Virtual Reality at Google announced during the presentation that the Samsung Galaxy…

Pico Unveils its Latest Standalone Headset the Goblin

Pico, the Chinese company that specialises in stand alone all-in-one virtual reality (VR) headsets, has today unveiled its latest model called the Goblin. The head-mounted display (HMD) uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor – like those found in the US Smasung Galaxy S7, HTC 10, OnePlus 3, LG G5 and many more – to deliver…

Top 7 Biggest VR Stories Of 2017…So Far

It’s hard to believe that we’re already a quarter of the way through 2017. It feels like just yesterday the Upload team was gathered in Las Vegas to kick the year off at CES. We thought that might be the biggest week VR would have yet seen, but it’s already been bested by a number…