GDC 2017: Hands-on With LG’s SteamVR Headset

LG’s upcoming VR headset powered by Valve’s SteamVR Tracking represents an important milestone in the development of the industry, and we just got the first hands-on. The prototype revealed at the Game Developers Conference uses the same tracking technology from Valve that’s used in the HTC Vive which shipped last year. It also runs at…

OPTO Launches Mobile VR Headset OPTO Air At Mobile World Congress

The virtual reality (VR) landscape continues to change day on day, although some days bring with them more than a few changes. For example, in the last two days we’ve had the news of a new iteration of the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR. And, as revealed earlier today, there has also been news of LG…

HTC Representative Comments On LG VR Headset Announcement

VRFocus spoke to Vice President HTC Vive, Europe, Peter Frølund regarding the LG virtual reality (VR) headset and LG’s entry into the VR industry. Mr. Graylin had the following to say; “We will continue to work with Valve, our relationship won’t change. We welcome new companies to the VR landscape. We want to be a…

What LG’s VR Headset Could Mean for the HTC Vive

It’s no secret that the core technology residing in the HTC Vive was developed by Valve, a company widely respected for their videogame titles and distribution platform Steam, but without any hardware manufacturing experience. It was perhaps due to this reason that the Half-Life creator looked to partner with a company already familiar with…

LG Preparing VR Headset, Valve Releases Statement

LG Electronics has unveiled it’s first virtual reality (VR) prototype headset at GDC in San Francisco. It is being shown at Valve’s GDC booth. The LG prototype is described as being ‘Designed to deliver a high fidelity, next generation VR experience’. During the show, LG said they “will meet with developers to gather feedback on…

GDC 2017: LG Headset Prototype Will Be Shown At Valve Booth

We just had a juicy bit of information dropped on us by Valve — LG is showing a headset prototype at the company’s booth. Very little is known about the device right now, though Valve did confirm to UploadVR that this is a SteamVR tracking headset, making it the second such device to be revealed,…

Dubai Brings Conservation Efforts To Life With VR Zoo

Wevr’s theBlu featured at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. Fresh off of a successful collaboration with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Wevr is taking its award-winning immersive experience, theBlu, across the globe to the Dubai Underwater Aquarium & Zoo in an effort to bring awareness and a new type of educational platform to conservation…

ZTE Rolls Out Daydream Update for Axon 7

When Google first revealed details for its next virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Daydream, a number of smartphone manufacturers were announced to be partnering with the company, one of which was ZTE. Then in the summer of 2016 ZTE launched its flagship device, the Axon 7, with confirmed compatibility for Daydream. Today the smartphone manufacturer…

Three VR Firms Merge to Form Virtual Content Group

In the tech industry its fairly common place for mergers to happen, companies want to use each others expertise to advance their own projects. What’s slightly more unusual is when three businesses decide to do just that, but this week the Virtual Content Group (VCG) officially announced its launch. France’s Cow Prod, Germany’s INVR.SPACE and…

Huawei’s Mate 9 Pro is Daydream-compatible, Future Phones to Include Tango

Amit Singh, lead of business and operations at Google’s VR/AR team, today officially announced on stage during the Huawei keynote speech that the Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Mate 9 Porsche Design will be the next phones to conform to the Daydream VR platform. While this generation of Huawei handsets won’t have Tango support, unlike Asus’ ZenFone…

2 Moto Smartphones Join the ‘Daydream Ready’ Line-Up

The Google Daydream mobile virtual reality (VR) platform launched earlier this month, initially supported by only Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL smartphone handsets. However, thanks to the recent Android 7.0 Nougat update, both the Moto Z and Moto Z Force are officially ‘Daydream Ready’ and compatible with the Google Daydream View head-mounted display (HMD). “We’ll…

Review: Daydream View Puts The Best Of Google In a Finicky Fit

The white light of the real world was visible out the bottom of Daydream View both for myself and a couple family members who tried the new $80 mobile VR headset from Google. After some tweaking to the head strap I found a relatively comfy fit, but others felt front-heavy pressure from the weight of…

Google VR Services Arrives to Support Daydream Launch

In a couple of days Google’s Daydream View, a mobile head-mounted display (HMD) currently compatible with its Pixel smartphone will launch globally. In the run up to its arrival the company has now launched a new app on its Play Store called Google VR Services, providing virtual reality (VR) functionality for Daydream and Cardboard apps….

Microsoft, Oculus, Samsung and HTC Confirmed for 2017 Asia VR & AR Fair

The Chinese market for virtual reality (VR) is expected to be one of the biggest and most important for the growth and sustainability of the technology. Its why companies such as HTC have invested so heavily in the region with initiatives such as Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance and Intercontinental Hotel Group VR areas. As…

Price and Launch Date Revealed for Google Daydream

Today’s ‘Made By Google’ event is underway with the company finally revealing its virtual reality (VR) plans in more detail. The Daydream head-mounted display (HMD) has been the big new expected, ever since the company first teased details back in May at Google I/O. At that point in time only a drawing of the supposed…

Google Announces First Daydream-Ready VR Phone – Breaking

Google today announced the first Daydream-ready smartphone(s), Pixel and Pixel XL. Already widely leaked across the Internet, the new Pixel line is replacing the company’s Nexus handsets, now incorporating more graphical horsepower, sleeker styling, and a price tag to match—all rumored well in advance. Brian Rakowski, VP Product Management at Google, showed off Pixel’s hardware on stage…

Watch: Google’s Live Event Here – Daydream VR Hardware Unveiling Expected

Daydream VR, Google’s high-end VR platform for select Android smartphones, may be seeing its time in the spotlight at the company’s hardware-focused event today. Although Google hasn’t said specifically whether Daydream will be making an appearance, you’d better watch to find out. Note: Live stream video is embedded at the top of the page and will…

Google’s Daydream Could Be $79 Claims Report

There’s only a few hours to go until technology giant Google begins its ‘Made by Google’ event. There’s been lots of rumours about what’ll be showcased, with new smartphones expected alongside the unveiling of the company’s next virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Daydream. Now a new report has claimed the upcoming headset will be…

Google Daydream VR Headset Rumored to Unveil Today for $79

Google is set to unveil a number of new devices and services at today’s big event, mainly focusing on the Pixel and Pixel XL phones (which have already been widely leaked). According to a report by Variety though, Google’s new mobile VR headset platform Daydream is going to hit the spotlight as well, and at a price low…

Google Plans To Bring Daydream Pop-Up Stores to New York

October is set to be an exciting month for virtual reality (VR). This week coming Google is set to hold an event revealing further details on its Daydream headset and the Oculus Connect 3 conference will be taking place. There’s also the little matter of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) launching its long awaited PlayStation VR…

Lenovo Planning Google Daydream Products

Chinese tech company Lenovo has been a strong supporter of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (VR) technologies. Back in January it sold 10,000 of its own VR head-mounted displays (HMDs), then in April announced its first VR-Ready PC’s in partnership with NVIDIA, and in June Lenovo announced the first Tango enabled device the Phab…

Google Daydream Compatible ZTE Axon 7 Now Available to Pre-order in US

When Google announced its next virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Daydream, at the I/O conference in May, the company also several partners working on compatible smartphones. Those included Samsung, Huawei, Alcatel, Asus, HTC, LG, Xiaomi and ZTE. The latter launched its flagship Axon 7 smartphone in Europe last month, and has now opened up…

Oculus Rift Could be Heading to South Korea

When pre-orders for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) went live in January this year, 22 countries around the world were included in the shipping destinations. Most of Europe was covered and naturally North America, but over in Asia only Japan and Taiwan were included. Both are tech hubs, but one of the biggest is…

LG G5 ‘Friends’ Companion Devices Bring VR to US Consumers

Korean technology company LG launched its flagship G5 smartphone in the US back in April. Today sees the arrival of several ‘Friends’ companion devices, allowing US customers to expand the use and functionality of the LG G5 device. These new additions include the LG CAM Plus, LG 360 CAM, LG 360 VR and LG TONE…

Google’s (Day)dream: ‘Hundreds of Millions of Users in a Couple of Years’

At I/O 2016 this week, Google laid out its ambitious goals for Daydream, the company’s new platform for native, high performance virtual reality experiences on Android. Daydream is Google’s newly announced Android VR ecosystem—encompassing specialized phones, headsets, and apps—which promises to significantly raise the bar on Google’s prior Cardboard initiative. Cardboard, which aimed for ultra-low cost…

Start Making Google Daydream VR Apps Today with a DIY Dev Kit

This week Google announced Daydream, the company’s initiative for high-end mobile virtual reality. While Google didn’t reveal a dedicated dev kit, the company says developers can cobble together their own using the Nexus 6P smartphone, Cardboard, and a spare phone. Google says that the Nexus 6P is not officially among its ‘Daydream Ready’ phones—those which will be…

Google Confirms First-Party Production for Daydream HMD

Yesterday VRFocus reported on Clay Bavor, Vice President of Virtual Reality at Google saying that the company had made a ‘reference design’ for the Google Daydream head-mounted display (HMD). Today he took to the stage again to reveal further details as well as confirming the company would also make a version of the system. The…