REWIND CEO to Chair BAFTA’s new Immersive Entertainment Advisory Group

British creative agency REWIND has created some notable virtual reality (VR) experiences over the past few years, including Ghost in the Shell VR Experience and Silicon Valley: Inside the Hacker Hostel. Today, BAFTA has announced the appointment of REWIND’s CEO and Founder, Sol Rogers as chair of the new Immersive Entertainment Advisory Group. The Immersive Entertainment Advisory Group will take…

VR And AR Gaming Jobs Are On The Rise According To Indeed

Virtual reality and augmented reality represent areas of opportunity. VR failed to live up to the wildest promises when the new systems launched in 2015. But the number of job postings for VR and AR have risen 93 percent since 2015, with 17 percent of that growth happening in the past year. Those jobs are…

VR And AR Gaming Jobs Are On The Rise According To Indeed

Virtual reality and augmented reality represent areas of opportunity. VR failed to live up to the wildest promises when the new systems launched in 2015. But the number of job postings for VR and AR have risen 93 percent since 2015, with 17 percent of that growth happening in the past year. Those jobs are…

Styly Brings Fashion E-Commerce to HoloLens

There’s been an influx of augmented reality (AR) apps such as Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty and Houzz that’ll allow users to visualise decorating their home but few on the fashion front. Now, Japanese developer Psychic VR Lab – the team behind virtual reality (VR) development tool Styly – has announced a new mixed reality (MR) commerce platform for Microsoft…

5 VR Games Released in March Worth Checking Out

This month’s immersive offerings include squad-based combat, post-apocalyptic archery and a parkour puppy. Now that there’s finally a healthy ecosystem of VR headsets competing for the affection of users, we’re thankfully at the point where we’re regularly being treated to a constant flow of both polished and unpolished VR experiences. Afterall, the only thing more…

This Week In VR Sport: Boxers, Dehydration And VR Arcades

With the Easter weekend in full swing it is time to say goodbye to March as April is almost here so to see the month off VRFocus is here to bring you another edition of This Week in VR Sport. With a number of sports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories, this week has a number of…

30+ VR Arcades Across US to Deploy HTC Vive’s Ready Player One Experiences

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One arrives in cinemas tomorrow and this week has seen a variety of virtual reality (VR) related content arrive on Viveport for HTC Vive. Today, HTC Vive has announced an expansion of those experiences, bringing them to over 30 VR arcades across the US. Just like Viveport the arcades will feature Battle for…

Get Money Off Your VRX Europe 2018 Passes With VRFocus

VR Intelligence is bringing its VRX series of events to Amsterdam this May 17th-18th, for VRX Europe 2018 – and readers of VRFocus, which is a media partner for the event, are getting a 15% discount on all passes. With previous sell-out events in San Francisco and London, VR Intelligence has announced a list of industry-leading…

New Jersey Utility Uses Augmented Reality to Visualise Underground Infrastructure

vGIS, a new geographic information system (GIS) visualisation platform from the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) partner Meemim, is being used to view underground infrastructure while wearing Microsoft Hololens. Piloted by Toms River Municipal Utilities Authority in New Jersey, the technology is a practical application of augmented reality, allowing the user to ‘see’ utility lines…

VR vs. On Speaking Terms

We are officially done with the Game Developers Conference, aka GDC for another year. Well, the one in San Francisco at any rate. I’d like to say the team are on their way back from it, no doubt laden with more interviews than you can shake a stick (with a camera on the end of…

The Realities Centre on Supporting the VR Diversity Initiative

The Realities Centre is a space dedicated to accelerating virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for start-ups and corporates. Based in London they have two locations where they regularly host events, hackathons and showcase VR. Previously they have done a Post-CES event with VRFocus and showcased nominated VR films from Sundance Film Festival’s XR Awards in Huckletree…

The Oculus Go Makes Its Debut: Here’s What People Are Saying

Image Copyright: Oculus VR (Used Under Fair Use Rationale) More than a few VR companies are working on a standalone VR solution right now. It’s an idea that makes a whole lot of sense, since right now your only real choices are between a clumsy phone-in-box solution or an expensive HMD tethered to an even…

Experience The Upside Down With Stranger Things On HoloLens

Bring the world of Stranger Things into your home with this augmented reality (AR) application for Microsoft HoloLens that brings the upside down dimension to life. With the advancing in AR technology continuing to allow for endless possibilities for content creators to build experiences the team at Cubera Solutions AG are working on a Stranger Things…

Explore Street Fashion in VR with Refinery29

Fashion Week may be one of the most talked about events of the year, but any true fashionista knows that the best looks are served by models and trendsetters off duty. From New York to Paris to all of the incredible cities in between, the world’s best dressed men and women transform city streets into…

Digital Domain Announces Acquisition Of VR Manufacturer 3Glasses

Digital Domain has revealed an acquisition of 60% of the effective interest of 3Glasses, opening up the opportunity for the company to tap into the virtual reality (VR) market further then before. 3Glasses are one of the pioneers and leaders of China’s VR hardware market, having launched China’s first VR head-mounted display (HMD), the 3Glasses…

Watch: ILMxLab’s Star Wars Real-Time Ray-Tracing Demo on Unreal Engine is Stunning

At the Unreal Engine presentation at GDC 2018 today, Epic Games CTO Kim Libreri introduced several projects highlighting the scalability and performance of Unreal technology, including a partnership with ILMxLAB and Nvidia. This was the first live demonstration of interactive, real-time, ray-tracing with Unreal Engine. Nvidia announced RTX on Monday, a real-time ray-tracing solution designed…

Epic Games, ILMxLAB Demonstrate New Real-Time Ray Tracing In Unreal Engine 4

During today’s “State of Unreal” session at the Game Developers Conference, Epic Games took to the stage to demonstrate a new real-time ray tracing feature in the Unreal Engine. In what is a collaboration between Epic Games, Nvidia and ILMxLAB, the Unreal Engine and the new real-time ray tracing feature allowed for the creation of…

Unity Move To Expand Their XR Platform Range

When it comes to the number of platforms that Unity Technologies support with their ever-developing Unity engine, they are, to put it mildly, rather prolific. From older videogaming platforms like Nintendo’s Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS, to both Google head mounted displays (HMDs), Microsoft’s Hololens, the PlayStation VR, the Oculus Rift and Samsung…

Grasp, Touch & Trigger In VR With Microsoft’s CLAW

The future of haptic feedback is looking bright. 2018 is shaping up to be the year of haptic feedback. Earlier this month Microsoft showcased their latest ‘Haptic Link’ technology, creating a brand new solution for the realistic sensation of tension and pressure whilst immersed in VR. This was apparently just the tip of the iceberg…

Grasp, Touch & Trigger In VR With Microsoft’s CLAW

The future of haptic feedback is looking bright. 2018 is shaping up to be the year of haptic feedback. Earlier this month Microsoft showcased their latest ‘Haptic Link’ technology, creating a brand new solution for the realistic sensation of tension and pressure whilst immersed in VR. This was apparently just the tip of the iceberg…

Surgeons In Texas Using AR To Assist In Sinus Surgery

As we’ve seen over the last few years the development of immersive technology within the healthcare space has continued at a pace. With all three main recognised branches – virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) – already playing some form of role. So far this year alone the Boston Children’s Hospital…

NVIDIA Announces ‘RTX’, Real-Time Ray Tracing Engine for Volta GPUs

NVIDIA today announced RTX, a GPU accelerated technology capable of producing photo-realistic imagery through realtime ray-tracing, all accelerated on the company’s latest generation of Volta GPUs. Modern GPUs are capable of creating some pretty spectacular realtime imagery these days. Today’s gamers demand a level of visual fidelity unimaginable 10 years ago outside of dedicated 3D…

‘Ready Player One’ Actors Filmed OASIS Scenes In VR

Spielberg immerses his cast in a virtual set while filming certain VR scenes. It turns out VR played a more integral role in Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One film than we previously thought. Set in a dystopian 2044, Ready Player One follows Wade Watts as he leads an army of VR users in a battle…

Ready Player One Was Filmed Using VR and MR Head-Mounted Displays

Steven Spielberg has revealed how head-mounted displays (HMD) were using in the filming of the highly anticipated film Ready Player One, along with virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) technology. As most of the film takes place in the virtual world of Oasis – a vast collection of digital planets where players can do whatever…

Ready Player One Used Rift DK2, Vive And HoloLens For Virtual Production

When it arrives in cinemas later this month, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One will give the world a glimpse of the future of virtual reality. It’s fitting, then, that the film’s production itself used current (and slightly older) VR and AR headsets to help define its vision. In a recent interview promoting the film’s release…

3D Hologroup Release First Adult-Oriented AR Content For Hololens

The U.S based computer software company that develop augmented reality (AR) applications have released 3D Holo Girlfriend, the first adult-oriented AR content for Hololens. The application allows users a chance to bring a 3D model into the real world thanks to the use of AR technology found in the likes of Microsoft’s Hololens and Meta…

Windows Mixed Reality: Hands-on First Impressions

We were pretty excited by Windows Mixed Reality on paper when the platform was announced. It seemed to fix some of the major problems pioneering products such as the Oculus Rift, but nothing beats trying it out for yourself. I was lucky enough to spend a few days with one of the Acer Developer models…

The VR Concept opens Arcade in London’s Elephant & Castle 

Virtual reality (VR) continues to grow in the public consciousness thanks not only to the endeavours of big global companies like Facebook/Oculus, HTC, Google, Microsoft and many more, but also from smaller entrepreneurs opening VR arcades in local towns and cities. The VR Concept, a provider of in-Pub VR arcades has announced its fourth location, right…

The VR Concept opens Arcade in London’s Elephant & Castle 

Virtual reality (VR) continues to grow in the public consciousness thanks not only to the endeavours of big global companies like Facebook/Oculus, HTC, Google, Microsoft and many more, but also from smaller entrepreneurs opening VR arcades in local towns and cities. The VR Concept, a provider of in-Pub VR arcades has announced its fourth location, right…