Google Buying HTC’s Pixel Team for $1.1 Billion

HTC retains brand but lets part of their smartphone business go. Google has announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. Leading into today’s news, shares of HTC were halted on the Taiwan Stock Exchange…

Neko Atsume Gets A VR Adaptation Because Cats

Neko Atsume, the international phenomenon that captivated cat-lovers around the world, is getting a PlayStation VR (PSVR) adaptation next year in 2018. We know absolutely nothing about the title other than it’s coming and it has a logo, so details are scarce. Sony revealed Neko Atsume VR this week at the 2017 Tokyo Game Show…

HTC Halt Sales of Shares as Rumours of Google Takeover Grow

Taiwanese tech company HTC has been struggling over the past year or so, with its core smartphone business failing to keep it profitable while its virtual reality (VR) division shows the most promise. Today HTC has announced it’ll be halting sales of it shares tomorrow, looking like a precursor to a takeover bid which is…

The Virtual Reality Company Unveils AR app Follow Me Dragon

With the roll out of iOS 11 yesterday developers are beginning to release their augmented reality (AR) apps for Apple’s mobile devices. Today has already seen Climax Studios ARise launch and now The Virtual Reality Company has delved into the AR field with Follow Me Dragon. The experience features adorable dragons who dance, jump, pose for pictures,…

Climax Studios Announces ARise for iOS

Yesterday saw the release of Apple’s iOS 11 operating system for its mobile devices, bringing with it compatibility for augmented reality (AR) and ARKit. Today, Climax Studios – the team behind Lola and the Giant and the Bandit Six series – has announced its first AR app made with ARKit, a puzzle adventure called ARise. Built as a result…

How VR Can Help Solve Dementia

How VR is helping us spot, research, treat, and raise awareness for dementia. Anyone who has suffered from dementia, or knows someone who has, knows that is a cruel, tough syndrome to battle. 5.5 million people in the United States alone suffer from dementia, which is marked by chronic degeneration of cognitive functions such as…

My Country Is An ARKit-Powered City Building Game

The city builder genre of games have been popular for decades, starting out on PC primarily with the likes of Sim City and other similar games. Recently they’ve  found a bit of a resurgence on mobile devices and titles from Game Insight like Paradise Island are great examples of that fact. Today, the mobile game…

Microsoft and Google Both Holding Launch Events in October

The festive season is almost here and as you may expect major companies are preparing for the busiest consumer spending period of the year. Two of the biggest tech firms looking to attract customers are Microsoft and Google, both of which will be holding special events within a day of each other. Microsoft has announced…

Microsoft Schedules VR Event For Early October

It looks like we’ll be finding out a lot more about Microsoft’s plans for VR and more in a few weeks’ time. The company this week announced that it will be holding a ‘Mixed Reality event’ on October 3rd. Mixed reality is Microsoft’s broad term encompassing everything from its HoloLens augmented reality device to the…

Re: Zero -Life in Another World in VR Comes To PlayStation VR and Steam

Popular Japanese light novel series Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World was originally published in 2012, since being adapted into an Anime series, Manga and internet radio show before heading to consoles and smartphones. Now fans of the series will be able to virtually cuddle up to their favourite Re:Zero girl in virtual reality….

This Free Gear VR Experience Lets You Meet Rembrandt

Travel back in time and interact with the famous painter. We already know VR has the stunning ability to teleport you to new locations from the comfort of your home, letting you drop into worlds you can only dream of visiting. But aside from teleportation, VR can also be a time machine, taking you back…

Meet Famous Painter Rembrandt With Gear VR

Virtual reality (VR) content creators Force Field have been working in collaboration with Oculus Studios to create a new VR experience for the Samsung Gear VR that lets users travel back in time to meet one of the world’s most famous artists, Rembrandt van Rijn. The experience combines CGI environments with live actors to create…

ABI Research Predicts Mobile VR’s 6DoF Future

When the HTC Standalone headset was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, some criticism was directed its way with regards to the decision to bundle the device with a 3DoF controller. It seems that criticism may have been on point, since a new report predicts the rise of 6DoF controls. The 3DoF controllers for…

Conspexit and Kuju Team To Create AR

Recently established London-based company Conspexit Games Studio has teamed up with Kujo to create a new augmented reality (AR) videogame aimed at social change. So-founder Eirik Moseng has brought together a team consisting primarily of ex-PlayStation names such as Claire Boissiere and Russ Harding, who previously worked on projects such as PlayStation EyePet and PlayStation…

ABBA Planning VR Reunion Experience

Every DJ knowns that at some point in the event, you will need to play some ABBA. The group themselves seem to feel the time is right to brighten up the 21st Century, and are joining other musicians such as Bjork and Gorillaz by using virtual reality (VR) tech to create a reunion of the…

Virtual Reality Comes to Commodore 64

For many people, the Commodore 64 microcomputer was where they acquired an interest in videogames, programming and computing. To this day, the Commodore 64 still has quite a following and fanbase, and one person who decided to bring virtual reality (VR) to 8-bit videogaming. A Commodore 64 fan identified online as [jim_64] has managed to…

New Trademark Labels HTC Standalone Headset As Vive Focus

HTC’s standalone VR headset is coming soon. When Oculus first revealed its prototype standalone VR headset, code-named Santa Cruz, back in 2016, we all new a response from HTC was inevitable. Earlier this year those suspicions were proven correct when HTC as well as Lenovo announced their own upcoming versions of standalone VR hardware at…

Torrus VR Open Source Controller Looking For Contributors

A project to create an open-source 3DoF controller for mobile virtual reality (VR) called the Torrus Open VR Controller is looking to get more of the VR community involved with its development. The creators behind the Torrus Open VR Controller believes that a better quality of interaction with mobile VR titles is possible without need…

Review: Floor Plan: Hands-On Edition

Depending on the videogame, ports of Samsung Gear VR titles to Oculus Rift or HTC Vive can go one of two ways; either they look and feel basic and dated or they have just the right design and gameplay to be a worthwhile addition. Turbo Button has just released its puzzle title Floor Plan: Hands-On…

HTC Trademark Suggests Vive Focus Is Standalone VR Headset’s Name

We’re expecting to find out more about HTC’s Vive-branded standalone VR headset in a few weeks’ time, but it looks like the name has already surfaced online. Lets Go Digital has uncovered two filings from HTC for a ‘head mounted display’ named Vive Focus. One is from the European Union Intellectual Property Office while the…

Google Earth Integrates With Street View In New Update

Google Earth remains one of VR’s most impressive apps, allowing anyone with an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift to travel around the world and immerse themselves in iconic cities and other environments. This week, Earth is pairing up with another piece of vital Google software: Street View. The most recent update to Google Earth allows…

HTC’s Standalone Headset to be Called Vive Focus

During Google’s I/O Conference earlier this year the tech giant revealed both Lenovo and HTC were working on standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) what would use the Daydream platform. Now it seems the latter has an official name, HTC Vive Focus. A recent trademark application noticed by LetsGoDigital shows that HTC applied at both the European…

Sony London Studios to Deliver Develop:VR Keynote

As VRFocus reported a few months ago Tandem Events will be holding its second Develop:VR event this November in London, UK. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) will be the headline sponsor so it’s no surprise that today the organiser has announced that Stuart Whyte, director of VR product development for Sony London Studios will deliver this…

Defining Windows Mixed Reality Ultra: VR for the Core Audience

It was recently revealed that many of the Windows 10 Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs), including those from Lenovo and Acer, would operate with integrated graphics chips without the necessity of a dedicated GPU. However, alongside the launch of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Mixed Reality will come ‘Windows Mixed Reality Ultra’:…

Price Cuts For VR Headsets Help Drive Continued Growth

A new report compiled by the International Data Corporation (IDC) has been released, revealing the growth in the markets for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). The report indicates that growth of the sector remains high for 2nd quarter of 2017. The report indicated that volume of shipments for VR devices was down slightly…