The PC Port For Fantastic Beasts VR Isn’t So Magical

When Fantastic Beasts VR released in 2016 with the Google Daydream headset there was a lot of excitement around the potential for a fully-fledged non-mobile VR adaptation. Imagine being able to move around the world and explore the magical landscapes, casting spells, and discovering the curious creatures inside Newt Scamander’s briefcase. What we’ve got on Steam…

Nibiru Partner with InfinityAR For AR and MR Solutions

As the market for virtual reality (VR) and related technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR), companies are seeking to expand their reach with strategic partnerships with firms who have expertise in different areas of the market. Such is the case with the newly announced strategic collaboration between Nanjing Ruiyue Technology (also…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR Experience Expanded for 2018 Release

For the launch of Google Daydream back in 2016, Framestore and Warner Bros. Pictures created a virtual reality (VR) experience based on the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It was known back in November that a PlayStation VR version was in the works but today the companies have announced the upgraded 2018 edition, coming…

Google Plans on Bringing AR to Everyone via the Web

When considering augmented reality (AR) most people would be correct in thinking that you need an AR-enabled device, whether that’s a headset like Microsoft HoloLens or an Apple smartphone powered by ARKit. Google on the other hand wants to make that accessibility even more universal. Aside from working on ARCore – which should add greater…

Social VR’s Success Depends On Humans, Not Headsets

The early success of social VR apps like Rec Room and Altspace show us that social VR ventures need to focus on key drivers of human behavior as much as they focus on engineering and 3D UX design. Moreover, the rise and subsequent stagnation of Pokémon Go demonstrate the consequences of ignoring our innate desire to create and share with the communities…

The VR Job Hub: Developers and Artists Needed for PlayStation VR

So you’re looking for a new career, huh? We can’t blame you, and if you’re looking to get your foot in the door of the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industry, then this is a great place to start. This week we’ve got a bunch of jobs available in Manchester and London in…

What to Expect in Wireless for AR and VR in 2018

As an analyst, I have many areas of coverage when it comes to computing. In addition to covering AR and VR, I also spend a lot of my time covering wireless technologies. This report covers what to expect in 2018 and beyond when it comes to wireless technologies and how they might impact the AR/VR…

Communicate in Augmented Reality with Snaappy, the 3D Animated Bear

Ringing someone using a landline? Old school. Text messaging? Retro. Skype video calls? What is this, 2008? No, the future of digital communication is much more advanced than such old fashioned technology; the future is most definitely communication using augmented reality (AR). As such, Snaappy is here to pave the way for the future of…

Oculus Start Is Facebook’s New Program To Help Small Dev Teams

Oculus is launching a new program targeting self-funded independent developers, promising developer kits, beta tools and a direct line of communication with Facebook’s VR experts. Developers who have already released VR software, but might have been overlooked or unable to grab the attention of Oculus, could use the Oculus Start program as a way to…

New Alien Game In Development, May Have VR Support

Empty out the cupboards for hiding, grab an extra pair of underwear, and prepare to face off against the Xenomorph swarms once again: a new Alien game is in development. The new game, which is currently untitled, was announced yesterday by way of 20th Century Fox’s new publishing house, FoxNext Games, and developer Cold Iron…

Why I’m Very Excited For Google And Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

As always, CES 2018 was a big week for the entire VR industry, but there’s no question as to what headset stole the show: the Vive Pro. HTC’s enhanced SteamVR device has our mouths watering at the thought of its 3K display, integrated audio and improved design and we can’t wait to revisit games like…

Has Facebook Given Up on Oculus Rift?

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR back in 2014 came as a surprise to near-everyone in the virtual reality (VR) industry. Many predictions of a large company moving on the hardware developer had been circulated prior, with the likes of Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment banded about as potentials, but as a company with no prior…

Reality Clash Developer Diary – Part Three

Welcome to the third of our Developer Diaries, keeping you informed on the build progress of Reality Clash, a mobile augmented reality (AR) combat game for iPhone and Android. For this update, we wanted to focus on how we’re prototyping different approaches of blending the real and virtual worlds together. AR technology has come a…

Blade Runner: Revelations Gets First Teaser Trailer

Last week we reported that a brand new game set in the Blade Runner universe was on its way to Google’s Daydream platform. Today, we’ve got the first trailer for it. Blade Runner: Revelations, as the game is called, is developed by Seismic Games and features an all-new adventure set in the year 2023. You…

Bring Doom to the Earth in Day of Destruction

Embrace your inner alien and rise as the destroyer of cities; conqueror of galaxies. Empower yourself with alien technology as you can on the feeble powers of the human race and bring destruction to the Earth, plus many other planets in Day of Destruction, now available for HTC Vive. The planet’s communication systems have received…

This ARKit Game Transforms Your Office Into a Zen Garden

There’s nothing sinister about “feeding the fish” in Orbu, except that you might find it quite addictive. There seems to be a trend in VR gaming towards using the immersive properties of the medium to induce relaxation and facilitate something of a meditative, Zen-like state. Flutter VR was one such title we looked at just…

AR Property Videogame Mossworld Looks For Funding With Initial ICO

As we all know augmented reality (AR) got, without question, its most important boost in terms of popularity and awareness thanks to Niantic Labs’ videogame Pokémon Go, based off of the popular series by Nintendo (via The Pokémon Company). Whilst some would debate the title as the best example of a AR videogame, despite efforts by…

Try on Bags and Phone Cases in Augmented Reality

Trying on clothes and accessories with the help of augmented reality (AR) seems like the new trend. It was only the other day we saw Amazon patents that allude to an AR armoire to try on digital clothes with, and now we see STM Goods and Element Case are both creating AR apps to try out…

The Dream VR Brings Hours of Video Content to Pico Devices

With the demand for more video content on virtual reality (VR) devices higher than ever, it’s only natural that head-mounted display (HMD) manufacturers would partner with video streaming services to get their users the biggest possible array of content to enjoy. In case it wasn’t obvious from that intro and the title, that’s exactly what…

VR House Tours Could Be the Next Big Thing in Real Estate

The virtual reality (VR) infiltration of industries everywhere isn’t over yet, far from it. The power of VR and augmented reality (AR) allows users to view places they’ve never been, and adjust or visualise things in the real world. So naturally, it’s a great fit for the real estate industry, where buyers are eager to…

Seabed Prelude Gets a Discount and a Brand New Update

Under the sea is a seminal song for a generation. It made children, now adults, all over the world truly believe in the power of a singing crab and a fantasy world of musical undersea creatures, thanks to Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It’s nostalgic for many of us, and if you’re one of those people,…

CES 2018: Hands-On With The 6DOF Standalone Pico Neo Headset

Companies like Facebook’s Oculus, HTC, and Sony pioneered the realm of powerful consumer-facing VR in 2016 with the launches of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR (PSVR) respectively. But the one thing that all of these headsets have in common is that they’re connected to a machine such as a PC or PS4…

QIYU VR Mobile VR Arm Tracking & 4K Video Software Detailed

iQIYI Intelligence has revealed its latest virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), the QIYU VR II at the CES 2018, Las Vegas. As previously reported by VRFocus, the HMD supports 4320p, 7680 x 4320 video playback, but now iQIYI has offered more details on the software utilised for this as well as the VR videogame…

Blade Runner: Revelations Gameplay Details Revealed

Alcon Media Group has announced a partnership with Google and technology company Lenovo to release the upcoming virtual reality (VR) videogame Blade Runner: Revelations for Google Daydream. The news of this latest VR tie-in for the Blade Runner franchise came at CES 2018, Las Vegas, announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew…