Vive Tracker Needs Headset To Run, HTC Confirms

HTC’s upcoming Vive Tracker has literally thousands of potential applications for VR, but we can also see how it might be useful outside of the tech. If you’re looking for a cheap motion capture system, though, you’ll still need to buy the headset itself. HTC itself recently confirmed this over on the Viveport forums. In…

Timecode Systems Unveil New Technology for 360-Degree Video

Timecode Systems has revealed a new method to combine two of its products, the SyncBac Pro and Blink Hub to make filming virtual reality 360-degree footage easier. The SyncBac Pro is an accessory for the GoPro camera system that allows wearable cameras, professional cameras and audio devices to be wirelessly synchronised together using long range…

Wonderglade Gets French Restaurant-Destroying Game In New Update

Been a while since you’ve visited the colorful world of Resolution Games’ Wonderglade? You might want to take another look today; it’s getting a new update that brings in a rather unusual new mini-game. That mini-game is Bistro Basher, which sees players visit a French restaurant and then proceed to smash all of the produce…

‘Drop Dead’ for Oculus Touch Review

When Gear VR games are ported to the Rift, you usually end up with is more of the same; a game with nicer graphics and the added benefit of positional tracking, but more or less the same experience. However with Drop Dread (2017), Pixel Toy’s port of their critically acclaimed Gear VR on-rails arcade shooter, the…

Viro Media Is A Tool For Creating Simple Mobile VR Apps For Businesses

One of the biggest roadblocks to VR content creation right now is how complicated it can be, but there’s a small subsection of the industry developing platforms that make creating VR content a bit easier. Not every application demands the experience that more complex applications and games require to make and developers of these more…

Water-Types Aplenty, As Global Water Festival Comes To Pokémon GO

Niantic, the developers behind popular augmented reality (AR) mobile game Pokémon GO, have announced that the game is getting a tweak in the form of the Global Water Festival. From 1pm (PDT) Pokémon GO users will be more likely to encounter water-type Pokémon such as Magikarp and Squirtle and their evolutions. Additionally, if users are travelling in…

Power Rangers Morph onto Mobile VR

To tie in to the upcoming release of the new Power Rangers movie, Lionsgate has partnered with Reel FX and QuiverVision to create a mobile VR experience for Google Cardboard users. The new mobile VR experience is named Zords Rising and is based on a Power Rangers VR experience that was previously demonstrated at the…

Omnichanel Realities

In my last VRFocus article from September, I stressed the importance of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in focusing on usefulness and superseding reality. Then going on to highlight how content should be delivered via accessible (cheap and easy-to-use) hardware such as VR headsets connected to media boxes (e.g., Netflix) to reach mass market adoption. Well,…

Omnichannel Realities

In my last VRFocus article from September, I stressed the importance of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in focusing on usefulness and superseding reality. Then going on to highlight how content should be delivered via accessible (cheap and easy-to-use) hardware such as VR headsets connected to media boxes (e.g., Netflix) to reach mass market adoption. Well,…

VR vs. It’s Evolving!

Sometimes when I come to write a VR vs article I have a very definitive idea of what I’m going to write about. There’s a big story in the news, everyone’s reacted to it , do I agree? Yes/no. Explain why. Other occasions I’ve got no idea at all and it just flows naturally that…

3 Months in PlayStation VR Scores Highly in Online Customer Reviews

Virtual reality (VR) always felt like a risk to many in the run-up to consumer versions and retail launches. This is not surprising considering the history of its first generation of technology. To many, of course, this still rings true. It is a technology not yet fully realised, with developers and researchers still learning its…

Google Tango Brings Mobile 3D Photography to Life

If you look at the evolution of capturing the world around us, it started with painting, then photography, then film and video. We’ve kept working to get closer and closer to what the world actually looks like. But the world is three-dimensional, and so 3D capture is the next big frontier in reflecting our surroundings….

Five Strange, Hilarious, And Downright Terrible Pokemon GO Rip-Offs

They say imitation is the sincerity form of flattery. If that’s the case then Niantic’s augmented reality hit, Pokemon GO, has been complimented quite a few times over the past few months. Few things are certain in the unpredictable app market but, one thing is for sure: if you make something even remotely successful, you…

SXSW 2017: Swapbots Brings Toy Collector Culture To Augmented Reality

Augmented reality caught a flash of exposure with Pokemon Go and continues to get mentioned regularly alongside it, but the technology still has a way to go before it becomes a household constant. Children have access to mobile phones and tablets nearly as much as adults these days and encounter gaming ecosystems geared toward their…

Preview: Term1nal – Hacking gets a VR makeover

Force Field VR, the studio behind the recently launched Landfall on Oculus Rift, debuted its next project at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017, a stealthy hacking adventure that’ll support Samsung Gear VR called Term1nal. Rather than the all out action of Landfall, Terminal goes for a far more thoughtful approach, demonstrating even at this early stage a nuanced approach…

Life In 360°: Take A Tour Of Your Future Home With iStaging

With another weekend consigned to the history books welcome back to VRFocus for another week, another Monday, and another trip into the world of 360 degrees with Life In 360°. Today though we’re not taking you off into the skies or under the sea, or even dealing with video for that matter as we’re simply reporting…

O2 Launches Rugby & Music VR Experiences

O2 Telefonica, one of the UK’s largest mobile networks has launched a series of brand new VR experiences for subscribers. For the first time, O2 customers and fans can go head to head against the England Rugby team or explore an O2 Academy venue as a star or fan. In addition to the two POV 360° videos, a third…

Xbox Cofounder Seamus Blackley Takes R&D Post at AR Firm Daqri

Seamus Blackley, the cofounder of the Xbox, has teamed up with augmented reality startup Daqri to run a new research and development effort for them. The initial work will focus not on AR. Rather, it will look into the commercial applications related to an instant 3D printing technology that Daqri makes possible. Daqri is working…

The VR Job Hub: nDreams, Baobab Studios, Skydance Interactive and more

Whether you’re an experienced designer, programmer, engineer, or maybe you’ve just been inspired after reading VRFocus articles, the jobs listed here are located worldwide, from major game players to humble indie developers – the one thing they all have in common is that they are all jobs in VR. View the new listings below for more information:…

Zappar showcase ZapBox Mixed Reality device at SXSW

Augmented reality (AR) provider Zappar will be showcasing its affordable AR/mixed reality (MR) solution, the ZapBox at the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference this week. The ZapBox consists of a headset similar to the Google Cardboard into which a smartphone with the ZapBox app is loaded, as well as handheld controllers and ‘pointcodes’ – position…

Ghost in the Shell AR experience launched by YouCam Makeup and Paramount Pictures

Perfect Corp., the company behind apps such as YouCam Makeup, YouCam Perfect and YouCam Fun, has announced a partnership with Paramount Pictures creating an augmented reality (AR) experience to promote the upcoming theatrical release of Ghost in the Shell. As part of the collaboration, YouCam will be introducing in-app virtual filters inspired by the film’s female characters. In…

First All-in-one VR Headsets Based on Qualcomm’s VRDK Expected in 2H 2017

Qualcomm’s latest VRDK headset is a reference design that the company has positioned to act as a foundation for consumer electronics makers to create their own headsets based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon VR hardware. Now with manufacturing partners on board, the first consumer headsets based on the VRDK reference design are expected to launch in the…

Making High-End Untethered VR a Reality

At GDC earlier this month, we test drove the Pico Neo CV, an all-in-one system that lets you experience 6DoF, roomscale VR with a crucial exception to normal high-end systems: no wire. Right now, the VR industry hosts a variety of mobile and console options—but the former is fixed-position (meaning that, no matter where you move your body, your…

UK retailer Game makes big push into VR

UK retailers have been slowly getting into the virtual reality (VR) field, offering a range of head-mounted displays (HMDs), demos, and other related peripherals. GAME, one of the largest specialist companies on the high street is making an even bigger push, with a recent mailshot detailing massive range of hardware and promotions. The retailer is…

More than just a Game conference releases draft programme

Set to arrive in April is the More than just a Game conference, an international academic conference dedicated to interactive entertainment and intellectual property law. Now in its third year, the conference is choosing as its focus subject for 2017, Virtual and Augmented reality. The conference is a two-day event held at Stationers Hall in London…

Racket Fury Table Tennis smashes on to HTC Vive

Polish indie videogame studio 10Ants Hill has announced their new virtual reality (VR) table tennis game for the HTC Vive – Racket Fury. The game has a futuristic sci-fi setting, where robots battle each other for supremacy over a table tennis table. 10Ants Hill used professional table tennis players in order to get motion capture…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 03/12/17

Lots of new stuff released for HTC Vive on Steam this week, but not all of it is particularly noteworthy or earth-shattering. The biggest highlight is likely Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul, a made-for-VR horror title that’s based within the iconic film franchise’s expanded universe. If that’s not your cup of tea, there’s plenty else…