AR Education Book 100% Funded By Kickstarter

Books have been around for thousands of years in various forms, and when it comes to education, despite the proliferation of online resources, nothing has yet displaced the textbook from its prominent position in the educational field. However, one company is seeking to transform the humble textbook with the power of augmented reality (AR) technology….

Oculus Showcases the Best of What React VR can do

Earlier this year, Oculus unveiled React VR, a new library that would enable developers to quickly build and ship virtual reality (VR) experiences across multiple channels. Today, the company has decided to showcase several pieces of content that use React VR, covering entertainment, education, travel and more. First up is entertainment, with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 360-degree experience available…

Life in 360º: MTV European Music Awards

The 2017 European Music Awards ceremony was held at London’s SSE Wembley on Sunday 12th November, with whole constellations of music stars performing on stage for the benefit of the audience. Not just the audience in attendance, either. With the power of 360-degree video music fans all over the world could watch. Virtual reality (VR)…

Oculus Studios And Armature Announce Fail Factory

Between big Bethesda games, new Studios titles and LA Noire, there’s a lot of big titles for PC-based headsets this Christmas, but mobile isn’t missing out on the fun. To that end, Oculus Studios and Armature today announced Fail Factory, which is launching on Gear VR December 7th. In the game, you’re in control of…

Oculus Studios And Armature Announce Fail Factory

Between big Bethesda games, new Studios titles and LA Noire, there’s a lot of big titles for PC-based headsets this Christmas, but mobile isn’t missing out on the fun. To that end, Oculus Studios and Armature today announced Fail Factory, which is launching on Gear VR December 7th. In the game, you’re in control of…

CCP Games’ Cross-Platform eSport Sparc now Available on Oculus Rift & HTC Vive

CCP Games launched its futuristic multiplayer Sparc on PlayStation VR back in August. Today, the studio has brought the title to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, unlocking its cross-platform gameplay. Sparc is a skill-based, physical sport, where two players use their motion controllers to aim and throw projectiles at each other inside a virtual arena, all the while defending…

Go Behind The Scenes Of Austin City Limits With New VR Series

Austin City Limits is back for its 43rd season celebrating music from some of the world’s biggest artists, and you can go behind the scenes with the help of VR. ACL: Backstage is a new 360-degree documentary series from Subvrsive, made in partnership with both Apple Music and Google. As you’d expect, the series is…

HTC Comment on International launch of the Vive Focus

At the Vive Developers Conference (VDC), Beijing, earlier this week, HTC revealed the company’s first standalone head-mounted display (HMD), the Vive Focus. Targeted for release in China in 2018, the Vive Focus was presented with no discussion of a western launch. However, later that day developer Pillow’s Willow VR Studios let slip that the device…

HTC Cancels Google Daydream Standalone VR Headset

Vive is doubling down on the Chinese VR market. As we reported from Vive’s Beijing event late Monday, HTC unveiled a standalone VR headset that requires no PC or base stations. Dubbed the Vive Focus, the all-in-one-device was the darling of the event. Featuring inside-out tracking with 6-degrees-of-freedom, the “world-scale” tracking device is what we’ve…

HTC Partners with Unity for One-Click Vive Focus Publishing on Viveport

HTC has delivered a comprehensive Vive Focus proposition for developers, and the contribution to on-boarding new content continues with a newly announced partnership with Unity Technologies. The Unity engine will incorporate a one-click solution for publishing on Viveport, targeted at Vive Focus content but also including PC-based head-mounted displays (HMDs). The Vive Focus was announced…

Vodafone Qatar Launches AR App Competition

Since the introduction of ARKit and ARCore, the amount of augmented reality (AR) content that’ve appeared covering videogames and apps has steadily increased on mobile devices. The latest comes from Vodafone Qatar, utilising the technology to run a competition where you can win a Samsung Galaxy S8. Firstly, you need to download the Vodafone AR…

HTC’s Vive Focus Confirmed for Western Release

HTC Vive President China, Alvin Graylin Wang, revealed the forthcoming Vive Focus late last night, a new standalone head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Developer Conference in Beijing. To showcase this headset, virtual reality (VR) videogame Spark of Light from Pillow’s Willow VR Studios was displayed, and in a press release the developer confirmed that the…

View Products at Home With Amazon AR View

Augmented reality (AR) has plenty of applications outside of videogames, one of which is now being employed by online retailing giant Amazon. This month the company has released AR View through its mobile app, allowing users to place items in their homes prior to purchase. Using Apple’s ARKit, AR view helps customers make better shopping…

HTC Vive’s Google Daydream Headset Cancelled As 6DoF Vive Focus Announced

Google and HTC Vive are no longer working on the standalone VR headset announced earlier this year. In May, Google announced a new line of standalone devices running on its Daydream mobile VR ecosystem. These headsets were based on a reference design made in partnership with Qualcomm and featured WorldSense positional tracking, allowing users to…

HTC Vive Introduce New Vive Wave Open Platform

At the Vive Developers Conference in Beijing, one big announcement has already come to light, with the reveal of the HTC Vive Focus standalone headset. Alongside that reveal was the news that it would be supported by a new open platform called Vive Wave. The purpose of Vive Wave was to provide a unified interface…

HTC Vive Conference Reveals HTC Vive Focus

This year’s HTC Vive conference in China has begun today, broadcasting its opening keynote, which contained a reveal about the standalone headset, the HTC Vive Focus. HTC President Alvin Graylin showed the audience the first look at the HTC Vive Focus as part of his keynote speech at the conference. Graylin also spoke about the…

HTC Officially Announces Vive Focus, Its Standalone VR Headset

It’s time to cut the cord. Today at Vive Developer Conference in Beijing, HTC announced its long-awaited standalone headset, called Vive Focus. Since we first started hearing about the prospect of a Vive standalone a few months ago, the VR community has been eagerly awaiting its public release. Now it’s here. And it’s 6DoF. Vive…

Review: League of War: VR Arena

Developer MunkyFun have had previous success in the smartphone videogame market with League of War: Mercenaries and have chosen to expand upon that premise by bringing the concept into virtual reality (VR) with a with a real-time strategy title for the PlayStation VR. League of War: VR Arena starts up its Campaign mode by giving…

War Robots VR Developers Launch Kickstarter

Earlier this year, Pixonic launched a virtual reality (VR) iteration of its successful mobile phone franchise War Robots. Now the developers are hoping to expand upon War Robots VR: The Skirmish by launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund an expanded VR title. War Robots VR: The Skirmish was released on for free Steam for Oculus…

Get into the Holiday Spirit by Throwing VR Snowballs

Hatrabbit Entertainment has revealed intentions to explore the future of mobile virtual reality (VR) videogame development with a free release designed for the whole family. Merry Snowballs is coming to Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard in December 2017, and will be freely available to all. After first releasing the videogame on Steam…

The VR Job Hub: Oculus, Facebook, Touch Surgery & More

Another Sunday and another edition of The VR Job Hub – and it seems I’m on for a hat trick with my third week in a row. As usual a return to The VR Job Hub means yet another selection of employment opportunities for you to peruse. All of which relate, in some way at least,…

AR Startup Play Shifu Secures Investment Money

Early this year augmented reality (AR) start-up company Play Shifu launched a Kickstarter campaign for an AR-enhanced globe called the Orboot. The campaign was very successful, raising the profile of Play Shifu. The company has now secured an undisclosed amount of money in pre-Series A funding. The funding round was led by venture capital companies…

High Fidelity Partner With DigitalOcean for VR Server Solution

One of the major barriers to entry for mass adoption of virtual reality (VR) is that the current technical requirements for a high level VR experience require a significant financial outlay, since users need to invest in a powerful PC rig, high-end videogames console or top-of-the-line smartphone for the best experience. Moving some of the…

The Biggest Gear VR Releases Of The Week 11/05/17

It’s a pretty small week for Gear VR, but as always the mobile headset is proving itself a hotbed for experimental apps as opposed to a steady supply of games. Let’s take a look. Wonderful You, by BDH Immersive Price: Free If you’re looking for something surreal you’ll find it right here. Wonderful You allows…

Campaign for eyeQ Mixed Reality Binoculars Reaches Goal

Obviously not every Kickstarter campaign can be successful. In the busy crowdfunding space, only those projects which capture the imagination tends to be a success. The eyeQ mixed reality binoculars was launched last month, and with a week left to go, has now met its initial funding goal. The campaign was seeking $25,000 (USD) in…

Digital Domain Expands Into India

While Digital Domain are probably best known fro their work on the digital effects on Hollywood blockbusters such as Titanic or Deadpool, they are also heavily involved in virtual reality (VR) having launched its own VR and 360 degree video content app and creating VR content such as Monkey King. Now the company is expanding…

VR Coaster and Sensics Unveil RideVR Headset Specifically for Theme Parks

Theme parks have been experimenting with virtual reality (VR) for a while now, generally tending to utilise Samsung Gear VR headsets in conjunction with a pre-existing rollercoaster to offer guests a new virtual ride. Now VR Coaster and Sensics have unveiled RideVR, a brand new headset specifically designed for theme park use. RideVR is the…

Electronic Arts To Acquire Titanfall Maker Respawn For As Much As $455 Million

Electronic Arts announced it will acquire Titanfall maker Respawn Entertainment for $315 million in cash and stock, plus a possible bonus of $140 million. The deal could bring a new long-term franchise into the fold for the big third-party publisher of video games, giving EA an edge in the multibillion-dollar first-person shooter genre with properties such as Titanfall,…