New Oculus Rift And Gear VR Releases For Week Of 03/12/17

Oculus Rift is playing a bit of catch up this week, as one of the most celebrated titles on the HTC Vive finally officially arrives on the rival headset. Overall, though, it’s a pretty quiet week on both Rift and Gear VR but we wouldn’t worry; Rock Band VR is set to literally make some…

New PSVR Releases For Week Of 12/03/17

March needs to end fast. There’s a host of great PlayStation VR (PSVR) games in store for April, including Starblood Arena and Statik, as well as the months to follow, but the few weeks left we have of this month are looking completely barren. If you’re in the EU then there’s nothing for you this…

Mixed Reality Map travels to Kickstarter

In a global society, it’s important that people learn about other countries and cultures from a young age. But what if you don’t have the resources required to travel long distances? The designers of WorldMapPortal think they might have the solution. WorldMapPortal is an interactive augmented reality (AR) map that works with a smartphone app…

HTC investing in VR business by selling Chinese phone factory

Ever since HTC became involved in the virtual reality (VR) industry its been investing more whilst the smartphone business continues to languish. That trend appears to be continuing as recent reports confirm the company will be selling one of its Chinese manufacturing facilities to put the funds into VR. Android Authority has reported that HTC will…

Realize Mobile develop Mixed Reality training tool for dentists

Realize Mobile Communications Corp. announced the development of a dental treatment simulations system today, combining augmented reality (AR) with virtual reality (VR) to create a mixed reality (MR) training simulation for dentists. As VRFocus has reported previously, dentistry has utilised AR and VR in training before, but this new system allows training to take place on…

Coachella Brings Augmented Reality To Festival-Goers

The legendary festival adds AR features to its VR mobile app. The annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is one of the most influential events on the planet. The double-weekend spectacle has been graced by some of the biggest names in music and set a certain standard of artistic creativity that all music and…

Google’s Next Phone Box Might Also Be A VR Headset

Mobile VR companies are practically giving headsets away in order to kick start their ecosystems. Gear VR is often bundled with new Samsung smartphones, and Google’s Daydream came free with anyone that pre-ordered a Pixel phone. But this new patent from the latter company reveals perhaps the most ingenious way to get VR into people’s…

What Hollywood’s Biggest Directors Think Of VR

Convincing the biggest names in the gaming industry to get into VR is going to be tough, largely because of the relatively low install base of most headsets in comparison to more mainstream devices like consoles and smartphones. Filmmakers, however, can look at the tech from another angle. Yes, it’s still expensive to make 360-degree…

Preview: Augmented Empire – Coatsink goes tactical for this mobile RPG

If you could name a developer that knows how to make good mobile virtual reality (VR) titles, Coatsink would likely be up near the top. Having launched Esper and Esper 2 for Samsung Gear VR – both of which have seen positive reviews – the studio has now moved away from the first-person perspective with its next…

UK VR Market Valued At £61m Reports Ukie

Videogame trade body Ukie held its annual Games Industry Market Valuation event today, revealing the value of UK market to be £4.33bn GBP in 2016. As part of the report Ukie highlighted the role virtual reality (VR) had to play valuing its market share at £61.3m. This is the first time Ukie has included VR in its overall valuation…

Google Cardboard title Dead Target VR coming to Daydream

VNG Game Studios, a developer in Vietnam, announced at the recent Google Daydream/Tango Code Lab’s event that it’ll be bringing its mobile shooter Dead Target: Zombie to Google Daydream. Dead Target VR, originally launched for Google Cardboard, will be upgraded for for the new head-mounted display (HMD) adding mechanics for the controller such as: shooting, reloading, and throwing grenades. The developer…

YouTube Is Improving The Quality Of Its VR Videos

YouTube offers thousands of hours of content for your VR headset with its 360 degree videos, but the massive amount of data these clips require means they often show up blurry. Google is working to fix that. The search engine giant this week announced that its YouTube and Daydream divisions are working together as part…

VR Devices with Embedded Vision to exceed 460 million by 2021

A report published by ABI Research is predicting significant growth in the number of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices that contain dedicated machine vision/embedded vision hardware, such as Google Tango-enabled smartphones. Machine vision or embedded vision refers to devices that use sensors and coprocessors to interpret meaning from images or video. Applications…

New Samsung Gear 360 Camera Coming Soon

Is this the new Samsung Gear 360? FCC filing suggests the consumer 360 camera is on its way. We are two weeks out from Samsung’s March 29th Unpacked event where the company is expected to launch their new Galaxy S8 mobile device. But at the same time, we could see the unveiling of an updated Gear…

Avegant Light Field Technology aiming to improve Mixed Reality

One of the challenges of mixed reality (MR) was how to make virtual objects seem just as ‘real’ as the physical objects beside them. The way that our eyes and brain interact means that it is fairly easy for humans to see the flaws in the illusion and thus break the immersion. Avegant is aiming…

Vuze VR prosumer camera now shipping to customers

At SXSW today, HumanEyes Technologies will be officially launching its Vuze VR camera, with shipments already dispatched to consumers who’ve pre-ordered. Priced at $799.00 USD/€995.00 EUR, the Vuze VR camera is being marketed at the higher end of the consumer market, above rivals such as Samsung Gear 360 and Ricoh Theta S. While these are 360-degree…

Nordic Trolls Talk Magic And Multiplayer In Virtual Reality

The 2017 editions of Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) may be slipping into memory, but VRFocus spoke to so many people over the course of those five days we’ll still be bringing you the conversations for a while yet. Today Nina is talking to Nordic Trolls’ Executive Art Director Daniel…

Leap Motion Showcases Mobile Hand-Tracking In New Video

A few weeks back I went hands-on with Leap Motion’s mobile VR hand-tracking solution, and now you can see it in action for yourself. The video below shows a build of Leap’s Blocks demo designed for mobile VR headsets like the Qualcomm reference design it’s already been integrated into. Here users can create different shapes…

Diraq Research Raises $4.8 Million to Build Superior VR Audio

Today, Swedish audio optimization company Dirac Research is announcing a $4.8  million round of fundraising. According to an official release, the funds were sourced from Henrik Didner, co-founder of the fund management company Didner & Gerge; Rami Yacoub, acclaimed music producer for Britney Spears, One Direction, Backstreet Boys, and others; Staffan Persson, CEO of Swedia Capital; and…

More Content for Affected series coming soon to Oculus Rift

Popular horror title Affected: The Manor was launched for Oculus Rift last week after being available for Gear VR. Now developer Fallen Planet is working on new instalments in the series. Affected was originally a tech demo designed for the Oculus development kit, the DK1. A version titled Affected: The Manor later came out for…

Sony Music Showcases Multiplayer VR Experience Using Vive, Not PSVR

You’d think if a division of Sony was making a VR experience they’d be using the company’s own headset, PlayStation VR (PSVR). It’s surprising to learn, then, Sony Music Entertainment is working with a rival headset, the HTC Vive. The Japanese division of Sony Music is at the 2017 South By South West (SXSW) festival…

Cheltenham Races to get VR highlights

British broadcaster ITV, which owns the broadcast rights to the Cheltenham Racing Festival, has teamed up with virtual reality (VR) production company VR City and media company Goodstuff to offer a series of VR highlights of the festival to viewers. The Cheltenham Festival lasts from 14th until 17th March, and this year’s event will be the…

VR vs. An Immobile Stance On Mobile

The week of the end of February through to the beginning of March seemed unreasonably long with both Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) to deal with. For those of you who aren’t in, ahem, ‘The Business’, international events aren’t actually that much fun, especially for those left behind. For us, not…

VR devices exceed expectations of most users

Market research from Magid has found that the majority of people who have recently purchased a virtual reality (VR) device have found it has exceeded their original expectations. The study has shown that customer satisfaction was high across all device types, but the greatest percentage of satisfied users were among those who had bought a…

Microsoft’s HoloLens Readiness Partner Program Comes To The EU

Mixed reality is set to dominate the working world in the years to come, arguably even more so than virtual reality. But a lot of companies that want to use the tech lack to expertise to actually develop for it. That’s where Microsoft’s HoloLens Agency Readiness Partner Program comes in. Just as its long-winded title…

Google Patent Shows Smartphone Packaging that Doubles as a VR Headset

A recently published Google’s patent application describes an ‘Integrated mobile device packaging and virtual reality headset’. The concept is to provide a ‘relatively low cost’ VR headset solution by shipping the smartphone in packaging that doubles as a VR viewer. Google introduced Cardboard, their inexpensive VR solution to the world in 2014, producing a VR…