Watch This Choir Go Viral with the Help of VR

Multidimensional concert uses VR to challenge the traditional role of audience participation. Earlier this month, an old church in Downtown LA filled for a full chorale production, with renditions of Bach, Motown and Cyndi Lauper…along with a live Tilt Brush performance—highlighting the beauty of blending the traditional and the modern. Approximately a thousand people on both June…

Nielsen Report Data Illustrates Rising Interest In VR and AR

This might not exactly shock you but the source is worth noting.  Nielsen, one of world’s largest research companies, has released new information showing the rising appeal of both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) among gamers. No surprise, given the new VR and AR software and hardware hitting the market all the time. As…

SnakeByte Announce New GameStore for Android

You’ve probably heard of SnakeByte before – well known well for producing gaming peripherals and accessories, SnakeyByte have been a staple of videogame store shelves for years. Not content with merely producing products for videogames any longer, SnakeByte are now setting their sights on publishing games. SnakeByte’s new GameStore for Android is a subscription service…

Lazy Cat Garfield Wants You To Get Outside in Garfield GO

Pokémon GO certainly didn’t start the augmented reality (AR) smartphone app trend, but it’s certainly inspiring a fair few of the AR games now hitting the App Store and Google Play. Now it’s time for everyone’s favourite lasagne-munching lazy feline, Garfield, to get you out of the house in Garfield GO. In Garfield GO players…

AxonVR is Building a Generalized Haptic Display

AxonVR was awarded US Patent No. 9,652,037 of a “whole-body human-computer interface” on May 16th, which includes an external exoskeleton as well as a generalized haptic display made out of microfluidic technology. I had a chance to demo AxonVR’s HaptX™ haptic display that uses a “fluidic distribution laminate” with channels and actuators to form a…

VR at E3 2017: Microsoft Drops The Ball, Sony And Bethesda Scoop It Up

I’m starting to wonder if VR will ever play a truly significant role at E3. We’ve seen a routinely strong showing for the tech at the games industry’s biggest event over the past few years, but it hasn’t yet truly dominated the conversation. We haven’t had the E3 where Sony doesn’t shut up about VR…

Mario Kart Arcade GP VR Is Nintendo’s First VR Game For HTC Vive

Not every big VR story is spiralling out of LA this week; over in Japan we’ve seen the surprise reveal of what looks like an official Mario Kart VR game, coming to arcades. A new trailer for Bandai Namco’s VR Zone Arcade in Shinjuku, Tokyo reveals this very surprising new game being played on none…

Sony Confirms the Existence of Skyrim VR

Earlier this month the online rumour mill erupted as details emerged that Bethesda has supposedly been working on a virtual reality (VR) version of its massively popular fantasy role-playing game (RPG) Skyrim. Those rumours first surfaced 4Chan, a website not always known for being reputable with its leaks, but it seems as though this time it was…

Minecraft Goes Completely Cross Platform for VR, PC, Mobile and Consoles

The Microsoft pre-E3 press conference has so far showcased plenty of exclusive content for Xbox consoles as well as the official reveal of Xbox One X (previously Project Scorpio) but its been lacking any virtual reality (VR) focused news. Well a small reference has now appeared for the massively popular Minecraft, with the company uniting the…

NextVR Partners with NBC for Weekly World of Dance VR Companion Series

NextVR, the virtual reality (VR) company synonymous with sport and concert livestreaming, has announced a new partnership with NBC to produce an exclusive weekly companion series for the broadcasters World of Dance programme. World of Dance is a new competition series being judged by a team of superstars known for their dancing skills – Jennifer Lopez…

Facebook’s Quest to Kill the Smartphone

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is on a quest to kill the smartphone. Apple and Google beat the billionaire social media magnate to creating the smartphone — the dominant platform underpinning the Facebook network. When Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004, we didn’t have Android or iOS, but the mobile phone market was well established — think…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 06/04/17

This week’s collection of new releases isn’t as overwhelming as last week, but there are a couple gems to be found. First up you’ll be clean out a monster-infested ship in intense sci-fi shooter Dead Effect 2. On the other side of the scale, you can run your own rice bowl dish shop in Counter Fight: Samurai Edition as…

New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For The Week Of 06/04/17

We’ve got ourselves a cross-platform party this week. There’s only a few games out on Oculus Home for Rift, and they both appear on Gear VR too. Gear also has a number of other interesting releases this week that we’ve highlighted below. If you missed last week’s releases you can see those releases here. Don’t…

E3 Spotlight: Bethesda, Fallout 4 VR, DOOM VR And (Possibly) Skyrim VR

While my first experience with VR was in the mid-’90s with the VFX-1, my introduction to the latest round of VR devices was at E3 2012 when John Carmack showed Doom 3 in VR at the Bethesda booth on a newly-announced but not-yet-released HMD called the Oculus Rift, which was little more than a motion-tracking…

Augmented Reality RPG UnderVerse Launches in New Zealand

A team of Russian independent developers have formed a studio named Ambidexter, which has released its first augmented reality (AR) title for mobile, combining AR with turn-based RPG combat, a GPS system and MMORPG elements. The development team claim that the title, UnderVerse, is the first videogame of its kind, combing as it does multiple…

The Virtual Arena: From Silver Screen to Silicon Dreams! (Part 1)

With the Digital Out-of-Home entertainment (DOE) applications of virtual reality (VR) gaining momentum, along with the announcement of more VR arcades scheduled to open, developments in the serious business opportunities for VR have started to galvanize. In this two-part feature, industry specialist Kevin Williams looks at the continuing impact that the movie business aligned with…

Secure Mobile Browser Aloha Gets VR Integration

Cyprus-based Aloha Mobile Ltd have announced that their flagship product, the Aloha mobile web browser, will be integrating support for virtual reality (VR) to allow mobile users to watch VR and 360-degree content through mobile VR platforms such as Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR. The Aloha Browser was released in 2016, initially for Android,…

Leap Motion Update Improves Physics, Supports Rift And Vive Controllers

Fully functioning hand-tracking might be a ways off from becoming the standard form of VR input, but Leap Motion is making a big step toward that future today, taking its Interaction development engine to 1.0 and introducing some major new features. The Interaction Engine has been available in early Beta since last year, but this…

Tickets Now Available For The Mummy VR Experience

Location-based virtual reality (VR) spin-off of the new The Mummy movie from Universal Pictures, titled The Mummy Prodigium Strike now has tickets available. Fans can experience The Mummy Prodigium Strike at the IMAX VR centres in Los Angeles and New York, or at the Hollywood & Highland Centre in Los Angeles. Tickets at the IMAX…

War Thunder VR Stream Brings the Battle to Mobile

Gaijin Entertainment, the developer behind MMO title War Thunder, has announced a collaboration with Dive into VR on a new app called War Thunder VR Stream. This will allow mobile users to play the online combat title in virtual reality (VR) using Google Daydream or Cardboard headsets. Dive into VR’s technology is called VR Stream and it uses proprietary…

MAGIX Acquires VR Firm Simplitec And Invests In VR Market

German technology company MAGIX are looking to expand into the virtual reality (VR) sector and are planning to launch its own suite of VR products in 2018. The firm has also acquired VR software company Simplitec. MAGIX is planning to significantly increase its presence in he VR sector. The company has already been working with…

VR Goes Big at E3 2017, VR/AR/MR Exhibitors Increase by 138%

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the worlds largest event dedicated to videogames, starts next week in Los Angeles, California, and it’s set to be even bigger and better than ever for virtual reality (VR) fans. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the US videogame industry and owns/manages E3, has revealed there’s going to be…

CCP Shanghai discuss Gunjack 2: End of Shift and VR in China

For those with the Google Daydream head-mounted display (HMD), you should have already tried out CCP Games’ Gunjack 2: End of Shift, which is currently exclusive to the mobile virtual reality (VR) format. VRFocus covered the latest update that came for free in February this year. The new update added new features such as Challenges,…

The PlayPlad Is A New Gear VR Controller With A Brilliant Name

Never mind that fancy new motion controller that’s being bundled with Gear VR; accessory company Nyko thinks it has the definitive new controller for Samsung’s mobile headset. Meet the PlayPlad VR. No, that wasn’t a typo. As goofy as a name that may be, the PlayPlad VR actually has a pretty neat gimmick to it….

Samsung “Gears” Up with VR Rights Acquisitions

  Samsung’s Gear VR mobile headset is undoubtedly one of the best mobile VR headsets you can buy, with the caveat that you must have a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone to use it with. However, since Samsung also makes very good phones (when they don’t explode) that’s not too harsh a requirement. What makes the…

ILM, HTC Vive, Epic Games Showcase VR on Apple iMac with Star Wars

Well the Apple conference is now over and while it didn’t quite have the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) announcements of rivals Google and Microsoft, it certainly wasn’t absent. The majority of the conference focused on new OS High Sierra for the Mac’s and iOS 11 for mobile devices, with VR and AR…

Apple’s ARKit Evolves Pokemon GO

Today at WWDC Apple announced a slew of updates across its many product lines. Among these announcements were a few eyebrow raising nods toward immersive tech upgrades and how they can help improve popular applications such as Pokemon GO. In addition to showing an HTC Vive finally being powered by an Apple computer, the company also showed off…

Apple Jumps Into AR With ARKit on Millions Of iPhones and iPads

It wasn’t a matter of if Apple would get involved with augmented reality so much as when. That day is today. At a press conference today Apple unveiled its first AR implementation coming to the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system, iOS 11. The company introduced ARKit, a brand new platform that showcased…