Hands-On With Santa Cruz And Full Freedom Of Movement Controllers

Oculus offered me brief hands-on time with its Santa Cruz standalone headset prototype and full freedom of movement controllers. I got to try the earlier version of Santa Cruz at last year’s conference and, like last year, I wasn’t allowed to shoot video of my time with the all-in-one gear. Before diving into my impressions,…

Camouflaj Announce First VR Title for Gear VR République VR

Today Oculus Connect has returned for its fourth annual showcase, with event attendees able to get their hands on some of the latest titles and listen to talks covering future ideas and advancements in virtual reality (VR). Of course the main showpiece is the keynote speech which opens proceedings, and there’s been plenty going on…

Facebook Brings More VR to News Feed With ‘3D Posts’

Today has been a big day at Oculus Connect 4, Facebook’s VR industry conference. In addition to a $199 Oculus Go standalone headset, the social media giant announced major updates to Facebook Spaces (including 360° live-streaming and the integration of Quill) and Oculus Home (a “Minority Report-like interface” via Rift Core 2.0 and Dash). Now, there’s…

OC4: First Oculus Go Games And Apps Confirmed

Oculus Go is Oculus’ surprise new standalone VR headset, offering three degrees of freedom head-tracking and control and launching early next year for $199. But what VR worlds will you be able to visit with it? As explained during the Oculus Connect keynote today, Go will be ‘binary compatible’ with Gear VR, Oculus and Samsung’s…

Oculus Announces $199 Standalone VR Headset

‘Oculus Go’ doesn’t require a phone or PC. Oculus’ biggest event of the year, Oculus Connect 4, kicked off Wednesday morning with an opening keynote reveal from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook owned Oculus unveiled on stage their first standalone VR headset. Dubbed Oculus Go, the VR headset is a all-in one mobile computer, which means…

Oculus Go Standalone VR Headset Revealed

At the fourth annual Oculus Connect developers conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the latest product in the family of Oculus virtual reality (VR) products – the Oculus Go. Unlike the Oculus Rift which requires users to remain tethered to a powerful PC, the Oculus Go is a standalone device that doesn’t need a PC…

Oculus Connect Keynotes in 360-Degrees

This week sees the return of the Oculus Connect conference for its fourth year. Several announcements are expected, and keynote speeches from key figures in Oculus ad Facebook. Several of those keynotes will be available to watch through livestream, including an option to watch in 360-degrees using a virtual reality (VR) headset. For those who…

Ex-Sony Dev Russell Harding Details Elements That are key to AR and VR Creation

Several videogame experts from Sony were present at Open City Documentary Festival this year in London, and were brought in to discuss how gaming knowledge on interactivity has become essential when creating stories for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) storytelling. VRFocus spoke to Russell Harding, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Conspexit Games…

HTC ‘Vive Eclipse’ Trademark Appears in New Zealand

With there being just over two months left of 2017 the window for HTC  and Google to release their standalone headset is narrowing quickly. While no mention of the headset was made at Google’s most recent press conference for Pixel 2 – with Daydream also getting a look in – HTC has applied for a…

Oculus Rift and Touch Win Big at the VR Awards 2017

Oculus Connect 4 begins later today and this week has started off well for the virtual reality (VR) company. On Monday the VR Awards 2017 were held in London, UK, with 12 awards covering the VR spectrum, and Oculus secured two of the main categories for VR hardware. Oculus Rift won the VR Headset of…

Oculus Connect 4: Mark Zuckerberg’s Chance To Outline VR’s Next Steps

Microsoft is poised to release a series of PC-powered VR headsets and Google is about to launch the Pixel 2 with an upgraded Daydream View. But neither company took the opportunity with recent announcements to detail VR’s next steps. Both tech giants were clearly focused on making the most of the holiday shopping season. This makes…

This NFL App Lets Fans Paint Their Faces With AR

You can now put on a selfie game face without dealing with all the messy grease paint. Face painting is a huge part of sports culture, particularly in the US. But (excuse the pun) let’s face it: not everybody has the time, patience and skin complexion to achieve that perfect artistic look that will do…

Gear VR Offers To Get You Into Virtual Reality

As we enter the fourth quarter of 2017, we can look back on the year to date with something of a sense of ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. Whilst many things have improved and virtual reality (VR) is beginning to hit its stride, with all the major players well into…

Leap Motion Launches VR Design Research Studio in UK

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) motion tracking specialist Leap Motion has announced today the launch of a new design research studio in London, UK. Leading the new office will be immersive filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda who will assume the role of VP of Design and Global Creative Director. Matsuda uses a mixture of video, motion graphics, interaction…

Virtual Vandalisation on Snapchat’s AR Sculpture

Earlier this week, Snapchat revealed it was teaming up with artist Jeff Koons to have his artwork featured in the smartphone app in several major cities. The reveal didn’t entirely go the way Snapchat planned, with new leaking early due to a flaw in the website. Now it seems not everyone is pleased with the…

Start Working In VR and AR With These Unity and Udacity Degree Programs

The VR Developer and ARkit Nanodegree Programs are here to help feed the growing market need for educated developers. Various industries, from entertainment to healthcare, have begun investing a significant amount of their resources in virtual and augmented reality. As a result, companies are now clamoring for talented developers in these rapidly growing fields. So…

Something for the Weekend: Oculus Rift & Gear VR Discounts

For those who find themselves looking for something new to play over the next week on their Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR, VRFocus has just the thing. Take a look below at the Oculus Store’s library of virtual reality (VR) titles to find what discounts are currently available. Zero Days VR Compatibility: Oculus Rift Based on…

BT Mobile Offering Free Samsung Gear VR

If you are in the UK and shopping around for a new mobile phone contract, or are interested in acquiring Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, and are also interested in trying out virtual reality (VR) then BT Mobile have a new offer that might be of interest. BT Mobile is…

Canadian Medical Association Team With Cloud DX To Bring VR To Hospitals

As covered in a recent report, virtual reality (VR) in healthcare is a significant growth area,m with many medical professionals and organisations taking advantage of the technology for various applications. One of the latest to do so is the Canadian Medical Association, whose accelerator company Joule is working with Cloud DX to introduce VR to…

Sunken Is The Hidden Object VR Game That Takes You Under The Sea

Sunken is a virtual reality game that plunges players into the ocean deep to explore shipwrecks. Though it’s a low-stakes hidden object game, it’s tinged with hints of H.P. Lovecraft, and the environments evoke a sense of dread. It launched today for the Samsung Gear VR. Tapps Games has a history as a mobile studio. It…

Level Ex Announces $11m Funding to Create VR for Doctors

It has been clear for some time that virtual reality (VR) has tremendous potential in the healthcare sector. The technology has already begun to see some use, technology firm Level Ex believe further development is possible, and have secured $11 million (USD) to develop new VR and augmented reality (AR) applications for doctors. Level Ex…

Lionsgate and Unity Create VR Experience For New Saw Movie

There is a school of thought within advertising that says ‘content is advertising, and advertising is content’. As virtual reality (VR) has developed as a medium, and increasing number of companies and brands have begun to subscribe to this idea, producing immersive VR experiences to advertise their output, such as the Jigsaw Virtual Room, created…

Swarovski Introduces New VR Shopping Experience

Move over diamonds, VR is a girl’s new best friend. Last week, luxury diamond retailer Swarovksi announced it would be partnering with Mastercard and tech company YouVisit to provide an all-new virtual reality shopping experience. The app allows users to browse the Atelier Swarovski interior décor line, full of delicate Swarovski crystals. For those with means,…

AR Experience Ko’Ko’s Curse is an Interactive Ecological Fairy-tale

There have been a number of augmented reality (AR) apps come to market that explore the innovative use of the medium, but very few that intertwine a strong story element. Looking to change that is Apelab – the studio behind Dear VR title Break A Leg – which has just announced its latest project Ko’s Ko’s Curse. Created using…

How AR Acceleration has Overtaken VR: Gaming vs. Everyday Application

Augmented reality (AR) has speedily risen in popularity over the course of 2017. While those affiliated with virtual reality (VR) have been discussing the impending arrival of the passthrough medium for years – citing technology from the likes of Magic Leap as a basis for something groundbreaking – it’s simple success stories from the likes…

Independence Day Director Roland Emmerich Launches VR Company

Independence Day director Roland Emmerich just launched his own VR company. No, really. Emmerich is the chairman and co-founder of a new VR media outfit named VRenetic that aims to make 360 degree broadcasting accessible and affordable to everyone. The company has its own free app, VResh, that allows for real-time streaming of panoramic video…

Review: SBK VR

Hurtling round a race track at breakneck speeds can be an exhilarating videogame experience, especially when adding in the immersion factor of virtual reality (VR). Most realistic racing titles for VR headsets tend to involve cars, putting players in the driving seat of some souped-up four-wheeled bullet, with very few taking on the challenge of…