Oculus Unveils Blade Runner VR Experience At Comic Con; Teases New Content

Oculus debuts the first of three upcoming Blade Runner VR titles for Gear VR & Rift along with an immersive new experience in San Diego. Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 cult classic Blade Runner, hits theaters this October and I’m still having trouble believing it’s true. The trailers, while jaw-dropping, won’t be…

HoloGrid: Monster Battle Brings Star Wars’ HoloChess to the HoloLens

HappyGiant has today has launched its critically-acclaimed HoloGrid: Monster Battle on Microsoft’s HoloLens. A tactical strategy videogame that combines elements of chess, board games, and collectible card games, HoloGrid: Monster Battle is now on five leading augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) platforms.   Tailored specifically to take advantage of the HoloLens platform’s…

uSens Unveils SLAM-Based 6DOF Tracking for Mobile VR/AR

uSens, the tracking technology specialist behind the Fingo, has announced development of a Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) based mobile inside-out 6DOF positional tracking solution. Designed specifically for mobile devices, using advanced machine learning and computer vision techniques, uSens’ algorithm constructs a virtual map of an environment without the need for markers. This environment can then be customised…

Lenovo Unveils AR Headset daystAR

Chinese tech giant Lenovo has yet to enter the virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) headset market with a device of its own but that won’t be the case for much longer. This year has already seen confirmation that the company will be making a Windows MR headset and a standalone VR  device based…

Hands-On: The VRHero Is A 5K Resolution Headset From VRgineers

VR currently does a lot of different things well across a variety of devices. The Gear VR is a great mobile headset but it’s underpowered and lacks positional tracking. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have good content and roomscale capabilities, but they’re tethered and the resolution isn’t great. PSVR is affordable given its relative…

End Space is Coming to PlayStation VR in September

Just over a year ago developer Justin Wasilenko launched his debut Samsung Gear VR title, End Space. Having now formed Orange Bridge Studios, the team has today announced that the space combat title will be coming to PlayStation VR in September 2017. Players will find themselves in the pilot seat of the Minos Starfighter, equipped with guns…

Oculus Unveils Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit for Samsung Gear VR

A couple of weeks ago VRFocus reported on Alcon Entertainment and Oculus announcing that Blade Runner 2049 Experience will be making its debut during the San Diego Comic-Con which starts tomorrow. It’s seems that’s not all the companies have in store as today it’s been announced that Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit will be released this Friday for…

Check Out The Trailer For Blade Runner 2049’s VR Experience

Earlier this month we reported that Blade Runner 2049 was getting a VR experience that would debut at San Diego Comic Con this week. As it turns out, there are actually going to be three tie-in experiences to the movie, and the first of these has just surfaced. Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit is on…

Mira Opens Pre-Orders for $99 AR Headset Prism

Augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) tends to fall in one of two categories, really cheap like the popular AR title Pokemon GO or the very pricey, such as Microsoft HoloLens. Soon there will be another option, an AR headset that costs $99 USD and uses a smartphone – a kind of AR version of Gear…

Google Glass Resurrected As New Enterprise Edition

Google Glass might be considered a sort of precursor to everything we write about on UploadVR today. Long before Cardboard, Daydream, and Tango, Google aimed to give the world a normal pair of glasses that presented simple AR overlays; far more primitive than what we see now with Microsoft’s HoloLens, but still very promising. The…

Nokia and Xiaomi Team Up for VR and More

It may seem a little weird that two companies who both make phones and should be in competition with each other have teamed up, but that’s just what Nokia and Xiaomi have done in a surprising bit of news. The two companies have signed a cross-licensing patent deal and say they will be looking at…

KryptCrawler Creeps Out Of The Dungeon Onto Oculus Store This Week

Load up rations bag, polish up your armour and sharpen your sword because it’s time to enter the darkness and descend into the abyss once again with the imminent release of KryptCrawler. Announced almost a year ago at the 2016 edition of Gamescom, the title by Headup Games and CrazyBunch is a first-person dungeon explorer…

Mobile Retailer Sees 300% Increase in Demand for VR

Whilst the biggest virtual reality (VR) news generally tends to revolve around high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs), it’s mobile VR that’s driving adoption with Samsung Gear VR leading the way and Google Daydream starting to pick up the pace. In a recent report by online retailer Mobiles.co.uk has charted a sharp increase in demand for VR,…

VR Roller Coasters Collide in Madrid; 33 Injured Including Children

Spanish authorities say 33 people, including six children under 10 years old, have been injured in a roller coaster collision equipped with VR headsets. According to the Associated Press, 27 people needed hospital treatment for minor injuries when two roller coaster cars collided Sunday on the “Tren de la Mina” (Mind Train) at Madrid’s Parque…

Sony Music and MelodyVR Agree Licensing Deal

MelodyVR, a virtual reality (VR) music content platform which is a subsidiary of EVR Holdings PLC, has announced a new licensing and distribution agreement today with Sony Music Entertainment. This will give MelodyVR the right to produce and distribute VR content created with Sony Music artists. Sony Music’s current roster of artists includes both local musicians…

Become A Jedi, Play Holochess With This Star Wars AR Headset

Disney reveals an exciting augmented reality partnership with Lenovo at D23 conference. With every new Star Wars film comes new tie-ins, video games, merchandise and pretty much anything else you can slap a picture of R2D2 or Finn on. So naturally Disney’s D23 conference in Anaheim, California was filled to the brim with new content from a…

Lila’s Tale Makes you Solve Puzzles in VR … Without Your Hands

You don’t need a controller to play Lila’s Tale; you just need to look. It’s a VR platformer that you interact with by directing your gaze at where you want its heroine to move. Only a demo is available at the moment, but the full game is slated for a third-quarter release later this year for…

Oculus Planning on a ‘Spectrum’ Of Standalone Headsets

Oculus have already revealed plans to release a standalone headset to sit in-between the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. Now further information has emerged that Oculus are in fact planning to make various different options available for consumers who are interested in standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets. Ars Technica has reported that Oculus is…

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Makes You An AR Jedi

Disney announced Star Wars: Jedi Challenges at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA today, and revealed it was partnering with Lenovo and Lucasfilm to create a new consumer AR headset. Not many details were given about the hardware itself, but we did learn you download apps onto your phone then lock it into the headset,…

This Week in VR Sport: Motor racing, Skateboarding and BMX

It’s the weekend again, with Formula One qualifying and Wimbledon tennis happening in the UK, so VRFocus is getting into the spirit of things with its weekly look at things that cross over virtual reality (VR) and sports. ESPN’s X Games Streams In VR Happening over this weekend, having begun on the 13th July, and…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 07/09/17

Welcome to a new week of HTC Vive releases, far removed from the storm that was the Steam summer sale. Things are somewhat back to normal and we have a couple highlights to check out. Balloon Chair Death Match is a unique deathmatch concept that takes really good advantage of VR’s immersion by having you up in…

New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For Week Of 07/09/17

Rift might be on sale, but its Gear VR’s time to shine on the content side this week with two big new releases. There’s some cool stuff for Rift too, but this is one of those weeks it’s better to be a mobile VR gamer. If you missed the previous entry of this list you…

$200 Standalone Wireless Oculus VR Headset Coming 2018

Oculus seeks to bridge the gap between PC and mobile VR with a mid-level headset. Oculus is all up in the news lately. The Facebook-owned VR manufacturer shut down its Oculus Stories department and revealed a ridiculous $399 Rift & Touch bundle sale running throughout the entire summer. Now the company is teasing brand new…

VR Experiences Get Emmy Award Nominations

Virtual reality (VR) has been steadily gaining recognition from the mainstream entertainment industry, but very few forms of recognition are more prestigious than the Emmy Awards. The 69th Emmy Awards nominations have been released, and the list includes six VR experiences. While the Emmy’s have not gone so far as to have a separate VR…

Playstation VR – Sony’s 23 Years of Virtual Reality Ambitions Realised

In the world of high end consumer Virtual Reality, there are currently three major players, and each is seeking something very different from VR. For Oculus, the goal is the culmination of a well-publicised journey from start-up to acquisition from the biggest social media company on Earth, and the hope for clearer waters after a…

Escape the Room in Virtual Reality

VRFocus interviews Peter Dawe, co-founder of New Island Studios Inc. about Escape VR, an escape room title for the Samsung Gear VR. The videogame was released last December with one room, where the player has to either find a way to escape the room before the bomb goes off, or figure out a way to…

Oculus Plans on Releasing a $200 Standalone Headset in 2018 Claims Report

The last few months have seen some major virtual reality (VR) announcements from companies like Microsoft, Google and HTC. But Facebook and its subsidiary Oculus have been fairly quiet, with barely any presence at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which wasn’t the case in previous years. While Oculus hasn’t released official figures, those from…

Three VR Experiences Snag 2017 Emmy Noms in Outstanding Original Interactive Category

VR continues to make its way into the mainstream. This morning, the Television Academy announced nominations for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards, and among the number were three VR experiences in the “Outstanding Original Interactive Program” category: Dear Angelica (Oculus Story Studio), Mission:ISS (Magnopus), and The People’s House – Inside The White House With Barack And Michelle Obama (Felix & Paul Studios)….