Seven VR Titles Nominated At This Year’s Emmy Awards

VR continues its mainstream invasion as a new pack of virtual content makes its way to the prestigious award ceremony. This September the Primetime Emmy Awards will celebrate its legendary 70th anniversary, once again honoring the absolute finest in U.S. television entertainment. For the last two years, VR content has managed to quietly infiltrate its…

AltspaceVR Lets You Build Your Own Sharable Space In Virtual Reality

AltspaceVR has released tools to let users create their own sharable spaces in virtual reality. It uses a drag-and-drop interface, allowing you to place objects in a 3D space using AltspaceVR-compatible headsets — including Oculus Go and Gear VR. It’s one of the first major upgrades since Microsoft acquired the social VR platform. If you save the space,…

Artist’s AR Exhibit Shows Two Sides Of The Same Reality

Adobe’s artist in residence explains how augmented reality proved to be the perfect medium to express herself. Growing up as a Chinese immigrant in Oakland, California, Estella Tse recalls her struggle having to navigate between her strict, traditional heritage – and her more liberal American upbringing, which encouraged individualism and freedom of expression. Art,…

The 5 Best Free Games on HTC Vive

Steam is chocked full of free games that support HTC Vive, but it may be difficult with all that choice to know exactly which games to start out with, especially if that shiny new HTC Vive or HTC Vive Pro blew out your remaining games budget. Also, don’t forget that as an HTC Vive owner,…

Austin’s Rapidly Growing VR Community

Does Austin have the largest VR community outside of Los Angeles? This was a question I asked myself several times last summer before moving. I was familiar with Austin, Texas because of SXSW — having attended with my previous employer, Emblematic Group. But visiting the city for work was wildly different from uprooting my life. After…

The 5 Best Free Games on Oculus Rift

There are plenty of great games out there for Oculus Rift, with the Oculus Store featuring a number of top titles certainly worth your hard-earned money. But before you crack that wallet too wide open, you may want to take a look at some seriously cool free content out there on the Oculus Store right…

AltspaceVR Releases New World-Building Kits

Microsoft just announced new tools to make it easier for users to build and share their own virtual spaces. In a virtual Town Hall today, AltspaceVR unveiled a suite of tools that will allow anyone to build customizable VR spaces. The two new world-building kits are based on Altspace’s most popular environments: Campfire and Alien…

Oculus & Chloë Grace Moretz Serve Up A Six-Course VR Meal

Facebook’s Oculus teams up with actress Chloë Grace Moretz for an “omakase” dinner straight out of a science fiction novel. On July 31st, a group of lucky guests gathered on the rooftop of Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel in NYC where they were treated to a six-course dinner unlike any they’ve experienced before. Lead by the…

The New York Times Bringing Its Content To Magic Leap One Creator Edition

Ever since 2015, The New York Times has had a keen interest in immersive technology, and over the past few years VRFocus has diligently followed their trail. From partnering with Google to produce virtual reality (VR) related works for the Google Cardboard head-mounted device (HMD), to NYTVR and them producing daily 360 degree videos for…

Review: Gates of Nowhere

There are a lot of fantasy titles available on virtual reality (VR). They vary in scale from simple small-scale arena battlers to vast sprawling titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. Gates of Nowhere lies somewhere in-between, a relatively linear dungeon crawler with hack and slash gameplay. Gates of Nowhere has been out in…

Inowize Announces Location-Based VR Attraction

One of the challenges faced by location-based virtual reality (VR) centres is how to offer a room-scale experience within a limited amount of space. Digital production agency Inowize thinks it might have the answer with its newly announced product, VR Quest Arena. VR Quest Arena is a turnkey, location-based VR attraction which allows for three…

WorldViz Launched Upgraded VR Development Platform

As the technology that powers virtual reality (VR) develops, the tools that developers use to create content need to keep pace with those changes. Recognising this, VR solutions company WorldViz have launched the newest version of its Python-based VR development platform, Vizard 6. Vizard has been designed as a development environment aimed at scientific-grade VR….

HTC Showcases Update for HTC Vive Focus at ChinaJoy

As expected, HTC had a substantial presence at the China Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference, better known to most as ChinaJoy. The company worked with several of its partners to highlight some of the projects in the works, including the McLaren Shadow Project Esports league, as well as an update to HTC’s standalone virtual reality…

Play Arca’s Path At The Post Gamescom XR Review

Not everyone is lucky enough to make it to Gamescom, which does mean missing out on some f the biggest and best upcoming immersive titles, and putting up with the smugness of those who did get to go. Fear not, as VRFocus is here to help, with some of the most anticipated immersive properties coming…

Life In 360°: A Musical Mind Trip

I had thought we were done with music videos in 360 degrees for a while after our selection of them at the end of last month. However, as always with the world of virtual reality (VR) and all that is associated with it, things are always in motion.  So, it’s back to the world of…

XR Think-Tank To Be Held at Byron Bay Film Festival

Though often overlooked, Australia is another area which is growing and developing its augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) sectors. In recognition of this continued growth, 2018 will be the third time that the Co_Lab_Create event will be held to bring together VR/AR professionals at the Byron Bay International Film Festival. The Co_Lab_Create event…

Capital Region AR VR Accelerator Teams With Sacramento Kings & More

Regular VRFocus readers will – at least we hope – be well aware of out three regular weekend features. Those being ‘This Week In VR Sport‘, ‘The VR Job Hub‘ and ‘Something for the Weekend‘ – click all those links incidentally to be taken to last weekend’s iteration of all three, incidentally. But when it…

Rapper 2 Chainz Tries $3 Million Children’s VR Experience

The latest episode of ‘Most Expensivest’ has the rapper going hands on with 12-minute VR movies with haptic feedback. If you’re unfamiliar with the Viceland television series Most Expensivest, the offbeat show follows superstar rapper 2 Chainz as he leads viewers through an inside tour of the world’s most outrageously expensive goods and services. So…

Review: Electronauts

Ever fancied being the next Calvin Harris or Tiesto only to find that your musical talents stretch to singing karaoke badly on a Friday night? Well you’re not alone, so thankfully there are videogame developers out there aiming to bring your DJing fantasies to life. The latest comes from well-known virtual reality (VR) studio Survios…

Review: Electronauts

Ever fancied being the next Calvin Harris or Tiesto only to find that your musical talents stretch to singing karaoke badly on a Friday night? Well you’re not alone, so thankfully there are videogame developers out there aiming to bring your DJing fantasies to life. The latest comes from well-known virtual reality (VR) studio Survios…

VR-Controlled Robot Limbs Could Open Up Now Possibilities for Remote Working

It has already been demonstrated how virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can help when workers need assistance performing an unfamiliar procedure. An assistant professor at Tokyo’s Keio University is taking this idea step further with his ‘Fusion’ project. Fusion consists of two main elements, one of which is a pair of robotic arms…

Young People Still See VR As Socially Isolating

Though the general perception and stereotype is that older people are afraid of new technology while younger people eagerly embrace it, we should all be aware by now that the reality is a lot more complex than a single headline can convey. Brand experience agency Amplify has unveiled its second ‘Young Blood’ report which covers…

Space-Based Real-Time Strategy in VR with MoonStrike

Real-time strategy has seen something of a resurgence in popularity thanks to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Several titles have taken advantage of the immersive capabilities of VR to offer RTS games, and now developers Big Dorks Entertainment mix in some space combat to bring MoonStrike to VR. The developers describe MoonStrike as…

Hiroshima Bombing Recreated in Virtual Reality

The 6th August, 2018 marked the 73rd anniversary of the day an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Three days later, a second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. To mark these events, and ensure that the horrors of atomic warfare are not forgotten, a group of Japanese students have painstakingly…

Insta360 Tease New 360 Camera For Later This Month

360 degree video’s role within immersive technology continues to be one that actively splits the community. To some it is, though at the lower end of the spectrum, a great and simple way to introduce people into what being in virtual reality (VR) can be like and a great tool for advertisers and creatives alike. …

VR vs. Fiction – Vol IV: A Cruel Father’s Thesis

It’s a pretty hectic week for us on VRFocus so for today’s VR vs. column we step back into the world of fiction for my little sub-series where I discuss instances where virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), head-mounted displays (HMDs) of any kind or related immersive technology appear. Today we enter the world of…