Behind the Scenes of Robo Recall Cinematics

Epic Games have released a video revealing the secrets of the Sequencer Editor that is built into Unreal Engine 4 and how it was used to create the cinematics for Robo Recall. The video is presented by Wes Bunn, Technical Writer at Epic Games and shows how one of the cinematics for Robo Recall was…

Disney Reveals How to Catch a Real Ball in Virtual Reality

Disney’s Research arm have revealed a system where a user can catch a real, physical ball while wearing a headset and still immersed in virtual reality (VR). Disney Research have released a video showing how someone wearing a head mounted display (HMD) who can only see the virtual landscape can still catch a real ball…

China Hero Project Announces New PlayStation VR Games

The China Hero Project helps independent videogame developers based in China get their product to market. They are working together with Sony to bring several new games to the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation VR (PSVR). Ten new games were announced as being in development for either PS4 or PSVR. The games are all currently…

More than 17,000 Visitors Expected at Laval Virtual

The calendar for events dedicated to virtual reality (VR) just keeps filling up. The end of March will see the conference return to Laval in France, where the organisers are expecting a crowd of 17,000 visitors. Laval Virtual begins today 22nd March and run until 26th March 2017. The first three days of the conference are…

Life In 360°: The Spherical-ness Of The Long Distance Runner

Welcome back to Life In 360°, where we take a thrice weekly look into one of the ways you can use a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in order to get into the action. Before we get on with today’s visit though, if you’re interested in 360 degree video or you’re looking to get into 360…

SC Johnson Produce VR Film to Promote Rainforest Conservation

Maker of household products such as Glade and Pledge, SC Johnson have produced a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) film called Under The Canopy as part of their campaign to promote conservation of the rainforest. Under The Canopy is a journey through the Amazon rainforest, in which the viewer is guided through the lush tropical landscape…

Linden Lab Adds Bing Gordon to Board of Directors

Creators of MMO Second Life, Linden Lab, have announced that Bing Gordon, Chief Product Officer KPCB is joining the Linden Lab Board of Directors. Linden Lab say that they are looking to Gordon for advice on strategy and marketing as they improve Second Life and launch their new virtual reality (VR) platform Sansar. Sansar is…

SteamDolls VR Demo Released on Steam

Steampunk-inspired adventure videogame SteamDolls VR has received a substantial update to its demo recently, which integrates trackpad support and a full gameplay tutorial. SteamDolls VR was designed exclusively for virtual reality (VR). The player steps into the shoes of a thief who must use cunning and stealth to make their way through the environment, avoiding…

AWE Issues Call for Nominations for Auggie Awards

Organisers of the Augmented World Expo has issued a call for nominations for the Auggie Awards, a prize awarded to those who contributed extraordinary innovation to the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. The awards ceremony will be held at the Augmented World Expo, a conference for AR/VR technology. This year will be…

Upload Continues to Grow with 20,000 Square Foot VR/AR Coworking Space

Next month, Upload will be launching a brand new 20,000 square foot co-working space in Marina Del Rey, CA. The space will officially be known as Upload LA and it will serve as the premiere destination for Los Angeles-based augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) companies. Whether you’re just starting up or looking to expand,…

NCAA March Madness Live VR Now Available

Oculus have partnered with NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports for the second year to bring Basketball’s March Madness to virtual reality (VR) users. Users of Oculus Rift and Gear VR will be able to use the March Madness Live app to get a courtside seat to six live games. There will be two premium…

The VOID Hyper-Reality Experience Comes To Dubai

The mixed reality park opens its second location in the city built on sand. In an attempt to bring the immersive attraction to several locations outside the United States, The VOID hyper-reality experience has partnered with UAE-based holding company Meraas to open a brand new location right in the heart of the beautiful city of…

Serious Sam Gets VR Upgrade

Croteam have announced that they are working on fresh virtual reality (VR) rebuilds of the Serious Sam series of games. Serious Sam Fusion 2017 is out in Beta form, and available for free to owners of previous Serious Sam titles. Croteam plan for Serious Sam HD, The First Encounter and The Second Encounter to be…

‘Ghostbusters VR’ Experience Comes to PlayStationVR, from the Makers of ‘The Walk’ Demo

It seems the Ghostbusters franchise isn’t done capitalizing on the video game market just yet, because the first installment of a new Ghostbusters experience is heading to PlayStationVR today. The experience (read: not game) was developed by CreateVR and Sony’s in-house VR production studio, and is entitled Ghostbusters VR – Now Hiring, Act 1: Firehouse. In the experience you meet Mooglie, the iconic ghost from the franchise’s…

Virtual Worlds are Teaching Better Lessons

When Virtual Reality (VR) content is experienced using a VR headset the outcome is a virtual world. In that world, the possibilities are limited only by the imagination. This approach has given education an opportunity to leapfrog existing teaching practice by providing educationally beneficial immersive experiences. The first among these is that VR allows students…

Omnichanel Realities

In my last VRFocus article from September, I stressed the importance of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in focusing on usefulness and superseding reality. Then going on to highlight how content should be delivered via accessible (cheap and easy-to-use) hardware such as VR headsets connected to media boxes (e.g., Netflix) to reach mass market adoption. Well,…

Omnichannel Realities

In my last VRFocus article from September, I stressed the importance of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in focusing on usefulness and superseding reality. Then going on to highlight how content should be delivered via accessible (cheap and easy-to-use) hardware such as VR headsets connected to media boxes (e.g., Netflix) to reach mass market adoption. Well,…

InstaVR To Produce Content For Hello Kitty Theme Park

Likely due to the costs and complexity of virtual reality setups, theme parks are often referenced as prime homes for VR installations and rides. Amusement parks not only have the funding that can go into individual attractions providing fully immersive VR, but also the square feet to do so with few barriers. Companies like Optitrack…

VR vs. It’s Evolving!

Sometimes when I come to write a VR vs article I have a very definitive idea of what I’m going to write about. There’s a big story in the news, everyone’s reacted to it , do I agree? Yes/no. Explain why. Other occasions I’ve got no idea at all and it just flows naturally that…

3 Months in PlayStation VR Scores Highly in Online Customer Reviews

Virtual reality (VR) always felt like a risk to many in the run-up to consumer versions and retail launches. This is not surprising considering the history of its first generation of technology. To many, of course, this still rings true. It is a technology not yet fully realised, with developers and researchers still learning its…

Kingston University Creates Facility for VR and AR

Kingston University is set to open a new multi-disciplinary facility equipped with all the latest in virtual reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology for the use of its students. The facility will be known as the Centre for Augmented and Virtual Reality Environments (CAVE). The new CAVE facility will be a complement to the…

Facebook Is Recruiting Experts in Psychophysics To Hack Your Mind for VR

A recent job posting to the Oculus career page indicates that Facebook’s 2014 virtual reality acquisition is currently searching for postdoctoral research scientists with experience in psychophysics. According to the posting, the successful candidate will be “tackling the scientific challenges that define cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality, addressing heretofore-unanswered questions in vision science, displays, and perceptual psychology.”…

Giant Cop: Justice Above All Releasing on March 30 for Oculus Rift

Other Ocean Interactive is announcing today that Giant Cop: Justice Above All will be releasing for Oculus Rift on March 30. According to a statement from Other Ocean, releases for other VR platforms will follow in the coming months. Giant Cop will cost $24.99 and will be available to download via Oculus Home. “This is…

Disney Research Shows How VR Can Be Used to Study Human Perception

Researchers from Disney use a virtual reality headset and a real ball tracked in VR to understand the perceptual factors behind the seemingly simple act of catching a thrown object. The researchers say the work sets a foundation for more complex and meaningful dynamic interaction between users in VR and real-world objects. Disney Research, an…

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Getting VR Ride

The Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Virginia is getting a new virtual reality (VR) ride, set to debut in Spring 2018. Busch Gardens announced their plan to introduce a new VR ride during a presentation at a Pass Holder Preview Day. The new ride will use the existing motion simulator technology, which has previously…

HoloLens Sees Use in Norway Classrooms

The Pointmedia company in Norway are experimenting with new ways to teach children, including using mixed reality (MR) to help them learn more about the solar system. Jo Jørgen Stordal a MR producer for Pointmedia is the major driving force behind the project, with the cooperation for Stig Halvorsen, who have together written a report…