HTC Files Tradmark For HTC Vive Eclipse In Europe

Last month evidence emerged that the upcoming standalone headset based on the HTC Vive would be called the HTC Vive Focus, based on information gathered from a Trademark application. Now further information has come to light regarding another HTC Trademark application for a device called the HTC Vive Eclipse. Most experts have so far come…

8K VR Panoramic Camera Coming Soon from Detu

As virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video becomes more popular and more accessible, the technology that powers those experiences is also changing, to offer clearer, higher-quality picture. This in turn fuels demand for high-quality cameras to record better experiences. To answer this demand, Detu have launched a professional grade 8K VR camera. The Detu F4…

Dark Souls-Inspired Left-Hand Path Leaving Steam Early Access Next Month

In what seems to be a running trend of early access titles from 2016 seeing full releases recently – both Raw Data and Space Pirate Trainer have had 1.0 updates, today Strange Company has announced that its Dark Souls-inspired, spell casting videogame Left-Hand Path is due for its full release next month. Left-Hand Path is a role playing game…

Jaunt VR Releases Experimental Experience Through You

Award-winning filmmaker and dancer Lily Baldwin and Emmy award-winning director Saschka Unseld (Henry , Dear Angelica) have created an experimental virtual reality (VR) experience Through You which Jaunt has announced is now available through its app. Filled with saturated colors, a bold score and dance, Through You tells the story of love born, lived, lost, burned, and seemingly gone forever….

IBM Watson Prepare for the Future of VR and AR with VR Speech Sandbox

VRFocus speak to Michael Ludden, Program Director and Senior Production Manager of IBM Watson about VR Speech Sandbox and the future of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) interactions. Ludden used to work on user based solutions for developers at IBM Watson when he started to recognize the large number of VR headsets with…

Oculus Connect 4 – Retention and Building Relationships

Oculus Connect was a big event full of big announcements, such as the Oculus Go and Santa Cruz, but big announcements were just part of what was happening at the event. There were also several presentations talking about important topics in the virtual reality (VR) sphere, including one on the importance of retention and building…

YuMe’s Latest VR Advertising Study Finds in-game Ads are Less Intrusive

YuMe, global digital agency, Isobar; immersive entertainment studio, RLTY CHK; and media analytics platform RetinadVR, have partnered up on a new study today looking at virtual reality (VR) in-game advertising, the results of which have been released today. The study compared consumer responses to three forms of VR advertising — a pre-roll video ad, brand logos present…

The Battle Royale Genre Gets A VR Title In Until None Remain

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, affectionately known to players as PUBG, has become a videogaming phenomenon. Setting an all-time player count record on Steam back in September and bringing to the fore the so called ‘Battle Royale’ genre of gaming, PUBG being joined by Fortnite‘s own Battle Royale mode on September 26th. A mode Battlegrounds‘ developer Bluehole is…

Project Beyond Gets Reborn As The Samsung 360 Round

You’d be forgiven for thinking it was a dark time for 360 degree filmmaking, following the recent announcement by Nokia to withdraw funding from its virtual reality (VR) endeavours. Resulting in the loss of a number of jobs and the shutting down of further development on its professional grade 360 degree camera, the OZO VR….

ARCore Support Confirmed For Galaxy S8+, Note8 & Future Samsung Phones

One of the big pushes throughout last week’s Oculus Connect 4 was the emphasis, as always on creators and on developers. But that was last week, and today saw Samsung take to the stage in San Francisco, California for the Samsung Developer Conference. It was, however, Google that revealed perhaps the biggest news coming out…

University of Maryland to Open VR/AR Centre

Several educational establishments are in the process of creating new centres and laboratories for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) research, development and study, such as the new HTC Vive classrooms in China, or the recently announced VR/AR lab at Honors College. Now the University of Maryland will be joining them, thanks to a…

The First-Ever ‘VR Awards’ Celebrates the Year’s Accomplishments

The VR Awards brought VR leaders to celebrate work from the past year. 2017 has been quite a year for VR. Though sales of VR headsets may not have lived up to certain market expectations, innovation and exploration in VR technology brought about new ways to create, communicate, and collaborate. On October 9, VR Bound hosted its inaugural VR…

A World of Terror Awaits as Dark Corner Launches VR Horror App

Last month VRFocus reported on Los Angeles-based virtual reality (VR) studio Dark Corner announcing its latest horror film Night Night as well as the official unveiling of its dedicated VR horror app. Now in the run up to Halloween and for fans of all things scary, the studio has now launched the app publicly. Initially featuring eight immersive…

Mindtree Pictures Developing Interactive VR Movies

Many people have, at one point or another, dreamed of starring in their own movie or TV show. French-based virtual reality (VR) content creators Mindtree Pictures are working on an ambitious project to make that dream into a reality. The project has been titled ‘The Movie You Are The Hero’ and uses the possibilities presented…

Out Now for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, The Talos Principle VR

Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets may have launched today but that doesn’t mean there’s been no news regarding other virtual reality (VR) headsets. Croteam and Devolver Digital have now released puzzle experience The Talos Principle VR for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. A VR version of Croteam’s critically acclaimed 2014 first-person puzzle title which mixes philosophy with…

Vertigo Games Releases New VR Strategy Title

The strategy genre has got a new lease of life from the rise of virtual reality (VR). Titles such as Brass Tactics and Korix have begun to explore the possibilities offered by a new perspective for the genre, now the developers behind Arizona Sunshine are also getting involved with the release of real-time strategy title…

KLM Gives Budget Travelers a First-Class VR Upgrade

KLM distributed VR headsets to budget airline passengers of other airlines so they could feel like they were flying KLM. Luxury airline Royal Dutch Airlines, or KLM, recently launched a new PR campaign called the KLM Flight Upgrader, which allows budget airline passengers to experience a first-class KLM flight right from their seat in coach. KLM distributed…

Specular Theory Create Vcommerce Fashion Shoot Experience Behind The Style

Global professional services company Accenture has teamed up with immersive content specialist Specular Theory on a new virtual reality (VR) experience that showcases their vision for the future of VR commerce in Behind the Style. Using a combination of storytelling, interactive branching choices and the ability to actually shop and make purchases, the companies are looking to create a new VR…

Review: Luna

Virtual reality (VR) isn’t just a new way of playing videogames it’s a new form of technology that can encompass all forms of entertainment. As such, developers are continually experimenting with what content works and doesn’t work in an immersive environment, which can lead to confusion over what’s classed as a videogame or merely an…

HoloLens is the Latest Crime-Fighting Tool

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have already seen a variety of innovative uses in various industries and services. The technology is even being applied to law enforcement, as with the Bedfordshire Police and its use of the HoloLens. When officers arrive at the scene of a crime, one of the most vital tasks…

Torch 3D Raises $3.5 Million to Simplify Design for AR and VR Applications

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) company, Torch 3D has announced the success of an initial seed investment round of $3.5 million USD as it looks to launch a platform designed for teams to build, share, and iterate on 3D concepts quickly and easily. “Torch 3D focuses on the three main challenges to working with interactive…

Killing Floor: Incursion Coming to HTC Vive with New Content

Released earlier this year for the Oculus Rift with Touch, Killing Floor: Incursion is a virtual reality (VR) spin-off of the successful action-horror franchise Killing Floor. Soon, HTC Vive owners will also be able to appreciate the title in all its gory glory, complete with new content. Created by Tripwire Interactive, Killing Floor: Incursion was…

Felix & Paul Studios Launch The Confessional VR Comedy Series on Daydream

Award-winning creator of cinematic virtual reality (VR) experiences Felix & Paul Studios has announced the launch of a new  comedy series called The Confessional, available on Google Daydream and YouTube. Created in collaboration with comedy festival Just for Laughs, The Confessional is a seven-episode series featuring  comedians and YouTube stars, including Lilly Singh, Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow, Howie Mandel, Jim Norton, Moshe…

VR vs. Oculus Connect 4

It’s around this time of year that we start talking about some familiar topics, it’s just the way things with the calendar go. One of the usual VR vs. columns you therefore get is that it is traditional to spend the one after Oculus Connect talking about, well, Oculus Connect. Had things been different I…

Global Health Film Festival now Accepting Applications Focused on Health Issues

VRFocus has covered a myriad of ways that immersive technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can help in the medical profession, assisting both those who work in the field and patients alike. Now in its third year, the Global Health Film Festival has opened applications looking for people with ideas for projects around…

Great British VR Meetup At Canary Wharf

The UK, like most places, is still developing its virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) sectors, but it has already become an important centre for VR and AR development. In recognition of this, financial technology firm Level39 is setting up a meetup and demonstration event later this month. Level39 were set up in 2012…