LucidCam Celebrates Commercial Launch With Tour of San Francisco

Lucid VR have announced the general commercial launch of its pocket-sized virtual reality (VR) 3D camera, the LucidCam and will be celebrating the general availability of the device with a billboard truck tour of the famous landmarks of San Francisco. The launch tour will take place on 23rd June, 2017 and is aimed at encouraging…

5 Impressive VR Companies From ViveX Batch Two Demo Day

This week we went to an HTC-hosted Demo Day for the second batch of ViveX funded VR and AR companies. With 26 different companies on display in San Francisco ranging from game developers, hardware manufacturers, utility creators, and everything in between there were a lot of different projects to try. Most of the companies were…

VRTO Canada’s VR & AR convention Announces Lineup

VRTO, also known as the Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo, is one of the largest events of its kind in Canada and the event organisers have now revealed details on its updated line-up of speeches, panels and other events. Among the line-up will be an expert panel on the future of Out-of-Home…

Unearthing Mars Lands On HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Increasing numbers of virtual reality (VR) titles are going multi-platform. With HTC Vive and Oculus Rift titles making it on to PlayStation VR, or cut down versions heading to mobile VR platforms, or PlayStation VR titles heading to PC VR. Developer Winking entertainment have announced the launch of its title Unearthing Mars on Steam for…

KCON Will Be Captured in 360-Degree Video

KCON USA is one of the largest festivals of Korean music and culture in the world, with events in Los Angeles and New York. Beginning as a small one-day evening back in 2012, the event has seen exponential growth. This year, even more people will be able to experience what KCON USA is like, since…

IBM Watson’s Interactive Speech now Integrated into Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Last month Ubisoft released its biggest title yet for virtual reality (VR) platforms with Star Trek: Bridge Crew. VRFocus reported that the studio planned to add voice commands using IBM Watson integration in a future update, that update has now arrived. Using IBM Watson’s interactive speech and cognitive capabilities, Watson Speech to Text and Watson Conversation, players will…

VR eSports Finally Arrive With ‘Onward’ FPS Pro League

The popular multiplayer FPS is leading the way in competitive VR with a new pro league. When virtual reality began making its reemergence a couple of years ago with the introduction of pioneering tech such as the Oculus Rift, only one thought was running through my head: Is this is? Are we FINALLY about to…

Review: VR Slugger: The Toy Field

Baseball is often seen as a quintessential American sport – the World Series only features US teams unlike football’s World Cup – but it’s still popular around the world and usually features in videogames that include a mashup of sports. It’s the type of game that fits virtual reality (VR) really well, putting players inside massive…

The Red and Black legacy of the Virtual Boy

The innovative minds at Nintendo launched the Switch on 2nd March 2017. The aim and indeed the marketing is that it’s both a pretty powerful handheld console that docks into a charging station and becomes a full games console. Like many Nintendo systems the aim is not necessarily to bring people the latest and most…

Google Working On Universal Video Format for 360-Degree Film

Currently 360-degree videos are the most popular way for consumers to experience virtual reality (VR) content. With movies, short films, documentaries, concerts and other experiences available for users to experiences in immersive 360-degrees, its not surprising that demand is rising for a simplified way to create 360-degree movies. Google is set to provide. With smartphones…

Cmoar Announces Cancellation of Hybrid VR HMD

Image Credit: CMOAR LTD Bad news for VR crowdfunding as CMOAR LTD’s CEO, Damian Boczek, announced yesterday the cancellation of their Cmoar hybrid virtual reality headset in a lengthy, somewhat somber statement posted to Kickstarter. The post, entitled “Project Overview” is a deconstruction of the project as a whole, deeply apologetic for the end of…

Further Details Emerge About Microsoft’s DirectReality

Prior to E3, news emerged that Microsoft had filed for a Trademark by the name of ‘DirectReality’. Much speculation then ensued on what the Trademarked technology would be related to, with most analysts believing it would be related to virtual reality (VR) or mixed reality (MR) in some way. Now further information has been revealed…

VR Software Engineer at Vonderlabs (Berlin, Germany)

We are a brand new start-up made of engineers and developers building mixed- and virtual reality solutions for the enterprise market.We are currently… Source: VR Software Engineer at Vonderlabs (Berlin, Germany)

Five PlayStation VR Titles You Should Consider Importing

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) titles, Europe and the US have been fairly luck so far, not much has been stuck in Japan with Western fans clamoring for it to cross the ocean. There are some exceptions, though. Here are five titles for the PlayStation VR not available in The Us or Europe…

Coatsink to Release New Content for A Night Sky

Back in April Coatsink Software released a relaxing virtual reality (VR) experience exclusive to Samsung Gear VR called A Night Sky. Today the studio has announced the first content update for the videogame coming later this month. Due to arrive on 30th June, the additional content will include new performances and interactions with existing creatures, with an owl, a…

The BBC’s The Turning Forest Arrives on Samsung Gear VR

Towards the end of last year the BBC released virtual reality (VR) fairy tale, The Turning Forest for Google Daydream. This week the experience has now arrived for Samsung Gear VR. Produced by BBC Research & Development (R&D) in collaboration with VR production studio, VRTOV, The Turning Forest is a surreal immersive story, set in a magical forest with a…

Is Sparc the Next VR eSport?

Virtual reality (VR) has had a lot of videogames, but CCP think they’ve got a new eSport on their hands. Sparc was announced in March earlier this year at EVE Fanfest and is expected to be released on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR to be released sometime in 2017. Morgan Godat speaks to VRFocus‘ Nina Salomons about how…

WHIST Mixed Reality Theatre Experience Comes to London

Many artists and creators are attempting to get to grips with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies to explore the possibilities that it creates. One such group of creators is AΦE, a dance company who are using mixed reality (MR) to create a new type of theatre experience. Inspired by the ‘dream theory’…

Google to Bring 3D 180 ‘Point-and-Shoot’ Cameras to Vloggers this Winter

To fit alongside the company’ Daydream mobile VR platform, Google is partnering with Lenovo, LG, and YI Technology to create a new class of 180 cameras. Called VR180, the point-and-shoot video cameras create stereoscopic 180 video that can be uploaded or livestreamed to YouTube, and viewed on VR headsets. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki took the stage at Vidcon…

Life in 360°: Chrome Caves & Futursitic Cities

It’s the end of a long and very hot week in the UK, where VRFocus is based. It might not be as hot as other places but for a country where the idea of air conditioning in homes is to open a window and pray for a stiff breeze it’s not been much fun.  We…

Bizarre VR Headset Can Change The Taste Of Food

Takuji Narumi is using strong odors and digital VR overlays to prove your brain isn’t as clever as you think. Filmmaker and food enthusiast Simon Klose has seen some strange things in his travels. The Swedish-born director is a regular contributor to Vice’s food website subsidiary, MUNCHIES, and as a result has experienced some of…

Dell Team up With Sony to Create Spider-Man Homecoming VR World

The upcoming movie Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of the most anticipated of the year, seeing the masked superhero finally take his place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Marvel Studio struck a deal with Sony Pictures for use of the character. Sony are still getting something out of the deal, however, since the studio form…

MelodyVR Partners with Microsoft to Launch app Across all Windows MR Devices

A couple of weeks ago virtual reality (VR) music content platform MelodyVR revealed it had secured £5 million GBP in investment to expand its service. Now EVR Holdings plc which owns MelodyVR has announced a Global Partnership and Windows Mixed Reality (MR) App Collaboration Agreement with Microsoft, bringing the platform to every Windows MR device. MelodyVR and Microsoft…

Neuston Launch Debut Videogame: Drone Hero

Just two weeks after the announcement of new virtual reality (VR) studio Neuston, the team has launched its first videogame: Drone Hero. Designed for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Drone Hero is available to download now via Steam Early Access. An action videogame which takes place inside a room packed with blinking RGB lights…

Walkthrough Launches Virtual Home Tours in Austin and New York

Virtual reality (VR) technology isn’t just transforming the entertainment industry but many others as well. One of which is the real estate market, and VR company Walkthrough is providing the tools allowing consumers to virtually tour homes without the need to book an appointment. Today, the company has announced the expansion of its offerings launching…