Go Super Saiyan With New Dragon Ball Z VR/AR Experience

A new app, custom headset, and hand sensors let you channel your inner Goku and unleash the Kamehameha. There are few moves more iconic than Goku’s infamous technique, the ki blast aka the Kamehameha. The powerful energy attack has delighted Dragon Ball fans for years quickly becoming one of the most easily-recognizable fighting moves in…

Digital Domain Launches VR App for Original Content and Livestreamed 360 Events

Visual effects and immersive experience creator Digital Domain has announced the launch of its first virtual reality (VR) app, Digital Domain VR, allowing users to VR fans to checkout its library of work as well as offering livestream 360-degree events. The new Digital Domain app includes a wide array immersive content created in-house by the company, covering a mixture…

VRTV Goes Social with Facebook Spaces

Last week Facebook held its 10th annual F8 developer conference where the company makes most of its major announcements. There was a big focus on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and AI, with one of the big reveals being Facebook Spaces, a dedicated VR social app for Oculus Rift and Touch. VRFocus attended the event…

Exclusive: Meta 2 AR Demos Revealed in Full

Outside of a few demonstrations at tradeshows, Meta has only give glimpses of the content on its impressive AR headset dev kit in short clips. During a recent visit to the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters to catch the latest improvements to the headset, I got to see a selection of demo content which Meta has allowed…

Introducing Google’s Next-Generation VR Camera

The Yi Halo has 17 lenses and costs $17,000. Google has officially unveiled their next generation Jump camera — the Yi Halo. Announced at the NAB conference in Las Vegas Monday, the Xiaomi-backed Yi has partnered with Google to bring a new professional camera to the market with some much needed improvements. The Yi Halo…

Google Upgrade JUMP Camera into YI HALO

Tech giant Google launched the JUMP programme back in 2015, its aim being to give average consumers the tools for making high-quality virtual reality (VR) films that were usually the domain of well-funded Hollywood film-makers. Google have now announced a new version of the key hardware. The new camera weighs less than eight pounds, lighter…

Statik Review: Thinking Outside The Box

They say great minds think alike, but Statik does a lot to disprove that theory. Like developer Tarsier Studios, I’ve long wondered what types of unique VR experiences you can get out of using PS4’s DualShock 4 as a tracked object in a virtual world. But while our concepts for games may be similar, Tarsier…

Google Announces Next-gen ‘Jump’ VR Camera, 8K x 8K with Seamless Stitching

Google today announced what the company is calling the “next-generation” of its ‘Jump‘ 3D 360 camera initiative. In partnership with Google, Yi Technology has created the Yi Halo, a 17-camera clock-synchronized array that is designed to be optimized for Google’s automated Jump stitching process which creates impressively seamless 3D 360 output. Google announced the Jump…

How VarDragons Are Looking To Turn Real Airplanes Into Virtual Pet Dragons

The low hum from the engines of passing aircraft has all but become ubiquitous white noise to most. Aircraft used to inspire imagination and adventure, but recently has become as commonplace as the passing clouds. Until now. From Miami, Florida our small team of engineers and entrepreneurs has teamed up with game developers to bring…

Goro Fujita’s Mind Blowing Animated Quill Illustration

The immersive artist spent 80 hours creating the masterpiece. Immersive artist Goro Fujita is back at it again. The Art Director at Oculus Story Studio who’s blown our minds in the past with his virtual sculpting in Medium and dream world teasers using Oculus’ Quill app, is now showing off an unreleased update to Quill that…

This week in VR Sport: The NBA introduces AR and Running in 360

Welcome to the weekend, time for relaxing, gardening and looking at what has happened in the world of virtual reality (VR) and sports over the past week. This week basketball and athletics get to take centre stage – or centre court, as the case may be. Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball Team Lets Audience Participate in the…

Field in View: How Daydream Made A Home For VR’s Most Obscure Gems

I’ve shown Google Daydream a lot of tough love over the past six months. The search engine giant’s promise of a vast, expansive mobile VR ecosystem where plenty of phones could be paired with an exciting new headset and intuitive new way to interact with virtual worlds, seemed too good to be true. And, initially,…

50 Hours of VR Viewing Gets A World Record

For the most part, users of virtual reality (VR) have got used to experiencing VR content in relatively small chunks considering a lot of VR experiences average at 2-3 hours of content. Two determined men from New York have defied convention to land themselves a Guinness World Record for non-stop VR viewing. The world-record attempt…

Oculus Teases Unreleased ‘Quill’ Animation Tools

Oculus has provided an unreleased build of the Quill VR paint app to an artist to experiment with animation features. Released earlier this year, Quill allows users to create still 3D drawings in VR. Using the new animation tools artist Goro Fujita shows what the app’s animation tools can do. Oculus Story Studio, the company’s VR film…

Samsung Gear VR With Controller Is Out Now

There was much excitement when Samsung announced that there would be a new controller peripheral for the Gear VR headset. Some developers quickly followed up be saying their upcoming titles would support the new controller. Now the wait is over, as the new Gear VR headset and controller are now available. From today, the new…

How Fashion Brands Are Using VR

Who said VR was just for gamers? From Sephora’s latest AR app update, a VR perfume commercial starring the one and only Kate Moss, to a HoloLens powered dressing room–the fashion industry has proven that VR and AR is en vogue through a range of experiences over the years. Here’s a roundup of some of VR’s more glamorous…

Idaho State Police Use VR To Aid Recruitment

Virtual reality (VR) as a tool to help businesses and organisations is an area that is just beginning to come into its own. VR experiences have an inherent ability to allow someone to truly believe they are somewhere else. This quality is now being used to air in recruitment for the Idaho State Police. The…

As Close As You’ll Ever Be To a Super Saiyan with Dragonball Z VR app

The franchise for Dragonball is huge. Starting with the 1984 manga Dragon Ball which became an anime series, and later Dragonball Z, Kai, Dragonball Super, not to mention all the, merchandise, videogames and other spin-offs. Not too surprising, then, that there will shortly be a Dragonball Z virtual reality (VR) app. Dragonball Z was the…

Share Your Favourite VR Experiences with Facebook’s 360 Capture SDK

If you’ve ever been playing a virtual reality (VR) videogame, had a really good experience or a once in a lifetime run through a level, you’ve probably wanted to share that with friends. While screenshots capture a glimpse, they don’t give the same level of immersion. Today Facebook has announced a solution to solve that,…

Facebook Announces 360 Capture SDK

You will soon share 360 photos and videos while in VR. During day one of the F8 developer’s conference yesterday, Facebook again showed us just how important social is to the company when it comes to future platforms. Whether mixing the physical and digital world with their new augmented reality camera platform or creating the…

SLIVER.TV to Livestream the DreamHack ASTRO Open in VR

Over the last few months Sliver.tv has become the go-to provider for immersive coverage of esports entertainment. Today the company announced livesteam coverage of the DreamHack ASTRO Open Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament at DreamHack Austin this month. For the broadcast Sliver.tv will be including additional functionality for spectators, enabling them to select from multiple virtual cameras…

Facebook Shows off its First VR Experience with Facebook Spaces

Image Credit: Oculus, Facebook When Facebook originally bought out Oculus Rift many were somewhat baffled about the rationale of the decision. To be sure, Facebook indicated that they felt VR (and AR) were the future of social media, but for us non-visionaries it has never been entirely clear how the two would meet. Now Facebook…

VR Troubleshooting Gets A New Friend As Liberty3D launch VRScientist

The team at Liberty3D have noticed that with so few industry-wide standards in the virtual reality (VR) area, it becomes somewhat difficult for developers and creators to spot problems in VR images, even when those problems crop up fairly regularly. A new toolset called VRScientist aims to help. VRScientist allows someone working on 360-degree content…

Vive Users Can Join Rift Friends in ‘Facebook Spaces’ With Revive Hack

It appears that Revive is already compatible with the Facebook’s new social VR app, Facebook Spaces. Revive is a popular free hack that allows Oculus content to be played on HTC Vive system. Launched today at Facebook’s F8 opening conference, the social network’s first social VR app is available on the Early Access section of…