Tequila Works Release 360 Trailer for The Invisible Hours

This week Tequila Works launched its virtual reality (VR) murder mystery experience The Invisible Hours for PlayStation VR in North America – the European version is coming on 17th October for the headset – and for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on their respective stores for the rest of the world. If you’ve been pondering a purchase,…

Oculus Connect Keynotes in 360-Degrees

This week sees the return of the Oculus Connect conference for its fourth year. Several announcements are expected, and keynote speeches from key figures in Oculus ad Facebook. Several of those keynotes will be available to watch through livestream, including an option to watch in 360-degrees using a virtual reality (VR) headset. For those who…

The Jumanji Reboot Is Getting A Tie-In VR Experience

We’re still not quite sure what to make of Jumanji’s bizarre upcoming reboot, but we’ll be happy to give the VR experience a try all the same. Sony Pictures and Reality One this week announced a deal with VR experience studio VRX Networks to create a new experience based on the movie which stars The…

Ex-Sony Dev Russell Harding Details Elements That are key to AR and VR Creation

Several videogame experts from Sony were present at Open City Documentary Festival this year in London, and were brought in to discuss how gaming knowledge on interactivity has become essential when creating stories for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) storytelling. VRFocus spoke to Russell Harding, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Conspexit Games…

Life In 360°: Lobbying With Intel

As we saw yesterday with the sad news (in terms of virtual reality support, anyway) from Nokia the world of technology is always changing. Things come, things go, yesterday’s indispensable app is tomorrow’s defunct service. Another company who have recently shifted things around is Intel, who have decided to step away from both VR and…

This NFL App Lets Fans Paint Their Faces With AR

You can now put on a selfie game face without dealing with all the messy grease paint. Face painting is a huge part of sports culture, particularly in the US. But (excuse the pun) let’s face it: not everybody has the time, patience and skin complexion to achieve that perfect artistic look that will do…

VR vs. Half Measures

If I was smart I’d talk about Star Wars today, for obvious reasons, but I’m not and there’s a matter that’s been on my mind for a little while recently and something that is probably overdue being vocalised in general. It’s about videogames, videogame development and virtual reality (VR). That, and why I’m increasingly convinced…

Kick Back And Spark A Digital Fatty In Weed VR

All of the inspecting, grinding and burning you want, minus the smell. With legalization-fever sweeping across the nation, marijuana is currently undergoing a renaissance unlike anything we’ve seen before. Thriving dispensaries, impactful advances in medicine, delicious THC-infused food, and now virtual reality? Sure, why not? Weed VR transports users to ganja heaven, a paradise where…

Magic Leap is Getting into Mixed Reality Comics

Magic Leap, the highly secretive and very well funded mixed reality (MR) startup, has made another indication that a consumer device might be on the horizon announcing a partnership with online comic book provider Madefire during the recent New York Comic Con to deliver MR comics for its platform. Not only did Magic Leap Studios SVP Anthony Williams, Magic…

Comic Books Are Coming To Magic Leap Via Madefire

Magic Leaps’ augmented reality technology still remains a mystery but, whatever it ends up being, you’ll be able to read comics on it. Madefire this weekend announced a partnership with Magic Leap to release its digital comic book app on the platform at launch. Readers will be able to project the company’s own ‘Motion Books’,…

Virtual Vandalisation on Snapchat’s AR Sculpture

Earlier this week, Snapchat revealed it was teaming up with artist Jeff Koons to have his artwork featured in the smartphone app in several major cities. The reveal didn’t entirely go the way Snapchat planned, with new leaking early due to a flaw in the website. Now it seems not everyone is pleased with the…

Something for the Weekend: Oculus Rift & Gear VR Discounts

For those who find themselves looking for something new to play over the next week on their Oculus Rift or Samsung Gear VR, VRFocus has just the thing. Take a look below at the Oculus Store’s library of virtual reality (VR) titles to find what discounts are currently available. Zero Days VR Compatibility: Oculus Rift Based on…

BT Mobile Offering Free Samsung Gear VR

If you are in the UK and shopping around for a new mobile phone contract, or are interested in acquiring Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S8 or S8+, and are also interested in trying out virtual reality (VR) then BT Mobile have a new offer that might be of interest. BT Mobile is…

KLM Giving Budget Airline Passengers A Virtual Upgrade

Flying economy class can be a miserable experience. Crammed in like a sardine, sitting for hours on uncomfortable seats, forced to pay outrageous fees for the luxury of having actual luggage. Dutch airline KLM are using virtual reality (VR) to improve the flying experience for budget airline passengers, and get in some sneaky advertising. KLM,…

Explore All Seven Continents in VR With Discovery’s ‘TRVLR’

Google and Discovery expand the Discovery VR app with new VR travel series. Since launching August 2015, the Discovery VR app has accumulated over four million downloads and 123 million organic views. Now if those sound like impressive numbers to you, that’s probably because they are. But of course Discovery, being the endlessly ambitious group…

Mountain Dew and Doritos Launch AR Experience To Win Xbox One X

Mountain Dew and Doritos have a slightly stereotypical association with fans of videogames, and the two brands are launching a new event aimed at the videogaming segment of the market, where people will be able to participate in an augmented reality (AR) experience in order to win a new Xbox One X console. The newevent…

This Week In VR Sport: Augmented Cyclists, Virtual Footballers

It’s the weekend, and that means time to get in a supply of chips and beer, get comfy on the sofa and let VRFocus bring you the latest new on the convergence of immersive technology such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) with the world of sports. Triathlete Chris McCormack Becomes Brand Ambassador…

Inside VRScout’s Second Annual VR Art Show in LA

A new immersive renaissance emerges as creative talent and technology converge. As a follow up to our inaugural Art Show last year, we decided to once again to celebrate the vibrant creative community of Los Angeles. We teamed up with our friends at NextArt to forge an exploratory funhouse at CTRL Collective in Playa Vista….

Level Ex Announces $11m Funding to Create VR for Doctors

It has been clear for some time that virtual reality (VR) has tremendous potential in the healthcare sector. The technology has already begun to see some use, technology firm Level Ex believe further development is possible, and have secured $11 million (USD) to develop new VR and augmented reality (AR) applications for doctors. Level Ex…

Jaunt VR Experience Collisions Wins Emmy Award

As virtual reality (VR) moves further towards mainstream adoption, more and more experiences created for VR and 360-degree video are seeing recognition by major award bodies. One such example occurred recently with a VR experience that featured on the Jaunt VR platform being awarded and international Emmy Award. At the Adelaide Film Festival, an immersive…

Experience the First-Ever Live, Interactive VR Album in TheWaveVR Tonight

You’ve never seen (or felt) an album release like this before. In the world of streaming music, artists are always looking for ways to capture attention with an unexpected release. TOKiMONSTA’s Lune Rouge drops today, and the LA producer/artist has found a way to up the ante: she’s paired up with TheWaveVR to launch a…

Lionsgate and Unity Create VR Experience For New Saw Movie

There is a school of thought within advertising that says ‘content is advertising, and advertising is content’. As virtual reality (VR) has developed as a medium, and increasing number of companies and brands have begun to subscribe to this idea, producing immersive VR experiences to advertise their output, such as the Jigsaw Virtual Room, created…

Become Immersed in the Music of TOKiMONSTA in the Lune Rouge Experience

Fans of LA producer TOKiMONSTA will soon be able to immerse themselves in the musicians latest album Lune Rogue with an interactive version created by social virtual reality (VR) music platform TheWaveVR. The Lune Rouge Experience lets fans explore a planet inspired by the album artwork, dance in an interstellar rave under an exploding sun, and remix a 3D world built…

Laurie Anderson’s Dark VR Art Makes You ‘Fly Through Stories’

Words and virtual reality paint immersive stories. Avante-garde performance artist Laurie Anderson has a new VR experience. Her latest work with Taiwanese artist-programmer Hsin-Chien Huang, Chalkroom, lets you float through a virtual world made of letters while the O Superman singer narrates. “It’s made of words and stories and it’s a big kind of edifice covered with language and…

AR Aquarium Builder ARQUA! Comes to Apple’s App Store

Apple iPhone and iPad users have been able to enjoy plenty of new augmented reality (AR) apps since iOS 11 arrived several weeks ago. One of the latest experiences to come to the platform is a relaxing aquarium builder called ARQUA! Designed by indie 3D artist Isaac “Cabbibo” Cohen in collaboration with Viacom NEXT, ARQUA!  enables players to…

Swarovski Introduces New VR Shopping Experience

Move over diamonds, VR is a girl’s new best friend. Last week, luxury diamond retailer Swarovksi announced it would be partnering with Mastercard and tech company YouVisit to provide an all-new virtual reality shopping experience. The app allows users to browse the Atelier Swarovski interior décor line, full of delicate Swarovski crystals. For those with means,…

Build Your Own AR Experience With Thyng 4.0

The launch of Apple’s ARKit has generated much excitement and activity within the augmented reality (AR) sector, with many brands and companies eager to build or improve apps using the enhanced AR capabilities. What about smaller companies or individuals who wish to build an AR experience? Thyng 4.0 might be the answer. Powered by ARKit,…

AR Experience Ko’Ko’s Curse is an Interactive Ecological Fairy-tale

There have been a number of augmented reality (AR) apps come to market that explore the innovative use of the medium, but very few that intertwine a strong story element. Looking to change that is Apelab – the studio behind Dear VR title Break A Leg – which has just announced its latest project Ko’s Ko’s Curse. Created using…