MoCap Giant Vicon Announces Location-Based VR Tracking System Origin

Leading motion capture company Vicon is jumping deeper into VR with a new tracking system for location-based solutions. You may have seen Vicon’s tech at work in hit movies like Blade Runner 2049 and Gravity as well as games like the VR-compatible Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, but its work in VR opens up a new avenue…

Nintendo Switch ‘Test VR Mode’ Reportedly Uncovered by Modders

While Nintendo has lent its Mario Kart IP to a arcade VR experience, the company has so far steered clear of VR on its consoles. It seems it hasn’t been completely off the their radar though, as a Nintendo Switch ‘Test VR Mode’ has reportedly been uncovered in the system’s software by modders. As reported…

Artist’s AR Exhibit Shows Two Sides Of The Same Reality

Adobe’s artist in residence explains how augmented reality proved to be the perfect medium to express herself. Growing up as a Chinese immigrant in Oakland, California, Estella Tse recalls her struggle having to navigate between her strict, traditional heritage – and her more liberal American upbringing, which encouraged individualism and freedom of expression. Art,…

The 5 Best Free Games on HTC Vive

Steam is chocked full of free games that support HTC Vive, but it may be difficult with all that choice to know exactly which games to start out with, especially if that shiny new HTC Vive or HTC Vive Pro blew out your remaining games budget. Also, don’t forget that as an HTC Vive owner,…

The Biggest Rift, Vive and Windows VR Releases Of the Week 08/05/18

A healthy week of intriguing releases awaits you today. We’ve got the long-awaited VR port of a great superhero game, the latest from the developer of Raw Data and a frankly out of this world surrealist experience. Megaton Rainfall, from Pentadimensional Games Price: $15.99 (Rift, Vive) The excellent Superman simulator finally makes its way to…

The Biggest PSVR Releases Of the Week 08/05/18

Now this is the kind of week we like to see. Two VR experiences (one of them free!) and not a gun in sight. These two apps represent something genuinely new for headsets; no wave shooting or third-person platforming. Let’s check them out. We Happy Few: Uncle Jack Live, from Signal Space Lab Price: Free This…

Austin’s Rapidly Growing VR Community

Does Austin have the largest VR community outside of Los Angeles? This was a question I asked myself several times last summer before moving. I was familiar with Austin, Texas because of SXSW — having attended with my previous employer, Emblematic Group. But visiting the city for work was wildly different from uprooting my life. After…

A.D. 2047 Is An Interactive Murder Mystery For PSVR, Rift And Vive

A.D. 2047 might be the most interesting VR title spinning out of the recent ChinaJoy event in Shanghai. Developed by Recano, the experience is more of an interactive movie than it is a videogame. After your girlfriend is involved in a serious car accident, you’ll find yourself on the hunt for a mysterious serial killer,…

AltspaceVR Releases New World-Building Kits

Microsoft just announced new tools to make it easier for users to build and share their own virtual spaces. In a virtual Town Hall today, AltspaceVR unveiled a suite of tools that will allow anyone to build customizable VR spaces. The two new world-building kits are based on Altspace’s most popular environments: Campfire and Alien…

Oculus & Chloë Grace Moretz Serve Up A Six-Course VR Meal

Facebook’s Oculus teams up with actress Chloë Grace Moretz for an “omakase” dinner straight out of a science fiction novel. On July 31st, a group of lucky guests gathered on the rooftop of Ian Schrager’s Public Hotel in NYC where they were treated to a six-course dinner unlike any they’ve experienced before. Lead by the…

Developer Teases AR Functionality For The Apple Watch

Apple’s popular smartwatch is even cooler with high-quality augmented widgets powered by ARKit. When he’s not delivering expert-level gestures and animations to iOS applications, iOS Design Technologist, Nathan Glitter, is busy sinking his teeth into another budding user experience: augmented reality. So far the talented developer has managed to create a Hogwarts-style newspaper experience, educational…

Here’s What Actual Developers Think Of The Magic Leap One AR Headset

As of yesterday, the Magic Leap One is officially released. The lucky few that were quick with ordering one of the coveted devices and happened to live in one of a select few cities already have them in their hands. Prior to yesterday’s launch, only a select few members of the mainstream media were invited…

VR FPS Zero Caliber’s Alpha Gets A Date, Here’s How To Sign-Up

Xreal Games is nearly ready to invite its first Alpha testers to the world of Zero Caliber. We’ve had an eye on this military shooter for a few months now, largely because its initial trailer looks so polished but also thanks to Xreal’s impressive previous project, A-Tech Cybernetic. Come next week, HTC Vive owners will…

New Firewall: Zero Hour Videos Cover Attacking And Defending

Want to know exactly what your objective is in PSVR’s Firewall: Zero Hour? These two new videos have you covered. The latest clips in the Firewall 101 series, which are being released in the build-up to the game’s impending launch, cover attacking and defending. In the game’s multiplayer mode, one team must seek out and…

Magic Leap One Hands-on Suggests a Headset That’s a Lot Like HoloLens

Ahead of the launch of the Magic Leap One, several press outlets got a chance to see the device up close and personal. The Verge’s Adi Robertson was among those who got to peer through the purported magical device, but came away feeling like the headset doesn’t do much to differentiate itself from Microsoft’s HoloLens, which…

13 Third-Person Games That Should Get VR Ports Like Hellblade

The VR adaptation of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is brilliant. Ninja Theory took one of the best, most atmospheric, and excellent games to release this entire console generation and managed to cram it all inside of PC VR headsets to give it a new lease on life. We’ve seen third-person VR games work before (Lucky’s Tale,…

13 Third-Person Games That Should Get VR Ports Like Hellblade

The VR adaptation of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is brilliant. Ninja Theory took one of the best, most atmospheric, and excellent games to release this entire console generation and managed to cram it all inside of PC VR headsets to give it a new lease on life. We’ve seen third-person VR games work before (Lucky’s Tale,…

Magic Leap Reveals Five First-party Apps for Its AR Headset

Alongside today’s Magic Leap One launch, the company has revealed five applications destined for the AR headset made by Magic Leap Studio’s, the company’s internal development team. Magic Leap One Creator Edition is now available for purchase and early adopters are expected to soon begin receiving their devices. Some of the first apps they’ll get…

Magic Leap Reveals Five First-party Apps for Its AR Headset

Alongside today’s Magic Leap One launch, the company has revealed five applications destined for the AR headset made by Magic Leap Studio’s, the company’s internal development team. Magic Leap One Creator Edition is now available for purchase and early adopters are expected to soon begin receiving their devices. Some of the first apps they’ll get…

The New York Times Bringing Its Content To Magic Leap One Creator Edition

Ever since 2015, The New York Times has had a keen interest in immersive technology, and over the past few years VRFocus has diligently followed their trail. From partnering with Google to produce virtual reality (VR) related works for the Google Cardboard head-mounted device (HMD), to NYTVR and them producing daily 360 degree videos for…

Magic Leap One Available For Purchase, Starting At $2,295

Magic Leap’s computer vision headset is now on sale in cities across the U.S. December of last year U.S. startup Magic Leap unveiled its long-awaited mixed reality headset, a secretive device five years and $2.44B USD in the making. This morning that same headset, now referred to as the Magic Leap One Creator Edition, became…

Review: Gates of Nowhere

There are a lot of fantasy titles available on virtual reality (VR). They vary in scale from simple small-scale arena battlers to vast sprawling titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. Gates of Nowhere lies somewhere in-between, a relatively linear dungeon crawler with hack and slash gameplay. Gates of Nowhere has been out in…

Inowize Announces Location-Based VR Attraction

One of the challenges faced by location-based virtual reality (VR) centres is how to offer a room-scale experience within a limited amount of space. Digital production agency Inowize thinks it might have the answer with its newly announced product, VR Quest Arena. VR Quest Arena is a turnkey, location-based VR attraction which allows for three…

Lufthansa Airlines Uses VR To Give Flyers A Glass Bottom Airplane Experience

Lufthansa partners with 3Spin to deliver a unique VR experience featuring 3D maps of mountain tops, lakes, and cities, all in real-time. ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, please buckle up your seatbelts, move your seats and trays in the upright position, put on your VR headsets and prepare for takeoff.’ Those are the words that Lufthansa airlines…

PSVR’s Bow to Blood Looks Vibrant In Launch Trailer

A few weeks ago we reported that ship-battling PSVR exclusive, Bow to Blood, would be releasing at the end of August. At the time we didn’t have any new footage to show, but now we do. The launch trailer for Tribetoy’s VR debut is here and it promises a vibrant VR experience. It gives us…

Play Arca’s Path At The Post Gamescom XR Review

Not everyone is lucky enough to make it to Gamescom, which does mean missing out on some f the biggest and best upcoming immersive titles, and putting up with the smugness of those who did get to go. Fear not, as VRFocus is here to help, with some of the most anticipated immersive properties coming…