‘Breaking Bad’ Show Creator Teases Upcoming VR Experience

Loose lips at the Data Matters conference reveal plans for VR content based on the hit show. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost four years since Breaking Bad concluded its fifth and final season, disappointing rabid fans across the globe. After all, the show was adored by millions and was considered among critics to be…

Watch: Sairento VR Now Lets You Brutally Dismember Your Foes

Action shooter / slasher title Sairento VR just received a big update from developers Mixed Realms including new locations, a new enemy, AI tweaks and a much-requested feature – brutal, bloody enemy dismemberment. One of the most interesting new VR action titles of recent times, Sairento VR had a couple of neat ideas which blended…

VR Satire Comes to Cannes Film Festival

What is is like to be a performer, totally at the mercy of the whims of your audience? A satirical virtual reality (VR) experience directed by Ethan Shaftel is trying to put attendees of the Cannes Film Festival in that position in a VR film titled Extravaganza. Featuring as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s…

The Party Comes to Oculus Rift With Schlocks

Oculus Rift users who are looking for a title to play along with friends can now rejoice as Fancy Bear Games’ fast-paced collection of virtual reality (VR) micro-games, Schlocks, is coming to the Oculus Rift. Previously available for the HTC Vive, the development team are bringing Oculus Rift compatibility to the Early Access title as…

Microsoft Reveal Z-Depth Layering for Windows 10 Mixed Reality Devices

Creating a stereoscopic effect within a virtual reality (VR) application has been a given for decades. It’s a standard component for immersion in a virtual environment, however in other applications – including the likes of Skype, Netflix and beyond – having a 2D plane embossed upon your real world has been the limitation up to…

This Week IN VR Sport: Major League Baseball and UEFA Football League

Things are always changing in the world of sport; rules change, player line-ups change, kit changes, venues changes it can be a bit much to keep up with sometimes. Technology can help fans get to grips with the changing face of sport, and VRFocus like to help by keeping you informed on virtual reality (VR)…

VR In The Supermarket With Guinness VR Tasting Experience

Guinness are on a mission to become the most popular brand of beer in the world. Many people would say the Guinness is an acquired taste, so to aid in their quest to get more people drinking the dark Irish stout, Guinness are setting up virtual reality (VR) tasting booths at selected Tesco supermarkets. Guinness…

VR Short Film On Human Trafficking Seeks Kickstarter Funding

A short virtual reality (VR) 360-degree film by director Danny Ryan is seeking funding through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to create a film titled The Road about the lives of human trafficking victims. The Road is currently in pre-production, with funds raised by the Kickstarter going towards 360-degree camera equipment, post-production costs, distribution, actors and other…

Eurocom Launches VR-Ready Gaming Laptop Sky MX5 R3

For users of PC-based virtual reality (VR) devices such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, it’s reasonably easy to put together a rig that will support the level of performance you require. There are plenty of website out there that will guide you in exactly what hardware parts to pick if you want to…

Samsung Are Preparing A Kids Mode For Gear VR

Recent studies have shown that Mobile VR is the most popular way for consumers to experience virtual reality (VR) right now, with Samsung’s Gear VR being one of the most successful headsets currently on the market. As Google have just announced a host of new features for the Google Daydream, it isn’t surprising that Samsung…

VR UniBlock Develops Low Latency Wireless Technology Without Compression

VR Uniblock, a company that aims to create a universal hardware platform, has revealed its low latency wireless video transmission technology that works without ever compressing or decompressing the data. High-end wireless head-mounted displays (HMDs) will be one of the next key breakthroughs for the virtual reality (VR) industry, and companies like TPCast and VR UniBlock…

Social on Mobile and VR Combine in a Rave

Whether its a developer or manufacturer in virtual reality (VR) one thing they’re all trying to showcase are the social aspects of the technology. From Facebook Spaces, to AltspaceVR, vTime, Pluto VR, Geekzonia and many more, there’s a growing list of applications that’ll let users chat and hang out with each other in VR. But what…

Investments in Enterprise VR to Reach $167m Worldwide in 2017

Much of the currently available market data points towards the continued growth of the virtual reality (VR) market, with some research pointing towards the consumer VR market being worth $40 billion (USD) by the year 2020. But it isn’t just consumer VR that is on the rise, enterprise VR is seeing its share of growth,…

Two New VR Experiences Added to Wevr

Two new virtual reality (VR) film experiences that have featured at the Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals will be appearing on the Wevr Transport platform for room-scale and mobile VR experiences. IF NOT LOVE and Auto are both critically acclaimed VR experiences that will be featured on the Wevr Transport platform later in the year….

Review: Term1nal

When you think of cyber crime – hackers infiltrating government institutions, banks, multinationals and so on – it likely equates to people sat behind a monitor going through lines of code, which doesn’t exactly make for a gripping videogame. So developers have thought of numerous ways to make the process far more interesting and engaging…

SteamVR Gets Update With SteamVR Home

SteamVR is one of the most popular ways for users of virtual reality (VR) devices to access VR content for head-mounted displays such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The SteamVR launch area has been customisable thanks to community skins since launch, but now that feature is getting a big upgrade. Steam are introducing…

Publisher Headup Games Launch Huge Steam Sale

The wallets of many a PC videogame fan quake at the approach of the Steam sale. Publisher Headup games are also getting in on the Steam sale fun by announcing that their entire Steam portfolio will be discounted by as much as 80%. Headup Games are an independent developer and publisher who are responsible for…

Dancing All Night In LCD Soundsystem’s VR Music Experience

There’s no party like a VR dance party. With Google I/O coming to a close, the three day developer conference saw its fair share of annoucements around VR and AR. Reveals included everything from a new standalone VR headset, updates to Daydream, and a more social YouTube. But among all the night’s pizza parties and…

A VR-Enhanced Professional Motorcycle Simulator Is Unveiled

Cruden built their first professional-grade motorcycle simulator in 2005. Since that time they have been working on a range of hardware and software to create the most accurate motorcycle simulator possible for use by manufacturers, universities, race team and road safety organisations. To do this, they have leveraged the power of virtual reality (VR) along…

Air New Zealand Trialling Augmented Reality on Flights

Microsoft’s HoloLens has begun to see some interesting uses, from helping with surgical procedures to giving children an enhanced understanding of the solar system, Microsoft are aiming to show that augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) are good for more than just videogames. Air New Zealand see that potential, also, and have begun equipping…

Report Says VR Systems Have Many Uses In Healthcare

A report from Healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information estimates that the market for virtual reality (VR) in healthcare in the USA has grown from $525 million (USD) in 2012 to an estimated $976 million in 2017, with scores of applications for VR being made available. The growth in the use of VR and augmented…

Asus Brings AR and VR ZenFone to Verizon

Asus are probably best known as a maker of laptops and tablet hybrids, but they are aiming to score a larger share of the American smartphone market with the upcoming ZenFone AR, for which Verizon will be the exclusive wireless provider in the USA. Asus announced during the Google I/O conference that Verizon would be…

Get Your New Gear VR Controller with 30% Off

The new motion-control input device for the Samsung Gear VR launched last month, alongside a new bundle aimed at Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ adopters. Now, those who wish to buy the controller for their existing Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) can do so at a discounted price for a limited time. The Samsung…

Resident Evil: Vendetta PlayStation VR Exclusive Video

Fans of the Resident Evil series who also own a PlayStation VR may rejoice as Sony have announced that a special virtual reality (VR) experience that ties in to upcoming CGI movie Resident Evil: Vendetta will be released for free on 24th May 2017. The experience is titled Resident Evil: Vendetta Z Infected Experience (sometimes…

Life In 360°: Sun, Sea and Pigs

When you think about swimming at the beach, in crystal clear blue waters what sort of wildlife do you think of? Dolphins, tropical fish, manatees, maybe some stingray or the odd shark or two? One animal that you might not consider is the humble pig, which you might come across if you head to the…

Google Confirms Glass Team is Not Working With AR/VR Team

Amidst a lot of exciting AR/VR news from Google this week during I/O 2017, a bit of sad news comes for any fans of the company’s ‘Project Glass’. The team within Google that worked on Glass is not collaborating with the Daydream/Tango VR/AR teams, a strong indication that there’s no plans to bring Glass forward into…

Hacker Adds Augmented Reality To Ultrasound Machine Found In Dumpster

A German student is combining AR technology with an 80’s ultrasound to display scanner data in real-time. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. That must have been the thought going through Victor Skobov’s head as he began converting the output of an ultrasound machine found in a dumpster into a real-time augmented reality overlay. A…

OpenAI is Using VR to Train AI Robots

Much of the attention in the virtual reality (VR) industry is focused on entertainment; creating a realistic world that humans can become immersed in for entertainment. Researchers at OpenAI see another use for the work that has gone into making virtual worlds as real as possible – training artificial intelligence. Training AI robots is not…