Walmart Focuses On Future of VR/AR at New Silicon Valley Tech Incubator

Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the big-box retail giant, is focusing on the future of VR and AR, along with other emergent technologies, with its newly unveiled tech startup incubator. According to a Bloomberg Technology report, Wal-Mart is creating the incubator to “identify changes that will reshape the retail experience, including virtual reality, autonomous vehicle and drone delivery…

Sephora’s AR App Update Lets You Try Virtual Makeup On At Home

Sephora Virtual Artist adds virtual try on of thousands of eyeshadow shades, expert looks and an expanded library of virtual tutorials. If you break out in hives at the thought of navigating Sephora’s seemingly endless rows of beauty products, ranging from your run-of-the-mill lipstick to high-end luminizing products that you can’t even pronounce, you may…

Water-Types Aplenty, As Global Water Festival Comes To Pokémon GO

Niantic, the developers behind popular augmented reality (AR) mobile game Pokémon GO, have announced that the game is getting a tweak in the form of the Global Water Festival. From 1pm (PDT) Pokémon GO users will be more likely to encounter water-type Pokémon such as Magikarp and Squirtle and their evolutions. Additionally, if users are travelling in…

Behind the Scenes of Robo Recall Cinematics

Epic Games have released a video revealing the secrets of the Sequencer Editor that is built into Unreal Engine 4 and how it was used to create the cinematics for Robo Recall. The video is presented by Wes Bunn, Technical Writer at Epic Games and shows how one of the cinematics for Robo Recall was…

Disney Reveals How to Catch a Real Ball in Virtual Reality

Disney’s Research arm have revealed a system where a user can catch a real, physical ball while wearing a headset and still immersed in virtual reality (VR). Disney Research have released a video showing how someone wearing a head mounted display (HMD) who can only see the virtual landscape can still catch a real ball…

China Hero Project Announces New PlayStation VR Games

The China Hero Project helps independent videogame developers based in China get their product to market. They are working together with Sony to bring several new games to the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation VR (PSVR). Ten new games were announced as being in development for either PS4 or PSVR. The games are all currently…

More than 17,000 Visitors Expected at Laval Virtual

The calendar for events dedicated to virtual reality (VR) just keeps filling up. The end of March will see the conference return to Laval in France, where the organisers are expecting a crowd of 17,000 visitors. Laval Virtual begins today 22nd March and run until 26th March 2017. The first three days of the conference are…

Life In 360°: The Spherical-ness Of The Long Distance Runner

Welcome back to Life In 360°, where we take a thrice weekly look into one of the ways you can use a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in order to get into the action. Before we get on with today’s visit though, if you’re interested in 360 degree video or you’re looking to get into 360…

SC Johnson Produce VR Film to Promote Rainforest Conservation

Maker of household products such as Glade and Pledge, SC Johnson have produced a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) film called Under The Canopy as part of their campaign to promote conservation of the rainforest. Under The Canopy is a journey through the Amazon rainforest, in which the viewer is guided through the lush tropical landscape…

Linden Lab Adds Bing Gordon to Board of Directors

Creators of MMO Second Life, Linden Lab, have announced that Bing Gordon, Chief Product Officer KPCB is joining the Linden Lab Board of Directors. Linden Lab say that they are looking to Gordon for advice on strategy and marketing as they improve Second Life and launch their new virtual reality (VR) platform Sansar. Sansar is…

SteamDolls VR Demo Released on Steam

Steampunk-inspired adventure videogame SteamDolls VR has received a substantial update to its demo recently, which integrates trackpad support and a full gameplay tutorial. SteamDolls VR was designed exclusively for virtual reality (VR). The player steps into the shoes of a thief who must use cunning and stealth to make their way through the environment, avoiding…

Fated: The Silent Oath Reveals PlayStation VR Launch Date

Originally slated to be a PlayStation VR launch title, the developers behind Fated: The Silent Oath have finally revealed when it will drop on to PSVR. Fated: The Silent Oath came out for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in 2016, a version which VRFocus did a review of. The story of the videogame concerns a…

AWE Issues Call for Nominations for Auggie Awards

Organisers of the Augmented World Expo has issued a call for nominations for the Auggie Awards, a prize awarded to those who contributed extraordinary innovation to the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. The awards ceremony will be held at the Augmented World Expo, a conference for AR/VR technology. This year will be…

Power Rangers Morph onto Mobile VR

To tie in to the upcoming release of the new Power Rangers movie, Lionsgate has partnered with Reel FX and QuiverVision to create a mobile VR experience for Google Cardboard users. The new mobile VR experience is named Zords Rising and is based on a Power Rangers VR experience that was previously demonstrated at the…

NCAA March Madness Live VR Now Available

Oculus have partnered with NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports for the second year to bring Basketball’s March Madness to virtual reality (VR) users. Users of Oculus Rift and Gear VR will be able to use the March Madness Live app to get a courtside seat to six live games. There will be two premium…

A Guide to the Best 360 Cameras Your Money Can Buy

There’s always been two barriers to 360 degree video content: price and quality. Thanks to the rapid adoption of the Samsung Gear VR and now with nearly a year under the belts of the consumer editions of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, those two issues are becoming less of a worry. A selection of…

The VOID Hyper-Reality Experience Comes To Dubai

The mixed reality park opens its second location in the city built on sand. In an attempt to bring the immersive attraction to several locations outside the United States, The VOID hyper-reality experience has partnered with UAE-based holding company Meraas to open a brand new location right in the heart of the beautiful city of…

Serious Sam Gets VR Upgrade

Croteam have announced that they are working on fresh virtual reality (VR) rebuilds of the Serious Sam series of games. Serious Sam Fusion 2017 is out in Beta form, and available for free to owners of previous Serious Sam titles. Croteam plan for Serious Sam HD, The First Encounter and The Second Encounter to be…

‘Ghostbusters VR’ Experience Comes to PlayStationVR, from the Makers of ‘The Walk’ Demo

It seems the Ghostbusters franchise isn’t done capitalizing on the video game market just yet, because the first installment of a new Ghostbusters experience is heading to PlayStationVR today. The experience (read: not game) was developed by CreateVR and Sony’s in-house VR production studio, and is entitled Ghostbusters VR – Now Hiring, Act 1: Firehouse. In the experience you meet Mooglie, the iconic ghost from the franchise’s…

Virtual Worlds are Teaching Better Lessons

When Virtual Reality (VR) content is experienced using a VR headset the outcome is a virtual world. In that world, the possibilities are limited only by the imagination. This approach has given education an opportunity to leapfrog existing teaching practice by providing educationally beneficial immersive experiences. The first among these is that VR allows students…

Ghostbusters VR Arrives On PlayStation VR

You may want to answer this call. Have you ever dreamed of strapping on a proton pack and letting your charged particle beam loose? Maybe give that troublemaker Slimer a taste of his own medicine with a strategically placed trap to the Containment Unit? Well now you finally can—in VR. Sony has answered our call,…

VRTV: Karnage Chronicles Review

VRFocus correspondent Nina gives us her review of co-op hack-and-slash Karnage Chronicles by developer Nordic Trolls for VRTV. Nordic Trolls has produced a first-person experience for up to four players to co-operate using one of four atypical classes (Warrior, Archer, Mage and Cleric), armed with either bow and arrows, a pair of knives, or other weapons…

PlayStation VR Party: The Best Games for a Fun Night with Friends

The launch of the PlayStation VR has been deemed a success by many, with even Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) seemingly caught unawares by the demand for the virtual reality (VR) hardware. But satisfying the early adopters is a much easier task than achieving mass market appeal, as has been seen time-and-again with peripherals in the videogame…

Omnichanel Realities

In my last VRFocus article from September, I stressed the importance of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in focusing on usefulness and superseding reality. Then going on to highlight how content should be delivered via accessible (cheap and easy-to-use) hardware such as VR headsets connected to media boxes (e.g., Netflix) to reach mass market adoption. Well,…

Omnichannel Realities

In my last VRFocus article from September, I stressed the importance of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in focusing on usefulness and superseding reality. Then going on to highlight how content should be delivered via accessible (cheap and easy-to-use) hardware such as VR headsets connected to media boxes (e.g., Netflix) to reach mass market adoption. Well,…

VR vs. It’s Evolving!

Sometimes when I come to write a VR vs article I have a very definitive idea of what I’m going to write about. There’s a big story in the news, everyone’s reacted to it , do I agree? Yes/no. Explain why. Other occasions I’ve got no idea at all and it just flows naturally that…