FutureTech Expo Discount For VRFocus Readers

As it comes up towards the ‘events season’ part of the year, many people involved or interested in the technology sector are planning how to fit in as many possible events while still remaining on-budget and within the laws of space and time. While we cannot change the laws of physics, we can help your…

Real-Estate Property Previews in VR

One of the areas where virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are becoming increasingly popular is for previewing products prior to a sale. This is especially valuable for high-ticket items such as cars, and even more so when buying real estate. Japanese real estate firm AtHome Co, Ltd has recently introduced VR previews and…

Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR Leaves Early Access in April Update

It wasn’t long after Microsoft launched the Windows Mixed Reality headset system that the company integrated Valve’s SteamVR platform, allowing users access to more content. When that arrived in November 2017 it was only in a beta form, today however Microsoft has now confirmed integration will be leaving its ‘early access’ phase with the latest…

HTC Vive Emulator VRidge 2.1 Update Expands NOLO and Language Support

Mobile virtual reality (VR) users who want to experience high-end VR have been able to do so since 2016 via RiftCat’s HTC Vive emulation software VRidge. Having released the 2.0 update for VRidge back in January, RiftCat has now rolled out the 2.1 version, adding greater language support on top of several other additions. The software works…

NBCUniversal & Google Are Bringing NBC Original Shows to VR

SNL, Vanderpump Rules, SYFY WIRE and seven other shows get the 360-degree treatment in this multi-episode collaboration. It appears as though NBCUniversal is making an even deeper commitment to VR after announcing a new partnership with Google to bring some of its most popular original programming to the world of VR in the form of…

SteamVR Windows Headset Integration Leaving Early Access

VR headsets from Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, HP, ASUS and Dell might be easier to set up than Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, but integration with Valve’s SteamVR is what makes these headsets worth consideration.  Without it, owners can visit some nice virtual worlds from the Windows Store, but they’d be missing the much wider and deeper…

Preview: Wild Downtown – ‘Wild’ This Certainly Isn’t

When you consider an open world videogame adventure what do you imagine? Sprawling countryside maybe? Or how about something a little more metropolitan, a bustling cityscape that’s alive with the sounds of people going about their everyday lives, cars whizzing about, possibly the odd siren or two. For most this will conjurer up images of…

Conservation International Reveals New VR Project ‘My Africa’

A new virtual reality (VR) film called My Africa produced by Conservation International aims to create an immersive portrait of Kenya and the efforts to allow humans and wildlife to leave peacefully side-by-side. The VR film opens on vivid 360-degree footage of wildebeest as the migrate across the Mara River and a lioness who lies…

Sherwin-Williams AR App Takes Hassle Out of Choosing Paint Colors

Explore over 1,500 paint options for your walls. Nothing spruces up a drab looking room like a new coat of paint to make the walls pop with color and personality. But, if you’ve ever taken on the task of painting a room, then you know that the process can be time consuming and frustrating –…

Run Around The Exorcist: Legion VR When it Comes to Virtuix’s Omni VR Treadmill

Last week saw developer Wolf & Wood release the next chapter in its horror franchise The Exorcist: Legion VR. Aiming to bring the episodic experience to more players, whilst further immersing them in these demonic tales, publisher Fun Train has partnered with omni-directional treadmill manufacturer Virtuix which will see the videogame head to virtual reality (VR)…

Update: Giant $500M Chinese VR Theme Park Opens Doors to the Public

A giant robot looms over the outskirts of Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in China. The new VR park, named simply ‘Oriental Science Fiction Valley‘, has now opened its doors; within them reside a bevy of VR attractions and rides that hope to capitalize on China’s steadily growing VR industry. Update (04/30/18): A new English-language…

Oculus Go Talk Announced For Unite Europe 2018

With Unity being one of the most popular videogame engines in the world, and one of the most commonly used for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) development, its not surprising that Unity events such as Unite Europe attract a great deal of attention. This year’s event is coming up fast, and some of…

Sega’s Space Channel 5 VR Will Come To U.S. As Kinda Funky News Flash

Sega’s beloved Dreamcast rhythm game Space Channel 5 is coming to virtual reality, and a tweet now confirms that a U.S. version — “Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash!” — will see its debut at the Los Angeles VR event VRLA. Developer Grounding says that it will offer 15 minute demos of the VR experience on May 5 and…

Optis Talk About How VR Simulation Can Improve Manufacturing

Optis are a leading simulation company that have worked with various companies and brands to create high-fidelity simulations to simulate a product so its design can be previewed in full before it is built. Nina speaks to Claire Pietu, Application Engineer for Optis World about the company’s working virtual reality (VR) and how this technology…

Immersive Learning: How VR Is Changing The Nature Of Education

Teaching is about exciting the imagination of students, opening the door for further exploration and developing their understanding of the world around. It’s a journey each of us go on from a young age and an experience that can leave an indelible mark on us as we move forward throughout our lives. The methods used…

Sci-Fi London Hosts VR Film About Censorship and Violence

The Sci-Fi London Film Festival will be showing a virtual reality (VR) film that explores the consequences of immersive violence and censorship in a dark cyberpunk future. The film exists in a potential future where some violent crimes have been linked to videogamers. As a result, a new censorship bureau is created who employees are…

Step Into The Shoes Of A Football Professional

For many people the idea of being a professional football player is a childhood dream. Developer Dodo4Story Games have tried to make that dream a reality in Turbo Soccer VR, and have recruited a professional football player to help them realise their goal. Professional footballer Kamil Grosicki is regarded as one of the best players…

Oculus Go, Mirage Solo, and Vive Focus Standalone Headsets Compared

Standalone VR headsets represent a new headset segment that sits somewhere between smartphone-based VR devices, and tethered, high-end VR systems, while offering some notable advantages over both. In this article we compare three standalone VR devices which will be available worldwide this year: the Oculus Go, Lenovo Mirage Solo, and HTC Vive Focus. The main…

Life In 360°: Know Your Limits

When it comes to using virtual reality (VR), and 360 degree video in particular, one of the trends that seems to be developing is using it to create a public service announcement, or PSA. Not that long ago on Life In 360° we spent a couple of days looking over some examples of arguably such videos…

Disney Are Making Virtual Hugs Feel Real

As a Disney character said in a certain incredibly successful film ‘I like warm hugs’. The company responsible for the creation of that character seem to share the sentiment, and are working on a way to make hugs in virtual reality (VR) feel a lot more real. Disney has a fairly substantial research team, many…

iNK Stories VR Experience “Hero” Awarded At Tribeca Film Festival

Starbreeze publishing, more commonly known for their work on the popular PAYDAY series of videogames, have announced their “Hero” virtual reality (VR) experience developed in partnership with iNK Stories was awarded the prestigious Storyscapes award at the ongoing Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Hero puts the audience in the center of an air raid in…

This Disney Jacket Brings Physical Feedback to VR

The ‘Force Jacket’ could be the key to taking theme parks to the next level. Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be in the grips of a monstrous snake as it squeezes out every ounce of breath? It probably isn’t pleasant. But thanks to a collaboration between Disney Research, MIT Media Lab,…

Echo Arena Lobby Update Teases Upcoming Echo Combat Expansion

The recent update to the popular virtual reality (VR) multiplayer title Echo Arena, patch v9.0, was home to a small tease of the upcoming Echo Combat expansion. The new update brings a social lobby system into Echo Arena which featured a sectioned off area that featured the text “Echo Combat: Under Construction“. Announced back in…

New Screenshots Released For Beat Saber

Following the announcement Beat Saber, the neon filled virtual reality (VR) title about swinging swords to the beat of music would be releasing in Early Access next week, developer Hyperbolic Magnetism have released a number of new screenshots. The Czech Republic based team have been hard at work on Beat Saber for sometime now, building a…

HumanEyes Reveal New Underwater Case For Vuze VR Cameras

HumanEyes Technologies have revealed a new accessory for their line up of Vuze cameras with the Vuze VR Underwater Case, providing divers the chance to capture full 360-degree, virtual reality (VR) ready footage underwater. The Underwater Case has been designed specifically to allow the Vuze cameras to function underwater by creating the conditions needed for…

VRstudios Makes A Compact VR Experience With VRcade Atom

VRstudios has made location-based entertainment virtual reality arcades for big commercial venues in the past, but now the company revealed the VRcade Atom, a more compact VR booth with a smaller footprint that doesn’t require an expensive facility. The VRcade Atom is a commercial wireless VR system built for location-based entertainment (LBE) arcades, and it costs less…

The VR Job Hub: End Of April Opportunities

The final weekend of April is here and the skies are grey. Why not beat the weather and have a look at some of the new opportunities awaiting within the immersive media industries and find yourself a new, exciting job. As always, VRFocus are here to help you out with another entry of The VR Job Hub. Every weekend VRFocus gathers…

Something For The Weekend: End Of April Oculus Deals

The last weekend of April and VRFocus has put together some of the best virtual reality (VR) deals available from the Oculus store to help you find your next favourite. As always be sure to check back every weekend for even more deals right here on VRFocus. The Exorcist: Legion VR The Exorcist: Legion VR is an episodic…