AI, VR and AR are Transforming Business Organisation

Amid a wave of hype around emerging technologies, three specific trends are showing the potential to help businesses transform the way they operate, according to a series of research briefs published by CompTIA. To varying degrees, artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are becoming a more prominent technology in the…

BattleSky VR Launches onto Steam Early Access

BattleSky VR is a multiplayer virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) promising to bring ‘Overwatch style’ gameplay to head-mounted displays (HMDs) as it launches today, according to developer Oh!WHATif Inc. BattleSky VR debuts as a Steam Early Access title for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows MR. In BattleSky VR, each player picks a Hero with vastly…

Fraunhofer HHI Develop Volumetric Human Body Reconstruction Technology

Volumetric video is regarded as the next important development step in the field of media production, especially in the context of the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. The researchers from Fraunhofer HHI have developed a new variant of this technology known as 3D Human Body Reconstruction (3DHBR). 3DHBR transmits the realistic image…

XR Games Board Joined by Jane Whittaker

Videogames industry legend Jane Whittaker has joined the board and executive team of new virtual reality (VR) specialist studio, XR Games, it was announced today. In a 34­year career which includes work on the likes of GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64), Alien vs. Predator (Atari Jaguar), The Sims, HR Giger’s Darkseed and major contributions to Microsoft…

Konrad the Kitten to Leave Early Access Next Month

FusionPlay are preparing virtual reality (VR) virtual pet simulation, Konrad the Kitten, for full release. Compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs), Konrad the Kitten takes the novel approach of attaching one motion-controller to a plush toy for true simulation. Next month, players will be able to immerse themselves…

IMAX: VR Fulfils the ‘need to wow audiences’

Out-of-home entertainment has suffered a continuing decline for decades, with arcades, cinemas and more becoming less relevant amidst the huge variety of consumption opportunities in the home. However, IMAX Corporation sees virtual reality (VR) as an opportunity to change this, with new entertainment experiences challenging the accepted norm. Giovanni Dolci, Vice President of Theatre Development,…

Has Facebook Given Up on Oculus Rift?

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR back in 2014 came as a surprise to near-everyone in the virtual reality (VR) industry. Many predictions of a large company moving on the hardware developer had been circulated prior, with the likes of Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment banded about as potentials, but as a company with no prior…

Bring Doom to the Earth in Day of Destruction

Embrace your inner alien and rise as the destroyer of cities; conqueror of galaxies. Empower yourself with alien technology as you can on the feeble powers of the human race and bring destruction to the Earth, plus many other planets in Day of Destruction, now available for HTC Vive. The planet’s communication systems have received…

Blade Runner: Revelations Receives Debut Teaser Trailer

At CES 2018, Las Vegas, Seismic Games  announced that it has partnered with Alcon Media Group to develop Blade Runner: Revelations, a new adventure experience built specifically for virtual reality (VR) based on the award-winning Blade Runner series. The videogame follows the critically acclaimed release of Blade Runner 2049 from Oscar nominated director Dennis Villeneuve, starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, and today sees the…

Light Tracer Casts onto HTC Vive, Oculus Rift to Follow

Oasis Games Ltd. is inviting players to take possession of celestial powers and a magical light staff as they transport themselves to the grand adventure that awaits in Light Tracer. Following its debut on PlayStation VR, the virtual reality (VR) exclusive Light Tracer is now available for HTC Vive via Steam, with an Oculus Rift…

Sony to Launch ‘Lost in Music’ VR Campaign with Khalid

Sony Corporation has announced the second instalment of its brand campaign, called ‘Lost in Music’. The brand campaign consists of live music events and a virtual reality (VR) music video for PlayStation VR, both featuring Grammy Award nominee singer and songwriter, Khalid. The Lost in Music campaign will roll out with a two-day live event,…

QIYU VR Mobile VR Arm Tracking & 4K Video Software Detailed

iQIYI Intelligence has revealed its latest virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), the QIYU VR II at the CES 2018, Las Vegas. As previously reported by VRFocus, the HMD supports 4320p, 7680 x 4320 video playback, but now iQIYI has offered more details on the software utilised for this as well as the VR videogame…

Blade Runner: Revelations Gameplay Details Revealed

Alcon Media Group has announced a partnership with Google and technology company Lenovo to release the upcoming virtual reality (VR) videogame Blade Runner: Revelations for Google Daydream. The news of this latest VR tie-in for the Blade Runner franchise came at CES 2018, Las Vegas, announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew…

SuperData Research Weighs-In on CES 2018’s Biggest VR News

This year’s annual CES event, Las Vegas, has brought two major announcements for the virtual reality (VR) industry: HTC’s Vive Pro and Oculus VR’s partnership with Xiaomi for the launch of the Oculus Go in China, set to be known as Mi VR. Both of these announcements will shape the future of VR over the…

Revised PlayStation VR Model Arrives at International Retailers

The new PlayStation VR model has slowly been arriving throughout North America and Europe, available in bundles prior to the holiday season. Now however, the second edition of the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD), known as CUH-ZVR2, is available as a standalone purchase in North America and a ‘Starter Pack’ bundle in Europe. The PlayStation…

Digital Realities App Provides Unified AR, MR & VR Solution for Engineering

Using augmented reality (AR), mixed reality (MR) or virtual reality (VR) in engineering or manufacturing is still in its infancy. Whilst there are large Automotive, Aerospace and Defence companies already using VR Caves or Powerwall’s, most organisations are just starting to figure out if, and why, they need the technology. Following a two-part event in…

OmniVision and ASTRI Reveal Production-Ready AR Glasses Reference Design

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has today announced that it has collaborated with Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) to develop a reference design for production-ready augmented reality (AR) glasses. The AR glasses combine OmniVision’s lightweight and power-efficient OP02220, the industry’s only single-chip, 1080p high definition (HD) liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS)…

Project Interactive AR from Your Smartphone with the Count Projector

Yinscorp Ltd. has revealed the Count Projector, a pico projector capable of transforming a smartphone into an interactive desktop augmented reality (AR) projector, at the CES 2018, Las Vegas. The projector delivers a brand-new user experience based on AR, projection mapping and interactive desktop technologies. On display at CES 2018, the Count Projector is being…

Vive Wireless Adapter Builds on DisplayLink & Intel Partnership

DisplayLink has revealed the company’s input into the recently announced Vive Wireless Adapter. Building on the success of the DisplayLink Wireless VR prototype revealed a year ago, the company subsequently partnered with Intel Corporation to develop the latter’s WiGig technology into a wireless virtual reality (VR) adapter. Now, that adapter has been redesigned under a…

META Partners with Dell for Retail Distribution

Dell’s CES 2018, Las Vegas, press conference revealed two important new initiatives for the virtual reality (VR) industry: a brand new VR-ready PC for $799 USD, and a partnership for reselling HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs). However, little was mentioned about AR; that is until the confirmation that the PC reseller was also partnering with…

iStaging’s VR Maker Simplifies Spatial Capture and Content Sharing

iStaging Corp. has today unveiled VR Maker, an affordable spatial capture solution enabling any individual with a mobile device to create immersive virtual tours in minutes. A real estate retail-focused augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology company based in Taipei, iStaging is aiming to ‘democratise’ virtual access to physical spaces by allowing anyone…

iQIYI Reveal 4K Standalone VR Headset: QIYU-II

2018 is looking set to become the year in which mobile virtual reality (VR) matures. Oculus Go is coming soon alongside Oculus VR’s recently revealed Xiaomi partnership for the Mi VR, and of course the Vive Focus is heading to China imminently. New to the block are iQIYI, revealing their own take on the new…

Hands-On: HTC Vive Pro – What Screendoor Effect?

The HTC Vive arguably offers one of the most superior virtual reality (VR) experiences currently available to consumers. The head-mounted display (HMD) pioneered roomscale tracking at a time when seated VR was the given norm. Now, Vive are looking to deliver a higher quality experience for those who demand it. The Vive Pro, revealed today…

Giroptic Launch 360 Degree Video Calling Application

Giroptic has today announced that, after months of testing and perfecting, a new 360 degree video calling service is now available in the iO360 app, compatible with the popular Giroptic iO 360 degree camera. Whether on a rooftop in New York, cruising on a lake or with family on the other side of the world,…

ZEISS VR ONE Connect to Debut at CES 2018

ZEISS has today announced the debuts its newest product, the ZEISS VR ONE Connect, will take place at CES 2018, Las Vegas, this week. The new platform is intended to bridge the gap between mobile and PC-connected virtual reality (VR) technologies, allowing users to play SteamVR videogames through mobile VR headsets. The ZEISS VR ONE…

uSens Partners with Pico for 26DoF Hand-Tracking Mobile VR

uSens, Inc. has today announced a partnership with Pico Interactive, Inc. to provide 26 degrees of freedom (26DoF) hand-tracking for the Pico Goblin all-in-one (AIO) virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). With the addition of uSens’ Fingo hardware, users can experience a new level of mobile VR immersion by interacting with virtual objects with their…

The Day of Destruction Approaches in VR

In July last year, SynaptixGames announced a virtual reality (VR) videogame for multiple formats, Day of Destruction, developed by Grand Junction. Six months later the title is now preparing for launch on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Day of Destruction is inspired by the 1996 motion-picture, Independence Day. The twist however, is that you play…

Fearless Knights March on the Undead on Oculus Rift Today

Last month VRFocus reported on the announcement that zChess would launch a virtual reality (VR) adaptation of their popular mobile videogame, Chess with Zombies: Pawn of the Dead, via Oculus Home in the near future. Now, that future has arrived, as the videogame arrives via the Early Access channel today. Chess with Zombies: Pawn of…

5 Industries that Will Drive VR Growth in 2018

As we enter 2018 there’s a great deal of expectation being placed upon the growth of virtual reality (VR) and the coming consumer initiation of augmented reality (AR). However, while this year may not see the mass adoption that these immersive mediums are destined for, there are many areas which will a significant uptake in…