Review: Animal Force

Usually, when the aliens come to invade in fiction, its a scrappy group of humans who need to band together to save the day. Not so in Animal Force. Humans are helpless to prevent the aliens from kidnapping them all over the place, and its up to the efforts of Earth’s animals to stop them…

Squanch Games Release Trailer for Dr. Splorchy Presents: Space Heroes

Squanch Games are showing off how its upcoming title Dr. Splorchy Presents: Space Heroes is coming along by not only announcing the release date but also revealing a new trailer for the Google Daydream title that is the latest virtual reality (VR) title to come from the studio founded by Rick and Morty creator Justin…

Finding Small Parts Is Easier Than Ever With Amazon AR

If you have ever been in the middle of making, assembling or repairing something and suddenly realised that you are short one crucial, but very small component, you might know what a pain it is to find an exact match for the tiny piece you are missing. The updated Amazon augmented reality (AR) app might…

VR for Training Orthopaedic Surgeons

Virtual reality (VR) in both training and healthcare areas has been seeing a surge in growth as an increasing number of companies and providers adopt the technology. One of those has been the Johnson & Johnson Institute, which recently launched a VR training program to help prepare orthopaedic surgeons and nurses for some common procedures….

The Persistence Developers Talk Sci-Fi, Mutants and Gameplay

Sci-fi horror The Persistence will soon be emerging onto the PlayStation VR, with its release date due on 24th July, 2018. The team behind the title have taken inspiration from a variety of sources for the creation of the title, and spoke about influences, gameplay and virtual reality (VR). Nina Salmons of VRFocus spoke to…

Virtual Whisky With The Macallan Experience

Whisky has formed a cornerstone of Scottish culture for many, many years, and many historical distilleries are set in beautiful locations, such as the Macallan Distillery in Speyside. Many whisky fans never get the chance to experience their favourite wee dram in its natural habitat of Scotland, but soon they might have a chance to…

Develop: Brighton Announces Record Attendance Figures

The annual conference and expo held in Brighton, UK has seen its popularity grow in the time since it was inaugurated. This year, the organisers of Develop: Brighton have announced record attendance figures, with a nine percent year on year increase. The event included sessions from industry, including figures such as Shuhei Yoshida of Sony,…

Become A Super Hero With Marvel Powers United VR Retail Bundle

In just a week, Oculus Rift users will be able to find out what it means to be a superhero with the release of Marvel Powers United VR. As the release date draws close, Sanzaru Games, Marvel Games and Oculus Studios announce a new launch trailer and special retail bundle. The new trailer takes a…

Switch Seamlessly from 360 to VR180 With Vuze XR Dual Camera

There are a number of products out there that cater to creators who want to capture 360-degree video footage, or those who prefer to use the stereoscopic power of VR180, but so far, not many products are capable of doing both. HumanEyes Technologies is hoping to fill that gap with the upcoming Vuze XR Camera….

One Small Step for Samsung VR

Samsung Electronics is a name already much associated with virtual reality (VR), largely thanks to the Samsung Gear VR and the associated Samsung smartphones that power the device. The company is taking that a stage further with launch of ‘A Moon for All Mankind’ an immersive 4D VR experience. The experience has been designed to…

Spell-slinging PvP Gets New Character with Latest Update

Cortopia Studios, the developers behind the popular virtual reality (VR) title Wands have been far from stingy with rolling out new updates. Only last month the studio gave its player base access to some new locations, and now a new character is about to join the fray. Wands is a PvP-based title in which players…

George Takei Launches New Political AR App

Though beloved all over the world for his role in Star Trek as Hikaru Sulu, George Takei is also an outspoken political activist whose work on social media to raise awareness of various social issues has garnered a great deal of attention. Takei is using that platform to launch a new augmented reality (AR) app…

Virtual Weed Dispensary Blazing Onto A VR Headset Near You

An increasing number of areas, states and countries have been relaxing regulations regarding cannabis in the face of mounting public pressure and a growing body of scientific evidence on its effectiveness for certain medical conditions. Canada is one of the places that is approaching legalisation, and Weed VR is positioning itself to take advantage of…

VRSlide Makes a Splash With New Trailer

As VRFocus previously covered, a waterpark in Germany has raised the bar with regards to adding virtual reality (VR) to attractions by creating what many believe to be the world’s first VR-enhanced waterslide. Its now possible to get a closer look at the attraction with a new trailer. While we have reported previously on the…

AR and MR Training Firm Re’flekt Secure Investment Money

Munich-based company Re’flekt are one of a growing number of businesses that are tapping into the emerging market for augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) training. The firm has seen some early success, and has recently announced a new funding injection from technology company BASF. Re’flekt focusses on developing enterprise-level applications for training and…

Parents Join in the Fun With AR Tie-In For Hotel Transylvania 3

The Hotel Transylvania series has two successful movies under its belt, with a third due for release soon. The franchise now plans to add augmented reality (AR) into the mix with a new smartphone app that will let children and parents play together by using AR. The app has been announced by Biba Ventures, a…

Watch the Merc with a Mouth Take Down Bad Guys

As we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, news about upcoming Oculus Rift exclusive Marvel Powers United VR is coming in thick and fast now as Marvel, Oculus and developers Sanzaru Games whip up hype in advance of the release. Just to get you even more excited, VRFocus presents some gameplay footage of that…

David Bowie Exhibition Goes Virtual

Many fans and large swathes of the music world still mourn the loss of David Bowie, whose distinctive talent and sense of style changed the music industry and influenced so many people. For those fans were were unable to visit the ‘David Bowie Is’ traveling exhibition, they will have a new chance to experience it…

Experience Oculus Rift & HTC Vive with a Single Cable

One of the problems with setting up a virtual reality (VR) system is that a lot of the cables and connectors are entirely proprietary. For example, an Oculus Rift cable will only work with an Oculus Rift. If your cable develops a problem it can be expensive to replace. A new industry consortium will soon…

Vuzix Sees Order Numbers for Smart Glasses Rise

Vuzix have emerged as a leader in the field of enterprise-focussed augmented reality (AR), offering its services to various industries, seeing particular success with its M300 Smart Glasses system. The company reports that it has recently received on of its largest orders for M300 Smart Glasses, which came from AMA XpertEye Inc. AMA XpertEye are…

Times Square Becomes Flooded In New Immersive Art Experience

A number of artists have begun to explore just what can be created by using the new mediums of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). Recently conceptual artist Mel Chin has become one of them, creating an MR experience that saw New York City transformed. The Six-minute MR experience let visitors…

Second Version of Pimax 8K Headset Being Sent To Testers

The Pimax 8K headset attracted a great deal of attention when the Kickstarter campaign was launched, quickly meeting its target before massively overshooting it. As a result, backers and analysts are expecting much from the device, but word from early testers has raised some concerns about build quality. As a result of this feedback, Pimax…

Magic Leap: Released Tech Specs and New Demo Still Fail to Impress

Opinion on Magic Leap remains very much divided, with some people predicting it will change the face of immersive technology forever, while many other dismiss it as a pie-in-the-sky project that can never live up to its hype. Whatever the truth, the Magic Leap has now come closer to Earth with the reveal of its…

IKINEMA and Globo Collaborate for AR World Cup Heroes

It’s not a secret that Brazil is a bit wild about Football. With most of the world joining in the celebration of the Beautiful Game that is the FIFA World Cup, Brazil’s largest media group, Globo have teamed up with IKINEMA to create an augmented reality (AR) tribute to the 2018 World Cup. The collaboration…

Report: 360-Degree Camera Market To Reach $1.5 Billion by 2023

Creating 360-degree video has become one of the most popular and accessible means for creators to become involved in creating virtual reality (VR) content. Not only individuals but brands, businesses, marketing and creative industries have all embraced the technology as a new means to engage with audiences. According to a report by MarketsandMarkets, this trend…

Major League Baseball to Crown First Virtual Champion

Back in April, Major League Baseball (MLB) launched a new virtual reality (VR) app called MLB Home Run Derby VR, which let baseball fans feel what it was like to step onto the diamond and play in virtual games. Now players will have a chance to claim a place in history as the first ever…

Review: Salary Man Escape

Does anyone fancy a really elaborate game of Jenga in order to escape from the drudgery of the office? Boiled down to its most basic elements, this is what you are getting with Salary Man Escape. Like many other modern virtual reality (VR) titles, it seeks to offer some tongue-in-cheek commentary on the world of…

Marvel Powers United Welcomes Gamora and Star Lord to the Roster

As the release date for Oculus Rift exclusive Marvel Powers United VR draws ever closer, the team at Sanzaru Games are determined to get the hype up to feverish levels with a veritable torrent of new announcements concerning the title. Now another two heroes have been added in, giving players more options to choose from….

A Showcase for Hyper Arena VR and Regenesis Arcade

Hyperbook Studios are a Polish developer whose first virtual reality (VR) videogame effort was Greenlit on Steam last year, before that particular service was discontinued. The team is now working on two different VR titles, REGENESIS Arcade and Hyper Arena VR. Nina Salomons of VRFocus managed to speak to Wojciech Urbanowicz who works in Marketing…

PR Firm IDEA Communication Announces Partnership with VR Company Plex-VR

Public relations and communications company IDEA Communication have announced a strategic partnership with Chinese virtual reality (VR) solutions provider Plex-VR. The partnership will see the two companies working towards a roll-out of Plex-VR-powered educational VR technologies in Singapore and China. Education is starting to see the benefits of VR technology, in the USA almost half…