Immersive Tech Startup Pixvana Completes $14m Series A Funding Round

Pixvana, the tech startup that specialises in cloud-based video content creation and distribution has announced the completion of a Series A funding round of $14 million USD. The round was led by Vulcan Capital with participation from new investors Raine Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, Cisco Investments and Hearst Ventures, and existing investor Madrona Venture Group.   The…

Bait! Arctic Open Introduces Multiplayer Fishing To Facebook Spaces

When Bait! from Resolution Games first launched on Gear VR it introduced several visually pleasing vistas at which players could cast their line for some recreational fishing. With a mixture of free-to-play design and some light microtransactions, it quickly soared on the platform and became one of the most-downloaded mobile VR experiences available. Now today…

Use a Bowling Ball to Create a VR Tsunami at this UK Art Exhibit

‘A Colossal Wave’ uses Newton’s theory of action and reaction to create a colossal wave. When it comes to pushing the boundaries of VR, there are very few developers more prolific than Marshmallow Laser Feast. Whether it be a visceral 360° experience that puts you in the shoes, or paws, of a forest-dwelling wild animal,…

Vegas: Alter Your Reality VR Art Collection Debuting at Miami Art Week

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has announced a new marketing program, Vegas: Alter Your Reality (VAYR), which will debut at a modern and contemporary art event during Miami Art Week in December. VAYR is a creative interpretation of the Las Vegas experience, featuring personal narratives by five international artists:   Adhemas Batista, Brazil; Beeple, U.S.; FAFI, France; INSA, U.K.; and Signalnoise, Canada. From strolling the streets to…

Pokémon GO Travel and the Global Catch Challenge Starts Today

There might be an ever growing amount of augmented reality (AR) apps descending onto mobile devices yet the most popular and well known is still likely to be Niantic Labs’ Pokémon GO. For its latest promotion the studio has announced the Pokémon GO Travel and the Global Catch Challenge, which has launched today. Pokémon GO Travel is…

Airbus Launches HoloLens App to Train Future Airline Crews

Jet engineering is going holographic. Passenger jet maker Airbus has created a Microsoft HoloLens app to train engineers and cabin crews. The app lets you train from anywhere while wearing the standalone headset “via a holographic coach or an interactive, shared 3D virtual system,” according to a press release. The app is part of Airbus’s…

Ubisoft and Triotech Working on Assassin’s Creed VR Experience

Ubisoft has previously revealed its work in virtual reality (VR) with the demonstration of its Rabbids Virtual Reality Ride, now the company has teamed up with interactive entertainment company Triotech to create a VR experience based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Assassin’s Creed is one of Ubisoft’s biggest and most popular franchises, with ten games…

Curiscope’s Operation Apex Set for Release Next Week

A few months ago, Curiscope – the company behind The Virtuali-Tee – announced a new project in conjunction with Vive Studios, a virtual reality (VR) adventure called Operation Apex that takes viewers beneath the waves. Now the studio has revealed Operation Apex will launch for HTC Vive on 30th November. Expanding its first immersive piece, Great White Sharks, a 360-degree video…

Skyrim VR Is A PSVR System Seller In UK, Charts Suggest

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, arguably PlayStation VR’s (PSVR’s) biggest release so far, finally arrived last Friday and we’ve rarely seen the VR fan base so excited. But, as happy as loyal PSVR owners must be, it looks like the game — and a big Black Friday promotion — has brought in a lot…

Zynga Brings AR Functionality to Mobile Racer CSR2

Mobile videogame developer Zynga has revealed that its popular racing title CSR Racing 2 (CSR2) has now been upgraded with an augmented reality (AR) mode using Apple’s ARKit and Unity, exclusively for iPhone and iPad running iOS 11. Players will now be able to get up close to the cars in their garage, being able to view…

Resident Evil VII biohazard Surpasses 300K VR Players

Capcom’s debut virtual reality (VR) videogame, Resident Evil VII biohazard, has in many ways set the standard for the medium. AAA production values, a lengthy campaign and easily accessible VR has lead to the videogame becoming a leading light on PlayStation VR, and the latest statistics suggest that this isn’t going to change any time…

Facebook Is Working To Bring VR To Its News Feed

Despite the company purchasing VR specialist Oculus all the way back in 2014, you still can’t access VR in your Facebook News Feed. But that may be changing soon. In a post shared on Friday, Oculus confirmed that it has started to test native React VR support for the News Feed on its social platform….

AR Education Book 100% Funded By Kickstarter

Books have been around for thousands of years in various forms, and when it comes to education, despite the proliferation of online resources, nothing has yet displaced the textbook from its prominent position in the educational field. However, one company is seeking to transform the humble textbook with the power of augmented reality (AR) technology….

Resident Evil 7 Nabs Best VR Game At UK’s Golden Joysticks

With the year wrapping up, gaming awards season is upon us and, while we’re still waiting to see which VR game takes home the prize at the upcoming Game Awards, Capcom’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard just scored a big win in the UK. The survival horror shooter, which released in January with optional PlayStation VR…

BeBop Sensors Unveil the Forte Data Glove for VR/AR Apps and Gaming

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) companies are seeking to create evermore interactive and immersive ways for users engage with virtual environments, whether that’s through motion controllers like Oculus Rift, or gesture-based hand tracking systems like Leap Motion. Another possible means of interaction uses data gloves, with BeBop Sensors announcing its latest creation, the Forte Data…

Life in 360°: Spot the Difference

It’s fairly common knowledge that the idea of copyright protection isn’t exactly adhered to over in China, with plenty of brands seeing counterfeit copies of their products appear not only in the country but also across the world. The problem being that not only are these companies losing out on profits needed to continue R&D,…

Pixar’s VR Debut Takes You Into The Stunning World of ‘Coco’

Explore new worlds with friends in this jaw dropping Pixar VR experience. Disney Pixar’s first ever VR experience, Coco VR, isn’t just a game or VR experience with a story unfolding around you as the observer. Instead this visually stunning masterpiece of an adventure is one you can take with friends—an idea that Pixar sees as…

Print your Own HTC Vive Headstrap

Comfort is an important consideration is you plan to spend a lot of time immersed in virtual reality (VR). Some VR devices, including the HTC Vive, have suffered criticism for its offered level of comfort. SynergyWiz is offering a potential solution by offering a way to 3D print your own HTC Vive comfort headstrap. When…

CloudGate Studio Demonstrate Vive Body Tracking

The release of the Vive Trackers for the HTC Vive system to consumers opens up the possibility of full-body tracking in virtual reality (VR), thus fulfilling the dream of VR as depicted in popular fiction such as Ready Player One. One of the pioneers of this, CloudGate Studios, has been demonstrating how its tracking system…

Bethesda Investigating Adding Smooth Turning To Skyrim VR

he Great VR Locomotion Debate continues to rage on. This time the ire of virtual reality (VR) users has been turned upon Bethesda, with controversy regarding the movement systems. The development team have begun to address this in a post on the Bethesda forums in regarding The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. Though movement systems…

The VR Job Hub: It’s a UK Focused Selection of Vacancies

It’s Sunday and if you’re perusing VRFocus’ latest selection of jobs in the virtual reality (VR) industry then it’s likely that you’re not looking forward to Monday. Never fret though, if you’ve got the skills, knowhow and tenacity to succeed then you’ll be wanting to send your CV to these companies right away. View the…

Further Details On Limina VR Public Arts Festival

Previously it was reported that an upcoming virtual reality (VR) festival, organised by sometime VRFocus contributor Catherine Allen, was seeking contributions. Further details have now been revealed on what the event will entail. The Limina VR Weekender will be a weekend of sessions covering a variety of VR subjects and content, designed to broaden the…

Williams-Sonoma Acquires AR Imaging Company Onward Inc

A number of firms have begun using augmented reality (AR) technology for various uses, with the trend increasing since the launch of Apple’s ARKit. One of the firms involved in this trend is Onward Inc, who are now set to be acquired by Williams-Sonoma. Williams-Sonoma (WSI) are the parent company behind a number of retailer…

Evasion To Be Playable at Intel Extreme Masters Oakland

Fast-paced sci-fi shooter Evasion has been highly anticipated by virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts since it was originally revealed by developers Archiact. Lucky players at the Intel Extreme Masters event in Oakland, California will have a chance to get hands-on with the title, which will be playable for the first time at the event. The Intel…

Google’s ‘Son Of Jaguar’ 360° Short Film Now Available On YouTube

The ‘Book of Life’ director’s VR debut makes its way to YouTube. So now everyone can cry in VR. When we first heard about Jorge Gutierrez’s Google Spotlight Stories project, Son of Jaguar,  I don’t think any of us were expecting the colorful journey we were about to experience. The nine minute 360° short film…