32 New VR Experiences Receive Funding, From Group Singing to an Immersive Circus

Virtual reality (VR) can be used for far more than videogames, and now the Arts and Humanities Research Council, along with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, have announced that they’ll be funding 32 brand new VR research projects. These will range from experiences looking to recreate the benefits of outdoor group singing, to…

Become a Black Hole in this Sundance VR Experience

 SPHERES: Songs of Spacetime makes its debut at Sundance. When it comes to exploring space, we are constantly in search for what else exists in the Universe. As we reach for the stars, we’re able to make new discoveries that help us better understand the cosmos and learn more about our origin as humans. But…

24 Semi-Finalists Pitch Innovations to SPIE for a Share of $85,000

Pitching and getting your brave new ideas accepted is a difficult task in any industry, but luckily the non-profit organisation SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, have now announced the 24 semi-finalists to their SPIE Startup Challenge. Held during SPIE Photonics West, SPIE are now in their 8th year of highlighting new businesses solving…

Sure Ventures Trades on London Stock Exchange, Raising Over £3 Million

Public trading is a big milestone for any company, and reputable investor in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), FinTech and Internet of Things devices, Sure Ventures, is now trading on the London Stock Exchange. Now instead of private venture capital funds and Angel Investors dominating the investment space, retail investors and smaller investors can…

Check Out Blade Runner: Revelations in These New Screenshots

Fans of cyberpunk dystopian fiction and virtual reality (VR) are about to get a lot happier thanks to the upcoming Blade Runner: Revelations. We’ve got a bunch of crisp new screenshots for the anticipated VR videogame just below, so read on for more… The videogame is being developed exclusively for the Google Daydream by Seismic…

Former Crunchyroll COO Colin Decker Joins WITHIN

WITHIN are working hard to build themselves as the best place to go in virtual reality (VR) for story-based VR content. With a variety of experiences and VR programming, they’ve already shown their dedication to the medium, and now, they’re making even further new hires to bolster their team, with the former Crunchyroll COO Colin…

Jujubee Bringing VR To Historical Videogame KURSK

Recently on VRFocus we’ve featured a number of posts, particularly in our regular Life In 360 series where we’ve looked at the wonders that can be discovered underneath the ocean. And it is, obviously, an amazing place. Filled with life of all kinds, unseen mountains, unfathomable sights. Nature’s bounty and glory on display. But that…

Five Oculus Experiences Head To Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival has now begun – and as we’ve seen throughout the week on VRFocus a number of different experiences have announced their appearance at the event; often backed in some manner by a number of studios and creators. And when it comes to the hardware stakeholders it’s not just StarVR’s Starbreeze Studios,…

Communicate in Augmented Reality with Snaappy, the 3D Animated Bear

Ringing someone using a landline? Old school. Text messaging? Retro. Skype video calls? What is this, 2008? No, the future of digital communication is much more advanced than such old fashioned technology; the future is most definitely communication using augmented reality (AR). As such, Snaappy is here to pave the way for the future of…

Sprint Vector Livestream: Come Watch Us Play The Closed Beta

Sprint Vector, the fast-paced, ludicrous, bombastic, and ridiculous racing game from Survios, is hitting Closed Beta this weekend. Join us here in our livestream soon for a hands-on look at the latest build as I swing my arms like a crazy person for your amusement. And I’ll probably sweat a lot too. Multiplayer times are…

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…

Nic Cage’s Latest Film Gets Stand-Alone VR Series

The Humanity Bureau VRevolution episodic VR series dives deeper into the story of Cage’s upcoming sci-fi disaster flick. When it comes to Nicolas Cage films, there’s no shortage of conflicting emotions. Sometimes you get Leaving Las Vegas Nicolas Cage. Other times you get The Wicker Man Nicolas Cage. Whatever your opinion of him may be,…

Review: Day of Destruction

Love them or hate them sci-fi B-movies have that special place in cinematic history where they’re remembered for how bad they are, poor acting, rubbish effects, dodgy sound and more. Yet they offer a form of entertainment that wears its heart on its sleeve, becoming cult classics that almost become better with age. The same…

Hatsune Miku VR Dances onto Steam VR in Early 2018

We bought into virtual reality (VR) for anime girls. All of us did, it’s a fact. Well maybe it was just me, but regardless, it can only be good news that Hatsune Miku is dancing her way onto Steam VR in the first half of this year. Hatsune Miku VR is, as Miku fans will have…

Experience Nicolas Cage and The Humanity Bureau in VR

Conventional media is adapting to virtual reality (VR) as quickly as possible. The quick adoption rate of the technology throughout the world has quickly propelled VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) from being a specialist device to something you can get with a phone contract, and it has happened incredibly quickly. You can watch Netflix in VR,…

Noveto Enhances Virtual Reality Without Headphones

The CES event can hold many brand new innovations, and sometimes you find or experience something that you realise is truly innovative. At CES 2018, Las Vegas, VRFocus had a chance to try out Noveto Systems’ Sowlo, a hands-free system of personalised sound which requires no accessories on your hands, head, eyes or face. VRFocus spoke with Tomer…

VR Trends To Be Excited For In 2018

Despite the apparent burst of the virtual reality (VR) hype-bubble, we’ve learned a lot about the technology’s capabilities and limitations throughout the past couple years. We learned that hardcore PC players just aren’t jumping on the technology as much as people had hoped. Steam’s own statistics shows less than 0.3% of all users owning or…

New Nintendo Labo Is Not An Answer To VR Says Company

To the wider world, Nintendo’s new Labo initiative, consisting of cardboard printouts that you fold to make specialized controllers for Switch games, is a crazy idea. For those of us that have been folding up Cardboard VR headsets and sticking phones in them for the past three years, though, it’s a little more viable. Don’t…

Rift Core 2.0, Oculus Desktop App Get Improvements in January Update

Oculus’ first monthly update of 2018 is here, though it’s as slight as they come. For starters, anyone that hasn’t yet jumped into the beta version of Rift Core 2.0, which introduces a new Oculus Home, desktop app and the Dash UI, will now find it easier to do so. Using the updated Oculus Desktop…

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…

Action Puzzler StarDrone VR Coming to European PlayStation VR Owners Next Week

For its first virtual reality (VR) project developer Beatshapers has decided to revitalise one of its older titles StarDrone,  originally a launch title for the PlayStation Move controller and PlayStation Vita. This week has seen StarDone VR arrive on PlayStation VR for North American customers with a European release now confirmed for next week. StarDrone VR has been designed…

Update Your Oculus DK1 and DK2 Demos, Win $10,000

There were dozens upon dozens of virtual reality (VR) experience and videogame demos available for Oculus Rift Dev Kit 1 and Dev Kit 2, and the fact is that many of them have been lost to time now. Indie developers, one-man teams and those simply tinkering about out of interest created so much content for…

Life In 360°: Austin City Limits

End of the week everybody! Time to do your best “I am honesty working on that right now, Janet!” impression and slide casually into the weekend with style.  Before we do all that though there’s some things we need to get out of the way first. Namely our last delve into the all-encompassing world that…

Oculus Announces Oculus Start, a Scheme to Help New Developers

With a CES full of hardware announcements where Oculus took on something of a cameo role thanks to their partnerships with both Qualcomm (creators of the Snapdragon series of processors) and Xiaomi (creators of what is essentially the Oculus Go’s Chinese twin in the Mi VR Standalone headset), now over. The Facebook owned virtual reality…

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…