Virtual Reality Shopping Guide: 2017 Edition

At the end of 2017 there are virtual reality headsets available powered by technology from some of the world’s largest tech companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, Sony, and Google. Unlike the failed 3D TVs of just a few years ago, these VR headsets convince your eyes and ears that you’re actually seeing and hearing a fantastic…

Review: Final Fantasy XV: Monster of the Deep

A surprising number of people became somewhat addicted to the fishing mini-game when playing through Final Fantasy XV. Developer Square Enix seems to have aimed this title squarely at that crowd, throwing in a generous helping of fan service alongside it. Monster of the Deep is a virtual reality (VR) fishing videogame. Those who were…

Holiday Sales Spur on VR Growth in Gaming and Enterprise

According to a report published by International Data Corporation (IDC), forecasts worldwide revenues for the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) market to reach $13.9 USD billion in 2017, an increase of 130.5% over the $6.1 billion spent in 2016. This is in-part a result of aggressive price cuts on behalf of Oculus VR…

How to Choose and Operate a Panohead/Gimbal for 360 photography

What is a panohead and why you need one A panohead allows photographers to shoot images around the entrance pupil of a lens to produce a panorama. It is possible to create high resolution or ‘gigapixel’ equirectangular spherical panoramic images with a DSLR camera by attaching a panohead to a tripod. With it one may obtain…

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…

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….

Oculus Fund Researching on VR for Social Pressure

There has already been some attempts to utilise virtual reality (VR) technology for social good. In particular, various companies, government bodies and health authorities have been looking at using VR to change behaviour. Oculus is now funding these aims with the Play4REAL lab. One of the first beneficiaries of this funding is Preview Labs Inc,…

PlayStation VR Takes Amazon’s Top Seller Spot in Black Friday Sale

Expectations for the PlayStation VR this holiday season have been incredibly high. Supported by some big name releases including GT Sport, today’s launch of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR and the forthcoming DOOM VFR, the head-mounted display (HMD) was anticipated to receive a boost in sales. However, thanks to a ‘Black Friday’ deal from…

PlayStation VR Black Friday Sales Hit UK Retailers

Last night Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) announced some special bundle deals for the PlayStation VR as part of this year’s ‘Black Friday’ sales. This morning, these bundles have begun going live on retailers across the country. The bundles in question include a PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD), PlayStation VR Camera, PlayStation VR Worlds (digital…

Sony Slashes UK PlayStation VR Price for Black Friday

If you’ve been paying attention to VRFocus recently you’ll know that Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has been heavily promoting its PlayStation VR headset in the run up to Black Friday with plenty of deals including an The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR bundle, Doom VFR bundle and a Gran Turismo Sport bundle. Unfortunately all those deals apart from…

Unboxing The New Skyrim VR PSVR Bundle

You don’t have to wait much longer before finally getting your hands on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. Tomorrow, on November 17th, 2017, you’ll finally be able to step foot into the world of Tamriel like never before. Sony is also commemorating the launch with a brand new PSVR bundle that includes the new…

PlayStation VR Doom VFR Bundle Revealed

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) is getting a new holiday bundle that includes id Software’s Doom VFR. Announced this week on the PlayStation Blog, the Doom VFR bundle includes a copy of the upcoming first-person shooter (FPS), which remixes the 2016 game with some new content, as well as the headset and camera. Doom…

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (PSVR) Review – Become the Dragonborn

Ever since The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR was announced earlier this year back at E3 2017, hungry VR gamers around the world have been impatiently awaiting its arrival. With consumers drowning in a sea of half-finished tech demos and hour-long “experiences” that offer little depth, the arrival of a massive, sprawling adventure is long…

Former Crytek Devs Announce Shaman: Spirithunter For Oculus Rift

Former members of The Climb and Robinson: The Journey developer Crytek have an intriguing new VR game to announce today. Shaman: Spirithunter from Berlin-based Playsnak is coming to the Oculus Rift in 2018. It’s an interesting blend of first and third-person action game; you play as the last surviving Shaman of a tribe wiped out…

Rebuilding Tamriel: How Bethesda Reimagined Skyrim for VR

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR is right around the corner with a release date of November 17th, 2017 — that’s only mere days away. With its launch this Friday it will easily rank as the largest, most detailed, and most elaborate game available in VR to date. With hundreds of hours of gameplay between…

Training Robots Tedious Tasks With VR

Robots learn new skills from your virtual puppeteering. The amount of work involved to program a robot to take on any type of task, no matter how small, can be incredibly tedious. Tasks that likely require expert levels of development and programming. Embodied Intelligence Inc., a startup co-founded by Pieter Abbeel, a professor of electrical engineering…

New PlayStation VR DOOM VFR Bundle Revealed

DOOM VFR is one of the most highly anticipated virtual reality (VR) titles. Its release date is coming up fast, and many videogamers will be hoping for a copy beneath the Christmas tree. For those who have not yet invested in Sony’s VR headset, but want to blast demons to bits, a new option will…

PlayStation VR Boasting High Software Attachment Rate

The PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD) launched a little over a year ago and with it changed the dynamic of console peripherals. Often considered an accessory to the PlayStation 4 itself and requiring further add-ons for use (PlayStation Camera, PlayStation Move motion controllers), the PlayStation VR was seen as an expensive step into a new…

Fusion Lens 360 Camera Secures IndieGoGo Funding

Consumer 360-degree cameras come in all shapes and sizes, from standalone units like Samsung Gear 360 to devices that attach to smartphones like the Insta360 Air or Nano. Currently running an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign are NoMatterWhat Technologies for its Fusion Lens camera designed for iPhone. Featuring a duel lens system where one lens sits on…

Samsung 360 Round Aims for the Professional Market Retailing for $10,499

Last month VRFocus reported on Samsung unveiling a new 360-degree camera model, the Samsung 360 Round, essentially the finalised consumer version of Project Beyond from several years ago. Whilst specifications and other details were released, one thing Samsung was keeping quiet on was price. That’s now been revealed at a hefty $10,499 USD. As it…