The Virtual Arena: The New Drive for Out-of-Home VR (Part 2)

In June a cacophony of announcements regarding major LB-VR projects and new commercial entertainment VR hardware came out – so we conclude this two-part feature with more observations on developments in the Digital Out-of-Home entertainment VR (DOE) scene; with industry specialist, Kevin Williams ending his latest observations of this defining market for VR technology. As…

Pimax Starts Mass Production Phase of “8K” VR Headset

Pimax today announced they’ve headed into the mass production phase of the Pimax “8K” VR headset. “The obstacles that prevent us from mass production have been eliminated last week, thus the whole project now can move on with full speed towards Kickstarter delivery,” the company writes in an update. Pimax wasn’t specific on the exact problems preventing…

Take A Walk On The Wild Side Of VR With Cybershoes

An immersive VR locomotion solution that ditches the omnidirectional treadmill design in favor of a swivel chair. If you’ve seen the movie ‘Ready Player One’ or have been to CES or other recent gaming/technology trade show, then odds are you’re at least somewhat familiar with the concept behind omnidirectional treadmills. The device is pretty much…

All the VR News From E3 2018

June has rolled around, meaning it is time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. E3 is the biggest event of the year for computer and video games, as well as the hardware that runs them. Whilst CEO looks at incredible technology trends, E3 looks at the games you will play on them….

All the VR News From E3 2018

June has rolled around, meaning it is time for the Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. E3 is the biggest event of the year for computer and video games, as well as the hardware that runs them. Whilst CEO looks at incredible technology trends, E3 looks at the games you will play on them….

NextVR Debuts New High Resolution Video Format for NBA Finals Highlights Reels

NextVR, the company specializing in live VR sports and entertainment broadcasting, has already begun its public debut of the new high-resolution video format teased back at CES earlier this year, which comes via free, on-demand game highlights of the 2018 NBA Finals featuring the Golden State Warriors vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the day following each game…

NextVR NBA Finals Streams Will Showcase Major Resolution Upgrade

A new production pipeline from NextVR for the NBA Finals promises higher quality streams for all viewers. The streaming app is now available for most VR headsets, but Vive Pro and Samsung Odyssey owners have a major reason to put on their headsets throughout the NBA Finals featuring the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers….

What to Expect at E3 2018: Oculus VR

The Oculus Go is now available to the public as anew entry-level virtual reality (VR) device, and the original Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) is going from strength-to-strength. Having skipped out on CES and a rather muted appearance at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, Oculus VR must have a fully loaded deck to…

A Brief History of Virtual Reality

Although virtual reality (VR) technology may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, this innovation isn’t as new as you might think. While people argue, sometimes at length over what the true definition of VR is, many of the ideas that led to where we are with today’s immersive technology has roots in…

Google’s ARCore Comes to China in the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

Google may have launched its augmented reality (AR) software ARCore earlier this year in North America and Europe, but it’s the Chinese market most western companies are keen on breaching. This has proven difficult in the past, with Google’s core services still blocked in the country, yet thanks to a partnership with Xiaomi, ARCore is now available on…

ANTVR Launches Kickstarter for its Compact AR Headset

Having first displayed a new augmented reality (AR) headset design at CES 2018 in January, Chinese technology company ANTVR has today launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to support the device’s development.  Called MIX, the new AR headset promises to not only offer a small, comfortable form factor but one of its biggest selling features is…

NextVR Adds Friends To Live VR Viewing With Oculus Partnership

Leading VR broadcasting company NextVR is partnering with Oculus so you can connect with friends and watch a live event together in VR. The highly anticipated feature (who wants to go to a concert or comedy club alone in VR?) will be available in some NextVR broadcasts through Oculus Venues — a new app for…

NextVR Partners With Oculus to Bring Live Events to ‘Oculus Venues’

NextVR, the live event VR broadcasting company, today announced a partnership with Oculus to bring live VR events to Oculus Venues, the company’s upcoming social viewing app that will allow mass viewing of events such as sports, concerts and comedy. According to a press release, Venues will be available for the new Oculus Go headset…

Unboxing The HTC Vive Pro

Revealed back at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, the HTC Vive Pro has now started making its way into the hands on excited users, keen to experience all the new features. VRFocus’ Nina Salomons got hands on with the HTC Vive Pro and put an unboxing video together. The HTC Vive Pro is designed…

Pimax Unveils New Knuckles-style Controller, Supports SteamVR 2.0 Tracking

Pimax, the company behind the wide field of view “8K” VR headset, today unveiled a new  controller design intended to ship alongside their upcoming VR hardware. Much like Valve’s still unreleased ‘Knuckles’ controllers, the new Pimax controller is designed to strap to your hand for an ‘open-palm’ experience. Pimax boasts a number of changes from…

HTC Vive Pro Is $1,400 With Controllers And New Base Stations

A complete version of the HTC Vive Pro system with next generation base stations is around $1,400 plus tax. The new bundle announced today by HTC includes two future-proof base stations that, when combined with a future software update and two additional units, should ultimately enable SteamVR 2.0 Tracking across a huge 10 meter by…

iQIYI To Release World’s First 4K VR Integrated Headset

The marketing-leading online entertainment service in China, iQIYI, has revealed that this May it will officially launch the world’s first 4K virtual reality (VR) integrated headset supporting 8K (7680*3840) panoramic video playback. This announcement follows the debut of iQIYI’s second generation VR headset, the VR II, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this January. The…

BeBop Sensors Secures Series A Funding

BeBop Sensors have become known as one of the leading companies working in the area of smart fabric sensors, such as with the Forte Data Glove, a device which provides a more intuitive and immersive way to control virtual reality (VR) experiences. The company has now announced it has closed a successful Series A funding…

Ever Needed an AR Smartphone Projector? Now There’s Kickstarter Project Count

During CES 2018 in January Yinscorp Ltd. unveiled a new projector, one that’s been designed to work with smartphones as well as offer an interactive element. Called Count, the company has now launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the device. The idea behind Count is to take a format everyone knows – smartphones and tablets –…

Two Years On: HTC Vive

The HTC Vive is now celebrating its second anniversary. Though the successful Kickstarter for the Oculus Rift could be said to have launched to start of the modern era of virtual reality (VR), the emergence of the HTC Vive as a competitor and its success proved that the market for high-end VR headsets was a…

Dell and Alienware Launch New Range of VR-Ready Laptops

PC manufacturer Dell and its videogame-focussed subsidiary Alienware have shown a willingness towards becoming a one-stop-shop for users wanting to get into virtual reality (VR). The company seems set to continue this commitment with the announcement of its new line of VR-ready gaming laptops. Dell has become one of the vanishingly few hardware manufacturers to…

Hands On With The HTC Vive Pro

The Vive Pro is coming and there’s also a discounted bundle for those just getting started. Two weeks ago, pre-orders opened up for HTC’s $799 Vive Pro VR headset. The upgraded headset touts a 78% increase in resolution, improved audio, and additional comfort features that should have you spending more time in VR. For those…