Update: HTC Confirms It’s Merging VR and Smartphone Divisions

Chialin Chang, HTC’s President of Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, made his immediate resignation official last week, which HTC now confirms has prompted the company to merge its smartphone and VR divisions—a move that possibly points to the HTC putting greater focus on VR in the face of the company’s waning smartphone business. Update (02/24/18): The Verge has confirmed…

Who you Gonna Call? AR Game Ghostbusters World in 2018

With Google officially confirming the launch of ARCore 1.0. today, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Ghost Corps in collaboration with mobile game publisher 4:33 Creative Lab have announced Ghostbusters World, a new augmented reality (AR) videogame coming to iOS and Android in 2018. The developers haven’t released many details at present simply saying in a press…

Google Confirms ARCore 1.0. Launch at Mobile World Congress

Only a few short hours ago VRFocus reported on a report that Google would be revealing more details as well as launching its augmented reality (AR) software ARCore at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. Well those details have now been confirmed in a new blog posting today. The tech giant has confirmed that ARCore 1.0….

Google Plans To Make Major AR Push

Apple’s ARKit has been a major success, seeing a whole host of apps and videogames created since it launch. Not surprisingly, Google have been keen to keep pace with Apple in this area, as seen by the announcement of ARCore in August last year. Now reports indicate that ARCore is almost ready for launch. An…

Google Announces ARCore 1.0 Update and New AR Experiences

ARCore 1.0 makes AR development faster and easier; launching soon on more devices. Google’s ARCore is getting an update that brings improved environmental understanding and lets developers now publish AR apps to the Play Store. Launching at Mobile World Congress next week, ARCore 1.0 is out of preview and comes with a ton of new…

Speak Of The Devil Is A VR Horror Movie With Multiple Endings

VR is getting its very own ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ experience in Speak Of The Devil. Released this week on Google Daydream, Speak Of The Devil is an interactive narrative VR piece from Light Sail VR, which previously produced a 360 degree experience tying into the Paranormal Activity franchise. In this live action experience, you’ll…

Speak Of The Devil Is A VR Horror Movie With Multiple Endings

VR is getting its very own ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ experience in Speak Of The Devil. Released this week on Google Daydream, Speak Of The Devil is an interactive narrative VR piece from Light Sail VR, which previously produced a 360 degree experience tying into the Paranormal Activity franchise. In this live action experience, you’ll…

XRI: Cross-Reality Interaction

Widespread consumer adoption of XR devices will redefine how humans interact with both technology and each other. In coming decades, the standard mouse and QWERTY keyboard may fade as the dominant computing UX, giving way to holographic UI, precise hand/eye/body-tracking and, eventually, powerful brain-to-computer interfaces. One key UX pattern that must be answered by designers…

How To Balance Gameplay And Realism When Creating A VR Sim Experience

My team at MarineVerse just spent two years making VR Regatta, a virtual sailing experience that rides the narrow boundary between authentic simulation and entertaining game. Finding the sweet spot between authentic simulation and fun entertainment product is always a challenge, and here is how we found that balance. When game developers try to recreate…

A Hands on Look at the State of Input in VR

How far we’ve come. Two years ago, on the eve of consumer VR, we put together a piece laying out options consumers had to get their hands into VR. The devices at the time included: HTC Vive wands that shipped with the Vive headset Playstation Move controllers that were included with the PSVR headset Oculus…

Kickstarter Funded VR Adventure Now Out on Gear VR

Last year, independent developers RiseAngle launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a virtual reality (VR) adventure with the aim of creating a story-driven, episodic VR title. That videogame, titles Saving Princess Maya, is now available for Samsung Gear VR. The developers say that Saving Princess Maya episode 1 is just the start of their…

VISYON Unveils New Multi-Format VR Video-on-Demand Platform

The rise of video-on-demand (VoD) over the past few years has been massive, dovetailing in some ways with the rise of virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video. In order to add value to VR VoD, VISYON are launching a new customisable platform for watching VoD content. The new platform, titled VROADCASTER allows content with multiple…

VRinFocus Set to Bring Together Developers and Investors this Spring

VRFocus Ltd. today announces VRinFocus, a brand new summit designed to bring virtual reality and augmented reality developers face-to-face with the technology investment community. The VRinFocus expo will be held on 25th April 2018, at De Vere Grand Connaught, 61-65 Great Queen St, London, offering startups a unique opportunity to meet with financial investors from…

Persona 3 And Persona 5 Dance Spin-Offs To Feature PSVR Support

The Persona franchise has earned a reputation as one of gaming’s most stylish franchises, especially with last year’s release of Persona 5. Now the series is bringing its charm to PSVR. Two upcoming spin-offs for the series, Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night, are set to feature PlayStation VR (PSVR)…

Virgin Galactic Rolls Out VR Website

Though Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been grabbing headlines recently, another commercial space effort is still continuing. Under the auspices of Richard Branson’s Virgin brand, Virgin Galactic have partnered with Microsoft to showcase its efforts in mass-marked space flight in virtual reality (VR). Virgin Galactic have recently rolled out a new and upgraded version of its…

Hands-On: Narrows Is A Pirate Adventure With Roguelike Elements

We haven’t written about a whole lot of Google Daydream exclusive titles lately. That’s not for a lack of interest — the Pixel and Pixel 2 are excellent smartphones and the Daydream is a very intuitive platform — but it’s just due to a lack of new, exciting software coming out lately. Narrows from Resolution…

Pixvana to Make VR Video Distribution Easier With its SPIN Studio VR Casting Technology

Several months ago tech startup Pixvana announced the completion of a $14 million USD funding round to aid its cloud-based video content creation and distribution platform SPIN Studio. Today, the company has revealed its next step in helping customers easily manage and distribute virtual reality (VR) videos, VR Casting. VR Casting is a streamlined solution for content creators and distributors to send…

Pixvana to Make VR Video Distribution Easier With its SPIN Studio VR Casting Technology

Several months ago tech startup Pixvana announced the completion of a $14 million USD funding round to aid its cloud-based video content creation and distribution platform SPIN Studio. Today, the company has revealed its next step in helping customers easily manage and distribute virtual reality (VR) videos, VR Casting. VR Casting is a streamlined solution for content creators and distributors to send…

Pixvana to Make VR Video Distribution Easier With its SPIN Studio VR Casting Technology

Several months ago tech startup Pixvana announced the completion of a $14 million USD funding round to aid its cloud-based video content creation and distribution platform SPIN Studio. Today, the company has revealed its next step in helping customers easily manage and distribute virtual reality (VR) videos, VR Casting. VR Casting is a streamlined solution for content creators and distributors to send…

Telephone Provider EE Offer Deal on Google Daydream

People in the UK who are interested in trying out mobile virtual reality (VR) have the opportunity to get hold of a Google Daydream headset as part of a deal offered by network provider EE that lets the cost be spread out over several months. If you are in the market for a new mobile…

Early Bird Tickets now on Sale for AWE USA 2018

Now in its 9th year, the Augmented World Expo (AWE) will be returning to the Santa Clara Convention Centre, California this May. Today, early bird tickets have now gone on sale, offering big savings for those wishing to attend 2018 event. Tickets for the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) event are split into four…

Facebook Brings 3D Content To Newsfeeds

3D creations have a home on Facebook starting today. The social media giant is embracing a new type of content for you to upload alongside text, photos and videos. 3D objects or scenes saved in the industry standard glTF 2.0 format can be dragged straight to a browser window to add to your Facebook account….

Competition: Win A Copy Of Drone Hunter VR Evolved For Gear VR

After a number of seasonal giveaways on VRFocus at the end of December, we’ve had a little break from competitions for a while. Now that we’re in February however, and indeed rapidly coming to the close of it. So, we thought that it was high time that we had another. As such we’ve a new prize…

RealWear Raises $17M For Industrial-Grade Wearable AR Device

RealWear has raised $17 million for its AR wearable device aimed at workers in construction and other heavy industries. Vancouver-based RealWear is already shipping its hands-free HMT-1, which is mounted via a band that goes around your head or safety helmet. It’s a wearable device, but RealWear CEO Andy Lowery calls it a “head-mounted tablet,” since…

VR vs. A Busman’s Holiday

Some people don’t learn, do they? If you recall the first part of last week’s column you might remember me discussing someone getting all bent out of shape because a story about a videogame where the developers specifically mentioned the possibility they would be developing it as a PlayStation VR title was tagged witrh the…

AR Experiences May Soon Come to UK Trains

The British public are very experienced at complaining about the rail service, decrying delays and dilapidated carriages. However, that will be set to change thanks to an injection of funding that may see rail journeys transformed. The Department of Transport and Innovate UK are offering £3.6, in funding for innovative rail projects, such as adaptable…