Black Eyed Peas AR Comic Masters of the Sun Gets Release Date

Hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas have been working on its comic book debut Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles for almost a year, working alongside Marvel artists. The graphic novel is almost ready for release as an Augmented Reality (AR) experience. The comic was written to reflect a blend of hip-hop culture, along with…

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…

Tencent’s QQ-AR Technology Helps Justice League Achieve $60m at Chinese Box Office

DC Comics and Warner Bros. have recently released Justice League in cinemas. While the film has received a mixed response from critics the film itself hasn’t done too bad at the box office, especially overseas. Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings Limited, has announced that due to the film partnering with its QQ-AR technology, this has seen the release achieve box office sales over RMB…

Your VR Guide To Black Friday Deals

It’s that time of the year again. While companies like Walmart are preparing for the busiest shopping day of the year with Black Friday VR training simulators, i’m sure all you really care about is how to save some major dough this holiday weekend. Whether you’re finally ready to pull the trigger and get a…

Check Out The Trailer For Justice League VR, Now At IMAX Centers

Originally announced earlier in the year, the Justice League VR experience is now finally available to play at IMAX Centers around the US and Canada. The VR experience, which stars DC’s flagship superheroes and promotes their recently-released movie, is now available at IMAX’s VR centers in LA, New York and the newly-opened Toronto station. Check…

HTC Vive Offer’s £150 Black Friday Deal to EU Customers

Last week HTC Vive announced an awesome Black Friday deal to new customers where they could get the headset, the Deluxe Audio Strap, a free copy of Google Tilt Brush, and a redemption code for Fallout 4 VR, all for $599 USD. The only problem, it was only available for North American customers. For European customers looking for a…

VR vs. The Dark Horse

We’re now most of the way, two thirds to be precise, through November and I’m beginning to wonder where all this time is actually going. I blinked earlier and three hours seemed to have elapsed into the ether. What on earth is happening? I have reappeared back in the office – well, my bedroom office…

Rez Infinite Goes Mobile, now Available on Google Daydream

It’s not often that a virtual reality (VR) title originally released for one of the higher-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) gets ported to a mobile headset but that’s exactly what’s happened today. Enhance Games has announced that its highly popular psychedelic shooter Rez Infinite is now available on Google Daydream. Originally released for PlayStation VR during its launch…

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…

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…

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…

Guides to Become a Google Street View Trusted Photographer

A market research conducted in July 2015 on the impact of virtual tours on increasing consumers’ interest in local businesses showed that when searching for businesses, consumers use mapping products 44% of the time. On average, 41% of these searches result in an on-site visit. Listings with photos and a virtual tour are twice as…

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…

Artist Builds VR Game In Two Weeks Using Google Blocks And Unreal

Artist Jarlan Perez recently worked with Google to test out a VR-first creation process. Perez built a fully interactive game in two weeks that started in intuitive VR creation tool Blocks, with another week spent polishing and squashing bugs. You can now download the short puzzler, called Blocks Isle, and play it in an HTC…

Life in 360º: MTV European Music Awards

The 2017 European Music Awards ceremony was held at London’s SSE Wembley on Sunday 12th November, with whole constellations of music stars performing on stage for the benefit of the audience. Not just the audience in attendance, either. With the power of 360-degree video music fans all over the world could watch. Virtual reality (VR)…

HTC Vive Announce Black Friday Deals

The sales bonanza of Black Friday is coming up fast, with many people planning to take advantage of deals to purchase gifts in anticipation of Christmas, or pick up a little treat for themselves. For virtual reality (VR) users, a host of deals are being made available, including a set from HTC Vive. For those…

Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses Introduce Vuforia Support

As previously reported, Vuzix have had a good year, deriving much benefit from the increased interest in use of augmented reality (AR) for business and manufacturing applications. In an effort to extend its reach still further, Vuzix have been working with PTC to introduce support for PTC’s Vuforia platform to the M300 line of smart…

Go Behind The Scenes Of Austin City Limits With New VR Series

Austin City Limits is back for its 43rd season celebrating music from some of the world’s biggest artists, and you can go behind the scenes with the help of VR. ACL: Backstage is a new 360-degree documentary series from Subvrsive, made in partnership with both Apple Music and Google. As you’d expect, the series is…

HTC Comment on International launch of the Vive Focus

At the Vive Developers Conference (VDC), Beijing, earlier this week, HTC revealed the company’s first standalone head-mounted display (HMD), the Vive Focus. Targeted for release in China in 2018, the Vive Focus was presented with no discussion of a western launch. However, later that day developer Pillow’s Willow VR Studios let slip that the device…

The Quantum Storey Company Launches VR Book Series Operation YOU at Walmart

There have been various ways publishers and developers have tried to combine both books and virtual reality (VR), to make for an immersive unique experience. Curiscope recently partnered with book publisher Dorling Kindersley on All About Virtual Reality, or then there’s Masters of the Sun graphic novel by hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas. The latest comes from The Quantum Storey Company with a…

Hidden Fortune to be Remastered for Vive Focus

This week finally saw HTC unveil its long awaited standalone head-mounted display (HMD), the Vive Focus. The new headset which was originally announced by Google to use the Daydream platform is no longer occurring, with HTC now using its own proprietary system, Vive Wave. Due to arrive first in China next year, today developer Archiact…

Lone Echo, Farpoint, SUPERHOT VR and More Nominated for 2017 Game Awards

Last year the annual Game Awards introduced a virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR) category for the first time and now the nominations for the 2017 awards have been revealed. Naturally, the category features five of the best and most well-known VR titles available across multiple platforms. The first is SUPERHOT VR, which originally launched on…

HTC Cancels Google Daydream Standalone VR Headset

Vive is doubling down on the Chinese VR market. As we reported from Vive’s Beijing event late Monday, HTC unveiled a standalone VR headset that requires no PC or base stations. Dubbed the Vive Focus, the all-in-one-device was the darling of the event. Featuring inside-out tracking with 6-degrees-of-freedom, the “world-scale” tracking device is what we’ve…

HTC Partners with Unity for One-Click Vive Focus Publishing on Viveport

HTC has delivered a comprehensive Vive Focus proposition for developers, and the contribution to on-boarding new content continues with a newly announced partnership with Unity Technologies. The Unity engine will incorporate a one-click solution for publishing on Viveport, targeted at Vive Focus content but also including PC-based head-mounted displays (HMDs). The Vive Focus was announced…

VR vs. Daydream: HTC Vive Focus Side-Steps Google’s VR Platform

HTC Vive’s standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) came into the public consciousness back in May of this year when the company was revealed to be partnering with Google at Google I/O. Since then new information has trickled out from the company slowly, but the attention has turned to the Chinese market, with the Vive Focus being…

HTC’s Vive Focus Confirmed for Western Release

HTC Vive President China, Alvin Graylin Wang, revealed the forthcoming Vive Focus late last night, a new standalone head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Developer Conference in Beijing. To showcase this headset, virtual reality (VR) videogame Spark of Light from Pillow’s Willow VR Studios was displayed, and in a press release the developer confirmed that the…

HTC Vive’s Google Daydream Headset Cancelled As 6DoF Vive Focus Announced

Google and HTC Vive are no longer working on the standalone VR headset announced earlier this year. In May, Google announced a new line of standalone devices running on its Daydream mobile VR ecosystem. These headsets were based on a reference design made in partnership with Qualcomm and featured WorldSense positional tracking, allowing users to…

HTC Vive Conference Reveals HTC Vive Focus

This year’s HTC Vive conference in China has begun today, broadcasting its opening keynote, which contained a reveal about the standalone headset, the HTC Vive Focus. HTC President Alvin Graylin showed the audience the first look at the HTC Vive Focus as part of his keynote speech at the conference. Graylin also spoke about the…