IDC Predicts That The Rise of AR Headsets Is Still A Way Off

Despite gains in the area of enterprise and industry, augmented reality (AR) headsets and smart glasses have not become the universal product that Google and many other analysts envisioned when the Google Glass was first launched. While the technology has made significant strides since then, the International Data Corporation (IDC) still think that AR headsets…

NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti And RTX 2080 Performance Benchmarks For VR

I tested the new RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti and, when it comes to VR performance, there are a few things to consider. Using the new RTX cards on an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, from my experience, has not yielded very good benchmarking results. Benchmarking them was difficult because they appeared to be…

Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo

It appears Google has made some serious headway on its low-cost, mobile inside out VR controller tracking standard first seen back in April. Today the company revealed they’ll be offering developer kits of a pair of new experimental Daydream with positional tracking (aka six degree of freedom, or 6DOF) controllers, which they say will allow devs…

Walmart Buys 17,000 Oculus Go Headsets For Worker Training

Walmart and VR startup STRIVR are expanding a partnership and distributing Oculus Go headsets for worker training at every store. The roll out should see 17,000 Oculus Go headsets distributed to Walmart stores for employee training — four going to every Supercenter and two heading to each Neighborhood Market or Discount Store before the year…

‘Firefox Reality’ Web Browser Now Available On Oculus, Viveport & Daydream

Mozilla Firefox arrives on VR & AR headsets as an open-source, cross-platform browser tailor built for immersive content. Earlier this year the Mozilla Corporation announced plans for a powerful new version of their popular Firefox browser tailored specifically for web-based mixed reality content on standalone VR & AR headsets. We’ve since been waiting five grueling…

Skonec Entertainment Prove They’re All About Location-Based VR

If you’ve never been to South Korea then you should know its a very technologically forward focused country – hardly surprising with tech giant like LG and Samsung based there. VRFocus recently went there and found an impressive amount of virtual reality (VR) there, where we spent time with location-based entertainment (LBE) specialist Skonec Entertainment…

Zero-G Thriller Downward Spiral: Horus Station Lands on PlayStation VR

After a successful launch for PC virtual reality (VR) headsets a few months ago, 3rd Eye Studios has today released the second installment of its sci-fi thriller Downward Spiral: Horus Station for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR.   Continuing on from 2017’s short introduction Downward Spiral: Prologue, Downward Spiral: Horus Station takes that initial idea and expands on it greatly. Players…

Sony Patents VR Headset That Combats Simulation Sickness With Eye-Tracking And More

A new patent from Sony suggests the company’s next PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset will take the fight to simulation sickness. The patent was originally filed in early 2017 (six months after the original PSVR’s release) and published last week. It describes a system for fighting what it describes as “virtual reality sickness” using a head-mounted display…

Visbit and Kandao Demonstrate 8K VR Video Live Streaming

Both virtual reality (VR) 360-degree video use and video live-streaming are becoming increasingly popular among consumers. 360-degree video allows for a degree of ‘presence’ and immersion not possible with traditional 2D video while video streaming offers convenience and ease of access. Immersive media company Visbit have worked with VR camera maker Kandao to present an…

Streaming Video Alliance Releases Documents On 360-Degree Video

The use of 360-degree video is still rising, with many users viewing it as a route into virtual reality (VR). The Streaming Video Alliance has now announced new documents which cover the current state of 360-degree and virtual reality (VR) video and best practices for content creators and distributors. The Streaming Video Alliance is an…

Augmented Reality Comes to the World of Tanks

Since the launch of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore, a number of developers have sought to experiment with augmented reality (AR) technology. Though AR apps already existed, the new toolkits give them a scope that was not previously possible, such as turning the immensely popular World of Tanks mobile videogame into an AR experience. Nina…

Pimax “8K” Pre-production Previews Emerge from Select Backers

As part of the company’s ongoing development of the Pimax “8K” headset, a select group of Kickstarter backers recieved pre-production units to aid in testing and feedback ahead of production. Today those backers are allowed to talk publicly about their time with the latest ‘M2’ units. A preview from one of those backers, Thomas “VoodooDE” Poersch,…

Pimax “8K” Pre-production Previews Emerge from Select Backers

As part of the company’s ongoing development of the Pimax “8K” headset, a select group of Kickstarter backers recieved pre-production units to aid in testing and feedback ahead of production. Today those backers are allowed to talk publicly about their time with the latest ‘M2’ units. A preview from one of those backers, Thomas “VoodooDE” Poersch,…

Leaders In VR and AR Set to Appear at Virtual Reality Strategy Conference

Conferences and expos are events that allow developers, hardware manufacturers and start-ups to mingle and exchange ideas and show off their newest creations. Greenlight Insights has announced that its Virtual Reality Strategy Conference will return for a third year to enable an exchange of insights into the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industry….

Pimax Will Open A Virtual Store Inside Somnium Space

Earlier this month Pimax had a meeting exclusively for its Kickstarter backers, where some announcements were made regarding to Pimax 8Kand 5K+ virtual reality (VR) headsets, thus revealing that the company had not been idle in the months since the end of the Kickstarter campaign. Now Pimax have announced that it is working with Somnium…

What Investors Really See In Virtual Reality

If you read VRFocus regularly – and we hope that you do – you’ll like as not be familiar with stories about how company A, which related to virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), etcetera, has just complete a funding round or something similar.  In a lot of cases, quite possibly the majority how they…

Meta Says Trade Tariffs Are Hurting AR/VR Investment

Earlier this year, the US government places tariffs of an extra $200 billion in Chinese imports, with some indications that a further $267 billion is incoming, while Chinese acquisitions and investments in the USA have fallen significantly. Augmented reality (AR) start-up company Meta says this is starting to affect investments for US tech startups –…

Get Your Mind And Body In The Right Place With EvolVR

When we discuss uses for virtual reality (VR) and other immersive technologies we often mention the various ways VR is being utilised in the medical field. There’s even a subsection on the website itself, ‘Your Virtual Health’ where we collate features relating to VR and MedTech. Now more than ever, the health of the mind,…

Verizon Holds Contest for 5G Education With AR, VR and AR

One of the upcoming technology developments that stands to change various aspects of wireless communication is 5G. Communications company Verizon thinks the technology will have a substantial impact on areas such as education, and will enable to development of new augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) apps and hardware. To encourage this, Verizon are…

Apple Teases New ARKit 2 Experiences At 2018 Keynote

Science-based basketball training and oldschool Galaga with a multiplayer twist heads to iOS via Apple’s advanced augmented reality platform. Apple’s 2018 keynote event has officially come to a close and it appears as though iOS fans have much to look forward to over the coming months. The California-based technology company had no shortage of fresh…

WaveOptics Strengthens Management Team With Two New Hires

As the immersive technology market changes so companies seek to adapt, either externally or internally. Some will seek investment, others will instigate growth through a merger or takeover of another firm. Potentially for the benefit of adding more skills and/or products to their business. Others will expand their operations with new staff and services.  For…

Space Channel 5 VR Prepares To Broadcast Onto PlayStation VR

The SEGA Dreamcast is unique as it is perhaps more beloved after its lifespan than during it. A case of not knowing what you had until it had gone, SEGA’s last home console was almost too ahead of its time in many ways and it and its videogame library brought about a great many ideas…