Breath Tech Is A VR Puzzle Game That Uses Your Breath

Hope you’ve got some mints at the ready; this new VR game uses your breath as an integral mechanic. Breath Tech from indie developer Brett Jackson (best known for his 2016 VR adventure, Dimensional) is an intriguing little experiment for the Oculus Rift. It’s a short puzzle game that uses the microphone embedded in the…

VR Puzzle Title I Expect You To Die Passes $3 Million Milestone

Back in 2016 developer Schell Games released a virtual reality (VR) puzzle title called I Expect You To Die. The title was a success, gaining critical praise as well as an enthusiastic response from players. The developer has now revealed that I Expect You To Die has surpassed $3 million (USD) in earned revenue. I…

TPCAST To Demonstrate Multiplayer Wireless VR

For many users, the wires that connect the virtual reality (VR) headset to the PC rig are an annoyance. In multi-user environments they can be an active danger. While many location-based VR centres use backpack PCs to get around this, it isn’t a perfect solution. Wireless VR company TPCAST will be demonstrating a different way…

Scotland In 3D A Victorian VR Tour Is Now On Kickstarter

A new Kickstarter has gone live which aims to produce a book that will give viewers a chance to explore the beautiful landscape and history of Scotland all within 3D. Created by Peter Blair, Scotland in 3D – A Victorian Virtual Reality (VR) Tour is a celebration of the 170th anniversary of Sir David Brewster’s…

New Research And Markets Report Explores The OLED For VR And AR Markets

A new report has been published by Research and Markets which explores the use of OLED displays within the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) markets. As OLED displays are popular within head-mounted displays (HMDs) it is no surprise that the reported details how both markets will experience fast growth in the near future…

Syntec Optics Expands Capacity to Meet Demand

The rise of visual-based technology such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), particularly for head-mounted displays (HMD) has had a knock-on effect of contributing to the rising demand for small glass components for optics and photonics subsystems. Syntec Optics, an optics manufacturer based in Rochester, NY has announced that it is expanding its…

Synaptics Announce Technology for 2K VR Displays

When it comes to the further development of virtual reality (VR) headsets, one of the major areas to be addressed is image quality. Many VR users have been known to bemoan the ‘screen-door effect’ where individual pixels are visible due to the close proximity of the user’s eyes to the screen. Synaptics Incorporated are aiming…

What Magic Leap One And Facebook’s Half Dome Have In Common

iFixit revealed a full teardown of Magic Leap One Creator Edition recently along with some long-awaited clarity about how the system operates. The teardown from iFixit credits Oculus founder (and former Facebook employee) Palmer Luckey with helping tear down the “Lightwear” glasses, which rely on a “Lightpack” processing unit that’s wired and worn on your…

Preview: Zone Of The Enders: The 2nd Runner – M∀RS

Konami’s virtual reality (VR) efforts have been somewhat muted thus far. Rumours of experimentation with various franchises and unofficial third-party adaptations of the likes of P.T. do not inspire confidence in the medium. So then, it’s fallen to the unlikely candidate of Zone of the Enders to properly take Konami into the world of VR…

Most VR Pros Believe Adoption Is Still Limited By Cost And Lack Of Content

A survey conducted by VR Intelligence and SuperData questioning nearly 600 VR and AR professionals offers a glimpse into the health of the industry and its overall direction. One question asked about the major barriers to mass consumer adoption of the technology, with 62 percent of respondents saying lack of content was a barrier in…

Most VR Pros Believe Adoption Is Still Limited By Cost And Lack Of Content

A survey conducted by VR Intelligence and SuperData questioning nearly 600 VR and AR professionals offers a glimpse into the health of the industry and its overall direction. One question asked about the major barriers to mass consumer adoption of the technology, with 62 percent of respondents saying lack of content was a barrier in…

AltspaceVR Releases New World-Building Kits

Microsoft just announced new tools to make it easier for users to build and share their own virtual spaces. In a virtual Town Hall today, AltspaceVR unveiled a suite of tools that will allow anyone to build customizable VR spaces. The two new world-building kits are based on Altspace’s most popular environments: Campfire and Alien…

VR vs. Fiction – Vol IV: A Cruel Father’s Thesis

It’s a pretty hectic week for us on VRFocus so for today’s VR vs. column we step back into the world of fiction for my little sub-series where I discuss instances where virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), head-mounted displays (HMDs) of any kind or related immersive technology appear. Today we enter the world of…

How Survios Crafted A Creative Music VR Experience With Electronauts

The founders at Survios are true believers in virtual reality, and they’ve poured a lot of effort into the hit VR games Raw Data and Sprint Vector. Now they’re switching from games to something more like an immersive music experience with Electronauts. The VR app will enable music fans to remix, compose, and perform their own music, riffing on works by artists such…

Get 40% Off Hellblade As VR Version Launches Today

The verdict is in: Hellblade VR is a triumph. Ninja Theory’s BAFTA-winning adventure was already worth your time on a flat screen, but it soars in VR and is simply unmissable if you own an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Good news, then: you can currently pick it up for almost half the price. The…

It’s not all Champagne and Canapes as you Learn to Become Mr.President

When done right videogames can make a great entertainment form for parody. Titles like Humble Pie have already taken aim at President Trump, while The American Dream focused on America’s gun culture. Virtual reality (VR) content and platform company Fibrum have recently announced its comical take on what it’s like to run America, Mr.President. In a similar vein to titles…

RETINA Are Bringing Augmented Reality To Air Traffic Control Towers

A new project is aiming to make it easier for staff in airport control towers to visualize information to help make their job easier by leveraging augmented reality (AR) technology. The project, dubbed RETINA, is looking to modernise Europe’s air traffic management for safer, smarter and even smoother air travel. As the technology in synthetic…

Scope AR Comment On The Consumer Technology Association’s First AR/VR Standard

Last week the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced last week that it would be addressing augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) into their free standards library. This resource provides transparency and insight on standard used through the industry and is intended to give support to those looking to gain greater understanding of the technology….

Hands-On with the HP Omen X: A Beast Made for VR, But Not for Portability

While the virtual reality (VR) community eagerly awaits the inevitable tether-free future, the demand for high-end PC hardware to power the current generation of head-mounted displays (HMDs) has never been higher. The launches of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive early last year put some demand on the wallets of early adopters, but 16 months…

VR vs. Fiction – Vol III: Current Creativity

It has been a good couple of months since the last time I dipped into how immersive technology keeps popping up in fiction, but then again there’s been quite a lot going on. What with Facebook’s F8 event, Google I/O being a bit crap, Mother Nature trying to take immersion in films a little too…

Compare The VR Kit

There are many websites that compare various products and deals so consumers can match up various features and prices and decide which product is right for them. Thanks to a recent injection of seed funding, start-up company Aniwaa is preparing to offer the same type of service for comparing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality…

SentiAR Joins Microsoft Mixed Reality Partnership Program

Mixed reality (MR) as an idea is an area that has largely bee led by Microsoft, who has used the designation not only for its HoloLens headset, but also for its line-up of Windows 10-based head-mounted displays (HMDs). As part of the company’s push for MR, Microsoft set up the Mixed Reality Partnership Program, which…

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…

A Glossary of Immersive Tech Terms

The world of immersive technology can be a daunting place full of confusing acronyms and tech lingo that only the most up-to-date enthusiast will understand. Last year VRFocus created a little glossary of the most used acronyms such as VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality) and many more. Well it’s come to our attention that an update of…

A Glossary of Immersive Tech Terms

The world of immersive technology can be a daunting place full of confusing acronyms and tech lingo that only the most up-to-date enthusiast will understand. Last year VRFocus created a little glossary of the most used acronyms such as VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality) and many more. Well it’s come to our attention that an update of…

Valve Rethinks its VR Controller with Knuckles EV2

Image Copyright: Valve Corporation (Used under Fair Use Rationale) There’s still a long way to go until we reach any sort of plateau in VR headset development, it’s true. However. I feel comfortable in saying that current-generation HMDs have reached the “good enough” phase of the technology. From here on it’s about providing better and…

VRgineers New Pro Headset XTAL Features AutoEye IPD and Leap Motion

Czech-based virtual reality (VR) startup VRgineers specialises in producing high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) for enterprise, having started with the VRHero 5K Plus. Now the company has unveiled a successor, XTAL, a pro headset with unique features. VRFocus first reported on the new enterprise-grade headset a few months ago, with VRgineers revealing little in the way of specifications,…

LEAP Motion Impresses with Amazing AR Table Tennis Demo and Headset

Image Credit: Leap Motion (Used under Fair Use Rationale) There are few things I admire as much as much as a company that can pivot with the blows of market changes. Apple is probably the best example. They went from making desktop computers to being one of the most popular smartphone makers in the world….