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…

Print your Own HTC Vive Headstrap

Comfort is an important consideration is you plan to spend a lot of time immersed in virtual reality (VR). Some VR devices, including the HTC Vive, have suffered criticism for its offered level of comfort. SynergyWiz is offering a potential solution by offering a way to 3D print your own HTC Vive comfort headstrap. When…

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…

Driver4VR Update Adds PlayStation Move and Daydream Controller Support

In September VRFocus reported on indie developer Grzegorz Bednarski releasing a piece of software called Driver4VR, allowing virtual reality (VR) users to track their entire body using Microsoft’s Kinect sensor. Now Bednarski has revealed that an upcoming update for the software will add PlayStation Move and Daydream controller support. If you happen to have either…

Microsoft’s Black Friday Deals Include $100 off Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

In just over a week’s time the annual Black Friday sales event happens, bringing with it plenty of discounts on technology that you’ve been after, just in time for the festive period. Today Microsoft has announced its Black Friday deals, which include the newly released Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs). The headsets only launched…

Review: Acer’s $400 Windows VR Headset And Controllers

I had a strange feeling the first time I packed the Acer VR headset into a bag with two hand controllers, a laptop and earbuds, and realized that’s all I needed to enjoy a walk-around virtual world. It was a bit like when you pat your pockets for your phone only to realize you’re already…

Sony Announces PlayStation VR Skyrim VR Bundle

There’s just over a week to go until The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR launches for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIEs) PlayStation VR, marking one of the biggest IP launches for virtual reality (VR) headsets. To mark the even, SIE has today announced a new bundle featuring the epic role-playing game (RPG) and the PlayStation VR….

ZephVR Blows Past its Kickstarter Goal

It was only three days ago that VRFocus reported on Weasel Labs launching its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its fan system for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs). Today, VRFocus can report that the funding goal of $30,000 USD has already been passed with 28 days still to go. Weasel Labs has so far managed…

Ready At Dawn and Oculus Make Echo Arena Free Forever

One of the biggest titles to be released this year for Oculus Rift has to be Ready at Dawn’s sci-fi epic Lone Echo. The title was well received by press and consumers alike – VRFocus gave it five stars. Unlike most studios however, Ready at Dawn decided not to tack on a multiplayer element, instead…

Pimax 8K Kickstarter Finishes Campaign on Over $4 Million

There are two camps when it comes to virtual reality (VR), the positive one which sees the technology as an important future entertainment medium, and those that just decry it as idiotic and a fad. When Oculus first reignited the VR spark back in 2012 with its Kickstarter campaign it smashed through its funding goal…

Creating An Alien World: Check Out This Concept Art For Planetrism

When it comes to Earth there is incalculable creativity everywhere you look. Buildings have a different appearance depending upon how old they are, even the style between recent decades is noticeable. Such variety. Then there are the people and cultures, even more variety. How many different types of vehicles, how many colours and styles of…

HTC Vive Standalone Suggested for Launch this Month

The next phase of virtual reality (VR) hardware will be standalone devices, with both Oculus VR and HTC Vive having announced new head-mounted displays (HMDs) with on-board computational capabilities. HTC Vive was first out of the stalls with an announcement of a partnership with Google at Google I/O earlier this year, but has since remained…

Intel’s Kim Pallister Weighs In On VR

Intel are one of the biggest and most recognisable names in computer technology, the second largest manufacturer of semiconductor chips in the world and a company deeply involved in the world of virtual reality (VR). While not as outwardly involved as companies such as Oculus or Google, Intel nonetheless play a central role in the…

Planetrism Touches Down With New Screenshots From A New World

Thanks to virtual reality (VR) you can find yourself immersed in any number of fantastic locations real or fictional. In the last week alone on VRFocus we’ve discussed escaping the clutches of a demonic clown in a dangerous haunted house and partaking in gunfights in a version of the Wild West. We’ve had rocking out in a virtual music studio,…

University of Leeds Conducts Virtual Reality Tests On Young Children

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) and children the line has been pretty clear since the technology had its ‘second coming’ – VR devices for children have a recommended age limit.  Botht the Oculus Rift and the Samsung Gear VR head mounted displays (HMDs) operate with an recommended age rating of 13 years old. Sony…

Skyworld Receives Huge Update: Gameplay Changes, Bug Fixes & Localisation

Vertigo Games launched its latest virtual reality (VR) exclusive title, Skyworld, earlier this month. Available now for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs), Skyworld has today received a new update covering several areas including gameplay changes and localisation. Skyworld is a turn-based strategy videogame in which the gameplay unfolds across…

The Dancing Clown is Back in IT: Escape From Pennywise VR

It is to be expected, considering the time of year that the odd videogame will creep out from the darkness ready to make you jump with fright. And just in time for Halloween New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Pictures are inviting you to be immersed in the world of one of the most terrifying films…

Relive PAX West With HTC Vive

As we’ve already mentioned this week the convention season in the northern hemisphere is all but done, with only Sony’s PlayStation Experience really barring the way to Christmas. Australia on the other hands has PAX Australia to look forward to, which you can find out more about here. The most recent other PAX event however…

Microsoft Launch MOVE Studio to Convince VR Naysayers

Microsoft has launched MOVE Studio, an application created exclusively for Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs) with the intention of becoming the inaugural experience for virtual reality (VR) newcomers. MOVE Studio grants users control of the appearance, sound and visual effects of the experience, entirely through hand and hand movement. Microsoft commissioned MAP Design Lab…

VR Headsets to see Mass Adoption of WiGig for Wireless Solution

Virtual reality (VR) has been steadily growing over the past few years, with the consumer head-mounted displays (HMDs) becoming available and new technologies pushing the boundaries of the experiences coming to the medium. However, one of the major hurdles to mainstream adoption remains the cables high-end devices have connected to either a PC or PlayStation…

Psychsoftpc Launch New Range of VR & 4K Gaming Desktops

Psychsoftpc has today announced new offerings for gaming computers with the newest Intel 8th Generation Core i7 CPUs. The 8th Gen Intel Core processor family, the newest generation of processors, is designed for what’s coming next: virtual reality (VR) and 4K gaming. Gamers can experience exceptional performance, immersive entertainment and simple convenience with 8th Gen…

Luden.io Confirm Work To Bring VRobot To PlayStation VR

Would be thunder gods had cause for celebration earlier this month when, in a move made to coincide with the soon to release Thor: Ragnarok, the Odinson’s hammer and lightning wielding powers were announced to be being added to the game. That update should, according to communications from makers Luden.io, now be live.  Allowing you…