Oculus Start Is Facebook’s New Program To Help Small Dev Teams

Oculus is launching a new program targeting self-funded independent developers, promising developer kits, beta tools and a direct line of communication with Facebook’s VR experts. Developers who have already released VR software, but might have been overlooked or unable to grab the attention of Oculus, could use the Oculus Start program as a way to…

New Alien Game In Development, May Have VR Support

Empty out the cupboards for hiding, grab an extra pair of underwear, and prepare to face off against the Xenomorph swarms once again: a new Alien game is in development. The new game, which is currently untitled, was announced yesterday by way of 20th Century Fox’s new publishing house, FoxNext Games, and developer Cold Iron…

Why I’m Very Excited For Google And Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

As always, CES 2018 was a big week for the entire VR industry, but there’s no question as to what headset stole the show: the Vive Pro. HTC’s enhanced SteamVR device has our mouths watering at the thought of its 3K display, integrated audio and improved design and we can’t wait to revisit games like…

Has Facebook Given Up on Oculus Rift?

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR back in 2014 came as a surprise to near-everyone in the virtual reality (VR) industry. Many predictions of a large company moving on the hardware developer had been circulated prior, with the likes of Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment banded about as potentials, but as a company with no prior…

Reality Clash Developer Diary – Part Three

Welcome to the third of our Developer Diaries, keeping you informed on the build progress of Reality Clash, a mobile augmented reality (AR) combat game for iPhone and Android. For this update, we wanted to focus on how we’re prototyping different approaches of blending the real and virtual worlds together. AR technology has come a…

Blade Runner: Revelations Gets First Teaser Trailer

Last week we reported that a brand new game set in the Blade Runner universe was on its way to Google’s Daydream platform. Today, we’ve got the first trailer for it. Blade Runner: Revelations, as the game is called, is developed by Seismic Games and features an all-new adventure set in the year 2023. You…

Bring Doom to the Earth in Day of Destruction

Embrace your inner alien and rise as the destroyer of cities; conqueror of galaxies. Empower yourself with alien technology as you can on the feeble powers of the human race and bring destruction to the Earth, plus many other planets in Day of Destruction, now available for HTC Vive. The planet’s communication systems have received…

This ARKit Game Transforms Your Office Into a Zen Garden

There’s nothing sinister about “feeding the fish” in Orbu, except that you might find it quite addictive. There seems to be a trend in VR gaming towards using the immersive properties of the medium to induce relaxation and facilitate something of a meditative, Zen-like state. Flutter VR was one such title we looked at just…

AR Property Videogame Mossworld Looks For Funding With Initial ICO

As we all know augmented reality (AR) got, without question, its most important boost in terms of popularity and awareness thanks to Niantic Labs’ videogame Pokémon Go, based off of the popular series by Nintendo (via The Pokémon Company). Whilst some would debate the title as the best example of a AR videogame, despite efforts by…

Try on Bags and Phone Cases in Augmented Reality

Trying on clothes and accessories with the help of augmented reality (AR) seems like the new trend. It was only the other day we saw Amazon patents that allude to an AR armoire to try on digital clothes with, and now we see STM Goods and Element Case are both creating AR apps to try out…

The Dream VR Brings Hours of Video Content to Pico Devices

With the demand for more video content on virtual reality (VR) devices higher than ever, it’s only natural that head-mounted display (HMD) manufacturers would partner with video streaming services to get their users the biggest possible array of content to enjoy. In case it wasn’t obvious from that intro and the title, that’s exactly what…

VR House Tours Could Be the Next Big Thing in Real Estate

The virtual reality (VR) infiltration of industries everywhere isn’t over yet, far from it. The power of VR and augmented reality (AR) allows users to view places they’ve never been, and adjust or visualise things in the real world. So naturally, it’s a great fit for the real estate industry, where buyers are eager to…

Seabed Prelude Gets a Discount and a Brand New Update

Under the sea is a seminal song for a generation. It made children, now adults, all over the world truly believe in the power of a singing crab and a fantasy world of musical undersea creatures, thanks to Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It’s nostalgic for many of us, and if you’re one of those people,…

CES 2018: Hands-On With The 6DOF Standalone Pico Neo Headset

Companies like Facebook’s Oculus, HTC, and Sony pioneered the realm of powerful consumer-facing VR in 2016 with the launches of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR (PSVR) respectively. But the one thing that all of these headsets have in common is that they’re connected to a machine such as a PC or PS4…

QIYU VR Mobile VR Arm Tracking & 4K Video Software Detailed

iQIYI Intelligence has revealed its latest virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), the QIYU VR II at the CES 2018, Las Vegas. As previously reported by VRFocus, the HMD supports 4320p, 7680 x 4320 video playback, but now iQIYI has offered more details on the software utilised for this as well as the VR videogame…

Blade Runner: Revelations Gameplay Details Revealed

Alcon Media Group has announced a partnership with Google and technology company Lenovo to release the upcoming virtual reality (VR) videogame Blade Runner: Revelations for Google Daydream. The news of this latest VR tie-in for the Blade Runner franchise came at CES 2018, Las Vegas, announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew…

Who’s Watching You When In VR? An App For Cardboard Will Let You See

As we, and other have said before on VRFocus do not count out the humble cardboard headset just yet. We may be moving into an immersive world where wireless technology and Standalone virtual reality (VR) are going to dominate the 2018 conversation. Certainly if the end of 2017 (the Vive Focus, Oculus Go and Santa Cruz)…

Hands-on With Noveto – Listening is Believing

CES 2018 may be crammed with the latest technologies from global innovation leaders based around the world but a lot of it never quite truly feels transformational. The same can be said for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR); there are some interesting new additions yet nothing that seems like it massively pushes the…

SuperData Research Weighs-In on CES 2018’s Biggest VR News

This year’s annual CES event, Las Vegas, has brought two major announcements for the virtual reality (VR) industry: HTC’s Vive Pro and Oculus VR’s partnership with Xiaomi for the launch of the Oculus Go in China, set to be known as Mi VR. Both of these announcements will shape the future of VR over the…

Realmax Qian AR Glasses Come to CES 2018

For CES 2018, Shanghai, China-based tech company Realmax has unveiled two new products that it’ll be showcasing during the world’s largest technology convention. The first being Realmax Qian, a pair of augmented reality (AR) glasses and the other is Realmax Studio, an AR creation platform. With the mission to “deepen human understanding by making Augmented…

OmniVision and ASTRI Reveal Production-Ready AR Glasses Reference Design

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. has today announced that it has collaborated with Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) to develop a reference design for production-ready augmented reality (AR) glasses. The AR glasses combine OmniVision’s lightweight and power-efficient OP02220, the industry’s only single-chip, 1080p high definition (HD) liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS)…

Project Interactive AR from Your Smartphone with the Count Projector

Yinscorp Ltd. has revealed the Count Projector, a pico projector capable of transforming a smartphone into an interactive desktop augmented reality (AR) projector, at the CES 2018, Las Vegas. The projector delivers a brand-new user experience based on AR, projection mapping and interactive desktop technologies. On display at CES 2018, the Count Projector is being…

Intel Give VR Update At CES 2018, Reveal Intel Studios

When you think of virtual reality (VR) the chances are you think of the main hardware manufacturers. The likes of Facebook owned Oculus with their Oculus Rift head mounted display (HMD), of HTC and the Vive – and now by extension the HTC Vive Pro. for console VR the PlayStation 4’s headset the PlayStation VR…

Vive Wireless Adapter Builds on DisplayLink & Intel Partnership

DisplayLink has revealed the company’s input into the recently announced Vive Wireless Adapter. Building on the success of the DisplayLink Wireless VR prototype revealed a year ago, the company subsequently partnered with Intel Corporation to develop the latter’s WiGig technology into a wireless virtual reality (VR) adapter. Now, that adapter has been redesigned under a…

Niantic Labs To Discontinue Pokémon GO Support For 6 Apple Devices

When you think about augmented reality (AR) videogames it’s very difficult to not mention Pokémon GO as part of the conversation. Whilst it might be debatable as to whether it has helped the general public’s understanding of what AR is or not, there’s certainly no denying its impact or influence. The multiple award winning title…

iStaging’s VR Maker Simplifies Spatial Capture and Content Sharing

iStaging Corp. has today unveiled VR Maker, an affordable spatial capture solution enabling any individual with a mobile device to create immersive virtual tours in minutes. A real estate retail-focused augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology company based in Taipei, iStaging is aiming to ‘democratise’ virtual access to physical spaces by allowing anyone…

iQIYI Reveal 4K Standalone VR Headset: QIYU-II

2018 is looking set to become the year in which mobile virtual reality (VR) matures. Oculus Go is coming soon alongside Oculus VR’s recently revealed Xiaomi partnership for the Mi VR, and of course the Vive Focus is heading to China imminently. New to the block are iQIYI, revealing their own take on the new…

Google Reveal Details on Standalone Daydream Headset

Standalone virtual reality (VR) headsets have a lot of appeal. You don’t need a specific type of, of expensive, smartphone and you don’t need to worry about time in VR eating up your phone’s battery. It’s also portable, so can be easily taken on a train or plane without needing cumbersome cables. Not surprising, then,…