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…

Bait! Arctic Open Introduces Multiplayer Fishing To Facebook Spaces

When Bait! from Resolution Games first launched on Gear VR it introduced several visually pleasing vistas at which players could cast their line for some recreational fishing. With a mixture of free-to-play design and some light microtransactions, it quickly soared on the platform and became one of the most-downloaded mobile VR experiences available. Now today…

Vegas: Alter Your Reality VR Art Collection Debuting at Miami Art Week

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) has announced a new marketing program, Vegas: Alter Your Reality (VAYR), which will debut at a modern and contemporary art event during Miami Art Week in December. VAYR is a creative interpretation of the Las Vegas experience, featuring personal narratives by five international artists:   Adhemas Batista, Brazil; Beeple, U.S.; FAFI, France; INSA, U.K.; and Signalnoise, Canada. From strolling the streets to…

Facebook Is Working To Bring VR To Its News Feed

Despite the company purchasing VR specialist Oculus all the way back in 2014, you still can’t access VR in your Facebook News Feed. But that may be changing soon. In a post shared on Friday, Oculus confirmed that it has started to test native React VR support for the News Feed on its social platform….

Pixar’s VR Debut Takes You Into The Stunning World of ‘Coco’

Explore new worlds with friends in this jaw dropping Pixar VR experience. Disney Pixar’s first ever VR experience, Coco VR, isn’t just a game or VR experience with a story unfolding around you as the observer. Instead this visually stunning masterpiece of an adventure is one you can take with friends—an idea that Pixar sees as…

The Biggest Gear VR Releases For The Week 11/12/17

There’s only one Gear VR app that looks worth your while this week, unless you want us to talk about yet another 360 degree photo app. But hey, we do at least have on edutainment app that you can trick your children into playing. And don’t forget you can check out our list of the…

Step Into Norse Myth with Wrath of Loki VR Adventure

While many people will have first encountered Thor and Loki through the Marvel movies and comics, those characters are actually steeped in rich Scandinavian myth that stretches back hundreds of years to the time of the Vikings. A new virtual reality (VR) experience lets users live through those myths, titles Wrath of Loki VR Adventure….

Oculus Showcases the Best of What React VR can do

Earlier this year, Oculus unveiled React VR, a new library that would enable developers to quickly build and ship virtual reality (VR) experiences across multiple channels. Today, the company has decided to showcase several pieces of content that use React VR, covering entertainment, education, travel and more. First up is entertainment, with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle 360-degree experience available…

Dragon Front Gets 65+ New Cards With New Faction

High Voltage Software and Oculus Studios’ Dragon Front is still going strong, with yet more new content arriving this week. The collectible virtual card game, which is available on both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR, just got more than 65 new cards with the arrival of its latest faction, Aegis. This faction consists of…

Ctrl Studio Breaking Fourth’s Three Next VR Films Are Now Live

Breaking Fourth’s Ctrl remains one of our favorite VR productions and, this week, the studio has much more to share. The team’s three latest projects are now available via the Samsung VR app, meaning you can either watch them in the Gear VR or on a browser of your choice (we’ve got them all embedded…

Oculus Studios And Armature Announce Fail Factory

Between big Bethesda games, new Studios titles and LA Noire, there’s a lot of big titles for PC-based headsets this Christmas, but mobile isn’t missing out on the fun. To that end, Oculus Studios and Armature today announced Fail Factory, which is launching on Gear VR December 7th. In the game, you’re in control of…

Oculus Studios And Armature Announce Fail Factory

Between big Bethesda games, new Studios titles and LA Noire, there’s a lot of big titles for PC-based headsets this Christmas, but mobile isn’t missing out on the fun. To that end, Oculus Studios and Armature today announced Fail Factory, which is launching on Gear VR December 7th. In the game, you’re in control of…

Get to Work Next Month at the Fail Factory

Texas-based Armature Studio (Borderlands, Metal Gear Solid and Batman Arkham series) has today announced its first foray into virtual reality (VR), working with Oculus Studios on Fail Factory, a quirky puzzle title for Samsung Gear VR that’s scheduled for release on 7th December. Fail Factory is a collection of mini-games where players have to think fast in order to…

Disney Pixar’s Coco VR is Out Now on Oculus Rift

Disney Pixar are regarded as one of the best and most respected animation studios, and fans all over the world are eagerly anticipating the release of the studio’s newest movies, titled Coco. To tie in to the film, Pixar have also produced a virtual reality (VR) experience called Coco VR, which is out now on…

Breaking Fourth Brings VR Films To Gear VR

Breaking Fourth have becomes known to consumers of virtual reality (VR) content as creators of high-quality VR films which spans a variety of genres and subjects. Soon those films will be available to users of the Samsung Gear VR. Breaking Fourth’s VR productions have driven forwards the art of immersive storytelling, delving into areas of…

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…

SteamVR Integration For Windows VR Headsets Goes Live In Preview Today

Starting today SteamVR is officially accessible using Windows Mixed Reality (aka Windows VR) headsets like the Acer, HP, Lenovo, and others. Previously the Windows VR headsets could only access and launch apps that were natively available within the Windows store. Last week we got the chance to try out this functionality for ourselves at an…

Fusion Lens 360 Camera Secures IndieGoGo Funding

Consumer 360-degree cameras come in all shapes and sizes, from standalone units like Samsung Gear 360 to devices that attach to smartphones like the Insta360 Air or Nano. Currently running an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign are NoMatterWhat Technologies for its Fusion Lens camera designed for iPhone. Featuring a duel lens system where one lens sits on…

Samsung 360 Round Aims for the Professional Market Retailing for $10,499

Last month VRFocus reported on Samsung unveiling a new 360-degree camera model, the Samsung 360 Round, essentially the finalised consumer version of Project Beyond from several years ago. Whilst specifications and other details were released, one thing Samsung was keeping quiet on was price. That’s now been revealed at a hefty $10,499 USD. As it…

Vodafone Qatar Launches AR App Competition

Since the introduction of ARKit and ARCore, the amount of augmented reality (AR) content that’ve appeared covering videogames and apps has steadily increased on mobile devices. The latest comes from Vodafone Qatar, utilising the technology to run a competition where you can win a Samsung Galaxy S8. Firstly, you need to download the Vodafone AR…

Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay VR App Coming To Nissan Dealerships

It’s just about a month until the world goes Star Wars crazy again and, sure enough, there’s going to be at least one new VR experience to look out for. Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay is coming to Nissan dealerships in promotion of the next film in the series, The Last Jedi. Automotive News reports…

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…

View Products at Home With Amazon AR View

Augmented reality (AR) has plenty of applications outside of videogames, one of which is now being employed by online retailing giant Amazon. This month the company has released AR View through its mobile app, allowing users to place items in their homes prior to purchase. Using Apple’s ARKit, AR view helps customers make better shopping…

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…

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…

Get into the Holiday Spirit by Throwing VR Snowballs

Hatrabbit Entertainment has revealed intentions to explore the future of mobile virtual reality (VR) videogame development with a free release designed for the whole family. Merry Snowballs is coming to Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard in December 2017, and will be freely available to all. After first releasing the videogame on Steam…

Byond Will Help Enterprises Build AR, VR, And 360-degree Experiences

Byond is launching a publishing platform that allows companies to create augmented reality, virtual reality, and 360-degree applications. It’s one more set of tools designed to encourage enterprises and brands to take the plunge into promising new technologies. The Los Angeles-based startup has created the Byond Immersive Suite to make it easier for companies to create,…