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…

Ubisoft and Triotech Working on Assassin’s Creed VR Experience

Ubisoft has previously revealed its work in virtual reality (VR) with the demonstration of its Rabbids Virtual Reality Ride, now the company has teamed up with interactive entertainment company Triotech to create a VR experience based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Assassin’s Creed is one of Ubisoft’s biggest and most popular franchises, with ten games…

Curiscope’s Operation Apex Set for Release Next Week

A few months ago, Curiscope – the company behind The Virtuali-Tee – announced a new project in conjunction with Vive Studios, a virtual reality (VR) adventure called Operation Apex that takes viewers beneath the waves. Now the studio has revealed Operation Apex will launch for HTC Vive on 30th November. Expanding its first immersive piece, Great White Sharks, a 360-degree video…

Zynga Brings AR Functionality to Mobile Racer CSR2

Mobile videogame developer Zynga has revealed that its popular racing title CSR Racing 2 (CSR2) has now been upgraded with an augmented reality (AR) mode using Apple’s ARKit and Unity, exclusively for iPhone and iPad running iOS 11. Players will now be able to get up close to the cars in their garage, being able to view…

Resident Evil VII biohazard Surpasses 300K VR Players

Capcom’s debut virtual reality (VR) videogame, Resident Evil VII biohazard, has in many ways set the standard for the medium. AAA production values, a lengthy campaign and easily accessible VR has lead to the videogame becoming a leading light on PlayStation VR, and the latest statistics suggest that this isn’t going to change any time…

BeBop Sensors Unveil the Forte Data Glove for VR/AR Apps and Gaming

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) companies are seeking to create evermore interactive and immersive ways for users engage with virtual environments, whether that’s through motion controllers like Oculus Rift, or gesture-based hand tracking systems like Leap Motion. Another possible means of interaction uses data gloves, with BeBop Sensors announcing its latest creation, the Forte Data…

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…

CloudGate Studio Demonstrate Vive Body Tracking

The release of the Vive Trackers for the HTC Vive system to consumers opens up the possibility of full-body tracking in virtual reality (VR), thus fulfilling the dream of VR as depicted in popular fiction such as Ready Player One. One of the pioneers of this, CloudGate Studios, has been demonstrating how its tracking system…

Polyarc’s Post-E3 mission: Making Moss’s Cute VR Hero Feel Real

Polyarc‘s adorable virtual reality adventure Moss stars Quill, an intrepid mouse heroine who fits in the palm of your hand and wields a sword. She embarks on a journey within the pages of a book of fairy tales, and as the Reader, your role is to help her out. You guide her throughout her journey, enabling her…

Bethesda Investigating Adding Smooth Turning To Skyrim VR

he Great VR Locomotion Debate continues to rage on. This time the ire of virtual reality (VR) users has been turned upon Bethesda, with controversy regarding the movement systems. The development team have begun to address this in a post on the Bethesda forums in regarding The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. Though movement systems…

The VR Job Hub: It’s a UK Focused Selection of Vacancies

It’s Sunday and if you’re perusing VRFocus’ latest selection of jobs in the virtual reality (VR) industry then it’s likely that you’re not looking forward to Monday. Never fret though, if you’ve got the skills, knowhow and tenacity to succeed then you’ll be wanting to send your CV to these companies right away. View the…

Further Details On Limina VR Public Arts Festival

Previously it was reported that an upcoming virtual reality (VR) festival, organised by sometime VRFocus contributor Catherine Allen, was seeking contributions. Further details have now been revealed on what the event will entail. The Limina VR Weekender will be a weekend of sessions covering a variety of VR subjects and content, designed to broaden the…

Williams-Sonoma Acquires AR Imaging Company Onward Inc

A number of firms have begun using augmented reality (AR) technology for various uses, with the trend increasing since the launch of Apple’s ARKit. One of the firms involved in this trend is Onward Inc, who are now set to be acquired by Williams-Sonoma. Williams-Sonoma (WSI) are the parent company behind a number of retailer…

Evasion To Be Playable at Intel Extreme Masters Oakland

Fast-paced sci-fi shooter Evasion has been highly anticipated by virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts since it was originally revealed by developers Archiact. Lucky players at the Intel Extreme Masters event in Oakland, California will have a chance to get hands-on with the title, which will be playable for the first time at the event. The Intel…

Payday 2 VR Developers Confirm Working On Oculus Rift Support

For people who want to see what it’s like to rob a bank without the inconvenience of being shot at or arrested, Payday 2 VR is about as close as you can get to the real thing with current technology, for HTC Vive users, at least. Oculus Rift owners are facing a few roadblocks to…

This Week In VR Sport: VR for Rehabilitation and AR Fantasy Sports

The weekend rolls around again, and though the weather is growing colder, plenty of athletes are out on tracks and pitches keeping warm by practising and playing, either in ongoing seasons or to keep their form for next season. Virtual reality (VR) season never ends, of course, o we bring you the latest on VR…

Gunheart Introduces New Enemies and Improved Loot System

Futuristic virtual reality (VR) sci-fi shooter Gunheart has been regularly introducing updates ever since developer Drifter Entertainment launched the title into the Early Access. The Fall Update continues this tradition with its largest update yet. Gunheart is a co-operative first-person shooter set in the furthest frontier of space in the far future. Players must take…

Soundtrack to VR Title The Invisible Hours to get Commercial Release

Videogame soundtracks are just starting to gain widespread respect as a musical genre in its own right, featuring in live orchestral concerts, and even getting airtime on radio stations such as Classic FM. Videogame soundtracks are also starting to see release in various formats, such as the upcoming release of the soundtrack to The Invisible…

FARO Introduce VR For Rendering Laser Scanning Data

In areas such as design and construction, accurate measurements are essential. Something as small as a misplaced single digit can end up costing millions. To combat this potential issue, many companies have turned to laser scanning to get the most accurate data on size, shape and layout. Laser scanning company FARO is now offering the…

Oculus Fund Researching on VR for Social Pressure

There has already been some attempts to utilise virtual reality (VR) technology for social good. In particular, various companies, government bodies and health authorities have been looking at using VR to change behaviour. Oculus is now funding these aims with the Play4REAL lab. One of the first beneficiaries of this funding is Preview Labs Inc,…

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 Introduce Dynamic Bundles in time for Christmas

Oculus recently added a new option for its videogame bundles that dynamically adjusts the pricing depending on what titles a user already has in their library. Oculus are now adding three new bundles to the dynamic bundle range that contain some of the most popular Oculus Rift titles. The new bundles are being launched on…

Preview: Payday 2 VR – The Right Kind of Daylight Robbery

Starbreeze Studios aren’t exactly newcomers to the field of virtual reality (VR), having collaborated on VR titles like John Wick Chronicles as well as developing its own head-mounted display, StarVR. Even so, it still came as a surprise when the studio announced back in May that it was working on a VR version of its…

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…

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Skyrim VR

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR launches worldwide today, exclusively on PlayStation VR. Yesterday VRFocus delivered a review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR detailing the experience and what it’s like to journey into the world of Tamriel in virtual reality (VR) for the first time. Today, we look in more detail into the…

PlayStation VR Takes Amazon’s Top Seller Spot in Black Friday Sale

Expectations for the PlayStation VR this holiday season have been incredibly high. Supported by some big name releases including GT Sport, today’s launch of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR and the forthcoming DOOM VFR, the head-mounted display (HMD) was anticipated to receive a boost in sales. However, thanks to a ‘Black Friday’ deal from…