ICAROS Secures Seven Figure Investment From Segnalita

ICAROS have been providing a unique training system that combines fitness and virtual reality (VR) since 2016 and has now announced that that the Tyrolean private venture company Segnalita, has invested a sum in the mid-seven figures into the Munich-based company. The company has a vision to provide the most motivating and health-promoting training experiences…

This Week In VR Sports: It’s All About The Beautiful Game

With the weekend here  it is time for another entry of This Week In VR Sport. VRFocus brings you a number of sports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories every weekend and this time it is all about the football. Cherry Pop Games have released highlights from their virtual world cup, Coca-Cola teams up with Swiss Striker…

Reports Shows Dip In VR Headset Sales

A report from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker has found that shipments of AR and VR headsets was down from last year, but the IDC report also predicts a resurgence of sales in the near future. The report showed that shipments of VR and AR headsets were down 30.5% year over…

Preview: Lems

It’s becoming quite common to see virtual reality (VR) titles that cast the player in the role of a giant manipulating or otherwise interacting with a world that is in a much smaller scale. Moss, Along Together and the upcoming Ghost Giant have all used this approach, and Lems does the same. In this case,…

Competition: Move Fast To Enter This Ludicrous Speed Prize Draw

The end of the week is here once again, and that of course means (now that E3 is out of the way for another year) that it’s competition time here on VRFocus. This time you’ll be wanting to probably stretch your muscles in advance because the virtual reality (VR) videogame we’re offering codes for is…

Save The Lems in VR Puzzle Platform Title

Lems are tiny cartoonish wolf-like creatures that are running around a colourful landscape in search of a new lair to call home. Developer Universe Worth Experiencing has announced that its virtual reality (VR) puzzle-platform title Lems will be out soon in Steam Early Access. In Lems, players use the VR motion controllers to create and…

Microsoft Affirms No Plans for VR on Xbox Consoles

Back at E3 2016, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced on stage that the Xbox One X (then ‘Project Scorpio’) would become the industry’s next VR-compatible console, positioning the platform to compete with Sony’s PSVR with what Spencer called “high fidelity VR.” Now, it appears, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer for gaming Mike Nichols has put…

Krikey Add New AR Soccer Mini-Game To Celebrate The World Cup

Augmented reality (AR) mobile app Krikey have announced a new networked mini-game as part of the FIFA World Cup 2018 celebration. This new update will allow players to go up against each other to see who can score the most goals and, if they so wish, see who really is the best team. The Krikey…

Experiential Design Insights from Chinese Philosophy & Natural Philosophy

One of the things that inspires me to do the Voices of VR podcast is being able to talk with hundreds of people listening for the underlying patterns of experiential design. VR & AR are reflections of the human experience, and so any experiential design framework for immersive technologies should also describe aspects of our…

Steam Introduces SteamVR Skeletal Input

Back in May Steam announced a new SteamVR input system that was designed to allow developers to more easily support existing and future controllers, offering gamers to more easily customize their controls. Now, Steam have revealed their next part of this system which will allow virtual reality (VR) titles to gather extra information from the…

Oh No They Didn’t! Microsoft Reverses Xbox One X VR Plans

Editorial credit: Pe3k / Shutterstock.com Has the Sony PSVR been a success? That depends on how you look at it. More than 100 million PS4 consoles have been sold at this point and about a million PSVR units to go with them. That’s a small percentage, but in absolute terms that’s still an install base…

XSEED Discuss Gungrave VR In Interview

You might have heard about the upcoming virtual reality (VR) title Gungrave VR recent following its present at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 where a new trailer and information was released. During the event VRFocus’ Nina Salomons was able to sit down with Jason Hayato Higa, Localisation Lead at XSEED, to discuss the upcoming release and…

Standalone Virtual Reality Headsets Will Bring VR Into Focus

As some of you may know, I have a background in software engineering and CAD and have been active in emerging tech field over the last ten years through investments as well as growing start-ups in mobile IoT, AI and, recently, augmented reality (AR) and/or virtual reality (VR). We then have set up the Realities…

CPDinVR Opens Registrations for Anniversary Event

In 2017 Steve Bambury set out to attempt something new by hosting a free ‘continuing professional development’ (CPD) by using virtual reality (VR) by using the Engage platform from Immersive VR Education. To celebrate the first year anniversary of this, a special CPDinVR event is planned. The special CPDinVR First Anniversary Event will feature a…

OpenSpace Uses 360 Degree Cameras To Capture Construction Sites

Workers in offices are used to the idea of being able to look over previous versions of their work to track changes. Up until now, however, this has not been possible for the construction industry but that is about to change thanks to OpenSpace. OpenSpace have launched an AI framework which uses images captured on…

CEEK VR Announce VR Series and Movie Called Hollywood Rooftop

With virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video growing in popularity, even famous names in Hollywood filmmaking are getting in on the act. CEEK VR is working with several recognisable names to develop a VR series called Hollywood Rooftop. Hollywood Rooftop will comprise several 10-minute VR short films along with a 2D feature film which will…

Research Project Show VR Can Improve Memory Recall

Its already been demonstrated that virtual reality (VR) can be beneficial to education and training, but a study by the University of Maryland shows that VR can help people retain information. The study involved 40 volunteers attempting to memorise well-know faces within a special environment called a ‘memory palace’ with the researchers comparing the results…

Expore The Surface Of Mars In Red Rover

Most of us have had dreams about going to space and visiting other planets. Seeing the stars and looking out towards other systems. Though it might still be some time off, virtual reality (VR) is allowing people to experience those moments today. With the upcoming release of Red Rover: Planetary Driving Simulator, users will be…

The Weather Channel To Use MR To Showcase The Power Of Tornadoes

The Weather Channel have revealed plans to showcase the lasted in mixed reality (MR) technology but creating their own tornado. Broadcasters have been taking advantage of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology for sometime now. The Weather Channel is hoping to use this technology to deliver viewers an immersive and realistic experience that…

Endeavour Foundation Uses VR To Help Teenagers Train For Jobs

In Australia, the Endeavour Foundation is trying to help young adults with intellectual disabilities learn news skills that might help them prepare for entering work. To do this, the foundation has turned to virtual reality (VR). The not-for-profit organisation is in the process of rolling out 15 VR training programs which use the Oculus Rift…

New Screenshots Released For RollerCoaster Tycoon Joyride

Atari have released a number of new screenshots for their upcoming virtual reality (VR) title RollerCoaster Tycoon Joyride. The title, which was announced earlier in the year, is planned to release for PlayStation VR and will give players a chance to truly immerse themselves within the classic RollerCoaster Tycoon experience with some new twists. For the…

Open Beta for Echo Combat Goes Live

Zero-gravity first-person shooter Echo Arena was a team-based esport spin-off from sci-fi virtual reality (VR) adventure Lone Echo. Echo Arena became extremely popular, with several users declaring it was their entry into VR as a whole. Developers Ready at Dawn are following up with a third title in the series, Echo Combat, which is now…

Enter the Casino With Social Club VR

Developer Perilous Orbit previously produced the virtual reality (VR) mini-game compilation SportsBar VR. The studio has now expanded on that work, producing what it has described as it most ambitious project yet, Social Club VR. Social Club VR is an online VR casino experience which is due to be released shortly on Oculus Home and…

New Trailer For VR Multiplayer Title Seeking Dawn Arrives

With virtual reality (VR) moving towards a more mature phase of development, we’re starting to see larger adventures coming to life, particularly for the high-end platforms such as PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Developer Multiverse Entertainment are seeking to continue and expand upon that trends with Seeking Dawn, which has just seen the…

Football Nation VR Hosts the Virtual World Cup

Football is known to fans as ‘The beautiful game’ and is one of the most popular sports in the world, drawing in huge crowds to big games and raking in millions every year. Developer Cherry Pop Games is hoping to tap into the passion that people have for the sport with Football Nation VR. Nina…