Film production and development company, Annapurna Pictures recently created a virtual reality (VR) division in partnership with VRSE.farm. Megan Ellison, the company’s founder has already partnered with artist Chris Milk, renowned for his music videos from large artists like U2, Audioslave and Kanye West to experiment with VR.
Previously VRFocus reported on virtual reality (VR) racing title Vector 36 developed by Red River Studio, releasing a playable demo. Following the release, the title has been Greenlit on Steam. On release the videogame will be available for download on Valve’s digital store. The title puts players on Mars where people compete in races using machines called Skimmers.
Plenty of virtual reality (VR) experiences take players to space. Flight simulation experiences such as EVE: Valkyrie are proving to be one of the best ways to show off the technology while other developers are creating software that is both educational and atmospheric. 6000 Moons from Bin Software aims to separate itself from those types of experiences, allowing players to investigate the ‘orbital behaviour’ of the world’s satellites using the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). This month sees the team release a new pre-release version of the experience. READ MORE
Next month sees the first ever SouthWest VR Conference (SWVRC) take place in Bristol’s At-Bristol Science Centre, gathering the UK-based virtual reality (VR) community under one roof to talk about the latest advancements for the technology. Guests include Andy Serkis’ production studio, The Imaginarium, as well as Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR. Tickets are currently on sale for £120 GBP, however those thinking of attending might want to first try their luck with a new competition giving away some free tickets. READ MORE
So far Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR has largely associated its technology with videogames. The company recently released its first internally-developed project in HeroBound: First Steps and intends to keep on working on titles with Head of Studios Jason Rubin. However this week sees Oculus make its first steps into what it calls ‘VR cinema’ with the announcement of a new internal team, Oculus Story Studio. The group’s first 360 degree film, Lost, has also been unveiled. READ MORE
Having spent the past few year bringing other developer’s videogames to different consoles and working on other company’s IP, UK-based Climax Studios has an exciting proposition in Bandit Six. This virtual reality (VR) title is set to appear on the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) from Samsung and will be one of the developer’s first original projects since 2012′s SmartAs. In fact, the studio is hoping to make a name for itself with the title, allowing it go on and create even more VR content. READ MORE
There are plenty of virtual reality (VR) movies on display at this week’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, USA. VRFocus has already reported on a total of nine VR experiences that are on display at the show’s New Frontier installation as well as a number of VR-related panels that attendees might want to catch. But the VR exhibits aren’t stopping there; technology giant Samsung has revealed that it will be showing its Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) throughout the event, which ends on February 1st 2015, exhibit three VR videos. READ MORE
Last week saw the biggest technology reveal of 2015 thus far as Microsoft announced HoloLens, a new see-through head-mounted display (HMD) that projects holograms into real life environments. The company’s reveal has lead to discussion about just how to label the technology, as it avoided using the most obvious term, augmented reality (AR). However is seems as if Microsoft considers HoloLens to be ‘something different’ from both AR and indeed virtual reality (VR) too, if a recent statement from a company spokesperson is to be believed. READ MORE
Back in 2014 VRFocus reported on the reveal of a unique new virtual reality (VR) experience that celebrated the works of legendary British rock band, The Who. The piece uses the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) to take viewers on a surreal visual journey through the band’s career. At the time, it was stated that the title would be releasing for everyone in 2015. While the full version is yet to arrive, The Who Immersive has launched as a Beta over on the Oculus VR Share Beta, an online portal for sharing free VR experiences. READ MORE
For the past two years the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) meetup has proved to be one of the leading gatherings for the VR community, with developers and enthusiasts meeting to discuss the latest advancements with the technology. Then, in May 2014, the group held the first SVVR Conference & Expo at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, USA. As expected, the event will be returning in 2015, albeit on a much larger scale than organisers Karl Krantz and Nana Usui’s previous shows. READ MORE