It’s Fright Season as Oculus Begins Halloween Sale

What’s great about the Halloween season isn’t all the chocolates with green fillings, of the chance to dress up in ghoulish clothing – there are enough cosplay events for that. No, it’s all about the scary videogames that are either released or discounted to give yourself a few fights. This year is no different with Oculus getting things going with a Halloween sale today.

Five Nights at Freddys VR

As anyone who has played a virtual reality (VR) horror title should know, VR is exceedingly good at scaring players and there are some decent videogames to choose from on the Oculus Store. Continue reading

The VR Job Hub: Rewind, Holoride, Varjo & More

Every weekend VRFocus gathers together a number vacancies from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe, to help make finding the ideal job easier. Below are a selection of roles that are currently accepting applications across a number of disciplines, all within departments and companies that focus on VR, AR and MR.

Location Company Role Link
St Albans, UK REWIND 3D Artist Click Here to Apply
St Albans, UK REWIND Lead Artist Click Here to Apply
St Albans, UK REWIND Lead Programmer Click Here to Apply
St Albans, UK REWIND Senior Artist Click Here to Apply
Munich, Germany Holoride Backend Architect Click Here to Apply
Munich, Germany Holoride Content Creator Click Here to Apply
Munich, Germany Holoride Software Engineer Click Here to Apply
NYC, US Schuco Virtual Construction Lab VR Programmer [email protected]
Helsinki, Finland Varjo Unity SDK & Engine Developer Click Here to Apply
Helsinki, Finland Varjo Senior 3D Graphics & Rendering Developer Click Here to Apply
Helsinki, Finland Varjo Computational Vision Developer Click Here to Apply
Helsinki, Finland Varjo Data Scientist Click Here to Apply
Helsinki, Finland Varjo Computer Vision Developer, Eye Tracking Click Here to Apply

Don’t forget, if there wasn’t anything that took your fancy this week there’s always last week’s listings on The VR Job Hub to check as well. Continue reading

Blend Media’s new Blend Market Aims to Connect Businesses With VR/AR Professionals

Blend Media, a specialist in providing immersive technology solutions through its 360-degree stock footage library Blend Stock or editing and publishing platform Blend Studio has announced a third product, Blend Market. This new product is an online marketplace designed to connect virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) creators with corporate clients around the world.

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Blend Market aims to be a one-stop-shop to help companies interested in utilising immersive tech to find and hire professional creators quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Businesses upload a brief of the project which creators with the relevant skills can then bid on, as well as being able to sign NDAs, MSAs and other documentation in-platform and share work in progress as the project proceeds. Continue reading

BISim’s Latest Military Grade Simulator VBS4 Renders Entire Planet for Training Purposes

Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) is a specialist in immersive military training solutions which VRFocus has covered on a number of occasions as the company has advanced its virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications. Today, BISim has announced its next-generation training software VBS4 which sees the entire planet digitised.

BISim vbs3 header mobile

Officially unveiling VBS4 in December 2019 at I/ITSEC 2019, planet rendering uses a curated global dataset, a massive library of vegetation and clutter models, as well as advanced procedural enhancement. Therefore militaries should be able to reduce the cost and time of building new detailed virtual terrains. Improvements over VBS3 include view distance enhancements and further optimized VR/AR visualizations. Continue reading

Build Your own Crazy Machines With Gadgeteer on Oculus Quest Next Week

Last month VRFocus reported on indie developer Metanaut revealing that it was working on an Oculus Quest version of its virtual reality (VR) puzzle experience Gadgeteer. Today, the studio has announced that the launch isn’t too far away, in fact, it’s taking place in just over a week’s time.

Gadgeteer

Gadgeteer is all about building Rube Goldberg style chain reaction machines in two distinct modes, a story mode and a sandbox mode. The former is great for those new to Gadgeteer, helping teach you about the intricacies of the various building materials and the tools for building these impressive machines. It’s a 60 level puzzle campaign entirely set within a single apartment of a brilliant but mad scientist who has gone missing along with her daughter. Continue reading

Sony AR Patent Hints at Stereoscopic Headset Capabilities

Another day, another patent appears showcasing the whims of multinational tech giants. Recently a Sony patent appeared indicating plans for upgrades to PlayStation VR, adding features like inside-out tracking and wireless capabilities. The company is also investing in augmented reality (AR) technology, especially when it comes to head-mounted displays (HMD), with a patent describing a feature that’s more common on 180-degree cameras, stereoscopic lenses.

PlayStation AR Headset

Spotted by the masters of patent hunting Lets Go Digital, this particular AR patent comes from the Japan Patent Office (JPO), published on 11 July 2019. As such all the details are in Japanese but the site has gleaned some information from the filing. Continue reading