Latest Xbox Scarlett Rumour is It’ll Support Oculus Rift S

Most of the press conferences for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 earlier this month were completely devoid of virtual reality (VR) news and that obviously included Microsoft’s event. The Redmond-based company revealed a sneak peek of its next-gen console codename ‘Project Scarlett’. This week a rumour has surfaced that the console will supposedly support the Oculus Rift S.

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The rumour comes from the lads over at the Coffee & VR podcast, who were told by a trusted source on their Discord channel that there could be a tie-in between Project Scarlett and Oculus Rift S. Now nothings been confirmed in any way, shape or form, and unlike the Xbox One X E3 announcement (Project Scorpio) which mentioned VR then suddenly dropped it, the Project Scarlett revealed featured none of that. Continue reading

E3 2019 Interview: Insta360 Covers Every Eventuality

It may seem like the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 was all about videogames and for the most part, you’d be right, but occasionally some hardware does sneak in. VRFocus isn’t talking about Microsoft’s Project Scarlett, that receives masses or coverage thanks to the press conference – VRFocus won’t go into the fact no VR was mentioned – it’s the small stuff on the show floor. One company showcasing its wares was Insta360, a manufacturer of 360-degree cameras. So with (normal) camera in hand VRFocus learnt some more about Insta360’s 2019 lineup. Continue reading

HTC Vive Cosmos Resolution Will be 2880×1700

HTC Vive has slowly been teasing new information about the upcoming Vive Cosmos headset which was first unveiled during CES 2019. After a short video last week showcased the latest design, now the company has finally released some useful specifications for virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts to get their teeth into.

HTC Vive Cosmos Resolution

Releasing just the singular image seen above, the HTC Vive Cosmos will feature a combined resolution of 2880×1770 (1440×1700 per-eye) using an LCD display. This is an 88% increase in resolution over the original HTC Vive which came in at 1080×1200 per-eye. There’s no specific mention regarding whether this is one panel or two although the infographic does state ‘Real RGB panels’. Continue reading

SIGGRAPH 2019’s Immersive Programme Will be the Biggest to Date

Over the past few years ACM’s (Association for Computing Machinery) annual SIGGRAPH event has adopted more and more immersive content programming, whether that’s highlighting the latest technology or new exciting experiences. 2019 is no different, in fact, it’s looking to be the biggest yet with four world-premiere experiences to debut during the conference.

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SIGGRAPH 2019 will feature two programmes for immersive content, the Immersive Pavilion and VR Theater. Both will offer daily first-come, first-served content in addition to timed VR Theater screenings that are by ticket only. Continue reading

E3 2019 Interview: A Sneaky Talk With Espire 1: VR Operative Dev Digital Lode

There were a number of interesting virtual reality (VR) titles at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) such as Gearbox Software’s Penn & Teller VR and Survios’ Battlewake. Tripwire Interactive (Killing Floor: Incursionwas also there to promote a title it’s publishing, Espire 1: VR Operativeby Australian studio Digital Lode. A couple of the team came over to the show, and VRFocus decided to find out more (that’s what we’re here for). 

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Espire 1: VR Operative is a first-person shooter (FPS) with plenty of stealth elements to allow players to conduct missions however they please. The sensible option might be to stay hidden, using gantries, zip lines and other environmental objects to stay out of sight, only engaging enemies if you really need to. This way you can truly explore the Espire 1: VR Operative world without bullets whizzing past your head. Continue reading

Immersive Film Exhibition The New Infinity Coming to Wisdome LA for one Night Only

If you happen to be in Los Angeles this coming Saturday then you may want to head down to Wisdom LA for a special one-off event. Planetarium-inspired immersive art experience The New Infinity will be appearing at the 360-degree dome theatre.

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The New Infinity – “Eye of the Dream“, courtesy David O’Reilly

A special, one-day-only event, The New Infinity will showcase a series of three immersive films from artists David OReilly, Holly Herndon & Mathew Dryhurst, and Fatima Al Qadiri & Transforma. The New Infinity originally began last year, debuting in Berlin and drawing in more than 23,000 visitors. Since then the exhibition has toured internationally, including Amsterdam and Barcelona. Continue reading