VR vs. 365 (Sort Of)

Welcome to VR vs, your weekly column from ‘the other one’ at VRFocus which is celebrating its first anniversary under my stewardship tomorrow. Has it really been that long? I’d like to say I can scarcely believe it, but those in virtual reality (VR) – especially those on the news sites – will tell you working…

Resident Evil 7’s Free Story DLC Has Been Delayed

Three months on from the release of Resident Evil 7 and it remains one of the best games on PlayStation VR (PSVR). That’s why we’re looking forward to the game’s upcoming free story DLC, ‘Not A Hero’. Sadly that content has now been delayed. The DLC, which adds a new campaign in which players would…

Xenko Game Engine: A New Way To Develop Better VR Games

Today Silicon Studio launched its videogame development engine Xenko, allowing developers no matter the size to build content across multiple platforms. Part of the team attended the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco last month and VRFocus caught up with Silicon Studio’s Product Manager Pierre Rahier to find out more. The company want’s to make…

Raindance Festival Is Sponsoring VR Educational Courses

The Raindance Film Festival has begun to get involved in the world of virtual reality (VR). During last year’s Raindance Festival in London the organisers featured the VR Arcade, where 14 short films which were shown on Gear VR or Oculus Rift. Now the Festival is organising some VR courses as part of its educational…

Exclusive: Meta 2 AR Demos Revealed in Full

Outside of a few demonstrations at tradeshows, Meta has only give glimpses of the content on its impressive AR headset dev kit in short clips. During a recent visit to the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters to catch the latest improvements to the headset, I got to see a selection of demo content which Meta has allowed…

Xenko Game Engine Launches with Free Edition

Silicon Studio has today launched the Xenko game engine, a new scaleable development platform for everything from mobile videogames to realistic virtual reality (VR) experiences and beyond. Xenko is free for educational use, small studios and individual users, with larger studios paying a nominal monthly fee. To celebrate the launch, Silicon Studio is offering all…

HeroCade Review: A Nine-Game PSVR Bundle Including Dreadhalls and Sisters

A lot of people have been unhappy with the price of VR games in our new industry’s first year of consumer availability. For the most part, Steam has been flooded with well over 1,000 games and experiences, the vast majority of which are abbreviated teasers, uninspired tech demos, and cheap cash grabs. There are plenty…

Google Nominates Top AR/VR Apps for 2017 Play Awards

This year’s 2017 Google Play Awards include new categories for top VR and AR apps, to which Google has nominated five apps each. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30PM PT during Google I/O, the company’s annual developer festival. Ever since the reveal of Google Daydream at last year’s I/O…

Introducing Google’s Next-Generation VR Camera

The Yi Halo has 17 lenses and costs $17,000. Google has officially unveiled their next generation Jump camera — the Yi Halo. Announced at the NAB conference in Las Vegas Monday, the Xiaomi-backed Yi has partnered with Google to bring a new professional camera to the market with some much needed improvements. The Yi Halo…

HP Moves Into VR and AR With Investment In Venture Reality Fund

HP is putting on its headsets. One of the world’s oldest technology companies is investing in the fledgling virtual reality market by becoming an investor in The Venture Reality Fund. The exact amount wasn’t disclosed. But HP Tech Ventures, the new corporate venture arm of HP, has joined as an investor in The VR Fund, which has…

Google Upgrade JUMP Camera into YI HALO

Tech giant Google launched the JUMP programme back in 2015, its aim being to give average consumers the tools for making high-quality virtual reality (VR) films that were usually the domain of well-funded Hollywood film-makers. Google have now announced a new version of the key hardware. The new camera weighs less than eight pounds, lighter…

Arcade Shooter REGENESIS Gets Greenlit

Polish developer Hyper VR is the software division of hardware manufacturers Hyperbook. The first excursion into software and videogames from the company is REGENESIS Hyperbook Arcade, which was submitted to Steam Greenlight program, and just got approved by the community for a full release. REGENESIS puts the player in the role of the Last Man…

Google Play Awards Add VR And AR Categories

Taking place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, Google I/O is an outdoor developer festival that lasts for three days. On May 17th – 19th, there will be hands-on learning, tech keynotes, and insight on Google’s latest developer products in the 2nd annual event. The festival will also be home to the Google Play…

Statik Review: Thinking Outside The Box

They say great minds think alike, but Statik does a lot to disprove that theory. Like developer Tarsier Studios, I’ve long wondered what types of unique VR experiences you can get out of using PS4’s DualShock 4 as a tracked object in a virtual world. But while our concepts for games may be similar, Tarsier…

Insta360 Pro Now Available for Pre-Order

360 degree camera maker Insta360 has kicked off pre-orders for the Insta360 Pro, a six-lens professional camera that will allow creators to capture 8K virtual reality (VR) experiences and broadcast to the world live in immersive 360. The Insta360 Pro combines 360 and 360 3D imaging, live-streaming and advanced real-time image stitching technology in one…

Learn How To Create Immersive 360-Degree Video Experiences

Since the release of the first motion picture camera in the 1890s, humans have been using video to tell compelling stories. Film is an expression of the human imagination; it enables us to see the world from another perspective and escape from our own lives, and 360-degree video and virtual reality are the newest mediums…

HTC Vive X Studio Surreal VR Releases Drone Fighters on Steam Early Access

Today Surreal VR, an indie videogame development studio that’s part of HTC Vive X has announced the launch of its second virtual reality (VR) title Drone Fighters. Arriving on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Touch support, Drone Fighters, is an aerial combat experience featuring an assortment of drones. For this initial release players will…

‘Alien: Covenant In Utero’ VR Experience Launches Wednesday

The forthcoming Alien: Covenant movie is getting a VR experience, Alien: Covenant In Utero and it launches this Wednesday on Oculus platforms. Following the news of director Ridley Scott’s film production company launching a VR division, the release date for the Alien: Covenant In Utero experience has been announced in a brief teaser (seen heading this article); it’s coming…

‘Arden’s Wake’ Is The Epic VR Film You’ve Been Waiting For

VR meets Pixar in this beautifully-crafted animated adventure. I arrived at a loft in Union Square for my first screening of the Tribeca Film Fest. I was all set to meet a bulk of the team from Penrose Studios, a San Francisco start-up dedicated to combining creativity with technology to develop ground-breaking stories in VR. As…

The Unspoken VR Tournament Coming Soon to Microsoft Stores

Today Oculus has announced a collaboration with Microsoft, Insomniac Games, Intel, ASUS, and ESL for The Unspoken VR Tournament. Taking place in Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada, The Unspoken VR Tournament will allow participants to test out their sorcery skills on the Oculus Touch. Beginning on 13th May, 80 stores across the two countries will…

Infinite Minigolf Is A New PSVR And Vive Game From Zen Studios

VR might be a few breakthroughs away from making us feel like true action heroes or elite athletes, but you can already play a pretty convincing round of golf inside a headset, and Infinite Minigolf will soon let you do just that on PlayStation VR (PSVR) and HTC Vive. This cartoonish new title is from…

Google Has A New VR Camera And A ‘Roadmap’ For Answering Facebook

Google’s JUMP team is announcing a new, virtual reality camera today that is smaller and lighter than its predecessors. The new unit is being positioned as an affordable, portable, easy to use system that will allow creators to make high quality 360 videos more easily. This new camera was built in partnership with YI technologies. It…

Radial-G: Infinity-X Confirmed for Gear VR Release This Week

You may recall back in 2015 when Tammeka Games released an Android version of its virtual reality (VR) racer called Radial-G: Infinity. An offshoot of Radial-G: Racing Revolved, the mobile version went down the endless runner route and today the studio has confirmed a release date for the Samsung Gear VR version, Radial-G: Infinity-X. Just like the Android version, Radial-G: Infinity-X is…

Daily VR Sketch: Samurai Jack

Welcome to the Daily Sketch! We’ve teamed up with Sketchfab and expert VR artist Elizabeth Edwards to produce one new piece of 3D art per weekday throughout April you can view with your VR headset. So grab your headset and take a look. For years Samurai Jack fans have been holding out for a possible…