‘Dragon Front’ Is ‘Hearthstone’ For VR

Oculus is getting its own version of Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone. Unlike the digital versions of those other card games, though, Dragon Front feels like you’re actually playing a card game with people around the world. Earlier this week Oculus founder Palmer Luckey sent out the following tweet: Anyone remember the Virtual World arc…

Starbreeze Plans Expansion for VR Launch

Starbreeze Studios is betting big on virtual reality (VR). Not only is the studio involved in the publishing of WEVR’s John Wick: The VR Experience, but also the studio has acquired its own VR head-mounted display (HMD) technology, StarVR. To support these new initiatives the studio is ramping up its internal team sizes, most notably…

Tilt Brush Release Window, Recommended Specs Revealed

One of the best displays of the creativity that’s possible with virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) to come along in recent years is Tilt Brush, a 3D canvas of sorts from Google that lets users take the HTC Vive’s position-tracked controllers and essentially mix painting and sculpting together by creating 3D brush strokes. The…

High Voltage Announces Dragon Front with Oculus Studios

Yesterday VRFocus reported that Oculus VR figureheads were teasing an upcoming announcement of a brand new virtual reality (VR) title for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) made under the Oculus Studios banner. Palmer Luckey himself suggested that the experience might be some sort of card battling title with a reference to popular anime series,…

Can The Rift Do Room-Scale? Steam May Hold The Answer

Among VR enthusiasts, the term “room-scale” is sometimes treated as a scientific description with a universally agreed upon definition. This, however, is not the case. Room-scale is a term used by Valve and HTC to describe some of the hand-tracked, walk-around experiences that are possible on the Vive headset powered by SteamVR. The wider VR…

VR Social Network Convrge Put on Hold

Early last year VRFocus first reported on Convrge, a new virtual reality (VR) social network for the Oculus Rift that allowed people to meet up online as avatars and chat together. It quickly became known for hosting events such as dance offs. The software continued to grow throughout 2015, hosting livestreams of events such as…

Epic’s Showdown Tech Demo Released for OSVR HDK

Slowly but surely the Open-Source Virtual Reality’s (OSVR’s) own VR head-mounted display (HMD), the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit (HDK), has grown out its software library, adding major features such as SteamVR support. Today the group is announcing the arrival of Showdown, one of Epic Games’ popular tech demos that was first revealed for the Oculus…

Coatsink Bringing Gang Beasts VR to GDC

One of the biggest announcements in terms of software at last year’s Oculus Connect developer conference was that acclaimed multiplayer brawler, Gang Beasts, would be coming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). No footage of the title was shown, but it was confirmed that Esper developer Coatsink would be helping original…

WEARVR Weekly Top Ten VR Downloads – February #3

Looking for something fun to play in VR? We’ve got the top 10 downloads from the last week on the WEARVR app marketplace, a cross-platform repository of virtual reality experiences. Download10. Stunt Kart We love racing games and we hope you do too. Here’s a racing demo called Stunt Kart recently updated to SDK 0.7 Platforms: Oculus…

Sony Clarifies What PlayStation VR’s Breakout Box Does

One of the most intriguing extras of the PlayStation VR virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) is the small breakout box that can be found on the wire that connects between the device and the PlayStation 4 with which it runs. Since its reveal, there’s been some confusion as to what the box actually does,…

Minority Media Talks Time Machine VR, Death Mechanics and Release

Steam’s Early Access system has offered a life line to many virtual reality (VR) developers that await the full release of head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift. One such developer is Minority Media. The studio behind 2012’s Papo & Yo launched a pre-release version of its debut VR project, Time Machine VR, on…

Creating Vivid Memories and Synchronizing VR with Two-Bit Circus

Nancy Bennett is the chief content officer at Two-Bit Circus, which is a start-up specializing in creating immersive digital out of home entertainment experiences for the Indianapolis 500, NFL, NBA, and the Olympics. Nancy talks about some of the innovations they’ve engineered including technology to synchronize up to 200 people watching a VR experience at…

$30,000 for First Prize Winner at Nvidia VR Showcase

NVIDIA’s forthcoming GTC Conference runs April 4-7 and is going to be dominated by the topic of virtual reality. What’s more, if you’re an entrepreneur or developer, trying to get into the VR business, NVIDIA opened registrations for its ‘ECS VR Showcase’. With a top prize of $30,000, the event is designed to highlight and reward…

Luckey: Free Gear VRs For S7 will ‘Multiply VR userbase by many times’

Last year saw Oculus VR and Samsung finally introduce the consumer version of the anticipated mobile-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR. The kit, which runs with Samsung’s latest smartphones, cost just $99 USD, making it incredibly affordable for anyone that did own one of those handsets. At the time, this was considered…

Top 10 ‘Voices of VR Podcast’ Episodes to Get You Started on VR

The field of Virtual Reality, which is so rapidly growing and changing, is almost impossible for professionals to keep abreast of, let alone someone new to the scene. However, a number of listeners have told me that the Voices of VR podcast was their introduction and prime source of learning material for getting into VR….

VR Moments: Rediscovering Proteus in VR

Originally launched in 2013, Ed Key and David Kanaga’s Proteus is perhaps the most overlooked ‘walking simulator’ in recent memory. This delightful experience captured the attention of those that played it with its distinct visual style and ambiguous exploration. Back in 2014, I got to revisit the title with the first development kit for the…

Loading Human: Chapter 1 PlayStation VR Demo Confirmed for GDC

Maximum Games has revealed that Untold Games’ Loading Human: Chapter 1 will receive a playable outing at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco, next month. An updated build will be available for press using the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD). In Loading Human, your father, the world’s most brilliant scientist, is dying. In a…

Focalmax Showcasing it Optical Solutions at MWC 2016

While the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain is seen as a platform for the worlds smartphone manufacturers to show off their latest devices, the event does feature more and more virtual reality (VR) offerings. Chinese technology company Focalmax is displaying its full product line-up of smart optical solutions for the global audience, under…

Loot Crate Releases Predator vs. Colonial Marines Themed 360 Video

Loot Crate the monthly sign-up service which delivers geek culture merchandise including collectibles, apparel, tech gadgets and art, is running a ‘Versus’ theme for March. To coincide with this the company has released an unofficial 360-degree fan film called Predator vs. Colonial Marines. In the short film a bunch of colonial marines from the…

Harrison Ford Reveals Disney’s Millennium Falcon VR Experience

A new virtual reality (VR) attraction is currently in development for Disney’s upcoming Star Wars expansion at Walt Disney Resorts, according to Han Solo actor Harrison Ford. The VR ride will allow users to pilot the Millennium Falcon in a battle with the First Order, the antagonists of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Revealed during…

This Is What Billionaires Saw In The Void

Two warring gods in Mesoamerica are locked in a battle over the start of the next calendar age. Time is stopped. There’s a spot on the wall with grooves that look ready for a hand to be placed there. When a person is starting this Void journey to tip the scales of the battle, the…

SUPERHOT Arrives today on Steam

Today sees the release of the much anticipated first-person shooter (FPS) SUPERHOT by developer SUPERHOT Team on Steam. Starting out as a Kickstarter crowd-funded project in May 2014, hitting its $100,000 target within 24 hours and going on to raise $250,798 in total, the videogame will be launching on PC first with an Xbox One…

Ford SYNC AppLink presents Ministry of Sound at MWC 2016

Back in November VRFocus reported on award winning virtual reality (VR) production company Visualise unveiling its latest project Ford SYNC AppLink presents Ministry of Sound at the Web Summit 2015 in Dublin, Ireland. The company has now taken its VR experience to the Mobile World Conference (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona, Spain this week. For the…

The VR Art Scene Is Growing, And Getting Weirder

Kaleidoscope’s recent showcase introduced me to the bizarre circus that is VR artistry When I see the first ragged-looking creature I nearly jump out of my seat in surprise. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It looks to have been made entirely out of moss, straw and dirt. Turning my head, another little gremlin…

Cogobuy Group launches IngDan Lab Providing Tech Services to Startups

This week Chinese e-commerce platform Cogobuy Group has officially launched its IngDan Lab provide technical services and global experiences to startups and innovators. The platform is part of IngDam.com, and serves the electronics manufacturing industry in China providing a suite of services including hardware prototyping, supply chain resources, software patents, and a dedicated cloud platform….

Minority Media ‘open’ to Bringing Time Machine VR to PSVR, Vive

Indie developer Minority Media is best known for its 2012 adventure title, Papo & Yo, which released on PlayStation 3 and PC. What you may not know, however, is that the developer has already released its first virtual reality (VR) project, albeit in Early Access. The studio launched Time Machine VR on Steam back in…

Explore Community Created VR Content with VRAIS

Virtual reality (VR) isn’t the solitary experience many outside the industry think it is. There are plenty of developers around the world exploring the social aspects of VR, and how the technology can bring people together in new immersive ways. Mikavaa is one studio that has created an app that aims to build a community…

Escape Room VR Now Available on Gear VR

Samsung’s Unpacked 2016 event earlier this week revealed several new details about its Gear VR mobile head-mounted display (HMD), and partner company Oculus VR published a blog posting reiterating those details,  saying the headset has over 200 games and apps available. Today sees a new round of content releases for the HMD adding to that…

Jaunt Brings the NHL to VR Devices

The NBA, NFL, PGA Tour among others have all recently had the virtual reality treatment thanks to production companies like NextVR and Jaunt. Now the latter has collaborated with the National Hockey League (NHL) and Canadian broadcasting company Rogers to bring ice hockey fans two new pieces of immersive content. Available through the Jaunt VR…

Oculus Releases Oculus Sample Framework for VR Devs on Gear VR

Designing for virtual reality (VR) is very different from designing for traditional videogames, and no one understands that better than Oculus Rift and Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) creator, Oculus VR. The create the most comfortable software possible developers need to consider a range of aspects, and the company has made it its mission to…