New HoloLens Images Reveal Clicker Controller and Packaging

HoloLens, Microsoft’s mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD), starts shipping as a developer edition to the US and Canada today. For $3,000 USD, studios can be one of the first to start working on the platform, albeit without any knowledge of the eventual consumer release. But what will you actually get in the box, and…

Crystal Rift Update Released, Limited Time Discount Available

There’s quite a few videogames available for gamers who’ve been fortunate enough to have already received their Oculus Rift head-mounted displays (HMDs). It been a couple of days since the launch and horror title Crystal Rift by Psytec Games has today received a new update ensuring its compatibility with the new HMD. Along with some…

NASA Dates its Mars-Set HoloLens Experience, New Video Released

When the HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) was revealed back in January 2015, creator Microsoft also teased an app that would let users explore the surface of Mars. It was later revealed that such an app was being created in collaboration with NASA. Today, with Microsoft’s Build developer conference now underway, NASA has…

Google Announces ‘VR View’ And Native iOS SDK For Cardboard

In a blog post Wednesday morning, Google product manager Nathan Martz announced VR View: a new way to embed interactive virtual reality content in web browsers, mobile devices, and Cardboard viewers. According to the post: VR views take 360 VR images or videos and transform them into interactive experiences that users can view on their phone,…

Google Unveils Cardboard SDK for iOS

While Google has naturally fully supported its virtual reality (VR) Cardboard head-mounted display (HMD) on its Android mobile platform, support for the rival iOS platform from Apple hasn’t been as quick. Now the company has unveiled a brand new Cardboard software development kit (SDK) for iOS. Google describes on its developer page: “The Cardboard project…

Embed Immersive Content with Google’s VR View

This is an easier way for developers to embed 360° images or videos into their existing websites and apps across Android, iOS and the web. Whether you are a web developer looking to build a more immersive real estate app or a travel blogger seeking a fresh way for readers to experience your latest adventure,…

AMD Showcases The Many Uses of VR in New Video

If you’ve been a long term enthusiast of virtual reality (VR) and a frequent reader of VRFocus, you’ll know that the technology has many applications other than videogames. The immersive qualities of VR allow new levels of teaching and learning across a wide variety of fields; educating kids in school, training in medicine, mental health,…

Mindfield Games Reveal P.O.L.L.E.N Launch Date for Oculus Rift

Way back in August 2014 Mindfield Games announced its sci-fi exploration project P.O.L.L.E.N for PC, with virtual reality (VR) support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Today the studio has revealed a new gameplay preview trailer as well as a launch date for the title. P.O.L.L.E.N will launch via Steam and Humble on 20th…

The MS Society’s VR Films Let A Dancer Dance And A Surfer Surf Once Again

Recently, the National MS Society partnered with Luma Pictures – a major hollywood digital effects studio – to create custom VR experiences for two individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis. These two people, one man and one woman, had both been passionate about a certain physical activity (dancing and surfing respectively) before contracting the infamous auto-immune disorder….

VR Filmmakers Felix & Paul Nominated for 2 Daytime Emmys

Felix & Paul are among the most respected in the as yet young field of immersive filmmaking and now, the studio has been nominated for 2 daytime Emmy awards for their VR films “Inside Impact: East Africa” and “Inside the Box of Kurios.” If you’re wondering what a Daytime Emmy is, it’s “an American accolade bestowed by…

The Gallery Gets New Trailer for Next Week’s Launch

There are a huge number of virtual reality (VR) videogames coming to the HTC Vive in time for launch next week, but one that should be on everyone’s radar is The Gallery: Call of the Starseed, the first entry in an episodic adventure series from Cloudhead Games. The title will be launching alongside the HTC…

How to Tell if Your PC is VR Ready

With the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive launching within two weeks of each other, VR is the talk of the town. For the gamers out there who are beginning to consider purchasing a headset, one major question marks the starting point on their journey to a decision: can my PC handle it? Here’s how to…

Gear VR’s Bait! Nears 150,000 Downloads in Less Than a Week

Last week saw a significant new release for the Gear VR mobile-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Solitaire Jester developer Resolution Games released its second project for the platform in Bait! a fishing-based title that introduces in-app purchases (IAPs) for the platform. You might think that this approach to monetisation might turn some VR…

Watch Zuckerberg Tour Oculus and Talk Rift with Brendan Iribe

It’s a big week for Oculus VR, which means it’s a big week for parent company Facebook. The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) is now shipping and has already started to arrive at the doors of Kickstarter backers, with pre-order customers set to follow soon, carrying right the way through into July…

Felix & Paul Studios Receive Emmy Nominations for VR Experiences

Montreal-based creator and producer of cinematic live-action virtual reality (VR) experiences Felix & Paul Studios have a sizeable catalogue of immersive experiences. These include Jurassic World: Apatosaurus, Nomads: Sea Gypsies and Wild: The Experience. Now the studio has received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations in the Outstanding Interactive Media – Original Daytime Program or Series…

Oculus Partners With Turner Sports To Bring NCAA Basketball to Gear VR

Using virtual reality (VR) sports companies aim to bring fans closer to the action by filming in immersive 180 or 360-degrees to give you the sense of being at the game. Now Oculus VR in partnership with Turner Sports, CBS, NCAA Corporate Champion Capital One, will be providing live game coverage of the NCAA Final…

‘Damaged Core': Building VR Locomotion into Gameplay

Part of the challenge of creating a first-person perspective game in VR is that there are limited locomotion options for moving around in VR in a way that’s comfortable for most people. Damaged Core is a Oculus Rift launch title that uses a unique and very effective locomotion method where you move between different first-person…

Dead Secret Launches on Steam

Back in November indie developer Robot Invader released its first-person horror mystery Dead Secret on Samsung’s mobile head-mounted display (HMD) Gear VR. The videogame has received a positive response from gamers as well as VRFocus, and now the studio has launched the title for PC and Oculus Rift on the Steam platform. With its arrival…

Registrations for SIGGRAPH 2016 Event Now Open

The SIGGRAPH Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques Conference and Exhibition 2016 will be opening its doors at the Anaheim Convention Center, from 24th – 28th July 2016. But to get in you’ll need to register first as tickets won’t be available at the door, and registrations have now opened. Last years event featured the Virtual…

‘VR Tennis Online’ Review: A Bad ‘Mario Tennis’ Ripoff

Studio: Colopl Platform: Oculus Rift Price: $24.99 Release Date: March 28th. 2016 — I really, truly, wanted to like VR Tennis Online. From a concept standpoint, it makes a lot of sense to bring a sport like tennis to VR. Devices like the Oculus Rift let us do anything we could ever dream of like…

Coatsink Software Releases Oculus Rift Launch Trailer for Esper 2

Of the many videogames available for the Oculus Rift launch yesterday, Esper 2 was one of a select few – Dreadhalls, Gunjack, Vektron Revenge included – that was posted over from the Samsung Gear VR mobile head-mounted display (HMD). It’s a popular title on the mobile version likely to follow suit on the Oculus Rift,…

‘Defense Grid 2: Enhanced VR Edition’ Review: Taking Back The Tabletop

Studio: Hidden Path Entertainment Platform: Oculus Rift Price: $30 Release Date: March 28th, 2016 In the original Star Wars there is a scene in which C-3PO is playing a holographic board game with Chewbacca. During this contest (which was later revealed to be called “Dejarik”) digital monsters move around a board and battle one another…

Early Bird Tickets go on Sale for VRTGO 2016 Expo

With the launch of the Oculus Rift this week and HTC Vive next week, events featuring virtual reality (VR) will take a new twist as they’ll now feature technology that’s in the hands of consumers. Secret Sauce the organiser behind the popular VRTGO Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) conference and expo in Newcastle…