GDC 2017: The Mage’s Tale Dungeon Crawler RPG Hands-on

As a big fan of RPGs, The Bard’s Tale is dear to me. It was a game I would play on the Apple IIe in study hall back in the day when teachers thought any kid using a computer was learning something; little did they know all I was learning about was where I could…

GDC 2017: Arktika.1 Shows Off Deep Story and Amazing VR Visuals

I’m cold. I can see the flurries of snow outside and the thin coat of ice on my hummer’s windshield and I feel cold. This wouldn’t be all that notable except for the fact that a moment ago I was feeling quite warm inside the busy Oculus demo hall at GDC 2017. But I’ve been transported…

GDC 2017: Robo Recall Adds Weapon Upgrades and New Guns

Robo Recall from Epic Games is one of the most anticipated VR games of 2017. When we first learned about the title last year at Oculus Connect 3 (OC3) and went hands-on for the first time, it blew us away. The controls are tight, the action is intense, and the tongue-in-cheek humor was a breath…

Esper Dev Reveals Next Gear VR Title Augmented Empire

Today UK-based virtual reality (VR) developer Coatsink Software – the studio behind popular series Esper and Esper 2, as well as Gang Beasts – has announced it’s latest title, Augmented Empire. Going for a tactical role-playing game (RPG) this time around, Augmented Empire takes players to an isolated neo-noir city, set on an island called New Savannah. This futuristic metropolis has a society divided…

‘From Other Suns’ is an ‘FTL’ Inspired Co-op VR FPS for Rift & Gear VR That’s Different Every Time You Play

Reaching back to an earlier time in gaming, Chronos was an unforgiving third-person action adventure game that launched alongside the Rift. Inspired by FTL (2012) developer Gunfire Games is now applying their lauded old-school game design principles to new-school game tech, with a procedurally generated ‘rougelike’ that lets up to three players experience a galaxy full of…

Hands-on: ‘ARKTIKA.1’ is Gun-Centric, Highly Detailed and Ready to Impress

Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017 is here, and Oculus is showing off a bevy of exclusive games that are due out sometime later this year. Among them was an entirely new level of ARTIKA.1, a sci-fi shooter from 4A Games‘ Malta-based studio that aims to get gun freaks excited as you plug away at human raiders and horrific creatures…

‘Killing Floor: Incursion’ Makes You a Co-op Zombie-Killing Machine

Killing Floor: Incursion is an Oculus Touch exclusive co-op horror shooter from Tripwire Interactive, the makers of the Killing Floor franchise. Tripwire refers to it as a ‘horde shooter’ instead of wave shooter per say, as the zombies that populate the world come right up to you en masse in giant hordes much like the other Killing…

Hands-on: ‘Brass Tactics’ is a True Tabletop RTS with All the Classic Trimmings

At Oculus’ off-site GDC demo booth we saw Brass Tactics, Hidden Path Entertainment’s new real-time strategy game coming exclusively to Oculus Touch after their hit tower defense game Defense Grid 2 Enhanced VR Edition (2016). Filled with a bevy of miniature structures and multiple toy soldier units, the little tabletop world promises to deliver familiar RTS gameplay in a VR setting. Putting on the headset,…

HTC Vive’s Tracker Puck Put to the Multiplayer Test in Cover Me!!

The currently ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC), Barcelona, hasn’t offered too many surprises this year. High-end virtual reality (VR) is in a state of re-evaluation right now; assessing the highs-and-lows of a year in consumers’ hands whilst attempting to push boundaries even further. The HTC Vive Tracker puck is an interesting argument for new offering…

Kenzen Studios Announce VR Mall Promotion and Entertainment Product

Swiss virtual reality (VR) developer Kenzen Studios have announced that they are launching a new VR product designed to be used in malls and shopping centres for the purposes of advertising, promotion and entertainment. The product is a compact VR set up consisting of a HTC Vive head mounted display (HMD) and a backpack PC….

VR vs. This. Damn. Week.

“This is stupid.” That was my summary of the situation to my girlfriend this morning at 1am after I’d dragged myself off of the floor following a truly hectic Monday. I’m giving you the summary, since the longer version is indeed much longer and involves gratuitous amounts of yelling and swearing at my PC. I’ve just finished…

Ubisoft Reveal More Information & Announcement Trailer For Virtual Rabbids

As VRFocus reported earlier, Ubisoft have announced that they will be bringing the Rabbids to virtual reality (VR) once again with Virtual Rabbids: The Big Plan on Google Daydream. Further information has now been revealed by the publisher. The gameplay for Virtual Rabbids involves trying to collect the digits for a code to a nuclear…

Adobe Developing VR Advertising Systems

Adobe is showing off a project at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week concerning advertising in virtual reality (VR). At the moment it is only a prototype from Adobe’s research labs and involves watching 2-D videos theatre-style. Presently the adverts work thus: If you are watching a video through a virtual theatre such…

Thundercomm Unveils Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Powered Headset TurboX VR DK1

At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week, Thundercomm has announced a new all-in-one head-mounted display (HMD) platform called TurboX VR DK1. Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, the TurboX VR DK1 is part of a ‘HMD Accelerator Program’ initiative between the two companies. It’s been designed for OEMs that want to build a virtual reality (VR) HMD…

GDC 2017: Vive ‘Working’ to Join Oculus on a Committee for Open VR Standards

Earlier this morning the Khronos Group announced a name and details for its open virtual and augmented reality standard committee. Christened now as the Open XR Working Group, the organization will be comprised of representatives from the worlds leading AR/VR companies. Today’s announcement indicated that most of the major VR imprints have been granted membership into…

Ubisoft’s Rabbids Are Coming To Google Daydream

Ubisoft’s next VR game isn’t based off of its better known, grittier franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs or Rainbow Six, it’s based off of its cartoonish Rabbids series. Yes, the very same screaming Rabbids that first featured in a Rayman game years back before splitting off to make a franchise of their own. Today,…

MWC 2017: DisplayLink Talk To VRFocus About Their New VR Headset Add-On

Many a VR user has found themselves caught or tripped by the cables required for virtual reality (VR), however one company, DisplayLink, are aiming to show you a future where those wires are not needed. DisplayLink were in the Spanish city of Barcelona today, showing off the add-on at Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC) today and…

OPTO Launches Mobile VR Headset OPTO Air At Mobile World Congress

The virtual reality (VR) landscape continues to change day on day, although some days bring with them more than a few changes. For example, in the last two days we’ve had the news of a new iteration of the Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR. And, as revealed earlier today, there has also been news of LG…

Oculus 1.12 Update Rolls Out To Improve Tracking Quality

It’s the first day of GDC and lots of VR companies are making lots of announcements about the future of VR. Oculus’ big announcement of the day, however, should be in people’s hands either now or very soon. Facebook’s VR team is now rolling out the promised 1.12 update, eagerly awaited by Rift owners that…

HTC Representative Comments On LG VR Headset Announcement

VRFocus spoke to Vice President HTC Vive, Europe, Peter Frølund regarding the LG virtual reality (VR) headset and LG’s entry into the VR industry. Mr. Graylin had the following to say; “We will continue to work with Valve, our relationship won’t change. We welcome new companies to the VR landscape. We want to be a…

Watch: This is ‘Sparc’, CCP’s Striking New Futuristic VR Sports Title

CCP games, the developers behind EVE: Valkyrie, have revealed their next made-for-VR title Sparc, a futuristic TRON-esque sports title for HTC Vive, PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift & Touch. This is Sparc, a new multiplayer sports title from the developers that brought us the slick online space combat shooter EVE: Valkyrie, one of the first VR-only…

New Rabbids VR Game Being Developed by Ubisoft

During the Google Developer Day at GDC in San Francisco, Loic Gounon and Fred Mizac of Ubisoft announced they would be bringing the Rabbids to Google virtual reality (VR) platform, Google Daydream. The videogame is currently titled Virtual Rabbids: The Big Plan. The player takes on the role of a government agent required to travel…

GDC 2017: Vive Users Can Soon Pay $6.99 for a VR Content Subscription

At GDC 2017, UploadVR had the chance to speak with HTC’s president of Viveport and SVP of virtual reality, Rikard Steiber. During the interview, Steiber revealed the price point for Viveport’s upcoming subscription service for VR content. According to Steiber, the plan will cost $6.99 USD a month and will be available to current Vive owners…

HTC Vive Reveals Payment Plan; Audio Strap and Tracker Pricing

You’ll soon be able to pre-order both previously announced products. HTC’s Mobile World Congress announcements included the reveal of new payment plans as well as pricing and release dates for previously announced accessories, the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap and the Vive Tracker. Both unveiled at CES earlier this year, the Vive Tracker will be available…