GNOG Developers Release Level Trailers and Discuss Audio

Developers behind upcoming PlayStation VR puzzle game GNOG have released three trailers that show off what to expect from three of the levels within the title as well as discussing the intricacies of the soundtrack and how it came to be developed. The post on the PlayStation Blog goes in to some detail about how…

New Oculus Rift And Gear VR Releases For The Week Of 04/23/17

There is no better example of the differing strategies of two platforms than the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. In the case of the PC-powered Oculus Rift, they’ve taken a decidedly quality over quantity stance by focusing on fewer releases but making the ones that do come out better. Gear VR on the other hand…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 04/23/17

Welcome to a new week of releases for th HTC Vive! We’ve got two vastly different highlights, but be sure to scour the full collection to see if there’s something that catches your eye. TITAN SLAYER brings some extra flavor to the virtual brawler by asking you to be stylish and flashy while taking down massive monsters. Holos is a…

New PSVR Releases For The Week Of 04/23/17

I hope you like puzzles, because both of the main new releases on Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) this week are all about them. One of the games we reviewed and we previewed the other previously, so you don’t have to go in blind. Other than that, there’s a music video, which Sony seems fond of…

HTC Vive Teases WeChat VR Integration

Vive and WeChat users will be able to interact with each other in the same virtual space. Last week, Facebook showed us what the future of social VR looks like at their annual F8 developer conference. Dubbed Facebook Spaces, the new VR app lets you join friends in VR, step inside 360 videos, and even use Messenger…

Facebook Discusses The Future Of Oculus Rooms And The Monetization Of Spaces

Social VR is now a reality for Facebook proper and as a result it raises a few questions concerning the corporation’s pre-existing properties. In 2014 Facebook purchased Oculus, making it a matter of time before the acquisition’s virtual reality hardware would be incorporated into Facebook’s wider mission of “connecting the world.” A Facebook social VR experience…

Robinson: The Journey Nets German Computer Game Award

It is becoming more common to see virtual reality (VR) videogames and experiences be recognised in awards ceremonies. As the sector grows and the technology develops, it will hopefully become commonplace to see prestigious awards going to VR experiences such as the BAFTA received by David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Dive VR, or the German…

Conan O’Brien Plays ‘Wilson’s Heart’ in Latest ‘Clueless Gamer’ Segment

Wilson’s Heart, the latest exclusive on the Oculus Rift and Touch, has launched to much fanfare, including a funny take on the game (and VR in general) by Conan O’Brien. Conan O’Brien is the long time late-night talkshow host of Conan which includes a segment called ‘Clueless Gamer’ where Conan tries his hand at playing anticipated titles, despite…

Nokia’s OZO Integrates Into Qello Platform

As part of the upgrade to Nokia’s OZO platform, Nokia and Qello have announced a partnership that will allow Qello to become the new monetisation platform for virtual reality (VR) content produced on with the OZO camera. The new partnership will allow content creators who are using the OZO camera along with OZO Live to…

Adobe Tech Could Give Cheap 360 Cameras 6 DOF Upgrades

Virtual reality cameras have been hot hardware in the industry this past month and now Adobe is bringing innovative new software to the table as well. Earlier this week, Variety reported that Adobe’s head of Research Gavin Miller is claiming a new process for 360 video post-processing. Adobe’s system can apparently convert standard monoscopic 360 video into a much…

Upload LA Opening Represents a Focus Shift From VR Tech to VR Content

UploadVR opened up their new 20,000 square foot Upload LA co-working space in April. I had a chance to catch up with co-founders Taylor Freeman and Will Mason as VRLA to get the inside scoop. Mason told me that opening up this huge co-working space in Los Angeles represents an energetic shift from the VR technology…

Bundle Stars Pure VR Bundle Offer 10 Titles for $5

Aside from when videogame’s actually launch the majority of players will likely wait until one of the many winter/summer/black friday/or any other holiday sale to increase their library. At this time of year there’s a bit of a lull in offers, so in comes Bundle Stars with its Pure VR Bundle. The Pure VR Bundle…

IGGYMOB’s Gungrave VR Coming to PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

Today Korean publisher Blueside has announced its collaboration with developer IGGYMOB on a virtual reality (VR) version of Gungrave, a third-person shooter originally developed by Japanese studio Red Entertainment and released for PlayStation 2 in 2002. For Gungrave VR, IGGYPOP has turned the title into a first-person shooter (FPS) but will still feature elements from the original, with…

VR Needs To Branch Out Into Interactive Narrative

Netflix and disruption go together like Oculus and Rift. Never one to rest on its laurels, the company is continually looking for ways to shake things up. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the streaming service is toying with the idea of breaking away from narrative norms by experimenting with ‘interactive storytelling’. The…

Watch VRFocus Play Chess in a VR Dungeon

Experiment 7’s Wizards of the Coast collaboration on Dungeon Chess was well documented prior to the videogame’s release. Now available for Oculus Rift, VRFocus gets hands-on with Dungeon Chess and invites you to watch the very first match played by the team. Dungeon Chess is a simple but inviting virtual recreation of the classic…

Over Half of Sketchfab Survey Respondents Think VR has Potential

Sketchfab have released the results of a survey conducted over the platform to obtain a review of the virtual reality (VR) industry as of Q2 2017. The Sketchfab platform has over 800,000 contributors who all had the opportunity to contribute to the survey. The report details trends related to the content, hardware and future of…

Conan Still Waiting For VR Sex; Demos Wilson’s Heart

Conan is back at it again in VR, still wondering why he doesn’t have “virtual reality sex” yet. In the latest television segment shared on Thursday, Conan straps on an Oculus Rift and dives into the magical black and white world of Wilson’s Heart. Transported into the body of 63-year-old Robert Wilson, voiced by Peter…

Review: Loco Dojo

Party videogames can be a riotous laugh with friends, involving fast paced mini-games that can have you thinking on your feet as you try to out do one another. This is the basic premise for British developer make[REAL]’s first proper virtual reality (VR) videogame, Loco Dojo, bringing everyone together for some laughs and competition, which it…

The Making of Rick and Morty VR with Owlchemy Labs and Justin Roiland

As noted in the review for Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, the game’s developer Owlchemy Labs turned Job Simulator into the unofficial poster child of VR gaming. We gave Job Simulator an 8 out of 10 and, with Rick and Morty receiving an 8.5, Owlchemy finds themselves in a fortunate position once again with a well- developed…

Raindance Film Festival to Launch the VRX Awards Next Month

Next month the Raindance Film Festival will be holding a special event to celebrate the launch of its Raindance VRX Awards, highlighting pioneering virtual reality (VR) experiences by independent creators and filmmakers from across Britain and around the world. The evening event is set to feature a selection of talks by notable VR creators, live…

5 Reasons why Virtual Reality is Booming, not Waning

Virtual Reality had a rather interesting, if tougher than some expected launch year. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift both hit their first birthdays this month, with Playstation VR hitting its six month milestone as well. It has been a very interesting time, with a lot of change and a lot of evolution in the…

VRgluv Haptic Controller Kickstarter Smashes Past Funding Target in 48 Hours

After only two days, the crowdfunding campaign for the VRgluv haptic glove controller has reached its funding goal, but many reward tiers are still available. The campaign began on Wednesday aiming to bring to fruition a new type of haptic controller. Within 48 hours the VRgluv Kickstarter campaign is already over the $100,000 (USD) funding…

The Virtual Arena: The Growing VR Out-of-Home Entertainment Dimension (Part 2)

In the second part of his three-part feature, Kevin Williams continues his coverage of the development in the VR industries involvement in the Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment (DOE) sector. In this report looking at the American, Japanese and Dubai amusement trades interest in the technology. Amusement & Attraction Embraces VR Moving to the Western territories, and…

Hong Kong Opens Doors on VR Film Festival

Providers of virtual reality (VR) content platform Kaleidoscope VR are organising the inaugural Kaleidoscope VR Hong Kong Film Festival on Sunday 30th April 2017. More than ten VR experiences are due to be featured during the event. The VR experiences that are planned to be showcased include films, documentaries and videogames. One of the featured films…

Luden.io’s CEO Discusses City Destroying Experience VRobot

Last week Luden.io, the developer behind inMind and inCell launched its followup project in the form of VRobot. A destructive experience in which players are tasked with smashing cities to pieces, the title supports both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift through Steam Early Access. Prior to launch, VRFocus caught up with Luden.io’s CEO, Oleg Chumakov to learn more about…

Finwe Unveils LiveSYNC App for 360 Video Presentations

At NAB 2017, Finwe, a company specialising in 360-degree video presentation technologies showcased its latest tool for iOS and Android called LiveSYNC. LiveSYNC is an immersive presentation app designed for trade shows, product launches, tours, education, training, and sales, allowing real-time control of a set of synchronized users. The software enables multiple users to be observed in a…

Get Closer to the Stage with Hamlet in VR

Tribeca Film Festival has been hosting a number of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) events and experiences this year. Among them is a new way of experiencing Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, by introducing VR to get the audience more involved. The VR experience has been titled To Be With Hamlet and is having its…