Google Daydream Support Arrives For Samsung Galaxy S8 And S8+

The moment millions of VR enthusiasts have been waiting for has finally arrived: Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones are now 100% Daydream-ready. This means the Galaxy S8 line of phones are the first ever to support both the Oculus-powered Gear VR ecosystem and Google’s budding Daydream platform. We first found out the support would…

Let Devs Know You Want Elite: Dangerous On PSVR With This Survey

Elite: Dangerous is one of the most complex, detailed, and engrossing space flight simulators out there right now. The first time I tried to fly a spacecraft in that game resulted in me crashing into the docking bay before I could even get out into the sea of stars. But with practice I got the…

Nvidia Takes on Challenge of Improving AR

VRFocus have already reported on the challenges that are facing virtual reality (VR) and its continued development with regards to human vision and perception, but little so far has been said about the similar problems facing augmented reality (AR) as that area also continues to grow and develop. Graphics card manufacturers Nvidia are taking on…

Experience What the First Manned Mission Could be Like as Mars 2030 Launches

It was back in 2015 that Fusion Media Group (FMG) announced a partnership with NASA on a virtual reality (VR) experience called Mars 2030 in an attempt to simulate the experience of being the first astronaut to arrive on Mars. For those keen on heading to the Red Planet, Mars 2030 has launched on Steam for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and…

Bridging the Gap: Cross-Platform AR Engine Now Supports HoloLens and ARKit

Augmented reality (AR) is still in its infancy, and while both Unreal Engine and Unity have made efforts to support ARKit, a cross-platform pipeline similar to that available for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive stills seemed some way away. However, that’s all changed with independent developer Egor Bogatov’s UrhoSharp. UrhoSharp, a .net-based engine which runs…

Never Dine Alone Again Thanks To This Japanese AR Girlfriend Cafe

Augmented reality lets go on a date with virtual idol Hatsune Miku. Over the course of the past couple of decades, Japan has firmly established itself as the number one “WTF” country on planet Earth. The endlessly entertaining nation is responsible for some of the most interesting trends ever created, from highly-stylized Anime, to used…

Command Armies in VR Medieval Strategy Title Wonfourn

If you have ever wanted to command armies of knights as you assault a castle’s walls, or face other warriors in contests of jousting, archery and sword, then upcoming virtual reality (VR) strategy title Wonfourn may be the videogame you have been looking for. Wonfourn is an adventure strategy hybrid that puts the player in…

SIGGRAPH 2017: Neurable Lets You Control A Virtual World With Your Mind

I’ve used my eyes to interact with a virtual world before, but startup Neurable just enhanced that experience by reading my thoughts too. At SIGGRAPH this week the Boston-based startup is showing its modified HTC Vive which include EEG (Electroencephalography) sensors along the interior of the headstrap. This is combined with eye-tracking technology from German firm…

Defending the Ancient World In Our Latest Gameplay Video

Earlier this month VRFocus reviewed PlayStation VR wave shooter Ancient Amuletor. This first-person shooter set in a fantasy-tinged version of ancient history puts the player in the role of one of four heroes. Watch how Rebecca fares as a Gunner in this new gameplay video. The aim of Ancient Amuletor is simple – the player…

Co-op Shooter Gunheart Hits Steam Early Access

Last year several virtual reality (VR) veterans from Epic Games, Oculus and Microsoft announced the formation of a new studio, Drifter Entertainment. Then a couple of months ago the team revealed development on its first VR title, a co-op first-person shooter called Gunheart. For those that have been keeping a close eye on its progress they’ll be…

Multiplayer FPS Gunheart Launches Today On Steam Early Access

After spending so much time in VR over the past year and a half I’ve come to accept a lot of different things about this budding industry and one of the biggest learnings is that VR is always better with friends. No matter what the experience is if you throw in multiple people then it’s…

Review: Lone Echo

The universe is full of limitless possibilities which is why it’s such a popular avenue for videogame developers. And that’s very much true for virtual reality (VR) creators, although immersive zero-g environments do pose a new set of obstacles when trying to eliminate simulator sickness. There are plenty of titles out there that have tried…

Start Building Your VR Second Life in Sansar

Second Life studio Linden Lab launches open beta for Sansar, a VR world where you build and monetize your own VR content. Since its earliest announcement three years ago—but ramping up considerably during the limited preview period this past winter—there’s been quite a bit of chatter about Sansar (formerly codenamed “Project Sansar”). Many have wondered if…

Create Your Own Social VR Experience as Sansar Beta Goes Live

Regular VRFocus readers will likely know about Linden Lab and it’s social virtual reality (VR) platform Sansar that’s currently in development. Designed as a place that’ll enable everyone to create, share, and ultimately monetize social experiences for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, over the last few months the project has been in a creator preview with 2,000 developers…

VR Headset The Bridge Brings VR To iPhone

Since Apple announced its entry into the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) spheres there has been much speculation on if and when Apple will be releasing its own VR headset. Though there is some evidence that there are plans for a Google Glass-style AR headset, so far there has been little to suggest…

Possible Apple AR Headset Surfaces Once More In Patents

At this point Apple’s interest in AR is well-documented; the company’s upcoming ARKit platform, due to arrive with iOS 11, is likely a precursor to something much bigger. A new patent from the company published this month shows you exactly what bigger could be. The patent discloses a method of displaying points of interest in…

HTC Vive Standalone Will See International Launch in 2017

Last week HTC announced a new all-in-one head-mounted display (HMD), the Vive Standalone, would see release in China later this year. Today, a representative of the company has confirmed to VRFocus that this HMD is in fact the same announced at Google I/O back in May 2017. The HTC Vive Standalone will include all processing…

European Pokemon Go Events Postponed

It has become very clear that the Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago did not exactly go the way the organisers hoped. Long lines, lack of connectivity, poor organisation and a server crash all marred the event. Niantic Labs attempted to placate attendees with a refund and free in-game currency, but some Pokemon Go players took…

Alien: Isolation Returns To VR With Unofficial Rift And Vive Mod

In a way, Alien: Isolation was one of the first games to support VR. All the way back in 2014, two years before the consumer Oculus Rift would release, Oculus headed to E3 with a playable demo of the game for its shiny DK2 headset along with other games like Lucky’s Tale. The demo was…

Gran Turismo Sport’s VR Mode Will Be Limited, But Still Offer Racing Thrills

We’ve known for some time that Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) Gran Turismo Sport would launch with PlayStation VR compatibility, but to what degree has remained a mystery. That has now changed, with SIE committing to offering a virtual reality (VR) mode at the launch of Gran Turismo Sport later this year. While expectations of full…

SIGGRAPH 2017: Optitrack Reveals Tracking Puck For Full-Body VR Immersion

When I tried the latest installation of The VOID earlier this year in Utah I encountered what I think is likely the pinnacle of immersion possible in 2017, with one major limit. The VOID’s system is wireless and its relatively lightweight backpack PC actually enhances immersion because it fits with a narrative they concocted of…

Modder Releases Alpha Version of Alien: Isolation VR

Videogame modders can do remarkable things, as VRFocus previously reported with the Half-Life 2 VR mod. A modder on Reddit has released an Alpha build of a mod that allows horror title Alien: Isolation to be played in virtual reality (VR). A poster on Reddit going by the name Nibre has released an early Alpha…

VRvisu Lets Doctors Study Patient’s Tumors In VR

It’s VR to the rescue yet again, as a new app built by a University of North Florida student could dramatically improve cancer treatment. VRvisu was created by Jason Smith, who also works as an assistant professor at the university. Using MRI scans, the app recreates a patient’s tumor inside VR at an accurate scale….

New VR Exhibits On Show At The Shard In London

The tallest building in the United Kingdom, The Shard, now offers a VR experience on its viewing platform. Developed by VR firm Happy Finish and using the Oculus Rift, visitors can experience a roller coaster-like corkscrew slide at 100 miles-per-hour that will take them around the tower and over London. Guests sit on a moveable…

Will 2017 be the Year that AR Kills VR?

Although it might feel like just the blink of an eye, this month marks the one year anniversary of the release of Pokemon Go. The Augmented Reality (AR)-based phenomenon broke all records for mobile apps and managed to earn five Guinness World Records in the process, prompting many to declare it the Watershed moment for…

Through A Glass, Darkly: Coatsink On Augmented Empire’s Cyberpunk World

Tom Beardsmore, CEO of Coatsink tells VRFocus about turn-based tactical role playing (RPG) game Augmented Empire for Samsung Gear VR. Think XCom meets virtual reality (VR), designed purely for VR. Blending traditional top down asymmetric RPG perspective with first person elements for storytelling. The Gear VR has three degrees of freedom – so you will…