The PC Port For Fantastic Beasts VR Isn’t So Magical

When Fantastic Beasts VR released in 2016 with the Google Daydream headset there was a lot of excitement around the potential for a fully-fledged non-mobile VR adaptation. Imagine being able to move around the world and explore the magical landscapes, casting spells, and discovering the curious creatures inside Newt Scamander’s briefcase. What we’ve got on Steam…

MIT’s Play Labs Accelerator Opens Applications for Startups

A year ago Bayview Labs, LLC and Seraph Group announced a technology accelerator programme called Play Labs, held on campus at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The first batch of startups took part in the summer of 2017, with 13 startups each receiving an initial investment of $20,000 USD from the PlayLabs Fund. Today, Play Labs, LLC and the…

Microsoft Makes Mixed Reality Part of Education Program

With the increasing prevalence of technology in our daily lives, there is a notable increase in the demand for people with a strong grounding in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by employers. To encourage interest in STEM, Microsoft are unveiling new Windows 10 devices for schools and education centres – a list which included…

Nibiru Partner with InfinityAR For AR and MR Solutions

As the market for virtual reality (VR) and related technologies such as augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR), companies are seeking to expand their reach with strategic partnerships with firms who have expertise in different areas of the market. Such is the case with the newly announced strategic collaboration between Nanjing Ruiyue Technology (also…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR Experience Expanded for 2018 Release

For the launch of Google Daydream back in 2016, Framestore and Warner Bros. Pictures created a virtual reality (VR) experience based on the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It was known back in November that a PlayStation VR version was in the works but today the companies have announced the upgraded 2018 edition, coming…

VR Documentary Exposes Damage of Global Oil Trade in Nigeria

‘Oil In Our Creeks’ blends 180° art and landscapes for a 360° experience unlike anything else. Contrast VR, Al Jazeera Media Network’s immersive studio, is at it again with yet another VR documentary ready to dump some knowledge on lucky audiences. You may remember Contrast VR as the studio behind I Am Rohingya, another full-fledged…

XR Connects London – A Roundup of the two day Event

It’s not just the major international events like CES 2018 that draws VRFocus’ writers out of their bunkers and into the light. There are plenty of smaller conferences and shows taking place right here at home in the UK, one such event being held in London this week is XR Connects, bringing professionals together from…

Sony’s ‘Jumanji: The VR Adventure’ is Unacceptably Terrible

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a massive, and desperately needed, hit for Sony Pictures. Its tie-in virtual reality experience is…not. In less than a month, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has already raked in over $650 million at the worldwide box-office — proving there is no franchise that can’t be improved by casting Dwayne…

PlayStation VR Exclusive Pop-Up Pilgrims Dated for February Launch

Virtual reality (VR) videogames don’t necessarily need to be amazing 3D worlds, as with a keen eye and artistic talent 2D gameplay can work just as well. With the likes of Bloody Zombies and The Lost Bear showcasing different ways of handling 2D in VR, today, indie developer Dakko Dakko has revealed its latest project coming exclusively to PlayStation VR, Pop-Up…

Google Plans on Bringing AR to Everyone via the Web

When considering augmented reality (AR) most people would be correct in thinking that you need an AR-enabled device, whether that’s a headset like Microsoft HoloLens or an Apple smartphone powered by ARKit. Google on the other hand wants to make that accessibility even more universal. Aside from working on ARCore – which should add greater…

Olympic Athletes Are Using STRIVR To Train For 2018 Winter Games

VR has already won multiple Emmys among other awards, but it might be on its way to winning an Olympic gold or two, too. STRIVR, a company that develops training services using VR, today announced a partnership with the High Performance division of US Ski & Snowboard, the national governing body for skiing and snowboarding….

Applications for Seeking Dawn’s Closed Beta and Pre-Orders to Open This Month

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) tends to be the main event in the calendar year for videogame announcements. The 2017 show was no different with Multiverse Entertainment using E3 to showcase its first virtual reality (VR) title, a big sci-fi role-playing game (RPG) called Seeking Dawn. Since then new details have slowly emerged, but nothing concrete…

Sony May Have Just Patented New PSVR Controllers

Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) is a great headset with arguably the strongest library of any VR device out there, but it’s no secret that the PlayStation Move controllers hold it back somewhat. We’ve heard rumors that a new controller may be on the way and now a new patent might give us our first look…

Pastime For Pirates Is A New Social VR Game From The Makers Of Loco Dojo

Brighton-based Make Real is back with its second VR game, Pastime Pirates. Building off of the developer’s last release, Loco Dojo, Pastime Pirates is a social VR experience in which players embody swashbuckling scoundrels. However, instead of plundering towns and murdering villagers, you’ll get to experience the moments between all the action, when a pirate…

Make [Real] Announce new VR Videogame Pastimes for Pirates at XR Connects

Make [Real] are likely a familiar name to VRFocus readers. They created virtual reality (VR) videogame Loco Dojo and are a regular fixture around the VR scene in Britain. Sam Watts, Director of Immersive Technologies at Make [Real], has been heavily involved with VR in Brighton thanks to VRlab; as well as helping Roto VR allow developers to…

Fly Through Fireworks And A Cyclone 100 Floors Up In Hong Kong

No matter what we do as humans, and no matter what technologies we develop there are still some basic things that we are programmed to do. Instinctual reactions, the desire of fight or flight, being wary of certain combinations of colour and finding others calming. It’s a combination of the primal force along with what…

VR vs. Nostradamus (2018 Edition) – Part Two

Are we already approaching the end of January? What the heck happened to it? It feels like only yesterday I was wondering how I was going to beat the blizzard (and the train strike) to get to my friend’s place for some New Year’s fun and games.  Now we’re rapidly closing in on February and…

Creating 3D App Launchers is Easy in Windows Mixed Reality

How long have we had 2D icons for shortcuts on our home desktops? Centuries. Eons. It’s about time we upgraded, frankly, and thankfully Windows Mixed Reality understands the urge for modernisation. In mixed reality (MR) we no longer have to worry about rubbish 2D icons for our programs and applications, as it is simple as…

World Of Tanks Is Finally Coming To VR

Multiplayer war simulator World of Tanks is one of those games that just makes too much sense in VR, but has eluded headsets thus far. That’s going to change very soon. World of Tanks developer Wargaming announced today that it was forming a new arm of its business in partnership with VRTech. Neurogaming, as this…

The Inpatient Review: A Terrifying Trip Down Memory Lane

I’m typically not a fan of the “amnesiac protagonist” trope because it feels like a cheap way to force feed the player narrative details without any creative thought. But in the case of The Inpatient by Supermassive Games, a slow-paced psychological about a mental sanatorium in the snowy, Canadian mountains, the main character’s lack of…

The Empowering VR Story of an All Female Brigade Fighting ISIS

Sun Ladies VR makes its debut at Sundance. Making its debut at Sundance this week, the roughly seven-minute immersive live-action documentary brings you face-to-face with a troop of Yazidi women fighters. After ISIS soldiers invaded the Yazidi community of Sinjar, killing all of the men and taking the women and girls as sex slaves, these…

Become the Boss as Nemesis Realms Beats its Way onto Steam Early Access

Remember Nemesis Perspective? It was the first virtual reality (VR) title by Evocat Games, launched back in December 2016 for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift where you and a mate could fight it out, one as the hero and one as the boss. Well today the studio has released the sequel, Nemesis Realms, expanding upon that initial…

Facebook Hires Altspace CEO Eric Romo

What’s left of the Altspace social VR team might be working at Microsoft now, but its CEO and founder Eric Romo is now a product director at Facebook. Altspace ran out of money last year after it was unable to raise additional funds to drive the early innovator in social VR, then had a surprise…

Hyperbolic Magnetism Release Teaser Trailer for Rhythm Action Experience Beat Saber

Rhythm action videogames have become a popular genre in virtual reality (VR), with the likes of AudioShield, BOXVR, Thumper and many more available, each offering its own take. Due for release soon is Hyperbolic Magnetism’s version, a sword swinging, beat slicing experience called Beat Saber. This weekend saw the studio release the first gameplay teaser video for the title, showcasing…