Gungrave VR Getting Physical ‘Loaded Coffin Edition’

Ever since its announcement back in April last year, we at VRFocus have been particularly interested in any news that might concern Gungrave VR. Finally confirmed to be coming West back in May, the fast-paced virtual reality (VR) shooter by IGGYMOB, Marvelous Entertainment and their “independent-minded” publishing team XSEED Games, Gungrave VR sees a return to…

Echo Combat Second Open Beta Coming This Weekend, Starts July 20

According to a blog post from Echo Games on Medium, Echo Combat is getting a second Open Beta period that starts this Friday, July 20th at 10:30AM PT and lasts until Sunday, July 22nd at 10:00AM PT. Last month Echo Combat had its first Open Beta period allowing anyone with a Rift to hop in…

Echo Combat Second Open Beta Coming This Weekend, Starts July 20

According to a blog post from Echo Games on Medium, Echo Combat is getting a second Open Beta period that starts this Friday, July 20th at 10:30AM PT and lasts until Sunday, July 22nd at 10:00AM PT. Last month Echo Combat had its first Open Beta period allowing anyone with a Rift to hop in…

AR and MR Training Firm Re’flekt Secure Investment Money

Munich-based company Re’flekt are one of a growing number of businesses that are tapping into the emerging market for augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) training. The firm has seen some early success, and has recently announced a new funding injection from technology company BASF. Re’flekt focusses on developing enterprise-level applications for training and…

Oculus Go Support Confirmed for Tokyo Chronos

Last week, Japanese virtual reality (VR) developer MyDearest and LA-based Sekai Project launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a virtual reality (VR) novel videogame called Tokyo Chronos. Being made for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the development team have now confirmed support for Oculus Go. In an update on the campaign page Sekai Project state: “Just wanted to…

Modbox Dev Shows Why Valve’s Skeletal Input Is So Useful

A recent video posted by Lee Vermeulen, the developer behind Modbox, shows how useful Valve’s skeletal input can be for developers. For those unfamiliar, Modbox is a sandbox creation game that initially launched in early access back with the HTC Vive in April 2016. Players can create games in VR and share them with others….

Watch Hulk Have a Smashing Time in Marvel Powers United VR

A little earlier today Sanzaru Games revealed two new locations which players would be able to fight in next week when Marvel Powers United VR arrives. While these are designed as teasing reveals, what you really want to see is gameplay footage and that’s what VRFocus has for you now, featuring everyone’s favourite green skinned character, Hulk…

Unreal Engine Gets Official Mixed Reality Video Support With Version 4.20

Developers working with the Unity toolset to build VR experiences have enjoyed solid support for mixed reality video capture for around two years now. A mixed reality video seamlessly merges two realities in real-time, so this means that many Unity-based VR games, starting with Job Simulator and Fantastic Contraption, include features that let enthusiastic players…

Unreal Engine 4.20 Released With Robust AR Support

After its usual process of releasing several previews, Epic Games has today launched the next version of its popular videogame engine, Unreal Engine 4.20, making it easier and more seamless for developers to build realistic characters and immersive environments across videogames, film and TV, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) and enterprise…

‘David Bowie Is’ Exhibit Coming To VR & AR Devices This Fall

Sony Music partners with the David Bowie Archive, Planta, and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum to deliver an incredible VR/AR retrospective of David Bowie’s career. The remarkable David Bowie Is exhibit that will be available as a virtual experience sometime in 2018 thanks to Sony Music’s collaboration with the David Bowie Archive, Planeta, and London’s…

‘David Bowie Is’ Exhibit Coming To VR & AR Devices This Fall

Sony Music partners with the David Bowie Archive, Planta, and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum to deliver an incredible VR/AR retrospective of David Bowie’s career. The remarkable David Bowie Is exhibit that will be available as a virtual experience sometime in 2018 thanks to Sony Music’s collaboration with the David Bowie Archive, Planeta, and London’s…

NeverBound Is A Gravity-Defying Shooter With Some Awesome Ideas

I’m starting to think the fastest way to making a compelling VR game is to play with gravity. Lone Echo used zero gravity traversal to create an immersive adventure and then Downward Spiral did the same with the ability to bring friends into the game. Enthusiast Games’ NeverBound might not be as revelatory as those…

NeverBound Is A Gravity-Defying Shooter With Some Awesome Ideas

I’m starting to think the fastest way to making a compelling VR game is to play with gravity. Lone Echo used zero gravity traversal to create an immersive adventure and then Downward Spiral did the same with the ability to bring friends into the game. Enthusiast Games’ NeverBound might not be as revelatory as those…

Niantic Labs Continue Expansion With Seismic Games Acquisition

Niantic Labs, the studio behind augmented reality (AR) title Pokemon GO, has been going on the virtual reality (VR)/AR offensive of late, having recently acquired Escher Reality and now VR studio Seismic Games. Seismic Games are the team behind the Blade Runner: Revelations VR experience for Google Daydream, made in conjunction with Alcon Interactive. Comprised of industry veterans hailing from EA/Pandemic…

Niantic Labs Continue Expansion With Seismic Games Acquisition

Niantic Labs, the studio behind augmented reality (AR) title Pokemon GO, has been going on the virtual reality (VR)/AR offensive of late, having recently acquired Escher Reality and now VR studio Seismic Games. Seismic Games are the team behind the Blade Runner: Revelations VR experience for Google Daydream, made in conjunction with Alcon Interactive. Comprised of industry veterans hailing from EA/Pandemic…

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Coming To VR In 2019 Via Archangel Dev

Now that Archangel: Hellfire is out (and is pretty good!), developer Skydance Interactive is ready to announce its next VR project: The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners We actually reported that Skydance had partnered with the company behind the massive zombie franchise, Skybound, last year, but the game was officially revealed for the first time…

Skydance Interactive Unveils The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Coming in 2019

While OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead has yet to see the light of day, fans of the TV series still have plenty of immersive videogames to choose from. After the launch of augmented reality (AR) title The Walking Dead: Our World for iOS and Android devices last week, this week has seen Skydance Interactive unveiled virtual reality (VR) title The…

Head to Downtown New York in Marvel Powers United VR

Whether you’re looking forward to kicking ass as your favourite superhero next week in Marvel Powers United VR, or getting in the spirit with a bit of cosplay for this weeks San Diego Comic-Con, fans of the upcoming virtual reality (VR) experience will be glad to hear Sanzaru Games has some last minute info to reveal, two…

New York Finally Confirmed For Marvel Powers United VR

For all of the exotic comic book locations confirmed for Marvel: Powers United VR thus far, the staple of superhero land hasn’t yet been confirmed. That changes today. Yes, downtown New York City will be available in the game when it launches next week. The war-torn streets will resemble something like the climactic battle of…

Niantic Acquires Seismic to Help Create AR Games & Upcoming AR Platform

Seismic Games, the studio behind Google Daydream’s Blade Runner: Revelations (2018), has been acquired by Niantic, the force behind popular location-based games Pokémon GO, Ingress, and the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Seismic Games released the news via a blog post, saying that from now on the team will be working closely with Niantic on “exciting new projects that will…

Germany’s Galaxy Erding Water Park now has a VR Attraction

Theme parks using virtual reality (VR) is nothing new, with locations like Six Flags and Alton Towers utilising the technology to enhance rollercoasters with immersive imagery. Combining high-tech VR equipment with water on the other hand might seem like a foolhardy attempt to bring water parks into the 21st Century but that’s exactly what Galaxy Erding…

Transference Turns Out To Be A Terrifying Psychological Thriller

There’s nothing quite horror to showcase how involving and immersive virtual reality (VR) can really be, enveloping players in a world that purely wants to scare them. So naturally when VRFocus had the chance to play test Ubisoft and SpectreVision’s collaborative effort Transference, our video producer Nina was at the front of the queue to try the…

Hotel Transylvania VR Has More Than A Bit Of Beat Saber In It

Sony released another movie this month, which of course means there’s a tie-in VR experience to go with it. This time it’s the Hotel Transylvania series getting the headset treatment. Sony Pictures Virtual Reality today announced Hotel Transylvania Popstic, tying into the recent release of the third entry in the animated movie series. As the…

Parents Join in the Fun With AR Tie-In For Hotel Transylvania 3

The Hotel Transylvania series has two successful movies under its belt, with a third due for release soon. The franchise now plans to add augmented reality (AR) into the mix with a new smartphone app that will let children and parents play together by using AR. The app has been announced by Biba Ventures, a…

One of Europe’s Largest Water Parks Now Has a VR Water Slide

One of Europe’s largest water parks, Therme Erding’s Galaxy Erding water park in Germany, has a new claim to fame: a water slide that outfits guests with a VR headset. Dubbed VRSlide, the system includes a water-resistant VR headset powered by a Samsung Galaxy S8 for a deep dive through the waters of the digital unknown. As…

Experience Virtual Flight at Farnborough Air Show With Airbus

Taking place this weekend is the UK’s largest event dedicated to flying, the Farnborough International Air (FIA) Show. Aviation companies from around the world will be displaying some of the latest cutting-edge technology, with Airbus announcing that it’ll have five virtual reality (VR) experiences for attendees to try. Created by Render, a specialist in VR, Augmented…

Life In 360°: Fishy Weather

In the last year or so the BBC’s Blue Planet series has received an awful lot of praise, not just for its stellar camerawork and status as a natural history documentary series. The latter has been well established since the very first Blue Planet series back in 2001. Blue Planet II‘s highlighting of the realities…