Me Vs. A Decade

Today’s VR vs. story isn’t really about virtual reality. It’s more a story about the writer, as today marks a very important day for me. Let’s begin 24 hours ago though. It was Monday. My phone was ringing. It was ringing and it was over on the other side of the flat. Bugger. Groaning I…

Life in 360°: Fire, Steam, Smoke & Thrust

Space, science and engineering. We do like a bit of that here on VRFocus, and so do you judging by the interest in a recent story on the site. Which brought news about NASA creating, via Unreal Engine, a virtual simulation of the International Space Station (ISS) for the education and training of astronauts. So…

What You Need to Play Rock Band in VR

Thanks to Harmonix it’s time to rock out once again, this time in virtual reality (VR) with Rock Band VR on Oculus Rift. Pick up your guitar and rock out to a mix of classic hits from down the years and modern day rock masterpieces. There’s a variety of different game modes too. Including the…

The VR Job Hub: Cloudhead Games, nDreams & IrisVR

Whatever it is you do in the computing space, even if it’s currently nothing, you’d be surprised by the variety and number of roles relating to virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR) that appear every week. Roles in programming, engineering, art and design, from all over the world. View the new listings…

Samsung UK giving away Gear VR with Gear 360 camera for limited time

Whilst it might be at the lower end of the immersion spectrum of virtual reality (VR), 360 degree video continues to grow in popularity. 360 degree video is now used for everything from advertising, to training and education to television and film. There’s plenty of good cameras on the market as well, something we looked…

Summer Lesson Release Dated, Getting Physical Release

With Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE)’s virtual reality (VR) headset the PlayStation VR doing well both critically and commercially – the latter to a degree that has surprised even SIE – talk inevitably turns to what new games are coming to the head-mounted display (HMD) to keep the momentum going. This last week brought news on…

The Week In VR Sport: Intel Bring You Courtside

Saturday means a return of our regular weekend feature This Week in VR Sport. Where we look at everything relating to the world of sport. Be it competitive, non-competitive, traditional or eSports – which featured in last week’s outing. All within the fields of virtual reality (VR) as well as augmented reality (AR) and even…

Life In 360°: The Cave Of Wonders

We end the week on Life In 360° by heading back underground. You may recall last week we travelled 200 feet below the city of Seattle to check in on the feat of engineering might that was the construction f a major tunnel beneath the city. Today though we’re not in America; in fact we’re…

Studio Roqovan CEO James Chung On World War Toons & Other Projects

As the technology behind virtual reality (VR), both the hardware and the software continues to develop at a pace so to do the companies behind it. The studios, products, and individuals involved continue to evolve. The studios their working practices, the products their scope and rage of creative vision, whilst the individuals evolve their talent…

VRTV Weekly Recap: Giant Cops, Control Gloves & Dancing Candlesticks

We’re already five weeks in to the second season of VRTV on VRFocus and it’s that time again as our video correspondent Nina covers what has been in the news. You can watch the episode below: Stories include: The CaptoGlove Kickstarter campaign which launched this week. For people in the UK who want to invest in…

Digital Catapult Announces New Head Of Immersive

As we often say on our regular Sunday feature, The VR Job Hub, the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries are always changing, always moving and there are always new opportunities in each for those looking for a change for those either already in it or looking for a change. And as we…

Robo Recall Gets Locomotion Mod From 3dRudder

How to move in a natural way continues to be a hot topic within virtual reality (VR) mainly because moving about at speed is a big factor in many cases of sim sickness. There are a number of different movement methods that are being used in the current crop of VR videogame titles, including various…

Life In 360°: The Spherical-ness Of The Long Distance Runner

Welcome back to Life In 360°, where we take a thrice weekly look into one of the ways you can use a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in order to get into the action. Before we get on with today’s visit though, if you’re interested in 360 degree video or you’re looking to get into 360…

Virtual Worlds are Teaching Better Lessons

When Virtual Reality (VR) content is experienced using a VR headset the outcome is a virtual world. In that world, the possibilities are limited only by the imagination. This approach has given education an opportunity to leapfrog existing teaching practice by providing educationally beneficial immersive experiences. The first among these is that VR allows students…

VR vs. It’s Evolving!

Sometimes when I come to write a VR vs article I have a very definitive idea of what I’m going to write about. There’s a big story in the news, everyone’s reacted to it , do I agree? Yes/no. Explain why. Other occasions I’ve got no idea at all and it just flows naturally that…

3 Months in PlayStation VR Scores Highly in Online Customer Reviews

Virtual reality (VR) always felt like a risk to many in the run-up to consumer versions and retail launches. This is not surprising considering the history of its first generation of technology. To many, of course, this still rings true. It is a technology not yet fully realised, with developers and researchers still learning its…

Life In 360°: Take A Tour Of Your Future Home With iStaging

With another weekend consigned to the history books welcome back to VRFocus for another week, another Monday, and another trip into the world of 360 degrees with Life In 360°. Today though we’re not taking you off into the skies or under the sea, or even dealing with video for that matter as we’re simply reporting…

Life In 360°: A Fishy Tale

Another week full of news relating to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) nears its end on VRFocus. With today’s video being all about fish – no, we’re not going under the sea again. In fact we’re staying very much above it. Thanks to the team from Discovery we’re off once again to Japan,…

Nordic Trolls Talk Magic And Multiplayer In Virtual Reality

The 2017 editions of Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) may be slipping into memory, but VRFocus spoke to so many people over the course of those five days we’ll still be bringing you the conversations for a while yet. Today Nina is talking to Nordic Trolls’ Executive Art Director Daniel…

Life In 360°: Below The Surface

From an ancient wonder on Monday to a modern day engineering feat today. We’ve visited the city of Seattle a few times on VRFocus for one virtual reality (VR) project or another but those have been somewhat higher than today’s video. In fact we’re going to a place we’ve not yet been on Li360 –…

VR vs. An Immobile Stance On Mobile

The week of the end of February through to the beginning of March seemed unreasonably long with both Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) to deal with. For those of you who aren’t in, ahem, ‘The Business’, international events aren’t actually that much fun, especially for those left behind. For us, not…

The Changing Face Of War: Studio Roqovan On World War Toons Updates

Last week Los Angeles-based developers Studio Roqovan (formerly Reload Studios) introduced a new update for their World War 2 themed, cartoonish first person shooter (FPS) World War Toons. The update, called ‘The Great Brawl’ introduced a new map/location as well as new skins/costumes for characters. A prototype control scheme built around teleportation was also introduced….

Life In 360°: The City In The Clouds

Ever since I first played the videogame Sonic Adventure I’ve been interested in the Maya civilisation. If you think that’s quite a leap from hedgehogs to ancient tribes, then to give you a quick SEGA crash course the videogame introduced back story to the character of Knuckles The Echidna. Introducing his ancestors, the ancient Knuckles…

Life In 360°: Campaigning In 360° Is Just A Matter Of Time…

Friday is here again, but this time it begins with a Life In 360° that is very much all business. In a number of ways. Earlier in the week we reported on about Omnivirt, a 360 degree video and virtual reality (VR) advertising platform. Founded by former Google and YouTube employees the company has already…

It Continues! Now John Carmack Is Suing ZeniMax Media

If you’ve been following the story between ZeniMax Media and Oculus (and by extension Facebook) you’ll know that the situation is far from resolved. The original lawsuit pitting the two companies against each other revolved around the creation of this generation of virtual reality (VR) technology and the roles of Oculus, Palmer Luckey and one…

How to Create & Share Mods in Robo Recall for Oculus Rift & Touch

A game is a game is a game, in the case of Epic Games’ action-packed virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) Robo Recall it’s a very good one, achieving a full five stars from VRFocus in our review. However there are times when the user can expand the game and come up with new concepts, new…

Life In 360°: Dubai Dive

We’re off on our travels again with Li360, leaving Idaho and Monday’s peculiar story about a goose falling in love with a car and we’re instead travelling all the way over to Dubai for some daredevil action. Though we are at least sticking to the air. From out of a light aircraft we join two…

VR vs. A Time To Switch Off

It was late in the evening as I causally paced around my living room trying to burn off some nervous energy. I always pace when I’m on the phone; I think the only time I haven’t was when the thing was when the phone was physically attached to the wall – and I don’t mean…