PlayStation Prepares For PAX West

As you likely know next week is Europe’s biggest games focused industry event, the middle chapter of the ‘big three’, Gamescom over in Cologne, Germany. With the other two of course being E3 and the Tokyo Game Show which is still to come. Naturally the VRFocus team is (in part) attending the event and we’ll…

The VR Job Hub: Academia Needs You!

We’re almost at Gamescom and yet another flurry of gaming news that should reveal plenty of what to expect for the rest of the year. Certainly until the likes of this year’s PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, announced earlier this week, which will set the tone for the beginning of 2018. Of course, as we always…

Finalists Announced For Innov8: V-Commerce Competition

You may recall a story we covered on VRFocus back in July, where Store No.8 and Thrive Global came together to launch a new competition which focused on virtual reality (VR), not for games, but as a tool to aid commercial endeavours. The contest was called the Innov8: V-Commerce Competition and it had some potentially…

This Week in VR Sport: VR Sport Gets Its Own Dedicated Summit

If you’re a regular VRFocus reader you’ll know two things about the weekend. That there’s sport on Saturday and there’s jobs on Sunday, and, since it is the former as opposed to the latter it’s best we kick things off by going into just what you may have missed in recent times relating to sport…

VR Days Europe Returns To Amsterdam This October

As always with the virtual reality (VR) industry your calendar is never empty for long. No sooner have you spotted a gap where there isn’t much going on, then it is filled by a convention or a gaming event, a conference, a meetup, a Dev day , a workshop, etc. The latest gap filler comes…

Life In 360°: A Severe Case Of Malpractice

Clowns can bring joy and laughter – or they can be a bit scary. If you’ve not seen it yet I’d recommend you check out the 360 degree video for the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s IT. I’m not even a big horror fan in the slightest and I’m very eager to see that one….

PlayStation Experience Returns To Anaheim This December

When it comes to the PlayStation VR there are several markers points throughout the year when we can get an idea as to where Sony Interactive Entertainment are steering their products – including of course their aforementioned head-mounted display (HMD) for the PlayStation 4. Games, hardware, updates, future plans, they’re all discussed throughout the year…

Square Enix Confirms Final Fantasy XV: VR Experience Dead

It’s been some considerable time since this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as E3. But one of the more curious announcements at the time, and one that caught many (including ourselves) by surprise was that of Final Fantasy XV virtual reality (VR) spin-off title Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV. It wasn’t just…

Life In 360°: What Goes Up…

Welcome to Wednesday. I’m back from holiday and we’re off to the races once again for some more 360 degree videos. For today’s video we’re joining photographer and YouTuber Sara Dietschy (rhymes with peachy, apparently) for a trip she took back in 2016. This particular trip wasn’t the usual A to B but more A…

VR vs. Holidays

“Oh hey, I’ve been keeping up with your Op-Eds.” “Op-Eds?” I found myself echoing back at the speaker of the statement tiredly. My sleep is notoriously bad as I’ve mentioned previously. Indeed, it is 3:30am as I write this and whilst very tired indeed I am unable to find rest. Which over time really does…

Life In 360°: On The Ragged Edge At The TT

If you don’t like speed, pure unadulterated, fully unleashed acceleration than I can guarantee today’s visit to the world of 360 degree video will not be one for you. We’re off to the Isle of Man once again, having previously taken a trip through the countryside on the Manx Electric Railway and a more fast…

Life In 360°: A Final Three From Venice

We conclude our trinity of Life In 360° Friday posts covering the Biennale di Venezia, otherwise known as the Venice Biennale with the final three videos of YouTube channel Artsy’s “Inside the Biennale” series today. Over the previous two weeks we’ve looked at dance, performance art, music – or certainly the art of sound, sculpture – in two very…

Life In 360°: Say Cheese, San Diego!

Ah, Comic-Con. Bastion of television and feature film news and reveals… oh and comics as well I suppose. (There are comics there still, right?) San Diego has been bid fairwell for another year as the event continues to get bigger and louder and more important. Already a mecca for pop-culture enthusiasts, it’s even busier, as…

VR vs. The New Sensation

So. Here we are again. It seems we can’t get through one week without the need to address something or the other that’s happened in the world of virtual reality (VR). Some scandal that or disaster or so forth that in reality is less Kilimanjaro and more Standardmolehillo. However, since I am on holiday for…

Open City Documentary Festival Confirms September 6th As VR Day

When it comes to works of fiction and non-fiction, specifically those that use virtual reality (VR) as a tool for filmmaking we’re used to several festivals throughout the year. VR is a growing part of both the Sundance Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival, the latter of which having launched the VRX awards earlier…

Life In 360°: Lacrosse. Lots Of Lacrosse.

At VRFocus it’s more usual to round off the week with sport courtesy of our regular This Week in VR Sport feature. The most recent edition of which you can check out here, incidentally.  But as we begin another week in the world of virtual reality (VR) et al, we’re going to start with a…

Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight Receives Second Trailer

It has been some time since we last heard about PlayStation VR title Fate/Grand Order VR feat. Mash Kyrielight. Developed by Japanese developer Type-Moon and made based on its traditionally smartphone-based game series Fate/Grand Order (which debuted in 2015) the title was initially announced at the developer’s Fate/Grand Order Winter Festival back in January. Since…

The VR Job Hub: Felix & Paul Studios, Hammerhead VR, Oculus & More

We’re now long past half-way through the year and we are, in fact, about to roll over into August. Time moves fast, especially when you’re detailing with a technology such as virtual reality (VR). In but a handful of weeks we’ll be off to Cologne in Germany for another Gamescom where no doubt we’ll be…

How Should VR Game Developers Connect With The Older Generation?

With us closing in on August, 2017 has reached the point where we can, perhaps begin to look back at the year and really see how far we have come. Gamescom looms large on the horizon, SIGGRAPH closer still and E3 is rapidly becoming a distant memory. But even with those events that have come…

Synesthesia Misses Kickstarter Goal

Crowdfunding videogames is, by this point, not an uncommon concept. Neither is looking to the likes fo Kickstarter for assistance in bringing virtual reality (VR) projects to life. VRFocus has, on a number of occasions, brought you news of crowdfunding campaigns involving VR (and indeed augmented reality as well).  Some of these have gone on to…

Tencent Takes Stake In Elite Dangerous Developer Frontier

Investment happens in videogames all the time. One studio buys out another, takes possession of another’s assets, etc. We also see it a lot in virtual reality (VR) across the board, with companies actively seeking financing, through injections from investment groups, share schemes and various classes of funding rounds. Money makes the wheels go round…

Life In 360°: Back To The Biennale

If you were reading VRFocus at this time last week you might well recall reading that Friday’s Life In 360°, in which we took some time away from a series of outer space adventures to investigate the world famous Italian city of Venice.  We weren’t there for the icnonic canals however, but more artistic goings on…

Doctor Kvorak’s Obliteration Game Hits Steam

Making videogames can sometimes be a labour of love. A time consuming process at the best of times, for even the biggest videogame studios projects can take years and years – and that’s before any potential issues that may tip the scales and slide the title into development hell. Doctor Kvorak’s Obliteration Game is, thankfully,…

Cutlass Sets Sail On Viveport & Steam

Yo ho! If you ever fancied yourself as a gallant buckaneer bravely sailing the seven seas, or alternative a bit of a scallywag scouring the oceans for fame, booty and your next taste of rum then there’s a recently released game for HTC Vive that might just be for you. It’s called, somewhat appropriately, Cutlass….

Facebook Celebrates 360 Degrees With Weekend Livestream Event

Facebook is all about video at the moment as it continues to manoeuvre its way to becoming a viable alternative and rival to YouTube for providing video content. 360 degree video is a growing medium now that cameras capable of capturing footage are now cheaper much more readily available. One we regularly visit on VRFocus as…