The Battle Royale Genre Gets A VR Title In Until None Remain

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, affectionately known to players as PUBG, has become a videogaming phenomenon. Setting an all-time player count record on Steam back in September and bringing to the fore the so called ‘Battle Royale’ genre of gaming, PUBG being joined by Fortnite‘s own Battle Royale mode on September 26th. A mode Battlegrounds‘ developer Bluehole is…

Project Beyond Gets Reborn As The Samsung 360 Round

You’d be forgiven for thinking it was a dark time for 360 degree filmmaking, following the recent announcement by Nokia to withdraw funding from its virtual reality (VR) endeavours. Resulting in the loss of a number of jobs and the shutting down of further development on its professional grade 360 degree camera, the OZO VR….

ARCore Support Confirmed For Galaxy S8+, Note8 & Future Samsung Phones

One of the big pushes throughout last week’s Oculus Connect 4 was the emphasis, as always on creators and on developers. But that was last week, and today saw Samsung take to the stage in San Francisco, California for the Samsung Developer Conference. It was, however, Google that revealed perhaps the biggest news coming out…

Life In 360°: Faces From 30,000 Years Ago

We turn to the world of both science and history for today’s 360 degree video, provided by Visual Science and a recreation of homo sapiens (i.e. us) that lived 30,000 years ago. A relatively small number in the grand scheme of things but one probably unfathomable to most of us. The recreation focuses on the…

VR vs. Oculus Connect 4

It’s around this time of year that we start talking about some familiar topics, it’s just the way things with the calendar go. One of the usual VR vs. columns you therefore get is that it is traditional to spend the one after Oculus Connect talking about, well, Oculus Connect. Had things been different I…

Life In 360°: A Bearable Request

Welcome back into the world of immersive technologies. I trust you had a good weekend? So, what 360 degree video from around the world do we have for you this morning… Well, never let it be said that you can’t request what goes into an edition of Life In 360°. Last Monday we had a…

Life In 360°: A Walkabout In China

Since we were in China for Monday – that was when we were all going “aww” over the cute panda cubs – I thought it might be nice to end the week on Li360 back in China, but back to look at the country from a different perspective. A more human perspective. In one of…

Life In 360°: Lobbying With Intel

As we saw yesterday with the sad news (in terms of virtual reality support, anyway) from Nokia the world of technology is always changing. Things come, things go, yesterday’s indispensable app is tomorrow’s defunct service. Another company who have recently shifted things around is Intel, who have decided to step away from both VR and…

Nokia Announces VR Cutbacks As It Refocuses Its Business Direction

Nokia’s had a very frantic last few years, being taken over then sold by Microsoft and with the brand effectively being killed in between that time. It’s been over a year since the buyout was finalised by former Nokia employees in Finland, after they formed HMD – a company name with the potential to cause…

VR vs. Half Measures

If I was smart I’d talk about Star Wars today, for obvious reasons, but I’m not and there’s a matter that’s been on my mind for a little while recently and something that is probably overdue being vocalised in general. It’s about videogames, videogame development and virtual reality (VR). That, and why I’m increasingly convinced…

Gear VR Offers To Get You Into Virtual Reality

As we enter the fourth quarter of 2017, we can look back on the year to date with something of a sense of ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. Whilst many things have improved and virtual reality (VR) is beginning to hit its stride, with all the major players well into…

Life In 360°: Black And White And Cute All Over

A Monday morning factoid for you as we begin the week: Humans are a part of a very select group of creatures that, through evolution, have changed their eating habits.  As a species we used to be plant eaters, hence the appendix and why we have such a long digestive tract.  We’re designed to get…

Life In 360°: Let’s Go For A Walk

We do have some content creators that crop up every now and again on Life In 360°. That’s just the way of things. Today’s offering comes courtesy of Russian international television network RT, who featured once before on Li360 back in May this year but who also turn up occasionally in our general news, owing…

Life In 360°: Man’s Best Friend

Today’s Life In 360° comes courtesy of the USC Shoah Foundation which recently released a short film called Lala. In it we’re taken back to the dark times of World War II and to a Nazi-run Polish ghetto and to the story of Roman Kent, a Holocaust survivor and author of My Dog Lala on…

VR vs. Timings

One of these weeks, I swear, a planned topic will be able to be addressed. Unfortunately though it seems like we’re going to have to talk about something else instead. No biggie but this one came pretty much out of leftfield. So, let’s set the scene. I made the mistake of heading back into the…

Life In 360°: Stories Written In The Stars

As Autumn comes around, at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere (enjoy your Spring, Australia) things are getting darker, and frankly more miserable. We in the UK are in imminent need of a time zone shift back to GMT to compensate for that as to get more daylight in from the sun….

Be The Star Quarterback And Win The Game In 2MD Football VR

Since we ended Saturday with a new virtual reality (VR) videogame about American Football it only makes sense to end Sunday in a similar fashion. Because the good news is we’ve just had the release of another title for both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive and this one doesn’t have you running. Developed and published…

VR Mecha Fighter IronPower Punches Its Way Into Early Access

Giant robots. You just can’t beat ’em. Except with another big, giant, humongous mecha – and that makes them cool. If you’ve grown up over the last thirty years or so you couldn’t help but come across them somewhere. Whether it is Jaeger from Pacific Rim, a zord from Power Rangers, Mazinger Z, a Guymelef,…

Moon VR Video Player Comes To Steam

For as long as virtual reality (VR) exists – which we’re kind of hoping is forever at this point, naturally – there’s always going to be the need for a decent video player. You can’t just ignore everything not in 360 degrees after all. There are a number of solutions on the market of course…

The Music Is Within You, Jam Studio VR Wants To Bring It Out

There’s something wonderful about the ability to make music. Like so many, at least in the UK, the only real dalliance I personally had with learning to play music was to have a cheap plastic recorder forcibly shoved into my mouth at Primary School when I was about six or seven. Unfortunately, there’s only so…

The VR Job Hub: Shell, Oculus, Microsoft & More…

Contrary to popular belief the grass is not always greener on the other side. Sometimes things are just better where you are, though you may not fully understand that there are advantages to your present role. Even in this situation however that doesn’t mean you should ignore the other side because there is always potential….

Chernobyl VR Project Comes To PlayStation VR, Updates For PC Version

It seems almost amazing to think that we first heard about Chernobyl VR Project, a virtual reality (VR) title from Polish developers The Farm 51 way back in April 2015. Over time we’ve had more than one video and certainly more than one support release for the experience which first hit Oculus Rift more than a…

BigScreen Reveals A New Look For You And The App In ‘The Avatar Update’

BigScreen Inc’s popular eponymous virtual reality (VR) application BigScreen for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality has received a new update. The free to download app, currently undergoing a long Beta period has just announced ‘The Avatar Update’ which, as the name suggests, primarily focuses on developing the ways users can represent themselves…

This Week In VR Sport: Refreshment And Redemption

Welcome to Saturday, you’ve officially made it through the week. A week in which, at least for those of us at VRFocus was dominated by darkness and rain. We’re a mere day away from diving head-first into October and in the UK at least we’ve waved goodbye to a calm and pleasant Summer and Autumn…

Life In 360°: BRUME

We’ve something new for you today that takes us once again into the world of the arts. If you follow the Life In 360° posts regularly you may well have seen our recent series of Friday posts focusing on the arts, where we followed a series of videos of a show in Venice where we’ve…

DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles Launches With New Trailer

If you were presented with the premise of a television programme where a bunch of (mostly) teenagers in brightly coloured suits pilot giant robotic animals which are able to join together to form an even bigger giant robot that battles hostile threats from space – you’d be forgiven for just assuming that someone was talking…

Viveport Unveils New Public Beta Of Viveport Arcade Manager Software

We’ve covered with increasing frequency on VRFocus the rise of the virtual reality (VR) Arcade. The digital out-of-home entertainment (DOE) sector as a whole being a topic that contributor Kevin Williams discusses regularly in his feature series The Virtual Arena. In the last few months alone we’ve had two individual reports on VR arcade/portal locations…

Life In 360°: An Out Of This World Driving Experience

It has been a little while since we’ve had a Life In 360° revolving around the automobile industry or even car-based sport but this morning’s 360 degree video focuses on a virtual test drive conducted by BMW. The German car manufacturer has turned to 360 degrees in order to promote the all-new BMW X3. Fair…