Summer Lesson: Allison Snow & Chisato Shinjo to Ship with English Subtitles

Summer Lesson debuted in eastern territories last year, garnering a great deal of attention as being a high-profile dating simulator of sorts. The second retail release in the series, Summer Lesson: Allison Snow & Chisato Shinjo, does not yet have a specified release date; however it has been confirmed that this second physical package for…

Along Together Coming to PlayStation VR, Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, and More

US developer Turbo Button has made a name for itself with some unique virtual reality (VR) content, such as SMS Racing and Floor Plan. A year ago the developer debuted on Google Daydream with Along Together, and this month the critically acclaimed VR videogame will launch on a multitude of new formats. Along Together tasks…

Gungrave VR Confirmed for Western PlayStation VR Release

Marvelous Europe has today announced two new titles coming to Europe, the motion-controlled rhythm videogame Gal Metal on Nintendo Switch and, more importantly, the high octane virtual reality (VR) shooter Gungrave VR for PlayStation VR. Both titles are scheduled for 2018 releases, with XSEED handling the publishing and distribution in North America. Gungrave VR continues…

PlayStation VR Exclusive The Walker Stumbling Towards North America & Europe

Winking Entertainment, developer of the hugely popular virtual reality (VR) title Unearthing Mars and the forthcoming Reborn: A Samurai Awakens, revealed The Walker, a new PlayStation VR exclusive videogame, for release in China early in 2018. Now however, the title has been confirmed for a western release, including a retail edition courtesy of Perp Games….

Arizona Sunshine: Two-Handed Update Gets Early Access Stress Test

Arizona Sunshine, the hugely popular virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) from Vertigo Games, is set to receive its latest downloadable content (DLC) pack this week. However, prior to the launch of Arizona Sunshine: Dead Man DLC the developer is offering players the chance to access the latest free addition, the Two-Handed Update, early by…

Survios Bring VR Music Creation to the Electric Daisy Carnival

This year’s Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC), taking place in Las Vegas, 18th – 20th May 2018, will host a selection of virtual reality (VR) experiences, courtesy of Survious. The studio’s forthcoming Electronauts will be showcased at the event, with EDC attendees able to experience the VR title at the EDC VR installation in Carnival Square,…

Unity Drives into the Enterprise Sector: Announces AutoTech Summit

Unity Technologies has today declared its commitment to the automotive industry with the announcement of an event catered specifically to the enterprise sector. The company’s newly-formed automotive division will bring the real-time 3D, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to the world’s automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers through the Unity engine. Unity…

Blind Sets Sights on PlayStation VR Retail Edition

Tiny Bull Studios’ Blind has been on the radar for some time. With a PC release for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive expected soon, the development team had already confirmed that a PlayStation VR edition was set to follow later in the year. Now however, it appears that Tiny Bull Studios has entered into a…

Missing in Action: Where are these PlayStation VR Games?

The PlayStation VR has skyrocketed to the forefront of consumer virtual reality (VR) since its launch back in 2016. In the 18 months since the debut of the head-mounted display (HMD) we’ve seen some fantastic VR experiences become available, with the likes of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Farpoint and Moss redefining what videogaming can…

HTC Vive Launches ‘Enterprise Advantage’ Service for Vive Pro

HTC Vive has today announced the Vive Pro 2.0 Kit specifically built for commercial users to develop and deliver VR experiences to grow their business. In addition, the ‘Enterprise Advantage’ service will offer dedicated support, onsite customer pick up and return and a two-year commercial warranty covering the head-mounted display (HMD) and accessories. The Vive…

Immotion Receives £500k Investment to Expand in Location-Based VR

Immotion, the UK-based immersive entertainment business, has received an additional £500,000 GBP of investment. The Series B funding comes from London-listed Sure Ventures PLC, which was established to enable investors to gain access to early stage technology companies in new markets including virtual reality (VR). Immotion, which was founded by experienced technology and media entrepreneurs,…

SeedingVR on Equity Crowdfunding: Small Investments in the Future

Launched today, SeedingVR is a new platform designed to offer consumers the opportunity to invest in startups and projects within the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) space. Similar in effect to Kickstarter but with one important difference: investors are exactly that, receiving equity in exchange for their finance opposed to ‘rewards’ which typically…

AR, VR & MR Equity Crowdfunding Platform SeedingVR Launches in EU

SeedingVR has today launched as an equity crowdfunding platform specific to the virtual reality (VR) industry. The platform is now open to European investor registrations, with initial campaigns set to be launched within a couple weeks. The equity crowdfunding service on SeedingVR.co.uk is specific to European startups and European investors, and will allow anyone within…

Seamlessly Transition Between VR Games & Apps with Oasis

Admix (formerly known as Advir) has announced a partnership with virtual world Somnium Space for the development of Oasis, a software designed to allow virtual reality (VR) users to travel across different VR worlds without leaving the applications. Named Oasis as a reference to Ready Player One, the software allows for ‘portals’ to be embedded…

VRLA Co-­Founder Cosmo Scharf on the Future of XR and the Impact of Blockchain

VRLA has become a regular fixture in the virtual reality (VR) industry events calendar, and now entering its 4th year the event organisers are looking to embrace more emerging immersion technologies. VRFocus addressed co-founder Cosmo Scharf for the latest details on what attendees can expect at VRLA next month. VRLA 2018, taking place 4th – 5th…

Unity Announces AR ‘Center of Excellence’ in Australia

Unity Technologies has today announced a partnership with Appearition, a provider of augmented reality (AR) solutions for enterprises, to launch the first-ever Unity Center of Excellence (CoE) for enterprises in Australia. Corporations worldwide looking to introduce new AR-focused business solutions will have access to the CoE as a resource to assist with crafting an achievable…

Tobii Eye-Tracking on HTC Vive: The Next Evolution of VR Interaction

It’s been some time since VRFocus first discussed the potential of eye-tracking within virtual reality (VR) with specialists Tobii. In that time we’ve seen the rise of FOVE and NVIDIA’s own internal experiments with SMI, amongst many others, and yet Tobii had stayed on the sidelines. It appears the company was simply biding its time, as…

Accidents and Injuries in VR – The Best & Worst of the VRFocus Team

With today being the dreaded April Fools Day, a barrage of ‘jokes’ designed to keep journalists on their toes in sometimes not obvious ways, VRFocus has decided to look at something a little more lighthearted: the accidents suffered by the team at the hands of virtual reality (VR) blindness. From damaged property to personal affliction, each…

Hands-on with the Holodeck: Ready Player One – Escape Room

The motion-picture release of Ready Player One has, unsurprisingly, a number of virtual reality (VR) tie-ins to accompany it. One of those which home users may not get to jump into any time soon is NVIDIA’s own Ready Player One – Escape Room, which premiered at the company’s GTC 2018 event, San Jose. As the…

Preview: Island Time – Nobody Really Likes Carl…

Flight School Studio’s 2017 release of Manifest 99 has received significant acclaim from both critics and consumers alike. Featuring in VRFocus’ own ‘Best HTC Vive Games of 2017’ and having been nominated for an Emmy Award, Manifest 99 was an adventure experience with a pre-scripted story wherein the player’s relationship with the world was mostly…

Preview: Pixel Ripped 1989 – A Game within a Game within a VR Game

Long time readers of VRFocus will be very familiar with the Pixel Ripped saga; a virtual reality (VR) exclusive videogame that started life as a student project for Brazilian Ana Ribeiro, then studying at the National Film and Television School (NFTS) in the UK, Pixel Ripped has evolved countless times over the years. Now, in…

VRinFocus Reveals Investment Speakers

VRFocus Ltd. today announces two new speakers for VRinFocus, a brand new summit designed to bring virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) developers face-to-face with the technology investment community. VRinFocus will take place on 25th April 2018, at De Vere Grand Connaught, 61-65 Great Queen St, London. The initial investment speakers…

Review: VRFC: Virtual Reality Football Club

CherryPop Games has been making waves in the realm of social virtual reality (VR) videogames, with the studio’s first title, Sports Bar VR (formerly Pool Nation VR) having attracted a significant global audience across Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. Now offering a second title, VRFC: Virtual Reality Football Club hopes to take that…

VRinFocus Set to Bring Together Developers and Investors this Spring

VRFocus Ltd. today announces VRinFocus, a brand new summit designed to bring virtual reality and augmented reality developers face-to-face with the technology investment community. The VRinFocus expo will be held on 25th April 2018, at De Vere Grand Connaught, 61-65 Great Queen St, London, offering startups a unique opportunity to meet with financial investors from…

A Guide to the Rock Band Guitar Controller for Oculus Rift

The Rock Band Guitar Controller is the least essential of all the input solutions for the Oculus Rift, simply because it only has one compatible videogame: Rock Band VR. However, your choice of Rock Band Guitar Controller – given the openness of the PC format – is pretty easy-going. Compatible Rock Band Guitar Controllers According…

Island 359 Comes to Oculus Home Early Access

Cloudgate Studios’ Island 359 has today launched on Oculus Home, debuting as an Early Access title for the virtual reality (VR) format. Compatible with Oculus Touch, Island 359 throws the player into a dinosaur-infested jungle tasked with shooting – or punching – large scale foes in order to survive. Island 359 features a number…

A Guide to the Oculus Rift’s Touch Controllers

Oculus VR launched their motion-controller solution for the Oculus Rift, Oculus Touch, late last year. The expense of the device didn’t deter early adopters, however a price cut a few months after launch saw Oculus Touch bundles with the original Oculus Rift package at no extra cost. As such, the Oculus Touch is essentially part…