Kenzan Studios: Behind the Scenes of the Kenzan Arena Franchise

Kenzan Studios’ out-of-home entertainment franchise, Kenzan Arena, made waves in the virtual reality (VR) industry upon its announcement earlier this year. A large-scale multiplayer experience that utilises backpack PCs, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs) and Noitom optical tracking systems to deliver original content and unique VR experiences to consumers. VRFocus recently visited…

Developer Profile: Kenzan Studios

Kenzan Studios, based in Geneva, Switzerland, was founded in 2006 by Pascal Conicella. Having begun as a company the developed showcase materials for retail environments, the studio has since grown to encompass a number of different technologies. The latest of which is virtual reality (VR), including the recently revealed Kenzan Arena franchise. Backed by the…

Sony Santa Monica Working on ‘2nd Wave’ PlayStation VR Title

The PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD) has now been available for several months, and the spate of launch windows titles has run dry. We’re now in an interim phase with AAA pushes like Farpoint coupled with smaller indie titles. However, it seems that Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) are now preparing for a ‘2nd wave’ of…

AR, VR, MR, RR, XR: A Glossary to the Acronyms of the Future

Virtual reality (VR) began its climb back into the social consciousness in 2013 with the launch of the well-documented Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift. In the four years that have passed since, things have become more complicated. Augmented reality (AR) has finally begun its ascent and Microsoft has muddied the waters with the HoloLens…

Microsoft Reveal Z-Depth Layering for Windows 10 Mixed Reality Devices

Creating a stereoscopic effect within a virtual reality (VR) application has been a given for decades. It’s a standard component for immersion in a virtual environment, however in other applications – including the likes of Skype, Netflix and beyond – having a 2D plane embossed upon your real world has been the limitation up to…

Get Your New Gear VR Controller with 30% Off

The new motion-control input device for the Samsung Gear VR launched last month, alongside a new bundle aimed at Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ adopters. Now, those who wish to buy the controller for their existing Samsung Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) can do so at a discounted price for a limited time. The Samsung…

devcom to Present VR Summit at gamescom

Aruba Events, organisers of the all-new videogame developer platform event devcom, has today announced the advisory board of the conference. devcom will take place for the first time this year during gamescom, offering – amongst other things – a one-day ‘summit’ on virtual reality (VR). Among the board members are hands-on developers, entrepreneurs, corporate officers…

VRFocus Announces Support for the VR Diversity Initiative

VRFocus Ltd. is proud to announce its sponsorship of the VR Diversity Initiative, a UK event dedicated to improving diversity within the technology sector.The VR Diversity Initiative offers support and workshops for underrepresented groups in media and technology, including women, LGBT, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic professionals who are considering a career in the VR…

VRUK Set to Return in July

VRUK is a popular event designed to bring together technologists, artists and content creators. The next instalment of the event has this morning been announced, taking place 6th – 7th July 2017, at Ravensbourne, London. https://www.vrfocus.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/vruk_animated.mp4 “With virtual reality establishing itself as a new creative channel, what are the implications and opportunities for artists and…

Watch VRFocus Fail at Master Shot VR

Puresurface, Inc.’s debut virtual reality (VR) videogame, Master Shot VR, launched via Steam Early Access yesterday. VRFocus recently spent some hands-on time with the videogame, failing drastically at the very first mission. A target range in the desert, things begin pretty well as the targets are taken down one-per-shot. The problems come when it’s time…

See Zombies Beaten to a Bloody Pulp in New Bloody Zombies Screenshots

In Paw Print Games’ Bloody Zombies, London has been lost to the undead. Overrun by mutated zombies, four outcasts must band together to take on the enemy hordes. In a selection of screenshots from the videogame, you can see just how brutal their methods are. Bloody Zombies is a co-operative side-scrolling brawler designed to be…

Master Shot VR Arrives on Steam Early Access

Available to download via Steam Early Access now, Master Shot VR is a shooting range videogame compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Oculus Touch. Developed by Puresurface Inc., Master Shot VR marks the studio’s virtual reality (VR) debut.   Featuring realistic weapon behaviour, Master Shot VR puts the player through various challenges…

Review: VectorWars

It’s becoming something of a trend; adapting retro arcade gameplay into the very modern world of virtual reality (VR). Austin-based Gyoza Games performed such duties with debut release Inbound while the likes of Mega Overload and Super Pixel Smash have made it their raison d’etre. Red Iron Labs is the latest studio to try their…

Watch VRFocus Beat Up Some Bloody Zombies

nDreams and Paw Print Games recently announced a new title coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC later this year: Bloody Zombies. As part of a preview event for the title, VRFocus was able to get hands-on with the videogame and capture a playthrough of a full level. Bloody Zombies allows for up…

Preview: Flairtender – Bring Your Bartending Skills into VR

DigitalBadger Design LLC’s first virtual reality (VR) videogame was not birthed out of the intention to become a thought leader in a rapidly moving industry. It wasn’t due to fascination with modern hardware, and it wasn’t motivated by the fresh green pasture of new genre possibilities. Flairtender was, according to DigitalBadger Design LLC’s Robert Frank,…

Preview: Master Shot VR – A Shot in the Dark, Literally

New content for head-mounted displays (HMDs) is essential for the success of virtual reality (VR) as a medium, so VRFocus welcomes any new addition to the videogame catalogue for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. However, it seems clear that while many are embracing the technology, few are able to master it in the same way…

Watch the First 15 Waves of VectorWars Played on HTC Vive

Red Iron Labs’ VectorWars launched last week and is now available to play in a variety of ways. VRFocus took some time to get hands-on with the videogame in VR with a HTC Vive. Check out the first 15 waves of the campaign mode in action right here. A modern arena-based shoot-‘em-up videogame, typically known…

VRDC Returns in September, First Sessions Announced

The Game Developers Conference (GDC), San Francisco, successfully span-off a new arm last year specifically targeting the virtual reality (VR) development community. This year the event, VRDC, will return with the first handful of sessions already announced.   Paul Bettner, CEO of Playful Corp., the studio behind Oculus Rift launch title Lucky’s Tale, will…

Preview: Bloody Zombies – Beatdown Bloody Zombies on London Bridge

Last year nDreams announced plans to not only continue their efforts to become the largest virtual reality (VR) videogame developer in the UK, but also to expand their repertoire to publish titles from other developers. Paw Print Games’ Bloody Zombies, announced today, is the first such title, coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC…

Take a Look at Carbon Studios’ The Wizards in New Screenshots

Last week, Carbon Studios announced that The Wizards will be coming to Steam Early Access this summer, complete with support for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Oculus Touch. A debut trailer also arrived at that time, and now VRFocus can bring you a small selection of new screenshots from the videogame. Developed with…

Mix-up Your Drinks with a New Flairtender Trailer

DigitalBadger Design LLC’s Flairtender is set to launch for Oculus Rift with Oculus Touch and HTC Vive later this month, and a brand new trailer revealed by the developer showcases just what the videogame entails. Learn how to mix cocktails in a bar environment, all the while earning enough cash to upgrade your drinks selection….

Master Shot VR Targets Steam Early Access

A new target range videogame is heading to virtual reality (VR) platforms, as Puresurface Inc. has revealed to VRFocus that the forthcoming Master Shot VR will launch later this week. Set to be available for Oculus Rift with Oculus Touch and HTC Vive, Master Shot VR will debut via Steam Early Access.   Master…

Become the Basket with a New Baskhead Training Trailer

Last week VRFocus reported on the upcoming release of Baskhead Training for PlayStation VR and Google Cardboard. In an effort to build anticipation, developer VRLines has revealed a new trailer for the videogame. Baskhead Training casts the player not as a member of a basketball team on the court, but rather as the basket they’re…

Get the New Gear 360 Camera One Week Early

The newly redesigned Gear 360, revealed back at a Samsung Unpacked event prior to Mobile World Congress (MWC), Barcelona, earlier this year, is set for release on 12th May 2017. However, you can get one shipped to your door right now, including a free 128GB microSD card. The new Gear 360 camera will allow for…

Skydance Prepare for Archangel Launch with New Hire

Skydance Media has named Chris Hewish as Executive Vice President of Interactive, effective immediately. Hewish most recently served as Head of Studio and Publishing at virtual reality (VR) company Survios, and will now be responsible for overseeing development, partnerships, and new business opportunities at Skydance Interactive. At Survios, Hewish lead a team responsible for…

Practice Your Mixology Skills in Flairtender on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

DigitalBadger Design LLC is bringing its debut virtual reality (VR) videogame to Steam Early Access later this month, as Flairtender is set to arrive with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift plus Oculus Touch compatibility. Starting with the basics, players will earn cash to purchase new drinks, glasses, garnishes and more.   Flairtender includes a…