Write Your Own Chronicles of Karnage on HTC Vive

Nordic Trolls’ highly anticipated first-person adventure title, Karnage Chronicles, is now available for HTC Vive via Steam Early Access. With Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR editions of the virtual reality (VR) videogame also in development, however it’s the roomscale equipped head-mounted display (HMD) that is being given first crack-of-the-whip. Karnage Chronicles casts the player as…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive Software

Content is king. That’s the truism we’ve come to learn from decades of hardware success stories and near-equal amounts of failures. Virtual reality (VR) may yet be waiting to find its ‘killer app’, but there’s still plenty to be excited about. A swathe of videogames, 360 degree videos, healthcare and education applications are already available…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: One Year On

The most important part of the decision making process for consumers when purchasing new hardware is invariably bang-for-your-buck, but what that means to the individual could be very unique. Is it the amount of features? The quality of the product? The software line-up? Or simply the price? With it now being just over one year…

Xenko Game Engine Launches with Free Edition

Silicon Studio has today launched the Xenko game engine, a new scaleable development platform for everything from mobile videogames to realistic virtual reality (VR) experiences and beyond. Xenko is free for educational use, small studios and individual users, with larger studios paying a nominal monthly fee. To celebrate the launch, Silicon Studio is offering all…

Insta360 Pro Now Available for Pre-Order

360 degree camera maker Insta360 has kicked off pre-orders for the Insta360 Pro, a six-lens professional camera that will allow creators to capture 8K virtual reality (VR) experiences and broadcast to the world live in immersive 360. The Insta360 Pro combines 360 and 360 3D imaging, live-streaming and advanced real-time image stitching technology in one…

Play Minigolf Forever in Zen Studios’ Infinite Minigolf

Zen Studios has today announced that Infinite Minigolf, the highly anticipated follow-up to Planet Minigolf, is coming to consoles and virtual reality (VR). The PC version of the videogame and the upcoming PlayStation 4 version will feature VR gameplay, allowing you to create, customise, and play your courses in a brand new way. Having…

Become a Red Planet Wanderer with Farpoint Pre-Order Bonus

PlayStation VR exclusive Farpoint was recently confirmed for release late this spring, both as a solo edition and with the PlayStation VR Aim controller. Following this announcement and the reveal of a co-operative gameplay mode, a pre-order incentive has now been made available. Farpoint throws the player to the edge of the universe as they…

IMAX to Expand VR Centre Initiative to New York, Manchester, Shanghai and Japan

Following the revelation of IMAX Corporation’s first quarter financial results, the company has pledged further investment in virtual reality (VR). This includes opening new ‘pilot VR centres’ across North America, UK, China and Japan. IMAX had previously announced a deal with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to develop three VR experiences based on highly anticipated films,…

Save £99 on Samsung Galaxy S7, Gear VR and Gear 360 Bundles

Following the official launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung has launched a special limited-time promotion to encourage you to join the virtual reality (VR) foray. A complete bundle including the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, a Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) and Gear 360 camera is now available at £99 GBP…

Palmer Luckey Returns to Social Media; Reveals RPG Videogame Development

It’s been a rough few months for Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey. Having suffered a backlash to the public outing of his support for Nimble America – an initiative that backed Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign by way of memes and similar internet-style advertising – and faced a court order for a considerable amount of…

Radial-G Now Support Oculus Touch

Tammeka Games has today confirmed that an update for popular virtual reality (VR) racing videogame, Radial-G: Racing Revolved, has brought support for the Oculus Touch motion-controllers to the title. The update is inherent to the Oculus Rift runtime, v1.14, which is rolling out to users now. Despite the update being a natural part of the…

IrisVR Reveals Multi-User VR Conference Call Technology

IrisVR has today announced a new feature for the company’s virtual reality (VR) software platform which will allow for multi-user conferencing. Multi-User VR Experiences for Prospect Pro will make its public debut at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Orlando, Florida next week. With Multi-User VR Experiences for Prospect Pro, users will be able to…

Turbo Button Bringing Friends onto Google Daydream Next Week

Indie developer Turbo Button is set to launch its debut Google Daydream title, Along Together, next week. Cast as an imaginary friend, the player must guide an adventurous child safely through a dangerous world when their real-life friend goes missing. Defined as ‘part point-and-click adventure and part environment puzzler’, the virtual reality (VR) exclusive videogame…

Guide Sheep Like Lemmings in Flocklore on Gear VR and Google Daydream

Independent studio Mindfield Games has today launched Flocklore, a new virtual reality (VR) action-puzzle videogame designed exclusively for mobile platforms. Now available for Samsung Gear VR with optional support for the new controller, Flocklore will also be coming to Google Daydream soon. In Flocklore, the player must shepherd a flock of bewildered sheep across over…

VRobot Stomps onto Steam Early Access

Virtual reality (VR) developer Luden.io, the team behind inMind and inCell, has today launched the studio’s latest title, VRobot, on Steam Early Access. The videogame casts the player as a giant robot with the singular goal of making the world a better place, by way of total destruction. The videogame sets the seen for explosive mayhem…

Facebook and AR: Why it’s Already Gone Wrong

Augmented reality (AR) is still many years from achieving its true potential; several years behind virtual reality (VR) by most accounts. However, that hasn’t stopped innovators working towards a grand ambition with a variety of both hardware and software, from the likes of Google Glass to Pokemon GO. While the latter was a gimmick (arguably…

Preview: Sparc – Don’t Stop Movin’

EVE Fanfest 2017 is underway; the annual event in which CCP Games talks about EVE Online, its spin-off titles and the many other properties that the company’s studios are working on. Unsurprisingly, Sparc is being showcased as a highlight of the event as while VRFocus had already been hands-on with the title at this year’s…

Play GT Sport in VR at Insomnia60

Last week saw the announcement that Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) would be bringing the PlayStation VR to Insomnia60, 14th – 16th April 2017, at Birmingham NEC. Today, booking will open for public appointments to get hands-on with a variety of PlayStation VR titles including the highly anticipated GT Sport. Insomnia60 will be the official public…

Rock Out to Judas Priest in Babaroga’s Road to Valhalla

Rhythm action videogames are becoming a new trend in virtual reality (VR) videogames. A year ago we had just Audio Shield on HTC Vive, then came Rez Infinite on PlayStation VR. More recently came the release of Rock Band VR for Ouclus Rift and Oculus Touch and Kickstarter campaign for Guitar Godz. Now though, Babaroga…

Excited for Summer Lesson? Pre-order to Win Hikari Miyamoto Figurine

The news that Bandai Namco Games Ltd. will be releasing a version of the forthcoming PlayStation VR exclusive, Summer Lesson, with English language subtitles has got the virtual reality (VR) early adopters in a bit of a stir. One of VR’s greatest curiosities will be available for all to play, and import specialists are working…

New Syndrome Screenshots Revealed

Following the confirmation last week that Syndrome would see release on PlayStation VR in the not too distant future, a selection of new screenshots from the videogame has appeared. A science-fiction horror title in virtual reality (VR), Syndrome charges the player with survival against the odds as their former crewmates vie for their blood. To…

Expect Extreme Papercuts in SVRVIVE’s Kartong – Death by Cardboard

SVRVIVE Studios has revealed to VRFocus a brand new videogame title, coming soon to HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR. Kartong – Death by Cardboard is currently in development for all three platforms with an expected Early Access release in Q2 2017. The first title from SVRVIVE Studios, SVRVIVE: The Deus Helix, proved a…

The Best ‘April Fools’ Gags from the VR Industry

It’s that day of the year which every journalist hates. 1st April, aka ‘April Fools Day’, is a day in which every news story that comes your way has to be scrutinised twice as hard. Some press releases are obviously intended for nothing more than a moment’s titillation, others walk a line far too close…

How to Keep Your PlayStation VR in Pristine Condition

The PlayStation VR launched late last year and by all accounts is performing quite well with the early adopters. However, along with having the opportunity to brag about your new piece of hardware comes the responsibility of keeping it in good condition; and with something like a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) – constantly…

21st April: The Relaunch of the Samsung Gear VR

Samsung and Oculus VR today announced the launch date and price for the new Samsung Gear VR motion-sensing controller. We all knew it was coming, but it’s good to have confirmation of when we can get hands-on with the device and how much it will cost us. What was more interesting about the announcement however,…

Limitless Partner with Second Life Creator for Interactive Character Technology

Limitless, Ltd., has today announced a technology partnership with High Fidelity, a 3D virtual world creation platform founded by the creator of Second Life, Philip Rosedale. The Limitless interactive character technology integration is now live inside High Fidelity, enabling users of High Fidelity’s open source software toolset to create, host, explore and interconnect shared virtual…

New Samsung Gear VR Web Browser Now Available

As part of the continued stream of announcements for the Samsung Gear VR taking place at the Samsung Unpacked event, New York, today, Oculus VR has announced the launch of a brand new web browser for the mobile virtual reality (VR) device. Available now, the Oculus Browser is available for all commercial editions of the…

What to Expect from Today’s Samsung Unpacked Event

Samsung are set to host the next instalment of the company’s series of ‘Unpacked’ events tonight, taking place in both New York and London simultaneously. The company’s virtual reality (VR) products are likely to feature heavily at the events, following the revelation of a new Samsung Gear VR controller at Mobile World Congress (MWC), Barcelona,…