Defining Windows Mixed Reality Ultra: VR for the Core Audience

It was recently revealed that many of the Windows 10 Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs), including those from Lenovo and Acer, would operate with integrated graphics chips without the necessity of a dedicated GPU. However, alongside the launch of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Mixed Reality will come ‘Windows Mixed Reality Ultra’:…

Preview: The Invisible Hours – A VR Murder Mystery

Tequila Works is a studio that shot to fame with the hugely successful Deadlight back in 2012. The output from small studio has since been relatively slow, but with three new titles this year – The Sexy Brutale, Rime and the virtual reality (VR) exclusive The Invisible Hours – Tequila Works looks set to cash-in…

Creating Lifelike Avatars: The Next Frontier for VR Gaming

Anyone who’s played a virtual reality (VR) videogame will tell you about the wholly immersive nature of the medium; how the technology can take interactive experiences far beyond that of a traditional 2D monitor. But in the same breath, they would often acknowledge that there’s still some distance yet to travel before VR fulfils its…

VR Vs. AAA Videogames & Their Publishers

To many virtual reality (VR) aficionados, last week’s announcement that Rockstar Games would be bringing L.A. Noire to the HTC Vive is the latest in a long line of AAA videogame publishers taking their time to recognise the potential of the medium. To most however, it’s an early bet on a technology that isn’t yet…

Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV Price & Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed

Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV was recently confirmed to have been pushed back to a November release date, and now a pre-order incentive has arrived for those looking to dive in at launch. The PlayStation VR exclusive title will launch on 21st November 2017, as previously confirmed, offering two special bonuses. In Monster of…

Review: Bloody Zombies

A side-scrolling beat-‘em-up may not have been high on your list for expected virtual reality (VR) experiences, and yet UK studio nDreams have brought one to high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) as their second title for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. In doing so, the publisher has made a landmark statement about 2D visuals…

Become a Superhero: The Best Super-Human VR Experiences

Superheros and virtual reality (VR) seem to fit together perfectly. Unlike traditional videogames, VR allows players to actually feel the experience of becoming a superhero opposed to simply watching as the action unfolds. Developers have already taken note of this, with a huge selection of superhero action videogames already available in VR. Beginning back in…

ProjectM Brings Lifelike Avatars to VR in Two New Experiences

EVR Studio has launched the long awaited ProjectM on Steam. Compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, ProjectM arrives in two editions showcasing the visual fidelity and AI driven digital characters set to be featured in a forthcoming videogame project. ProjectM: Dream, originally revealed in May 2016, is a virtual reality (VR) experience that demonstrates…

Watch the Story of The Lost Bear Come to Life on PlayStation VR

OddBug Studios and Fabrik Games launched the PlayStation VR exclusive, The Lost Bear, to critical acclaim earlier this week. For those VRFocus readers still on the fence, we’ve prepared a gameplay video showcasing six minutes of the videogame in action. Walnut, on her quest to rescue her lost teddy bear, has fallen deep into a…

Watch the Story of The Lost Bear Come to Life on PlayStation VR

OddBug Studios and Fabrik Games launched the PlayStation VR exclusive, The Lost Bear, to critical acclaim earlier this week. For those VRFocus readers still on the fence, we’ve prepared a gameplay video showcasing six minutes of the videogame in action. Walnut, on her quest to rescue her lost teddy bear, has fallen deep into a…

Create VR and AR with No Experience in SpatialStories

apelab, a Swiss-American company, partnered with Technicolor to deliver SpatialStories earlier this year. A tool that will help optimise your virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications without coding, SpatialStories currently works for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and HoloLens, with support for Apple ARKit and Google ARCore coming soon. SpatialStories is…

Sports Bar VR Adds PC/PlayStation 4 Cross-Play, New Mini-Games and More

Cherry Pop Games has today announced the release of its highly anticipated cross-play update for Sports Bar VR, for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The update, labelled Sports Bar VR 2.0, is available to download for all three platforms now. In addition to cross-play between PC and PlayStation 4 formats, Sports Bar VR…

The Lost Bear Launches with Discount for PlayStation Plus Members

Fabrik Games has today launched The Lost Bear a unique 2D adventure designed for PlayStation VR, available now via the PlayStation Store. PlayStation VR owners who also subscribe to PlayStation Plus can benefit from a 10% price reduction for a limited time. The Lost Bear offers the player the opportunity to immerse themselves in a…

Download RIGS for Free with PlayStation Plus Now

One of the PlayStation VR’s biggest launch titles, RIGS: Mechanized Combat League, is now available for free to all PlayStation Plus subscribers. As previously reported by VRFocus, today’s update for the PlayStation Store offers the first PlayStation VR title to be included as a free download for PlayStation Plus members. RIGS: Mechanized Combat League is…

Review: The Lost Bear

Fabrik Games’ virtual reality (VR) debut was expected to come by way of the PlayStation VR edition of Filthy Lucre, however instead of acting as developer the team are publishing OddBug Studio’s debut as their entry into the new medium. The Lost Bear is a very different kind of videogame to Fabrik Games’ own steal-‘em-up,…

Microsoft Selling TPCast for HTC Vive in NA, Pre-Orders Now Available

The TPCast Wireless Adapter for HTC Vive opened European pre-orders last month, and today the pre-order campaign for North American has begun. The unlikeliest of partners, Microsoft, has kicked-off pre-orders through its online store. The TPCast Wireless Adapter is an easy-to-install wireless solution for HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) experiences. The head-mounted display (HMD) receiver…

Preview: Steel Alive – Sci-Fi Horror FPS Heads to Gear VR

The Samsung Gear VR has arguably had its day. While it remains one of the biggest selling virtual reality (VR) platforms currently available it has been outdone by both high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) and the aggressive price point of Google’s Daydream View. That said, there are still content creators looking to innovate on the platform,…

Capcom Reveal Monster Hunter VR Experience

Capcom’s push for virtual reality (VR) experiences has taken on new ground. Following the hugely successful Resident Evil 7: biohazard launched for PlayStation VR back in January of this year, another big franchise has received the VR treatment: Monster Hunter. Designed as an out-of-home experience, Monster Hunter X Circle of Saviors is a collaboration with…

Fight the Ice Dragon in Tales of Glacier on HTC Vive

Tales of Glacier has made its debut on Steam today, exclusively available for the HTC Vive. A first-person tower defence videogame designed specifically for virtual reality (VR), Tales of Glacier tasks the player with commanding various magical abilities as they face-off against a giant ice dragon. Tales of Glacier sets the scene with a snowy…

Former Sony Director of Strategic Content Reveals Debut VR Videogame: Chimera Zero

Shahid Ahmad stepped down from his position as Director of Strategic Content at Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), then known as Sony Computer Entertainment, back in 2015. Since then, Ahmad has been hard at work with Ultimatum Games, developing the studio’s first virtual reality (VR) videogame. Announcing his departure from SIE via a blog post, Ahmad…

Oomba Plans for VR eSports with GameWorks Acquisition

Oomba, Inc has announced that it has finalised the acquisition of the US location-based entertainment centres company, GameWorks. With this merger, the company plans to bring eSports stadium facilities to existing locations, employ Oomba tournament management software and aggressively expand with further GameWorks facilities and virtual reality (VR) installations. Set to be known as Oomba…

Batman and Jurassic World Get their own VR Headsets

Google Cardboard style virtual reality (VR) headsets are arguably going out of fashion. Despite a boom period post-launch in 2014, the trend to create cheap plastic editions of the headsets is slowly reducing due to crowded marketplace and the falling prices of high-end mobile VR head-mounted displays (HMDs). VRSE, however, seems to believe that the…

Play Gran Turismo Sport and Bravo Team on PlayStation VR at EGX this Month

This year’s EGX, Birmingham, is rapidly approaching and today Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has launched the registration system for booking an opportunity to get hands-on with the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD). Furthermore, the company has revealed the first two titles that will be offered for public demonstrations. Gran Turismo Sport is the long awaited…

Dell’s Mixed Reality Headset Named ‘Visor’, Controller Bundle Revealed

Dell has revealed that the company’s upcoming mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) for Windows 10 will be known as ‘Visor’. The product was already confirmed to be launching later this year at $349.99 USD with controllers also set to be available for $99.99, but now a retail bundle package has been revealed containing both…

Two Star Wars: The Last Jedi AR Apps Launch This Weekend

The campaign for the upcoming launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi officially begins punching this weekend, with ‘Force Friday II’ unveiling new Star Wars toys and products. As part of the event, marketing company Trigger has developed two Star Wars augmented reality (AR) consumer experiences Star Wars: The Last Jedi will hit cinemas on 15th December 2017,…

Preview: They Came from Space – And Now They Want Your Twitch Channel

Cloudgine’s cloud-based physics technology was the big surprise announcement going into this year’s Gamescom. Built from the ashes of Realtime Worlds – a studio which saw great success with the original Crackdown and sadly far less with APB – Cloudgine’s reveal showcased an impressive real-time physics solution that takes the processing demand away from the…

Become a Prison Boss from Inside Your Cell on HTC Vive

Trebuchet’s Prison Boss VR is available to download for HTC Vive, as reported earlier this month by VRFocus, published on Steam today. In Prison Boss VR you’ll find yourself incarcerated, with your only avenue of escape to fall deeper down the rabbit whole and committing crimes while on the inside. On your way up the…

Obduction includes PlayStation 4 Theme, Available Now

Cyan Inc.’s hugely popular Obduction is now available for PlayStation 4, including PlayStation VR compatibility, following a hugely successful PC release earlier this year. Inspired by classic adventure videogame titles Myst and Riven, Obduction offers alien landscapes for exploration as you test your logic in a variety of puzzles. Obduction began life as a Kickstarter…

Preview: Duck Season – Duck Hunt Comes to HTC Vive, but Why?

Los Angeles based Stress Level Zero made waves at the launch of the HTC Vive last year with Hover Junkers, a multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) videogame designed to take advantage of the many unique attributes of the hardware. The studio’s next title, Duck Season, seems to have the team looking backwards opposed to forward. Quite…

Preview: Sociable Soccer – Football’s Coming Home to VR

The imminent arrival of Sociable Soccer on Steam Early Access has been met with an enthusiastic response. The spiritual successor to the hugely popular 16-bit era Sensible Soccer, Sociable Soccer is designed to deliver the football videogame that FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer are shying away from; a sturdy experience born less of automated flash…