Making Space: Ubisoft Discuss Bringing Multiplayer VR Shooter Space Junkies To Life

Back at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year, VRFocus managed to get hands-on with Space Junkies behind closed doors, speaking with Adrian Lacy, Producer of Ubisoft Montpellier about the videogame. This multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) was shown again at Oculus Connect 4, where four players could fight two versus two in a futuristic map filled with…

Solve VR Puzzles In A Dystopian Future In Vertical Robot’s Red Matter

Tatiana Delgado the Co-Founder and Design Director of Vertical Robot, a Spanish development studio with a long history in making gaming talks to VRFocus about their first virtual reality (VR) puzzle adventure Red Matter at Oculus Connect 4 (OC4). Delgado explains that Red Matter is set in a dystopian sci-fi world in the grip of a Cold…

Catching up on Raindance Film Festival VRX Awards

Film festivals across the world have slowly started to embrace virtual reality (VR) and their new medium of immersive storytelling. This year, the Raindance Film Festival held the VRX Awards together with Facebook 360 and Blend Media hosted at the Mayfair Hotel in London. The VRX Awards had ten categories and showcased some exciting as…

Don’t Lose Sight Of Blind

Virtual reality (VR) is known for being truly immersive, blocking off your senses and is sometimes described as an ’empathy machine’. Blind was born at the 2014 global game jam where the devs took the ‘video’ out of ‘videogame’ and made players blind. By using a cane and tapping objects, soundwaves will bounce sound off objects and…

Ex-Sony Dev Russell Harding Details Elements That are key to AR and VR Creation

Several videogame experts from Sony were present at Open City Documentary Festival this year in London, and were brought in to discuss how gaming knowledge on interactivity has become essential when creating stories for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) storytelling. VRFocus spoke to Russell Harding, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Conspexit Games…

Dave Ranyard: What Makes a Great Immersive Experience?

VRFocus sat down with Dave Ranyard, CEO of Reality Dream Interactive at Open City Documentary Festival to talk about what he’s working on now, how artificial intelligence (A.I.) will change storytelling and the pitfalls of interactivity in immersive technologies. After twenty years of working at Sony on augmented and virtual videogames, Ranyard decided to set…

MIT Professor Believes AR & Connectivity Will Surpass Virtual Reality

The Open City Documentary Festival had many speakers discussing future immersive storytelling. VRFocus sat down with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor William Uricchio, who runs a research lab at MIT looking at how new technologies can help tell immersive stories in documentaries. Professor Uricchio is not only a lecturer but a historian as well….

Windows Mixed Reality: Launch, Halo, SteamVR and AltSpaceVR’s Saving Grace

Microsoft held a special ‘Windows Mixed Reality’ event today in San Francisco, using to showcase to make several big announcements, all of which firmly cement the company’s ambitions for the virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) space. All with the intentions of making it more affordable, accessible and social for consumers. With a new…

Vertigo Games Adds Single-Player Campaign Mode to Skyworld

Fans of strategy and virtual reality (VR) will have heard of Skyworld, a strategy game that combines turn-based and real-time strategy together to test your multi-tasking and logic. Since showcasing the game at Gamescom, Vertigo Games have added a single-player campaign to Skyworld in order to help players understand the game. VRFocus spoke to Trevor Blom,…

Test Your Rhythm in Beat Saber

Czech indie game studio Hyperbolic Magnetism got to work on Beat Saber when they realised there was no great rhythm based game in virtual reality (VR). They started developing the game back in 2016 and showcased it at Unite Amsterdam, where it quickly drew an audience with attendees trying to beat each other’s high score….

Become the Ultimate Manager and Soccer Team in Sociable Soccer

Fans of FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer will be happy that Sociable Soccer will be available for various virtual reality (VR) platforms. From the PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR, Steam Early Access and that includes Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Sociable Soccer is set to release early 2018 and here’s a video interview with Jon…

Mastering the Skies in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

What’s more beautiful than watching the clouds, sun and ocean beneath you? As you steer your fighter jet through the sky Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is a truly stunning videogame to experience and play in virtual reality (VR). Having played a few videogames on the PlayStation VR, this truly feels like you are flying in…

What It’s Like To Be An Invincible Superhero In Megaton Rainfall

VRFocus recently wrote an article about the top Superhero videogames coming to virtual reality (VR) and Megaton Rainfall popped up. VRFocus has covered Megaton Rainfall for a while, and went off the radar. However Nina got hands with Megaton Rainfall at Gamescom and can give you insight on what the game is like. The best way of describing Megaton Rainfall is like…

Nina is the Reason why Game Developers Make Horror Games Like Syndrome

Nina is not a big fan of VR horror videogames. This is self-evident if you’ve watched her try Paranormal Activity . If you are the type of person who enjoys horror videogames and like that scare factor of running around, helplessly trying to survive in the dark with barely any weapons or ammo. Then you’re in…

Skyworld is a Great Social VR Strategy Game for Friends

Announced back in 2015, Vertigo Games has been busy working on Skyworld adding Oculus Touch control support, as well as Microsoft’s new mixed reality headset this fall. After trying Skyworld at Gamescom on the HTC Vive this year, Nina explains how the social aspect of Skyworld helps create an immersive environment that is extremely beneficial in a virtual reality (VR) strategy…

Become a Table Tennis pro in Racket Fury and Join the Division of Steel

Announced back in March this year and developed by Polish indie videogame studio 10Ants Hill, Racket Fury is the perfect videogame for you if you love virtual reality (VR) or ping pong/table tennis. Set in a futuristic sci-fi setting your objective in the single-player campaign is to beat 16 opponents in order to get into the Division…

Bringing A Myth To Life In VR, Forge Reply Talk Theseus

You may well have seen the 360 degree trailer of Theseus on your Facebook timeline, Twitter, YouTube – or even on VRFocus. Following the videogame’s release on the PlayStation VR back in July, those on PC can look forward to play the it this Autumn on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Based around the popular Greek…

Realities Centre Open new VR Centre in Huckletree West, White City

For those based in London looking for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR) experiences, workshops, events or co-working space may have come across the Realities Centre, one of the leading innovation spaces for immersive technologies. Most of their events have been held in the Cocoon network in East London (4 Christopher…

Future AR Games and Apps for the new iOS11

At Apple’s special event, Apple revealed some exciting apps and videogames that Apple users would be able to download with the coming of iOS11. When Apple launched their ARKit, developers flocked at the opportunity to use augmented reality (AR) to the future Apple devices. Alti Mar from Directive Games demonstrated competitive multiplayer AR game The…

Adventuring with a Mouse in Moss on PlayStation VR

Upon its debut earlier this year, VRFocus thought Moss was one of the best PlayStation VR games at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). PolyArc’s Moss is an platform-puzzle videogame where the player interacts with the environment in order to help the little mouse Quill to defeat her enemies and solve puzzles. Nina from VRFocus talks about…

How Raindance Film Festival is Embracing VR and AR

Film festivals around the world have been slowly been accommodating the oncoming of virtual reality (VR). This is clear with Sundance Film Festival, Tribecca Film  Festival and even Cannes had a small section showcasing VR films and experiences. VRFocus spoke to Maria Rakusanova, VR and new Media Curator for Raindance Film Festival about how the…

Tactical Puzzle VR Game Hurl VR Tests Your Ability to Throw Balls

VRFocus covered Hurl VR in a previous post when it was announced this summer. At Gamescom in Cologne, Germany Nina spoke to Petra Malinauskas the Co-Founder of indie developer Rusty Oak. A ball throwing simulator that is coming to Steam for HTC Vive this summer, Hurl VR is a tactical puzzler that requires the player to…

Vertigo Games On How Skyworld Is A New Type Of VR Strategy Game

In 2015 Vertigo Games announced that they’d be working on a Steam VR title Skyworld. VRFocus managed to get hands on with Skyworld and speak to VR videogame designer Paul van der Meer of Vertigo Games. Designed for virtual reality (VR), Skyworld is a turn-based strategy videogame revolving around a circular table where you take command…

How to Re-enable VR in Alien: Isolation

Did you love Alien: Isolation? Do you like screaming for mercy and hiding in dark corners like you’re really there? In virtual reality (VR)? Well then you’re in the right place, as VRFocus has put together a guide to help dive you back into the world of Alien. If you haven’t heard already, Nibre has…

Welsh VR Horror Don’t Knock Twice Is All About Atmosphere and Choices

The new virtual reality (VR) title from Wales Interactive, Don’t Knock Twice, launched yesterday for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. At Gamescom VRFocus sat down with David Banner, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Wales Interactive to talk about how they started to develop Don’t Knock Twice. Don’t Knock Twice relies heavily on sound and atmosphere. Available…