Turn Your Opponents to Scrap Metal with HTC Vive’s Mech League Boxing

In the future violent sports won’t feature actual human combat, instead its going to be all about giant robots smashing each others face in, or so developer VRGEN imagines with its virtual reality (VR) title for HTC Vive, Mech League Boxing. Arriving on Steam Early Access today, Mech League Boxing is an energetic fighting videogame whose premise is…

SUPERHOT VR Coming to HTC Vive This Week

A few weeks ago the team behind SUPERHOT VR released a teasing tweet showing just a logo, the HTC Vive logo to be precise, without going into any further details. That wait is almost over with the studio finally confirming a release date for SUPERHOT VR, 25th May 2017. Originally an exclusive release for Oculus…

Nvidia Release Game Ready Driver for Star Trek: Bridge Crew

On Tuesday, 30th May, Star Trek fans will be able to board their favourite space ship like never before when Ubisoft finally releases the much delayed Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Coming to PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the PC versions will be optimised for Nvidia graphics cards from today as the company has released its…

The VR Society Announces the First ‘The Art of VR’ Festival in NYC

The VR Society has announced it’ll be launching a new virtual reality (VR) focused festival in New York City next month called The Art of VR. A public, two-day event, The Art of VR festival will be showcasing the myriad ways VR and augmented reality (AR) are currently being used within fine art, museums, dance, theatre, film…

VR at Retail: Are Expectations Too Low?

There’s always a catch 22 situation with new technology platforms, especially in the video game industry. For a new piece of hardware to do well it needs great content. It doesn’t matter how good the specs might be, or some amazing new feature, if there’s nothing to play then it’s not going to sell. On…

Mizuguchi: ‘I will definitely continue evolution’ of Synesthesia Suit

Enhance Games’ Rez Infinite was well received when it arrived for PlayStation VR last year as a followup to the original Dreamcast title. Fans of the experience – and regular VRFocus readers – will also have heard of (or maybe even tried) the studio’s Synesthesia Suit, a device designed to enhance the experience with haptics. Development is continuing…

Jetman Releases First Trailer for Kowloon’s Gate VR: Suzaku on PlayStation VR

Japanese developer Jetman has recently released its first trailer for PlayStation VR experience Kowloon’s Gate VR: Suzaku. The video is a teaser to say the least, revealing very little about the videogame or its gameplay. With dramatic music and fleeting imagery, the trailer will certainly leave viewers with more questions than answers. VRFocus first reported on…

PlayStation VR’s Farpoint Debuts at Number 2 in UK Sales Chart

Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE’s) virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) Farpoint launched last Tuesday and has proven to be a highly popular purchase – in the UK – with the title debuting at number two in the UK sales charts. It is currently the only VR experience to feature in the charts – Resident Evil 7…

The Chelsea Flower Show Embraces Virtual Reality

You may not think of the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show as a hub for technological innovation but the event has embraced some of the latest immersive solutions. For this years event, civil engineering contractor BAM Nuttall has partnered with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to create a virtual walkthrough scan inside the Great Pavilion. Using Matterport…

London City Airport Integrating AR for Air Traffic Control

With the implementation of augmented reality (AR) in both the entertainment and enterprise sectors ever increasing, companies are finding the technology can be applied for all manner of use cases. One of the latest is in air traffic control, with London City Airport in the process of building a 50-metre tower packed with HD cameras to…

VR UniBlock Develops Low Latency Wireless Technology Without Compression

VR Uniblock, a company that aims to create a universal hardware platform, has revealed its low latency wireless video transmission technology that works without ever compressing or decompressing the data. High-end wireless head-mounted displays (HMDs) will be one of the next key breakthroughs for the virtual reality (VR) industry, and companies like TPCast and VR UniBlock…

Social on Mobile and VR Combine in a Rave

Whether its a developer or manufacturer in virtual reality (VR) one thing they’re all trying to showcase are the social aspects of the technology. From Facebook Spaces, to AltspaceVR, vTime, Pluto VR, Geekzonia and many more, there’s a growing list of applications that’ll let users chat and hang out with each other in VR. But what…

Review: Term1nal

When you think of cyber crime – hackers infiltrating government institutions, banks, multinationals and so on – it likely equates to people sat behind a monitor going through lines of code, which doesn’t exactly make for a gripping videogame. So developers have thought of numerous ways to make the process far more interesting and engaging…

Life In 360°: Sun, Sea and Pigs

When you think about swimming at the beach, in crystal clear blue waters what sort of wildlife do you think of? Dolphins, tropical fish, manatees, maybe some stingray or the odd shark or two? One animal that you might not consider is the humble pig, which you might come across if you head to the…

Google Plans to Close the Gap Between PC and Mobile Graphics with Seurat

While Google’s I/O conference has plenty of interesting news for consumers, the majority of it is geared towards developers, helping them build, create and maximise the potential for their future or current projects. In terms of virtual reality (VR) the company aims to increase the graphical fidelity of mobile experiences with a project called Seurat.…

Enter a World of Cyber Crime with Term1nal on Gear VR

Force Field VR, the studio behind Oculus Rift title Landfall, has launched its next virtual reality (VR) title, a stealthy puzzle experience called Term1nal for Samsung Gear VR. Term1nal revolves around the story of Flynn Lightman, a highly skilled hacker, who specialises in remotely controlling androids from the safety of his secret hide-out. Hired to infiltrate a data security and advanced robotics…

Google 2.0 Euphrates to Make Daydream Even More Social

It’s day two of Google I/O and after the announcements yesterday the company has gone into further detail about its virtual reality (VR) plans. So today Google has revealed Daydream 2.0 Euphrates, the next version of its operating that’s been designed to work with mobile and the upcoming standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs). Mike Jazayeri, Director…

Anshar Studios Space Combat Title Detached Leaves Early Access

Last year Anshar Studios released its first virtual reality (VR) title on Steam Early Access, a space combat experience called Detached for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Today the developer has announced Detached has fully released for both platforms. If you’ve not been following VRFocus’ coverage of Detached, the title is a PvP shooter that puts players inside a space suit and…

Realfiction Unveils Mixed Reality Display ‘DeepFrame’

Realfiction, a Copenhagen, Denmark-based company that specialises in mixed reality (MR) solutions has revealed its latest product, a display called DeepFrame. DeepFrame’s patent pending technology takes an image from a curved video screen which is then deflected and enlarged using a custom-made glass optic. Currently 64 inches (115x115cm) in size, the screen appears as a clear transparent window which is…

Google Expeditions to get AR Support This Year

Google’s I/O conference this week has got off to a sensational start in terms of virtual reality (VR) announcements. The company has revealed work on a new Daydream standalone headset that’ll be made by HTC and Lenovo. It also had news to share regarding augmented reality (AR), revealing that its Expeditions initiative will be bringing…

Google Announces Standalone Headset to be Made by HTC and Lenovo

Google’s currently holding its annual I/O conference today detailing plenty of plans for the future. Saving virtual reality (VR) to the end the company has announced a brand new head-mounted display (HMD) that’s completely standalone. Making the reveal was Clay Bavor, vice president of VR at Google, who said the company had been working alongside…

More Neon Shenanigans With a Second Polybius Gameplay Video

At the weekend VRFocus released its first gameplay video for Polybius, the new retro arcade shooter from Llamasoft. Now for your visual viewing we’ve got another Polybius video showcasing more of this psychedelic experience. This video continues where the last one finished, with loads of action going on if you can keep up with it all. As an endless…

Hammerhead VR releases Episode 2 of Horror Experience Syren

In February, Hammerhead VR launched virtual reality (VR) horror title Syren for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Today the studio has announced the first DLC for the videogame, continuing the story from the first release with Syren Episode 2. In this second installment of Syren players take on the role of a CIA agent sent into the underwater station to find…

Smashbox Arena Hosting Free Weekend on Steam to Celebrate Zotac Cup Masters

Team-based online multiplayer Smashbox Arena will be having a free Steam weekend for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive players in celebration of the Zotac Cup Masters. Smashbox Arena will headline a virtual reality (VR) esport exhibition match during the upcoming tournament on 2nd June 2017. Zotac, HTC Vive, ESL and BigBox VR are creating a VR invitational that’ll be globally livestreamed on…

Review: Symphony of the Machine

Virtual reality (VR) puzzle titles are fairly abundant, offering a range of brain challenging experiences to get your head around. Australian indie developer Stirfire Studios has released its first foray into this field with Symphony of the Machine, an easy going, light-bending videogame that’s enjoyable to play but feels like it ends far too soon. Set on…

Owlchemy Labs Release First Patch for Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

When Owlchemy Labs and Adult Swim Games released Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality last month its fair to say quite a few virtual reality (VR) gamers were looking forward to its arrival. And while hype doesn’t always help the launch of a videogame the title didn’t disappoint, receiving praise from media outlets – checkout VRFocus‘ 5-star review. But…

IMAX VR Centres to Showcase VR Experience Raising a Rukus

In March, VRFocus reported on The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) announcing work on an original animated virtual reality (VR) animated series called Raising a Rukus. Today, IMAX Corporation has revealed a partnership between the two that’ll see the first episode of Raising a Rukus debut at the flagship IMAX VR Centre in Los Angeles this Friday, 19th May. The animated VR…

Get Those Walking Boots on as Niantic Announces Pokémon GO Adventure Week

Pokémon GO may have been last summers videogame phenomenon, crashing servers worldwide, and causing all sorts of chaos with players wandering here, there and everywhere to catch those elusive digital creatures. While the furore has certainly died down developer Niantic Labs is keeping interest alive with a new promotion next week called Pokémon GO Adventure Week. Starting on…

World of Warships to Launch Virtually Inside HMS Cavalier for London Tech Week

Wargaming.net, the developer behind World of Tanks and World of Warships, has announced a partnership with Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Ballista Media, as well as Google Arts & Culture, on a virtual reality (VR) experience called Virtually Inside HMS Cavalier. An immersive exploration of the last of the British Royal Navy C-class WWII destroyers, the developer will be holding a launch event…