Xenko Game Engine: A New Way To Develop Better VR Games

Today Silicon Studio launched its videogame development engine Xenko, allowing developers no matter the size to build content across multiple platforms. Part of the team attended the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco last month and VRFocus caught up with Silicon Studio’s Product Manager Pierre Rahier to find out more. The company want’s to make…

HTC Vive X Studio Surreal VR Releases Drone Fighters on Steam Early Access

Today Surreal VR, an indie videogame development studio that’s part of HTC Vive X has announced the launch of its second virtual reality (VR) title Drone Fighters. Arriving on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Touch support, Drone Fighters, is an aerial combat experience featuring an assortment of drones. For this initial release players will…

The Unspoken VR Tournament Coming Soon to Microsoft Stores

Today Oculus has announced a collaboration with Microsoft, Insomniac Games, Intel, ASUS, and ESL for The Unspoken VR Tournament. Taking place in Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada, The Unspoken VR Tournament will allow participants to test out their sorcery skills on the Oculus Touch. Beginning on 13th May, 80 stores across the two countries will…

Radial-G: Infinity-X Confirmed for Gear VR Release This Week

You may recall back in 2015 when Tammeka Games released an Android version of its virtual reality (VR) racer called Radial-G: Infinity. An offshoot of Radial-G: Racing Revolved, the mobile version went down the endless runner route and today the studio has confirmed a release date for the Samsung Gear VR version, Radial-G: Infinity-X. Just like the Android version, Radial-G: Infinity-X is…

Oculus Unveils Ninth VR for Good Project Step to the Line

Back in May 2016, Oculus announced its VR for Good initiative, a six week programme for students. One of the areas covered was 360-degree filmmaking and today Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has released the ninth project to be made, Step to the Line. As Zuckerberg explains in his posting: “One of the most powerful side effects…

Nokia Partners with Lucasfilm for Star Wars: The Last Jedi VR Experience

Fans of the Star Wars franchise will be happy to hear that Nokia has announced a multi-year partnership with Lucasfilm providing immersive behind-the-scenes content, with the first film being Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The virtual reality (VR) agreement between the two companies will see The Walt Disney Studios utilise Nokia OZO cameras as well as its software…

Lenovo’s VR Headset Could be Arriving this Summer

The competition in the virtual reality (VR) headset space looks like it’ll be hotting up over the course of 2017, with new details emerging that Lenovo’s Windows Holographic head-mounted display (HMD) looks set to arrive this August at a highly competitive price. Via Twitter, Ross McDougall, a Lenovo Insider, has detailed several unreleased specs…

LucidCam Taking its Upgraded 4K Model to NAB 2017

During CES 2017 in January, Lucid VR revealed an upgraded version of its 3D point-and-shoot camera, LucidCam. The new model now features 4K image capture for both lenses, and today Lucid VR has announced it’ll be taking the device to NAB 2017 this week. Unlike 360-degree cameras such as Samsung’s Gear 360, or Insta360 Air, which…

Gear VR’s Vyom: The Combat Adds Support for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

A couple of months ago indie developer Ojas VR Studios launched its space-based shooter Vyom: The Combat for Samsung Gear VR. Today the team announced support for Samsung’s two new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. With both devices offering more CPU and GPU power thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, this has enabled Ojas VR Studios…

Rez Infinite Creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi to Reflect on Career at Develop:Brighton

In July, one of Europe’s leading conferences for videogame developers, Develop:Brighton, will return for 2017. Speaker submissions opened in February and today organiser, Tandem Events, has announced renowned Japanese developer Tetsuya Mizuguchi will be giving a talk looking back over his career. Mizuguchi has been in the videogame business for 27 years, with a varied career…

Head to Vegas and go Hunting in Arizona Sunshine’s Undead Valley

At CES 2017 Vertigo Games debuted an upcoming update for its popular first-person shooter (FPS) Arizona Sunshine, called Undead Valley. Today that update has gone live, taking players across the Arizona-Nevada border to Las Vegas. Undead Valley is a Horde mode map set in a zombie-infested old transport warehouse-turned-underground casino, challenging players to mix up their strategies by…

Review: Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

Making a video game based upon another mediums franchise can be filled with pitfalls. More often than not the final product never lives up to the expectations of fans, either deviating from the core material or just a haphazard job that’s been rushed out to cash in. Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty has built up a strong…

Bandit Six: Combined Arms: Achievements, Cheats, Tips & Tricks

Earlier this week Climax Studios launched Bandit Six: Combined Arms for PlayStation VR, combining the developer’s two Samsung Gear VR titles, Bandit Six and Bandit Six: Salvo. The video game features 27 PlayStation Trophies to unlock, all of which VRFocus has listed below. Bandit Six: Combined Arms includes 42 levels across land, sea and air to work through, as well as unlockables, perks and…

Framestore Becomes Creative and Technology Partner for Facebook’s Surround 360 Camera

Today Facebook announced two new 360-degree cameras, x24 and x6, updating last year’s open source Surround 360. Now Framestore – a creative studio behind Game of Thrones’ Ascend The Wall and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR for Daydream View – has revealed its an official creative and technology developer for the new devices. Framestore worked with Facebook…

Share Your Favourite VR Experiences with Facebook’s 360 Capture SDK

If you’ve ever been playing a virtual reality (VR) videogame, had a really good experience or a once in a lifetime run through a level, you’ve probably wanted to share that with friends. While screenshots capture a glimpse, they don’t give the same level of immersion. Today Facebook has announced a solution to solve that,…

F8 2017: Going 360 with Giroptic and Facebook

The second day of Facebook’s 10th annual F8 conference has begun and the event has been awash with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). For the second keynote Facebook has announced a collaboration with 360-degree camera maker Giroptic, giving all attendees a Giroptic iO device. VRFocus got the chance to sit down with the company’s COO, Pascal Brochier,…

GIROPTIC iO Partners With Facebook, All F8 Attendees Getting Camera

Today is the second and final day of Facebook’s F8 conference and for attendees the company has a little surprise in store. Facebook has partnered with 360-degree camera maker GIROPTIC and will be giving every attendee one of the new GIROPTIC iO camera’s. GIROPTIC iO is fully integrated with Facebook Live, enabling users to easily livestream…

x24 and x6 Facebook Surround 360 Camera’s Revealed

The main Facebook F8 keynote may have been full of surprises but the company has kept some more for today. CTO Mike Schroepfer has taken to the stage to announce two updates to the Facebook Surround 360 camera, the x24 and x6. Schroepfer didn’t reveal many details for the two new cameras but from the images…

Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint Stars in VR Episode of Snatch

Snatch, an original scripted drama that airs on Sony Pictures Television’s Crackle has been renewed for a second season in 2018. As part of the project – which stars Rupert Grint from the Harry Potter films – an immersive 6-minute, 360-degree interactive episode has been made, launching later this year. Co-produced by Future Lighthouse, the experience transports viewers into…

Nokia Announce Next Generation Tech for OZO

Today Nokia has unveiled plans to advance the OZO platform with a range of new technologies dubbed ‘OZO Reality’. There are several parts to Nokia’s upgraded ecosystem. Firstly there’s OZO+, an enhanced version of its professional virtual reality (VR) camera solution that captures stereoscopic 360-degree video and 360×360 spatial sound. OZO+ has been designed to provide even better professional-grade images,…

SLIVER.TV to Livestream the DreamHack ASTRO Open in VR

Over the last few months Sliver.tv has become the go-to provider for immersive coverage of esports entertainment. Today the company announced livesteam coverage of the DreamHack ASTRO Open Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament at DreamHack Austin this month. For the broadcast Sliver.tv will be including additional functionality for spectators, enabling them to select from multiple virtual cameras…

HTC Vive Releases New Tracker Project Code and Tutorials to Tinker With

When HTC Vive launched the Vive Tracker earlier this year it saw phenomenal interest in the device, receiving over 2,300 submissions from the developer community, with only 1,000 free trackers available. Today the company the company has announced several new experiences for developers to download and begin playing with. The Vive Tracker was unveiled at CES 2017 and…

Fierce Kaiju Confirm Gear VR Controller Support for Viral: Quarantine

Last October VRFocus reported on British virtual reality (VR) developer Fierce Kaiju returning to Samsung Gear VR to update its Viral franchise. Viral: Quarantine is a remix of the original, this time adding less linear gameplay and more weapon options. The studio has also revealed to VRFocus that Viral: Quarantine will support the new Gear VR Controller. Paul Colls, the Creative…

Impulse Gear Release New Story Trailer for Farpoint as Title Goes Gold

There’s less than four weeks to go until Impulse Gear release first-person shooter (FPS) Farpoint on PlayStation VR. Set to become one of the biggest releases for the head-mounted display (HMD) this year, the studio has announced the title has gone gold and revealed a brand new story trailer. Farpoint is a single-player narrative experience that also features…

F8 2017: Facebook Spaces and AR Innovation

Today Facebook has begun its 10th annual F8 conference in California and its sure had its fair share of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) announcements. VRTV’s Nina is on the ground at the event to bring you first hand coverage of what’s been going on. The big news for the event has been…

Oculus Open Source React VR Allowing Devs to Rapidly Build Immersive Experiences

As you’d expect from Facebook, the F8 conference is a highly social themed event with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) both having a big part to play. While VRFocus has covered the big keynote announcements today – Facebook Spaces, ARstudio and Zuckerberg’s cryptic talk about camera’s – there’s been more quietly going on….

Bullet Sorrow VR Leaves Steam Early Access, New Demo Now available

Four months ago VikingVRStudio released its first-person shooter (FPS) Bullet Sorrow VR on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive. Since then Oculus Rift support has been added and this week the video game has fully released for both platforms. Bullet Sorrow VR was built as an intense FPS for VR and with the official launch adds further gameplay elements…