Preview: Lola and the Giant – A Little Adventure With A Lot Of Heart

Climax Studios’ previous virtual reality (VR) titles like Bandit Six, Gun Sight and Hunters Gate , are all gun toting action romps, with the first two for Gear VR and the latter on Google Daydream. The studio is going for a somewhat different tact with its next Daydream project, a quaint little adventure called Lola and the Giant.…

Preview: Term1nal – Hacking gets a VR makeover

Force Field VR, the studio behind the recently launched Landfall on Oculus Rift, debuted its next project at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017, a stealthy hacking adventure that’ll support Samsung Gear VR called Term1nal. Rather than the all out action of Landfall, Terminal goes for a far more thoughtful approach, demonstrating even at this early stage a nuanced approach…

Panorama’s showcase UK Parliament’s 360 App

Earlier this week VRFocus reported on Aardvark 360, specialist 360-degree content creators, launching an immersive app that takes viewers on a tour of the UK Houses of Parliament. To promote the app several panoramic images have now been released. The images below showcase the iconic Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster, from the House…

The VR Job Hub: nDreams, Baobab Studios, Skydance Interactive and more

Whether you’re an experienced designer, programmer, engineer, or maybe you’ve just been inspired after reading VRFocus articles, the jobs listed here are located worldwide, from major game players to humble indie developers – the one thing they all have in common is that they are all jobs in VR. View the new listings below for more information:…

Ghost in the Shell AR experience launched by YouCam Makeup and Paramount Pictures

Perfect Corp., the company behind apps such as YouCam Makeup, YouCam Perfect and YouCam Fun, has announced a partnership with Paramount Pictures creating an augmented reality (AR) experience to promote the upcoming theatrical release of Ghost in the Shell. As part of the collaboration, YouCam will be introducing in-app virtual filters inspired by the film’s female characters. In…

UK retailer Game makes big push into VR

UK retailers have been slowly getting into the virtual reality (VR) field, offering a range of head-mounted displays (HMDs), demos, and other related peripherals. GAME, one of the largest specialist companies on the high street is making an even bigger push, with a recent mailshot detailing massive range of hardware and promotions. The retailer is…

This Week in VR Sports: NHL Celebrates 125th Anniversary of the Stanley Cup and Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2017

For VRFocus’ weekly roundup of virtual reality (VR) related sporting goodness the NHL is celebrating 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup and the recent Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2017 saw VR broadcast popularity and engagement growing by 200 percent. Intel and ESL Welcome 173,000 Fans to the Extreme Masters Katowice 2017 Last month VRFocus reported on ESL and SLIVER.tv collaborating on a virtual esports…

HTC investing in VR business by selling Chinese phone factory

Ever since HTC became involved in the virtual reality (VR) industry its been investing more whilst the smartphone business continues to languish. That trend appears to be continuing as recent reports confirm the company will be selling one of its Chinese manufacturing facilities to put the funds into VR. Android Authority has reported that HTC will…

Explore a story through time and space in Waking the Glares on Oculus Rift

Italian indie developer Wisefool Studio has launched its first virtual reality (VR) title for Oculus Rift, a story driven adventure called Waking the Glare. Players are cast as Dawnfall, a lost wanderer who travels in a fragmented universe where time and space are twisted. That is until a mysterious voice starts to guide him on a journey,…

PlayStation VR’s Headmaster updated with new levels and PS4 Pro enhancements

Today Frame Interactive has announced a major update for its PlayStation VR videogame Headmaster. Titled ‘Party Mode Update’, it adds enhancements to multiplayer, PlayStation 4 Pro support and more. As the name suggests, the big inclusion for the update is a beefed up local multiplayer. Renamed ‘Party Mode’, nine levels have been added, some are remixes…

Starfighter Inc.’s second Kickstarter campaign goes live

Earlier this week VRFocus reported on Impeller Studios announcing at PAX East it would be taking a second shot at Kickstarter success for space combat simulator Starfighter Inc. Its first campaign almost succeeded in 2015 having reached $226,831 USD out of $250,000. Now the studio aims to hit $150,000. Developed as a as spiritual successor…

Registrations for SIGGRAPH 2017 now open

January saw the opening of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) submissions for the 44th annual SIGGRAPH conference being held later this year. While those are still ongoing until 21st March, for those interested in attending the event, registrations are now open. This year’s conference chair is Jerome Solomon, Dean of the College at Cogswell…

Jaunt launches Indie Pic World celebrating Independent Filmmakers

Prolific producer and distributor of 360-degree content, Jaunt, has announced the launch of the Indie Pics world, aimed at promoting indie filmmakers whilst providing a dedicated resource for creatives. For the launch today, Indie Pics will home a dozen immersive experiences from filmmakers including Steye Hallema, Boston McConnaughey, and John Hudson. Jaunt envisioned the new portal as a place…

Preview: Augmented Empire – Coatsink goes tactical for this mobile RPG

If you could name a developer that knows how to make good mobile virtual reality (VR) titles, Coatsink would likely be up near the top. Having launched Esper and Esper 2 for Samsung Gear VR – both of which have seen positive reviews – the studio has now moved away from the first-person perspective with its next…

UK VR Market Valued At £61m Reports Ukie

Videogame trade body Ukie held its annual Games Industry Market Valuation event today, revealing the value of UK market to be £4.33bn GBP in 2016. As part of the report Ukie highlighted the role virtual reality (VR) had to play valuing its market share at £61.3m. This is the first time Ukie has included VR in its overall valuation…

Raw Data comes to Oculus Touch today

Survios’ first-person shooter (FPS) Raw Data has been a big success for the studio on HTC Vive. It’s got a ‘very positive’ rating on Steam and just over a month after it launched in mid-2016, the developer announced the title has already brought in $1 million USD in sales. Then in February Survios revealed the videogame would…

WeMakeVR unveils new surreal 360 short Ashes to Ashes

WeMakeVR, a virtual reality (VR) production company based in Amsterdam has launched its latest project, a 10-minute immersive film that mixes CGI with live-action filmmaking called Ashes to Ashes. Shot entirely in one take, Ashes to Ashes began as an internal experiment before being further developed at the VR Days Europe in 2015. The film tells the story of a…

Google Cardboard title Dead Target VR coming to Daydream

VNG Game Studios, a developer in Vietnam, announced at the recent Google Daydream/Tango Code Lab’s event that it’ll be bringing its mobile shooter Dead Target: Zombie to Google Daydream. Dead Target VR, originally launched for Google Cardboard, will be upgraded for for the new head-mounted display (HMD) adding mechanics for the controller such as: shooting, reloading, and throwing grenades. The developer…

Benchmark your GPU for free with NVIDIA’s FCAT VR app

There are several ways PC users can test their systems to see if they can handle virtual reality (VR). Oculus has its own, and there are benchmarking apps from companies such as Futuremark that can also do the job. Back in 2013 GPU manufacturer NVIDIA launched its benchmarking tool FCAT for free and now its…

Preview: Sparc – Dodgeball gets a futuristic makeover

CCP Games has made a name for itself in the virtual reality (VR) industry with its popular sci-fi shooters, EVE: Valkyrie and Gunjack. Both have seen launches across a variety of head-mounted display (HMD) platforms, building a reputation for high quality experiences. For its next project, CCP has stuck with its tried and tested futuristic theme, but…

Crytek drops price of Robinson: The Journey for PlayStation VR

Not long after Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) released PlayStation VR into the world Crytek launched its first title for the platform Robinson: The Journey. Today the developer has announced a price reduction for the videogame. The drop in price is permanent rather than a limited time offer, bringing the cost down to $49.99 USD/€49.99 EUR/£44.99 GBP (it previously…

Vuze VR prosumer camera now shipping to customers

At SXSW today, HumanEyes Technologies will be officially launching its Vuze VR camera, with shipments already dispatched to consumers who’ve pre-ordered. Priced at $799.00 USD/€995.00 EUR, the Vuze VR camera is being marketed at the higher end of the consumer market, above rivals such as Samsung Gear 360 and Ricoh Theta S. While these are 360-degree…

O2 rolling out three VR experiences to stores

Today telecom company O2 has announced a series of brand new virtual reality (VR) experiences available in its stores, from getting up close to the England Rugby team or exploring the O2 Academy. There’s going to be three pieces of content for customers to try, with the first involving the England Rugby team. Using a mixture of…

Boutique Audio Company HOBO Audio Launches VR Division

HOBO, an audio post studio, has announced the launch of a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) division whilst forming alliances with studios East Coast Digital and Hidden Content, to offer clients a full service for immersive content creation. The services the companies will offer shall range from concepting through production, post, music and final audio mix in an immersive 360…

Google’s creating higher quality streamed video with Equi-Angular Cubemaps

The world is used to watching videos on YouTube and depending on bandwidth, altering the resolution to get a steady stream, regardless of quality. For immersive 360-degree content however that’s not as easy. While poor internet speeds can ruin virtual reality (VR) viewing, low resolutions can also destroy immersion and make content an unwatchable mess. So…

UNLTD debuts trailer for VR TV series Trinity at SXSW

Almost a year ago virtual reality (VR) content company UNLTD announced the start of production for a live-action interactive film project called Trinity. Today at the SXSW Film Festival, its released the first teaser trailer for the series. Trinity is an immersive science-fiction movie experience set in a grim future where mankind is now extinct. Left behind are androids fighting a final…