Break a Leg’s First Chapter Coming to Samsung Gear VR this Month

In March VRFocus reported that Apelab would be releasing a new story-driven experience called Break a Leg for the launch of Samsung’s new Gear VR controller in April. That didn’t happen with the title getting delayed, but as it turns out not for long. The developer has just announced that Break a Leg’s first chapter will be coming…

IBM Watson’s Interactive Speech now Integrated into Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Last month Ubisoft released its biggest title yet for virtual reality (VR) platforms with Star Trek: Bridge Crew. VRFocus reported that the studio planned to add voice commands using IBM Watson integration in a future update, that update has now arrived. Using IBM Watson’s interactive speech and cognitive capabilities, Watson Speech to Text and Watson Conversation, players will…

Review: VR Slugger: The Toy Field

Baseball is often seen as a quintessential American sport – the World Series only features US teams unlike football’s World Cup – but it’s still popular around the world and usually features in videogames that include a mashup of sports. It’s the type of game that fits virtual reality (VR) really well, putting players inside massive…

It’s Time for Some Multiplayer Combat as the Echo Arena Beta Goes Live

Last week, just prior to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017 opening its doors – and between all those big press conferences – developer Ready at Dawn revealed during Intel’s conference that it’s upcoming space-based experience Lone Echo will also have an accompanying title, a multiplayer arena videogame called Echo Arena. While Echo Arena is scheduled for release next month,…

Coatsink to Release New Content for A Night Sky

Back in April Coatsink Software released a relaxing virtual reality (VR) experience exclusive to Samsung Gear VR called A Night Sky. Today the studio has announced the first content update for the videogame coming later this month. Due to arrive on 30th June, the additional content will include new performances and interactions with existing creatures, with an owl, a…

The BBC’s The Turning Forest Arrives on Samsung Gear VR

Towards the end of last year the BBC released virtual reality (VR) fairy tale, The Turning Forest for Google Daydream. This week the experience has now arrived for Samsung Gear VR. Produced by BBC Research & Development (R&D) in collaboration with VR production studio, VRTOV, The Turning Forest is a surreal immersive story, set in a magical forest with a…

MelodyVR Partners with Microsoft to Launch app Across all Windows MR Devices

A couple of weeks ago virtual reality (VR) music content platform MelodyVR revealed it had secured £5 million GBP in investment to expand its service. Now EVR Holdings plc which owns MelodyVR has announced a Global Partnership and Windows Mixed Reality (MR) App Collaboration Agreement with Microsoft, bringing the platform to every Windows MR device. MelodyVR and Microsoft…

Walkthrough Launches Virtual Home Tours in Austin and New York

Virtual reality (VR) technology isn’t just transforming the entertainment industry but many others as well. One of which is the real estate market, and VR company Walkthrough is providing the tools allowing consumers to virtually tour homes without the need to book an appointment. Today, the company has announced the expansion of its offerings launching…

Preview: Gunball – A Highscore Shooting Workout

Indie developers make up the mainstay of virtual reality (VR) content producers, creating a smorgasbord of experiences from quick fire, pickup and play titles to lengthier story driven adventures. For those that like their VR videogames in the first category REDspace Games has come up with an innovative little title called Gunball for HTC Vive, which…

Oculus Connect 4 Dates Revealed for October

Today Oculus has announced that its annual conference Oculus Connect (OC) will be taking place in October across two days at the San Jose McEnery Convention Centre, California. Running from 11th – 12th October 2017, at present only the date has been revealed with the Oculus blog stating: “We’ll share details on how to register and…

Game Cooks’ HTC Vive FPS VINDICTA now Available on Steam Early Access

If you love first-person shooters (FPS) the HTC Vive has got you covered, with titles such as Raw Data, Island 359, Space Pirate Trainer and many more. Now there’s another to add to that list with Game Cooks releasing its first title for HTC Vive, VINDICTA. Hoping to offer something new to the ever growing and crowded genre, VINDICTA’s unique selling…

Develop:Brighton Unveils Indie Showcase Shortlist 2017

The popular Develop:Brighton conference will be returning for another year next month and today organiser, Tandem Events, has announced the shortlisted videogames which will be part of the seventh Indie Showcase, four of which are virtual reality (VR) titles. Those selected are: Loco Dojo (Oculus Rift) by Make Real SVRVIVE: The Deus Helix (HTC Vive) by SVRVIVE…

MIT’s Play Labs VR/AR Accelerator Unveils its First Batch of Summer Startups

Back in January VRFocus reported on Bayview Labs, LLC and Seraph Group, announcing the launch of a startup accelerator looking at developing playful technology across a broad range of disciplines, including virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in conjunction with MIT called Play Labs. Today, Play Labs @ MIT has revealed the first 13 startups…

Bandai Namco Announce Immersive Japanese Entertainment Facility VR Zone Shinjuku

Today Bandai Namco has announced it’ll be opening a dedicated virtual reality (VR) facility in Japan, called VR Zone Shinjuku, set to be the biggest of its kind in the country. Set to open in Shinjuku Tokyo on Friday, 14th July,  VR Zone Shinjuku will house over 15 activities including: Dragon Ball VR“Master the Kamehameha”; Evangelion VR“The Throne…

KryptCrawler Coming to Oculus Rift and Gear VR in July

Just before Gamescom 2016, German studio CrazyBunch announced development of its next virtual reality (VR) title, a first-person dungeon explorer called KryptCrawler for Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. Today the team has revealed the title will be launching next month for both headsets. Using a combination of turn based and real-time combat gameplay, KryptCrawler challenges players across ten…

Preview: The Inpatient – A Dark Emotional Journey into the Mind

There’s nothing like a good horror videogame to showcase the immersive qualities of virtual reality (VR), and Supermassive Games knows this with its upcoming psychological experience The Inpatient for PlayStation VR. Making its debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017 last week, the title showcased a direction for the studio that enables players to choose an emotional…

Hands-on with Intel’s WiGig Wireless VR Technology

There are many things you could call the holy-grail of virtual reality (VR) technology. A bigger field-of-view (FoV), AAA rated content, 4k/8k+ screens for stunning visuals, or how about inside-out tracking. While all of these are important, what’s likely to interest consumers the most is wireless tech, untethering high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) from their PC’s….

Preview: Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – Top Gun for VR

The Ace Combat franchise has been a highly successful series that’s going to spawn its seventh iteration in 2018 with Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. In addition to the standard console and PC versions Bandai Namco has developed a virtual reality (VR) component which will be exclusive to PlayStation VR, and during the recent…

Preview: Bravo Team – Army of Two on Steroids

Let’s start with a statement: Shooting stuff in videogames is great. You know it is. Whether it’s first-person, third-person, side-scrolling, or anything in between, if a percentage had to be put on the amount of titles that allow you to kill something with a gun it would be high, very high. And that’s no different…

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR Available to Pre-Order for PlayStation VR

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017 hasn’t disappointed this week with plenty of virtual reality (VR) news, one of the biggest being the confirmation of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) PlayStation VR. Due out later this year for the headset, owners can now pre-order their copy on PlayStation.Store. Available for £49.99…

Preview: Kaidro: The Awakening – Explosive Mechanised Combat

Giant mechs tend to be a popular choice for cartoons and movies because of the visceral look of towering robots, bristling with weaponry, typifying a one-person army ready to take on whatever assailant comes their way. And it’s the same for videogames, but for virtual reality (VR) gamers there’s not a great deal of choice…

Preview: Star Child – A Playful Neon Puzzler With Potential

Playful Corp has already cemented its name in the virtual reality (VR) industry with its cute platformer Luckey’s Tale which launched alongside the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). For its next VR title the studio is sticking with those platformer roots with Star Child, a neon drenched sci-fi adventure for PlayStation VR. Unveiled during Sony…

The Talos Principle VR Resurfaces

The week of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is a bewildering array for videogame news from across the industry. While virtual reality (VR) is still niche in comparison to traditional console or PC videogaming E3 hasn’t disappointed with a nice selection of announcements. This week Croteam has quietly announced that The Talos Principle VR, a…

Jump into Archangel’s Giant Mech in Skydance’s E3 Trailer

Earlier this year Skydance Interactive announced development of two virtual reality (VR) projects, Life VR and Archangel. Since then further details have been released on the latter, the most recent being an exclusive launch window for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) PlayStation VR. Today, those eager to jump into a giant mech and blast enemies to smithereens are able…

Kids can Learn Chemistry with MEL Science’s new VR app

One of the many uses virtual reality (VR) technology is being put to is education, covering a great swath of subjects whether its for children just beginning to learn a subject or adults mastering one. For the youngsters MEL Science has today launched a new virtual reality (VR) app called MEL Chemistry VR, focused just on…