Enjoying a Sun-kissed Afternoon With Owlchemy Labs’ Vacation Simulator

One of the most eagerly awaited titles of 2018 to appear at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018 was Owlchemy Labs’ Job Simulator – The 2050 Archives sequel Vacation Simulator. VRFocus got to demo the experience on the Oculus booth using Oculus Rift and Touch, plus a quick catch up with the studios’ CEO Alex Schwartz to learn more about…

Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin Out Now for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

A little over a year ago Double Fine Productions released its first virtual reality (VR) title for PlayStation VR, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, bridging the story gap between the original Psychonauts and the forthcoming sequel Psychonauts 2. Today, the studio has announced the release of Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin on Steam, supporting both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Psychonauts…

Pull the Strings in Your own Puppet Show With Puppet Fever

Earlier today Coastalbyte Games’ launched its Charades style virtual reality (VR) experience Puppet Fever on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. VRFocus previewed the title and recorded some gameplay video showcasing some of the fun features players will be able to enjoy. Puppet Fever was announced back in August 2017, after Swedish indie developer Coastalbyte Games participated…

Opening the Gates of Nowhere at GDC 2018

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018 may have ended a few weeks ago but VRFocus has still got lots of interesting virtual reality (VR) snippets from the event. The latest is an interview with Italian developer Symmetrical, discussing its VR horror experience Gates of Nowhere for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Having launched via Steam Early…

It’s Corrugated Hell in Kartong – Death by Cardboard

Scary horror videogames are great in virtual reality (VR), almost as if the technology was designed around immersing players in virtual worlds to scare them half to death. Some developers like to go full bore, jump scares galore that’ll have you hiding in the corner in no time. Or there are those that like to…

Preview: Gates of Nowhere – Who’s Trapped in With Who?

It must be said that VRFocus has done its fair share of dungeon crawling in its time. Whether that’s on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, The Mage’s Tale, Left-Hand Path or one of the many other virtual reality (VR) titles that put you in a Dungeons & Dragons style fantasy realm. Currently in Steam…

Review: Kartong – Death by Cardboard

It’s not often that VRFocus comes across a virtual reality (VR) title that blends several genres into one unique immersive experience. But that’s exactly what’s happened with Kartong – Death by Cardboard, a puzzle, horror, first-person shooter (FPS) style videogame from SVRVIVE Studios, the team behind the equally good puzzle adventure SVRVIVE: The Deus Helix….

SACRALITH: The Archer’s Tale now Confirmed for May Launch

September 2017 saw indie developer Odd Meter announce a virtual reality (VR) title for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive called  SACRALITH: The Archer’s Tale. Initially scheduled for launch in December the release was delayed for an unrevealed reason. Now the team has confirmed a new date, 17th May, 2018. Set in a Medieval world of magic…

Listen to Joyzu’s new Track in AR With Wavy

Musicians have been using virtual reality (VR) for a number of years now, either creating immersive music videos or broadcasting concerts in 360. Today, its the turn of augmented reality (AR) with the launch of a music experience app called Wavy for iOS devices. Wavy is an AR app that transforms music into a visual…

Defector is Wilson’s Heart Creator Twisted Pixel’s new Spy Adventure

After releasing its successful virtual reality (VR) title Wilson’s Heart in collaboration with Oculus Studios, Twisted Pixel has now revealed details on its next Oculus Rift exclusive project, a spy caper called Defector.   Moving away from the dark, twisted narrative of its debut experience, with its black and white visual style and point to point teleportation, Defector is a no holds bar…

3rd Eye Studios Detail Production on Downward Spiral: Horus Station in new Video

Having released the first in its anthology series Downward Spiral: Prologue last year virtual reality (VR) developer 3rd Eye Studios has been eagerly showcasing its next installment, Downward Spiral: Horus Station. Whether at events like the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018 or new gameplay videos. The team has now released another video, this time however it goes behind-the-scenes of…

There are Mini-Games Galore in The Incredible VR Game Show

Virtual reality (VR) mini-game compilations can be a great way of sampling loads of different gameplay mechanics, just look at titles like Loco Dojo, Sports Bar VR, Summer Funland, Rec Room and Pierhead Arcade for example. The latest comes from indie developer Tantawowa Games with a compendium of games called The Incredible VR Game Show. Out now on Steam Early Access…

Archiact is Having a Blast Making VR FPS Evasion

If you’ve been following VRFocus’ coverage of Evasion, an upcoming virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) by Archiact Interactive, then you’ll know we’ve developed a fondness for the title after a couple of separate previews. Offering something VR enthusiasts didn’t think was possible only a short while ago, Evasion is turning into a AAA shooter for VR. Catching up…

New Images of Leap Motion’s AR Headset North Star Surface

Earlier this week VRFocus reported on hand-tracking specialist Leap Motion revealing work on an augmented reality (AR) headset dubbed Project North Star. Now there’s several more images and gifs to showcase Leap Motions ongoing development of the project. Up until now Leap Motion has worked with several manufacturers to integrate its hand-tracking technology into various…

Ever Needed an AR Smartphone Projector? Now There’s Kickstarter Project Count

During CES 2018 in January Yinscorp Ltd. unveiled a new projector, one that’s been designed to work with smartphones as well as offer an interactive element. Called Count, the company has now launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the device. The idea behind Count is to take a format everyone knows – smartphones and tablets –…

VRLA 2018 Returns Next Month, Full Keynote Lineup Revealed

The Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA) event has grown from a small meetup group to one of the biggest events focused on VR, augmented realty (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technologies. This year’s event is due to take place in just over three weeks so today the organisers have revealed who will be giving the…

Social VR platform Sansar Brings More Ready Player One Content to Viveport

Linden Lab’s social virtual reality (VR) platform Sansar launched in beta form last summer for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Only available through the studios own website, today marks the first time Sansar has been made available on a VR store, now downloadable via Viveport. Sansar has recreated Aech’s Basement, a central location from Ernest Cline’s novel, which interprets the original…

Take an AR Ride With Renault into Solo: A Star Wars Story

Due for release in cinemas next month is Solo: A Star Wars Story, the next individual film in the franchise this time featuring lovable rogue Han Solo. As part of a pan-European campaign – designed and produced in collaboration with Lucasfilm, Disney and Publicis Conseil – Renault is inviting everyone to ‘take the alternative road‘ via an augmented reality (AR)…

Maxi Pool Masters VR Breaks onto Steam Early Access

Ever fancied yourself as a pool wizard, going down to a local pool hall and hustling a few bucks? While the fantasy may seem cool the reality relies on hours of practice and loads of skill. Luckily virtual reality (VR) developers have created a bunch of pool experience for you to practice on, the latest…

Xbox One X VR: Still a Reality or Fading Fantasy?

The virtual reality (VR) industry continues its development at a pace far exceeding that of the standard videogame industry. The past couple of years has seen an influx of head-mounted displays (HMDs), from mobile iterations to high-end devices that push the boundaries of what VR is capable of. One of the most successful is Sony…

Cherry Pop Games add AI Bots, Roomscale and More in Major Update for VRFC

Last month British virtual reality (VR) developer Cherry Pop Games (Sports Bar VR) launched its next sport inspired experience VRFC: Virtual Reality Football Club. Today sees the first major update for the experience, adding a wealth of features to expand the content for football fans. The update introduces AI bots, 360-degree roomscale play and, head facing controls to make…

GNOSIS’ Synesthesia of Music and Data Visualisation is Coming to Oculus Rift

In the world of virtual reality (VR) you occasionally come across a piece of content that defies explanation, a mashup of several ideas and genres into one cohesive whole. Tomorrow, Fathomable Ltd will launch its first VR title for Oculus Rift, a synergy of music and puzzle elements called GNOSIS. “Dive into audiovisual cyberspace and explore…

Justin Timberlake Launches Outside In AR App in Conjunction With American Express

If you’re into your augmented reality (AR) tech and happen to be a Justin Timberlake fan then you’re in luck, as the musician has collaborated on an AR app with American Express called Outside In.  Outside In gives fans the the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the various stories behind the Man Of The Woods album, reports Billboard….

As VR Arcade Adoption Grows trueVRsystems Continue International Expansion

The virtual reality (VR) arcade industry is seeing booming growth with multiple companies invested in the market, expanding to new venues and countries. The latest to announce its continued success is Swiss firm trueVRsystems, which is now extending its reach to international markets. With five VR arena arcades already operating within its home country including…

V-Racer Hoverbike Pulls Some Extreme-G’s on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Last week VRFocus previewed VertexBreakers’ upcoming virtual reality (VR) racing title V-Racer Hoverbikes, which is due to be released via Steam Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Today, racing fans get an even closer look at the futuristic experience with another VRFocus gameplay video. V-Racer Hoverbikes is similar to classic N64 racing title Extreme-G where players fly around…

Review: Zombie Grenades Practice

Zombies are so prevalent in videogames it’s highly likely that every gamer in the world has at some point come across them. The majority of these tend to fall into the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, running around with pistols, shotguns, swords and other weaponry trying to save the human race from being lunch. On the…

MirageSoft’s Project VR Fishing Could be the Most Realistic yet

Recreational fishing tends to be one of those sports people either love of hate, either because of the tranquil nature of the activity or for the exact same reason. That hasn’t stopped virtual reality (VR) developers bringing fishing into the virtual realm, with Resolution Games’ Bait! proving to be popular. Then there are upcoming titles like…