Combo Announces ARKit Title Pigeon Panic

Ever since Apple unveiled its augmented reality (AR) software ARKit tons of developers have jumped on board, creating all sorts of projects. One of the latest to be revealed comes from Combo, with the studio announcing Pigeon Panic. The title looks like a madcap, point scoring race where players need to collect/scare away pigeons as…

Review: Dracula: Vampires vs. Zombies

Mention the phrase ‘wave shooter’ to any long standing virtual reality (VR) fans and the likelihood of a groan and roll of the eyes will follow. In the 17 months that PC head-mounted displays (HMDs) have been available to consumers, both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have been inundated with this genre of first-person shooter…

Review: Rangi

Porting videogames to more powerful platforms isn’t always that easy. Graphics can be improved but the overall feel will always come across from the original. This can be especially noticeable when bringing a Samsung Gear VR title to Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, as the differences between a smartphone an a VR-ready PC are massive….

DreamSail Games Release First Footage of The IOTA Project

New York-based indie developer DreamSail Games recently announced its first virtual reality (VR) project in the form of The IOTA Project for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. As destructive mech videogame, the studio has now released the first gameplay trailer. The pre-alpha footage showcases some of the early design ideas and gameplay mechanics players can look forward…

Preview: Cosmic Awakening VR – The Suspense Will Kill You

If you like a good scare then virtual reality (VR) is the place to be. Once you’ve tried VR horror then films or standard videogames just don’t cut it anymore, with studio’s finding evermore inventive ways to make you jump and scream. There tends to be two types of horror experience, the ones where you’re…

VR Could Improve Car Sales New Research Suggests

Zerolight, a brand visualisation specialist that mainly deals with the automotive industry, has published results of a new research survey looking at how immersive technology such as virtual reality (VR) can aid consumers when purchasing a new car. The company polled 1000 car buyers across Europe to understand what their feelings were towards VR. 89 percent…

TVR Unveils Next VR Title Soul Dimension for PlayStation VR

Time of Virtual Reality (TVR), the studio behind PlayStation VR titles Ace Banana and Ancient Amuletor, has revealed its next project, a puzzle-solving horror experience called Soul Dimension. Developed by Keenvision, TVR hasn’t released many in depth details regarding the videogame, other than it’s scary, has puzzles and ‘the player has the ability to enter different dream worlds’. Other…

VR Advertising Platform Immersv Completes $10.5m Financing Round

Just over a year ago Immersv announced its advertising platform for virtual reality (VR) and mobile devices with the aim of helping consumers discover VR apps and content. Today, the company has revealed the completion of a $10.5 million USD Series A round of financing. Led by Rogers Venture Partners, the round also featured institutional and…

Wargaming to Showcase VRTech’s Polygon VR and Cinema VR at Gamescom 2017

Earlier this month VRFocus reported on World of Tanks developer Wargaming.net announcing a partnership with Russian virtual reality (VR) specialist VRTech, to bring the latter’s location-based immersive experiences to Europe. Well that’s happening sooner rather than later with Wargaming.net’s stand at Gamescom 2017 to showcase Polygon VR and Cinema VR. Polygon VR and Cinema VR are essentially…

Big Immersive Set its Sights on VR & AR Industry

UK and Dubai-based publisher Big Immersive has announced its intentions to distribute virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to consumers around the world. Whether that’s from 3rd party studios or its own in-house development teams. Big Immersive plans to support all VR platforms, whether that’s PC, console or mobile. Currently its portfolio already includes…

Edgar Allan Poe’s Poem “The Raven” Brought to Life on Oculus Rift

Inspiration for virtual reality (VR) content can come from anywhere, literature, films, other videogames, but rarely do you see one inspired by a poem. That’s exactly what Thomas Pasieka has done with his newly released project for Oculus Rift, giving life to 19th century American writer Edgar Allan Poe’s famous work The Raven. Starting life in 2015…

More Carnage Awaits as Killing Floor: Incursion Heads to Paris

Today Tripwire Interactive has released its zombie shooter Killing Floor: Incursion for Oculus Rift with Touch support. On Sunday VRFocus released a gameplay video showcasing part of the first level, giving you a taste of the horrors that await. Now, with Killing Floor: Incursion’s launch out the way, it’s time to unveil one of the later areas ‘Paris’. In stark…

Review: Killing Floor: Incursion

Ever since Tripwire Interactive announced its first-person shooter (FPS) Killing Floor: Incursion at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016, the videogame has looked like one of the most brutal titles coming to Oculus Rift. And that’s not far from the fact, with this free-roaming monster hunter not pulling any punches when it comes to creating an intensely…

US Prison System Documentary ‘Step to the Line’ Released on Within

In April, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Step to the Line, a 360-degree documentary taking an in depth look at the American penal system. Created as part of Oculus’ Creators Lab, the film exclusively released for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. Within has bought the distribution rights, so now the documentary can be found through its…

MarsLit Games Release Gamescom Trailer for Unknown Fate

Europe’s biggest videogame event Gamescom returns next week in Cologne, Germany, with studio’s around the world gearing up to showcase their latest titles. In the run up, MarsLit Games has unveiled its latest trailer for virtual reality (VR) compatible experience Unknown Fate. The video, which MarsLit Games has prepared specifically for Gamescom 2017, showcases new…

StarBlood Arena Demo Coming to EU PlayStation Store Today, US Tomorrow

WhiteMoon Dreams launched its six degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) shooter StarBlood Arena in April for PlayStation VR. Today the studio has announced it’ll be releasing a demo version for free, allowing headset owners to get a feel for the title before buying it. Being a demo WhiteMoon Dreams only wants to give you a little taster of this frantic,…

Practice Those Swings When Kaiju Driving Range Comes to 100ft Robot Golf

One of the quirkiest titles available for PlayStation VR is No Goblins 100ft Robot Golf. As the name implies, the studio has mixed the slow paced game of golf with giant mechs. Today it’s been announced that the videogame will get an update in September, with players able to take their skills to the Kaiju Driving Range….

Preview: The Tower – Get Ready to Move, a lot

Indie virtual reality (VR) developers have come up with all sorts of innovative videogames that not only tests the hardware to its limits but also a players own endurance and skill. The latter is certainly true of Headroom.one’s new early access release for Oculus Rift, The Tower. Essentially an obstacle course set on a conveyor belt, The Tower will…

Facebook Acquires Live Video Editing Company Fayteq

When Facebook held its annual F8 conference a few months ago there was a big overarching lean towards augmented reality (AR), with the company putting significant effort into the technology. As with any giant business, it does this through internal R&D or by acquiring another company. Recently it’s been revealed that Facebook has bought German…

Time Carnage Revealed as Wales Interactive’s Next VR Title

UK-based developer Wales Interactive is due to launch its first virtual reality (VR) title, Don’t Knock Twice, a horror movie spin-off in September. That’s not all the studio is working on with the company also revealing a new project in the form of a survival shooter called Time Carnage. You play a time travelling trophy hunter armed to the…

Sony Announces PlayStation Press Conference for Paris Games Week

While Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) had a massive presence at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, with a pre-event press conference that had quite a few announcements, this month’s Gamescom isn’t looking as promising. That might be due to SIE’s announcement that it’ll be returning to Paris Games Week in October, with a media…

Harry Potter Inspired The Cauldron Inn Mixes Magic with AR

Everyone tends to love a good fantasy book, movie or TV series from time to time, just look at the popularity of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Dune or Star Wars. If you love the first franchise then you may want to head to Exeter, UK, towards the end of the month as local company Novelty…

Life In 360°: Don’t Look Down

So to start of the new week as we all think about holidays, sun soaked beaches, and crystal clear blue waters, here’s Red Bull with its usual slice of extreme sports. This time it’s cliff diving, where some fearless sports people hurl themselves off a – not exactly cliff edge – Red Bull sponsored platform,…

Win a HTC Vive as Part of 2017 Dota 2 Championships

High-end virtual reality (VR) isn’t the cheapest past time to get into, every so often the big companies run a competition or two, giving away a free headset. Recently, HTC has been doing just that running a survey giveaway offering three VR systems. While that’s now ended there still another chance to grab yourself a…

Explore the World with Start VR’s Travel Experience Atlas Obscura VR

Australian virtual reality (VR) studio, Start VR has created several immersive experiences for Samsung Gear VR, such as live action, cinematic film VR Noir, StartGATE and helping patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Its latest project is travel-based, releasing Atlas Obscura VR for the mobile headset this week. Atlas Obscura VR has been made in collaboration with Atlas Obscura, which creates guides to the…

A Brief Taste of Monster Filled Killing Floor: Incursion

Tripwire Interactive will be launching it’s first-person shooter (FPS) Killing Floor: Incursion this Tuesday, 16th August. If the title has caught your eye for its free-roaming, zombie filled action, then you may want to checkout a little gameplay video VRFocus has made. Aiming not to spoil too much of Killing Floor: Incursion, has skipped out on the tutorial –…

Review: TimeLock VR

Escape room videogames have become a popular puzzle genre on virtual reality (VR) headsets, offering thought provoking challenges inside immersive interactive environments. Naturally the quality difference can vary wildly, with some offering interesting gameplay mechanics while others seem to be more ‘by the numbers’. Whale Rock Games has just launched its take on the genre…