Twisted Arrow is Loosed onto VR Platforms

Developer Phaser Lock Interactive has been experimenting with a new arcade-style FPS, only the player character is armed with a high-tech bow and arrow instead of a gun. Futuristic FPS Twisted Arrow is available on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The developer compares the style of gameplay to that of the classic arcade light-gun game series…

Dubai Accelerator Program Welcomes Mixed Reality Firm zSpace

The Dubai Accelerator Program connects various companies to government investment opportunities in the United Arab Emirates. Now a company that specialises in using Mixed Reality (MR) for education is joining the program. zSpace is a firm that concentrates on using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology to enhance learning. It has distributed its…

Oculus Rift Celebrates One Year Anniversary With Huge Sale

Today is a pretty big day for the Oculus Rift, as it has now officially been a year since the virtual reality (VR) headset was released. Now the team at Oculus are hoping that everyone joins the party with a big sale, offering up to 80% off selected games. A special discounted bundle is on…

VRTV: Nina Joins the Fight in World War Toons

VRFocus correspondent Nina gets kitted up in her uniform to join the battle in her review of World War Toons. World War Toons in a first-person shooter developed by Studio Roqovan. The objective is simple, the player chooses from various cartoon characters, then proceeds to climb inside a tank to go out and kill each…

Autistic Kids Learn to Grow Their own VR Environment with Botanika

Graduate students from the University of Hull have developed a virtual reality (VR) experience that is specifically designed for children who are on the autistic spectrum, called Botanika. The videogame allows the user to have the experience of growing their own virtual garden, which can be designed and altered to the user’s desires, and then…

VR Comes to Indian Theatres Thanks to HP

HP India has launched a new facility that brings virtual reality (VR) to cinema customers at the Mall of India in Noida. The new VR lounge was created in partnership between PVR Cinemas, and is part of the PVR ECX multiplex complex. Customers who buy a cinema ticket at PVR ECX will be able to…

Amazon Considers Bringing AR to the High Street

Amazon continues to expand. In addition to its bookstores and grocery stores, Amazon has also begun looking into going into business with appliance and furniture stores, only with a technological twist – using augmented reality (AR). According to reports from the New York Times, Amazon is considering setting up electronics stores in shopping centres and high…

The Virtual Reality Company is Raising a Rukus

The Virtual Reality Company (VRC) has announced that its working on an original virtual reality (VR) animated series to all major VR platforms called Raising A Rukus. The animated series will be about the adventures of a brother and sister and their dog, Rukus. Robert Stromberg, winner of two Academy Awards and current Chief Creative Officer…

Quark VR Introduce Wireless HTC Vive Prototype

When it comes to high-end virtual reality (VR) devices, it is a known problem that wires can be an issue. In addition to the obvious problem of getting tangled or tripped, wires can break and fray, causing signal degradation. A company is working on a way to remove wires from the equation for HTC Vive…

MakeVR Launches on HTC Vive

Virtual reality (VR) content creator Sixense and HTC Vive have announced the launch of MakeVR, a 3D modelling and computer-aided design engine on the HTC Vive. MakeVR has has a somewhat troubled development, including a cancelled Kickstarter that occurred back in 2014. The software has been presented at a few events, enough that VRFocus managed…

Survios Talk Raw Data Updates, Boss Fights & Oculus Rift Support

A hugely popular virtual reality (VR) exclusive title, Raw Data is the multiplayer-centric first-person shooter (FPS) California-based Survios launched as the studios’ first monetised videogame. Mike McTyre, Design Director at Survios, recently spoke with VRFocus about the latest update to Raw Data and what will be coming next for the studio. McTyre says that Survios…

New Companies Join Vive Accelerator Program

Vive X has announced that 30 new companies are joining the Vive Global Accelerator Program. Companies chosen for the program will receive funding and support for virtual reality (VR) products. The companies now joining will be the second batch to join the global program, which will offer ending and support for companies interested in developing…

Comic Book Arcade Shooter Dimension Hunter Coming to Vive and Rift

Humorous first-person shooter Dimension Hunter is coming soon to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Developed by UK-based studio Pocket Money Games, Dimension Hunter is about hopping between dimensions on a mission to hunt brain-eating head crabs. If ever a videogame could be said to be not taking itself remotely seriously, it is this one. The…

Ready Player One Movie Getting VR Tie-In with HTC Vive

The movie version of Earnest Cline’s sci-fi novel Ready Player One is due to be released in March 2018, and as seems logical for a story set almost entirely within a virtual reality (VR) world, there will be VR tie-ins to the movie. HTC Vive have announced that they will be the ones to partner…

VR Video Streaming in 12K is Now Possible

Virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video streaming company Visbit have announced that they have successfully streamed 360-degree video in 12K, using commercially available hardware. 12K video is very close to the level of detail for average human vision. This technology will allow for much higher quality VR video streams. Visbit’s new system means that users…

How to Control VR With the Power of Your Mind

Ramses Alcaide first developed the technology to use brain power to control videogames when he was a graduate student at the University of Michigan, now he is using that technology with start-up company Neurable. MIT Technology Review have revealed that technology start-up company Neurable have developed their brain-sensing technology to the point where it is…

Dungeon Crawler Crystal Rift On Sale for PlayStation VR

Developer Psytec Games have announced on Twitter that virtual reality (VR) dungeon crawler title Crystal Rift is now available as part of the Totally Digital 2-for-1 PlayStation Store sale. Crystal Rift is compatible with both PlayStation VR and standard PlayStation 4. It is a dungeon crawler RPG in the classic style familiar to players of…

BT Openreach Use VR To Recruit New Engineers

BT Openreach, the company that maintains telephone lines and the broadband network in the UK, is turning to virtual reality (VR) technology in order to recruit and train new field engineers. Openreach is in the process of upgrading the UK’s broadband network to super-fast optical fibre, aiming to have it rolled out to 12 million…

Bundle Stars Latest Offer Includes VR Games

Official videogame discount service Bundle Stars is offering a new Steam bundle called the Dominator Bundle that includes two virtual reality (VR) games as part of the package. The bundle has three tiers. The first costs only £1 (GBP) and contains VR-compatible title Euclidian, an endless falling game which the developer describes as “A Game…

Students Aim for $60,000 Prizes in Games4Health Challenge

Students from around the world will be heading to the University of Utah in order to compete in the Games4Health challenge, hoping to create an innovative product that will wow the judges and allow them to walk away with some of the $60,000 (USD) worth of prize money that is on offer. There are 1st,…

Giant Cop: Justice Above All New Screenshots

Developer Other Ocean Interactive have released some more screenshots for upcoming virtual reality (VR) title Giant Cop: Justice Above All in which the player fights crime as a super-size cop. Other Ocean announced earlier in the week that the title is due to be launched at the EGX Rezzed event in London, UK on 30th…

MelodyVR Partner With Universal Music Group

Music content platform MelodyVR has announced a partnership with Universal Music Group to bring virtual reality music experiences featuring UMG’s catalogue of artists to the platform. Following on from MelodyVR’s addition of the Warner Music Catalogue to the platform in December last year, MelodyVR will now be able to offer content featuring artists from Universal…

Market in Devices with Gesture Control To Be Worth $34 Billion by 2022

The market in what is described as ‘Gesture Recognition and Touchless Sensing’ is set to reach a value of over $34 Billion (USD) by 20124, according to research by market analysis company Markets and Markets. The growth in the gesture control market is expected to be largely driven by smartphones, which have already begun incorporating…

NOLO VR Roomscale Mobile VR Solution Meets Funding Goal

NOLO VR is an inexpensive solution for bringing room-scale virtual reality (VR) to mobile VR devices such as Google Cardboard. The designers behind the project, LYRobotix launched a Kickstarter campaign in January that has since succeeded in meeting its funding goal. The campaign sought $50,000 (USD) of funding. It has since blasted past that goal…

The Other Room Launched on Google Daydream

The developer behind HTC Vive/Oculus Rift title Time Machine VR, Minority Media has announced the release of a new title for the Google Daydream called The Other Room. The Other Room is a room escape videogame in which the player attempts to escape from a series of insidious traps set up by a twisted genius….

Adobe Plans to Integrate with HoloLens and Amazon Alexa

Adobe have unveiled new technology to integrate their new advertising products with Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa and Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality (MR) product. The new technology uses Adobe Sensei, a machine learning platform in order to facilitate the integration. Adobe suggest that with the new technology, it would be possible for someone wearing the HoloLens…

Lowe’s Introduces In-Store Navigation Using Augmented Reality

Some shops are sufficiently large that it is easy to get lost in them, or at least very hard to locate the item you are looking for in a store that covers several acres. Hardware store Lowe’s believe they have a solution with their new in-store navigation app. Using Google Tango-enabled phones, the app uses…

Samsung Brings VR to The Hospital for Sick Children

Electronics company Samsung have partnered with The Hospital for Sick Children to create a space within the hospital containing Samsung electronics such as Gear VR headsets to allow patients and their families to relax away from the clinical environment. The Hospital for Sick Children, also known by the abbreviation SickKids, is one of the largest…

Geoffrey Zatkin Talks to VRFocus about Dungeon Chess

Co-founder and creative director of developer Experiment 7, Geoffrey Zatkin, talks to VRFocus about upcoming titles Magic Table Chess and Dungeon Chess. Experiment 7 has been up and running for just over a year and Magic Table Chess is their first title, a virtual reality chess game that is launching on Oculus Rift and Gear…