Light Tracer Announced for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

Independent videogame developer and publisher Oasis Games is bringing three PlayStation VR titles to showcase at the 5th annual BitSummit festival in Kyoto, Japan. Light Tracer, debuting at the event, has been confirmed for release on PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.   Virtual reality (VR) puzzle adventure Light Tracer will formed part of…

Special Delivery On PlayStation VR Will Have VirZoom Support

Does everyone remember Paperboy? The videogame where you had to cycle around the neighbourhood avoiding obstacles and delivering papers while not smashing windows or causing property damage. Well, Special Delivery is like that. Only in reverse and with support for the VirZOOM bike controller. Special Delivery will be coming to the PlayStation VR on 6th…

Serious Sam VR Bundle 44% Off In Steam Sale

The Steam sales continue to suck money out of the wallets of Steam users looking for great games to play at a reasonable price. Publisher Devolver Digital are helping with this endeavour by offering up to 90% off their Steam catalogue, including the Serious Sam VR titles. The offer includes the various Serious Sam titles,…

The VR Job Hub: Kuju Entertainment, Facebook and Mindshow

The VR industry is still searching for talented designers, programmers, engineers and artists, and as the industry grows, other roles are bound to become available. So if you are searching for a new careers, or want to expand into VR, the VR Job Hub might have just the position you are looking for. Location Company…

BT Sport Giving Away Google Cardboard Headsets for UEFA Final

To tie in to the upcoming final of the UEFA Champions League, sports broadcaster BT Sport are giving away branded Google Cardboard headsets to football fans so they can enjoy the 360-degree Football final. As reported previously, the UEFA Champions League final will be available to view in 360-degrees through a YouTube livestream or the…

Visitors to the UEFA Champions Festival Can Try PlayStation VR for Free

The UEFA Champions League final is offering all sort of opportunities related to virtual reality (VR). The match will be broadcast live in both 4K on YouTube and in 360-degrees through YouTube or the BT sport app. In addition, Sony will be offering visitors to the UEFA Champions Festival in Cardiff the opportunity to try…

Fox Working on Multiplayer Alien VR Videogame

When Alien: Covenant In Utero was released, there was some disappointment expressed by fans that it was a 360-degree video and not a full virtual reality (VR) videogame experience. Fox are now seemingly seeking to address that complaint with a multiplayer VR experience set in the Alien universe. The experience is being produced by FoxNext,…

Microsoft Reveals AR Glasses That Look Like Regular Spectacles

When Google introduced the Google Glass, one of the major objections was their appearance. With detractors calling them ‘clunky’ and ‘dorky’ and other unflattering epithets. Though technology has moved on, the aesthetics of augmented reality (AR) headwear is still a problem for many people. Microsoft is seeking to tackle this problem with its new prototype…

Kings Dominion Theme Park Introduces Competitive AR App

The Kings Dominion theme park in Virginia has introduced a new augmented reality (AR) videogaming app that allows visitors to compete against each other to take control of the park by taking part in various activities, both in the app and in the park. Titled The Battle of Kings Dominion, visitors can join a team…

Neon Genesis Evangelion VR Experience Comes To Japan

Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of the most popular and successful Anime ever to come out of Japan and has resulted in an avalanche of spin-offs from videogames, to drama CDs, light novels and, more recently, the Rebuild of Evangelion movie remakes; so it could be considered inevitable that it would eventually be adapted into…

VR Satire Comes to Cannes Film Festival

What is is like to be a performer, totally at the mercy of the whims of your audience? A satirical virtual reality (VR) experience directed by Ethan Shaftel is trying to put attendees of the Cannes Film Festival in that position in a VR film titled Extravaganza. Featuring as part of the Cannes Film Festival’s…

The Party Comes to Oculus Rift With Schlocks

Oculus Rift users who are looking for a title to play along with friends can now rejoice as Fancy Bear Games’ fast-paced collection of virtual reality (VR) micro-games, Schlocks, is coming to the Oculus Rift. Previously available for the HTC Vive, the development team are bringing Oculus Rift compatibility to the Early Access title as…

This Week IN VR Sport: Major League Baseball and UEFA Football League

Things are always changing in the world of sport; rules change, player line-ups change, kit changes, venues changes it can be a bit much to keep up with sometimes. Technology can help fans get to grips with the changing face of sport, and VRFocus like to help by keeping you informed on virtual reality (VR)…

VR In The Supermarket With Guinness VR Tasting Experience

Guinness are on a mission to become the most popular brand of beer in the world. Many people would say the Guinness is an acquired taste, so to aid in their quest to get more people drinking the dark Irish stout, Guinness are setting up virtual reality (VR) tasting booths at selected Tesco supermarkets. Guinness…

VR Short Film On Human Trafficking Seeks Kickstarter Funding

A short virtual reality (VR) 360-degree film by director Danny Ryan is seeking funding through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to create a film titled The Road about the lives of human trafficking victims. The Road is currently in pre-production, with funds raised by the Kickstarter going towards 360-degree camera equipment, post-production costs, distribution, actors and other…

Eurocom Launches VR-Ready Gaming Laptop Sky MX5 R3

For users of PC-based virtual reality (VR) devices such as the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, it’s reasonably easy to put together a rig that will support the level of performance you require. There are plenty of website out there that will guide you in exactly what hardware parts to pick if you want to…

Samsung Are Preparing A Kids Mode For Gear VR

Recent studies have shown that Mobile VR is the most popular way for consumers to experience virtual reality (VR) right now, with Samsung’s Gear VR being one of the most successful headsets currently on the market. As Google have just announced a host of new features for the Google Daydream, it isn’t surprising that Samsung…

Investments in Enterprise VR to Reach $167m Worldwide in 2017

Much of the currently available market data points towards the continued growth of the virtual reality (VR) market, with some research pointing towards the consumer VR market being worth $40 billion (USD) by the year 2020. But it isn’t just consumer VR that is on the rise, enterprise VR is seeing its share of growth,…

Two New VR Experiences Added to Wevr

Two new virtual reality (VR) film experiences that have featured at the Tribeca and Sundance Film Festivals will be appearing on the Wevr Transport platform for room-scale and mobile VR experiences. IF NOT LOVE and Auto are both critically acclaimed VR experiences that will be featured on the Wevr Transport platform later in the year….

SteamVR Gets Update With SteamVR Home

SteamVR is one of the most popular ways for users of virtual reality (VR) devices to access VR content for head-mounted displays such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The SteamVR launch area has been customisable thanks to community skins since launch, but now that feature is getting a big upgrade. Steam are introducing…

Publisher Headup Games Launch Huge Steam Sale

The wallets of many a PC videogame fan quake at the approach of the Steam sale. Publisher Headup games are also getting in on the Steam sale fun by announcing that their entire Steam portfolio will be discounted by as much as 80%. Headup Games are an independent developer and publisher who are responsible for…

A VR-Enhanced Professional Motorcycle Simulator Is Unveiled

Cruden built their first professional-grade motorcycle simulator in 2005. Since that time they have been working on a range of hardware and software to create the most accurate motorcycle simulator possible for use by manufacturers, universities, race team and road safety organisations. To do this, they have leveraged the power of virtual reality (VR) along…

Air New Zealand Trialling Augmented Reality on Flights

Microsoft’s HoloLens has begun to see some interesting uses, from helping with surgical procedures to giving children an enhanced understanding of the solar system, Microsoft are aiming to show that augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) are good for more than just videogames. Air New Zealand see that potential, also, and have begun equipping…

Report Says VR Systems Have Many Uses In Healthcare

A report from Healthcare market research firm Kalorama Information estimates that the market for virtual reality (VR) in healthcare in the USA has grown from $525 million (USD) in 2012 to an estimated $976 million in 2017, with scores of applications for VR being made available. The growth in the use of VR and augmented…

Asus Brings AR and VR ZenFone to Verizon

Asus are probably best known as a maker of laptops and tablet hybrids, but they are aiming to score a larger share of the American smartphone market with the upcoming ZenFone AR, for which Verizon will be the exclusive wireless provider in the USA. Asus announced during the Google I/O conference that Verizon would be…

Resident Evil: Vendetta PlayStation VR Exclusive Video

Fans of the Resident Evil series who also own a PlayStation VR may rejoice as Sony have announced that a special virtual reality (VR) experience that ties in to upcoming CGI movie Resident Evil: Vendetta will be released for free on 24th May 2017. The experience is titled Resident Evil: Vendetta Z Infected Experience (sometimes…

OpenAI is Using VR to Train AI Robots

Much of the attention in the virtual reality (VR) industry is focused on entertainment; creating a realistic world that humans can become immersed in for entertainment. Researchers at OpenAI see another use for the work that has gone into making virtual worlds as real as possible – training artificial intelligence. Training AI robots is not…

VRStudios Launches New VR Arcade Title VRCade Drone Storm

As covered in the recent 3-part series The Virtual Arena, location-based virtual reality (VR) experiences are becoming increasingly common all over the world. One of the providers of such out-of-home experiences, VRStudios, have just launched a new VR videogame titled ‘VRcade Drone Storm’. The new experience is advertised as being a multi-player, untethered and free-roaming…

Socially Watch YouTube Videos in VR on Google Daydream

During the second day of the Google I/O conference Director of Product Management at Google Mike Jazayeri spoke about Google Daydream while Erin Teague, Product Manager for the YouTube virtual reality (VR) team came on to discuss the video developments. Teague spoke of trying to make YouTube feel natural in a VR environment, and also…

Game Cooks Confirm Launch Date for Vindicta

The development team at Game Cooks have announced that upcoming HTC Vive first-person shooter Vindicta will be launching on 20th June, 2017. The company will also be at E3 to demo the title ahead of the launch. The title will be released on to Steam Early Access with support for the HTC Vive, though the…