UPS Utilises VR To Train Delivery Drivers

Computer simulation has been used in training of people such as learner drivers, airline pilots for many years. The advent of virtual reality (VR) adds an extra layer of realism to those simulations that allow for an experience much closer to real-world situations. UPS, one of the world’s biggest delivery companies, is using that technology…

Rec Room Get New Multiplayer Quest

Virtual reality (VR) has a slowly growing collection of experiences which are designed to be best experienced with others. From more traditional passive style social media such as Facebook Spaces through to more active titles such as Rec Room by developer Against Gravity, which has just introduced a new Group Quest titled The Curse of…

Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference In Dubai

The Middle East and Africa are two areas of the world were virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is still developing. There are huge opportunities for those technologies in those areas, and a new conference, to be held in Dubai in November, 2017, will explore that potential. According to information gathered by the International…

Explosive Screenshots from League of War: VR Arena

Developer MunkyFun announced earlier this week that it was intending to bring popular mobile strategy franchise League of War to the PlayStation VR as League of War: VR Arena. League of War: VR Arena will let players control up to 12 units, four of which can be deployed at a time. Units can include the…

Eymerce Cancels Kickstarter Campaign for Stadeon

The ambitious project to create a new type of immersive videogaming experience called Stadeon has cancelled its Kickstarter campaign after 48 hours. According to a spokesperson from Eymerce, the creators of the project, the cancellation was due to lack of crowdfunding support. The Stadeon project was attempting to eliminate the need for a bulky virtual…

G’Audio Lab Launches Upgrade To VR Audio Tool

It has long been recognised that sound provides an invaluable part of an entertainment experience. Filmmakers and videogame developers have used audio in the form of music and sound effects to affect the audience in ways both subtle and overt for decades. The importance of sound in virtual reality (VR) is not something that can…

Board the Soul Train with Manifest 99 on PlayStation VR

Independent developer Flight School Studio have announced that it is bringing its first title, Manifest 99, to the PlayStation VR, for release on 12th September, 2017. Manifest 99 takes place on an eerie journey to the afterlife, set largely about the train that carries souls to the land of the dead. The train is inhabited…

Apple May Be Planning AR Navigation

The launch of the ARKit and Apple’s entry into the augmented reality (AR) market has had a big impact on the AR sector. The ARKit tool is expected to be part of the upgrade to iOS 11, and experts are already eagerly pouring over the code to find out what has changed. What they have…

Header Goal VR: Being Axel Rix Gets Full Release

Codemodeon launched its eccentric football/shooting hybrid title Header Goal VR: Being Axel Rix onto Steam early Access back in November 2016. Since then, several updates have come to the title, but the biggest has brought the title out of Early Access and into full release whilst adding the ‘big zombie update’. Header Goal VR: Being…

DevCom Releases Event Schedule

DevCom, the videogame developers event at Gamescom will be taking place from 20th-24th August, 2017. The even organisers have just released the schedule of events, of which there are many that relate to the virtual reality (VR, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) sectors. Rez creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi will be discussing how advances in…

What Dreams May Come: Media Molecule’s Studio Head Talks VR

Siobhan Reddy, current studio head for Media Molecule, comes from a strong background of creativity, having worked in music production, web development and produced her own short films. This background and ethos informs how she manages the company which is set to produce its first virtual reality (VR) title with Dreams. Media Molecule put themselves…

VRCade Announce New 8-Player Arena Title Terminal 17

Location-based virtual reality (VR) firm VRStudios have announced a new attraction for its Vrcade franchise, an 8-player arena-scale VR experience titled Terminal 17, which has been specifically designed for VRcade using Nvidia VRWorks. In Terminal 17, players will form an 8-person squad of an elite extermination team who has been tasked with eliminating alien insects…

VRDC – Tickets Now Available

The Game Developers Conference is one of the biggest events in the videogaming calender, sitting alongside E3 and Gamescom in terms of impact. The event successfully created a new sub-event titled VRDC specifically focussing on virtual reality (VR), and tickets are now available, with VRFocus offering a special discount. VRDC is offering four tracks: Games…

VR Expected to Reach Over Quarter of a Billion Users by 2022

According to figures released by ABI Research, the rate of adoption of virtual reality (VR) will continue to increase over the next few years, gaining up to 256 million users worldwide by 2022, generating revenues of over $60 billion (USD) by that year. The report indicates that much of the expected user base will be…

Abstract Adventure Platformer KIN Coming Soon

The platforming genre has seen a significant resurgence in the past few years. Once thought to be a dying genre once 3D rose to ascendence, it would seem that virtual reality (VR) would be an unlikely saviour, but the simple nature of the control and mechanics of the platformer has made it very attractive to…

Milana Vayntrub and Michael Traynor Join The ConVRsation

As reported earlier this month, director Jon Clinkenbeard and actor Ross Marquand are working on a 360-degree video project called The ConVRsation, which aims to raise awareness in immigration, xenophobia and intolerance. Two other actors have now joined the project – Milana Vayntrub and Michael Traynor. The aim of the film is to show parallels…

The Solus Project Coming Soon To PlayStation VR

Developers Teotl Studios and Grip Digital have announced that first-person exploration/survival title The Solus Project will be released on PlayStation VR on 18th September, 2017. Previously available on Steam for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, The Solus Project puts the player in the role of a scout, sent to search a distant planet to look…

VR for Health: Campaign Begins To Rate Calorie Burning VR Games

The long-lived stereotype of the person that plays videogames is that of someone who is unfit. A number of unflattering epithets such as ‘couch potato’ are often invoked alongside this assumption. The rise of motion controllers began to shift attitudes, but can virtual reality (VR) really help you to get fit and stay healthy? The…

AltspaceVR Lives On

Many users of social virtual reality (VR) app AltspaceVR were deeply saddened and disappointed to hear that the app would be shutting down. Now it seems the app may be getting a stay of execution due in large part to the actions of its community. In any social-based app or experience, the community is the…

ApolloBox Uses ARKit For Shopping Experience

Since Apple entered the augmented reality (AR) sphere we have seen several companies experiment with the newly released ARKit to create new proof-of-concept idea for entertainment and videogame experiences, but one company has gone a different route, leveraging ARKit’s power to enhance online shopping. Shopping online has many advantages, such as more competitive prices, greater…

Marble Land Invokes The Spirit of 80s Arcade In VR

Those who are old enough to remember classic arcade and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) title Marble Madness may be interested to know that one of the earliest examples of the physics puzzle videogame is being brought into the 21st Century by incorporating the simple concept into a virtual reality (VR) environment with Marble Land. Marble…

Ancient Amuletor Will Be Getting DLC

Publishers of PlayStation VR wave shooter Ancient Amuletor, Time of VR have announced on Twitter their intention to bring downloadable content to the title, starting with a new level titled The Void which will be released on 29th August, 2017. Ancient Amuletor is a first-person wave shooter set in a fantasy world inspired by ancient…

Clash of Clans Gets AR Facebook Filter

Clash of Clans is still one of the biggest and most profitable mobile videogames out there, even five years after its initial release. Add to that one of the more popular ways to interact with augmented reality (AR) through the use of AR filters, and you have the new Clash of Clans AR filter, available…

VR Space Fantasy Title The Stone Coming Soon To Steam

We’ve seen hard sci-fi in the shape of EVE: Valkyrie and Elite: Dangerous, but sweeping space fantasy is not something that has been seen much on virtual reality (VR), but one developer, indie studio Bornteks Entertainment are looking to hange that with the upcoming launch of space opera The Stone. The Stone puts players in…

Lenovo Teases Its Upcoming VR and AR Product Launch at IFA

Lenovo seem to be keen on getting into the virtual reality (VR) market. The company has at least three headsets that it is working on, some of which are set to be launched for Christmas this year, if the recently released teaser video for Lenovo’s presentation at the IFA event is any indication. As previously…

TheWaveVR and Ash Koosha Use VR To Cross Borders

Virtual reality (VR) social music platform TheWaveVR have teamed up with electronic artist Ash Koosha to host a live concert in VR to offer a vision of a world where borders and boundaries do not exist. The event is the latest social music experience to be offered by TheWaveVR, who have previously offered events by…

Terror Comes Closer With IT: Float VR Experience

The works of Stephen King have been scaring readers for decades. One of the author’s most iconic novels, IT, has received several adaptations, including a TV mini series and a film. A new movie adaptation is coming to cinemas soon, and a spin-off virtual reality (VR) experience titled IT – Float: A Cinematic VR Experience….

Stadeon Seeks To Create New VR Paradigm

It has long been recognised that the virtual reality (VR) industry owes a great deal to the classic 1980s sci-fi movie Tron. Now one of the special effects experts who worked on that legendary film is seeking crowdfunding for a VR-related project that seeks to change how users interact with the virtual world. The Stadeon…

Practise Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse with Undead Development

What’s your plan for surviving the zombie apocalypse? Does it involve a nail gun? Undead Development might change your mind on that, since in this title survival is all about skilful use of a nail gun to defend and attack. Undead Development is a survival crafting title at its hard. Players need to explore various…

EVE: Valkyrie Opens Up Cross-Play With Non-VR Players

EVE: Valkyrie has been one of the early success stories of virtual reality (VR), opening up the possibilities of VR to an audience who might not have considered it before. Now the spin-off from the popular MMO EVE Online is opening up to an even greater audience with the announcement of EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone…