This AR Headset Displays Subtitles for Hearing Impaired

Greta & Starks, a start-up based in Berlin, is opening the movie theatre door for everyone — including those with visual or hearing impairments and non-native speakers. Both Greta and Starks are apps that allow people with sight or hearing loss to enjoy films. Greta quietly whispers descriptions and actions in time with the film….

PlayStation Prepares For PAX West

As you likely know next week is Europe’s biggest games focused industry event, the middle chapter of the ‘big three’, Gamescom over in Cologne, Germany. With the other two of course being E3 and the Tokyo Game Show which is still to come. Naturally the VRFocus team is (in part) attending the event and we’ll…

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…

How Spider-Man: Homecoming Lead Justin Lassen to Bigger VR Things

The free tie-in virtual reality (VR) experience for the Spider-Man: Homecoming motion-picture launched in June of this year, and has been seen by many as a resounding success. Speaking to Intel at SIGGRAPH 2017, audio director Justin Lassen explains that a crash course in Unreal Engine 4 has lead him to bigger things in VR….

The VR Job Hub: Academia Needs You!

We’re almost at Gamescom and yet another flurry of gaming news that should reveal plenty of what to expect for the rest of the year. Certainly until the likes of this year’s PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, announced earlier this week, which will set the tone for the beginning of 2018. Of course, as we always…

Something for the Weekend: The Best VR Discounts on PlayStation Store

This year’s summer sale on PlayStation Store may have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still bargains to be had. This week’s round-up of discounted titles looks specifically at PlayStation VR, and we have two AAA titles available at a reduced price for a limited time. DiRT Rally The DiRT Rally…

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…

See More of They Came From Space’s City Destruction in New Screenshots

Cloudgine, the company behind the cloud physics system incorporated into Oculus Toybox and the forthcoming Crackdown 3, recently announced a new virtual reality (VR) title, They Came From Space. Designed to bring VR and non-VR players together, They Came From Space promises to deliver multiplayer mayhem destruction to PC, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The…

Finalists Announced For Innov8: V-Commerce Competition

You may recall a story we covered on VRFocus back in July, where Store No.8 and Thrive Global came together to launch a new competition which focused on virtual reality (VR), not for games, but as a tool to aid commercial endeavours. The contest was called the Innov8: V-Commerce Competition and it had some potentially…

Black River Studios Return to Gear VR with ANGEST

Brazilian based mobile videogame specialist Black River Studios is preparing to launch its latest virtual reality (VR) videogame later this month. ANGEST will be their fourth VR title, following Finding Monsters Adventure, Rock & Rails and Rococo. ANGEST is a first-person title which is set in a laboratory. The player takes on the role of…

Prison Boss VR Looks Like Job Simulator For Locked Up Convicts

There is a career out there for everybody. I strongly believe that some people were born to do certain professions and it’s all about educating yourself and taking the opportunities as they come. For example, Shigeru Miyamoto was clearly born to be the world’s greatest game designer as the father of Mario, The Legend of…

Clash of Clans AR Experience Comes To Facebook

Now you can become the Builder. How do you celebrate turning 5 while being one of the top 10 grossing games available on the iOS and Android app stores? If you’re Clash of Clans, you partner with Facebook to give fans the opportunity to turn themselves into the Builder, thanks to augmented reality. By using Facebooks AR…

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…

Prison Boss VR Set to Break Out on with HTC Vive This Month

Independent developer Trebuchet is set to make their HTC Vive debut this month with the release of Prison Boss VR. A crafting and trading videogame using roomscale, players must create cigarettes, alcohol and cookies to sell to other inmates, build a reputation and own that prison. As night falls on the prison, the player is…

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…

Audi and Intel Discuss the Latest Developments in Automotive VR

SIGGRAPH 2017 hosted a number of new virtual reality (VR) reveals, including a new backpack PC from HP, the HP Z VR Backpack PC, and Nvidia’s Isaac-trained robot. Intel also made a big splash, working with Audi on a new automotive VR experience. In an interview with Magdalena Maczkowski and Erich Wohlmuth, representatives of Audi…

This Week in VR Sport: VR Sport Gets Its Own Dedicated Summit

If you’re a regular VRFocus reader you’ll know two things about the weekend. That there’s sport on Saturday and there’s jobs on Sunday, and, since it is the former as opposed to the latter it’s best we kick things off by going into just what you may have missed in recent times relating to sport…

PlayStation VR Worlds Original Score Now Available to Download

Videogame soundtracks have been steadily increasing in popularity for many years, yet it seems that virtual reality (VR) – despite the many reasons why the audio score is considerably more important in these experiences – seems to have been fairly slow to catch on. Following the recent publication of the original score for Lone Echo,…

See the Scary Side of the Stratosphere in New Cosmic Awakening VR Screenshots

Cosmic Awakening VR is a first-person virtual reality (VR) survival exploration horror videogame, coming to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift later this month. Developer 3D Generations is obviously pleased with the ‘cutting edge 3D graphics’ featured in the videogame, releasing a large stock of screenshots from the title. Despite featuring a somewhat hackneyed storyline about…

Radial-G: Racing Revolved Dated for PlayStation VR

The long awaited PlayStation VR edition of Radial-G: Racing Revolved now has an official release date. Following some confusion last week, which resulted in the reveal of a retail boxed edition here on VRFocus, Tammeka Games’ Radial-G: Racing Revolved has been confirmed for release both on the high street and via PlayStation Network next month….

Is Facebook Creating an AI Assistant for Oculus Rift?

Since the debut of Siri on iPhone back in 2011, AI assistants have become increasingly more popular. All modern smartphones offer an AI assistant, as does Windows 10 operating system and the Xbox One, in addition to standalone AI devices such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Now it’s been suggested that Facebook is preparing…

HP Z VR Backpack PC Full Specifications Revealed

Earlier this month Hewlett Packard (HP) revealed the latest addition to the company’s range of virtual reality (VR) ready PC backpacks, the HP Z VR Backpack PC. Set to release next month, the full specifications of the device have now been revealed. Backpack PCs are becoming ever more popular as an interim solution to untethered…

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…

Kin Is A Stylized VR Puzzle Platformer Coming To Rift And Gear This Year

I first played Land’s End from Monument Valley creators ustwo almost two years ago and I’ve wanted something like it again ever since. While not exactly the same, KIN, an upcoming stylized VR puzzle platformer game from House of Secrets that’s slated to release on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR later this year, could…

How To Get Started With Developing For Windows Mixed Reality And VR Platforms

The time has arrived. If you’re a software developer that’s interested in getting started with the Windows Mixed Reality platform, specifically via the Windows VR immersive headsets, then you’ve come to the right place. Both the HP and Acer Windows VR headset devkits are on the market and available for purchase to any interested developers….

Mage Guard: The Last Grimoire Casts a Spell on Steam Early Access

Independent developer Hashbang Games has made its virtual reality (VR) debut with Mage Guard: The Last Grimoire, available now via Steam Early Access. Currently compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, support for the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit (HDK) is also planned. In Mage Guard: The Last Grimoire, players take on the role of a…

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…