Funomena Heads to VRDC to Talk About the Story of Luna

With CES 2018 now done and dusted for another year you maybe looking at that’s next on the calendar for the videogame industry and virtual reality (VR) in particular. Well there are plenty of little of niche events taking place over the next few weeks and months but the next big one for actual game…

Multiplayer FPS Onward Holding Free Weekend on Oculus Rift

Military first-person simulator Onward arrived on the Oculus Store several months ago, created by indie developer Downpour Interactive. For those that have yet to try the videogame out, the studio will be offering a free weekend to those interested in some tactical, multiplayer gunfights. Featuring 5v5 online battles where players have one life, no heads-up display, and no…

‘Wolves in the Walls’ Marks a New Chapter for Interactive Narrative VR

Fable Studio’s long-awaited Wolves in the Walls carries the banner of Story Studio with its Sundance debut. In May 2017, when Oculus shuttered Story Studio—the premium narrative VR house behind Emmy-winners Henry and Dear Angelica—many mourned the presumed loss of Wolves in the Walls, an adaptation of a children’s book by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean….

VRChat User Has Terrifying Seizure In-Game

Users gather in concern as full-body tracking captures every moment of one individuals intense ordeal. Anyone unfortunate enough to have to deal regularly with episodes of paralyzing convulsions brought on by seizures knows how terrifying the process can be. Just witnessing one take place is a harrowing experience in itself. There isn’t all that much…

Epic Games Acquires Cloud Computing Company Cloudgine

Epic Games, the company behind popular VR-compatible videogame development engine, Unreal Engine, today announced that it is to acquire cloud computing company Cloudgine for an undisclosed sum. Since its inception in 2012, Cloudgine has focused on delivering powerful performance to interactive content, including VR, from the cloud. Based in Edinburgh, Scotland, the company has already…

Windows VR Headsets Down to Just $215 On Amazon

Microsoft’s new line of Windows-based ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets may not be quite as good as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive (unless we’re talking about the Samsung Odyssey), but they still offer a great VR experience and their low prices are hard to argue with. If you head over to Amazon right now, you’ll…

SynaptixGames Confirm Day of Destruction Coming to Oculus Rift Next, PlayStation VR Later

Last week SynaptixGames released its first virtual reality (VR) title, Day of Destruction for HTC Vive. Today, the studio has confirmed to VRFocus that it plans on expanding support to Oculus Rift first before bring the title to PlayStation VR and Windows Mixed Reality further into the future.    In an email, Robert Madsen, Studio Director at SynaptixGames said: “We already…

Accessible XR Development After VRTK

As a developer moving from the web and app world into 3D and XR, I’ve had to constantly re-evaluate my platform and tool choices as the industry evolves at tweetstorm velocity. Today’s XR development pipeline is clogged by a glut of proprietary hardware and software APIs and SDKs by competing firms like Oculus, HTC Vive,…

Epic Games Acquires Cloud Computing Experts Cloudgine Ltd

While its very common place to hear about tech companies making acquisitions here there and everywhere, that’s not usually the case when it comes to middleware developer Epic Games. Today, the company has announced the purchase of Cloudgine, a cloud computing and online technology business. Cloudgine specialises in delivering massive compute power to real-time, interactive content,…

VR Mech Shooter Archangel Getting Off-Rails Multiplayer Mode

VR mech shooter Archangel was one of the more polished games to release for headsets last year, but its overly-simplistic gameplay held it back from greatness. It sounds like an upcoming update to that game will address that somewhat, though. Archangel is getting a multiplayer mode. Chris Hewish, executive vice president of VR at developer…

Russian Submarine Disaster Game Kursk To Get VR Support

Kursk doesn’t sound like your average VR game. Instead of wave shooting or exploration, this upcoming project from developer Jujubee is a sort of interactive documentary that recounts the story of a Russian submarine disaster. Kursk is due for release later this year as a standard PC title and will be getting VR support as…

Modder Brings Spy Thriller No One Lives Forever 2 To VR

Your best chance to feel like a sleek secret agent in VR is here: a VR modder has converted classic Monolith Productions shooter No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy In Harm’s Way to VR. Okay, so it wasn’t exactly at the top of our lists for VR ports, but modder LukeRoss (who, obviously, is…

New VR Documentary Highlights Effects of Oil Trade in Nigeria

Virtual reality (VR) and 360 degree video has already proven its worth in enhancing traditional broadcast entertainment and provide a more empathetic, immersive experience. Now we’re getting a brand new VR documentary which will make full use of VR technology in order to deliver a powerful message. Contrast VR is Al Jazeera Media Netwrok’s immersive studio,…

New Microsoft Video Explains Motion Controller Tracking

Interacting with and controlling elements in virtual reality (VR) or mixed reality (MR) still feels like an imperfect science, and many companies, from HTC, to Oculus and now Microsoft offer their own solutions for an ideal VR experience. They all share a few common similarities and work in similar ways, but the implementation of the…

Beat Saber Is Audioshield With Lightsabers

Want to get fit and feel like a Jedi? Or just want to witness the maddest light show in all of VR? Beat Saber looks like it might be for you. Judging by the teaser trailer that captured VR fans’ attention over the weekend, Beat Saber has a very simple pitch: Audioshield but using lightsabers…

Head into Stonebrick Studios’ Voxel-based World of cyubeVR This Week

Voxel-based videogames have come in all shapes and sizes, yet they took a turning point when Minecraft hit the scene. Since then there have been numerous clones of the title, some of which have even made it to virtual reality (VR). The latest comes from Stonebrick Studios with cyubeVR, putting players in a procedurally generated world that’s been…

Life In 360°: When The Saints Go Marching Out

When it comes to sport we cover it a lot on VRFocus, thanks largely in part to our weekly roundup This Week In VR Sport which you can find on the site each and every Saturday at 3PM UK time. Besides that though we do feature sport an awful lot, that’s because when it comes…

G’Audio Lab Makes 360 Video More Immersive with New Audio Streaming

Watching concerts, gigs and events with 360 degree video is the best way to go. So much more immersive and interesting than standard TV broadcasts or even the usual HD streams, 360 video makes you feel like you’re there in the moment. It’s the kind of experience that requires more than just stereo audio to…

Blade Runner VR Experience Announced For Lenovo Mirage & Google Daydream

Google WorldSense technology lets you freely explore 2023 Los Angeles. The Blade Runner VR content keeps coming and I don’t think anyone’s complaining. Owners of the recently released Blu-ray edition of Blade Runner 2049 were treated to a special trailer announcing Blade Runner: Revelations, an upcoming VR experience for the soon-to-be-released Lenovo Mirage Solo headset…

Immersive Entertainment Centre Area15 Opening in Las Vegas Mid-2019

Retail chains where you try virtual reality (VR) are becoming more and more common, so it seems only natural that something similar would open in the most glamorous city in the world, Las Vegas. We’ve seen them all across the United States, but this one, Area15, feels a bit different. Chain Store Age reports that Area15…

Get Horrific with Meitu’s new Insidious Inspired Filters

One of the most popular features and applications of augmented reality (AR) has been filters for apps such as Snapchat, Messenger and Instagram. Meitu is one of the more popular “beauty” apps that use AR technology, and now thanks to Insidious: The Last Key, things are getting spooky in your Meitu filters. The filters come…

Social VR’s Success Depends On Humans, Not Headsets

The early success of social VR apps like Rec Room and Altspace show us that social VR ventures need to focus on key drivers of human behavior as much as they focus on engineering and 3D UX design. Moreover, the rise and subsequent stagnation of Pokémon Go demonstrate the consequences of ignoring our innate desire to create and share with the communities…

The Perfect Sniper has Launched on Steam VR

Crime doesn’t pay. Unless you don’t get caught, in which case, it can pay handsomely, and as an enterprising youth with a need for cash in the wallet, crime seems like a sensible idea. In a world with corrupt politicians and police, crime is really the only option. In The Perfect Sniper, you’ll become the…

The VR Job Hub: Developers and Artists Needed for PlayStation VR

So you’re looking for a new career, huh? We can’t blame you, and if you’re looking to get your foot in the door of the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industry, then this is a great place to start. This week we’ve got a bunch of jobs available in Manchester and London in…