Motorbike Riding Gets AR Enhancement

For bikers, safety is an important consideration. Considering that people riding motorbikes are zooming down the road with little to protect them other than some leather and a helmet, getting the design of that helmet right is pretty important. One company is trying to enhance safety by incorporating augmented reality (AR) tech into its motorcycle…

The Solus Project Brings VR Survival To PSVR Today

I’ve always thought that more VR games should have survival mechanics. The genre lends itself so well to the immersion afforded from the VR medium and the sense of isolation needed to really inspire survival instincts is unrivaled. Luckily a handful of titles like ARK: Survival Evolved and The Solus Project are holding the torch…

This Free Gear VR Experience Lets You Meet Rembrandt

Travel back in time and interact with the famous painter. We already know VR has the stunning ability to teleport you to new locations from the comfort of your home, letting you drop into worlds you can only dream of visiting. But aside from teleportation, VR can also be a time machine, taking you back…

Uncover the Hidden World of Echo Grotto on HTC Vive This Week

A couple of weeks ago VRFocus reported on New Zealand-based indie videogame developer Gaugepunk Games announcing its second virtual reality (VR) title – the first was Frontier VR – a VR caving experience called Echo Grotto. Now the studio has confirmed the Steam release date for HTC Vive, Wednesday 20th September. Echo Grotto is a casual exploration experience that uses a cel-shaded…

Duck Season Review: A Nightmare On 8-Bit Street

Type ‘Duck Hunt VR’ into Google and you’ll discover a ton of tributes to a Nintendo classic. None of them, though, are quite like Stress Level Zero’s Duck Season. On the surface, this looks like yet another clever nod to one of the first games that really let you hold and aim a gun, but…

Meet Famous Painter Rembrandt With Gear VR

Virtual reality (VR) content creators Force Field have been working in collaboration with Oculus Studios to create a new VR experience for the Samsung Gear VR that lets users travel back in time to meet one of the world’s most famous artists, Rembrandt van Rijn. The experience combines CGI environments with live actors to create…

I Cheated My Way Through Doom VFR Because I’m A Wimp

I made my way down to Los Angeles late last week to try out the VR games produced by ZeniMax subsidiary Bethesda and (in the case of Doom) id. Consistently, whenever we write about Skyrim VR, Fallout 4 VR, or Doom VFR those stories are among our most well-read. In other words, of the games…

Review: Duck Season

Known for its launch day multiplayer shooter Hover Junkers, Stress Level Zero has taken that finely crafted gun knowledge and turned its attention to a different kind of shooter, the wave genre. Obviously aware that it would need to come up with an idea that would set it apart from the hordes of other wave-based…

Evocat Games Announce Nemesis Perspective Sequel Nemesis Realms

Last December Evocat Games released its unique PvP combat title Nemesis Perspective for HTC Vive, where the virtual reality (VR) player controls a boss character while the hero is controlled by a second player on a monitor. In August the team brought the title to Oculus Rift and this month they’ve announced work on its sequel, Nemesis Realms….

Sci-Fi Adventure The Solus Project Comes to PlayStation VR

PlayStation VR owners looking for a big sci-fi adventure to get their teeth into are now able to download Teotl Studios and Grip Games’ single-player explorer The Solus Project. Having originally released last year on Steam for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, The Solus Project’s story unfolds on the planet Gliese-6143-C, where you play a survivor stranded on a…

VAQSO VR Scent Technology To Be Showcased in Square Enix Title

One of the major advantages of virtual reality (VR) experiences as opposed to other mediums is its ability to completely transport the user to another world. Tokyo-based start-up company VAQSO are hoping to deepen that immersion with the use of scent technology, which is due to be showcased at the Tokyo Game Show. VAQSO will…

The VR Society’s ‘On The Lot’ is Back—and Fully Augmented

‘On The Lot’ is back—and now featuring AR—October 13 and 14 at The Lot in West Hollywood. Last year, the inaugural VR On The Lot brought together major players from Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Europe, and China for a two-day exploration of the intersection between entertainment and technology. Organized by the VR Society, presented by AMD Studios,…

VR Society’s “On The Lot” Conference to Feature AR Seminars

Last year the VR Society held its inaugural ‘On The Lot’ virtual reality (VR) conference at Paramount Pictures Studios, in Los Angeles, California. Today the organisers have announced the second event will be moving to a new location and expanded with augmented reality (AR) sessions. This year’s conference adds an entire AR track featuring one…

Into The Rhythm VR Launching on Steam

It has been noted before that HTC Vive wand controllers make for excellent drumsticks. Into The Rhythm takes advantage of this to create a virtual reality drumming experience, complete with modding tools for players to add in their own music. NTWO Studio have created a rhythm game for the HTC Vive that allows users to…

ABI Research Predicts Mobile VR’s 6DoF Future

When the HTC Standalone headset was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, some criticism was directed its way with regards to the decision to bundle the device with a 3DoF controller. It seems that criticism may have been on point, since a new report predicts the rise of 6DoF controls. The 3DoF controllers for…

VR Esports Tournament Comes to Brighton, UK

Esports is gradually taking off in the UK. Esports tournaments have been a fixture in Japan, Korea, the US and parts of Europe for a while, and are now popping up in the UK as well. Some events re even combining Esports with virtual reality (VR) as is the case for an upcoming tournament where…

Skyworld is a Great Social VR Strategy Game for Friends

Announced back in 2015, Vertigo Games has been busy working on Skyworld adding Oculus Touch control support, as well as Microsoft’s new mixed reality headset this fall. After trying Skyworld at Gamescom on the HTC Vive this year, Nina explains how the social aspect of Skyworld helps create an immersive environment that is extremely beneficial in a virtual reality (VR) strategy…

LG Patents VR Display For ‘Alleviating Screen-Door Effect’

Current displays for VR headsets allow us to peer into virtual worlds with ease, but there’s plenty of room for improvement. According to a recently discovered patent, LG is taking aim at one of those areas; the dreaded screen-door effect. The patent, which was published last week, details a display that is “capable of alleviating…

Magical PvP Combat Comes To Oculus Rift

Indie developer Cortopia Studios initially released its magical battle arena Wands on the Samsung Gear VR over a year ago. Now with a revamp and several improvements, the title is almost ready to make its appearance on the Oculus Rift. The development team have taken the time to improve the title, improving graphical fidelity and…

Brazilian VR Studio ARVORE Breathes new life into Pixel Ripped 1989

Virtual reality (VR) title Pixel Ripped 1989 has had a long and tumultuous journey since it began life back in 2013. Started by Ana Ribeiro when she was studying at the National Film and Television School in London and Stef Keegan, the videogame had a failed Kickstarter in 2015, then joined the Boost VC startup accelerator that…

Developer Brings Minecraft To AR With ARCore/ARKit

For years now Minecraft has been empowering millions of users by allowing them to create pretty much whatever they want in virtual worlds. But what if you could bring it into the real world? That’s exactly what South African developer Speak Geek is working on. Using Google’s new ARCore and Apple’s ARKit platforms, which enable…

Hidden Fortune Gets New Expansion and Price Drop

Hidden object puzzle title Hidden Fortune was released on to Samsung Gear VR back in March 2017. Now developers Archiact are releasing a new content expansion along with dropping the price. The new chapter is titled Shanty Seas, and continues the story of the young sorcerer who is trying to rescue their family. New content…

LG SteamVR Headsets Resurfaces At Korean VR Festival

We were beginning to wonder if we would see LG’s SteamVR headset again this year, but it’s just been spotted at a VR festival in Korea. The official Silicon Valley Virtual Reality Twitter account just posted a fresh image of the headset and its controllers as shown at the Korean VR Festival. Take a look…

VR Squash 2017 Confirms Release Date

As active virtual reality (VR) titles such as Sprint Vector and CCP Games’ Sparc have confirmed, there is demand for fast-moving action titles that require physical exertion in VR. Tapping into that market is VR Squash 2017, which has just announced its November release date. Created for the HTC Vive, VR Squash 2017 is designed…

Life In 360°: A Taste Of The Morning

Welcome back into the world of immersive technologies for yet another week. This week alone we’ve the Eurogamer Expo aka EGX and the Tokyo Game Show, as well as VRDC and the Raindance Film Festival. So just a few things to look forward too. Today’s 360 degree item for you to look at is another…

Learn a New Language in VR

MondlyVR app leverages the power of VR to help us learn new languages in shorter timeframes. Learning and mastering a new language is no easy task—something I discovered firsthand when I attempted to learn French. A friend of mine who is a language professor at Colgate University suggested I move to France and immerse myself into…

XING: The Land Beyond Release Delayed

Virtual reality (VR) users have been eagerly awaiting puzzle adventure title XING: The Land Beyond since it was originally announced three years ago. Now it seems the wait might be slightly longer than expected, as the release has been put back by three days. XING: The Land Beyond was developed by independent developer White Lotus…

Screenshots Galore for PlayStation VR’s Light Tracer

On Friday VRFocus reported on Oasis Games announcing that its next virtual reality (VR) videogame to hit PlayStation VR, Light Tracer, would be released on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIEs) headset in just over a week’s time on 26th September. For those who like the look of this puzzle experience, VRFocus has a bunch of screenshots for you…

Twobit Odyssey Coming to Samsung Gear VR

Developer Squidbeam Games is working on a follow up to Samsung Gear VR Twobit, which was released last year. The upcoming title, Twobit Odyssey will be a puzzle-platform title that uses gaze controls. Squidbeam Games Founder Laurent Kermel is primarily known for his work as a visual effects artist on such big-budget films as Rogue…