Upload and VR Base Partner To Take VR Spaces Movement Global

Today, at CEBIT 2017, Upload and VR Base are announcing a partnership that will expand the idea of dedicated VR/AR real estate spaces to a global level. According to a joint release from both companies: “Upload and VRBase’s collaboration is the inevitable product of the global AR/VR ecosystem. Working from its locations in Amsterdam, Berlin and…

Vive Tracker Needs Headset To Run, HTC Confirms

HTC’s upcoming Vive Tracker has literally thousands of potential applications for VR, but we can also see how it might be useful outside of the tech. If you’re looking for a cheap motion capture system, though, you’ll still need to buy the headset itself. HTC itself recently confirmed this over on the Viveport forums. In…

Rock Band VR Out Now

Harmonix finally releases the rhythm game franchise’s first venture into virtual reality (VR), which features an all-new gameplay style. Rock Band VR will be available exclusively for Oculus Rift. It is available now on the Oculus Store for $49.99 (USD). There is also a limited-edition Rock Band VR bundle on Amazon, which consists of a…

The 9 Best PSVR Games to Play Right Now

The age of consumer grade video game console-powered virtual reality is finally here with the PlayStation VR (PSVR). Sony’s headset isn’t as powerful as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, or as portable as the Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream View, and it doesn’t really offer fully-featured roomscale tracking, but it brings VR into the living…

The Beginner’s Guide to VR Scriptwriting & Storytelling

This is the first piece in an ongoing series about writing, storytelling, and critique in VR, in partnership with Galatea, a writing and narrative design management tool for immersive stories. We’re nearly a half-decade into this new Immersive Renaissance—somewhere in the neighborhood of half a decade depending on who you talk to—and we’ve learned a…

New Sony Patent Points To Inside-Out Tracking For VR Headsets

Many people in the virtual reality (VR) industry believe that inside-out tracking is the future of consumer-grade HMDs. We’ve seen prototypes from Oculus with Santa Cruz and Intel’s Project Alloy-powered devices and now Sony is dipping their toes into the inside-out tracking race. Today we caught wind of a new Utility Patent Application from Sony…

Obduction Devs Respond To Vive Performance Complaints

After a long wait, Cyan’s Obduction [Review: 8/10] finally came to the HTC Vive yesterday, complete with motion controller support. Fans had been patiently waiting for this version of the game since the Rift edition launched last year but, sadly, it appears lots of people are having issues with it. Multiple users have taken to…

Timecode Systems Unveil New Technology for 360-Degree Video

Timecode Systems has revealed a new method to combine two of its products, the SyncBac Pro and Blink Hub to make filming virtual reality 360-degree footage easier. The SyncBac Pro is an accessory for the GoPro camera system that allows wearable cameras, professional cameras and audio devices to be wirelessly synchronised together using long range…

Quark VR Shows Its Wireless Vive Streaming

All the way back in August last year we reported that Bulgaria-based Quark VR was working on a wireless prototype for the HTC Vive with some help from SteamVR creator Valve. At the time is was hard to believe but since then we’ve seen a flood of wireless adapters announced. Now, Quark is finally ready…

VRTV Weekly Recap: Giant Cops, Control Gloves & Dancing Candlesticks

We’re already five weeks in to the second season of VRTV on VRFocus and it’s that time again as our video correspondent Nina covers what has been in the news. You can watch the episode below: Stories include: The CaptoGlove Kickstarter campaign which launched this week. For people in the UK who want to invest in…

Wonderglade Gets French Restaurant-Destroying Game In New Update

Been a while since you’ve visited the colorful world of Resolution Games’ Wonderglade? You might want to take another look today; it’s getting a new update that brings in a rather unusual new mini-game. That mini-game is Bistro Basher, which sees players visit a French restaurant and then proceed to smash all of the produce…

‘Drop Dead’ for Oculus Touch Review

When Gear VR games are ported to the Rift, you usually end up with is more of the same; a game with nicer graphics and the added benefit of positional tracking, but more or less the same experience. However with Drop Dread (2017), Pixel Toy’s port of their critically acclaimed Gear VR on-rails arcade shooter, the…

Robo Recall Gets Locomotion Mod From 3dRudder

How to move in a natural way continues to be a hot topic within virtual reality (VR) mainly because moving about at speed is a big factor in many cases of sim sickness. There are a number of different movement methods that are being used in the current crop of VR videogame titles, including various…

Rock Band VR Review: Rocking Out Like Never Before

I was apprehensive about the premise behind Rock Band VR. As someone that has played every entry in the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises — as well as lots of DLC — it felt strange to me when I learned Harmonix would shake up the fundamental formula that makes Rock Band tick. Ever since…

Viro Media Is A Tool For Creating Simple Mobile VR Apps For Businesses

One of the biggest roadblocks to VR content creation right now is how complicated it can be, but there’s a small subsection of the industry developing platforms that make creating VR content a bit easier. Not every application demands the experience that more complex applications and games require to make and developers of these more…

Fire Service Use VR to Let People Experience A Burning House

Firefighters in New Zealand are using a new way to teach the public about the dangers of a burning building, and educate them on the importance of having an evacuation plan. The Fire Service has created a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) experience called Escape My House, which puts people inside a burning house and tasks…

Canadian Music Week Includes Discussions on VR

The Canadian Music Week will be running from 18th April until 23rd April, 2017. Included within it will be the Digital Media Summit, which will cover a keynote speech and panel discussions related to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). The Digital Media Summit will take place on Wednesday 19th April, 2017 at the…

‘Drop Dead’ Review: A Fun Arcade Shooter for Rift and Gear VR

Update: This review was originally published on 11/2/2016 and specifically focused on the Gear VR version of the game. As of tomorrow, 3/23/2017, it will be releasing on the Oculus Rift as well with a large update that also improves and expands the game for Gear VR. This review has been updated by Games Editor…

Capcom Release Resident Evil 7 Behind-the-Scenes Video

Capcom, the makers of the survival horror series Resident Evil have released the first in a series of videos called The Making of Resident Evil 7 biohazard. The four-part video series will contain exclusive footage and interviews with members of the development team as they go into detail about the creation of Resident Evil 7….

Vive Cat Tracker Video Shows Purrrfect Use Of New Add-On In Action

Last week we reported on a rather purffect application for Vive’s new Tracker. Indie developer Triangular Pixels is using the device to keep tabs on their pet cats, thus not bumping into them when wearing a headset. Today, we’ve got a first look at it in action. Triangular Pixels posted the below video today. It…

Korean Amusement Park Unveils Robot VR Attraction

The chance to pilot a giant robot is finally here. In an announcement made this Sunday, South Korean amusement park Everland revealed a brand new VR attraction that gives you the chance to control (and feel) the movements of an enormous robot in a dirty mech-on-mech brawl. Opening this Friday in the high-tech city of Seoul,…

Obduction from Myst Creator Gets Long-Awaited Vive and Touch Support

Cyan Studios, creator of legendary PC games Myst and Riven, is officially releasing an update today ot bring its first ever virtual reality (VR) title, Obduction, to more platforms. The Myst successor originally debuted as a timed exclusive for the Oculus Rift and will now be available for the HTC Vive as well with motion controller support. In…

IKinema Introduces Inexpensive Motion Capture Technology

Animation studio IKinema have unveiled a new type of motion capture, or mocap technology that uses commercially available virtual reality (VR) hardware that aims to make motion capture and body tracking accessible and affordable for everyone. The new system, which IKinema have named Orion, uses a VR headset like a HTC Vive, motion controllers and three…