‘Alien: Covenant in Utero’ Comes To Oculus Rift

You’ll probably want to experience this twice. I’m not sure what’s more disturbing. Hearing the sound of a beating heart while being trapped inside a claustrophobic host body. Bursting through the back of an infected crew member and realizing you’ve taken the body of an alien at birth. Or the blood curdling screams coming from…

A Week in Facebook Spaces – Socialising Needs Some Work

If there’s one company that should be able to make socialising in virtual reality (VR) work its Facebook. It’s kind of its forte, and since acquiring Oculus back in 2014 you’d have thought a VR app would have been on the cards early on. Well a year after Oculus Rift’s launch it finally appeared last…

Alien: Covenant In Utero Bursts on to Oculus Rift

Geeks and fans of the Alien franchise around the world are celebrating ‘Alien Day’, derived from the planet LV-426 featured in Alien. To add to the festivities, Ridley Scott’s virtual reality subsidiary RSA VR have launched Alien: Covenant in Utero on to Oculus Rift. The VR experience puts the user in the place of a…

Antilatency Is An Intriguing Mobile Positional Tracking Solution

At VRLA we got a look at an impressive tech demo from a startup out of Russia that is moving to San Francisco soon. The startup is called The system features a small on-board camera on the bottom of the headset facing down and outward. It detects rapidly pulsing infrared light markers on strips at…

Gear of War’s Cliff Bleszinski Is Pitching A Full VR Game

Former Epic Games developer Cliff Bleszinski has long taken an interest in VR, and was one of the original investors in Oculus long before it was purchased by Facebook. So far his new indie studio, Boss Key Productions, hasn’t made a VR game, but that may soon change. As reported by Gamasutra, Bleszinski noted that…

BBC Radio 4 Ventures into VR for Online Audio Drama Quake

Being the visual entertainment medium that it is, you might be surprised to findout BBC Radio 4 has now dabbled in virtual reality (VR) for its new online audio drama Quake. Made up of 12 short form audio pieces, Quake is set as the search for survivors begins after a deadly earthquake. Each drama is only available…

Life In 360°: The Cup That Cheers, And Also Meows

Cats are great aren’t they? I mean apart from the times they act like they are offended by your very presence or when they scratch the bejeezus out of your sofa over some deep seated and otherwise unspoken hatred of chintz. I have spent the last two days on sojourn at the home of VRFocus…

NVIDIA Offers Three Free VR Games With Select New Hardware

In the grand scheme of things, we’re still in the early stages of virtual reality adoption. While the price of admission may still be a bit on the higher end for some, the software ecosystem is inspiring people to invest and get hardware that can support these immersive experiences. Yesterday we reported on an Oculus…

Google Embraces WebVR With VR Film ‘Tabel’

Back in January we covered Virtualeap’s international hackathon competition, which was designed to help bring much needed attention to the potential of WebVR. After all, WebVR seems to be the most practical and accessible way many of us might experience VR on a day to day basis. Google, who was one of the partners of the hackathon is now pushing…

Canada Turns to VR To Make People Safer Around Train Tracks

It is a sad statistic that dozens of Canadians, many of them young, are killed or injured on railways tracks. Almost all of these incidents are avoidable, and many only needed the victim to have heeded signs and warnings to avoid the danger. As part of Rail Safety Week, a new initiative is using virtual…

Hands-On With Theseus, A Dark And Twisted Third-Person VR RPG

When we first heard about Theseus from Forge Reply we likened it to God of War, which seems like an apt comparison. In God of War you take control of Kratos in his crusade against the Greek pantheon of Gods, fighting the likes of Poseidon, Zeus, and more. Theseus has much more reserved ambitions, instead…

Watch Original 360-Degree Content On Digital Domain’s New App

Yesterday Digital Domain unveiled a 360-degree camera and production toolset that will better equip creators for VR broadcasting and publishing. Today they’re putting the content itself at the forefront, announcing a new application that will collect both Digital Domain’s original creations and their live-broadcasted events. Their growing collection of in-house produced content and experiences from partners warrants…

GoPro Launches Pilot Programme For VR Fusion Camera

Intrepid filmmakers who wished to make a virtual reality (VR) film using GoPro cameras didn’t really have much option save for using multiple cameras and painstakingly stitching the footage together. GoPro are now planning to change that with the introduction of the Fusion camera. The GoPro Fusion is a spherical camera which is designed specifically…

‘Wilson’s Heart’ Review

Wilson’s Heart (2017) is a psychological thriller that takes you on a wild first-person adventure through the mind of a hospital patient recovering from a curious surgery, one that has replaced his live-beating heart with a strange machine. Ripping it from your chest, you find it gives you a growing number of abilities to help you not only fight…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive Specs

It’s true that in most technology related areas, be it cars, computing, etc that for many people statistics are king. Even though how good an experience is, is not solely defined by how big the numbers are; the bottom line is that bigger is still seen as better. When it comes to a straight ‘Top…

Go Super Saiyan With New Dragon Ball Z VR/AR Experience

A new app, custom headset, and hand sensors let you channel your inner Goku and unleash the Kamehameha. There are few moves more iconic than Goku’s infamous technique, the ki blast aka the Kamehameha. The powerful energy attack has delighted Dragon Ball fans for years quickly becoming one of the most easily-recognizable fighting moves in…

Digital Domain Launches VR App for Original Content and Livestreamed 360 Events

Visual effects and immersive experience creator Digital Domain has announced the launch of its first virtual reality (VR) app, Digital Domain VR, allowing users to VR fans to checkout its library of work as well as offering livestream 360-degree events. The new Digital Domain app includes a wide array immersive content created in-house by the company, covering a mixture…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive Software

Content is king. That’s the truism we’ve come to learn from decades of hardware success stories and near-equal amounts of failures. Virtual reality (VR) may yet be waiting to find its ‘killer app’, but there’s still plenty to be excited about. A swathe of videogames, 360 degree videos, healthcare and education applications are already available…

VRTV Goes Social with Facebook Spaces

Last week Facebook held its 10th annual F8 developer conference where the company makes most of its major announcements. There was a big focus on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and AI, with one of the big reveals being Facebook Spaces, a dedicated VR social app for Oculus Rift and Touch. VRFocus attended the event…

Resident Evil 7’s Free Story DLC Has Been Delayed

Three months on from the release of Resident Evil 7 and it remains one of the best games on PlayStation VR (PSVR). That’s why we’re looking forward to the game’s upcoming free story DLC, ‘Not A Hero’. Sadly that content has now been delayed. The DLC, which adds a new campaign in which players would…

Raindance Festival Is Sponsoring VR Educational Courses

The Raindance Film Festival has begun to get involved in the world of virtual reality (VR). During last year’s Raindance Festival in London the organisers featured the VR Arcade, where 14 short films which were shown on Gear VR or Oculus Rift. Now the Festival is organising some VR courses as part of its educational…

Exclusive: Meta 2 AR Demos Revealed in Full

Outside of a few demonstrations at tradeshows, Meta has only give glimpses of the content on its impressive AR headset dev kit in short clips. During a recent visit to the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters to catch the latest improvements to the headset, I got to see a selection of demo content which Meta has allowed…

HeroCade Review: A Nine-Game PSVR Bundle Including Dreadhalls and Sisters

A lot of people have been unhappy with the price of VR games in our new industry’s first year of consumer availability. For the most part, Steam has been flooded with well over 1,000 games and experiences, the vast majority of which are abbreviated teasers, uninspired tech demos, and cheap cash grabs. There are plenty…