The PC Port For Fantastic Beasts VR Isn’t So Magical

When Fantastic Beasts VR released in 2016 with the Google Daydream headset there was a lot of excitement around the potential for a fully-fledged non-mobile VR adaptation. Imagine being able to move around the world and explore the magical landscapes, casting spells, and discovering the curious creatures inside Newt Scamander’s briefcase. What we’ve got on Steam…

VR Documentary Exposes Damage of Global Oil Trade in Nigeria

‘Oil In Our Creeks’ blends 180° art and landscapes for a 360° experience unlike anything else. Contrast VR, Al Jazeera Media Network’s immersive studio, is at it again with yet another VR documentary ready to dump some knowledge on lucky audiences. You may remember Contrast VR as the studio behind I Am Rohingya, another full-fledged…

XR Connects London – A Roundup of the two day Event

It’s not just the major international events like CES 2018 that draws VRFocus’ writers out of their bunkers and into the light. There are plenty of smaller conferences and shows taking place right here at home in the UK, one such event being held in London this week is XR Connects, bringing professionals together from…

Olympic Athletes Are Using STRIVR To Train For 2018 Winter Games

VR has already won multiple Emmys among other awards, but it might be on its way to winning an Olympic gold or two, too. STRIVR, a company that develops training services using VR, today announced a partnership with the High Performance division of US Ski & Snowboard, the national governing body for skiing and snowboarding….

Sony May Have Just Patented New PSVR Controllers

Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) is a great headset with arguably the strongest library of any VR device out there, but it’s no secret that the PlayStation Move controllers hold it back somewhat. We’ve heard rumors that a new controller may be on the way and now a new patent might give us our first look…

Pastime For Pirates Is A New Social VR Game From The Makers Of Loco Dojo

Brighton-based Make Real is back with its second VR game, Pastime Pirates. Building off of the developer’s last release, Loco Dojo, Pastime Pirates is a social VR experience in which players embody swashbuckling scoundrels. However, instead of plundering towns and murdering villagers, you’ll get to experience the moments between all the action, when a pirate…

Make [Real] Announce new VR Videogame Pastimes for Pirates at XR Connects

Make [Real] are likely a familiar name to VRFocus readers. They created virtual reality (VR) videogame Loco Dojo and are a regular fixture around the VR scene in Britain. Sam Watts, Director of Immersive Technologies at Make [Real], has been heavily involved with VR in Brighton thanks to VRlab; as well as helping Roto VR allow developers to…

Fly Through Fireworks And A Cyclone 100 Floors Up In Hong Kong

No matter what we do as humans, and no matter what technologies we develop there are still some basic things that we are programmed to do. Instinctual reactions, the desire of fight or flight, being wary of certain combinations of colour and finding others calming. It’s a combination of the primal force along with what…

Creating 3D App Launchers is Easy in Windows Mixed Reality

How long have we had 2D icons for shortcuts on our home desktops? Centuries. Eons. It’s about time we upgraded, frankly, and thankfully Windows Mixed Reality understands the urge for modernisation. In mixed reality (MR) we no longer have to worry about rubbish 2D icons for our programs and applications, as it is simple as…

World Of Tanks Is Finally Coming To VR

Multiplayer war simulator World of Tanks is one of those games that just makes too much sense in VR, but has eluded headsets thus far. That’s going to change very soon. World of Tanks developer Wargaming announced today that it was forming a new arm of its business in partnership with VRTech. Neurogaming, as this…

The Inpatient Review: A Terrifying Trip Down Memory Lane

I’m typically not a fan of the “amnesiac protagonist” trope because it feels like a cheap way to force feed the player narrative details without any creative thought. But in the case of The Inpatient by Supermassive Games, a slow-paced psychological about a mental sanatorium in the snowy, Canadian mountains, the main character’s lack of…

Facebook Hires Altspace CEO Eric Romo

What’s left of the Altspace social VR team might be working at Microsoft now, but its CEO and founder Eric Romo is now a product director at Facebook. Altspace ran out of money last year after it was unable to raise additional funds to drive the early innovator in social VR, then had a surprise…

Hyperbolic Magnetism Release Teaser Trailer for Rhythm Action Experience Beat Saber

Rhythm action videogames have become a popular genre in virtual reality (VR), with the likes of AudioShield, BOXVR, Thumper and many more available, each offering its own take. Due for release soon is Hyperbolic Magnetism’s version, a sword swinging, beat slicing experience called Beat Saber. This weekend saw the studio release the first gameplay teaser video for the title, showcasing…

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…

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,…

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…

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…