Is Facebook Creating an AI Assistant for Oculus Rift?

Since the debut of Siri on iPhone back in 2011, AI assistants have become increasingly more popular. All modern smartphones offer an AI assistant, as does Windows 10 operating system and the Xbox One, in addition to standalone AI devices such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Now it’s been suggested that Facebook is preparing…

Sketchfab Favs: Overwatch, Aquatic Life And Maximum Awwwww

Every week VR artists are making amazing new sculptures using tools like Tilt Brush and Oculus Quill. These elaborate artworks go beyond what’s possible in our world, often creating entirely new ones. It would be a shame to let these go to waste, so we’re highlighting four awesome new pieces featured on 3D model site…

The Biggest HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 08/13/17

There’s plenty of intriguing releases to check out on Vive this week. We’ve got some great new musical pieces, a VR horror experience for film fans, and the long-awaited launch of a promising RPG. Let’s dive in. In the meantime, if you missed the previous iteration of this list, you can see those new releases here….

The Biggest PSVR Releases For The Week Of 08/13/17

Just one single release awaits you on PSVR this week (unless you count a demo for Starblood Arena). It’s a pretty big launch, but it’s yet another horror game, so it’s only for the bravest of the bunch. Don’t worry if that’s not you; there’s always next week. We’ll have a full review of it…

Kin Is A Stylized VR Puzzle Platformer Coming To Rift And Gear This Year

I first played Land’s End from Monument Valley creators ustwo almost two years ago and I’ve wanted something like it again ever since. While not exactly the same, KIN, an upcoming stylized VR puzzle platformer game from House of Secrets that’s slated to release on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR later this year, could…

How To Get Started With Developing For Windows Mixed Reality And VR Platforms

The time has arrived. If you’re a software developer that’s interested in getting started with the Windows Mixed Reality platform, specifically via the Windows VR immersive headsets, then you’ve come to the right place. Both the HP and Acer Windows VR headset devkits are on the market and available for purchase to any interested developers….

Eymerce Cancels Kickstarter Campaign for Stadeon

The ambitious project to create a new type of immersive videogaming experience called Stadeon has cancelled its Kickstarter campaign after 48 hours. According to a spokesperson from Eymerce, the creators of the project, the cancellation was due to lack of crowdfunding support. The Stadeon project was attempting to eliminate the need for a bulky virtual…

‘Will My Customers Feel Sick?’ VR Myth Busting

It might be a little naïve to simply accept that virtual reality (VR) is the infallible tech trend of the future. Certainly, there’s a great deal VR offers the casino and gaming sectors, but even the casual observer will have heard something of VR’s challenges. ‘VR makes you sick’ is the most common assertion uttered….

G’Audio Lab Launches Upgrade To VR Audio Tool

It has long been recognised that sound provides an invaluable part of an entertainment experience. Filmmakers and videogame developers have used audio in the form of music and sound effects to affect the audience in ways both subtle and overt for decades. The importance of sound in virtual reality (VR) is not something that can…

Soul Dimension Is A PSVR Horror Game You Can Play Soon

Chinese games studio Keen Vision announced their VR debut today with a trailer for Soul Dimension, a new PSVR puzzle-horror game. There is very little information about the game beyond the trailer, and Keen Vision has no English-language web presence. A brief description on the PlayStation EU YouTube channel sounds like it was directly translated…

DreamSail Games Release First Footage of The IOTA Project

New York-based indie developer DreamSail Games recently announced its first virtual reality (VR) project in the form of The IOTA Project for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. As destructive mech videogame, the studio has now released the first gameplay trailer. The pre-alpha footage showcases some of the early design ideas and gameplay mechanics players can look forward…

The Raven VR Is A Chilling Adaptation Of An Edgar Allan Poe Classic

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is so haunting in its drama and convincing in its misery that you don’t really need a VR headset to bring it to life. Poe’s sorrowful words carry such weight to them that you can’t help but immerse yourself deep in the poem’s world. Nevertheless, Thomas Pasieka has put his…

Terminal 17 is a Warehouse-Scale Multiplayer Shooter From VRstudios

When VRstudios announced their warehouse-scale VR technology VRcade Arena last month, they had no games to go along with their impressive new platform. That changes today with the announcement of Terminal 17, a warehouse-scale, multiplayer shooter that borrows co-op puzzle-solving elements from escape rooms. Built using Unity and NVIDIA VRWorks, Terminal 17 asks an eight-player…

TVR Unveils Next VR Title Soul Dimension for PlayStation VR

Time of Virtual Reality (TVR), the studio behind PlayStation VR titles Ace Banana and Ancient Amuletor, has revealed its next project, a puzzle-solving horror experience called Soul Dimension. Developed by Keenvision, TVR hasn’t released many in depth details regarding the videogame, other than it’s scary, has puzzles and ‘the player has the ability to enter different dream worlds’. Other…

MyDream Interactive’s Reese Holland talks Candy Squad

Candy Squad has been reviewed by VRFocus before, and is a fun simple game for virtual reality (VR) where you are thrown into a world of candy. You take control of a hammer made of candy and have to hit fifteen type of invaders in order to prevent them from reaching the Giant Rock Candy Crystal inside…

VR Advertising Platform Immersv Completes $10.5m Financing Round

Just over a year ago Immersv announced its advertising platform for virtual reality (VR) and mobile devices with the aim of helping consumers discover VR apps and content. Today, the company has revealed the completion of a $10.5 million USD Series A round of financing. Led by Rogers Venture Partners, the round also featured institutional and…

HTC Vive And More Invest $10.5 Million In VR Marketing Platform Immersv

Immersv’s VR marketing platform has attracted the right kind of attention from investors. The company behind the platform today announced that it had raised from $10.5 million in a Series A round of funding. The round included contributes from major VR players like HTC Vive, The Venture Reality Fund and Foundation Capital. Initial Capital, East…

Life In 360°: A Severe Case Of Malpractice

Clowns can bring joy and laughter – or they can be a bit scary. If you’ve not seen it yet I’d recommend you check out the 360 degree video for the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s IT. I’m not even a big horror fan in the slightest and I’m very eager to see that one….

Developer Plays Oculus And Steam Games With Valve’s Knuckles Controllers

Valve is developing a pair of more immersive hand controllers currently called “Knuckles” that promise to offer more precise finger tracking and grasping sensations in VR. Though the controllers are still in a prototype phase and likely to change, Valve released early versions to developers over the last few months and interest is high to…

The Mighty Eye Brings 3D Puzzling to Samsung Gear VR Next Week

Electrolit is set to launch a new 3D puzzle videogame next week, specifically designed for virtual reality (VR). The Mighty Eye will be available on Samsung Gear VR, with a special discounted price for a limited time. The Mighty Eye tasks the player with marking specific numbers of the same coloured bricks in order to…

How Cloud-Based Physics Could Revolutionise VR

Processing power needed to run virtual reality (VR) is high. You need to be able to run a videogame at 90 frames per second (FPS) with stereoscopic rendering and high-end tracking to have an enjoyable VR experience. Cloudgine however think they have a solution in the cloud and networking technology that was used to power Oculus…

PlayStation R&D Listing Suggests Multi-Sensor PSVR Tracking In The Works

PlayStation VR (PSVR) is a fantastic VR headset, but one of its biggest issues is the tracking system. A new job listing suggests Sony is working on something new to improve that aspect. PlayStation’s London-based R&D lab is looking for an R&D Engineer who will “work on tracking systems and drivers for a VR related project”…

Media Molecule’s Dreams Still Has PSVR Support

It feels like an age since we’ve seen Dreams, but that’s because it has been. Media Molecule’s next big game missed out on both E3 2016 and 2017 showings after debuting at the event in 2015, and we’ve been dying to see more of it. That’s largely because Dreams seems like the perfect PlayStation VR…

Can an Infinity Ward Co-Founder Succeed in Social VR?

Infinity Ward is home to some of the biggest selling videogames of all time. Having birthed the Call of Duty franchise, which after more than a decade of annual releases is still topping the charts every holiday season, Chance Glasco suffered ‘videogame burn out’ after his seventh edition in the industry-leading series. After taking some…

They Came From Space Set to Deliver On Controversial Technology

They Came From Space is a case where seeing is believing. The new Vive and Rift title from Scottish developer Cloudgine is a ‘proof-of-concept video game’ for cloud-based computing. Rather than relying on the just the user’s computer, Cloudgine’s tech allows distant and much more powerful server farms to crunch the numbers, then sends the…

Hover Junkers’ Single Player Campaign Mixes Oregon Trail With VR

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Hover Junkers, the HTC Vive launch title from Stress Level Zero. Despite releasing over a year ago, the developer is hard at work on a big update for the game that adds a single-player campaign, and it looks very promising. While Hover Junkers’ traditional multiplayer gameplay is…