Skonec Entertainment Prove They’re All About Location-Based VR

If you’ve never been to South Korea then you should know its a very technologically forward focused country – hardly surprising with tech giant like LG and Samsung based there. VRFocus recently went there and found an impressive amount of virtual reality (VR) there, where we spent time with location-based entertainment (LBE) specialist Skonec Entertainment…

Oculus Connect 5 Will Livestream In VR, But Not On Rift

You’ll be able to watch next week’s Oculus Connect 5 in all but the most expensive of Facebook’s VR headsets. The Oculus Venues app, which launched earlier this year on Oculus Go and Gear VR, will be streaming keynote talks and eSports matches live from this year’s developer conference. Venues hasn’t yet launched on the…

Elon Musk Wants to Livestream SpaceX Moon Mission in “high def VR”

SpaceX, the aerospace manufacturer and space transport company founded by tech billionaire Elon Musk, ultimately has its sights set on colonizing Mars, although the company’s next big step on the way there is taking tourists to the moon. And you might be able to go too, provided you have a VR headset in the next…

Pre-Order Ace Combat 7 to get Ace Combat 5 for Free

There might be a few months to go until Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown finally arrives for PlayStation VR, but Bandai Namco has a tempting offer for those interested in pre-ordering the title ahead of launch, a free copy of Ace Combat 5. Available to pre-order now on the US PlayStation Store for $59.99 USD, there are three…

Oculus Seems To Have Patented The Fabric Wrap For Santa Cruz

Today in mildly interesting and painfully specific patents from big VR companies: Oculus seems to have patented the fabric that will wrap around its upcoming Santa Cruz headset. The patent, filed exactly a year ago today and published yesterday, was first spotted by Reddit user valdovas. It describes an “ornamental design for a fabric wrap…

Angry Birds Is Coming To Magic Leap One Creator Edition

Magic Leap One is getting its first videogame from a major brand: Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds. Resolution Games, a Stockholm-based developer best known for VR games like Bait! and Narrows (and was notably founded by former members of Candy Crush Saga developers, King), today announced Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot, which is on its…

PSVR Exclusive Astro Bot Gets Plenty Of New Gameplay In Latest Trailer

We’re not too far from the launch of anticipated PlayStation VR (PSVR) exclusive, Astro Bot Rescue Mission now. Before launch, though, there’s just time for another look at the gameplay. In the video below members of developer Sony Japan are on-hand to discuss making the game, and what makes it different to more traditional third-person…

Slime Rancher Is Coming To VR Via Free DLC This Fall

The wacky world of Monomi Park’s Slime Rancher is coming to VR. The developer this week announced a collaboration with 3lb Games to release a free DLC update for the game later this fall adding in headset support. For those that don’t know, the Slime Rancher series is a little like a Harvest Moon game or…

Sony Japan Studio Takes You Behind-the Scenes of Astro Bot: Rescue Mission

One of the hotly anticipated virtual reality (VR) titles coming to PlayStation VR this Fall in Sony Japan Studio’s cute platformer Astro Bot: Rescue Mission. Due to arrive in a couple of weeks, the videogame has now gone gold and the group behind its development ASOBI! Team have now released a behind-the-scenes video to discuss the title…

Life In 360°: Aerial Photography

Regular readers of this series will recall that there was a time here on VRFocus where we seemingly couldn’t go a week without there being on Life In 360° a 360 degree video involving flight in some way. We were either part of a display team, or in the cockpit of a commercial airliner. Riding…

Valve Reveals News Knuckles VR Controllers With Improved Battery And More

Earlier this year Valve revealed the second iteration of its long-anticipated Knuckles motion controllers for SteamVR. The controllers, which were sent out to VR developers for testing, represented a more complete version of the successor to the position-tracked wands that come with the HTC Vive but they were far from complete. Today, Valve revealed the…

Blind Review: A Puzzle Game That Leaves You In The Dark

I’d love to tell you that Blind’s infuriating puzzles are frustrating for the right reasons, but I can’t. Tiny Bull Studios’ efforts to put you in the shoes of a blind person, giving you a taste of what life is like without sight are thoughtfully delivered and will stay with me for long after this…

Sony Patents VR Headset That Combats Simulation Sickness With Eye-Tracking And More

A new patent from Sony suggests the company’s next PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset will take the fight to simulation sickness. The patent was originally filed in early 2017 (six months after the original PSVR’s release) and published last week. It describes a system for fighting what it describes as “virtual reality sickness” using a head-mounted display…

‘Transference’ Review: A Thrilling Film-like Adventure for the Digital Age

Transference (2018) is a single-player psychological thriller that takes place in a shadowy reflection of reality—the  simulation of a family’s collective minds who’ve presumably been corrupted after the father, a scientist, tests his breakthrough procedure on himself, his wife, and child. While fairly short in length, the game’s intense themes and film-like quality will leave you…

Knockout League Adds Heavy Bag Training In New DLC

Creed: Rise to Glory may be entering the ring next week but Grab Games’ Knockout League is still in the fight. This week the developer announced a brand new add-on DLC for the VR boxing game named Heavy Bag. It’s pretty much what it says on the tin; the download adds a new training mode…

What Makes Good VR? Make Real Gives Some Insider Know How

Developing for virtual reality (VR) isn’t just a straight forward creation of 3D worlds which you then plonk a player inside and expect everything to be awesome and immersive. A lot of time and effort has to go into seemingly simple actions like picking up and object or moving through the world without getting nauseous….

Sunsoft’s VR MOBA Dark Eclipse Hits PSVR Next Week

Virtual reality will get a DOTA 2 rival next week. Dark Eclipse, a new multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game from Sunsoft, is coming to Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset on September 25th. In the app, you control one of three Leaders on a giant battlefield and must race to destroy the enemy base whilst…

Transference Review: A Black Mirror VR Nightmare Come To Life

Have you seen the San Junipero episode of Black Mirror? If not, then you should skip this opening paragraph. In that episode, people are able to make the decision on their death bed to either pass away naturally, like we do today, or to have their consciousness uploaded to a “simulated reality” server featuring a…

VR Roguelike In Death Leaves Early Access Next Month

The first game from the developers of Everest VR gets its full release next month. In Death from Solfar Studios will leave Early Access on October 2nd, the developer announced this week. As part of the full release the developer will introduce a new level, Paradise Lost, to the roguelike bow shooter. Expect to encounter…

Check Out Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed VR Escape Room

Ubisoft’s new Assassin’s Creed VR experience allows you to step inside the Animus for the first time ever. Escape The Lost Pyramid is a new location-based VR escape room that’s set in the world of the popular gaming series (more specifically tying into last year’s Assassin’s Creed Origins). Up to four players can explore the…

Visbit and Kandao Demonstrate 8K VR Video Live Streaming

Both virtual reality (VR) 360-degree video use and video live-streaming are becoming increasingly popular among consumers. 360-degree video allows for a degree of ‘presence’ and immersion not possible with traditional 2D video while video streaming offers convenience and ease of access. Immersive media company Visbit have worked with VR camera maker Kandao to present an…

Streaming Video Alliance Releases Documents On 360-Degree Video

The use of 360-degree video is still rising, with many users viewing it as a route into virtual reality (VR). The Streaming Video Alliance has now announced new documents which cover the current state of 360-degree and virtual reality (VR) video and best practices for content creators and distributors. The Streaming Video Alliance is an…

Hands-On: Zero Killed Is A Firewall-Esque Tactical VR Shooter

PSVR’s Firewall Zero Hour wasn’t the first tactical VR shooter ever made, but it’s certainly had the largest splash in the market to date. Games like Onward and Pavlov paved the way for Firewall, which we praised in our review, especially when played with the PS Aim Controller. Fortunately for fans of the genre, PC…

NASA’s 360 Livestream Of Final Cassini Orbiter Mission Scores Emmy Nom

And the award for most impressive 360-degree live stream of an unmanned interplanetary spacecraft goes to… 20 years ago, The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory launched the Cassini orbiter into space. By 2004, the revolutionary spacecraft was in orbit around Saturn, providing researchers back on Earth with the first comprehensive data of…

Tetris Effects Drops Blocks Onto PSVR This November

The next evolution of the classic VR puzzle game that we called “sublime tranquility” in our hands-on preview from E3 this year, Tetris Effect, is slated to hit PSVR (as well as non-VR PS4) on November 9th, 2018. With Tetris Effect it’s mostly the same game that you know and love, but it’s in VR…

VR’s Killer Apps Will Be Created By The Next Generation Of Developers

The virtual reality (VR) industry has had its share of fits and spurts in recent years, and technology is just now at a level to consistently bring a developer’s vision to life, their work complimented by a complex network capable of beaming their immersive experiences to millions of VR headsets worldwide. But despite the recent and significant evolution of…

Augmented Reality Comes to the World of Tanks

Since the launch of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore, a number of developers have sought to experiment with augmented reality (AR) technology. Though AR apps already existed, the new toolkits give them a scope that was not previously possible, such as turning the immensely popular World of Tanks mobile videogame into an AR experience. Nina…

Five Marvel Studios VR Experiences We Want From The Void

Location-based VR experience maker The Void shared some exciting news last week. Not only is it working on a Wreck it Ralph VR experience to release later this year, but it’s also promised something new in collaboration with Marvel Studios in 2019. Consider us interested. Next year is a big one for Marvel Studios, as…

Breath Tech Is A VR Puzzle Game That Uses Your Breath

Hope you’ve got some mints at the ready; this new VR game uses your breath as an integral mechanic. Breath Tech from indie developer Brett Jackson (best known for his 2016 VR adventure, Dimensional) is an intriguing little experiment for the Oculus Rift. It’s a short puzzle game that uses the microphone embedded in the…