Sony’s Jumanji: The VR Adventure Is Drawing Attention For The Wrong Reasons

Sony Pictures released Jumanji: The VR Adventure on Steam today, but the game’s attracting attention for the wrong reasons. We haven’t gone hands-on with the game ourselves but, at least on a visual level, Jumanji looks unfinished, as you can see in the below trailer. It’s based on the recent rebooted movie that stars Dwayne ‘The…

Paper Valley Is A Breezy VR Adventure About Throwing Paper Airplanes

There’s a lot of things to love about summer, but the breezy days of throwing then watching paper airplanes has to be a highlight. VR developer VITEI Backroom is chasing that sensation with its latest project. Paper Valley, as the game is called, is set to fly onto the Oculus Rift in mid-2018. It’s to…

Melita Creator Future Lighthouse Shutting Down

Creative VR studio Future Lighthouse is set to close its doors nearly three years after its launch. Lighthouse, which was dedicated to pushing the boundaries of VR storytelling (and wrote about its work on Upload late last year), worked on 18 VR productions over the past few years. That includes Melita, a stunning animated story…

HoloLamp Brings Hands-free Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) is becoming increasingly more popular. For example, brands are trying to find new ways of marketing their products , doctors are using it during surgery and companies are looking to help train staff remotely. Yet all if not most of these require either glasses, phone or tablet. Hololamp is trying to change…

Nicolas Cage Is Set To Star In An Episodic VR Movie

VR has its very own Face/Off; first John Travolta announced he was to star in an episodic VR series, and now Nicolas Cage is set to jump inside your headset too. Variety reports that Cage’s latest movie, The Humanity Bureau, will be releasing as an episodic spin-off VR series on March 2nd named The Humanity…

The Exorcist: Legion VR Episode 3 Gets Release Date, PSVR Launch Soon

Just about recovered from the first two episodes of Wolf & Wood’s Exorcist VR series? Good, because the third installment is nearly here. The Exorcist: Legion VR Chapter 3 – Skin Deep will be launching on both Steam and the Oculus Store on January 25th. In this episode, you’ll investigate a wave of infant mortality…

Eye-Tracking Is Both Incredibly Important And Very Risky

At CES last week one of my first demos was with Tobii and its eye-tracking technology. I left the demo convinced that once you’ve tried a VR headset with eye-tracking included you’ll never want to wear one without it again. Google, Facebook and Apple all purchased eye-tracking companies over the last few years because these…

Microsoft Launches Sci-Fi ‘Reality Rooms’ For Employee VR/AR Development

VR and AR can both still be considered experimental technologies, so Microsoft is letting its employees experiment with them. This month the company’s Garage division revealed what it calls Reality Rooms. These spaces, located at the company’s Garage sites, are designed for Microsoft employees to come in and play around with the latest augmented and…

Why I’m Very Excited For Google And Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

As always, CES 2018 was a big week for the entire VR industry, but there’s no question as to what headset stole the show: the Vive Pro. HTC’s enhanced SteamVR device has our mouths watering at the thought of its 3K display, integrated audio and improved design and we can’t wait to revisit games like…

Sketchfab Launches Store For 3D Objects

Startup Sketchfab is taking one of its biggest steps yet today and launching features so that users can buy and sell 3D objects. The company is supporting the industry standard glTF as its download format, which should make it easy for creators to take the objects purchased from the site and import them into creativity…

The Rogue Initiative Release First Gameplay Footage for Steel Cobras

Several months ago Los Angeles-based production studio The Rogue Initiative (Crowe: The Drowned Armory) revealed its first location-based virtual reality (VR) project Steel Cobras, an on-rails flying shooter. Now the company has released the first gameplay footage showcasing what’s in store. The Rogue Initiative has created Steel Cobras in partnership with MediaMation and its MX4D Motion Effects chairs. The  immersive…

Blade Runner: Revelations Gets First Teaser Trailer

Last week we reported that a brand new game set in the Blade Runner universe was on its way to Google’s Daydream platform. Today, we’ve got the first trailer for it. Blade Runner: Revelations, as the game is called, is developed by Seismic Games and features an all-new adventure set in the year 2023. You…

Life In 360°: What’s In a Model’s Closet?

Whether it is the middle of your working week or just another day in the endless cycle – welcome to Wednesday. Wednesday means another visit to the world of 360 degree video courtesy of our regular segment Life In 360°. We’re putting aside what was going to be our musical journey until Friday and instead…

Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena Coming to iOS With ARKit Features

A couple of months ago Camex Games launched a monster battle title called Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena for PC and Android devices with no virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) capabilities. Now, the studio has revealed the combat role-playing game (RPG) is coming to iOS devices, and with it support for ARKit. As the name suggests, Tactical…

NextVR’s Resolution Upgrade Is A Game-Changer

Newport Beach-based NextVR offered a trio of updates as CES announcements last week. The first announcement was that the company is planning gradual support for full freedom of movement. The second was that the company will be streaming WWE soon. The third update was, in my opinion, the biggest of all — a resolution bump…

Sprint Vector PC Closed Beta Kicks Off This Weekend

Starting this Friday, January 19th, the PC closed beta for Survios’ Sprint Vector will officially happen and lasts until January, 28th. Sprint Vector sort of reminds me of that new food you tried at a restaurant once, unsure if you’d like it, but ended up loving it. In this way it can feel both brand…

Bust an Oculus Touch? Now you can Replace one for £69

It’s easy to do, you get engrossed in a virtual reality (VR) experience so much that you ignore (or just not notice) the chaperone system leading to you smacking either yourself or more likely a controller into a wall, lamp, table, etc. Motion controllers like Oculus Touch are very well built, able to take a…

Nintendo Downplays VR Interest Yet Again

The rollercoaster ride that is trying to gauge Nintendo’s interest in VR took another nosedive this week. After years of on-and-off statements about the company’s interest in VR, Nintendo France General Manager Philippe Lavoué recently expressed doubts about the technology’s mainstream viability, though that’s nothing new. “If you look at VR headsets, I doubt they…

Lone Echo Gets More Detailed Environments, New Gadgets In Atlas Update

Usually, it’s Ready at Dawn’s other sci-fi VR epic, the multiplayer Echo Arena, that’s getting the updates but this week the team’s single-player adventure, Lone Echo is getting a few tweaks of its own. Actually, if you have the PC for it, the Lone Echo Atlas Patch is pretty significant. Basically, it provides a new…

Nina Takes On An Alien Invasion In Crowe: The Drowned Armory

Rogue Initiative’s Crowe: The Drowned Armory has impressed since its debut last year, so VRFocus‘ Nina decided to dive in and see what she’d been missing. Available now for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Crowe: The Drowned Armory is an action-adventure videogame designed specifically for VR, and Nina lets us know what she thinks in…

Next PS4 System Software Update Beta Sign Ups Now Live

Want to test the latest features for Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset before anyone else? Here’s your chance. The company this week launched sign ups to test the beta for the next version of PS4’s System Software. Details on what the update will actually include aren’t yet known, but there’s likely to be a few…