‘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 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…

Xenko Game Engine: A New Way To Develop Better VR Games

Today Silicon Studio launched its videogame development engine Xenko, allowing developers no matter the size to build content across multiple platforms. Part of the team attended the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco last month and VRFocus caught up with Silicon Studio’s Product Manager Pierre Rahier to find out more. The company want’s to make…

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…

Xenko Game Engine Launches with Free Edition

Silicon Studio has today launched the Xenko game engine, a new scaleable development platform for everything from mobile videogames to realistic virtual reality (VR) experiences and beyond. Xenko is free for educational use, small studios and individual users, with larger studios paying a nominal monthly fee. To celebrate the launch, Silicon Studio is offering all…

Google Nominates Top AR/VR Apps for 2017 Play Awards

This year’s 2017 Google Play Awards include new categories for top VR and AR apps, to which Google has nominated five apps each. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30PM PT during Google I/O, the company’s annual developer festival. Ever since the reveal of Google Daydream at last year’s I/O…

Arcade Shooter REGENESIS Gets Greenlit

Polish developer Hyper VR is the software division of hardware manufacturers Hyperbook. The first excursion into software and videogames from the company is REGENESIS Hyperbook Arcade, which was submitted to Steam Greenlight program, and just got approved by the community for a full release. REGENESIS puts the player in the role of the Last Man…

Google Play Awards Add VR And AR Categories

Taking place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, Google I/O is an outdoor developer festival that lasts for three days. On May 17th – 19th, there will be hands-on learning, tech keynotes, and insight on Google’s latest developer products in the 2nd annual event. The festival will also be home to the Google Play…

Statik Review: Thinking Outside The Box

They say great minds think alike, but Statik does a lot to disprove that theory. Like developer Tarsier Studios, I’ve long wondered what types of unique VR experiences you can get out of using PS4’s DualShock 4 as a tracked object in a virtual world. But while our concepts for games may be similar, Tarsier…

HTC Vive X Studio Surreal VR Releases Drone Fighters on Steam Early Access

Today Surreal VR, an indie videogame development studio that’s part of HTC Vive X has announced the launch of its second virtual reality (VR) title Drone Fighters. Arriving on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Touch support, Drone Fighters, is an aerial combat experience featuring an assortment of drones. For this initial release players will…

‘Arden’s Wake’ Is The Epic VR Film You’ve Been Waiting For

VR meets Pixar in this beautifully-crafted animated adventure. I arrived at a loft in Union Square for my first screening of the Tribeca Film Fest. I was all set to meet a bulk of the team from Penrose Studios, a San Francisco start-up dedicated to combining creativity with technology to develop ground-breaking stories in VR. As…

Infinite Minigolf Is A New PSVR And Vive Game From Zen Studios

VR might be a few breakthroughs away from making us feel like true action heroes or elite athletes, but you can already play a pretty convincing round of golf inside a headset, and Infinite Minigolf will soon let you do just that on PlayStation VR (PSVR) and HTC Vive. This cartoonish new title is from…

Think Outside the Box with Statik on PlayStation VR

Virtual reality (VR) puzzle games are a good way for people new to VR used to using the technology while experiencing the immersion that is possible with VR. Puzzle games tend to involve more thinking that waving your arms around, so they’re good for users who tend towards motion sickness as well. Just as well…

Gear VR’s Vyom: The Combat Adds Support for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

A couple of months ago indie developer Ojas VR Studios launched its space-based shooter Vyom: The Combat for Samsung Gear VR. Today the team announced support for Samsung’s two new flagship smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+. With both devices offering more CPU and GPU power thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, this has enabled Ojas VR Studios…

The Virtual Becomes Real as Job Simulator Gets Physical Release

It’s fairly safe to say that Job Simulator is one of the success stories of virtual reality (VR). It has passed $3 million is sales, been featured by numerous popular YouTube personalities such as Jacksepticeye and Markiplier and even got its own line of merchandise. However, up until now, the title was only available as…

How VarDragons Are Looking To Turn Real Airplanes Into Virtual Pet Dragons

The low hum from the engines of passing aircraft has all but become ubiquitous white noise to most. Aircraft used to inspire imagination and adventure, but recently has become as commonplace as the passing clouds. Until now. From Miami, Florida our small team of engineers and entrepreneurs has teamed up with game developers to bring…

Rez Infinite Creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi to Reflect on Career at Develop:Brighton

In July, one of Europe’s leading conferences for videogame developers, Develop:Brighton, will return for 2017. Speaker submissions opened in February and today organiser, Tandem Events, has announced renowned Japanese developer Tetsuya Mizuguchi will be giving a talk looking back over his career. Mizuguchi has been in the videogame business for 27 years, with a varied career…

HTC Opens Up The Code For Its VR Vive Tracker

HTC is releasing tutorials and project files for studio-created Vive Tracker projects as a new resource for VR developers. The company is hoping that this will enable more developers to make their own controllers and hardware while developing for the Vive VR headset. This is the latest bid to provide innovative and immersive gameplay in…

Kickstarter Launched for VR Roguelike RPG Edge of Atlantis

A team of Canadian developers at Creality Studios are aiming to bring the spirit of Roguelike games to virtual reality (VR) with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for a procedurally-generated RPG called Edge of Atlantis. Edge of Atlantis draws heavily on the ancient myth of Atlantis, the story of an ancient, extremely advanced civilisation…

AMD Make the Case for Forward Rendering

It has been noted multiple times that graphics are important for virtual reality (VR) videogame experiences. Not just in terms of impressing VR users with amazing visuals, but also in terms of reducing the unfortunate side-effects such as motion sickness and dizziness experienced by some users. The team working at AMD feel that the time…

World War Toons Goes Closed Beta for PC Version

World War Toons is a humorous take on the Second World War featuring a cast of eccentric characters with unique skins that can be unlocked for the player characters and for the array of weapons. Up until now, it has been a PlayStation VR exclusive. That seems to be about to change. Los Angeles-based developer…

Google Daydream gets new Space Shooter with Polaris

Space-based games are popular in virtual reality (VR) both as realistic simulation titles and for more arcade-based action titles. New Google Daydream title Polaris takes aim for the second category to bring arcade space shooter action to the platform. The object is fairly simple; the player must shoot down enemy spacecraft, using the ‘space radar’…

The Making of Resident Evil 7 Part 3 and 4 are Available

Parts three and four of the popular series of videos discussing all the behind-the-scenes work that went on to bring Resident Evil 7 Biohazard to life have now been released by developer Capcom. Part three goes into details about adapting the videogame to be compatible with virtual reality (VR). In a somewhat ironic twist, though…

Field in View: How Daydream Made A Home For VR’s Most Obscure Gems

I’ve shown Google Daydream a lot of tough love over the past six months. The search engine giant’s promise of a vast, expansive mobile VR ecosystem where plenty of phones could be paired with an exciting new headset and intuitive new way to interact with virtual worlds, seemed too good to be true. And, initially,…

Tokyo Wedding Chapel to Host Weddings for VR Brides

It takes quite a lot to stand out in the Japanese dating sim genre. Dating sims and romance games are big business in Japan, many of which rely on graphics sex scenes or depictions of various kinks to stand out in an increasingly crowded market. Upcoming virtual reality (VR) title Niitzuma is trying something different…

50 Hours of VR Viewing Gets A World Record

For the most part, users of virtual reality (VR) have got used to experiencing VR content in relatively small chunks considering a lot of VR experiences average at 2-3 hours of content. Two determined men from New York have defied convention to land themselves a Guinness World Record for non-stop VR viewing. The world-record attempt…