HTC Vive Reveal First Standalone VR Headset

HTC has today announced the first Vive Standalone virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), specifically targeting the China market. The device will utilise Viveport as its official content platform, it was revealed at ChinaJoy 2017 today. The Vive Standalone will offer broader audiences a more affordable, high-quality VR experience, and will expand the Vive family…

CryEngine 5.4.0 Preview Adds Robinson: The Journey Tech

Crytek has launched the preview build for the latest edition of CryEngine V, known as ‘CryEngine 5.4.0’. Available to all developers now, this new build includes more than 620 fixes and tweaks, as well as a support for Vulkan API and a new feature derived from the virtual reality (VR) title Robinson: The Journey. In…

Mobile AR – A New Frontier For Gaming?

As recently as May 2017, one of the main problems in the burgeoning virtual and augmented reality market was that the base of users was too small. For the most part, people simply did not have access to hardware that would enable them to experience immersive experiences. In June 2017, Apple completely changed the game…

The Mira Prism is a Super-affordable Take on the Hololens

Image Copyright: Mira Markerless AR, augmented reality that does not require a special object or image to work, is the holy-grail of consumer AR technology. We’ve seen that future with the amazing (yet stupidly-expensive) Hololens. When it comes to consumer-grade markerless solutions, well there really aren’t any. Being markerless is not the only trick the…

Kickstarting Your Dream: Has the time for VR Crowdfunding Passed?

The tale of the Oculus Rift’s crowdfunding campaign will go down in history as a monumental shift for virtual reality (VR). While the consumer adoption of the hardware has been slow – as many anticipated – modern VR simply wouldn’t exist without Palmer Luckey et al having made the jump to publicly display their wares…

PSVR’s Golem Lives: Musical Prequel Now Available

Remember Golem? It was an intriguing PlayStation VR (PSVR) game announced by indie studio Highwire — formed by ex-members of Halo developer Bungie — back at the 2015 PlayStation Experience. We really haven’t seen much of it since then but, rest assured, it’s still on the way. We know that much because a musical prequel…

Upcoming PlayStation VR Titles To Be Showcased at ChinaJoy

ChinaJoy is one of the biggest entertainment and videogaming events in China. This year’s event will be the 15th Year the event has been held. Several big titles will be unveiled during the course of the event, including several new PlayStation VR titles that are said to be heading to the West. Announced on the…

Sony Announces Four New PSVR Games For Western Release

Between big releases like Superhot VR, Archangel and Theseus, it’s a great time to be a PlayStation VR (PSVR) owner. Today, though, Sony announced four new titles on the way to the headset from eastern developers. Many of these we’ve seen before, but this is the first time we’ve seen them confirmed for release in…

SDCC 2017: Comic-Con’s VR Con Is Still A Work-In-Progress

San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2017 is one of the largest and most anticipated entertainment industry events on the planet. Actors, directors, writers, artists, developers, and everything in between from all over the world descend on San Diego for a week of pure geek bliss. At one end of the convention center you’ll find people camped…

The Board Game Goes Virtual In Quizmania

When it comes to entertainment there is, of course, a variety of media to take in. Film and television, books, comics, videogames – and virtual reality (VR) has at this point had a hand in emulating or showcasing them all. One area where it perhaps has not is the humble board game. Once a staple…

Smashbox Arena Launches Today for PlayStation VR

Previously a success on the HTC Vive, developers BigBox VR have launched multiplayer arena shooter Smashbox Arena on to the PlayStation VR today. Smashbox Arena was designed specifically for virtual reality (VR). The project began as a way to explore VR and its capabilities and limitations, but once BigBox VR founders Gabe Brown and Chia…

OrbusVR To Launch Open Alpha Testing At End of July

Despite popular fiction such as Ready Player One, Sword Art Online and Dot Hack popularising the concept of the virtual reality (VR) MMORPG, its existence in reality has so far proved somewhat elusive. That may be about to change as Ad Alternum Game Studios has announced the end of its closed Alpha of VR MMORPG…

SDCC 2017: The IT VR Experience Sent A Chill Down My Spine

A creepy bus at Comic-Con greeted visitors with the promise of a “Float Cinematic VR Experience” for the upcoming September release of Stephen King’s clown nightmare IT. Games Editor David Jagneaux and I boarded the bus last weekend and found ourselves in a holding room that resembled a large drainage pipe, with only a dim…

8,000 San Diego Comic-Con Attendees Entered the World of Blade Runner 2049

Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner 2049 Experience at San Diego’s Comic-Con this weekend transported over 8,000 guests, including some of the cast, into the surreal world of the film ahead of its launch later this year. Presented by Alcon Entertainment and Johnnie Walker, the fan activation began with an Oculus VR experience where fans drove a…

Arizona Sunshine on PlayStation VR Gets Free DLC

Popular zombie-shooting title Arizona Sunshine has sold very well on the PlayStation VR, and its developers and publishers at Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive are sufficiently pleased that they have announced that all players who own Arizona Sunshine on PlayStation VR will be able to download post-launch DLC for free. The DLC is planned to…

Hands-on: Project Cars 2 Offers More Devilishly Detailed Racing In VR

Much of Project Cars 2’s joy comes from the minute details and exhaustive options developer Slightly Mad Studios gives you. There’s an element of simulation meeting sandbox here. Yes, the game delivers realistic driving that requires a considered approach instead of simple arcade thrills, but where and what you drive is really up to you, as…

VR vs. The Mobile Divide

It’s funny how things work out isn’t it? Things are never quite the same no matter how you figure it out. So let me set a scene for you: a parent raises two sons, or daughters, it doesn’t matter which in this instance so long as they are the same gender in this case. They…

HTC Vive GM: We ‘Met Our Targets’ And Are ‘Very Happy’ With Sales

One day the world will know how many VR headsets exist in the world like we do iPhones, game consoles, and move tickets. One day…maybe. As it stands, companies like HTC, Oculus, and even Google are being very tight-lipped about how many Vives, Rifts, and Daydream Views they’ve sold (respectively) and it’s making it very…

Royal Caribbean Offers Virtual Cruises To Customers

The travel industry is one that has begun to embrace virtual reality (VR) as an advertising venue. Several travel firms have begun showing off potential accommodation and locations to potential customers, and some operators of tourist attractions have also started utilising VR and augmented reality (AR) to enhance the experience of customers. Royal Caribbean are…

MVR Seek to Fund Stand-Alone VR Headset Through Crowdfunding

The centre ground for virtual reality (VR) is not an area that has seen much activity as of yet. Oculus and Vive are both planning stand-alone VR headsets in the future, so the race is now on to stake out the mid-range market. MVR, a VR system developer is planning to use crowdfunding to help…

Microsoft Teases ‘Next Generation’ HoloLens

Microsoft have been hinting for a while that the current version of the HoloLens is only ‘version 1.0’. New information has now emerged suggesting what Microsoft has in mind for the future of its mixed reality (MR) headset. Microsoft Research engineer Doug Burger has revealed some details about the upcoming revision of the HoloLens to…

Develop:VR Returning to London in November

A couple of weeks ago Tandem Events held its annual Develop: Brighton event seeing record numbers attend. While the conference does cover virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology the organisers also have a more focused one-day event called Develop:VR which had its debut event last November in London, UK. Now Tandem Events has…

Unleash Your Creativity With Cyber Paint on Google Daydream

There are plenty of creative apps for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, such as Tiltbrush, Medium and Quill, but for mobile virtual reality (VR) headsets that selection is a lot more limited. Launched this month for Google Daydream comes a painting app from indie developer Sterling Crispin called Cyber Paint. The app enables users to…

Pokemon Go Fest Attendees Getting Refunds

Pokemon Go players who began playing at launch will remember the severe problems with server availability, not to mention the glitches and other issues that arise from too many people trying to play at once. Pokemon Go may have waned somewhat in popularity since then, but it still an incredibly popular title as demonstrated by…

Zen Studios’ Infinite Minigolf Coming to PlayStation VR This Week

Last October saw Zen Studios release a followup to its popular golfing title Planet Minigolf in the form of Infinite Minigolf on Steam Early Access. Currently supporting Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the developer announced that the videogame will be fully released this week with support coming to PlayStation VR as well. Infinite Minigolf aims to take what made the…

The VR Job Hub: Kings College London, Oculus, HTC & Google

Whether you’re an experienced designer, programmer, engineer, or maybe you’ve just been inspired after reading VRFocus  articles, the jobs listed here are located worldwide, from major game players to humble indie developers – the one thing they all have in common is that they are all jobs in VR. View the new listings below for more…

Arizona Sunshine Update for PlayStation VR Adds Improved Aim Controller Support

Last month Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive launched their acclaimed zombie shooter Arizona Sunshine for PlayStation VR, having previously released on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. This week the developers have launched a new update for the PlayStation VR version, 1.02, bringing with it improvements for the Aim controller, Move controllers and more. PlayStation VR players will…

The AR Landscape Shows 60% Growth in Startups Focused on Enterprise

The Venture Reality Fund released its augmented reality landscape for the second quarter, and the research shows that 150 companies are focused on a wide range of AR technologies. The Venture Reality Fund, which has raised $50 million to invest in AR and virtual reality startups, said it saw a 60 percent increase in the number of…

Find Adventure and Treasure as Heroes of the Seven Seas Sails Towards PlayStation VR

For PlayStation VR owners, July and the start of August are looking to be bumper months for content releases, with Fantastic Contraption, SUPERHOT VR and Archangel having launched, whilst Theseus, Tiny Trax, Smashbox Arena, Dino Frontier and CastleStorm VR are all due out very soon. As if those weren’t enough, adding to the list is Heroes of the Seven Seas, due for release next week….