Wargaming to Showcase VRTech’s Polygon VR and Cinema VR at Gamescom 2017

Earlier this month VRFocus reported on World of Tanks developer Wargaming.net announcing a partnership with Russian virtual reality (VR) specialist VRTech, to bring the latter’s location-based immersive experiences to Europe. Well that’s happening sooner rather than later with Wargaming.net’s stand at Gamescom 2017 to showcase Polygon VR and Cinema VR. Polygon VR and Cinema VR are essentially…

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…

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…

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…

EVERSPACE Adds TrackIR & HOTAS Support, Plus Hardcore Mode

Hamburg-based indie developer ROCKFISH Games has today released an update for EVERSPACE. Adding a Hardcore Mode, TrackIR, and customisable HOTAS (joystick) support to their fast-paced roguelike space shooter, this major update sees the ROCKFISH Games deliver on the last remaining promises of their wildly successful Kickstarter from 2015. The Hardcore Mode offers a whole new…

The Virtual Arena: The Virtual Theme Park! (Part 2)

With the destination VR approach gathers momentum, the need to establish a profitable model exercises many developers’ minds – Out-of-home entertainment specialist Kevin Williams, in the concluding part of this column series, reflects on how the ideas envisaged by DisneyQuest has metamorphized into the latest phase of the Amusement Theme Park concept. As previously covered…

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…

Geometry Wars Inspired Spartaga Coming to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

House of How has today unveiled its debut virtual reality (VR) videogame, the Geometry Wars inspired Spartaga. Currently in development for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, Spartaga is set to launch via Steam later this year. Comprised of former Gears of War and HoloLens developers, amongst other high-profile projects, House of How is aiming to…

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…

DevCom Releases Event Schedule

DevCom, the videogame developers event at Gamescom will be taking place from 20th-24th August, 2017. The even organisers have just released the schedule of events, of which there are many that relate to the virtual reality (VR, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) sectors. Rez creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi will be discussing how advances in…

What Dreams May Come: Media Molecule’s Studio Head Talks VR

Siobhan Reddy, current studio head for Media Molecule, comes from a strong background of creativity, having worked in music production, web development and produced her own short films. This background and ethos informs how she manages the company which is set to produce its first virtual reality (VR) title with Dreams. Media Molecule put themselves…

Gran Turismo Sport Gets Its First Official PSVR Trailer

Gran Turismo Sport isn’t sounding like the fully featured VR experience we were hoping for, but this new trailer for the game still promises a thrilling experience. This brief new look at the latest addition to Sony’s racing simulation series is our first official look at the PSVR support. It features members of the GT…

Rusty Oak to Debut with Hurl VR on HTC Vive this Summer

Independent developer Rusty Oak has today announced that their debut title Hurl VR, a pinball-like puzzle videogame, is coming to Steam for HTC Vive this summer. Hurl VR is a ball throwing simulator in virtual reality (VR) with a touch of tactical puzzler, requiring skill, logical thinking and precise timing. Hurl VR begins as a…

VRDC – Tickets Now Available

The Game Developers Conference is one of the biggest events in the videogaming calender, sitting alongside E3 and Gamescom in terms of impact. The event successfully created a new sub-event titled VRDC specifically focussing on virtual reality (VR), and tickets are now available, with VRFocus offering a special discount. VRDC is offering four tracks: Games…

Windows VR Headset Comparison: HP vs Acer

For the past year and a half the world has known two primary PC VR ecosystems: the Oculus Home-powered Oculus Rift (and Touch controllers) and the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive (although the Rift works on SteamVR too, but that’s beside the point sort of). There have been a handful of others that popped up, like OSVR,…

Abstract Adventure Platformer KIN Coming Soon

The platforming genre has seen a significant resurgence in the past few years. Once thought to be a dying genre once 3D rose to ascendence, it would seem that virtual reality (VR) would be an unlikely saviour, but the simple nature of the control and mechanics of the platformer has made it very attractive to…

The 9 Best VR Games Of 2017 So Far

As hard as it is to believe, we’re over halfway through 2017, and what a year it’s been. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are now a year into their lifecycles and Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) isn’t far behind. We’ve seen developers really start to get much more comfortable with these headsets, and that’s lead…

The Solus Project Coming Soon To PlayStation VR

Developers Teotl Studios and Grip Digital have announced that first-person exploration/survival title The Solus Project will be released on PlayStation VR on 18th September, 2017. Previously available on Steam for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, The Solus Project puts the player in the role of a scout, sent to search a distant planet to look…

League of War: VR Arena Brings More Couch Multiplayer to PSVR

Munky Fun, the team behind the hit free-to-play mobile game League of War: Mercenaries, announced they’re bringing the popular franchise to PlayStation VR with League of War: VR Arena. The arena-style pseudo-tabletop strategy game sees players selecting units, placing them on the battlefield, and watching the ensuing fireworks as tanks, flamethrowers, and helicopters (among others)…

Job Simulator Meets The Shooting Range In The Frantic Shooty Fruity

You know how it is; you’re bagging your groceries at the supermarket, when a giant watermelon rolls in with an angry expression intent on squishing you, so you grab your revolver from overhead and unload a round on him with one hand while continuing to scan your produce with the other. That damn fruit is…

Marble Land Invokes The Spirit of 80s Arcade In VR

Those who are old enough to remember classic arcade and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) title Marble Madness may be interested to know that one of the earliest examples of the physics puzzle videogame is being brought into the 21st Century by incorporating the simple concept into a virtual reality (VR) environment with Marble Land. Marble…

Ancient Amuletor Will Be Getting DLC

Publishers of PlayStation VR wave shooter Ancient Amuletor, Time of VR have announced on Twitter their intention to bring downloadable content to the title, starting with a new level titled The Void which will be released on 29th August, 2017. Ancient Amuletor is a first-person wave shooter set in a fantasy world inspired by ancient…

Clash of Clans Gets AR Facebook Filter

Clash of Clans is still one of the biggest and most profitable mobile videogames out there, even five years after its initial release. Add to that one of the more popular ways to interact with augmented reality (AR) through the use of AR filters, and you have the new Clash of Clans AR filter, available…

VR Space Fantasy Title The Stone Coming Soon To Steam

We’ve seen hard sci-fi in the shape of EVE: Valkyrie and Elite: Dangerous, but sweeping space fantasy is not something that has been seen much on virtual reality (VR), but one developer, indie studio Bornteks Entertainment are looking to hange that with the upcoming launch of space opera The Stone. The Stone puts players in…

AltspaceVR Announces Return, In ‘Deep Discussions’ For Social VR Revival

Two weeks ago social VR platform AltspaceVR hosted what was supposed to be its final gathering before shutting down. Now, it appears that it won’t be shutting down at all. AltspaceVR announced its planned closure in late July, noting that the company had been unsuccessful in raising further funds needed to keep the platform going….

Social VR Platform AltspaceVR Is Back

Better late than never. After an amazing run, Social VR pioneer AltspaceVR closed its doors earlier this month due to unforeseen financial difficulty. It was a sad day for many within the community, all hoping it wouldn’t come to an end. Hoping a solution would appear in the days leading up to its closure. AltspaceVR…

The VRScout Report – AR Magazines, NFL Refs in VR, & Eye Implants

Recapping the top stories covered on the VRScout Report, a weekly podcast discussing the best in VR, hosted by Malia Probst. The NFL uses VR to train referees for football season, MLB expands VR content, Sports Illustrated cover features AR, W Magazine uses AR to bring Katy Perry image to life, eye implant platform wants to power continuous…

Everything You Need To Know About VR At Gamescom 2017

Gamescom 2017 is fast approaching and is shaping up to be another event worth watching for the VR industry. As Europe’s largest game industry event, it takes on the role as the European E3 for a lot of companies. Many exhibitors will showcase similar demos to the things already shown at GDC and E3, but…

Watch 30 Minutes Of Unedited Killing Floor: Incursion Gameplay

I have a confession to make: this headline is kind of a lie. The video that’s embedded above isn’t actually 30 minutes, it’s a little bit shorter, but it just sounded better to describe it that way. For this horrible act of deception I am truly sorry, but your click will soon pay off as…