Gran Turismo Creator Hoped For ‘Something More Incredible’ Than PSVR

Gran Turismo Sport is coming out later this year, but the promised PlayStation VR (PSVR) support is sounding increasingly underwhelming. From the sounds of it, the game’s developer isn’t too impressed either. Speaking to VentureBeat, Gran Turismo creator and director Kazunori Yamauchi noted that he had hoped current VR technology like PSVR would be better…

Fusion Wars Launched Closed Beta For Multiplayer Arenas

Though Fusion Wars has been playable on Samsung Gear VR for a while now, the title has been considered to be in ‘Early Access’ form, with many features not yet implemented. The biggest missing feature being the much-anticipated multiplayer competitive mode. Developer EstudioFuture have now announced that the multiplayer PvP Arenas will be entered closed…

Dance the Night Away With HTC Vive Trackers on Your Feet

The Vive Trackers have been of great interest to developers since they were launched earlier this year as they offered a whole range of new possibilities for body-tracking within videogames. There have already been some innovative experiments using the Trackers, including the guy who fastened a Vive Tracker to his cat. Many people were just…

Valve Distributing Knuckles Prototypes To Devs In Limited Quantities

Valve confirmed to UploadVR the company has progressed to sending developers prototypes of its next generation VR hand controllers. This was to be expected but provides us with a rough sense of the advancements being pursued by the VR technology company. Recent updates from Valve, which partnered with HTC to create the Vive, The controllers…

Bizarre VR Headset Can Change The Taste Of Food

Takuji Narumi is using strong odors and digital VR overlays to prove your brain isn’t as clever as you think. Filmmaker and food enthusiast Simon Klose has seen some strange things in his travels. The Swedish-born director is a regular contributor to Vice’s food website subsidiary, MUNCHIES, and as a result has experienced some of…

Smash Up New York With VRobot’s NYC Update

Independent developers Luden.Io have been quite keen on keeping the content updates flowing into smashy giant robot title VRobot. With a small content update that added a giant mechanical sword inspired by the Transformers franchise being added earlier this month, and now a much bigger ‘New York City’ content update. A brand new city is…

Judge Calls For End Of ZeniMax/Oculus Legal Battle

One of the biggest stories of 2017 for the VR industry is also one of its longest. The year started out with ZeniMax Media taking Facebook-owned Oculus to court over an alleged theft of technology. A jury eventually ruled that Oculus must pay ZeniMax $500,000,000, but that wasn’t the end of things — ZeniMax wants…

Hands-on: IBM Watson Brings Voice Commands to ‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’

IBM Watson, the artificial intelligence platform designed to understand natural language, today launched support for Star Trek: Bridge Crew (2017) across PSVR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Before the service launched today, lone players could control the ship’s other posts—Engineering, Tactical, Helm—by clicking a few boxes to issue orders. Now a sole captain (also with a mixed crew…

Vive Still The Most Popular Headset For Developers, VRDC Survey Suggests

Last August the Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) published its first report on the state of the VR industry based off of a survey for developers. The results suggested that marginally more developers were working on the HTC Vive than the Oculus Rift. A little less than a year on and the second report has…

UK Retailer GAME Gets VR Karts Exclusive

The studios behind kart racing title VR Karts have announced a deal where the physical boxed copies of VR Karts for PlayStation VR will be available in the UK exclusively at UK tech and videogame retailer GAME. Featuring gameplay strongly inspired by Mario Kart and other fast-paces kart racing titles, VR Karts is a racing…

Preview: Gunball – A Highscore Shooting Workout

Indie developers make up the mainstay of virtual reality (VR) content producers, creating a smorgasbord of experiences from quick fire, pickup and play titles to lengthier story driven adventures. For those that like their VR videogames in the first category REDspace Games has come up with an innovative little title called Gunball for HTC Vive, which…

Oculus Connect 4 Dates Revealed for October

Today Oculus has announced that its annual conference Oculus Connect (OC) will be taking place in October across two days at the San Jose McEnery Convention Centre, California. Running from 11th – 12th October 2017, at present only the date has been revealed with the Oculus blog stating: “We’ll share details on how to register and…

Oculus Connect 4 Announced For October

With Facebook’s F8 developer conference featuring more VR by the year, we had wondered if there was still a place for Oculus Connect in the world. Fear not; Oculus Connect 4 is just a few months away. The company just revealed that the fourth iteration of its conference will take place from October 11th –…

Valve Reveals More Detail on ‘Knuckles’ Motion Controllers

Valve has lifted the veil somewhat on its Knuckles controllers, first revealed as a prototype last October at the company’s annual Steam Dev Days conference. In a blog post today, Valve showed off some specs of the Knuckles dev kit alongside a button-map of the device, revealing the controllers will have multiple capacitive sensors to allow…

Sports Bar VR Developers Tease Cross-Play

Casual pub game simulator Sports Bar VR was a PlayStation VR launch title that received a fair amount of acclaim upon release and has since been ported to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Now one of the developers behind the title has teased fans with the possibility of a new update for cross-platform play. The…

Valve Provides Details on Upcoming Knuckles Vive Controllers

Valve have been quietly working on an updated version of the HTC Vive controllers for a while now, with very early prototypes being glimpsed at Valve’s Steam Dev Days conference last year. Now the company have revealed some more details about the upcoming Development Kits for the new controllers. The main advantage of the Knuckles…

Lone Echo Spin-Off Echo Arena Gets Open Beta This Weekend, Download Now

Oculus had just one announcement at E3 last week and that was that its anticipated Studios title, Lone Echo, would be releasing next month. A multiplayer spin-off titled Echo Arena is also hitting at the same time, but you’ll be able to get a first taste this weekend. Developer Ready At Dawn Studios is hosting…

Valve’s SteamVR Knuckles Controllers Revealed In Setup Guide

Valve keeps revealing more of its new Knuckles controllers for SteamVR in the most unexpected of ways. Earlier this week we saw a virtual prototype for the kit within SteamVR Home, and now a setup guide has revealed even more information. A quick start guide for these new controllers has just surfaced online, letting developers…

Dungeons & Dragons ‘Dungeon Chess’ Comes to Oculus Rift and Gear VR

Dungeon Chess, described as “the first official Dungeons & Dragons-themed Gear VR Game”, is now available on both Samsung’s mobile VR platform and the Oculus Rift. The title combines classic chess gameplay with iconic D&D creature designs and suitably atmospheric environments. Building on the strength of their first VR game, Magic Table Chess, which is…

Perplexigon Introduces Puzzles In New Update

Developer moBack successfully pushed its sandbox building title Perplexigon through Steam Greenlight earlier in the year. The title allows players to create fantastic structures and devices using a variety of blocks. With a forthcoming updates, players can now pit their building abilities against an array of challenging puzzles. Perplexigon allows players to use three categories…

Game Cooks’ HTC Vive FPS VINDICTA now Available on Steam Early Access

If you love first-person shooters (FPS) the HTC Vive has got you covered, with titles such as Raw Data, Island 359, Space Pirate Trainer and many more. Now there’s another to add to that list with Game Cooks releasing its first title for HTC Vive, VINDICTA. Hoping to offer something new to the ever growing and crowded genre, VINDICTA’s unique selling…

Develop:Brighton Unveils Indie Showcase Shortlist 2017

The popular Develop:Brighton conference will be returning for another year next month and today organiser, Tandem Events, has announced the shortlisted videogames which will be part of the seventh Indie Showcase, four of which are virtual reality (VR) titles. Those selected are: Loco Dojo (Oculus Rift) by Make Real SVRVIVE: The Deus Helix (HTC Vive) by SVRVIVE…

ViveX Demo Day Batch 2 Featured 26 VR And AR Companies

Today at an event in San Francisco HTC hosted a Vive X Demo Day for its second batch of funded company demos. The event featured 26 different companies ranging from game developers, enterprise applications, ease-of-use convenience tools, and a litany of other projects. To date Vive X has funded over 60 different companies with over…

Co-op Raids, Updated Gyms, And More For Pokemon Go’s Anniversary

Though not in the massive droves that came with the launch of the game, you’ll still see a few people out in public trying to catch-em-all, and the developers are continuing to enhance the application. Niantic is celebrating the first anniversary of Pokemon Go with co-op raids, a reworked gym system, new items, and more….

MIT’s Play Labs VR/AR Accelerator Unveils its First Batch of Summer Startups

Back in January VRFocus reported on Bayview Labs, LLC and Seraph Group, announcing the launch of a startup accelerator looking at developing playful technology across a broad range of disciplines, including virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in conjunction with MIT called Play Labs. Today, Play Labs @ MIT has revealed the first 13 startups…

Play Chess For Your Soul In Chess Ultra

Best known as a videogames publisher rather than a developer, Ripstone Games has announced the launch of the first title to be entirely developed by its in-house development team; Chess Ultra. The title will be heading to PC and console, with virtual reality (VR) versions available for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. Non-VR…

VRTO 2017: Where New Giants Stand on Giant Shoulders

Grab your tickets to VRTO, which kicks off June 25 at Rogers Communications Centre in Toronto. To understand what separates VRTO from any other VR conference in the world, take a look at something VRTO Founder and Executive Director Keram Malicki-Sánchez said to me somewhere in the middle of a 2-hour discussion (that ostensibly began as a rundown…