Turbo Button Bringing Friends onto Google Daydream Next Week

Indie developer Turbo Button is set to launch its debut Google Daydream title, Along Together, next week. Cast as an imaginary friend, the player must guide an adventurous child safely through a dangerous world when their real-life friend goes missing. Defined as ‘part point-and-click adventure and part environment puzzler’, the virtual reality (VR) exclusive videogame…

The Virtual Arena: The Growing VR Out-of-Home Entertainment Dimension – Part 1

In a three-part feature, Kevin Williams continues his coverage of the development in the VR industries involvement in the Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment (DOE) sector. This first part looking at the major Chinese exhibition and new developments on display. It has been an incredibly busy time for the immersive entertainment sector focused on Out-of-Home experiences, an…

VRobot Stomps onto Steam Early Access

Virtual reality (VR) developer Luden.io, the team behind inMind and inCell, has today launched the studio’s latest title, VRobot, on Steam Early Access. The videogame casts the player as a giant robot with the singular goal of making the world a better place, by way of total destruction. The videogame sets the seen for explosive mayhem…

Yooka-Laylee Gets HTC Vive VR Mod

Nostalgia and retro gaming is a big deal in the videogaming community. As observed by the success of the recently discontinued NES Mini and the continued growth in the market for retro consoles and games. Recently released 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee aimed to plug into the appetite for nostalgia, and now nostalgia can be even closer…

Craft Keep VR Preps For Launch With Screenshots Selection

Have you ever wanted to a medieval blacksmith? Hammering red-hot metal into the perfect form for stabbing or cutting. Or a potions master? Carefully measuring out the correct ingredients to create amazing alchemical concoctions? Well, beginning tomorrow, Craft Keep VR will allow you to do just that. Craft Keep VR was launched into Early Access…

Tribeca Film Festival Launches ‘Storytelling With Watson’ Contest.

IBM’s Watson cognitive computing system is one of the best-known examples of cognitive system in the world. It has already been used to create new recipes and create new clothing designs and now the organisers behind the Tribeca Film Festival are challenging the creative industry to come up with ideas about how Watson can be…

Tribeca Film Festival Launches ‘Storytelling With Watson’ Contest.

IBM’s Watson cognitive computing system is one of the best-known examples of cognitive system in the world. It has already been used to create new recipes and create new clothing designs and now the organisers behind the Tribeca Film Festival are challenging the creative industry to come up with ideas about how Watson can be…

Review: Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

Making a video game based upon another mediums franchise can be filled with pitfalls. More often than not the final product never lives up to the expectations of fans, either deviating from the core material or just a haphazard job that’s been rushed out to cash in. Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty has built up a strong…

‘Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality’ Review

You’re dying for season 3 of Rick and Morty (2013) to come out, and the release of episode 1 on April Fool’s Day isn’t helping. You’ve got a fever that only the drunken ramblings of the genius Rick Sanchez and his level-headed, albeit hopelessly outmatched grandson Morty Smith can cure. The good news: Rick and Morty:…

Oculus Chief Scientist: How and When Augmented Reality Will Transform Our Lives

Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist at Oculus, as-ever delivered an inspiring presentation at today’s F8 conference, this time on the topic of Augmented Reality. AR has received top billing at this year’s event, with Facebook introducing a camera-based platform to develop today’s technology; Abrash’s talk looked further ahead to glasses-based AR which he says will transform…

Facebook Launches React VR to Let Devs Extend the Web into Virtual Reality

Facebook has officially launched React VR, an open-source JavaScript library that lets developers create cross-platform WebVR experiences. Oculus and Facebook announced React VR in October last year, an open-source JavaScript library (based on the popular React library) that’s designed to make it easy for web developers and programmers to deliver WebVR experiences that can be…

Vizor Seed Funding Round Nets New Board Members & Over $2 Million

F8 might be Facebook Developer Conference but it isn’t all about what they themselves (or Oculus for that matter) are up to. Partners, be they studios, creators and developers of technologies and experiences are making announcements as well. Such as the earlier announcement about Framestore becoming a Creative And Technology Partner for Facebook’s Surround 360…

Framestore Becomes Creative and Technology Partner for Facebook’s Surround 360 Camera

Today Facebook announced two new 360-degree cameras, x24 and x6, updating last year’s open source Surround 360. Now Framestore – a creative studio behind Game of Thrones’ Ascend The Wall and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR for Daydream View – has revealed its an official creative and technology developer for the new devices. Framestore worked with Facebook…

Share Your Favourite VR Experiences with Facebook’s 360 Capture SDK

If you’ve ever been playing a virtual reality (VR) videogame, had a really good experience or a once in a lifetime run through a level, you’ve probably wanted to share that with friends. While screenshots capture a glimpse, they don’t give the same level of immersion. Today Facebook has announced a solution to solve that,…

Facebook Announces 360 Capture SDK

You will soon share 360 photos and videos while in VR. During day one of the F8 developer’s conference yesterday, Facebook again showed us just how important social is to the company when it comes to future platforms. Whether mixing the physical and digital world with their new augmented reality camera platform or creating the…

GIROPTIC iO Partners With Facebook, All F8 Attendees Getting Camera

Today is the second and final day of Facebook’s F8 conference and for attendees the company has a little surprise in store. Facebook has partnered with 360-degree camera maker GIROPTIC and will be giving every attendee one of the new GIROPTIC iO camera’s. GIROPTIC iO is fully integrated with Facebook Live, enabling users to easily livestream…

HTC Vive Releases New Tracker Project Code and Tutorials to Tinker With

When HTC Vive launched the Vive Tracker earlier this year it saw phenomenal interest in the device, receiving over 2,300 submissions from the developer community, with only 1,000 free trackers available. Today the company the company has announced several new experiences for developers to download and begin playing with. The Vive Tracker was unveiled at CES 2017 and…

Fierce Kaiju Confirm Gear VR Controller Support for Viral: Quarantine

Last October VRFocus reported on British virtual reality (VR) developer Fierce Kaiju returning to Samsung Gear VR to update its Viral franchise. Viral: Quarantine is a remix of the original, this time adding less linear gameplay and more weapon options. The studio has also revealed to VRFocus that Viral: Quarantine will support the new Gear VR Controller. Paul Colls, the Creative…

VR Spray Can And Piñata With Vive Tracker

The Vive Tracker is opening up a new world of physical VR experiences. Since HTC Vive began shipping the Vive Tracker to developers earlier this year, we’ve seen everything from ceiling fans, fire hoses, and even cats tracked in VR. In what is probably one of the more significant hardware developments in the VR space this…

Lost in Space With The Developers Of Lone Echo

Nina speaks to Ru Weerasuriya co-founder of Ready at Dawn about upcoming narrative space adventure Lone Echo. Lone Echo is set in space and attempts to present the user with the option of being able to move in any direction without causing any of the motion sickness symptoms that many players report when using VR….

VR Troubleshooting Gets A New Friend As Liberty3D launch VRScientist

The team at Liberty3D have noticed that with so few industry-wide standards in the virtual reality (VR) area, it becomes somewhat difficult for developers and creators to spot problems in VR images, even when those problems crop up fairly regularly. A new toolset called VRScientist aims to help. VRScientist allows someone working on 360-degree content…

F8 2017: Facebook Spaces and AR Innovation

Today Facebook has begun its 10th annual F8 conference in California and its sure had its fair share of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) announcements. VRTV’s Nina is on the ground at the event to bring you first hand coverage of what’s been going on. The big news for the event has been…

Oculus Open Source React VR Allowing Devs to Rapidly Build Immersive Experiences

As you’d expect from Facebook, the F8 conference is a highly social themed event with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) both having a big part to play. While VRFocus has covered the big keynote announcements today – Facebook Spaces, ARstudio and Zuckerberg’s cryptic talk about camera’s – there’s been more quietly going on….