Life In 360°: When The Saints Go Marching Out

When it comes to sport we cover it a lot on VRFocus, thanks largely in part to our weekly roundup This Week In VR Sport which you can find on the site each and every Saturday at 3PM UK time. Besides that though we do feature sport an awful lot, that’s because when it comes…

Get Horrific with Meitu’s new Insidious Inspired Filters

One of the most popular features and applications of augmented reality (AR) has been filters for apps such as Snapchat, Messenger and Instagram. Meitu is one of the more popular “beauty” apps that use AR technology, and now thanks to Insidious: The Last Key, things are getting spooky in your Meitu filters. The filters come…

Social VR’s Success Depends On Humans, Not Headsets

The early success of social VR apps like Rec Room and Altspace show us that social VR ventures need to focus on key drivers of human behavior as much as they focus on engineering and 3D UX design. Moreover, the rise and subsequent stagnation of Pokémon Go demonstrate the consequences of ignoring our innate desire to create and share with the communities…

The Perfect Sniper has Launched on Steam VR

Crime doesn’t pay. Unless you don’t get caught, in which case, it can pay handsomely, and as an enterprising youth with a need for cash in the wallet, crime seems like a sensible idea. In a world with corrupt politicians and police, crime is really the only option. In The Perfect Sniper, you’ll become the…

Sundance: Felix & Paul Debut Space Explorers VR Series

From deep introspective explorations, to far-out journeys into the unknowns of the universe, explorers are the heroes that guide us forward. They are the ones whose relentless curiosity uncovers possibilities. When it comes to storytelling in VR, Félix Lajeunesse and Paul Raphaël are among the most celebrated explorers, uncovering artistic and technical tricks that help…

Five Oculus Experiences Head To Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival has now begun – and as we’ve seen throughout the week on VRFocus a number of different experiences have announced their appearance at the event; often backed in some manner by a number of studios and creators. And when it comes to the hardware stakeholders it’s not just StarVR’s Starbreeze Studios,…

Hands-On – Spheres: Songs Of Spacetime Takes You Inside Two Blackholes Colliding

You know that feeling you get after watching a really, really good thought-provoking film? It’s a feeling often associated with Christopher Nolan’s work, whether it be Memento, Inception, Interstellar, or even The Prestige. You’re caught somewhere between a feeling of complete awe and utter confusion, with a dash of delight sprinkled on top. Spheres: Songs…

BattleSky VR Launches onto Steam Early Access

BattleSky VR is a multiplayer virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) promising to bring ‘Overwatch style’ gameplay to head-mounted displays (HMDs) as it launches today, according to developer Oh!WHATif Inc. BattleSky VR debuts as a Steam Early Access title for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows MR. In BattleSky VR, each player picks a Hero with vastly…

Hatsune Miku VR Dances onto Steam VR in Early 2018

We bought into virtual reality (VR) for anime girls. All of us did, it’s a fact. Well maybe it was just me, but regardless, it can only be good news that Hatsune Miku is dancing her way onto Steam VR in the first half of this year. Hatsune Miku VR is, as Miku fans will have…

VR Trends To Be Excited For In 2018

Despite the apparent burst of the virtual reality (VR) hype-bubble, we’ve learned a lot about the technology’s capabilities and limitations throughout the past couple years. We learned that hardcore PC players just aren’t jumping on the technology as much as people had hoped. Steam’s own statistics shows less than 0.3% of all users owning or…

Rift Core 2.0, Oculus Desktop App Get Improvements in January Update

Oculus’ first monthly update of 2018 is here, though it’s as slight as they come. For starters, anyone that hasn’t yet jumped into the beta version of Rift Core 2.0, which introduces a new Oculus Home, desktop app and the Dash UI, will now find it easier to do so. Using the updated Oculus Desktop…

Update Your Oculus DK1 and DK2 Demos, Win $10,000

There were dozens upon dozens of virtual reality (VR) experience and videogame demos available for Oculus Rift Dev Kit 1 and Dev Kit 2, and the fact is that many of them have been lost to time now. Indie developers, one-man teams and those simply tinkering about out of interest created so much content for…

Oculus Announces Oculus Start, a Scheme to Help New Developers

With a CES full of hardware announcements where Oculus took on something of a cameo role thanks to their partnerships with both Qualcomm (creators of the Snapdragon series of processors) and Xiaomi (creators of what is essentially the Oculus Go’s Chinese twin in the Mi VR Standalone headset), now over. The Facebook owned virtual reality…

Oculus Start Is Facebook’s New Program To Help Small Dev Teams

Oculus is launching a new program targeting self-funded independent developers, promising developer kits, beta tools and a direct line of communication with Facebook’s VR experts. Developers who have already released VR software, but might have been overlooked or unable to grab the attention of Oculus, could use the Oculus Start program as a way to…

Sony and Survios Partnership to Bring Jumanji: The VR Adventure to VR Arcades

When Sony Pictures released Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle back in December the film also had a corresponding virtual reality (VR) experience created for it, Jumanji: The VR Adventure, co-produced by MWM Immersive (formerly Madison Wells Media’s Reality One) and Sony Pictures Virtual Reality (SPVR). Today, SPVR has announced a new distribution deal with Raw Data developer Survios, bring the title to new…

Introducing Scraper, A Futuristic VR Shooter Reaching For New Heights

Labrodex Studios likely isn’t a name you’re familiar with, but if President and CEO Jim Ivon has his way, that will change very shortly with the release of Scraper, the first project from the developer out of Long Island. The internal team is small but scrappy, and supported by a number of vets with vast…

Fable Studio Emerges From the Ashes Of Oculus Story Studio

Members of the ground-breaking Oculus Story Studio team are announcing a new company, Fable Studio, with a premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival of the final project born at Facebook. Wolves In The Walls is about an interactive little girl named Lucy and it was what Oculus Story Studio was working on when…

Wolf & Wood Confirm Release Date for Chapter 3 of The Exorcist: Legion VR

Wolf & Wood, the British indie developer behind episodic virtual reality (VR) horror The Exorcist: Legion VR, has today announced the launch date for the third installment of the franchise, with Chapter 3: Skin Deep coming to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive next week. Originally the third episode was due for release before the end of 2017,…

Lose Weight in VR, with BOXVR, in Early Access Today

Christmas is well and truly over. Most of you will have taken your stockings and trees down by now, and as for the rest of you; are you okay? The holiday season has finished and we’ve eaten our fill of mince pies and other festive feasts, and as a result, many of us are feeling…

Hands-on: Pimax’s 8K Headset Impresses but Isn’t Ready yet

When Pimax launched a Kickstarter campaign for its ‘8K’ head-mounted display (HMD) last year it not only acquired massive media attention but also a huge sum of money, smashing past the initial funding goal of $200,000 USD in a few hours and going on to raise over $4 million in total. A big portion of that…

Paper Valley Is A Breezy VR Adventure About Throwing Paper Airplanes

There’s a lot of things to love about summer, but the breezy days of throwing then watching paper airplanes has to be a highlight. VR developer VITEI Backroom is chasing that sensation with its latest project. Paper Valley, as the game is called, is set to fly onto the Oculus Rift in mid-2018. It’s to…

Melita Creator Future Lighthouse Shutting Down

Creative VR studio Future Lighthouse is set to close its doors nearly three years after its launch. Lighthouse, which was dedicated to pushing the boundaries of VR storytelling (and wrote about its work on Upload late last year), worked on 18 VR productions over the past few years. That includes Melita, a stunning animated story…

Warhammer 40K is Coming to VR With The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth

Indie virtual reality (VR) developer Steel Wool Studios has already made a name for itself with titles like Quar: Battle for Gate 18 and puzzle title Bounce but now it’s taking on a much bigger beast, getting the license for Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe to build The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth for PC and VR players. The Horus Heresy:…

The Exorcist: Legion VR Episode 3 Gets Release Date, PSVR Launch Soon

Just about recovered from the first two episodes of Wolf & Wood’s Exorcist VR series? Good, because the third installment is nearly here. The Exorcist: Legion VR Chapter 3 – Skin Deep will be launching on both Steam and the Oculus Store on January 25th. In this episode, you’ll investigate a wave of infant mortality…

Horror Thriller The Devil Awaits VR Receives First Update

In December indie developer Bloompix Studios released a horror videogame exclusively for Samsung Gear VR, The Devil Awaits VR via the Gallery Apps section of the Oculus Store. Now the studio has announced its first update for the title, expanding and improving the experience further. The Devil Awaits VR is a thriller in which you play as Rick…