Google Brings Social Viewing and Avatars to YouTube VR

Create an avatar and experience YouTube VR content with friends. YouTube has been thinking about immersive video and the future of viewing experiences for awhile. The video platform became one of the first major players to allow 360° video sharing in 2015. Soon after, YouTube became the largest VR video platform over night by supporting playback…

Daydream 2.0 Solves One Of VR’s Biggest Problems: Isolation

Along with similar devices from Oculus and Intel, Google’s new standalone headsets represent the birth of a new type of VR experience. With their arrival, the search engine giant is looking to combat some of the key concerns about the current state of VR tech, including isolation. Google is working on Daydream 2.0, or what…

Daydream Standalone Headsets to be Priced Similar to Rift and Vive

Daydream-compatible standalone headsets are coming, revealed on stage at Google I/O yesterday, but the big question remains: how much is one of these inside-out positional tracking headsets going to cost? Google tells that although prices are dependent on the individual manufacturers, they expect it to cost about as much as a PC VR headset like Oculus…

Anshar Studios Space Combat Title Detached Leaves Early Access

Last year Anshar Studios released its first virtual reality (VR) title on Steam Early Access, a space combat experience called Detached for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Today the developer has announced Detached has fully released for both platforms. If you’ve not been following VRFocus’ coverage of Detached, the title is a PvP shooter that puts players inside a space suit and…

Game Cooks Confirm Launch Date for Vindicta

The development team at Game Cooks have announced that upcoming HTC Vive first-person shooter Vindicta will be launching on 20th June, 2017. The company will also be at E3 to demo the title ahead of the launch. The title will be released on to Steam Early Access with support for the HTC Vive, though the…

Steam Expands into VR Videos

This week the news broke out that Steam will adding VR video to it’s platform in the form of the Steam 360 Video Player. This is a big deal, in case you didn’t know. If you’ve never heard of Steam then, first of all, welcome back to civilization! While you were away on that desert…

Dick Wilde Comes to PlayStation VR

Tongue-in-cheek wave shooter Dick Wilde has been launched on PlayStation VR so PlayStation users can experience shooting critters like alligators and piranha fish on console and with the newly launched Aim Controller. Dick Wilde stars the titular hunter and outdoorsman as he hunts down armies of birds, fish, crocodiles and other critters. There is a…

Samsung Galaxy S8 Is Finally Getting Daydream Support

Google today confirmed what we’ve long suspected; Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 smartphone will soon support Google’s Daydream mobile VR ecosystem. The news was announced on-stage at the Google I/O developer conference today. Both the S8 and S8 Plus will get a software update this summer that adds Daydream support. That means you’ll be able to…

Non-Euclidian Retro Shooter SphereFACE Gets Release Date

There are quite a number of retro-styled shoot-em-ups out there, so it takes quite a bit to stand out in the crowd. SphereFACE takes the basic concept behind the old-school space shooter Asteroids and turns it into a space-bending experience for virtual reality (VR). SphereFACE is basically a vector-graphics shoot-em-up where the player uses various…

Developer Vertical Robot Releases Surreal Gear VR Title Daedalus

Independent Spanish development studio Vertical Robot have launched their first virtual reality (VR) game for the Samsung Gear VR, an exploration platformer inspired by Greek myth of Daedalus. The story follows the ancient Greek myth of architect and inventor Daedalus, who has been imprisoned by King Minos so the secrets of the deadly labyrinth of…

Valve Launches 360 Video Player For High-End PC’s

Steam VR expands its services with native 360-degree video support. If you’re fortunate enough to own an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR headset, odds are you’ve checked out Steam. The infamous digital distribution platform from Valve has been the go-to option for gamers around the world for years and has since evolved into…

Oculus Launches Improved Developer Hub, Updated Documentation

Oculus’ new developer hub website is up and running, featuring better navigation, documentation and search capabilities. The improvements address many of the requests and feedback received from the recent global developer survey, and follows an initiative to increase overall support for the developer community. The site, found at developer.oculus.com, now has a new header and…

Hammerhead VR releases Episode 2 of Horror Experience Syren

In February, Hammerhead VR launched virtual reality (VR) horror title Syren for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Today the studio has announced the first DLC for the videogame, continuing the story from the first release with Syren Episode 2. In this second installment of Syren players take on the role of a CIA agent sent into the underwater station to find…

Smashbox Arena Hosting Free Weekend on Steam to Celebrate Zotac Cup Masters

Team-based online multiplayer Smashbox Arena will be having a free Steam weekend for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive players in celebration of the Zotac Cup Masters. Smashbox Arena will headline a virtual reality (VR) esport exhibition match during the upcoming tournament on 2nd June 2017. Zotac, HTC Vive, ESL and BigBox VR are creating a VR invitational that’ll be globally livestreamed on…

Gorgeous Space Combat Game Everspace Finally Gets VR Support

When Rockfish Games announced its new space action game, Everspace, a few years back, we were pulled in by its stunning graphics. It also helped that the Kickstarter campaign for the game, which raised around $466,000, promised full VR support. Soon the developers will make good on that promise. Everspace will leave its current Early…

EVERSPACE to Launch This Month With Full VR Support

Today, ROCKFISH Games has announced that its rogue-like space combat title EVERSPACE will fully launch out of Steam Early Access this month, bringing with it full virtual reality (VR) support. VR support has been teased since the studio first revealed the title back in early 2015. Then later that year its launched a successful Kickstarter…

Two Thirds Of People Want VR To Be More Social

According to a survey conducted by Greenlight Insights, the vast majority of people want virtual reality (VR) experiences to become more social and able to be shared with friends and family. Videogames have often been erroneously considered to be isolating experiences, but consoles have long been equipped with more than one controller port for social…

Are We About to See True Premium Google VR?

Google has been no stranger to the world of VR, but rather than trying to compete with Facebook or Valve at the premium end, they’ve lead the charge in the mobile VR space, which is arguably the market segment that will have the largest audience and the lowest barrier to entry. It all started with…

Report: Google May Show Standalone Inside-Out Tracking Headset At I/O

Just ahead of Google’s I/O developer conference last year rumors ran rampant that the company would show a standalone VR headset. The truth was actually something very different, but those murmurs have returned again just ahead of this year’s show. Variety is citing multiple sources with knowledge of the project in saying that Google may…

A VR Haptic Glove Without The Glove

Virtual reality (VR) is all about immersion. To truly feel as though the user is present in the virtual location, there should be as few reminders of the ‘real world’ as possible. Standard controllers can break that sense of immersion, tracked motion controllers help, but for the best experience, many firms are working on haptic…

Walkin VR Software Makes VR Easier For Disabled People

Playing room-scale virtual reality (VR) experiences usually involves quite a bit of movement. Standing, crouching, waving of arms have all been involved in various VR titles, but what of those with limited mobility, fatigue or joint problems, or people who need to use a wheelchair? Things become a lot more difficult in many ways for…

Here’s All the Games You Can Play with Your New PlayStation Aim Controller

The highly-anticipated Farpoint is launching exclusively for PlayStation VR today, and is compatible with a brand new accessory: the PlayStation Aim controller. A bundle including the PlayStation Aim and Farpoint is available, but there’s more to this new device than just one videogame. The Brookhaven Experiment An update to introduce support for the Aim controller…

NES Games in Virtual Reality With 3DNES

Nostalgia is big business. As seen from Nintendo’s success with the recently discontinued NES Classic and the many re-releases and remakes of classic videogames. One of the most fondly remembered eras of videogames was the 8-bit era, so it was probably only a matter of time until someone figured out a way to bring virtual…

Beautiful Adventure Scanner Sombre Will Get VR Support

Adapting non-VR games to fit headsets can be a challenge, but every now and again something comes along that’s so compelling we still want to see it in VR. Scanner Sombre is one of those games, and it sounds like we’re going to get out wish. Mark Morris, co-founder at Prison Architect developer Introversion, confirmed…