‘Wilson’s Heart’ Review

Wilson’s Heart (2017) is a psychological thriller that takes you on a wild first-person adventure through the mind of a hospital patient recovering from a curious surgery, one that has replaced his live-beating heart with a strange machine. Ripping it from your chest, you find it gives you a growing number of abilities to help you not only fight…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: One Year On

The most important part of the decision making process for consumers when purchasing new hardware is invariably bang-for-your-buck, but what that means to the individual could be very unique. Is it the amount of features? The quality of the product? The software line-up? Or simply the price? With it now being just over one year…

VR vs. 365 (Sort Of)

Welcome to VR vs, your weekly column from ‘the other one’ at VRFocus which is celebrating its first anniversary under my stewardship tomorrow. Has it really been that long? I’d like to say I can scarcely believe it, but those in virtual reality (VR) – especially those on the news sites – will tell you working…

Raindance Festival Is Sponsoring VR Educational Courses

The Raindance Film Festival has begun to get involved in the world of virtual reality (VR). During last year’s Raindance Festival in London the organisers featured the VR Arcade, where 14 short films which were shown on Gear VR or Oculus Rift. Now the Festival is organising some VR courses as part of its educational…

Exclusive: Meta 2 AR Demos Revealed in Full

Outside of a few demonstrations at tradeshows, Meta has only give glimpses of the content on its impressive AR headset dev kit in short clips. During a recent visit to the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters to catch the latest improvements to the headset, I got to see a selection of demo content which Meta has allowed…

HeroCade Review: A Nine-Game PSVR Bundle Including Dreadhalls and Sisters

A lot of people have been unhappy with the price of VR games in our new industry’s first year of consumer availability. For the most part, Steam has been flooded with well over 1,000 games and experiences, the vast majority of which are abbreviated teasers, uninspired tech demos, and cheap cash grabs. There are plenty…

Google Nominates Top AR/VR Apps for 2017 Play Awards

This year’s 2017 Google Play Awards include new categories for top VR and AR apps, to which Google has nominated five apps each. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30PM PT during Google I/O, the company’s annual developer festival. Ever since the reveal of Google Daydream at last year’s I/O…

Introducing Google’s Next-Generation VR Camera

The Yi Halo has 17 lenses and costs $17,000. Google has officially unveiled their next generation Jump camera — the Yi Halo. Announced at the NAB conference in Las Vegas Monday, the Xiaomi-backed Yi has partnered with Google to bring a new professional camera to the market with some much needed improvements. The Yi Halo…

Google Upgrade JUMP Camera into YI HALO

Tech giant Google launched the JUMP programme back in 2015, its aim being to give average consumers the tools for making high-quality virtual reality (VR) films that were usually the domain of well-funded Hollywood film-makers. Google have now announced a new version of the key hardware. The new camera weighs less than eight pounds, lighter…

Arcade Shooter REGENESIS Gets Greenlit

Polish developer Hyper VR is the software division of hardware manufacturers Hyperbook. The first excursion into software and videogames from the company is REGENESIS Hyperbook Arcade, which was submitted to Steam Greenlight program, and just got approved by the community for a full release. REGENESIS puts the player in the role of the Last Man…

Google Play Awards Add VR And AR Categories

Taking place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, Google I/O is an outdoor developer festival that lasts for three days. On May 17th – 19th, there will be hands-on learning, tech keynotes, and insight on Google’s latest developer products in the 2nd annual event. The festival will also be home to the Google Play…

Statik Review: Thinking Outside The Box

They say great minds think alike, but Statik does a lot to disprove that theory. Like developer Tarsier Studios, I’ve long wondered what types of unique VR experiences you can get out of using PS4’s DualShock 4 as a tracked object in a virtual world. But while our concepts for games may be similar, Tarsier…

Infinite Minigolf Is A New PSVR And Vive Game From Zen Studios

VR might be a few breakthroughs away from making us feel like true action heroes or elite athletes, but you can already play a pretty convincing round of golf inside a headset, and Infinite Minigolf will soon let you do just that on PlayStation VR (PSVR) and HTC Vive. This cartoonish new title is from…

Google Has A New VR Camera And A ‘Roadmap’ For Answering Facebook

Google’s JUMP team is announcing a new, virtual reality camera today that is smaller and lighter than its predecessors. The new unit is being positioned as an affordable, portable, easy to use system that will allow creators to make high quality 360 videos more easily. This new camera was built in partnership with YI technologies. It…

Google Announces Next-gen ‘Jump’ VR Camera, 8K x 8K with Seamless Stitching

Google today announced what the company is calling the “next-generation” of its ‘Jump‘ 3D 360 camera initiative. In partnership with Google, Yi Technology has created the Yi Halo, a 17-camera clock-synchronized array that is designed to be optimized for Google’s automated Jump stitching process which creates impressively seamless 3D 360 output. Google announced the Jump…

Play Minigolf Forever in Zen Studios’ Infinite Minigolf

Zen Studios has today announced that Infinite Minigolf, the highly anticipated follow-up to Planet Minigolf, is coming to consoles and virtual reality (VR). The PC version of the videogame and the upcoming PlayStation 4 version will feature VR gameplay, allowing you to create, customise, and play your courses in a brand new way. Having…

Get Up Close and Personal With a Xenomorph in Alien: Covenant In Utero

As VRFocus have reported before, Ridley Scott is keen on virtual reality (VR) technology. The new division of his studio, RSA Films recently announced that it was launching a specialist VR division. The first fruit of that studio’s labours will be released soon. Alien: Covenant In Utero is a 360-degree VR film that will allow…

How VarDragons Are Looking To Turn Real Airplanes Into Virtual Pet Dragons

The low hum from the engines of passing aircraft has all but become ubiquitous white noise to most. Aircraft used to inspire imagination and adventure, but recently has become as commonplace as the passing clouds. Until now. From Miami, Florida our small team of engineers and entrepreneurs has teamed up with game developers to bring…

GoPro’s New VR Camera Looks A Lot Less Confusing

Back in March we wrote about the reports that GoPro was making cuts to its VR division in an effort to refocus its core business. That much may be true, but the company still has a new VR camera on the way. The company this month announced Fusion, a new device capable of capturing both…

Life In 360°: Cherry Blossom Days

Hello and welcome back to another Monday in the world of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), I hope you had a good weekend and the weather was kind to you. Speaking of the weather we’re at that magical time of the year when Spring is very much in full swing. The trees are…

Goro Fujita’s Mind Blowing Animated Quill Illustration

The immersive artist spent 80 hours creating the masterpiece. Immersive artist Goro Fujita is back at it again. The Art Director at Oculus Story Studio who’s blown our minds in the past with his virtual sculpting in Medium and dream world teasers using Oculus’ Quill app, is now showing off an unreleased update to Quill that…

AMD Make the Case for Forward Rendering

It has been noted multiple times that graphics are important for virtual reality (VR) videogame experiences. Not just in terms of impressing VR users with amazing visuals, but also in terms of reducing the unfortunate side-effects such as motion sickness and dizziness experienced by some users. The team working at AMD feel that the time…

Watch How the Vive Tracker Enables Same-Room Multiplayer VR Gameplay

Editor’s Note: In this weekly column, David Robustelli will breakdown the latest rapid prototype he and his team at CapitolaVR have created for VR and/or AR. They are responsible for games like Duckpocalypse as well as prototype projects such as HoloLens Golf and Pokemon GO for HoloLens. Check back each weekend for new prototypes! You can see the…

Preorders Now Open For Insta360’s 8K VR Camera

China’s Insta360 has announced it is taking preorders for its Insta360 Pro 8K professional virtual reality camera, the Insta360 Pro, as part of its ambitions to raise the bar for 360-degree VR films. The company originally announced the 6-lens camera at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas in January. The Insta360 Pro…

Atlas Is A Fast-Moving VR Sci-Fi Adventure From The Soap Collective

Several months back, we introduced you to three young artists with a passion for maximizing what can be achieved through virtual reality artistry. That group is known as the Soap Collective — an enclave of forward thinking creatives working in this brand new medium known as VR. Today, the Soap Collective is working to release Atlas…