E3 2017: A Hands-On, High Speed Trek Through Sprint Vector

Fast experiences in VR have to tread a thin line when giving players freedom over control. Locomotion is a fickle beast in the virtual ecosystem as developers continue to experiment as they seek a perfect balance of movement of comfort. Survios has established itself as a leading VR developer with its game Raw Data, but…

Meitu Upgrades Make-up App With Virtual Cosmetics Counter

One of China’s most popular internet brands, Meitu has been experimenting with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) for quite some time. The company has now launched a new aspect to its MakeupPlus app that allows users to try out new cosmetic products before they buy. The Meitu MakeupPlus app allows users to use…

MIT Accelerator Play Labs Announces Class of 13 AR/VR Startups

Play Labs, a summer accelerator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced its first batch of 13 startups that are developing augmented reality and virtual reality technology. The focus of the startups will be to develop “playful tech” in a variety of industries. The initial companies are focused on AR and VR, as well…

Trailer Reveals Upcoming PlayStation VR Titles

At E3 the PlayStation VR had a fairly generous selection of upcoming new titles revealed. Sony have assembled a trailer that recaps some of the biggest announcements of videogames that are expected for the PlayStation VR platform. The trailer presents a swirling series of TV monitors floating the void of space, with each one getting…

Hands-on: ‘Fallout 4 VR’ Shows Improvements, but I’m Still Not Sold

Entering the Wasteland, sneaking up on a group of raiders and shooting them down with guns in your own two hands, tossing back a Nuka-Cola, hanging out with Dogmeat; these are some the things that get fans excited about playing Fallout 4 VR. And in case you’ve been cryogenically frozen in a nuclear bunker this past year, you should know Fallout…

New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For Week Of 06/18/17

There’s not a whole load of new on either of the Oculus stores this week but there’s a very good reason for that; the Summer Sale is now on and you can get a heck of a lot of games at great prices. Still, if you are in the market for something new we have…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 06/18/17

Welcome to another week chronicling the latest releases for HTC Vive. We’ve got a couple highlights for you that are of incredibly different flavors. Chess Ultra is a visually impressive experience that pits you either against online players or a collection of AI modeled after chess grandmasters. VINDICTA channels expertise of a different kind, giving you a shooting experience…

New PSVR Releases For Week Of 06/18/17

E3 might have held plenty of surprises for PlayStation VR (PSVR) fans, but there’s not much to exactly play on the headset at the moment. There are no new games on PSVR this week, but there is one short film that we fully recommend you check out. If you missed the previous entry of this…

LucidCam Celebrates Commercial Launch With Tour of San Francisco

Lucid VR have announced the general commercial launch of its pocket-sized virtual reality (VR) 3D camera, the LucidCam and will be celebrating the general availability of the device with a billboard truck tour of the famous landmarks of San Francisco. The launch tour will take place on 23rd June, 2017 and is aimed at encouraging…

5 Impressive VR Companies From ViveX Batch Two Demo Day

This week we went to an HTC-hosted Demo Day for the second batch of ViveX funded VR and AR companies. With 26 different companies on display in San Francisco ranging from game developers, hardware manufacturers, utility creators, and everything in between there were a lot of different projects to try. Most of the companies were…

PSVR’s Aim Controller Adds A New Layer To ROM: Extraction

At E3 last week in Los Angeles Sony’s media showcase included a demo of ROM: Extraction paired with the PSVR’s Aim Controller — adding a cool new element to the shooter. The arcade-style shooter from First Contact Entertainment released late last year for both Rift and Vive, allowing players to throw orbs and slow down…

HTC’s Vive Tracker Has Brought Out The Best In VR Innovation

HTC’s Vive Tracker presents an elegant solution to the VR peripheral problem. Instead of releasing hundreds upon hundreds of different controllers that replicate real world items, why not just stick a single tracked object onto the real thing to bring it into the virtual world? When it was announced at CES back in January, we…

Cmoar Announces Cancellation of Hybrid VR HMD

Image Credit: CMOAR LTD Bad news for VR crowdfunding as CMOAR LTD’s CEO, Damian Boczek, announced yesterday the cancellation of their Cmoar hybrid virtual reality headset in a lengthy, somewhat somber statement posted to Kickstarter. The post, entitled “Project Overview” is a deconstruction of the project as a whole, deeply apologetic for the end of…

Five PlayStation VR Titles You Should Consider Importing

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) titles, Europe and the US have been fairly luck so far, not much has been stuck in Japan with Western fans clamoring for it to cross the ocean. There are some exceptions, though. Here are five titles for the PlayStation VR not available in The Us or Europe…

Vindicta Is A Surprisingly Fun VR Campaign Shooter

Vindicta caught my eye a few months back for making the kinds of promises we all want to hear: a full VR FPS campaign with natural locomotion and no wave shooting. Naturally, I followed up with developer Game Cooks as soon as possible, but my heart sank a little when I learned it had only…

Coatsink to Release New Content for A Night Sky

Back in April Coatsink Software released a relaxing virtual reality (VR) experience exclusive to Samsung Gear VR called A Night Sky. Today the studio has announced the first content update for the videogame coming later this month. Due to arrive on 30th June, the additional content will include new performances and interactions with existing creatures, with an owl, a…

Is Sparc the Next VR eSport?

Virtual reality (VR) has had a lot of videogames, but CCP think they’ve got a new eSport on their hands. Sparc was announced in March earlier this year at EVE Fanfest and is expected to be released on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR to be released sometime in 2017. Morgan Godat speaks to VRFocus‘ Nina Salomons about how…

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…

Life in 360°: Chrome Caves & Futursitic Cities

It’s the end of a long and very hot week in the UK, where VRFocus is based. It might not be as hot as other places but for a country where the idea of air conditioning in homes is to open a window and pray for a stiff breeze it’s not been much fun.  We…

MelodyVR Partners with Microsoft to Launch app Across all Windows MR Devices

A couple of weeks ago virtual reality (VR) music content platform MelodyVR revealed it had secured £5 million GBP in investment to expand its service. Now EVR Holdings plc which owns MelodyVR has announced a Global Partnership and Windows Mixed Reality (MR) App Collaboration Agreement with Microsoft, bringing the platform to every Windows MR device. MelodyVR and Microsoft…

HTC Drops Vive Price To Take Advantage Of Steam’s Summer Sale

Gamers rejoice. Wallets retreat. The Steam Summer sale has arrived! Our list of some of the best deals goes live a bit later today and it’s been proven that Valve regularly attacks our savings accounts but HTC is getting in on the conflict this time around. Not only has the HTC Vive been dropped down…

Details on Summer Lesson: Allison Snow Released

Though western PlayStation VR owners are still waiting for an official release of Summer Lesson: Hikari Miyamoto and trying to content themselves with import bundles, Japan is gearing up for the release of the second Summer Lesson experience with a character not seen much since early demos; Allison Snow. The new episode of Summer Lesson…

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…

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…