The VR Society Announces the First ‘The Art of VR’ Festival in NYC

The VR Society has announced it’ll be launching a new virtual reality (VR) focused festival in New York City next month called The Art of VR. A public, two-day event, The Art of VR festival will be showcasing the myriad ways VR and augmented reality (AR) are currently being used within fine art, museums, dance, theatre, film…

VR at Retail: Are Expectations Too Low?

There’s always a catch 22 situation with new technology platforms, especially in the video game industry. For a new piece of hardware to do well it needs great content. It doesn’t matter how good the specs might be, or some amazing new feature, if there’s nothing to play then it’s not going to sell. On…

PlayStation VR’s Farpoint Debuts at Number 2 in UK Sales Chart

Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE’s) virtual reality (VR) first-person shooter (FPS) Farpoint launched last Tuesday and has proven to be a highly popular purchase – in the UK – with the title debuting at number two in the UK sales charts. It is currently the only VR experience to feature in the charts – Resident Evil 7…

HelmetVR Combines an Oculus Rift with a Real Race Helmet

Said to be the world’s first VR sim racing helmet, the HelmetVR is perhaps the ultimate in VR sim racing excess, combining a real Arai racing helmet with an Oculus Rift headset. The custom headset comes from FormulaVR, a Netherlands-based, high-end sim rig manufacturer. It is sometimes claimed that VR headsets provide a similar field…

Valve’s New ‘SteamVR Home’ Beta May Mean You Never Leave VR

Valve’s new SteamVR Home Beta just launched and it represents a vast improvement on what has gone before with fully 3D, customisable environments, a glut of new social features and a fully featured Steam interface. Will you ever want to leave VR? Valve launched its SteamVR Home in beta form on Friday and it represents…

Kings Dominion Theme Park Introduces Competitive AR App

The Kings Dominion theme park in Virginia has introduced a new augmented reality (AR) videogaming app that allows visitors to compete against each other to take control of the park by taking part in various activities, both in the app and in the park. Titled The Battle of Kings Dominion, visitors can join a team…

Watch: Sairento VR Now Lets You Brutally Dismember Your Foes

Action shooter / slasher title Sairento VR just received a big update from developers Mixed Realms including new locations, a new enemy, AI tweaks and a much-requested feature – brutal, bloody enemy dismemberment. One of the most interesting new VR action titles of recent times, Sairento VR had a couple of neat ideas which blended…

Microsoft Reveal Z-Depth Layering for Windows 10 Mixed Reality Devices

Creating a stereoscopic effect within a virtual reality (VR) application has been a given for decades. It’s a standard component for immersion in a virtual environment, however in other applications – including the likes of Skype, Netflix and beyond – having a 2D plane embossed upon your real world has been the limitation up to…

This Week IN VR Sport: Major League Baseball and UEFA Football League

Things are always changing in the world of sport; rules change, player line-ups change, kit changes, venues changes it can be a bit much to keep up with sometimes. Technology can help fans get to grips with the changing face of sport, and VRFocus like to help by keeping you informed on virtual reality (VR)…

Sony Santa Monica Studio Prototyped A God of War VR Demo For PSVR

All major console manufacturers have flagship first-party characters that define their systems and audience. For Nintendo it’s always been the colorful cast of the Mario, Donkey Kong, and Zelda franchises. For Microsoft it’s the Halo and Gears of War games. But for Sony, it’s changed with each console generation. The PS1 had Spyro and Crash…

SteamVR Gets Update With SteamVR Home

SteamVR is one of the most popular ways for users of virtual reality (VR) devices to access VR content for head-mounted displays such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The SteamVR launch area has been customisable thanks to community skins since launch, but now that feature is getting a big upgrade. Steam are introducing…

A VR-Enhanced Professional Motorcycle Simulator Is Unveiled

Cruden built their first professional-grade motorcycle simulator in 2005. Since that time they have been working on a range of hardware and software to create the most accurate motorcycle simulator possible for use by manufacturers, universities, race team and road safety organisations. To do this, they have leveraged the power of virtual reality (VR) along…

Oculus Home On Gear VR Is 3 Times Faster Thanks To React VR

Gear VR got a massive refresh recently. Not only did a new version of Samsung and Oculus’ mobile VR headset release with a new motion controller, but there were updates on the software side, too. These updates were delivered with the help of the new React VR framework. When the new Gear arrived, so too…

Air New Zealand Trialling Augmented Reality on Flights

Microsoft’s HoloLens has begun to see some interesting uses, from helping with surgical procedures to giving children an enhanced understanding of the solar system, Microsoft are aiming to show that augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) are good for more than just videogames. Air New Zealand see that potential, also, and have begun equipping…

HTC Vive Shows US Mayors How VR Can Help City Planning

HTC is eager to push VR beyond the realms of gaming and into industries as soon as possible. To that end, the company recently gathered 20 mayors from across the US to show them what its HTC Vive can do for city planning. During this year’s South by South West (SXSW) show HTC held an…

Resident Evil: Vendetta PlayStation VR Exclusive Video

Fans of the Resident Evil series who also own a PlayStation VR may rejoice as Sony have announced that a special virtual reality (VR) experience that ties in to upcoming CGI movie Resident Evil: Vendetta will be released for free on 24th May 2017. The experience is titled Resident Evil: Vendetta Z Infected Experience (sometimes…

Japan’s Superhuman Sports Society Has Created Two AR Contests

From my perspective of being an American, Japan is consistently willing to push the envelope when it comes to entertainment. Popular shows like American Ninja Warrior and Iron Chef America are modeled after Japanese shows and clips from Japanese entertainment go viral regularly for outlandish activities and inspire spoofs galore. With such adventurous creative minds contributing…

Socially Watch YouTube Videos in VR on Google Daydream

During the second day of the Google I/O conference Director of Product Management at Google Mike Jazayeri spoke about Google Daydream while Erin Teague, Product Manager for the YouTube virtual reality (VR) team came on to discuss the video developments. Teague spoke of trying to make YouTube feel natural in a VR environment, and also…

Resident Evil Vendetta Is Getting A Free PSVR Experience

Virtual reality and zombies go together like video games and…well, zombies. They were made for each other. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is still one of the best VR games to date on any platform so any time this franchise gets another dose of VR goodness it’s good news. Unfortunately this time it’s not in the…

Syren Turns From Survival Horror To Shooter With Free Second Chapter

Reusing assets isn’t something we’d normally encourage a game developer to do. It implies you’re recycling resources to cut corners and make a quick buck. It’s interesting, then, that Syren’s surprise new chapter, released this week, doesn’t feel like that at all. And that’s not just because it’s available for free. Taking place after the events…

Google’s New WorldSense Trailers Show Standalone VR

This time yesterday we were expecting Google to reveal its own standalone VR headset, perhaps made in partnership with HTC. As it turns out, the company is working on a range of headsets, and HTC’s device is only the beginning. Following the keynote conference at Google I/O yesterday, two new videos have surfaced online focusing…

Farpoint: 7 Tips To Help You Survive The Deep Space Shooter

Farpoint by Impulse Gear is finally out exclusively on PlayStation VR (PSVR) and gamers around the world are gunning down countless jumping bugs, venom-shooting monsters, and enormous burrowing spider beasts. You can read our review of the full game right here and watch the video version down below, but suffice it to say that Farpoint…

Google Announces Standalone Headset to be Made by HTC and Lenovo

Google’s currently holding its annual I/O conference today detailing plenty of plans for the future. Saving virtual reality (VR) to the end the company has announced a brand new head-mounted display (HMD) that’s completely standalone. Making the reveal was Clay Bavor, vice president of VR at Google, who said the company had been working alongside…

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…