Snapchat Unveil Puggerfly AR Pet

Snapchat has shown a definite willingness to embrace augmented reality (AR) recently, and has now gone a step further with the announcement of a new kind of Snapchat AR pet called the puggerfly. The pug has become beloved to many denizens of the internet thanks to its cheerful nature and faintly ridiculous appearance that makes…

An Arcade Stalwart Evolved, Sony Square NYC Welcomes A(i)R Hockey

The arcade is ever evolving as it seeks to find a new audience and adjusts to the new status quo for on-location entertainment. Regular readers of VRFocus will be aware that news relating to virtual reality (VR) arcades and digital out-of-home entertainment (DOE) is pretty regular. Be it new locations, expansions, adaptions to existing venues, or…

Creators Of ‘Job Simulator’ Announce Follow-Up ‘Vacation Simulator’

We go hands-on with the successor to Owlchemy Labs’ wildly popular flagship VR title. Austin, Texas-based video game developer Owlchemy Labs struck gold with their 2016 smash hit, Job Simulator. The comical VR experience was met with overwhelmingly positive reception, going so far as to being hailed as one of the first “full” VR games…

Creators Of ‘Job Simulator’ Announce Follow-Up ‘Vacation Simulator’

We go hands-on with the successor to Owlchemy Labs’ wildly popular flagship VR title. Austin, Texas-based video game developer Owlchemy Labs struck gold with their 2016 smash hit, Job Simulator. The comical VR experience was met with overwhelmingly positive reception, going so far as to being hailed as one of the first “full” VR games…

Electronauts Interview, Make Music In Virtual Reality

L.A based virtual reality (VR) developer Survios revealed their next title Electronauts back in December of last year and now VRFocus’ Nina Salomon got to talk with VR Producer, Zach Gonzalez from Survios about the upcoming release. Electronauts is a music creation tool designed to be accessible to all, offering users a chance to create their…

Augmented Reality & Dragons Could Be The Future Of D&D

A team on kickstarter wants to take your next D&D session to the next level using AR tabletop technology. Dungeons & Dragons. Even those completely foreign to the game will instantly recognize it as the epitome of nerd culture. It’s become a staple within the gaming community serving as the grandfather of role-playing games, having…

‘Paper Valley’ Review – Settling the Busy Mind by Throwing Paper Airplanes

Paper Valley is as pretty unique experience. Although it’s decidedly a more zen-like game without any real pressure to succeed, there’s something to it that’s just engaging enough to keep you moving forward, hopefully getting you into the quiet, focused flowstate. Paper Valley Details: Official Site Developer: Vitei Backroom Available On: Oculus Home (Rift) Release Date: April 19th, 2018 Gameplay…

VRLA 2018 Returns to Los Angeles May 4th & 5th – Save 15%

VRLA 2018 returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 4-5, featuring hundreds of immersive tech demos, educational session, presentations and groundbreaking product launches from the most innovative technology companies shaping our world today. From immersive full-room installations, motion simulators and VR arcades, to next-gen haptics, 360-cameras and the hottest product launches across VR/AR/XR, this…

Everything We Know About Oculus Go (so far)

Oculus Go is an upcoming standalone VR headset and controller that offers the same content library and a similar experience to Gear VR, but in a dedicated unit rather than a ‘headset shell’ accessory for a smartphone. What follows is a brief overview of everything we know about the soon the launch headset. What is…

3rd Eye Studios On The Road To Downward Spiral: Horus Station

Developer 3rd Eye Studios is working hard on their upcoming virtual reality (VR) title Downward Spiral: Horus Station. Ahead of release VRFocus’ Nina Salomons sat down with Greg Louden, Lead Designer at 3rd Eye Studios for a chance to talk about their upcoming title. Louden talks about the title as a mystery that is to be…

The VR Job Hub: Facebook, Oculus, RYOT And Even Apple Are Hiring

The weekend is here, the sun is out and it is a great time to see what new opportunities await within the immersive media industries and find that dream job. As always, VRFocus are here to help you out with another entry of The VR Job Hub. Every weekend VRFocus gathers together a number open position from across the virtual reality…

PeerWell Brings Augmented Reality Fall Prevention Feature To Mobile Devices

San Francisco-based PeerWell has added an augmented reality (AR) feature to its app platform which will help post-surgical patients manage their recovery. The feature allows users to take advantage of their mobile devices camera to scan and analyze their home environment and be provided with suggestions on how to minimize the risk of falls. The…

Snapchat Release ‘Shoppable AR’ For It’s Augmented Reality Lenses

Snapchat have released a new addition to it’s augmented reality (AR) Lenses features which will let advertisers publish sponsored lenses which users will be able to interact with. Snapchat AR Lenses serve as an extension to Snapchat’s currently existing shoppable ads which allow advertisers to engage with potential customers directly within the app. It was…

FutureTech Expo Announced For September 2018

Current technology is moving and developing quickly. For those working in the technology sector, this means a lot of new information coming at you at once. Conferences can prove to be good to gain new perspectives and discuss the impact of new technologies and where they might be headed. This is the aim of the…

Skyrim VR Mod Lets You Speak Your Dialogue Choices To NPCs

Skyrim VR is one of the most immersive games ever made, hands-down. The world is rich and beautiful, full of towns bustling with people to meet and adventures to go on. But one of the biggest issues is that it was never designed to be played in VR — at least, not originally. Many of…

Steam & Viveport Spring Sales Feature Big Savings on Top VR Titles

If you’re still rebounding from Steam’s Winter sale a few months ago, well, your wallet is in for some ‘Spring cleaning’ as both Steam and Viveport have put out some heavy discounts on top VR titles. On Steam, some notable VR games at steep discounts are (prices shown with discount applied): Star Trek: Bridge Crew ($20)…

How VR Can Revive Dead Videogame Genres

As time passes, tastes change. Technology moves on, the audiences grows up, the market becomes saturated, or there’s just that one awful, unforgivable title that kills the entire genre stone dead. Everything comes in cycles, however, and perhaps there is now life to be found on the videogame graveyard thanks to the power of virtual…

Vuzix M300’s Set To Feature Strongly At German Industry Event

As I have written once before, earlier this year, when it comes to companies in the immersive technology industry keeping you up to date with their activities perhaps no one (save for the big names like Oculus and HTC Vive) keep people informed as regularly as the team at Vuzix. A leading supplier of smart-glasses and…

VeeR Brand Update: VeeR 2.0 – Create beyond boundaries

We are excited to introduce the upgraded VeeR with a whole new logo, brand identity, and product experience. After a year of development, we have become one of the biggest 360/VR hubs by both content and creator volume. With the trust and support from VR lovers all over the world, we took one step further…

Korea’s Biggest VR/AR Event Reveals Focus on VR Theme Parks

Seoul VR AR Expo advertises itself as the biggest exhibition and conference dedicated to virtual reality (VR) and other immersive media in the country. The event plans to display some of the latest VR and augmented reality (AR) technologies and will feature a spotlight on VR theme parks. The event is due to take place…

Cirque Say They Are Designing The Future of VR Controllers

As virtual reality (VR) develops, many companies and manufacturers are searching for the best way to interact with the VR environment. Though motion tracked controllers were a step forward, they are still limited in some ways. Cirque believes it has a solution with its VR Grip platform. One of the goals for the next generation…

Pavlov VR Finally Gets Native Oculus Rift Support

Nearly 14 months after its initial release VR’s answer to Counter-Strike, Pavlov VR, finally has native support for the Oculus Rift. Developer davevillz integrated Rift as part of the game’s latest Early Access patch, Update 17. You could previously play it on Rift through SteamVR, though native integration makes it a much better fit for…

The Best VR Sports Games for the Oculus Rift

After digging into nearly 20 titles, we’ve pulled together the top five VR sports games for the Oculus Rift that will scratch that itch for anyone looking for VR gameplay that’s both active and competitive. When anyone mentions sports video games, your mind is immediately going to go to the heavy hitters such as football,…

Justin Timberlake Connects Fans to Music and Merch With AR

American Express is using augmented reality (AR) to create a new way for music fans to buy merchandise from their favorite musicians — starting with Justin Timberlake. On April 6th, the American Express Music app released a new mobile AR experience called Outside In, in partnership with Timberlake. In the app the you are navigated…

Award-Winning Actress Gets Cast In Latest Penrose Studio VR Piece

Penrose Studio have been attempting to push the boundaries on virtual reality (VR) storytelling for several years, trying to bring immersive experiences to the Hollywood mainstream. The studio are taking this a step further by casting renowned actress Alicia Vikander in its latest VR project. Vikander has been cast as the main character, named Meena,…

Everything We Know About Oculus Santa Cruz (so far)

Oculus Santa Cruz is a VR prototype that brings many high-end features of the Oculus Rift and Touch, most notably positional (6DoF) tracking on both headset and controllers, into a self-contained, standalone design. What follows is a brief overview of everything we know about the headset so far. What is Oculus Santa Cruz? Image courtesy…

AR Functionality Comes To Vive Pro With New Front-Facing Camera Tools

The Vive Pro gets new SDK tools unlocking advanced AR capabilities. The Vive Pro is one hell of a VR headset. A combined 2880 x 1600 pixel resolution, dual AMOLED 3.5″ diagonal screens, a 90 Hz refresh rate, high quality integrated headphones, the list goes on. However one feature in particular, the stereo front-facing cameras,…