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…

Is The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR worth getting on PlayStation VR?

Bethesda Softworks showcased three virtual reality (VR) videogames at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles this year. VRFocus has already covered Doom VFR, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR and Fallout 4 VR with previews during E3, but now it’s Nina’s turn to go over her impressions. So in this edition of VRTV Nina gets into how The…

Perplexigon Introduces Puzzles In New Update

Developer moBack successfully pushed its sandbox building title Perplexigon through Steam Greenlight earlier in the year. The title allows players to create fantastic structures and devices using a variety of blocks. With a forthcoming updates, players can now pit their building abilities against an array of challenging puzzles. Perplexigon allows players to use three categories…

YouTube Now Offering Heatmaps for 360 Video Analytics

Spherical YouTube videos with over 1,000 views now include ‘360° Heatmaps’ within the Analytics section of the Creator Studio. The new feature provides a visual representation of low to high attention areas of the video, helping to inform content creators of what aspects of a 360-degree scene are engaging viewers the most. YouTube has supported…

MIT’s Play Labs VR/AR Accelerator Unveils its First Batch of Summer Startups

Back in January VRFocus reported on Bayview Labs, LLC and Seraph Group, announcing the launch of a startup accelerator looking at developing playful technology across a broad range of disciplines, including virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in conjunction with MIT called Play Labs. Today, Play Labs @ MIT has revealed the first 13 startups…

E3 2017: Hands-On With The Creepy World Of The Inpatient

I love scary games. Resident Evil 7 is probably my favorite VR game to date and is very likely my overall favorite game this year that isn’t part of the Zelda franchise. That being said, demoing supposedly scary games in a convention setting is usually a bad idea. The lights are bright, the sounds are…

Play Chess For Your Soul In Chess Ultra

Best known as a videogames publisher rather than a developer, Ripstone Games has announced the launch of the first title to be entirely developed by its in-house development team; Chess Ultra. The title will be heading to PC and console, with virtual reality (VR) versions available for PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift. Non-VR…

VRTO 2017: Where New Giants Stand on Giant Shoulders

Grab your tickets to VRTO, which kicks off June 25 at Rogers Communications Centre in Toronto. To understand what separates VRTO from any other VR conference in the world, take a look at something VRTO Founder and Executive Director Keram Malicki-Sánchez said to me somewhere in the middle of a 2-hour discussion (that ostensibly began as a rundown…

VR Dungeon Crawler KryptCrawler Gets Release Date

Already trawled the many dungeons of The Mage’s Tale? Well, firstly, you might need to cut down on how much time you’re spending in VR; it only released this week. Secondly, there’s already another entry in the VR dungeon crawler genre on the way in KryptCrawler. In truth, KryptCrawler looks a lot closer to Psytech…

Get a Taste of Slice & Dice In Our New Gameplay Video

Earlier this month we saw the launch of Slice & Dice, the sweet virtual reality (VR) puzzler that sees players slice and dice through blocks in order to solve a variety of puzzles. We’ve had a look at Slice & Dice ourselves, and in our new gameplay video Pete shows you how the game is…

Unreal Engine Gets Early Access MacOS High Sierra Support

Epic Games have announced the release of Early Access support for the upcoming version of the MacOS, High Sierra, to allow developers to develop for virtual reality (VR) using the Mac platform. Mac OS 10.13, code-named High Sierra, was announced as being capable of supporting VR at this year’s WWDC, the Apple Development Conference in…

Super Mario Bros. Level Recreated In AR By HoloLens Developer

This is so cool. Developer Abhishek Singh recreated a life size Super Mario Bros. level and played it wearing HoloLens in New York’s Central Park. He did this all dressed as Mario and he filmed it in a video that is very likely destined to go viral. Be sure to watch through to when the holes open…

Intel Announces Partnership To Provide Tech For Olympics

Intel has announced that it will be working with the IOC to provide technology to ehance the Olympics Games right through to 2024, with a focus on providing communications infrastructure support such as 5G, and also providing platforms for virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree content. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Intel announced that Intel…

Microsoft’s Direct Reality Is VR’s Answer To DirectX

Just ahead of Microsoft’s E3 conference last week the company filed a trademark for Direct Reality. Given the company’s penchant for relabelling virtual reality as mixed reality, we had hoped that would mean VR would make an appearance at its showcase. Sadly that wasn’t the case, but do now know what Direct Reality really is….

The SoulKeeper VR Gets Early Access Release Date

Much-anticipated action RPG title The SoulKeeper VR has finally announced when it will be released on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift owners to experience. Fans of RPGs have been waiting for the title to become available since the first demo back in 2015. Now developers HELM Systems have announced that the…

Sony’s New PSVR Trailer Recaps Big E3 2017 Announcements

PlayStation VR (PSVR) easily had the best showing of any headset at E3 last week, though that’s more down to the absence of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive than it is anything else. Still, there were some big announcements for the headset, which are recapped in the trailer below. Yesterday Sony posted this sizzle…

Enjoy Fidget Spinners in Both AR and VR

Fidget Spinners are everywhere. Promoted for health benefits including soothing stress and anxiety, Fidget Spinners have become a ‘must have’ items for people young and old. Believed by many to help with conditions such as ADHD, autism and anxiety disorders, though banned in some schools and thought to be a fad by some, developer Ezone…

Life In 360°: White Into Green

We’re off on our travels for 360 degree videos once more, and this time there’s an environmetal message in today’s Life In 360°. Which is being brought to you by Discovery’s Seeker VR team. Seeker VR took a trip to Patagonia, which for those that aren’t aware is the souternmost part of South America. An area…

Tobii Integrates Eye-Tracking Technology Into HTC Vive

Tobii Pro, a company focussed on eye-tracking research, has announced a new solution that can be integrated into a commercial HTC Vive headset. The tool, along with the software development kit, is being made available for researchers. The Tobii Pro integration uses a HTC Vive business edition along with the Tobii eye tracking technology to…

YouTube ‘Heatmaps’ For VR Show Where Viewers Are Looking

Color-coded overlays show exactly where viewers are looking when watching 360 content. With a healthy catalogue of 360-degree content, a high-quality app available on most virtual reality headsets and a brand new VR Creator Lab program, YouTube is steadily securing itself as the go-to destination for 360-degree content. However, the most recent feature released by the…