Water-Types Aplenty, As Global Water Festival Comes To Pokémon GO

Niantic, the developers behind popular augmented reality (AR) mobile game Pokémon GO, have announced that the game is getting a tweak in the form of the Global Water Festival. From 1pm (PDT) Pokémon GO users will be more likely to encounter water-type Pokémon such as Magikarp and Squirtle and their evolutions. Additionally, if users are travelling in…

Viral Quarantine Expands Upon Early Gear VR Original

Fierce Kajiu was an early believer in VR, and one of the first to release a full game for Samsung and Oculus’ Gear VR in Viral. Since then it’s brought the original game to Oculus Rift with Touch support, but it isn’t forgetting its roots. UploadVR got an exclusive early look at Viral Quarantine, the…

China Hero Project Announces New PlayStation VR Games

The China Hero Project helps independent videogame developers based in China get their product to market. They are working together with Sony to bring several new games to the PlayStation 4 (PS4) and PlayStation VR (PSVR). Ten new games were announced as being in development for either PS4 or PSVR. The games are all currently…

Sony Reveals Slate Of New PSVR Games

PlayStation VR (PSVR) is set to have a busy few months with big releases like Farpoint and Starblood Arena, but Sony is also looking ahead, today revealing a new slate of VR titles coming from Chinese developers. These games are all being created under Sony’s China Hero Project, which supports developers in the country. A…

SteamDolls VR Demo Released on Steam

Steampunk-inspired adventure videogame SteamDolls VR has received a substantial update to its demo recently, which integrates trackpad support and a full gameplay tutorial. SteamDolls VR was designed exclusively for virtual reality (VR). The player steps into the shoes of a thief who must use cunning and stealth to make their way through the environment, avoiding…

Fated: The Silent Oath Reveals PlayStation VR Launch Date

Originally slated to be a PlayStation VR launch title, the developers behind Fated: The Silent Oath have finally revealed when it will drop on to PSVR. Fated: The Silent Oath came out for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in 2016, a version which VRFocus did a review of. The story of the videogame concerns a…

NCAA March Madness Live VR Now Available

Oculus have partnered with NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports for the second year to bring Basketball’s March Madness to virtual reality (VR) users. Users of Oculus Rift and Gear VR will be able to use the March Madness Live app to get a courtside seat to six live games. There will be two premium…

Legally Blind Man Creates His Own HTC Vive Game

VR is doing amazing things for disabled people. Whether it is simply transporting someone to places they might otherwise never visit, enabling gameplay with new means of input, or actually helping with treatment, this is one of the most interesting and rewarding areas that the technology has affected these past few years. But, no matter…

Serious Sam Gets VR Upgrade

Croteam have announced that they are working on fresh virtual reality (VR) rebuilds of the Serious Sam series of games. Serious Sam Fusion 2017 is out in Beta form, and available for free to owners of previous Serious Sam titles. Croteam plan for Serious Sam HD, The First Encounter and The Second Encounter to be…

Oculus Is Broadcasting The NCAA March Madness Finals In VR

Facebook’s Oculus shared with us that, of the people who actually use their Gear VRs on a daily basis, 80 percent use it to watch video. Samsung shared that 5 million Gear VRs have been sold so far, but many were given as freebies with the purchase of a phone and it is unclear how…

‘Ghostbusters VR’ Experience Comes to PlayStationVR, from the Makers of ‘The Walk’ Demo

It seems the Ghostbusters franchise isn’t done capitalizing on the video game market just yet, because the first installment of a new Ghostbusters experience is heading to PlayStationVR today. The experience (read: not game) was developed by CreateVR and Sony’s in-house VR production studio, and is entitled Ghostbusters VR – Now Hiring, Act 1: Firehouse. In the experience you meet Mooglie, the iconic ghost from the franchise’s…

Virtual Worlds are Teaching Better Lessons

When Virtual Reality (VR) content is experienced using a VR headset the outcome is a virtual world. In that world, the possibilities are limited only by the imagination. This approach has given education an opportunity to leapfrog existing teaching practice by providing educationally beneficial immersive experiences. The first among these is that VR allows students…

Ghostbusters VR Arrives On PlayStation VR

You may want to answer this call. Have you ever dreamed of strapping on a proton pack and letting your charged particle beam loose? Maybe give that troublemaker Slimer a taste of his own medicine with a strategically placed trap to the Containment Unit? Well now you finally can—in VR. Sony has answered our call,…

VRTV: Karnage Chronicles Review

VRFocus correspondent Nina gives us her review of co-op hack-and-slash Karnage Chronicles by developer Nordic Trolls for VRTV. Nordic Trolls has produced a first-person experience for up to four players to co-operate using one of four atypical classes (Warrior, Archer, Mage and Cleric), armed with either bow and arrows, a pair of knives, or other weapons…

VR Basketball Sim Nothin’ But Net Adds Online Multiplayer and New Mode

Back in November, the NBA 2k franchise dropped their first VR entry but the major series was immediately overshadowed by the independently developed Nothin’ But Net in our HTC Vive new release roundup. Despite being in Early Access at the time, it out-shined the competition with an experience obviously better built for virtual space by…

PlayStation VR Party: The Best Games for a Fun Night with Friends

The launch of the PlayStation VR has been deemed a success by many, with even Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) seemingly caught unawares by the demand for the virtual reality (VR) hardware. But satisfying the early adopters is a much easier task than achieving mass market appeal, as has been seen time-and-again with peripherals in the videogame…

Omnichanel Realities

In my last VRFocus article from September, I stressed the importance of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in focusing on usefulness and superseding reality. Then going on to highlight how content should be delivered via accessible (cheap and easy-to-use) hardware such as VR headsets connected to media boxes (e.g., Netflix) to reach mass market adoption. Well,…

Omnichannel Realities

In my last VRFocus article from September, I stressed the importance of Virtual Reality (VR) applications in focusing on usefulness and superseding reality. Then going on to highlight how content should be delivered via accessible (cheap and easy-to-use) hardware such as VR headsets connected to media boxes (e.g., Netflix) to reach mass market adoption. Well,…

Kingston University Creates Facility for VR and AR

Kingston University is set to open a new multi-disciplinary facility equipped with all the latest in virtual reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technology for the use of its students. The facility will be known as the Centre for Augmented and Virtual Reality Environments (CAVE). The new CAVE facility will be a complement to the…

Giant Cop: Justice Above All Releasing on March 30 for Oculus Rift

Other Ocean Interactive is announcing today that Giant Cop: Justice Above All will be releasing for Oculus Rift on March 30. According to a statement from Other Ocean, releases for other VR platforms will follow in the coming months. Giant Cop will cost $24.99 and will be available to download via Oculus Home. “This is…

Five Strange, Hilarious, And Downright Terrible Pokemon GO Rip-Offs

They say imitation is the sincerity form of flattery. If that’s the case then Niantic’s augmented reality hit, Pokemon GO, has been complimented quite a few times over the past few months. Few things are certain in the unpredictable app market but, one thing is for sure: if you make something even remotely successful, you…

Buzz Aldrin Plans the Next Giant Leap for Mankind in Virtual Reality

  Buzz Aldrin, in conjunction with 8i and Time Inc’s Life VR, has created a hologram version of himself as part of a new interactive experience laying the groundwork for how to reach Mars. The holographic Buzz is the host of a virtual reality experience named Cycling Pathways to Mars. It is a Virtual Reality…

SXSW 2017: Swapbots Brings Toy Collector Culture To Augmented Reality

Augmented reality caught a flash of exposure with Pokemon Go and continues to get mentioned regularly alongside it, but the technology still has a way to go before it becomes a household constant. Children have access to mobile phones and tablets nearly as much as adults these days and encounter gaming ecosystems geared toward their…

Preview: Term1nal – Hacking gets a VR makeover

Force Field VR, the studio behind the recently launched Landfall on Oculus Rift, debuted its next project at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017, a stealthy hacking adventure that’ll support Samsung Gear VR called Term1nal. Rather than the all out action of Landfall, Terminal goes for a far more thoughtful approach, demonstrating even at this early stage a nuanced approach…