Zoning AR Permissions with the Mixed Reality Service Spec

Mark Pesce is a VR pioneer who has been thinking about networked virtual and augmented reality for over 20 years now. He developed the Ono-Sendai Sega VR helmet prototype, co-created VRML, and presented his Cyberspace Protocol spec at the first Web conference in 1994. This CP spec evolved into the Mixed Reality Services spec, which…

The Virtual Arena: The Growing VR Out-of-Home Entertainment Dimension – Part 1

In a three-part feature, Kevin Williams continues his coverage of the development in the VR industries involvement in the Digital Out-of-Home Entertainment (DOE) sector. This first part looking at the major Chinese exhibition and new developments on display. It has been an incredibly busy time for the immersive entertainment sector focused on Out-of-Home experiences, an…

Guide Sheep Like Lemmings in Flocklore on Gear VR and Google Daydream

Independent studio Mindfield Games has today launched Flocklore, a new virtual reality (VR) action-puzzle videogame designed exclusively for mobile platforms. Now available for Samsung Gear VR with optional support for the new controller, Flocklore will also be coming to Google Daydream soon. In Flocklore, the player must shepherd a flock of bewildered sheep across over…

Yooka-Laylee Gets HTC Vive VR Mod

Nostalgia and retro gaming is a big deal in the videogaming community. As observed by the success of the recently discontinued NES Mini and the continued growth in the market for retro consoles and games. Recently released 3D platformer Yooka-Laylee aimed to plug into the appetite for nostalgia, and now nostalgia can be even closer…

Watch the First 10 Minutes of ‘Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality’

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality (2017) is finally here, launching today on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. And yes, it’s all the wonderful weirdness of the show mixed in with some seriously fun object interaction courtesy of the game’s spiritual predecessor, Job Simulator (2016). Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality was created by Owlchemy Labs and Adult…

Review: Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

Making a video game based upon another mediums franchise can be filled with pitfalls. More often than not the final product never lives up to the expectations of fans, either deviating from the core material or just a haphazard job that’s been rushed out to cash in. Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty has built up a strong…

‘Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality’ Review

You’re dying for season 3 of Rick and Morty (2013) to come out, and the release of episode 1 on April Fool’s Day isn’t helping. You’ve got a fever that only the drunken ramblings of the genius Rick Sanchez and his level-headed, albeit hopelessly outmatched grandson Morty Smith can cure. The good news: Rick and Morty:…

Ridley Scott’s Company Launches VR Division

Image Credit: RSA (Used under Fair Use Rationale) When you hear the name Ridley Scott, you immediately think of visually and technically complex films. The famous director counts cinematic classics such as Blade Runner and Alien among his achievements. Films that went on to create entire visual languages and forever changing the entire genre of…

Bandit Six: Combined Arms: Achievements, Cheats, Tips & Tricks

Earlier this week Climax Studios launched Bandit Six: Combined Arms for PlayStation VR, combining the developer’s two Samsung Gear VR titles, Bandit Six and Bandit Six: Salvo. The video game features 27 PlayStation Trophies to unlock, all of which VRFocus has listed below. Bandit Six: Combined Arms includes 42 levels across land, sea and air to work through, as well as unlockables, perks and…

Framestore Becomes Creative and Technology Partner for Facebook’s Surround 360 Camera

Today Facebook announced two new 360-degree cameras, x24 and x6, updating last year’s open source Surround 360. Now Framestore – a creative studio behind Game of Thrones’ Ascend The Wall and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them VR for Daydream View – has revealed its an official creative and technology developer for the new devices. Framestore worked with Facebook…

Share Your Favourite VR Experiences with Facebook’s 360 Capture SDK

If you’ve ever been playing a virtual reality (VR) videogame, had a really good experience or a once in a lifetime run through a level, you’ve probably wanted to share that with friends. While screenshots capture a glimpse, they don’t give the same level of immersion. Today Facebook has announced a solution to solve that,…

Facebook Announces 360 Capture SDK

You will soon share 360 photos and videos while in VR. During day one of the F8 developer’s conference yesterday, Facebook again showed us just how important social is to the company when it comes to future platforms. Whether mixing the physical and digital world with their new augmented reality camera platform or creating the…

SLIVER.TV to Livestream the DreamHack ASTRO Open in VR

Over the last few months Sliver.tv has become the go-to provider for immersive coverage of esports entertainment. Today the company announced livesteam coverage of the DreamHack ASTRO Open Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament at DreamHack Austin this month. For the broadcast Sliver.tv will be including additional functionality for spectators, enabling them to select from multiple virtual cameras…

HTC Vive Releases New Tracker Project Code and Tutorials to Tinker With

When HTC Vive launched the Vive Tracker earlier this year it saw phenomenal interest in the device, receiving over 2,300 submissions from the developer community, with only 1,000 free trackers available. Today the company the company has announced several new experiences for developers to download and begin playing with. The Vive Tracker was unveiled at CES 2017 and…

Fierce Kaiju Confirm Gear VR Controller Support for Viral: Quarantine

Last October VRFocus reported on British virtual reality (VR) developer Fierce Kaiju returning to Samsung Gear VR to update its Viral franchise. Viral: Quarantine is a remix of the original, this time adding less linear gameplay and more weapon options. The studio has also revealed to VRFocus that Viral: Quarantine will support the new Gear VR Controller. Paul Colls, the Creative…

VR Spray Can And Piñata With Vive Tracker

The Vive Tracker is opening up a new world of physical VR experiences. Since HTC Vive began shipping the Vive Tracker to developers earlier this year, we’ve seen everything from ceiling fans, fire hoses, and even cats tracked in VR. In what is probably one of the more significant hardware developments in the VR space this…

Impulse Gear Release New Story Trailer for Farpoint as Title Goes Gold

There’s less than four weeks to go until Impulse Gear release first-person shooter (FPS) Farpoint on PlayStation VR. Set to become one of the biggest releases for the head-mounted display (HMD) this year, the studio has announced the title has gone gold and revealed a brand new story trailer. Farpoint is a single-player narrative experience that also features…

Lost in Space With The Developers Of Lone Echo

Nina speaks to Ru Weerasuriya co-founder of Ready at Dawn about upcoming narrative space adventure Lone Echo. Lone Echo is set in space and attempts to present the user with the option of being able to move in any direction without causing any of the motion sickness symptoms that many players report when using VR….

Oculus Open Source React VR Allowing Devs to Rapidly Build Immersive Experiences

As you’d expect from Facebook, the F8 conference is a highly social themed event with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) both having a big part to play. While VRFocus has covered the big keynote announcements today – Facebook Spaces, ARstudio and Zuckerberg’s cryptic talk about camera’s – there’s been more quietly going on….

Bullet Sorrow VR Leaves Steam Early Access, New Demo Now available

Four months ago VikingVRStudio released its first-person shooter (FPS) Bullet Sorrow VR on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive. Since then Oculus Rift support has been added and this week the video game has fully released for both platforms. Bullet Sorrow VR was built as an intense FPS for VR and with the official launch adds further gameplay elements…

Facebook Growing AR Functionality with ARstudio

Today’s F8 conference has started the some big announcements in the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) space. Facebooks CEO announced the launch of a new AR platform in closed beta, and Rachel Franklin, Head of Social VR has revealed the early access launch of Facebook Spaces. Deb Liu, VP of Platform & Marketplace, also came onstage…

The Camera To Be ‘The First Augmented Reality Platform’ – Zuckerberg

At the F8 conference in San Jose today, Mark Zuckerberg introduced the opening keynote speech for the conference, which contained an announcement for a new augmented reality (AR) platform. Zuckerberg spoke in general terms about the potential of AR, such as it’s power to creating new things, get more people involved in the arts and…

F8 2017: Facebook Launches Augmented Reality Camera Platform

“We’re making the camera the first augmented reality platform.” Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference kicked off today with Mark Zuckerberg taking the stage and announcing the company’s latest efforts in augmented reality. “Augmented reality is going to help us mix the digital and physical together and that’s why it’s such an important trend,” said Zuckerberg….

VRTV: Nina Heads into the Snow for the Arktika.1 Preview

Nina heads into the frozen wastelands of Arktika.1 in order to give her verdict on the current version of the game. Arktika 1 is set in a dystopian future where climate change has wrecked the world and reduced the available habitable areas down to a few strips of land by the equator. The player character…