The Week In VR Sport: San Francisco 49ers Use Immersive Media Engine

Another Saturday means another visit to This Week In VR Sport and as you can imagine, what with all the news from E3 over the course of the last week there’s been far more in the way of videogame related news than there has in the entertainment, industrty or services sectors. That said there is one story…

See More of Candy Squad in These New Screenshots

If you just can’t get enough of sugary-sweet videogames where you can chase high scores, then this might be just your cup of tea. MyDream’s Candy Squad is coming to a range of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) and now, we’ve got a selection of new screenshots for you to sink your teeth into….

Play Without a Controller In Gaze-Based Candy Squad

Hands-free virtual reality (VR) isn’t exactly new – Land’s End nailed it when playing VR games on mobile head-mounted displays (HMDs) was still new, but we don’t see enough of it these gaze-based experiences. Now we’ve got a new one, with Candy Squad – and to go with it, a new trailer with a fascinating…

Nielsen Report Data Illustrates Rising Interest In VR and AR

This might not exactly shock you but the source is worth noting.  Nielsen, one of world’s largest research companies, has released new information showing the rising appeal of both virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) among gamers. No surprise, given the new VR and AR software and hardware hitting the market all the time. As…

SnakeByte Announce New GameStore for Android

You’ve probably heard of SnakeByte before – well known well for producing gaming peripherals and accessories, SnakeyByte have been a staple of videogame store shelves for years. Not content with merely producing products for videogames any longer, SnakeByte are now setting their sights on publishing games. SnakeByte’s new GameStore for Android is a subscription service…

Lazy Cat Garfield Wants You To Get Outside in Garfield GO

Pokémon GO certainly didn’t start the augmented reality (AR) smartphone app trend, but it’s certainly inspiring a fair few of the AR games now hitting the App Store and Google Play. Now it’s time for everyone’s favourite lasagne-munching lazy feline, Garfield, to get you out of the house in Garfield GO. In Garfield GO players…

Despite Parent Company’s Legal Trouble with Oculus, Bethesda says: “We plan on supporting as many platforms as we can”

Bethesda recently announced that Fallout 4 (2015) is coming to HTC Vive this October, and Skyrim (2011) is soon to follow sometime in late 2017 on PlayStation VR. Amidst talk of platform exclusivity, the company took to twitter to quell some fears in the community, tweeting out yesterday that they “plan on supporting as many platforms as [they] can.” While…

See Every PlayStation VR Game from E3 2017

PlayStation VR has sold over 1 million units and had more success in sales compared to the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. VRFocus has put together a list of games that we know are coming to the PlayStation VR. If you prefer watching all the games coming to PlayStation VR, scroll down to the bottom…

Kids can Learn Chemistry with MEL Science’s new VR app

One of the many uses virtual reality (VR) technology is being put to is education, covering a great swath of subjects whether its for children just beginning to learn a subject or adults mastering one. For the youngsters MEL Science has today launched a new virtual reality (VR) app called MEL Chemistry VR, focused just on…

Pre-Orders for Pico Goblin all-in-one Headset go Live

Last month Pico, a Chinese virtual reality (VR) headset manufacturer that specialises in all-in-one (AIO) devices revealed its latest product, the Pico Goblin. Today, the company has announced that pre-orders for the unit are now live, offering a couple of early incentives. The Pico Goblin can be pre-ordered for $249 USD/ £249 GBP/ €269 EUR,…

China’s Leading Video Service Launches VR Program

At The 2017 Virtual Reality Global Conference in Beijing, iQIYI released a white paper on China’s burgeoning virtual reality (VR) industry, and announced projects to help foster the growth of Chinese VR productions. With iQIYI’s experience as a video service, it seems like the perfect fit for the rapidly growing VR market. The summit was…

VR RTS Legion Commander Confirmed for PlayStation VR Western Release

There’s only a few hours to go until Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) begins its press conference for the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017. The event will hopefully feature plenty of announcements regarding its virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) PlayStation VR, and things seem to be going in the right direction. SIE has held a…

New Oculus Dev Blog Teaches Best Practices for User Interfaces in VR

When using virtual reality (VR) for the first time, nothing is worse than a bad experience for the user – it can put them off the medium for life. As you can imagine, no one fears this more than head-mounted display (HMD) manufacturers such as Oculus, and Oculus have released another dev blog to help…

NextVR Partners with NBC for Weekly World of Dance VR Companion Series

NextVR, the virtual reality (VR) company synonymous with sport and concert livestreaming, has announced a new partnership with NBC to produce an exclusive weekly companion series for the broadcasters World of Dance programme. World of Dance is a new competition series being judged by a team of superstars known for their dancing skills – Jennifer Lopez…

Facebook’s Quest to Kill the Smartphone

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is on a quest to kill the smartphone. Apple and Google beat the billionaire social media magnate to creating the smartphone — the dominant platform underpinning the Facebook network. When Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004, we didn’t have Android or iOS, but the mobile phone market was well established — think…

Madam Butterfly and The Magic Flute are Reimagined for VR

REWIND, the British studio that helped create the recent Ghost in the Shell virtual reality (VR) experience, has announced a new experience coming to UK audiences this summer. Commissioned by the Welsh National Opera (WNO), the creative studio has built a brand new VR installation to launch in Cardiff this July called Magic Butterfly. Re-imagining operas, Madam Butterfly and the…

Lessons in VR Locomotion from Google

Virtual reality (VR) still has some teething problems, especially when it comes to moving around in a 3D space. 1-to-1 room tracking, is a good solution, but also makes it near impossible to simulate a large, virtual world accurately. Attempting to solve the difficult case of motion and moving – or locomotion – in VR,…

Secure Mobile Browser Aloha Gets VR Integration

Cyprus-based Aloha Mobile Ltd have announced that their flagship product, the Aloha mobile web browser, will be integrating support for virtual reality (VR) to allow mobile users to watch VR and 360-degree content through mobile VR platforms such as Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR. The Aloha Browser was released in 2016, initially for Android,…

4 Dev Demos Showing Off Apple’s New ARKit Tracking

Showcased at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference this week, ARKit is a new core technology for iOS 11, due to launch this Fall, soon to enable augmented reality features on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads. As the iOS 11 developer beta is already available, we’re starting to see some interesting real-world tests of ARKit,…

Leap Motion Update Improves Physics, Supports Rift And Vive Controllers

Fully functioning hand-tracking might be a ways off from becoming the standard form of VR input, but Leap Motion is making a big step toward that future today, taking its Interaction development engine to 1.0 and introducing some major new features. The Interaction Engine has been available in early Beta since last year, but this…

War Thunder VR Stream Brings the Battle to Mobile

Gaijin Entertainment, the developer behind MMO title War Thunder, has announced a collaboration with Dive into VR on a new app called War Thunder VR Stream. This will allow mobile users to play the online combat title in virtual reality (VR) using Google Daydream or Cardboard headsets. Dive into VR’s technology is called VR Stream and it uses proprietary…

Oculus Brings Rift to 90 Libraries in California for Public Access VR

Oculus has announced a pilot program to place 100 Rifts and Oculus Ready PCs in 90 libraries throughout the state of California, from the Oregon border down to Mexico. Detailed on the Oculus Blog, the new partnership with the California State Library hopes to highlight the educational potential of VR, as well as provide easy…

IDC’s Data Shows VR is Not Dying, Not Even Close

VR is not dead. VR is not dying. VR is very much alive according to IDC’s numbers. Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote made that abundantly clear with their announcement of support for external Metal graphics, HTC Vive, SteamVR and Metal VR. The VR market is only starting and now that all the biggest players in the…

Oculus Is Bringing Free-To-Use VR To 90 California State Libraries

The pioneering company continues its crusade of spreading VR by donating 100 headsets for educational purposes. Oculus has always been a major supporter of the virtual reality community. The company is responsible for some of the industry’s most influential initiatives such as their VR For Good program, as well as teaming up with other manufacturers…

Darknet Gets Steam Release Date, Google Daydream Version in the Works

Since its first announcement all the way back in 2014, VRFocus has extensively covered E McNeill’s much loved virtual reality (VR) title Darknet. The vidoegame is available on Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, PlayStation VR, an very imminently HTC Vive. McNeill also has a Google Daydream version planned as well. Darknet will be released on Steam for…

VR Goes Big at E3 2017, VR/AR/MR Exhibitors Increase by 138%

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the worlds largest event dedicated to videogames, starts next week in Los Angeles, California, and it’s set to be even bigger and better than ever for virtual reality (VR) fans. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which represents the US videogame industry and owns/manages E3, has revealed there’s going to be…

Apple Takes a Bite of AR at WWDC

The Apple WWDC (worldwide developer’s conference) has dropped several exciting bits of news from the Cupertino cult-favourite company. We’re getting a snazzy new iPad Pro lineup, Siri will become Skynet-smart with iOS 11 and Apple now makes a speaker. For us here at VRS though, every WWDC reopens the hope that Apple may finally throw…