Google Daydream Summer Sale Begins

Google Daydream may not be the most talked about – or developer supported for that matter – head-mounted display (HMD) but that doesn’t mean the company has given up. In fact just the opposite as Google has recently launched a free headset promotion alongside purchases of Pixel, and widened support by finally bringing Samsung Galaxy…

Wizard Dueling Game Wands Hits Oculus Rift Next Month

I desparately want a deep, immersive Harry Potter VR game. The Fantastic Beasts experience on Google Daydream is hardly more than a marketing gimmick and it’s not actually a game. Titles like inVokeR, The Unspoken, and Wands do a good job of tapping into that desire to shoot spells and throw fireballs inside a VR…

Life In 360°: Harmony, Stillness and Peace

When speaking about possible uses for virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree film, meditation is not the first thing that springs to mind. A new project called Living Insight aims to change that, by using technology to help take people away from the stresses of life and remind them to slow down once in a while….

There Will Be No Proto Awards In 2017, Return Planned In 2018

The organizers of VR’s biggest awards ceremony, The Proto Awards, say they won’t be hosting an event in 2017. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 The Proto Awards were held to recognize some of the groundbreaking efforts pushing forward the emerging medium of VR content. The event is organized by The Virtual Reality Foundation, which is…

Google Glass Enterprise Edition Now Available

The unexpected return of Google Glass was announced late last month, complete with a re-design and a new focus as being for business and industrial use, resulting in the re-launch as Google Glass Enterprise Edition. The new version of the augmented reality (AR) device is now available through Google partner Streye. The new version of…

Rez Infinite Is Now Available On Oculus Rift And HTC Vive

Surprise! Rez Infinite, which remains one of the best games on the PlayStation VR (PSVR) 10 months after launch, is now available on the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. Infinite is a VR (and non-VR) port of the beloved rhythm action shooter in which players fly along a set path, shooting down approaching enemies….

Psychedelic Rail-Shooter Rez Infinite Comes to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

For the launch of PlayStation VR last October, those who bought the head-mounted display (HMD) were able to get their hands on Rez Infinite, Enhance Games’ reboot of its classic 2001 title Rez for Dreamcast. Rez Infinite proved to be massively popular, winning Best VR Game at the Game Awards 2016 among its many accolades. Now it’s the turn of Oculus…

The VRScout Report – Altspace Shuts Down & Disney Resorts Get The Void

Recapping the top stories covered on the VRScout Report, a weekly podcast discussing the best in VR, hosted by Malia Probst. Social VR pioneer Altspace shuts down, ‘Second Life’ successor Sansar launches open beta, WebVR comes to Firefox, Disney wants you to be a Star Wars jedi in VR, the funding & investment wrapup, and more… Featuring special guest…

Today’s Firefox Update Adds WebVR Support

Today, Mozilla is updating its popular web browser to version 55, bringing with it one major update for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive customers who use the software, and that’s WebVR support. With the update Mozilla has launched today now means it can compete with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, both of which added support…

MLB Expands VR Content With Original 360 Video Series

Dive deeper into the lives of baseball’s biggest up-and-comers in the new “On the Verge” 360° series 2017 is basically becoming the year of VR for Major league baseball. The association has already partnered with Google to create the MLB At Bat VR experience for the Daydream platform earlier this year, as well as the MLB…

ROCCAT Games Studio Unveil First VR Title Elevator… to the Moon!

Earlier this year gaming peripheral manufacturer ROCCAT created its own in-house videogame development team, with a team of 10 working on a non-virtual reality (VR) title called Sick City. For VR the studio has a team of three working on an Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR videogame called Elevator… to the Moon! Elevator… to the Moon! is…

WebVR Support Comes to Firefox in New Update

Scheduled to launch tomorrow, the newest update for Mozilla’s Firefox browser, Firefox 55, will include support for WebVR. While Firefox has supported the Oculus Rift since 2015, it’s only now that the browser joins competitors Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge in supporting the WebVR open standard. Those wanting to take Firefox 55 out for a…

VR vs. Streaming & Network Infrastructure

This week’s VR vs. won’t be brought to you by VRFocus’ social guru Kevin Eva, as he’s enjoying a well earned week off. Instead you got me, and I want to talk about virtual reality (VR) data consumption, streaming and network infrastructure (exciting stuff I know), as it plays a fundamental role in the growth…

Google’s Pixel Phones Get Big Discounts With Free Daydream View

Google’s Pixel phones are a great place to get started with Daydream VR, and now they’re available at a hefty discount. Both the Pixel and the enlarged Pixel XL have had their prices slashed for the next two weeks as part of Google Store’s Back to School promotion (yes, they’re already doing that). The XL…

VR Titles to be Showcased at Italian Pavilion at Gamescom

Italian trade association AESVI will be representing the Italian videogaming industry at Gamescom this year with a special pavilion showcasing over 20 titles, including several virtual reality (VR) applications and videogames. The aim of the pavilion is to show the diversity and talent of the videogame industry in Italy. More than 20 titles from 14…

Google Is Looking To Bring Animation To Your Blocks Creations

Released in early July, Google’s Blocks was designed to usher in a new era of VR content creation, making it easy for anyone to jump in and start building 3D models. One day, though, apps like Blocks might find better use as asset-creation tools for people with little to no development experience. Right now you…

Animating VR Characters in Google Blocks

Last month, Google launched their Blocks VR creation tool, enabling anyone to 3D model low polygon objects with no prior modeling experience required. Although it seemed like a simple app on the surface, after diving in, it became immediately apparent the massive potential Blocks can have as a professional VR creation tool. Aside from being…

AMD, Foundry and HP Collaborate on VR Bound’s Inaugural VR Awards

Earlier this year VR Bound announced the inaugural VR Awards 2017, celebrating outstanding achievements within the virtual reality (VR) industry. While the dates have slightly changed since that first announcement, today the organiser has revealed that AMD, Foundry and HP have all partnered together to back the awards. “Today marks the day of an exciting announcement…

Google Pixel with Free Daydream Headset up to $200 Off

The Google Store has begun its ‘Back to School’ sale, which features some major discounts on popular devices. One of the biggest deals on offer is for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL and free Google Daydream headset. The Google Pixel has been highly rated by critics for its excellent phone camera and the addition…

Study Shows That Netflix Is Most Used VR App

Some analysts have claimed that virtual reality (VR) will change the way we use technology. Meanwhile, Netflix has already transformed the way we consume TV and film, and though some would argue it might not be for the better, its impact is undeniable. The impact on VR is likewise impressive, according to a new report….

Experience the Haunted Halls of Pennhurst Asylum with NextVR

When VRFocus reports on NextVR it’s usually to do with the company broadcasting live sporting events. But that’s not all NextVR does. It’s created a new piece of original content called Paranormal Evidence, exploring the unexplained phenomena reported at notoriously haunted locations.  An investigative program led by journalist Jack Kassewitz, the team chose Pennhurst Asylum for the…

Gamers Gift VR Nonprofit Is Raising Money On Twitch To Help The Sick And Elderly

Gamers Gift is a student-run nonprofit that believes in the power of virtual reality. It’s been around for about a year-and-a-half, and in that time, it’s raised over $50,000 and developed ongoing relationships with hospitals and assisted-living facilities, where it hosts monthly VR experiences. It’s raising funds on the livestreaming platform Twitch, where founder and CEO Dillon…

This Week in VR Sport: Soccer, Major League Baseball and Lacrosse

It’s the weekend, and that means its time to take a look into what been happening in the intersection between the sporting world and the world of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). This week, Canadian soccer (Football to everyone outside North America), Major League Baseball and Lacrosse all have entries. Toronto FC Introduce…

Relax and Chill out with Living Insight, a Meditation Series by M ss ng P eces

After a stressful day you want to relax and put your feet up, and virtual reality (VR) studio’s are here to help. There have been a few meditation focused apps arrive for VR headsets, such as Cubicle Ninja’s Guided Meditation, MindMyths Meditation and The Artery’s Spirit of Meditation. Now creative agency M ss ng P eces has produced a series…

Quizmania is a VR Board Game on Kickstarter Now

Quizmania is something different. Instead of immersing isolated players into an immaculately rendered world, developer Qlab wants to use virtual reality for social gaming. Quizmania places users in 360-degree images containing various questions and hints. One player has a mobile VR headset, while the rest play along on a game board and their phones. Qlab…

VR Board Game Quizmania Launched Kickstarter

The popularity of board games has seen a comeback in recent years, with the advent of several popular new boardgames on the market, along with a growth of University board gaming societies and board game cafes. Developer Q Lab are hoping to leverage this new found popularity with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign for…

Reuniting Undocumented Immigrant Families with VR

VR Postcards offer a slice of culture from a home they can’t visit. The Family Reunions Project is trying to bring some comfort and understanding to an extremely complicated, often heartbreaking situation—undocumented immigration. How? By using the power of VR to reunite undocumented immigrants who can’t return to their home country due to immigration laws or financial…

ThirdEye Gen Launches AR SmartGlasses

There has been a recent rise in the use of augmented reality (AR) smartglasses for use in business environments such as manufacturing, quality control and warehousing. Google have begun to tap this market with the re-launch of Google Glass, as have Vuzix with the M300 smart glasses system. US company ThirdEye Gen is also hoping…