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…

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…

Facebook Is Recruiting Experts in Psychophysics To Hack Your Mind for VR

A recent job posting to the Oculus career page indicates that Facebook’s 2014 virtual reality acquisition is currently searching for postdoctoral research scientists with experience in psychophysics. According to the posting, the successful candidate will be “tackling the scientific challenges that define cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality, addressing heretofore-unanswered questions in vision science, displays, and perceptual psychology.”…

Oculus Touch And Rock Band Beat Vive Tracker To VR Accessory Market

The competition between HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Rift is a closely watched battle, with the two leading PC-powered headsets racing to expand upon the groundwork laid by the SteamVR and Oculus platforms in 2016. It seems the next step for each company is to support a wide range of accessories that can enhance a virtual world…

Students Hack Positional Tracking onto Gear VR with SteamVR Tracking

In a reverse engineering exercise, two students at Utah State University have hacked positional tracking onto a Gear VR headset using SteamVR Tracking technology. Mobile VR solutions like Samsung’s Gear VR currently employ rotational tracking only. The popular forms of mobile VR headsets, such as the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream View and Cardboard,…

Robo Recall Vive Support Added With RoboRevive Mod

Developed by Epic Games and with a budget that nearly matched the original Gears of War, Robo Recall [Review: 7.5/10] is probably the Oculus Rift’s biggest exclusive so far. But a new mod is making sure HTC Vive owners don’t miss out. You may well have heard of CrossVR before. He’s one of the developers…

Force Field VR Announce Third-Person Stealth and Hacking Game Term1nal

Virtual reality (VR) videogame developer Force Field VR have announced a new game exclusively for the Gear VR called Term1nal. Force Field VR have had previous success with Landfall and are now branching out into action-stealth gameplay. In Term1nal the player has to hack into the controls of an experimental robot and use it to…

PlayStation VR Release Date for Darknet Confirmed

Last month Archiact Interactive announced a partnership with indie developer E McNeill to bring the award-winning Darknet to Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) PlayStation VR. A release date for the title has now been confirmed, arriving on 7th March. Origianlly launched for Samsung Gear VR, Darknet is an deep strategy/puzzle game that lets gamers play as an…

ARTandVR: A Vibrant Vision of Our Exponential Future

Last Friday I drove to San Francisco’s North Beach, headed to a venue called HACK Temple—a newly renovated space (and organization) with the aim of helping future-forward thinkers “hack the matrix of Silicon Valley.” In its off hours, HACK Temple looks like this: But during ARTandVR—a sold-out show of 500+ positioning itself at the intersection of art, technology,…

Vive Tracker Powers Google Daydream Wireless Room Scale Hack

Back at CES we met a small creative studio with some big technical plans for the HTC Vive’s upcoming Tracker peripheral. The team’s name was Master of Shapes, and they were one of the groups that HTC had gathered to showcase some of the many applications for the new device. Specifically, they made a technical…

Microsoft Now Lets You Film Mixed Reality With HoloLens Hack

Showing off what Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality can do is difficult without actually putting it on someone’s head, but the company’s new camera hack is providing a helping hand. Whenever we’ve seen HoloLens on-stage at shows like E3, or Microsoft’s own press conferences, the company will have one person wearing the kit, while the audience sees…

Bringing Twitter into 360 Video Streaming: Hacking in Social Media

Today at the Innovation Social event, London, Twitter unveiled a new concept that could redefine the way in which 360 degree videos are consumed. It’s a commonly known fact that live television is now often watched with a second screen; viewers participating in debate via Twitter, Facebook or other social media while watching a show…

Smartphone SteamVR Kit NOLO Kickstarted in Eight Hours

The promise of affordable, high quality virtual reality may have come closer. A crowdsourced mobile VR setup launched on Kickstarter that promises to transform your smartphone into a SteamVR compatible VR setup for less than $100 has successfully made its funding target in just eight hours. NOLO VR, a project by Beijing-based startup LYRobotix and led…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 01/08/17

We’re another week into 2017 and the new Vive releases are still a bit lighter than usual. There was no massive list-breaking entries this week, but we do have a game that steps things up in a specific genre. Wave shooters are a dime a dozen in the VR but Drunk or Dead takes the…

SteamVR Beta Now Renders Oculus Touch Controllers In VR

SteamVR, Valve’s foundation for VR experiences running on its digital store, has supported Oculus’ Touch controllers since June. Today, though, that support has received a major beta update. Though SteamVR previously let you use Touch in games that supported position-tracked controls, they would appear as the Vive wands in VR, unless the given experience used…

No Rift? ReVive Already Emulates Oculus Touch With Vive Wands

For HTC Vive owners without a Rift, the ReVive hack has become a popular tool for accessing games that are exclusive to the Oculus headset. It looks like that will continue with the launch of Oculus Touch. The developers behind the software this week launched version 1.0, which features the latest support for Oculus’ new…

Hack Makes ‘Google Earth VR’ Compatible With Rift and Touch

Google Earth VR was launched this week to great excitement, except to Rift users who found out that the game wouldn’t work with their headset. Little more than a day later, a hack surfaced that adds compatibility for the Rift, Touch, and even Razer Hydra to Google Earth VR. While SteamVR is primarily the home…

VR Drawing Program ‘Quill’ Will Be Available Free On Dec. 6

A lot of corporations out there have picked up the annoying habit of charging for their products. Thank goodness Oculus is here to buck that trend. This week, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company is announcing that yet another launch title for its highly anticipated Touch platform will be completely free of charge. Quill is a VR…

‘EVE: Valkyrie’ Launches on Vive This Month, Joins Rift and PSVR Players

At EVE Vegas, CCP Games announced that EVE: Valkyrie will launch on Steam for the HTC Vive this month. This will complete their full roll-out on the three major VR headsets, allowing cross-platform dogfighting. Initially bundled with the Oculus Rift on launch day, EVE: Valkyrie was one of the most compelling experiences available for early…

Fatshark Announces VR Support for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

Games Workshop and its Warhammer franchise is hugely popular around the world, whether its the game itself, the literature, the videogames, or anything else related to it. Last year developer Fatshark released Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide on PC, then last month brought the co-op adventure title to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  Today the…