Highlights from Raindance Immersive Stories and Interactive Worlds 2018

London’s famous Oxo Tower, with its spectacular view of the city skyline, provided an impressive backdrop for the 2018 Raindance Gallery of Immersive Stories and Interactive Worlds. But I wasn’t there to watch the sunset over the river, I was at the Raindance VR launch party to leave the real world behind and be immersed…

VR vs. The Carmack Takeaways (Part 2)

You can always count on the post-Oculus Connect VR vs. to draw Oculus defenders out of the woodwork. Last year it was people having a go at my ‘anti-Oculus bias’ because I mentioned how Oculus didn’t achieve some targets and how I was saying how well Samsung did. This year it’s that I’ve never heard…

Wind Farms Might Heat up the Planet, After All

There are a lot of annoying talking points against the use of wind farms — they’re an eyesore, they kill birds occasionally. But for the most part, these seem like small gripes if, in fact, wind power does what proponents have always promised: weaning us off fossil fuels towards renewable energy, which will slow the…

Dragon Quest VR: Going Inside The Mind Of Toriyama In This VR JRPG

It’s been a busy year for Dragon Quest. The most recent entry in the long-running Japanese role-playing game series, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, recently came out on PC and consoles to much critical acclaim. But unless you live in Japan, you might’ve missed another crucial milestone: the release of the franchise’s…

Breaking: Hackers Accessed 50 Million Facebook Accounts

HACK ATTACK Hackers accessed data from nearly 50 million Facebook accounts, the company said today. The company discovered the breach on Tuesday, according to the post, and does not know who was behind the attack. The social giant didn’t immediately say what data the hackers might have stolen. Facebook’s vice president of product management Guy Rosen…

Does Uber Have Any User Trust Left To Spare?

Today, ridesharing app Uber agreed to pay a whopping $148 million for covering up a 2016 hack — and bribing the hackers not to release the data. The fine, which will be paid to all 50 states and the District of Columbia, is the largest payout ever for a data breach, Bloomberg reports. “Uber’s decision to…

Scientists Wiped Out a Mosquito Population by Hacking Their DNA With CRISPR

BYE, SKEETERS They might be tiny, but mosquitoes cause millions of deaths every year by spreading diseases like malaria and dengue. Now, new research suggests we could wipe the destructive buggers off the map using a genetic engineering technique known as a gene drive — if we’re willing to risk permanently altering our ecosystem. A gene drive lets researchers make…

Firewall Zero Hour Has A Major Signal Modifier Exploit Problem

Firewall Zero Hour is the real deal. We praised the fantastic tactical shooter in our full review, especially when played with a talkative team using a PS Aim Controller, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the PSVR shooter. Personally, it’s eating up a ton of my free time on weekends and evenings….

Firewall Zero Hour Review: Tactical Multiplayer Action Comes to PSVR

Firewall Zero Hour has landed on PSVR, and with it comes the platform’s first tactical multiplayer FPS. While the slow one-life-only pace might not suit everyone’s taste, it makes for undeniably tense and strategic gameplay that’s enhanced by the immersion of VR. Firewall Zero Hour Review Details: Official Site Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment Developer: First Contact Entertainment Available…

Firewall Zero Hour: 7 Tips To Help You Take Out Your Enemies

Firewall Zero Hour is finally out! One of the biggest VR game launches is now upon us and the internet is abuzz with excitement for this 4v4 online-only multiplayer tactical shooter. It’s exclusive to PSVR, feels great with the Aim controller, and totally rewrites the way you should approach an FPS when compared to a…

Syfy’s Outrageous ‘Sharknado’ Franchise Heads To VR For The First Time

Fire an AK47 while trapped inside a shark-filled tornado in this immersive VR gore-fest. In terms of sheer ridiculousness, very few franchises are able to hold a candle to the Sharknado series. Since the release of the first installment back in 2013, Syfy channel’s made-for-tv disaster comedy has spawned an incredible FIVE sequels, each filled…

Firewall Devs On DLC: ‘This Is Not A Release And Forget Game For Us’

Earlier this week we had the chance to go hands-on with the final, release build of PSVR-exclusive shooter, Firewall: Zero Hour from First Contact Entertainment. In our final pre-launch impressions article we spent a lot of time analyzing the game’s balance, the various maps, and detailing how customization options work. You can read all of…

Firewall: Zero Hour – Final Hands-On Preview With The Release Build

Firewall: Zero Hour is less than two weeks away and yesterday Sony hosted a final pre-launch press preview session at their San Mateo headquarters. At the event we were able to go hands-on over the course of four hours with the final release build version of the game across competitive Contracts mode, co-op, and even…

The 5 Best Free Games on HTC Vive

Steam is chocked full of free games that support HTC Vive, but it may be difficult with all that choice to know exactly which games to start out with, especially if that shiny new HTC Vive or HTC Vive Pro blew out your remaining games budget. Also, don’t forget that as an HTC Vive owner,…

Nintendo Switch Hack Reveals VR Mode – Report

The ever-evolving saga of if the Nintendo Switch will get VR support continues. Over the past few days, a group of hackers appear to have uncovered something called a VR Mode buried within Nintendo’s hybrid gaming device. Twitter user random666_kys posted the below video, which highlights the option to ‘Test VR Mode’. Keep in mind…

New Firewall: Zero Hour Videos Cover Attacking And Defending

Want to know exactly what your objective is in PSVR’s Firewall: Zero Hour? These two new videos have you covered. The latest clips in the Firewall 101 series, which are being released in the build-up to the game’s impending launch, cover attacking and defending. In the game’s multiplayer mode, one team must seek out and…

Review: Gates of Nowhere

There are a lot of fantasy titles available on virtual reality (VR). They vary in scale from simple small-scale arena battlers to vast sprawling titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. Gates of Nowhere lies somewhere in-between, a relatively linear dungeon crawler with hack and slash gameplay. Gates of Nowhere has been out in…

Something For The Weekend: Welcome August With SteamVR Discounts

It’s time for another entry of Something for the Weekend, the weekly series where VRFocus bring you a number of deals on virtual reality (VR) titles. This time we return to the Steam store to hunt down some of the best deals on immersive videogames that are sure to offer countless hours of fun. Want to drive…

Preview: When Wardens Fall – Less Dungeon Crawling More Dungeon Boring

Fantasy role-playing games (RPG) have a natural affinity with virtual reality (VR), allowing players to don armour, a big shield, sword, mace or other brutal melee weapon and go on an adventure. While videogame like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR perfectly typify this statement not all experiences can be this big or complex, with…

Deal: Refurbished Acer VR Headset & Controllers for $150

While you can find steep deals on brand new Windows VR headsets, if you’re not afraid to buy refurbished you can get a rather phenomenal deal in the form of a factory recertified Acer VR headset and controllers for just $150. Spotted by Reddit user ‘nosfusion’, the deal can be found on Acer’s official US…

Karnage Chronicles Multiplayer Features Have Entered Testing

Developer Nordic Trolls released their virtual reality (VR) fantasy action role-playing game (RPG) Karnage Chronicles into Steam Early Access back in April 2017. Since then the title has received a number of updates including support for Oculus Rift. Now, the developers have published an update on the titles promised multiplayer portion along with how they plan…

Help or Hinder as The Persistence Will get a Companion App

Virtual reality (VR) horror titles can be particularly scary due to the sense of immersion and that feeling that you’re completely alone. In a couple of weeks developer Firesprite will launch its long awaited sci-fi horror The Persistence for PlayStation VR and it turns out that there will be a companion mobile app available, enabling friends to…

The Best 5 Games for HTC Vive

It was a hard decision, but you’ve decided to go with the HTC Vive as your first ‘serious’ VR headset, a room-scale device that released early 2016 as a result of a decisive collaboration with Valve. Here we take a look at our top 5 games for Vive, and a little more information you might need…

The Best 5 Oculus Store Games for Rift

So, you’ve decided to buy an Oculus Rift and Touch and now you want to know what to download first (besides the free stuff). In our breakdown of the top 5 games for Oculus Touch, we take a look at some of the best games currently on the Oculus Store. Before we start, don’t forget that…

Co-op Heist Title Covert Revealed for Oculus Go

It been a while since indie developer White Elk Studio announced anything virtual reality (VR) related, with the last project being Eclipse: Edge of Light for Google Daydream. Today, in collaboration with Oculus Studios, the pair have revealed a new co-op experience for Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR, Covert. Sounding very much like Black Hat Cooperative’s style of gameplay, Covert features…

First Contact Entertainment Reveal More On Firewall Zero Hour In Interview

During the  Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 show, First Contact Entertainment were around to showcase their upcoming virtual reality (VR) title, Firewall Zero Hour. VRFocus’ Nina Salomons got the chance to speak with Damoun Shabestari, Creative producer, First Contact Entertainment, about the title and learn more about the drive to build a multiplayer, tactical shooter in VR. For…

Review: Black Hat Cooperative

People of an age and sufficient Britishness to remember the classic fantasy game show Knightmare might be familiar with the idea of one person with restricted vision being guided by someone with a less constrained view. That is the central premise of Black Hat Cooperative. While most virtual reality (VR) videogames are designed to be…