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…

HTC Vive Extreme Innovation Challenge Winners Announced

Last week in Shanghai, China, the HTC Vive Extreme Innovation Challenge was held to promote the integration of intelligent hardware and/or accessories ecosystem with virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR) content. Today HTC has announced the winners of the contest with six in total. Jointly hosted with FMB, one of the biggest…

Vive China Hackathon Reveals VR Sword Fighting Robot And Exoskeletons

Over the past week 18 developers have been going head-to-head in a huge HTC Vive hackathon in Shanghai, China. The results of that sleepless week? Some interesting new VR experiences both in terms of hardware and software. Over the weekend, six winners were selected by a panel of 15 judges across two fields. Awards were…

‘EVE: Valkyrie’ Arrives on Vive Very, Very Soon, New Content Teased

CCP Games’ EVE: Valkyrie enjoyed a successful launch on PlayStation VR earlier this month, but it still has one headset left to conquer: the HTC Vive. After a long wait for the SteamVR version of the online dogfighter, CCP this weekend confirmed that it will be releasing in November during its EVE Vegas event. A…

Rebellion Shares Its Top 10 Tips on How to Master Battlezone

Rebellion revealed a bunch of big tips on its Battlezone forum, and this is the best way to ensure that you will find your way to “glorious victory”, especially for all those perfectionists making their way through campaigns. There are 10 in total, and they all concentrate on different aspects of gameplay, so this isn’t…

‘Out of Ammo’ Review

Out of Ammo is a real time strategy game that combines base building with the ability to step into the boots of individual soldiers for some first person action. Out of Ammo features eight playable maps as well as three additional missions and cooperative multiplayer. In the freeplay maps, you are tasked with setting up…

‘Damaged Core’ Review

Damaged Core is a first-person shooter set in the dingy near-future of a robot uprising. The Core, an artificial intelligence recently gone rogue, is destroying the Earth, and you, an AI program fighting on behalf of the humans, must hack your way closer to the Core by jumping from robot to robot.  Damaged Core Details: Official Site Developer: High Voltage Publisher: Cyan…

This Fireproof VR Camera Rig Could One Day Save Lives

The New Zealand Fire Service is testing fireproof 360 camera rigs that could one day save lives. House fires can be difficult for the average person to ever comprehend without experiencing one in person. The destructive force of a structure fire is fast and disorienting — making proper escape planning and preparation key. That’s why…

Oculus Rift Title Smashing the Battle Comes Out on Gear VR

VRFocus has previously reviewed Smashing the Battle, developed by Studio HG, but this was back when it was supported by the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Now, this title has been released as a mobile virtual reality (VR) title for the Samsung Gear VR. Our review sums up the idea of Smashing the Battle pretty…

Protect Your Virtual World in Arcade Shooter DEADLOCK

It seems as though the interest and excitement for arcade shooters will not come to an end any time soon, with DEADLOCK, developed by DFE, coming to the HTC Vive. DEADLOCK goes another layer deeper than other shooters as you are to defend your virtual world from hackers in a universe where computer networks control…

Black Hat Cooperative Sneaks Onto Steam for HTC Vive

Black Hat Cooperative the award-winning videogame from Team Future launched on Oculus Rift through its Oculus Home platform last month. The studio at the same time ran a Steam Greenlight campaign which proved successful, and now the title has arrived with support for HTC Vive. Black Hat Cooperative is a co-op and multiplayer title that pits…

Pokémon Go Makes Its Way To HoloLens

This early demo lets you throw Poke Balls with the tap of your fingers. Pokémon Go is on a major tear, quickly becoming one of the most viral mobile applications of all time and even topping Twitter’s daily users. You can cruise over to any local park or waterway and expect to find groups of…