Imagining the Perfect VR MMO

The big-screen version of Ready Player One might have brought the idea to the forefront of people’s minds, but the concept of a virtual reality (VR) massively multiplayer online videogame has been a dream for some time, from William Gibson’s Neuromancer novel to anime such as the .Hack series or Sword Art Online. While titles…

The Future is Bright, the Future is ManMade

At the end of this month indie developer CBILAB VR Studios will launch a Kickstarter campaign for its first virtual reality (VR) compatible title Manmade. In the run up to the funding campaign the studio has given VRFocus early access to a short demo and naturally we recorded a gameplay video so you can see ManMade’s gameplay in action. ManMade is set…

Preview: ManMade – A Sci-fi Thriller Without the Thrill

Third-person virtual reality (VR) titles can be an odd affair. While most developers choose a first-person perspective for maximum immersion, having an overhead view of your character can still work well, just look at Lucky’s Tale, Chronos, Term1nal, Starbear: Taxi, and Moss for example. Today, indie developer CBILAB VR Studios has released a demo for…

The 10 Games You Should be Playing on Oculus Go This Weekend

On Tuesday Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement all Oculus fans wanted to hear, the launch date for the company’s new standalone headset Oculus Go. It happened that very day, with consumers in 23 countries around the world able to order the device from Oculus.com for $199 USD (32GB model) or $249 (64GB) model),…

It’s Corrugated Hell in Kartong – Death by Cardboard

Scary horror videogames are great in virtual reality (VR), almost as if the technology was designed around immersing players in virtual worlds to scare them half to death. Some developers like to go full bore, jump scares galore that’ll have you hiding in the corner in no time. Or there are those that like to…

Preview: Gates of Nowhere – Who’s Trapped in With Who?

It must be said that VRFocus has done its fair share of dungeon crawling in its time. Whether that’s on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, The Mage’s Tale, Left-Hand Path or one of the many other virtual reality (VR) titles that put you in a Dungeons & Dragons style fantasy realm. Currently in Steam…

Preview: Gargantua – Tense Japanese Combat Mayhem

If there’s one thing virtual reality (VR) headsets have a lot of it’s shooting experiences. While melee combat does crop up here and there, in titles like Raw Data and Sairento VR, there’s not many focused purely on sword-based gameplay (besides the likes of Fruit Ninja). Japanese videogames tend to lean towards melee combat – you…

XRI: Cross-Reality Interaction

Widespread consumer adoption of XR devices will redefine how humans interact with both technology and each other. In coming decades, the standard mouse and QWERTY keyboard may fade as the dominant computing UX, giving way to holographic UI, precise hand/eye/body-tracking and, eventually, powerful brain-to-computer interfaces. One key UX pattern that must be answered by designers…

OrbusVR Is A Tantalizing First Step Toward The Future Of VR MMOs

As someone that grew up playing MMOs like EverQuest, Minions of Mirth (an obscure indie one), Runescape, Guild Wars, and more, a high-quality VR MMO is one of my ultimate dream games. Anime like .hack//sign and Sword Art Online have done their part to instill the excitement around the concept and now with consumer VR…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 07/02/17

If you’ve survived the Steam summer sale, things have returned to normal with a collection of new releases for the HTC Vive. The most significant highlights this week are both of the creative slant. Google has added another potential mainstay to the VR ecosystem with Blocks, a creative platform that caters to a varying degree of…

Oculus Rift Inventor Palmer Luckey Pledges $2K To ReVive Hack

Palmer Luckey just reportedly pledged $2,000 to CrossVR’s Patreon campaign which is used to fund the ongoing development of ReVive, a popular hack that allows Vive users to play Oculus-exclusive content that isn’t released on Steam. The move comes off as a bit of a surprise due to the fact that Luckey is the inventor…

Valve Distributing Knuckles Prototypes To Devs In Limited Quantities

Valve confirmed to UploadVR the company has progressed to sending developers prototypes of its next generation VR hand controllers. This was to be expected but provides us with a rough sense of the advancements being pursued by the VR technology company. Recent updates from Valve, which partnered with HTC to create the Vive, The controllers…

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…

Eternity Warriors VR Seeks Greenlight Votes

Having seen success with four titles for smartphones, developer Vanimals Games are bringing the Eternity Warriors franchise to virtual reality (VR). The creators are seeking support through Steam’s Greenlight system in order to get the title published. The original Eternity Warriors was launched six years ago on smartphones and has had three sequels since then….

Watch: Sairento VR Now Lets You Brutally Dismember Your Foes

Action shooter / slasher title Sairento VR just received a big update from developers Mixed Realms including new locations, a new enemy, AI tweaks and a much-requested feature – brutal, bloody enemy dismemberment. One of the most interesting new VR action titles of recent times, Sairento VR had a couple of neat ideas which blended…

Review: Term1nal

When you think of cyber crime – hackers infiltrating government institutions, banks, multinationals and so on – it likely equates to people sat behind a monitor going through lines of code, which doesn’t exactly make for a gripping videogame. So developers have thought of numerous ways to make the process far more interesting and engaging…

Half of SteamVR Tracking Course Attendees Using Tech for Non-gaming

In August of last year, Valve created the SteamVR licensing program to allow any developer to create their very own SteamVR tracked object. At that time, Valve partnered with Synapse, a Seattle-area product development firm, to provide a mandatory training program for all SteamVR licensees. Road to VR met with Synapse’s electrical engineering program lead…

How This Gamer Turned His Nintendo Switch Into A VR Headset

Since its initial reveal back in October, gamers have speculated wildly about what Nintendo’s plans were regarding their latest console, the Nintendo Switch, and virtual reality. Unfortunately all the information we’ve received since has only added to our collective confusion. At first the company confirmed no plans for VR on the Switch. Then, President Tatsumi…

VR Hack and Slash Title Smashing the Battle has been Greenlit

Anime-inspired virtual reality (VR) hack and slash title Smashing the Battle has been approved by the Steam community and passed the Greenlight approval process. The development team are now working on getting the title ready for release. Smashing the Battle is set in a future world where many hazardous jobs, such as construction work, are…

Vive Users Can Join Rift Friends in ‘Facebook Spaces’ With Revive Hack

It appears that Revive is already compatible with the Facebook’s new social VR app, Facebook Spaces. Revive is a popular free hack that allows Oculus content to be played on HTC Vive system. Launched today at Facebook’s F8 opening conference, the social network’s first social VR app is available on the Early Access section of…