Microsoft and Google Both Holding Launch Events in October

The festive season is almost here and as you may expect major companies are preparing for the busiest consumer spending period of the year. Two of the biggest tech firms looking to attract customers are Microsoft and Google, both of which will be holding special events within a day of each other. Microsoft has announced…

Kickstarter Campaign Nemesis VR Takes its Inspiration From Arcade Classics Like Asteroids

Looking to bring some of the classic arcade action to virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs), British developer Fungun Ltd has launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its frantic shooter, Nemesis VR. Player take control of a tiny space fighter with time-warping abilities, having to destroy waves of massive asteroids, squadrons of alien ships and much larger specialised tactical…

HTC Vive Focus, a Name for a new Generation

Earlier today VRFocus reported on what could be the official name for HTC’s upcoming standalone headset, the HTC Vive Focus. So VRFocus’ roving reporter Nina took a look at what this could mean for a new wave of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs). Vive Focus appeared in a trademark application that HTC submitted earlier…

HTC’s Standalone Headset to be Called Vive Focus

During Google’s I/O Conference earlier this year the tech giant revealed both Lenovo and HTC were working on standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) what would use the Daydream platform. Now it seems the latter has an official name, HTC Vive Focus. A recent trademark application noticed by LetsGoDigital shows that HTC applied at both the European…

Defining Windows Mixed Reality Ultra: VR for the Core Audience

It was recently revealed that many of the Windows 10 Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs), including those from Lenovo and Acer, would operate with integrated graphics chips without the necessity of a dedicated GPU. However, alongside the launch of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Mixed Reality will come ‘Windows Mixed Reality Ultra’:…

Web-Based Development Platform Rodin Wants to Make VR/AR Creation Easy for all

For virtual reality (VR) to be truly successful it not only needs decent affordable hardware, there needs to be plenty of content for consumers to immerse themselves in. Whilst that is certainly happening, with more developers coming on board at a regular pace, there still needs to be a much greater influx. Web-based development platform Rodin…

This Robot Disarms Bombs Through Virtual Reality

Virtual reality becomes the new worst enemy of bombs. Thanks to VR and a robot, bomb disposal squads can now neutralize explosives like never before. Operators previously controlled SRI International’s Taurus Dexterous Robot through a 3D monitor and remote controls, directing its precise limbs to defuse bombs or remove hazardous materials. Now, an operator can strap on…

VR Vs. AAA Videogames & Their Publishers

To many virtual reality (VR) aficionados, last week’s announcement that Rockstar Games would be bringing L.A. Noire to the HTC Vive is the latest in a long line of AAA videogame publishers taking their time to recognise the potential of the medium. To most however, it’s an early bet on a technology that isn’t yet…

Review: Bloody Zombies

A side-scrolling beat-‘em-up may not have been high on your list for expected virtual reality (VR) experiences, and yet UK studio nDreams have brought one to high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) as their second title for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. In doing so, the publisher has made a landmark statement about 2D visuals…

VR Arcade Virtual Reality Escapes Opens in Chester

VRFocus has covered quite a few virtual reality (VR) arcades opening – or announcing intentions to – over the past year or so, but most of them tend to be in the US or Asia. Well this past weekend the British town of Chester saw its first open, Virtual Reality Escapes. As high-end VR isn’t…

Sky, Ericsson and Tiledmedia Showcase VR For Live Sports

At this years’ IBC Conference and Exhibition, three members of the Virtual Reality Industry Forum, Sky, Ericsson and Tiledmedia will be demonstrating how virtual reality (VR) can be paired with live sports for a more engaging viewer experience. Using 360 video displaying on untethered VR head mounted displays (HMDs), users will be able to experience…

Microsoft Selling TPCast for HTC Vive in NA, Pre-Orders Now Available

The TPCast Wireless Adapter for HTC Vive opened European pre-orders last month, and today the pre-order campaign for North American has begun. The unlikeliest of partners, Microsoft, has kicked-off pre-orders through its online store. The TPCast Wireless Adapter is an easy-to-install wireless solution for HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) experiences. The head-mounted display (HMD) receiver…

Preview: Steel Alive – Sci-Fi Horror FPS Heads to Gear VR

The Samsung Gear VR has arguably had its day. While it remains one of the biggest selling virtual reality (VR) platforms currently available it has been outdone by both high-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) and the aggressive price point of Google’s Daydream View. That said, there are still content creators looking to innovate on the platform,…

SteamVR Support Won’t be Available for the Windows Mixed Reality Headset Launch

This week’s virtual reality (VR) news has been dominated by Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets, with the launch now confirmed for 17th October. The company also confirmed that SteamVR would be supported, without saying when that might be implemented. As it turns out that won’t be for launch. German website Computer Base reports that Microsoft’s…

Here Be Dragons Release Trailer for VR Miniseries Dispatch

A few days ago VRFocus reported on immersive content studio Here Be Dragons’ next virtual reality (VR) project, a miniseries called Dispatch. Making its debut at the recent Venice Film Festival, the studio’s now released the trailer shown at the event. The four-part series puts viewers in the shoes of a police dispatcher, dealing with all manner…

Batman and Jurassic World Get their own VR Headsets

Google Cardboard style virtual reality (VR) headsets are arguably going out of fashion. Despite a boom period post-launch in 2014, the trend to create cheap plastic editions of the headsets is slowly reducing due to crowded marketplace and the falling prices of high-end mobile VR head-mounted displays (HMDs). VRSE, however, seems to believe that the…

Dell’s Mixed Reality Headset Named ‘Visor’, Controller Bundle Revealed

Dell has revealed that the company’s upcoming mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) for Windows 10 will be known as ‘Visor’. The product was already confirmed to be launching later this year at $349.99 USD with controllers also set to be available for $99.99, but now a retail bundle package has been revealed containing both…

Mac and Cheez Come to Mobile with Baobab VR

Fans of Baobab Studios virtual reality (VR) content offering will be able to enjoy them even more with the launch of the Baobab VR app for Android and iOS. Well known for its VR short Invasion! featuring bubbling alien duo Mac and Cheez, the launch of the app also includes an additional feature, iPhone users can…

Trophies for Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur VR Indicate PlayStation VR Release

In May Square Enix and Gree Inc. released Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur VR via Steam in Japan for HTC Vive. While that’s been no official word regarding support for other virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) it looks like PlayStation VR will also get a version due to the appearance of PlayStation 4 Trophies. A listing of PlayStation…

Jaunt’s VR App for Windows Mixed Reality to feature Cortana Voice Navigation

Today’s virtual reality (VR) news has been firmly focused on Microsoft and its Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headset announcements. One of which was the unveiling of several apps and videogames that’ll support the new head-mounted displays (HMDs) from HP, Dell, Acer and Lenovo. This included Jaunt’s own VR app, which the company has now said…

Halo, Arizona Sunshine, SUPERHOT VR and More Coming to Windows Mixed Reality

For any new videogame hardware to have any impact at launch it needs some killer titles for consumers to get enthusiastic about. Due to arrive later this year will be Microsoft’s Mixed Reality (MR) head-mounted displays (HMDs), coming from manufacturers like Acer, Dell, Lenovo and HP. There hasn’t been a great deal of info released…

Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality HMDs Will Support Steam

Later this year Microsoft will be launching its first virtual reality (VR) headsets, hotting up the competition against PC-based devices Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Today, the company has announced support for Valve’s SteamVR platform. “The introduction of Windows Mixed Reality headsets is a big step forward for VR,” said Valve Software’s Joe Ludwig in…

Preview: The Stone – The Beginnings of a Sci-Fi Space Opera

The short virtual reality (VR) experiences that dominated head-mounted displays (HMDs) are slowly giving way to larger story driven videogames that provide hours of content. Role playing games (RPGs) like The Mage’s Tale are becoming more common place – with Fallout 4 and Skyrim on the way – offering fantasy worlds for players to get engrossed…

REZ Infinite’s ‘Area X’ is a Hint of What’s Coming Next

REZ Infinite made its virtual reality (VR) debut last year on PlayStation VR, and subsequently arrived on PC head-mounted displays (HMDs), the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, earlier this month. With the videogame having been met with a great deal of critical acclaim Enhance Games would be foolish to not consider delivering more REZ to…

Preview: Spartaga – Returning to 80’s Neon Bullet Hell

Bullet hell videogames have soul all of their own, they’re not first-person shooters (FPS) or highly precise simulators, instead they tend to be a quintessential arcade game, arming players with ridiculous weapons to take on evermore impossible odds. It can seem like carnage, as titles like Geometry Wars prove they can also be highly addictive…

Emotion Sensing In VR: The New Face of Digital Interaction

Since the first mainframe computers were created, designers and engineers have sought more intuitive ways to interact with communication technologies. The Analytical Engine of Charles Babbage of the early 19th century used punch cards and levers to enable interaction with these early computers. Fast forward 100 years and the keyboard, and later the mouse would…

HTC Vive Receives Official Price Drop

HTC Vive today announced a $200 USD price reduction for Vive, making the best VR system more accessible to the mass market, across the globe. Starting today, Vive will be available for $599. All Vive purchases come with a free trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to five titles per month to experience,…

Something for the Weekend: The Best VR Discounts on PlayStation Store

This year’s summer sale on PlayStation Store may have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still bargains to be had. This week’s round-up of discounted titles looks specifically at PlayStation VR, and we have two AAA titles available at a reduced price for a limited time. DiRT Rally The DiRT Rally…

Review: Dracula: Vampires vs. Zombies

Mention the phrase ‘wave shooter’ to any long standing virtual reality (VR) fans and the likelihood of a groan and roll of the eyes will follow. In the 17 months that PC head-mounted displays (HMDs) have been available to consumers, both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have been inundated with this genre of first-person shooter…