SLIVER.tv and ESL to Launch 360° Experience at Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2017

Next week the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) World Championship will be held in Katowice, Poland featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II and League of Legends. For the event ESL and SLIVER.tv are collaborating to launch a virtual esports stadium experience for fans worldwide. With IEM Katowice 2017 expected to surpass last year’s 113,000 attendees in the Spodek Katowice stadium, many…

HTC Plans to Launch Mobile VR Device in 2017

In the world of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) sales have been dominated by mobile devices such as Samsung Gear VR which offer a cheaper, entry level alternative to costly headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. This trend is likely to continue and HTC is very well aware of this fact, recently revealing…

AltspaceVR To Host World’s First Virtual Reality Wedding

On May 25th, 2017, bride and groom Elisa Evans and Martin Shervington will get together with friends and family at one of their favorite hangout spots: a quirky florist that doubles up as a bar in the Welsh city of Cardiff. They will then don their HMDs, and join the remainder of their guests scattered…

Build Your Model Cars with Monzo VR for Oculus Rift & Gear VR

If you like designing and building stuff virtual reality (VR) developers have got you covered. There are a range artistic and creativity focused applications out there across most of the head-mounted displays (HMDs), stuff like Tilt Brush, Modbox, SculptrVR, Medium, Quill and more. While these apps offer unlimited design options, MADFINGER Games has recently launched Monzo VR, catering…

ABI Research Predicts VR HMD Shipments Should Hit 110 Million by 2021

This week ABI Research released findings from its Augmented and Virtual Reality Devices and Enterprise Verticals report, forecasting that between 2015 and 2021 the total amount of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs) shipped will hit 110 million. Headsets such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard are already in their millions, dwarfing the higher end devices…

Listen to the Universe as Here Be Dragons Launches the Next Instalment of The Possible

Last month Here be Dragons launched the first episode in a five-part series called The Possible. Called Hello, Robot, it took viewers inside the secure testing facility of Boston Dynamics a robotics specialist. Now the production company has released its second instalment Listening to the Universe, heading to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) to see how scientists are measuring gravitational…

Google Brings VR to the Web on Chrome for Daydream

Access to virtual reality (VR) content is getting easier and easier, with multiple head-mounted displays (HMDs) now available and a wealth of apps and services now supporting the medium. Today Google has announced WebVR support on Chrome for use with Daydream View and Daydream-ready smartphones like Pixel or ZTE’s Axon 7. This update will allow…

BluAtomVR Launches Kickstarter for Wireless VR Vest and Gun Controller

Virtual reality (VR) is about getting players into the experience, making them feel as if they’re actually in these amazing virtual worlds developers create. Aiming to aid that immersion even further is California-based company BluAtomVR, launching a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a wireless VR vest and gun controller system. A fully self-contained system that’s designed to work…

ZTE Rolls Out Daydream Update for Axon 7

When Google first revealed details for its next virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Daydream, a number of smartphone manufacturers were announced to be partnering with the company, one of which was ZTE. Then in the summer of 2016 ZTE launched its flagship device, the Axon 7, with confirmed compatibility for Daydream. Today the smartphone manufacturer…

NYC Independent Film Festival Looks to VR Cinema

The 8th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival is set to take place in May 2017, and today the submission process has been opened for virtual reality (VR) film makers. The winner of this category will be announced at the NYC Independent Film Festival Award Ceremony on Sunday, 7th May 2017, while all entries will be…

Codemasters Doesn’t See VR Going Mainstream in Five Years

Last year Codemasters, a British developer synonymous with racing franchises such as DiRT, Micro Machines, Grid and F1, launched its first foray into virtual reality (VR) with DiRT Rally for Oculus Rift. Then last month it confirmed support for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) PlayStation VR. Even with this support during a recent interview it would seem…

Unreal Engine Releases Third Preview for 4.15

Last week Epic Games launched the first preview for Unreal Engine 4.15, bring with it support for the PlayStation Aim controller. Today the company has released its third preview for the upcoming build, adding a significant amount of fixes. For 4.15’s preview three Epic hasn’t added any major features like it did in the first,…

Space Survival Title Homebound to Hit Steam this Month

In December VRFocus reported on Swedish studio Quixel announcing a virtual reality (VR) space survival experience for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift called Homebound. Date for release this year, the developer has now confirmed a launch date and released a brand new trailer for the project.  Homebound is an intense experience where players will find themselves in…

Become a Samurai on HTC Vive

Tokyo-based Degica Games has today launched its first virtual reality (VR) videogame, Samurai Sword VR. As the name implies, Samurai Sword VR is a sword-based action videogame, but there’s more to it than just hacking-and-slashing. Samurai Sword VR puts players sword-fighting skills to the test in seven stages representing different environments from ancient Japan. Players…

VR Benchmarking Software VRScore Launched by Basemark

For those building or updating their PC’s to meet virtual reality (VR) standards the easiest figures to look for are the manufacturers minimum specifications. While these are a good starting point, if you really want to know if your rig is up to scratch then some VR benchmarking software is required. Today Basemark has launched…

This Week In VR Sport: WWE Superstar Experiences Some VR Scares, Joe Montana Launches VR Title, Ski Jump VR on Indiegogo

For VRFocus’ weekly round up of sporty virtual reality (VR), we’ve got a wrestling superstar who tries PlayStation VR with a few jump scares, NFL legend Joe Montana will soon be launching VR experience Montana 17, and indie developer Dariusz Pietrala looks for funding to create an immersive version of mobile title Ski Jump. WWE Superstar BIG E Gets Scared Playing Until…

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – VR Experience Glimpses into Immersive AAA Worlds

Square Enix’s Deus Ex franchise is known for its gritty sci-fi atmosphere and visuals, putting players in a future dystopian universe. While there are no plans to bring the video game into virtual reality (VR) at present, Eidos Montreal has created something of a teaser with an immersive experience showcasing some AAA visuals. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided…

Pilot Study Finds VR Reduces Stress in Children Having Vaccine Injections

Virtual reality (VR) use in medicine is becoming commonplace as researchers look to use the technology in a range of applications. Recently the Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara and Lompoc, California ran a pilot scheme to see if the use of VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) could aid in helping children reduce their fear of injections,…

Carbon Studio Unveils Next VR Project The Wizards

Last year Carbon Studio released its first virtual reality (VR) videogame ALICE VR for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and OSVR. Today the studio announced its next VR project, this time with a magical theme, The Wizards. In The Wizards players take on the role of a young wizard traveling through time, fighting hordes of enemy forces along the…

Valve Confirms Work On VR Content, More Lighthouse Enabled Headsets Incoming

Yesterday Gabe Newell the head of Valve held a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), where the public barraged him with questions ranging from Half-Life 3, Steam support issues and virtual reality (VR). In terms of VR it was confirmed that the company was still developing first-party immersive content as well as indicating third-party head-mounted displays (HMDs) that…

Valve Confirms More Headsets In The Works Compatible With SteamVR Tracking

In a late comment to the Gabe Newell AMA on Reddit, Valve’s Joe Ludwig posted an update outlining progress licensing its SteamVR Tracking system. The system could be critical to the adoption of VR in 2017 and the comment indicates additional head-mounted displays compatible with the SteamVR Tracking “lighthouse” technology are in the works. The headsets are…

Hands On: PiMAX’s 8K Headset Proves that High FOV VR is Coming

Frank He goes hands on with PiMAX’s ludicrously high-spec 8k, 200 degree FOV prototype at CES and find the company has some innovative solutions to some of the substantial challenges driving a headset like this poses. While there were many perhaps questionable Chinese VR headsets shown off at CES this year, Pimax’s new 8K, 200…