See Behind-The-Scenes in the Making of Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin

Double Fine Productions jumped straight into virtual reality (VR) with their latest release, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, recently released on PlayStation VR. Their first VR project posed unique challenges that come with the territory, and we get a better idea of how the team tackled those challenges in this Making Of video. The…

See Fallout 4 VR in Bethesda’s E3 2017 Trailer

During Bethesda’s E3 2017 conference they made clear that they were doubling down on Bethesda VR, and that all starts with two titles new for virtual reality (VR) – Doom VR and Fallout 4 VR. The support for VR comes as no surprise, as Bethesda have shown demos of their games running on head-mounted displays…

VR Theme Park Rides Now Available for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

If you want to experience all the adrenaline and potential nausea of a theme park but don’t want to make the journey for it, VR Theme Park Rides could be exactly what you’re looking for. Now available on Steam for your HTC Vive and Oculus Rift head-mounted displays (HMDs). VR Theme Park Rides offers exactly…

Disposable Hygiene Cover Launching for HTC Vive

If you’ve ever used a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) at an event or expo, then you just might’ve had an unpleasant experience. VR is great, but strapping a heavy plastic display to your head can get heavy – and a bit sweaty. Multiply that sweat by the number of people using the HMD…

Check out the VR Games Coming to E3 2017

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Los Angeles, always has a lot of demos, trailers and new exciting information about the latest videogames. From Microsoft’s Project Scorpio , Bethsda’s Fallout 4 to Lenovo’s new Head-mounted displays (HMDs) and exciting new virtual reality (VR) videogames – you will find it all on VRFocus. This year, the team has compiled various news…

HTC VIVE and XYZprinting Partner on 3D Modelling in VR

During Computex Taipei 2017, 3D printer manufacturer XYZprinting announced a partnership with HTC Vive  to enable users to design 3D models for virtual reality (VR). The collaboration will see XYZprinting’s 3D scanners and printers become compatible with HTC VIVE head-mounted displays (HMDs) to consolidate structural design and modelling processes in industrial manufacturing and production. As showcased in the demonstration video…

E3 2017: Six Big Predictions For VR This Year

For gamers, Christmas isn’t a snowy time of year. The only trees are those that decorate the surroundings of the Los Angeles Convention Center, burning away in the sweltering Californian sun. It’s not in December, but instead slap bang in the middle of the year, and Santa Claus ditches the bushy beard and red outfit…

Forge Reply’s Mythological Adventure Theseus Confirmed for PlayStation VR

Several months ago Forge Reply announced development on its first virtual reality (VR) experience, a fantasy adventure based around the myth of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth. Titled Theseus, the studio at the time didn’t reveal which head-mounted displays (HMDs) would be supported. That’s now changed with confirmation of PlayStation VR getting the videogame. Samuele Perseo,…

Skydance Interactive’s Archangel Coming to PlayStation VR in July

A few months ago Skydance Interactive revealed the first details for its upcoming virtual reality (VR) title Archangel, a story-driven shooter in which players take control of a six-story-high war-machine. Set to release on all the major head-mounted displays (HMDs), the studio has announced it’ll be coming the Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE’s) PlayStation VR first, with a release window…

Intuitive Reveal Reference Design With Wide Field of View

Intuitive are a developer of 3D vision and image processing technologies who have announced their latest reference design, titled Veronica. Designed with a small form factor that can fit into most virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs), smart glasses or drones, Veronica offers a 120×90 degree field of view, greater than the current standard of…

Deep Optics Displays First Demo of AR/VR Lenses

The technology that powers augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) is evolving all the time. Improvements are constantly being sought in many areas, including in the area of depth-of-field and focussing, where VR imaging has not yet caught up with the capabilities of the human eye. Deep Optics are trying to bring a more…

Tobii Unveils its Eye Tracking Development Kit for HTC Vive

Tobii, the eye tracking specialist, has announced availablility of its development kit for HTC Vive, aimed squarely at developers looking to unlock the potential for the technology in virtual reality (VR). The VR4 for Vive Kit is a retrofit service to the HTC Vive business edition. It contains Tobii VR4 (a reference implementation of Tobii eye tracking…

Samsung Demonstrates an Incredible Flexible OLED

Samsung is showing off bendy OLED screens which, apart from looking cool, have the potential to change mobile display technology forever. The screens on our mobile devices have reached the point where our eyes can’t even pick out individual pixels anymore. Super AMOLED screens and other OLED variants in particular are beautiful. The double-curved unit…

Kenzan Studios: Behind the Scenes of the Kenzan Arena Franchise

Kenzan Studios’ out-of-home entertainment franchise, Kenzan Arena, made waves in the virtual reality (VR) industry upon its announcement earlier this year. A large-scale multiplayer experience that utilises backpack PCs, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs) and Noitom optical tracking systems to deliver original content and unique VR experiences to consumers. VRFocus recently visited…

HandyGames Release Early Preview Trailer for Townsmen VR

German developer HandyGames, the studio behind Gear VR titles Hidden Temple – VR Adventure and Stunt Kite Masters VR, has released an early preview video for its next virtual reality (VR) project Townsmen VR. Townsmen VR is an immersive version of HandyGames’ world building strategy title Townsmen, which launch on mobile and PC last year. Players start with a tiny village and through…

VR at Retail: Are Expectations Too Low?

There’s always a catch 22 situation with new technology platforms, especially in the video game industry. For a new piece of hardware to do well it needs great content. It doesn’t matter how good the specs might be, or some amazing new feature, if there’s nothing to play then it’s not going to sell. On…

AR, VR, MR, RR, XR: A Glossary to the Acronyms of the Future

Virtual reality (VR) began its climb back into the social consciousness in 2013 with the launch of the well-documented Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift. In the four years that have passed since, things have become more complicated. Augmented reality (AR) has finally begun its ascent and Microsoft has muddied the waters with the HoloLens…

Half-Life 2 Gets a VR Mod

Half Life 2 is widely considered to be one of the greatest games ever made. Valve software ushered in the AAA, next-generation cinematic gaming experience that we all take for granted these days. It was a game of atmosphere and story that has become a trove of cultural icons over the years. It’s also been…

Microsoft Reveal Z-Depth Layering for Windows 10 Mixed Reality Devices

Creating a stereoscopic effect within a virtual reality (VR) application has been a given for decades. It’s a standard component for immersion in a virtual environment, however in other applications – including the likes of Skype, Netflix and beyond – having a 2D plane embossed upon your real world has been the limitation up to…

VR UniBlock Develops Low Latency Wireless Technology Without Compression

VR Uniblock, a company that aims to create a universal hardware platform, has revealed its low latency wireless video transmission technology that works without ever compressing or decompressing the data. High-end wireless head-mounted displays (HMDs) will be one of the next key breakthroughs for the virtual reality (VR) industry, and companies like TPCast and VR UniBlock…

Google Announces Standalone VR Headset

Image Credit: Google. Used under Fair Use Doctrine Just as the 2017 Google I/O conference kicked off, we posted that a rumour about a new standalone HMD from Google was doing the rounds, backed by credible sources who spoke to Variety. It turns out that the rumours are true and Google duly announced a new…

Google 2.0 Euphrates to Make Daydream Even More Social

It’s day two of Google I/O and after the announcements yesterday the company has gone into further detail about its virtual reality (VR) plans. So today Google has revealed Daydream 2.0 Euphrates, the next version of its operating that’s been designed to work with mobile and the upcoming standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs). Mike Jazayeri, Director…

Steam Expands into VR Videos

This week the news broke out that Steam will adding VR video to it’s platform in the form of the Steam 360 Video Player. This is a big deal, in case you didn’t know. If you’ve never heard of Steam then, first of all, welcome back to civilization! While you were away on that desert…

Google Announces Standalone Headset to be Made by HTC and Lenovo

Google’s currently holding its annual I/O conference today detailing plenty of plans for the future. Saving virtual reality (VR) to the end the company has announced a brand new head-mounted display (HMD) that’s completely standalone. Making the reveal was Clay Bavor, vice president of VR at Google, who said the company had been working alongside…

Are We About to See True Premium Google VR?

Google has been no stranger to the world of VR, but rather than trying to compete with Facebook or Valve at the premium end, they’ve lead the charge in the mobile VR space, which is arguably the market segment that will have the largest audience and the lowest barrier to entry. It all started with…