Google Buying HTC’s Pixel Team for $1.1 Billion

HTC retains brand but lets part of their smartphone business go. Google has announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. Leading into today’s news, shares of HTC were halted on the Taiwan Stock Exchange…

Check Out The PSVR Segment From The Tokyo Game Show

Sony presented at the Tokyo Game Show with a new look at its coming lineup of PSVR games. Sony is hoping for a strong holiday for PlayStation VR with a new bundled price of $399 anchored by the arrival of highly anticipated titles like Skyrim VR. Its PSVR presentation, embedded below, offers glimpses of Skyrim along…

Get in the Driving Seat as Project CARS 2 is Scheduled for Launch

Slightly Mad Studios has announced today that’s its next racing title, Project CARS 2 will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox, and PC – with support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift this Friday 22nd September. The second installment in the motorsport racing simulation series, Project CARS 2 will include 29 motorsport series featuring 180+ cars from dozens of elite…

HTC Halt Sales of Shares as Rumours of Google Takeover Grow

Taiwanese tech company HTC has been struggling over the past year or so, with its core smartphone business failing to keep it profitable while its virtual reality (VR) division shows the most promise. Today HTC has announced it’ll be halting sales of it shares tomorrow, looking like a precursor to a takeover bid which is…

Pimax 8K Headset Smashes Past Funding Goal in Under 2 Hours

Current virtual reality (VR) headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive certainly do a good job when it comes to immersing users in virtual worlds, but they are still first generation consumer headsets that can be improved upon. Yesterday, Pimax launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund its 8K resolution headset – and its little 5K…

USA Today Launches ‘The Wall’ Featuring VR experiences of Life Along the US-Mexico Border

USA Today has created plenty of immersive 360-degree experiences, ranging from news show VRtually There to informative documentaries like USS Eisenhower VR. Today the broadcaster has released a new project that’s at the forefront of US politics, examining President Trump’s signature campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Called The Wall: Unknown Stories, Unintended…

Albino Lullaby Rebranded as Alice’s Lullaby, Episode 2 Coming March 2018

It’s been almost two years since Ape Law released its psychological horror Albino Lullaby on Steam, bringing the title to HTC Vive for the launch of the headset. Today the studio has announced a slight re-brand of the videogame, now going by the title of Alice’s Lullaby. Designed as an episodic experience, the second episode now has a confirmed launch…

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…

Bloody Zombies Review: Streets Of Rage For A New Age

I grew up as a Genesis kid back in the 90s. The Sega Genesis ruled my free time as I poured hours upon hours into the likes of Sonic the Hedgehog, Phantasy Star, Aladdin, Golden Axe, and Streets of Rage. Back then sidescrolling beat ’em up action games were atop the game industry as one…

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…

Nina is the Reason why Game Developers Make Horror Games Like Syndrome

Nina is not a big fan of VR horror videogames. This is self-evident if you’ve watched her try Paranormal Activity . If you are the type of person who enjoys horror videogames and like that scare factor of running around, helplessly trying to survive in the dark with barely any weapons or ammo. Then you’re in…

Zone of the Enders and Neko Atsume Coming to PlayStation VR in 2018

Earlier today Sony Interactive Entertainment Japan Asia (SIEJA) held it usual PlayStation press conference ahead of the Tokyo Game Show 2017. The company didn’t disappoint when it came to PlayStation VR announcements, revealing two brand new videogames, Konami’s Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner and Hit-Point’s Neko Atsume VR, whilst Gungrave VR got it’s first trailer. Zone of the Enders:…

Crytek Adds HTC Vive Support to Robinson: The Journey

Crytek’s dinosaur filled sci-fi adventure Robinson: The Journey first arrived for PlayStation VR back in November 2016 before being ported to Oculus Rift a few months later. Today, the studio has announced that HTC Vive owners will now be able to play the title. The Steam update which Crytek has released not only adds HTC Vive support…

Immersion Chess VR Updates Brings Cross-Platform Gameplay to VR and Desktop

Virtual reality (VR) studio Immersion released its latest videogame Immersion Chess VR back in May, allowing gamers to play the classic board game in VR. Now the developer has released a new update bringing cross-platform compatibility to the title. Whether you’re playing Immersion Chess VR on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or on desktop, you’ll now be able to…

Bethesda Will Be Offering VR Demos at VRDC

VRDC, the Virtual Reality Developers Conference will be happening soon in San Francisco. HTC Vive have their partner Pavilion ready for several demonstration of upcoming virtual reality (VR) titles, including several from Bethesda/id Software. VRDC will be one of the few places where a demo of Fallout 4 VR and DOOM VFR will be available…

Special Forces VR Reveals Steam Release Date

Upcoming tactical virtual reality (VR) shooter Special Forces VR has had the date of its release on Steam for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift confirmed. News on a date for the expected PlayStation VR release is still awaited. Developer VR Visio previously said that a closed beta for Special Forces VR would be taking place…

Signing Investment Deals In VR Is A Thing Now

I’m weary of calling anything we see with VR a “first-ever” as the technology has been around for decades and people often pop up to point out things have happened in the past that might technically be the “first-ever.”  Nevertheless, many people would likely be interested to know Germany-based Arthur Technologies just closed its funding…

Uncover the Hidden World of Echo Grotto on HTC Vive This Week

A couple of weeks ago VRFocus reported on New Zealand-based indie videogame developer Gaugepunk Games announcing its second virtual reality (VR) title – the first was Frontier VR – a VR caving experience called Echo Grotto. Now the studio has confirmed the Steam release date for HTC Vive, Wednesday 20th September. Echo Grotto is a casual exploration experience that uses a cel-shaded…

Duck Season Review: A Nightmare On 8-Bit Street

Type ‘Duck Hunt VR’ into Google and you’ll discover a ton of tributes to a Nintendo classic. None of them, though, are quite like Stress Level Zero’s Duck Season. On the surface, this looks like yet another clever nod to one of the first games that really let you hold and aim a gun, but…

I Cheated My Way Through Doom VFR Because I’m A Wimp

I made my way down to Los Angeles late last week to try out the VR games produced by ZeniMax subsidiary Bethesda and (in the case of Doom) id. Consistently, whenever we write about Skyrim VR, Fallout 4 VR, or Doom VFR those stories are among our most well-read. In other words, of the games…

Evocat Games Announce Nemesis Perspective Sequel Nemesis Realms

Last December Evocat Games released its unique PvP combat title Nemesis Perspective for HTC Vive, where the virtual reality (VR) player controls a boss character while the hero is controlled by a second player on a monitor. In August the team brought the title to Oculus Rift and this month they’ve announced work on its sequel, Nemesis Realms….

Sci-Fi Adventure The Solus Project Comes to PlayStation VR

PlayStation VR owners looking for a big sci-fi adventure to get their teeth into are now able to download Teotl Studios and Grip Games’ single-player explorer The Solus Project. Having originally released last year on Steam for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, The Solus Project’s story unfolds on the planet Gliese-6143-C, where you play a survivor stranded on a…

VAQSO VR Scent Technology To Be Showcased in Square Enix Title

One of the major advantages of virtual reality (VR) experiences as opposed to other mediums is its ability to completely transport the user to another world. Tokyo-based start-up company VAQSO are hoping to deepen that immersion with the use of scent technology, which is due to be showcased at the Tokyo Game Show. VAQSO will…

Into The Rhythm VR Launching on Steam

It has been noted before that HTC Vive wand controllers make for excellent drumsticks. Into The Rhythm takes advantage of this to create a virtual reality drumming experience, complete with modding tools for players to add in their own music. NTWO Studio have created a rhythm game for the HTC Vive that allows users to…

ABI Research Predicts Mobile VR’s 6DoF Future

When the HTC Standalone headset was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, some criticism was directed its way with regards to the decision to bundle the device with a 3DoF controller. It seems that criticism may have been on point, since a new report predicts the rise of 6DoF controls. The 3DoF controllers for…