The 9 Best PSVR Games to Play Right Now

The age of consumer grade video game console-powered virtual reality is finally here with the PlayStation VR (PSVR). Sony’s headset isn’t as powerful as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, or as portable as the Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream View, and it doesn’t really offer fully-featured roomscale tracking, but it brings VR into the living…

SVVR 2017: For Trailblazers, by Trailblazers

Grab tickets to the Silicon Valley VR Expo, kicking off March 29-31. SVVR 2017 is less than a week away, and with an exciting roster of speakers and demos across all major industry verticals, with 100+ VR/AR companies represented, it’s slated to be a star-studded gathering of VR experts. In preparation, VRScout‘s Malia Probst spoke with SVVR Co-Founder Karl Krantz for…

Digital Catapult Announces New Head Of Immersive

As we often say on our regular Sunday feature, The VR Job Hub, the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries are always changing, always moving and there are always new opportunities in each for those looking for a change for those either already in it or looking for a change. And as we…

‘Drop Dead’ Review: A Fun Arcade Shooter for Rift and Gear VR

Update: This review was originally published on 11/2/2016 and specifically focused on the Gear VR version of the game. As of tomorrow, 3/23/2017, it will be releasing on the Oculus Rift as well with a large update that also improves and expands the game for Gear VR. This review has been updated by Games Editor…

Upload Continues to Grow with 20,000 Square Foot VR/AR Coworking Space

Next month, Upload will be launching a brand new 20,000 square foot co-working space in Marina Del Rey, CA. The space will officially be known as Upload LA and it will serve as the premiere destination for Los Angeles-based augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR) companies. Whether you’re just starting up or looking to expand,…

A Guide to the Best 360 Cameras Your Money Can Buy

There’s always been two barriers to 360 degree video content: price and quality. Thanks to the rapid adoption of the Samsung Gear VR and now with nearly a year under the belts of the consumer editions of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, those two issues are becoming less of a worry. A selection of…

The VOID Hyper-Reality Experience Comes To Dubai

The mixed reality park opens its second location in the city built on sand. In an attempt to bring the immersive attraction to several locations outside the United States, The VOID hyper-reality experience has partnered with UAE-based holding company Meraas to open a brand new location right in the heart of the beautiful city of…

Virtual Worlds are Teaching Better Lessons

When Virtual Reality (VR) content is experienced using a VR headset the outcome is a virtual world. In that world, the possibilities are limited only by the imagination. This approach has given education an opportunity to leapfrog existing teaching practice by providing educationally beneficial immersive experiences. The first among these is that VR allows students…

Facebook Is Recruiting Experts in Psychophysics To Hack Your Mind for VR

A recent job posting to the Oculus career page indicates that Facebook’s 2014 virtual reality acquisition is currently searching for postdoctoral research scientists with experience in psychophysics. According to the posting, the successful candidate will be “tackling the scientific challenges that define cutting-edge virtual and augmented reality, addressing heretofore-unanswered questions in vision science, displays, and perceptual psychology.”…

EmbodyMe Is A Social VR App That Uses Your Own Face

Social VR apps are a big part of the industry’s future, but everyone’s got their own ideas as to what they should offer. Avatars are a big part of that discussion, as how we represent ourselves inside VR forms a big part of the connections we can make with others. We’ve seen plenty of interesting…

The VR Job Hub: nDreams, Baobab Studios, Skydance Interactive and more

Whether you’re an experienced designer, programmer, engineer, or maybe you’ve just been inspired after reading VRFocus articles, the jobs listed here are located worldwide, from major game players to humble indie developers – the one thing they all have in common is that they are all jobs in VR. View the new listings below for more information:…

Making High-End Untethered VR a Reality

At GDC earlier this month, we test drove the Pico Neo CV, an all-in-one system that lets you experience 6DoF, roomscale VR with a crucial exception to normal high-end systems: no wire. Right now, the VR industry hosts a variety of mobile and console options—but the former is fixed-position (meaning that, no matter where you move your body, your…

When Art and VR Collide in LA

The left brain and the right brain came together for a party. For artists, VR is a thrilling emerging medium that explorse the boundaries of creation. Creators of all skill levels make good use of Tilt Brush, creating magical multi-layered art within a 3D space. And don’t worry — for those of you who haven’t touched a paintbrush…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 03/12/17

Lots of new stuff released for HTC Vive on Steam this week, but not all of it is particularly noteworthy or earth-shattering. The biggest highlight is likely Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul, a made-for-VR horror title that’s based within the iconic film franchise’s expanded universe. If that’s not your cup of tea, there’s plenty else…

5 Reasons Why The Matrix Reboot Should Get a VR Experience

If ever there were a movie franchise that should definitely not be rebooted less than 20 years after it debuted, it would be The Matrix. To call the original film, which released in 1999, simply genre defining would be an understatement. It’s just as much a part of collective pop culture today as Star Wars, James…

We Tried ‘The Mummy’ VR Zero Gravity Experience

Flying high with Tom Cruise in this VR “weightless” experience. Taking a walk inside the replica plane and past the infamous sarcophagus from The Mummy movie, I was expecting the film’s VR companion experience to be just another Hollywood movie BTS 360 video — but it was from that. Set up in Ballroom B at the Austin Convention Center during…

VR Resumes Are Catching The Eyes of Industry Recruiters

A brand new market requires a brand new kind of CV. Getting creative with a resume or job application is a common tactic among job-seekers looking to stand out from the pack. A simple Google search reveals incredible examples of resumes iced into cakes, programmed into video games, hidden inside QR codes, the list goes…

Oculus’ Jason Rubin: Facebook May Not Make VR Content Forever

Oculus has a strong line-up of Rift exclusive games for 2017, promising at least one new Oculus Studios title a month from now until December. It’s Facebook’s way of kick starting the VR ecosystem and incentivising consumers to pick up its products, but it may not take that approach forever. That is according to Jason…

Benchmark your GPU for free with NVIDIA’s FCAT VR app

There are several ways PC users can test their systems to see if they can handle virtual reality (VR). Oculus has its own, and there are benchmarking apps from companies such as Futuremark that can also do the job. Back in 2013 GPU manufacturer NVIDIA launched its benchmarking tool FCAT for free and now its…

Google Patent Shows Smartphone Packaging that Doubles as a VR Headset

A recently published Google’s patent application describes an ‘Integrated mobile device packaging and virtual reality headset’. The concept is to provide a ‘relatively low cost’ VR headset solution by shipping the smartphone in packaging that doubles as a VR viewer. Google introduced Cardboard, their inexpensive VR solution to the world in 2014, producing a VR…

BAFTA Games Awards nominees announced

The nominees for the British Academy Games Awards 2017 have been announced, and it features some virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) titles in the mix. Pokémon GO is amongst the nominees up for a BAFTA Games award in the Mobile and Family categories. The popular Pokemon AR game recently released 80 new Pokemon for players…

HTC: Oculus Exclusives Are ‘Hampering Developers’

Vive-maker HTC has been adamant that it’s against exclusive content in the VR ecosystem thus far. In fact, it would go as far as to say rival Oculus’ exclusive games are “problematic” for the industry. Speaking to Gamespot, Vice President of Global VR Content Joel Breton said that Oculus’ own approach to exclusivity with its…

Space Station Simulator ‘Mission: ISS’ Launches on Rift

All the fun of being an astronaut, minus the nauseating trip up to space. At some point I feel as though everyone dreams of being an astronaut. So it’s only natural that we obsess over the mysterious dark void we find ourselves drifting through on an enormous, rotating ball. Unfortunately for most of us, the…

The VR Job Hub: Carbon Games, Firesprite & BBC

Whether you’re an experienced designer, programmer, engineer, or maybe you’ve just been inspired after reading VRFocus articles, the jobs listed here are located worldwide, from major game players to humble indie developers – the one thing they all have in common is that they are all jobs in VR. View the new listings below for more information:…

Use These 3 Lessons From the Past to Create the Future of VR

VR hardware prices are decreasing. New premium headsets are entering the market. 6DOF mobile is making its way to consumers. 2017 is laying the foundation for a VR content explosion that will usher in a new wave of VR developers. Creating for a new medium, which is still in the midst of discovering itself, can…

This Week in VR Sports: NextVR and NBA Presents Free Preview of Lakers vs. 76ers Game, Canelo Alvarez, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr Try Knockout League, NCAA March Madness Returning to VR

For this weeks run down of virtual reality (VR) in sports, NextVR and the NBA once again make their presence known, boxers Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr try their hand at some virtual boxing, and the NCAA March Madness will be returning to VR for 2017. NextVR and NBA Presents Free Preview of Live Lakers…

Prologue Immersive Introduces Spatialand VR Interface

In one of the most famous moments of speculative tech ever captured on screen, Minority Report’s Officer John Anderton (Tom Cruise) moves graphics, text, photos and video clips across a large pane of glass using only his two gloved hands to guide him. With a single film, this design — arguably the impetus of all gesture-based…