Scraper: First Strike Interview And Combat Gameplay Footage

We first saw Labrodex Studios’ first VR project — the futuristic shooter Scraper: First Strike — earlier this year when we had a chance to go hands-on with the game at their office on Long Island. It’s been a few months since our first playtest, and the game has not only gotten more polish, but…

Jeff Bezos: Amazon Won’t Stop Helping the Military

DOD + Amazon 4Ever You might not think Amazon should work with the U.S. government, but guess what? Jeff Bezos don’t care. The CEO channeled his inner honey badger during a WIRED event on Monday, telling the audience that, despite both internal and external protests, Amazon would continue to work with the U.S. military on…

MIT Pledges $1 Billion to Develop Ethical AI

Machine Learning When one of the most influential technical research institutions on the planet claims a new technology could badly misfire, you might want to listen. On Monday, officials from the venerable Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced a billion-dollar initiative to confront the rise of artificial intelligence. According to university administrators, this will involve supporting deep interdisciplinary research…

The VR Job Hub: In The News & In Your Future?

The race towards 2019 has begun in earnest and for some, that also means it is time to move on to pastures new. If that desire has hit you, and you’re interested in the immersive technology sector, then you’ll probably be interested in this week’s edition of The VR Job Hub. Since it’s been a…

Something For The Weekend: Rainy Oculus VR Deals

Sunday is here again meaning its time for another entry of Something for the Weekend, the weekly series where VRFocus bring you a number of deals on virtual reality (VR) titles. The rain does not seem to be stopping anytime soon so what better way to enjoy your weekend then to try a new Oculus Rift expereince. There…

Oculus Home 2.0 And Dash Exit Beta, Now Rolling Out To All Rift Owners

When the Oculus Rift launched back in mid-2016, its system software and store were criticized for the relative lack of features compared to other platforms and stores (such as Steam). In fact, the software couldn’t even be installed to any hard drive other than the system drive (nor could VR games/apps from Oculus’ store). In…

NASA Use Microsoft HoloLens for Assembling New Spacecraft

When building something that needs to take human beings into space, getting it right first time is completely vital. This is very challenging when building a completely unique device, something which has never been built before. Lockheed Martin engineers working on building the latest NASA spacecraft have turned to the HoloLens mixed reality (MR) headset…

NASA Use Microsoft HoloLens for Assembling New Spacecraft

When building something that needs to take human beings into space, getting it right first time is completely vital. This is very challenging when building a completely unique device, something which has never been built before. Lockheed Martin engineers working on building the latest NASA spacecraft have turned to the HoloLens mixed reality (MR) headset…

‘Firewall Zero Hour’ Tops PSVR’s List for Most Downloaded Game in September

Tactical team shooter Firewall Zero Hour (2018) took the top spot again as the most downloaded PSVR game last month. Hailing from ROM: Extraction (2016) developers First Contact Entertainment, Firewall Zero Hour launched on August 28th, giving it only four days to vault to the top spot in August, where it surpassed long-time chart toppers Job Simulator (2016), SUPERHOT VR (2016), and Rick and…

Highlights from Raindance Immersive Stories and Interactive Worlds 2018

London’s famous Oxo Tower, with its spectacular view of the city skyline, provided an impressive backdrop for the 2018 Raindance Gallery of Immersive Stories and Interactive Worlds. But I wasn’t there to watch the sunset over the river, I was at the Raindance VR launch party to leave the real world behind and be immersed…

Oculus Launch Rift Software Update

Oculus Connect 5 at the end of September brought with it a whole bunch of announcements, with the pick of the bunch obviously being the reveal of the Oculus Quest. The finalised vision of that which was begun with the Santa Cruz prototype head-mounted display (HMD). However, it wasn’t just new hardware that was discussed…

PSVR’s 2nd Anniversary Sale Brings Big Discounts on Top VR Titles

Gearing up for PlayStation VR’s two-year anniversary, Sony has brought back some big discounts, offering up to 60% off on top titles. With over 170 games and DLC currently on sale, we’ve highlighted the best deals on PSVR’s top-rated games. You can check out the full list here. The sale will last from now until October…

Swing Into Action With Angry Birds: FPS On Magic Leap

Angry Birds is one of the most successful smartphone titles on the market, seeing an astonishing number of downloads as well as spin-offs and licensed versions such as Star Wars Angry Birds. Now Angry Birds are fluttering into mixed reality (MR) as Rovio and Resolution Games launch Angry Birds: First Person Slingshot on the Magic…

Swing Into Action With Angry Birds: FPS On Magic Leap

Angry Birds is one of the most successful smartphone titles on the market, seeing an astonishing number of downloads as well as spin-offs and licensed versions such as Star Wars Angry Birds. Now Angry Birds are fluttering into mixed reality (MR) as Rovio and Resolution Games launch Angry Birds: First Person Slingshot on the Magic…

Angry Birds FPS: First Person Slingshot Now Available On Magic Leap One

Even though the Magic Leap One is still just a very early developer kit, that hasn’t stopped Magic Leap from partnering with developers to craft games worth buying. Ahead of the first ever Leap Con this week, Resolution Games (Bait and Wonderglade) and Rovio are announcing the official release today of Angry Birds FPS: First…

‘Evasion’ Review – Strafe, Shoot, Heal, Rinse & Repeat

Evasion is a first-person sci-fi shooter from indie AR/VR studio Archiact. With its co-op campaign missions, the game is decidedly aiming to capture a Halo-esque shooting experience along with massive numbers of enemies, something the studio has been couching as a bullet-hell genre shooter. While it’s a technically competent game that looks and feels well polished, some…

Hands-On: Five Things I’ve Learned About Sony’s Blood And Truth

Blood and Truth, Sony’s follow-up to the London Heist minigame in PlayStation VR Worlds, is a funny one. You’d think making a full game out of one of the headset’s most popular launch demos would turn into a surefire hit, right? It certainly worked for Astro Bot. And yet our reactions to multiple hands-on sessions…

Owlchemy Labs Teases AR ‘Mobile Spectator’ Experiment

Could Google’s ARCore platform finally provide a low-cost alternative to mixed reality? Best known for their outrageous-brand of AAA VR content, such as their immensely popular title Job Simulator, Texas-based game developer Owlchemy Labs is no stranger to the spotlight. The accomplished studio has made waves within the immersive entertainment industry thanks to a fine…

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission To Get Free PSVR Demo This Month

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission is without question one of the best PSVR titles to date. It’s an excellent showcase for how VR technology can transform something familiar in surprising ways and the team at Sony Japan did an excellent job of crafting a game that’s a genuinely great platformer in its own right and enhancing…

VR vs. The Carmack Takeaways (Part 2)

You can always count on the post-Oculus Connect VR vs. to draw Oculus defenders out of the woodwork. Last year it was people having a go at my ‘anti-Oculus bias’ because I mentioned how Oculus didn’t achieve some targets and how I was saying how well Samsung did. This year it’s that I’ve never heard…

Upskill Announces Early Access Release of Skylight for HoloLens

A number of businesses are taking advantage of the capabilities of augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). Enterprise AR company Upskill is offering these capabilities to more companies by making its Skylight AR platform available for public early access for the Microsoft HoloLens. Skylight for HoloLens provides employees with the ability to visualise necessary…

Someone Is Making A Portal Clone In VR With A Level Editor

The fact that Valve hasn’t created official VR ports of Portal and Portal 2 is one of the greatest travesties of modern virtual reality technology. If any existing IP would be a perfect fit, it would be Portal. There is a Portal 2 mod called Portal Stories: VR that does a decent job of replicating…

Evasion Review: Redefining Bullet Hell Shooters With VR Chaos

Over two and a half years after the launch of consumer-grade VR headsets, my favorite thing to do in VR is still to stand side-by-side, with a friend, while fighting enemies. Whether it be a tactical military shooter like Firewall Zero Hour, a pirate-themed adventure in Rec Room, or a tense arcade-style bullet hell shooter…

Owlchemy Labs Reveals Experimental AR ‘Mobile Spectator’ App for VR Games

It’s notoriously difficult to transmit exactly what’s happening in a VR game without actually strapping on a headset yourself. And while mixed reality capture basically addresses this by letting you see the action from the comfort of a traditional monitor, it oftentimes requires purpose-built green screen stages with external cameras—great if you have it, but…