Life In 360°: Federal Bureau of Intensity

It can be pretty tough being a police officer, and the higher the organisation the more demanding the task for the people on the ground. It’s also a difficult task for any member of the emergency services to get from A to B fast and safely. Combine the two and you have the 360 degree…

The VR Job Hub: Academia Needs You!

We’re almost at Gamescom and yet another flurry of gaming news that should reveal plenty of what to expect for the rest of the year. Certainly until the likes of this year’s PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, announced earlier this week, which will set the tone for the beginning of 2018. Of course, as we always…

Prison Boss VR Looks Like Job Simulator For Locked Up Convicts

There is a career out there for everybody. I strongly believe that some people were born to do certain professions and it’s all about educating yourself and taking the opportunities as they come. For example, Shigeru Miyamoto was clearly born to be the world’s greatest game designer as the father of Mario, The Legend of…

Prison Boss VR Set to Break Out on with HTC Vive This Month

Independent developer Trebuchet is set to make their HTC Vive debut this month with the release of Prison Boss VR. A crafting and trading videogame using roomscale, players must create cigarettes, alcohol and cookies to sell to other inmates, build a reputation and own that prison. As night falls on the prison, the player is…

This Week in VR Sport: VR Sport Gets Its Own Dedicated Summit

If you’re a regular VRFocus reader you’ll know two things about the weekend. That there’s sport on Saturday and there’s jobs on Sunday, and, since it is the former as opposed to the latter it’s best we kick things off by going into just what you may have missed in recent times relating to sport…

Is Facebook Creating an AI Assistant for Oculus Rift?

Since the debut of Siri on iPhone back in 2011, AI assistants have become increasingly more popular. All modern smartphones offer an AI assistant, as does Windows 10 operating system and the Xbox One, in addition to standalone AI devices such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Now it’s been suggested that Facebook is preparing…

The Raven VR Is A Chilling Adaptation Of An Edgar Allan Poe Classic

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is so haunting in its drama and convincing in its misery that you don’t really need a VR headset to bring it to life. Poe’s sorrowful words carry such weight to them that you can’t help but immerse yourself deep in the poem’s world. Nevertheless, Thomas Pasieka has put his…

PlayStation R&D Listing Suggests Multi-Sensor PSVR Tracking In The Works

PlayStation VR (PSVR) is a fantastic VR headset, but one of its biggest issues is the tracking system. A new job listing suggests Sony is working on something new to improve that aspect. PlayStation’s London-based R&D lab is looking for an R&D Engineer who will “work on tracking systems and drivers for a VR related project”…

Can an Infinity Ward Co-Founder Succeed in Social VR?

Infinity Ward is home to some of the biggest selling videogames of all time. Having birthed the Call of Duty franchise, which after more than a decade of annual releases is still topping the charts every holiday season, Chance Glasco suffered ‘videogame burn out’ after his seventh edition in the industry-leading series. After taking some…

The 9 Best VR Games Of 2017 So Far

As hard as it is to believe, we’re over halfway through 2017, and what a year it’s been. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are now a year into their lifecycles and Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) isn’t far behind. We’ve seen developers really start to get much more comfortable with these headsets, and that’s lead…

Job Simulator Meets The Shooting Range In The Frantic Shooty Fruity

You know how it is; you’re bagging your groceries at the supermarket, when a giant watermelon rolls in with an angry expression intent on squishing you, so you grab your revolver from overhead and unload a round on him with one hand while continuing to scan your produce with the other. That damn fruit is…

Preview: Shooty Fruity – Should’ve Taken that Job in McDonald’s

Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives was undoubtedly a highlight of the first wave of modern virtual reality (VR) consumer software, and so it’s perhaps inevitable that a number of copycat titles would emerge. While this argument could easily be levelled at nDreams – which readily admit Owlchemy Labs’ hit was an influence – Shooty Fruity…

Shoot the Fruit in nDreams’ New VR Exclusive

nDreams has today announced a new virtual reality (VR) exclusive title, Shooty Fruity, in development for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. Set for release late in 2017, Shooty Fruity casts the player in the role of a cashier at a convenience store that’s being overrun by mutated fruit. Shooty Fruity cashiers must face…

Just in Time Incorporated Review: Silly Slow-Motion Superheroics

Here’s an interesting bit of movie trivia; Neo didn’t really dodge all those bullets in The Matrix. Turns out he’s a big fraud and the real hero of the day is Just in Time Incorporated. This amazing company saves lives, acting as time-manipulating body guards that come to the rescue of their clients, as the…

The VR Job Hub: Ultrahaptics, Adobe Research, Force Field VR 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…

Something for the Weekend: The Best VR Discounts on Steam

Looking for something new to refresh your virtual reality (VR) senses on a Sunday morning? VRFocus has scoured the depths of Steam to find you ten of the best discounts for a quick-and-easy fix this weekend. Whether you’re planning on using HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or the OSVR hacker dev kit, below you’ll find some…

The Tower Is An Awesome VR Obstacle Course Built For Room-Scale Rift

My first trip up The Tower took 45 minutes that I’m not likely to forget anytime soon. At a time which I’m finding myself increasingly rooted to the spot when playing in VR, this short little adventure from Headroom.one reminded me of the joys of the physicality of the medium, much in the same way…

Wizard Dueling Game Wands Hits Oculus Rift Next Month

I desparately want a deep, immersive Harry Potter VR game. The Fantastic Beasts experience on Google Daydream is hardly more than a marketing gimmick and it’s not actually a game. Titles like inVokeR, The Unspoken, and Wands do a good job of tapping into that desire to shoot spells and throw fireballs inside a VR…

ROCCAT Games Puts You on an Elevator to the Moon

You find yourself underground, trapped in a small room. You hear the President’s voice over the intercom. In a comical Austrian accent, he informs you that you’re actually in a broken space elevator destined for a lunar base, and it’s your job to fix it. This is the premise behind ROCCAT Games’ aptly-titled Elevator to…

Review: Just In Time Incorporated

Virtual reality (VR) videogame developers have come up with all sorts of quirky and imaginative titles that utilise HTC Vive’s immersive control mechanics. Some have been more inventive than others, one of the most popular being the ability to simply pick things up to interact with the virtual environment. Titles such as Rick and Morty:…

Augmented Empire Review: Turn-Based Tactics Meet Deep Storytelling

When a VR game goes the additional steps to make everything not only feel and play great inside of a headset, but also have lore-appropriate explanations for quirky gamified caveats like a third-person top-down camera angles, I really appreciate it more. In the case of other similar titles like Dragon Front it made sense to…

Dead Moon: Revenge on Phobos Gets New Trailer

Dark sci-fi shooter Dead Moon: Revenge on Phobos was released into Steam Early Access a short time ago and has already seen its first major update, and new developers Mercury Aerospace Industries have released an Early Access trailer. With a visual style reminiscent of the recent DOOM title, Dead Moon: Revenge on Phobos follows the…

The VR Job Hub: Tesla Motors, Siemans, UK Universities.

It’s now summer and the industry is gearing up for the next big event, Gamescom in Cologne, Germany where no doubt many new videogames and virtual reality (VR) experiences will be on display. If you have ever wanted to become a part of the rapidly growing and evolving area of VR, augmented reality (AR) and…

Gamers Gift VR Nonprofit Is Raising Money On Twitch To Help The Sick And Elderly

Gamers Gift is a student-run nonprofit that believes in the power of virtual reality. It’s been around for about a year-and-a-half, and in that time, it’s raised over $50,000 and developed ongoing relationships with hospitals and assisted-living facilities, where it hosts monthly VR experiences. It’s raising funds on the livestreaming platform Twitch, where founder and CEO Dillon…

The End Of The World: As AltspaceVR Disappears Not Everyone Is Fine

Yesterday was the final official day of AltspaceVR. After hosting a big farewell celebration in which hundreds of people logged on to pay their respects, exchange information with friends, and bask in the final moments of time in the virtual world, the servers are slowly phasing out. Eric Romo, CEO and Co-Founder of Altspace has…

Impressions: What We Think Of The HP Windows VR Headset Dev Kit

This week we got our hands-on the first development kit edition of the HP “Windows Mixed Reality” VR headset. Right off the bat let’s clarify that verbiage. Microsoft is using the term “Mixed Reality” as an umbrella to encapsulate VR, AR, and all other related devices. The HoloLens, for example, is Microsoft’s AR platform while…