The VR Job Hub: Climax Studios, Curve Digital Entertainment, Archiact

Whether you’re an experienced designer, programmer, engineer, or your’re looking for a move into the exciting worlds of virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) – whatever the case, welcome once more to the VRFocus’ Job Hub. The jobs listed here are located worldwide, from major game players to humble indie developers – the one thing…

Review: Cosmic Trip

Last year indie videogame developer Funktronic Labs released its first virtual reality (VR) title onto Steam Early Access. A 60s themed real-time strategy (RTS) experience called Cosmic Trip, which certainly garnered interest due to its bold style and easy to pick up gameplay. Now Cosmic Trip is a fully fledged videogame having left early access, and Funktronic Labs has…

Oculus’ First Employee Leaves The Company

Chris Dycus, a hardware engineer at Facebook’s Oculus, has left the company he helped establish. Why is that important? Because Dycus (pictured above wearing an early version of the Rift) was Oculus’ first employee outside of founders like Brendan Iribe, Nate Mitchell, and the now-departed Palmer Luckey. He joined the company in the start up…

Virtual Reality is Perfect for Training Our Robot Overlords

Have you ever thought how those robots that build our cars or vacuum our floors learn to do their job properly? You may think that someone simply sits down and programs all they need to know into them. Certainly there’s a lot of programming that goes into even a simple robot, but it turns out…

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…

The VR Job Hub: Kuju Entertainment, Facebook and Mindshow

The VR industry is still searching for talented designers, programmers, engineers and artists, and as the industry grows, other roles are bound to become available. So if you are searching for a new careers, or want to expand into VR, the VR Job Hub might have just the position you are looking for. Location Company…

Report: Google May Introduce a New All-in-one VR Headset at I/O Developer Conference

According to a Variety exclusive, Google may be gearing up to show off a brand new mobile VR headset at Google I/O developer conference this week, one that not only delivers VR in an all-in-one device, but could likely offer inside-out positional tracking as well. The Variety report maintains information of the alleged all-in-one mobile VR headset—which won’t require…

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…

‘Farpoint’ + PSVR Aim Review

Sony’s new VR peripheral, the PSVR Aim, launches today alongside Farpoint, a sci-fi VR FPS that was specially made with the controller in mind. Those who have been PlayStation fans for many years will remember that this isn’t the first time the company has made a gun peripheral, and those prior attempts didn’t see much success….

Farpoint Review: A Good Game That Could Have Been Great

Farpoint is a rare game. It’s rare in the sense that it’s one of the first truly made-for-VR titles that is 100% based on full analog stick movement without teleporting around. But most importantly, Farpoint is rare in the sense that it really feels like it has the polish and breadth of a AAA game….

Sony’s UK Job Listings Indicate Company’s Dedication to PlayStation VR

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is highly dedicated to PlayStation 4 – namely due to it being profitable – but is that the same for PlayStation VR? Look around online and you’ll obviously find virtual reality (VR) naysayers reporting that the company has lost interest in the head-mounted display (HMD), as it does have a chequered…

The VR Job Hub: Sony, Dubit, Infinite 360 VR & University of Strathclyde

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:…

Field in View: Why The Aim Controller Is PSVR’s Secret Weapon

For VR to be as immersive as possible, it needs to be accessorized. Position tracked controllers do a great job of simulating certain objects like pistols, swords, and sports rackets, but it only gets you so far. That’s why HTC is rolling out its Vive Tracker to turn real life objects into VR accessories, and…

Microsoft is Building VR MMO for Xbox and PC, Job Listing Indicates

A job listing for a Senior Design Manager position on Microsoft’s “Xbox Mixed Reality team” says that the company is “looking to build a massively social gaming and entertainment experience for both the PC and the console.” Starting with the HoloLens AR headset and moving toward Windows VR headsets coming soon from PC hardware makers,…

Feels Like Home: VR Adoption in Real Estate

Real estate is, more often than not, the biggest single investment we make in our lives. We spend an average of 20 hours per day inside buildings – working, sleeping and passing time with friends and family – so it is doubly important that when making this investment we get it right. Technology innovation brings…

Star Trek: Bridge Crew Is Getting Voice Commands Via IBM Watson

“Set Phasers to stun! No, don’t actually set Phasers to stun. I was just saying it to sound cool. Keep Phasers where they were.” Star Trek: Bridge Crew is getting voice commands, which means instances like the one above may soon be a reality. Announced today, Ubisoft is partnering with the IBM Watson platform to…

Former Lionhead Studios Chief To Work On PlayStation VR Projects

The former head of defunct Microsoft developer Lionhead Studios, Stuart Whyte has been sought out to join Sony’s London Studio in order to supervise development on upcoming AAA PlayStation VR projects. Whyte is a well-known figure in the videogames industry, having previously worked on Lionhead’s flagship game Fable and several other titles, occupying various roles…

Google Brings Job Simulator Dev Owlchemy Labs Under its Wing

If today hadn’t already had several big announcements here’s another. Google has acquired Job Simulator developer Owlchemy Labs it’s now been revealed. In a blog posting on the studio’s website the team said: “Today is a REAAAALLY BIG day for Owlchemy. We’re positively thrilled to announce that Owlchemy Labs has been acquired by Google! Now, as we look…

Rick and Morty VR and Job Simulator Dev Owlchemy Labs Acquired By Google

Today Google announced via their blog that they’ve acquired Owlchemy Labs, the creators of Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. The move comes as a bit of a surprise, given the two companies didn’t seem to have much of a preexisting relationship, but is huge news for the VR industry nevertheless. The partnership will…

Vertebrae Launches Advertising SDK for Native Implementation

Today, Vertebrae, the virtual reality (VR) advertising platform that secured $10 million USD in investment last year, has announced it’s leaving closed beta the the launch of its 1.0 software development kit (SDK). The platform allows for native implementation into VR content, so that developers have more monetization options available to them. The system employs…

Preview: Flairtender – Bring Your Bartending Skills into VR

DigitalBadger Design LLC’s first virtual reality (VR) videogame was not birthed out of the intention to become a thought leader in a rapidly moving industry. It wasn’t due to fascination with modern hardware, and it wasn’t motivated by the fresh green pasture of new genre possibilities. Flairtender was, according to DigitalBadger Design LLC’s Robert Frank,…

VR vs. MR vs. Uncle Jack

Hello again and welcome back to VR vs. the time once a week where a keyboard is thrust into my hands and I jab away at it until I make some kind of point. Today is actually the last VR vs. for a couple of weeks as I am off on holiday to relax. So if…

Flairtender Wants To Be VR’s Most Realistic Bartender Simulator

With the inclusion of accurate hand tracking, detailed room scale movement, and a strong sense of presence from most modern VR experiences, devices such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have a great ability to trick our minds into thinking we are in a completely different place. In fact, it can simulate many actual…

Canadian Coke Bottles Get A Touch Of Musical AR For “Play a Coke”

The US might be a hotbed of activity where virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is concerned – evidence of which is often seen in Sunday’s regular The VR Job Hub feature on VRFocus – but America’s nothern cousins are no slouches either. Canadians have a lot going on with both VR and AR too at…

The VR Job Hub: HTC, Sony, Oculus & More…

As we saw this week, in the technology industry things can change day by day. People leave, people join, studios wind down and close and existing companies get investment. It’s a ball that does not stop rolling and there are always opportunities for those new to virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) or already…

Skydance Prepare for Archangel Launch with New Hire

Skydance Media has named Chris Hewish as Executive Vice President of Interactive, effective immediately. Hewish most recently served as Head of Studio and Publishing at virtual reality (VR) company Survios, and will now be responsible for overseeing development, partnerships, and new business opportunities at Skydance Interactive. At Survios, Hewish lead a team responsible for…