‘Alien: Covenant in Utero’ Comes To Oculus Rift

You’ll probably want to experience this twice. I’m not sure what’s more disturbing. Hearing the sound of a beating heart while being trapped inside a claustrophobic host body. Bursting through the back of an infected crew member and realizing you’ve taken the body of an alien at birth. Or the blood curdling screams coming from…

PlayStation VR Release of Syndrome Delayed

Horror shooter Syndrome appears to have had a somewhat troubled history. Initially announced back in 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with the PC version promising Oculus Rift compatibility, then it vanished for a while until resurfacing as a PlayStation VR title. The news this time, sadly, is not as good. When Syndrome…

A Week in Facebook Spaces – Socialising Needs Some Work

If there’s one company that should be able to make socialising in virtual reality (VR) work its Facebook. It’s kind of its forte, and since acquiring Oculus back in 2014 you’d have thought a VR app would have been on the cards early on. Well a year after Oculus Rift’s launch it finally appeared last…

Alien: Covenant In Utero Bursts on to Oculus Rift

Geeks and fans of the Alien franchise around the world are celebrating ‘Alien Day’, derived from the planet LV-426 featured in Alien. To add to the festivities, Ridley Scott’s virtual reality subsidiary RSA VR have launched Alien: Covenant in Utero on to Oculus Rift. The VR experience puts the user in the place of a…

Gear of War’s Cliff Bleszinski Is Pitching A Full VR Game

Former Epic Games developer Cliff Bleszinski has long taken an interest in VR, and was one of the original investors in Oculus long before it was purchased by Facebook. So far his new indie studio, Boss Key Productions, hasn’t made a VR game, but that may soon change. As reported by Gamasutra, Bleszinski noted that…

NVIDIA Offers Three Free VR Games With Select New Hardware

In the grand scheme of things, we’re still in the early stages of virtual reality adoption. While the price of admission may still be a bit on the higher end for some, the software ecosystem is inspiring people to invest and get hardware that can support these immersive experiences. Yesterday we reported on an Oculus…

Hands-On With Theseus, A Dark And Twisted Third-Person VR RPG

When we first heard about Theseus from Forge Reply we likened it to God of War, which seems like an apt comparison. In God of War you take control of Kratos in his crusade against the Greek pantheon of Gods, fighting the likes of Poseidon, Zeus, and more. Theseus has much more reserved ambitions, instead…

Live Comedy Show ‘Comedy Living Room’ Coming to Altspace Thursday

Comedy Living Room, the stand-up comedy show created by Matt Lottman and Frank Chad Muniz (and literally held in a living room), is hosting its first show in VR on Thursday, April 27th at 5pm PT. The collaboration between Comedy Living Room, comedy group JASH, and social VR app AltspaceVR will feature six comedians and…

Write Your Own Chronicles of Karnage on HTC Vive

Nordic Trolls’ highly anticipated first-person adventure title, Karnage Chronicles, is now available for HTC Vive via Steam Early Access. With Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR editions of the virtual reality (VR) videogame also in development, however it’s the roomscale equipped head-mounted display (HMD) that is being given first crack-of-the-whip. Karnage Chronicles casts the player as…

HoloGrid: Monster Battle VR Gets Gear VR Launch

Remember the scene in Star Wars where Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO are playing a kind of holographic chess game involving monsters? Ever wanted to play it yourself? Well good news, as users of the Samsung Gear VR can with the launch of HoloGrid: Monster Battle VR. The title uses creatures and monsters created by visual…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive Price

In terms of price there is, before purchase of your head-mounted display (HMD) is considered, the need to make sure you have an adequately functioning PC. Fortunately the base cost of this has begun to significantly reduce over the last 18 months on both PC and laptop thanks largely to the efforts of the hardware…

Nvidia Releases Game Ready Drivers for Rick and Morty, Wilson’s Heart and Batman

Following on from Nvidia and Oculus’ announcement earlier today regarding free software when purchasing GTX graphic cards and Oculus Rift, Nvidia has now rolled out several game ready drivers optimised for specific virtual reality (VR) titles. Today’s update see’s the recently launched Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, and the as yet unreleased Wilson’s Heart and Batman Arkham VR both…

‘Wilson’s Heart’ Review

Wilson’s Heart (2017) is a psychological thriller that takes you on a wild first-person adventure through the mind of a hospital patient recovering from a curious surgery, one that has replaced his live-beating heart with a strange machine. Ripping it from your chest, you find it gives you a growing number of abilities to help you not only fight…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive Specs

It’s true that in most technology related areas, be it cars, computing, etc that for many people statistics are king. Even though how good an experience is, is not solely defined by how big the numbers are; the bottom line is that bigger is still seen as better. When it comes to a straight ‘Top…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive Software

Content is king. That’s the truism we’ve come to learn from decades of hardware success stories and near-equal amounts of failures. Virtual reality (VR) may yet be waiting to find its ‘killer app’, but there’s still plenty to be excited about. A swathe of videogames, 360 degree videos, healthcare and education applications are already available…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: One Year On

The most important part of the decision making process for consumers when purchasing new hardware is invariably bang-for-your-buck, but what that means to the individual could be very unique. Is it the amount of features? The quality of the product? The software line-up? Or simply the price? With it now being just over one year…

VRTV Goes Social with Facebook Spaces

Last week Facebook held its 10th annual F8 developer conference where the company makes most of its major announcements. There was a big focus on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and AI, with one of the big reveals being Facebook Spaces, a dedicated VR social app for Oculus Rift and Touch. VRFocus attended the event…

VR vs. 365 (Sort Of)

Welcome to VR vs, your weekly column from ‘the other one’ at VRFocus which is celebrating its first anniversary under my stewardship tomorrow. Has it really been that long? I’d like to say I can scarcely believe it, but those in virtual reality (VR) – especially those on the news sites – will tell you working…

Raindance Festival Is Sponsoring VR Educational Courses

The Raindance Film Festival has begun to get involved in the world of virtual reality (VR). During last year’s Raindance Festival in London the organisers featured the VR Arcade, where 14 short films which were shown on Gear VR or Oculus Rift. Now the Festival is organising some VR courses as part of its educational…

Arcade Shooter REGENESIS Gets Greenlit

Polish developer Hyper VR is the software division of hardware manufacturers Hyperbook. The first excursion into software and videogames from the company is REGENESIS Hyperbook Arcade, which was submitted to Steam Greenlight program, and just got approved by the community for a full release. REGENESIS puts the player in the role of the Last Man…

HTC Vive X Studio Surreal VR Releases Drone Fighters on Steam Early Access

Today Surreal VR, an indie videogame development studio that’s part of HTC Vive X has announced the launch of its second virtual reality (VR) title Drone Fighters. Arriving on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Touch support, Drone Fighters, is an aerial combat experience featuring an assortment of drones. For this initial release players will…

‘Alien: Covenant In Utero’ VR Experience Launches Wednesday

The forthcoming Alien: Covenant movie is getting a VR experience, Alien: Covenant In Utero and it launches this Wednesday on Oculus platforms. Following the news of director Ridley Scott’s film production company launching a VR division, the release date for the Alien: Covenant In Utero experience has been announced in a brief teaser (seen heading this article); it’s coming…

‘Arden’s Wake’ Is The Epic VR Film You’ve Been Waiting For

VR meets Pixar in this beautifully-crafted animated adventure. I arrived at a loft in Union Square for my first screening of the Tribeca Film Fest. I was all set to meet a bulk of the team from Penrose Studios, a San Francisco start-up dedicated to combining creativity with technology to develop ground-breaking stories in VR. As…

The Unspoken VR Tournament Coming Soon to Microsoft Stores

Today Oculus has announced a collaboration with Microsoft, Insomniac Games, Intel, ASUS, and ESL for The Unspoken VR Tournament. Taking place in Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada, The Unspoken VR Tournament will allow participants to test out their sorcery skills on the Oculus Touch. Beginning on 13th May, 80 stores across the two countries will…