Open-World RPG Planetrism Heading to Oculus Rift & HTC Vive

Planetrism is a story driven role-playing game (RPG) currently in development for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The ambitious science-fiction videogame is being developed by a two-man team, Mika Laaksonen and Kimmo Kaunela, with a view to launching in the ‘near future’. Set in the future, 200 years from now, Planetrism tells the tale of…

Payday 2 VR Beta Coming Next Month; Full Game Free to Payday 2 Owners

Earlier today, VRFocus reported on an official ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) being hosted by Payday 2 developers, Overkill, regarding the forthcoming virtual reality (VR) edition of the videogame. A few interesting tidbits were revealed in the AMA, including the launch date for the beta testing phase. Originally revealed back in May of this year, Payday…

The VR Job Hub: Vive, Oculus, Epic Games and More

The virtual reality (VR) ball keeps rolling, gaining momentum this week as both HTC Vive and Oculus VR are looking to take on new hires in the UK. Joining them on this week’s VR Job Hub are high profile developers Epic Games and new positions at VR specialist developers, nDreams. Below you can find the…

Bartender VR Simulator Coming To Steam

If you ever saw the Tom Cruise movie ‘Cocktail‘ and wished you could live that life, you will soon have that chance with upcoming virtual reality (VR) simulator title Bartender VR Simulator, which was developed with the aid of Bartending World Champion Tomasz Malek. Bartender VR Simulator allows players to travel around the world to…

This Week in VR Sport: VR Sport Summit and NBA Goes Mixed Reality

It is the weekend, and that means its time to take a look at the surprisingly busy area of interaction between virtual reality (VR) and sports. The advantage of VR Sport is that you don’t have to worry about the game or match being stopped due to weather. VR Sports Innovation Summit – Last 50…

Oculus Introduces Experimental New Locomotion types

Methods of movement within virtual reality (VR) has become a hot topic recently. A number of VR users have emerged who regard the teleportation methods that are common in VR titles to be lazy and are demanding more realistic forms of locomotion. Of course, this needs to be balanced against the needs of other players…

Oculus Connect 4 – Oculus Launch Pad

While Oculus is mostly known for producing hardware like the Oculus Rift and the upcoming Oculus Go and Santa Cruz headsets, the company also works closely with a number of developers and content creators to produce new virtual reality (VR) experiences. This is the impetus behind the Oculus Launch Pad, as promoted at the Oculus…

Interview: Composing Music For VR With Jeremy Tisser

Jeremy Tisser, the creator of the soundtrack to Raw Data, shares his experience creating music for VR. How do you captivate an audience? Some of the more obvious responses are stunning visuals, an engrossing storyline or relatable characters. However one of the most powerful tools for capturing a viewer’s attention often goes overlooked by the…

Luden.io Confirm Work To Bring VRobot To PlayStation VR

Would be thunder gods had cause for celebration earlier this month when, in a move made to coincide with the soon to release Thor: Ragnarok, the Odinson’s hammer and lightning wielding powers were announced to be being added to the game. That update should, according to communications from makers Luden.io, now be live.  Allowing you…

The Biggest Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases Of The Week 10/15/17

Hold on to your hats; there’s a lot of great VR content to get through this week, with big releases from some of the industry’s leading developers. If you missed the previous entry of this list you can see those new releases here. And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group, complete with a curated list…

Initial Coin Offering For VR/AR Monetization Platform Is Launched

A blockchain-powered monetization platform designed for use with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) called Gaze Coin will be launching its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on 28th November, 2017. Gaze Coin uses eye tracking to calculate the amount of time users spend looking at or interacting with various objects and areas within VR or…

Palmer Luckey’s New Firm Looking Into AR and VR For Military Use

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey left the company back in March, but since then he has been promising that he has big things planned, and that he is far from done with virtual reality (VR). This seems to be the case, as his new defence start-up is looking into VR and augmented reality (AR) for battlefield…

Oculus Connect 4 – Shooting and Strategy

Vertigo Games have been the developers behind the successful first-person zombie shooter Arizona Sunshine as well as the newly released real-time strategy title Skyworld. On stage at Oculus Connect 4, a representative spoke of the lessons learned from those titles about developing for virtual reality (VR). Trevor Blom, Lead Developer at Vertigo Games took to…

The Best Videos And Trailers From This Week

With Oculus connect 4, Windows VR launch and a few high-profile virtual reality game releases, it’s been busy recently in the world of VR. Here’s a recap of some of the most popular videos and trailers in case you missed them. Halo Recruit Full VR Gameplay On Windows A slew of Windows VR headsets were…

VR Survival Horror Title Reficul Coming to Steam

The rise of virtual reality (VR) has offered a number of unique opportunities to small, independent developers, allowing small studios to become known to a wider audience. Such is the case with UK-based developers Mad About Games Studios, who have today announced that its VR survival horror title Reficul will be coming soon to Steam….

Developer Uses ARCore To Bring Positional Tracking To Gear VR

The VR industry is slowly inching closer to six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking on mobile-based headsets. But while Google toils away on standalone headsets with positional tracking, another studio has used its ARCore tech to implement positional tracking on Gear VR. FusedVR recently posted the below video using Android’s new AR platform enable 6DOF…

Game Cooks Discuss VINDICTA and VR Arcades

Announced back in June this year, Game Cooks have been working on VINDICTA for Steam VR on HTC Vive and is now also available on Oculus Rift. VRFocus speak to Anthony Geara, Lead 3D Artist at Game Cooks about the videogame at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The videogame is a virtual reality (VR), first-person shooter (FPS)…

Valve Launches SteamVR Media Player For Viewing Video In VR

SteamVR just got a big new feature; a built-in media player for different types of video content. The SteamVR Media Player allows you to view local media files from within your VR headset. The player supports traditional video that will appear as a virtual window but also more immersive 180 and 360 degree options that will…

Puzzle Title GNOG Coming To PC VR

Quirky virtual reality (VR) puzzle title GNOG will soon be headed to Steam for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive according to a tweet from developers KO OP. The title had previously been released on the PlayStation VR, with some hints at plans for a ARKit-powered version for iPhone. GNOG is a brightly coloured puzzler inspired…

Location-Based VR Horror Experiences With DarkCorner

Real-world interactive elements bring immersive horror to new levels. There’s a reason the horror genre is so popular among VR developers and 360° video creators. The immersive technology pairs perfectly with the frightening medium, enhancing the atmosphere and jump scares ten-fold. So when an already horrifying VR experience adds interactive physical enhancements to the mix…

Further Information About LG VR Headset Revealed

Earlier this year, many people were taken by surprise by the announcement that electronics company LG were working with Valve on a new virtual reality (VR) headset. There has been much speculation ad rumour since, but more details on the device has finally emerged. The new device has been named by a Trademark application with…

Adobe’s Project SonicScape Visualizes Audio For Easier 360 Editing

Adobe previewed a concept it is working on that would make it easier for creators working on VR videos to place and align sound. Producing high-quality 360-degree video content has traditionally been a difficult affair at all stages of production, from capture to delivery. However, a constant stream of new cameras, editing tools and streaming…

Dark Souls-Inspired Left-Hand Path Leaving Steam Early Access Next Month

In what seems to be a running trend of early access titles from 2016 seeing full releases recently – both Raw Data and Space Pirate Trainer have had 1.0 updates, today Strange Company has announced that its Dark Souls-inspired, spell casting videogame Left-Hand Path is due for its full release next month. Left-Hand Path is a role playing game…

Jaunt VR Releases Experimental Experience Through You

Award-winning filmmaker and dancer Lily Baldwin and Emmy award-winning director Saschka Unseld (Henry , Dear Angelica) have created an experimental virtual reality (VR) experience Through You which Jaunt has announced is now available through its app. Filled with saturated colors, a bold score and dance, Through You tells the story of love born, lived, lost, burned, and seemingly gone forever….

Oculus Connect 4 – Retention and Building Relationships

Oculus Connect was a big event full of big announcements, such as the Oculus Go and Santa Cruz, but big announcements were just part of what was happening at the event. There were also several presentations talking about important topics in the virtual reality (VR) sphere, including one on the importance of retention and building…

The Battle Royale Genre Gets A VR Title In Until None Remain

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, affectionately known to players as PUBG, has become a videogaming phenomenon. Setting an all-time player count record on Steam back in September and bringing to the fore the so called ‘Battle Royale’ genre of gaming, PUBG being joined by Fortnite‘s own Battle Royale mode on September 26th. A mode Battlegrounds‘ developer Bluehole is…