Schell Games Unveil HoloLAB Champions, Bring Chemistry To VR

Entertainment and educational videogame development studio Schell Games have unveiled their next title in the form of HoloLAB Champions. This new immersive virtual realty (VR) title puts users onto the center stage of a chemistry themed gameshow where knowing their science will be key to succeeding and winning a holo-brain trophy. HoloLAB Champions has been as…

This Week In VR Sports: It’s All About The Beautiful Game

With the weekend here  it is time for another entry of This Week In VR Sport. VRFocus brings you a number of sports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories every weekend and this time it is all about the football. Cherry Pop Games have released highlights from their virtual world cup, Coca-Cola teams up with Swiss Striker…

Echo Combat Livestream – Open Beta Online VR FPS Multiplayer

The Open Beta for Echo Combat is live and running until Sunday. If you have Oculus Home installed already, you may have noticed that the Echo games have undergone a bit of re-branding. Instead of Echo Combat and Echo Arena existing in the launch separately, there is now just Echo VR and when you load into the…

Reports Shows Dip In VR Headset Sales

A report from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset Tracker has found that shipments of AR and VR headsets was down from last year, but the IDC report also predicts a resurgence of sales in the near future. The report showed that shipments of VR and AR headsets were down 30.5% year over…

Preview: Lems

It’s becoming quite common to see virtual reality (VR) titles that cast the player in the role of a giant manipulating or otherwise interacting with a world that is in a much smaller scale. Moss, Along Together and the upcoming Ghost Giant have all used this approach, and Lems does the same. In this case,…

Competition: Move Fast To Enter This Ludicrous Speed Prize Draw

The end of the week is here once again, and that of course means (now that E3 is out of the way for another year) that it’s competition time here on VRFocus. This time you’ll be wanting to probably stretch your muscles in advance because the virtual reality (VR) videogame we’re offering codes for is…

Editorial: Google’s Long-Term Strategy Could Dominate VR/AR

Confidence is a prerequisite to enjoy VR’s magic. There are so many things that can go wrong wearing a VR headset and most of us know this before the goggles come down over our eyes. “Discomfort” doesn’t quite encapsulate the risk of wearing something that blocks your view of the real world. Just trying to…

Summer VR Sales Offer Big Savings On Top Titles

Summer sales are now in place across Steam (through July 5), Oculus (through July 1) and Viveport (through July 7), with major savings on some of our favorite VR titles. Oculus is also offering special deals each day along with packs of top-tier experiences that can be purchased together while HTC’s Viveport is throwing free games…

Tour The Historic Anne Frank House In VR

Since opening its doors to the public in 1960, the Anne Frank House in Westerkerk, Amsterdam has become an important reminder of the horrific discrimination Frank and others faced during the WWII era. Ran by the non-profit Anne Frank Foundation dedicated to the preservation of Frank’s original hiding place and story, the 17th century canal…

Steam Summer Sale Offers Big Discounts on Top VR Titles

Steam’s annual summer sale is back, and heavy discounts are here on hundreds of VR games including a number of top titles that will have you spending those hot days in the cold depths of space, post-apocalyptic warzones, and practically anywhere you can imagine that isn’t your backyard. Both Oculus and Viveport’s respective sales are…

Steam Introduces SteamVR Skeletal Input

Back in May Steam announced a new SteamVR input system that was designed to allow developers to more easily support existing and future controllers, offering gamers to more easily customize their controls. Now, Steam have revealed their next part of this system which will allow virtual reality (VR) titles to gather extra information from the…

Standalone Virtual Reality Headsets Will Bring VR Into Focus

As some of you may know, I have a background in software engineering and CAD and have been active in emerging tech field over the last ten years through investments as well as growing start-ups in mobile IoT, AI and, recently, augmented reality (AR) and/or virtual reality (VR). We then have set up the Realities…

CPDinVR Opens Registrations for Anniversary Event

In 2017 Steve Bambury set out to attempt something new by hosting a free ‘continuing professional development’ (CPD) by using virtual reality (VR) by using the Engage platform from Immersive VR Education. To celebrate the first year anniversary of this, a special CPDinVR event is planned. The special CPDinVR First Anniversary Event will feature a…

Echo Combat Livestream – Gravity-Defying FPS Action

The Open Beta for Echo Combat is finally here! If you have Oculus Home installed already, you may have noticed that the Echo games have undergone a bit of re-branding. Instead of Echo Combat and Echo Arena existing in the launch separately, there is now just Echo VR and when you load into the lobby…

Expore The Surface Of Mars In Red Rover

Most of us have had dreams about going to space and visiting other planets. Seeing the stars and looking out towards other systems. Though it might still be some time off, virtual reality (VR) is allowing people to experience those moments today. With the upcoming release of Red Rover: Planetary Driving Simulator, users will be…

Endeavour Foundation Uses VR To Help Teenagers Train For Jobs

In Australia, the Endeavour Foundation is trying to help young adults with intellectual disabilities learn news skills that might help them prepare for entering work. To do this, the foundation has turned to virtual reality (VR). The not-for-profit organisation is in the process of rolling out 15 VR training programs which use the Oculus Rift…

VIDEO: Facebook Researcher’s Talk About More Comfortable VR Headsets

Facebook’s research into a more comfortable VR headset with a wider field of view was revealed at the company’s developer conference in early May. A few weeks later, at a symposium put together by the world’s preeminent researchers and engineers in display technology, Douglas Lanman of Facebook Reality Labs (formerly Oculus Research) detailed the reasons they…

Enter the Casino With Social Club VR

Developer Perilous Orbit previously produced the virtual reality (VR) mini-game compilation SportsBar VR. The studio has now expanded on that work, producing what it has described as it most ambitious project yet, Social Club VR. Social Club VR is an online VR casino experience which is due to be released shortly on Oculus Home and…

New Trailer For VR Multiplayer Title Seeking Dawn Arrives

With virtual reality (VR) moving towards a more mature phase of development, we’re starting to see larger adventures coming to life, particularly for the high-end platforms such as PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Developer Multiverse Entertainment are seeking to continue and expand upon that trends with Seeking Dawn, which has just seen the…

Rift & Vive Summer Sales Offer Big Savings on Hundreds of VR Titles

While we’re still waiting on the Steam Summer Sale to materialize, this year’s big Rift and Vive annual summer sales are already here, and hundreds of VR titles are on deep discount on the Oculus Store and Viveport until the beginning of next month. Many of the top VR games from 2016 and 2017 are…

HTC Vive Libraries Program Will Bring VR Headsets To Over 100 Libraries

Almost a year ago to the date Oculus announced an initiative to bring VR headsets to 90 different California libraries. Now, HTC has announced the Vive Libraries Program, which is set to bring VR headsets to 110 different libraries in California and Nevada. It’s hard to know how similar the programs are beyond the obvious,…

Hands-On: Echo Combat Is An Intense VR Shooter With Zero-G Movement

This article was originally published in early June and is being republished now to coincide with the upcoming Open Beta weekend, which starts tomorrow, June 21st. After playing lots of Echo Arena over the past year and being intimately familiar with the mechanics of Ready at Dawn’s groundbreaking zero-gravity movement system, I can still say that…

Carly and the Reaperman Escapes On to Steam

Developer Odd Raven Studios have unveiled the expected release date for virtual reality (VR) co-operative platforming adventure Carly and the Reaperman: Escape from the Underworld to head to Steam. Designed to be a ‘couch co-op’ experience in which one player takes the role of Carly in third person on a standard display while the other…

Carly and the Reaperman Escapes On to Steam

Developer Odd Raven Studios have unveiled the expected release date for virtual reality (VR) co-operative platforming adventure Carly and the Reaperman: Escape from the Underworld to head to Steam. Designed to be a ‘couch co-op’ experience in which one player takes the role of Carly in third person on a standard display while the other…