Echo Arena Update Teases Echo Combat, Improves Lobby

Ready at Dawn’s hit multiplayer VR game, Echo Arena, is still going strong with free updates, and the most recent one is something fans should definitely check out. Echo Arena Update 9.0 is headlined by a brand new lobby area that you’ll visit between games of the zero gravity eSport. The new area is much…

Electronauts Interview, Make Music In Virtual Reality

L.A based virtual reality (VR) developer Survios revealed their next title Electronauts back in December of last year and now VRFocus’ Nina Salomon got to talk with VR Producer, Zach Gonzalez from Survios about the upcoming release. Electronauts is a music creation tool designed to be accessible to all, offering users a chance to create their…

Oculus Opens Applications for 2018 Launch Pad Mentorship Program

Oculus recently opened applications for its annual Launch Pad program, a developer mentorship that provides funding and resources to people from underrepresented backgrounds. Oculus Launch Pad was created to “ensure diversity of thought in the VR ecosystem,” and focuses on women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people from other underrepresented backgrounds,…

OVERTURN Goes Multiplayer In OVERTURN: Final Operation

One particular trait often explored in videogames when it comes to being ‘The Hero’, is the idea you’ve got to give everything you’ve got for the cause. Whether that is fighting against incomprehensable odds or even laying down your life in exchange for ultimate victory (or redemption). To be a hero is a path of…

World Engine NeosVR Launches Beta May 4

One of VR’s most ambitious and longest-gestating projects is heading toward a beta launch on May 4, and its creator is looking for supporters on Steam and Patreon. NeosVR is a project from Tomáš “Frooxius” Mariančík and Solirax co-founder Karel Hulec that’s been in development for several years. It is a collection of tools to let…

Steven Spielberg Says He Played Mario On PSVR And The Internet Is Confused

Either Steven Spielberg just accidentally revealed a history-making collaboration between two of gaming’s biggest rivals, or he needs a quick refresher on a who’s-who of the industry. Much to everyone’s surprise, the Ready Player One director recently claimed he’d played Mario in VR on a PlayStation, implying that Nintendo’s mascot is soon to appear on…

Dead Secret Circle Reveals New Trailer

Back in 2015. developer Robot Invader released its first virtual reality (VR) title for the Samsung Gear VR, titled Dead Secret. The horror/mystery titled was subsequently expanded to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, where it was well-received by critics. The development team have now revealed the trailer for the sequel, Dead Secret Circle. Dead Secret…

Giant Mecha Combat In Action With Code 51: Mech Arena

In a world reeling from a devastating world war, the accumulation of resources has become the paramount task of everyone, especially when it comes to gathering sources of the mysterious Code 51 energy, which powers the huge and powerful mechs. Code 51: Mech Arena is a title created by Chinese developer Smellyriver. There has been…

Time to Get In the Cockpit As Code 51: Mech Arena is Out Now

After noting the regrettable dearth of good mech combat titles available in virtual reality (VR), Chinese developer Smellyriver have arrived to fill that particular niche with new title Code 51: Mech Arena, which is available now on PlayStation VR. Code 51: Mecha Arena takes place in a world that has been ravaged by a devastating…

VR Shooter Archangel Gets Free Multiplayer Update

Skydance Interactive are opening up the world of its action-shooter title Archangel to multiplayer introducing both cooperative and competitive multiplayer with a free update that will also introduce new maps and new mech classes. The new update is called Archangel: Hellfire and will be made available to all players who have a copy of Archangel…

Pimax Announce New Design for Controllers

Pimax attracted a great deal of attention with its Kickstarter campaign that aimed to fund the creation of an 8K virtual reality (VR) headset. The crowdfunding campaign went well over its initial funding goal, and customers are keen to get their hands on the headsets. A question still remained, however, and that was regarding the…

Descent Spiritual Successor Overload Getting VR-Enabled Full Release Soon

Six degrees of freedom (6DOF) shooters seem to work pretty well in VR, provided you have the stomach for them. If you’re a fan of the genre, then there’s a big release next month you should definitely be marking on your calendars. Developer Revival Productions’ Overload is finally coming out of Early Access on May…

‘Paper Valley’ Review – Settling the Busy Mind by Throwing Paper Airplanes

Paper Valley is as pretty unique experience. Although it’s decidedly a more zen-like game without any real pressure to succeed, there’s something to it that’s just engaging enough to keep you moving forward, hopefully getting you into the quiet, focused flowstate. Paper Valley Details: Official Site Developer: Vitei Backroom Available On: Oculus Home (Rift) Release Date: April 19th, 2018 Gameplay…

VR vs. Data

It has suddenly dawned on me as I begin to write this that the title makes it sound like I’m going to be laying down the law – or should that be Lore? – on Brent Spiner this week on VR vs. I can assure you, however, that’s definitely not the case. But at the…

Dimension Launches Partner Programme For VR, AR and MR

As an increasing amount of realism is demanded by audiences for virtual reality (VR) and other immersive media, volumetric 3D capture is becoming appealing to many content creators. To further these ambitions, state-of-the-art capture studio Dimension is launching a partner programme that will allow developers to create new experiences using volumetric video. The new partner…

Everything We Know About Oculus Go (so far)

Oculus Go is an upcoming standalone VR headset and controller that offers the same content library and a similar experience to Gear VR, but in a dedicated unit rather than a ‘headset shell’ accessory for a smartphone. What follows is a brief overview of everything we know about the soon the launch headset. What is…

Samsung Launches Six Indie VR Projects

Six indie VR projects are now available on the Samsung VR Video service via the Oculus store. The debut episodes are the product of a new program from Samsung looking to fund indie filmmakers while encouraging them to use the 360 Round — a high-end VR camera from Samsung that sells for more than $10,000. The…

Tribeca Film Festival’s Virtual Arcade Steps Up VR Game For 2018

Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade returns once again to bring groundbreaking immersive experiences. One of the largest independent film festivals in the world, the annual Tribeca Film Festival is responsible for delivering some of the most impactful and most-talked-about creative projects to NYC audiences. The nine-day affair hosts a variety of public and private screenings, live conversations…

Trailer and Release Date for The Exorcist: Legion VR – Chapter 4 Revealed

When it comes to iconic horror film franchises various ones spring to mind. The likes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Hellraiser, Saw, Scream have all continued to have a devoted following over the years. Saw is, of course, still ongoing. Hellraiser: Judgment, the tenth instalment in that franchise came out earlier this year…

This Fitness Suit Turns A New VR Game Into An Intense Workout

An upcoming fitness experience is set to work with an electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) suit to turn your VR gaming sessions into heart-pounding workouts. Sourcenity and VisionBody have partnered up to produce a new VR fitness experience that can be played with the latter’s $300 PowerSuit which houses 20 EMS patches positioned across the body…

Samsung Push Forward Creative VR With New Video Initiative

Samsung have expressed a strong interest in virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video, whether this is in regards to its Gear VR headset or its Gear 360 camera. The company is now taking that further with the announcement of Pilot Season, an initiative aimed at supporting the independent VR filmmaking industry. The Pilot Season programme…

ARK Park Gets Free Locomotion And A Discount

The development team at Snail Games have been hard at work on improving the virtual reality (VR) spin-off to ARK: Survival Evolved. ARK Park has now been updated with bug fixes and a free locomotion option. Best of all, the title is currently available with a discount as part of the Steam VR Spring Sale….

What to Expect in AR and VR at Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference

While Oculus holds their own annual developer conference (coming later this year), parent company Facebook has in years past had plenty of exciting news to share at their own F8 developer conference. With F8 just around the corner on May 1st & 2nd, we take a look at what might be revealed. Buzz is building…

‘Archangel: Hellfire’ Update to Bring Off-rails Multiplayer June 28th, Beta Starts May 25th

Skydance Interactive, the studio behind arcade mech shooter Archangel (2017), officially announced today that their next update, Archangel: Hellfire, will bring an off-rails multiplayer mode to the base game, which at launch was exclusively an on-rails, single player experience. Archangel: Hellfire will add all-new maps, new classes of the game’s six-story tall mechs, and two new game…

Earth Day: Now You Can Surf With a Legend in VR

It was 1978 when John Ritter became the first known surfer ride the now-legendary wave dubbed “Cloudbreak” off the tiny heart-shaped Fijian island Tavarua. Now forty years later, a team of passionate environmentalists, surfers and virtual reality pioneers are working to bring that experience and John Ritter’s lifelong oceanic yacht and surfboard exploration to users…

The VR Job Hub: Facebook, Oculus, RYOT And Even Apple Are Hiring

The weekend is here, the sun is out and it is a great time to see what new opportunities await within the immersive media industries and find that dream job. As always, VRFocus are here to help you out with another entry of The VR Job Hub. Every weekend VRFocus gathers together a number open position from across the virtual reality…