Epic Games’ Latest Unreal Dev Grants Include 7 VR Studios

Epic Games’ Unreal Dev Grants began back in 2016 as a $5 million USD initiative awarding developers with funding for contributions to the Unreal Engine community. In this latest round, 17 projects have received a total of $275,000, seven of which are virtual reality (VR) related. The projects cover a range of genres – mostly videogames – with…

Zero-G Shooter Sublevel Zero Getting Full VR Support

Developer Sigtrap Games has announced that shooter Sublevel Zero will be receiving a large update on PC, Mac and Linux to upgrade the title to the expansion Sublevel Zero Redux; an update which will fully implement virtual reality (VR) support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Sublevel Zero is a space shooter where the player takes…

Kenzan Studios: Behind the Scenes of the Kenzan Arena Franchise

Kenzan Studios’ out-of-home entertainment franchise, Kenzan Arena, made waves in the virtual reality (VR) industry upon its announcement earlier this year. A large-scale multiplayer experience that utilises backpack PCs, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs) and Noitom optical tracking systems to deliver original content and unique VR experiences to consumers. VRFocus recently visited…

VRTV Weekly Roundup: Microsoft AR, Google Daydream and Oculus Rift

Celebrate Thursday and the approaching weekend with the latest edition of the VRTV roundup covering all the hottest news from the past seven days. This week sees some news from Microsoft, Google and Oculus. The last week has seen details of the upcoming updates and enhancements to Google’s Daydream platform which is incorporating social features…

Sublevel Zero Finally Gets Full Rift/Vive Support In July

Sublevel Zero is one of those games that strikes you as perfect for VR support, so much so that it already has some basic integration. Deeper support will be with us very soon, however. Developer Sigtrap Games today announced that Sublevel Zero Redux is coming to PC on July 13th. That was the name given…

Topshop Slides Into Summer With VR Waterslide

UK clothing brand Topshop are welcoming in the warm days of summer with the introduction of a 360-degree virtual reality (VR) experience at the company’s flagship store in London’s Oxford Street. Visitors to the store will be able to don an Oculus Rift headset and take a trip down a waterslide that takes them on…

Jaunt and Land Rover go ‘Above and Beyond’ ahead of the America’s Cup

Jaunt and Land Rover have released a 360-degree film ahead of the America’s Cup Qualifiers on Friday 26th bringing customers and fans closer to the action of this famous boat race. The film allows viewers to jump on board as the team sail around Bermuda’s Great Sound during final preparations for the challenge. Fans are transported into a grueling gym…

It’s Time to go on an Intergalactic Ride as Cosmic Trip Leaves Early Access

Today, Californian indie studio Funktronic Lab’s virtual reality (VR) title Cosmic Trip leaves Early Access on Steam and Oculus Store for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. An award-winning real-time strategy title, Cosmic Trip has been built from the ground-up for VR. Gameplay requires players to   build and command swarms of small flying robots to harvest resources from hostile alien…

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…

Epic Games Advances VR Integration for Unreal Engine Releasing v4.16

Last month Epic Games rolled out the first preview for the next iteration of its Unreal Engine software, version 4.16. Since then smaller previews have been released, giving developers a chance to experiment with some of the new features. Today, those new additions are fully implemented with Unreal Engine 4.16 now available. As VRFocus has…

Classic Cult Anime Evangelion Gets the VR Treatment

Image Credit: Bandai Namco (Fair Use Doctrine) Back in 1995 the world of Japanese animation (or Anime) was taken by storm when a hot new show hit the airwaves. Neon Genesis Evangelion tells the story of a young boy named Shinji Ikari and the world-shaking responsibility put onto his shoulders. Evangelion was a deconstruction of…

HandyGames Release Early Preview Trailer for Townsmen VR

German developer HandyGames, the studio behind Gear VR titles Hidden Temple – VR Adventure and Stunt Kite Masters VR, has released an early preview video for its next virtual reality (VR) project Townsmen VR. Townsmen VR is an immersive version of HandyGames’ world building strategy title Townsmen, which launch on mobile and PC last year. Players start with a tiny village and through…

Watch the Action of Formula E in VR with Virtually Live

Last year the FIA Formula E Championship teamed up with virtual reality (VR) company Virtually Live, allowing fans to watch renderings of the races. That partnership has continued into the current racing season so that viewers can see several of the latest races. Updating its Formula E VR app, Virtually Live allows fans to revisit the…

Hands-On: Brass Tactics Is Basically Age Of Empires VR

My first words after demoing Hidden Path Entertainment’s Brass Tactics were, “This feels a lot like Age of Empires.” Then from behind me come the happy words of Hidden Path’s Founder and Chief Creative Officer Mark Terrano, “Good, because I made Age of Empires II.” Before long, Terrano verbalizes why I’ve made the comparison between…

Play BlazeRush On Rift Totally For Free This Weekend

BlazeRush by Targem Games is what you get if you made a VR racing game out of the Hot Wheels and other toy cars that tons of children had buzzing around little tracks in their bedrooms. I’ll never forget all of the stunts and intense setups I’d orchestrate in the name of feeling cool. Now BlazeRush…

Review: Bullet Sorrow VR

If you’re a fan of traditional shooting videogames and you come over to the world of virtual reality (VR) you’ll be well catered for, in some respect too well catered for, as there’s just so many. Which has its plus and minus’s, namely being the genre works very well in VR – if you hadn’t…

Report: Samsung To Reveal UHD Display Primed For VR Today

It’s going to be years until display resolutions are clear enough for VR to look like real life, but we’re inching ever forward. It looks like Samsung might be announcing the next step in that journey today. Reports from Yonhap News and The Korean Herald state that Samsung is expected to reveal a new 1.96…

Delila’s Gift Shows A Fascinating New Way To Tell Stories In VR

At the beginning of the month Oculus announced it was closing Story Studio, its VR filmmaking division. Following the news I wrote a little about what we’d learned from the studio, and how we could look forward to more invention built on the foundations of its work. Delila’s Gift is a perfect example of what…

Burn Rubber On Oculus Rift This Weekend With Free BlazeRush

Racing titles tend to work fairly well in virtual reality (VR), so fans of racing videogames who own an Oculus Rift can start their engines as arcade-inspired racing title BlazeRush is available free-to-play this weekend. BlazeRush was developed by Targem Games, taking inspiration for fast-paced multiplayer racing titles such as Mario Kart and Micro Machines….

Charm Games’ Psychedelic Sci-Fi Title FORM Coming to HTC Vive

Indie videogame studio Charm Games has announced today that its upcoming virtual reality (VR) title, FORM, will release on Steam for HTC Vive on 1st June 2017. A surreal puzzle videogame, FORM is set in a remote Alaskan research facility, with players in the role of Dr. Devin Eli, a physicist with superhuman powers of geometric visualization, taking…

Oculus Roles Out 1.15 Update to Improve Roomscale Support

Earlier this month Oculus announced the next update for its head-mounted display (HMD) with version 1.15. Oculus Rift users were able to preview it via the company’s Public Test Channel, and now everyone will get the new software from today. The big inclusion in v1.15 is full roomscale support for those who own more than…

Oculus Teams With Crytek to Share VR Locomotion Experiments

Oculus recently published the first installment of their ‘Developer Perspectives’ video playlists, detailed on the developer blog. Crytek’s VR movement research is presented by Julius Carter, Game Designer at the studio behind award-winning VR games Artificial VR locomotion—moving the player around the virtual world in ways that takes them beyond their available physical space—is an…

Hands-On: Arktika.1 Has Promise But Chooses To Tell Rather Than Show

Arktika.1 is one of the many virtual reality titles taking a swing at AAA adventure, coming exclusively to the Oculus Touch from the creators of the Metro series, 4A Games. It’s an assortment of guns, waves of vile bad guys, and a post-apocalyptic plot. It aims to be vast in all of the typical action…

Superhot VR Hits HTC Vive This Thursday

Vive owners — rejoice! The teasing is over as one of the absolute best Oculus Rift with Touch games we’ve seen so far is finally releasing on the HTC Vive through Steam this Thursday, May 25th. The standard price of Superhot VR is $24.99 but it will only cost $19.99 during the first week of…

Galaxis Wars Brings Interstellar Battle To HTC Vive Next Week

100 years in the future when man has had enough of fighting itself humanity will look to the stars and see… a whole new opportunity to blow things up. Virtual reality (VR) videogame Galaxis Wars takes fighting into the future and the year 2120, where human kind has made contact with alien lifeforms and unfortunately…