Pastimes For Pirates Developer Diary #3 – Tacking Where Neccessary

In this third Developer Diary for Pastimes for Pirates, we look at how we’re expanding upon the initial prototype into a more fully fledged vertical slice, one that will hopefully whet the whistles and widen the wallets of virtual reality (VR) games publishers. DoF McGrog’en When we first set sail on our journey to find…

VR Spellcaster The Wizards Gets Oculus Go, Gear VR Spin-Off

Carbon Studio’s The Wizards is one of the more polished spellcasting games you can play in a VR headset, and now it’s getting a mobile-based spin-off. The studio this week released The Wizards: Trials of Meliora for Oculus Go and Gear VR. It’s essentially a wave shooter that gives you a taste of the full…

Oculus Home Gets Even Homier

Image Copyright: Oculus (used under Fair Use Rationale) User interfaces in VR face their own set of challenges other media don’t. You aren’t just responsible for designing the on-screen UI elements. You literally have to design the user’s entire virtual environment. I guess that’s one of the reasons the concept of a literal home is…

Report: Next-gen NVIDIA GPUs Will Boost VR Bandwidth With New Connector

A report from Tom’s Hardware states that NVIDIA’s next-generation GeForce GPUs, tentatively being referred to as the GTX 11-series, will include a new connector with enough bandwidth to support future VR headsets much higher resolutions and greater refresh rates. According to a report by Tom’s Hardware, citing anonymous sources, Nvidia’s next generation of GPUs will be capable of 120Hz…

The Virtual Arena: The New Drive for Out-of-Home VR (Part 2)

In June a cacophony of announcements regarding major LB-VR projects and new commercial entertainment VR hardware came out – so we conclude this two-part feature with more observations on developments in the Digital Out-of-Home entertainment VR (DOE) scene; with industry specialist, Kevin Williams ending his latest observations of this defining market for VR technology. As…

Report: HTC Lays Off 1,500 People In Latest Cost-Cutting Effort

HTC’s leadership is laying off around one fifth of its workforce in an attempt to put the company on a path to sustainability. According to a tweet from Bloomberg journalist Samson Ellis, HTC is cutting 1,500 people from its Taiwan workforce. That’s roughly 22 percent of employees. June 26: @htc says it will return to…

Report: HTC Lays Off 1,500 People In Latest Cost-Cutting Effort

HTC’s leadership is laying off around one fifth of its workforce in an attempt to put the company on a path to sustainability. According to a tweet from Bloomberg journalist Samson Ellis, HTC is cutting 1,500 people from its Taiwan workforce. That’s roughly 22 percent of employees. June 26: @htc says it will return to…

A Glossary of Immersive Tech Terms

The world of immersive technology can be a daunting place full of confusing acronyms and tech lingo that only the most up-to-date enthusiast will understand. Last year VRFocus created a little glossary of the most used acronyms such as VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality) and many more. Well it’s come to our attention that an update of…

A Glossary of Immersive Tech Terms

The world of immersive technology can be a daunting place full of confusing acronyms and tech lingo that only the most up-to-date enthusiast will understand. Last year VRFocus created a little glossary of the most used acronyms such as VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality) and many more. Well it’s come to our attention that an update of…

VRFocus Talk To Dream Reality Interactive About Arca’s Path VR

The upcoming virtual reality (VR) title from publisher Rebellion and fellow British studio Dream Reality Interactive, Arca’s Path VR, continues to look colourful and interesting with every new drop of information. During the recent  Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 show, VRFocus’ Nina Salomons was able to sit down with Dave Ranyard, CEO, Dream Reality Interactive to…

Windows VR Headsets Seeing Slow But Steady Adoption on Steam

The monthly Steam hardware survey is out again, and while June hasn’t revealed any major upsets in the balances of usership between HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, the survey shows that Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets are making slow, but steady headway on the platform. Each month, Valve runs the survey among Steam users to determine…

Navigate Your Smart Home Devices In AR

An augmented home is just seconds away thanks to the Smart AR Home app. As popular smart home devices such as the Philips Hue digital lighting platform and Nest’s line of wifi-enabled tools continue making their way into more living rooms, it’s not surprising to find many residents now controlling a majority of their lighting,…

Something For The Weekend: Oculus Summer Sale Goes Out With A Bang

As the summer heat continues to keep coming so to do the deals and sales on a wide range of virtual reality (VR) titles. VRFocus is back once again with another entry of Something for the Weekend, which brings together a number of different titles to help you find your next favourite title. It’s time to visit…

Walmart Release New Online Virtual Apartment Shopping Experience

In it’s continued effort to use the latest technology to compete with other major retailers, Walmart have announced it will be introducing a new way for customers to shop on its site in the form of a virtual reality (VR) apartment experiences. Dubbed the 3D Virtual Shopping Tour, the experience allows customers to explore a…

John Carmack Reveals 5K VR Video

Despite smartphone screens reaching ludicrous resolutions and fantastic specifications, there are very few 3D-rendered applications that can take advantage of it. So most 3D games and other real-time 3D applications are produced at a lower resolution and then scaled up to the native resolution of the screen. Even then, the absolute rendering ability of top-class…

Pinball FX2 VR’s Movie-Based Tables Come to PlayStation VR and HTC Vive

Last month the rather excellent Pinball FX2 VR for Oculus Rift, Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR saw an update adding three film inspired tables to the videogame. Today, Zen Studios has announced that the Universal Classic pack has been made available for PlayStation VR and HTC Vive. The three-table pinball pack has been inspired by E.T. the…

Pinball FX2 VR’s Movie-Based Tables Come to PlayStation VR and HTC Vive

Last month the rather excellent Pinball FX2 VR for Oculus Rift, Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR saw an update adding three film inspired tables to the videogame. Today, Zen Studios has announced that the Universal Classic pack has been made available for PlayStation VR and HTC Vive. The three-table pinball pack has been inspired by E.T. the…

Co-op Heist Title Covert Revealed for Oculus Go

It been a while since indie developer White Elk Studio announced anything virtual reality (VR) related, with the last project being Eclipse: Edge of Light for Google Daydream. Today, in collaboration with Oculus Studios, the pair have revealed a new co-op experience for Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR, Covert. Sounding very much like Black Hat Cooperative’s style of gameplay, Covert features…

AllSeated Reveal New VR Application For Event Planning

A number of industries and businesses have seen the benefits of virtual reality (VR) technology. One of those industries has been event planning and hospitality, with AllSeated aiming to lead the way with its VR app for venues and event planners. The company are launching a new version of its AllSeatedVR app, which is designed…

Gear VR to Become “Galaxy VR”?

Editorial Credit: Shutterstock The Samsung Gear VR products are probably the best and most successful series of mobile VR headsets on the market today. If you ignore HMDs with narrow appeal, such as single-model Google Daydream units, then there’s not much competition. Working with Oculus, Samsung was able to create something that was elegant, easy…

‘Oculus TV’ Brings Live & On-demand Video to Oculus Go, Now Available

Announced back at Facebook’s F8 developer conference earlier this year, Oculus TV is the company’s latest first-party app that pulls a number of flatscreen video options together under one roof. The app is now available for free on Oculus Go. Displaying video on a virtual ‘180-inch’ TV, the company is billing its newest video streaming app…

Oculus Go Rolls Out On to European Store Shelves

Some analysts have identified the announcement of the Oculus Go as the start of a new phase in virtual reality (VR) hardware. The Oculus Go offers many advantages, being much more portable than its tethered PC-based big brother, the Oculus Rift, but also offered better visual clarity than mobile VR devices like the Samsung Gear…