Eight Finalists For Global AR Online Pitch Revealed

Sometimes in order for something to truly succeed and create something bigger you have to work together. This is true in any line of business, even the immersive technology sector. After all where would the Gear VR – arguably virtual reality’s (VR’s) most prolific headset – be, without the partnership between both Samsung and Oculus?…

A Little Taste of What’s to Come in Red Matter

After revealing a launch date for its upcoming puzzle-solver Red Matter last week, indie developer Vertical Robot let VRFocus get some early hands-on time with the videogame. And of course we recorded some gameplay footage for our readers to enjoy. Purely for Oculus Rift, Red Matter is a story-driven VR puzzle adventure experience set during a dystopian sci-fi Cold…

WarDucks to Return Soon With RollerCoaster Legends II: Thor’s Hammer

Having released first-person shooter (FPS) Sneaky Bears and RollerCoaster Legends back in 2017, indie developer WarDucks has today announced its next virtual reality (VR) title, RollerCoaster Legends II: Thor’s Hammer for multiple VR headsets. As the name suggests, RollerCoaster Legends II: Thor’s Hammer has been inspired by Norse mythology with appearances from Viking Gods, Loki, and Thor. “RollerCoaster Legends II: Thor’s Hammer builds…

Hands-on: VR Goes Skydiving at iFLY – The Ultimate Haptic Simulation

iFLY, a leading provider of indoor skydiving facilities, today launched their iFLY VR initiative which combines the company’s indoor skydiving experience with immersive visuals powered by a Gear VR headset. I got to try to experience for myself at the company’s SF Bay location. Now available at 28 locations in the US, the iFLY VR…

VR Dev nDreams Estimates There Are 4.5 Million High End Headsets

Presenting at VRX Europe, the CEO of studio nDreams estimated there are nearly 15 million monthly active users split across high-end VR, mobile VR and cardboard. nDreams CEO Patrick O’Luanaigh’s talk was framed around Mark Zuckerberg’s goal of getting “1 billion people in VR”, and O’Luanaigh discussed what might make that achievable by 2025. “I…

Preview: Red Matter – A Promising Sci-fi Puzzle Adventure

Having released surreal puzzle experience Daedalus for Samsung Gear VR last year, Spanish indie developer Vertical Robot obviously believes bigger is better when it comes to follow up title Red Matter. Keeping with the puzzle element but going for a dystopian sci-fi theme rather than Greek mythology, Red Matter instantly looks like a videogame from…

Zynga’s CSR Racing 2 AR Mode Races onto Android

After adding augmented reality (AR) support to mobile title CSR Racing 2 for iOS last year, developer Zynga has now announced the introduction of the feature to Android devices thanks to ARCore. Just like the iOS version, Android players will be experience an interactive AR world which brings to life virtual super cars from iconic auto…

Oculus’ May Platform Update Adds Events For Rift

The May update for the Oculus Platform is here, and it should help you keep your VR schedule in order. With this week’s update, Oculus is adding Events listings to Rift (the feature has been running on Gear VR since last year). Events make it easy to keep track of what’s going on with games…

Amazon’s VR/AR Creation Tool ‘Sumerian’ Now Available to General Public

Amazon today announced that Sumerian, a tool that aims to make creating web-based applications for VR/AR and traditional monitors an easy process, is now available to the general public. First announced at last year’s AWS re:Invent, Amazon Sumerian touts the ability to easy publish 3D content to any browser that supports WebGL or WebVR graphics rendering, including Daydream,…

Cortopia Studios Expands Wands Support to Lenovo Mirage Solo and Oculus Go

Virtual reality (VR) adoption is continuing to grow and likewise so are the amount of developers and the content that they create, which is great. However, there’s a catch when studios want to create multiplayer focused experiences. Originally it was the amount of players available that could cause issues, whereas now there’s a lot more…

The Movies Comes to Pinball FX2 VR With Universal Classics Update

Pinball FX2 VR has made its appearance on just about every virtual reality (VR) headset, and has been positively received by its audience. Today developers Zen Studios have announced that in collaboration with Universal, its popular film-inspired Universal Classics pack will be entering VR. The Universal Classics Pinball pack includes several tables which are beloved…

Architecture and Design App Yulio Viewer Launched for Oculus Go

One of the appealing things about the Oculus Go is its available library of over 1000 titles, since the device can draw upon much of the existing Samsung Gear VR library. Some developers are already taking advantage of the additional features offered by the Oculus Go, such as Yulio Technologies, who are launching its Yulio…

Review: République VR

Having seen success with its award-winning stealth title République on platforms like iOS and Android, developer Camouflaj then turned its attention to virtual reality (VR), rebuilding the title from the ground up for the technology. Now called République VR, this story-driven, sneaky experience has come to Oculus’ latest headset Oculus Go, providing one of the most…

Applications Enter Final Week for Oculus Launch Pad Initiative

Now in its third year, the Oculus Launch Pad initiative was created to support virtual reality (VR) content creators from diverse backgrounds, helping them develop and nurture their ideas to bring them to market. For those interested in VR content creation, applications are now in their final week. The Oculus Launch Pad begins with a two-day…

Brie Larson Narrates New VR Series From Felix & Paul Studios

Felix & Paul Studios has pulled in some A-list talent to narrate its latest VR series. Space Explorers: A New Dawn, a new series produced in partnership with Oculus and NASA, features the voice of soon-to-be Captain Marvel star, Brie Larson, Deadline reports. The actress narrates the first two episodes of the series which made…

Hockey Player Is A Multiplayer VR Game That Puts You On The Ice

Get ready to hit the ice with your VR headset; Brovision’s Hockey Player VR is coming to let you live out your sports fantasies. A trailer for this new multiplayer VR game arrived over the weekend, and it looks pretty promising. Whereas past games like VR Sports Challenge have only let you play out specific…

The Real Reason Marketers Will Love VR & AR

Immersive technologies are closer to a marketer’s dream than most people realize. Last year, the IAB reported that more than a quarter of Internet users worldwide now have ad blockers turned on. Once highly effective techniques, conventional methods of advertisement such as celebrity endorsements and bandwagon tactics are no longer enough to attract or maintain…

Samsung Reportedly Developing Their Own Wireless AR/VR Headset

Not so fast, Apple. It appears as though the hybrid headset market is shaping up to be the latest trend in immersive entertainment as it’s now being reported that Samsung may in the process of developing their own AR/VR headset similar to that of Apple’s recently announced device. According to The Korean Times, the South…

Review: They Suspect Nothing

In the world of virtual reality (VR) British developer Coatsink Software is synonymous with quality videogames for Samsung Gear VR, creating some of VRFocus’ favourite titles include Esper 2 and Augmented Empire. With the advent of Oculus Go the indie studio has built a humorous mini-game compilation called They Suspect Nothing to mark the launch…

INT Announces 2228ppi High Pixel Density AMOLED for VR Headsets

When we saw the news that JDI, the Japanese display conglomerate founded by Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi, were developing a 1001ppi LCD display for VR headsets, it was clear that the race for ever-higher pixel densities was still alive and well. Now, we learn INT, a Taiwan-based display design firm, is developing a 2228 ppi AMOLED…

RUSH Dives On To Oculus Rift

If you have ever wished to take to the skies supported only by a thin layer of fabric to take part in one of the ultimate daredevil sports, then RUSH is the title you have been searching for. The virtual reality (VR) wingsuit racing title has been thrilling users on Samsung Gear VR for some…

Life in 360°: Shark Infested Waters, But For How Long?

Another week is set to come to an end and it’s certainly been a busy one for us folk at VRFocus. But then again, when isn’t it a busy week for us? Today we’re heading under the sea again, this time with the team from Discovery, to check in with a ‘near threatened’ species –…

Student Developers Bring Real-Time AR Pokémon Battles To Smartphones

Your move, Pokemon GO… With it’s two year anniversary just around the corner, Pokémon GO has still managed to retain a fairly dedicated following despite its infrequent release of updates and lack-luster improvements. Sure there’s plenty of new generation monsters to hunt as well as an active gym scene, but the love for the groundbreaking…

Altia Systems’ PanaCast Live Enables Live Broadcasting of 180° 4K 3D Video at 60FPS

Having launched the 180° Panoramic-4K plug-and-play video camera system, PanaCast 2, back in 2016, Altia Systems has now announced PanaCast Live, a professional video system that’s designed to be fully integrated and portable. PanaCast 2 The PanaCast Live system features six 13 megapixel cameras with onboard real-time processing to synchronize, stitch and optimise the video…

Where’d the VR go at Google I/O?

Yesterday Google held its main keynote address to mark the start of its annual I/O conference in California. If you watched the livestream or were actually there then you’ll have heard lots about AI, machine learning, Google Assistant and even a little mention of augmented reality (AR) integration in Google Maps. However, there was one…

Report: Samsung Working On Wireless AR/VR Headset With Microsoft

It sounds like Samsung is working on a new headset that will utilize both virtual and augmented reality technology. That is according to the Korea Times, which cites a Samsung official familiar with the company’s plans. Apparently, this new headset is a premium, wireless device that is being made in partnership with Microsoft. If true,…

Smash Hit: One of Gear VR’s Best Games Comes To Oculus Go

A version of one of mobile VR’s best games tailored for Oculus Go is now available for $2.99 on the Oculus store. Smash Hit was originally a touchscreen game for Android and iOS seeing players shoot balls at glass obstacles. The game combines realistic physics, music and the simple mechanic of straight forward constant movement…

VR Scientific Festival Reveals VR Cinema Program

2018 will be the second year that the VR Sci Fest, also known as the VR Scientific Festival, has been run in Stockholm, Sweden. The festival focusses on immersive media such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) and how it can be used to help the scientific community. The organisers…