Launch Trailer for VR Fairy Tale Luna

Luna has drawn attention with its vibrant, hand-drawn style and its appeal towards children as a kind of modern, interactive take on a fairy tale. The developers at Funomena have now released a new trailer to celebrate the launch of the title. The story of Luna concerns a young songbird, who is persuaded by a…

The New Google Daydream View VR Headset Has Arrived

It’s the small changes that will make you stay in VR longer. At first glance, the second generation of Google’s Daydream View VR headset may not look much different. Available in stores today and coinciding with the release of Google’s Pixel 2 phone, Daydream View is an improvement—but you’re probably not going to notice until…

Adobe’s Project SonicScape Visualizes Audio For Easier 360 Editing

Adobe previewed a concept it is working on that would make it easier for creators working on VR videos to place and align sound. Producing high-quality 360-degree video content has traditionally been a difficult affair at all stages of production, from capture to delivery. However, a constant stream of new cameras, editing tools and streaming…

Dark Souls-Inspired Left-Hand Path Leaving Steam Early Access Next Month

In what seems to be a running trend of early access titles from 2016 seeing full releases recently – both Raw Data and Space Pirate Trainer have had 1.0 updates, today Strange Company has announced that its Dark Souls-inspired, spell casting videogame Left-Hand Path is due for its full release next month. Left-Hand Path is a role playing game…

IBM Watson Prepare for the Future of VR and AR with VR Speech Sandbox

VRFocus speak to Michael Ludden, Program Director and Senior Production Manager of IBM Watson about VR Speech Sandbox and the future of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) interactions. Ludden used to work on user based solutions for developers at IBM Watson when he started to recognize the large number of VR headsets with…

Fujitsu Has A Windows-Based VR Headset Too

The first Windows-based VR headsets running on Microsoft’s new Mixed Reality platform are now shipping out, but there’s more on the way. We already knew that Samsung would be releasing its Windows VR device next month (though not in Europe) and that Asus would follow up with its version next year, but now — as…

Oculus Connect 4 – Retention and Building Relationships

Oculus Connect was a big event full of big announcements, such as the Oculus Go and Santa Cruz, but big announcements were just part of what was happening at the event. There were also several presentations talking about important topics in the virtual reality (VR) sphere, including one on the importance of retention and building…

The First-Ever ‘VR Awards’ Celebrates the Year’s Accomplishments

The VR Awards brought VR leaders to celebrate work from the past year. 2017 has been quite a year for VR. Though sales of VR headsets may not have lived up to certain market expectations, innovation and exploration in VR technology brought about new ways to create, communicate, and collaborate. On October 9, VR Bound hosted its inaugural VR…

Gran Turismo Sport’s PSVR Support Is Frustratingly Brilliant

We all knew this was coming. It’s a story we’ve heard time and again in VR, but despite everything we still had our fingers crossed this might be the exception to an increasingly unfortunate rule. Sadly, Gran Turismo Sport doesn’t buck the trend; it’s an amazing VR experience without anywhere near enough content. When Sport…

Review: Luna

Virtual reality (VR) isn’t just a new way of playing videogames it’s a new form of technology that can encompass all forms of entertainment. As such, developers are continually experimenting with what content works and doesn’t work in an immersive environment, which can lead to confusion over what’s classed as a videogame or merely an…

Killing Floor: Incursion Coming to HTC Vive with New Content

Released earlier this year for the Oculus Rift with Touch, Killing Floor: Incursion is a virtual reality (VR) spin-off of the successful action-horror franchise Killing Floor. Soon, HTC Vive owners will also be able to appreciate the title in all its gory glory, complete with new content. Created by Tripwire Interactive, Killing Floor: Incursion was…

VR vs. Oculus Connect 4

It’s around this time of year that we start talking about some familiar topics, it’s just the way things with the calendar go. One of the usual VR vs. columns you therefore get is that it is traditional to spend the one after Oculus Connect talking about, well, Oculus Connect. Had things been different I…

Oculus Santa Cruz Headset Prototype is the Future of Wireless VR

An Oculus Rift without wires is the best thing ever. Among the slew of updates that came out of Oculus Connect 4, everything from new updates to Rift software and Facebook Spaces upgrades, there were two devices we hoped to get our heads in—the Oculus Go and Oculus Santa Cruz headset. The newly announced $199…

Review: Space Pirate Trainer

Of all the wave shooters available for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the one most synonymous with the genre and beloved by many virtual reality (VR) fans is I-Illusions’ Space Pirate Trainer. Having been an original launch title for HTC Vive in April 2016, then coming to Oculus Touch in December 2016, Space Pirate Trainer…

PSVR Turns One: A Year Of Frustrating Fun For Sony’s Headset

Between the hustle and bustle of Oculus Connect this week it was all too easy to forget that one of VR’s biggest headsets was celebrating its first birthday. In fact, even without Oculus stealing the headlines, it’s hard to believe PlayStation VR (PSVR) really launched a year ago to the day. Time flies when you’re…

Oculus Go: What We Know So Far

We went into Oculus Connect this year fully expecting an update on the company’s prototype standalone VR headset, codenamed Santa Cruz. As it turns out, we got more than we bargained for. While Santa Cruz remains in the development stages, Oculus has an all-new standalone device to show off this year. Oculus Go, as the…

Blade Runner: Memory Lab Hits Rift Next Week

We’ve already seen one VR experience tying into the recently-released Blade Runner 2049 on Gear VR, but next week will see another new piece launch on Oculus Rift. Blade Runner: Memory Lab is on display at Oculus Connect 4 this week and will be launching for free on October 19th with a Gear version following…

Hands-On with Project Santa Cruz – Getting Closer to Where VR Needs to Be

Oculus VR’s Santa Cruz was originally revealed at Oculus Connect 3, San Jose, last year. Today the company offered an update on the all-in-one head-mounted display (HMD), and a year in development has brought about some big changes. While the underlying technology appears on-par with the debut a year ago, the HMD itself has benefited…

Windlands 2 Swinging Towards Oculus Rift

When the Oculus Rift was first launched it existed in a seas of tech demos and proof-of-concept ideas, with most developers cautiously dipping a toe in to the new medium. Windlands therefore stood out, not just for its smooth, stylised aesthetic, but also simply for being a full videogame. Now developer Psytec Games have announced…

Hands-On With Santa Cruz And Full Freedom Of Movement Controllers

Oculus offered me brief hands-on time with its Santa Cruz standalone headset prototype and full freedom of movement controllers. I got to try the earlier version of Santa Cruz at last year’s conference and, like last year, I wasn’t allowed to shoot video of my time with the all-in-one gear. Before diving into my impressions,…

First Hands-On With Windlands 2 And Its New Co-Op Mode

Windlands was the game VR needed in April 2016. Amongst launch line-ups consisting of hour-long tech demos and teasers of what could one day be, here was a full adventure that let players explore the world around them with complete agency. It may not have been perfect, but bounding around sun-licked ruins and swinging through…

Oculus Home Gets Upgrade; Dash Brings More Screens

Oculus Rift getting Minority Report-like interface for VR. On top of announcing a new and more affordable standalone headset at Oculus’ annual developer conference, the Facebook owned company also teased a massive update to the Oculus Rift platform. Dubbed Rift Core 2.0, the software update is a “complete overhaul” of the Rift experience. Designed from…

Major Update Coming to Oculus Rift in December, Rift Core 2.0

Today Nate Mitchell has announced that Oculus Rift will be getting a major update in December, Rift Core 2.0, for free. The update will add a new universal menu with brand new system interface designed around Oculus Touch, Oculus Dash. With Oculus Dash users will be able to access videogames, apps and notifications from anywhere,…

Oculus Rift and Touch Permanent Price Drop

The big crowd-pleasing announcements at the Oculus Connect event just keep on coming. This time, it seems the company were encouraged by the success of the Summer of Rift promotion, as they have decided to permanently drop the price of the Oculus Rift bundle. From today, users who want to invest in an Oculus Rift…

Oculus Creates New Bundle Specifically for Business

So it’s been quite a start to Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) with the wireless Santa Cruz headset getting a mention, and now Oculus Go, a complete standalone VR headset. But Oculus Rift hasn’t been forgotten with the company announcing a new focus on business. Oculus for Business will come as a new bundle which will…