Life In 360°: An Electric Archive (Part Three)

It’s time to continue once again with our trek through the archives of the ABB Formula E Championship for all their 360 degree videos. Of you read Life In 360° on Monday or Friday last week you’ll know two things: 1) that we’re currently going backwards in time through all of Formula E’s 360 degree…

GIVEAWAY: Win A Free Copy Of The Great C On Steam

The Great C is a cinematic VR experience based on the short story by Philip K. Dick of the same name created by Secret Location. Secret Location’s previous VR effort, Blasters of the Universe, is a neon-soaked bullet hell shooter all about action, so The Great C is a decidedly slower-paced experience. But what it…

Scraper: First Strike Interview And Combat Gameplay Footage

We first saw Labrodex Studios’ first VR project — the futuristic shooter Scraper: First Strike — earlier this year when we had a chance to go hands-on with the game at their office on Long Island. It’s been a few months since our first playtest, and the game has not only gotten more polish, but…

Watch The VR Awards 2018 Live Right Here Or In VR

While the VR community still doesn’t have a singular source of awards that commands attention from the entire industry just yet, there are a few that have been around for quite some time, such as the appropriately titled VR Awards. You can see a full list of all nominees here. The 2018 edition of The…

Lightweight Haptic VR Gloves Announced

In the ongoing search for increasing realism and immersion in virtual reality (VR), haptic gloves are one of the more popular avenues of research, with several different variants being displayed by various companies at trade shows during 2018. Researchers at EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed new lightweight haptic gloves. Though various types of haptic…

Lightweight Haptic VR Gloves Announced

In the ongoing search for increasing realism and immersion in virtual reality (VR), haptic gloves are one of the more popular avenues of research, with several different variants being displayed by various companies at trade shows during 2018. Researchers at EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed new lightweight haptic gloves. Though various types of haptic…

Sixense Announces Refunds For Controller Kickstarter Backers

It has been over five years since Sixense launched its campaign for an STEM motion controllers designed for virtual reality (VR). Despite the crowdfunding campaign being successful, the project has been mired in delays, and now the company are offering refunds to backers as well as people who pre-ordered the controllers after the Kickstarter campaign…

Sixense Will Refund Its VR Controller Backers, Switch To Enterprise

Sixense pioneered hand controllers for virtual reality applications in 2013, but the company hasn’t been able to produce its Stem consumer product for VR. And so the company is announcing today that it will refund all of the money raised from its Kickstarter campaign backers and preorder customers. Amir Rubin, CEO of Los Gatos, California-based Sixense, said in…

Sixense to Refund STEM Kickstarter Backers After More Than 4 Years of Delays

In what might be the longest Kickstarter campaign conclusion to date, more than four years following estimated deliveries of the STEM VR controller, Sixense says they will fully refund all backers and pre-orders. Sixense was once a name central to the early VR community. The company built the technology behind the magnetically tracked Razer Hydra…

Oculus Chief Scientist Dives Deep Into the Near Future of AR & VR

In his latest presentation at Oculus Connect 5, Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash took a fresh look at the five-year VR technology predictions he made at OC3 in 2016, using his insight as the head  He believes his often-referenced key predictions are “pretty much on track,” albeit delayed by about a year, and that he…

Hands On with Dead and Buried Arena

Though virtual reality (VR) is steadily growing in popularity among consumers, the expense of the hardware needed keeps it out of reach of many who might otherwise enjoy experiencing VR. In response to this, the number of location-based VR centres has increased hugely in recent months, with an accompanying increase in the videogames created for…

YouTube VR Creator Lab Heads To Tokyo

VR180 makes its way to Japan as YouTube continues to expand its VR Creator Lab. YouTube has set their sights on yet another location for their VR production course, this time bringing their support to the talented creators of Tokyo, Japan. Beginning December 5th, those selected to participate will head to YouTube Space Tokyo for…

The VR Job Hub: In The News & In Your Future?

The race towards 2019 has begun in earnest and for some, that also means it is time to move on to pastures new. If that desire has hit you, and you’re interested in the immersive technology sector, then you’ll probably be interested in this week’s edition of The VR Job Hub. Since it’s been a…

Something For The Weekend: Rainy Oculus VR Deals

Sunday is here again meaning its time for another entry of Something for the Weekend, the weekly series where VRFocus bring you a number of deals on virtual reality (VR) titles. The rain does not seem to be stopping anytime soon so what better way to enjoy your weekend then to try a new Oculus Rift expereince. There…

Two Years On: PlayStation VR

It has now been two years since the PlayStation VR first launched, completing the ‘Big Three’ trifecta of high-end virtual reality (VR) systems alongside the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The PlayStation VR is widely seen as the most ‘accessible’ of the high-end VR devices, as it only requires a PlayStation 4 in order to…

Four Companies Using Tech to Make Mental Health Help More Accessible

Every year on October 10th, people from around the world come together with the same goals in mind: de-stigmatizing mental health issues and raising awareness of treatment options. And since it was first launched in 1992, supporters of World Mental Health Day have helped make great strides toward achieving those objectives. While there is still…

Dead Effect 2 VR Giveaway Livestream: Sci-Fi Zombies In Space

Dead Effect 2 VR from BadFly Interactive is one of the most unknown and underrated VR shooters out there. It went under my radar for a while too. But what we’ve got here is a VR game with tons of weapons and enemies, a structured campaign with over a dozen hours of content, optional co-op, and…

Dead Effect 2 VR Giveaway Livestream: Sci-Fi Zombies In Space

Dead Effect 2 VR from BadFly Interactive is one of the most unknown and underrated VR shooters out there. It went under my radar for a while too. But what we’ve got here is a VR game with tons of weapons and enemies, a structured campaign with over a dozen hours of content, optional co-op, and…

In Death Review: Bow And Arrow Shooter Meets Punishing Roguelike

I’m usually not a big fan of procedural generation in games. While I’ve obviously spent my fair amount of time exploring planets in No Man’s Sky and clearing out ships From Other Suns with friends, typically I’d prefer a hand-crafted experience that is higher quality that I can play once and remember fondly, than replaying…

Atheer Unveil Augmented Reality Management Platform

While news on pretty much every topic comes thick and fast if you’re covering immersive technology with as wide a scope as we do on VRFocus, one of the things we have seen recently is an increase in the number of new service ‘platforms’ using immersive technology. In particular platforms that are related to augmented…

Zero Caliber Livestream – Realistic Co-Op Military Shooter Gameplay

Lock and load, everyone! For today’s livestream we’re digging into the chaotic and shockingly realistic upcoming VR shooter from XREAL Games, Zero Caliber. The game is getting a public demo later this month on October 25th and will hit Early Access on Steam and Oculus Home on November 9th. It’s got full co-op support for the…

First-Ever L.E.A.P. Conference Teases The Future Of Magic Leap

Magic Leap’s inaugural developer conference showcases the headsets best and brightest content. Blood-thirsty robots, augmented board games, and life-sized space mechs were just a few of the offering at Magic Leap’s inaugural L.E.A.P. developer conference held earlier this week at the Magic Box event space in downtown Los Angeles. The two-day conference offered visitors the…

GIVEAWAY: Win A Free Copy Of The Exorcist: Legion VR On PSVR

The Exorcist: Legion VR is a very, very good VR horror game. It’s one of the best we’ve played hands-down and now as of this week all five chapters are finally out on PSVR. The whole experience lasts about three hours in total and it balances an excellent mixture of jump scare, slow-building tension, and…

Dark Eclipse Review: Real-Time Battles At Your Fingertips

There is a style of game for virtual reality that is “X–but in VR!” A flight sim–but in VR. Or a first-person shooter–but in VR. Many of these games offer little except for a direct migration of genre standards and maybe inventive controls schemes. Dark Eclipse for PlayStation VR attempts to avoid this by mixing…

Community Download: Do You Think Magic Leap Lives Up To The Hype?

Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused articles series published every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate. Look, I’m sorry. I could sit here and write out a bunch of excuses for why I didn’t post a Community Download topic at…