Giant Mecha Combat In Action With Code 51: Mech Arena

In a world reeling from a devastating world war, the accumulation of resources has become the paramount task of everyone, especially when it comes to gathering sources of the mysterious Code 51 energy, which powers the huge and powerful mechs. Code 51: Mech Arena is a title created by Chinese developer Smellyriver. There has been…

Pimax Unveils New Knuckles-style Controller, Supports SteamVR 2.0 Tracking

Pimax, the company behind the wide field of view “8K” VR headset, today unveiled a new  controller design intended to ship alongside their upcoming VR hardware. Much like Valve’s still unreleased ‘Knuckles’ controllers, the new Pimax controller is designed to strap to your hand for an ‘open-palm’ experience. Pimax boasts a number of changes from…

‘Paper Valley’ Review – Settling the Busy Mind by Throwing Paper Airplanes

Paper Valley is as pretty unique experience. Although it’s decidedly a more zen-like game without any real pressure to succeed, there’s something to it that’s just engaging enough to keep you moving forward, hopefully getting you into the quiet, focused flowstate. Paper Valley Details: Official Site Developer: Vitei Backroom Available On: Oculus Home (Rift) Release Date: April 19th, 2018 Gameplay…

Everything We Know About Oculus Go (so far)

Oculus Go is an upcoming standalone VR headset and controller that offers the same content library and a similar experience to Gear VR, but in a dedicated unit rather than a ‘headset shell’ accessory for a smartphone. What follows is a brief overview of everything we know about the soon the launch headset. What is…

IKinema Animation Technology Being Integrated Into NVIDIA Holodeck

Real-time animation technology specialist IKinema have announced that their powerful full-body technology is being integrated into NVIDIA Holodesk for hyper-realistic character motion within virtual reality (VR). IKinema‘s technology allows for hyper-realistic character motion and natural real-world interactions will full-body tracking. NVIDIA Holodesk is a photogrealistic, collaborative VR environment that incorporates the feeling of real-world presence…

Tribeca Film Festival’s Virtual Arcade Steps Up VR Game For 2018

Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade returns once again to bring groundbreaking immersive experiences. One of the largest independent film festivals in the world, the annual Tribeca Film Festival is responsible for delivering some of the most impactful and most-talked-about creative projects to NYC audiences. The nine-day affair hosts a variety of public and private screenings, live conversations…

5 Historical Events And Time Periods You Can Visit In VR

Virtual Reality (VR) is a tool that can be used for complete immersion into a number of different experiences. Everything from horror videogames to simulating the experience of flying. There are a wealth of user experiences to try in VR. As VR applications become more realistic and as more genres are explored, it’s possible to…

The Vive Pro’s AR Abilities Just Got Augmented

Image Copyright: HTC (Image Used under Fair Use Rationale) I’m not sure if any of the people who bought a Vive stopped to think that it wasn’t “pro” enough for them, but HTC went ahead and made the Vive Pro anyway. This new, more expensive HMD has a lot of technical improvements over the model…

Augmented Audio With Bose and Aaptiv

Usually when people thing of augmented reality (AR), they are thinking of something visual, a projection mapped across the real world. As humans, we react to a lot of information that isn’t seen, but rather heard. Aaptiv are partnering with audio equipment makers Bose to create a new kind of AR for health. Aaptiv are…

Photo Studio AR Puts A Complete Photo Studio In Your Pocket

If you are a photographer looking to experiment new ideas then augmented reality (AR) might be the way forward, thanks to a new app from Superba AR. With Photo Studio AR users can turn their mobile device and their surrounding environment into a fully equip studio and create the ultimate photo shoot. Developed by Superba AR, the…

Earth Day: Now You Can Surf With a Legend in VR

It was 1978 when John Ritter became the first known surfer ride the now-legendary wave dubbed “Cloudbreak” off the tiny heart-shaped Fijian island Tavarua. Now forty years later, a team of passionate environmentalists, surfers and virtual reality pioneers are working to bring that experience and John Ritter’s lifelong oceanic yacht and surfboard exploration to users…

The VR Job Hub: Facebook, Oculus, RYOT And Even Apple Are Hiring

The weekend is here, the sun is out and it is a great time to see what new opportunities await within the immersive media industries and find that dream job. As always, VRFocus are here to help you out with another entry of The VR Job Hub. Every weekend VRFocus gathers together a number open position from across the virtual reality…

‘Alien: Descent’ Location-Based VR Experience Coming to Southern California Mall

The sci-fi movie franchise has a multiplayer location-based VR experience. The Colonial Marines are recruiting warriors and thrill seekers at a shopping mall in Southern California. If you ever wanted to battle Xenomorphs in an immersive free-roaming and interactive Alien-themed VR experience — now’s your chance. Dubbed Alien: Descent, the VR experience was created by FoxNext, an…

Go Behind The Scenes Of Ready Player One With HTC Vive

Following the success of Ready Player One in box offices HTC Vive, the official partner for the film, has released a short behind the scenes video that showcases some of the techniques and technology that was used to create the visually impressive world of Oasis. Ready Player One is all about virtual reality (VR) and the…

Calming Building Experience Block’hood Comes to VR

Celebrated publisher Devolver Digital and developer Plethora Project think that the world could use a bit more peace and quiet, and a lot more creating instead of destroying. As such, they have brought award-winning neighbourhood building simulator Block’hood into virtual reality (VR). Block’hood aims to allow the creation of diverse environments and ecosystems. Players will…

How VR Can Revive Dead Videogame Genres

As time passes, tastes change. Technology moves on, the audiences grows up, the market becomes saturated, or there’s just that one awful, unforgivable title that kills the entire genre stone dead. Everything comes in cycles, however, and perhaps there is now life to be found on the videogame graveyard thanks to the power of virtual…

Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin Comes To Rift/Vive Today

It’s been a little over a year now since Double Fine’s weird world of Psychonauts graced the PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset, and now PC VR owners can get a taste of it too. Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is now available on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive through Steam and Oculus Home. This appears…

Enjoying a Sun-kissed Afternoon With Owlchemy Labs’ Vacation Simulator

One of the most eagerly awaited titles of 2018 to appear at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018 was Owlchemy Labs’ Job Simulator – The 2050 Archives sequel Vacation Simulator. VRFocus got to demo the experience on the Oculus booth using Oculus Rift and Touch, plus a quick catch up with the studios’ CEO Alex Schwartz to learn more about…

VR Helps Burn Victims With Pain

Virtual reality (VR) and its related immersive technologies has seen a variety of uses in healthcare, from assisting in surgical procedures to helping overcome addiction, but some researchers believe one of the most promising is in pain relief. Burns are some of the most agonising and traumatic things a person can suffer, and for many…

Life In 360°: Riding The Waves

It’s funny how talking about the past can apparently summon it. Have you ever had one of those situations where you’re reminiscing, perhaps about an old friend you’ve not seen in apparently forever and then scarcely a hand full of days later you bump into them somewhere entirely unexpected? Strange as it may seem I’ve…

Review: Psychonauts In The Rhombus of Ruin

Double Fine has become know for its unique approach to creating videogames, which usually boast an individual style and look that makes them stand out. One of its most beloved properties is Psychonauts, which has gained a substantial cult following. Psychonauts In The Rhombus of Ruin came out on the PlayStation VR in March 2017,…

Zara AR Brings Fashionable Looks to Life in Stores

Your local Zara may be looking a little bit different these days. The uber popular fashion retailer has temporarily ditched traditional mannequins and window displays for an augmented reality fashion show, featuring the fast fashion brand’s best looks on top international models. A bold window display encourages shoppers to download the Zara app available on…

Cirque Say They Are Designing The Future of VR Controllers

As virtual reality (VR) develops, many companies and manufacturers are searching for the best way to interact with the VR environment. Though motion tracked controllers were a step forward, they are still limited in some ways. Cirque believes it has a solution with its VR Grip platform. One of the goals for the next generation…

Oculus Faces ‘Existential Crisis’ In Handling Personal Data

Facebook is overhauling the Oculus privacy policy and terms of service as the company prepares to launch its first standalone VR headset. The change comes amid new European privacy regulations and an international movement calling into question Facebook’s platform and business model. Earlier this month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to answer questions about…