Editorial: Why You Might Want To Pause Before Buying HTC Vive

This week HTC dropped the price of its Vive PC VR system by $200, bringing it much closer to that of its chief competitor the Oculus Rift. $600 for Vive is precisely the price I called for in a recent editorial, making it competitive with the Rift again. However, the decrease comes absent a critical…

Here’s How To Watch The Actual Solar Eclipse Live In VR

Google Earth might be simulating the solar eclipse from inside VR, but if you want to watch the real thing with a headset then CNN has you covered too. Eclipse of the Century is a 360 degree live show that will give you a view of the historic event inside VR or on other devices….

The VR Price Wars: Is now the Best Time to Take the Plunge?

It’s been 17 months since Oculus Rift and HTC Vive first arrived on the scene, ushering in a new era of immersive entertainment for consumers around the globe. Those first few months had their fair share of problems – mostly stock issues with some pre-order customers having to wait weeks after launch to get their…

Emotion Sensing In VR: The New Face of Digital Interaction

Since the first mainframe computers were created, designers and engineers have sought more intuitive ways to interact with communication technologies. The Analytical Engine of Charles Babbage of the early 19th century used punch cards and levers to enable interaction with these early computers. Fast forward 100 years and the keyboard, and later the mouse would…

HTC Vive Receives Official Price Drop

HTC Vive today announced a $200 USD price reduction for Vive, making the best VR system more accessible to the mass market, across the globe. Starting today, Vive will be available for $599. All Vive purchases come with a free trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to five titles per month to experience,…

HTC Vive Now $599, Gets A Permanent $200 Price Cut

HTC is slashing the price of the Vive by $200, bringing it to $599. After approximately a year and a half on the market the HTC Vive is still one of the most advanced VR devices on the planet as it operates out of the box at room-scale, but easily working in standing or seated…

HTC Vive Gets $200 Price Drop

Making VR more accessible one discount at a time. On the heels of Oculus dropping the price of their Rift and Touch bundle from $599 to $399 this Summer, HTC Vive is also jumping in with a price reduction of their own. The HTC Vive is getting a $200 price drop, bringing the VR system…

PlayStation Prepares For PAX West

As you likely know next week is Europe’s biggest games focused industry event, the middle chapter of the ‘big three’, Gamescom over in Cologne, Germany. With the other two of course being E3 and the Tokyo Game Show which is still to come. Naturally the VRFocus team is (in part) attending the event and we’ll…

Community Download: Are You Tired Of Zombie VR Games?

Welcome back to the Community Download, our weekly series that lets you, our members of the UploadVR Community, voice your opinion on a wide range of topics! Last week we asked our wonderful readership whether or not they thought the HTC Vive needed a price cut. This week, we’re turning the focus back towards a software…

The VR Job Hub: Academia Needs You!

We’re almost at Gamescom and yet another flurry of gaming news that should reveal plenty of what to expect for the rest of the year. Certainly until the likes of this year’s PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, announced earlier this week, which will set the tone for the beginning of 2018. Of course, as we always…

Review: Dracula: Vampires vs. Zombies

Mention the phrase ‘wave shooter’ to any long standing virtual reality (VR) fans and the likelihood of a groan and roll of the eyes will follow. In the 17 months that PC head-mounted displays (HMDs) have been available to consumers, both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have been inundated with this genre of first-person shooter…

How To Get Started With Developing For Windows Mixed Reality And VR Platforms

The time has arrived. If you’re a software developer that’s interested in getting started with the Windows Mixed Reality platform, specifically via the Windows VR immersive headsets, then you’ve come to the right place. Both the HP and Acer Windows VR headset devkits are on the market and available for purchase to any interested developers….

‘Will My Customers Feel Sick?’ VR Myth Busting

It might be a little naïve to simply accept that virtual reality (VR) is the infallible tech trend of the future. Certainly, there’s a great deal VR offers the casino and gaming sectors, but even the casual observer will have heard something of VR’s challenges. ‘VR makes you sick’ is the most common assertion uttered….

How VR is Changing the Way We Think About Therapy

“It was an idea whose time had come, and the technology finally caught up with the vision.” -Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D. If you’re at all familiar with VR, you’ve probably heard that VR is more than “just games” a time or two. Used to describe applications of VR that go beyond first-person shooters—think education, conservation,…

DreamSail Games Release First Footage of The IOTA Project

New York-based indie developer DreamSail Games recently announced its first virtual reality (VR) project in the form of The IOTA Project for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. As destructive mech videogame, the studio has now released the first gameplay trailer. The pre-alpha footage showcases some of the early design ideas and gameplay mechanics players can look forward…

Preview: Cosmic Awakening VR – The Suspense Will Kill You

If you like a good scare then virtual reality (VR) is the place to be. Once you’ve tried VR horror then films or standard videogames just don’t cut it anymore, with studio’s finding evermore inventive ways to make you jump and scream. There tends to be two types of horror experience, the ones where you’re…

The Raven VR Is A Chilling Adaptation Of An Edgar Allan Poe Classic

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven is so haunting in its drama and convincing in its misery that you don’t really need a VR headset to bring it to life. Poe’s sorrowful words carry such weight to them that you can’t help but immerse yourself deep in the poem’s world. Nevertheless, Thomas Pasieka has put his…

VR Advertising Platform Immersv Completes $10.5m Financing Round

Just over a year ago Immersv announced its advertising platform for virtual reality (VR) and mobile devices with the aim of helping consumers discover VR apps and content. Today, the company has revealed the completion of a $10.5 million USD Series A round of financing. Led by Rogers Venture Partners, the round also featured institutional and…

Developer Plays Oculus And Steam Games With Valve’s Knuckles Controllers

Valve is developing a pair of more immersive hand controllers currently called “Knuckles” that promise to offer more precise finger tracking and grasping sensations in VR. Though the controllers are still in a prototype phase and likely to change, Valve released early versions to developers over the last few months and interest is high to…

A Mixed Reality Application to Heal Young Hearts

A HoloLens visualization tool enables surgeons to treat heart chronic heart conditions more effectively At this year’s Imagine Cup, Microsoft hosted dozens of student teams from across the world. They showcased an incredibly broad range of products developed to solve practical problems that ranged from getting rescue workers to disaster zones quickly to helping farmers…

The Virtual Arena: The Virtual Theme Park! (Part 2)

With the destination VR approach gathers momentum, the need to establish a profitable model exercises many developers’ minds – Out-of-home entertainment specialist Kevin Williams, in the concluding part of this column series, reflects on how the ideas envisaged by DisneyQuest has metamorphized into the latest phase of the Amusement Theme Park concept. As previously covered…

Rusty Oak to Debut with Hurl VR on HTC Vive this Summer

Independent developer Rusty Oak has today announced that their debut title Hurl VR, a pinball-like puzzle videogame, is coming to Steam for HTC Vive this summer. Hurl VR is a ball throwing simulator in virtual reality (VR) with a touch of tactical puzzler, requiring skill, logical thinking and precise timing. Hurl VR begins as a…

Run of Mydan Is A Fast And Fluid VR Action Game Available Now

Here’s a question of the philosophical variety: when is an on-rails shooter not an on-rails shooter? In the case of Run of Myden, a room-scale game in which you can move around on a floating platform that itself travels a set path, I think we have an answer. Though only in Early Access, this VR…

Windows VR Headset Comparison: HP vs Acer

For the past year and a half the world has known two primary PC VR ecosystems: the Oculus Home-powered Oculus Rift (and Touch controllers) and the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive (although the Rift works on SteamVR too, but that’s beside the point sort of). There have been a handful of others that popped up, like OSVR,…

More Carnage Awaits as Killing Floor: Incursion Heads to Paris

Today Tripwire Interactive has released its zombie shooter Killing Floor: Incursion for Oculus Rift with Touch support. On Sunday VRFocus released a gameplay video showcasing part of the first level, giving you a taste of the horrors that await. Now, with Killing Floor: Incursion’s launch out the way, it’s time to unveil one of the later areas ‘Paris’. In stark…

The 9 Best VR Games Of 2017 So Far

As hard as it is to believe, we’re over halfway through 2017, and what a year it’s been. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are now a year into their lifecycles and Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) isn’t far behind. We’ve seen developers really start to get much more comfortable with these headsets, and that’s lead…

Killing Floor: Incursion Review – Action-Packed Zombie Horror

Killing Floor: Incursion is a great example of how to take an existing IP and make it work inside of VR. The baseline series of Killing Floor games is all about fighting off relentless waves of zombies (referred to as Zeds in the Killing Floor universe) and other grotesque, deformed, and horrendous creatures. At its…

Review: Killing Floor: Incursion

Ever since Tripwire Interactive announced its first-person shooter (FPS) Killing Floor: Incursion at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016, the videogame has looked like one of the most brutal titles coming to Oculus Rift. And that’s not far from the fact, with this free-roaming monster hunter not pulling any punches when it comes to creating an intensely…