FaceDisplay VR Proves that we Haven’t Reached Peak Weird Yet

Image Credit: Ulm University If you’ve had any interest at all in VR over the last few years you’ll have no doubt seen Oculus founder Palmer Lucky on the cover of time magazine. As cool as VR feels to experience, no one has so far managed to actually look cool while using a VR system,…

Cosmic Trip Is Finally Getting A Full Release, Deluxe Edition Revealed

We’re quite fond of Funktronic Labs’ Cosmic Trip here at UploadVR. The PC VR title offers from wonderful strategic gameplay even in its pre-release phase. The title’s soon set to move onto its full release, however. Cosmic Trip originally released in Early Access just under a year ago on the HTC Vive and came to…

Wilson’s Heart Is Getting Full 360 Degree Tracking Support

It seems like every time Oculus releases a major Studios project support for 360 degree setups is something of an afterthought. That was the case with Epic Games’ Robo Recall, and last month’s excellent psychological thriller, Wilson’s Heart, lacked 360 support too. But that’s changing soon. Developer Twisted Pixel recently took to Reddit to explain…

‘Farpoint’ + PSVR Aim Review

Sony’s new VR peripheral, the PSVR Aim, launches today alongside Farpoint, a sci-fi VR FPS that was specially made with the controller in mind. Those who have been PlayStation fans for many years will remember that this isn’t the first time the company has made a gun peripheral, and those prior attempts didn’t see much success….

Farpoint Review: A Good Game That Could Have Been Great

Farpoint is a rare game. It’s rare in the sense that it’s one of the first truly made-for-VR titles that is 100% based on full analog stick movement without teleporting around. But most importantly, Farpoint is rare in the sense that it really feels like it has the polish and breadth of a AAA game….

PSVR Aim Controller Review: Feel The Game Like Never Before

I’ve never really cared for peripheral devices. As much as I loved playing Guitar Hero and Rock Band (and I really loved it, ask any of my past neighbors) I still hated having to plug extra stuff into my system. Plus, it takes up so much extra room and it never, ever, works as well…

Insane VR Headset Lets You Poke Your Friend In The Face

Ambition and confusion come together in this outrageous virtual reality experience. Like any emerging technology still in its infancy, virtual reality developers and manufacturers are still experimenting will all different types of concepts and designs for their headsets. All of them searching for that winning formula that could make their particular model the gold standard within…

FaceDisplay Aims To combat the Isolation of VR Experiences

One of the frequent criticisms aimed at virtual reality (VR) as it exists currently is that it is an inherently isolating, anti-social experience. Confined within the headset, unable to see those around you and cocooned within a virtual bubble, it is somewhat difficult to interact with those around you. A team at Ulm University in…

‘Detached’ Review

Straight out of Early Access on May 18th, Detached (2017) promises to deliver that free-flying experience, complete with smooth-turning that only a section of the most hard-core first-person VR junkies crave. Offering a single-player mission based on navigation puzzles and an online capture-the-flag multiplayer, space pioneers hoping for a long-term solution to their need for exciting and comfortable…

‘Detached’ Review

Straight out of Early Access on May 18th, Detached (2017) promises to deliver that free-flying experience, complete with smooth-turning that only a section of the most hard-core first-person VR junkies crave. Offering a single-player mission based on navigation puzzles and an online capture-the-flag multiplayer, space pioneers hoping for a long-term solution to their need for exciting and comfortable…

The 5 Best Free VR Games Available Right Now

So you’ve just bought your PC and VR headset. You’re raring to jump into virtual worlds but, let’s face it, you’re probably about $1,000 lighter than you were yesterday and gaming is not a cheap hobby. Surely there’s a way to test the waters of VR without having to throw down yet more cash? As…

The 5 Best Free VR Games Available Right Now

So you’ve just bought your PC and VR headset. You’re raring to jump into virtual worlds but, let’s face it, you’re probably about $1,000 lighter than you were yesterday and gaming is not a cheap hobby. Surely there’s a way to test the waters of VR without having to throw down yet more cash? As…

VRFocus Tries its Hand at Surviving Voxel Shot VR’s Zombie Apocalypse

If you enjoy shooting  zombies – and who doesn’t, they’re basically cannon fodder – then you might want to keep an eye out for SAT-BOX’s next virtual reality (VR) title coming later this week, Voxel Shot VR. A cartoon, voxel designed wave shooter for HTC Vive, Voxel Shot VR, it’s all about scoring as many points as possible…

Avegant Takes on Microsoft with A New Light Field MR Prototype

Image Credit: Avegant We were very impressed with the Avegant Glyph. A (non-VR) HMD that uses impressive retinal projection technology to produce an image that causes no eye-strain, no chicken wire effect and appears amazingly sharp despite the relatively low resolution. Not content to create its own product niche, Avegant has revealed a totally new…

Super Amazeballs Brings Perplexus To VR This Week

Remember Perplexus? That brilliantly addictive game in which you’d twist a sphere around, guiding a marble inside around a hugely complicated maze? Well it’s coming to VR, ableit in an unofficial way. Developed by indie studio Braincells, Super Amazeballs uses the accuracy of the Oculus Touch and HTC Vive wands to replicate that experience inside…

See Whac-A-Mole In AR With This Black Mirror-Inspired HoloLens Prototype

Editor’s Note: In this weekly column, David Robustelli will breakdown the latest rapid prototype he and his team at CapitolaVR have created for VR and/or AR. They are responsible for games like Duckpocalypse as well as prototype projects such as HoloLens Golf, Gear VR Mirroring, and Pokemon GO for HoloLens. Check back each weekend for new prototypes!…

A Nightmarish Ancient World Comes Alive in Medusa’s Labyrinth

In February 2016 developer Guru Games launched PC title Medusa’s Labyrinth for free on Steam as a standard desktop experience. VRFocus has known about the videogame since 2014, when the studio started a Kickstarter campaign in which it said virtual reality (VR) support would also be included. Now Guru Games has announced the VR version is set to be released later…

Community Download: Will Microsoft’s Headsets Be Upstarts Or Afterthoughts For VR?

Microsoft is partnering with manufacturers like Acer, Lenovo, and HP to create a new line of virtual reality headsets. These devices will be competitively priced, at around $300-$400 each or less, but comparatively, as capable as the highest quality headsets on paper: the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Microsoft is relying on reduced price, easy cooperation with Windows, and…

The VR Job Hub: Sony, Dubit, Infinite 360 VR & University of Strathclyde

Whether you’re an experienced designer, programmer, engineer, or maybe you’ve just been inspired after reading VRFocus articles, the jobs listed here are located worldwide, from major game players to humble indie developers – the one thing they all have in common is that they are all jobs in VR. View the new listings below for more information:…

Gates of Nowhere Is A D&D-Inspired Fantasy VR Adventure

Some of the best modern games are influenced heavily by classics such as Dungeons and Dragons and they wear that influence proudly. As VR developers attempt to cultivate that spirit in the growing ecosystem, gamers are all too ready to escape into the immersive virtual worlds flooded with magic and the creatures we’ve come to…

Field in View: Why The Aim Controller Is PSVR’s Secret Weapon

For VR to be as immersive as possible, it needs to be accessorized. Position tracked controllers do a great job of simulating certain objects like pistols, swords, and sports rackets, but it only gets you so far. That’s why HTC is rolling out its Vive Tracker to turn real life objects into VR accessories, and…

Fly to the Moon and Beyond with Spacetours VR Now on Oculus Home

Want to travel to space? Well currently there’s no easy way – unless you’re really loaded – to do that in real life, but with virtual reality (VR) there a plenty of options available. Launched back in March, Spacetours VR – Ep1 The Solar System enables you to travel to our closest planetary cousins on HTC Vive…

Puzzle Title Employee Recycling Center Coming to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

British indie studio Idea Cabin has announced its virtual reality (VR) title Employee Recycling Center will launch for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and OSVR on 15th May 2017 via Steam. A puzzle/adventure experience built for VR, Employee Recycling Center puts players inside an abandoned factory after some sort of terrible accident has occurred and everybody left apart from you….

Watch VRFocus Fail at Master Shot VR

Puresurface, Inc.’s debut virtual reality (VR) videogame, Master Shot VR, launched via Steam Early Access yesterday. VRFocus recently spent some hands-on time with the videogame, failing drastically at the very first mission. A target range in the desert, things begin pretty well as the targets are taken down one-per-shot. The problems come when it’s time…

New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For The Week Of 05/07/17

The Oculus Rift gets a long-anticipated game this week, but it’s Gear VR that’s the real star of the show. There are several interesting projects for Samsung’s headset that have appeared from out of nowhere, many of which use the new motion controller. Dive in. If you missed last week, you can see those new…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 05/07/17

This new week of HTC Vive releases welcomes a few deviations from the usual formula. There aren’t as many new games as usual, but this week signals the launch of the Steam 360 library. Give it a go and you can check out Lego Batman, the Amazon rain-forest, and more. A highlight game for the…

Master Shot VR Arrives on Steam Early Access

Available to download via Steam Early Access now, Master Shot VR is a shooting range videogame compatible with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Oculus Touch. Developed by Puresurface Inc., Master Shot VR marks the studio’s virtual reality (VR) debut.   Featuring realistic weapon behaviour, Master Shot VR puts the player through various challenges…

Single-Camera VR/AR Tracking Unveiled by uSens

Most current PC-based virtual reality (VR) systems rely on tracking sensors for head and hand tracking, which means positioning several tracking modules in the right position, which can be awkward for people with small or unusually-shaped rooms. Tracking technology specialist uSens is aiming to remove that requirement with advances in its Fingo camera technology. VRFocus…

Oculus Getting Serious About Room-scale VR, Dropping ‘Experimental’ Tag

As of the upcoming version 1.15, Oculus software will “fully support” the three-sensor room-scale configuration, giving VR players a large 360 degree playspace to roam, similar to the experience the Vive offered out of the gate. The update was revealed by Oculus staff on the community forum, and is now available in pre-release form for…

Sundance Institute Announces 6 Projects for New Frontier Story Lab

This week the Sundance Institute  has announced the six projects selected for its annual New Frontier Story Lab, with the aim of supporting independent artists working with the latest technologies for film, art, media and live performance. The New Frontier Story Lab is a weeklong workshop that includes individualized story sessions, discussions about key artistic, design and technology…