Oculus Doesn’t Want To Hear That VR Has No Games Anymore

Oculus is assembling a big portfolio of VR games for 2017, with a new Studios title every month from now until December. But why pace these releases so aggressively? Because it wants to put one of VR’s major complaints to rest. That’s what Executive Producer David Yee told me when we sat down to talk…

Yu-Gi-Oh! Creator Surprises Fans With Sketch in VR

Kazuki Takahashi uses Tilt Brush to bring everyone’s favorite five foot duel-master to life. In appreciation for the support surrounding the release of the latest Yu-Gi-Oh feature film, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Dark Side of Dimensions, show creator and all-around amazing manga artist Kazuki Takahashi decided to thank fans with an extra special VR rendition of the shows…

Oculus Touch And Rock Band Beat Vive Tracker To VR Accessory Market

The competition between HTC’s Vive and Facebook’s Rift is a closely watched battle, with the two leading PC-powered headsets racing to expand upon the groundwork laid by the SteamVR and Oculus platforms in 2016. It seems the next step for each company is to support a wide range of accessories that can enhance a virtual world…

Boston Students Are Turning Classic Novel Ulysses Into A VR Experience

We’re seeing a surprising eagerness from creatives to turn classic novels into VR experiences. Winking Entertainment is trying its hand at retelling ancient Chinese story, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, inside the HTC Vive, and now a group from the Boston College is attempting to do the same for James Joyce’s Ulysses. The Irish tale…

VR Experience From Stanford Shows How We’re Killing Our Coral Reefs

Ocean acidification is not something most people are immediately passionate about. Unless they understand it, that is. When you realize that this process will effectively wipe out some of some of our world’s most beautiful landscapes, and decimate countless species of marine flora and fauna that depend upon it, then it starts to become a…

O2 Launches Rugby & Music VR Experiences

O2 Telefonica, one of the UK’s largest mobile networks has launched a series of brand new VR experiences for subscribers. For the first time, O2 customers and fans can go head to head against the England Rugby team or explore an O2 Academy venue as a star or fan. In addition to the two POV 360° videos, a third…

Intel Headsets, Vive Conferences and VR Cats: The Week’s Biggest VR News

GDC 2017 is starting to fade into the distance and the VR industry is settling down again once more before the next big week of events. Still, we have some big stories surface from some of the post-show announcements to get through, plus some cool experiments from the development community this wekk. Intel’s Standalone VR…

Disney Brings ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to VR

Be our guest, or V-R guest, with this interactive Beauty and the Beast virtual experience. After months of anticipation, Disney’s modern live action version of Beauty and the Beast was released in theaters on March 17th. To celebrate the release, Disney launched Lumiere’s Dress Rehearsal, a VR tie-in to the film now available on the…

The VR Job Hub: nDreams, Baobab Studios, Skydance Interactive and more

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:…

First All-in-one VR Headsets Based on Qualcomm’s VRDK Expected in 2H 2017

Qualcomm’s latest VRDK headset is a reference design that the company has positioned to act as a foundation for consumer electronics makers to create their own headsets based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon VR hardware. Now with manufacturing partners on board, the first consumer headsets based on the VRDK reference design are expected to launch in the…

When Art and VR Collide in LA

The left brain and the right brain came together for a party. For artists, VR is a thrilling emerging medium that explorse the boundaries of creation. Creators of all skill levels make good use of Tilt Brush, creating magical multi-layered art within a 3D space. And don’t worry — for those of you who haven’t touched a paintbrush…

UK retailer Game makes big push into VR

UK retailers have been slowly getting into the virtual reality (VR) field, offering a range of head-mounted displays (HMDs), demos, and other related peripherals. GAME, one of the largest specialist companies on the high street is making an even bigger push, with a recent mailshot detailing massive range of hardware and promotions. The retailer is…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 03/12/17

Lots of new stuff released for HTC Vive on Steam this week, but not all of it is particularly noteworthy or earth-shattering. The biggest highlight is likely Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul, a made-for-VR horror title that’s based within the iconic film franchise’s expanded universe. If that’s not your cup of tea, there’s plenty else…

New Oculus Rift And Gear VR Releases For Week Of 03/12/17

Oculus Rift is playing a bit of catch up this week, as one of the most celebrated titles on the HTC Vive finally officially arrives on the rival headset. Overall, though, it’s a pretty quiet week on both Rift and Gear VR but we wouldn’t worry; Rock Band VR is set to literally make some…

Be Our (Virtual) Guest: Disney Brings Beauty and The Beast to VR

Today, Disney is announcing a new virtual reality experience for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift with Touch, and Gear VR. To coincide with the release of its latest live action remake, the legendary studio is giving you a front row seat to one of Beauty and the Beast’s most iconic scenes. Lumiere’s Dress Rehearsal puts…

Flexpoint and CaptoGlove team up to create VR/AR Glove Controller

Two companies in the market of producing accessories for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) systems, Flexpoint Sensor Systems and CaptoGlove, have formed a strategic partnership to create a consumer ready, wearable gaming motion controller. Flexpoint, known for producing custom flexible sensors called Bend Sensors for use in data gloves, including a ‘build-it-yourself’ kit…

Disney brings Beauty and the Beast experience to VR

Disney announced today that a virtual reality (VR) tie-in to the recently released Beauty and the Beast live-action movie is being launched on the Oculus Rift with support for Oculus Touch. The interactive VR experience is out now for the Oculus via the Disney Movies VR app. The experience, titled Beauty and the Beast: Lumiere’s Dress Rehearsal, allows…

Hands-On With StarBlood Arena, A Frenetic 6DOF Mech Shooter

There’s a decent chance that when you read the title of this article you were confused about what exactly a 6DOF mech shooter is. To explain simply, imagine all of the directions you can move your hand in the air. You can go forward, backward, left, right, up, and down — a total of six…

Epic Games Busts ‘Robo Recall’s’ $10 Million Myth

Good news. Robo Recall, one of the best looking games available on a VR headset today, actually cost a lot less to produce than the rumored $10 million. It’s certainly a compliment to the small team at Epic Games responsible for the game that the notion of a $10 million production budget was so widely…

Narcosis launch date surfaces along with new trailer

Developer Honor Code have announced the launch date of underwater virtual reality (VR) experience Narcosis for Oculus Store, Steam and Xbox One as well as revealing a new trailer. Narcosis gameplay involves the player being trapped in a heavy, bulky deep-sea diving suit following an engineering disaster that has stranded them underwater. The player must…

VR Resumes Are Catching The Eyes of Industry Recruiters

A brand new market requires a brand new kind of CV. Getting creative with a resume or job application is a common tactic among job-seekers looking to stand out from the pack. A simple Google search reveals incredible examples of resumes iced into cakes, programmed into video games, hidden inside QR codes, the list goes…

Preview: Augmented Empire – Coatsink goes tactical for this mobile RPG

If you could name a developer that knows how to make good mobile virtual reality (VR) titles, Coatsink would likely be up near the top. Having launched Esper and Esper 2 for Samsung Gear VR – both of which have seen positive reviews – the studio has now moved away from the first-person perspective with its next…

Raw Data comes to Oculus Touch today

Survios’ first-person shooter (FPS) Raw Data has been a big success for the studio on HTC Vive. It’s got a ‘very positive’ rating on Steam and just over a month after it launched in mid-2016, the developer announced the title has already brought in $1 million USD in sales. Then in February Survios revealed the videogame would…

‘Lone Echo’ Developer Shows Impressive Procedural Hand-posing System for VR

Lone Echo, Ready At Dawn’s upcoming space-based VR game, employs a physics-based movement system where the player pushes and pulls themselves around a zero-gravity environment. A video presented at GDC highlights their procedural animation system that allows for convincing grip postures on arbitrarily shaped surfaces. One of several exclusive games anticipated to launch on Oculus…