Facebook Shows off its First VR Experience with Facebook Spaces

Image Credit: Oculus, Facebook When Facebook originally bought out Oculus Rift many were somewhat baffled about the rationale of the decision. To be sure, Facebook indicated that they felt VR (and AR) were the future of social media, but for us non-visionaries it has never been entirely clear how the two would meet. Now Facebook…

Lost in Space With The Developers Of Lone Echo

Nina speaks to Ru Weerasuriya co-founder of Ready at Dawn about upcoming narrative space adventure Lone Echo. Lone Echo is set in space and attempts to present the user with the option of being able to move in any direction without causing any of the motion sickness symptoms that many players report when using VR….

F8 2017: Facebook Spaces and AR Innovation

Today Facebook has begun its 10th annual F8 conference in California and its sure had its fair share of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) announcements. VRTV’s Nina is on the ground at the event to bring you first hand coverage of what’s been going on. The big news for the event has been…

Vive Users Can Join Rift Friends in ‘Facebook Spaces’ With Revive Hack

It appears that Revive is already compatible with the Facebook’s new social VR app, Facebook Spaces. Revive is a popular free hack that allows Oculus content to be played on HTC Vive system. Launched today at Facebook’s F8 opening conference, the social network’s first social VR app is available on the Early Access section of…

Facebook Spaces Launched for Social VR

Facebook’s 10th annual F8 conference has now begun and the keynote has jumped straight into augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) announcements. Rachel Franklin, Head of Social VR has now unveiled Facebook Spaces, a fully integrated social platform that links Oculus Rift and the online social behemoth. Facebook Spaces has launched today on Oculus…

Facebook Doubles Down on Social VR with Spaces—Now in Beta

During Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference, Head of Social VR Rachel Franklin took the stage to show off the company’s latest efforts to make VR more social. Now Facebook friends can join you in VR in the Rift with Facebook Spaces. The new VR app takes some of the best social features of Facebook and brings them into your…

Samsung Gear VR Apps Now Support SD Card Installation

Storage space on smartphones has always been a juggling act, managing apps, videos, photos, video games and more. While internal storage has got larger, so has the amount of content users want to store, and companies tend to get round this by offering cloud-based solutions or expandable memory. If you own a Samsung Gear VR…

Google Earth VR Lands on Oculus Rift

Last week tech giant Google teased that there would be a big announcement about a new Google Earth experience which would be launched at an event that would line up with Earth Day. Google has now revealed what the update will entail. Google Earth VR has been available for users of the HTC Vive since…

Axon VR Pushes Haptics Forward with Incredible Technology

Anyone who has used the latest VR HMDs will tell you that in terms of audio-visual quality the VR industry has basically nailed it. Obviously we’ll be seeing greater fidelity as time goes by, but the minimum threshold for quality VR is well and truly behind us when it comes to your eyes and ears….

VRTV: Nina Heads into the Snow for the Arktika.1 Preview

Nina heads into the frozen wastelands of Arktika.1 in order to give her verdict on the current version of the game. Arktika 1 is set in a dystopian future where climate change has wrecked the world and reduced the available habitable areas down to a few strips of land by the equator. The player character…

Gear VR Controller Review

Sometimes a good idea is a good idea, even if your competitor had it first. Well over two years since the first Gear VR headset was launched (but just a few months after Google’s Daydream VR headset launched) Samsung is launching a motion controller for Gear VR which adds a new layer of interactivity and…

ASUS Launches Compact VR-Ready PC

One of the difficulties with modern PC virtual reality (VR) is making sure that all the components of the PC rig meet the required standards for ensuring the smooth running of an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. ASUS has a potential solution in the form of a compact desktop PC that is designed for VR….

Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support

VR’s killer app just got a major update. It was six months ago when Google launched a VR version of Google Earth for the HTC Vive. And still to this day, Google Earth VR remains one of the best, if not the best, app experiences available in VR. An app with such a mass appeal…

Review: Forestry

Gamers aren’t always known for their outdoorsy lifestyles, generally because they prefer virtual worlds filled with amazing digital landscapes to explore instead. And that’s the route Decoder has gone down for its first virtual reality (VR) title Forestry, for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive (reviewed). Mixing up exploration and wood chopping skills, Forestry isn’t so much about admiring the…

inXile Entertainment on Mastering the Arcane Arts in The Mage’s Tale

Back in February inXile Entertainment announced its first foray into virtual reality (VR) development with The Mage’s Tale for Oculus Touch. At the recent Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017, VRFocus caught up with the studio’s Lead Designer David Rogers to find out more. inXile Entertainment is the developer behind role-playing games (RPGs) like Wasteland 2 and upcoming title The Bard’s Tale IV, and its…

VRLA 2017: Hunt Easter Eggs in Mixed Reality via AfterNow and HoloLens

Who said hunting Easter eggs is just for kids? Even those who stopped believing in the Easter bunny’s magic years ago can delight in the mixed reality egg-hunting experience brought to the VRLA crowd by AfterNow, FLARB, and HoloLens. The fun begins as you put on your HoloLens and walk into the pastel forest (built IRL)…

Try and Carry a Tune in SingSpace for Gear VR

This week Samsung Gear VR owners can now enjoy some virtual reality (VR) karaoke either on their own of with friends thanks to Harmonix’s SingSpace.  The Rock Band VR developer originally announced SingSpace for the mobile head-mounted display (HMD) in October 2016, and since then has only demoed the experience with a few select songs. With the…

The VR Job Hub: Owlchemy Labs, Luden.io, Oculus, Amazon

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:…

Defenders of the Realm VR Hits Steam Greenlight for Support

It’s been awhile since VRFocus listed any Steam Greenlight games seeking community support so for Sunday here’s a recent virtual reality (VR) title to appear, Defenders of the Realm VR by Chinese developer Multiverse Inc. Mixing up first-person shooter (FPS) mechanics with a hint of tower defense, Defenders of the Realm VR challenges players to defend their base…

Preview: Bad Day to Fly – Arcade Action in the Skies

It can always be a challenge for indie virtual reality (VR) developers to decide upon what sort of title to first take the plunge with, as some genres of video games are notoriously more difficult than others. British team Beloudest has decided to go with aerial combat for its first with Bad Day to Fly, and even…

TITAN X vs TITAN Xp Comparison Guide

If you’re into top-of-the-line PC gaming with a penchant for NVIDIA GPU’s, these last 12 months have seen the company release an incredibly powerful selection of products using its new Pascal architecture. The true giants have only surfaced this year though, with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti arriving last month, surpassing the heavyweight performance of…

A Paper Controller To Combat VR Motion Sickness

There are advantages to using cheap, readily-available materials when creating new products, as has already been proved by Google with its Google Cardboard headset. One inventor has taken the concept a step further and claims to have invented a motion controller that is not only made out of paper, but also helps prevent virtual reality(VR)-induced…

Brookstone Encouraging Shoppers to Get Hands-On With ReTrak VR Headsets

Retailer Brookstone have begun experimenting with bringing in-store virtual reality (VR) experiences to their customers in partnership with VR headset manufacturer ReTrak. In stores located in malls and airports across the USA, Brookstone have been featuring ReTrak Utopia headsets and encouraging customers to try on the headsets and some of the relaxing experiences available when…

Sony Is Hoping VR Will Support Company During Slow in Smartphone Sales

It’s not a secret that the smartphone sector is dominated by two names: Samsung and Apple. Not even the alliance of former mobile giant Nokia and Microsoft could challenge them. Sony (formerly SonyEriksson) have been a respectable runner-up, but that area of its business has never been a colossal money-maker. Sony is apparently hoping that…