Perplexigon Introduces Puzzles In New Update

Developer moBack successfully pushed its sandbox building title Perplexigon through Steam Greenlight earlier in the year. The title allows players to create fantastic structures and devices using a variety of blocks. With a forthcoming updates, players can now pit their building abilities against an array of challenging puzzles. Perplexigon allows players to use three categories…

ViveX Demo Day Batch 2 Featured 26 VR And AR Companies

Today at an event in San Francisco HTC hosted a Vive X Demo Day for its second batch of funded company demos. The event featured 26 different companies ranging from game developers, enterprise applications, ease-of-use convenience tools, and a litany of other projects. To date Vive X has funded over 60 different companies with over…

MIT’s Play Labs VR/AR Accelerator Unveils its First Batch of Summer Startups

Back in January VRFocus reported on Bayview Labs, LLC and Seraph Group, announcing the launch of a startup accelerator looking at developing playful technology across a broad range of disciplines, including virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in conjunction with MIT called Play Labs. Today, Play Labs @ MIT has revealed the first 13 startups…

E3 2017: Hands-On With The Creepy World Of The Inpatient

I love scary games. Resident Evil 7 is probably my favorite VR game to date and is very likely my overall favorite game this year that isn’t part of the Zelda franchise. That being said, demoing supposedly scary games in a convention setting is usually a bad idea. The lights are bright, the sounds are…

VRTO 2017: Where New Giants Stand on Giant Shoulders

Grab your tickets to VRTO, which kicks off June 25 at Rogers Communications Centre in Toronto. To understand what separates VRTO from any other VR conference in the world, take a look at something VRTO Founder and Executive Director Keram Malicki-Sánchez said to me somewhere in the middle of a 2-hour discussion (that ostensibly began as a rundown…

VR for Good: Future Aleppo Is An Emotional Tour Of Loss And Hope

There are a lot of places on this planet that I dream of visiting. I want to stand on the tiny islands that sit between Russia and Alaska, explore the parks of Canada, and experience the culture of South Korea. I’m lucky enough to have travelled the globe already, but I still have so many…

Kandao Announce New 360-Degree Camera – Kandao Obsidian

Chinese tech company Kandao has announced the launch of their latest hardware product designed for 3D and 360-degree image capture, the Kandao Obsidian. The device has already gain praise and even an award, named as a ‘Best of Innovation Honoree’ at CES 2017. The Kandao Obsidian has two variants, the R and S. Th Obsidian…

Valve’s Knuckles Controller Prototype Found In SteamVR Home

Innovation around VR controllers is an ever-evolving conversation and Valve revealed prototypes for a new style of input in October of last year and, in a hands-on report with the prototype, people reported an intuitive way of input that focused on manipulating a virtual world and virtual objects without pressing buttons. Valve has continued working on…

The Mage’s Tale Review: A VR Dungeon Crawl RPG 30 Years In The Making

Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong decade. By the time I was old enough to really appreciate video games (born in 1990) I was diving headfirst into sprawling epic adventures from the Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior franchises on consoles and learning how to fight my way through the unrelenting difficulty…

Review: ‘The Mage’s Tale’

Stepping into The Mage’s Tale, a first-person dungeon crawler RPG that puts you in the enchanted boots of an apprentice mage, is a bit like jumping into your own personal ’80s sword and sorcery flick. With elemental magic at the ready, you get to experience classic dungeon crawler stuff like exploration, spell crafting, puzzles, and battle against…

Birmingham City University Develop New AR Medical Software

We’ve already seen many incredible and potential uses for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) in medical and health fields, and yet more advancements are being made in the field. Now, Birmingham City University has developed a new mixed reality system that’ll help doctors view patient data and more. The AR…

Best VR Hardware Of E3 2017

Now that it’s all said and done it’s easy to see that E3 2017 just wasn’t a huge showing for VR hardware. Microsoft didn’t even mention VR at all during the reveal of the Xbox One X even though executives have suggested the system will still support it. That said, we did try out some…

Preview: Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown – Top Gun for VR

The Ace Combat franchise has been a highly successful series that’s going to spawn its seventh iteration in 2018 with Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. In addition to the standard console and PC versions Bandai Namco has developed a virtual reality (VR) component which will be exclusive to PlayStation VR, and during the recent…

Best Oculus Rift Games Of E3 2017

Last year’s E3 was pivotal for virtual reality due to it taking place before the launch of Oculus Touch and PlayStation VR (PSVR,) a fact reflected on the expo floor with a heavier presence then. Although 2017 didn’t have quite as large of a presence overall, there were still plenty of quality experiences that the…

Sony Held Back on PlayStation VR Marketing Because of Supply Issues

It has been reported before on VRFocus that executives at Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) were somewhat taken aback by the success of the PlayStation VR headset, despite much speculation on the reasons for this, part of it may have to do with how SIE marketed the product – or rather, how they didn’t market the product….

Best PSVR Games Of E3 2017

Now that E3 2017 has officially come and gone it’s time to take a moment and look back to reflect. While this was definitely a good show for gamers of all types, it’s hard to argue that it was actually overall better than last year’s show. Last year at E3 we were just a few…

VR Sword Simulator Katana X Launches on Steam Early Access

Accurately wielding a blade has been a gamer’s dream since the first footage of the Wii in action, with the motion controlled console promising so much. Technology has moved on since a decade ago though, and those early demos are now as unrealistic as they are old-hat – virtual reality (VR) sword fighting, on the…

Visit The World’s Very First VR Museum for a Taste of Dalí

Time to get surreal: scope the world’s largest private collection of Dalí Artwork—in VR. Thanks to a collaboration between Dali17 and Greenfield Workshop, you can now explore the world-renowned works of artist Salvador Dalí from the comfort of your own home. The innovative VR museum experience gives visitors the chance to view, touch, and even step…

New Battleships Experience, Salvo, Launches on Oculus Store

One of the best aspects of virtual reality (VR) is that it can take us somewhere truly fantastical. Even if all you’re doing is playing chess, you could be doing in some very interesting environments. Now we’ve got Salvo, a brand-new release taking us deep under the sea to command some battle ships… In Salvo…

Varjo Promises Human-Eye Resolutions For VR This Year

I am standing in a virtual living room rendered via Unity. Except I am seeing things I never have before in VR. There is a virtual television on the wall to my left displaying a 4K video of a city. The floor, the couch pillows, the clothes hanging on a rack to my left, are…

The VR Job Hub: After E3 Special

We’ve said farewell to the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), although likely not Los Angeles for another year and the team is presently winging their way home to the UK. It was certainly a busy couple of weeks, including the run up to E3 itself. However it’s highly likely if you’re interested in virtual reality (VR)…

HTC Explains Why It Hasn’t Lowered the Price of the Vive

Despite its primary competitor, Oculus, making a major price cut to the Rift & Touch earlier this year, HTC’s Vive headset still sits at a hearty $800. The company’s GM of VR, Daniel O’Brien, tells us why HTC hasn’t cut the cost of their headset in response. Price Point Speaking to Road to VR this week at…

Turn Any Stationary Bike Into A VR Fitness Machine With This $100 Sensor

VirZOOM is back with a more affordable option for exercising in virtual reality. You might remember VirZoom as the VR stationary bike that features an array of fitness-based experiences such as lassoing bandits atop a galloping horse, cutting tight corners in an Indy race car and flying through the clouds on a mystical Pegasus just…

Oculus Rift Update 1.16 Adds Mixed Reality Capture Dev Support And More

It’s difficult to show people what you experience in virtual reality – you can’t exactly share a head-mounted display (HMD) with someone, and a simple video feed on a monitor would never do the experience justice. That’s why Mixed Reality (MR) video capture is perfect, and in the latest Oculus Rift update, that’s exactly what…

New Oculus Update Embraces 360 Room-scale, Adds Mixed Reality Capture

Version 1.16 of Oculus Rift software is beginning to roll out to all Rift users, adding support for Mixed Reality capture, a redesigned interface for future updates and issue reporting, a new Home environment and multilanguage support. The Store now supports 360°-only apps, and provides alerts before purchases if you don’t have an appropriate tracking…