Benchmarking Snapdragon 845 And Testing A New Qualcomm Reference Headset

Last week, Qualcomm invited me onsite to benchmark their latest Snapdragon 845 SoC and platform. This new Snapdragon 845 was originally unveiled at the company’s big event in Maui late last year. With the new Snapdragon 845 there are many improvements to the GPU performance, with a focus on VR and AR applications. The new…

Benchmarking Snapdragon 845 And Testing A New Qualcomm Reference Headset

Last week, Qualcomm invited me onsite to benchmark their latest Snapdragon 845 SoC and platform. This new Snapdragon 845 was originally unveiled at the company’s big event in Maui late last year. With the new Snapdragon 845 there are many improvements to the GPU performance, with a focus on VR and AR applications. The new…

This VR Controller Mod Shifts Weight To Simulate Objects

We all know that bringing your hands into VR is an amazing experience, but picking up objects like swords or guns can be a little underwhelming. Currently controllers like Oculus Touch or the HTC Vive wands are unable to replicate the weight and shape of interactive items in the virtual world, but this intriguing mod…

This VR Controller Mod Shifts Weight To Simulate Objects

We all know that bringing your hands into VR is an amazing experience, but picking up objects like swords or guns can be a little underwhelming. Currently controllers like Oculus Touch or the HTC Vive wands are unable to replicate the weight and shape of interactive items in the virtual world, but this intriguing mod…

Gran Turismo Sport Confirmed for October

Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has officially confirmed the release date for PlayStation VR compatible title, Gran Turismo Sport. The racing tile will arrive on 18th October and as you might expect there are plenty of special editions going to be available. Pre-orders have already launched on the European PlayStation.Store, with the standard version retailing…

Does This Pain-inducing VR Accessory Go Too Far?

There are so many different ways that researchers around the world are working on to make VR more immersive. From haptic gloves to a speaker that pumps bass straight into your chest cavity, it seems that anything is game to supplement the audio-visual VR experience. It’s not unique to VR either, from force-feedback joysticks to…

VR Title Polybius Gets Prominence in New Nine Inch Nails Music Video

We’ve already seen how virtual reality (VR) can make a great accompaniment to music, and proper use of VR tech can lead to stupendous music videos, as displayed by Bjork’s music video for Notget and the Gorillaz continuing involvement with VR. Now trippy trance shooter Polybius forms the basis of the music video for new…

Landfall Developer Force Field VR Secures €1m Investment in Series A Round

Force Field VR, the studio behind twin-stick virtual reality (VR) shooter Landfall on Oculus Rift and Term1nal, a puzzle title for Samsung Gear VR, has today announced the completion of a Series A funding round, securing the company an extra €1 million EUR of investment. In a statement Force Field’s co-founder Arthur Houtman said: “Over the past year Force Field…

Store No 8 and Thrive Global Launch Innov8: V-Commerce Competition

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) videogames or experiences something often mentioned as a key factor that people should think about for success is storytelling, that it is the key to connecting with your audience. Although there is some debate about just how important that truly is in the great scheme of things. Connecting,…

The Assembly Dev nDreams Raises Further £2.7 Million

It’s good news for UK-based VR developer nDreams today, as the studio has raised yet more funds to continue working with the technology. The company has just acquired another £2.7 million. £2 million of that comes by way of Mercia Technologies PLC, which previously invested £6.1 million in the studio through multiple rounds. The other…

The Wonder Of Space Just Got A Whole Lot Prettier For EVE: Valkyrie

If you’re looking for a virtual reality (VR) experience that truly makes the jaw drop and quickly clues you in to the benefits of a 360 degree viewpoint you can’t do much better than checking out the wonders (and dangers) of outer space courtesy of EVE: Valkyrie.  Whether it’s the basic game or any of…

First Full Footage Of Mario Kart VR Arrives

The surprise reveal of Mario Kart Arcade GP VR last month was so unexpected it actually ended up being one of the biggest VR stories of E3 2017 without actually being there. Finally, we’ve got some real footage of the game in action. Previously we only saw fleeting glimpses of this arcade title, which is…

Speakers for VRX 2017 Announced

VRX will be returning to San Francisco for its third year of operation as preparation for its third event kick into high gear with the announcement of the list of featured speakers that are expected to attend the event. The VRX event attracts attendees covering a broad spectrum of disciplines from within the wider virtual…

Investors Spent Nearly $1 Billion On Virtual World Creation Tools In Q2

Virtual world creation tools Improbable and Unity Technologies anchored investment in the AR/VR industry in Q2. AR/VR adviser Digi-Capital tracked $800 million worth of investment in the industry throughout Q2. While that sounds like a lot, this amount was centered around two major technology builders. Improbable, which is building a cloud computing platform aimed at…

The Best Oculus Rift Games of 2017 So Far – Robo Recall

For VRFocus’ first videogame lets head back to the start of the year, to a title that quite frankly should be part of every Oculus Rift users library, and that’s the fantastic Robo Recall from Epic Games. For the majority of the time Epic Games grace the pages of VRFocus because of the company’s middleware development software, Unreal Engine, which…