Electronauts Interview, Make Music In Virtual Reality

L.A based virtual reality (VR) developer Survios revealed their next title Electronauts back in December of last year and now VRFocus’ Nina Salomon got to talk with VR Producer, Zach Gonzalez from Survios about the upcoming release. Electronauts is a music creation tool designed to be accessible to all, offering users a chance to create their…

OVERTURN Goes Multiplayer In OVERTURN: Final Operation

One particular trait often explored in videogames when it comes to being ‘The Hero’, is the idea you’ve got to give everything you’ve got for the cause. Whether that is fighting against incomprehensable odds or even laying down your life in exchange for ultimate victory (or redemption). To be a hero is a path of…

North Star Open Source AR HMD Announced By Leap Motion

Remember Leap Motion? They are a tech startup that got going back in 2010. The Leap Motion tracking module is was (and still is) one of the most exciting and affordable hand and object tracking technologies I’ve seen. The original idea was to use it as a replacement for your mouse. You could use your…

Furniture Design Meets Virtual Reality With OYSTER Chair

As continued research and development is carried out on furniture design to explore new design methodologies and how new technologies will impact the industry and fabrication techniques, designer Arturo Tedeschi did just that by exploring the applications of virtual reality (VR) for furniture design. The result of this is the reveal of the OYSTER chair, a…

VRStudios Announces New Wireless Multiplayer VR Solution

Location-based virtual reality (VR) centres are becoming more popular as places where players can try out the latest in high-end VR experiences without the expense of buying your own VR kit. However, those centres still face challenges in creating fully fledged multiplayer VR experiences. VRStudios is offering a solution with its latest product, the VRCade…

Filmmakers Launch New VR Company At Tribeca Film Festival

Among film festivals, the Tribeca Film Festival has one of the strongest relationships with virtual reality (VR), with several VR and 360-degree movies getting premieres at the event Now a new VR content company has been announced at the event. Filmmakers Jacob Wasserman, Adam Donald and Ant Gentile have announced the creation of a new…

VR Film Examines Consequences of Climate Change

As the scientists of the world become increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change, it can be difficult for people to relate to such a huge, sweeping issue. To bring the problem down to a human level, Contrast VR and the European Forest Institute (EFI) announce the release of The Disappearing Oasis, a virtual…

Dead Secret Circle Reveals New Trailer

Back in 2015. developer Robot Invader released its first virtual reality (VR) title for the Samsung Gear VR, titled Dead Secret. The horror/mystery titled was subsequently expanded to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, where it was well-received by critics. The development team have now revealed the trailer for the sequel, Dead Secret Circle. Dead Secret…

Giant Mecha Combat In Action With Code 51: Mech Arena

In a world reeling from a devastating world war, the accumulation of resources has become the paramount task of everyone, especially when it comes to gathering sources of the mysterious Code 51 energy, which powers the huge and powerful mechs. Code 51: Mech Arena is a title created by Chinese developer Smellyriver. There has been…

Developer Playsnak Announces New Shooter Wanted Killer VR

Berlin-based developer Playsnak have announced that it will be releasing a new fast-paced virtual reality (VR) shooter called Wanted Killer VR on to Steam in May 2018. Wanted Killer VR puts the player in the role of a secret group who are opposing the evil corporate empire of Genetic Minds Corp and its maniacal private…

Time to Get In the Cockpit As Code 51: Mech Arena is Out Now

After noting the regrettable dearth of good mech combat titles available in virtual reality (VR), Chinese developer Smellyriver have arrived to fill that particular niche with new title Code 51: Mech Arena, which is available now on PlayStation VR. Code 51: Mecha Arena takes place in a world that has been ravaged by a devastating…

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality Physical Release Arrives On Shelves

Fans of the incredibly popular animated series from Adult Swim, Rick and Morty will now be able to get hold of a physical copy of the PlayStation VR version of critically acclaimed virtual reality (VR) spin-off, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Developers Owlchemy Labs teamed up with Adult Swim Games and Other Ocean Group to…

Fast Travel Games Announce Physical Release For Apex Construct

For hardcore videogame collectors there is little more satisfying than seeing a physical copy of a favourite title on your shelf. This is often a pleasure that virtual reality (VR) fans must forgo, as VR relies mostly on digital distribution. Fast Travel Games will be plugging as last one hole in your physical videogame library,…

Pimax Announce New Design for Controllers

Pimax attracted a great deal of attention with its Kickstarter campaign that aimed to fund the creation of an 8K virtual reality (VR) headset. The crowdfunding campaign went well over its initial funding goal, and customers are keen to get their hands on the headsets. A question still remained, however, and that was regarding the…

XXII Group Showcase New Mixed Reality Experience Verne

XXII Group have showcased a new mixed reality (MR) simulation experience at Laval Virtual, which brought participants into virtual reality (VR) to repair a submarine engine with physical interaction and controls. Dubbed Verne, the experience would put two users into a virtual submarine thanks to the power of HTC Vive headsets, Vive Tracks and ManusVR…

Paw Print Games Talks Robots, Borders and Contraband

Paw Print Games came to the attention of virtual reality (VR) fans with its title Bloody Zombies, a 2D beat-em-up featuring a stylish comic book look and gameplay from the classic side-scrolling era of titles such as Streets of Rage. The studio is now branching out with its next title, Border Patrol. Nina speaks to…

Dimension Launches Partner Programme For VR, AR and MR

As an increasing amount of realism is demanded by audiences for virtual reality (VR) and other immersive media, volumetric 3D capture is becoming appealing to many content creators. To further these ambitions, state-of-the-art capture studio Dimension is launching a partner programme that will allow developers to create new experiences using volumetric video. The new partner…

VR Sci-Fi Comedy Bro Bots Premiers At Tribeca

British-based virtual reality (VR) content studio Breaking Fourth have launched a new scripted sci-fi comedy series called Bro Bots at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, with the first episode forming part of Samsung’s VR Video Pilot Season. Bro Bots takes place in a futuristic vision of New York City where robots have become sophisticated,…

IKinema Animation Technology Being Integrated Into NVIDIA Holodeck

Real-time animation technology specialist IKinema have announced that their powerful full-body technology is being integrated into NVIDIA Holodesk for hyper-realistic character motion within virtual reality (VR). IKinema‘s technology allows for hyper-realistic character motion and natural real-world interactions will full-body tracking. NVIDIA Holodesk is a photogrealistic, collaborative VR environment that incorporates the feeling of real-world presence…

Immotion Receives £500k Investment to Expand in Location-Based VR

Immotion, the UK-based immersive entertainment business, has received an additional £500,000 GBP of investment. The Series B funding comes from London-listed Sure Ventures PLC, which was established to enable investors to gain access to early stage technology companies in new markets including virtual reality (VR). Immotion, which was founded by experienced technology and media entrepreneurs,…

Ready Player One Film Passes $500 Million Worldwide

Ready Player One, the Steven Spielberg film based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name, is a veritable success having now earned over $500 million globally. Nearly half of that comes from China alone, sitting at over $200 million from that region. Regardless of your thoughts on the book and/or movie, we’d wager…

Yulio Technologies Launch First VR For Interior Design Course

Leading provider of virtual reality (VR) for technologies for architecture and design, Yulio Technologies, has announced a new training course that is officially registered with the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The course titled “The New Reality of Virtual Reality” is a revolutionary one from Yulio that delivers insight into VR’s…

Samsung Launches Six Indie VR Projects

Six indie VR projects are now available on the Samsung VR Video service via the Oculus store. The debut episodes are the product of a new program from Samsung looking to fund indie filmmakers while encouraging them to use the 360 Round — a high-end VR camera from Samsung that sells for more than $10,000. The…

Tribeca Film Festival’s Virtual Arcade Steps Up VR Game For 2018

Tribeca’s Virtual Arcade returns once again to bring groundbreaking immersive experiences. One of the largest independent film festivals in the world, the annual Tribeca Film Festival is responsible for delivering some of the most impactful and most-talked-about creative projects to NYC audiences. The nine-day affair hosts a variety of public and private screenings, live conversations…

Trailer and Release Date for The Exorcist: Legion VR – Chapter 4 Revealed

When it comes to iconic horror film franchises various ones spring to mind. The likes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Hellraiser, Saw, Scream have all continued to have a devoted following over the years. Saw is, of course, still ongoing. Hellraiser: Judgment, the tenth instalment in that franchise came out earlier this year…

StarVR Begins Trading on Taiwan Emerging Stocks Board

StarVR Corporation is the result of an ambitious joint venture between Swedish virtual reality (VR) content company Starbreeze and computer hardware manufacturer Acer. The aim was to create a company to provide solutions for professional and location-based VR markets. That company’s shares are now being traded on TPEX Emerging Stocks Board. StarVR Corporation applied for…

Review: Megadimension Neptunia VIIR

Compile Heart and Idea Factory have found a fair amount of success with their ‘Neptunia’ series. Though the first title in the series, Hyperdimension Neptunia on the PlayStation 3, was quite ropey around the edges, it nonetheless won fans and launched the series, which has now worked its way to virtual reality (VR). Megadimension Neptunia…

Samsung Push Forward Creative VR With New Video Initiative

Samsung have expressed a strong interest in virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video, whether this is in regards to its Gear VR headset or its Gear 360 camera. The company is now taking that further with the announcement of Pilot Season, an initiative aimed at supporting the independent VR filmmaking industry. The Pilot Season programme…

Become the Ultimate Train Conductor With Trains VR

For those who are fans of model railways, whether children or adults, one of the joys is carefully planning and creating the track, adding myriad small details before letting the train cheerfully run rapidly over the track. If you have never had the space or money to properly indulge your hobby, however, Trains VR offers…

The Horror Of The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Comes To Virtual Reality

A book recently conveyed to me the horrors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast. But I can only imagine how much more powerful this history lesson could be if conveyed through virtual reality. That’s the ambition behind The Day the World Changed, a haunting new virtual reality film being shown this week at the 2018 Tribeca Film…