Exploring America’s Ghost Trains in VR Documentary

The Ghost Train amusement park ride concept has existed for decades, with a huge number of variants existing all over the world, and spawning its own amusement park sub-genre of the ‘dark ride’. Documentary filmmaker Joel Zika is creating a virtual reality (VR) documentary showing his experiences with rides in this genre. The VR documentary…

VR Animated Film Battlescar to Feature at Sundance

For the past couple of years, the Sundance Film Festival has shown its willingness to engage with new types of media, including virtual reality (VR), 360-degree video and other types of immersive media. This continues with the Sundance New Frontier Program, which will be featuring a new project from 1stAveMachine. The latest VR project from…

Dimension Studio: the First Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture Stage in the World

Having a state-of-the-art volumetric and 3D capture studio doesn’t come easy. However when it came to the setting up Dimension Studio, it only took about a year. It lead to Dimension Studio being opened on the 24th October 2017, in London through the partnership of Hammerhead VR, Digital Catapult and Microsoft Mixed Reality Capture Studio….

Operation Apex Out Now On Steam

The depths of the Earth’s oceans are still mostly a mystery to us, and there have already been several virtual reality (VR) titles that explore the seas, varying in tone from serious to comedic. VR content creators Curiscope have now launched its own VR experience to take a closer look at the creatures of the…

Liminal Uses VR To Explore How Colour Affects Emotion

It has been noted before that the immersiveness of virtual reality (VR) allows for a deeper level of interaction that allows for a greater potential to affect the emotions of the user. Australian-based VR company Liminal VR is working with the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health to use the immersive properties of VR…

A-Tech Cybernetic Gets Free Demo and New Story Mode Chapter

Developers Xreal Games quietly launched its cyberpunk virtual reality (VR) shooter A-Tech Cybernetic into early access earlier this year, but now the development team think its ready for a wider audience. A-Tech Cybernetic is a VR first-person shooter set inside the walls of a futuristic biomedical company where you must fight off an invasion of…

Where Thoughts Go Is An Anonymous VR Social Space On An Alien Planet

Where Thoughts Go is a social network that takes the form of an ethereal virtual reality world. Visitors leave anonymous voice logs that appear in the dreamy environment as little creatures that flit around in the air. It’s the latest VR project from indie developer Lucas Rizzotto, who plans to release an early version sometime in 2018…

A Closer Look At Ghost in the Shell: Arise Stealth Hounds

Location-based virtual reality (VR) centres are beginning to pop up all over the world, but one of the places that very quickly embraced the new technology was Japan. One of the biggest VR locations is VR Zone Shinjuku, which has just launched its newest VR attraction, Ghost in the Shell: Arise Stealth Hounds. The launch…

The VR Job Hub: Weta, NASA, Bosch & More…

The variety of roles available in the field of immersive technologies mean that every week when we come to discussing them in The VR Job Hub there’s always something – be in in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR) – that takes us by surprise. So, what new beginnings await this…

Something for the Weekend: Space, Speed and Shooting

Christmas is creeping up on us. Are you looking for the perfect gift for a videogaming loved one? Or perhaps you are just searching for something to keep your mind off the unpleasent weather and stress of the holiday period? Either way, here are a selection of deals for virtual reality (VR) titles on Steam…

Amimon Unveil Wireless VR Technology

One of the current criticisms towards high-end virtual reality (VR) systems is the presents of cords and wires that are needed to transmit power and data to the head-mounted display. A number of wireless systems are in development, and some have been released. Amimon have now revealed a new technology for wireless VR and mixed…

Dead Effect 2 VR Introduces Support For 3dRudder

Foot-powered virtual reality (VR) motion controller 3dRudder offers different control options to VR users who have limited mobility, or who have restricted space to enjoy room-scale VR. An increasing number of VR titles are introducing support for the device, a list which now includes Dead Effect 2 VR. Dead Effect 2 VR is a sci-fi…

Behind The Scenes with ‘Speed Kills’, John Travolta’s VR Debut

Speed Kills sets an ambitious template for cinematic VR projects. The VR experience for Hannibal Pictures’ upcoming feature film Speed Kills is one of the longest ever brought to market, delivering over an hour of cinematic VR content. Produced by TopDogVR and Richard Del Castro, Guy Griffithe and Cloyd, it will be cut into eight…

Fishing Star VR Comes to Google Daydream

Time to hang the ‘Gone Fishing’ sing on your door with the release of the virtual reality (VR) version of relaxing fishing title Fishing Star from GREE Inc. Fishing Star was one of the early examples of a casual mobile videogame that introduced social elements, featuring on some of the earliest mobile gaming services. The…

Fallout 4 VR: How To Explore The Wasteland Using HTC Vive

In preparation for the release of Fallout 4 VR next week, Bethesda has released a new video showing off the controls, combat and how to use power armor in virtual reality. Watch Community Manager Jessisca Finster and Lead Producer Andrew Scharf take you through a demo of how Fallout 4 VR works with the Vive…

This Week in VR Sport: AR For Football and Fitness

It is getting close to Christmas, the weather is turning cold (well, for some of us..) but the world of sports carries on regardless of the wind, rain or snow. This week is dominated by developments in augmented reality (AR) in sport, fitness and health. Mapbox Acquires Fitness AR An increasing number of people are…

nDreams Release new Shooty Fruity Trailer for PlayStation Experience

Today the annual PlayStation Experience has begun in California, with Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) showcasing the very latest content for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR. If you happen to live in the UK you may not have stayed awake until 4am to see the livestream – which VRFocus’ dedicated team just so happened to do….

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is Coming to PlayStation VR in 2018

The main PlayStation Experience livestream is now over and there was a bunch of virtual reality (VR) titles revealed for PlayStation VR. Shockingly, one videogame that didn’t make to the stage or any of the video show reels was Owlchemy Labs’ Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, which has just appeared on PlayStation Blog confirming a launch for PlayStation VR…

Sony Announce The Last Guardian VR Experience for PlayStation VR

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has begun its livestream from the PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, California, showcasing some of the titles attendees can expect to see on the show floor, with some videogames being shown for the first time. Just like the Paris Games Week (PGW) conference the company has jumped right in with several announcements…

Wipeout VR Confirmed for PlayStation VR

The PlayStation Experience (PSX) officially begins tomorrow featuring the biggest selection of videogames from around the world, including virtual reality (VR) content. This evening Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has begun its livestream showcasing the latest titles coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro and of course PlayStation VR. For the head-mounted display (HMD) SIE has…

Details About the OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead to be Revealed This Sunday

It’s been sometime since Starbreeze studio OVERKILL revealed anything about its virtual reality (VR) compatible title The Walking Dead, the most recent being a postponement of the videogame until 2018. Fans of the series or some of its other videogame spin offs won’t have to wait much longer however, with the studio running a countdown timer due…

Quirky VR Puzzler Fail Factory! Out Now

Armature Studio have launched its latest title, Fail Factory! Which is a lighthearted, humorous physics-based puzzle title that lets players try to manage an ever-escalating situation that inevitably runs out of control into a ludicrous failure. The studio hopes that Fail Factory! Will encourage players to explore and experiment in an immersive virtual reality (VR)…

Crows Crows Crows and Squanch Games to Bring Accounting+ to PlayStation VR This Month

Last year indie developer Crows Crows Crows (The Stanley Parable) teamed up with Justin Roiland’s (co-creator of Rick and Morty) Squanchtendo to release a bizarre, and darkly comedic virtual reality (VR) title called Accounting, which launched for free on HTC Vive. Now the studios – Squanchtendo recently changed its name the Squanch Games – have announced a successor in the…

Gamedust Announce that Aerial WW2 Fighter Overflight Will be an Oculus Go Launch Title

During Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) in October the company unveiled its very first all-in-one, standalone virtual reality (VR) headset, the Oculus Go. Since then little has been mentioned about the headset, especially when it comes to actual content. Today, Polish developer Gamedust has broken the silence, revealing that its WW2 aerial combat title Overflight – currently available…

Review: High Noon VR

If you look over VRFocus’ past reviews and previews you’ll notice one common denominator, there’s quite a few wave shooters in there. Long term virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts will know that developers have a penchant for creating first-person shooters (FPS) that are stationary and wave-based. The reason for this is simple, the genre works well…

Virtual Reality Holiday Gift Guide 2017

There are more head-mounted displays on the market than ever before with tons of games and accessories available. This gift guide outlines the headsets, accessories and games you should look for with each of the major VR systems available this year. Also be sure to check out our breakdown of the market for VR headsets…

Take a Relaxing Break With Owlchemy Labs’ Vacation Simulator

Last night the Game Awards took place celebrating the entire breadth of the videogame industry, including virtual reality (VR) content. As a surprise part of the event, Owlchemy Labs, the studio synonymous with zany hands-on VR experiences like Job Simulator and Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality revealed its next project, a sunny, relaxing title called Vacation Simulator. Just like its…

Get a Free Copy of Lone Echo When you buy Oculus Rift

The Black Friday deals maybe over but that doesn’t mean to say there aren’t offers still to be had on virtual reality (VR) headsets. The latest comes from Oculus Rift, with new customers able to pick up to head-mounted display (HMD) for $399 USD/£399 GBP, including a copy of Ready at Dawn’s sci-fi epic, Lone Echo….

Jason Rubin on Oculus’ Future and the Virtual Reality Landscape Today

VRFocus previously discussed bringing big videogame franchises into virtual reality (VR) with Jason Rubin, VP of Content at Oculus VR, and how most of these transitions into VR for 2D videogames are likely to be unsuccessful. This is mostly due to companies not fully comprehending the VR format. Some videogames are perfect for consoles and PC, and…

PlayStation VR’s Impressive Sales Boasts a Secure Future for VR

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) announced yesterday that the PlayStation VR has surpassed 2 million unit sales in a little over a year since launch. This is no mean feat for a head-mounted display considered an ‘add-on’ for a console, and even more so when you consider the fact that the peripheral carries a price tag…