A Week in Facebook Spaces – Socialising Needs Some Work

If there’s one company that should be able to make socialising in virtual reality (VR) work its Facebook. It’s kind of its forte, and since acquiring Oculus back in 2014 you’d have thought a VR app would have been on the cards early on. Well a year after Oculus Rift’s launch it finally appeared last…

Alien: Covenant In Utero Bursts on to Oculus Rift

Geeks and fans of the Alien franchise around the world are celebrating ‘Alien Day’, derived from the planet LV-426 featured in Alien. To add to the festivities, Ridley Scott’s virtual reality subsidiary RSA VR have launched Alien: Covenant in Utero on to Oculus Rift. The VR experience puts the user in the place of a…

Haptic Controller VRgluv Rolls out Kickstarter Campaign

VRFocus has covered several gloves designed for virtual reality (VR) interaction, such as CaptoGlove, Manus VR and Finch, all aiming to improve immersion. While all these designs follow a similar goal, what they don’t currently feature is haptic feedback. So enters VRgluv, which has now launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. VRgluv has been built as…

Samsung’s FaceSense Enables Hands-Free VR Interfacing

Companies are experimenting with numerous ways to interact with virtual reality (VR) environments, from data gloves and haptic vests, to eye tracking and omni-directional treadmills. As Samsung has become one of the big VR players with the popular Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD), its also keen on developing some fresh new ideas on what can be…

Review: Korix

Real-time strategy has a fair amount of history behind it. Dating back to the venerable Dune II, which was released for MS-DOS way back in the misty depths of 1993. Much has remained the same since then, and some things have changed, but adding virtual reality (VR) to the mix brings an entirely new dimension….

BBC Radio 4 Ventures into VR for Online Audio Drama Quake

Being the visual entertainment medium that it is, you might be surprised to findout BBC Radio 4 has now dabbled in virtual reality (VR) for its new online audio drama Quake. Made up of 12 short form audio pieces, Quake is set as the search for survivors begins after a deadly earthquake. Each drama is only available…

NVIDIA Offers Three Free VR Games With Select New Hardware

In the grand scheme of things, we’re still in the early stages of virtual reality adoption. While the price of admission may still be a bit on the higher end for some, the software ecosystem is inspiring people to invest and get hardware that can support these immersive experiences. Yesterday we reported on an Oculus…

Canada Turns to VR To Make People Safer Around Train Tracks

It is a sad statistic that dozens of Canadians, many of them young, are killed or injured on railways tracks. Almost all of these incidents are avoidable, and many only needed the victim to have heeded signs and warnings to avoid the danger. As part of Rail Safety Week, a new initiative is using virtual…

Write Your Own Chronicles of Karnage on HTC Vive

Nordic Trolls’ highly anticipated first-person adventure title, Karnage Chronicles, is now available for HTC Vive via Steam Early Access. With Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR editions of the virtual reality (VR) videogame also in development, however it’s the roomscale equipped head-mounted display (HMD) that is being given first crack-of-the-whip. Karnage Chronicles casts the player as…

Watch Original 360-Degree Content On Digital Domain’s New App

Yesterday Digital Domain unveiled a 360-degree camera and production toolset that will better equip creators for VR broadcasting and publishing. Today they’re putting the content itself at the forefront, announcing a new application that will collect both Digital Domain’s original creations and their live-broadcasted events. Their growing collection of in-house produced content and experiences from partners warrants…

HoloGrid: Monster Battle VR Gets Gear VR Launch

Remember the scene in Star Wars where Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO are playing a kind of holographic chess game involving monsters? Ever wanted to play it yourself? Well good news, as users of the Samsung Gear VR can with the launch of HoloGrid: Monster Battle VR. The title uses creatures and monsters created by visual…

GoPro Launches Pilot Programme For VR Fusion Camera

Intrepid filmmakers who wished to make a virtual reality (VR) film using GoPro cameras didn’t really have much option save for using multiple cameras and painstakingly stitching the footage together. GoPro are now planning to change that with the introduction of the Fusion camera. The GoPro Fusion is a spherical camera which is designed specifically…

Nvidia Releases Game Ready Drivers for Rick and Morty, Wilson’s Heart and Batman

Following on from Nvidia and Oculus’ announcement earlier today regarding free software when purchasing GTX graphic cards and Oculus Rift, Nvidia has now rolled out several game ready drivers optimised for specific virtual reality (VR) titles. Today’s update see’s the recently launched Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, and the as yet unreleased Wilson’s Heart and Batman Arkham VR both…

Digital Domain Launches VR App for Original Content and Livestreamed 360 Events

Visual effects and immersive experience creator Digital Domain has announced the launch of its first virtual reality (VR) app, Digital Domain VR, allowing users to VR fans to checkout its library of work as well as offering livestream 360-degree events. The new Digital Domain app includes a wide array immersive content created in-house by the company, covering a mixture…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive Software

Content is king. That’s the truism we’ve come to learn from decades of hardware success stories and near-equal amounts of failures. Virtual reality (VR) may yet be waiting to find its ‘killer app’, but there’s still plenty to be excited about. A swathe of videogames, 360 degree videos, healthcare and education applications are already available…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive: One Year On

The most important part of the decision making process for consumers when purchasing new hardware is invariably bang-for-your-buck, but what that means to the individual could be very unique. Is it the amount of features? The quality of the product? The software line-up? Or simply the price? With it now being just over one year…

VRTV Goes Social with Facebook Spaces

Last week Facebook held its 10th annual F8 developer conference where the company makes most of its major announcements. There was a big focus on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and AI, with one of the big reveals being Facebook Spaces, a dedicated VR social app for Oculus Rift and Touch. VRFocus attended the event…

VR vs. 365 (Sort Of)

Welcome to VR vs, your weekly column from ‘the other one’ at VRFocus which is celebrating its first anniversary under my stewardship tomorrow. Has it really been that long? I’d like to say I can scarcely believe it, but those in virtual reality (VR) – especially those on the news sites – will tell you working…

Resident Evil 7’s Free Story DLC Has Been Delayed

Three months on from the release of Resident Evil 7 and it remains one of the best games on PlayStation VR (PSVR). That’s why we’re looking forward to the game’s upcoming free story DLC, ‘Not A Hero’. Sadly that content has now been delayed. The DLC, which adds a new campaign in which players would…

Xenko Game Engine: A New Way To Develop Better VR Games

Today Silicon Studio launched its videogame development engine Xenko, allowing developers no matter the size to build content across multiple platforms. Part of the team attended the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco last month and VRFocus caught up with Silicon Studio’s Product Manager Pierre Rahier to find out more. The company want’s to make…

Raindance Festival Is Sponsoring VR Educational Courses

The Raindance Film Festival has begun to get involved in the world of virtual reality (VR). During last year’s Raindance Festival in London the organisers featured the VR Arcade, where 14 short films which were shown on Gear VR or Oculus Rift. Now the Festival is organising some VR courses as part of its educational…

Xenko Game Engine Launches with Free Edition

Silicon Studio has today launched the Xenko game engine, a new scaleable development platform for everything from mobile videogames to realistic virtual reality (VR) experiences and beyond. Xenko is free for educational use, small studios and individual users, with larger studios paying a nominal monthly fee. To celebrate the launch, Silicon Studio is offering all…

Google Nominates Top AR/VR Apps for 2017 Play Awards

This year’s 2017 Google Play Awards include new categories for top VR and AR apps, to which Google has nominated five apps each. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30PM PT during Google I/O, the company’s annual developer festival. Ever since the reveal of Google Daydream at last year’s I/O…

HP Moves Into VR and AR With Investment In Venture Reality Fund

HP is putting on its headsets. One of the world’s oldest technology companies is investing in the fledgling virtual reality market by becoming an investor in The Venture Reality Fund. The exact amount wasn’t disclosed. But HP Tech Ventures, the new corporate venture arm of HP, has joined as an investor in The VR Fund, which has…

Google Upgrade JUMP Camera into YI HALO

Tech giant Google launched the JUMP programme back in 2015, its aim being to give average consumers the tools for making high-quality virtual reality (VR) films that were usually the domain of well-funded Hollywood film-makers. Google have now announced a new version of the key hardware. The new camera weighs less than eight pounds, lighter…