Viral EX Is Coming to Steam and HTC Vive

Developer Fierce Kaiju brought their first-person shooter title Viral EX to Oculus Rift with Touch late last year, after it has been originally launched for the Samsung Gear VR. The improved and remastered version of Viral EX is now moving on to Steam so HTC Vive owners can also enjoy what Viral EX has to…

Resolution Games Adds Gear VR Controller Support To Fishing Game

Since Samsung announced the introduction of the Samsung Gear VR controller, a steadily increasing number of titles have been introducing support for the peripheral. Now developer Resolution Games is adding Gear VR controller support to virtual reality (VR) fishing title Bait! A new update to one of the most popular VR fishing titles, Bait!, will…

Unity’s XR Toolkit Aims to Improve VR Development Later this Year

The Unite Europe 2017 conference is well underway in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with plenty of sessions focused on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) development. VRFocus is at the event bringing you all the latest news and interviews, and caught up with Unity’s XR Evangelist Sarah Stumbo who revealed the company’s upcoming XR Foundation…

Satirical VR Title The American Dream VR Coming Out Late Summer

How do you flip a burger with a gun? Shoot at it, obviously. Indie developer Samurai Punk are aiming to make a few satirical points with the announcement of its upcoming virtual reality (VR) title The American Dream VR. The American Dream VR uses satire and videogames to take a look at American gun culture….

Microsoft: ‘Mixed Reality is a Generational Shift in Computing’

Microsoft has championed their partnership with Unity Technologies for their holographic computing platform since the initial announcement of the HoloLens. Today, at Unite Europe 2017, Brandon Bray, Principle Program Manager at Microsoft, discussed exactly what this means, and how the Windows Universal Platform is bringing around huge changes in the future of computing. In a…

CEOs Under Fire For Using VR To Experience Being Homeless

A group of CEOs face immediate backlash after using VR to simulate being homeless during “CEO Sleepout.” Virtual reality may be an immersive technology capable of simulating many experiences, but they are still far from the real thing. That’s what a group a CEOs are hopefully beginning to understand after facing the wrath of the…

How to Build a Better Mouse in VR

Three former Bungie employees left that studio two years ago to begin a new company called Polyarc. The new studio was aimed at virtual reality (VR) and its first title is due out soon, a puzzle platformer called Moss that stars an adorable mouse wielding a sword. Danny Bulla spoke about the experience of creating in…

PlayStation Co-Founder Phil Harrison Invests in VR Startup Dream Reality Interactive

Earlier this year VRFocus reported on former head of Sony London Studio, Dave Ranyard, revealing his brand new company Dream Reality Interactive (dRi) which would focus on virtual reality (VR) development. Today, the studio has announced the first round of investment with two big investors getting involved, creative company Mother and Phil Harrison, the co-founder of PlayStation and President of…

Ikea now Baffling Us in VR Too

When you think “IKEA” the first thing that comes to mind may not be “snazzy furniture” and more “LEGO from hell”, as the company’s “ready-to-assemble” products have garnered a reputation as a producer of fiendish puzzles disguised as book shelving and coffee tables. Now the company is using VR technology to let us tour an…

REDspace’s VR Sports-Shooter Gunball Launches on HTC Vive

Today, REDspace Games has launched its virtual reality (VR) sports-shooter Gunball for HTC Vive, releasing a new trailer as well as several screenshots showcasing what to expect. Gunball is an over the top, fast-paced arena sport with players competing in the Gunball League. With similarities to tennis, Gunball requires players to serve balls then shoot them at targets placed around…

VR Production Studio Virtual Reality Associates Announces 3 New IP

If you want an idea of just how varied VR experiences can be, just-launched production studio Virtual Reality Associates (VRA) is a good case study. The company this week announced that it working on three new IP for headsets, and each sounds dramatically different from the last. For gamers, VRA is working on what it…

Doom VFR Fixes the Problem With Motion Sickness in Virtual Reality

In our last VRTV section, VRFocus has covered Fallout 4 VR and Skyrim VR. In short summary, Bethesda Softworks is really innovating the virtual reality (VR) space. One of the biggest problems developers and users face when using VR is motion sickness. One of the ways to get around it is teleportation, it tricks the…

Lenovo’s MR Headset Will Be out in Time for Christmas Confirms Microsoft

Yesterday Unity Technologies began its Unite Europe 2017 with an opening keynote revolved around the next version of its middleware development engine Unity 2017. The keynote was devoid of any virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) mentions, but with the main conference now underway new details are emerging. During an early session Microsoft has…

Hyper Japan Festival to Feature 5 VR Experiences Including Death Note VR

Taking place in July is the Hyper Japan Festival, a celebration of all things Japanese, with two events taking place, one in Los Angeles, California, and one in London, UK. As part of the event Japan Character VR Matsuri will be using the latest virtual reality (VR) technology to exhibit works from various Japanese creators and their characters….

How do You Make Money in VR? Content Comes First

Unite Europe 2017 has officially kicked-off this morning, with the virtual reality (VR) content taking centre stage in a talk by Julie Shumaker, Vice President of Business Development of Advertising at Unity Technologies, subtlety entitled ‘Get Ready: The Money is Coming’. But how, you say? Shumaker insists that if you create compelling content, advertisers will…

Unity Accepting Applications for its New Global Research Fellowship Program

Unity Technologies is a name synonymous the videogame development as its Unity engine is widely used across the world creating the latest titles whether they’re standard PC/console, virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) projects. Today the company has announced Unity Labs’ new Global Research Fellowship Program, to support graduate researchers working on research challenges in…

VRotica Is A Standalone Headset Dealing Exclusively In Immersive Porn

The adult entertainment industry is influential, and it’s safe to say that if there’s a new media device, chances are people will find a way to watch porn on it. Erotic content was an early part of the conversation when VR headsets really took off and curators of that type of content have even had booths…

Review: Front Defense

World War first-person shooters (FPS) have always been massively popular in the videogame community, putting players inside one of the darkest periods of recent history. That becomes even more pronounced using virtual reality (VR) with one of HTC’s internal development teams, Fantahorn Studio, focusing on the period for its first title, Front Defense, exclusively on Viveport. Putting you directly in…

The VOID Opens In Canada And Plans For The Future Of Hyper Reality

Hyper-reality has officially landed in Toronto as today marks the opening of the newest VOID Experience Centre in the fourth largest city in North America and a popular tourist destination. And through a joint venture with Cineplex, The VOID will live in one of their new social venues called The Rec Room, alongside a range…

Indie MegaShow in Atlanta Announces VR Showcase

The organisers of Megashow: Games. Music. Art have announced that the upcoming show in Atlanta, USA will feature a showcase of virtual reality (VR) experiences. Four different VR experiences will be on offer to attendees. MEGASHOW: Games. Music. Art. Is a travelling event created by the minds behind MegaBooth. The event is designed to shine…

MergeVR Offering Classroom Sets of its VR/AR Headset

MergeVR is known in virtual reality (VR) circles for its Merge Cube product that allows users to physically interact with augmented reality (AR) holograms, and for its soft and comfortable MergeVR headset. The company is now making that same headset to schools and educators. Class sets of the VR goggles will be available ad discounted…

THE VOID Expands To Envelop Canada

As out-of-home virtual reality (VR) continue to grow, so we will see more and more venues featuring exclusive location-based VR experiences that are not available at home. One company that has already developed a reputation for creating high-quality VR experiences is THE VOID who are now launching an experience in Toronto. THE VOID will be…

Russian Activist Reportedly Arrested For Using VR In Public

A Russian activist was reportedly arrested earlier this month for wearing a VR headset as she explored the famous Red Square in the capital city of Moscow. Katrin Nenasheva is an activist that has in the past worked with members of protest band Pussy Riot and others. Over the past month Nenasheva has been walking…

Customers Want To Test New Cars in VR Before Purchase

New research from automotive visualisation company ZeroLight has been conducting an extensive poll of European economies and has uncovered evidence of a growing demand for use of immerse technology such as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in automotive retail. The main point of the survey was the following statement: “I would like to…

Go Behind-the-Scenes of Spider-Man: Homecoming VR

One of the year’s most anticipated films is Spider-Man: Homecoming, which sees the wall-crawling hero return to Marvel to join the Marvel Cinematic universe alongside Iron Man and Captain America. Virtual reality (VR) content creators CreateVR made a tie-in VR experience for the film, and with a new video, they explain some of the process…

What’s Changed in Arizona Sunshine for PlayStation VR?

Vertigo Games released Arizona Sunshine for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive several months ago and the popular first-person shooter (FPS) has now come to PlayStation VR. VRFocus has reviewed the videogame here. VRFocus interviewed Lead Programmer Trevor Blom about the technical changes that Vertigo Games did in order to make Arizona Sunshine suitable for the PlayStation…

The Xbox One X: Is VR Incoming?

The Xbox “Scorpio”, Microsoft’s answer to the higher-performance Playstation Pro, finally has an official name: the Xbox One X. The jury is still out on what we should actually call this new machine from Microsoft. While the original has been lovingly dubbed the “Xbone” (despite mild protest) there still isn’t a cheeky name for this…