DevCom Releases Event Schedule

DevCom, the videogame developers event at Gamescom will be taking place from 20th-24th August, 2017. The even organisers have just released the schedule of events, of which there are many that relate to the virtual reality (VR, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) sectors. Rez creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi will be discussing how advances in…

What Dreams May Come: Media Molecule’s Studio Head Talks VR

Siobhan Reddy, current studio head for Media Molecule, comes from a strong background of creativity, having worked in music production, web development and produced her own short films. This background and ethos informs how she manages the company which is set to produce its first virtual reality (VR) title with Dreams. Media Molecule put themselves…

VRCade Announce New 8-Player Arena Title Terminal 17

Location-based virtual reality (VR) firm VRStudios have announced a new attraction for its Vrcade franchise, an 8-player arena-scale VR experience titled Terminal 17, which has been specifically designed for VRcade using Nvidia VRWorks. In Terminal 17, players will form an 8-person squad of an elite extermination team who has been tasked with eliminating alien insects…

Rusty Oak to Debut with Hurl VR on HTC Vive this Summer

Independent developer Rusty Oak has today announced that their debut title Hurl VR, a pinball-like puzzle videogame, is coming to Steam for HTC Vive this summer. Hurl VR is a ball throwing simulator in virtual reality (VR) with a touch of tactical puzzler, requiring skill, logical thinking and precise timing. Hurl VR begins as a…

VRDC – Tickets Now Available

The Game Developers Conference is one of the biggest events in the videogaming calender, sitting alongside E3 and Gamescom in terms of impact. The event successfully created a new sub-event titled VRDC specifically focussing on virtual reality (VR), and tickets are now available, with VRFocus offering a special discount. VRDC is offering four tracks: Games…

Square Enix Confirms Final Fantasy XV: VR Experience Dead

It’s been some considerable time since this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, otherwise known as E3. But one of the more curious announcements at the time, and one that caught many (including ourselves) by surprise was that of Final Fantasy XV virtual reality (VR) spin-off title Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV. It wasn’t just…

VR Expected to Reach Over Quarter of a Billion Users by 2022

According to figures released by ABI Research, the rate of adoption of virtual reality (VR) will continue to increase over the next few years, gaining up to 256 million users worldwide by 2022, generating revenues of over $60 billion (USD) by that year. The report indicates that much of the expected user base will be…

Abstract Adventure Platformer KIN Coming Soon

The platforming genre has seen a significant resurgence in the past few years. Once thought to be a dying genre once 3D rose to ascendence, it would seem that virtual reality (VR) would be an unlikely saviour, but the simple nature of the control and mechanics of the platformer has made it very attractive to…

Mind-Controlled VR Game Coming to Arcades 2018

Awakening uses Neurable technology to let you control the experience with just your mind. Mind-control technology is nothing new. Once considered nothing more than farfetched science fiction, neuroscientists have since taken a much more optimistic stance on the potentially game-changing tech thanks to advances in brain-computer interfaces. In fact, one startup is claiming they’ll have…

VR for Health: Campaign Begins To Rate Calorie Burning VR Games

The long-lived stereotype of the person that plays videogames is that of someone who is unfit. A number of unflattering epithets such as ‘couch potato’ are often invoked alongside this assumption. The rise of motion controllers began to shift attitudes, but can virtual reality (VR) really help you to get fit and stay healthy? The…

AltspaceVR Lives On

Many users of social virtual reality (VR) app AltspaceVR were deeply saddened and disappointed to hear that the app would be shutting down. Now it seems the app may be getting a stay of execution due in large part to the actions of its community. In any social-based app or experience, the community is the…

Job Simulator Meets The Shooting Range In The Frantic Shooty Fruity

You know how it is; you’re bagging your groceries at the supermarket, when a giant watermelon rolls in with an angry expression intent on squishing you, so you grab your revolver from overhead and unload a round on him with one hand while continuing to scan your produce with the other. That damn fruit is…

Preview: Shooty Fruity – Should’ve Taken that Job in McDonald’s

Job Simulator: The 2050 Archives was undoubtedly a highlight of the first wave of modern virtual reality (VR) consumer software, and so it’s perhaps inevitable that a number of copycat titles would emerge. While this argument could easily be levelled at nDreams – which readily admit Owlchemy Labs’ hit was an influence – Shooty Fruity…

Shoot the Fruit in nDreams’ New VR Exclusive

nDreams has today announced a new virtual reality (VR) exclusive title, Shooty Fruity, in development for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. Set for release late in 2017, Shooty Fruity casts the player in the role of a cashier at a convenience store that’s being overrun by mutated fruit. Shooty Fruity cashiers must face…

Marble Land Invokes The Spirit of 80s Arcade In VR

Those who are old enough to remember classic arcade and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) title Marble Madness may be interested to know that one of the earliest examples of the physics puzzle videogame is being brought into the 21st Century by incorporating the simple concept into a virtual reality (VR) environment with Marble Land. Marble…

These are the Nominees for VR Bound’s First VR Awards

As we reported last February, VR Bound- along with sponsors, including AMD and HP- are organizing the inaugural VR awards in London on September 23rd. VR Bound announced the shortlisted nominees for the awards’ twelve categories earlier this weekm and you can see them below. VR Headset of the Year: HTC Vive Oculus Rift Razer…

VR Space Fantasy Title The Stone Coming Soon To Steam

We’ve seen hard sci-fi in the shape of EVE: Valkyrie and Elite: Dangerous, but sweeping space fantasy is not something that has been seen much on virtual reality (VR), but one developer, indie studio Bornteks Entertainment are looking to hange that with the upcoming launch of space opera The Stone. The Stone puts players in…

VR Ready 4K UHD Razer Blade & Blade Stealth Now Shipping

The new 4K UHD Razer Blade laptop is ready to ship, Razer has announced. In addition to offering a high quality visual experience on a 14-inch laptop, the 4K UHD Razer Blade now is equipped with a touchscreen for added functionality and overall productivity. The 4K UHD Razer Blade is powered by the latest quad-core…

Everything You Need To Know About VR At Gamescom 2017

Gamescom 2017 is fast approaching and is shaping up to be another event worth watching for the VR industry. As Europe’s largest game industry event, it takes on the role as the European E3 for a lot of companies. Many exhibitors will showcase similar demos to the things already shown at GDC and E3, but…

Eve: Valkyrie – Warzone Goes Cross-Platform is This a bad Sign for VR?

Virtual reality (VR) fans may know Eve: Valkyrie from their release on the Oculus Rift in March 2016 and then consequent release to the PlayStation VR and HTC Vive CCP has slowly been adding new maps, mods achievements and improvements. Today CCP Games announced that on September the 26th Eve: Valkyrie will become Eve: Valkyrie…

UPS Is Integrating VR Into US Training Facilities

The global leader in package delivery will soon be using virtual reality to train its future drivers. UPS doesn’t joke around when it comes to training its employees. After all, the United Parcel Service is the number one package transportation service in the world, with over 100,000 UPS vehicles on the road at any given…

Lenovo Teases Its Upcoming VR and AR Product Launch at IFA

Lenovo seem to be keen on getting into the virtual reality (VR) market. The company has at least three headsets that it is working on, some of which are set to be launched for Christmas this year, if the recently released teaser video for Lenovo’s presentation at the IFA event is any indication. As previously…

TheWaveVR and Ash Koosha Use VR To Cross Borders

Virtual reality (VR) social music platform TheWaveVR have teamed up with electronic artist Ash Koosha to host a live concert in VR to offer a vision of a world where borders and boundaries do not exist. The event is the latest social music experience to be offered by TheWaveVR, who have previously offered events by…

Terror Comes Closer With IT: Float VR Experience

The works of Stephen King have been scaring readers for decades. One of the author’s most iconic novels, IT, has received several adaptations, including a TV mini series and a film. A new movie adaptation is coming to cinemas soon, and a spin-off virtual reality (VR) experience titled IT – Float: A Cinematic VR Experience….

Stadeon Seeks To Create New VR Paradigm

It has long been recognised that the virtual reality (VR) industry owes a great deal to the classic 1980s sci-fi movie Tron. Now one of the special effects experts who worked on that legendary film is seeking crowdfunding for a VR-related project that seeks to change how users interact with the virtual world. The Stadeon…

VR Games Are Now Ranked By the Workout You Get

Can virtual reality gaming be a way to work out? The VR Institute of Health and Exercise partnered with San Francisco State University in a groundbreaking study to prove it is, claiming VR can be a source of “strenuous exercise.” A website launched today by the new VR Institute of Health and Exercise ranks VR games’…

EVE: Valkyrie Opens Up Cross-Play With Non-VR Players

EVE: Valkyrie has been one of the early success stories of virtual reality (VR), opening up the possibilities of VR to an audience who might not have considered it before. Now the spin-off from the popular MMO EVE Online is opening up to an even greater audience with the announcement of EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone…

Virtalis VR Used to Design Ships of the Future

Virtual reality (VR) has seen increasing use in enterprise and business sectors, from training to stock control. VR hardware company Virtalis have announced that they are providing its ActiveMove CVR system to Tritec Marine, a naval architecture firm. Tritec Marine will be using the Virtalis hardware to develop new concepts for ship design, using VR…

League of War is Coming to PlayStation VR

The strategy genre has received something of a boost from the increasing popularity of virtual reality (VR). That trend looks set to continue, as San Francisco-based developer MunkyFun have announced that its popular mobile strategy franchise League of War will be coming to PlayStation VR with League of War: VR Arena. Probably best known for…

Raise Your Virtual Dog with RoVR

Lots of you will remember the craze for Tamagotchi pets back in the 90s, or will remember playing Nintendogs on the Nintendo DS. Ridgeline Labs are tapping into that to create RoVR, a virtual reality (VR) pet simulator that is seeking crowdfunding. RoVR allows users to raise a virtual dog within a VR environment, allowing…