How VR Experiences Influence Consumer Buying Decisions

There is no doubt in our mind that in the next couple of years we will see the virtual reality industry continue to grow at an unbelievable rate. The value of the industry is set to rise from 1.9 Billion Dollars (2016) to over 20 Billion Dollars! So with that amount of money being projected…

Peraso Look To Provide The Connectivity Needed In A Wireless VR World

Whether “wireless”, “untethered” or “standalone” virtual reality (VR) afficionardos and casual users alike can’t wait to be free of the pesky cord tying their head-mounted display (HMD) to either console or PC. It’s an understandable next step in VR’s evolution as a retail product and both first and third parties are looking into solutions. The…

The VR Job Hub: Climax Studios, Curve Digital Entertainment, Archiact

Whether you’re an experienced designer, programmer, engineer, or your’re looking for a move into the exciting worlds of virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) – whatever the case, welcome once more to the VRFocus’ Job Hub. The jobs listed here are located worldwide, from major game players to humble indie developers – the one thing…

TV Broadcaster MTG Launches VR app Aimed at Nordic Region

Modern Times Group (MTG) is primarily known as a TV broadcaster aimed at the Nordic and Baltic regions. The company has now launched a virtual reality (VR) content app for customers in its target region called Viareal. Users of the app will be able to experience content such as the 360-degree video broadcast of the UEFA…

Hammerhead VR’s Horror Title Syren 2 Returns for a Gameplay Video

Earlier this month Hammerhead VR released the second episode for its virtual reality (VR) horror experience Syren 2,  for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. So VRFocus thought it would be a good idea to return to the ocean depths and see what the new release entails. The first episode arrived back in February for both headsets,…

Schizophrenia Treatment Has Patients Face Their Demons in VR

An experimental treatment using virtual reality (VR) at the Phillippe-Pinel Institute in Montreal is forming part of a pilot program to treat patients with schizophrenia. The project was developed by psychiatrist Alexandre Dumais and involves the patients facing a VR recreation of the voices inside their heads. Patients chosen to be part of the pilot…

This Week In VR Sport: Football, Football Everywhere

The more virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) spreads, the more it gets adopted by those looking for new ways to enchance means of entertainment such as games, or film and television. Of course we at VRFocus have our own weekly overview of everything that’s affected another world of entertainment: the world of sport. So let’s…

VR Social App vTime Gets Oculus Touch Support

The inclusion of the social into the virtual reality (VR) sphere has become something of a hot topic of late, with Facebook aiming to normalise social VR with Facebook Spaces. Another social app that tries to bring people together through the power of VR is vTime, which has just released an update that brings in…

Snapchat and Facebook are Fuelling AR Growth

A report from eMarketer indicates that the rise of popular app Snapchat and the introduction of Facebook’s photo filters is behind the recent rise in augmented reality (AR) market growth. Conversely, virtual reality (VR) growth is being driven by 360-degree videos posted via social networks. The report estimates that 40.4 million Americans will engage with…

Epic Games Distributes Grants To VR Devs Including Robo Recall Mod Team

During a week where Unity gained a $400 million influx of investment capital, it’s chief rival Epic Games is working to spend $5 million of its own money to facilitate game development for the Unreal Engine. Like Unity, Unreal is a game creation platform that provides both aspiring creators and large, established teams with the tools they…

Eternity Warriors VR Seeks Greenlight Votes

Having seen success with four titles for smartphones, developer Vanimals Games are bringing the Eternity Warriors franchise to virtual reality (VR). The creators are seeking support through Steam’s Greenlight system in order to get the title published. The original Eternity Warriors was launched six years ago on smartphones and has had three sequels since then….

Wiping out Aliens has Never been more Funky in Cosmic Trip

This week indie developer Funktronic Labs brought its first virtual reality (VR) title, Cosmic Trip, out of early access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. A sort of real-time strategy (RTS) experience but from a first-person viewpoint, VRFocus has some gameplay footage so you can see what the videogame is all about. Cosmic Trip puts players on an…

Waterslide Down Oxford Street In Topshop’s In-Store VR Experience

The popular fashion retailer debuts a VR waterslide exhibit at flagship store in London. When it comes to recognizing the branding and promotional possibilities virtual reality can provide, British multinational retailer Topshop is no novice. The infamous store chain has a history with the technology, having experimented with a ‘virtual catwalk’ back in 2014, streaming a…

Worldpay Demonstrates The Future of Virtual Reality Payments

It is now possible to experience videogames and 360-degree videos, watch movies or sports, shop for furniture, plan your holiday or look at real estate options all using virtual reality (VR). But what happens when you have decided on your furniture or picked out your dream holiday and need to pay for it? Worldpay thinks…

Digital Raign Reality Summit: A West Coast Davos

Although VR has not yet reached the mass levels of adoption we at its center hope for, one prolific aspect of the community is the sheer volume of VR conferences on the calendar. Bertie Millis of Virtual Umbrella took a tongue-in-cheek approach to this trend when he posted a fake website on April Fool’s day…

Review: Cosmic Trip

Last year indie videogame developer Funktronic Labs released its first virtual reality (VR) title onto Steam Early Access. A 60s themed real-time strategy (RTS) experience called Cosmic Trip, which certainly garnered interest due to its bold style and easy to pick up gameplay. Now Cosmic Trip is a fully fledged videogame having left early access, and Funktronic Labs has…

Don Your Space Suit as EVERSPACE Comes to VR

It’s been a while in the making but finally ROCKFISH Games’ rogue-like space combat title EVERSPACE Earlier this month the studio revealedhas finally made it to virtual reality (VR). the title would be getting the long awaited support for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and OSVR and now version 1.0 has been released. ROCKFISH first announced VR support…

Samsung Demonstrates an Incredible Flexible OLED

Samsung is showing off bendy OLED screens which, apart from looking cool, have the potential to change mobile display technology forever. The screens on our mobile devices have reached the point where our eyes can’t even pick out individual pixels anymore. Super AMOLED screens and other OLED variants in particular are beautiful. The double-curved unit…

A World of Monsters and Legends Await in Medusa’s Labyrinth VR

Ancient legends and mythical monsters have been used countless times for videogame story lines and that’s no different for virtual reality (VR). The most recent of which is Guru Games’ new experience Medusa’s Labyrinth VR which has just launched on Steam for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Set in ancient Greece, Medusa’s Labyrinth is a mythological first-person horror…

Square Enix Launches Its First Vive-exclusive Game, ‘Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur VR’, in Japan

Videogame publisher and developer Square Enix, famous for its Final Fantasy franchise, among others, has launched its first game for the HTC Vive, Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur VR in Japan. In collaboration with game developer GREE, Square Enix has published its first Vive title, an adaptation of the company’s JRPG card-based combat game Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur which has grown to prominence…

VR Education Comes to Singapore’s Classrooms

As part of his opening address to the Infocom Media Business Exchange, Singapore’s minister for Communication and Information Yaacob Ibrahim announced a pilot scheme to introduce virtual reality (VR) in to schools and clinical training centres. The Sangapore regulator Infocom Media Development Authority (IMDA) will be working collaboration with VR production company Beach House Pictures…

Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur VR Comes to HTC Vive in Japan

September 2017 saw HTC Vive, Square Enix and Gree Co announce Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur VR at theTokyo Game Show (TGS). Now the virtual reality (VR) title has launched on the head-mounted display (HMD) in Japan for 3,980 yen on Steam. As Gematsu reports, the Japanese Steam page is region locked, so there’s no accessing the title for western…

HTC ‘Link’ Headset Brings 6DOF To Mobile VR In Japan

Positional-tracking mobile VR and a new Ghost In Shell experience arrive this June exclusively in Japan. Earlier this morning HTC announced that a brand new mobile virtual reality headset powered by their upcoming flagship model smartphone, the HTC U11, will be coming to Japanese consumers this June alongside a Ghost in the Shell tie-in experience….

AR and VR Playground to Debut at Augmented World Expo

The Augmented World Expo will be taking place soon in Santa Clara, California and the conference organisers have announced that the first AWE Playground full of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences will debut at the event. With the aim of eliminating barriers between consumers and experiences, the AWE Playground has almost two…

Luden.io’s Mobile Adventure InMind 2 Comes to Gear VR

Last year Russian developer Luden.io released InMind 2 for iOS and Android, after which support then expanded to Google Daydream, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Now Samsung Gear VR users can head into this virtual reality (VR) adventure of the mind. InMind 2 follows the story of a boy named John, exploring the chemistry governing…