This Week in VR Sport: VR Sport Gets Its Own Dedicated Summit

If you’re a regular VRFocus reader you’ll know two things about the weekend. That there’s sport on Saturday and there’s jobs on Sunday, and, since it is the former as opposed to the latter it’s best we kick things off by going into just what you may have missed in recent times relating to sport…

PlayStation VR Worlds Original Score Now Available to Download

Videogame soundtracks have been steadily increasing in popularity for many years, yet it seems that virtual reality (VR) – despite the many reasons why the audio score is considerably more important in these experiences – seems to have been fairly slow to catch on. Following the recent publication of the original score for Lone Echo,…

See the Scary Side of the Stratosphere in New Cosmic Awakening VR Screenshots

Cosmic Awakening VR is a first-person virtual reality (VR) survival exploration horror videogame, coming to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift later this month. Developer 3D Generations is obviously pleased with the ‘cutting edge 3D graphics’ featured in the videogame, releasing a large stock of screenshots from the title. Despite featuring a somewhat hackneyed storyline about…

Radial-G: Racing Revolved Dated for PlayStation VR

The long awaited PlayStation VR edition of Radial-G: Racing Revolved now has an official release date. Following some confusion last week, which resulted in the reveal of a retail boxed edition here on VRFocus, Tammeka Games’ Radial-G: Racing Revolved has been confirmed for release both on the high street and via PlayStation Network next month….

Is Facebook Creating an AI Assistant for Oculus Rift?

Since the debut of Siri on iPhone back in 2011, AI assistants have become increasingly more popular. All modern smartphones offer an AI assistant, as does Windows 10 operating system and the Xbox One, in addition to standalone AI devices such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Now it’s been suggested that Facebook is preparing…

HP Z VR Backpack PC Full Specifications Revealed

Earlier this month Hewlett Packard (HP) revealed the latest addition to the company’s range of virtual reality (VR) ready PC backpacks, the HP Z VR Backpack PC. Set to release next month, the full specifications of the device have now been revealed. Backpack PCs are becoming ever more popular as an interim solution to untethered…

Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference In Dubai

The Middle East and Africa are two areas of the world were virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is still developing. There are huge opportunities for those technologies in those areas, and a new conference, to be held in Dubai in November, 2017, will explore that potential. According to information gathered by the International…

Mage Guard: The Last Grimoire Casts a Spell on Steam Early Access

Independent developer Hashbang Games has made its virtual reality (VR) debut with Mage Guard: The Last Grimoire, available now via Steam Early Access. Currently compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, support for the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit (HDK) is also planned. In Mage Guard: The Last Grimoire, players take on the role of a…

Eymerce Cancels Kickstarter Campaign for Stadeon

The ambitious project to create a new type of immersive videogaming experience called Stadeon has cancelled its Kickstarter campaign after 48 hours. According to a spokesperson from Eymerce, the creators of the project, the cancellation was due to lack of crowdfunding support. The Stadeon project was attempting to eliminate the need for a bulky virtual…

‘Will My Customers Feel Sick?’ VR Myth Busting

It might be a little naïve to simply accept that virtual reality (VR) is the infallible tech trend of the future. Certainly, there’s a great deal VR offers the casino and gaming sectors, but even the casual observer will have heard something of VR’s challenges. ‘VR makes you sick’ is the most common assertion uttered….

G’Audio Lab Launches Upgrade To VR Audio Tool

It has long been recognised that sound provides an invaluable part of an entertainment experience. Filmmakers and videogame developers have used audio in the form of music and sound effects to affect the audience in ways both subtle and overt for decades. The importance of sound in virtual reality (VR) is not something that can…

Soul Dimension Is A PSVR Horror Game You Can Play Soon

Chinese games studio Keen Vision announced their VR debut today with a trailer for Soul Dimension, a new PSVR puzzle-horror game. There is very little information about the game beyond the trailer, and Keen Vision has no English-language web presence. A brief description on the PlayStation EU YouTube channel sounds like it was directly translated…

How VR is Changing the Way We Think About Therapy

“It was an idea whose time had come, and the technology finally caught up with the vision.” -Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D. If you’re at all familiar with VR, you’ve probably heard that VR is more than “just games” a time or two. Used to describe applications of VR that go beyond first-person shooters—think education, conservation,…

DreamSail Games Release First Footage of The IOTA Project

New York-based indie developer DreamSail Games recently announced its first virtual reality (VR) project in the form of The IOTA Project for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. As destructive mech videogame, the studio has now released the first gameplay trailer. The pre-alpha footage showcases some of the early design ideas and gameplay mechanics players can look forward…

Preview: Cosmic Awakening VR – The Suspense Will Kill You

If you like a good scare then virtual reality (VR) is the place to be. Once you’ve tried VR horror then films or standard videogames just don’t cut it anymore, with studio’s finding evermore inventive ways to make you jump and scream. There tends to be two types of horror experience, the ones where you’re…

VR Could Improve Car Sales New Research Suggests

Zerolight, a brand visualisation specialist that mainly deals with the automotive industry, has published results of a new research survey looking at how immersive technology such as virtual reality (VR) can aid consumers when purchasing a new car. The company polled 1000 car buyers across Europe to understand what their feelings were towards VR. 89 percent…

TVR Unveils Next VR Title Soul Dimension for PlayStation VR

Time of Virtual Reality (TVR), the studio behind PlayStation VR titles Ace Banana and Ancient Amuletor, has revealed its next project, a puzzle-solving horror experience called Soul Dimension. Developed by Keenvision, TVR hasn’t released many in depth details regarding the videogame, other than it’s scary, has puzzles and ‘the player has the ability to enter different dream worlds’. Other…

MyDream Interactive’s Reese Holland talks Candy Squad

Candy Squad has been reviewed by VRFocus before, and is a fun simple game for virtual reality (VR) where you are thrown into a world of candy. You take control of a hammer made of candy and have to hit fifteen type of invaders in order to prevent them from reaching the Giant Rock Candy Crystal inside…

VR Advertising Platform Immersv Completes $10.5m Financing Round

Just over a year ago Immersv announced its advertising platform for virtual reality (VR) and mobile devices with the aim of helping consumers discover VR apps and content. Today, the company has revealed the completion of a $10.5 million USD Series A round of financing. Led by Rogers Venture Partners, the round also featured institutional and…

Wargaming to Showcase VRTech’s Polygon VR and Cinema VR at Gamescom 2017

Earlier this month VRFocus reported on World of Tanks developer Wargaming.net announcing a partnership with Russian virtual reality (VR) specialist VRTech, to bring the latter’s location-based immersive experiences to Europe. Well that’s happening sooner rather than later with Wargaming.net’s stand at Gamescom 2017 to showcase Polygon VR and Cinema VR. Polygon VR and Cinema VR are essentially…

Big Immersive Set its Sights on VR & AR Industry

UK and Dubai-based publisher Big Immersive has announced its intentions to distribute virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to consumers around the world. Whether that’s from 3rd party studios or its own in-house development teams. Big Immersive plans to support all VR platforms, whether that’s PC, console or mobile. Currently its portfolio already includes…

VR Days Europe Returns To Amsterdam This October

As always with the virtual reality (VR) industry your calendar is never empty for long. No sooner have you spotted a gap where there isn’t much going on, then it is filled by a convention or a gaming event, a conference, a meetup, a Dev day , a workshop, etc. The latest gap filler comes…

Animated Horror AI Nightmare Coming to VR Headsets

Lindero Edutainment, the team behind Earthquake Simulator VR for HTC Vive, has announced the debut of AI Nightmare, an animated 3D 360° virtual reality (VR) science-fiction thriller. AI Nightmare aims to deliver an unbelievable journey which allows the viewer to step into the middle of the movie’s action. Waking up in the dead of night,…

Edgar Allan Poe’s Poem “The Raven” Brought to Life on Oculus Rift

Inspiration for virtual reality (VR) content can come from anywhere, literature, films, other videogames, but rarely do you see one inspired by a poem. That’s exactly what Thomas Pasieka has done with his newly released project for Oculus Rift, giving life to 19th century American writer Edgar Allan Poe’s famous work The Raven. Starting life in 2015…

The Mighty Eye Brings 3D Puzzling to Samsung Gear VR Next Week

Electrolit is set to launch a new 3D puzzle videogame next week, specifically designed for virtual reality (VR). The Mighty Eye will be available on Samsung Gear VR, with a special discounted price for a limited time. The Mighty Eye tasks the player with marking specific numbers of the same coloured bricks in order to…

How Cloud-Based Physics Could Revolutionise VR

Processing power needed to run virtual reality (VR) is high. You need to be able to run a videogame at 90 frames per second (FPS) with stereoscopic rendering and high-end tracking to have an enjoyable VR experience. Cloudgine however think they have a solution in the cloud and networking technology that was used to power Oculus…

Can an Infinity Ward Co-Founder Succeed in Social VR?

Infinity Ward is home to some of the biggest selling videogames of all time. Having birthed the Call of Duty franchise, which after more than a decade of annual releases is still topping the charts every holiday season, Chance Glasco suffered ‘videogame burn out’ after his seventh edition in the industry-leading series. After taking some…