Niantic Labs Continue Expansion With Seismic Games Acquisition

Niantic Labs, the studio behind augmented reality (AR) title Pokemon GO, has been going on the virtual reality (VR)/AR offensive of late, having recently acquired Escher Reality and now VR studio Seismic Games. Seismic Games are the team behind the Blade Runner: Revelations VR experience for Google Daydream, made in conjunction with Alcon Interactive. Comprised of industry veterans hailing from EA/Pandemic…

Niantic Labs Continue Expansion With Seismic Games Acquisition

Niantic Labs, the studio behind augmented reality (AR) title Pokemon GO, has been going on the virtual reality (VR)/AR offensive of late, having recently acquired Escher Reality and now VR studio Seismic Games. Seismic Games are the team behind the Blade Runner: Revelations VR experience for Google Daydream, made in conjunction with Alcon Interactive. Comprised of industry veterans hailing from EA/Pandemic…

Skydance Interactive Unveils The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Coming in 2019

While OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead has yet to see the light of day, fans of the TV series still have plenty of immersive videogames to choose from. After the launch of augmented reality (AR) title The Walking Dead: Our World for iOS and Android devices last week, this week has seen Skydance Interactive unveiled virtual reality (VR) title The…

Head to Downtown New York in Marvel Powers United VR

Whether you’re looking forward to kicking ass as your favourite superhero next week in Marvel Powers United VR, or getting in the spirit with a bit of cosplay for this weeks San Diego Comic-Con, fans of the upcoming virtual reality (VR) experience will be glad to hear Sanzaru Games has some last minute info to reveal, two…

Germany’s Galaxy Erding Water Park now has a VR Attraction

Theme parks using virtual reality (VR) is nothing new, with locations like Six Flags and Alton Towers utilising the technology to enhance rollercoasters with immersive imagery. Combining high-tech VR equipment with water on the other hand might seem like a foolhardy attempt to bring water parks into the 21st Century but that’s exactly what Galaxy Erding…

Hotel Transylvania VR Has More Than A Bit Of Beat Saber In It

Sony released another movie this month, which of course means there’s a tie-in VR experience to go with it. This time it’s the Hotel Transylvania series getting the headset treatment. Sony Pictures Virtual Reality today announced Hotel Transylvania Popstic, tying into the recent release of the third entry in the animated movie series. As the…

Transference Turns Out To Be A Terrifying Psychological Thriller

There’s nothing quite horror to showcase how involving and immersive virtual reality (VR) can really be, enveloping players in a world that purely wants to scare them. So naturally when VRFocus had the chance to play test Ubisoft and SpectreVision’s collaborative effort Transference, our video producer Nina was at the front of the queue to try the…

One of Europe’s Largest Water Parks Now Has a VR Water Slide

One of Europe’s largest water parks, Therme Erding’s Galaxy Erding water park in Germany, has a new claim to fame: a water slide that outfits guests with a VR headset. Dubbed VRSlide, the system includes a water-resistant VR headset powered by a Samsung Galaxy S8 for a deep dive through the waters of the digital unknown. As…

Experience Virtual Flight at Farnborough Air Show With Airbus

Taking place this weekend is the UK’s largest event dedicated to flying, the Farnborough International Air (FIA) Show. Aviation companies from around the world will be displaying some of the latest cutting-edge technology, with Airbus announcing that it’ll have five virtual reality (VR) experiences for attendees to try. Created by Render, a specialist in VR, Augmented…

Oculus Go Business Bundle Begins Shipping

A few days after the official launch of the Oculus Go standalone headset at the beginning of May the company announced  Oculus Go for Business, allowing companies to deploy large numbers of the device. Today, the Oculus Go for Business has become available. The Oculus for Business programme, which began with the Oculus Rift, was designed…

Get in the Rhythm With Hotel Transylvania Popstic at VR Arcades Worldwide

Even in its relatively short lifespan the virtual reality (VR) industry has seen plenty of movie and videogame collaborations, with the biggest probably being the launch of Marvel Powers United VR this month. But that’s not the only movie tie-in this month with Sony Pictures Virtual Reality announcing a new VR rhythm title called Hotel Transylvania Popstic. Created…

Review: Naked Sun

Thankfully the deluge of wave-based virtual reality (VR) shooters has begun to quieten down in recent months with developers realising that not only do players want more involvement, VR technology has the ability to offer greater gameplay options. This goes the same for on-rails first-person shooters (FPS) which do at least offer a modicum of…

David Bowie Exhibition Goes Virtual

Many fans and large swathes of the music world still mourn the loss of David Bowie, whose distinctive talent and sense of style changed the music industry and influenced so many people. For those fans were were unable to visit the ‘David Bowie Is’ traveling exhibition, they will have a new chance to experience it…

Archangel: Hellfire Brings Multiplayer Mech Warfare to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Last year Skydance Interactive entered the virtual reality (VR) industry with Archangel, a videogame promising giant mechs and epic battles. What was delivered was a story-driven on-rails shooter that while visually stunning didn’t offer players the versatility or freedom they craved. Today, that’s about to be put right with the Archangel: Hellfire update, adding multiplayer mech warfare to the…

Sports Title Racket: Nx Leaving Early Access Today

A couple of months back VRFocus reported on indie developer One Hamsa announcing that its futuristic tennis title Racket: Nx would be fully launching in July 2018 having spent just over a year in Early Access. VRFocus can confirmed that will be happening today. Racket: Nx might be inspired by sports like tennis, the actual experience itself turns…

VR’s Biggest Players Back New ‘VirtualLink’ Connector for Next-gen Headsets

A consortium representing many of VR’s most prominent players—NVIDIA, AMD, Valve, Oculus, and Microsoft—have backed a new connector standard called VirtualLink which the companies say was “developed to meet the connectivity requirements of current and next-generation virtual reality (VR) headsets.” Today the newly christened consortium revealed VirtualLink, an “open industry standard” which is an “Alternate…

Experience Oculus Rift & HTC Vive with a Single Cable

One of the problems with setting up a virtual reality (VR) system is that a lot of the cables and connectors are entirely proprietary. For example, an Oculus Rift cable will only work with an Oculus Rift. If your cable develops a problem it can be expensive to replace. A new industry consortium will soon…

VR vs. It’s Coming Home

The World Cup is over, five weeks of intense football which descended on Russia and allowed many of us to have a brief respite from the craziness that seems to have engulfed the world in the last few years. Somewhat depressingly it won’t even be another four years before the next competition, instead it will…

Join VRFocus For A Post Gamescom XR Review This September

Events are tricky, sometimes there’s just only so much you can do to get to them or see everything there when you do. The next major event on the horizon is, of course, Gamescom next month and after a somewhat lackluster feeling E3 earlier this year, there’s a lot of expectation going in to it.…

A Look Inside Consumer Perceptions of Oculus Go

More than just the latest in a long line of niche gadgets, Oculus Go represents the linchpin of Facebook’s lofty goal of putting one billion people into virtual reality. Built with the new or casual user in mind, the device’s non-intimidating tether-free design and Snapdragon 821 mobile processor (which will be two years old in…

Leap Motion Looks To Combine AR & VR With ‘Mirrorworlds’

Leap Motion dreams big with an ambitious new project that could open ‘alternative dimensions of reality, layered over the physical world.’ AMerican computer hardware manufacturer Leap Motion has released a series of concept videos teasing a technological future where augmented and virtual reality have collided to form a ‘parallel reality’ of sorts. Dubbed ‘Mirrorworlds,’ these…

Get $100 of Gift Cards When Purchasing the HTC Vive Pro for Amazon Prime Day

Earlier today VRFocus reported on some of the virtual reality (VR) deals available during today’s Amazon Prime Day discount spectacular for UK customers. HTC also happens to be getting in on the discount celebrations with an exclusive deal on the HTC Vive Pro, netting customers $100 USD in gift cards.  Available now until 8:59pm PT on…

SIGGRAPH 2018 Reveal Lineup For Electronic Theater Showcase

Inter-disciplinary educational and technology event that showcases the latest in computer graphics and interactive techniques has announced the full lineup for their Computer Animation Festival Electronic and Virtual Reality (VR) Theaters. The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is known for continuously pushing the boundaries of computer-generated storytelling in film, videogames, visual effects, and more. Thanks to…

Times Square Becomes Flooded In New Immersive Art Experience

A number of artists have begun to explore just what can be created by using the new mediums of virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). Recently conceptual artist Mel Chin has become one of them, creating an MR experience that saw New York City transformed. The Six-minute MR experience let visitors…