‘Alien: Covenant in Utero’ Comes To Oculus Rift

You’ll probably want to experience this twice. I’m not sure what’s more disturbing. Hearing the sound of a beating heart while being trapped inside a claustrophobic host body. Bursting through the back of an infected crew member and realizing you’ve taken the body of an alien at birth. Or the blood curdling screams coming from…

PlayStation VR Release of Syndrome Delayed

Horror shooter Syndrome appears to have had a somewhat troubled history. Initially announced back in 2015 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with the PC version promising Oculus Rift compatibility, then it vanished for a while until resurfacing as a PlayStation VR title. The news this time, sadly, is not as good. When Syndrome…

A Week in Facebook Spaces – Socialising Needs Some Work

If there’s one company that should be able to make socialising in virtual reality (VR) work its Facebook. It’s kind of its forte, and since acquiring Oculus back in 2014 you’d have thought a VR app would have been on the cards early on. Well a year after Oculus Rift’s launch it finally appeared last…

Alien: Covenant In Utero Bursts on to Oculus Rift

Geeks and fans of the Alien franchise around the world are celebrating ‘Alien Day’, derived from the planet LV-426 featured in Alien. To add to the festivities, Ridley Scott’s virtual reality subsidiary RSA VR have launched Alien: Covenant in Utero on to Oculus Rift. The VR experience puts the user in the place of a…

Haptic Controller VRgluv Rolls out Kickstarter Campaign

VRFocus has covered several gloves designed for virtual reality (VR) interaction, such as CaptoGlove, Manus VR and Finch, all aiming to improve immersion. While all these designs follow a similar goal, what they don’t currently feature is haptic feedback. So enters VRgluv, which has now launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. VRgluv has been built as…

Gear of War’s Cliff Bleszinski Is Pitching A Full VR Game

Former Epic Games developer Cliff Bleszinski has long taken an interest in VR, and was one of the original investors in Oculus long before it was purchased by Facebook. So far his new indie studio, Boss Key Productions, hasn’t made a VR game, but that may soon change. As reported by Gamasutra, Bleszinski noted that…

HP joins The VR Fund to Invest in Emerging Tech

To support virtual reality’s (VR) continued development and secure its future masses of investment has been poured in and will need to continue. The Venture Reality Fund (The VR Fund), one of the more well known companies supporting VR, augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) startups, recently announcing that HP Tech Ventures, the new…

KO_OP Reveal the In’s and Out’s of Colourful Puzzle Title GNOG

At the end of March indie development team KO_OP announced that PlayStation VR puzzler GNOG would be arriving in May. VRFocus caught up with the studio’s director Saleem Dabbous at the recent Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017 in San Francisco to discuss the title. If you’ve seen previous coverage of GNOG you’ll know that it’s a brightly coloured, puzzle…

Samsung’s FaceSense Enables Hands-Free VR Interfacing

Companies are experimenting with numerous ways to interact with virtual reality (VR) environments, from data gloves and haptic vests, to eye tracking and omni-directional treadmills. As Samsung has become one of the big VR players with the popular Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD), its also keen on developing some fresh new ideas on what can be…

Review: Korix

Real-time strategy has a fair amount of history behind it. Dating back to the venerable Dune II, which was released for MS-DOS way back in the misty depths of 1993. Much has remained the same since then, and some things have changed, but adding virtual reality (VR) to the mix brings an entirely new dimension….

BBC Radio 4 Ventures into VR for Online Audio Drama Quake

Being the visual entertainment medium that it is, you might be surprised to findout BBC Radio 4 has now dabbled in virtual reality (VR) for its new online audio drama Quake. Made up of 12 short form audio pieces, Quake is set as the search for survivors begins after a deadly earthquake. Each drama is only available…

Life In 360°: The Cup That Cheers, And Also Meows

Cats are great aren’t they? I mean apart from the times they act like they are offended by your very presence or when they scratch the bejeezus out of your sofa over some deep seated and otherwise unspoken hatred of chintz. I have spent the last two days on sojourn at the home of VRFocus…

NVIDIA Offers Three Free VR Games With Select New Hardware

In the grand scheme of things, we’re still in the early stages of virtual reality adoption. While the price of admission may still be a bit on the higher end for some, the software ecosystem is inspiring people to invest and get hardware that can support these immersive experiences. Yesterday we reported on an Oculus…

Google Embraces WebVR With VR Film ‘Tabel’

Back in January we covered Virtualeap’s international hackathon competition, which was designed to help bring much needed attention to the potential of WebVR. After all, WebVR seems to be the most practical and accessible way many of us might experience VR on a day to day basis. Google, who was one of the partners of the hackathon is now pushing…

Canada Turns to VR To Make People Safer Around Train Tracks

It is a sad statistic that dozens of Canadians, many of them young, are killed or injured on railways tracks. Almost all of these incidents are avoidable, and many only needed the victim to have heeded signs and warnings to avoid the danger. As part of Rail Safety Week, a new initiative is using virtual…

Hands-On With Theseus, A Dark And Twisted Third-Person VR RPG

When we first heard about Theseus from Forge Reply we likened it to God of War, which seems like an apt comparison. In God of War you take control of Kratos in his crusade against the Greek pantheon of Gods, fighting the likes of Poseidon, Zeus, and more. Theseus has much more reserved ambitions, instead…

Live Comedy Show ‘Comedy Living Room’ Coming to Altspace Thursday

Comedy Living Room, the stand-up comedy show created by Matt Lottman and Frank Chad Muniz (and literally held in a living room), is hosting its first show in VR on Thursday, April 27th at 5pm PT. The collaboration between Comedy Living Room, comedy group JASH, and social VR app AltspaceVR will feature six comedians and…

Write Your Own Chronicles of Karnage on HTC Vive

Nordic Trolls’ highly anticipated first-person adventure title, Karnage Chronicles, is now available for HTC Vive via Steam Early Access. With Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR editions of the virtual reality (VR) videogame also in development, however it’s the roomscale equipped head-mounted display (HMD) that is being given first crack-of-the-whip. Karnage Chronicles casts the player as…

Watch Original 360-Degree Content On Digital Domain’s New App

Yesterday Digital Domain unveiled a 360-degree camera and production toolset that will better equip creators for VR broadcasting and publishing. Today they’re putting the content itself at the forefront, announcing a new application that will collect both Digital Domain’s original creations and their live-broadcasted events. Their growing collection of in-house produced content and experiences from partners warrants…

HoloGrid: Monster Battle VR Gets Gear VR Launch

Remember the scene in Star Wars where Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO are playing a kind of holographic chess game involving monsters? Ever wanted to play it yourself? Well good news, as users of the Samsung Gear VR can with the launch of HoloGrid: Monster Battle VR. The title uses creatures and monsters created by visual…

GoPro Launches Pilot Programme For VR Fusion Camera

Intrepid filmmakers who wished to make a virtual reality (VR) film using GoPro cameras didn’t really have much option save for using multiple cameras and painstakingly stitching the footage together. GoPro are now planning to change that with the introduction of the Fusion camera. The GoPro Fusion is a spherical camera which is designed specifically…

Nvidia Releases Game Ready Drivers for Rick and Morty, Wilson’s Heart and Batman

Following on from Nvidia and Oculus’ announcement earlier today regarding free software when purchasing GTX graphic cards and Oculus Rift, Nvidia has now rolled out several game ready drivers optimised for specific virtual reality (VR) titles. Today’s update see’s the recently launched Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, and the as yet unreleased Wilson’s Heart and Batman Arkham VR both…

‘Wilson’s Heart’ Review

Wilson’s Heart (2017) is a psychological thriller that takes you on a wild first-person adventure through the mind of a hospital patient recovering from a curious surgery, one that has replaced his live-beating heart with a strange machine. Ripping it from your chest, you find it gives you a growing number of abilities to help you not only fight…

Go Super Saiyan With New Dragon Ball Z VR/AR Experience

A new app, custom headset, and hand sensors let you channel your inner Goku and unleash the Kamehameha. There are few moves more iconic than Goku’s infamous technique, the ki blast aka the Kamehameha. The powerful energy attack has delighted Dragon Ball fans for years quickly becoming one of the most easily-recognizable fighting moves in…

Digital Domain Launches VR App for Original Content and Livestreamed 360 Events

Visual effects and immersive experience creator Digital Domain has announced the launch of its first virtual reality (VR) app, Digital Domain VR, allowing users to VR fans to checkout its library of work as well as offering livestream 360-degree events. The new Digital Domain app includes a wide array immersive content created in-house by the company, covering a mixture…