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,…

Tencent Announce Success of Fast & Furious AR Marketing Campaign

Tencent Holding Limited are one of the biggest providers of internet services in China, including popular instant messaging software QQ. The company recently announced that it’s campaign for the latest The Fast and the Furious movie, which included augmented reality (AR) elements was a success. As part of a campaign to promote the film in…

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…

SUPERHOT VR goes Classical for its HTC Vive Launch Trailer

If you didn’t know already SUPERHOT VR launched on HTC Vive this past week, ending its exclusivity with Oculus Touch. The team behind the award-winning title naturally released a new launch trailer to promote the title, taking some classical music and mixing the slow-motion action into one awesome video. VRFocus readers should know what SUPERHOT VR is all…

VRFocus Grabs a Trusty Tank and Heads into the Battlezone

When PlayStation VR launched back in October 2016 one of its day one titles came from British developer Rebellion with Battlezone. Then a few weeks ago Oculus Rift and HTC Vive owners got the pleasure of diving into this cyber world. If you’ve not tried Battlezone out yet then checkout VRFocus‘ first gameplay video of the title. Featuring…

Report: Magic Leap Raising Series D Investment, Could Value Company at $6–8 Billion

For a company that’s showed almost no one what they’re building, Magic Leap has been phenomenally successful at fundraising. The company has previously raised a staggering $1.4 billion, and if a recent report turns out to be true, they’re about to raise even more, reportedly pushing the company’s valuation to $6–8 billion. According to Backchannel, a young…

Meta Acknowledges Manufacturing Delays for Meta 2 AR Dev Kit

Meta announced and launched pre-orders for its Meta 2 AR headset dev kit more than a year ago, and expected to begin shipping the device at the end of 2016. While the company says a small number of headsets have indeed gone out the door, nearly 6 months into 2017, Meta has now acknowledged manufacturing…

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…

How Google’s Latest VR Moves Are a Major Blow to Oculus’ Mobile Strategy

Last week at Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference the company made a number of new announcements which are very exciting for VR consumers. Within the industry though, the announcements represent somewhat of a repositioning of industry players, one that puts Oculus’ mobile strategy in a rough spot. Oculus was first to market in the ‘high-end’…

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…

New Samsung Gear 360 Arrives In-Store

The Gear 360 is also bundled with the Galaxy S8 for just $49. You can finally gets your hands on Samsung’s new Gear 360 camera. First unveiled back in March, this is the second generation of our most beloved 360-degree consumer camera on the market. And for all the flaws the original Gear 360 may…

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…