Viral EX Is Coming to Steam and HTC Vive

Developer Fierce Kaiju brought their first-person shooter title Viral EX to Oculus Rift with Touch late last year, after it has been originally launched for the Samsung Gear VR. The improved and remastered version of Viral EX is now moving on to Steam so HTC Vive owners can also enjoy what Viral EX has to…

Putt-Putt Google Earth VR Looks Amazing

The new video also teases “puppet skinning” for Tilt Brush. When YouTube channel Nat and Friends toured Google VR, we were honestly expecting to see experiments from Google’s Daydream Labs that we’ve already seen. Projects we’ve reported on like Google’s headset removal or last year’s social VR experiments have been some of our favorites. What…

Resolution Games Adds Gear VR Controller Support To Fishing Game

Since Samsung announced the introduction of the Samsung Gear VR controller, a steadily increasing number of titles have been introducing support for the peripheral. Now developer Resolution Games is adding Gear VR controller support to virtual reality (VR) fishing title Bait! A new update to one of the most popular VR fishing titles, Bait!, will…

Unity’s XR Toolkit Aims to Improve VR Development Later this Year

The Unite Europe 2017 conference is well underway in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with plenty of sessions focused on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) development. VRFocus is at the event bringing you all the latest news and interviews, and caught up with Unity’s XR Evangelist Sarah Stumbo who revealed the company’s upcoming XR Foundation…

New Arizona Sunshine Trailer Showcases PSVR Release

If you have a PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset then chances are you already know this but just in case; Arizona Sunshine released for the kit this week. And just extra in case you didn’t actually know what Arizona Sunshine is there’s a launch trailer for it too that you can see below. The video shows…

PlayStation VR to get Koei Tecmo’s 5 VR Sense Titles

You may remember earlier this year when Koei Tecmo announced an arcade cabinet that aims to stimulate all five senses such as touch and smell, called VR Sense. Well that’s still scheduled to launch this summer in Japan but the studio has also revealed the five titles set to feature in the cabinet will also be coming to…

Satirical VR Title The American Dream VR Coming Out Late Summer

How do you flip a burger with a gun? Shoot at it, obviously. Indie developer Samurai Punk are aiming to make a few satirical points with the announcement of its upcoming virtual reality (VR) title The American Dream VR. The American Dream VR uses satire and videogames to take a look at American gun culture….

Microsoft: ‘Mixed Reality is a Generational Shift in Computing’

Microsoft has championed their partnership with Unity Technologies for their holographic computing platform since the initial announcement of the HoloLens. Today, at Unite Europe 2017, Brandon Bray, Principle Program Manager at Microsoft, discussed exactly what this means, and how the Windows Universal Platform is bringing around huge changes in the future of computing. In a…

CEOs Under Fire For Using VR To Experience Being Homeless

A group of CEOs face immediate backlash after using VR to simulate being homeless during “CEO Sleepout.” Virtual reality may be an immersive technology capable of simulating many experiences, but they are still far from the real thing. That’s what a group a CEOs are hopefully beginning to understand after facing the wrath of the…

How to Build a Better Mouse in VR

Three former Bungie employees left that studio two years ago to begin a new company called Polyarc. The new studio was aimed at virtual reality (VR) and its first title is due out soon, a puzzle platformer called Moss that stars an adorable mouse wielding a sword. Danny Bulla spoke about the experience of creating in…

PlayStation Co-Founder Phil Harrison Invests in VR Startup Dream Reality Interactive

Earlier this year VRFocus reported on former head of Sony London Studio, Dave Ranyard, revealing his brand new company Dream Reality Interactive (dRi) which would focus on virtual reality (VR) development. Today, the studio has announced the first round of investment with two big investors getting involved, creative company Mother and Phil Harrison, the co-founder of PlayStation and President of…

Elite: Dangerous PSVR Support ‘Not There Yet In Terms Of Quality’

Elite: Dangerous is one of the biggest, most expansive games to support the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive thus far, and it seems like a perfect fit for Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) too. Sadly, a PS4 version of the game released this week without PSVR support intact. According to creator Frontier Developments, that’s down to…

Ikea now Baffling Us in VR Too

When you think “IKEA” the first thing that comes to mind may not be “snazzy furniture” and more “LEGO from hell”, as the company’s “ready-to-assemble” products have garnered a reputation as a producer of fiendish puzzles disguised as book shelving and coffee tables. Now the company is using VR technology to let us tour an…

REDspace’s VR Sports-Shooter Gunball Launches on HTC Vive

Today, REDspace Games has launched its virtual reality (VR) sports-shooter Gunball for HTC Vive, releasing a new trailer as well as several screenshots showcasing what to expect. Gunball is an over the top, fast-paced arena sport with players competing in the Gunball League. With similarities to tennis, Gunball requires players to serve balls then shoot them at targets placed around…

Arizona Sunshine Devs Looking To Fix PSVR Aim Support And More

Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive’s Arizona Sunshine finally hit PlayStation VR (PSVR) earlier this week, but not everyone is satisfied with the results. A lot of players have been reporting issues with the game’s presentation and support for the new PSVR Aim Controller. The developers are listening, though, and you should be seeing changes soon….

VR Production Studio Virtual Reality Associates Announces 3 New IP

If you want an idea of just how varied VR experiences can be, just-launched production studio Virtual Reality Associates (VRA) is a good case study. The company this week announced that it working on three new IP for headsets, and each sounds dramatically different from the last. For gamers, VRA is working on what it…

Doom VFR Fixes the Problem With Motion Sickness in Virtual Reality

In our last VRTV section, VRFocus has covered Fallout 4 VR and Skyrim VR. In short summary, Bethesda Softworks is really innovating the virtual reality (VR) space. One of the biggest problems developers and users face when using VR is motion sickness. One of the ways to get around it is teleportation, it tricks the…

Lenovo’s MR Headset Will Be out in Time for Christmas Confirms Microsoft

Yesterday Unity Technologies began its Unite Europe 2017 with an opening keynote revolved around the next version of its middleware development engine Unity 2017. The keynote was devoid of any virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) mentions, but with the main conference now underway new details are emerging. During an early session Microsoft has…

Hyper Japan Festival to Feature 5 VR Experiences Including Death Note VR

Taking place in July is the Hyper Japan Festival, a celebration of all things Japanese, with two events taking place, one in Los Angeles, California, and one in London, UK. As part of the event Japan Character VR Matsuri will be using the latest virtual reality (VR) technology to exhibit works from various Japanese creators and their characters….

How do You Make Money in VR? Content Comes First

Unite Europe 2017 has officially kicked-off this morning, with the virtual reality (VR) content taking centre stage in a talk by Julie Shumaker, Vice President of Business Development of Advertising at Unity Technologies, subtlety entitled ‘Get Ready: The Money is Coming’. But how, you say? Shumaker insists that if you create compelling content, advertisers will…

Unity Accepting Applications for its New Global Research Fellowship Program

Unity Technologies is a name synonymous the videogame development as its Unity engine is widely used across the world creating the latest titles whether they’re standard PC/console, virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR) projects. Today the company has announced Unity Labs’ new Global Research Fellowship Program, to support graduate researchers working on research challenges in…

TheWaveVR x Strangeloop Takes You Into VR Music Rave

Strangeloop joins forces with TheWaveVR 6/28 at 7pm for N-FOLD, a synesthetic immersive music experience, in association with Flying Lotus imprint Brainfeeder. TheWaveVR has been making loads of noise (well, music) over the past year—putting on the world’s first VR rave at VRLA as well as landing $2.5M in seed funding—and now they’re launching their flagship immersive event: N-FOLD. To bring the full…

VRotica Is A Standalone Headset Dealing Exclusively In Immersive Porn

The adult entertainment industry is influential, and it’s safe to say that if there’s a new media device, chances are people will find a way to watch porn on it. Erotic content was an early part of the conversation when VR headsets really took off and curators of that type of content have even had booths…

AR Headset Startup CastAR is Reportedly Shutting Down

According to a report from Polygon, augmented reality company CastAR is heading for a shutdown, laying off staff from the Palo Alto headquarters and its internal AR software development studio in Salt Lake City. CastAR’s consumer hardware was due to launch this year. Concept render of the CastAR headset and controller | Image courtesy CastAR…

Within Premiers ‘Hovering’ an Immersive Music Experience from 79Ancestors

Immersive content and creation company Within has announced a new musical experience available through its app today called Hovering, created by director Conor Grebel and experimental, interdisciplinary label 79Ancestors. Hovering is an immersive experience inspired by and set to electronic musician Shigeto’s track “Hovering”, featuring surreal and vivid imagery tells the story of life-giving water brought to…