More Details Emerge On Doom VFR

Bethesda’s surprise announcement of its plans to bring the DOOM franchise into virtual reality (VR) generated much excitement and speculation when it was unveiled at E3 earlier this year. Now the developers have released a new video detailing some of the features that will be available in DOOM VFR. In DOOM VFR the players takes…

How VR Arcades will Help the VR Industry

How do you explain virtual reality to somebody who has never tried it? To anybody who has tried high end virtual reality (VR) on an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift and has then tried to explain it to a friend or person, you will know the frustration of trying to realistically describe the experience. You’re…

Editorial: Why You Might Want To Pause Before Buying HTC Vive

This week HTC dropped the price of its Vive PC VR system by $200, bringing it much closer to that of its chief competitor the Oculus Rift. $600 for Vive is precisely the price I called for in a recent editorial, making it competitive with the Rift again. However, the decrease comes absent a critical…

Preview: Spartaga – Returning to 80’s Neon Bullet Hell

Bullet hell videogames have soul all of their own, they’re not first-person shooters (FPS) or highly precise simulators, instead they tend to be a quintessential arcade game, arming players with ridiculous weapons to take on evermore impossible odds. It can seem like carnage, as titles like Geometry Wars prove they can also be highly addictive…

Watch Today’s Solar Eclipse In Google Earth VR

Only a small percentage of Americans will get to enjoy the full solar eclipse experience later today, but if you’ve got an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive then you can use the power of VR to get the full experience. Google Earth VR, one of the best apps available on both the Rift and…

Manifest 99 Is A Surreal PSVR Game Set In The Afterlife

Plenty of new games are being announced for Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset every week, but Manifest 99 looks like one everyone should be paying attention to. The first release from indie studio Flight School, Manifest 99 is a surreal journey through the afterlife set onboard a train. As you travel through fantastical environments you’ll…

Become a Cat on a Sushi Restaurant Spaceship in Ganbatte

Tired of shooting galleries? Ready for something different? Check out Ganbatte by Mimicry. Inspired by Sushi-Go-Round, a mini-game featured in 1999’s Pokemon Stadium for the Nintendo 64, Ganbatte is a multi-player Steam VR game for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Players will assume the role of a cat aboard a sushi restaurant spaceship. The goal…

Big Immersive Is A New Publisher Focusing Exclusively On VR And AR

We’re still waiting for big publishers like EA to fully commit to VR and AR, but new studios exclusively dedicated to these types of experiences are also popping up. Big Immersive is one such publisher. This new company left stealth mode earlier this month, though has already published several VR titles. Earlier this year, for…

Sony Reveals New Trailer For Gran Turismo Sport

Sony have unveiled a new trailer for upcoming title, Gran Turismo Sport which features several professional racing drivers and emphasises the impact of the PlayStation VR virtual reality (VR) on the gameplay. The Gran Turismo series has long been known for its emphasis on accuracy, with the developers at Polyphony Digital going to extreme lengths…

HTC Vive Receives Official Price Drop

HTC Vive today announced a $200 USD price reduction for Vive, making the best VR system more accessible to the mass market, across the globe. Starting today, Vive will be available for $599. All Vive purchases come with a free trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to five titles per month to experience,…

HTC Vive Now $599, Gets A Permanent $200 Price Cut

HTC is slashing the price of the Vive by $200, bringing it to $599. After approximately a year and a half on the market the HTC Vive is still one of the most advanced VR devices on the planet as it operates out of the box at room-scale, but easily working in standing or seated…

HTC Vive Gets $200 Price Drop

Making VR more accessible one discount at a time. On the heels of Oculus dropping the price of their Rift and Touch bundle from $599 to $399 this Summer, HTC Vive is also jumping in with a price reduction of their own. The HTC Vive is getting a $200 price drop, bringing the VR system…

This AR Headset Displays Subtitles for Hearing Impaired

Greta & Starks, a start-up based in Berlin, is opening the movie theatre door for everyone — including those with visual or hearing impairments and non-native speakers. Both Greta and Starks are apps that allow people with sight or hearing loss to enjoy films. Greta quietly whispers descriptions and actions in time with the film….

PlayStation Prepares For PAX West

As you likely know next week is Europe’s biggest games focused industry event, the middle chapter of the ‘big three’, Gamescom over in Cologne, Germany. With the other two of course being E3 and the Tokyo Game Show which is still to come. Naturally the VRFocus team is (in part) attending the event and we’ll…

How Spider-Man: Homecoming Lead Justin Lassen to Bigger VR Things

The free tie-in virtual reality (VR) experience for the Spider-Man: Homecoming motion-picture launched in June of this year, and has been seen by many as a resounding success. Speaking to Intel at SIGGRAPH 2017, audio director Justin Lassen explains that a crash course in Unreal Engine 4 has lead him to bigger things in VR….

The VR Job Hub: Academia Needs You!

We’re almost at Gamescom and yet another flurry of gaming news that should reveal plenty of what to expect for the rest of the year. Certainly until the likes of this year’s PlayStation Experience in Anaheim, announced earlier this week, which will set the tone for the beginning of 2018. Of course, as we always…

UPS Utilises VR To Train Delivery Drivers

Computer simulation has been used in training of people such as learner drivers, airline pilots for many years. The advent of virtual reality (VR) adds an extra layer of realism to those simulations that allow for an experience much closer to real-world situations. UPS, one of the world’s biggest delivery companies, is using that technology…

Finalists Announced For Innov8: V-Commerce Competition

You may recall a story we covered on VRFocus back in July, where Store No.8 and Thrive Global came together to launch a new competition which focused on virtual reality (VR), not for games, but as a tool to aid commercial endeavours. The contest was called the Innov8: V-Commerce Competition and it had some potentially…

Clash of Clans AR Experience Comes To Facebook

Now you can become the Builder. How do you celebrate turning 5 while being one of the top 10 grossing games available on the iOS and Android app stores? If you’re Clash of Clans, you partner with Facebook to give fans the opportunity to turn themselves into the Builder, thanks to augmented reality. By using Facebooks AR…

Project Axon Is A VR Game About Social Media’s Ability To Spread Fake News

If you’ve been online, you’ve seen fake news. A team of graduate students from Carnegie Mellon University created a virtual reality game called Project Axon to raise awareness about how our own behavior on social media platforms can contribute to this problem. The team hails from the Entertainment Technology Center at CMU, a two-year master’s program that…

Review: Dracula: Vampires vs. Zombies

Mention the phrase ‘wave shooter’ to any long standing virtual reality (VR) fans and the likelihood of a groan and roll of the eyes will follow. In the 17 months that PC head-mounted displays (HMDs) have been available to consumers, both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have been inundated with this genre of first-person shooter…

Audi and Intel Discuss the Latest Developments in Automotive VR

SIGGRAPH 2017 hosted a number of new virtual reality (VR) reveals, including a new backpack PC from HP, the HP Z VR Backpack PC, and Nvidia’s Isaac-trained robot. Intel also made a big splash, working with Audi on a new automotive VR experience. In an interview with Magdalena Maczkowski and Erich Wohlmuth, representatives of Audi…

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…

The Biggest HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 08/13/17

There’s plenty of intriguing releases to check out on Vive this week. We’ve got some great new musical pieces, a VR horror experience for film fans, and the long-awaited launch of a promising RPG. Let’s dive in. In the meantime, if you missed the previous iteration of this list, you can see those new releases here….

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…