E3 2017: A Hands-On, High Speed Trek Through Sprint Vector

Fast experiences in VR have to tread a thin line when giving players freedom over control. Locomotion is a fickle beast in the virtual ecosystem as developers continue to experiment as they seek a perfect balance of movement of comfort. Survios has established itself as a leading VR developer with its game Raw Data, but…

Meitu Upgrades Make-up App With Virtual Cosmetics Counter

One of China’s most popular internet brands, Meitu has been experimenting with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) for quite some time. The company has now launched a new aspect to its MakeupPlus app that allows users to try out new cosmetic products before they buy. The Meitu MakeupPlus app allows users to use…

E3 2017: Hands-On With VR Hand Controller CaptoGlove

Immersive experiences are the foundation of VR’s growth and devs or creators continue to find ways to keep the illusion from being broken as long as they can. Controller input is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to this, but the team behind CaptoGlove is utilizing our natural gestures to keep players engaged….

PlayStation Launch Galactic Giveaway of PlayStation Products

For many people, the only real barrier towards ownership of a high-end virtual reality (VR) headset is the cost. So, what if you could get a PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation VR and accessories for free? PlayStation have just launched a competition giving consumers the chance to get their hands on a ‘Galactic Giveaway’ bundle. Residents…

MIT Accelerator Play Labs Announces Class of 13 AR/VR Startups

Play Labs, a summer accelerator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced its first batch of 13 startups that are developing augmented reality and virtual reality technology. The focus of the startups will be to develop “playful tech” in a variety of industries. The initial companies are focused on AR and VR, as well…

A Closer Look At Preta: Vendetta Rising With New Screenshots

Developer Illion Games has released some more screenshots revealing a closer look at the developer’s first virtual reality (VR) experience, Preta: Vendetta Rising, a title that had its first playable demo at this year’s E3. A fantasy action-RPG taking gameplay and stylistic inspiration from the likes of Dark Souls and The Elder Scrolls franchise, players…

Super Mario Bros. Recreated For HoloLens

It seems like whenever someone needs a simple basis for a ‘proof of concept’ videogame, it’s Super Mario Bros. That they turn to. We’ve already seen the original NES title turned into a virtual reality (VR) experience, now a HoloLens developer has recreated it as a HoloLens augmented reality (AR) experience. Abhishek Singh, a HoloLens…

New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For Week Of 06/18/17

There’s not a whole load of new on either of the Oculus stores this week but there’s a very good reason for that; the Summer Sale is now on and you can get a heck of a lot of games at great prices. Still, if you are in the market for something new we have…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 06/18/17

Welcome to another week chronicling the latest releases for HTC Vive. We’ve got a couple highlights for you that are of incredibly different flavors. Chess Ultra is a visually impressive experience that pits you either against online players or a collection of AI modeled after chess grandmasters. VINDICTA channels expertise of a different kind, giving you a shooting experience…

New PSVR Releases For Week Of 06/18/17

E3 might have held plenty of surprises for PlayStation VR (PSVR) fans, but there’s not much to exactly play on the headset at the moment. There are no new games on PSVR this week, but there is one short film that we fully recommend you check out. If you missed the previous entry of this…

Unearthing Mars Lands On HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Increasing numbers of virtual reality (VR) titles are going multi-platform. With HTC Vive and Oculus Rift titles making it on to PlayStation VR, or cut down versions heading to mobile VR platforms, or PlayStation VR titles heading to PC VR. Developer Winking entertainment have announced the launch of its title Unearthing Mars on Steam for…

KCON Will Be Captured in 360-Degree Video

KCON USA is one of the largest festivals of Korean music and culture in the world, with events in Los Angeles and New York. Beginning as a small one-day evening back in 2012, the event has seen exponential growth. This year, even more people will be able to experience what KCON USA is like, since…

PSVR’s Aim Controller Adds A New Layer To ROM: Extraction

At E3 last week in Los Angeles Sony’s media showcase included a demo of ROM: Extraction paired with the PSVR’s Aim Controller — adding a cool new element to the shooter. The arcade-style shooter from First Contact Entertainment released late last year for both Rift and Vive, allowing players to throw orbs and slow down…

Break a Leg’s First Chapter Coming to Samsung Gear VR this Month

In March VRFocus reported that Apelab would be releasing a new story-driven experience called Break a Leg for the launch of Samsung’s new Gear VR controller in April. That didn’t happen with the title getting delayed, but as it turns out not for long. The developer has just announced that Break a Leg’s first chapter will be coming…

IBM Watson’s Interactive Speech now Integrated into Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Last month Ubisoft released its biggest title yet for virtual reality (VR) platforms with Star Trek: Bridge Crew. VRFocus reported that the studio planned to add voice commands using IBM Watson integration in a future update, that update has now arrived. Using IBM Watson’s interactive speech and cognitive capabilities, Watson Speech to Text and Watson Conversation, players will…

VR eSports Finally Arrive With ‘Onward’ FPS Pro League

The popular multiplayer FPS is leading the way in competitive VR with a new pro league. When virtual reality began making its reemergence a couple of years ago with the introduction of pioneering tech such as the Oculus Rift, only one thought was running through my head: Is this is? Are we FINALLY about to…

Review: VR Slugger: The Toy Field

Baseball is often seen as a quintessential American sport – the World Series only features US teams unlike football’s World Cup – but it’s still popular around the world and usually features in videogames that include a mashup of sports. It’s the type of game that fits virtual reality (VR) really well, putting players inside massive…

HTC’s Vive Tracker Has Brought Out The Best In VR Innovation

HTC’s Vive Tracker presents an elegant solution to the VR peripheral problem. Instead of releasing hundreds upon hundreds of different controllers that replicate real world items, why not just stick a single tracked object onto the real thing to bring it into the virtual world? When it was announced at CES back in January, we…

The Red and Black legacy of the Virtual Boy

The innovative minds at Nintendo launched the Switch on 2nd March 2017. The aim and indeed the marketing is that it’s both a pretty powerful handheld console that docks into a charging station and becomes a full games console. Like many Nintendo systems the aim is not necessarily to bring people the latest and most…

Google Working On Universal Video Format for 360-Degree Film

Currently 360-degree videos are the most popular way for consumers to experience virtual reality (VR) content. With movies, short films, documentaries, concerts and other experiences available for users to experiences in immersive 360-degrees, its not surprising that demand is rising for a simplified way to create 360-degree movies. Google is set to provide. With smartphones…

Five PlayStation VR Titles You Should Consider Importing

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) titles, Europe and the US have been fairly luck so far, not much has been stuck in Japan with Western fans clamoring for it to cross the ocean. There are some exceptions, though. Here are five titles for the PlayStation VR not available in The Us or Europe…

Vindicta Is A Surprisingly Fun VR Campaign Shooter

Vindicta caught my eye a few months back for making the kinds of promises we all want to hear: a full VR FPS campaign with natural locomotion and no wave shooting. Naturally, I followed up with developer Game Cooks as soon as possible, but my heart sank a little when I learned it had only…

Coatsink to Release New Content for A Night Sky

Back in April Coatsink Software released a relaxing virtual reality (VR) experience exclusive to Samsung Gear VR called A Night Sky. Today the studio has announced the first content update for the videogame coming later this month. Due to arrive on 30th June, the additional content will include new performances and interactions with existing creatures, with an owl, a…

The BBC’s The Turning Forest Arrives on Samsung Gear VR

Towards the end of last year the BBC released virtual reality (VR) fairy tale, The Turning Forest for Google Daydream. This week the experience has now arrived for Samsung Gear VR. Produced by BBC Research & Development (R&D) in collaboration with VR production studio, VRTOV, The Turning Forest is a surreal immersive story, set in a magical forest with a…

WHIST Mixed Reality Theatre Experience Comes to London

Many artists and creators are attempting to get to grips with virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies to explore the possibilities that it creates. One such group of creators is AΦE, a dance company who are using mixed reality (MR) to create a new type of theatre experience. Inspired by the ‘dream theory’…