Pavlov VR Finally Gets Native Oculus Rift Support

Nearly 14 months after its initial release VR’s answer to Counter-Strike, Pavlov VR, finally has native support for the Oculus Rift. Developer davevillz integrated Rift as part of the game’s latest Early Access patch, Update 17. You could previously play it on Rift through SteamVR, though native integration makes it a much better fit for…

Oculus Faces ‘Existential Crisis’ In Handling Personal Data

Facebook is overhauling the Oculus privacy policy and terms of service as the company prepares to launch its first standalone VR headset. The change comes amid new European privacy regulations and an international movement calling into question Facebook’s platform and business model. Earlier this month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress to answer questions about…

Jam Studio VR Gets Into The Groove With New Content And Compatibility

It was back in September last year that we first brought you news of Jam Studio VR from Vive Studios and Beamz Interactive. A virtual reality (VR) musical experience that utilised the HTC Vive in order to help teach both would-be musicians (and people who just want to make a lot of noise) in the way of playing…

TheWaveVR Closes $6M Series A Investment, Opens L.A. Office for Artist Collabs

TheWaveVR, the studio behind the eponymous music-centric social VR platform, today announced the closure of a $6 million Series A funding round led by RRE Ventures. TheWaveVR also opened their new Los Angeles office today, where they plan to collaborate with artists and musicians on what they say will be “a number of high profile VR concerts…

Corporate Espionage, Design And Killing Robots in Budget Cuts

Spy action title Budget Cuts was originally announced back in 2016, with a HTC Vive teaser. Since then, its seemed to vanish, only to re-emerge from stealth at GDC 2018, complete with a release date. Linnéa Harrison, Creative Director at developers Neat Corporation talks to VRFocus interviewer Nina about what influenced the design of Budget…

The Best VR Sports Games for the Oculus Rift

After digging into nearly 20 titles, we’ve pulled together the top five VR sports games for the Oculus Rift that will scratch that itch for anyone looking for VR gameplay that’s both active and competitive. When anyone mentions sports video games, your mind is immediately going to go to the heavy hitters such as football,…

The Xenomorphs Are Out To Play In ALIEN: DESCENT

If you read a post I made earlier post today about Canadian videogame The Station, which is coming to virtual reality (VR) on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR you’ll have seen I started it by paraphrasing the classic tagline to the film Alien – ‘In space, no one can hear you scream.’ At…

Room-scale VR Experience VESTIGE Gets Purchased Even Before Tribeca Premiere

At the beginning of February, shortly after the Sundance Film Festival took place, we brought you news that ZIKR: A Sufi Revival – which VRFocus reported on several times throughout the first couple of months of 2018 – had been purchased by documentary producer, sales agent and theatrical distributor Dogwoof. Now one of the individual’s behind Dogwoof has secured…

Pull the Strings in Your own Puppet Show With Puppet Fever

Earlier today Coastalbyte Games’ launched its Charades style virtual reality (VR) experience Puppet Fever on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. VRFocus previewed the title and recorded some gameplay video showcasing some of the fun features players will be able to enjoy. Puppet Fever was announced back in August 2017, after Swedish indie developer Coastalbyte Games participated…

Developer Spends 30 Days Working, Dancing, Living In VR

An Italian developer tests the limits of VR comfort with a ’30 Days In VR’ challenge. Thanks to new more comfortable hardware releases like the HTC Vive Pro and tetherless HTC Vive Focus, people are spending more consecutive time in VR than ever before. With the better resolution and upgraded ergonomic design of the Vive…

Researchers Say VR Systems Can Be Hacked To Change What You See

The idea of someone else being able to alter, or even control, what you perceive is a terrifying one, as is the idea of technology turning against you. Researchers at the University of New Haven has combined these frightening possibilities with a proof-of-concept detailing how virtual reality (VR) could be controlled to alter what you…

Google Is Using VR To Virtually Preserve Endangered Heritage Sites

We’ve heard about a lot of companies that are using VR to preserve history that’s at risk of being destroyed if it hasn’t already. Just last month, for example, we wrote about Perpetuity | Palmyra, a VR project attempting to virtually restore a Syrian city ravaged by ISIS. Now, though, Google is upping the scale…

Justin Timberlake Connects Fans to Music and Merch With AR

American Express is using augmented reality (AR) to create a new way for music fans to buy merchandise from their favorite musicians — starting with Justin Timberlake. On April 6th, the American Express Music app released a new mobile AR experience called Outside In, in partnership with Timberlake. In the app the you are navigated…

Unreal Engine Shows Case Study Of VR Retail Experience

The internet changed much about the world we live in, especially with regards to how we shop. As a result, many retailers have had to explore new ways of connecting with customers. Shopify is one of these companies, using virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to create a new experience for consumers. Shopify is…

Smash Is A New VR Game For Ready Player One’s Oasis Beta

Yesterday we reported that Vive Studios’ Oasis Beta, a tie-in VR experience to Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, had arrived on Steam, bringing Oculus Rift and Windows VR support with it. As it turns out, there’s a new game to try out, too. Smash is the fourth title to be added to the platform and…

‘Serentiy VR’ Fan Project Lets You Step Aboard The Most Famous Firefly-class Ship

Serenity, the firefly-class spaceship from cult TV show Firefly (2002) and film Serenity (2005), is now full explorable in VR. With many years in the making, Unity developer and 3D environmental artist Kaveh Tabar’s Serenity VR fan project is finally here. Starting out in 2014, Tabar originally designed Serenity for the Oculus Rift DK2. Now more than four years…

Award-Winning Actress Gets Cast In Latest Penrose Studio VR Piece

Penrose Studio have been attempting to push the boundaries on virtual reality (VR) storytelling for several years, trying to bring immersive experiences to the Hollywood mainstream. The studio are taking this a step further by casting renowned actress Alicia Vikander in its latest VR project. Vikander has been cast as the main character, named Meena,…

Opening the Gates of Nowhere at GDC 2018

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2018 may have ended a few weeks ago but VRFocus has still got lots of interesting virtual reality (VR) snippets from the event. The latest is an interview with Italian developer Symmetrical, discussing its VR horror experience Gates of Nowhere for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Having launched via Steam Early…

‘VR Could Change Entertainment Forever’

Virtual reality (VR) could change everything from how we play videogames to how we interact with our friends and family. VR has the power to change how we consume all sorts of media, transforming how we relate to television, film, and even the Internet. VR is rapidly evolving. A few short years ago, VR was…

Life In 360°: The Mother Of The Nation

No matter where you go in the world there’s always something new, diverse and impressive to see. Always a view of a culture, a people, a city, a country, a tradition that gets you thinking or feeling. One of the great things about 360 degree video is it provides the opportunity to experience such places…

Reality Zero One Secures Funding For New Motion Capture Platform

Building a virtual reality (VR) experience is not an easy task. Especially when it comes to converting real-world objects into digital replicas for use in VR. Current techniques are slow and often costly. With this in mind, Reality Zero One are working on a new platform for easy capture of 3D objects for use in…

Everything We Know About Oculus Santa Cruz (so far)

Oculus Santa Cruz is a VR prototype that brings many high-end features of the Oculus Rift and Touch, most notably positional (6DoF) tracking on both headset and controllers, into a self-contained, standalone design. What follows is a brief overview of everything we know about the headset so far. What is Oculus Santa Cruz? Image courtesy…

Wyoming Newspaper Introduces VR Adverts

In a world where traditional print media is struggling and ad-blockers have been rising in popularity, many businesses and brands are seeking new approaches to advertising and revenue generation. The Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming has turned to virtual reality (VR) advertising firm OmniVirt to offer 360-degree adverts. The Casper Star-Tribune is a locally-based Wyoming newspaper…

Sacralith: The Archer’s Tale Is Set Loose On SteamVR

It has been well established by now that using virtual reality (VR) motion controllers for archery works very well, with a fair few titles using these mechanics. Sacralith: The Archer’s Tale uses this as its basic combat in a world of magic, dragons and monsters. Developers Odd Meter have created a dark medieval fantasy world…

Preview: Gates of Nowhere – Who’s Trapped in With Who?

It must be said that VRFocus has done its fair share of dungeon crawling in its time. Whether that’s on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, The Mage’s Tale, Left-Hand Path or one of the many other virtual reality (VR) titles that put you in a Dungeons & Dragons style fantasy realm. Currently in Steam…