Jujubee Bringing VR To Historical Videogame KURSK

Recently on VRFocus we’ve featured a number of posts, particularly in our regular Life In 360 series where we’ve looked at the wonders that can be discovered underneath the ocean. And it is, obviously, an amazing place. Filled with life of all kinds, unseen mountains, unfathomable sights. Nature’s bounty and glory on display. But that…

Five Oculus Experiences Head To Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival has now begun – and as we’ve seen throughout the week on VRFocus a number of different experiences have announced their appearance at the event; often backed in some manner by a number of studios and creators. And when it comes to the hardware stakeholders it’s not just StarVR’s Starbreeze Studios,…

Hands-On – Spheres: Songs Of Spacetime Takes You Inside Two Blackholes Colliding

You know that feeling you get after watching a really, really good thought-provoking film? It’s a feeling often associated with Christopher Nolan’s work, whether it be Memento, Inception, Interstellar, or even The Prestige. You’re caught somewhere between a feeling of complete awe and utter confusion, with a dash of delight sprinkled on top. Spheres: Songs…

Nic Cage’s Latest Film Gets Stand-Alone VR Series

The Humanity Bureau VRevolution episodic VR series dives deeper into the story of Cage’s upcoming sci-fi disaster flick. When it comes to Nicolas Cage films, there’s no shortage of conflicting emotions. Sometimes you get Leaving Las Vegas Nicolas Cage. Other times you get The Wicker Man Nicolas Cage. Whatever your opinion of him may be,…

Review: Day of Destruction

Love them or hate them sci-fi B-movies have that special place in cinematic history where they’re remembered for how bad they are, poor acting, rubbish effects, dodgy sound and more. Yet they offer a form of entertainment that wears its heart on its sleeve, becoming cult classics that almost become better with age. The same…

Experience Nicolas Cage and The Humanity Bureau in VR

Conventional media is adapting to virtual reality (VR) as quickly as possible. The quick adoption rate of the technology throughout the world has quickly propelled VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) from being a specialist device to something you can get with a phone contract, and it has happened incredibly quickly. You can watch Netflix in VR,…

Noveto Enhances Virtual Reality Without Headphones

The CES event can hold many brand new innovations, and sometimes you find or experience something that you realise is truly innovative. At CES 2018, Las Vegas, VRFocus had a chance to try out Noveto Systems’ Sowlo, a hands-free system of personalised sound which requires no accessories on your hands, head, eyes or face. VRFocus spoke with Tomer…

VR Trends To Be Excited For In 2018

Despite the apparent burst of the virtual reality (VR) hype-bubble, we’ve learned a lot about the technology’s capabilities and limitations throughout the past couple years. We learned that hardcore PC players just aren’t jumping on the technology as much as people had hoped. Steam’s own statistics shows less than 0.3% of all users owning or…

Fraunhofer HHI Develop Volumetric Human Body Reconstruction Technology

Volumetric video is regarded as the next important development step in the field of media production, especially in the context of the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. The researchers from Fraunhofer HHI have developed a new variant of this technology known as 3D Human Body Reconstruction (3DHBR). 3DHBR transmits the realistic image…

Update Your Oculus DK1 and DK2 Demos, Win $10,000

There were dozens upon dozens of virtual reality (VR) experience and videogame demos available for Oculus Rift Dev Kit 1 and Dev Kit 2, and the fact is that many of them have been lost to time now. Indie developers, one-man teams and those simply tinkering about out of interest created so much content for…

XR Games Board Joined by Jane Whittaker

Videogames industry legend Jane Whittaker has joined the board and executive team of new virtual reality (VR) specialist studio, XR Games, it was announced today. In a 34­year career which includes work on the likes of GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64), Alien vs. Predator (Atari Jaguar), The Sims, HR Giger’s Darkseed and major contributions to Microsoft…

ZIKR: A Sufi Revival Heads To Sundance Film Festival

Today marks the start of the latest Sundance Film Festival, running until January 28th 2018.  While the festival itself continues to adapt with the times its role in shining a spotlight on some of the finest exponents of the craft that is story telling has not changed one iota. Of course something that has made increasing…

Microsoft Garage Launches Reality Room For Employees

The Garage Reality Room is a place where Microsoft employees and volunteers can learn, experiment, and hack on XR (Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality). Its goal is to be a platform to explore XR technology and encourage employees to develop and launch new and innovative ideas. 2017 was a busy year for Microsoft and Mixed…

Sony and Survios Partnership to Bring Jumanji: The VR Adventure to VR Arcades

When Sony Pictures released Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle back in December the film also had a corresponding virtual reality (VR) experience created for it, Jumanji: The VR Adventure, co-produced by MWM Immersive (formerly Madison Wells Media’s Reality One) and Sony Pictures Virtual Reality (SPVR). Today, SPVR has announced a new distribution deal with Raw Data developer Survios, bring the title to new…

Introducing Scraper, A Futuristic VR Shooter Reaching For New Heights

Labrodex Studios likely isn’t a name you’re familiar with, but if President and CEO Jim Ivon has his way, that will change very shortly with the release of Scraper, the first project from the developer out of Long Island. The internal team is small but scrappy, and supported by a number of vets with vast…

Fable Studio Emerges From the Ashes Of Oculus Story Studio

Members of the ground-breaking Oculus Story Studio team are announcing a new company, Fable Studio, with a premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival of the final project born at Facebook. Wolves In The Walls is about an interactive little girl named Lucy and it was what Oculus Story Studio was working on when…

New Alien Game In Development, May Have VR Support

Empty out the cupboards for hiding, grab an extra pair of underwear, and prepare to face off against the Xenomorph swarms once again: a new Alien game is in development. The new game, which is currently untitled, was announced yesterday by way of 20th Century Fox’s new publishing house, FoxNext Games, and developer Cold Iron…

Lose Weight in VR, with BOXVR, in Early Access Today

Christmas is well and truly over. Most of you will have taken your stockings and trees down by now, and as for the rest of you; are you okay? The holiday season has finished and we’ve eaten our fill of mince pies and other festive feasts, and as a result, many of us are feeling…

Sony’s Jumanji: The VR Adventure Is Drawing Attention For The Wrong Reasons

Sony Pictures released Jumanji: The VR Adventure on Steam today, but the game’s attracting attention for the wrong reasons. We haven’t gone hands-on with the game ourselves but, at least on a visual level, Jumanji looks unfinished, as you can see in the below trailer. It’s based on the recent rebooted movie that stars Dwayne ‘The…

Hands-on: Pimax’s 8K Headset Impresses but Isn’t Ready yet

When Pimax launched a Kickstarter campaign for its ‘8K’ head-mounted display (HMD) last year it not only acquired massive media attention but also a huge sum of money, smashing past the initial funding goal of $200,000 USD in a few hours and going on to raise over $4 million in total. A big portion of that…

Paper Valley Is A Breezy VR Adventure About Throwing Paper Airplanes

There’s a lot of things to love about summer, but the breezy days of throwing then watching paper airplanes has to be a highlight. VR developer VITEI Backroom is chasing that sensation with its latest project. Paper Valley, as the game is called, is set to fly onto the Oculus Rift in mid-2018. It’s to…

Nintendos Labo is Not an Answer to Virtual Reality, Says Reggie Fils-Aime

Nintendo announced Labo last night, a brand new part-construction project, part videogame. A brand new move in videogame peripherals, Nintendo essentially wants players to assemble their own accessories, Google Cardboard style, and play a small variety of videogame experiences with them that can seem all too reminiscent of the kinds of gameplay we see in…

HoloLamp Brings Hands-free Augmented Reality

Augmented reality (AR) is becoming increasingly more popular. For example, brands are trying to find new ways of marketing their products , doctors are using it during surgery and companies are looking to help train staff remotely. Yet all if not most of these require either glasses, phone or tablet. Hololamp is trying to change…

Final Fantasy XR Ride Opening Soon In Japan

The Final Fantasy series remains one of the most enduring, beloved and popular videogame franchises, getting innumerable spin-off videogames, merchandise, films, and now, a theme-part ride at Universal Studios Japan. In a move seemly designed to make Western Final Fantasy fans cry with envy, The Final Fantasy Ride at Universal Studios is set to only…

Horror Thriller The Devil Awaits VR Receives First Update

In December indie developer Bloompix Studios released a horror videogame exclusively for Samsung Gear VR, The Devil Awaits VR via the Gallery Apps section of the Oculus Store. Now the studio has announced its first update for the title, expanding and improving the experience further. The Devil Awaits VR is a thriller in which you play as Rick…

Konrad the Kitten to Leave Early Access Next Month

FusionPlay are preparing virtual reality (VR) virtual pet simulation, Konrad the Kitten, for full release. Compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs), Konrad the Kitten takes the novel approach of attaching one motion-controller to a plush toy for true simulation. Next month, players will be able to immerse themselves…