Haptic Controller VRgluv Rolls out Kickstarter Campaign

VRFocus has covered several gloves designed for virtual reality (VR) interaction, such as CaptoGlove, Manus VR and Finch, all aiming to improve immersion. While all these designs follow a similar goal, what they don’t currently feature is haptic feedback. So enters VRgluv, which has now launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. VRgluv has been built as…

Gear of War’s Cliff Bleszinski Is Pitching A Full VR Game

Former Epic Games developer Cliff Bleszinski has long taken an interest in VR, and was one of the original investors in Oculus long before it was purchased by Facebook. So far his new indie studio, Boss Key Productions, hasn’t made a VR game, but that may soon change. As reported by Gamasutra, Bleszinski noted that…

KO_OP Reveal the In’s and Out’s of Colourful Puzzle Title GNOG

At the end of March indie development team KO_OP announced that PlayStation VR puzzler GNOG would be arriving in May. VRFocus caught up with the studio’s director Saleem Dabbous at the recent Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017 in San Francisco to discuss the title. If you’ve seen previous coverage of GNOG you’ll know that it’s a brightly coloured, puzzle…

Review: Korix

Real-time strategy has a fair amount of history behind it. Dating back to the venerable Dune II, which was released for MS-DOS way back in the misty depths of 1993. Much has remained the same since then, and some things have changed, but adding virtual reality (VR) to the mix brings an entirely new dimension….

NVIDIA Offers Three Free VR Games With Select New Hardware

In the grand scheme of things, we’re still in the early stages of virtual reality adoption. While the price of admission may still be a bit on the higher end for some, the software ecosystem is inspiring people to invest and get hardware that can support these immersive experiences. Yesterday we reported on an Oculus…

Google Embraces WebVR With VR Film ‘Tabel’

Back in January we covered Virtualeap’s international hackathon competition, which was designed to help bring much needed attention to the potential of WebVR. After all, WebVR seems to be the most practical and accessible way many of us might experience VR on a day to day basis. Google, who was one of the partners of the hackathon is now pushing…

Hands-On With Theseus, A Dark And Twisted Third-Person VR RPG

When we first heard about Theseus from Forge Reply we likened it to God of War, which seems like an apt comparison. In God of War you take control of Kratos in his crusade against the Greek pantheon of Gods, fighting the likes of Poseidon, Zeus, and more. Theseus has much more reserved ambitions, instead…

Write Your Own Chronicles of Karnage on HTC Vive

Nordic Trolls’ highly anticipated first-person adventure title, Karnage Chronicles, is now available for HTC Vive via Steam Early Access. With Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR editions of the virtual reality (VR) videogame also in development, however it’s the roomscale equipped head-mounted display (HMD) that is being given first crack-of-the-whip. Karnage Chronicles casts the player as…

HoloGrid: Monster Battle VR Gets Gear VR Launch

Remember the scene in Star Wars where Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO are playing a kind of holographic chess game involving monsters? Ever wanted to play it yourself? Well good news, as users of the Samsung Gear VR can with the launch of HoloGrid: Monster Battle VR. The title uses creatures and monsters created by visual…

Nvidia Releases Game Ready Drivers for Rick and Morty, Wilson’s Heart and Batman

Following on from Nvidia and Oculus’ announcement earlier today regarding free software when purchasing GTX graphic cards and Oculus Rift, Nvidia has now rolled out several game ready drivers optimised for specific virtual reality (VR) titles. Today’s update see’s the recently launched Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, and the as yet unreleased Wilson’s Heart and Batman Arkham VR both…

‘Wilson’s Heart’ Review

Wilson’s Heart (2017) is a psychological thriller that takes you on a wild first-person adventure through the mind of a hospital patient recovering from a curious surgery, one that has replaced his live-beating heart with a strange machine. Ripping it from your chest, you find it gives you a growing number of abilities to help you not only fight…

Oculus Rift vs. HTC Vive Software

Content is king. That’s the truism we’ve come to learn from decades of hardware success stories and near-equal amounts of failures. Virtual reality (VR) may yet be waiting to find its ‘killer app’, but there’s still plenty to be excited about. A swathe of videogames, 360 degree videos, healthcare and education applications are already available…

VRTV Goes Social with Facebook Spaces

Last week Facebook held its 10th annual F8 developer conference where the company makes most of its major announcements. There was a big focus on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and AI, with one of the big reveals being Facebook Spaces, a dedicated VR social app for Oculus Rift and Touch. VRFocus attended the event…

VR vs. 365 (Sort Of)

Welcome to VR vs, your weekly column from ‘the other one’ at VRFocus which is celebrating its first anniversary under my stewardship tomorrow. Has it really been that long? I’d like to say I can scarcely believe it, but those in virtual reality (VR) – especially those on the news sites – will tell you working…

Resident Evil 7’s Free Story DLC Has Been Delayed

Three months on from the release of Resident Evil 7 and it remains one of the best games on PlayStation VR (PSVR). That’s why we’re looking forward to the game’s upcoming free story DLC, ‘Not A Hero’. Sadly that content has now been delayed. The DLC, which adds a new campaign in which players would…

Xenko Game Engine: A New Way To Develop Better VR Games

Today Silicon Studio launched its videogame development engine Xenko, allowing developers no matter the size to build content across multiple platforms. Part of the team attended the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco last month and VRFocus caught up with Silicon Studio’s Product Manager Pierre Rahier to find out more. The company want’s to make…

Exclusive: Meta 2 AR Demos Revealed in Full

Outside of a few demonstrations at tradeshows, Meta has only give glimpses of the content on its impressive AR headset dev kit in short clips. During a recent visit to the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters to catch the latest improvements to the headset, I got to see a selection of demo content which Meta has allowed…

Xenko Game Engine Launches with Free Edition

Silicon Studio has today launched the Xenko game engine, a new scaleable development platform for everything from mobile videogames to realistic virtual reality (VR) experiences and beyond. Xenko is free for educational use, small studios and individual users, with larger studios paying a nominal monthly fee. To celebrate the launch, Silicon Studio is offering all…

HeroCade Review: A Nine-Game PSVR Bundle Including Dreadhalls and Sisters

A lot of people have been unhappy with the price of VR games in our new industry’s first year of consumer availability. For the most part, Steam has been flooded with well over 1,000 games and experiences, the vast majority of which are abbreviated teasers, uninspired tech demos, and cheap cash grabs. There are plenty…

Google Nominates Top AR/VR Apps for 2017 Play Awards

This year’s 2017 Google Play Awards include new categories for top VR and AR apps, to which Google has nominated five apps each. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 18th at 6:30PM PT during Google I/O, the company’s annual developer festival. Ever since the reveal of Google Daydream at last year’s I/O…

Arcade Shooter REGENESIS Gets Greenlit

Polish developer Hyper VR is the software division of hardware manufacturers Hyperbook. The first excursion into software and videogames from the company is REGENESIS Hyperbook Arcade, which was submitted to Steam Greenlight program, and just got approved by the community for a full release. REGENESIS puts the player in the role of the Last Man…

Google Play Awards Add VR And AR Categories

Taking place at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California, Google I/O is an outdoor developer festival that lasts for three days. On May 17th – 19th, there will be hands-on learning, tech keynotes, and insight on Google’s latest developer products in the 2nd annual event. The festival will also be home to the Google Play…

Statik Review: Thinking Outside The Box

They say great minds think alike, but Statik does a lot to disprove that theory. Like developer Tarsier Studios, I’ve long wondered what types of unique VR experiences you can get out of using PS4’s DualShock 4 as a tracked object in a virtual world. But while our concepts for games may be similar, Tarsier…

The Unspoken VR Tournament Coming Soon to Microsoft Stores

Today Oculus has announced a collaboration with Microsoft, Insomniac Games, Intel, ASUS, and ESL for The Unspoken VR Tournament. Taking place in Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada, The Unspoken VR Tournament will allow participants to test out their sorcery skills on the Oculus Touch. Beginning on 13th May, 80 stores across the two countries will…