Remembering The Alamo With Augmented Reality

The battle of The Alamo is one of the most famous in American history, and the site of that 1836 conflict has become a popular tourist attraction for visitors to San Antonio in Texas. Visitors will now be able to peer into the past to see how the historic site would have looked during the…

An Arcade Stalwart Evolved, Sony Square NYC Welcomes A(i)R Hockey

The arcade is ever evolving as it seeks to find a new audience and adjusts to the new status quo for on-location entertainment. Regular readers of VRFocus will be aware that news relating to virtual reality (VR) arcades and digital out-of-home entertainment (DOE) is pretty regular. Be it new locations, expansions, adaptions to existing venues, or…

New PlayStation VR Title Dream Match Tennis VR Announced

In the latest issue of Famitsu magazine a brand new PlayStation VR title has been revealed. Dream Match Tennis VR is looking to bring the enjoyment of tennis to virtual reality (VR) and give players a chance to score big on the virtual court. Dream Match Tennis VR is being developer by Bimboosoft, the team…

VR Vision Report Shows Demand Remains High for PlayStation VR

A new report and infographic released by immersive technology innovation company VR Visions shows that demand for virtual reality (VR) devices remains high, with the expectation of further market growth and a forecast of 1 Billion VR and augmented reality (AR) users by 2020. The report was compiled by VR Vision, a company that specialises…

TPCast Sign Distribution Agreement With Fry’s Electronics

For those who are eagerly awaiting the chance to upgrade their PC-based virtual reality (VR) rig into a wireless unit in order to ditch the cables, the latest news might be of interest. TPCast has signed well-known North American electronics retailer Fry’s Electronics as a channel distributor partner. The agreement between TPCast and Fry’s Electronics…

Virtual Banking: China Construction Bank Experiments With Cutting-Edge Technology

A state-owned Chinese bank has opened a branch that claims to be fully-automated, featuring a host of cutting-edge technology, including facial recognition, talking robots and virtual reality (VR). The new branch of China Construction Bank opened in Shanghai’s Huangpu district, and has been designed with the aim of making banking more personal, convenient and efficient….

Creators Of ‘Job Simulator’ Announce Follow-Up ‘Vacation Simulator’

We go hands-on with the successor to Owlchemy Labs’ wildly popular flagship VR title. Austin, Texas-based video game developer Owlchemy Labs struck gold with their 2016 smash hit, Job Simulator. The comical VR experience was met with overwhelmingly positive reception, going so far as to being hailed as one of the first “full” VR games…

Creators Of ‘Job Simulator’ Announce Follow-Up ‘Vacation Simulator’

We go hands-on with the successor to Owlchemy Labs’ wildly popular flagship VR title. Austin, Texas-based video game developer Owlchemy Labs struck gold with their 2016 smash hit, Job Simulator. The comical VR experience was met with overwhelmingly positive reception, going so far as to being hailed as one of the first “full” VR games…

VR Film Reveals The Secrets of Design

Respected architecture and design curator Paola Antonelli had an idea to create an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience that could bring life to the design process. To realise this, Antonelli teamed up with content creators Sibling Rivalry to create an episodic VR experience called &Design. The creators hope that &Design will help explore universal themes…

VR Film Reveals The Secrets of Design

Respected architecture and design curator Paola Antonelli had an idea to create an immersive virtual reality (VR) experience that could bring life to the design process. To realise this, Antonelli teamed up with content creators Sibling Rivalry to create an episodic VR experience called &Design. The creators hope that &Design will help explore universal themes…

How Digital Infrastructure Is Holding VR Back

In today’s connected world, many of us are online 24/7. The realm of virtual reality (VR) much of the features that the technology relies on require and active internet connection to work. Some analysts think this dependence is holding VR back, but perhaps its the flaws in the communications infrastructure that are letting down modern…

4 Additions We’re Likely To See In VR Headsets For 2019

Headset manufacturers have to contend with various trade-offs when they come to the designing of their hardware. Not all capabilities can be added together in the same unit, for example, whilst still making the headsets cost effective. This is something that tech companies are working to resolve, however, so what can we expect from virtual…

Electronauts Interview, Make Music In Virtual Reality

L.A based virtual reality (VR) developer Survios revealed their next title Electronauts back in December of last year and now VRFocus’ Nina Salomon got to talk with VR Producer, Zach Gonzalez from Survios about the upcoming release. Electronauts is a music creation tool designed to be accessible to all, offering users a chance to create their…

Oculus Opens Applications for 2018 Launch Pad Mentorship Program

Oculus recently opened applications for its annual Launch Pad program, a developer mentorship that provides funding and resources to people from underrepresented backgrounds. Oculus Launch Pad was created to “ensure diversity of thought in the VR ecosystem,” and focuses on women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people from other underrepresented backgrounds,…

OVERTURN Goes Multiplayer In OVERTURN: Final Operation

One particular trait often explored in videogames when it comes to being ‘The Hero’, is the idea you’ve got to give everything you’ve got for the cause. Whether that is fighting against incomprehensable odds or even laying down your life in exchange for ultimate victory (or redemption). To be a hero is a path of…

Leap Motion Teases Prototype ‘Collapsible’ User Interface for AR Headsets

Leap Motion, the company behind the hand-tracking depth sensor, recently tweeted out another through-the-headset view of a prototype UI, this time centered on how some simple elements might work in the “augmented office” of the near future. Using the company’s prototype dev kit, dubbed Project North Star, Leap Motion serves up another host of interesting design…

Furniture Design Meets Virtual Reality With OYSTER Chair

As continued research and development is carried out on furniture design to explore new design methodologies and how new technologies will impact the industry and fabrication techniques, designer Arturo Tedeschi did just that by exploring the applications of virtual reality (VR) for furniture design. The result of this is the reveal of the OYSTER chair, a…

VRStudios Announces New Wireless Multiplayer VR Solution

Location-based virtual reality (VR) centres are becoming more popular as places where players can try out the latest in high-end VR experiences without the expense of buying your own VR kit. However, those centres still face challenges in creating fully fledged multiplayer VR experiences. VRStudios is offering a solution with its latest product, the VRCade…

Life in 360°: A Slice Of New York

When it comes to food you can pick up and eat its usually fast food that you think of and now I’ve said that your first thought is like a burger. No doubt we’ll have something related to a quarter pounder down the line (or a steamed ham for that matter) but today we’re going…

Mindshare UK and Zappar Release Report Into the Influence of AR

Augmented reality (AR) has become hot property in the past few months. The upward trend in interest began with the release of Pokemon Go, and accelerated with the release of Apple’s ARKit. Now Mindshare UK and Zappar have released a report into how brands need to adapt to the rise of AR. Several retailers and…

Filmmakers Launch New VR Company At Tribeca Film Festival

Among film festivals, the Tribeca Film Festival has one of the strongest relationships with virtual reality (VR), with several VR and 360-degree movies getting premieres at the event Now a new VR content company has been announced at the event. Filmmakers Jacob Wasserman, Adam Donald and Ant Gentile have announced the creation of a new…

‘Arden’s Wake: Tide’s Fall’ Is A Masterclass In VR Storytelling

Meena’s journey continues in this absolutely breathtaking expansion to last years VR tear-jerker. The last time we talked about Arden’s Wake, we referred to it as essentially “Pixar in VR.” A testament to the endless possibilities of long-form virtual cinema, the ambitious project immediately grabbed our attentions with its unique approach to storytelling, refusing to…

VR Film Examines Consequences of Climate Change

As the scientists of the world become increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change, it can be difficult for people to relate to such a huge, sweeping issue. To bring the problem down to a human level, Contrast VR and the European Forest Institute (EFI) announce the release of The Disappearing Oasis, a virtual…

Dead Secret Circle Reveals New Trailer

Back in 2015. developer Robot Invader released its first virtual reality (VR) title for the Samsung Gear VR, titled Dead Secret. The horror/mystery titled was subsequently expanded to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, where it was well-received by critics. The development team have now revealed the trailer for the sequel, Dead Secret Circle. Dead Secret…

Giant Mecha Combat In Action With Code 51: Mech Arena

In a world reeling from a devastating world war, the accumulation of resources has become the paramount task of everyone, especially when it comes to gathering sources of the mysterious Code 51 energy, which powers the huge and powerful mechs. Code 51: Mech Arena is a title created by Chinese developer Smellyriver. There has been…

Developer Playsnak Announces New Shooter Wanted Killer VR

Berlin-based developer Playsnak have announced that it will be releasing a new fast-paced virtual reality (VR) shooter called Wanted Killer VR on to Steam in May 2018. Wanted Killer VR puts the player in the role of a secret group who are opposing the evil corporate empire of Genetic Minds Corp and its maniacal private…

Time to Get In the Cockpit As Code 51: Mech Arena is Out Now

After noting the regrettable dearth of good mech combat titles available in virtual reality (VR), Chinese developer Smellyriver have arrived to fill that particular niche with new title Code 51: Mech Arena, which is available now on PlayStation VR. Code 51: Mecha Arena takes place in a world that has been ravaged by a devastating…

VR Shooter Archangel Gets Free Multiplayer Update

Skydance Interactive are opening up the world of its action-shooter title Archangel to multiplayer introducing both cooperative and competitive multiplayer with a free update that will also introduce new maps and new mech classes. The new update is called Archangel: Hellfire and will be made available to all players who have a copy of Archangel…

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality Physical Release Arrives On Shelves

Fans of the incredibly popular animated series from Adult Swim, Rick and Morty will now be able to get hold of a physical copy of the PlayStation VR version of critically acclaimed virtual reality (VR) spin-off, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. Developers Owlchemy Labs teamed up with Adult Swim Games and Other Ocean Group to…