A World of Terror Awaits as Dark Corner Launches VR Horror App

Last month VRFocus reported on Los Angeles-based virtual reality (VR) studio Dark Corner announcing its latest horror film Night Night as well as the official unveiling of its dedicated VR horror app. Now in the run up to Halloween and for fans of all things scary, the studio has now launched the app publicly. Initially featuring eight immersive…

Magic Leap Secures a Further $502 million in Funding

Whilst it’s ambitions maybe great, augmented reality (AR)/mixed reality (MR) company Magic Leap has yet to publicly showcase what it’s been working on these past few years. It must be interesting as the company has announced that it has raised $502 million USD in Series D equity funding. Led by Temasek, the round included new investors…

The Gran Turismo Sport PlayStation VR Bundle Launches Today

Yesterday Polyphony Digital launched Gran Turismo Sport in North America and today it’s Europe’s turn. To celebrate the release Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has announced a new PlayStation VR bundle featuring the videogame. Included in the bundle is a physical copy of the Gran Turismo Sport standard edition, PlayStation VR and PlayStation Camera. Also in the bundle…

Windows Mixed Reality Turns to Wizardry with inVokeR

Previously released on Steam Early Access, inVokeR is a videogame where the player participates in dangerous wizard duels, and is now headed to Windows Mixed Reality. Developer 8th Shore Inc. released the title earlier this year for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on Steam in Early Access form. With the Windows Mixed Reality devices now…

Mindtree Pictures Developing Interactive VR Movies

Many people have, at one point or another, dreamed of starring in their own movie or TV show. French-based virtual reality (VR) content creators Mindtree Pictures are working on an ambitious project to make that dream into a reality. The project has been titled ‘The Movie You Are The Hero’ and uses the possibilities presented…

Pictures of Paperville Panic with New Screenshots

There are certain challenges involved in running a town that is made entirely out of paper. The risk of your citizens getting accidentally torn in half, the havoc wreaked by a rain shower, and of course, the terrible risk posed by fire. This is the premise of upcoming HTC Vive title Paperville Panic. Paperville Panic…

Life In 360°: Faces From 30,000 Years Ago

We turn to the world of both science and history for today’s 360 degree video, provided by Visual Science and a recreation of homo sapiens (i.e. us) that lived 30,000 years ago. A relatively small number in the grand scheme of things but one probably unfathomable to most of us. The recreation focuses on the…

Out Now for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, The Talos Principle VR

Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets may have launched today but that doesn’t mean there’s been no news regarding other virtual reality (VR) headsets. Croteam and Devolver Digital have now released puzzle experience The Talos Principle VR for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. A VR version of Croteam’s critically acclaimed 2014 first-person puzzle title which mixes philosophy with…

Vertigo Games Releases New VR Strategy Title

The strategy genre has got a new lease of life from the rise of virtual reality (VR). Titles such as Brass Tactics and Korix have begun to explore the possibilities offered by a new perspective for the genre, now the developers behind Arizona Sunshine are also getting involved with the release of real-time strategy title…

KLM Gives Budget Travelers a First-Class VR Upgrade

KLM distributed VR headsets to budget airline passengers of other airlines so they could feel like they were flying KLM. Luxury airline Royal Dutch Airlines, or KLM, recently launched a new PR campaign called the KLM Flight Upgrader, which allows budget airline passengers to experience a first-class KLM flight right from their seat in coach. KLM distributed…

Specular Theory Create Vcommerce Fashion Shoot Experience Behind The Style

Global professional services company Accenture has teamed up with immersive content specialist Specular Theory on a new virtual reality (VR) experience that showcases their vision for the future of VR commerce in Behind the Style. Using a combination of storytelling, interactive branching choices and the ability to actually shop and make purchases, the companies are looking to create a new VR…

Review: Luna

Virtual reality (VR) isn’t just a new way of playing videogames it’s a new form of technology that can encompass all forms of entertainment. As such, developers are continually experimenting with what content works and doesn’t work in an immersive environment, which can lead to confusion over what’s classed as a videogame or merely an…

HoloLens is the Latest Crime-Fighting Tool

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have already seen a variety of innovative uses in various industries and services. The technology is even being applied to law enforcement, as with the Bedfordshire Police and its use of the HoloLens. When officers arrive at the scene of a crime, one of the most vital tasks…

Torch 3D Raises $3.5 Million to Simplify Design for AR and VR Applications

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) company, Torch 3D has announced the success of an initial seed investment round of $3.5 million USD as it looks to launch a platform designed for teams to build, share, and iterate on 3D concepts quickly and easily. “Torch 3D focuses on the three main challenges to working with interactive…

Killing Floor: Incursion Coming to HTC Vive with New Content

Released earlier this year for the Oculus Rift with Touch, Killing Floor: Incursion is a virtual reality (VR) spin-off of the successful action-horror franchise Killing Floor. Soon, HTC Vive owners will also be able to appreciate the title in all its gory glory, complete with new content. Created by Tripwire Interactive, Killing Floor: Incursion was…

Felix & Paul Studios Launch The Confessional VR Comedy Series on Daydream

Award-winning creator of cinematic virtual reality (VR) experiences Felix & Paul Studios has announced the launch of a new  comedy series called The Confessional, available on Google Daydream and YouTube. Created in collaboration with comedy festival Just for Laughs, The Confessional is a seven-episode series featuring  comedians and YouTube stars, including Lilly Singh, Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow, Howie Mandel, Jim Norton, Moshe…

VR vs. Oculus Connect 4

It’s around this time of year that we start talking about some familiar topics, it’s just the way things with the calendar go. One of the usual VR vs. columns you therefore get is that it is traditional to spend the one after Oculus Connect talking about, well, Oculus Connect. Had things been different I…

Global Health Film Festival now Accepting Applications Focused on Health Issues

VRFocus has covered a myriad of ways that immersive technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) can help in the medical profession, assisting both those who work in the field and patients alike. Now in its third year, the Global Health Film Festival has opened applications looking for people with ideas for projects around…

Great British VR Meetup At Canary Wharf

The UK, like most places, is still developing its virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) sectors, but it has already become an important centre for VR and AR development. In recognition of this, financial technology firm Level39 is setting up a meetup and demonstration event later this month. Level39 were set up in 2012…

Virtual Arts Launch First VR Title Cargo Racing VR for Gear VR

Looking like a cross between Micro Machines, Matchbox Cars and BlazeRush, indie developer Virtual Arts has released its first virtual reality (VR) in the form of Cargo Racing VR for Samsung Gear VR. In Cargo Racing VR players have to race their vehicle through tracks that twist, turn and undulate all over the place in a bid to get the…

Oakland University Honors College Gets AR/VR Lab

As the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) becomes ever more popular in areas other than entertainment, educational establishments are showing increasing interest in getting students involved with the technology. Such is the case at Oakland University, where its Honors College has announced creation of a specialist AR/VR Lab. The announcement was…

Oculus Santa Cruz Headset Prototype is the Future of Wireless VR

An Oculus Rift without wires is the best thing ever. Among the slew of updates that came out of Oculus Connect 4, everything from new updates to Rift software and Facebook Spaces upgrades, there were two devices we hoped to get our heads in—the Oculus Go and Oculus Santa Cruz headset. The newly announced $199…

Chinese School Opens Full-Function VR Classrooms

In Collaboration with HTC Vive, schools in China’s NingXia Province has opened the first of 20 fully functional virtual reality (VR) classrooms that are capable of having up to 50 students concurrently using HTC Vive devices. Alvin Wang Graylin of HTC Vive went into a little more detail about the new VR classrooms, saying that…

Get 25% off PlayStation VR In-Store at Target this Month

Last week saw Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) celebrate the first anniversary of PlayStation VR with a big sale on PlayStation Store – which is still going. For those living in the US who’ve been tempted by the popular virtual reality (VR) headset but have yet to take the plunge, retailer Target is currently running an…

Where Are The VR MMOs?

In last week’s excellent VR Vs Article, our own Kevin Eva made an observation that has been on the mind of many virtual reality (VR) users. Where are all the MMO titles for VR? The idea of the immersive VR MMORPG has been a mainstay of fictional representations of VR, from Ready Player One to…