UPS Utilises VR To Train Delivery Drivers

Computer simulation has been used in training of people such as learner drivers, airline pilots for many years. The advent of virtual reality (VR) adds an extra layer of realism to those simulations that allow for an experience much closer to real-world situations. UPS, one of the world’s biggest delivery companies, is using that technology…

See More of They Came From Space’s City Destruction in New Screenshots

Cloudgine, the company behind the cloud physics system incorporated into Oculus Toybox and the forthcoming Crackdown 3, recently announced a new virtual reality (VR) title, They Came From Space. Designed to bring VR and non-VR players together, They Came From Space promises to deliver multiplayer mayhem destruction to PC, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The…

Finalists Announced For Innov8: V-Commerce Competition

You may recall a story we covered on VRFocus back in July, where Store No.8 and Thrive Global came together to launch a new competition which focused on virtual reality (VR), not for games, but as a tool to aid commercial endeavours. The contest was called the Innov8: V-Commerce Competition and it had some potentially…

Black River Studios Return to Gear VR with ANGEST

Brazilian based mobile videogame specialist Black River Studios is preparing to launch its latest virtual reality (VR) videogame later this month. ANGEST will be their fourth VR title, following Finding Monsters Adventure, Rock & Rails and Rococo. ANGEST is a first-person title which is set in a laboratory. The player takes on the role of…

Clash of Clans AR Experience Comes To Facebook

Now you can become the Builder. How do you celebrate turning 5 while being one of the top 10 grossing games available on the iOS and Android app stores? If you’re Clash of Clans, you partner with Facebook to give fans the opportunity to turn themselves into the Builder, thanks to augmented reality. By using Facebooks AR…

Rec Room Get New Multiplayer Quest

Virtual reality (VR) has a slowly growing collection of experiences which are designed to be best experienced with others. From more traditional passive style social media such as Facebook Spaces through to more active titles such as Rec Room by developer Against Gravity, which has just introduced a new Group Quest titled The Curse of…

Prison Boss VR Set to Break Out on with HTC Vive This Month

Independent developer Trebuchet is set to make their HTC Vive debut this month with the release of Prison Boss VR. A crafting and trading videogame using roomscale, players must create cigarettes, alcohol and cookies to sell to other inmates, build a reputation and own that prison. As night falls on the prison, the player is…

Review: Dracula: Vampires vs. Zombies

Mention the phrase ‘wave shooter’ to any long standing virtual reality (VR) fans and the likelihood of a groan and roll of the eyes will follow. In the 17 months that PC head-mounted displays (HMDs) have been available to consumers, both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have been inundated with this genre of first-person shooter…

Audi and Intel Discuss the Latest Developments in Automotive VR

SIGGRAPH 2017 hosted a number of new virtual reality (VR) reveals, including a new backpack PC from HP, the HP Z VR Backpack PC, and Nvidia’s Isaac-trained robot. Intel also made a big splash, working with Audi on a new automotive VR experience. In an interview with Magdalena Maczkowski and Erich Wohlmuth, representatives of Audi…

This Week in VR Sport: VR Sport Gets Its Own Dedicated Summit

If you’re a regular VRFocus reader you’ll know two things about the weekend. That there’s sport on Saturday and there’s jobs on Sunday, and, since it is the former as opposed to the latter it’s best we kick things off by going into just what you may have missed in recent times relating to sport…

PlayStation VR Worlds Original Score Now Available to Download

Videogame soundtracks have been steadily increasing in popularity for many years, yet it seems that virtual reality (VR) – despite the many reasons why the audio score is considerably more important in these experiences – seems to have been fairly slow to catch on. Following the recent publication of the original score for Lone Echo,…

See the Scary Side of the Stratosphere in New Cosmic Awakening VR Screenshots

Cosmic Awakening VR is a first-person virtual reality (VR) survival exploration horror videogame, coming to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift later this month. Developer 3D Generations is obviously pleased with the ‘cutting edge 3D graphics’ featured in the videogame, releasing a large stock of screenshots from the title. Despite featuring a somewhat hackneyed storyline about…

Radial-G: Racing Revolved Dated for PlayStation VR

The long awaited PlayStation VR edition of Radial-G: Racing Revolved now has an official release date. Following some confusion last week, which resulted in the reveal of a retail boxed edition here on VRFocus, Tammeka Games’ Radial-G: Racing Revolved has been confirmed for release both on the high street and via PlayStation Network next month….

Is Facebook Creating an AI Assistant for Oculus Rift?

Since the debut of Siri on iPhone back in 2011, AI assistants have become increasingly more popular. All modern smartphones offer an AI assistant, as does Windows 10 operating system and the Xbox One, in addition to standalone AI devices such as Google Home and Amazon Alexa. Now it’s been suggested that Facebook is preparing…

HP Z VR Backpack PC Full Specifications Revealed

Earlier this month Hewlett Packard (HP) revealed the latest addition to the company’s range of virtual reality (VR) ready PC backpacks, the HP Z VR Backpack PC. Set to release next month, the full specifications of the device have now been revealed. Backpack PCs are becoming ever more popular as an interim solution to untethered…

Virtual and Augmented Reality Conference In Dubai

The Middle East and Africa are two areas of the world were virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is still developing. There are huge opportunities for those technologies in those areas, and a new conference, to be held in Dubai in November, 2017, will explore that potential. According to information gathered by the International…

Explosive Screenshots from League of War: VR Arena

Developer MunkyFun announced earlier this week that it was intending to bring popular mobile strategy franchise League of War to the PlayStation VR as League of War: VR Arena. League of War: VR Arena will let players control up to 12 units, four of which can be deployed at a time. Units can include the…

Mage Guard: The Last Grimoire Casts a Spell on Steam Early Access

Independent developer Hashbang Games has made its virtual reality (VR) debut with Mage Guard: The Last Grimoire, available now via Steam Early Access. Currently compatible with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, support for the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit (HDK) is also planned. In Mage Guard: The Last Grimoire, players take on the role of a…

Eymerce Cancels Kickstarter Campaign for Stadeon

The ambitious project to create a new type of immersive videogaming experience called Stadeon has cancelled its Kickstarter campaign after 48 hours. According to a spokesperson from Eymerce, the creators of the project, the cancellation was due to lack of crowdfunding support. The Stadeon project was attempting to eliminate the need for a bulky virtual…

‘Will My Customers Feel Sick?’ VR Myth Busting

It might be a little naïve to simply accept that virtual reality (VR) is the infallible tech trend of the future. Certainly, there’s a great deal VR offers the casino and gaming sectors, but even the casual observer will have heard something of VR’s challenges. ‘VR makes you sick’ is the most common assertion uttered….

G’Audio Lab Launches Upgrade To VR Audio Tool

It has long been recognised that sound provides an invaluable part of an entertainment experience. Filmmakers and videogame developers have used audio in the form of music and sound effects to affect the audience in ways both subtle and overt for decades. The importance of sound in virtual reality (VR) is not something that can…

How VR is Changing the Way We Think About Therapy

“It was an idea whose time had come, and the technology finally caught up with the vision.” -Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Ph.D. If you’re at all familiar with VR, you’ve probably heard that VR is more than “just games” a time or two. Used to describe applications of VR that go beyond first-person shooters—think education, conservation,…

Board the Soul Train with Manifest 99 on PlayStation VR

Independent developer Flight School Studio have announced that it is bringing its first title, Manifest 99, to the PlayStation VR, for release on 12th September, 2017. Manifest 99 takes place on an eerie journey to the afterlife, set largely about the train that carries souls to the land of the dead. The train is inhabited…

Review: Rangi

Porting videogames to more powerful platforms isn’t always that easy. Graphics can be improved but the overall feel will always come across from the original. This can be especially noticeable when bringing a Samsung Gear VR title to Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, as the differences between a smartphone an a VR-ready PC are massive….

DreamSail Games Release First Footage of The IOTA Project

New York-based indie developer DreamSail Games recently announced its first virtual reality (VR) project in the form of The IOTA Project for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. As destructive mech videogame, the studio has now released the first gameplay trailer. The pre-alpha footage showcases some of the early design ideas and gameplay mechanics players can look forward…

Apple May Be Planning AR Navigation

The launch of the ARKit and Apple’s entry into the augmented reality (AR) market has had a big impact on the AR sector. The ARKit tool is expected to be part of the upgrade to iOS 11, and experts are already eagerly pouring over the code to find out what has changed. What they have…

Preview: Cosmic Awakening VR – The Suspense Will Kill You

If you like a good scare then virtual reality (VR) is the place to be. Once you’ve tried VR horror then films or standard videogames just don’t cut it anymore, with studio’s finding evermore inventive ways to make you jump and scream. There tends to be two types of horror experience, the ones where you’re…

VR Could Improve Car Sales New Research Suggests

Zerolight, a brand visualisation specialist that mainly deals with the automotive industry, has published results of a new research survey looking at how immersive technology such as virtual reality (VR) can aid consumers when purchasing a new car. The company polled 1000 car buyers across Europe to understand what their feelings were towards VR. 89 percent…

TVR Unveils Next VR Title Soul Dimension for PlayStation VR

Time of Virtual Reality (TVR), the studio behind PlayStation VR titles Ace Banana and Ancient Amuletor, has revealed its next project, a puzzle-solving horror experience called Soul Dimension. Developed by Keenvision, TVR hasn’t released many in depth details regarding the videogame, other than it’s scary, has puzzles and ‘the player has the ability to enter different dream worlds’. Other…