E3 2017: A Hands-On, High Speed Trek Through Sprint Vector

Fast experiences in VR have to tread a thin line when giving players freedom over control. Locomotion is a fickle beast in the virtual ecosystem as developers continue to experiment as they seek a perfect balance of movement of comfort. Survios has established itself as a leading VR developer with its game Raw Data, but…

Meitu Upgrades Make-up App With Virtual Cosmetics Counter

One of China’s most popular internet brands, Meitu has been experimenting with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) for quite some time. The company has now launched a new aspect to its MakeupPlus app that allows users to try out new cosmetic products before they buy. The Meitu MakeupPlus app allows users to use…

E3 2017: Hands-On With VR Hand Controller CaptoGlove

Immersive experiences are the foundation of VR’s growth and devs or creators continue to find ways to keep the illusion from being broken as long as they can. Controller input is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to this, but the team behind CaptoGlove is utilizing our natural gestures to keep players engaged….

The VR Job Hub: Riposte, HTC Vive and CCP Games

If you are looking for a change in career, or just a chance in focus and want to work in an area that is constantly changing, growing and evolving, then the virtual reality (VR) industry is always looking for talented people. Engineers, designers, artists, community managers, programmers and more are being eagerly sought after by…

Half of Developers Cite HTC Vive as Most Popular VR Platform

A report released by VRDC titled the VRDC VR/AR Innovation report compiled the results of a survey of professionals involved with the development of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (VR). The report showed information relating to funding, platform preferences and challenges in the market. According to the report, the vast majority of respondents cited…

PlayStation Launch Galactic Giveaway of PlayStation Products

For many people, the only real barrier towards ownership of a high-end virtual reality (VR) headset is the cost. So, what if you could get a PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation VR and accessories for free? PlayStation have just launched a competition giving consumers the chance to get their hands on a ‘Galactic Giveaway’ bundle. Residents…

MIT Accelerator Play Labs Announces Class of 13 AR/VR Startups

Play Labs, a summer accelerator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), announced its first batch of 13 startups that are developing augmented reality and virtual reality technology. The focus of the startups will be to develop “playful tech” in a variety of industries. The initial companies are focused on AR and VR, as well…

Russian Artist Arrested for Refusing to Take off Her VR Headset

Moscow artist Ekaterina Nenasheva claims she was arrested and taken to a psychiatric clinic. The crime? Refusing to take off her VR headset according to reports. Over the past four years, VR has caused us to re-evaluate many of our social norms and collective ideas—particularly as it relates to how we engage with each other—but Ekaterina Nenasheva might…

A Closer Look At Preta: Vendetta Rising With New Screenshots

Developer Illion Games has released some more screenshots revealing a closer look at the developer’s first virtual reality (VR) experience, Preta: Vendetta Rising, a title that had its first playable demo at this year’s E3. A fantasy action-RPG taking gameplay and stylistic inspiration from the likes of Dark Souls and The Elder Scrolls franchise, players…

Trailer Reveals Upcoming PlayStation VR Titles

At E3 the PlayStation VR had a fairly generous selection of upcoming new titles revealed. Sony have assembled a trailer that recaps some of the biggest announcements of videogames that are expected for the PlayStation VR platform. The trailer presents a swirling series of TV monitors floating the void of space, with each one getting…

Apple Team Up With IKEA To Create AR Shopping App

Apple have begun making a push towards augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology recently. With news that SteamVR would be supporting Mac platforms, and the iPhone 8 expected to have advanced AR capabilities, Apple have teamed with well-know furniture store IKEA to create an AR shopping app to show off some of Apple’s…

Super Mario Bros. Recreated For HoloLens

It seems like whenever someone needs a simple basis for a ‘proof of concept’ videogame, it’s Super Mario Bros. That they turn to. We’ve already seen the original NES title turned into a virtual reality (VR) experience, now a HoloLens developer has recreated it as a HoloLens augmented reality (AR) experience. Abhishek Singh, a HoloLens…

Hands-on: ‘Fallout 4 VR’ Shows Improvements, but I’m Still Not Sold

Entering the Wasteland, sneaking up on a group of raiders and shooting them down with guns in your own two hands, tossing back a Nuka-Cola, hanging out with Dogmeat; these are some the things that get fans excited about playing Fallout 4 VR. And in case you’ve been cryogenically frozen in a nuclear bunker this past year, you should know Fallout…

Checkout More Screenshots of The Talos Principle VR by Croteam

Fans of Croteam’s action puzzle title The Talos Principle have been waiting patiently for the title to get a proper virtual reality (VR) port. Though Croteam announced SteamVR support back in 2015, there was little word on progress until the sudden reveal of a HTC Vive version at E3. The Talos Principle was lauded by…

Video: Watch Valve’s New ‘Knuckles’ VR Controller in Action

Knuckles, Valve’s unique VR motion controller, is already in the hands of select developers who are no doubt designing ways to use the controller’s 5-finger tracking. In the video published by Zulubo Productions, we get a better look at just what Knuckles can do. The demo, first seen in a Knuckles developer guide, is designed to…

New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For Week Of 06/18/17

There’s not a whole load of new on either of the Oculus stores this week but there’s a very good reason for that; the Summer Sale is now on and you can get a heck of a lot of games at great prices. Still, if you are in the market for something new we have…

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 06/18/17

Welcome to another week chronicling the latest releases for HTC Vive. We’ve got a couple highlights for you that are of incredibly different flavors. Chess Ultra is a visually impressive experience that pits you either against online players or a collection of AI modeled after chess grandmasters. VINDICTA channels expertise of a different kind, giving you a shooting experience…

New PSVR Releases For Week Of 06/18/17

E3 might have held plenty of surprises for PlayStation VR (PSVR) fans, but there’s not much to exactly play on the headset at the moment. There are no new games on PSVR this week, but there is one short film that we fully recommend you check out. If you missed the previous entry of this…

LucidCam Celebrates Commercial Launch With Tour of San Francisco

Lucid VR have announced the general commercial launch of its pocket-sized virtual reality (VR) 3D camera, the LucidCam and will be celebrating the general availability of the device with a billboard truck tour of the famous landmarks of San Francisco. The launch tour will take place on 23rd June, 2017 and is aimed at encouraging…

5 Impressive VR Companies From ViveX Batch Two Demo Day

This week we went to an HTC-hosted Demo Day for the second batch of ViveX funded VR and AR companies. With 26 different companies on display in San Francisco ranging from game developers, hardware manufacturers, utility creators, and everything in between there were a lot of different projects to try. Most of the companies were…

VRTO Canada’s VR & AR convention Announces Lineup

VRTO, also known as the Virtual & Augmented Reality World Conference and Expo, is one of the largest events of its kind in Canada and the event organisers have now revealed details on its updated line-up of speeches, panels and other events. Among the line-up will be an expert panel on the future of Out-of-Home…

Unearthing Mars Lands On HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Increasing numbers of virtual reality (VR) titles are going multi-platform. With HTC Vive and Oculus Rift titles making it on to PlayStation VR, or cut down versions heading to mobile VR platforms, or PlayStation VR titles heading to PC VR. Developer Winking entertainment have announced the launch of its title Unearthing Mars on Steam for…

KCON Will Be Captured in 360-Degree Video

KCON USA is one of the largest festivals of Korean music and culture in the world, with events in Los Angeles and New York. Beginning as a small one-day evening back in 2012, the event has seen exponential growth. This year, even more people will be able to experience what KCON USA is like, since…

PSVR’s Aim Controller Adds A New Layer To ROM: Extraction

At E3 last week in Los Angeles Sony’s media showcase included a demo of ROM: Extraction paired with the PSVR’s Aim Controller — adding a cool new element to the shooter. The arcade-style shooter from First Contact Entertainment released late last year for both Rift and Vive, allowing players to throw orbs and slow down…

Break a Leg’s First Chapter Coming to Samsung Gear VR this Month

In March VRFocus reported that Apelab would be releasing a new story-driven experience called Break a Leg for the launch of Samsung’s new Gear VR controller in April. That didn’t happen with the title getting delayed, but as it turns out not for long. The developer has just announced that Break a Leg’s first chapter will be coming…

IBM Watson’s Interactive Speech now Integrated into Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Last month Ubisoft released its biggest title yet for virtual reality (VR) platforms with Star Trek: Bridge Crew. VRFocus reported that the studio planned to add voice commands using IBM Watson integration in a future update, that update has now arrived. Using IBM Watson’s interactive speech and cognitive capabilities, Watson Speech to Text and Watson Conversation, players will…