Gran Turismo Sport Confirmed for October

Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has officially confirmed the release date for PlayStation VR compatible title, Gran Turismo Sport. The racing tile will arrive on 18th October and as you might expect there are plenty of special editions going to be available. Pre-orders have already launched on the European PlayStation.Store, with the standard version retailing…

Does This Pain-inducing VR Accessory Go Too Far?

There are so many different ways that researchers around the world are working on to make VR more immersive. From haptic gloves to a speaker that pumps bass straight into your chest cavity, it seems that anything is game to supplement the audio-visual VR experience. It’s not unique to VR either, from force-feedback joysticks to…

PlayStation VR Adventure Theseus Confirmed for July Launch

Back in February developer Forge Reply announced work on its first virtual reality (VR) title, an action-adventure set in the mythical worlds of Greek gods with Theseus. Then last month the studio confirmed the videogame would be coming to just the PlayStation VR this summer. Today, an exact date has been announced, 26th July 2017. A…

VR Title Polybius Gets Prominence in New Nine Inch Nails Music Video

We’ve already seen how virtual reality (VR) can make a great accompaniment to music, and proper use of VR tech can lead to stupendous music videos, as displayed by Bjork’s music video for Notget and the Gorillaz continuing involvement with VR. Now trippy trance shooter Polybius forms the basis of the music video for new…

Watch Celebrities Race Acuras On Augmented Reality Tracks

Vehicle concepts have flirted with augmented reality from windshield displays all the way to Panasonic’s recent concept for a completely decked out cockpit. Acura has decided to couple AR and their cars in a completely different way by having celebrities race real cars around a large empty parking lot while viewing AR tracks that can…

Pokémon GO European Safari Zone Events Dated for This Summer

It’s been almost a year since Niantic Labs launched augmented reality (AR) title Pokémon GO into the world, creating a wave of players hunting down Pikachu’s, Bulbasaur’s, Charmander’s and every other little monster. While that wave of hype has certainly died down, the studio has continued to keep interest alive with a bunch of promotions and…

Landfall Developer Force Field VR Secures €1m Investment in Series A Round

Force Field VR, the studio behind twin-stick virtual reality (VR) shooter Landfall on Oculus Rift and Term1nal, a puzzle title for Samsung Gear VR, has today announced the completion of a Series A funding round, securing the company an extra €1 million EUR of investment. In a statement Force Field’s co-founder Arthur Houtman said: “Over the past year Force Field…

Report: Oculus Standalone Headset To Release This Year For $200

We haven’t seen Oculus’ standalone VR headset since a prototype debuted at Oculus Connect last year, but a new report surfacing today suggests the company will have an all-in-one headset out later this year for just $200. Bloomberg says as much, citing sources that asked not to be named. The headset is apparently codenamed Pacific…

Store No 8 and Thrive Global Launch Innov8: V-Commerce Competition

When it comes to virtual reality (VR) videogames or experiences something often mentioned as a key factor that people should think about for success is storytelling, that it is the key to connecting with your audience. Although there is some debate about just how important that truly is in the great scheme of things. Connecting,…

nDreams Secures £2.7 Million In Funding

The British virtual reality (VR) industry continue to grow alongside the larger VR industry. As a sign of this growth, UK VR developer nDreams have announced that it has secured £2 Million in funding from Mercia Technologies, with an additional £700,000 from other private investors. The company has been focussed on rapid growth as the…

VRWorks Now Supported in Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine is one of the most popular bases for videogame development, and has been the base on which many popular virtual reality (VR) titles have been built, such as Robo Recall. Nvidia have now released a new branch of VRWorks which integrates Unreal Engine support. VRWorks – which was responsible for a new ‘Ultra’…

The Assembly Dev nDreams Raises Further £2.7 Million

It’s good news for UK-based VR developer nDreams today, as the studio has raised yet more funds to continue working with the technology. The company has just acquired another £2.7 million. £2 million of that comes by way of Mercia Technologies PLC, which previously invested £6.1 million in the studio through multiple rounds. The other…

The Wonder Of Space Just Got A Whole Lot Prettier For EVE: Valkyrie

If you’re looking for a virtual reality (VR) experience that truly makes the jaw drop and quickly clues you in to the benefits of a 360 degree viewpoint you can’t do much better than checking out the wonders (and dangers) of outer space courtesy of EVE: Valkyrie.  Whether it’s the basic game or any of…

First Full Footage Of Mario Kart VR Arrives

The surprise reveal of Mario Kart Arcade GP VR last month was so unexpected it actually ended up being one of the biggest VR stories of E3 2017 without actually being there. Finally, we’ve got some real footage of the game in action. Previously we only saw fleeting glimpses of this arcade title, which is…

Clayton Homes Release AR App Home Previewer for iOS

Clayton Homes, part of American house building company Berkshire Hathaway, has recently launched a new augmented reality (AR) app called Home Previewer, allowing customers to envision what a home may look like in 3D in a future location. Created by Boulder, Colorado ad agency Made, the Home Previewer app lets users digitally anchor a Clayton home model from a list of choices…

VR Content Platform Sketchfab Introduces Sound Support

Sketchfab has been enthusiastic in its support for virtual reality (VR) content, allowing users to share, publish and examine 3D and VR content, including 3D animations in VR, where it has made its entire library of 3D models viewable in VR. Now Sketchfab is introducing the ability to add sound to the 3D creations. From…

Speakers for VRX 2017 Announced

VRX will be returning to San Francisco for its third year of operation as preparation for its third event kick into high gear with the announcement of the list of featured speakers that are expected to attend the event. The VRX event attracts attendees covering a broad spectrum of disciplines from within the wider virtual…

You Can Now Live Stream from VR in Facebook Spaces

Facebook just brought VR and IRL a whole lot closer. Earlier this year, Facebook announced Spaces—giving all us access to friends, video calls, and selfie-sticks in VR. This morning Facebook added something huge to the list: users in Facebook Spaces will now be able broadcast directly to their Facebook timeline in real time using Facebook Live. And as the…

Investors Spent Nearly $1 Billion On Virtual World Creation Tools In Q2

Virtual world creation tools Improbable and Unity Technologies anchored investment in the AR/VR industry in Q2. AR/VR adviser Digi-Capital tracked $800 million worth of investment in the industry throughout Q2. While that sounds like a lot, this amount was centered around two major technology builders. Improbable, which is building a cloud computing platform aimed at…

Oculus, Intel and ESL’s VR Challenger League Begins, Regional Finals Dated

Last month VRFocus reported on Intel, ESL and Oculus announcing the VR Challenger League, a virtual reality (VR) eSports competition that involves players and teams from across Europe and North America competing in The Unspoken  and Echo Arena. Today, the first online qualifiers are now open and the regional finals have been dated. Insomniac’s The Unspoken is a spellcasting experience where…

The Best Oculus Rift Games of 2017 So Far – Robo Recall

For VRFocus’ first videogame lets head back to the start of the year, to a title that quite frankly should be part of every Oculus Rift users library, and that’s the fantastic Robo Recall from Epic Games. For the majority of the time Epic Games grace the pages of VRFocus because of the company’s middleware development software, Unreal Engine, which…

The Best Oculus Rift Games of 2017 So Far

It’s already halfway through 2017 and what a year it’s been for Oculus Rift. There’s been highs and lows for the company and Facebook, restructuring, people leaving, lawsuits and so much more. But where you, the customer, are concerned it’s all about playing great videogames on the first high-end head-mounted display (HMD) to come to…

Google Daydream Support Soon to Arrive on Samsung Galaxy S8

At the Google I/O conference in May, it was announced that support for Google’s Daydream virtual reality (VR) platform would be included in the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones. Though the devices shipped without that support active, recent developments suggests that support is about the be activated. Observant reporters at Android Police spotted…

Hackers Use Ultrasonic Waves To Disrupt VR Headsets

Sonic guns set to headset frequency can send you into a spin and cause sickness. Are you one of the many people who loves virtual reality, but wish there was a way to make it even more vomit-inducing? Well boy are you in for a treat! According to Forbes, researchers at China’s Alibaba have created a sonic gun…

Spaces Adds Facebook Live Streaming

Spaces is Facebook’s social VR experience on Rift only. It allows people to meet up in virtual reality with cartoonish avatars and draw or see 360-degree videos together, among other activities. The virtual world even allows visitors to take selfies and make calls to people in the real world over Facebook Messenger — allowing people…