IMAX Opens its First European VR Experience Centre in Manchester

IMAX has launched four pilot IMAX virtual reality (VR) experience centres in Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto and Shanghai. Today the company has announced the latest – and the first in Europe – partnering with ODEON Cinemas Group opening a new centre at the intu Trafford Centre in Manchester, UK. Providing location-based, state-of-the-art VR experiences,…

Sega Confirm AR Feature for Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation

It seems to becoming commonplace that new entertainment releases – whether that’s a film or videogame – will have some sort of immersive tie-in, either a virtual reality (AR) experience or additional augmented reality (AR) features bolted on in some fashion. The latest comes from Sega, with the company announcing that Dx2 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation will…

Virtual Reality Shopping Guide: 2017 Edition

At the end of 2017 there are virtual reality headsets available powered by technology from some of the world’s largest tech companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, Sony, and Google. Unlike the failed 3D TVs of just a few years ago, these VR headsets convince your eyes and ears that you’re actually seeing and hearing a fantastic…

Facebook’s Social VR Platform ‘Spaces’ Debuts First Mini-Game

This is the first in a series of “casual” social games you can play with virtual friends. Since its official announcement back in April, Facebook Spaces has had a rocky journey. The still-in-beta social VR platform has delighted us with the ability to join friends to watch 360° videos, capture silly Avatar selfies, draw or…

This Gamer Is Playing Skyrim VR On A Treadmill To Stay Fit

How far are you willing to go to make your VR gaming less sedentary? For a lot of users that just means standing up every now and then for particularly intense games (like Sparc and Onward) or making a conscious effort to really get into it and move around. We’ve even seen people lose a…

Dispatch Is An Intense Episodic VR Series Available Now

First comes the confusion; the sound of a scared young boy phoning the police in panic as his surroundings slowly fade into view. He connects with Ted, a police dispatcher that attempts to stick to procedure as he calms the terrified soul. Then your heart rate picks up along with the caller’s footprints. Something is…

Watch This Year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade In VR

So you’ve devoured the turkey, caught up with the in-laws and had a round or two of Pictionary; you’ve had quite enough of your Thanksgiving celebrations. But how do you escape the threat of an afternoon of Shrek DVDs and small talk? With VR, of course, and Verizon has the perfect excuse waiting just for…

Report: Apple Buys AR Headset Company Vrvana For $30 Million

A new report this week adds fuel to the rumors that Apple is building its own augmented reality headset. TechCrunch is reporting that the iPhone-maker purchased VR and AR hardware company Vrvana for a total of $30 million. Neither Apple nor Vrvana itself would confirm the news, but the site cited sources close to the…

Life in 360°: For The Birds

Wednesday is here and so it is time for our mid-week dip into everything going on that’s to do with 360 degree video. For today’s video we’re going back just under a month and we’re also heading back into the theme of animals and nature. Although probably not in the way you might be expecting….

Skyrim VR Livestream: Building My First House

We’re back again today with another Skyrim VR livestream. Last time we ascended the Throat of the World and made our way to High Hrothgar to officially become the Dragonborn of legend. Since then I’ve been piddling away at side quests and miscellaneous content to increase my level. Since this is our third Skyrim VR…

Onward Creator: What’s Next ‘Might Be A Bit Controversial’

Onward remains to be one of the most popular and ambitious VR games on the market with almost 2,000 user reviews on Steam nearing a perfect 10/10 rating. When it originally released into Early Access on Steam over a year ago for HTC Vive it took the VR gaming world by surprise with its attention to…

Become More Social in VR as Rec Room Beta Hits PlayStation VR

Today Against Gravity opens the doors to Rec Room for PlayStation VR owners, allowing even more players to interact in the cross-platform experience which supports Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality. Released in beta form for free, Rec Room is described by the developer as a ‘VR social club’, allowing users from across the globe to get…

Holiday Sales Spur on VR Growth in Gaming and Enterprise

According to a report published by International Data Corporation (IDC), forecasts worldwide revenues for the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) market to reach $13.9 USD billion in 2017, an increase of 130.5% over the $6.1 billion spent in 2016. This is in-part a result of aggressive price cuts on behalf of Oculus VR…

Check Out The Trailer For Justice League VR, Now At IMAX Centers

Originally announced earlier in the year, the Justice League VR experience is now finally available to play at IMAX Centers around the US and Canada. The VR experience, which stars DC’s flagship superheroes and promotes their recently-released movie, is now available at IMAX’s VR centers in LA, New York and the newly-opened Toronto station. Check…

Rec Room Becomes VR’s Most Important App With PSVR Launch

Seattle-based Against Gravity is working on what is perhaps VR’s most important app. Rec Room connects players across all headsets that make use of two full motion hand controllers, including Rift, Vive, PlayStation VR as well as headsets from Acer, Samsung, Lenovo, HP and Dell. Some VR software like Altspace and EVE: Valkyrie have enabled…

League of War: VR Arena Brings Small-Scale Strategy to PSVR

If there’s any genre that absolutely deserves more recognition in the VR scene right now it’s real-time strategy titles. We’ve seen a handful of gamers release over the past year or so between all of the major headsets, but nowhere near as many strategy games have come to market as other genres such as wave…

Rez Infinite Comes To Daydream, And It Really Works

It’s not often that mobile VR headsets can enjoy ports of PC and console-based titles that are just as good on smartphones, but that’s certainly the case with Rez Infinite. Yes, the entire arcade rhythm shooter, which enjoyed a popular revival at PlayStation VR (PSVR) launch and later came to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive,…

Skyworld VR Gets A Free Demo On PC

Still on the fence about Vertigo Games’ Skyworld VR? Well, now you can try it out for free. The Arizona Sunshine developer is today releasing a free demo of its latest VR game on Steam. It allows you to play through the opening mission of the strategy game, with over an hours’ worth of content…

L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files and Why Rockstar Games Understand Virtual Reality

Fans of the original L.A. Noire might be surprised at hearing it will be re-released for virtual reality (VR). Rockstar Games announced L.A. Noire: The VR Case files in September for launch this month, however the studio then delayed the release on HTC Vive until December. VRFocus’ roving reporter Nina Salomons got some hands-on time with the title,…

VR vs. The Dark Horse

We’re now most of the way, two thirds to be precise, through November and I’m beginning to wonder where all this time is actually going. I blinked earlier and three hours seemed to have elapsed into the ether. What on earth is happening? I have reappeared back in the office – well, my bedroom office…