Massive Vive Focus System Update Adds Phone Calls & ‘Surroundings Mode’

A host of game-changing features could put HTC’s 6DoF headset at the top of the stand-alone food chain. Despite the fact it won’t be hitting consumers stateside until later this year, HTC’s answer to standalone VR, the Vive Focus, is already receiving a generous amount of updates and fixes for its strictly Chinese audience. Revealed…

Display Week 2018: New Samsung, JDI and LG Panels For VR Compared

Google worked with LG to develop a display panel providing an astonishing 18.1 megapixels of detail per eye in a VR headset. While Facebook wasn’t ready to show its Half Dome varifocal prototype in-person, the new panel from LG as well as similar ones from Japan Display Inc. and Samsung were shown during Display Week…

Figment Products Announced Next Generation Virtual Reality Experience

Figment Productions have announced that following several years of developing virtual reality (VR) content for use in the leisure industry, what it considers to be the ultimate, next generation, immersive experience, codenamed Project Helix. The company, which is based just outside London along with an office in Orlando, Florida, have worked on some world famous…

NCTech Launches The iSTAR Pulsar Virtual Data Capture System

Data is big business. If you’re not sure how big, just aswk yourself how many emails you’ve had relating to GDPR in the run-up to that regulation coming in. Understanding how to utilise virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is also big business, but in another way. Since there is still much to explore…

Does VR Have the Potential to Improve Athletic Performance?

In elite sports any training advantage means the difference between winning and losing, between getting gold rather than silver, and between being great rather than average. That is why athletes are always open to trying out new techniques that will give them an edge over their competition. One of the latest trends dominating sport is…

HTC Reveals PC, Phone Streaming Features For Vive Focus

Today at the 2018 Vive Ecosystem Conference (VEC2018) HTC announced a slew of updates coming to the Vive platform, including the flagship PC Vive headset and mobile Vive Focus device. One of the largest limiting factors facing most mobile VR platforms, including the Vive Focus, is a lack of content. The Oculus Go has the…

GT Sport Discounted to £10.85/$13.99

Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo is one of the most popular racing videogame franchises of all time, and the PlayStation 4 edition of the series, GT Sport, proved to be no different. Now however, 19 months after its debut, the videogame is available to purchase for some fantastically reduced prices, including one retailer offering more than…

Review: Red Matter

Having previewed Red Matter last week, VRFocus instantly liked Vertical Robot’s virtual reality (VR) follow-up to Daedalus. Continuing with the puzzle genre, Red Matter takes you on a sci-fi adventure that features an engrossing story, moments that terrify and just enough complexity to get you stuck – just not for too long. As you should…

Facebook Explains Why It Engineered The Half Dome Varifocal VR Headset

At Display Week in Los Angeles Facebook revealed why its researchers and engineers built a varifocal VR headset. Over the last few years researchers at Facebook’s Reality Labs (formerly known as Oculus Research) developed a series of prototypes designed to solve a fundamental problem facing current VR headset design. The event opened Tuesday with a keynote…

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Skips E3 2018

First announced at the PlayStation Experience event way back in December 2015, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown has become one of the most highly anticipated virtual reality (VR) compatible titles coming from a AAA publisher. The PlayStation VR exclusive gameplay mode was expected to be part of Bandai Namco Games’ Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) showcase…

Rip and Tear in DOOM VFR Gameplay Footage

Its been out for a while, but still remains glorious fun. DOOM VFR was released in January 2018 on HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, to almost universal acclaim for critics. The title was another virtual reality (VR) success for Bethesda, alongside The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR and Fallout 4 VR. So here’s a reminder…

Ark Park Is Getting Free Flight-Based DLC Next Month

One of our biggest problems with Ark Park, Snail Games’ spin-off to the ever-popular Ark: Survival Evolved, is how little content the game offers. But it looks like Snail Games will address this with some free DLC arriving next month. The Pterosaur Hill content pack will feature new updates to both halves of the Ark…

5 Ways AR and VR are the Future of Business

Technology is changing the world of business we know today. Over the past 30 years, businesses have seen the PC, the internet and now VR (virtual reality) enter its environment. Even though VR has only entered mainstream in the past year or so, it already has a huge following from consumers. However, businesses tend to…

HTC U12+ Includes Vive Focus Compatibility

HTC has today announced a new flagship smartphone handset, the HTC U12+, cited as the ‘biggest and boldest flagship phone ever’. The device features a 6″ display with cinematic 18:9 widescreen, Edge Sense 2 and dual front- and rear-facing cameras. However, one of the most interesting features has had little fanfare: the HTC U12+ includes…

Open-World Survival Game ‘The Forest’ Gets Beta VR Support in New Update

The Forest (2018), a first-person open world-survival game from Endnight, launched out of a four-year stint on Steam Early Access last month. Starting today, The Forest has a few new badges on its Steam listing, including support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The inclusion of VR headset support, which is now free and available in beta,…

Open-World Survival Game ‘The Forest’ Gets Beta VR Support in New Update

The Forest (2018), a first-person open world-survival game from Endnight, launched out of a four-year stint on Steam Early Access last month. Starting today, The Forest has a few new badges on its Steam listing, including support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The inclusion of VR headset support, which is now free and available in beta,…

Review: Fruit for the Village

VRFocus is all for the weird and wonderful when it comes to gameplay design, especially when it’s an indie developer experimenting with something a little different. As most virtual reality (VR) gamers have realised the market is over saturated with first-person shooters (FPS), which is probably why titles like Beat Saber have done so well,…

Review: Fruit for the Village

VRFocus is all for the weird and wonderful when it comes to gameplay design, especially when it’s an indie developer experimenting with something a little different. As most virtual reality (VR) gamers have realised the market is over saturated with first-person shooters (FPS), which is probably why titles like Beat Saber have done so well,…

LucidCam and RED Partner on Prosumer 8K 3D Camera

Before Google and Lenovo released their VR180 camera earlier this month Lucid had got there first with its 180-degree, 3D camera the LucidCam. Today, Lucid has announced a new venture partnering with professional camera maker RED to create a 180-degree, 8K, 3D/4-View (4V), prosumer camera.  The new dual camera will not only give users full…

Report: Dreams Will Now Have PSVR Support On Day One

According to a new article from PSU, Dreams is planned to have PSVR support from day one when it launches after all. Late last year, a developer told us during a demonstration that PSVR support “won’t be in at launch” but when it did come, it would allow users to manipulate the world and objects…

CryptoCarz: Multiplayer VR Racing Powered By Blockchain

Attend online auctions, customize limited-edition rides, and test your driving skills in this blockchain-enabled VR racing experience. As blockchain-based technology continues to dominate the tech industry, it’s the Ethereum platform that’s managed to garner the most attention thanks to a decentralized, open-source, blockchain-based distributed computing system featuring smart-contract functionality. This means a more stable, more…

Grab a Closed Beta Key for Reactor Hearts FPS Oval

A couple of weeks ago VRFocus reported on indie developer Reactor Heart announcing its first virtual reality (VR) title, a frantic first-person shooter (FPS) call Oval. The videogame is due to launch in Steam Early Access next month, so prior to that happening Reactor Heart wants to stress test Oval by having a closed beta. The studio is inviting 500…

Oculus Announce DLC Support For Oculus Mobile Platform

Oculus announced an exciting new feature on their Oculus Developer blog earlier this week which allows developers to build support for DLC into their virtual reality (VR) titles. This is made possible thanks to Oculus making changes to allow for support for multiple dynamic expansion files. This is a system which is often used when…

Media Molecule’s Dreams to Feature Launch Day Support for PlayStation VR

One of the big titles set to make a splash at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2018 next month is Media Molecules’ Dreams. Having previously created titles like LittleBigPlanet and Tearaway Unfolded, Dreams will not only boast a single-player campaign but also a ‘create mode’ for players to design their own experiences. Virtual reality (VR) compatibility was confirmed several…

Minecraft’s Latest Update Adds VR Swimming On Rift, Gear And Windows

Minecraft may sadly be missing from the list of apps on Oculus’ new Go headset, but the game is still going strong on Rift, Gear and Windows VR headsets with a fresh update this month. Late last week developer Mojang launched the Aquatic Update for the smash hit game across both traditional platforms and supported…