Justin Roiland’s Squanch Launches Space Heroes On Daydream Next Week

Justin Roiland’s next VR project from Squanch Games debuts Monday on Daydream. Dr. Splorchy Presents: Space Heroes is the first project to emerge from a partnership between Google and Squanch Games to build a series of small, experimental VR titles exclusively for Daydream. In typical Squanch fashion, the announcement includes a comic and trailer giving people…

Spell-slinging PvP Gets New Character with Latest Update

Cortopia Studios, the developers behind the popular virtual reality (VR) title Wands have been far from stingy with rolling out new updates. Only last month the studio gave its player base access to some new locations, and now a new character is about to join the fray. Wands is a PvP-based title in which players…

George Takei Launches New Political AR App

Though beloved all over the world for his role in Star Trek as Hikaru Sulu, George Takei is also an outspoken political activist whose work on social media to raise awareness of various social issues has garnered a great deal of attention. Takei is using that platform to launch a new augmented reality (AR) app…

Immotion Group Targets North American Sales With New Hire

While the industry is currently going through something of a quiet patch when it comes to virtual reality (VR) related news, that certainly doesn’t mean that nothing at all is happening. In fact, as we’ve seen recently a number of names within the immersive technology industry are taking the time to refocus on their goals…

Unreal Engine 4.20 Released With Robust AR Support

After its usual process of releasing several previews, Epic Games has today launched the next version of its popular videogame engine, Unreal Engine 4.20, making it easier and more seamless for developers to build realistic characters and immersive environments across videogames, film and TV, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) and enterprise…

Niantic Labs Continue Expansion With Seismic Games Acquisition

Niantic Labs, the studio behind augmented reality (AR) title Pokemon GO, has been going on the virtual reality (VR)/AR offensive of late, having recently acquired Escher Reality and now VR studio Seismic Games. Seismic Games are the team behind the Blade Runner: Revelations VR experience for Google Daydream, made in conjunction with Alcon Interactive. Comprised of industry veterans hailing from EA/Pandemic…

Niantic Labs Continue Expansion With Seismic Games Acquisition

Niantic Labs, the studio behind augmented reality (AR) title Pokemon GO, has been going on the virtual reality (VR)/AR offensive of late, having recently acquired Escher Reality and now VR studio Seismic Games. Seismic Games are the team behind the Blade Runner: Revelations VR experience for Google Daydream, made in conjunction with Alcon Interactive. Comprised of industry veterans hailing from EA/Pandemic…

Niantic Acquires Seismic to Help Create AR Games & Upcoming AR Platform

Seismic Games, the studio behind Google Daydream’s Blade Runner: Revelations (2018), has been acquired by Niantic, the force behind popular location-based games Pokémon GO, Ingress, and the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Seismic Games released the news via a blog post, saying that from now on the team will be working closely with Niantic on “exciting new projects that will…

Parents Join in the Fun With AR Tie-In For Hotel Transylvania 3

The Hotel Transylvania series has two successful movies under its belt, with a third due for release soon. The franchise now plans to add augmented reality (AR) into the mix with a new smartphone app that will let children and parents play together by using AR. The app has been announced by Biba Ventures, a…

Google Adds Support For Two Controllers To Daydream SDK

Google is showing indications that its operating system for VR could be evolving toward support of two-handed games. While it remains unlikely you’ll ever be playing Job Simulator or Tilt Brush on a Lenovo Mirage Solo or a Daydream View, the new addition to Google’s Daydream SDK could lay the groundwork for those titles and…

Life In 360°: Remote Control Menace

It’s easy to imagine what virtual reality (VR) could become to the videogame scene.  As I’ve discussed before on VRFocus it is easier to write a fiction than create a reality when it comes to technology and though the fiction can inspire it can also lead to disappointment in the reality of the situation. That…

The VR Job Hub: The World Cup Is Ending But The Jobs Are Not

Even with the FIFA World Cup coming to a close soon it does not mean that the number of exciting opportunities in the immersive industry have slowed down. In this week’s entry of The VR Job Hub there are a number of positions available around the world in fields such as programming, art, design, and many more….

This Week In VR Sports: Tabletop Football And ESports Deals

Another weekend, another entry of This Week In VR Sport. Every week VRFocus brings you a number of sports and eSports related virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) stories. As the World Cup is soon to finish, why not look to the future of enjoying the sport as the University of Washington presents AR tabletop viewing. Team…

Concept3D Introduces Tour Builder for User-Created VR Tour Experiences

When Google announced its Tour Creator during the I/O conference in May, the focus wasn’t just on teachers and students being able to create their own immersive tours but businesses as well. While Google offers one avenue for the creation of a 360-degree tour Concept3D offers another, having launched its new Tour Builder platform this week….

All-Star Fruit Racing VR Goes Mobile Today

Having secured investment in January as well as welcoming videogame veteran Jane Whittaker to its board, XR Games has today announced its first virtual reality (VR) title in the form of All-Star Fruit Racing VR for mobile devices. Inspired by classic karting titles like Mario Kart, All-Star Fruit Racing VR has been designed as an instantly accessible mobile VR experience….

Rick And Morty, Coco And Blade Runner Nominated For VR Emmys

A pair of projects built for Oculus VR headsets by Los Angeles-based studio Magnopus — Coco and Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab — are nominated for an Emmy this year in the Outstanding Original Interactive Program category. Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab The projects are nominated alongside Google Spotlight Stories’ Back to The Moon, NASA JPL:…

Google, HTC and SuperData to Discuss Current State of VR & AR in Free Webinar

Twice a year VR Intelligence holds its flagship VRX events, one in San Francisco during December and VRX Europe in May. Occasionally the company holds small events concerning virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies, one of which will be taking place next week featuring Google, HTC and SuperData. The free webinar will see representatives…

Why Virtual-Virtual Reality Remains A VR Experience You Must Play

It’s a secret shame of mine that we’ve never done a proper review of Tender Claws’ Virtual-Virtual Reality (VVR). In my defense, it’s not exactly a ‘game’ in the conventional sense, and we’ve haven’t really figured out how to handle impressions for these types of apps yet. How do you put a score on something…

Fight the Undead in Your Neighbourhood With The Walking Dead: Our World Today

Ever wanted to chase zombies round your local neighbourhood in a similar fashion to all those Pokemon GO trainers out there? Today, Next Games and AMC will allow The Walking Dead fans to do just that with the launch of augmented reality (AR) title The Walking Dead: Our World for iOS and Android devices. Players will now be able to jump…

The Pico Neo: The Oft Forgotten Other Stand-Alone HMD

Now into my 4th year of working in the virtual reality (VR) space, the quest for an ideal headgear is an on-going quest.  During that time, my team first embarked on the first, second, and third generation Samsung Gear VR, the first and second-generation Google Daydream, the Oculus SDK, and most recently, a pair of…

NextVR to Live Broadcast two International Champions Cup Matches in July

When it comes to broadcasting sporting events in virtual reality (VR) NextVR tends to be at the forefront. This summer the company is continuing that trend by announcing its schedule for the International Champions Cup which kicks off in a few weeks. In partnership with Relevent Sports, NextVR will broadcast two marquee match-ups live in…