The Nexus Box Brings Multiplayer, Cooperative AR Puzzles to Merge Cube

Last month virtual reality (VR) headset maker Merge VR launched its take on augmented reality (AR) with the Merge Cube, a physical toy that can be used with a smartphone. Now Texas-based AR developer Possum Interactive has launched a multiplayer, cooperative puzzle for Merge Cube called The Nexus Box. Made for iOS and Android mobile devices, The Nexus…

The Biggest PSVR Releases Of The Week 09/17/17

If you feel like taking a break from playing the newly released digital PS4 edition of Final Fantasy IX, then take a gander at some of the latest titles to release on PSVR this week. If you missed last week’s releases then you can see them here. UploadVR has also launched the ‘UploadVR PSVR Community’ on…

Within and Lytro Release Collaborative Piece Hallelujah After premiering at Tribeca Film Festival and Cannes

After premiering at Tribeca Film Festival and Cannes this year, immersive production company Within and partner Lytro have now released 360-degree music experience Hallelujah to the public. A reimagining Leonard Cohen’s iconic ballad, the companies created Hallelujah using Lytro’s light-field technology, a 95-camera lens array which is rotated five times on set to create a full 360-degree experience. Performed by…

Man Proposes In Zero Latency’s VR Zombie Arena

I’m not crying! You’re crying! Everyone loves a good proposal story. The terrifying act of popping the big question is a big moment in any young couple’s life. So any attempt at breaking the norm when taking that life-changing knee is always fun. Unfortunately for any gentlemen or ladies requesting a hand in marriage in…

Hands-on: Megaton Rainfall Could Be A Surprise Hit For PSVR

Megaton Rainfall has an elegant solution to the problem of over powered players. While the game’s base mechanics of flying around and shooting alien invaders as an invincible superhero might be fun for a few minutes, the lack of challenge would undoubtedly wear thin fast. Instead of toning down your abilities, then, the game instead…

What It’s Like To Be An Invincible Superhero In Megaton Rainfall

VRFocus recently wrote an article about the top Superhero videogames coming to virtual reality (VR) and Megaton Rainfall popped up. VRFocus has covered Megaton Rainfall for a while, and went off the radar. However Nina got hands with Megaton Rainfall at Gamescom and can give you insight on what the game is like. The best way of describing Megaton Rainfall is like…

Unity Announces Support For iOS 11 and ARKit

Last month Unity Technologies announced that it was working closely with Google to integrate its newly released augmented reality (AR) toolkit, ARCore, into the Unity engine. Now it has been announced that Unity will also support Google’s rivals Apple, with support for ARKit and iOS 11. Unity have been working to include that the new…

Palmer Luckey Will Be On HTC Vive Stage At Tokyo Game Show

There has been a great deal of guessing and speculation on what Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has planned for his next move since he left Oculus and Facebook back in March this year. Some details might be revealed at the Tokyo Game Show, as Luckey is due to address attendees from the HTC Vive stage….

The Chinese Room Release So Let Us Melt for Google Daydream

Award-winning Brighton-based studio The Chinese Room – best known for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture – has announced its first virtual reality (VR) title, a science-fiction fairy tale called So Let Us Melt for Google Daydream. Featuring a story that spans ten million years, So Let Us Melt is about a living machine called Custodian 98 who, together with its sisters and brothers…

Google Buys HTC’s Pixel Team in $1.1 Billion Deal

Yesterday VRFocus reported that HTC had halted sales of its shares with a big announcement expected today. That’s now happened with the company entering into an agreement with Google which will see certain HTC employees move to the tech giant in a $1.1 billion USD agreement. The deal looks to be mainly focused around…

Google Buying HTC’s Pixel Team for $1.1 Billion

HTC retains brand but lets part of their smartphone business go. Google has announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. Leading into today’s news, shares of HTC were halted on the Taiwan Stock Exchange…

YouTuber Brings VR To Commodore 64

The VR64 retro virtual reality headset is as cool as it is totally unnecessary. Remember the Commodore 64 home computer? No? That makes sense. After all, the revolutionary device was released all the way back in 1982, a year some of you younger folks probably consider the stone age. However for many veteran gamers the…

HTC Halt Sales of Shares as Rumours of Google Takeover Grow

Taiwanese tech company HTC has been struggling over the past year or so, with its core smartphone business failing to keep it profitable while its virtual reality (VR) division shows the most promise. Today HTC has announced it’ll be halting sales of it shares tomorrow, looking like a precursor to a takeover bid which is…

ARise Is An AR Puzzle-Platformer For ARKit

Unlike VR, AR’s rise in relevance hasn’t largely been fuelled by gaming (save for the enormous success of Pokemon Go). That’s why we’re so interested to see the first games for Apple’s new ARKit. Arise is one of those games. This is the latest project from Climax Studios, the developer of VR games like Lola…

Images Emerge Showcasing new Daydream View Headsets

Earlier today VRFocus reported on the Google announcement that the company would be holding a special event in October to launch the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones. Surmising that might not be all Google would be unveiling – leaning towards something Daydream related – its seems we might not have been too…

How VR Can Help Solve Dementia

How VR is helping us spot, research, treat, and raise awareness for dementia. Anyone who has suffered from dementia, or knows someone who has, knows that is a cruel, tough syndrome to battle. 5.5 million people in the United States alone suffer from dementia, which is marked by chronic degeneration of cognitive functions such as…

Microsoft and Google Both Holding Launch Events in October

The festive season is almost here and as you may expect major companies are preparing for the busiest consumer spending period of the year. Two of the biggest tech firms looking to attract customers are Microsoft and Google, both of which will be holding special events within a day of each other. Microsoft has announced…

Street Art and Graffiti In Augmented Reality

Graffiti and street art tends to be a contentious subject. A popular way for the young to leave their mark, or promote a social agenda, but generally despised by authorities, with various methods being introduced to try and discourage graffiti and tagging. An augmented reality (AR) app called WallaMe may have found a way to…

Duck Season Review: A Nightmare On 8-Bit Street

Type ‘Duck Hunt VR’ into Google and you’ll discover a ton of tributes to a Nintendo classic. None of them, though, are quite like Stress Level Zero’s Duck Season. On the surface, this looks like yet another clever nod to one of the first games that really let you hold and aim a gun, but…

The VR Society’s ‘On The Lot’ is Back—and Fully Augmented

‘On The Lot’ is back—and now featuring AR—October 13 and 14 at The Lot in West Hollywood. Last year, the inaugural VR On The Lot brought together major players from Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Europe, and China for a two-day exploration of the intersection between entertainment and technology. Organized by the VR Society, presented by AMD Studios,…

VR Society’s “On The Lot” Conference to Feature AR Seminars

Last year the VR Society held its inaugural ‘On The Lot’ virtual reality (VR) conference at Paramount Pictures Studios, in Los Angeles, California. Today the organisers have announced the second event will be moving to a new location and expanded with augmented reality (AR) sessions. This year’s conference adds an entire AR track featuring one…

ABI Research Predicts Mobile VR’s 6DoF Future

When the HTC Standalone headset was announced at Google I/O earlier this year, some criticism was directed its way with regards to the decision to bundle the device with a 3DoF controller. It seems that criticism may have been on point, since a new report predicts the rise of 6DoF controls. The 3DoF controllers for…

Learn a New Language in VR

MondlyVR app leverages the power of VR to help us learn new languages in shorter timeframes. Learning and mastering a new language is no easy task—something I discovered firsthand when I attempted to learn French. A friend of mine who is a language professor at Colgate University suggested I move to France and immerse myself into…

New Screenshots and Artwork Released for Death Horizon

Earlier this week VRFocus reported on Dream Dev Studio’s upcoming first-person shooter (FPS) Death Horizon coming to Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream. If you liked the look of the zombie survival title then take a look at these new screenshots and artwork from the team. Set in a secret laboratory called Horizon, all hell has broken…

VR Short Film I Philip Comes To Google Daydream

A virtual reality (VR) short film called I Phillip created by French filmmaker Pierre Zandrowicz is exploring what it is like to be a robot, putting the viewer in the head of an android and giving a glimpse of the world as seen through electronic eyes. I Philip tells the story of an android created…

HoloGrid: Monster Battle Recreated With ARKit

Since the release of Apple’s ARKIt, many companies have been keen to take advantage of its enhanced augmented reality (AR) capabilities. Tippett Studio have announced they are also using the ARKit to make a new version of HoloGrid: Monster Battle. HoloGrid: Monster Battle is inspired by the holo-chess scene in the original Star Wars movie,…

Virtual Reality Comes to Commodore 64

For many people, the Commodore 64 microcomputer was where they acquired an interest in videogames, programming and computing. To this day, the Commodore 64 still has quite a following and fanbase, and one person who decided to bring virtual reality (VR) to 8-bit videogaming. A Commodore 64 fan identified online as [jim_64] has managed to…