McLaren Announce VR Partnership with HTC

It has been a rough couple of years for the McLaren Formula 1 racing team, but that hasn’t stopped them from embracing new technology and finding new ways of connecting with its dedicated fanbase. The latest involves a multi-year partnership with HTC for virtual reality (VR) content, technology and esports. McLaren have long been considered…

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…

Protect and Serve as Traffic Cop VR Announces Release Date

It’s the 1950s, the era of Grease and American Graffiti, where hot rodders rule the roads. To keep them under control and preserve the safety of the roads stands a single traffic cop, played by you in Traffic Cop VR. As you would expect, Traffic Cop VR puts you in the role of a member…

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…

HTC Announces Strategic Partnerships With MLB & McLaren Formula One Team

At the Vive Ecosystem Conference (VEC) in Shenzhen today, HTC announced new VR initiatives in partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) and McLaren Racing, the Formula One racing team. Looking to take advantage of the growing baseball trend in China, HTC is partnering with the American baseball league to bring two MLB fan engagement initiatives to…

vTime’s Partnership With Jaunt, DTS and 2018 Plans

vTime is a free virtual reality (VR) social network that can be enjoyed on various different HMD’s. Create an avatar and enjoy social VR with others in various different environments from 360 film to virtual spaces such as a bar. VRFocus spoke to Julian Price the Chief Marketing Officer at vTime about their new partnerships…

VRFC Becomes Football Nation VR In Time For Russia World Cup

VRFC should never have worked. VR has no business tackling football (or, for our American/incorrect naming audience, soccer) until you can truly bring your feet into a match, right? But, against all odds, Cherry Pop Games’ latest does work; the moment you stick your arm out to drag your foot along and stop a ball…

Here’s a Look Inside Both Samsung & JDI’s High Pixel Density VR Panels

SID Display Week played host to a number of big names in display technology showing off their respective high pixel density VR panels. UploadVR’s Ian Hamilton was on the scene, and managed to get a pretty good capture of both Samsung’s and JDI’s panels with his iPhone 8 camera. Samsung showed off their 2.43-inch, 3,840 × 2,160…

Vive Focus System Update 2.0 Features Detailed Following HTC U12+ Reveal

Following the announcement of the HTC U12+, the new flagship smartphone handset from HTC with virtual reality (VR) integration and Vive Focus compatibility, new details on the Vive Focus System Update 2.0 have been released. This update allows for seamless integration between mobile and immersive device offering users an easier, more immersive VR experience. The…

HTC & Seagate to Produce External Battery+Data Storage Solution for Vive Focus

HTC and Seagate have partnered to produce an external power & data storage accessory for Vive Focus, ideal for people using the headset for local media consumption. Dubbed the Seagate ‘VR Power Drive’, the external battery+storage device is said to be “optimized to plug and play with the Vive Focus,” and will bring users “thousands…

Vive Focus Can Now Stream PC VR Games from Steam, Viveport

Today at the Vive Ecosystem Conference 2018 in China, HTC announced that the Vive Focus standalone headset will be able to wirelessly stream PC VR content from both Steam and Viveport over a 5GHz WiFi connection. HTC says the Focus’ new streaming functionality comes thanks to an “optimized version” of the Riftcat VRidge software, an…

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…

Learn to Garden Wasteland Style in Fruit for the Village

This week Eerie Bear Games has launched its next virtual reality (VR) via Steam for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Fruit for the Village. A survival style experience where you have to grow plants in order to keep feeding hungry villagers, VRFocus has recorded one of its awesome gameplay videos to let you see this gardening…

Hands-On: Vacation Simulator For PSVR Retains Owlchemy’s Signature Charm

Vacation Simulator from Owlchemy Labs may look a lot like Job Simulator, but it packs a whole lot more than the studio’s first VR game. Designed as a direct successor to the comedic menial labor simulation experience, Vacation Simulator puts players in a wide range of stereotypical “relaxing” situations. At a recent pre-E3 preview event…

Why Media Molecule’s Dreams Could Be PSVR’s Most Important Game

I’ve been following Media Molecule’s Dreams with cautious optimism for three years now, not because I doubt the LittleBigPlanet developers’ ability to make a robust, accessible creation platform, but because I was worried the team wouldn’t realize the full potential of the app on PSVR. Creative platforms like Tilt Brush, Medium and Tvori make for…

Wanted Killer VR Shoots On To Steam Early Access

Playsnak has launched its second virtual reality (VR) title on Steam, coming back with a vengeance. Wanted Killer VR, announced last month, is now available as an Early Access title, compatible with the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs). From Berlin-based developer Playsnak, Wanted Killer VR throws the player into…

Zone of The Enders 2’s VR Support Is As Confusing As It Is Thrilling

VR has a welcome habit of resurrecting the most unexpected of franchises. Gungrave is ending its 16-year hiatus later in 2018, for example, and even Double Fine’s dormant Psychonauts series found a new home inside PSVR. Perhaps even more surprising than these two, though, is the return of the Konami’s Zone of the Enders: The…

What to Expect at E3 2018: HTC Vive

The biggest question surrounding HTC Vive’s hardware plans right now is the western release of the Vive Focus. The standalone mobile virtual reality (VR) platform has been reportedly performing well in China, and the access to development kits for studios in western territories has been available for some time. A North American and European launch…

Former Rift Exclusive Paper Valley Heads To Steam With Price Drop

VITEI Backroom’s idyllic VR adventure, Paper Valley, launched earlier this year as an Oculus Rift exclusive, but it’s soon to soar to another platform. Paper Valley will be coming to SteamVR on June 6th with support for both Rift and the HTC Vive, the studio confirmed today. The Steam listing for the game has just…

VR Co-op Shooter ‘Gunheart’ to Head Out of Early Access Next Month

Gunheart, the VR co-op shooter from Drifter Entertainment, has been in Early Access for almost a year, and now the studio says the alien bug-exploding game is getting an official street date for its full release: June 4th, including support for desktop PC, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets. Drifter, which was…

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…