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,…

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…

Pinball FX2 VR Makes its Debut on Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft launched its series of Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headsets in partnership with Lenovo, HP, Dell and Acer last month with the Samsung Odyssey arriving in November. After the first spate of launch titles other videogames have slowly begun appearing, the latest being Pinball FX2 VR by Zen Studios.  Pinball FX2 VR has appeared on numerous head-mounted displays…

Arizona Sunshine DLZ Update Dated for PlayStation VR

Earlier this year Vertigo Games and Jaywalkers Interactive launched their popular virtual reality (VR) shooter Arizona Sunshine on PlayStation VR. This was due to be followed a few months later with an update, adding further content and improvements. That never happened, with the studios issuing a statement at the beginning of November detailing why this didn’t occur….

Tencent’s QQ-AR Technology Helps Justice League Achieve $60m at Chinese Box Office

DC Comics and Warner Bros. have recently released Justice League in cinemas. While the film has received a mixed response from critics the film itself hasn’t done too bad at the box office, especially overseas. Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings Limited, has announced that due to the film partnering with its QQ-AR technology, this has seen the release achieve box office sales over RMB…

Modigliani VR Comes to Tate Modern

In an effort to promote virtual reality (VR) to as wide a field as possible, HTC Vive announced back in June that its was collaborating with Tate Modern in London, UK, on an exhibition celebrating the work of artist Modigliani. The Tate has now launched its highly anticipated Modigliani exhibition ahead of the official public opening tomorrow….

Starbreeze ‘Dedicated’ to VR Game Development

In a recent livestream discussing Starbreeze AB’s Q2 report, 1st January – 30th September 2017, CEO Bo Andersson Klint and CFO Sebastian Ahlskog discussed the recent virtual reality (VR) partnerships the company had entered into and the future of Starbreeze’s involvement in the medium. Klint assured investors that despite a push for new hardware, Starbreeze…

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…

Your VR Guide To Black Friday Deals

It’s that time of the year again. While companies like Walmart are preparing for the busiest shopping day of the year with Black Friday VR training simulators, i’m sure all you really care about is how to save some major dough this holiday weekend. Whether you’re finally ready to pull the trigger and get a…

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…

HTC Vive Offer’s £150 Black Friday Deal to EU Customers

Last week HTC Vive announced an awesome Black Friday deal to new customers where they could get the headset, the Deluxe Audio Strap, a free copy of Google Tilt Brush, and a redemption code for Fallout 4 VR, all for $599 USD. The only problem, it was only available for North American customers. For European customers looking for a…

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…

Vertigo Games Release Free Demo for Skyworld on Steam

Last month Vertigo Games in collaboration with Wolfdog Interactive released strategy title Skyworld across Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Today the teams have made the rare decision to launch a free demo on Steam, allowing players to get a hint of the gameplay experience. The demo features the opening mission from Skyworld’s single-player campaign –…

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…

Rez Infinite Goes Mobile, now Available on Google Daydream

It’s not often that a virtual reality (VR) title originally released for one of the higher-end head-mounted displays (HMDs) gets ported to a mobile headset but that’s exactly what’s happened today. Enhance Games has announced that its highly popular psychedelic shooter Rez Infinite is now available on Google Daydream. Originally released for PlayStation VR during its launch…

Immersive Tech Startup Pixvana Completes $14m Series A Funding Round

Pixvana, the tech startup that specialises in cloud-based video content creation and distribution has announced the completion of a Series A funding round of $14 million USD. The round was led by Vulcan Capital with participation from new investors Raine Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, Cisco Investments and Hearst Ventures, and existing investor Madrona Venture Group.   The…

Gunheart Gets New Campaign, Side-Missions In Huge Update

Even in its Early Access state, Drifter Entertainment’s Gunheart remains one of the more polished VR shooters out there, and this month it’s getting a heap of new content. Gunheart’s third major update just went live and it packs an entirely new campaign with nine missions. This is a full experience with its own story…

Curiscope’s Operation Apex Set for Release Next Week

A few months ago, Curiscope – the company behind The Virtuali-Tee – announced a new project in conjunction with Vive Studios, a virtual reality (VR) adventure called Operation Apex that takes viewers beneath the waves. Now the studio has revealed Operation Apex will launch for HTC Vive on 30th November. Expanding its first immersive piece, Great White Sharks, a 360-degree video…

Print your Own HTC Vive Headstrap

Comfort is an important consideration is you plan to spend a lot of time immersed in virtual reality (VR). Some VR devices, including the HTC Vive, have suffered criticism for its offered level of comfort. SynergyWiz is offering a potential solution by offering a way to 3D print your own HTC Vive comfort headstrap. When…

CloudGate Studio Demonstrate Vive Body Tracking

The release of the Vive Trackers for the HTC Vive system to consumers opens up the possibility of full-body tracking in virtual reality (VR), thus fulfilling the dream of VR as depicted in popular fiction such as Ready Player One. One of the pioneers of this, CloudGate Studios, has been demonstrating how its tracking system…