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…

Facebook’s Social VR Platform ‘Spaces’ Debuts First Mini-Game

This is the first in a series of “casual” social games you can play with virtual friends. Since its official announcement back in April, Facebook Spaces has had a rocky journey. The still-in-beta social VR platform has delighted us with the ability to join friends to watch 360° videos, capture silly Avatar selfies, draw or…

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….

AxonVR Rebrands as HaptX and announces Haptic Gloves

AxonVR have previously been involved in virtual reality (VR) technology with its patents for wearable haptic technology for interfacing with VR. The copmany has now rebranded and announced a new line of haptic gloves. AxonVR have officially rebranded at HaptX, and has announced its first product, the HaptX Gloves, haptic wearable devices that allow VR…

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….

Report: Apple Buys AR Headset Company Vrvana For $30 Million

A new report this week adds fuel to the rumors that Apple is building its own augmented reality headset. TechCrunch is reporting that the iPhone-maker purchased VR and AR hardware company Vrvana for a total of $30 million. Neither Apple nor Vrvana itself would confirm the news, but the site cited sources close to the…

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…

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…

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…

Use a Bowling Ball to Create a VR Tsunami at this UK Art Exhibit

‘A Colossal Wave’ uses Newton’s theory of action and reaction to create a colossal wave. When it comes to pushing the boundaries of VR, there are very few developers more prolific than Marshmallow Laser Feast. Whether it be a visceral 360° experience that puts you in the shoes, or paws, of a forest-dwelling wild animal,…

Star Wars: Secrets Of The Empire From The VOID Adds London Location

The VOID just announced a third location for its top-of-the-line Star Wars VR installation. London now joins Orlando and Anaheim offering Star Wars: Secrets Of The Empire. The London location in the Shepherd’s Bush neighborhood at the Westfield shopping center opens starting Dec. 16, the same day the attraction opens in Disney Springs outside Walt…

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…

How to Choose and Operate a Panohead/Gimbal for 360 photography

What is a panohead and why you need one A panohead allows photographers to shoot images around the entrance pupil of a lens to produce a panorama. It is possible to create high resolution or ‘gigapixel’ equirectangular spherical panoramic images with a DSLR camera by attaching a panohead to a tripod. With it one may obtain…

BeBop Sensors Unveil the Forte Data Glove for VR/AR Apps and Gaming

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) companies are seeking to create evermore interactive and immersive ways for users engage with virtual environments, whether that’s through motion controllers like Oculus Rift, or gesture-based hand tracking systems like Leap Motion. Another possible means of interaction uses data gloves, with BeBop Sensors announcing its latest creation, the Forte Data…

Pixar’s VR Debut Takes You Into The Stunning World of ‘Coco’

Explore new worlds with friends in this jaw dropping Pixar VR experience. Disney Pixar’s first ever VR experience, Coco VR, isn’t just a game or VR experience with a story unfolding around you as the observer. Instead this visually stunning masterpiece of an adventure is one you can take with friends—an idea that Pixar sees as…

Polyarc’s Post-E3 mission: Making Moss’s Cute VR Hero Feel Real

Polyarc‘s adorable virtual reality adventure Moss stars Quill, an intrepid mouse heroine who fits in the palm of your hand and wields a sword. She embarks on a journey within the pages of a book of fairy tales, and as the Reader, your role is to help her out. You guide her throughout her journey, enabling her…

Bethesda Investigating Adding Smooth Turning To Skyrim VR

he Great VR Locomotion Debate continues to rage on. This time the ire of virtual reality (VR) users has been turned upon Bethesda, with controversy regarding the movement systems. The development team have begun to address this in a post on the Bethesda forums in regarding The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR. Though movement systems…

The VR Job Hub: It’s a UK Focused Selection of Vacancies

It’s Sunday and if you’re perusing VRFocus’ latest selection of jobs in the virtual reality (VR) industry then it’s likely that you’re not looking forward to Monday. Never fret though, if you’ve got the skills, knowhow and tenacity to succeed then you’ll be wanting to send your CV to these companies right away. View the…

Payday 2 VR Developers Confirm Working On Oculus Rift Support

For people who want to see what it’s like to rob a bank without the inconvenience of being shot at or arrested, Payday 2 VR is about as close as you can get to the real thing with current technology, for HTC Vive users, at least. Oculus Rift owners are facing a few roadblocks to…

Soundtrack to VR Title The Invisible Hours to get Commercial Release

Videogame soundtracks are just starting to gain widespread respect as a musical genre in its own right, featuring in live orchestral concerts, and even getting airtime on radio stations such as Classic FM. Videogame soundtracks are also starting to see release in various formats, such as the upcoming release of the soundtrack to The Invisible…

Step Into Norse Myth with Wrath of Loki VR Adventure

While many people will have first encountered Thor and Loki through the Marvel movies and comics, those characters are actually steeped in rich Scandinavian myth that stretches back hundreds of years to the time of the Vikings. A new virtual reality (VR) experience lets users live through those myths, titles Wrath of Loki VR Adventure….

Free Payday 2 VR Beta Test Goes Live

Starbreeze Studios and OVERKILL – A Starbreeze Studio have today announced the start of the highly anticipated beta for Payday 2 VR for the HTC Vive, now available via Steam. All owners of any edition of Payday 2 and its respective downloadable content (DLC) packages will be able to participate in the beta at no…