Experience Nicolas Cage and The Humanity Bureau in VR

Conventional media is adapting to virtual reality (VR) as quickly as possible. The quick adoption rate of the technology throughout the world has quickly propelled VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) from being a specialist device to something you can get with a phone contract, and it has happened incredibly quickly. You can watch Netflix in VR,…

Noveto Enhances Virtual Reality Without Headphones

The CES event can hold many brand new innovations, and sometimes you find or experience something that you realise is truly innovative. At CES 2018, Las Vegas, VRFocus had a chance to try out Noveto Systems’ Sowlo, a hands-free system of personalised sound which requires no accessories on your hands, head, eyes or face. VRFocus spoke with Tomer…

VR Trends To Be Excited For In 2018

Despite the apparent burst of the virtual reality (VR) hype-bubble, we’ve learned a lot about the technology’s capabilities and limitations throughout the past couple years. We learned that hardcore PC players just aren’t jumping on the technology as much as people had hoped. Steam’s own statistics shows less than 0.3% of all users owning or…

New Nintendo Labo Is Not An Answer To VR Says Company

To the wider world, Nintendo’s new Labo initiative, consisting of cardboard printouts that you fold to make specialized controllers for Switch games, is a crazy idea. For those of us that have been folding up Cardboard VR headsets and sticking phones in them for the past three years, though, it’s a little more viable. Don’t…

Fraunhofer HHI Develop Volumetric Human Body Reconstruction Technology

Volumetric video is regarded as the next important development step in the field of media production, especially in the context of the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industries. The researchers from Fraunhofer HHI have developed a new variant of this technology known as 3D Human Body Reconstruction (3DHBR). 3DHBR transmits the realistic image…

Action Puzzler StarDrone VR Coming to European PlayStation VR Owners Next Week

For its first virtual reality (VR) project developer Beatshapers has decided to revitalise one of its older titles StarDrone,  originally a launch title for the PlayStation Move controller and PlayStation Vita. This week has seen StarDone VR arrive on PlayStation VR for North American customers with a European release now confirmed for next week. StarDrone VR has been designed…

Update Your Oculus DK1 and DK2 Demos, Win $10,000

There were dozens upon dozens of virtual reality (VR) experience and videogame demos available for Oculus Rift Dev Kit 1 and Dev Kit 2, and the fact is that many of them have been lost to time now. Indie developers, one-man teams and those simply tinkering about out of interest created so much content for…

Oculus Announces Oculus Start, a Scheme to Help New Developers

With a CES full of hardware announcements where Oculus took on something of a cameo role thanks to their partnerships with both Qualcomm (creators of the Snapdragon series of processors) and Xiaomi (creators of what is essentially the Oculus Go’s Chinese twin in the Mi VR Standalone headset), now over. The Facebook owned virtual reality…

XR Games Board Joined by Jane Whittaker

Videogames industry legend Jane Whittaker has joined the board and executive team of new virtual reality (VR) specialist studio, XR Games, it was announced today. In a 34­year career which includes work on the likes of GoldenEye 007 (Nintendo 64), Alien vs. Predator (Atari Jaguar), The Sims, HR Giger’s Darkseed and major contributions to Microsoft…

ZIKR: A Sufi Revival Heads To Sundance Film Festival

Today marks the start of the latest Sundance Film Festival, running until January 28th 2018.  While the festival itself continues to adapt with the times its role in shining a spotlight on some of the finest exponents of the craft that is story telling has not changed one iota. Of course something that has made increasing…

Sony and Survios Partnership to Bring Jumanji: The VR Adventure to VR Arcades

When Sony Pictures released Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle back in December the film also had a corresponding virtual reality (VR) experience created for it, Jumanji: The VR Adventure, co-produced by MWM Immersive (formerly Madison Wells Media’s Reality One) and Sony Pictures Virtual Reality (SPVR). Today, SPVR has announced a new distribution deal with Raw Data developer Survios, bring the title to new…

Fable Studio Emerges From the Ashes Of Oculus Story Studio

Members of the ground-breaking Oculus Story Studio team are announcing a new company, Fable Studio, with a premiere this week at the Sundance Film Festival of the final project born at Facebook. Wolves In The Walls is about an interactive little girl named Lucy and it was what Oculus Story Studio was working on when…

Wolf & Wood Confirm Release Date for Chapter 3 of The Exorcist: Legion VR

Wolf & Wood, the British indie developer behind episodic virtual reality (VR) horror The Exorcist: Legion VR, has today announced the launch date for the third installment of the franchise, with Chapter 3: Skin Deep coming to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive next week. Originally the third episode was due for release before the end of 2017,…

Lose Weight in VR, with BOXVR, in Early Access Today

Christmas is well and truly over. Most of you will have taken your stockings and trees down by now, and as for the rest of you; are you okay? The holiday season has finished and we’ve eaten our fill of mince pies and other festive feasts, and as a result, many of us are feeling…

Sony’s Jumanji: The VR Adventure Is Drawing Attention For The Wrong Reasons

Sony Pictures released Jumanji: The VR Adventure on Steam today, but the game’s attracting attention for the wrong reasons. We haven’t gone hands-on with the game ourselves but, at least on a visual level, Jumanji looks unfinished, as you can see in the below trailer. It’s based on the recent rebooted movie that stars Dwayne ‘The…

Hands-on: Pimax’s 8K Headset Impresses but Isn’t Ready yet

When Pimax launched a Kickstarter campaign for its ‘8K’ head-mounted display (HMD) last year it not only acquired massive media attention but also a huge sum of money, smashing past the initial funding goal of $200,000 USD in a few hours and going on to raise over $4 million in total. A big portion of that…

Nintendos Labo is Not an Answer to Virtual Reality, Says Reggie Fils-Aime

Nintendo announced Labo last night, a brand new part-construction project, part videogame. A brand new move in videogame peripherals, Nintendo essentially wants players to assemble their own accessories, Google Cardboard style, and play a small variety of videogame experiences with them that can seem all too reminiscent of the kinds of gameplay we see in…

Warhammer 40K is Coming to VR With The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth

Indie virtual reality (VR) developer Steel Wool Studios has already made a name for itself with titles like Quar: Battle for Gate 18 and puzzle title Bounce but now it’s taking on a much bigger beast, getting the license for Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 universe to build The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth for PC and VR players. The Horus Heresy:…

Final Fantasy XR Ride Opening Soon In Japan

The Final Fantasy series remains one of the most enduring, beloved and popular videogame franchises, getting innumerable spin-off videogames, merchandise, films, and now, a theme-part ride at Universal Studios Japan. In a move seemly designed to make Western Final Fantasy fans cry with envy, The Final Fantasy Ride at Universal Studios is set to only…

Horror Thriller The Devil Awaits VR Receives First Update

In December indie developer Bloompix Studios released a horror videogame exclusively for Samsung Gear VR, The Devil Awaits VR via the Gallery Apps section of the Oculus Store. Now the studio has announced its first update for the title, expanding and improving the experience further. The Devil Awaits VR is a thriller in which you play as Rick…

Konrad the Kitten to Leave Early Access Next Month

FusionPlay are preparing virtual reality (VR) virtual pet simulation, Konrad the Kitten, for full release. Compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality head-mounted displays (HMDs), Konrad the Kitten takes the novel approach of attaching one motion-controller to a plush toy for true simulation. Next month, players will be able to immerse themselves…

Buy and Sell Your Digital 3D Models on Sketchfab’s new Store

Sketchfab is known as one of the go to websites for 3D model makers to showcase and distribute their work worldwide. Today, the company has announced a new venture, Sketchfab Store, a place where people can buy and sell assets for 3D, augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) projects. Up until this point Sketchfab has…

IMAX: VR Fulfils the ‘need to wow audiences’

Out-of-home entertainment has suffered a continuing decline for decades, with arcades, cinemas and more becoming less relevant amidst the huge variety of consumption opportunities in the home. However, IMAX Corporation sees virtual reality (VR) as an opportunity to change this, with new entertainment experiences challenging the accepted norm. Giovanni Dolci, Vice President of Theatre Development,…

Microsoft Launches Sci-Fi ‘Reality Rooms’ For Employee VR/AR Development

VR and AR can both still be considered experimental technologies, so Microsoft is letting its employees experiment with them. This month the company’s Garage division revealed what it calls Reality Rooms. These spaces, located at the company’s Garage sites, are designed for Microsoft employees to come in and play around with the latest augmented and…

Why I’m Very Excited For Google And Lenovo’s Mirage Solo

As always, CES 2018 was a big week for the entire VR industry, but there’s no question as to what headset stole the show: the Vive Pro. HTC’s enhanced SteamVR device has our mouths watering at the thought of its 3K display, integrated audio and improved design and we can’t wait to revisit games like…

Has Facebook Given Up on Oculus Rift?

Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR back in 2014 came as a surprise to near-everyone in the virtual reality (VR) industry. Many predictions of a large company moving on the hardware developer had been circulated prior, with the likes of Microsoft and Sony Interactive Entertainment banded about as potentials, but as a company with no prior…

The Inpatient for PlayStation VR Available to Pre-Order Ahead of Next Week’s Launch

Next week will see Supermassive Games release its next virtual reality (VR) title The Inpatient, having launched Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and Tumble VR for PlayStation VR back in 2016. And players can now pre-order the upcoming psychological horror experience with either monetary savings or pre-order bonuses to be had. The Inpatient will launch in North America on 23rd January, while…

The Rogue Initiative Release First Gameplay Footage for Steel Cobras

Several months ago Los Angeles-based production studio The Rogue Initiative (Crowe: The Drowned Armory) revealed its first location-based virtual reality (VR) project Steel Cobras, an on-rails flying shooter. Now the company has released the first gameplay footage showcasing what’s in store. The Rogue Initiative has created Steel Cobras in partnership with MediaMation and its MX4D Motion Effects chairs. The  immersive…

Bring Doom to the Earth in Day of Destruction

Embrace your inner alien and rise as the destroyer of cities; conqueror of galaxies. Empower yourself with alien technology as you can on the feeble powers of the human race and bring destruction to the Earth, plus many other planets in Day of Destruction, now available for HTC Vive. The planet’s communication systems have received…