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,…

Epic Highlights Visually-Stunning VR Experiences In New Unreal Sizzle Reel

Who says VR games can’t look as good as AAA titles? Certainly not Unreal Engine 4 creator Epic Games, and it’s got a trailer to prove it. In celebration of the six month anniversary of the company’s Edge Program, created in partnership with Nvidia, Epic recently released this new trailer showcasing some of the projects…

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…

Rift Core 2.0, Oculus Desktop App Get Improvements in January Update

Oculus’ first monthly update of 2018 is here, though it’s as slight as they come. For starters, anyone that hasn’t yet jumped into the beta version of Rift Core 2.0, which introduces a new Oculus Home, desktop app and the Dash UI, will now find it easier to do so. Using the updated Oculus Desktop…

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…

Oculus Start Is Facebook’s New Program To Help Small Dev Teams

Oculus is launching a new program targeting self-funded independent developers, promising developer kits, beta tools and a direct line of communication with Facebook’s VR experts. Developers who have already released VR software, but might have been overlooked or unable to grab the attention of Oculus, could use the Oculus Start program as a way to…

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…

Microsoft Garage Launches Reality Room For Employees

The Garage Reality Room is a place where Microsoft employees and volunteers can learn, experiment, and hack on XR (Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality). Its goal is to be a platform to explore XR technology and encourage employees to develop and launch new and innovative ideas. 2017 was a busy year for Microsoft and Mixed…

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…

Introducing Scraper, A Futuristic VR Shooter Reaching For New Heights

Labrodex Studios likely isn’t a name you’re familiar with, but if President and CEO Jim Ivon has his way, that will change very shortly with the release of Scraper, the first project from the developer out of Long Island. The internal team is small but scrappy, and supported by a number of vets with vast…

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,…

New Alien Game In Development, May Have VR Support

Empty out the cupboards for hiding, grab an extra pair of underwear, and prepare to face off against the Xenomorph swarms once again: a new Alien game is in development. The new game, which is currently untitled, was announced yesterday by way of 20th Century Fox’s new publishing house, FoxNext Games, and developer Cold Iron…

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…

Japanese University Uses ‘Building Scale VR’ For Disaster Training

Forget Room Scale VR; the Nagoya University in Japan is using ‘Building Scale VR’ for disaster training. In a recent talk hosted by Microsoft Research (available at the bottom of this page), the University’s Katashi Nagao outlined its work with this ambitious form of VR. Using a room scanning robot that can create 3D maps…

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…

Paper Valley Is A Breezy VR Adventure About Throwing Paper Airplanes

There’s a lot of things to love about summer, but the breezy days of throwing then watching paper airplanes has to be a highlight. VR developer VITEI Backroom is chasing that sensation with its latest project. Paper Valley, as the game is called, is set to fly onto the Oculus Rift in mid-2018. It’s to…

Price and Date Detailed for Dell Retail Partnership With META

As is usually the case the week of CES is a flurry of tech information, some news bigger than others. During Dell’s CES 2018 press conference it revealed a retail partnership with HTC Vive, then quietly unveiled a secondary deal with augmented reality (AR) company META to sell its META 2 headset. Today, Dell has…

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…

Melita Creator Future Lighthouse Shutting Down

Creative VR studio Future Lighthouse is set to close its doors nearly three years after its launch. Lighthouse, which was dedicated to pushing the boundaries of VR storytelling (and wrote about its work on Upload late last year), worked on 18 VR productions over the past few years. That includes Melita, a stunning animated story…

Nicolas Cage Is Set To Star In An Episodic VR Movie

VR has its very own Face/Off; first John Travolta announced he was to star in an episodic VR series, and now Nicolas Cage is set to jump inside your headset too. Variety reports that Cage’s latest movie, The Humanity Bureau, will be releasing as an episodic spin-off VR series on March 2nd named The Humanity…

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:…

The Exorcist: Legion VR Episode 3 Gets Release Date, PSVR Launch Soon

Just about recovered from the first two episodes of Wolf & Wood’s Exorcist VR series? Good, because the third installment is nearly here. The Exorcist: Legion VR Chapter 3 – Skin Deep will be launching on both Steam and the Oculus Store on January 25th. In this episode, you’ll investigate a wave of infant mortality…