Back in April 2014 VRFocus reported on news that former SEGA CEO Mike Hayes had joined virtual reality (VR) videogame developer nDreams’ board following a funding round of £250,000 GBP from his investment group, Mercia Fund Management. The move clearly demonstrated that Hayes believes in the future…

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The recent surge in virtual reality (VR) compatible movies continues this week with the release of a new short piece named 11:57. The movie is currently available as a free download on both PC and Mac with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). A mobile…

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Though virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts have already had success adapting titles such as Mario Kart 64 to include Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) support, the industry is yet to see a dedicated kart-based VR videogame. That’s soon set to change as indie developer Viewpoint Games plans to…

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Earlier in October 2014 VRFocus reported on the launch of a new demo for Guided Meditation, a virtual reality (VR) compatible relaxation experience that works with the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2). Now that demo has launched on Oculus VR’s own software portal, the Oculus VR…

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Back in June 2014 Framestore, the digital effects studio that has worked on the likes of Gravity, launched a dedicated virtual reality (VR) division. The Framestore VR Studio’s work can already be seen in the likes of Game of Thrones: Ascend the Wall, the Avengers VR experience…

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In September 2014 Oculus VR held its first ever Oculus Connect developer conference in Hollywood, California. The two day event proved to be a huge success as the company revealed its latest prototype for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in Crescent Bay and…

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With Facebook purchasing Oculus VR for some $2 billion USD earlier this year, it’s obvious that the company has big expectations for the virtual reality (VR) specialists and its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). This week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed just how high its hopes for…

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After a few months of delays, Sixense is finally preparing to ship its STEM motion controller system to Kickstarter backers in November 2014. VR developers have been waiting to get their hands on the kit for a long time now and will soon be able to integrate…

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Yesterday it was strongly suggested and today it’s be officially confirmed: upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible horror title Grave is coming to the PlayStation 4 alongside PC and Xbox One next year. The news comes after developer Broken Window Studios confirmed that it had its sights set…

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Another unique virtual reality (VR) experience has released for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) this month. Trampolake from indie developer thebko can currently be downloaded for free on the device on PC via the official Oculus VR software portal, the Oculus VR Share Beta. The title…

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VR vs. Smartphone HMDs
VR vs. Smartphone HMDs
VR vs. Smartphone HMDs
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Real-Time Strategy
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Real-Time Strategy
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Real-Time Strategy
VR vs. Konami
VR vs. Konami
VR vs. Konami
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Another World
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Another World
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Another World
Alien: Isolation – The Challenges of Officially Adapting for VR
Alien: Isolation – The Challenges of Officially Adapting for VR
Alien: Isolation – The Challenges of Officially Adapting for VR
VR vs. Activision
VR vs. Activision
VR vs. Activision
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Yakuza
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Yakuza
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Yakuza
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: The Lord of the Rings
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: The Lord of the Rings
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: The Lord of the Rings
VR vs. Crescent Bay
VR vs. Crescent Bay
VR vs. Crescent Bay
Oculus Connect 2014: VR Figureheads Slip Comfortably into New Roles as Company Delivers the Next Best Thing to the Consumer Rift
Oculus Connect 2014: VR Figureheads Slip Comfortably into New Roles as Company Delivers the Next Best Thing to the Consumer Rift
Oculus Connect 2014: VR Figureheads Slip Comfortably into New Roles as Company Delivers the Next Best Thing to the Consumer Rift

LATEST REVIEWS

Review: QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube

If QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube gets one thing right, it’s the implementation of its Oculus Rift support. Launch the videogame via Steam and a pop-up with two options appears immediately: ‘Play QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube’ or ‘Launch Oculus Rift Mode’. For fans of virtual reality (VR) right…

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Review: QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube

Review: Infinity Runner

Wales Interactive’s Infinity Runner joins the small collective of videogames that offer support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) long before a consumer version of the device is available. Jumping on the VR bandwagon so early is most certainly a double-edged sword: developers…

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Review: Infinity Runner

Review: Crashed Lander

Available to purchase now, Crashed Lander is the definition of an ‘indie’ title. Not necessarily in respect to the way in which it was developed – though this too is a observer of the trends of that same label – but in the fact that it’s a…

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Review: Crashed Lander

Review: Ether One

BioShock was a landmark videogame. Though its roots are firmly grounded in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre it opened the door for many more experiences where the player becomes an active participant in the world in areas removed from simply shooting enemies. It laid the groundwork for…

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Review: Ether One

Review: Strike Suit Zero

Having launched just over a year ago, Born Ready Games’ Strike Suit Zero has developed a keen audience on Windows, Mac and Linux PC formats. Developed by a small UK studio thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Strike Suit Zero is a space combat videogame designed to…

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Review: Strike Suit Zero

Review: No More Room in Hell

Originally launched back in 2011, No More Room in Hell is a mod developed using the Source engine, based on the hugely popular Half-Life 2. The videogame has frequently been touted as a ‘zombification’ of Gordon Freeman’s second crusade, but following its official release in 2011 it…

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Review: No More Room in Hell

Review: QUAKE II

Undeniably the most popular genre in the modern videogames industry, first-person shooters (FPS) titles owe a debt of gratitude to a number of 1990s titles. QUAKE II is one such landmark release; a perfect mix of visceral violence and logical puzzle solving all wrapped-up in a technically…

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Review: QUAKE II

Review: Slender: The Arrival

Slender: The Arrival is the speedily produced sequel to the hugely popular Slender: The Eight Pages, having seen release just one year after it’s predecessor. Keen to capitalise on the success of the original the development team at Blue Isle Studios is said to be considering bringing…

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Review: Slender: The Arrival

LATEST PREVIEWS

Preview: Dream

With the development of Dream nearing completion, the small group of developers at Hypersloth Games are heading back to university to help perfect their craft as they prototype new ideas. That might sound like a strange move given that this close-knit team has already demonstrated itself as…

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Preview: Dream

Preview: Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift

In 1979 audiences were terrified by a man in a latex suit. That man was Bolaji Badejo and that suit was the now-unmistakable Xenomorph, a grotesque, deadly creature that went on to become the star of 1979’s Alien. It’s now 2014 and, just like rubber sharks, Badejo…

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Preview: Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift

Preview: Crystal Rift

You’d be forgiven for thinking that, in order to create the fabled ‘sense of presence’ in virtual reality (VR), players need complete freedom of movement. You’d also be forgiven, then, for being somewhat sceptical of Crystal Rift when you first put on the Oculus Rift head-mounted display…

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Preview: Crystal Rift

Preview: Intro to VR for Gear VR

It’s widely known that Oculus VR consider the recently revealed Gear VR a stepping stone for consumers. It’s an entry level device made for people to dip their toes into this newly reborn world of virtual reality (VR). With this intent comes a responsibility to ensure that…

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Preview: Intro to VR for Gear VR

Preview: Proton Pulse on Gear VR

There are many virtual reality (VR) experiences that have been doing the rounds throughout the community for quite some time and yet seem to be no closer to a consumer release. Proton Pulse was one such title: infamous in it’s absence from download portals despite having been…

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Preview: Proton Pulse on Gear VR

Preview: HMX Music VR for Gear VR

Harmonix developing a virtual reality (VR) videogame for Gear VR is something of a landmark. There are many studios developing new experiences for VR, and many with higher budgets than the independent developers that have been championing the technology thus far. However, Harmonix are widely considered the…

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Preview: HMX Music VR for Gear VR

Preview: Coldplay + on Gear VR

The first of what is likely to be many, Coldplay + is an experience that invites you to become part of the act. The user sits front-and-centre on the stage, similar to that of Cirque de Soleil Media’s Hold on to Your Seat, and is offered a…

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Preview: Coldplay + on Gear VR

Preview: James's Legacy: The Prologue for Gear VR

Since the unveiling of Playful Corp.’s Lucky’s Tale for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) it seems as though a number of development studios now have much more faith in third-person virtual reality (VR) experiences. It would be hard to suggest that another developer has come as…

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Preview: James's Legacy: The Prologue for Gear VR

Preview: VR Quest for Gear VR

Subtlety has never been Oculus VR’s strong point. As a company they’re all about being the ‘biggest’ or the ‘best’. Being ‘first’ or being ‘better’. Being ‘affordable’ or being ‘high end’. They want to be out there, in front of the consumer and leading the field. So…

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Preview: VR Quest for Gear VR

Preview: Ruin & The Maze Runner for Gear VR

Ruin and the Maze Runner are two different motion-picture productions presented in a similar fashion on Gear VR. These passive presentations further the idea of Gear VR as a new vision for media consumption not just limited to videogames, but rather video as well, all dressed-up with…

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Preview: Ruin & The Maze Runner for Gear VR