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Virtual reality (VR) seems to be a slam dunk go-to for marketing big events across the world. Along with the announcement that PepsiCo, owners of the Mountain Dew brand, will be entering a multi-year partnership with the NBA, Mountain Dew will be hosting an interactive event featuring…

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Fans have seen plenty of a wide range of upcoming videogames that are exclusive to the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The likes of Lucky’s Tale from Playful and Edge of Nowhere from Insomniac Games have been shown off a number of times, for…

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Room Scale virtual reality (VR) was first popularised by Valve and HTC with their upcoming head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Vive. In fact, it’s almost a year ago now that the concept was first revealed at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona and, the following days,…

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The Oculus Concepts Store, a section devoted to Early Access releases, demos and experimental projects, has been slowly growing into a diverse library since it first launched on the Gear VR mobile-based head-mounted display (HMD) last year. The initiative will also be making its way to the…

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Owlchemy Labs has to be one of the most experienced developers in the virtual reality (VR) industry right now. The developer was one of the first to support both the Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard head-mounted displays (HMDs) with Aaaaaculus! and Caaaaardboard! respectively, and also got the…

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Brain Zoo Studios an Academy Award selected and Emmy Award winning CGI animation studio based-in Los Angeles, California, has revealed the first trailer for its latest film, Nora. Celebrating its 20th year anniversary, the studio aims to take the audience on an epic journey through its next…

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As hard as it is to believe, tomorrow marks VRFocus‘ second anniversary. Just two years ago the virtual reality (VR) industry was still finding its feet with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display’s (HMD’s) first development kit (DK1), and now it’s finally on the cusp of the release…

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Back at the beginning of 2016, HTC and Valve introduced a brand new development kit for the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) named the Vive Pre. This new take on the device is considerably refined and improved. Its creators have made the kit smaller,…

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Earlier in the month VRFocus reported on rumours that search engine giant Google was working on a brand new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) on top of its prior work with the Google Cardboard concept. At the time it was thought that this device would be…

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Tandem Events, the organisers behind the annual Develop: Brighton conference has now announced the opening of submissions for speakers. Speakers are invited to submit sessions in line with Develop: Brighton’s ten tracks including two brand new ones for 2016. While the tracks at last years conference did…

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An Introduction To The Latest VRFocus Feature: VRTV!
An Introduction To The Latest VRFocus Feature: VRTV!
An Introduction To The Latest VRFocus Feature: VRTV!
Quick Look: Escape Velocity
Quick Look: Escape Velocity
Quick Look: Escape Velocity
Field of View: The Gear VR Has a Long Way to Go Before It's Really the Answer to Price-Concious VR
Field of View: The Gear VR Has a Long Way to Go Before It's Really the Answer to Price-Concious VR
Field of View: The Gear VR Has a Long Way to Go Before It's Really the Answer to Price-Concious VR
Reaching for VR Racing Perfection with Driveclub
Reaching for VR Racing Perfection with Driveclub
Reaching for VR Racing Perfection with Driveclub
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Fallout + Wasteland
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Fallout + Wasteland
Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Fallout + Wasteland
Over 200 Devs Are Working With PlayStation VR, Here's 64 of Them
Over 200 Devs Are Working With PlayStation VR, Here's 64 of Them
Over 200 Devs Are Working With PlayStation VR, Here's 64 of Them
Make It A (Virtual) Reality: The Legend Of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes
Make It A (Virtual) Reality: The Legend Of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes
Make It A (Virtual) Reality: The Legend Of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes
VR vs. The HTC Vive's Release Date and Price - When Will We See Them?
VR vs. The HTC Vive's Release Date and Price - When Will We See Them?
VR vs. The HTC Vive's Release Date and Price - When Will We See Them?
Building Epic VR: It Takes Time
Building Epic VR: It Takes Time
Building Epic VR: It Takes Time
Oculus Connect 2015: Lack of Rift Price & Date Doesn’t Stop VR Flag Waver’s Momentum
Oculus Connect 2015: Lack of Rift Price & Date Doesn’t Stop VR Flag Waver’s Momentum
Oculus Connect 2015: Lack of Rift Price & Date Doesn’t Stop VR Flag Waver’s Momentum
Hands-On with Bullet Train on Oculus Rift
Hands-On with Bullet Train on Oculus Rift
Hands-On with Bullet Train on Oculus Rift

LATEST REVIEWS

Review: Deadhead

Deadhead represents something a little different for the burgeoning gallery shooter genre on the Gear VR. Whereas Gunjack and countless other examples focus on lightning reactions that are locked to the direction you’re facing, here’s a title that takes a slow, methodical approach to its action, with…

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Review: Deadhead

Review: Dead End Alley

The human race as a decidedly dangerous fascination with the zombie apocalypse. Sure, it means the end of the world, but it would also lead to the creation of a new one in which survivors can smash heads with baseball bats and wade through hordes of undead,…

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Review: Dead End Alley

Review: Neverout

There’s a moment in Neverout in which you drop into the title’s central hub for the first time. It comes after around 20 levels of excellent puzzling action that plays on your understanding of gravity and comfort with heights, yet remains impressively comfortable itself. For a moment,…

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Review: Neverout

Review: Dim Light

Videogame horror is at its best when it restricts the player. Resident Evil‘s biggest scares came in the age of tank controls and awkward camera angles, while Amnesia: The Dark Descent thrived on preventing players from fighting back against enemies they couldn’t even look at for a…

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Review: Dim Light

Review: Orion Trail

It must have been an exciting moment for Schell Games when it first considered the idea of porting last year’s crowd-funded ‘choose your own adventure’ title, Orion Trail, to virtual reality. With work on the upcoming I Expect You to Die already under its belt, the team…

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Review: Orion Trail

Review: Snow Strike

Virtual reality (VR) designed for a young age is a relatively unexplored concept. The Gear VR mobile-based head-mounted display (HMD), for example, sets a minimum age of 13 for use, though co-creator Oculus VR hasn’t cited any specific medical reasoning for this. Even so, there are a…

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Review: Snow Strike

Review: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

There are lots of great arguments against the claims that virtual reality (VR) is an anti-social technology. Oculus VR, for example, recently launched its own Oculus Social app onto the Gear VR mobile-based head-mounted display (HMD), and provided a glimpse into the future of online communication with…

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Review: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Review: Shooting Showdown 2

A gallery shooter in the most literal sense, Shooting Showdown 2 from Naquatic is further proof that you can port pre-existing mobile titles into virtual reality (VR) and quite easily avoid disaster, despite not being specifically designed for the technology. It’s also a good demonstration for how…

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Review: Shooting Showdown 2

Review: Smash Hit

Sometimes porting a videogame to virtual reality (VR) may not be about enhancing immersion so much as improving mechanics. There are certain genres that would benefit more from the inclusion of head-tracking input than the feeling of presence itself. The tower defence genre, for example, enjoys precision…

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Review: Smash Hit

Review: Bazaar

Temple Gates Games’ Bazaar has received a lot of praise from the virtual reality (VR) enthusiast community since its debut. Originally revealed as part of Oculus VR’s own Gear VR Game Jam, Bazaar is a videogame designed to take full advantage of its host format, delivering a…

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Review: Bazaar

LATEST PREVIEWS

Preview: Jeeboman for HTC Vive

Futuretown’s aggressive pursuit of virtual reality (VR) sees the developer lining up 3 titles for the forthcoming launch of the HTC Vive. While most VR enthusiasts will already be familiar with Cloudlands: VR Minigolf, A-10 VR and Jeeboman have garnered far less attention. VRFocus however, has recently…

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Preview: Jeeboman for HTC Vive

Preview: Final Approach on Oculus Rift & Touch

Last year independent developers Phaser Lock came out of seemingly nowhere with the reveal of Final Approach, a high-quality virtual reality (VR) videogame obviously inspired by the likes of Flight Control on mobile devices. Debuting on the HTC Vive, Final Approach was a breath of fresh air…

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Preview: Final Approach on Oculus Rift & Touch

Preview: The Martian: VR Experience

Virtual reality (VR) experiences that tie-in with movie franchises are nothing new. From Interstellar and Insurgent to The Walk and Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, a plethora of motion-picture productions have been supported by VR projects that have invariably presented an intriguing new way to promote new releases.…

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Preview: The Martian: VR Experience

Preview: EVE: Valkyrie Single-Player

With EVE: Valkyrie confirmed not only as one of the launch titles for the upcoming Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), but also offered as a free pre-order bonus for early adopters, CCP Games is keen to show off the latest build of its space combat simulator at…

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Preview: EVE: Valkyrie Single-Player

Preview: Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality

Surgeon Simulator is all about struggling. It’s about the fight to save someone’s life while also coming to blows with a control scheme that doesn’t want you to succeed. It’s about picking up a saw and possessing the mental dexterity to position it over the patient and…

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Preview: Surgeon Simulator: Experience Reality

Preview: Project X-Ray on Microsoft HoloLens

The HoloLens isn’t designed to be a videogames platform in its first instance, Microsoft have stated, and yet numerous entertainment titles have already been revealed for the title. Big franchises such as Minecraft and Halo have already featured in the revealed line-up, and most recently a brand…

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Preview: Project X-Ray on Microsoft HoloLens

Preview: The Climb

Crytek’s commitment to virtual reality (VR) has been available for all to see for some time. A number of remarkably high quality technical demonstrations at various trade shows across the globe followed by the public release of Back to Dinosaur Island on Steam have lead to the…

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Preview: The Climb

Preview: Megaton Rainfall on PlayStation VR

Megaton Rainfall is a virtual reality (VR) videogame that at first seems very easy to dismiss. Graphical issues plague every moment of the opening section, gameplay is restrictive and the action is lukewarm at best. But then it does something wonderful; it makes you feel powerful. All…

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Preview: Megaton Rainfall on PlayStation VR

Preview: EVE: Valkyrie

The eyes of the virtual reality (VR) community have been on CCP Games’ EVE: Valkyrie for over 2 years, as the title has regularly been heralded as the poster child for the Oculus Rift. This keenness will only increase now, as Oculus VR has confirmed that all pre-orders…

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Preview: EVE: Valkyrie

Preview: Eclipse

White Elk Studios’ Eclipse (working title) is somewhat of an anomaly for the current virtual reality (VR) market. As pure an indie project as can be, Eclipse exhibits high-quality production values in every moment of its very short playable demo. It’s a teaser for something much larger,…

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Preview: Eclipse