Category Archives: Features

A collected archive of VRFocus’ feature articles.

Project Morpheus: The Story So Far

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Every E3 seems to have an overarching theme, be it the rise of new consoles, the arrival of new ways to play, or the way in which the announcements and reveals made reflect the current state of the videogame industry. With this year’s edition of the biggest show in videogames now just weeks away, it certainly feels as if it’s virtual reality’s (VR’s) turn to be the hot topic. This is, after all, the last E3 before true consumer head-mounted displays (HMDs) are released, with the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus, HTC Vive and Gear VR all launching before next year’s show rolls around. READ MORE

Make It A (Virtual) Reality: Splatoon

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They’ve invaded your territory again, you looked away for just a moment and then two of your friends were whacked. Now one of them is in the base looking to take a large chunk of land away from right under your nose. You dive under cover, sliding through your own personal painted pathways up over walls and round corners until you find the interloper. Rising up from the floor you pepper the area with your colour but your slippery foe twists out of the way, sending an arc of lime green over your shoulder. Throwing caution to the wind you rush forward, diving behind your opponent and coating them in a bright cyan. Inked, they crumple to the ground and disappear. You quickly undo the damage they did and launch yourself back into the fray.  This is one turf war where you can’t hang around. READ MORE

VR vs. Oculus’ Pre-E3 Conference

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At the beginning of the month virtual reality (VR) fans were in the dark about the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). While the HTC Vive had been pegged for a holiday 2015 launch and Project Morpheus in the first half of 2016, Oculus VR remained stubbornly silent about the release of its own device. How quickly things can change. READ MORE

Liveblog: Shayla Games VR Jam 2015

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It isn’t just Oculus who are hosting a game jam this month, as over at Aalbord University in Copenhagen the second Shayla Games VR Jam is underway. Beginning with a day full of virtual reality (VR) talks and panels featuring representatives from Valve, Sony and Oculus before continuing with the creation of new VR experiences in the Jam. Then ending on Sunday with the judging process as well as two talks from members of Unity, VRFocus will be liveblogging the action as we see it below.  You can find a full program of events here. READ MORE

Make It A (Virtual) Reality: Zombie Army Trilogy

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A wheezy sigh crackles through the air, it’s as if the very sky itself is choking on the smoke and dust that claws at your own lungs. Of course that is the least of your worries at the moment. The stragglers of your small group begin climbing the ridge on the other side to offer another shot, but you’ll be the first. You line up the target in your sights, desperately trying to calm your breathing as your aim wobbles.  Soon though the familiar sense of calm fills you and you squeeze the trigger. READ MORE

Oculus Rift: The Story So Far

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Every E3 seems to have an overarching theme, be it the rise of new consoles, the arrival of new ways to play, or the way in which the announcements and reveals made reflect the current state of the videogame industry. With this year’s edition of the biggest show in videogames now just weeks away, it certainly feels as if it’s virtual reality’s (VR’s) turn to be the hot topic. This is, after all, the last E3 before true consumer head-mounted displays (HMDs) are released, with the Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus, HTC Vive and Gear VR all launching before next year’s show rolls around. READ MORE

VR vs. Mac and Linux

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Until now, the Mac and Linux operating systems have been pretty balanced support for virtual reality (VR) compared to PC. Studios working with the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) have been free to add VR support to titles that are heading to these operating systems (OS). It would have been fair to assume that this kind of support would carry right on through to the launch of the consumer version of the device in Q1 2016. Sadly it was revealed that this won’t be the case last week, as Oculus itself confirmed the PC specifications for the Oculus Rift, without mentioning the same for Mac and Linux. READ MORE

Gear VR for S6: Refinement over Revolution

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The launch of the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6 followed the debut of the latest addition to the technology vendor’s flagship smartphone series sooner than most would have expected. Keen to position the device as a pioneer in the mobile virtual reality (VR) space, Samsung and Oculus have already proven Gear VR offers a comfortable experience with the Note 4, and here with the newer handset that has not changed. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Disney Infinity

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Mickey Mouse, Spider-Man, Captain Jack Sparrow and Yoda. Not only are all of these characters standing together for the first time ever, but they’re standing next to you. You’ve been given the keys to a toy box filled with super heroes, Jedi and timeless characters. Enemies litter the streets of New York, closing in on this unlikely group of heroes. Sparrow and Spider-Man get in a brawl with the Green Goblin while Mickey and Yoda fend off a band of pirates. Before you stands Darth Vadar, with Loki by his side. You prepare you shield/lightsabre/fists/hammer, or any other weapon of your choice and prepare for battle. READ MORE