Category Archives: Features

A collected archive of VRFocus’ feature articles.

Make It A (Virtual) Reality: Star Wars VR

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A small ship darts down the narrow gully, its wings are spread, splayed into an X shape. The ship’s shadow, generated by the seemingly endless barrage of green blasts flying past, flashes over the metal walls on either side as it dodges watch tower pillars, criss-crossing gangways and volleys of laser. The target lies ahead. All that matters is the target. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Mortal Kombat

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This week marks the return of Mortal Kombat, a videogame series that regularly rewrites the rulebook on bloodshed. Is it wrong to dream about a virtual reality (VR) adaption of the series? Quite possibly; NetherRealm Studios’ ultra-violent fighter often proves overwhelming on a standard screen. To bathe in the blood of combatants with the help of an Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus might be a bit much. READ MORE

Stompz: A Kickstarter Post-Mortem with Creator Matt Carrell

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Those that have followed VRFocus for the past year will have likely heard of Stompz, the foot-based motion control for virtual reality (VR) experiences. Last month saw creator Matt Carrell launch a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the device, looking to raise $100,000 USD. Sadly it wasn’t to be; Carrell this week canceled the campaign with $10,267 raised with just days left on the clock. So what went wrong? What would Carrell change and what would he advise other hopeful projects to do? READ MORE

VR vs. Third-Party Hardware

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The crowd-funding scene has been flooded with hopeful virtual reality (VR) projects over the past few years. From software to hardware, creators have been hoping to imitate the success Oculus VR had with its Oculus Rift, raising nearly $2.5 million USD back in 2012. In terms of hardware, many earlier campaigns saw great success; Sixense secured over $600,000 for its STEM motion controller and YEI Technology raised over $320,000 for PrioVR. Even some projects from late 2014 have had success, such as the campaign for Perception Neuron that raised over $570,000. READ MORE

VRFocus’ VRCast: Episode 1 Launches on Oculus Share

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The first episode in VRFocus‘ brand new series of 360 degree video podcasts, known as the VRCast, has been well received by virtual reality (VR) fans around the globe. Following it’s downloadable debut last week and the release of the YouTube edition earlier today, VR fans can now grab the first instalment direct from Oculus VR’s own Oculus Share platform. READ MORE

VRCast Episode 1: Youtube Edition

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You may have seen VRFocus launch its brand new VRcast last week, available for viewing with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Senior staff writer and host Jamie Feltham was joined by Editor-in-Chief Kevin Joyce and special guest Nick Pittom of Fire Panda fame to discuss the South West Virtual Reality Conference (SWVRC) and Nick’s latest projects, including Echo Red. Of course, we don’t want those that don’t have an Oculus Rift to miss out, so a 360 degree video version is now available below. READ MORE

Make It A (Virtual) Reality: TRON

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You made a mistake and now it has cost you. The entirety of your being is no more and yet it is still there, suspended within the light of a single laser beam. Somehow your consciousness has survived this process and the scattered parts of what made up your senses tries desperately to rationalise what is going on around you. A kaleidoscope of red, white and blue, like digital snowflakes, appears before your non-eyes. You feel yourself falling down, falling in to something quite unfathomable as pieces of mesh-like debris barely miss you.  READ MORE

VR vs. HTC Vive in 2015

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“Holiday 2015?” A virtual echo could be heard around the internet when HTC said those words on 1st March 2015. It was a second, much more exasperated echo, following the eye-widening news that the company had partnered with legendary developer Valve to create a new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Vive. Just moments later, the Taiwanese smartphone maker confirmed that new device would be launching at the end of this very year, making it the first major HMD to get a date and, quite likely, beat out much of the competition. READ MORE

VRCast Episode 1: Fire Panda’s Nick Pittom

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Virtual reality (VR) technology is set to change the world. It’s not just about videogames, as anyone from Oculus VR, Valve, Samsung, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and more will tell you. VR’s reach expands much further, touching upon film, TV, music, sports, medical and military applications. It also presents some unique opportunities for journalism and how content is delivered to consumers. With that in mind, VRFocus is proud to present the first episode of the VRCast, a new monthly video podcast available first through head-mounted displays (HMD) and produced by Immersiv.ly. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Xenoblade Chronicles

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The Bionis and Mechonis tower above you. Eons ago, these two titans were locked in a fierce battle in a world consisting of nothing but endless ocean. Years on and their corpses remain, dwarfing the land and life that has flourished below. You stand in a vast, grassy field, an ant not only to these two giants looming in the distance but also some of the beasts that roam the land before you. Your journey will take you to many sights just as impressive as this one, delving into rocky caverns and brushing the waves of golden shores. This is the world of Xenoblade Chronicles and it deserves to be marvelled at in virtual reality (VR). READ MORE