Just under a year ago now indie developer Mindfield Games revealed its very first virtual reality (VR) videogame in Pollen for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Little has been revealed about the sci-fi first-person experience since that time, though fans may well learn more next month. It’s been confirmed that Pollen is on its way to Gamescom in Cologne, Germany from 5th – 9th August 2015. Not only that but the title is now on its way to both the HTC Vive and Project Morpheus HMDs along with the original Oculus Rift version. READ MORE
Disney has a huge global presence with some of the most popular franchises available. Legions of fans help to make any new idea based on these franchises almost an instant commercial success, so naturally companies involved in new technology like virtual reality (VR) would love to have Disney on board to help with promotion. But Disney is also a forward thinking business which wants to combine its latest products like Disney Infinity 3.0 with the latest technology for fans to enjoy. READ MORE
As VRFocus previously reported, The Natural History Museum and Atlantic Productions have teamed up to produce First Life, a virtual reality (VR) experience that delves into the oceans of the Cambrian era, some 500 million years ago. The piece has been created in conjunction with Samsung using the Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) and Galaxy S6 smartphone. READ MORE
It’s been a long campaign but FOVE has finally brought its successful Kickstarter crowd-funding effort to a close. Over the course of the past month and beyond the company has managed to raise some $480,650 USD with the help of 1,480 backers. The success means that FOVE can deliver its eye-tracking virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), which has seen a number of improvements throughout the course of the campaign. To celebrate its success, the company has now reveal a brand new industrial design for the HMD. READ MORE
All the way back in January 2015 Razer joined forces with a number of other tech companies to announce Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR), a unique ecosystem that has dedicated itself to making VR development accessible. The system essentially allows developers access to a range of hardware and software that enables them to easily integrate a wide range of VR peripherals and develop for the range of head-mounted displays (HMDs). The group also planned to launch its own HMD in the form of the OSVR Hacker Dev Kit. That dev kit is finally now available. READ MORE
Virtual reality (VR) technology can be used to put players and audiences in their favourite movies for the first time, but what about directing them? That’s what ScenePlay, a new VR experience from dSky, will allow fans to do. Today the team is releasing its first look at the software, which grants players control of a famous scene from one of the most popular movies of all time; Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The software uses the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) to allow players to step inside the movie and even direct it. READ MORE
SpaceVR has recently signed an agreement to exhibit at the International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference, on 7-9th July 2015, being held at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. READ MORE
Flight simulation and combat titles are already a popular genre for virtual reality (VR) videogames. Using the likes of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), players can head back in time to pilot famous fighters in War Thunder and even be sent into the distance future to tour space in the likes of Elite: Dangerous. This month has seen the launch of a Steam Greenlight campaign for an entirely new VR flight experience in the form of Toy Plane Heroes. The campaign is looking to raise enough positive votes to approve the title for sale on Steam itself. READ MORE
Freedom 360 the company behind the Freedom360 GoPro mount, has purchased Koncept VR to form a full-service production agency for virtual reality (VR) and 360-degree video. READ MORE
SUPERHOT a first-person shooter (FPS) for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) which raised over $250,000 USD through Kickstarter crowd funding back in 2014 has revealed another GIF for the upcoming title.
The new GIF shows the player taking out two enemies, the first enemy with a chest shot then a finishing head-shot, whilst dodging bullets in slow-mo from the other enemy. The second enemy has the gun shot from their hand. As with previous GIF’s and screenshots the art style is minimal but vividly striking, with white backgrounds and bright red enemies.
The main feature of the videogame is that times moves only when the player does. When players stand still, the world itself stops. This allows players to navigate tight spaces and corridors without being hit by bullets, only one of which will kill them. Using the Oculus Rift’s positional tracking technology it’s possibly to physically lean out of the way of incoming fire. Players start out unarmed and must secure a weapon before clearing out all opponents.
VRFocus has revealed that the SUPERHOT Beta will launch on 31st July 2015, and shall report back on SUPERHOT’s progress.