Tag Archives: VRFocus

New Kôna Video Reveals English Voice Over Cast

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Indie developer Parabole is embracing its mother tongue with upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible adventure title, Kôna. When VRFocus first spoke to the studio about the videogame back in 2014, the team encouraged players to first try the experience with French voice acting with subtitles enabled. However, Parabole will also be offering English voice over work for those that wish to hear the title in their own language. This week the developer has revealed a first look at that voice acting. READ MORE

Widerun Modding Minecraft, Skyrim to Work with VR Biking

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Last month VRFocus reported on the launch of a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for Widerun, a new peripheral that allows players to use their bike to ride through virtual reality (VR) experiences. The device was mainly pitched as a fitness-based add-on that would give users the sensation of racing across real courses. However the company behind Widerun has now revealed a unique application for the device, modding real videogames to feature support. An example of this can be seen below using the ever-popular Minecraft. READ MORE

Descent: Underground Shows Off History/Future Trailer, Regular Update Plans

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Following their successful Kickstarter, Descendant Studios has also revealed a new trailer which showcases not only the history of the Descent series but also gives a taste of what is to come in Descent: UndergroundThe title, a ‘six-degrees-of-freedom’ space combat simulator taking place in the twenty-fourth century, is due to receive virtual reality (VR) support for the Oculus Rift and Valve’s HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD). READ MORE

Take To The Skies With Steampunk Skyship On Oculus VR Share

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Video game fans may recall with fondness SEGA title Skies of Arcadia (aka Eternal Arcadia) where you took on the role of a sky pirate sailing the skies with your crew and getting into all manner of escapades.  Whilst the likelihood of another trip with Vyse and the Blue Rogues is relatively low, let alone one in virtual reality (VR), there is a skyship experience out now on Oculus VR Share. READ MORE

US Study Suggests VR Could Assist In Glaucoma Patient Safety

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The medical world’s realisations into the possible applications of virtual reality (VR) in medicine are increasing all the time, with news today from America on a new study which may lead to better testing. The San Francisco based American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reported today on the results of an investigation by researchers at the University of California in San Diego into whether virtual reality could be used as a tool to test the balance ability of patients suffering from glaucoma or other forms of chronic eye disease.  READ MORE

Google Introduces ‘Works with Google Cardboard’ Concept and More

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Since its reveal back in 2014 Google’s DIY virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) concept, Google Cardboard, has been iterated on by plenty of third parties. Other companies have offered their own take on the smartphone-based device, changing materials and adding new features. The result is a market that’s somewhat fragmented, however slight, by differences in specifications and optics. As a result Google has this week revealed a new initiative named ‘Works with Google Cardboard’, along with several other enhancements to Cardboard. READ MORE

World’s First VR Film Screening to be Hosted This Month Using CINEVEO

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There are a number of companies currently working in virtual reality (VR) films. This involves putting on a head-mounted display (HMD) such as an Oculus Rift and watching 360 degree videos in which the user has full control over where they look. But while work on this emerging medium continues, others are using VR to showcase traditional films in virtual environments. In fact, later this month will see the world’s first online screening of a selection of films that can be viewed using Mindprobe Labs’ CINEVEO. READ MORE

Sublevel Zero Dev Talks VR Support, Comfort in Zero Gravity and More

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On first glance you might be tempted to label Sublevel Zero from Sigtrap Games as a flight simulator. But take a closer look at the title’s compact corridors and close-quarters action and you’ll realise that this is far from the case. This is an experience that shares far more with the likes of the Descent series than it does EVE: Valkyrie, making it one of virtual reality’s (VR) more unique upcoming videogames. READ MORE

VR Karts Launches on Early Access

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Virtual reality (VR) fans may well have heard of VR Karts over the past few months. UK-based indie developer Viewpoint Games launched a demo for this VR videogame earlier in 2015 with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). VRFocus itself previewed the title, finding promise in its Mario Kart-esque mechanics and visuals. Those that enjoyed the free sample will be happy to learn that VR Karts has today launched in pre-release form via Steam’s Early Access system. READ MORE

VR in Culture: Marvel’s Fantastic Four Use VR to Control Galactus in Silk #4

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Virtual reality (VR) is finally gearing up for a consumer release, but it appears that some of the most famous superheroes in the Marvel universe already have their hands on a head-mounted display (HMD). The Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards, the stretchable scientist also known as Mr. Fantastic, has recently been spotted wearing his own VR kit in the pages of the upcoming Silk #4. VR makes its Marvel debut as scribed by writer Robbie Thompson and drawn by artist Annapaola Martello. READ MORE