The Spy Who Shrunk Me Out Now, VR Update Will be Free in 2019

For those who like a good comedy caper, indie developer Catland Ltd has today launched its next title, The Spy Who Shrunk Me. While the title doesn’t currently support virtual reality (VR) the studio has plans to add support early next year.

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Catland Ltd has already got one VR title under its belt, Taphouse VR, with The Spy Who Shrunk Me set to be even bigger and better than its forebear.

The Spy Who Shrunk Me is currently an Early Access title on Steam, with the studio planning on a short gestation period, fully launching early 2019. In its current form: “The Spy Who Shrunk Me is playable from start to finish, we’re just missing a few neat features like localization, proper polish, probably that one options menu setting you want and the entire VR version of the game,” the team notes. “If you want to jump in, we’ve got a great fully voice-acted story with stealth action ready for you from the get-go! Jump in later, we’ll have more levels to play and more gadgets to use.” Continue reading

Skyfront VR to Hold a Three-week Tournament in Partnership With Viveport

Levity Play is due to launch its zero-gravity multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) Skyfront VR out of Early Access in a couple of days. To celebrate the event the studio has announced a three-week tournament called Skyfront Skirmish: Ready, Set, Whoosh! in partnership with Viveport and Museum of Future Sports.

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The tournament will start on launch day, 20th December, and run through until 9th January. Skyfront Skirmish: Ready, Set, Whoosh! will take place across three rounds with a 24-hour cooldown period between the rounds. Continue reading

AR Unicorn Blippar Dives Into Administration

It was only in September that VRFocus reported on augmented reality (AR) startup Blippar closing another funding round. However, that $37 million (USD) pumped into its coffers by Candy Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures, wasn’t enough to save the struggling company which has announced it’s now entering administration.

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The company claims the reason for administration was to do with a disagreement between investors, namely Malaysian fund Khazanah Nasional blocking an emergency $5 million round of funding. Continue reading

Firefighters Are Using the Latest AR Tech to Save Lives

Firefighting is one of those important jobs where having the latest technology could mean the difference between life and death. VRFocus has reported a number of times on fire services around the world utilising virtual reality (VR) to improve training. Recently, Espon and DJI collaborated on a video showcasing how the Menlo Park Fire Department use their gear when at a scene.

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The fire department is leveraging DJI’s drones alongside Epson Moverio AR Smart Glasses to save lives. The Moverio glasses provide the user with a first-person view in its transparent display, directly from the built-in camera on the drone. This allows a firefighter to not only get a birdseye view of a scene but also keep an eye on the drone as well. Continue reading

PlayStation VR’s Popular FPS Firewall Zero Hour to Receive new Content DLC Tomorrow

First Contact Entertainment has been one of the few developers to prove that multiplayer only titles can work in virtual reality (VR) when done correctly. Having launched Firewall Zero Hour in the summer, the studio has released two DLC packs up until now, announcing that the third will be released tomorrow.

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Firewall Zero Hour DLC #3 will feature a new free map called Containment, bringing the total map count up to ten. “Containment is set in an infectious disease lab, tucked away in the remote hills of Greenland. It’s a massive facility that researches viruses and stores deadly bacteria code. Be on the lookout for a number of unique areas within the lab where epic showdowns can take place,” notes Damoun Shabestari, Game Director, First Contact Entertainment on PlayStation Blog. Continue reading

Sony’s new “My PS4 Life” Tool Could be Disclosing Player Counts for Games

For PlayStation 4 owners the big news story currently is about a new tool which Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has launched called ‘My PS4 Life‘. SIE create personalised videos for each gamer, showing how many hours they’ve dumped into certain titles, how many and what trophies they’ve achieved, and most interestingly how many players have achieved a certain trophy. Why has this sparked an interest? Well, some clever soul has worked out that these figures can be used to determine player counts of PlayStation 4 videogames, figures that SIE and developers don’t always want to share. Continue reading