Something for the Weekend: PlayStation VR January Savings

Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) launched its annual winter PlayStation Store sale just before Christmas, with plenty of digital savings. If you haven’t yet had a chance to look – or stopped to breathe because of everything going on – VRFocus has taken a look at all that’s on offer, compiling a list of some of the best titles and their prices.

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We’ve managed to find 167 pieces of virtual reality (VR) content in the PlayStation Store Sale, which is a decent selection of titles for PlayStation VR. These include some of the best and most well respected VR experiences for the head-mounted display (HMD), videogames that should not only be in everyone’s library if possible but also excellent examples of VR content for newbies. Here are a few of our favourites: Continue reading

The Best Samsung Gear VR Games of 2018

Samsung’s Gear VR headset was once the dominant mobile head-mounted display (HMD), it featured everywhere, in Samsung’s Unpacked events, standard videogame conferences, and institutions the world over as they looked to entertain visitors with new technology. But that position and stature have slowly faded, Samsung isn’t bundling the device with smartphones as it did and with the arrival of Oculus Go, VR enthusiasts can now go mobile with even more ease. That being said, there are a lot of Gear VR owners out there, and developers are still supporting the HMD. So here are VRFocus’ ten favourite videogames from the latest twelve months. Continue reading

FeelReal Smells Success as it Takes Another Shot at Kickstarter Success

We all want virtual reality (VR) to get to the stage where it’s fully immersive to the point of reality. There’s still a fair way to go until that happens but every year is another step closer. FeelReal Inc. is one company looking to push multi-sensory immersion, with a device called the FeelReal VR Mask, designed not only to provide smells, but also vibrations, and blasts of air or mist onto a player’s face.

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The company has been working on its design for several years now, originally holding an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign back in 2015. Now FeelReal Inc. is back with a new and improved design for VR headsets, with plans to launch another Kickstarter in the near future. Continue reading

Steam’s Top Selling VR Titles for 2018 Include Beat Saber, Arizona Sunshine and Pavlov

Last year Steam announced its ‘Best of’ lists and for the very first time included a virtual reality (VR) category. Today, the videogame retail platform has done the same again, with several new additions while other firm favourites return.

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Just like last year, Steam has listed the VR titles under Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sections. There were over 1,000 new experiences appearing on Steam with VR support – and over 900 of them were VR-only experiences – states Valve. For a year’s worth of sales, there wasn’t as much movement as you’d expect, with new additions like Beat Saber and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR making a top spot appearance. While titles like Job Simulator: The 2050 ArchivesArizona Sunshine, and Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades are still holding strong. Continue reading

The Best HTC Vive Games of 2018

2018 has almost come to an end which means VRFocus is rounding up the best videogames for each headset. Now it comes to the turn of HTC Vive. Probably the one head-mounted display ((HMD) with the fewest exclusives, there’s still no shortfall of great content on the device. Looking back over the last 12 months, it’s time for VRFocus to name its favourite HTC Vive experiences.

The Best HTC Vive Games of 2018

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Transpose – Secret Location

A truly mind-bending puzzle title from Blasters of the Universe creator Secret Location, Transpose has over 30 levels where you have to bend time and clone your body, in a bid to solve the challenges. Alongside the time loops, Transpose allows players to rotate the environment around them to walk on walls and ceilings, experiencing perspective shifts and multifaceted puzzles in ways only possible in VR. One for the more advanced VR player, nevertheless a highly thought-provoking experience. Continue reading

Niantic Launches AR Developer Contest With a $1 million Prize Pool

Thanks to titles like Ingress and Pokemon Go, Niantic Labs is at the forefront of augmented reality (AR) development for mobile videogames. But it can’t do all the AR innovation by itself, which is why the company has commenced the Niantic Beyond Reality Developer Contest, encouraging third-party developers to build on the Niantic Real World Platform.

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Having launched the platform earlier this year Niantic Labs is now seeking applicants to create new videogame experiences that push the boundaries of the company’s technology. And their efforts will be rewarded, with a prize pool of more than $1 million USD available. Continue reading