This week has seen the launch of a new Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for an upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame named Medusa’s Labyrinth. Indie developer Guru Games is looking to raise kr2,500,000 SEK to fund development of the title, which features full support for the Oculus Rift.…

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Since the release of the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) developers and virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts have been pinning for updates to the device’s software development kit (SDK). Creator Oculus VR has released a number of new versions of the SDK since the first units were…

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Despite huge anticipation for the upcoming release of Elite: Dangerous, the title has missed out on securing the Most Wanted award at this year’s Golden Joystick Awards in London, UK. The developer faced stiff completion from the likes of Evolve, Halo 5: Guardians and overall winner The…

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Oculus VR founder and Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) designer Palmer Luckey has missed out on Personality Award at this year’s Golden Joystick Awards taking place in London, UK. The 22-year old was beaten to the prize by Youtube personality PewDiePie. Of course, Luckey has already…

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The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PC and Project Morpheus HMD for PlayStation 4 aren’t really seen as rivals at this early stage in the VR industry’s revival. In fact, it’s only in award ceremonies that the two are truly being pitted against…

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Gaijin Entertainment’s free-to-play VR compatible combat title War Thunder has missed out on the Best Online Game, which was instead awarded to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. War Thunder is a free-to-play online title for both PC and PlayStation 4. Players can control a range of planes and take part…

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Indie developer Untold Games has been hard at work on its upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible adventure videogame Loading Human since it passed a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign earlier in 2014. The developer now keeps fans in the loop by issuing bi-weekly updates on its Kickstarter campaign page,…

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Earlier in the month VRFocus reported on the launch of an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign for a unique new virtual reality (VR) experience named PHOBOS. Developer PsyTech LLC is lookign to raise $25,000 USD for the experience, which simulates certain scenarios to help users confront common phobias. The…

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Last month it was announced that Home, Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) social platform for the PlayStation 3, would be shutting down in the near future. It hasn’t taken long for developers to put forth their own concepts for spiritual successors on SCE’s latest console, the PlayStation 4.…

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Virtual reality (VR) developers should consider sound design as important a part of creating a sense of presence in a VR experience as visuals. It’s essential that the distance and location of sounds be accurately portrayed for players to truly believe that they have stepped into another…

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Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Real-Time Strategy
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VR vs. Konami
VR vs. Konami
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Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Another World
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Alien: Isolation – The Challenges of Officially Adapting for VR
VR vs. Activision
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VR vs. Activision
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VR vs. Crescent Bay
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LATEST REVIEWS

Review: QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube

If QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube gets one thing right, it’s the implementation of its Oculus Rift support. Launch the videogame via Steam and a pop-up with two options appears immediately: ‘Play QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube’ or ‘Launch Oculus Rift Mode’. For fans of virtual reality (VR) right…

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Review: QBEH-1: The Atlas Cube

Review: Infinity Runner

Wales Interactive’s Infinity Runner joins the small collective of videogames that offer support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) long before a consumer version of the device is available. Jumping on the VR bandwagon so early is most certainly a double-edged sword: developers…

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Review: Infinity Runner

Review: Crashed Lander

Available to purchase now, Crashed Lander is the definition of an ‘indie’ title. Not necessarily in respect to the way in which it was developed – though this too is a observer of the trends of that same label – but in the fact that it’s a…

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Review: Crashed Lander

Review: Ether One

BioShock was a landmark videogame. Though its roots are firmly grounded in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre it opened the door for many more experiences where the player becomes an active participant in the world in areas removed from simply shooting enemies. It laid the groundwork for…

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Review: Ether One

Review: Strike Suit Zero

Having launched just over a year ago, Born Ready Games’ Strike Suit Zero has developed a keen audience on Windows, Mac and Linux PC formats. Developed by a small UK studio thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Strike Suit Zero is a space combat videogame designed to…

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Review: Strike Suit Zero

Review: No More Room in Hell

Originally launched back in 2011, No More Room in Hell is a mod developed using the Source engine, based on the hugely popular Half-Life 2. The videogame has frequently been touted as a ‘zombification’ of Gordon Freeman’s second crusade, but following its official release in 2011 it…

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Review: No More Room in Hell

Review: QUAKE II

Undeniably the most popular genre in the modern videogames industry, first-person shooters (FPS) titles owe a debt of gratitude to a number of 1990s titles. QUAKE II is one such landmark release; a perfect mix of visceral violence and logical puzzle solving all wrapped-up in a technically…

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Review: QUAKE II

Review: Slender: The Arrival

Slender: The Arrival is the speedily produced sequel to the hugely popular Slender: The Eight Pages, having seen release just one year after it’s predecessor. Keen to capitalise on the success of the original the development team at Blue Isle Studios is said to be considering bringing…

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Review: Slender: The Arrival

LATEST PREVIEWS

Preview: Dream

With the development of Dream nearing completion, the small group of developers at Hypersloth Games are heading back to university to help perfect their craft as they prototype new ideas. That might sound like a strange move given that this close-knit team has already demonstrated itself as…

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Preview: Dream

Preview: Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift

In 1979 audiences were terrified by a man in a latex suit. That man was Bolaji Badejo and that suit was the now-unmistakable Xenomorph, a grotesque, deadly creature that went on to become the star of 1979’s Alien. It’s now 2014 and, just like rubber sharks, Badejo…

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Preview: Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift

Preview: Crystal Rift

You’d be forgiven for thinking that, in order to create the fabled ‘sense of presence’ in virtual reality (VR), players need complete freedom of movement. You’d also be forgiven, then, for being somewhat sceptical of Crystal Rift when you first put on the Oculus Rift head-mounted display…

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Preview: Crystal Rift

Preview: Intro to VR for Gear VR

It’s widely known that Oculus VR consider the recently revealed Gear VR a stepping stone for consumers. It’s an entry level device made for people to dip their toes into this newly reborn world of virtual reality (VR). With this intent comes a responsibility to ensure that…

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Preview: Intro to VR for Gear VR

Preview: Proton Pulse on Gear VR

There are many virtual reality (VR) experiences that have been doing the rounds throughout the community for quite some time and yet seem to be no closer to a consumer release. Proton Pulse was one such title: infamous in it’s absence from download portals despite having been…

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Preview: Proton Pulse on Gear VR

Preview: HMX Music VR for Gear VR

Harmonix developing a virtual reality (VR) videogame for Gear VR is something of a landmark. There are many studios developing new experiences for VR, and many with higher budgets than the independent developers that have been championing the technology thus far. However, Harmonix are widely considered the…

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Preview: HMX Music VR for Gear VR

Preview: Coldplay + on Gear VR

The first of what is likely to be many, Coldplay + is an experience that invites you to become part of the act. The user sits front-and-centre on the stage, similar to that of Cirque de Soleil Media’s Hold on to Your Seat, and is offered a…

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Preview: Coldplay + on Gear VR

Preview: James's Legacy: The Prologue for Gear VR

Since the unveiling of Playful Corp.’s Lucky’s Tale for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) it seems as though a number of development studios now have much more faith in third-person virtual reality (VR) experiences. It would be hard to suggest that another developer has come as…

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Preview: James's Legacy: The Prologue for Gear VR

Preview: VR Quest for Gear VR

Subtlety has never been Oculus VR’s strong point. As a company they’re all about being the ‘biggest’ or the ‘best’. Being ‘first’ or being ‘better’. Being ‘affordable’ or being ‘high end’. They want to be out there, in front of the consumer and leading the field. So…

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Preview: VR Quest for Gear VR

Preview: Ruin & The Maze Runner for Gear VR

Ruin and the Maze Runner are two different motion-picture productions presented in a similar fashion on Gear VR. These passive presentations further the idea of Gear VR as a new vision for media consumption not just limited to videogames, but rather video as well, all dressed-up with…

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Preview: Ruin & The Maze Runner for Gear VR