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Jamie Feltham

About Jamie Feltham

Senior Staff Writer with a need to bring you the latest news and best features.

New Battlezone GIF Showcases Radar


Rebellion, the UK-based developer behind the likes of Alien vs. Predator and the Sniper Elite series, is currently hard at work on its very first virtual reality (VR) videogame, Battlezone. This reboot of the classic tank battling experience from 1980 is heading first to PlayStation 4 with support for the PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD) before later arriving on PC with integration with the Oculus Rift. Recently Rebellion has released a new GIF for its upcoming title, which showcases the in-game radar that players will utilise. That GIF can now be seen below. READ MORE

New Kôna Screens Reveal Reconstructions & Compare Unity 4 and 5 Builds


Indie developer Parabole is getting close to delivering the first episode in its virtual reality (VR) compatible adventure title, Kôna. The initial episode, named Kôna: Day One, is expected to hit in early 2016, with those that backed a crowd-funding campaign getting Beta access to it before the end of 2015. With those releases nearing by the day, Parabole has now released a new batch of screenshots for the title that reveal some new mechanics and features. Said images can now be seen below. READ MORE

Mini’s 360 Degree Films Now Available on Gear VR


Back in September 2015 VRFocus reported on the news that BMW had released two 360 degree cinematic experiences to advertise its iconic compact car, the Mini. Made available on smartphones, the videos were created to promote the company’s new Mini Connected concept, which covers a wide range of in-car entertainment that the vehicles offer, and supported the Google Cardboard DIY mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Today, those films have arrived on another mobile-based VR device, Samsung and Oculus VR’s Gear VR. READ MORE

Robot Invader Talks Dead Secret, VR Development and PS4/PC Ports

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Over the past year indie developer Robot Invader has been keeping a fairly open development process going for its first virtual reality (VR) videogame, Dead Secret, which recently earned a great review at VRFocus. The team has written a number of blogs over on an official site talking about how it designed the first-person murder mystery for the technology. All of its work paid off earlier this month as Dead Secret was finally launched on the Gear VR mobile-based head-mounted display (HMD), with PlayStation 4 and PC versions planned for 2016. READ MORE

Microsoft ‘very very happy’ with HoloLens Pre-order Application Numbers


Last month Microsoft revealed the developer edition of its HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) following the kit’s initial reveal all the way back in January 2015. This first version of the device will be going on sale to specific developers that have applied for a kit in Q1 2016, with pre-orders opening next January. It’s not clear exactly how many developers have already jumped at the chance to pre-order a HoloLens, but Microsoft has recently noted that it is ‘very very happy’ with the number. READ MORE

HTC: People Will Use ‘a smaller space’ for Vive’s Room Scale Tracking

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Arguably the defining feature of the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) is its Room Scale user-tracking, provided by Valve’s SteamVR system and its Lighthouse laser-based solution. The concept works by tracking a user’s movements in an area of up to 15-feet by 15-feet and having those movements then replicated within the given experience. But those with limited space shouldn’t worry about having room to use the HMD; HTC is well aware that many people will be using smaller spaces. READ MORE

FOVE Teleports Grandmother to a Wedding with Eye Tracking Controlled Robot

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One of virtual reality’s (VR’s) most promising use cases is to connect people from around the world. A glimpse of that future can already be seen in the likes of Oculus VR’s Toybox demo, where two people put on Oculus Rift head-mounted displays (HMDs) and use the Oculus Touch position-tracked controllers to interact with each other. Now the team behind FOVE, the crowd-funded HMD that utilises eye-tracking technology, has revealed its own unique project in which it enabled a Japanese woman to visit her grandson’s wedding in VR using a robot controlled by its eye-tracking tech. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege


Your squad is in position, lined up outside two doors. There are six hostiles inside and four of you; it’s going to take all of your skill and concentration to get out of this one unscathed. A teammate kicks the door and throws a smoke grenade as you pull a mask over your face, your breathing starting to fog your vision. You wade through the smoke in the direction of voices, slamming your shoulder into cover. Taking a deep breath, you prepare to lean out and open fie. READ MORE

Elite Dangerous: Horizons VR Recommended Specs Coming Soon

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Virtual reality (VR) fans that enjoy Frontier Developments’ popular sci-fi title, Elite: Dangerous, are holding out for the arrival of updated head-mounted display (HMD) support right now. Integration with the Oculus Rift, for example, has been put on hold due to difficulties developing for the latest versions of the software development kit (SDK), while support for the HTC Vive HMD is expected to arrive around the same time as the title’s anticipated expansion, Elite Dangerous: Horizons, next month. Those anticipating getting back into their ships in VR should also take note that recommended PC specifications for the support will be arriving soon. READ MORE

Esper 2 Headed to EGX Rezzed


With the vast majority of 2015’s events out of the way, videogame fans are already starting to look towards 2016 for the next round of announcements, especially on the virtual reality (VR) side as head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift finally release. One of the earliest events in the year is EGX Rezzed, a London-based show primarily aimed at indie developers. This year’s edition hosted a lot of VR experiences for people to sample and it looks like next year’s will be no different. As such, Coatsink Software has announced that it will be bringing Esper 2 to the event. READ MORE