Author Archives: Jamie Feltham

Which Developers Got their Oculus Rift DK2s Today?

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Christmas doesn’t come for another five months but if you were to take a look at the virtual reality (VR) community today you might think we had already arrived in December. After a just over four months since its announcement, the first shipments of the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display’s (HMD) second development kit (DK2) have finally arrived for developers and enthusiasts alike. The day has seen a number of fans and teams excitedly posting images of their new kits all over the internet, while Oculus VR itself has released an update for its software development kit (SDK) and hurriedly corrected terms & conditions in the wake of the release. READ MORE

Oculus VR Hosting GDC Europe Sessions

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This August sees Gamescom take place once more in Cologne, Germany with Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) maker Oculus VR set to show off its device at the show. Hopefully the company will have some new announcements to share, but it will also be appearing at the other event taking place in the area on 11th – 13th August, the 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC) Europe. Oculus VR is set to host its own VR-focused session as the event, much like Sony Computer Entertainment will. READ MORE

Racing to Kickstart VR: Tammeka Dev Diary #4

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This must be a nail-biting time for indie developer Tammeka Games as it enters the final week of its Kickstarter campaign for upcoming sci-fi racer Radial-G. The developer still has some ground to cover if it is to reach its funding goal of £50,000 by 2nd August 2014. Fortunately the title is due to receive some unique coverage this week in America, and has been seeing plenty of support for industry figureheads such as Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator Palmer Luckey. READ MORE

Sony Schedules VR Talk for GDC Europe

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Most videogame fans are looking forward to August for one reason: Gamescom. The event, which takes place in Cologne, Germany on 13th – 17th August 2014, is set to be filled with announcements and reveals as per usual, with Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) scheduling its own press conference for the show. But videogame developers will be equally anticipating the 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC) Europe, which slightly overlaps with Gamescom on 11th – 13th August. In fact, SCE also has a talk scheduled for the event focused on virtual reality (VR). READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: X-Men

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VRFocus has talked about the possibilities of virtual reality (VR) superhero videogames before. While we’ve discussed the issues of bringing the genre to life with an Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) before, the potential for experiences based around characters such as Spider-Man, Batman and Iron Man have also been explored. But it wasn’t until this week’s reveal of the X-Men VR experience from 20th Century Fox at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) that Marvel’s mutants sprang to mind. It doesn’t take long to realise that the series is perhaps the best superhero fit for VR. READ MORE

Oculus VR Amends Rift DK2 Manual Terms & Conditions

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This week has seen the first shipments of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display’s (HMD) second development kit (DK2) finally go out. With that release the company has issued a range of other relevant updates, including a new version of its software development kit (SDK) which launched earlier today. Also updated is the the Oculus Rift’s manual, which includes a slight error that the company has today amended. READ MORE

Vanguard Valkyrie Launches Kickstarter for Oculus, Morpheus & More

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This week sees the launch of a new Kickstarter campaign for a brand new virtual reality (VR) videogame from Proton Pulse developer Justin Moravetz. The project, named Vanguard Valkyrie, is looking to raise $198,000 USD before 22nd August 2014 in order to fund development of a PC version with full support for the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD). Further stretch goals also tease Mac and Linux versions as well as a PlayStation 4 edition with support for the Project Morpheus HMD. READ MORE

Dark Deception Wins Audience Best in Show at Casual Connect 2014

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Glowstick Games seems to be finding its feet again after cancelling its Kickstarter campaign for upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible horror videogame Dark Deception last month. This week the developer attended the Casual Connect in San Francisco, California, which runs from 22nd – 24th July 2014 and ended up taking the audience-voted Best in Show award as the Indie Prize Showcase. READ MORE

New Oculus Rift SDK Released, Adds DK2 Support

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While many virtual reality (VR) fans and enthusiasts have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD), which started shipping this week, maker Oculus VR has launched software that is arguably as important as the device itself today. The company has released the next iteration of its software development kit (SDK), allowing developers to add support for DK2′s new features to their videogames and experiences. READ MORE

VRFaceball Released

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Virtual reality (VR) is yet to make much of an impression on the sports genre in videogames. A number of popular sports pose an issue for VR, in that players usually swap between multiple characters during matches, which could prove jarring for those using the Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus VR headsets. That isn’t set to be an issue with VRFaceball, however, which offers its own unique take on the sport of baseball with the Oculus Rift. READ MORE