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All is Dust Greenlight on Steam

All Is Dust

Late last month VRFocus reported on the launch of a Steam Greenlight campaign for a new virtual reality (VR) compatible horror videogame by the name of All is Dust. Just weeks on and developer Mannequin Games already has reason to celebrate; All is Dust has passed its Greenlight campaign, meaning it has been approved for sale on Valve’s digital PC store. When it does release, the title will feature full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). READ MORE

VR Jam Spotlight: Mecha Tower Mixes the FPS with Tower Defence


Virtual reality (VR) technology is giving developers a chance to look at classic videogame genres in entirely different ways. Studios are using the unique, isolated format to create new co-op experiences and enhancing horror titles far beyond what’s possible with standard displays. Another genre that’s seeing someone of a unique revival thanks to the technology is tower defence. Developers are using head-mounted displays (HMDs) to add intriguing new features to this classic way to play. Mecha Tower is one such example of this. READ MORE

New VR Short Film SONAR Released


Virtual reality (VR) movies are set to be big business in the future. Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) maker Oculus VR proved as much earlier in the year when it announced its film-dedicated division Oculus Story Studio. But the technology is still a long way off from allowing viewers to watch hours-long stories in one sitting, making short films the best type of experience for VR video right now. Now a new VR short film has been revealed in the form of SONAR, which is currently available for the Oculus Rift. A trailer for the experience can be seen below. READ MORE

Froniter Developments Testing Elite: Dangerous Mac and PC Cross-Play, Screenshot Revealed


Elite: Dangerous launched on PC back in December 2014 with full support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Since its release, many fans have been waiting on the promised Mac version of the title. Creator Frontier Developments has been making strides with this edition in recent weeks, launching a Mac beta to prepare the build for a full release in the future. Now the developer is testing out one of the Mac version’s key features; cross-play with the PC edition. A new screenshot below proves it. READ MORE

VR Jam Spotlight: Narwhal Catch Donut Lets Players Do Just That


Virtual reality (VR) allows users to become entirely different people, living out lives very different to their own. But the technology isn’t limited to humans; some developers are using VR to transform players into animals. Adopted from Clockwork Demons, for example, casts players as a dog that observes and influences the lives of its owners. Now indie developer Nick Lowe has revealed another title that allows players to become an animal, though it’s in a very different tone than what’s been seen before. READ MORE

Plugged Gets New Gameplay Trailer


This week saw the launch of a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for Plugged, a new virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame from indie developer Endtimes Studio. The team is hoping to raise £20,000 GBP towards the development of this title, which supports the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Also released is a brand new gameplay trailer for Plugged, which can currently be seen below. READ MORE

S6 Gear VR to Get Some Content Before Note 4 Version Due to ‘performance reasons’


When Samsung revealed a new version of its Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) back in March 2015, it confirmed that all previous content would support the device. The new iteration of the kit swaps compatibility with the Galaxy Note 4 enlarged handset for the company’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S6 and its curved spin-off, S6 Edge. One might assume that Samsung would keep this parity between the two HMDs in place going forward. That doesn’t seem to be the case, however; certain content released for Gear VR in the past week is only compatible with the newer HMD. READ MORE

Elite: Dangerous Powerplay Update Adds Characters, Power-Specific Weapons + Modules


Last week saw Frontier Developments finally reveal its anticipated third major update to its virtual reality (VR) compatible space simulation experience, Elite: Dangerous. The Elite: Dangerous Powerplay update will add key new features to the PC title, the most important of which being the faction-based ‘Powers’ system that allows players to ally themselves with and complete tasks for new factions in order to gain perks and more. But that’s not all that’s set to be introduced in Powerplay, as Frontier Development’s David Braben recently revealed. READ MORE

Former Candy Crush Dev Forms VR Studio Resolution Games


Are virtual reality (VR) technology continues to grow in potential, more and more developers are pledging to support head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift. Today sees Tommy Palm, a former member of Candy Crush Saga studio King Digital Entertainment, launch a brand new team dedicated to VR development. That team is Resolution Games, which will at first focus on creating VR experiences designed for a wide audience. READ MORE

New VR Experience to Allow Users to Explore Great Barrier Reef


Virtual reality’s (VR) use in the tourism industry is steadily growing, with brands such as Thomas Cook using the technology to allow holiday makers to experience locations before they commit to them and more. This week sees the announcement of another such experience in development from Australian airline Qantas and Hamilton Island. The pair has joined forces with both Samsung and Rapid VR to create a new experience that will allow viewers to get a VR view of one of Australia’s most popular attractions, the Great Barrier Reef. READ MORE