Author Archives: Jamie Feltham

Gear VR Stock ‘expected’ at UK Samsung Stores Next Week

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It’s been quite a day for Samsung and its Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). After months of speculation the kit finally launched in the UK today, joining the USA and a handful of other European countries from which it can be bought. In fact, the device has even managed to completely sell out as the day has gone on, with both a standalone and bundle version now out of stock. Fresh stock is expected to arrive on the Samsung UK site next week, and should be arriving in retail stores too. READ MORE

Qantas Offering In-Flight Gear VR Experiences with Jaunt Content

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Virtual reality (VR) has a lot of potential applications for the travel industry, but what about being used when actually travelling? Obviously the wired limitations of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) prevent it from being used in-transit at this point in time, but Samsung’s smartphone-based Gear VR doesn’t suffer from the same issues. With this in mind, Qantas Airlines has announced a partnership that will bring the new HMD to its jets for the first case of in-flight VR. READ MORE

Gear VR Completely Sells Out in UK on First Day

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Today is the day that many UK-based virtual reality (VR) fans have been waiting for as Samsung has finally launched its Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) in the area. It didn’t take long for the bundle version of the device, which includes an official Samsung Bluetooth Android controller, to sell out and now the standalone edition of the kit is also gone. That means that Gear VR has entirely sold out in the UK in its first day of availability. READ MORE

New UK Gear VR Bundles Now Arriving Next Month

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Earlier today Samsung finally released Gear VR, its anticipated smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), in the UK. The kit has proved to be something of a hit, with a bundle that includes the company’s official Bluetooth controller already out of stock. For those still hoping to pick up this version of the device it looks like a short wait is in order. READ MORE

Eridanus Wars Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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Earlier in the week VRFocus reported on the launch of a concept demo for a new virtual reality (VR) compatible space flight simulation experience by the name of Eridanus Wars. At the time of the release indie developer StellarVR noted that it was planning to launch a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign to aid development of the experience. Now that campaign has launched, seeking some £6,000 GBP in order to launch Eridanus Wars on PC with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). READ MORE

New Project Cars Screenshots Showcase Road Cars

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It’s just under two months now until Slightly Mad Studio launches its anticipated new racing videogame, Project CARS. The title recently suffered a small delay that moved it into 2015, but it’s now anticipating a launch in late March. Today sees the developer provide a little more information of the virtual reality (VR) compatible title as it showcases road cars for the first time. A total of five images of this new vehicle can be seen below. READ MORE

Gear VR Bundle Sells Out in 2 Hours

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Earlier today UK-based virtual reality (VR) fans and developers had their wishes granted as Samsung finally launched its Gear VR smartphone-based VR head-mounted display (HMD) in the region. The company quietly listed its new device over on its official website, offering the kit by itself and a bundle that includes an official Samsung Bluetooth Gamepad. Fans have acted fast to grab the latter of these two products, as the bundle is already out of stock on the site. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Life is Strange

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Virtual reality has the power to strengthen the relationships that people grow with characters in videogames. Imagine making real eye-contact with The Walking Dead’s Clementine or fighting alongside BioShock Infinite’s Elizabeth as if they were real people. It’s a hugely promising concept that could serve to enrich narratives over the course of the next few years. This week sees the launch of one such title that could truly show the potential of VR storytelling. That title is Life is Strange from Dontnod Entertainment. READ MORE

Oculus-Developed Rocket Toss Hits Gear VR

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When Samsung released the Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in the USA in late 2014, partner Oculus VR also launched its first internally-developed videogame for it. That title was HeroBound: First Steps, a third-person dungeon crawler that can currently be downloaded for free. Many have wondered when Oculus VR might reveal its next title. Today sees the company not only announced its new project but even release it onto Gear VR. That project is Rocket Toss. READ MORE

Gear VR Now Available in the UK

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December 2014 saw Samsung and Oculus VR’s anticipated new smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR, launch in the USA. Ever since that release VR enthusiasts around the world have wondered when the device might launch in their territories. Certain countries in Europe have already seen a quiet release via their respective official Samsung online stores. Today finally sees such a launch take place in the UK. Gear VR can now be ordered directly from the official Samsung UK website. READ MORE