Author Archives: Jamie Feltham

Fireproof Aiming to Bring Omega Agent to Oculus Rift After Gear VR

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Last month’s reveal of Gear VR, Samsung’s smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), gave way to a number of surprise announcements from developers pledging support to the device. One of the most welcome was Fireproof Games, the developers behind celebrated mobile puzzle series The Room, now working on a free-roaming jetpack title named Omega Agent. The experience is currently being billed as exclusive to Gear VR, but the developer recently revealed to VRFocus that it is aiming to launch on the Oculus Rift later on. READ MORE

Aliens, Trolls and Dragons Developer Reveals VR Mech Simulator Heavy Walker

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Indie developer Kubold is certainly proving its passion for virtual reality (VR) of late. Following the release of an impressive short VR experience named Malfunction, the developer jumped into its first full title, a third-person action experience named Aliens, Trolls and Dragons. While the development of the latter remains ongoing Kubold has this week revealed and launched another brand new project for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), Heavy Walker. READ MORE

New PC VR HMD Visus Opens Pre-Orders

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This week brings the reveal of another new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) looking to hit the market before the likes of the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus launch. Visus from VisusVR is another HMD that uses modern smartphones as a display, although doesn’t use the given phone for the actual VR experiences. Instead, Visus claims to be a PC VR HMD by streaming videogames from the player’s computer to the phone’s screen. READ MORE

Unreal Engine 4 to Become Free for Oculus Developers, Rumour Suggests

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Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 has quickly proven itself to be one of the more popular videogame development engines for virtual reality (VR) support. The software includes support for both the Oculus Rift PC head-mounted display (HMD) and the Project Morpheus HMD on PlayStation 4. If recent rumours are to be believed, the company could well be about to commit to the future of VR development in a big way. READ MORE

Second Elite: Dangerous Beta 2 Update Hitting Today

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While fans of upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible space combat title Elite: Dangerous are anxiously waiting for news on the full launch developer Frontier Developments is continuing to update title’s Beta build having issued the Beta 2 update just hours ago. Today the studio has revealed that another minor update will be coming later on, looking to fix some of the issues that the studio has discovered within the most recent build. READ MORE

CopperCube Gets 5.0 Update

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Back in April 2014 VRFocus reported on 3D development tool CopperCube getting an update to include support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The update meant that users could create VR 3D videogames, apps and websites without the need for any programming as seen in traditional development. This week a new version of CopperCube has released, bringing with it a host of new features that will help those making both traditional and VR applications with the device. READ MORE

Darkfield Demo hits Oculus Share

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It’s around five days in to indie developer VR Bits’ Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible space combat title, Darkfield. In that time the developer has already started to approach the halfway point for its $10,000 AUD goal, having raised $4,138 at the time of writing with the help of some 156 backers. Today sees the team give the campaign’s marketing another push, with the release of a new multiplayer team deathmatch demo for the title. READ MORE

Gear VR Gets Australian Launch Window and Price

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While virtual reality (VR) fans still clamour for fresh details on the consumer release of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), Samsung has been surprisingly open about the launch of its Gear VR smartphone-based HMD. It’s already been confirmed that Gear VR will launch in the US and EU around mid-October 2014 with a price tag before $200 USD. However this week the company has revealed some details about the device’s Australian launch, where things will work a little different to other territories. READ MORE

About Face Passes Its Kickstarter Campaign

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It’s barely been 24 hours since About Face VR launched its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its About Face comfort and hygiene system for the Oculus rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) and already the company has good news to share. The campaign has achieved its base goal of $12,391 USD, with 28 days to go before it comes to a close. The goal was reached with the help of around 300 backers. READ MORE

Sixense Provides STEM Schedule Update

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It’s been a long time coming, but Sixense looks to be finally nearing shipping of its pre-production units of the STEM motion controller system for virtual reality (VR) experiences. The company has this week issued an update on the status of its shipping schedule, suggesting that those first units could finally be on their way to Kickstarter backers in the very near future. Earlier in the year the pre-production units were confirmed to be delayed as Sixense improved the technology behind them. READ MORE