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Jamie Feltham

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

Final Fantasy XV VR Support Tested by Square Enix

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Virtual reality (VR) is improving by the day but, even now, most would admit that head-mounted displays (HMDs) are best worn for short periods. That’s not a problem for many videogame genres but certain titles that are notorious for their length might have issues. Japanese role playing games (JRPGs), for example, often rack up into hundreds of hours’ worth of content. Despite this challenge, publishing giant Square Enix has revealed that it actually has tested out VR support for one of its most popular JRPG series, Final Fantasy. Namely, it has tested Final Fantasy XV VR support. READ MORE

Sony’s New First-Party Studio Hiring for Studio Ghibli-esque Project Morpheus Title

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Back in May 2015 is was revealed that Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) was hiring for an ‘ambitious’ new first-party developer named North West Studio. The group is set to work exclusively on the company’s upcoming virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), Project Morpheus, creating new experiences for the PlayStation 4 peripheral. It’s a few months on now and it appears that North West Studio is still hiring. In fact, a recent job listing for the developer drops some big hints at what fans can expect from one of its first projects. READ MORE

Preview: The Gallery: Call of the Starseed on HTC Vive

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Virtual reality (VR) is at its best when it catches you off guard. The Oculus Rift, Project Morpheus and HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs) really prove their worth in the moments where you find yourself unexpectedly having a very human reaction to a slight detail. There are popular stories (and amusing videos) about players dropping motion controllers when setting objects down, or going to shake the hand of an NPC. The Gallery: Call of the Starseed from Cloudhead Games perhaps inadvertently has one of the strongest examples of this thanks to the HTC Vive’s Room Scale user-tracking. READ MORE

Planetary Annihilation VR Experience Coming to PAX on Vive

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Kirkland, Washington-based studio Uber Entertainment is already diving into virtual reality (VR) development. Back at E3 2015 it was announced that Wayward Sky, its upcoming ‘look and click’ adventure title, would now be coming to the Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4 having originally been in development for the Gear VR mobile HMD. Now it’s been revealed that the team is also working on a VR experience for its popular real-time strategy (RTS) series, Planetary Annihilation. READ MORE

Oculus SDK 0.7 Now Available

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It’s taken a week longer than expected but today sees Oculus VR launch its latest and perhaps most controversial iteration of the Oculus PC software development kit (SDK), 0.7. The latest version of the toolset, which enables developers to create content for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), had originally been announced to arrive on 20th August 2015, but was delayed by the company on that date. Today’s free release brings with it several new features, though also removes a fairly significant one. READ MORE

Underwater Shooter Aquanox Deep Descent on Kickstarter, VR Support Possible

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Underwater experiences make for some of the most immersive videogames out there and, as a result, seem like the perfect fit for virtual reality (VR) technology. Some studios are already working on such titles, from thrillers like Narcosis from the team at Honor Code to more relaxing experiences like Ocean Rift on Gear VR. Now a classic underwater videogame series, Aquanox, is looking to make a triumphant return following a 12 year hiatus, and could possibly be bringing VR support with it. READ MORE

Oculus Story Studio Explains How it Uses Unreal Engine 4 for VR Movies

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Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 is one of the most popular middleware options out there for virtual reality (VR) developers. The engine is being used in a wide range of VR videogames such as Untold Games’ Loading Human and White Lotus Interactive’s XING: The Land Beyond. It came as something of a surprise, then, to find out that Oculus VR was also using the engine for a very different purpose; films. Oculus Story Studio, the film-focused division of the VR specialist, confirmed the engine’s use when showcasing its latest project, Henry, last month and has now explained more. READ MORE

VRcade to Showcase Wireless, Full-Motion VR at VRLA

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The Virtual Reality Los Angeles (VRLA) Summer Expo is set to take place this week on 29th August 2015 at the LA Convention Center. The event is shaping up to be a big one, with developers such as Otherworld Interactive teasing new reveals and anticipated VR experiences such as World War Toons getting fresh showcases. Another company set to join the event is VRstudios or, more specifically, its entertainment and gaming division, VRcade. The Seattle-based group will be showcasing its own VR tech at the show with some new additions. READ MORE

War Thunder Developer Making A VR Exclusive Videogame

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Russian developer Gaijin Entertainment has been one of the earliest supporters of virtual reality (VR) technology with its popular World War 2 (WW2) era online combat title, War Thunder. The free-to-play title has supported the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) on PC for a long time now, and Gaijin Entertainment was one of the first studios to work on Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) Project Morpheus HMD for PlayStation 4. War Thunder is expected to support the launch of the consumer versions of both devices next year, but what comes next? Will the developer ever work on a dedicated VR videogame? READ MORE

Starport Dev Teases New Vive Title to Debut This Week

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Otherworld Interactive is an indie developer that’s committed to the future of virtual reality (VR). This year alone has seen the studio work on 3 different VR titles including the promising social platform, Starport, an educational experience named Share the Science: Climate Change, and its horror sequel, Sisters 2. But the studio has yet more projects to reveal, including a brand new videogame for the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD). Recently the developer teased that new title. READ MORE