Author Archives: Jamie Feltham

360 Degree Video & Image Sharing Platform vyuu Revealed, Beta Coming Next Month

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Earlier this month a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign was launched for vcemo, a new website hoping to offer a Youtube-like service for 360 degree images and video made viewable with virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD). The ongoing campaign is aiming to be the first of its kind, although it would appear that it already has some competition. Today The Immex Company has announced that it will soon open a private Beta for its own 360 degree media platform, vyuu, which is compatible with the Oculus Rift HMD. READ MORE

Oculus Rift to Feature as Part of Hanukkah Celebration at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts

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It seems as if the world is finding new uses for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) by the day. In November alone the technology has been used to aid poetry, place users on-stage and provide an in-depth look at the production of a car. Next month yet another new application of the Oculus Rift HMD will be found at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts as part of a celebration of the eight-day Jewish holiday, Hanukkah. READ MORE

First Virtual Reality Awards Take Place Tonight In Riftmax

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Virtual reality (VR) technology is already no stranger to awards. Throughout 2014 Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator Palmer Luckey has seen numerous accolades for his work. So far, however, there’s yet to be an entire awards show dedicated to VR content. That changes today as the first Virtual Reality Awards (VRA) take place within Riftmax Theater, the social VR platform that uses the Oculus Rift. The awards look to celebrate the past year in VR videogames and beyond. READ MORE

Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Makes Consumer Debut at G-Star in South Korea

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The Crescent Bay prototype of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has rarely been seen following its reveal in September 2014. Creator Oculus VR has since returned its focus to the HMD’s second development kit (DK2), taking it to consumer shows such as EGX London and Paris Games Week. Many still wonder what will become of Crescent Bay and if it will ever be seen again. Earlier in the month it was showcased at the 2014 Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland and has now made its consumer debut as part of the G-Star show in South Korea. READ MORE

Crystal Rift Reduces Kickstarter Backer Tiers for Black Friday

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You might not have thought that Black Friday holiday sales would be able to reach the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform but indie developers Jon Hibbins and Nick Pittom disagree. The pair has just revealed that it is cutting the prices of some of its backer tiers for its ongoing campaign for Crystal Rift, the virtual reality (VR) compatible dungeon crawling experience for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). A brand new tier has also been added. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Fallout

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We want virtual reality (VR) to take us to beautiful, fantastical, surreal, unimaginable places. We want to scale impossible heights, meet undiscovered creatures and survive the most intense battles. So do we really want to travel to a barren, diseased landscape where horrific monsters roam freely and bandits wait around every corner? Yes, we really do. Especially if that experience is created within the Fallout franchise. READ MORE

Windlands Greenlit on Steam

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In recent weeks and months things have fallen quiet on Steam’s Greenlight service. Owner Valve appears to have stopped approving successful videogames in batches and now greenlights them more sporadically. Earlier this week Jon Hibbins and Nick Pittom’s Crystal Rift became one of the latest virtual reality (VR) compatible titles to be approved on the service. Now another VR title has made the cut in Windlands from Ilja Kivikangas and Simo Sainio. READ MORE

Educational VR Platform Vessels VR Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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While many people look forward to the day that they can bring virtual reality (VR) technology to their homes, others are more excited about the prospect of bringing it to the classroom. Educational VR has the potential to revolutionise teaching, and new company AIM VR hopes to capitalise on that potential with Vessels VR. This new software has recently launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, seeking $2,300 CAD to aid development. READ MORE

Motorbike Launches for Oculus Rift

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Not all virtual reality (VR) racing experiences have to put you in the driver’s seat. The recent reveal of Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) support for Codemasters’ Toybox Turbos has proved that much. This week sees the launch of another new third-person driving VR title simply named Motorbike from indie developer baKno Games. Currently free to download on PC and Mac, the experience features full support for the Oculus Rift. READ MORE

Fabric Engine Adds Oculus Rift Support

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As virtual reality (VR) technology grows in popularity it’s becoming more and more accessible to create content for it. Companies such as Epic Games, Unity and Crytek have included support for VR head-mounted displays (HMD) into their respective development engines and tools, making it easier than ever to develop VR experiences. This week Fabric Software has become the latest company to address Oculus Rift support, adding it into its Fabric Engine in the latest 1.14 update along with other new features. READ MORE