Author Archives: Jamie Feltham

PAX Prime 2014: ‘A History of VR: Haven’t We Been Here Before?

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PAX Prime 2014 is now underway in Seattle, Washington and while it may not exactly be the biggest event on the virtual reality (VR) calender, there are a handful of demos and events that enthusiasts should concern themselves with. One such event is the ‘A History of VR: Haven’t We Been Here Before?’ panel scheduled to take place today at 17:00 PDT in the Wyvern Theatre. VRFocus will be there to liveblog the event. READ MORE

E McNeill on Darknet Progress, Project Morpheus and More

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PAX Prime takes place this weekend and virtual reality (VR) is set to have some presence at the show in the form of Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD) compatible videogames. One such title is E McNeill’s Darknet, the anticipated ‘hollywood hacking’ experience that’s aiming to launch alongside the consumer version of the Oculus Rift. VRFocus spoke to McNeill earlier to get an update on the title’s progress. READ MORE

LG G3 Quad HD Gets its Own VR HMD in VRTX

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News of Samsung’s rumoured smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head mounted display (HMD) is expected to hit in early September 2014, but it appears as if tech rival LG has beaten the company to the punch somewhat. Vortex VR has announced the VTRX, a lightweight VR HMD designed specifically for the new LG G3 Quad HGD smartphone, created in partnership with GameFace Labs and 3D-printing company 3D Systems. READ MORE

ZVR Apocalypse Launches Kickstarter Campaign, Demo Released

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Thoughout 2014 indie developer Lucid VR has been teasing us with gameplay and more on its upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible horror title, ZVR Apocalypse. the zombie shooter experience has garnered a lot of attention thanks to its gory dismemberment and support for the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD). This week sees the developer launch a Kickstarter campaign for the title, hoping to raise $30,000 AUD to fund development. A standard monitor demo of the title is currently available through the page. READ MORE

The Hum Releases Gamescom Build

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One of the many virtual reality (VR) experiences on display at this year’s Gamescom in Cologne, Germany was first-person horror experience The Hum from indie developer Thotwise Games. The title, which supports the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display on PC, was showcased not with a gameplay demo but an atmospheric experience designed to give players a taste of the overall experience and direction. Now the developer has released this Gamescom build online. READ MORE

World of Diving Dev Talks Community Support, VR and Xbox One Version

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This week saw indie developer Vertigo Games reach a brand new milestone with its virtual reality (VR) compatible diving videogame, World of Diving, as it hit Steam’s Early Access system. The title can currently be picked up for £14.99 GBP and is compatible with the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD). Earlier in the month VRFocus spoke to Lead Game Designer Peter Deurloo about the project. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Pokemon

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“So I have a lifelong dream. It’s something I’ve been passionate about since I was a kid and I think virtual reality could really enable it. I’ve always wanted to be a Pokemon master and that’s really what I want to do. I want to play an incredible, virtual reality Pokemon MMO.If I got my golden ticket, that’s where it’s taking me. I’m gonna catch them all, I’m gonna battle all my friends, I’m going to meet whatever the vague definition of a Pokemon master is. “ READ MORE

Kôna Gets New Demo

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There’s just over a week left for indie developer Parabole and its ongoing Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible experience, Kôna. The developer is hoping to raise $40,000 CAD to aid the title’s production before the campaign closes on 6th September 2014. At the time of writing the campaign sits at over half of its goal raised, meaning there’s a good chance it could succeed with one final push. Now the developer has released a brand new demo from the experience as part of that push. READ MORE

VR Coaster Synchronises Real Roller Coasters for Immersive VR Experiences

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Those who have been reading VRFocus over the past few months will have seen a range of virtual reality (VR) roller coasters come and go through the likes of the Oculus VR Share platform and more. The brief demos have proved to be effective ways of demonstrating the potential of VR to the uninitiated. This week sees the reveal of a new VR roller coaster project unlike anything players will have ever experienced before, named VR Coaster. READ MORE

Oculus Rift DK2 Rollercoaster Lava Inc. Released

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The number of Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) compatible rollercoasters has increased dramatically with the recent release of the device’s second development kit (DK2). While some rides have taken players back in time, indie developer TimVR offers another unique ride in Lava Inc., which recently launched for free on the official Oculus VR Share Beta, where it can be downloaded on PC. READ MORE