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Jamie Feltham

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nDreams Talks ‘Creating Real Games in Virtual Reality’

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Virtual reality (VR) fans have seen countless technical demonstrations and short slices of playable experiences over the years, but the technology is now getting to the point where it can deliver full videogames. Creating consumer-level VR content is no easy task, however, and UK-based developer nDreams knows this well. The team already has 2 released VR titles under its belt in Gunner and Perfect Beach for the Gear VR mobile head-mounted display (HMD), and is busy preparing The Assembly for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. Recently the company spoke about this experience. READ MORE

The Assembly Dev Suggests Walking and Running Speeds for VR

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A lot of work is going into walking in virtual reality (VR) right now. While Valve opts for real world movement with its roomscale tracking system, not every developer has adopted this technology yet, and those working on PlayStation VR and, to a lesser extent, Oculus Rift also can’t. For these developers, getting the walking speed of the player right is essential to maintaining immersion. That’s something that nDreams CEO Patrick O’Luanaigh has been talking about at EGX in Birmingham, UK recently. READ MORE

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Dev on Social VR and More


Next week sees the release of one of the most popular virtual reality (VR) titles from within the VR community, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Creator Steel Crate Games has of course already released the long awaited title on the Gear VR mobile head-mounted display (HMD) but 8th October 2015 will see it come to the PC with support for the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2). Recently, VRFocus got the chance to talk with Steel Crate Games’ Ben Kane about the project. READ MORE

Strictly Come Dancing 3D VR Experience Arriving This Weekend


The BBC has already experimented with virtual reality (VR) technology. Last year saw the group partner with BDH to launch an app that was compatible with the Google Cardboard mobile head-mounted display (HMD) and uniquely showcased a VR visualisation of a poem from celebrated World War 2 poet, Siegfried Sassoon. Now the BBC is taking another look at VR, this time using one of its most popular shows, Strictly Come Dancing, as the basis of a new 360 degree experience set to launch this weekend. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5


This week marks the return of the Tony Hawk videogame franchise with a resurrection of the original series, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5. Sadly, it doesn’t look like the latest entry in this once beloved line is living up to expectations, boasting a dismal 27 rating on Metacritic at the time of writing, with widespread reports of often amusing bugs and breaks. No doubt the series will once again be going back to the drawing board after what’s shaping up to be another unsuccessful outing, leaving publisher Activision to work out its next move (if it even gets to make one).  Perhaps the answer lies in virtual reality (VR). READ MORE

The Augmented Reality & VR Show Heading to London Next March


2015 has been a packed year for virtual reality (VR) events and conferences, but 2016 is already looking to surpass it. VR fans can look forward to the usual shows such as E3, the Game Developers Conference (GDC), PAX Prime, Gamescom and more, but there are also a wide range of new events such as VRDC and Unity’s own VR and augmented reality (AR) summit. This week sees the announcement of yet another event that’s dedicated to VR, The Augmented Reality & VR Show, which will be taking place in London, UK. READ MORE

Three Fields Working on Burnout Successor Supporting VR


Criterion Games, the developer behind the beloved Burnout racing series, may well be working in virtual reality (VR). The studio suggested as much at E3 last year, but has since remained silent on its upcoming new racing project. For those getting impatient, it seems that Three Fields Entertainment a new studio co-founded by former Criterion developer Alex Ward, is working on its own ‘spiritual successor’ to the Burnout franchise, and will be looking to support upcoming head-mounted displays (HMDs). READ MORE

Firefly Meets Romeo and Juliet in Verona, VR Support Teased


Virtual reality (VR) technology is paving the way for entirely new types of videogames that immerse and engage players like never before, using the unique mechanics of a head-mounted display (HMD) to pull off experiences that weren’t previously possible. This week has seen Prior Games launch a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a new title that might not depend on VR, but certainly sounds as if it could be one of the most unique experiences yet seen on the Oculus Rift. That title is Verona. READ MORE

Condition One Launches on Gear VR

The consumer launch of Samsung and Oculus VR’s Gear VR mobile virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) is fast approaching and the device is being loaded with content in the run up to that November 2015 window. This week sees the launch of a brand new set of 360 degree experiences that are proving popular on the platform. They arrive in the form of an app called Condition One. READ MORE

VR Jam Winner Daydream Blue Comes to Gear VR


Earlier in the year Oculus VR hosted an official virtual reality (VR) development jam to support its mobile-based head-mounted display (HMD), Gear VR, which is made in partnership with Samsung. The contest saw hundreds of entrants competing for cash prizes, creating new VR videogames and experiences for the device. One of those entries was Daydream Blue from RalphVR, which ended up winning a $100,000 USD Gold award. Just under 3 months on and RalphVR has this week released the experience for all to play on Gear VR. READ MORE