Author Archives: Jamie Feltham

Low Tide Launches Environment Test Demo for Oculus Rift

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This week sees the launch of an intriguing new virtual reality (VR) experience from indie developer TankRust Studios. That title is Low Tide, a first-person exploration piece that uses the Oculus Rift head-mounted display. The title’s first environmental demo can currently be downloaded for free over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta on PC. Possible Mac and Linux versions are yet to be mentioned, though the experience does support both the Oculus Rift’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2). READ MORE

Coatsink Software Offers Tips on VR Development

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Earlier this year indie developer Coatsink Software, the studio behind titles such as Shu and Chip, revealed that it was currently working on its first virtual reality (VR) videogame in Esper. The title is heading to both the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD, presenting a new set of challenges for the team. This week Coatsink Software has talked about those issues and offered its own views on developing for VR. READ MORE

Electronic Arts Has Been ‘experimenting’ With VR, Will Create Titles if ‘platform takes off’

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It’s clear that virtual reality (VR) has come a long way in 2014. Earlier in the year large videogame publishers could be caught making passing mentions of the technology, expressing concerns with motion sickness and sales. Although publishers still cite these issues when talking about VR tech, many are now much more willing to admit that they will consider VR development if the platform takes off. One such company is Electronic Arts, as CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed that the company sees VR as ‘very exciting’ this week. READ MORE

Jaunt Launches Its First 360 Degree Video Featuring Paul McCartney

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Virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts have been hearing much from cinematic VR company Jaunt throughout 2014. The company has made headlines with its 360 degree camera working on projects such as filming the premiere of hit Marvel Studios movie Guardians of the Galaxy as well as raising some $27.8 million USD in funding. But for all of this news, the company is yet to release a VR video for consumers. That changes today as Jaunt launches its first video in partnership with legendary artist Sir Paul McCartney. READ MORE

Alien: Isolation Dev Talks VR, Reactions

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Alien: Isolation may already be out and virtual reality (VR) fans may already have unlocked Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) support for the title, but news of official VR integration is still yet to be shared. The developer hasn’t confirmed if it will be revisiting the title to integrate full support in the future. While the wait for news continues, here’s an interview with developer Creative Assembly’s Al Hope talking about VR support and reactions to the title. READ MORE

Grand Theft Auto Publisher Will Be ‘first in line’ for VR if it Takes Off

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Talk of a virtual reality (VR) version of the popular Grand Theft Auto series has been rife these past few weeks after it was revealed that the rerelease of Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One would feature a first-person view mode. In the past Take-Two Interactive, owner of Grand Theft Auto creator Rockstar Games, has suggested that VR might not fit its titles. This week however CEO Strauss Zelnick has said that it will be ‘first in line’ for VR videogames if that’s what ‘consumers want’. READ MORE

Final Elite: Dangerous Beta Build Arrives Today

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It’s been a long road for the Elite: Dangerous Beta, which has seen multiple updates throughout 2014 in the build up to the full title’s launch on 16th December 2014. For much of the past year fans have been able to buy in access to the testing phase, allowing maker Frontier Developments ample time to refine the experience. Today sees the launch of the final version of this Beta ahead of the launch of the Gamma build this coming weekend. The update will arrive with a host of new features. READ MORE

Alien Makeout Simulator Adds Oculus Rift DK2 Support

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Earlier in the year VRFocus reported on the release of a surreal new virtual reality (VR) experience named Alien Makeout Simulator, first created in a 48-hour Boston Game Jam. Following its release the title, which uses the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), went on to win Best Single Player Game at the Boston Festival of Indie Games in September 2014. Now the developer has released a new version of the videogame that supports the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2). READ MORE

Balancer Rift Released for Oculus Rift

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The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display’s (HMD) head-tracking technology is of course first and foremost used to replicate head movements. This allows players to feel like they have assumed the role of another character in any given experience. However some inventive developers are using the head-tracking as a means of input itself. Some titles can be operated entirely with just the HMD. Balancer Rift from indie developer Ranats is one such title. READ MORE

Wander Gets Release Window

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It’s been a while since the developer behind upcoming massively multiplayer online (MMO) title Wander has provided an update on the title. The virtual reality (VR) compatible non-combat experience has made fleeting appearances at industry events throughout 2014 and those interested can currently buy access to its ongoing Alpha testing but little has been revealed in the way of a full launch. That changes today as the developer has revealed a release window for the title. READ MORE