Author Archives: Jamie Feltham

Facebook Hints at 2015 Release Date for Oculus Rift


With the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) now confirmed for a launch in 2015, pressure is on for Oculus Rift HMD creator Oculus VR to announce a launch date for its own kit. Most recently Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey seemed to suggest that the company wouldn’t be launching its kit until 2016. But today at the F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, California, parent company Facebook once again suggested that the Oculus Rift might indeed be launching in 2015. READ MORE

Chronicles VR Announces New Exhibit for UK’s Great North Museum Using Oculus Rift


As virtual reality (VR) technology finally starts to approach consumer availability, developers are beginning to capitalise on potential that’s only be talked about for the past few years. Education, for example, is set to be a big part of VR’s future, but teams are only just starting to work out how. UK-based team Chronicles VR is one such team, this week announcing a new VR experience for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) that it will soon be showcasing in a closed public viewing at the Great North Museum in Newcastle. READ MORE

28 Universities Sign Up to OSVR Academia Program


Since it’s reveal at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) back in January the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) ecosystem has had plenty of new updates to share. Just this week the group unveiled a new, optional faceplate that integrates Leap Motion’s hand-tracking controller into its OSVR Hacker Dev Kit head-mounted display (HMD). Today sees OSVR announce a total of 28 universities from across the globe that have joined the OSVR Academia program. The full list can currently be seen below. READ MORE

Coatsink Talks Esper, Inspirations and the Future


It’s rare to get the chance to talk to a virtual reality (VR) developer with its first release already behind it. True, Samsung has allowed consumers to pick up a Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD) since late 2014, but many teams are still waiting on the consumer versions Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Project Morpheus to launch a premium product. UK-based indie studio Coatsink Software has bucked that trend with the release of first-person puzzle title Esper on Samsung’s device. READ MORE

OTOY Reveals Release Window, Teases Vive Support and More for Batman VR Experience


Earlier in the week VRFocus reported on a tease from cloud rendering company OTOY that Mark Hamill may reprise his celebrated role as The Joker in the upcoming Batman: The Animated Series virtual reality (VR) experience. While it’s exciting to hear that Hamill may once again join the voice behind Batman himself, Kevin Conroy, and series writer Paul Dini, details about the experience itself are sparse. A full reveal of the title is still to come, but OTOY has provided VRFocus with a better insight into what fans can expect. READ MORE

Eye-Tracking VR HMD FOVE to Launch Crowdfunding Campaign


The virtual reality (VR) industry is yet to fully-embrace eye-tracking, despite the potential benefits it could bring to VR experiences. With so many other aspects of VR still to work out, companies such as Oculus VR are yet to really address the technology’s potential. That isn’t the case with FOVE, a new head-mounted display (HMD) that puts eye-tracking at the front and centre of its appeal.┬áThis week the company behind the device has announced that it is to launch a crowd-funding campaign in order to aid production. READ MORE

Crowfall Passes Kickstarter with Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Stretch Goal


Earlier in the week VRFocus reported on the news that Crowfall, a new massively multiplayer online (MMO) PC title that reached funding via a Kickstarter crowd-sourced campaign, had added a new stretch goal for support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). However, instead of raising a specific amount of money, developer ArtCraft Entertainment instead hoped to hit a goal of 15,000 backers. Since that time, the campaign has shot past this goal, confirming VR support for the title. READ MORE

NextVR Partners with FOX Sports to Deliver NASCAR VR


California-based company NextVR is making a serious push to become one of if not the leading name in 360 degree video content for virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD). The studio has already worked in VR concerts, recording a show from UK giants, Coldplay, and has partnered with the NBA and NHL for live VR sports broadcasting. This week sees the company announce a new partnership, this time with FOX Sports. The pair have been working together to explore live VR streaming NASCAR events. READ MORE

Facebook to Start Supporting Spherical Videos for Oculus Rift ‘Soon’


Today marks the one-year anniversary of Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) creator, Oculus VR. It also sees the company’s F8 developer conference kick off in San Francisco, California, USA. Oculus VR has already had a big part to play at the conference; Facebook has announced that it will be bringing spherical video support to its platform in the future and will be supporting the Oculus Rift in the process. READ MORE

Preview: EVE: Valkyrie


EVE Fanfest is considered the home of EVE: Valkyrie, following a debut at the event in 2013 and the subsequent reveal of the first the Unreal Engine 4 edition of the videogame last year. A brand new build of EVE: Valkyrie was presented to the press this year, featuring a host of new additions including ships, gameplay modes and added functionality. READ MORE