Author Archives: Kevin Joyce

New Nix Screenshots Revealed

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Following the announcement that student project Nix won this year’s ‘Off The Map’ award at GameCity this week, the team behind the videogame has made available a new batch of screenshots. Nix is a virtual reality (VR) experience that takes the player underwater and through a decaying ruin based on the real-world Fonthill Abbey, a country house that was demolished in 1846 follow the collapse of its 300-foot tower. READ MORE

The Black Glove to Support Oculus Rift & Project Morpheus

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Day For Night Games have announced their intentions to support virtual reality (VR) devices on both PC and PlayStation 4 with their forthcoming The Black Glove. Currently undergoing a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter, The Black Glove has been confirmed for both Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus head-mounted displays (HMDs) should it get funded. READ MORE

Alien: Isolation VR Makes Australian Public Debut at PAX Aus

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Back in June of this year SEGA revealed that The Creative Assembly had developed a virtual reality (VR) experience within their then-anticipated Alien: Isolation. A playable version was debuted at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), LA, that week and then little was said about the project. The videogame’s launch came-and-went without so much of a whisper, but today Oculus VR has revealed that the VR edition of the videogame has made it’s Australian public debut at PAX Australia. READ MORE

Preview: Pixel Rift Halloween Special

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National Film & Television School (NFTS) student Ana Ribeiro has earned herself quite a lot of media coverage of late thanks to her inspired take on life as a young female videogame fan in the latter decades of the last century. Pulling from her own experiences of playing videogames from outside the core demographic and struggling to be recognised as a ‘true’ member of the audience, Ribeiro’s videogame has you playing the role of a young girl in each era of videogames from 8-bit through to the turn of the century, all the while developed as an exclusively virtual reality (VR) experience. Pixel Rift is no ordinary student project then, and this shows in the remarkable attention to detail within the videogame. READ MORE

VR One Pre-Order Campaign Launches

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Carl Zeiss has announced their entrance into the virtual reality (VR) race with the launch of the pre-order campaign for VR One, a brand new head-mounted display (HMD) set to rival Samsung’s recently announced Gear VR. Available to pre-order from today, the VR One offers a smartphone mount that will be compatible with multiple devices. READ MORE

Alien: Isolation – The Challenges of Officially Adapting for VR

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Alien: Isolation has finally arrived and with it comes a considerable amount of critical acclaim. Heralded as the ‘best’ videogame experience ever made based on the famous sci-fi movie franchise, the hype was indeed worthwhile. Moreover, the attention the videogame received due to it’s virtual reality (VR) demonstration has been incredibly important to the exposure of the title, and as such it’s more than likely that we’ll see a VR edition of the videogame at some point down the line to surpass the unofficial hack that VRFocus reported on earlier this week. It’s long been said however, that simply porting existing videogames to VR doesn’t work. READ MORE

nDreams CEO: Gear VR ‘An exciting beginning to consumer VR’‏

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Following the news that independent development studio nDreams will have two titles available alongside the launch of the Gear VR head-mounted display (HMD), expected later this year, CEO Patrick O’Luanaigh has suggested to VRFocus that the release of the device is nothing short of ‘exciting’. nDreams has cemented their commitment to virtual reality (VR) development, openly revealing that they have several titles in development for various platforms. READ MORE