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VR vs. Gear VR in 2014

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Despite having only been revealed in September, Gear VR, Samsung’s smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has quickly become one of the most important and exciting products in the industry. Not only is this one of the first HMDs to come from a major electronics manufacturer, but it also marks the release of Oculus Rift HMD creator Oculus VR’s first commercial product, having been developed in partnership with Samsung. That said, you might not want to refer to it as a consumer release when in earshot of the VR specialists. READ MORE

VR vs. Project Morpheus in 2014

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When 2014 started out it was set to be an exciting year for the virtual reality (VR) industry. Fans were hoping that Oculus VR would soon be revealing its next iteration of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display, with some even hoping for a consumer release around this time. But the year also held one of the biggest surprises so far for this young industry. Just months after the launch of its PlayStation 4 in 2013, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) revealed that it was developing its own HMD in Project Morpheus. READ MORE

VR vs. Gear VR Launch

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It appears that things are finally falling in place for the launch of Samsung’s Gear VR, a new virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) that runs with the company’s Galaxy Note 4 smartphone. The kit is due to arrive in the USA in a matter of weeks, launching in early December 2014. Even with the delay of just under two months, that’s a remarkably quick turnaround from the reveal of the device back in early September 2014. That said, Gear VR isn’t set to have the most straightforward launch. There are a number of factors that make it something of an unknown quantity at the moment. Just how are things shaping up ahead of release? READ MORE

VR vs. Post-Samsung Developer Conference

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Back in September 2014 Oculus VR held its first ever developer conference in Oculus Connect. Shortly after the show, VRFocus reflected on how the company had shown a positive new side that suggested it would be able to present itself properly when the time came to directly address consumers about the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). It was an organised, efficient event that raised the bar for the standard expected of Oculus VR announcements going forward. Sadly, the 2014 Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) didn’t quite meet that bar. READ MORE

VR vs. Samsung Developer Conference 2014

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2014 may be drawing to a close but there’s still at least one more virtual reality (VR) event that fans should keep an eye on. This week sees the Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) take place from 11th – 13th November in San Francisco, California. The company will use the event to host a range of talks and sessions on creating for its wide range of products. Of course, this includes the much anticipated Gear VR, a smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) created in partnership with Oculus VR itself. Just what can VR fans expect from the event? READ MORE

VR vs. Take-Two Interactive

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Take-Two Interactive admittedly hasn’t gotten off to the best start with virtual reality (VR) technology. Earlier in 2014 company CEO Strauss Zelnick labelled the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) as ‘anti-social’ and a strictly ‘core technology’. That’s not the most encouraging sign that the company, which owns both Rockstar Games and 2K Games, will be jumping on board with VR any time soon. But it’s also far from damning proof that either of its subsidiaries will ever make VR videogames. Anyone that’s familiar with either publisher’s work will know that they could make some major contributions to the scene. READ MORE

VR vs. Smartphone HMDs

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It’s astonishingly clever, really. A virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) that does away with expensive PC hardware and utilises the smartphone, something that almost everyone has in their pocket, as a display, processor and head-tracker. Of course the experience isn’t comparable to what you’ll find on the Oculus Rift, but as a low-end introduction to the most exciting upcoming technology, it’s a brilliant solution requiring low cost and low horsepower. READ MORE

VR vs. Konami

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Konami is perhaps one of the most interesting publishers to follow in the videogame industry right now. The company clearly has the resources to develop big budget, headline-grabbing console titles; take a minute to look at the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and that much is clear. But the Japanese outlet also doesn’t seem to be able to push out these types of titles with the regularity that the likes of EA and Ubisoft do. READ MORE

VR vs. Activision

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With a recent history of annualised releases, toy-based videogames and adaptations of movies, you might think publishing giant Activision wouldn’t take a chance on a technology as risky as virtual reality (VR). But dig a little deeper into that history and there’s reassuring evidence that the company may well lend support to the likes of the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus head-mounted displays (HMD) whenever they’re finally made available. And with some of the industry’s biggest franchises falling under its publishing line, it would certainly be exciting to see it get involved in VR. READ MORE

VR vs. Alien: Isolation

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E3 2014 provided a glimpse of something that many virtual reality (VR) fans have been clamouring for since Oculus VR first launched its Kickstarter campaign for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) in 2012. While the indie community has done an admirable job showcasing VR so far, enthusiasts have been pining to see what a big budget development studio could do with the technology. And that’s exactly what they got at the videogame industry’s biggest show in June as The Creative Assembly revealed a playable VR prototype of its upcoming sci-fi horror experience, Alien: Isolation. READ MORE