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Doorways: The Underworld Gets Launch Trailer

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Earlier this week Saibot Studios launched the third entry in its Doorways series of horror videogames, Doorways: The Underworld on PC. The title is currently availably on Steam for a reduced price of £6.29, and offers full support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The developer also released a new trailer for the title to complement the launch. Said trailer can now be seen below. READ MORE

MotorSport Revolution Gets Launch Trailer

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Last week saw the Early Access release of a brand new virtual reality (VR) compatible racing videogame in MotorSport Revolution from indie developer Ghost Machine. The title is available now from Steam for £14.99 GBP and plans to stay in an Early Access phase until the consumer release of a supported head-mounted display (HMD) such as the Oculus Rift. Now the launch trailer for the title has arrived can be seen below. READ MORE

Oculus Confirms Consumer Rift Will Have Integrated Microphone and Headphones

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Earlier today Oculus VR announced the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display’s (HMD) latest prototype, Crescent Bay. The new device contains a range of improvements over the device’s second development kit (DK2), including a higher resolution display and better design. One of the highlights of the kit is undoubtedly the integrated headphones, a feature that had long been requested by the VR community. According to the company, this will be improved on even further with the release of the consumer Oculus Rift, which will include a microphone as well. READ MORE

John Carmack Would be ‘shocked’ if VR Isn’t ‘wildly popular’ in 5 Years

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Oculus VR is confident that its on the right path with its Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display. And why shouldn’t it be? Facebook bought the company for $2 billion USD, it’s more than doubled in size since and yet it remains patient with the development of the consumer version of the device. But speaking at this weekend’s Oculus Connect developer conference in Hollywood, California, the company’s Chief Technology Officer John Carmack revealed he was so confident in its work that he would be ‘shocked’ if VR wasn’t a mainstream concept in five years time. READ MORE

Oculus: Eye Tracking Might Not Work With Rift Until 4K Displays Utilised

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Eye tracking is a popular talking point among the virtual reality (VR) community at this point in time. It could prove to be an essential tool for creating fully immersive VR experiences on head-mounted displays (HMD) such as the Oculus Rift. However, according to Oculus VR Chief Technology Officer John Carmack, the technology might not be relevant to the Oculus Rift until it advances even further beyond what’s been seen with the Crescent Bay, revealed today at Oculus Connect. READ MORE

Oculus: Making VR’s Killer App ‘not what we’re supposed to do’

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As everyone in the virtual reality (VR) community knows, Oculus VR is paving the way for the future of the technology. The Oculus Rift head-mounted displays (HMD) continue to set a new bar for VR with the reveal of every developer kit and prototype, the most recent of which is the Crescent Bay prototype revealed at the Oculus Connect developer conference in Hollywood, California today. But will the company set the same kind of standard for VR software? According to Chief Technology Officer John Carmack, that’s not up to them. READ MORE

Oculus Working on Avatar-Based Social Software for Gear VR

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Social virtual reality (VR) will undoubtedly be a huge pull for head-mounted displays such as the Oculus Rift when developers finally figure it out. However it presents a whole new set of challenges beyond what companies such as Oculus VR are dealing with right now. That said, the company’s Chief Technology Officer John Carmack revealed that his team has been working on an avatar-based social software for Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based VR head-mounted display (HMD). READ MORE

First Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Images Arrive

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Since Oculus VR announced its first ever Oculus Connect developer conference earlier in 2014 there has been rampant speculation within the virtual reality (VR) community as to what the company will reveal at the event. Few would have guessed that, so soon after shipping the Oculus Rift head-mounted display’s (HMD) second development kit (DK2), the company would reveal another new prototype device. But CEO Brendan Iribe did just that during his keynote speech, announcing the Crescent Bay prototype. Now the first images of the device have arrived and can be seen below. READ MORE

Oculus CEO: Valve a ‘major contributor’ to VR

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Oculus VR is undoubtedly the first and most important name in the virtual reality (VR) industry. Never has this been more true than today, as the company hosted its first Oculus Connect developer conference and revealed the Crescent Bay prototype for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). But by the company’s own admission, it wouldn’t be where it is today with out the help of some friends. One such friend is Half-Life developer Valve, which Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe labelled as a ‘major contributor’ in the VR space during his keynote at Oculus Connect today. READ MORE

Oculus Connect Live Stream

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Following some introductory sessions yesterday, Oculus Connect gets fully underway today at 09:30 PDT. The developer-focused conference is set to deliver a host of new virtual reality (VR) news as CEO Brendan Iribe takes to the stage for a keynote that kicks off a full day of talks, panels and presentations about the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). You can watch each and every one in a live stream embedded below. The full schedule for the day can also be seen. READ MORE