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Soundscape VR Wins Leap Motion 3D Jam

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Back in October innovative input manufacturers Leap Motion launched a contest for the virtual reality (VR) development community in which the contestants had to create a unique application or videogame making use of both the Leap Motion device and the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The contest finalists were subject to public voting and today the winners have been revealed. READ MORE

Playhead Gets New Screenshots

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It’s been a big week for indie developer Innerspace VR. The team has become one of the first studios to make it onto Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) with the release of Playhead. The music-based experience is available as of this week for free. For those that have yet to pick it up, the developer has released a set of new screenshots that can now be seen below. READ MORE

Grave Gets New Screenshots

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While the end of 2014 will be about winding down for many videogame developers, some of which will have released some of the biggest titles of the past few months, Broken Window Studios likely won’t be able to rest too much. Grave, the developer’s upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible horror title, is set for release in early 2015. And with the team recently confirming a PlayStation 4 version to go alongside the Xbox One and Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) supported PC version, there’s no doubt plenty of work still to be done. READ MORE

Weightless Shows its Zero Gravity Gameplay New GIFs

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Earlier this week VRFocus reported on news that the developer of Weightless, one of the many entrants in the Leap Motion 3D Jam, was hoping to release a full version of the virtual reality (VR) compatible title sometime in 2015. With public voting for the jam now closed, it will be revealed today just which entrants made it into the list of 20 finalists that will then compete for the top spot. While you wait for the results, the developer has provided some GIFs of Weightless, showing off its zero gravity gameplay. READ MORE

BlazeRush Adds Oculus Rift Support with New Update

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Earlier this week Codemasters released its anticipated patch for top-down racing videogame, Toybox Turbos, adding support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Oddly enough, today sees the launch of another patch for another top-down racer, again adding support for the device. This time it’s BlazeRush from indie developer Targem Games that’s treating fans to VR support with a free patch integrating the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2) and bringing the title to version 1.0.3. READ MORE

Lava Inc. Releases for Google Cardboard

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Back in August 2014 VRFocus reported on the launch of a new virtual reality (VR) rollercoaster named Lava Inc. for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display’s (HMD) second development kit (DK2). Developed by The Virtual Dutch Men, it was one of the first experiences of this type to support the latest version of Oculus VR’s device. This week sees Lava Inc. come to new platforms including the Google Cardboard smartphone-based HMD and Durovis Dive. READ MORE

Eden River Sees Steam Release

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It’s already been a big week for indie developer Unello Design. The team has just released its virtual reality (VR) compatible relaxation experience, Eden River, onto the Android mobile operating system (OS) with support for the Google Cardboard smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). The title is currently available on handsets for £1.27 GBP. But if you would rather play the experience on PC with the Oculus Rift then you’re in luck; today sees the launch of the full PC version of Eden River following its pre-release version. READ MORE

Fox Reveals VR Piece Wild – The Experience Starring Reese Witherspoon

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Virtual reality (VR) is now one of the most popular ways to market upcoming movies with the likes of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Interstellar and The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies all using the technology to create short experiences. It looks like that trend is set to continue well into the New Year, with Fox Searchlight Pictures recently revealing a VR new experience based on Wild, the new biographical drama starring Reese Witherspoon. The piece, titled Wild – The Experience runs on the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). READ MORE

Developers Confirm Work on Xbox One VR Kit

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Earlier today VRFocus reported on rumours that Microsoft was planning to reveal its own virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for its Xbox One console at E3 2015 next June, potentially for release later on in the year. Now VRFocus has been informed that VR developers are indeed working with an Xbox One VR HMD already. The developer kit is currently ‘circulating’ a group of developers working on the console. READ MORE

Peter Jackson Working on Potential VR Videogame or Movie

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Virtual reality (VR) movies are rapidly growing in popularity just as they are with videogames. While several flimmakers have either released or begun work on 360 degree videos that can be viewed with the likes of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), some of the most influential people in the industry are starting to take interest in it. Peter Jackson, the director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and, more recently, The Hobbit trilogy, is the latest Hollywood name to be tied to the technology. READ MORE