Tag Archives: Oculus Rift

The Hum Gets New Unreal Engine 4 Footage

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Last week Thotwise Games teased that it would soon have news on its upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible horror title, The Hum, following its failure to reach a Kickstarter funding goal earlier in the year. The wait for that news continues, but the developer has at least released a new look at the videogame, which suggests it is making good progress despite the crowd-funding set back. That footage can now be seen below. READ MORE

Solar System Launches for Oculus Rift

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Space is an understandably popular destination for virtual reality (VR) experiences. Upcoming VR titles such as Cosmonaut seek capitalise on the tense atmosphere that the unending darkness and ever silent surroundings provide. Other titles seek to provide an informative experience that educates players on space and lets them explore its depths without worrying about Gravity-style cliffhangers and dangers. Solar System from indie developer Scott Wilson falls into this latter category. READ MORE

Two Samsung Developer Conference VR Sessions Now Available Online

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Last week saw electronics giant Samsung host its second Samsung Developer Conference (SDC) in San Francisco, California. The company used the event to reveal a lot of new information about its Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) but also hosted a number of VR talks and panels from industry experts. This week the company has posted two of those talks online, which can now be seen below. READ MORE

Facebook: Oculus Rift Will be ‘the on-ramp to optical computing’

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Following Facebook’s now historic acquisition of Oculus VR earlier this year, many started to speculate on a seemingly inevitable social networking revolution using the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). This seemed like a good a reason as any for Facebook to spend $2 billion USD on the VR specialists, though it appears as if it wasn’t the only one. Earlier this week Dan Rose, Facebook’s VP of content and media partnerships, revealed that the company was interested in another potential application of the HMD; optical computing. READ MORE

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem

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If you’ve had so much as a passing interest in virtual reality (VR) technology over the past few years, then it’s likely crossed your mind that head-mounted displays (HMD) are a perfect companion to the horror genre. The isolation and immersion provided by the likes of the Oculus Rift can create an atmosphere unlike anything achievable with a standard screen. As those more deeply invested in VR will no doubt know, many developers have already tried to capitalise on this. The Oculus VR Share platform, a portal for free VR software, is littered with scary experiences while some high-profile studios such as The Creative Assembly have been using the Oculus Rift with their projects such as Alien: Isolation. READ MORE

Elite: Dangerous Oculus Rift Support Updated in New Beta

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Yesterday VRFocus reported on news that the final build of the Beta for virtual reality (VR) compatible space simulation title Elite: Dangerous would be launching imminently. Frontier Developments gave fans a heads up on the Beta’s arrival, detailing a few of the more significant updates for the title. Now that the update has hit, a more extensive changelog has arrived, revealing that Beta 3.09 also updates support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), utilising the most recent version of the device’s software development kit (SDK), 0.4.3. READ MORE

Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth Greenlit on Steam

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Last month VRFocus reported on the launch of a Steam Greenlight campaign for a promising new virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame named Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth. This week the title, developed by indie studio Cardboard Keep, has passed that campaign, meaning that it has been approved for sale on Valve’s digital PC store come full release in early 2015. When it does launch Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth will feature full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display. READ MORE

Low Tide Launches Environment Test Demo for Oculus Rift

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This week sees the launch of an intriguing new virtual reality (VR) experience from indie developer TankRust Studios. That title is Low Tide, a first-person exploration piece that uses the Oculus Rift head-mounted display. The title’s first environmental demo can currently be downloaded for free over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta on PC. Possible Mac and Linux versions are yet to be mentioned, though the experience does support both the Oculus Rift’s first and second development kits (DK1 and DK2). READ MORE

Coatsink Software Offers Tips on VR Development

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Earlier this year indie developer Coatsink Software, the studio behind titles such as Shu and Chip, revealed that it was currently working on its first virtual reality (VR) videogame in Esper. The title is heading to both the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD, presenting a new set of challenges for the team. This week Coatsink Software has talked about those issues and offered its own views on developing for VR. READ MORE

Electronic Arts Has Been ‘experimenting’ With VR, Will Create Titles if ‘platform takes off’

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It’s clear that virtual reality (VR) has come a long way in 2014. Earlier in the year large videogame publishers could be caught making passing mentions of the technology, expressing concerns with motion sickness and sales. Although publishers still cite these issues when talking about VR tech, many are now much more willing to admit that they will consider VR development if the platform takes off. One such company is Electronic Arts, as CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed that the company sees VR as ‘very exciting’ this week. READ MORE