Tag Archives: Oculus Rift

VR Puzzle Title Nix Wins Off The Map 2014 Award with CryEngine 3

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The 2014 GameCity festival is currently running across Nottingham, UK, with plenty for virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts to see and do. But if hands-on with the likes of Pixel Rift and Smash Hit Plunder isn’t enough then perhaps you should turn your attention to Nix, a new VR compatible puzzle experience that has today been announced the winner of the 2014 Off The Map competition held by the British Library, Crytek and GameCity itself. READ MORE

World of Diving Gets Halloween-Themed Content

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Indie developer Vertigo Games has supplied a steady stream of new content for the Early Access version of its virtual reality (VR) compatible diving title, World of Diving, since its launch. Updates have ranged from historic wrecks to some more imaginative levels, giving fans plenty to explore. Today the developer has released new content to celebrate Halloween, some of which will be available for a limited time only. READ MORE

Preview: The Hum

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An empty city lies in ruins. Torn apart by a war of technology with an extra-terrestrial race its citizens never saw coming, the loneliness is as crippling as the oppressive control from the watchmen. Circulating above offering your only source of light as they patrol the streets looking for stragglers left behind in the desolate mess of concrete and steel, all that’s left to do is survive. READ MORE

Elite: Dangerous Beta 3.01 Released

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By now fans of Elite: Dangerous should be more than familiar with developer Frontier Developments’ efficiency when it comes to updates. That hasn’t changed with this week’s release of the third version of the beta for the upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible space simulation title. Today the developer has released Beta 3.01 for Elite: Dangerous, bringing with it a host of tweaks and updates for issues that have recently surfaced in the new Beta. READ MORE

Former SEGA CEO: VR ‘one of the most important things’ to Happen to Videogames Since Smartphones

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Back in April 2014 VRFocus reported on news that former SEGA CEO Mike Hayes had joined virtual reality (VR) videogame developer nDreams’ board following a funding round of £250,000 GBP from his investment group, Mercia Fund Management. The move clearly demonstrated that Hayes believes in the future of VR. More recently Hayes has even stated that the technology is ‘one of the most important things’ to happen to videogames since the introduction of smartphones. READ MORE

Short VR Horror Movie 11:57 Released

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The recent surge in virtual reality (VR) compatible movies continues this week with the release of a new short piece named 11:57. The movie is currently available as a free download on both PC and Mac with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). A mobile version of the experience is also said to be coming soon, although it’s yet to be confirmed if this means that 11:57 will be appearing on Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD or similar devices. READ MORE

VR Karts to Be Revealed This Weekend, Teaser Image Released

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Though virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts have already had success adapting titles such as Mario Kart 64 to include Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) support, the industry is yet to see a dedicated kart-based VR videogame. That’s soon set to change as indie developer Viewpoint Games plans to fully reveal its upcoming VR compatible karting title, VR Karts, at the Backspace Warwickshire videogame festival in the UK this weekend on Saturday, 1st November 2014. VR Karts will be the developer’s first title. READ MORE

Guided Meditation Demo Heads to Oculus Share

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Earlier in October 2014 VRFocus reported on the launch of a new demo for Guided Meditation, a virtual reality (VR) compatible relaxation experience that works with the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2). Now that demo has launched on Oculus VR’s own software portal, the Oculus VR Share Beta. As with the original release, the demo can be downloaded for free on both PC and Mac. A possible Linux version is yet to be confirmed. READ MORE

Framestore Launches New Website for VR Studio, Teases ‘Epic’ Projects to be Revealed in November

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Back in June 2014 Framestore, the digital effects studio that has worked on the likes of Gravity, launched a dedicated virtual reality (VR) division. The VR Studio’s work can already be seen in the likes of Game of Thrones: Ascend the Wall, the Avengers VR experience for the Gear VR smartphone-based and even the recently revealed Interstellar VR experience on the Oculus Rift HMD. Today the company has launched a new website, teasing that there’s still much more to come from them. READ MORE

Oculus Releases Entire Oculus Connect Developer Session Videos and Presentations Online

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In September 2014 Oculus VR held its first ever Oculus Connect developer conference in Hollywood, California. The two day event proved to be a huge success as the company revealed its latest prototype for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in Crescent Bay and hosted a number of keynote speeches from Oculus VR figureheads such as CEO Brendan Iribe and Chief Technology Officer John Carmack. There were also a number of developer sessions from other members of both Oculus VR and the VR development community. Those sessions can now be seen online. READ MORE