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Oculus Unveils VR Cinema Division With Its First VR Movie

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So far Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR has largely associated its technology with videogames. The company recently released its first internally-developed project in HeroBound: First Steps and intends to keep on working on titles with Head of Studios Jason Rubin. However this week sees Oculus make its first steps into what it calls ‘VR cinema’ with the announcement of a new internal team, Oculus Story Studio. The group’s first 360 degree film, Lost, has also been unveiled. READ MORE

The Who Launches Beta for Immersive VR App on Oculus Rift

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Back in 2014 VRFocus reported on the reveal of a unique new virtual reality (VR) experience that celebrated the works of legendary British rock band, The Who. The piece uses the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) to take viewers on a surreal visual journey through the band’s career. At the time, it was stated that the title would be releasing for everyone in 2015. While the full version is yet to arrive, The Who Immersive has launched as a Beta over on the Oculus VR Share Beta, an online portal for sharing free VR experiences. READ MORE

SVVR Con Heading to San Jose Convention Center, Dates Revealed

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For the past two years the Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) meetup has proved to be one of the leading gatherings for the VR community, with developers and enthusiasts meeting to discuss the latest advancements with the technology. Then, in May 2014, the group held the first SVVR Conference & Expo at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, USA. As expected, the event will be returning in 2015, albeit on a much larger scale than organisers Karl Krantz and Nana Usui’s previous shows. READ MORE

Vector36 Launches Playable Demo

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Back in September 2014 VRFocus reported on the launch of a new Steam Greenlight campaign for a virtual reality (VR) compatible sci-fi racing title named Vector36. Indie developer Red River Studio launched the campaign with hopes of securing enough positive votes to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital PC store come full release. That campaign remains ongoing but the studio has this month released the first playable demo for Vector36 in hopes of convincing more people to check out the campaign and grant it a ‘Yes’ vote. READ MORE

Particles! Launched for Oculus Rift

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There are a host of new, free virtual reality (VR) experiences currently available over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta. The page is essentially a software portal for small VR experiences for those looking to experiment with their Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Among the most recent releases is Particles!, a small demo from indie developer LazerMan47 that is compatible with the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2). READ MORE

Among The Sleep Dev Launches Oculus DK2 Beta, Encounters Issues

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Virtual reality (VR) fans that have played indie developer Krillbite Studio’s Among the Sleep have been waiting patiently for an update to the title’s Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) support. The first-person horror experience has supported the first development kit (DK1) since its launch in mid-2014, stating that it would add in support for the second development kit (DK2) if the title ‘performs well’. It certainly seems as if the title has sold enough to warrant the update, as the developer has this week released a beta build with DK2 support. READ MORE

Oculus VR Speaking on ‘The Big Picture’ Panel at Sundance This Weekend

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Yesterday saw the world-famous Sundance Film Festival kick off in Park City, Utah, USA. Filmmakers and fans from across the globe are gathering until 1st February 2015 to discuss the medium as well as watch some of the latest ground-breaking works. Virtual reality (VR) movies are featuring in full force, with a total of nine different experiences running on head-mounted displays (HMD). Not only that but Oculus Rift HMD creator Oculus VR itself will be at the event and even sitting in on one of the main VR panels. READ MORE

First InMind VR Trailer Arrives

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Earlier this week Russia-based indie developer Nival launched a demo for its upcoming virtual reality (VR) experience, InMind VR. Said demo can currently be downloaded for free over on the Steam digital store and features full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Now the first trailer for the title has arrived, which can currently be seen below. READ MORE

Oculus ‘Depreciating’ Support for DX9 in Next SDK

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Oculus VR’s free software development kits (SDK) for creating virtual reality (VR) experiences with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) have been fairly all-inclusive with their supported software and systems. However, starting with the release of the next update, the company will begin to start phasing out support for one version of Microsoft’s DirectX collection of application programming interfaces, DirectX 9. READ MORE