Tag Archives: Oculus Rift

Virtualizer to Work with Mobile HMDs, Company ‘Stunned’ By Gear VR

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The team at Cyberith has been working hard on its Virtualizer omni-directional treadmill for virtual reality (VR) experiences since raising over $350,000 USD on Kickstarter earlier this year. The company has been keeping fans in the loop with newsletters about the device’s progress since then, and has today confirmed an intriguing piece of information that will bring the kit to other VR head-mounted displays (HMD) alongside the Oculus Rift. READ MORE

Oculus Rift to Be Used as Eyes on the Moon in Google-Sponsored Lunar Mission

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The Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has quickly gained traction outside of the videogame industry. This week has seen the reveal of perhaps the most intriguing use for the technology yet. The Oculus Rift will be used to give people a view from the Moon in a new lunar mission to be carried out by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University and space firm Astrobotic. READ MORE

Luckey: Oculus ‘lost money’ on Kickstarter by ‘grossly underestimating’ Resources

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The origins of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) have been well documented. Though its far from the start of the story, in 2012 creator Palmer Luckey and the rest of the team at Oculus VR ran an immensely successful Kickstarter campaign for the device, raising nearly $2.5 million USD to create its first development kit. You might think that, with this kind of money, the company would have more than enough resources to deliver on their obligations. As it turns out, it wasn’t enough. READ MORE

Ether One Dev Talks Unreal Engine 4, Improved VR Support and Project Morpheus

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Earlier this year VRFocus awarded its first 5/5 review to Ether One, the debut effort from Manchester-based indie developer White Paper Games. The title’s narrative and presentation were top notch, making it all the more exciting when the developer confirmed it would be porting Ether One to Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 and releasing it on PlayStation 4 as well as an updated PC launch. VRFocus recently caught up with the developer’s Pete Bottomley to talk about the up date. READ MORE

Beta For Social VR Platform Ceek Incoming

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Over the past few months you may have heard of Ceek from Next Galaxy. Little about this social virtual reality (VR) platform has been revealed so far, though VR fans are soon to find out more as its creators have today announced an incoming Beta in which users will be able to test out the experience. The beta will launch in roughly a month’s time and be compatible with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). READ MORE

Oculus Rift and Kinect Used to Simulate Prosthetic Limbs in Sheffield Hallam University Project

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It’s been quite a week for alternative uses of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Some of the first VR movies have been revealed and dated while scitentists are planning to use the device as a virtual pair of eyes on the Moon’s surface. Now another new project has been display, this time from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. A team is using the Oculus Rift, Kinect motion sensor and Myo armband to create unique software for amputees. READ MORE

Final Destination, Pumpkinhead, Jeepers Creepers Creators Collaborate For Oculus Rift Horror Film Hell Mountain‏

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Earlier this week VRFocus reported on the reveal of the release date for one of the first virtual reality (VR) movies, Zero Point. That’s far from the only piece of VR movie news this week, as a team of horror legends has launched an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign for a new film franchise named Hell Mountain. The filmmakers hope to raise $100,000 USD by 21st December 2014 to fund the first entry in the franchise. READ MORE

Zelda-Eqsue Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth Hits Greenlight With Oculus Support

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Today sees the launch of Steam Greenlight campaign for a promising new virtual reality (VR) compatible adventure title from indie developer Cardboard Keep. Warden: Melody of the Undergrowth is hoping to secure enough positive votes to launch a full version on Valve’s digital store. Should all go to plan then the title will release in early 2015 on PC, Mac and Linux with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). READ MORE

Darkfield Passes Kickstarter Campaign, Stretch Goals Incoming

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Today brings reason to celebrate for indie developer VR Bits as the studio has passed its Kickstarter funding goal for upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible space simulation title, Darkfield. The campaign recently passed its $10,000 AUD goal to aid development of the videogame, which features full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The target was reached with the help of over 300 backers. READ MORE

VR Mountain Climbing Title Ascent Gets Demo

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Virtual reality (VR) will be able to bring plenty of extreme sports to the comfort of the sofa in the future. This month a group of developers has released a demo for such an experience named Ascent. The demo allows players to experience first-person mountain climbing using the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD) and can currently be downloaded from the official Oculus VR Share Beta. READ MORE