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The Apollo 11 Experience Launches Pre-Sales

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Back in March 2015 developer David Whelan passed a Kickstarter crowd-funding effort for his new educational virtual reality (VR) title, The Apollo 11 Virtual Reality Experience. Whelan managed to raise €36,623 EUR with the help of 1,407 backers, meaning the title will be released on PC with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display around July 2015. For those that missed out on backing the piece, this missing any of the rewards offered by the multiple tiers, Wheland has now launched a pre-sale system. READ MORE

A4VR Announces Markerless Body Tracking with HeroVR

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There are several promising areas when it comes to solving what is currently virtual reality’s (VR’s) biggest issue, input. While hand-tracking and motion controllers are currently looking to play a big part in the technology’s future, other concepts such as body tracking could well prove essential in time. Many body tracking solutions such as PrioVR and Perception Neuron strap markers to users to register their movements. Now The Agency for Virtual Reality (A4VR), a company based in Düsseldorf, Germany, has revealed a new body tracking system that doesn’t need these markers. READ MORE

Virtual Reality a ‘Top Trend’ in Display Technology, States Society for Information Display

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Virtual reality (VR) is undoubtedly the hot technology right now. Following the reigniting of the medium by Palmer Luckey’s Oculus Rift back in 2012, we have now reached a point where major technology companies the world over are racing to become a part of the rapidly growing industry. A key part in the success story of VR is obviously the display technology incorporated into head-mounted displays (HMDs), and according to the Society for Information Display this trend is not looking to alleviate any time soon. READ MORE

Reflections & Grave Playable at Phoenix Comicon

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The currently ongoing Phoenix Comicon has two sweet surprises in store for fans of virtual reality (VR), as Broken Window Studios have revealed that their two in-development projects, Reflections and Grave are playable at the event. Running 28th – 31st May 2015, Phoenix, Arizona, the event hosts a number of videogame, television and movie based attractions. READ MORE

GameStop: VR to take ‘a lot of space and time’ at E3

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The 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) was considered a historic week for virtual reality (VR) technology, but many are hoping to see much more at next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) from 16th – 18th June. Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) will be bringing its Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) to the event and Oculus VR has already scheduled a pre-show press conference on 11th June. Its reasons such as these that have led to US videogame retailer GameStop to predict that VR will take up ‘a lot of time and space’ at this year’s show. READ MORE

Space Hulk: Deathwing Confirmed for E3

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Focus Home Interactive’s Space Hulk: Deathwing was originally announced way back in 2013, and in early 2014 was shown running on an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) as a prototype virtual reality (VR) experience. However, in recent months very little has been heard about the title. That was until today, when the publisher confirmed that Space Hulk: Deathwing would make an appearance as part of its Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) line-up. READ MORE

Oculus Talks ‘Digital Audio Workstations and VR Audio’ in New Blog Post

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Though it isn’t talked about nearly as much as the likes of visuals and input, audio is an essential part of the virtual reality (VR) experience. Creating realistic, convincing sound within virtual environments plays a key role in fully immersing users. Oculus VR understands this; earlier this year the company detailed the Head-Related Transfer Function (HRTF) technology that was to be included in the new Audio software development kit (SDK) for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Now Oculus VR has released a new blog further detailing its work with VR sound. READ MORE

CCP Advertising for EVE: Valkyrie Development Director

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The development of EVE: Valkyrie has been a long and protracted story. From humble beginnings the title has become the poster child of AAA virtual reality (VR), however it hasn’t got this far without hitting a couple of stumbling blocks. To aid the project as it reaches for the home stretch, CCP Games Newcastle is looking for a new Development Director to join the team. READ MORE

VR First-Person Horror Dreamcase Launches Greenlight Campaign

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Horror has proven a popular genre for those developing virtual reality (VR) titles. The isolation and immersion provided by the likes of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) can greatly enhance these experiences and that’s something that developers have quickly acted upon. This week sees the launch of a Steam Greenlight campaign for a brand new VR horror experience named Dreamcase. The campaign will hope to secure enough positive votes in order to approve the title for sale on Valve’s digital store in the future. READ MORE

Mini-Museum of Natural History Exhibits Coming To Oculus, HTC Vive

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We at VRFocus have been intently following the fortunes of those who have been competiting in the Oculus Mobile VR Jam. Now with the competition to greate applications and games for the Samsung Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) is nearly at its end it is perhaps not surprising that some of those competitors are now looking beyond the competition to the future of their creations. READ MORE