Tag Archives: Oculus Rift

Oculus Concepts’ Launch Line-Up Revealed


With the arrival of the long-anticipated consumer version of the Gear VR mobile-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in the US this month, co-creator Oculus VR has made some key changes to some of the apps and storefronts in place for users. One of the major additions is the arrival of Oculus Concepts, a new channel reserved for experimental experiences and pre-release versions of some titles. With this new section now up and running, its initial line-up of software has been revealed. READ MORE

Kôna Beta Gets Release Window


Back in 2014 indie developer Parabole passed a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a brand new virtual reality (VR) compatible adventure videogame named Kôna. The team raised some $44,271 CAD to bring the first episode of the title to the PC with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) in 2015. That sadly hasn’t quite happened, as that first episode – Kôna: Day One – was recently pushed back to 2016, but a Beta version of the title is still expected to arrive for backers before the year’s end. Now Parabole has provided a better glimpse at the Beta’s possible launch window. READ MORE

Paper Crane Games Talks Explorers Incorporated and More


Indie developer Paper Crane Games is exploring an interesting side to virtual reality (VR) software; photography. Strapping a head-mounted display (HMD) to a player’s face is a fairly realistic simulation of holding up a camera to take a picture, creating some unique opportunities for a genre that’s barely been touched since 1999’s Pokémon Snap. With that in mind, the developer’s upcoming title, Explorer’s Incorporated, is worth keeping an eye on, especially following the release of its proof of concept demo in The Lost Valley VR. READ MORE

Dead Secret Dev has seen ‘universally positive’ Reaction, Planning more VR

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Earlier this month saw indie developer Robot Invader launch its very first virtual reality (VR) title in Dead Secret, a murder mystery experience for the Gear VR mobile-based head-mounted display (HMD). An engaging story, intriguing puzzles and immersive environment earned the videogame one of VRFocus‘ first five star reviews and it seems that the wider VR community has had a similarly enthusiastic response to it. In fact, Robot Invader itself has stated that it’s seen a ‘universally positive’ response to the experience, and is planning more VR content in the future. READ MORE

New To VR: In Need Of A VR Player? AutoPlayVR Might Well Be For You

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Very often with New To VR we feature experiences and videogames from the likes of the Oculus Share and Steam stores. Items that have been announced or generally appeared that you might well have heard of. Then there are the times where we get notified by email about a virtual reality (VR) project which is then featured. Other times an item comes up in conversation that genuinely catches us by surprise. Today’s application could be classified under the latter. READ MORE

Explorers Inc. Mixes Pokémon Snap & Myst, PSVR, Vive Support Planned


Those that own a second development kit (DK2) for the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) may have sampled indie studio Paper Crane Games’ photography experience, The Lost Valley VR (pictured), over the past year. This free title – available on Oculus Share – serves as a foundation for an upcoming full videogame named Explorers Incorporated. But what can fans expect from the full title? A mix between popular titles like Pokémon Snap and Myst, with possible support for the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR kits on top of the Oculus Rift. Co-Founder Giancarlo Surla recently explained as much to VRFocus. READ MORE

Fated Names First Episode, Formats Confirmed

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It’s been a while since virtual reality (VR) fans have heard from Frima Studio and its upcoming first-person action-adventure title, Fated. The videogame was first announced earlier in 2015 with the developer suggesting that it hoped to bring it to both the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) on PC and the PlayStation VR HMD on PlayStation 4. Today, however, Frima Studio is able to officially confirm which platforms the episodic series will be appearing on, and has also announced the title of the first entry. READ MORE

Windlands and its Devs Join Psytec Games, Coming to HTC Vive


Back in October 2014 a pair of developers launched an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign for a brand new virtual reality (VR) videogame named Windlands. The colourful experience proved to be a big hit on the platform, with creator Ilja Kivikangas and musician Simo Sainio raising some $20,473 to fund its work on it. Since then the team has released some playable demos and such for backers but today brings a big update for both Windlands and its developers. Windlands is now a part of UK-based studio Psytec Games, the team behind the upcoming Crystal Rift. READ MORE