Tag Archives: Virtual Reality

VR Jam Finalists Spotlight: Crime Watch Allows Players to Speak in VR

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The topic of input for virtual reality (VR) experiences is currently very much focused on physical movements. Companies are looking for ways to perfectly replicate walking within a virtual environment as well as interacting with objects using hands. With the basics still to be solved, the likes of Oculus VR are yet to turn their attention to more advanced forms of interaction such as actual speech. But that’s exactly what indie developers Adam Nydahl and Alexander Mejia are addressing with their entry into Oculus VR’s Mobile VR Jam, Crime Watch. READ MORE

Battle for Avengers Tower Now Out on Original Gear VR

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Earlier in the month visual effects studio Framestore revealed a brand new virtual reality (VR) experience for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) based on Marvel Studio’s popular superhero team, The Avengers. The piece, titled Battle for Avengers Tower, was released as a launch title for the latest version of the device, the Gear VR for S6, which features support for the Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone and its curved spin-off, the Galaxy S6 Edge. Now the app has launched on the original Gear VR, designed for the Galaxy Note 4. READ MORE

Elite: Dangerous Powerplay Now Launching Tomorrow, New Details Revealed

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Last week saw Frontier Developments delay the Beta testing for Elite: Dangerous Powerplay, the anticipated third major update to the virtual reality (VR) supported space simulation title. The launch was only pushed back by a week, however, and the developer has now confirmed that the beta will be launching tomorrow, 26th May 2015. Along with this news, Frontier Developments has confirmed some brand new details about the release. READ MORE

Luckey: Motivations for Creating Oculus Rift were ‘largely selfish’

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As a pioneer in virtual reality (VR) and largely responsible for the technology’s recent revival, Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) creator Palmer Luckey is set to change the world. Many will be familiar with how the unlikely designer got started with the Oculus Rift, building prototypes for the device in his parent’s garage when he was just 18. What you may not know is that Luckey’s motivations for creating the device were ‘largely selfish’ at the time. READ MORE

VR Jam Finalist Spotlight: Circumpaint Gives You a Blank, 360 Degree Canvas

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The majority of entries into Oculus VR’s Mobile VR Jam have been for videogames. However a number of developers have also been creating virtual reality (VR) apps and experiences for the Jam and its primary platform, the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD). One such developer is David Wyand, who has created an intriguing new experience by the name of Circumpaint. The title has been selected as one of the finalists for the Jam. A video showcasing footage of it can be seen below. READ MORE

VR World-Building Title AlterVerse Launches Greenlight Campaign

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Plenty of virtual reality (VR) titles allow players to be immersed, but few are currently allowing them to create. Indie developer Dog Star VR Studios is making that the focus of its upcoming world-building title, AlterVerse. This month has seen a new Steam Greenlight campaign launch for the project. The campaign hopes to raise enough positive votes in order to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital store. Should it prove successful then AlterVerse will launch with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and ‘other VR hardware’. READ MORE

Shayla Games VR Jam Winners Announced

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The 2015 Silicon Valley Virtual Reality (SVVR) Conference and Expo may have already taken place this week, but plenty more VR action has been taking place at this year’s iteration of the Shayla Games VR Jam in Copenhagen, Denmark. A busy weekend of talks and activities complemented an intense jamming session in which teams of developers competed to make the most intriguing new VR experiences. With the weekend drawing to a close, the winners of the Jam have been revealed. READ MORE

Arizona Sunshine Gets First Screenshots

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Last week saw the announcement of what looks to be one of the first major attempts to bring the first-person shooter (FPS) genre to virtual reality. World of Diving developer Vertigo Games and Kick & Fennick creator Jaywalkers Interactive announced Arizona Sunshine, a zombie-based shooter for Valve and HTC’s Vive head-mounted display (HMD). The title’s announcement came with a teaser trailer and now the first screenshots of the PC videogame have arrived. READ MORE

Preview: Radial-G on OSVR

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Tammeka Games’ Radial-G has been in the virtual reality (VR) spotlight for some time now. Following an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign the team looked to secure other methods of funding, and since then has continued to expand the videogame. The latest update comes in the form of a new build for Razer’s OSVR head-mounted display (HMD), playable for the first time at Shayla Games, Copenhagen. READ MORE

RC Simulation Greenlit on Steam

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Earlier in the month VRFocus reported on the launch of a Steam Greenlight campaign for a new virtual reality (VR) compatible racing simulation title by the named of RC Simulation. Developer Devotid Media hoped to raise enough positive votes on the campaign in order to launch the title on Valve’s digital store with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Said campaign has been very successful, having been approved in less than two weeks of originally being posted. READ MORE