Tag Archives: Virtual Reality

War Thunder Launches 1.45 Update, Steel Generals Hits Closed Beta

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Back in early November 2014 VRFocus reported on the reveal of the latest update for free-to-play massively multiplayer online (MMO) historical combat experience War Thunder. Titled Steel Generals, the update adds a range of new vehicles to the virtual reality (VR) compatible experience as well as introducing more features. Today developer Gaijin Entertainment has announced that a new update for the title, titled 1.45, brings Steel Generals into Closed Beta testing. A video detailing the updates can be seen below. READ MORE

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Ported from Oculus to Morpheus ‘in a couple of days’ – Sony

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While there were plenty of announcements to be made at this month’s PlayStation Experience fan event in Las Vegas, Nevada, few related to the Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4. However one big announcement that Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) VP of Publisher and Developer Relations Adam Boyes did make was that Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes had been ported from PC, where it supports the Oculus Rift PC HMD, to PlayStation 4 with Project Morpheus integration. According to Boyes, that port only took ‘a couple of days’ to carry out. READ MORE

Waking the Glares Greenlit on Steam

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Indie developer Wisefool Studio continues to push for funding for its upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible adventure videogame Waking the Glares via an ongoing Kickstarter campaign. But while the team waits for that crowd-funding effort to come to a close in a week’s time, it can celebrate success with another campaign on Steam Greenlight. The title has secured enough votes to approve it for sale on Valve’s full digital PC store come launch in what’s hoped to be September 2015. READ MORE

Project Jump Scare Launches Demo

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With the horror videogame genre already starting to fill up with virtual reality (VR) compatible titles, developers need to start offering good reasons to pay attention to their work over others. One such developer is First Rule Studios, which is currently working on a ‘high-intensity’ first-person VR experience currently named Project Jump Scare. This month the team has launched its first demo for the title, which features full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) on PC. READ MORE

Zeiss VR One Now Available, Development Contest Launched

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Back on October 2014 it was revealed that Carl Zeiss was developing its very own virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in VR One, a smartphone-based device. At the time the company launched a pre-order campaign for the kit, offering it at $99 USD with shipping expected to begin by the end of the year. This month sees Carl Zeiss live up to those expectations, as shipping for the VR One has started in all regions. READ MORE

Three New Titles Hit Gear VR Today

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Gear VR, Samsung and Oculus VR’s smartphone based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD), has been out for a little over a week now. No doubt those that have been lucky enough to get their hands on a kit have chewed through the range of demos and experiences available in its first week and are waiting for more. Today Oculus VR delivers with its second Oculus Store Content Update, adding three new videogames for owners to try out, including two of the titles that were announced alongside the device itself all the way back in September 2014.

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Weightless Expecting Full Release in 2015

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Last week saw voting open for submissions to Leap Motion’s 3D videogame jam, a development competition tasking entrants with creating experiences that use the company’s hand-tracking controller and a virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) such as the Oculus Rift. One of the submissions that VRFocus highlighted was Weightless from indie developer Martin Schubert, which offers a unique zero gravity experience in VR. Should all go to plan then Schubert hopes to continue working on the title, releasing a full version of it next year. READ MORE

VR vs. Gear VR in 2014

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Despite having only been revealed in September, Gear VR, Samsung’s smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) has quickly become one of the most important and exciting products in the industry. Not only is this one of the first HMDs to come from a major electronics manufacturer, but it also marks the release of Oculus Rift HMD creator Oculus VR’s first commercial product, having been developed in partnership with Samsung. That said, you might not want to refer to it as a consumer release when in earshot of the VR specialists. READ MORE

Frontier Developments Launches Elite: Dangerous with Oculus Rift Support

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On 5th January 2013 UK-based indie studio Frontier Developments completed a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign to develop a new entry in its long-running Elite space simulation videogame series, Elite: Dangerous. The developer raised some £1,578,316 GBP to create the project, which it would go on to confirm would feature full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Today, after extensive Alpha, Beta and Gamma testing, the developer has finally launched Elite: Dangerous on PC for £39.99. READ MORE

VR Surgery Tool IMHOTEP Revealed

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At the start of 2014 many talked about how virtual reality (VR) technology could go beyond videogames to improve movies, education and healthcare. Towards the end of the year creators are finally starting to act upon this potential. Some of the first VR films and educational tools have been revealed over the past few months and now a new application looks to kick start the use of the technology for doctors and surgeons. That application is IMHOTEP, a unique new system developed by Micha Pfeiffer. READ MORE