Tag Archives: Virtual Reality

Make it a (Virtual) Reality: Mario Kart

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The racing genre is something of a given for virtual reality (VR) experiences. With the player seated and hands firmly locked to a steering wheel, racing videogames avoid many of the issues and limitations that other VR titles currently face. That said, it’s not a match made in heaven; Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) Head of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida earlier this year admitted that Evolution Studios’ DriveClub had now fared well with experimental VR support. The sense of speed can indeed be disorientating. But not all racing titles are about fast cars and realistic visuals. In fact, the karting genre seems perfect for a VR adaption. READ MORE

Windlands Launches Steam Greenlight Campaign

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Earlier this month indie developer Ilja Kivikangas successfully passed an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign for upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible platform and exploration title, Windlands. The title, which supports the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) raised a total of $20,473 USD having originally asked for $14,000. The developer’s crowd-sourcing isn’t stopping there, however, as Windlands has now launched a Steam Greenlight campaign seeking enough positive votes to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital PC store come launch. READ MORE

TRON: Light Cycles Released for Oculus Rift

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The iconic light cycles from the Tron movie franchise have been a popular source of inspiration for many virtual reality (VR) experiences over the past few years. Few developers have actually attempted to directly translate the experience of riding one of these neon vehicles, however. This month indie developer James Clement has done just that with the release of TRON: Light Cycles for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). READ MORE

VR Puzzle Title Nix Wins Off The Map 2014 Award with CryEngine 3

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The 2014 GameCity festival is currently running across Nottingham, UK, with plenty for virtual reality (VR) enthusiasts to see and do. But if hands-on with the likes of Pixel Rift and Smash Hit Plunder isn’t enough then perhaps you should turn your attention to Nix, a new VR compatible puzzle experience that has today been announced the winner of the 2014 Off The Map competition held by the British Library, Crytek and GameCity itself. READ MORE

World of Diving Gets Halloween-Themed Content

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Indie developer Vertigo Games has supplied a steady stream of new content for the Early Access version of its virtual reality (VR) compatible diving title, World of Diving, since its launch. Updates have ranged from historic wrecks to some more imaginative levels, giving fans plenty to explore. Today the developer has released new content to celebrate Halloween, some of which will be available for a limited time only. READ MORE

Tekken Creator ‘First to Raise Hand’ to Work With Project Morpheus

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Virtual reality (VR) fans may remember Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2014 for Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE) controversial unveiling of Summer Lesson, a new demo for the Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) on PlayStation 4. Following its reveal the demo from Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada quickly came under fire for its content in which players interacted with a school girl, seemingly trying to place her in provocative positions. The demo’s intended showing on the TGS show floor was soon cancelled. It may not have proved popular, then, but Harada still thinks highly of Project Morpheus itself. READ MORE

Preview: The Hum

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An empty city lies in ruins. Torn apart by a war of technology with an extra-terrestrial race its citizens never saw coming, the loneliness is as crippling as the oppressive control from the watchmen. Circulating above offering your only source of light as they patrol the streets looking for stragglers left behind in the desolate mess of concrete and steel, all that’s left to do is survive. READ MORE

Elite: Dangerous Beta 3.01 Released

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By now fans of Elite: Dangerous should be more than familiar with developer Frontier Developments’ efficiency when it comes to updates. That hasn’t changed with this week’s release of the third version of the beta for the upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible space simulation title. Today the developer has released Beta 3.01 for Elite: Dangerous, bringing with it a host of tweaks and updates for issues that have recently surfaced in the new Beta. READ MORE

Former SEGA CEO: VR ‘one of the most important things’ to Happen to Videogames Since Smartphones

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Back in April 2014 VRFocus reported on news that former SEGA CEO Mike Hayes had joined virtual reality (VR) videogame developer nDreams’ board following a funding round of £250,000 GBP from his investment group, Mercia Fund Management. The move clearly demonstrated that Hayes believes in the future of VR. More recently Hayes has even stated that the technology is ‘one of the most important things’ to happen to videogames since the introduction of smartphones. READ MORE

Short VR Horror Movie 11:57 Released

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The recent surge in virtual reality (VR) compatible movies continues this week with the release of a new short piece named 11:57. The movie is currently available as a free download on both PC and Mac with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). A mobile version of the experience is also said to be coming soon, although it’s yet to be confirmed if this means that 11:57 will be appearing on Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD or similar devices. READ MORE