Tag Archives: VRFocus

Framestore Working with Magic Leap to Create New Brian Cox Show

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Having secured some $542 million USD in funding earlier in the year, new company Magic Leap has already caused a stir even without revealing the technology that it says will ‘transcend‘ virtual reality (VR). In the past it has been teased that the system will project virtual images to the user’s eye, but it’s yet to be revealed if this will take the form of a head-mounted display (HMD). More details on the kit will arrive next year however as it has been revealed that Framestore, the special effects studio that has worked on the likes of Gravity, is using Magic Leap to create a new show with TV physicist Brain Cox. READ MORE

Omnifinity Reveals Oculus Rift Integration with Omnideck 6 360 Degree Treadmill

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When it comes to simulating walking and running within a virtual reality (VR) experience, omni-directional treadmills such as the Cyberith Virtualizer and Virtuix Omni are hoping to lead the way. However this week sees a new entry into this market as Omnifinity has detailed its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) integration with the Omnideck 6, the latest iteration of the company’s unique 360 degree treadmill that functions very differently to these other devices. READ MORE

Monsters Ate My Condo Dev Working on Gear VR

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Many mobile-focused videogame developers have shown interest in Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Fireproof Games, the team behind the celebrated The Room puzzle experiences, is working on Omega Agent for the device and now New Zealand studio PikPok has pledged support towards it. In fact, according to chief executive Mario Wynands, the developer has already completed work on its first Gear VR title. READ MORE

Elite: Dangerous Launches Official Companion App

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Last weekend saw Frontier Developments host the Elite: Dangerous Premiere Event, a fan-driven celebration of both the Elite series and the imminent launch of the anticipated title on 16th December 2014. The show played host to the reveal of plenty of new footage about the title as well as interviews with the developers and fan community. The developer also used the event to launch an official companion app for Elite: Dangerous, which is available now via the iOS operating system (OS). READ MORE

Little Arrow’s I Man Ogre VR Music Video Launches

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Virtual reality (VR) technology has already been used from some interesting musical experiments and projects. Artists such as Beck and Coldplay have offered 360 degree videos of live experiences as has Sir Paul McCartney, while developers such as Harmonix are creating unique music-based VR titles. This week sees the launch of a new 360 degree music video, featuring the song I Man Ogre as performed by Welsh band Little Arrow. READ MORE

Samsung Reveals How to Mirror Gear VR Content On A Second Display

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Last week indie developer Triangular Pixels revealed an innovative solution to an often overlooked issue with Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). The team showcased a companion app of sorts for its upcoming VR videogame, Smash Hit Plunder, which relayed information from the title running on Gear VR to another monitor so that those not using the HMD could get a sense of what the player was experiencing. It seems like an effective, albeit unofficial workaround for a small issue that many fans hadn’t considered. Now Samsung itself has revealed how developers and players can mirror Gear VR content to another display. READ MORE

New Crystal Rift Screenshot Revealed

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Indie developers Jon Hibbins and Nick Pittom are currently busy pushing to raise funds for their ongoing Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible dungeon-crawling adventure, Crystal Rift. The pair are hoping to raise £4,000 GBP by 12th December 2014 in order to aid development of the title. This week a fresh look at the experience has been offered in the form of a new screenshot, which can be seen below. READ MORE

Narcosis Dev Shares Fresh Look

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It’s been a long time since the development team behind upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible videogame Narcosis, now known as Honor Code, Inc., has provided an update on the title. VRFocus last spoke to the studio all the way back at the 2014 Game Developer Conference in March, where it confirmed that it was hoping to bring the title to PlayStation 4 with support for the Project Morpheus head-mounted display (HMD) alongside the PC title, which supports the Oculus Rift HMD. It’s still yet to be confirmed if this version will happen, but the title has this week released a new trailer for the experience. READ MORE

VR Twin-Stick Shooter Super Zomboy Z Launches Prototype

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Most virtual reality (VR) action videogames try to immerse the player in assuming the role of the protagonist from a first-person perspective. Some developers however are instead opting to utilise a third-person perspective, as seen in the likes of VR platform title Lucky’s Tale. Another title that can be added to that list this week is Super Zomboy Z from indie developer noowanda. The experience has recently launched a prototype version for those interested to check out. READ MORE

Radial-G Early Access Trailer Reveals New Features

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After a long journey, it’s nearly time for Tammeka Games to launch the pre-release version of its upcoming sci-fi racing videogame, Radial-G, on Steam’s Early Access system. The virtual reality (VR) compatible title will be arriving on 11th December 2014 with full support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Now the developer has released a trailer for the Early Access release online, which can be seen below. READ MORE