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Multiplayer VR Space Simulation Luna Station Launches Greenlight Campaign

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Space is a popular destination for virtual reality (VR) experiences for obvious reasons. Strapping on a head-mounted display (HMD) and leaving Earth allows everyone to get just a little closer to an experience that only a handful of people have ever had. Indie developer Horn and Ivry is capitalising on this with its new VR compatible videogame, Luna Station. This week sees the studio launch a Steam Greenlight campaign for the title, hoping to raise enough positive votes to be approved for sale on Valve’s digital PC store come full release. READ MORE

IRIS VR Bringing Technolust IP to Project Morpheus & Vive, Dropping STEM Support

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Those that have been a part of the virtual reality (VR) community for the past year will likely be aware of Technolust, the upcoming VR compatible adventure title from indie developer IRIS VR. Last year saw the studio pass its Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, raising $64,477 CAD to bring it to PC with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). As it turns out, Technolust will also see release on Valve and HTC’s Vive PC HMD as well as on PlayStation 4 with support for the Project Morpheus HMD. READ MORE

Preview: EVE: Valkyrie on Crescent Bay

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The very first time Oculus VR have offered Crescent Bay to be shown with a videogame as opposed to a demo reel or singular tech demo, and it’s no surprise that EVE: Valkyrie is that videogame. The poster child for virtual reality (VR) for some time now, EVE: Valkyrie shifts and reshapes itself almost every time VRFocus sees it; this Crescent Bay debut is no different. READ MORE

Vive Developer Kits to be Free At First

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When Valve and HTC revealed the Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display earlier in the month, the pair promised to start shipping developer kits this spring, which doesn’t leave much time. Studios will soon be able to sign up for a kit over on an official Vive website, but specific dates on shipping are yet to be detailed. When it comes to price however, it appears that Valve has confirmed that successful applicants for a Vive developer kit will be receiving the device for free, at least at first. READ MORE

VR Exploration Title RedFrame Still in Development, New Demo Coming

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Virtual reality (VR) fans that have been following the technology for the past few years may well have already heard of RedFrame, an upcoming exploration videogame from indie developers Andrew Coggeshall and Michael Stevenson. Early last year the pair announced that the title would be supporting the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD), releasing a small demo to showcase its integration. The rest of the year remained quiet for the team, but it has recently delivered a new progress update, confirming that it is still coming and that a new demo is on the way. READ MORE

Abrash: VR Needs to Hit 16K to Match ‘Retinal Resolution’

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Display resolution is critical to creating compelling virtual reality (VR) titles. Anyone that’s used the first development kit (DK1) for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) will know that pressing a low resolution screen against a user’s eyes will cause a ‘screen door effect’ in which the pixels themselves can be seen. It’s an issue that will continue to improve as display technology comes along, with recent HMDs using 1080p displays as the next step up and the Oculus Rift’s Crescent Bay prototype beating even that. But, according to Oculus VR’s Michael Abrash, there’s a long way to go before resolution is truly convincing. READ MORE

Crystal Rift Aiming for Early Access Launch Next Month

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It’s been a busy time for Psytech Games, the UK-based developer behind upcoming virtual reality (VR) compatible dungeon crawler, Crystal Rift. The team recently confirmed that, along with the announced PC version of the title with Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) support, Crystal Rift will also be coming to Samsung’s Gear VR smartphone-based HMD. So far the developer has refrained from announcing a full release date for the project, but has recently confirmed plans for an Early Access release to VRFocus. READ MORE

VR RPG Aylus: Exiled Dominions Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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There are two titles that videogame fans often look to when thinking of ideal virtual reality (VR) videogames. The first is Bethesda Softworks’ The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, with its unrivalled level of freedom and exploration. Players also dream of immersing themselves in an intense combat experience such as Dark Souls using the likes of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). This week has seen the launch of a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a videogame that looks to combine these two titles. READ MORE

UPDATED: Facebook Hints at 2015 Release Date for Oculus Rift

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With the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) now confirmed for a launch in 2015, pressure is on for Oculus Rift HMD creator Oculus VR to announce a launch date for its own kit. Most recently Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey seemed to suggest that the company wouldn’t be launching its kit until 2016. But today at the F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco, California, parent company Facebook once again suggested that the Oculus Rift might indeed be launching in 2015. READ MORE

Chronicles VR Announces New Exhibit for UK’s Great North Museum Using Oculus Rift

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As virtual reality (VR) technology finally starts to approach consumer availability, developers are beginning to capitalise on potential that’s only be talked about for the past few years. Education, for example, is set to be a big part of VR’s future, but teams are only just starting to work out how. UK-based team Chronicles VR is one such team, this week announcing a new VR experience for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) that it will soon be showcasing in a closed public viewing at the Great North Museum in Newcastle. READ MORE