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Work on the Second Retail Oculus Rift Has Begun

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It’s less than a year now until the consumer Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) launches. The kit is set for release in Q1 2016, over three years since the company ran its historic Kickstarter campaign. Of course, as any VR enthusiast knows, the story won’t be ending there; Oculus VR will continue to iterate, bringing out new and improved versions of the Oculus Rift. In fact, according to company founder Palmer Luckey, work on the second iteration of the consumer device has already begun. READ MORE

Paranormal Activity VR Dev Suggests Xbox One Getting Native Oculus Support

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One of the biggest virtual reality (VR) stories of the year so far broke last month when Microsoft revealed that its Windows 10 operating system (OS) would allow people to stream videogames from its Xbox One console into Oculus VR’s Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). The concept allows players to stream into a virtual cinema of sorts, letting them to view 2D titles within a 3D environment. As for native support for the Oculus Rift, neither Microsoft nor Oculus VR has confirmed such integration, but a VR developer may have suggested that it is in the works. READ MORE

Microsoft Offering $500,000 in Search for New HoloLens Apps

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Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) made its debut as recently as January 2015, but the company is already looking to get the wider development community involved with the kit. To that end, Microsoft has recently launched an ‘Academic Research Request for Proposals’ that is looking for studios to come up with ideas for new apps. The company hopes to find experiences that extend far beyond the videogame industry and is even prepared to offer around $500,000 USD between a select group of winners. READ MORE

Unity Adds VR Segment to Official Manual

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Unity Technologies recently made another big step forward with support for virtual reality (VR) software. With the release of its Unity 5.1 engine the company finally reintroduced Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and Gear VR support. Many more VR features are expected to be added in the future, including support for other HMDs such as Project Morpheus. Now the company has updated its official manual for those looking to develop with its technology. The new version of the guide includes an entire section dedicated to VR development. READ MORE

Object Theory is the First HoloLens-Exclusive Developer

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Over the course of the past few years a handful of videogame developers have fully dedicated themselves to supporting virtual reality (VR) technology. Certain studios now consider themselves to be VR-exclusive, working only on projects for head-mounted displays (HMDs) such as the Oculus Rift. With that in mind, you can expect the same to happen for mixed reality (MR) for HMDs such as Microsoft’s HoloLens. In fact the very first HoloLens-dedicated developer has been revealed today in the form of Object Theory. READ MORE

Sony to Reveal More Project Morpheus Titles at TGS 2015

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E3 2015 was a big event for Project Morpheus, the virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) for PlayStation 4. While the kit was barely present at Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) annual press conference, it made up for lost ground on the show floor with around 20 experiences on display. But SCE isn’t stopping there; the company is seemingly preparing to reveal yet more Project Morpheus titles at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show (TGS), which is running from 17th – 20th September 2015 in Japan. READ MORE

VR vs. The Press Conference Problem

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If there were ever a technology that truly had to be seen to be believed, it’s virtual reality (VR). Once confined to outlandish sci-fi stories and having failed to deliver on its hugely exciting potential in the past, the promise of consumer VR is finally nearly here for real. The tech still faces a lot of commercial obstacles in its quest for customer’s money, however. Arguably one of the biggest issues is how to show VR to the masses. It’s difficult to picture exactly what the likes of the Oculus Rift and other head-mounted displays (HMDs) offer without actually trying them for yourself, and that presents a major problem for one of the most popular ways to advertise new products, the press conference. READ MORE

Retail Demo Stations Planned for Oculus Rift Launch

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With the launch of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) drawing ever closer, the need to ‘try before you buy’ is ever present with VR technology. Most industry insiders would agree that for VR to take off consumers need to experience what VR is all about rather than just reading other peoples views. The HTC Vive will be coming out towards the end of 2015, but HTC hasn’t revealed how the company plans to promote the HMD, while Oculus VR has mentioned plans to put demonstration units in retail store. READ MORE

Sony and More to Speak at 7 VR Sessions at Develop Next Week

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E3 2015 may be in the past but the videogame events calendar isn’t letting up; next week sees the annual Develop: Brighton conference take place in the UK city from 14th – 16th August 2015. As the name suggests, the event is geared far more towards developers both big and small than it is consumers, with a number of talks, panels and more lined up. As is becoming tradition at the event, a handful of sessions are being dedicated to working with virtual reality (VR) technology, with speakers ranging from indie developers such as Triangular Pixels to even the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE). READ MORE