News Bits: ZVR Apocalypse Playable DK2 Demo Released – Dismember Zombies in Bullet-Time

Developer Shaun Edwards (aka Sh0v), not content with producing Lunar Flight, one of the best early VR enabled games for the Oculus Rift, is already releasing a playable demo of his second VR-enabled title. Lucid VR Games has been working on hard on ZVR Apocalypse, a virtual reality zombie shoot 'em with a neat twist, the zombies shoot back.Download the ZVR Apocalypse Playable Demo HereToday the team released a fully playable demo in order to give potential backers of their Kickstarter campaign a … Read the full article …

News Bits: DK2 Reactions from Gamers Wowed by Z0NE (Formerly Rift Wars) at Boston Indie Games Show

Developers Pixel Router, the team behind the Star Fox inspired Rift Wars, have been quiet lately. They've now come out of hiding brandishing a video of their recent to the Boston Festival of Indie Games. They had the latest version of Z0NE (previously known as Rift Wars) on display and attendees were treated to a 3 minute demo and then asked what they thought. For many it was likely their first taste of an Oculus Rift and almost certainly the DK2, in short - people sure seemed … Read the full article …

Vrvana Totem Kickstarter Passes $100,000 in Day One, CEO Shares Details on Hardware Acceleration

Vrvana Totem Kickstarter Passes $100,000 in Day One, CEO Shares Details on Hardware Acceleration

After the first day of Vrvana's Kickstarter campaign for the Totem VR headset the company has raised more than $100,000 CAD toward their $350,000 goal. I recently spoke with Vrvana CEO Bert Nepveu to learn more about the Totem headset, including details on the planned hardware acceleration that's designed to increase VR rendering performance. … Read the full article …

‘Snow’ Brings Open World Skiing to the Oculus Rift, Hands On and Developer Interview

‘Snow’ Brings Open World Skiing to the Oculus Rift, Hands On and Developer Interview

At this year's Gamescom in Cologne, I got the chance to meet up with the team from Poppermost Productions, a small development team from Sweden who are mad keen on throwing themselves down steep slopes strapped to planks of wood. Snow is the company's debut title and promises an innovative mix of exploration and freestyle skiing. What's more, it's slated to support the Oculus Rift. … Read the full article …

Samsung Gear VR and Google Project Tango Support Coming to Unreal Engine 4

Samsung Gear VR and Google Project Tango Support Coming to Unreal Engine 4

  In a unique bout of transparency, Epic Games makes publicly available their internal to-do list for Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) development. The company has an entire category of the list dedicated to virtual reality features; support for Samsung Gear VR and Google Project Tango is expected within the next month or two. … Read the full article …

Proto Awards Nominees Are In, Thomas Middleditch of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ to Host Ceremony

Proto Awards Nominees Are In, Thomas Middleditch of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ to Host Ceremony

The inaugural Proto Awards, a ceremony to honor those making early strides in consumer virtual reality development, has revealed the nominees for 10 categories. Award winners will be announced at the award ceremony at the end of this week hosted by Thomas Middleditch of HBO's startup-comedy, Silicon Valley. … Read the full article …

Totem VR Headset Kickstarter is Live, In-depth Interview with Vrvana CEO Bert Nepveu

Totem VR Headset Kickstarter is Live, In-depth Interview with Vrvana CEO Bert Nepveu

The Totem VR headset Kickstarter has launched. Vrvana, formerly 'True Player Gear', is seeking $350,000 CAD to get a dev kit of the product into the hands of developers. I sat down with Vrvana CEO Bert Nepveu to learn more about the Totem headset and get my eyes on the first working prototype that's been shown to the public. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Oculus Updates Connect Conference Schedule With Gear VR Session and More

Last time we checked in with the Oculus Connect schedule, the company had elaborated on most of the sessions that would take place, but left several timeslots 'to be announced'. Oculus has now updated the schedule with all but one timeslot now filled, including the addition of a session dedicated to Samsung's Gear VR headset. … Read the full article …

Totem VR Headset Kickstarter Launches Tomorrow, Hands-on and Interview Coming Soon

Totem VR Headset Kickstarter Launches Tomorrow, Hands-on and Interview Coming Soon

Last week we met with Vrvana, formerly 'True Player Gear', for our first hands-on with the Totem VR headset. We've got a juicy interview on the way with Vrvana CEO, Bert Nepveu. The company launches a Kickstarter campaign for their headset starting on Tuesday, September 16th. … Read the full article …

Perception Neuron More Than Doubles Kickstarter Goal for VR Input Suit at $572,000

Perception Neuron More Than Doubles Kickstarter Goal for VR Input Suit at $572,000

Perception Neuron, a VR motion input suit by Beijing-based Noitom Technology, took to Kickstarter on August 8th and came to a very successful conclusion yesterday, reeling in nearly $572,000, more than twice the campaign's $250,000 goal. Perception Neuron uses up to 30 tiny sensors to track movement from entire limbs down to individual fingers. … Read the full article …

Eden River HD Developer Teases Samsung Gear VR Projects with New Screenshots

Eden River HD Developer Teases Samsung Gear VR Projects with New Screenshots

Aaron Lemke, the developer behind audio-visual virtual reality experiences like Eden River HD and Opera Nova, has provided Road to VR with some new teaser screenshots of upcoming projects that are targeted at the Samsung Gear VR headset. Lemke is well known for relaxing VR experiences that are as much about the audio as they are the visuals. … Read the full article …

NextVR’s Stereoscopic 360-degree VR Cam Uses $180,000 Worth of RED 6K Cameras

NextVR’s Stereoscopic 360-degree VR Cam Uses $180,000 Worth of RED 6K Cameras

The first glimpse at NextVR's camera rig for recording stereoscopic 360 degree video for VR has been revealed in new photos. The camera platform uses the six of the RED Epic Dragon cameras to capture up to 6K resolution in stereoscopic 360 degree video. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Watch AltspaceVR’s Reveal Presentation Right Here (video)

News Bits: Watch AltspaceVR’s Reveal Presentation Right Here (video)

Following the announcement of $5.2 million raised in seed funding, AltspaceVR revealed their exciting VR software to the public for the first time yesterday in a presentation at SVVR #13. Road to VR's Brian Hart was on the scene to capture the presentation as it happened. … Read the full article …

Rev VR Podcast (Ep. 79): Another Perspective on Gear VR from Nateight and Apieceoffruit

Rev VR Podcast (Ep. 79): Another Perspective on Gear VR from Nateight and Apieceoffruit

After our Gear VR Roundtable Chat last week, I was informed that not everyone in the VR community had the same warm and fuzzy feelings that were conveyed in our discussion. I felt the need to allow a few others to voice their opinions in this latest episode of the Rev VR Podcast. … Read the full article …