Michael Abrash: “If Palmer Luckey Hadn’t Prototyped the Rift, VR Wouldn’t Be on the Verge of Taking Off”

Michael Abrash: “If Palmer Luckey Hadn’t Prototyped the Rift, VR Wouldn’t Be on the Verge of Taking Off”

Michael Abrash, Oculus' Chief Scientist, whose expertise in the world of computers could not be done justice in the space of this sentence, is also an excellent orator, consistently delivering enthralling presentations with lessons far beyond the scope of VR alone. In a must-watch keynote presentation from Oculus Connect, Abrash shares insights on the 'myth of technological innovation' and 'existence proofs'. … Read the full article …

Elite: Dangerous Beta 2.0 Adds Oculus SDK 0.4.2, Fixes DK2 Judder and Much More

Elite: Dangerous Beta 2.0 Adds Oculus SDK 0.4.2, Fixes DK2 Judder and Much More

Elite: Dangerous emerged fairly early on in the Oculus Rift DK2s public life as the poster boy for the new hardware. With an exceptional, VR-tuned UI and an all-round best in class VR experience, it's clear that the team at Frontier clearly care passionately about virtual reality. I was pretty enamoured myself in an early playtest (see above video). There was one gripe that DK2 owners found marred this great experience, visible judder when glancing around. Frontier has just released the long … Read the full article …

Speculation: Unreal Engine 4 May Soon be Free for Oculus Rift Dev Kit Owners

Speculation: Unreal Engine 4 May Soon be Free for Oculus Rift Dev Kit Owners

Just last week we reported that Oculus Rift support would be made available for developers using the free version of Unity, the 3D game engine, previously only available with Unity Pro costing $1500 or $75 per month on subscription. Now Epic, the company behind the competing Unreal Engine 4, may be about to announce that its UE4 engine is available to Oculus Rift Dev Kit owners for free! … Read the full article …

‘About Face’ Blasts Through Kickstarter Goal in 24 Hours, Brings Comfortable, Washable Liners to the Rift DK1 and DK2

‘About Face’ Blasts Through Kickstarter Goal in 24 Hours, Brings Comfortable, Washable Liners to the Rift DK1 and DK2

About Face is an accessory, aimed at the Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2, designed to improve comfort and hygiene with enhanced cushioning and weight distribution using custom, washable liners. 24 hours after launching on Kickstarter, the accessory has already blasted through its funding goal. … Read the full article …

Samsung Gear VR Demo Units Already Springing up at Best Buy

Samsung Gear VR Demo Units Already Springing up at Best Buy

Despite not yet officially confirming a release date or price for Gear VR, Samsung's first mobile VR headset, demo units are already popping up at electronics retailer Best Buy in the United States. … Read the full article …

11 Reactions to the New Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Prototype (video)

11 Reactions to the New Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Prototype (video)

Continuing our tradition, we caught 11 reactions to the new Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype by folks who had tried it for the very first time at Oculus Connect. … Read the full article …

Felix & Paul Studios Revealed as Producers of Samsung Gear VR 3D 360 Introduction Experience

Felix & Paul Studios Revealed as Producers of Samsung Gear VR 3D 360 Introduction Experience

Felix & Paul Studios can be revealed as the creators of the Introduction to VR 3D 360° virtual reality cinematic experience commissioned by Samsung and Oculus to come bundled with the Samsung Gear VR. … Read the full article …

Darkfield VR Launches Kickstarter, Hands-On and Developer Interview

Darkfield VR Launches Kickstarter, Hands-On and Developer Interview

Darkfield VR is one of the earliest members of a new resurgence in the Space Combat genre - seemingly brought back from the dead with the advent of the Oculus Rift. It's a pure multiplayer dogfighting game which pitches you against electronic or human foes as you battle for supremacy among the stars. I caught up with the developers, VR Bits, at Gamescom in Cologne this year to have a look at the latest build and to find out more. Plus the Darkfield VR Kickstarter launches. … Read the full article …

News Bits: ‘VRClay’ Allows Quick and Easy Creation of Digital Sculptures Using Razer Hydra

VRClay is a recently revealed piece of digital sculpting software which utilizes the Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra motion controller to create 3D models in no time at all. … Read the full article …

Oculus Confirms Mobile SDK Launch in October, Gear VR Release Date This Fall

Oculus Confirms Mobile SDK Launch in October, Gear VR Release Date This Fall

At Oculus Connect last weekend I spoke with the company's Head of Mobile, Max Cohen, who confirmed that Oculus plans to release its Android mobile SDK in early October. Gear VR, which runs virtual reality games and experienced built with the Oculus mobile SDK, will launch this fall, according to the Oculus website. … Read the full article …

Interview: Oculus Head of Mobile – Gear VR is ‘Designed for 5 to 20 Minute Experiences’

Interview: Oculus Head of Mobile – Gear VR is ‘Designed for 5 to 20 Minute Experiences’

At Oculus Connect 2014 last weekend in Hollywood, CA, I spoke with Oculus VR's Head of Mobile, Max Cohen, about his work on the Android SDK and Samsung's Gear VR. Among other topics, Cohen noted that Gear VR is meant for shorter virtual reality experiences than we might find on desktop VR. … Read the full article …

John Carmack’s Brilliant Oculus Connect Keynote Goes ‘off Message from the Standard PR Plan’

John Carmack’s Brilliant Oculus Connect Keynote Goes ‘off Message from the Standard PR Plan’

There are two sorts of people in this world: those that have listened to John Carmack talk and those who are unenlightened. One of the key minds behind Doom and Quake is a most unlikely orator, but one who has the ability to hold the attention of a room full of geeks like no other. Anyone who's witnessed his unscripted, unprompted streams of consciousness from his legendary Quakecon keynotes will know this, and for his inaugural talk as CTO of Oculus at their first developer event, 'Connect', he … Read the full article …

‘Tilt Brush’ Surprises and Delights with Best GUI at Proto Awards – Lets You Create VR Paintings with Depth

‘Tilt Brush’ Surprises and Delights with Best GUI at Proto Awards – Lets You Create VR Paintings with Depth

A previously unknown virtual reality software title, Tilt Brush, went home with the Proto Award for Best GUI (graphical user interface) thanks to its innovative virtual reality interface. The software uses a gaze-based interface that allows users to paint in 3D and even use the Oculus Rift DK2's positional tracking for brush input. … Read the full article …

Zombies on the Holodeck Wins ‘Best Overall’ at Proto Awards, Winners Took Home Nvidia’s New GTX 980 GPU

Zombies on the Holodeck Wins ‘Best Overall’ at Proto Awards, Winners Took Home Nvidia’s New GTX 980 GPU

At the first ever Proto Awards last week, Zombies on the Holodeck, developed by Survios, took home three awards including Best Overall. The event was a resounding success, honoring innovative work happening in the young VR industry. Nvidia, one of the sponsor of the event, sent winners home with brand new GeForce GTX 980 graphics cards. … Read the full article …