Riftmax Theater Heads to Kickstarter to Improve the Social VR Theater Experience

Riftmax Theater Heads to Kickstarter to Improve the Social VR Theater Experience

Riftmax Theater is one of the most interesting projects currently underway for virtual reality. The software acts as a theater for both videos and live performances, where users can come together from across the world to watch a film or be part of a live production, all with the immersive power of VR. The developers have been supporting the community with their software since the early days of the Oculus Rift and are now headed to Kickstarter to take it to the next level. … Read the full article …

‘Guided Meditation’ Proves That ‘VR Relaxation’ Will Almost Certainly Become Its Own Genre

‘Guided Meditation’ Proves That ‘VR Relaxation’ Will Almost Certainly Become Its Own Genre

Guided Meditation is a free Oculus Rift DK2 app which transports players to beautiful environments while gentle narration instructs meditative techniques. If we didn't already have enough evidence from serene titles like Eden River HD, Guided Meditation is all the proof we need to see that 'VR Relaxation' will become its own genre. … Read the full article …

‘Cineveo’ VR Movie Theater 0.9.5 Beta Brings File Browser, Support for Latest Oculus SDK, and More

‘Cineveo’ VR Movie Theater 0.9.5 Beta Brings File Browser, Support for Latest Oculus SDK, and More

Cineveo is a virtual reality movie theater for the Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2 that allows users to watch existing 2D and 3D media. The software has been recently updated to version 0.9.5 which adds a much desired file browser, support for the latest Oculus SDK, and several other tweaks. … Read the full article …

‘World of Comenius’ Demonstrates Powerful Educational Interaction with Leap Motion and Oculus Rift

‘World of Comenius’ Demonstrates Powerful Educational Interaction with Leap Motion and Oculus Rift

We recently covered a (at that point unnamed) VR project by developer Tomáš “Frooxius” Mariančík, the mind behind the stunning 'Sightline' VR series of demos. The project fused Leap Motion skeletal hand tracking with Oculus Rift DK2 positional tracking to produce an impressively intuitive VR interface. Now, a new video of the interface  shows impressive progress. We catch up with Tomáš to find out some more about this mysterious VR project. … Read the full article …

‘PHOBOS’ is a VR Therapy Platform for Phobias and Anxiety, Now on Indiegogo

‘PHOBOS’ is a VR Therapy Platform for Phobias and Anxiety, Now on Indiegogo

While virtual reality is a great tool for entertainment, it's about more than just games and movies. It has the potential to assist in treatments during therapies in the medical related fields as well. Even now, researchers are beginning to experiment with the ability of VR to treat phobias and anxiety using recently available consumer-level VR hardware. … Read the full article …

Second Life Now Has Official Oculus Rift DK2 Support

Second Life Now Has Official Oculus Rift DK2 Support

Second Life is one of the biggest, if not the biggest user-generated virtual world. With tens of thousands of players spending time and money in the world at any given moment, it's not surprising that there would be demand for a more immersive way to interact with it. This week, the developers behind Second Life officially updated the game with Oculus Rift DK2 support. … Read the full article …

Community Q&A: Inventor of the Mad Genius Motion Gaming Controller Answers Your Questions

Community Q&A: Inventor of the Mad Genius Motion Gaming Controller Answers Your Questions

Don Rider is the inventor of the Mad Genius motion controller which caught the attention of the VR community when prototypes of the system were first revealed. Rider has taken his creation to Kickstarter to refine and miniaturize the design for proper manufacturing. The VR community had plenty of questions about the system and we went directly to the source to get them answered. … Read the full article …

‘Sword Art Online’ Fan Prototype Brings Bullet Dodging and Blocking to VR with the Razer Hydra

‘Sword Art Online’ Fan Prototype Brings Bullet Dodging and Blocking to VR with the Razer Hydra

Sword Art Online is a popularly acclaimed modern action-anime based around virtual reality. It's proven inspiring enough for one fan to create an Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra prototype which allows players to dodge and block bullets while firing a pistol, much like the 'gameplay' depicted in the show. … Read the full article …

Reportedly on the Verge of a $500m Investment, Here’s What We Know About Magic Leap

Reportedly on the Verge of a $500m Investment, Here’s What We Know About Magic Leap

Earlier this week, Recode reported that Google is "set to lead a huge investment in Magic Leap." The article cites "sources" which say that Google could be leading a $500 million funding round for the company, possibly including capital from Andreessen Horowitz which previously invested in Oculus. Magic Leap has been in stealth mode since its inception and no one seems to have a concrete idea about what their "Cinematic Reality" tech is. We went digging to see what we could uncover. … Read the full article …

Virtual Reality Invades IndieCade 2014

Virtual Reality Invades IndieCade 2014

The gaming world is pivoting towards virtual reality as more and more conferences and festivals begin playing with VR. This momentum was extremely prevalent at this year’s IndieCade in Southern California as about a quarter of the booths contained virtual reality headsets. … Read the full article …

Oculus Drives Into IndieCade in a Shiny New Airstream Trailer

Oculus Drives Into IndieCade in a Shiny New Airstream Trailer

IndieCade is an annual gaming festival in Culver City, California which attracts hundreds of game enthusiasts from all over the world. This year, Oculus VR strolled in with a custom chromed-out virtual reality filled trailer that dazzled the attendees throughout the event. … Read the full article …

Alien: Isolation in VR is Beautiful and Terrifying

Alien: Isolation in VR is Beautiful and Terrifying

Alien: Isolation is Creative Assembly's stab at moving a beloved movie franchise into a compelling interactive experience. Early word on the title was that, unlike the execrable Aliens: Colonial Marines before it, Isolation was something a bit special. What's more, at GDC earlier this year, Oculus proudly showed the triple-A title in a VR enabled version that terrified all who played it. Alien: Isolation was the virtual reality hit of the show and with good reason. … Read the full article …

Oculus Research Division Is ‘First Complete, Well Funded VR Research Team in Close to 20 Years’

Oculus Research Division Is ‘First Complete, Well Funded VR Research Team in Close to 20 Years’

Buried toward the end of Michael Abrash's must-watch keynote at Oculus Connect was the announcement of a new research division within Oculus which Abrash says is the "first complete, well funded VR research team in close to 20 years." He says that their mission is to advance VR and that the research division will publish its findings and also work with university researchers. … Read the full article …

Leap Motion ’3D Jam’ Dev Contest Offers $75k in Prizes for Leap-Based Experiences, Starts October 19th

Leap Motion ’3D Jam’ Dev Contest Offers $75k in Prizes for Leap-Based Experiences, Starts October 19th

Leap Motion is teaming up with IndieCade for a '3D Jam' dev contest which utilizes the company's motion controller. Leap recently released a 'VR Mount' for their motion controller which connects to the front of the Oculus Rift and the company is hoping to see VR-based and desktop submissions from developers pining for $75,000 in prizes. … Read the full article …