Oculus Connect: Learnings from UE4 Engine Integration and Demos – Live Blog @ 3:30pm PDT

Oculus Connect: Learnings from UE4 Engine Integration and Demos – Live Blog @ 3:30pm PDT

"We’ll give a high-level overview of how we integrated the Oculus Rift hardware into Unreal Engine 4, with a focus on tricks we used to reduce latency and optimize the engine. Additionally, we’ll go through the successes, failures, and learning experiences we’ve had creating VR experiences to premiere Oculus’s prototype hardware." Speakers: Nick Whiting, Lead Programmer @ Epic Games Nick Donaldson, Senior Designer @ Epic Games Ben Lang is live blogging the event from the show floor. … Read the full article …

First Hands-on: Oculus Rift Crescent Bay is Incredible

First Hands-on: Oculus Rift Crescent Bay is Incredible

During a keynote at Oculus Connect, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe unveiled a headset they believe approaches the holy grail of virtual reality, presence. That is, it delivers an experience that your brain accepts as an alternate reality. This means motion sickness is much reduced or eliminated and the user is utterly immersed in the virtual world. Crescent Bay is its name and Executive Editor Ben Lang just went hands-on with the new feature prototype. … Read the full article …

Oculus Announces New Headset – Crescent Bay, This is What It Looks Like  — Breaking

Oculus Announces New Headset – Crescent Bay, This is What It Looks Like — Breaking

At Oculus' inaugural 'Connect' event in Hollywood CA today, CEO Brendan Iribe announced a new feature prototype that  Oculus believes delivers VR presence for the first time. The Prototype is called Crescent Bay and although exact specs are not yet available, this is a rough breakdown of the features set: - Higher Refresh Rate - Higher resolution (assumed more than 1k x 1k per eye) - Higher FOV - Integrated Audio - 360 Degree Tracking - Real Space 3D Audio Specialisation (10 years … Read the full article …

Oculus Connect: Nirav Patel on Building the First Rift Development Kit – Live Blog @5pm PDT

Oculus Connect: Nirav Patel on Building the First Rift Development Kit – Live Blog @5pm PDT

Those of you who've followed the Oculus story from the start may recall Oculus hiring a young engineer who'd produced a high performance "9 DoF" tracking sensor - a version of which eventually found it's way into the first Oculus Rift Developer Kit (DK1). Now, Nirav presents a retrospective talk on what it took to build that very first device, one that set the ball rolling on what has become something of a VR revolution. Join Ben Lang as he Live Blogs from the event. Posts should appear … Read the full article …

News Bits: Dazzling New Unreal 4 DK2 Demo Drops You into a Bullet Time Action Scene

Epic's Unreal engine has been front and centre in Oculus' technical demonstrations since the Oculus Rift HD Prototype appeared just over a year ago and ever since. From the dazzling Elemental demo used to debut UE4 to the unnamed tower defence demo used to demonstrate the Crystal Cove's new positional tracking tech and finally Coach Knights - used at the DK2 launch. Not to mention the raft of sample demo's available from the UE4 marketplace. See Also: Download 13 Beautiful Unreal Engine 4 … Read the full article …

Big News for VR: Nvidia’s New Graphics Cards Are Designed for High Performance Virtual Reality Rendering

Big News for VR: Nvidia’s New Graphics Cards Are Designed for High Performance Virtual Reality Rendering

We knew it was coming and it looks like Nvidia is the first to throw their hat into the ring, now being the first of the big GPU manufacturers to design their latest processors with VR in mind. Nvidia's latest GPUs, built on the new Maxwell architecture, offer a number of features specifically designed to enhance virtual reality rendering performance in both latency and fidelity. … Read the full article …

Oculus Connect Begins Tomorrow, Live Stream Details, Schedule and Speculation

Oculus Connect Begins Tomorrow, Live Stream Details, Schedule and Speculation

It's upon us. Oculus Connect, probably the most eagerly anticipated event this year (at least for the VR community) and perhaps Oculus VR's most important event in it's young life, kicks off at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, CA tomorrow evening. … Read the full article …

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 …