Cyberith Combines Virtualizer VR Treadmill with PrioVR Motion Input Suit (Video), Kickstarter Nearly Funded

Cyberith is powering ahead toward their $250,000 Kickstarter goal to bring the Virtualizer VR treadmill to market. A new video from the company shows the unit combined with the PrioVR motion tracking suit for some truly awesome full body VR gameplay. … Read the full article …

Proton Pulse is Back and Better Than Ever with an Oculus Rift DK2-ready Demo

Proton Pulse was one of the Rift's earliest demos, and also one of its best. After a successful Kickstarter, backers were refunded as the game mysteriously ceased production. After a long absence, Proton Pulse has returned with a new demo for the Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2. … Read the full article …

Minecrift Update Bringing Support for Oculus Rift DK2 to PC’s Best Selling Game

Minecrift is the impressive Oculus Rift mod for the ever-popular Minecraft (2011). The mod has supported the Oculus Rift DK1 on Minecraft version 1.6.4 for some time. Now, developer StellaArtois has received the DK2 and is working to update Minecrift to support both the Oculus Rift DK2 and the latest version of Minecraft. … Read the full article …

Trinity Magnum Interview and Hands-on: Oculus Source Says DK2 IR Camera Will Work for Tracking

The Trinity Magnum is the latest VR motion controller to enter the arena. Following devices like STEM and PrioVR, the Magnum aims to bring an optically tracked solution to the market and one that's significantly less expensive. Recently I got to try the Magnum for myself and sat down with TrinityVR's Chief of Product, Julian Volyn to learn more. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Warner Bros. Promotes ‘Into the Storm’ With Oculus Rift DK2 Mixed Reality Experience at Comic Con (video)

A number of Oculus Rift experiences have popped up at this week's annual Comic Con event in San Diego. At least one, a promotional demo for Warner Bros. new film Into the Storm,  is confirmed to use the just-released Oculus Rift DK2 VR headset for a promotional mixed reality experience. … Read the full article …

News Bits: First Report of Oculus Rift DK2 Arrival Comes From China

The production version of the Oculus Rift DK2 is officially in developer hands. The first report of an Oculus Rift DK2 delivery comes from China. … Read the full article …

Oculus SDK 0.4.0 Beta Now Available for Windows, New Display Option Reduces Latency

After delaying the shipment of the first batch of Oculus Rift DK2 units, to afford an extra week of SDK polish, Oculus VR has now made available the latest version of the Rift SDK. The new Oculus SDK 0.4.0 beta adds the all-important positional tracking support, a separate Oculus Runtime package, and more. … Read the full article …

Pittom Pivots: Developer of Spirited Away and Totoro VR Aims to Explore CG VR Filmmaking

Nick Pittom, the mind behind the nostalgic VR recreations of famous Studio Ghibli films, is shifting his focus from game development to CG VR cinema. In the meantime, he's launched a zany Kickstarter campaign to pay his way to the Oculus Connect Conference and to build an Oculus Rift compatible experience based on his trip. I recently caught up with Pittom to learn more about his ongoing virtual reality development plans. … Read the full article …

Oculus VR Updates ‘Best Practices Guide’ for VR Development With Positional Tracking Section as Rift DK2 Begins Shipping

Oculus VR's 'Best Practices Guide' collects the latest research on comfortable VR game design into one place to give developers a head start. As the first Oculus Rift DK2 units are shipping out, the company has updated the guide with a new section focusing on positional tracking. … Read the full article …

Vanguard Valkyrie Kickstarter Launches with DK2-ready Demo for All Backer Levels

Today Zero Transform, Justin Moravetz's new VR-dedicated indie studio, have launched a Kickstarter for one of the coolest games I've yet seen in VR, Vanguard Valkyrie. A demo for the Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2 is available today for all backer levels, including the $1 tier! … Read the full article …

Exclusive: First-look at Vanguard Valkyrie Gameplay – Zero Transform Brings High Impact Arcade Action to Virtual Reality (video)

While simulating familiar experiences in virtual reality is interesting in its own right, the technology is also capable of creating experiences that are otherwise impossible—for instance, plummeting to Earth in a futuristic EVA suit while fending off an alien parasite. Vanguard Valkyrie, the first title from Justin Moravetz's VR-dedicated studio, Zero Transform, is making it clear that the arcade action of decades past will come blazing into the VR realm. … Read the full article …

VRLA’s Latest VR Meetup Comes Just in Time for First Oculus Rift DK2 Shipment – August 16th at New Deal Studios

VRLA is quickly becoming one of the biggest VR meetups in the LA region. After a successful second event this month, the organization is announcing their third gathering at New Deal Studios on August 16th. Hopefully the timing will be just right for people to try out the Oculus Rift DK2 which is expected to be in developer's hands by the end of this month. … Read the full article …

Trinity Magnum Kickstarter Aims at Low-cost Optical Tracking for VR Input Starting at $80

Today the Trinity Magnum launches on Kickstater. While there are a number of other options in the works, the Trinity Magnum is the first to approach VR input on the PC with an optical tracking solution. Priced at $100, the Magnum aims for affordability. … Read the full article …

Justin Moravetz (of Proton Pulse Fame) Returns with Vanguard Valkyrie, an Exciting VR-Exclusive Title Kickstarting on the 23rd

It feels like ages ago that Proton Pulse, one of the Oculus Rift's most beloved early demos, was mysteriously shut down (with backers of the project refunded) after a successful Kickstarter. Justin Moravetz, the mind behind Proton Pulse, is today announcing a new VR-exclusive title called Vanguard Valkyrie. The game takes a completely different approach but maintains the flash and ease of use that made Proton Pulse so alluring. … Read the full article …

Exploring AR and VR’s Potential: Education and Changing Human Behavior With Virtual Experiences

Amy Westervelt is an award-winning environmental journalist who has written for The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Slate, and more. Recently she tackled the topic of virtual and augmented reality and its potential to change human behavior. In an article appearing on Climate Confidential, she investigates VR's impact on conservancy efforts, education, and more. Westervelt's article is reproduced here with her permission and under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International … Read the full article …