Epic Games Share Insights: Optimizing ‘Showdown’ for 90 FPS on Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Prototype

At Oculus Connect in September, the VR company brought together experts and developers from across the world to talk VR. Among them were developers from Epic Games, creators of Unreal Engine, who shared some of the challenges and solutions to getting the visually stunning Showdown demo to run at 90 FPS on the Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype. … Read the full article …

Nimble Sense Kickstarter Aims to Bring Time-of-Flight Depth-sensing Tech to VR on the Cheap

Today Nimble VR launches a Kickstarter campaign for Nimble Sense, a natural input controller that the company says was designed for virtual reality input. And while Nimble Sense doesn't at first appear to be much different than Leap Motion, the company says they're using 'time-of-flight' depth sensing technology, like what's used in the Kinect 2, which they say has unique benefits. … Read the full article …

‘Zero Point’ Is the First 3D 360 Degree Documentary for the Oculus Rift, Available now

Zero Point is the first 3D 360 degree documentary film to be released for the Oculus Rift VR headset. The film is not only shot for virtual reality, it's also about virtual reality. Academy Award nominated director Danfung Dennis talks with virtual reality pioneers about the medium as he uses VR itself to bring viewers closer than ever to the subjects. … Read the full article …

Oculus Hosting ‘Getting Started with the Oculus Mobile SDK’ Among VR Sessions at SDC 2014

Next month, Samsung Developer Conference 2014 will include a virtual reality track for the first time. The track will see eight, 50 minute sessions dedicated to VR. Among them, two sessions hosted by Oculus, including 'Getting Started with the Oculus Mobile SDK' which will be of particular interest to developers hoping to work with Samsung's new Gear VR headset. … Read the full article …

After More than Doubling Funding Goal, About Face Kickstarter Has 37 Hours Left for Ergonomic Oculus Rift Accessory

About Face, an ergonomic liner for the Oculus Rift DK1 and DK2, was enthusiastically received when it launched on Kickstarter at the end of September. The campaign passed its funding goal of $12,000 in less than 24 hours. Now, having more than doubled its goal, the crowdfunding campaign has 37 hours remaining. About Face founder Eric Greenbaum talks post-Kickstarter plans and the future of About Face as a company. … Read the full article …

You Can Finally Ride the Light Cycle from ‘Tron: Legacy’ in Virtual Reality

Tron, a franchise whose style influenced the look and feel of many early VR depictions, is also the birthplace of the famous Light Cycle. Now an Oculus Rift developer has created a demo to put users on the awesome futuristic bikes. … Read the full article …

Magic Leap Closes $542m Series B Investment, Now Soliciting Developers for Its “Digital Lightfield” Wearable

According to a press release revealed today, Magic Leap has closed a $524 million Series B funding round led by Google; the deal had been rumored as of last week. Magic Leap, which has been in stealth since its inception, is being a bit more wordy now that the deal has closed (but hardly less vague). The company is now soliciting developers on its website and says that "under the appropriate non-disclosures, we’d love to talk possibilities." … Read the full article …

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 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 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 …

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

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 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

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 …