Get Alien Isolation 50%-off While Contributing to a Good Cause (deal ends soon!)

The Humble Bundle Store's daily deal will net you 50% off of Alien Isolation, a survival-horror game which can be modified with relative ease to enable hidden Oculus Rift support. In addition to getting a great deal, 10% of your money goes to charitable organizations. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift ‘Crescent Bay’ Prototype Heading to SVVR Holiday Party on December 11th

The SVVR Meetup in Mountain View, CA is getting an early gift this year: Oculus is bringing their latest 'Crescent Bay' Rift prototype to the organization's Holiday Party on December 11th, one of the first opportunities for the public to try the unit. The Holiday Party event also features a lineup of presentations, including the delivery of the first production-ready STEM system which will be given by Sixense to SVVR. … Read the full article …

Looking for a Job in Virtual Reality? Apple’s Hiring

If you thought a company like Apple was too big and too busy to concern itself with virtual reality, think again. A new job listing from the company seeks a software engineering who can create "high performance apps that integrate with Virtual Reality systems." … Read the full article …

DreamWorks Reveals Glimpse of 360 Degree ‘Super Cinema’ Rendering for VR Films (video)

On stage at Samsung's 2014 developer conference last week, Warren Mayoss, Head of Technology Product Development at DreamWorks Animation, spoke about the company's initial work with virtual reality on the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. Though they've produced several real-time VR experiences, the studio's bread and butter is high-fidelity pre-rendered CGI. But how to bring that level of quality to virtual reality? One approach may be pre-rendered 360 degree 3D CGI footage which the company calls … Read the full article …

DODOcase Sells More Than 65,000 Cardboard VR Kits, Now Kickstarting New Version and Open-source VR Tools

DODOcase is probably known by most for their phone and tablet cases, but the San Francisco-based company jumped on an opportunity to get Google Cardboard VR kits into the hands of a VR-hungry public. To date, the company has sold more than 65,000 of the kits and has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to spur what they're calling a "DIY Virtual Reality Open Source Future," which includes open software components for VR web development and a newly designed version of Cardboard that has a Leap … Read the full article …

VRLA #4 Heading to House of Moves on December 13th, Big Names in the VR Scene Exhibiting

The VRLA Meetup is holding its forth event come Saturday December 13th. To be hosted at House of Moves, a well known motion capture firm based in Los Angeles, California, 26 exhibitors will be present at the event, including many big names from the VR scene: CastAR, Sixense, Jaunt, Samsung, Unity, and Epic Games among them. … Read the full article …

Sixense Shows off STEM Tracking With Impressive Ping Pong Demo

Sixense, creators of the tracking technology in the Razer Hydra, have been hard at work over the last year developing Hydra's successor, STEM. The company has also recently announced that STEM will be compatible with Samsung's Gear VR for both positional tracking and motion input. The company's latest demo, a ping pong experience, shows off the accuracy and latency of the motion input system. … Read the full article …

5 Insights for New VR Developers from DreamWorks Animation Head of Technology Product Development

At Samsung's 2014 developer conference last week, Warren Mayoss, Head of Technology Product Development at DreamWorks Animation, took to the stage during the second day keynote to talk VR. Mayoss shared some of the initial work that DreamWorks has done with virtual reality, including five insights for new VR developers. … Read the full article …

Exclusive: Preview 3 of Jaunt’s VR Cinema Shorts (video)

Jaunt has been busy shooting several made-for-VR experiences which the company says will be released for VR in trailer form "imminently." Road to VR has the first look at three of Jaunt's forthcoming cinematic VR experiences. … Read the full article …

SDC 2014: Oculus Launches Mobile SDK for Android Development on Gear VR—Breaking

Oculus has just released their long awaited mobile SDK for Android development on Samsung's forthcoming Gear VR headset. … Read the full article …

John Carmack Wants Minecraft on Samsung’s Gear VR

John Carmack, famed developer and Oculus CTO, is known for being open and frank. Having prodded Minecraft developer Mojang on the topic in the past, now that the company has changed hands following its sale to Microsoft, Carmack has once again reached out publicly to ask what needs to be done to get Minecraft on Gear VR. … Read the full article …

Why Rothenberg Ventures is Gung Ho About Investing in Virtual Reality

Rothenberg Ventures is a venture capital firm located in San Francisco, California. Started in 2012 by Mike Rothenberg, the firm has now invested in over 60 technology companies and was recently part of AltspaceVR's $5.2 million seed round. Dylan Flinn, investment professional at Rothenberg Ventures, tells me why the VC firm has its sights firmly set on the virtual reality industry. … Read the full article …

Hands-on with Fove’s First Eye-tracking HMD Prototype

At Engadget Expand 2014 in NYC I got to take a look at Fove, a head mounted display with integrated eye-tracking. This is an older prototype made some time ago, but demonstrates the core technology and potential benefits of eye-tracking in an HMD. … Read the full article …