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 …

News Bits: Oculus Connect Conference Tickets Priced at $249

Oculus VR has confirmed the price for their inaugural developer conference, Oculus Connect. Tickets will be priced at $249. Oculus Connect registration opened on Wednesday without any pricing information. … Read the full article …

Exclusive: Eden River HD Preview – Tranquility Amidst a Sea of Action-packed VR Games, Launching August 8th (video)

Just because VR is more immersive doesn't mean its only use is to get your adrenaline pumping. Aaron Lemke is one of only a few developers getting serious about relaxing and meditative virtual reality experiences. Eden River's peaceful gameplay and hummable music provide a beautiful respite from not just the stressful real-world, but also from the usual conflict-driven gaming tropes. Lemke today is announcing that Eden River HD, an update to the original Eden River demo, will launch on August … Read the full article …

Radial-G Just Earned Itself a Spot in My Oculus Rift Demos Folder (video)

As a fan of the Wipeout series, I absolutely had to try Tammeka Games' Radial-G, a low-grav arcade racer with Oculus Rift virtual reality support. While I've long enjoyed the frenetic action-packed racing of Wipeout, could a similar title work in VR—with a cylindrical track no less—without also being a vomit simulator? I was delighted to find out that Radial-G is not only fun in virtual reality, but it somehow dodges simulator sickness with the same ease that its ships hover above the track. … Read the full article …

First Oculus Rift DK2 Shipment Delayed to Polish New SDK

Oculus VR today has made an official announcement about the shipping status of the first batch of Rift DK2s. The shipment, which the company previously said would be leaving distribution facilities on the 14th of July, has been held to provide Oculus with more time to polish and test the latest version of the Oculus SDK. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Oculus Now Accepting Registration for Connect Developer Conference

Early last week, Oculus VR announced its first official developer conference, Oculus Connect. Registration for the conference was expected to open on the 10th, but was delayed indefinitely. Today, Oculus has opened registration for the Connect VR developer conference. … Read the full article …

Valve’s SteamVR, Now with Support for Mac and Linux, Is the Best VR Web Browser Yet for the 2D Web (video)

While there are a number of people and projects currently working on what the future of VR on the web might look like, the question remains: how do we use the internet—as we know it today—in VR? One of SteamVR's best features has nothing to do with gaming—its built-in web browser is the best way to view the 2D web in VR. … Read the full article …

Review: Infinity Runner—The Game Nobody Thought Would Work with the Oculus Rift (for good reason)

Today Wales Interactive launches Infinity Runner, which is exactly what it sounds like—an infinite running game like many found on mobile platforms. The team appears to have successfully ported the genre from mobile to PC, but does it work as a virtual reality game for the Oculus Rift? … Read the full article …

Altspace Raises $2.5 Million From Google Ventures, Formation 8, and More for Shared VR Browsing Environment

Altspace (formerly Qualia3D) is announcing that they've raised $2.5 million in venture capital to develop a shared virtual reality browsing environment. Investors include Google Ventures, Formation 8, Dolby Family Ventures, and more. Altspace is developing a shared VR environment with a heavy focus on browser-based interactivity. … Read the full article …