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 …

Oculus Research Division Is ‘First Complete, Well Funded VR Research Team in Close to 20 Years’

Buried toward the end of Michael Abrash's must-watch keynote at Oculus Connect was the announcement of a new research division within Oculus which Abrash says is the "first complete, well funded VR research team in close to 20 years." He says that their mission is to advance VR and that the research division will publish its findings and also work with university researchers. … Read the full article …

Leap Motion ’3D Jam’ Dev Contest Offers $75k in Prizes for Leap-Based Experiences, Starts October 19th

Leap Motion is teaming up with IndieCade for a '3D Jam' dev contest which utilizes the company's motion controller. Leap recently released a 'VR Mount' for their motion controller which connects to the front of the Oculus Rift and the company is hoping to see VR-based and desktop submissions from developers pining for $75,000 in prizes. … Read the full article …

Sixense Releases 3D Printable Components to Create Add-ons for STEM Motion Controller

After a successful Kickstarter in October of 2013, Sixense is nearing completion of their STEM motion controller. Prior to the first units shipping out to backers, the company it's releasing 3D printable components which will allow hobbyists and hardware makers to create add-on accessories, like gun, sword, and other attachments, for the controller and STEM Pack. … Read the full article …

Award-winning ‘Darknet’ to Launch Free for Samsung Gear VR Early Adopters

Early adopters of Samsung's forthcoming Gear VR headset are in for a treat. The creator of Darknet has announced that the full version of the award-winning game will initially launch for free on Gear VR. … Read the full article …

DC Entertainment Bringing ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Experience to Gear VR and Oculus Rift

Today it's been announced that Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, and OTOY are collaborating to recreate the iconic Batcave from Batman: The Animated Series in virtual reality for Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. OTOY is providing what they call "holographic video" technology to render the scene in a way that's true to the Batcave of the classic 90's show. … Read the full article …

‘Flagship’ is a First-person RTS with Rift Support That Puts You in Command of a Space Fleet, On Kickstarter Now

Flagship is a RTS (real-time-strategy) game with support for the Oculus Rift that aims to put you in command of a fleet of spaceships. The game is controlled from a first person perspective with the player as the captain working from the bridge of the fleet's lead ship. Players will command their fleet with the help of the crew and see the action unfold in space around them. … Read the full article …