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

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

Surgeon Uses Oculus Rift On Patients, Streams Operation Using Google Glass

One of the joys of writing about reporting from the cutting-edge of a newly reborn technology like virtual reality is that you're constantly being surprised as what people are finding to do with it. Almost weekly there's some innovation taking VR in yet another direction I'd not yet considered. Well, here's one more. Surgery of any kind is by definition invasive and traumatic and the process can be an incredibly stressful experience for some patients. Those operations that can be performed … Read the full article …

News Bits: Oculus VR: “Please Update Your Billing Info” – DK2 Shipments May be Imminent

In the last 24 hours, some of those who secured a pre-order for Oculus VR's 2nd Developer Kit (DK2) have received emails from the company requesting that they check their payment and shipping details so that order faced no delays in processing. We are preparing to start shipping the new Oculus Rift Development Kit 2. Please take a moment to update your billing and shipping information on the Order Management page: https://www.oculusvr.com/sales/. Incomplete information or errors with your … 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 …

Guest Lineup , Attendance Instructions, and Live Stream – Road to VR Live Roundtable Happens Tomorrow, July 18th at 11:30am EST

Tomorrow (Friday the 18th), Road to VR is hosting a live roundtable discussion inside of virtual reality. Anyone is welcome to be part of the live virtual audience, whether you have access to VR hardware or not. We will be joined by guests from the VR world representing different topics of discussion. … Read the full article …

Latest UE4 Release Includes Time-Warping, Couch Knights Demo and is DK2 Ready

Unreal Engine 4 has only been on general release since March but has made quite an impression on developers. Its low cost of entry, wealth of supporting documentation, tutorials and its 'no coding required' approach to game development has given developers of all budgets and abilities access to cutting-edge 3D game technology. Epic, the company behind Unreal Engine 4 have just announced the latest iteration. Version 4.3 promises over 500 updates. Amidst the tweaks and technology improvements … Read the full article …