Oculus Connect: Oculus Partnership Means Free Rift Support for ALL Unity Developers

The cross platform 3D development engine Unity 3D, it's fair to say, has been incredibly important in the drive to get content created for virtual reality. According to Oculus' VP of Product Nate Mitchell, at one point, Unity based submissions to their content platform Oculus Connect accounted for something like 95%. It's low cost and ease of use lowered the entrance barrier for developers and keen enthusiasts alike wanting to create games and applications for the VR revolution. Unity … Read the full article …

First Hands-on: Oculus Rift Crescent Bay is Incredible

During a keynote at Oculus Connect, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe unveiled a headset they believe approaches the holy grail of virtual reality, presence. That is, it delivers an experience that your brain accepts as an alternate reality. This means motion sickness is much reduced or eliminated and the user is utterly immersed in the virtual world. Crescent Bay is its name and Executive Editor Ben Lang just went hands-on with the new feature prototype. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Dazzling New Unreal 4 DK2 Demo Drops You into a Bullet Time Action Scene

Epic's Unreal engine has been front and centre in Oculus' technical demonstrations since the Oculus Rift HD Prototype appeared just over a year ago and ever since. From the dazzling Elemental demo used to debut UE4 to the unnamed tower defence demo used to demonstrate the Crystal Cove's new positional tracking tech and finally Coach Knights - used at the DK2 launch. Not to mention the raft of sample demo's available from the UE4 marketplace. See Also: Download 13 Beautiful Unreal Engine 4 … Read the full article …

Big News for VR: Nvidia’s New Graphics Cards Are Designed for High Performance Virtual Reality Rendering

We knew it was coming and it looks like Nvidia is the first to throw their hat into the ring, now being the first of the big GPU manufacturers to design their latest processors with VR in mind. Nvidia's latest GPUs, built on the new Maxwell architecture, offer a number of features specifically designed to enhance virtual reality rendering performance in both latency and fidelity. … Read the full article …

Oculus Connect Begins Tomorrow, Live Stream Details, Schedule and Speculation

It's upon us. Oculus Connect, probably the most eagerly anticipated event this year (at least for the VR community) and perhaps Oculus VR's most important event in it's young life, kicks off at the Loews Hotel in Hollywood, CA tomorrow evening. … Read the full article …

News Bits: ZVR Apocalypse Playable DK2 Demo Released – Dismember Zombies in Bullet-Time

Developer Shaun Edwards (aka Sh0v), not content with producing Lunar Flight, one of the best early VR enabled games for the Oculus Rift, is already releasing a playable demo of his second VR-enabled title. Lucid VR Games has been working on hard on ZVR Apocalypse, a virtual reality zombie shoot 'em with a neat twist, the zombies shoot back.Download the ZVR Apocalypse Playable Demo HereToday the team released a fully playable demo in order to give potential backers of their Kickstarter campaign a … Read the full article …

Vrvana Totem Kickstarter Passes $100,000 in Day One, CEO Shares Details on Hardware Acceleration

After the first day of Vrvana's Kickstarter campaign for the Totem VR headset the company has raised more than $100,000 CAD toward their $350,000 goal. I recently spoke with Vrvana CEO Bert Nepveu to learn more about the Totem headset, including details on the planned hardware acceleration that's designed to increase VR rendering performance. … Read the full article …

‘Snow’ Brings Open World Skiing to the Oculus Rift, Hands On and Developer Interview

At this year's Gamescom in Cologne, I got the chance to meet up with the team from Poppermost Productions, a small development team from Sweden who are mad keen on throwing themselves down steep slopes strapped to planks of wood. Snow is the company's debut title and promises an innovative mix of exploration and freestyle skiing. What's more, it's slated to support the Oculus Rift. … Read the full article …

Samsung Gear VR and Google Project Tango Support Coming to Unreal Engine 4

  In a unique bout of transparency, Epic Games makes publicly available their internal to-do list for Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) development. The company has an entire category of the list dedicated to virtual reality features; support for Samsung Gear VR and Google Project Tango is expected within the next month or two. … Read the full article …

Proto Awards Nominees Are In, Thomas Middleditch of HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ to Host Ceremony

The inaugural Proto Awards, a ceremony to honor those making early strides in consumer virtual reality development, has revealed the nominees for 10 categories. Award winners will be announced at the award ceremony at the end of this week hosted by Thomas Middleditch of HBO's startup-comedy, Silicon Valley. … Read the full article …

Totem VR Headset Kickstarter is Live, In-depth Interview with Vrvana CEO Bert Nepveu

The Totem VR headset Kickstarter has launched. Vrvana, formerly 'True Player Gear', is seeking $350,000 CAD to get a dev kit of the product into the hands of developers. I sat down with Vrvana CEO Bert Nepveu to learn more about the Totem headset and get my eyes on the first working prototype that's been shown to the public. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Oculus Updates Connect Conference Schedule With Gear VR Session and More

Last time we checked in with the Oculus Connect schedule, the company had elaborated on most of the sessions that would take place, but left several timeslots 'to be announced'. Oculus has now updated the schedule with all but one timeslot now filled, including the addition of a session dedicated to Samsung's Gear VR headset. … Read the full article …

Totem VR Headset Kickstarter Launches Tomorrow, Hands-on and Interview Coming Soon

Last week we met with Vrvana, formerly 'True Player Gear', for our first hands-on with the Totem VR headset. We've got a juicy interview on the way with Vrvana CEO, Bert Nepveu. The company launches a Kickstarter campaign for their headset starting on Tuesday, September 16th. … Read the full article …

Perception Neuron More Than Doubles Kickstarter Goal for VR Input Suit at $572,000

Perception Neuron, a VR motion input suit by Beijing-based Noitom Technology, took to Kickstarter on August 8th and came to a very successful conclusion yesterday, reeling in nearly $572,000, more than twice the campaign's $250,000 goal. Perception Neuron uses up to 30 tiny sensors to track movement from entire limbs down to individual fingers. … Read the full article …