Speculation: Unreal Engine 4 May Soon be Free for Oculus Rift Dev Kit Owners

Just last week we reported that Oculus Rift support would be made available for developers using the free version of Unity, the 3D game engine, previously only available with Unity Pro costing $1500 or $75 per month on subscription. Now Epic, the company behind the competing Unreal Engine 4, may be about to announce that its UE4 engine is available to Oculus Rift Dev Kit owners for free! … Read the full article …

11 Reactions to the New Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Prototype (video)

Continuing our tradition, we caught 11 reactions to the new Oculus Rift Crescent Bay prototype by folks who had tried it for the very first time at Oculus Connect. … Read the full article …

Felix & Paul Studios Revealed as Producers of Samsung Gear VR 3D 360 Introduction Experience

Felix & Paul Studios can be revealed as the creators of the Introduction to VR 3D 360° virtual reality cinematic experience commissioned by Samsung and Oculus to come bundled with the Samsung Gear VR. … Read the full article …

Darkfield VR Launches Kickstarter, Hands-On and Developer Interview

Darkfield VR is one of the earliest members of a new resurgence in the Space Combat genre - seemingly brought back from the dead with the advent of the Oculus Rift. It's a pure multiplayer dogfighting game which pitches you against electronic or human foes as you battle for supremacy among the stars. I caught up with the developers, VR Bits, at Gamescom in Cologne this year to have a look at the latest build and to find out more. Plus the Darkfield VR Kickstarter launches. … Read the full article …

John Carmack’s Brilliant Oculus Connect Keynote Goes ‘off Message from the Standard PR Plan’

There are two sorts of people in this world: those that have listened to John Carmack talk and those who are unenlightened. One of the key minds behind Doom and Quake is a most unlikely orator, but one who has the ability to hold the attention of a room full of geeks like no other. Anyone who's witnessed his unscripted, unprompted streams of consciousness from his legendary Quakecon keynotes will know this, and for his inaugural talk as CTO of Oculus at their first developer event, 'Connect', he … Read the full article …

Oculus Shares 5 Key Ingredients for Presence in Virtual Reality

Having open-sourced the design and software that powered their first VR headset, Oculus shares 5 key ingredients that it believes are the baseline for achieving Presence in virtual reality. … Read the full article …

Oculus Open-sources Rift DK1: Mechanical Designs, Firmware, and More All Freely Available

During a session at Oculus Connect, the company released the totality of the Oculus Rift DK1 plans to the public. Under an open-source license, anyone can now freely download the blueprints of the company's first VR headset and even manufacture their own. … Read the full article …

Oculus Connect: Oculus ‘Platform’ Replaces ‘Share’ as Oculus Plans the Future of VR Content Delivery

The Wild West of Early VR Oculus Share was launched a little over a year ago as a way to gather together the torrents of content being produced by developers around the world. After the Oculus Rift DK1 shipped, well after its hugely successful Kickstarter campaign even Oculus must have been surprised at the sheer amount of early games and applications that were produced by developers even before they'd received their DK1 units. As an early adopter it was difficult to find and discover content … Read the full article …

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 …

Oculus Connect: Elevating Your VR – Live Blog @ 4:45pm PDT

"How to recognize what elevates VR from good, to breathtaking, and practical steps on how to get there. In this presentation, we explore how to recognize the levels of excellence to aspire to in VR, and how to take the quality of your product to greater heights. Drawing on our own experience, and our findings as we help developers large and small, we identify common issues and inadvertent shortfalls, give trouble-shooting advice and share ways to enhance your VR experiences to the best they can … 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 …

Oculus Connect: Nirav Patel on Building the First Rift Development Kit – Live Blog @5pm PDT

Those of you who've followed the Oculus story from the start may recall Oculus hiring a young engineer who'd produced a high performance "9 DoF" tracking sensor - a version of which eventually found it's way into the first Oculus Rift Developer Kit (DK1). Now, Nirav presents a retrospective talk on what it took to build that very first device, one that set the ball rolling on what has become something of a VR revolution. Join Ben Lang as he Live Blogs from the event. Posts should appear … 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 …

News Bits: DK2 Reactions from Gamers Wowed by Z0NE (Formerly Rift Wars) at Boston Indie Games Show

Developers Pixel Router, the team behind the Star Fox inspired Rift Wars, have been quiet lately. They've now come out of hiding brandishing a video of their recent to the Boston Festival of Indie Games. They had the latest version of Z0NE (previously known as Rift Wars) on display and attendees were treated to a 3 minute demo and then asked what they thought. For many it was likely their first taste of an Oculus Rift and almost certainly the DK2, in short - people sure seemed … Read the full article …