Oculus SDK 0.4.3 Beta Release Brings Unity Free and Experimental Linux Support

Oculus just fired an email to developers notifying them of their latest SDK release, 0.4.3 Beta. The latest version seems like a significant release with numerous feature additions and stability / performance improvements. … Read the full article …

Xing Developer Goes Hands-On With Crescent Bay at Oculus HQ

The Kickstarter funded Oculus Rift game Xing: The Land Beyond has continually showed promising progress since it successfully reached it's target way back in April of last year. What's more, the development team have been eager to share their experiences on the road to releasing the game. Their latest dev blog update is one that'll likely inspire jealousy in VR enthusiasts everywhere. … Read the full article …

iRacing Season 4 Update Brings Oculus Rift DK2 and SDK 0.4.2 Support

These last few weeks have been the best ever for VR racing fans, with updates to Assetto Corsa and Grid: Autosport both bringing Oculus Rift DK2 support. Now, iRacing, the biggest sim racer out there, has gone live with their latest season update - now also with support for Oculus's second generation VR headset. … Read the full article …

Racing in Assetto Corsa on the Oculus Rift DK2 is a Flawed Revelation

Oculus have prescribed that for this generation of its VR headsets, the target experience is resolutely a seated one. This means that racing games are a match made in heaven for the DK2. And, after a period of drought for VR racers, Kunos Simulazioni's visually sumptuous racer Assetto Corsa was recently updated to RC1 and with it came Oculus Rift DK2 support. … Read the full article …

‘World of Comenius’ Demonstrates Powerful Educational Interaction with Leap Motion and Oculus Rift

We recently covered a (at that point unnamed) VR project by developer Tomáš “Frooxius” Mariančík, the mind behind the stunning 'Sightline' VR series of demos. The project fused Leap Motion skeletal hand tracking with Oculus Rift DK2 positional tracking to produce an impressively intuitive VR interface. Now, a new video of the interface  shows impressive progress. We catch up with Tomáš to find out some more about this mysterious VR project. … Read the full article …

Alien: Isolation in VR is Beautiful and Terrifying

Alien: Isolation is Creative Assembly's stab at moving a beloved movie franchise into a compelling interactive experience. Early word on the title was that, unlike the execrable Aliens: Colonial Marines before it, Isolation was something a bit special. What's more, at GDC earlier this year, Oculus proudly showed the triple-A title in a VR enabled version that terrified all who played it. Alien: Isolation was the virtual reality hit of the show and with good reason. … Read the full article …

Final Fantasy XIII Hints at Oculus Rift Support Through SteamVR Beta Option

The Final Fantasy series of RPGs is one of the longest running franchises of its kind and certainly one of the most successful, selling millions of copies over multiple decades and gaming platforms. Final Fantasy XIII hits Steam for PC today promising revamped visuals. It may also include support for the Oculus Rift, if an option to opt in to the SteamVR Beta is any indication. … Read the full article …

‘SightLine’ Dev Creates Incredible ‘Holographic’ User Interface Powered by Oculus Rift and Leap Motion

Tomáš “Frooxius” Mariančík, creator of the stunning VR experience SightLine: The Chair, is back! This time he's demoing an educational prototype that aims to provide an intuitive virtual reality user interface that allows you to reach into VR and control the environment with your hands. … Read the full article …

All Oculus Connect Keynote Videos Now Officially Available. We Round Up Our Relevant Content.

Oculus' inaugural, dedicated event aimed at bringing together the VR developer community in one place to teach, talk and try VR was by all accounts a great success. But for those of us unlucky enough not to be there (i.e. me) or those that were lucky enough but lacked the ability to clone themselves in order to catch the overlapping panels and talks, Oculus has begun releasing recordings of them all to its official YouTube channel. … Read the full article …

Elite: Dangerous Beta 2.0 Adds Oculus SDK 0.4.2, Fixes DK2 Judder and Much More

Elite: Dangerous emerged fairly early on in the Oculus Rift DK2s public life as the poster boy for the new hardware. With an exceptional, VR-tuned UI and an all-round best in class VR experience, it's clear that the team at Frontier clearly care passionately about virtual reality. I was pretty enamoured myself in an early playtest (see above video). There was one gripe that DK2 owners found marred this great experience, visible judder when glancing around. Frontier has just released the long … Read the full article …

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 …