News Bits: Facebook’s $2Bn Acquisition of Oculus VR Now Complete

It's hard to overestimate the impact the news that Facebook, the social media behemoth had agreed to acquire Oculus VR an 18 month old startup that Kickstarted virtual reality. Although it's fair to say that there's probably no one working for Oculus with illusions about how the news might first be greeted, I suspect more than a few were surprised at the severity and swiftness of the VR community's reaction. There were mock pictures of DK1's being burned, reports emerged of DK2 pre-orders … Read the full article …

News Bits: Ambitious New BMX VR Simulator For Oculus Rift Emerges

Chances are, if you remember virtual reality's first, ultimately abortive attempt to gain traction back in the 90s, you'll also be a child of the 80s. This means you lived through (and survived) drainpipe jeans, luminous socks, Footloose, Ronald Reagan and BMX Bikes. The latter of course never really went away and found it's place among fans across the world where the specific type of cycling style lives on. A small team of developers who still hold a burning passion for the sport are working … Read the full article …

News Bits: New Radial-G Demo With DK2 and Mac Support Due For ‘Soft’ Release Next Week

Both Ben Lang and I have confessed our love for the classic anti-gravity futuristic racing franchise 'Wipeout', and recently Ben waxed enthusiastic about a new Oculus Rift title from UK based developers Tammeka Games. The company launched a £50k Kickstarter for the VR supporting futuristic racer, heavily influenced by Wipeout and F-Zero GX. Tammeka Games just sent an update to backers stating that a demo supporting both Mac OSX and the soon to be released Oculus Rift DK2 is due for a 'soft' … 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: Go Off-Road in VR With New WIP Oculus Rift 4×4 Game

Seated experiences, that's the focus of the first wave of virtual reality gaming, at least as far as Oculus VR are concerned. In order to ease the consumer into the wonders of VR and to alleviate limitations of this rapidly evolving technology, the company that's leading the VR revolution stated that being sat is where it's at, which means that certain types of gaming are by default a better fit. Those genres that tend to place the player in a fixed seating position - driving games for … 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 …

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 …

First Oculus Rift DK2 Shipment Delayed to Polish New SDK

Oculus VR today has made an official announcement about the shipping status of the first batch of Rift DK2s. The shipment, which the company previously said would be leaving distribution facilities on the 14th of July, has been held to provide Oculus with more time to polish and test the latest version of the Oculus SDK. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Oculus Now Accepting Registration for Connect Developer Conference

Early last week, Oculus VR announced its first official developer conference, Oculus Connect. Registration for the conference was expected to open on the 10th, but was delayed indefinitely. Today, Oculus has opened registration for the Connect VR developer conference. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Xing: The Land Beyond – ‘Rainforest’ Demo Released

We've been waiting for a playable slice of White Lotus Interactive's Oculus Rift enabled title 'Xing: The Land Beyond' since the team teased it might be on its way shortly after this year's E3 expo. The game, which successfully completed its Kickstarter campaign last year, is a first person, puzzle / adventure title, very much influenced by the classic Myst series on PC. The 3 person team have wowed visitors at recent expos, and stands as one of the most promising title in development for … Read the full article …

Aerometrex Combines Impressive 3D Mapping with VR for Intense Flyovers

Flying in virtual reality, a commonly held wish by enthusiasts since the dawn of the technology. The prospect of swooping over virtual landscapes, your mind convinced your body has taken flight is an extremely enticing one. Now that virtual reality technology is becoming a more and more accessible with the advent of the Oculus Rift, attention turns on how best to achieve this experience. There's one thing you'll certainly need for that realistic touch, convincing virtual terrain. Australian … Read the full article …

News Bits: ‘Aliens, Trolls and Dragons’, 12 Minutes of Oculus Rift Enabled Action Adventuring (Video)

Virtual Reality is still and emerging (perhaps re-emerging) technology and gaming platform. As such, new surprises and interesting uses of the technology are never far away right now. 'Aliens, Trolls and Dragons' is an Action Adventure game with native Oculus Rift support that offers VR enthusiasts an over-the-shoulder 3rd person view on the the gameworld. Lucky's Tale blew some minds at E3, not necessarily because it looked particularly world shattering in terms of either gameplay or … Read the full article …

Digital Combat Simulator (DCS), the DK2 Enabled Flight Sim That Flew under the Radar at E3 2014

Guest writer Kevin Williams lifts the lid on a game which missed the glare of the media spotlight at E3 2014—Digital Combat Simulator. During E3 2014, there was a crowded assortment of demonstrators on the Oculus VR booth. One of the exclusives that was only shown to a select group was from Eagle Dynamics, famous for the release of their ultra-realistic flight simulator brand Digital Combat Simulator (DCS), the free-to-play digital battlefield game, focusing on a military aircraft … Read the full article …

News Bits: Oculus Connect Conference Registration Delayed

Earlier this week, Oculus VR announced Oculus Connect, a VR developer conference to be hosted at the end of September in Los Angeles, California. Registration was slated to open this morning at midnight, but Oculus says they need more time before registration will be ready. … Read the full article …