We Play Elite: Dangerous in the DK2 – In-Depth Hands-On Video

A couple of days ago, I asked you - our dear readers - what you'd most us to try once we received our Oculus Rift DK2s (mine arrived yesterday). Elite:Dangerous has been consistently among the highest requested games you guys would like to see played using that glorious OLED panel and positional tracking. Your wish is our command! After some tinkering, and a little help from an anonymous source, I managed to get Elite: Dangerous running with full positional tracking - and let me tell you, … 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Exclusive: Eden River HD Preview – Tranquility Amidst a Sea of Action-packed VR Games, Launching August 8th (video)

Just because VR is more immersive doesn't mean its only use is to get your adrenaline pumping. Aaron Lemke is one of only a few developers getting serious about relaxing and meditative virtual reality experiences. Eden River's peaceful gameplay and hummable music provide a beautiful respite from not just the stressful real-world, but also from the usual conflict-driven gaming tropes. Lemke today is announcing that Eden River HD, an update to the original Eden River demo, will launch on August … Read the full article …

Radial-G Just Earned Itself a Spot in My Oculus Rift Demos Folder (video)

As a fan of the Wipeout series, I absolutely had to try Tammeka Games' Radial-G, a low-grav arcade racer with Oculus Rift virtual reality support. While I've long enjoyed the frenetic action-packed racing of Wipeout, could a similar title work in VR—with a cylindrical track no less—without also being a vomit simulator? I was delighted to find out that Radial-G is not only fun in virtual reality, but it somehow dodges simulator sickness with the same ease that its ships hover above the track. … 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 …

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: New Atajrubah Dev Update Includes UE3 vs. UE4 Video

We wrote about Atajrubah recently and noted that the development team had moved to Unreal Engine 4 after spending much of the game's life up to that point as a UE3 project. The Oculus Rift enabled open world survival game with an Arabian flavour looked great in example screenshots from the time. Developer Nexy Media has released a new developer update announcing 3 new team members, update on gameplay elements  and a new video which shows the stark contrast between UE3 and UE4's rendering … Read the full article …

News Bits: Get DOSBox in Virtual Reality with DOSCulus

So to continue the retro / nostalgia theme that started with the release of MemoRift, we bring you news of somewhat more hardcore retro and emulation option for those wanting to try and bring their enjoyment of retro PC games and software into the virtual realm on their Oculus Rift VR Headset. DOSCulus is a port of the popular DOSBox PC and DOS emulator ('Disk Operating System', Microsoft's first operating system prior to Windows) . Many older PC games that were written for older IBM … Read the full article …

Radial-G Gives F-Zero and Wipeout Fans the VR Ride They’ve Been Waiting For, Kickstarter Now Live

If I were to say I liked the original Playstation game Wipeout, it would be disingenuous. I adored it! Back when 'next gen' consoles really delivered genuinely groundbreaking home gaming experiences, Wipeout lead the charge of 3D gaming that managed to make gaming cool. Its cutting edge visuals, thumping soundtrack and seriously challenging gameplay delivered a zero g racing rush that for me was only bettered with the advent of it's PS3 offspring Wipeout HD. 'Radial-G: Racing Revolved' fuses … Read the full article …

Oculus VR Showing Sword Art Online Demo for the Oculus Rift at Anime Expo—Breaking

Today marks the start of Anime Expo 2014 in Los Angeles, where Oculus VR is representing with a booth at the show. The company is showing a never-before-seen Sword Art Online demo for the Oculus Rift, a popular action anime show which focuses on virtual reality and MMORPG themes. … Read the full article …