Riftmax Theater Heads to Kickstarter to Improve the Social VR Theater Experience

Riftmax Theater is one of the most interesting projects currently underway for virtual reality. The software acts as a theater for both videos and live performances, where users can come together from across the world to watch a film or be part of a live production, all with the immersive power of VR. The developers have been supporting the community with their software since the early days of the Oculus Rift and are now headed to Kickstarter to take it to the next level. … Read the full article …

‘Guided Meditation’ Proves That ‘VR Relaxation’ Will Almost Certainly Become Its Own Genre

Guided Meditation is a free Oculus Rift DK2 app which transports players to beautiful environments while gentle narration instructs meditative techniques. If we didn't already have enough evidence from serene titles like Eden River HD, Guided Meditation is all the proof we need to see that 'VR Relaxation' will become its own genre. … Read the full article …

Second Life Now Has Official Oculus Rift DK2 Support

Second Life is one of the biggest, if not the biggest user-generated virtual world. With tens of thousands of players spending time and money in the world at any given moment, it's not surprising that there would be demand for a more immersive way to interact with it. This week, the developers behind Second Life officially updated the game with Oculus Rift DK2 support. … Read the full article …

‘Sword Art Online’ Fan Prototype Brings Bullet Dodging and Blocking to VR with the Razer Hydra

Sword Art Online is a popularly acclaimed modern action-anime based around virtual reality. It's proven inspiring enough for one fan to create an Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra prototype which allows players to dodge and block bullets while firing a pistol, much like the 'gameplay' depicted in the show. … 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 …

Simple Hack Enables Hidden Oculus Rift Mode in ‘Alien: Isolation’, Here’s How

At E3 2014, Oculus revealed a demo Alien: Isolation with support for their Rift DK2 VR headset, and it was a hit. However, it was officially stated that game would not ship with Rift support. Turns out, the developers left the code in the game to enable VR mode and some smart folks figured out how to turn it on with a simple hack. … 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 …

DC Entertainment Bringing ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ Experience to Gear VR and Oculus Rift

Today it's been announced that Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, and OTOY are collaborating to recreate the iconic Batcave from Batman: The Animated Series in virtual reality for Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. OTOY is providing what they call "holographic video" technology to render the scene in a way that's true to the Batcave of the classic 90's show. … 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 …

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 …

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 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 …