Virtual Reality Invades IndieCade 2014

The gaming world is pivoting towards virtual reality as more and more conferences and festivals begin playing with VR. This momentum was extremely prevalent at this year’s IndieCade in Southern California as about a quarter of the booths contained virtual reality headsets. … Read the full article …

VRTGO 2014: Sony CEE – ‘Rebooting Game Design for Virtual Reality’, Live Blog @15:30 GMT

For developers who have predominantly worked in traditional screen-based game development, moving into development for VR titles can be a journey full of surprises, requiring new ways of approaching existing gameplay conceits and presenting many fresh opportunities for interaction and gameplay. As the senior game designer for Project Morpheus, Jed Ashforth has spent several years exploring this exciting new frontier and compiling a new set of guidelines and best practices for how to approach, … Read the full article …

VRTGO 2014: RSI – ‘Supporting VR in Star Citizen’, Live Blog @14:00 GMT

Star Citizen is of course the space combat game funded by a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign, which has pledged support for the Oculus Rift. With VR still a developing technology, many games may opt to support VR rather than build solely for it from the ground up. Star Citizen is attempting to do just this and this talk covers the wins, pitfalls and lessons learned from this approach. Speaker: Jon Dadley, Designer, Star Citizen Paul James will be live blogging the talk direct … Read the full article …

VRTGO 2014: CCP Games – ‘EVE: Valkyrie – The Making of a Cross-platform VR Exclusive’, Live Blog @9:45am GMT

EVE: Valkyrie is a VR-exclusive, fast-paced space dog-fighting game from EVE: Online creators CCP Games. As one of the first games to showcase the incredible possibilities of VR technology in games, EVE: Valkyrie has played a pivotal role in VR’s recent ‘coming of age’, helping to convince an initially sceptical gaming world that VR is the future of games. This groundbreaking title, developed at CCP’s Newcastle studio, has been widely acclaimed as one of VR’s ‘killer apps’. EVE: Valkyrie … Read the full article …

New DK2 Enabled Senza Peso Featured by Epic Games at Pax Prime, Download it Now

I took a look at a very early version of a DK2 enabled Senza Peso demo recently (see the above video) just after Oculus' second VR Headset shipped and it remains one of the most impressive VR showcases out there. Seems Epic Games thought so too as they chose Kite and Lightning's VR mini opera to showcase Unreal Engine 4 at this year's PAX Prime in Seattle this week. … Read the full article …

Rev VR Podcast (Ep.77): Adventures in Kickstarting with Justin Moravetz, the Creator of Proton Pulse and Vanguard V

Now that both of our Kickstarters are over, Justin Moravetz, the creator of Proton Pulse and Vanguard V, and I decide to go back and examine what worked, what didn't, and give some tips to potential Kickstarters in the VR community. … Read the full article …

9 Oculus Rift DK2 Demos Added to ‘DK2 Compatible’ Section of Oculus Share

New users are eager to test out the Oculus Rift DK2 have been bugging Oculus to add a DK2 compatible section to the official Oculus Share database since the headset was released at the end of July. The section has been added and starts with 9 demos with support for the Oculus Rift DK2. … Read the full article …

War Thunder’s First Pass at Oculus Rift DK2 Support Needs Work (video)

War Thunder (2012), the popular WWII-era multiplayer flight combat game, has had support for the Oculus Rift DK1 since 2013. A patch yesterday updated the game to work with the Oculus Rift DK2. And while there is great potential for the DK2's features within the game, there's still much to be done to make this a comfortable VR experience. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Cyber Space is a Theme Park Ride Simulator that Tries to Turn Your Stomach, Demo Available Now

One of the things we're written about many times on the site is the possibilities for virtual reality inside the entertainment sphere but outside the scope of traditional games. Virtual Tourism, VR Cinema and Virtual Arcades are all tantalising prospects when the virtual reality experience becomes convincing enough, which by all accounts won't be long at all. Virtual Theme Parks however I'd never specifically considered. Unlike developer Rift Away, who liked the idea so much, they made an … Read the full article …

News Bits: Eden River HD Developer Aaron Lemke Shares New Screens, Motivations

We reported yesterday that VR relaxation title Eden River HD was on it's way to Steam soon and shared a teaser trailer for the title. Now Unello Design founder Aaron Lemke shares some thoughts on  why he wanted to revisit his original Oculus Rift demo and what we can expect to find in the new title. I decided to make Eden River after getting the Rift and seeing most Rift demo download sites over-saturated with horror games. I wanted to make a counter point to these games. Also it's an … Read the full article …

News Bits: Beautiful Eden River HD Teaser Trailer Surfaces, Coming Soon to Steam

Unello Design are probably the most chilled out VR developers in existence right now. Aaron Lemke's approach to game design seems to start with throwing away anything that could traditionally be considered a game.  From the meditative Waking Man through to the lucid dreaming of Lunadroid, his music infused work is designed as pure escapism with perhaps a touch of enlightenment if you're lucky. As such, Aaron's work neatly illustrates the opportunities for 'gaming' to develop new genres that … Read the full article …

Major Virtual Reality Game Announcements Expected at E3 2014 Next Week, Road to VR Will Be on the Scene

Two years ago, a legendary programmer occupied an unassuming booth at the world's biggest gaming show. It was John Carmack from id Software telling anyone who'd listen that virtual reality was back and that the equally unassuming black box, an early prototype Oculus Rift, was the catalyst. As more and more journalists got wind of the duct tapped demo, news about Carmack's 'magic hat' began to spread very fast indeed. By E3 2012's close, the Oculus Rift was one of the biggest stories of the … Read the full article …

News Bits: Loading Human Kickstarter Passes Goal, Announces Omni Support with 3 Days Left

The darling of virtual reality enthusiasts right now, Untold Games' Loading Human, is a first person adventure which is attempting to pave the way for compelling human interaction within virtual spaces. Its ambition we spoke about recently, as well as the game's recent very attractive transition to Unreal Engine 4. The Kickstarter campaign for the new title actually passed its $30k goal a couple of weeks back, but the team have just announced that, in addition to Oculus Rift, Sixense STEM and … Read the full article …

Loading Human Impresses in New Unreal Engine 4 Footage, Kickstarter Target Within Reach

Loading Human, the first person Sci-Fi adventure title that is setting the bar for player interactions in a virtual space. And now, the Untold Games team reveal new footage leveraging Unreal Engine 4 and it's very pretty indeed. … Read the full article …