AltspaceVR Holding Open Beta This Weekend For Virtual Superbowl Party

AltspaceVR is hosting another open beta weekend, and they want you to bring the chips and dip this time for a shared viewing of Super Bowl XLIX. Whether you're rooting for the Patriots or the Seahawks, you're sure to have a great time hobnobbing while watching on the largest screen playing the big game in virtual reality. … Read the full article …

Take a Whirlwind Tour of VR/AR at CES 2015 in 6 Minutes (video)

The movement of virtual and augmented reality from niche industrial and enthusiast technology to something the world is talking about really was palpable at CES this year. Here's a 6 minute video tour of the world's biggest technology event highlighting most of the VR and AR devices on show. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift VR Experiences Take Top Spots in Leap Motion ’3D Jam’ Contest

Leap Motion's '3D Jam' dev contest, presented by the independent games festival IndieCade, is now officially over and the results are in. Among the 20 semi-finalists, who were awarded over $75,000 in prizes by a jury composed of Leap Motion staff and members of the IndieCade community, only two teams have received a spot at this year's IndieCade East festival taking place in New York City on February 13-15. … Read the full article …

The 10 ‘Must-Have’ Oculus Rift Apps and Games of 2014

Any way you slice it, 2014 has been an incredible year for VR. So, as we rapidly approach the close of the best year consumer VR has ever known, we attempt the impossible and pick our 10 games or applications that we think every enthusiast should possess. … Read the full article …

Eden River HD Launches on Steam and Google Cardboard, a VR Relaxation Experience

Eden River, a virtual reality relaxation experience, is now available on both Steam and Google Cardboard. The game, which essentially replicates the experience of floating down a lazy river, was produced by indie game studio Unello Design as an effort to elevate the artistic side of gameplay while creating a space for quiet reflection. … Read the full article …

Proton Pulse Debuts First Full Release on Android for Google Cardboard

Proton Pulse has been a well known name in virtual reality since the early days of the Oculus Rift VR headset. After a successful Kickstarter in 2013 followed by a mysterious cancellation and refund to backers, there was a time when it seemed that Proton Pulse would never see the light of day. Now, the pulse pounding VR arcade title launches for the first time in full on Android for Google Cardboard and other VR smartphone adapters. … Read the full article …

VRLA #4 Adds 13 New Exhibitors Including AltSpace, DODOCase and ThreeOneZero

VRLA goes from strength to strength as it approaches its fourth event, announcing that attendees will be treated to over 40 exhibitors including 13 VRLA first timers. … Read the full article …

Get Alien Isolation 50%-off While Contributing to a Good Cause (deal ends soon!)

The Humble Bundle Store's daily deal will net you 50% off of Alien Isolation, a survival-horror game which can be modified with relative ease to enable hidden Oculus Rift support. In addition to getting a great deal, 10% of your money goes to charitable organizations. … Read the full article …

News Bits: GTA V Publisher on VR Support “.. we’ll be first in line to give it to [customers]“

Take Two Interactive, publishers of the phenomenally successful Grand Theft Auto franchise have gone on record stating that if there is customer demand for virtual reality support in their games, it's ready to provide it. … Read the full article …

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 …