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 …

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: Cyber Space VR Theme Park Ride Simulator Now Lets You Eject, World Scale Fixed

We reported on RiftAway's venture into white knuckle fantasy ride simulator Cyber Space a little while ago and mused on it's potential status as the ultimate in testing your VR Legs. Now, RiftAway has released a new version of the demo which allows the player to eject from the virtual ride mid-air, flinging your ragdoll avatar 100s of feet from the ride whilst your peer on through your Oculus Rift. Additionally, apparently RiftAway world scale has also been tweaked, bringing your 3D view … Read the full article …

News Bits: Hang Out With Optimus Prime In This New Oculus Rift Demo

As we reported yesterday with Benjamin Teitler's impressive mo-capped Lightsaber demo for the Oculus Rift, re-living your fantasies of youth can be made reality through the power of VR. Now, developer Tipatat, who was behind the recent Matrix Oculus rift demo, has released an early version of a demo which features Optimus Prime, as he appeared in generation one of the cartoon series. OK, so there's not much to do except walk around and stare at his magnificence, but it's an interesting … Read the full article …

News Bits: Xing: The Land Beyond, Public Demo Available Soon

Frustratingly, Road to VR and the White Lotus Interactive team seem to keep missing each other. Such was the case at E3 this year too unfortunately. It's especially annoying because, as a backer of the project, I've been wanting to get my hands on the game for some time and up to now never had the opportunity. Well, I doubt I'm alone in this sentiment, and it seems the 3 member team have detected this as, in their latest update they reveal we won't have to wait much longer to get our … Read the full article …

News Bits: Lunar Flight Creator Releases E3 Trailer for ZVR: Apocalypse, a VR Zombie Shooter for the Oculus Rift

There are a few titles in the public domain which exemplify what a virtual reality experience should feel like. Lunar flight by developer Shovsoft is one such title. It was released mid 2013 and has been a benchmark for early virtual reality demos ever since. Lunar Flight managed to create an excellent sense of VR presence whilst presenting a challenging, rewarding gameplay experience to boot - something not to be sniffed at this point in VR's resurgence. Now, the same developer has switched … Read the full article …

Preview: Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe Oculus Rift VR Demo (video)

Have you ever played air hockey in a space bar? Have you ever played air hockey in a space bar… while wearing an Oculus Rift? I have, and it’s amazing. Join me for a look at the Oculus Rift demo version of Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe. … Read the full article …

Virtual Reality Star Wars? Skim the Death Star Trench with New Oculus Rift Demo

Fancy re-living one of the most iconic scenes in Cinema history? Author Boone (of Rift Coaster fame) has released video of new Star Wars inspired demo for the Oculus Rift. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift Razer Hydra Tuscany Demo Now Available from Sixense

Sixense, developers of the Razer Hydra, have officially released the Razer Hydra enabled 'Tuscany' demo that Ben had an exclusive hands-on with at GDC just a few weeks ago. The demo is a heavily customised version of the 'Tuscany' demo supplied as part of the Oculus SDK (Software Development Kit) which adds Hydra support and provides one of the most compelling VR experiences for the Oculus Rift yet seen. The Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra's Current 'Killer App' Sixense have announced the … Read the full article …

10 Oculus Rift Demo Reactions from GDC 2013

At GDC 2013, people waited upwards of two hours in line to try the Oculus Rift developer kit. Was it worth the wait? Did it live up to the hype? I interviewed 10 people right after they stepped out of the demo. I was expecting to hear people mention the lower than desirable resolution and perhaps the ghosting, but I came away very surprised to find out how much everyone -- many of them non-developers -- said they enjoyed the experience. To be clear, I didn't leave out any interviews or cut any … Read the full article …

Exclusive: Hands-on With the Oculus Rift Tuscany Razer Hydra Demo — The Most Fun I’ve Had in VR Yet

At GDC 2013 I met with the good folks from Sixense, makers of the Razer Hydra controller. They put me into the Oculus Rift and loaded up the Tuscany demo (built in Unity). This particular version of the demo has full Razer Hydra support, thanks to Sixense. Scattered around the space is a myriad of physics-driven objects to interact with -- and damn is it fun! The combination of the Oculus Rift and the Razer Hydra is potent and incredibly immersive. The Tuscany demo, infused with support for the … Read the full article …

Exclusive: Project Holodeck Hands-on Demo and Interview with Director Nathan Burba [video]

Recently I got a chance to meet up with Project Holodeck director Nathan Burba. Not only did we sit down for a detailed interview, but I was also fortunate enough to get a hands-on demo of the system. Project Holodeck is an immersive virtual reality multiplayer platform. Yes, that's a mouthful, but it means something significant. This is a complete virtual reality platform. The Oculus Rift is great, and I can't wait to get my hands on it, but I'm even more excited for Project Holodeck because it … Read the full article …