Leap Motion’s Next-gen ‘Dragonfly’ Sensor is Designed for VR Headsets

Leap Motion creates a gesture camera for hand tracking input. The company has been progressively pivoting their technology toward virtual reality, and now appear to be going all-in on the emerging industry with a tease of a next-generation sensor, codenamed 'Dragonfly', along with a VR Mount for the Oculus Rift and VR-focused updates to the company's SDK. … Read the full article …

$227,000 Worth of Oculus Rift DK2s Sold on Ebay Despite Oculus VR Prohibiting Resales

As with any free-market system, the law of supply and demand will drive prices up when supply is short and demand is high. The Oculus Rift DK2 is a hot commodity, and even with the company pumping out the popular VR headset as quickly as possible, some folks are willing to pay a huge premium to get one without waiting. … Read the full article …

Oculus: “We Have [VR] Experiences Running Even on Cellphone Devices Right Now…”

Despite announcing that the Oculus Rift would support Android all the way back during the company's 2012 Kickstarter, Oculus VR has been quite secretive about their forthcoming Android SDK. In an interview at Gamescom 2014 last week, the company alluded that work is still underway on bringing virtual reality to mobile. … Read the full article …

Gamescom 2014 – Oculus Talk Connect, War Thunder on Morpheus and Great New VR Games

"Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so," Douglas Adams once wrote, and it's a fitting way to summarize how fast the last 12 months have felt since I was at Gamescom in 2013. Visiting the biggest games show in Europe again this year illustrates how far the VR industry has come in that year. VR hardware is still front and centre of course, but this year it's all about the VR games. … Read the full article …

Half-Life 2 and Steam Get Oculus Rift DK2 Support, Here’s How to Make it Work

Today Valve has released an update for SteamVR, the virtual reality mode for the popular game distribution service. The update enables Oculus Rift DK2 support for Half-Life 2 and the Steam Big Picture mode. Here's a detailed guide to get it working. … 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 …

How to Update Oculus Rift DK2 Firmware

For those that recently received their Oculus Rift DK2, the unit needs a firmware update out of the box; we put together a quick guide showing you how to update the Oculus Rift DK2 firmware. … Read the full article …

Sunday VR Live Stream with Cymatic Bruce – Ep. 29 (@1pm PDT / 9pm GMT)

Hey Rifters! Missed the live stream? Here is the episode 29 recording with recap!  This week, we checked out the latest DK2 demos released, as well as a few experiences that have been updated for DK2 including PolyRider and Euro Truck Sim 2.  Quake II ended up much more comfortable and addictive than expected! Catch the video recording and written recap here. … Read the full article …

‘Pollen’ is a Sci-Fi Virtual Reality Exploration Game with Stunning Visuals

Let's be honest here. Back when the Oculus Rift DK1 was barely in enthusiast's hands, the majority of content available for this new breed of VR headset wasn't pretty. Such was the power of this new platform and the new-ness of the experience, it didn't matter that visuals would barely have passed muster had they been released as standard monitor based PC demos. But, things change and Pollen, from Finnish developers Mindfield Games represents a new breed of games whose ambition and visuals match … Read the full article …

Enthusiast Opts for $2200 Laser Eye Surgery to Enhance Oculus Rift Experience

The buzz surrounding virtual reality continues to grow and now at least one enthusiast is so convinced by the technology that he has opted for laser eye surgery, after 30 years of wearing glasses, to enhance the Oculus Rift experience. … Read the full article …

Gamescom 2014: VR’s Momentum Continues to Build, Road to VR Will Be There

It's hard to believe it's been 12 months since we last headed to the epic Koelnmesse Conference venue in Cologne, Germany to attend Europe's biggest gaming event, Gamescom. Last year's highlights included witnessing the Oculus Rift HD Prototype, EVE: Valkyrie, and an early Cyberith Virtualizer. Well, we're doing it all over again this year—what exciting VR news will we see? I'll be there to find out. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Second Life Viewer with Oculus Rift DK2 Support on the Way

A developer is working on an unofficial application to allow Second Life (2003) to be played with the Oculus Rift DK2. … Read the full article …

SundayVR Live Stream Show with Cymatic Bruce, Episode 28

Hey Rifters! UPDATE: Stream Recording with recap!  This week, we investigated the best from the first crop of demos for the DK2, including PolyWorld, Technolust, and Elite: Dangerous. A few technical issues hampered the beginning of the stream, but after a reboot and some camera adjustments it was smooth sailing. Catch the video recording and written recap here. … 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 …

The Incredible Performance of the Oculus Rift DK2′s Positional Tracking (video)

I've been lucky enough to have tried the Oculus Rift DK2 on numerous occasions prior to its release this week, but never for a long enough that I felt like I really knew the device. After receiving the DK2 this week, and finally able to spend as much time as I want investigating its performance, I've come away beyond impressed with its capabilities, particularly its positional tracking prowess. … Read the full article …