Rev VR Podcast (Ep. 87): Gear VR Release with Ritchie D and Ben Lang

Well, it's finally here! After much anticipation, Samsung and Oculus have finally made their Gear VR headset available for purchase. I took the opportunity to sit down with Ben Lang, editor and chief of Road to VR, and Ritchie Djamhur, well-known gadget YouTuber, to talk about the release and the many facets of Gear VR. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Jaunt VR Releases Paul McCartney ‘Live and Let Die’ 360 VR Experience on Windows and Mac for the Oculus Rift

Jaunt VR, having received millions in venture capital funding this year, have their sights on pioneering 360 3D VR video content. Their first publicly available experience, Paul McCartney performing "Live and Let Die" live, launched on the Google Play store for Android last week and is now available for Windows and Mac Oculus Rift users. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift ‘Crescent Bay’ Prototype Heading to SVVR Holiday Party on December 11th

The SVVR Meetup in Mountain View, CA is getting an early gift this year: Oculus is bringing their latest 'Crescent Bay' Rift prototype to the organization's Holiday Party on December 11th, one of the first opportunities for the public to try the unit. The Holiday Party event also features a lineup of presentations, including the delivery of the first production-ready STEM system which will be given by Sixense to SVVR. … Read the full article …

Mozilla Research VR Launches Experimental Website Compatible with Oculus Rift

Earlier this year Mozilla began exploring virtual reality capabilities for the web. Now, they have released MozVR.com, which they call “a VR website about VR websites,” in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Firefox. It uses a virtual reality enabled version of Firefox that can navigate seamlessly through VR worlds built and hosted on the web. … Read the full article …

Longbeach VR Inaugural Meetup Highlights Local VR Talent

The 1st official virtual reality meetup in Long Beach was hosted at California State University Long Beach on November 4th, 2014 which brought together people from all over the West Coast. LBVR’s foundation is one built on the cross-section of nearby virtual reality communities and glimpses into where the local VR revolution is headed. … Read the full article …

Road to VR is Three Years Old, We Take a Look Back

Time flies when you're having fun. It's been 3 years since Ben Lang first set up a website to chart and document the long road to virtual reality. And whilst we're not prone to sentimentality or navel gazing here, to celebrate our third birthday we're going to indulge in a spot of both and take a look back at the last 3 incredible years of the amazingly promising industry of virtual reality. … Read the full article …

Oculus SDK 0.4.3 Beta Release Brings Unity Free and Experimental Linux Support

Oculus just fired an email to developers notifying them of their latest SDK release, 0.4.3 Beta. The latest version seems like a significant release with numerous feature additions and stability / performance improvements. … Read the full article …

Xing Developer Goes Hands-On With Crescent Bay at Oculus HQ

The Kickstarter funded Oculus Rift game Xing: The Land Beyond has continually showed promising progress since it successfully reached it's target way back in April of last year. What's more, the development team have been eager to share their experiences on the road to releasing the game. Their latest dev blog update is one that'll likely inspire jealousy in VR enthusiasts everywhere. … 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 …

Oculus Drives Into IndieCade in a Shiny New Airstream Trailer

IndieCade is an annual gaming festival in Culver City, California which attracts hundreds of game enthusiasts from all over the world. This year, Oculus VR strolled in with a custom chromed-out virtual reality filled trailer that dazzled the attendees throughout the event. … Read the full article …

Oculus Research Division Is ‘First Complete, Well Funded VR Research Team in Close to 20 Years’

Buried toward the end of Michael Abrash's must-watch keynote at Oculus Connect was the announcement of a new research division within Oculus which Abrash says is the "first complete, well funded VR research team in close to 20 years." He says that their mission is to advance VR and that the research division will publish its findings and also work with university researchers. … 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 …

Reverse Engineering the Oculus Rift DK2 Provides Brilliant Insight into Inner Workings

Spurred by the current lack of a Linux SDK for the Oculus Rift DK2, a group of developers sought to dissect the Rift's optical tracking system by reverse engineering the DK2. The information that was tediously corralled together is quite technical so we've have rounded up the critical focal points in an easier to read format to show why this community project is important. … 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 …