Darkfield VR Launches Kickstarter, Hands-On and Developer Interview

Darkfield VR is one of the earliest members of a new resurgence in the Space Combat genre - seemingly brought back from the dead with the advent of the Oculus Rift. It's a pure multiplayer dogfighting game which pitches you against electronic or human foes as you battle for supremacy among the stars. I caught up with the developers, VR Bits, at Gamescom in Cologne this year to have a look at the latest build and to find out more. Plus the Darkfield VR Kickstarter launches. … Read the full article …

John Carmack’s Brilliant Oculus Connect Keynote Goes ‘off Message from the Standard PR Plan’

There are two sorts of people in this world: those that have listened to John Carmack talk and those who are unenlightened. One of the key minds behind Doom and Quake is a most unlikely orator, but one who has the ability to hold the attention of a room full of geeks like no other. Anyone who's witnessed his unscripted, unprompted streams of consciousness from his legendary Quakecon keynotes will know this, and for his inaugural talk as CTO of Oculus at their first developer event, 'Connect', he … Read the full article …

News Bits: More Photos of Oculus Rift Crescent Bay Prototype in Action

Though Oculus didn't initially allow photos or video to be taken of the new Crystal Bay prototype, the company has now released some images of the headset in use. … Read the full article …

Oculus Open-sources Rift DK1: Mechanical Designs, Firmware, and More All Freely Available

During a session at Oculus Connect, the company released the totality of the Oculus Rift DK1 plans to the public. Under an open-source license, anyone can now freely download the blueprints of the company's first VR headset and even manufacture their own. … Read the full article …

Oculus Connect: Oculus ‘Platform’ Replaces ‘Share’ as Oculus Plans the Future of VR Content Delivery

The Wild West of Early VR Oculus Share was launched a little over a year ago as a way to gather together the torrents of content being produced by developers around the world. After the Oculus Rift DK1 shipped, well after its hugely successful Kickstarter campaign even Oculus must have been surprised at the sheer amount of early games and applications that were produced by developers even before they'd received their DK1 units. As an early adopter it was difficult to find and discover content … Read the full article …

Oculus Connect: Elevating Your VR – Live Blog @ 4:45pm PDT

"How to recognize what elevates VR from good, to breathtaking, and practical steps on how to get there. In this presentation, we explore how to recognize the levels of excellence to aspire to in VR, and how to take the quality of your product to greater heights. Drawing on our own experience, and our findings as we help developers large and small, we identify common issues and inadvertent shortfalls, give trouble-shooting advice and share ways to enhance your VR experiences to the best they can … Read the full article …

First Hands-on: Oculus Rift Crescent Bay is Incredible

During a keynote at Oculus Connect, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe unveiled a headset they believe approaches the holy grail of virtual reality, presence. That is, it delivers an experience that your brain accepts as an alternate reality. This means motion sickness is much reduced or eliminated and the user is utterly immersed in the virtual world. Crescent Bay is its name and Executive Editor Ben Lang just went hands-on with the new feature prototype. … Read the full article …

Oculus Announces New Prototype, Crescent Bay, This is What It Looks Like—Breaking

At Oculus' inaugural 'Connect' event in Hollywood CA today, CEO Brendan Iribe announced a new feature prototype that  Oculus believes delivers VR presence for the first time. The Prototype is called Crescent Bay and although exact specs are not yet available, this is a rough breakdown of the features set: Higher Refresh Rate (confirmed as 90Hz) Higher resolution (likely 1440p) (Possibly) Higher FOV Integrated Audio 360 Degree Tracking (LEDs now on back of headset too) Oculus … 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 …

Gamescom 2014: Hands-On With Pollen from Mindfield Games and Developer Interview (Video)

Pollen from Helsinki based developer Mindfield Games is an immensely promising 'Oculus Rift Optimised' story driven adventure set on Saturn moon Titan. I got a chance to catch up wit of the Mindfield team at this year's Gamescom in Cologne, Germany and try an early version for myself and also sit down for a chat to find out more. … Read the full article …

VRTGO 2014: CCP Games, Sony, RSI, Bossa Studios, nDreams to Speak at UK’s First VR Conference, September 11th

VRTGO is the UK's first dedicated VR Conference and is set to highlight the UK's importance in both the gaming industry at large and the fledgling industry of virtual reality. The one day event comes to the Baltic Centre in Gateshead on September 11th, Road to VR will be there. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Oculus SDK v0.4.2 Beta Released – New Firmware, Chromatic Aberration Fix, and More

Oculus VR has released an updated version of their SDK, the Oculus SDK v0.4.2 Beta. The update includes new firmware, with a fix for the Rift DK2's built-in latency tester, a chromatic aberration fix for headsets using the minimum eye relief, and more. … Read the full article …

John Carmack: Samsung’s Gear VR is a “Landmark first step” for Mobile VR

Samsung revealed their Gear VR headset this morning in their IFA Unpacked press presentation in Berlin. If you weren't able to catch the broadcast, the 10 minute Gear VR segment, with appearance by Oculus CTO John Carmack, is right here. … Read the full article …