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 …

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 …