Totem VR Headset Kickstarter is Live, In-depth Interview with Vrvana CEO Bert Nepveu

The Totem VR headset Kickstarter has launched. Vrvana, formerly 'True Player Gear', is seeking $350,000 CAD to get a dev kit of the product into the hands of developers. I sat down with Vrvana CEO Bert Nepveu to learn more about the Totem headset and get my eyes on the first working prototype that's been shown to the public. … Read the full article …

SundayVR With Cymatic Bruce – Ep. 30: Live for Speed, SubLevelZero, Half-Life VR, and More VR Gaming

Hey Rifters! Missed the last episode of SundayVR? No worries, catch the video recording and written recap here! Live for Speed steals the show, we see some incredible Descent-like action from SubLevelZero, and I (finally) got Half-Life VR up and running. … Read the full article …

Road to VR Live Roundtable Discussion Recording Now Available (video)

Last month Road to VR brought together notable VR developers with a live audience for a roundtable discussion held inside of a virtual reality world. If you weren't able to join us live, a recording of the event is now available. … Read the full article …

Project Torus Kickstarter Video Updates Shows Latest Demo

The latest update to the Project Torus Kickstarter shows off some major improvements to game design and assets, as well as introduces a new 180 degree option for those running the game on desktop computers. … Read the full article …

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 …

Radial-G Just Earned Itself a Spot in My Oculus Rift Demos Folder (video)

As a fan of the Wipeout series, I absolutely had to try Tammeka Games' Radial-G, a low-grav arcade racer with Oculus Rift virtual reality support. While I've long enjoyed the frenetic action-packed racing of Wipeout, could a similar title work in VR—with a cylindrical track no less—without also being a vomit simulator? I was delighted to find out that Radial-G is not only fun in virtual reality, but it somehow dodges simulator sickness with the same ease that its ships hover above the track. … Read the full article …

News Bits: Waiting For Your DK2? This Guys Knows How You Feel (Video)

The wait for the Oculus Rift DK2 is almost over. Oculus VR have stated that they're confident they can ship 20-30k DK2 units in the month of July, which means that there's likely to be a lot of very happy VR fans by then. Right now though, one fan in particular is finding these last few weeks so tortuous, he felt he had to express himself in this short film. An accurate and emotive piece I think you'll agree. Nice work meepsblah, you managed to occupy us for almost a minute - but we still … Read the full article …

Hands-on: Killing Zombies with the Survios Prime 3 Prototype is a Blast [video]

Survios, formerly Project Holodeck, continues to work to create a fully immersive virtual reality environment. I got my hands on their latest prototype hardware, dubbed the Prime 3, to slay Zombies on the Holodeck once again. … Read the full article …

Palmer Luckey on Why Building the Virtual Reality Metaverse is a Moral Imperative (video)

During a panel that I was fortunate to moderate at last week's SVVR Conference & Expo in Mountain View, California, EnterVR's Cris Miranda offered up a question from the audience. He asked Palmer Luckey to elaborate on previous statements that building the virtual reality metaverse is a moral imperative. Above you can see the relevant clip from the conference, and below is a transcript of Palmer Luckey's answer. "...this is one of those crazy-man topics. But... I guess it comes down to … Read the full article …

Yay3d VR Viewer Turns Your Tablet into a Hand-held VR Headset (video review)

There have been several smartphone/tablet VR viewers making their way into the virtual reality market lately which take advantage of an Android phone or iPhone screen, as well as their gyroscopes and accelerometers. Since mobile phones are on the forefront of resolution and pixel density, some argue that this method of VR will hold its own in the battle against standalone VR headsets. The VR Viewer by Yay3d takes it to another level. … Read the full article …

Breaking: New Eve Valkyrie Gameplay Video from Eve Fanfest, Development Moves to Unreal Engine 4

Today marks the beginning of the annual Eve Fanfest event, hosted by developer CCP Games. A keynote presentation focused heavily on the company's forthcoming virtual reality title, Eve Valkyrie. In addition to announcing that the game will be built on Unreal Engine 4, new gameplay footage has been revealed. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift and Other Tech Combined to Induce Real-life Lag (video)

  Ever wonder what it's like to live with three seconds of lag in real life? An 'experiment' from Swedish ISP UME uses the Oculus Rift to show just what that would be like. It turns out that real-life lag is hilariously similar to the lag gamers are used to. … Read the full article …

Exclusive: Enter the World of Spirits in the Spirited Away Boiler Room Oculus Rift Demo (download + video)

Developer Nick Pittom has spent the last few weeks recreating a small scene from Spirited Away, one of Japan's most successful films. From the outset, Pittom wanted to produce a faithful recreation of this beloved film for enjoyment in the Oculus Rift. Road to VR is pleased to be the first to share this excellent demo. … Read the full article …

CES in VR: Hands-on with CastAR and Avegant Glyph at CES 2014

Cymatic Bruce here with more videos from my 'CES in VR' series; side-by-side 3D videos meant to be viewed in VR using VR Player. These videos feature hands on impressions of two devices that recently concluded successful Kickstarters: the Avegant Glyph and CastAR! Avegant Glyph Watch without a Rift: Click the gear icon in the YouTube player and set 3D to Off. Watch with the Oculus Rift:  Download VR Player and the configuration preset for this video. In VR Player go to Tools > Load … Read the full article …