Major Virtual Reality Game Announcements Expected at E3 2014 Next Week, Road to VR Will Be on the Scene

Two years ago, a legendary programmer occupied an unassuming booth at the world's biggest gaming show. It was John Carmack from id Software telling anyone who'd listen that virtual reality was back and that the equally unassuming black box, an early prototype Oculus Rift, was the catalyst. As more and more journalists got wind of the duct tapped demo, news about Carmack's 'magic hat' began to spread very fast indeed. By E3 2012's close, the Oculus Rift was one of the biggest stories of the … Read the full article …

Steam Adds ‘VR Support’ Category for Oculus Rift Games

Steam, Valve's digital distribution platform, now includes a 'VR Support' category, making it easy to search the entire Steam library for Oculus Rift games. Currently four titles are listed as part of the category, with many sure to follow as Rift game developers mark their games with VR support. … Read the full article …

VRcade: A Look into the Future of the Virtual Reality Arcade

VRcade looks like the next logical step for immersive video gaming: With full body & weapon tracking, haptic feedback, a large motion capture arena and realistic graphics, the system offers everything needed to get closer to the virtual reality most of us know only from movies. Road to VR takes a look at VRcade and the exciting future of virtual reality gaming. … Read the full article …

Second Life Developers Confirm Oculus Rift Support is on the Way

Second Life will soon be added to the list of Oculus Rift games, according to a report from New World Notes. A spokesman from Linden Labs, developer of Second Life, has confirmed Oculus Rift integration and promises "strong support" for the VR headset. Second Life (2003) is a free massively multiplayer role playing game (MMORPG) where players create virtual avatars to inhabit the world. Players can create homes, clothes, buildings, and more; a virtual economy provides ways for players to sell … Read the full article …

Mechwarrior Online Oculus Rift Support On the Way?

The developers of MechWarrior Online, the latest title in the long-standing mech franchise, tried out the Oculus Rift at GDC 2013 and seem very impressed. Their report from GDC teases heavily that Oculus Rift support for MWO could be in the works. MechWarrior Online is one of those titles that come to mind when you think about games that would work great with Oculus Rift support or in virtual reality in general: first off, you're seated within a huge Mech – and who hasn't dreamt of steering … Read the full article …

Exclusive: Project Holodeck Hands-on Demo and Interview with Director Nathan Burba [video]

Recently I got a chance to meet up with Project Holodeck director Nathan Burba. Not only did we sit down for a detailed interview, but I was also fortunate enough to get a hands-on demo of the system. Project Holodeck is an immersive virtual reality multiplayer platform. Yes, that's a mouthful, but it means something significant. This is a complete virtual reality platform. The Oculus Rift is great, and I can't wait to get my hands on it, but I'm even more excited for Project Holodeck because it … Read the full article …

Valve Ports Team Fortress 2 for VR Headsets, Likely Oculus Rift, More Details at GDC 2013

Valve, the famous developer who has demonstrated a particular interest in virtual reality, has ported the ever-popular Team Fortress 2 for use with VR headsets. This confirmation comes from the Game Developers Conference (GDC) website which has announced two keynotes to be given by Valve employees; one of which will talk explicitly about a "virtual reality version of TF2." … Read the full article …

Montas Oculus Rift Game Goes to Indiegogo for Crowd-funding

Montas is an upcoming indie horror game with support for the Oculus Rift. We heard about Montas a few months back and now the creators, Organic Humans, have begun a crowd-funding campaign to help them raise money to get the game to market. "Montas is a first person survival horror adventure game focused on exploration, immersion, atmosphere, story and interactivity," according to the creators. A copy of the game for be yours for $10 through the crowd-funding campaign which is hosted on … Read the full article …

Star Citizen and the Oculus Rift, Help Kickstart the Space Combat Genre

Star Citizen is an ambitious new game which will feature Oculus Rift support. But it's also much more than that -- this is an opportunity to help realize a new generation of space combat simulator, a genre which once upon a time set the PC platform apart from its less auspicious console brethren. … Read the full article …

Blackspace Oculus Rift Compatible Game Kickstarter Needs Your Help, 5 Days Left!

Blackspace is an excellent looking hybrid-RTS game which the developers say will support the Oculus Rift. Pixel Foundry, the indie studio behind the game, launched a Kickstarter campaign for Blackspace back in September. With 5 days left the campaign is unfortunately still 65% shy of its $350,000 funding goal. The game looks to have excellent potential from what the team has shown off so far, and it is a steal at just $20 for a copy through the Kickstarter! … Read the full article …

YEI Creates First Person Virtual Reality Demo With Full Body Tracking in Unreal Engine [video]

The ultimate goal of virtual reality gaming is to convince players that they are actually the inhabitants of another world. A number of components are needed to make this a reality. While head mounted displays like the Oculus Rift bring us one step closer to feeling like we're inside another world, there are yet more pieces to the puzzle; being able to naturally control the player-character -- also referred to as body tracking or full avatar embodiment -- within the game will be a massive jump … Read the full article …

IGN Talks Future of Gaming, Tries out the Oculus Rift and Interviews Creator Palmer Luckey

IGN is running a series of segments talking about the future of gaming, their latest episode takes a brief look at where we are on the road to virtual reality gaming. Naturally the Rift is mentioned; IGN interviewes Oculus Rift head mounted display creator Palmer Luckey and also gives the HMD a try with Doom 3. … Read the full article …

Armored Ops VR Game Incorporates Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra for Multiplayer Mech Combat [video]

While a number of games plan on supporting the Oculus Rift head mounted display, not many of them are being made specifically for it. Owen Pedrotti has a functional prototype of a virtual reality game that he is making to take full advantage of the Rift. Combined with the Razer Hydra, a high-fidelity motion tracking peripheral, Pedrotti hopes to immerse players in an intense mech-style first person shooter complete with up-close and personal melee combat. I spoke with Pedrotti to learn about … Read the full article …

Blackspace is a Hybrid-RTS Game with Oculus Rift Support, Fundraising with Kickstarter [video]

Blackspace is a rather awesome looking upcoming hybrid-RTS (real time strategy) game which plans to incorporate the Oculus Rift head mounted display. The game, which is notable for being one of the first non-FPS (first person shooter) titles pledging Rift support, is currently raising funds for production through Kickstarter. … Read the full article …

Hands-on With Sony’s HMZ-T2 ‘Prototype SR’ at the Tokyo Game Show

Last week news broke that Sony would be demonstrating an augmented reality 'Prototype SR' head mounted display at the Tokyo Game Show. This HMD is based on the new HMZ-T2 which Sony announced at the beginning of the month.  Toshi Nakamura of gaming news site Kotaku got a chance to experience the demonstration that Sony put together with the HMZ-T2 Prototype SR. The reaction? "I’ve seen the future of virtual reality, and it is terrifying." … Read the full article …