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 …

Half Life 2 Modded for Oculus Rift Virtual Reality — Independent Head and Gun Movement [video]

Here's a brief video showing the work of Nathan Andrews who is modding Half Life 2 for virtual reality and the Oculus Rift. In almost all modern first-person shooters, where you look and where you aim are one in the same. Andrews has separated the two which enables the ability to aim your gun one way while looking another. Combined with a gun-prop and VR headset, this makes for an immersive and natural playing experience. … Read the full article …

Xsens Demonstrates Camera-less Full Body Motion Tracking at CES 2013

At CES 2013, Xsens is demonstrating a camera-less full body motion tracking system which could be used for virtual reality gaming and other applications. The company, which provides professional motion capture systems for film and industrial uses, is now hoping to provide affordable full body motion capture for consumer experiences. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift HMD at CES 2013 Roundup — Praise and More Praise

Oculus Inc is that CES 2013 this year and the Oculus Rift is getting plenty of attention. The company isn't making any new announcements, though they are giving demos of the VR headset to press at CES. In this post I'll be pointing you'll find fresh interviews and hands-on demos that are coming out of CES 2013 this week. … Read the full article …

Microsoft Reveals IllumiRoom, A Projector-based System for Immersive Gaming

At CES this week, Microsoft has revealed a research project called IllumiRoom. The system combines a Kinect with a projector to scan your TV room and show content that extends beyond your TV. The goal is to create a more immersive gaming experience by adding peripheral information. The IllumiRoom appears very similar to a patent application recently filed by Microsoft. … Read the full article …

Project Holodeck Goes to the Game: Next Exhibition in Dublin

Project Holodeck is an effort out of USC to create a multiplayer virtual reality gaming platform that offers full avatar embodiment and immersive first-person gameplay. Some members of the Project Holodeck team made the lengthy trek from the States to Dublin, Ireland to showcase the project at the 'Game: Next' exhibition, a 4-day look at experimental gaming technology and the future of gaming, at the Science Gallery … 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 …

VIRTSIM is the Virtual Reality Platform That Gamers Crave but Can’t Have

VIRTSIM is a highly immersive virtual reality system which can pit squads of players against each other in a realistic virtual reality combat environment. The system utilizes full-motion body capture, VR headsets, gun props, and even shock-feedback. Unfortunately, the rather amazing-looking experience is not available in any sort of consumer capacity. Instead, VIRTSIM is relegated to non-entertainment purposes like military and emergency personnel training. Why can't those that want to play … 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 …

Project Holodeck Update: Razer Now Official Sponsor, The Team Tests the Oculus Rift

Exciting info for the team of Project Holodeck, Razer is now an official sponsor. The company, which was founded in 1998 and manufacturers PC peripherals for hardcore gamers, will supply the Holodeck team with hardware pertinent to the project and offer a direct line for technical inquiries. The announcement comes shortly after the Holodeck team got their hands on the latest Oculus Rift prototype. I spoke with Project Holodeck producer James Iliff about the sponsorship and the latest … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift Kickstarter Watch: Palmer Luckey Spotted With Valve’s Gabe Newell and Michael Abrash

If you needed any convincing that Valve is serious about the Oculus Rift, check this photo for some evidence. Pictured left to right is Michael Abrash, Valve's VR/AR researcher, Palmer Luckey, the brains behind the forthcoming Oculus Rift HMD, and Gabe Newell, Valve's managing director and recognized head honcho. … Read the full article …