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 …

EVR Oculus Rift Demo Steals Thunder at Eve Online Fanfest [Video]

EVE Online Oculus Rift support is a dream for many players of the space MMORPG epic. That dream might soon be realized; CCP Games was one of the earliest backers of the Rift Kickstarter and has shown strong support for the virtual reality headset at EVE Fanfest 2013 by unveiling EVR, a 6 vs. 6 space dogfighting game that was made exclusively for the Oculus Rift. CCP Games is the Icelandic publisher and developer of Eve Online (2003), the space MMORPG that has been running for a whole … 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Oculus Rift Kickstarter Watch: Prototype, SDK, and Other Updates

The Oculus Rift Kickstarter is due to start any day soon and the VR community couldn't be more excited. The man behind the promising wide field-of-view head mounted display / VR headset, Palmer Luckey (AKA PalmerTech), has shared this photo of an early Oculus Rift prototype. Recall that this is a prototype of a non-consumer oriented device. Yes, it looks a bit rough around the edges; since the beginning of the project Luckey has made it clear that the first Oculus Rift is going to be a DIY kit … Read the full article …

Project Holodeck Seeks to Create a Low Cost Full-motion VR Gaming Environment with the Help of the Oculus Rift HMD

A team of 25 members is working at the University of Southern California to create a full-motion virtual reality gaming environment, they're calling it Project Holodeck. By 'full-motion' I mean that the playspace allows the user to actually walk or run around the environment; their movement is tracked and used to control their navigation within the game. Players will don the Oculus Rift head mounted display / VR headset, which has head tracking and a high field of view, to give them … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift Kickstarter Coming July 19th, Even Cheaper Than Before

Finally an update on the Oculus Rift Kickstarter. The head mounted display that's been... er... turning heads... has been teasing us with an upcoming Kickstarter campaign. The original plan was for it to go live in the middle of June but some exciting developments have happened since then. The Kickstarter was delayed due to these developments, but it's actually been thanks to good news rather than bad -- one bit of which is a lower price. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift Units to Arrive Earlier than Planned, “Really Big Names in the Game Industry” Getting Involved!

The VR community seems to be holding its collective breath to see what impact the Oculus Rift head mounted display will have on the future of virtual reality gaming. Patiently folks are waiting for the Kickstarter funding round to start and I've learned today that it has been delayed two weeks. Don't fret though; Palmer Luckery, the brains behind the project, says that the delay "is not actually bad news at all." … Read the full article …

Virtual Reality and Oculus Rift E3 2012 Interview with John Carmack [video]

One of the reasons why I'm so excited about the Oculus Rift is that John Carmack, founder and technical director of Id Software, is demoing the unit to people within the gaming industry and is building full support for it into Doom 3 BGF which is due out later this year. CVG / PC Gamer has a great 3 part interview from E3 2012 with Carmack who has clearly done his homework on HMDs and is hoping to push them into mainstream gaming! … Read the full article …

Early Oculus Rift Specifications and Official Site, Confirms $500 Target

Right now the Oculus Rift project is at the center of my attention. If you haven't read up on it, see here. In short, I'm hoping that this is the first major step in bringing virtual reality to mainstream gaming. With that in mind, I wanted to point out the first glimpse of specs for the Oculus Rift as well as an official site made by Palmer Luckey (aka PalmerTech) who is responsible for the project. … Read the full article …