Steam Dev Days made VR enticing, now it needs to be convincing

Thanks to the information that’s been flowing out of Steam Dev Days since last week, we have a much clearer idea how two big names will be approaching virtual reality on PC.

By Peter Parrish | 20 Jan 2014 | 2

Oculus VR releases “Best Practices” guide for developers

As ever more developers dive into the realistic 3D sensory pool of virtual reality, it might be a good idea if a company were to collate a series of helpful tips for developing on VR hardware.

By Peter Parrish | 17 Jan 2014 | 1

Valve VR gets more positive developer impressions

Last night, Tripwire’s David Hensley was comparing Valve’s VR prototype to Star Trek’s holodeck, and today there have been further developer impressions released prior to the Steam Dev Days’s VR conference talks.

By Peter Parrish | 16 Jan 2014 | 1

Tripwire’s David Hensley says Valve’s VR felt “like a holo deck”

The full presentation of Valve’s VR prototype (which Steamdb thinks could going by the name ‘Vortex‘) will take place later today at Steam Dev Days, but Tripwire’s David Hensley has already had a go with it and has tweeted a series of extremely positive impressions.

By Peter Parrish | 16 Jan 2014 | Comments Off

Oculus Rift dev kit 2 will be as close to consumer version as possible

Oculus Founder Palmer Luckey and VP of Products Nate Mitchell  were keen to share the latest Oculus Rift Crystal Cove developments at CES in an interview with Reddit and there were some pretty interesting nuggets of information.

By Paul Younger | 12 Jan 2014 | 2

Valve to release VR SDK at Steam Dev Days next week

Valve has stormed into the new year with their Steam Machines and there’s more to come with Valve’s Steam Dev Days event takes place next week on 14-15 January in Seattle.

By Paul Younger | 9 Jan 2014 | Comments Off

Oculus Rift “Crystal Cove” prototype brings new features

The team working on the much talked about Oculus Rift have been working hard at improving the VR experience and the latest prototype has just been shown at CES for the first time.

By Paul Younger | 8 Jan 2014 | 1

World of Diving splashes into multiplayer waters

Recently Greenlit title World of Diving is a game which makes practical use of the Oculus Rift headset.

By Peter Parrish | 19 Dec 2013 | Comments Off

Steam VR category added to listings

There won’t be that many gamers with an Oculus Rift or a VR device of any sort but Valve are keen to show which games support VR on Steam with a new category.

By Paul Younger | 18 Dec 2013 | Comments Off

Oculus VR raises $75 million in funding from Netscape founder

Oculus Rift is really catching the imagination of the tech industry and the company has raised $75 million in another round of funding.

By Paul Younger | 13 Dec 2013 | Comments Off

Sharks don’t like VR or the Virtuix Omni – Investment opportunity declined

UK TV viewers will be aware of the Dragon’s Den and in the US they have a similar show called Shark Tank.

By Paul Younger | 10 Dec 2013 | 6

Grand Theft Auto 4 in VR comes with face punching – Cyberith demonstrates

Grand Theft Auto 4 in VR has been demonstrated in a new video by the developers of the Cyberith Virtualizer treadmill.

By Paul Younger | 28 Nov 2013 | Comments Off

John Carmack resigns from Id Software, continues role at Oculus

It’s the end of an era at id Software, as the studio announces John Carmack’s resignation.

By Peter Parrish | 22 Nov 2013 | 1

The Oculus Rift Diary – Part 1

We’re told that virtual reality is the next big thing. We’re told that this is the forefront of a VR revolution.

By Tim McDonald | 22 Nov 2013 | 16

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Oculus Rift horror Alone doesn’t get funded, team dissolved

Oh dear. Oculus Rift horror game Alone didn’t manage to hit its Kickstarter target of $25,000, garnering only 356 backers and just over $9,000.

By Tim McDonald | 19 Nov 2013 | 1

Obduction Oculus Rift support added by Cyan – Game reached 1.3m in funding

Cyan’s new adventure Obduction recently hit its base Kickstater funding goal of $1.1 million and this evening it reached it’s final milestone.

By Paul Younger | 16 Nov 2013 | 2

Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty Ghosts VR support coming

While Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts don’t support the Oculus Rift natively, through the wonders of vorpX, the two games will soon be playable in VR. 

By Paul Younger | 12 Nov 2013 | Comments Off

Oculus Rift support revealed as Obduction’s first stretch goal

Funding continues on Cyan’s new adventure Obduction with $648,493 of the $1.1m they are looking for secured so far with 18 days to go. 

By Paul Younger | 28 Oct 2013 | Comments Off

Oculus Rift second dev kit confirmed – Consumer version late 2014

Oculus Rift consumers wanting to get their hands on a final version of the VR headset may have to wait until late next year as Oculus c0-founder Palmer Lucky has confirmed a second developer kit will be released.

By Paul Younger | 19 Oct 2013 | Comments Off

Oculus Rift horror Alone being fleshed out on Kickstarter

I talked about a spooky little Oculus Rift game called Alone on the podcast the other day.

By Tim McDonald | 18 Oct 2013 | Comments Off

Virtual space: Elite Dangerous gets Oculus Rift support

If there was one type of game that lends itself to VR it would be anything where you’re sitting down in a cockpit.

By Paul Younger | 10 Oct 2013 | Comments Off

VorpX beta lets you play old games with Oculus Rift

VorpX is now on sale to the public, adding Oculus Rift support to over 90 games.

By Tim McDonald | 1 Oct 2013 | 2

Star Wars trench scene recreated in VR with Oculus Rift

It’s an iconic moment in Star Wars, Luke skimming down the Death Star trench and attempting to target a tiny vent.

By Paul Younger | 24 Sep 2013 | 1

Enemy Starfighter shown on Oculus Rift and more gameplay footage

You gotta love the fact that space sims are having a bit of a revival at the moment, but one game that’s been in the works for some time now by former Bungie dev Mike Tipul and his Marauder Interactive is Enemy Starfighter.

By Paul Younger | 4 Sep 2013 | Comments Off

CCP reveals VR dogfighter EVE: Valkyrie

CCP Games have released a reveal trailer for EVE: Valkyrie, a “multiplayer spaceship dogfighting shooter” that makes use of virtual reality tech and is set in the EVE universe.

By Tim McDonald | 21 Aug 2013 | Comments Off

Oculus Share – Oculus Rift ready games can now be self published and tried

Simpy called Oculus Share, a new site has popped up from the VR headset creators to get the word out on all the Oculus Rift supported games.

By Paul Younger | 19 Aug 2013 | 1

Seeing the future: John Carmack joins Oculus Rift team

Gasp and shock! John Carmack, id Software’s famed tech man, has joined the Oculus team as their new Chief Technology Officer.

By Tim McDonald | 7 Aug 2013 | Comments Off

Everquest Next Oculus Rift support hinted at in new video

There’s been a lot of buzz about EverQuest next since it was revealed over the weekend and a new behind the scenes video takes fans beyond a locked door to meet the dev team.

By Paul Younger | 7 Aug 2013 | Comments Off

Oculus Rift support now added to Strike Suit Zero

One of Born Ready Games’ goals was to add support for the VR headset the Oculus Rift and today they have finally added support for the device to the space shooter Strike Suit Zero.

By Paul Younger | 2 Aug 2013 | Comments Off

Jam it in your eyes: Oculus Rift launches global VR Jam

If you have the next great virtual reality 3D-o-rama game idea, Oculus Rift wants to hear from you.

By Peter Parrish | 23 Jul 2013 | Comments Off