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  • Blog Post: E3 2015 Virtual Reality Roundup: Oculus, Morpheus, HoloLens, And More

    For the past three years, E3 has become an increasingly large stage for virtual reality leaders and hopefuls. This year, three major players all showcased new technology and experiences, with support from a variety of developers. We also got a chance to check out a couple of third-party peripherals that... More
  • Blog Post: Why Microsoft Is Investing In AR And Partnering With VR

    Over the past week, we had a chance to see Microsoft's HoloLens on stage at E3, learn about a partnership with Oculus, and another with Valve. We sat down with Microsoft corporate vice president Kudo Tsunoda to discuss the company's investments in these new mediums. HoloLens, which is being designed... More
  • Blog Post: Starbreeze Unveils Project StarVR With The Walking Dead Demo

    Starbreeze and 505 Games are getting the jump on E3 with an unexpected hardware announcement. We've known since Gamescom that the developer has been working on a cooperative shooter set in The Walking Dead universe . Today we had a chance to see a parallel virtual reality project. Project StarVR... More
  • Blog Post: Here Are Some Developers And Games Revealed For The Oculus Rift

    At this morning's Oculus pre-E3 press conference, we learned a bit more about the software that will be coming to the system. A number of games were mentioned by name, with other companies appearing on a partial list of those developing for the hardware. Earlier, we reported on Gunfire Games'... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Oculus Rift Ships With Xbox One Controller, Prototype VR Input On Display

    Update: Oculus had "one more thing" to show us at the end. The company has prototyped a pair of made-for-VR controllers, meant to be held in each hand, called Oculus Touch. The Oculus Touch features tracking, like the headset, haptic feedback, a thumbstick, two buttons, and a trigger. Additionally... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Offering $10 Million To Accelerate Independent Game Development

    While the Oculus Rift hardware coming closer to consumer reality, the company is now turning more of its attention to software. We saw new games from Gunfire Games (Chronos) and Insomniac (Edge of Tomorrow). We also know that High Voltage, Sanzaru, Coatsink, CCP, Playful, and Carbon Games are working... More
  • Blog Post: Insomniac Announces Edge Of Nowhere Exclusively For The Oculus Rift

    During Oculus' recent press conference, Ratchet & Clank's developer Insomniac announced it was working on a completely new franchise called Edge of Nowhere. President and CEO of Insomniac Games, Inc. Ted Price took the stage to show off Edge of Nowhere. During the short demo we saw a man... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Rift Plus PC Will Cost Approximately $1,500

    Speaking at Re/code’s Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe laid out the "all-in price" for the Oculus Rift VR headset. "We are looking at an all-in price, if you have to go out and actually need to buy a new computer and you’re going to buy the... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Rift Won’t Require You To Break The Bank On A Compatible PC

    Oculus has shared details regarding required specifications for the first consumer Rift display. The good news is that the list is reasonable, though you may need to upgrade if you haven’t in a while. Oculus chief architect Atman Binstock posted a detailed analysis of what the Rift needs and why... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Rift Will Launch For Consumers In First Quarter Of 2016

    Oculus has announced the long-awaited release window for its consumer virtual reality head-mounted display. Pre-orders are scheduled to start later in 2015, but price has yet to be revealed. Details are still early, as Oculus has yet to reveal specific hardware and software specifications (though the... More
  • Blog Post: Ultrasound May Be The Answer To VR’s Tactile Troubles

    The conundrum of providing users physical feedback from virtual reality has seemed like a sci-fi dream for years, but British company Ultrahaptics ’ new technology may change all that. Co-developed by Professor Sriram Subramanian at the University of Bristol, the technology focuses points of ultrasound... More
  • Blog Post: Butts: The VR Experience Might Not Be What Oculus Had In Mind (But That’s OK)

    I have experienced quite a number of virtual reality experiences. I’ve soared through space with EVE Valkyrie . I’ve calmed myself with Harmonix’s VR music program . I’ve nearly fallen off a building . I have not yet seen cartoon butts. Butts is a short film created by Tyler Hurd... More
  • Blog Post: Shovel Knight Composer Jake Kaufman Is Creating A VR Rock Opera

    Jake Kaufman and Jessie Seely’s Nuren Kickstarter campaign has been funded. Working under the name CSP Industries, Kaufman and Seely have gathered together 3D and 2D artists from inside and outside the game industry to help populate Nuren’s different spaces. When completed, the project will... More
  • Blog Post: Sony's Project Morpheus Arrives In The First Half Of 2016

    Sony has provided some updated details about its virtual reality product, Project Morpheus. According to managing editor Matt Bertz, who is at the briefing, the image you see above is a near-final version of what the head-mounted display will look like when it arrives. As importantly, we finally have... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Will You Be A Day One Virtual Reality Early Adopter?

    When the consumer versions of Oculus Rift, Vive , Morpheus, or any of the other virtual reality headsets launch, will you be first in line? It will be expensive tech, and there won't be a whole lot of software available initially, but those same cons don't stop early adopters from being first... More
  • Blog Post: Anatomy Of A Nauseating VR Experience

    This weekend at Oculus's first Connect event in Los Angeles, I experienced amazing VR experiences on the developer kit 2 (DK2), Samsung Gear VR, and the brand new Crescent Bay feature prototype. I've participated in Oculus demos that have had varying success in creating a sense of presence, but... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Announces A New Feature Prototype: Crescent Bay

    Oculus has announced a new headmounted display that is "as big a leap forward as DK2 was from DK1." Crescent Bay adds key features and integrates some of the work that Michael Abrash and his team were working at Valve. The new headset harks back a bit to Crystal Cove with its exposed LEDs,... More
  • Blog Post: Watch The Oculus Connect Keynote

    Oculus is about to kick off its first colloquium for developers. We're here live to cover the announcements and demos. You can watch the keynote talks with CEO Brendan Iribe at 9:30 a.m. Pacific, followed by presentations by Michael Abrash at 10: 45 a.m. and John Carmack at 11:30 a.m. You can watch... More
  • Blog Post: Gearbox Is Tinkering With Oculus Rift And Project Morpheus Virtual Reality Hardware

    Last week, we got to see Battleborn’s competitive and cooperative gameplay in action. During the question-and-answer session, someone inquired about whether the studio had explored the potential of virtual reality, specifically Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus. “We have development... More
  • Blog Post: Oculus Calls Zenimax Lawsuit ‘Misleading' And 'Unjust’ In Court Filing

    Last month, Bethesda Softworks and Id Software parent Zenimax filed suit against Oculus VR for misappropriation of intellectual property . Today, Oculus has filed its formal response with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. In the filing, Oculus asserts that Zenimax is... More
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