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4:00 PM on 08.26.2014

World of Diving out now on Steam Early Access

A few months ago, I got the chance to check out Vertigo Games' World of Diving. Set in a procedurally generated world, players can explore the depths of the ocean while interacting with aquatic life, uncovering lost treasure...

Alessandro Fillari


1:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Oculus Rift DK2 uses a Samsung smartphone screen as its display

During a teardown of the new Oculus Rift DK 2 unit, iFixit.com has found that the Oculus Rift uses a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 screen as its display unit. Speculation is that with Oculus trying to ship 45,000 units as well as ha...

Brittany Vincent

4:00 PM on 07.30.2014

BEES?! Pollen explores this question and more on the moons of Saturn

"Mystery is part of the plot," Mindfield Games says about its newly announced Pollen. Dumped onto a space station on Titan, Saturn's largest moon, the player's sure to encounter many questions that need to be answered. The f...

Brett Makedonski

2:45 PM on 07.28.2014

There's a Pacific Rim virtual-reality experience for Oculus Rift

Legendary Pictures and Reel FX brought a Pacific Rim virtual-reality experience to San Diego Comic-Con last weekend and gee, doesn't that seems like a worthwhile idea for a full game? Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot puts players i...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 07.21.2014

Facebook has now finalized the acquisition of Oculus VR

It's been months since Facebook announced the proposed acquisition of Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion, but that deal was just finalized today. In a joint statement released to the media, the two sides simply said ...

Brett Makedonski

10:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Grift: Oculus cancels Rift pre-orders for people trying to sell them

The second version of the Oculus Rift is shipping, albeit not quick enough to meet demand. Over 45,000 have been pre-ordered. Only 10,000 of those are expected to ship this month. Meanwhile, enterprising capitalists who got a...

Steven Hansen

5:30 PM on 07.07.2014

Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift won't see the light of day

One of my favorite experiences at E3 was playing Alien: Isolation on Oculus Rift. The extra layer of immersion that virtual reality could provide did wonders for an already terrifying game. Unfortunately, it seems as if...

Brett Makedonski

11:45 AM on 07.07.2014

Oculus VR announces developer conference Oculus Connect

In a blog post this morning, modern virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR announced a new developer conference with a focus on its hardware. Oculus Connect is intended to "bring together engineers, designers, and creatives from a...

Darren Nakamura

1:00 AM on 07.06.2014

Scalpers force Oculus to suspend Rift orders in China

Everybody wants to get their hands on the headset that's on the cutting edge of virtual reality. One of the basics of economics is that when demand is high but supply is low, price gets driven up. Oculus VR won't necessarily ...

Brett Makedonski

10:30 AM on 07.04.2014

Visit a 3D recreation of South Park with the Oculus Rift

Maybe Stick of Truth is more true to the series' 2D look, but this 3D, virtual recreation of the town of South Park is a pretty cool alternative. Characters keep their flat look and always orient themselves towards you ...

Steven Hansen

6:30 PM on 07.02.2014

Oculus just started shipping out the first batch of DK2s

If you're one of the many people that plunked down $350 for the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2, it might end up on your doorstep sooner than later. Oculus recently announced that the first 10,000 units were sent from the manuf...

Brett Makedonski





12:30 PM on 06.25.2014

Oculus responds to ZeniMax's virtual-reality lawsuit

ZeniMax sued Oculus VR and founder Palmer Luckey over trade secrets related to the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, and now we have the defendants' side of the story. A representative of Oculus shared the company's court ...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 06.24.2014

Oculus to acquire the company that designed the Xbox 360 controller

Oculus VR says it plans to close a deal to acquire product design and development consultancy Carbon Design Group by the end of summer. The companies have been working on "multiple unannounced products" for almost a year. Her...

Jordan Devore



EVE Valkyrie is the best use of the Oculus Rift so far photo
EVE Valkyrie is the best use of the Oculus Rift so far
by Steven Hansen

EVE Valkyrie is super neat. It looks like a cool dogfighting-in-space game when you watch a trailer, but actually being in the cockpit with the Oculus Rift? It's a trip and used to great effect. Looking down at your fake chest and hands on the controls is sort of weird, like having a phantom extra limb.

Moving your head to look around the cockpit and out of the windows is neat. I knew there was just a wall behind me in real life, but when I turned around like I was backing out of a driveway, I saw more bits of my ship.

It's not a perfect simulation. You still lose peripheral vision and have to do mildly exaggerated neck movements to look up or down or left. Maybe a mix of Oculus type tech and eye tracking is our future. But for the time being, EVE Valkyrie works remarkably well with the Rift -- and looks better than anything I've played with it. 

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The three Oculus Rift games at E3 are all amazing photo
The three Oculus Rift games at E3 are all amazing
by Brett Makedonski

I've had a chance to check out quite a few games on Oculus Rift. From Japanese indie projects at BitSummit to the latest build of EVE Valkyrie, I've gotten a good look at the progress of developing virtual reality games from both large and tiny teams. Having seen the evolution of the technology, it's easy to recognize that it's getting significantly better, and, it's all happening very quickly.

Meeting with Oculus VR at E3, I had the opportunity to demo three titles I hadn't seen yet -- Superhot, Lucky's Tale, and Alien: Isolation. All were vastly different from one another, but each was damn impressive.

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3:57 PM on 06.11.2014

Oculus: We're not out to make VR games like The Last of Us

Oculus VR has been hard at work assembling teams of developers for its first-party games initiative. However, when titles begin to release, don't expect them to be lengthy melodramas that aim to compete with other games in th...

Brett Makedonski