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The day is finally here!
The moment you've all been waiting for that has been months in the making, Newstoid is finally officially here! We have all the hot scoops, hot hosts, and side-splitting laughter you could ask for. Not to mention the hot bea... read feature

Oculus

Oculus has something to show us in June


Step into the Rift
May 20
Oculus is inviting selected press to a special event in San Francisco on June 11. The plain invites merely bear the words "Step into the Rift" and an image of an Oculus Rift headset. What exactly the event will cover remains ... read
Free 2 porn

Oculus won't be blocking virtual porn


Ecosystem as open as your Friday night
May 19
While I still haven't gotten my own anime mascot, one more surefire thing happened: the Oculus Rift bore a lot of porn experiments. There were fake boobs to grab, real-life sex toys to hump in calibration to the anime girls g... read
Oculus

Oculus Rift's recommended specs aren't as bad as you'd think


They're not exactly low-level either
May 15
What kind of supercomputer is needed to transport a human from their realm of existence to some sort of virtual reality? Probably a ridiculously expensive one, right? Well, not quite. It isn't exactly cheap, but it's doable. ... read
ARK: Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved looks like Day-Z with dinosaurs


Dinosaurs finally getting their due
May 11
Open-world survival simulators are nothing new in the world of videogames, but so many of them tackle the same subject material. New developer Studio Wildcard has just announced a title that takes that well-tread fear of per... read
Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift expected to ship to consumers in early 2016


A 'first quarter window'
May 06
Have you been waiting patiently for an Oculus Rift? You'll get your chance to snag one early next year, it seems, as Oculus VR has just announced that the final consumer product will be ready in the first quarter of 2016. It ... read
Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift probably won't be on your face this year


Looks like you'll be be-rift of VR this winter
Apr 27
It's a busy time for virtual reality at the moment: the HTC Vive gearing up for an end-of-year release, and Project Morpheus should be ready to go at the start of 2016. Surely this means the ancient Titan that is the Oculus R... read
Deep deep down
Last year during Game Connection Europe, Steven had some special hands-on time with developer Honor Code, Inc's upcoming underwater survival horror title Narcosis. As a psychological-horror survival game, players find themsel... read feature

Air Accident Experience

Air Accident Experience released with the worst timing


So uncomfortable
Mar 27
[Update: Looks like the video was removed from YouTube as well as being removed from the front page of the Oculus VR Share site, but you can still see Air Accident Experience's page here.] In what has to be the worst ti... read
CCP's VR Labs
It’s no secret that virtual reality is quickly making its mark on the videogame industry. If that weren't evident before, GDC 2015 kicked the door wide open. That's why, with numerous developers turning their attention ... read feature

Great use of the Oculus Rift
In Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a game originally developed at a game jam, one player wears the Oculus Rift and sees a bomb that needs to be defused but doesn't know how to defuse it. Their partner only has a binder... read feature

Jake Kaufman VR album

Jake Kaufman's VR music album Nuren is up on Kickstarter


The New Renaissance
Feb 14
Late last year, Jake "virt" Kaufman left WayForward to strike out on his own. Since then, he has hinted about a big project he envisions. It looks like Nuren: The New Renaissance is that project. A collaborative project betw... read
Pneuma

This Oculus title will let you see through the eyes of a god


Introducing Pneuma: Breath of Life
Jan 19
Virtual reality is particularly useful in letting players get a truer first-person experience than ever before. But, the technology isn't limited to simulating the existence of other mere mortals. No, it opens the door to of... read
LSD remake

This awesome son-of-a-gun is remaking LSD: Dream Emulator


They're doing God's work, if you ask me
Dec 22
I’ve been in contact with Osamu Sato, the creator of the illustrious LSD: Dream Emulator for a tell-all about his games and legacy for a feature at VICE Motherboard for a few months now. This means I’ve been inves... read
Theatre mode

I can think of about one good use for Samsung's Gear VR


Get robbed on the train
Nov 06
The Crescent Bay model of the Oculus Rift is pretty neat. Going immediately after to try out the Samsung Gear VR, which lacks the positional tracking and cool set of demos, at Games Connection Europe was weird.  There wa... read
Maybe far away from videogame applications, but cool for putting you in a virtual space
I've had some fun with the first and second iterations of the Oculus Rift, but it's mostly a novelty I don't want to spend extended time in, especially if it's not a genre suited to the Rift. Anything in a cockpit works well,... read feature

Ustwo

Monument Valley dev working on pretty VR game Land's End


Pirates of the Cari-VR
Oct 06
Monument Valley was a chill little game and now the team is working on a new project for the Samsung Gear VR headset. Now that Samsung's involved (and Sony still toiling away with Morpheus), how long before VR is a... read
Monsterum

I had a good time watching Monsterum scare people


This Oculus Rift title has you being hunted
Sep 30
I talked yesterday about how horror games are difficult to demo at a convention; you need to block out so much noise and activity around you to be really immersed in what you're playing. Team Junkfish had no such problems as... read
Alien Make-Out Simulator

Alien Make-Out Simulator demands your passion


Hardcore lip locking technique required
Sep 28
What do AAA videogame developers do in their off time? If you're Dawn Rivers of Harmonix, you make more videogames. Specifically, you make a videogame for the Oculus Rift where you kiss a multi-mouthed alien until it either ... read
Oculus Crescent Bay

Oculus VR unveils new headset called Crescent Bay


Shiny new prototype is new, shiny
Sep 21
This weekend at the Oculus Connect virtual reality conference in Los Angeles, CA, Oculus VR announced Crescent Bay, the next prototype on the path to the consumer version of the Rift. The Crescent Bay is described as a massiv... read
Still enjoyable, though
As the virtual reality races wages on, different prototypes keep coming out for Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift. I had yet another chance to play two new titles on Project Morpheus at Tokyo Game Show. While they were certain... read feature

Creator Robin Arnott talks about this VR trek through vibrant sights and sounds
It's no secret that gaming conventions are fertile ground for developers to try out their new creations. Back in April, Jonathan Holmes got the chance to check out SoundSelf with Robin Arnott, the creator of the unorthodox ho... read feature

Samsung announces Gear VR, powered by Oculus


Uses Galaxy Note 4's innards and screen
Sep 03
Stick a phone on your face for instant VR! We've heard that Samsung and Oculus were working together, and today we finally get to see what they've been working on. It's a virtual reality headset that uses the Galaxy Note 4, c... read
World of Diving

World of Diving out now on Steam Early Access


Explore the depths with this procedurally generated underwater exploration game
Aug 26
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... read
Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift DK2 uses a Samsung smartphone screen as its display


This thing's got the biggest bezels I've ever seen!
Aug 01
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... read
Pollen

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


On PC and optimized for Oculus Rift
Jul 30
"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... read
Oculus Rift

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


Cool idea, lame video
Jul 28
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... read
Oculus acquisition

Facebook has now finalized the acquisition of Oculus VR


Neither side has much to say
Jul 21
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 ... read
Rift grift

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


Oculus grift
Jul 15
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... read
Alien: Isolation VR

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


That's a bummer
Jul 07
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... read






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