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5:00 PM on 09.21.2014

Oculus VR unveils new headset called Crescent Bay

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...

Kyle MacGregor




Project Morpheus seems to be lagging behind Oculus Rift a bit photo
Project Morpheus seems to be lagging behind Oculus Rift a bit
by Brett Makedonski

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 certainly unique in their own right, it’s tough not to feel as if Oculus is a bit ahead of Sony’s project.

The first game that we played was The Deep – a shark attack simulator. Ascending from the depths of the ocean in a deep sea cage, I had a first-person view of an angry shark as he tried relentlessly to rip the vessel apart and feast. I’m sure I’m delicious, but I didn’t want it to find out.

I was equipped with a gun that fired flare-like projectiles, which could be aimed based on the positioning of the DualShock 4. Unfortunately, I don’t think these shots were actually effective in any way, and were only included to make the experience interactive. Still, it was fairly incredible to watch the shark lurk, circling the cage and slowly ripping it apart.

By the end of the ride, I made it to the surface intact. The finale held one last, grand attack in which I was sure the demo would end grimly. It didn’t, as the shark gave up and went back to the deep unknown to terrorize other unlucky creatures.

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SoundSelf with Oculus Rift is the ultimate trip photo
SoundSelf with Oculus Rift is the ultimate trip
by Alessandro Fillari

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 horror title Deep Sea, and saw first hand the impression it had on players. Utilizing virtual reality, players are taken for a ride through their own personal odyssey of light and sound.

During the hustle and bustle of PAX Prime, I got the chance to go on a special trip of my own, and it was clear that SoundSelf made quite a name for itself on the show floor. I also got some time to speak with Robin Arnott about his creation and the desire to create an existential experience that brings players to a state of zen and wonder.

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10:45 AM on 09.03.2014

Samsung announces Gear VR, powered by Oculus

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...

Dale North

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