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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

10:26 AM on 06.10.2014

Alien Isolation gets Oculus VR support, Naughty Dog co-founder joins Oculus

Oculus comes out with some big news early on the first day of E3. First, they've picked up Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin. He will take over as Head of Worldwide Studios at Oculus VR, heading up first-...

Dale North

2:45 PM on 06.04.2014

Oculus hires former Valve business director

Jason Holtman headlines a recent list of Oculus hires post Facebook aquisition. Holtman will head the, "business development and partnership side of the Oculus platform working closely with Marshall, head of platform enginee...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 06.04.2014

Words With Friends creators launch new studio, new Oculus Rift exclusive platformer

Playful Corp, a new company formed by the creators of Words With Friends, will debut their first virtual reality game at E3 next week. Lucky's Tale is coming exclusively to the Oculus Rift under a partnership between Playful ...

Dale North

3:00 PM on 05.31.2014

IndieCade Showcase @ E3 lineup: The games you need to know

IndieCade is coming around once again, with more than 30 independent games to be shown off at this year's IndieCade Showcase @ E3. The selections were culled from entrants that will be available at this fall's larger IndieCad...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 PM on 05.29.2014

This is the thought process behind making EVE Valkyrie

For a panel at EVE Fanfest 2014, some of the developers at CCP's Newcastle studio sat down to discuss what exactly goes into making EVE Valkyrie. The long version's in this video. The short version is that whatever they're doing, it's great so far.

Brett Makedonski

5:00 PM on 05.23.2014

Looks like Samsung wants to get into the VR headset space

Engadget is reporting that Samsung is getting into the virtual reality headset business. The VR headset is being developed by Samsung's mobile division, and it's set to be announced sometime this year. Apparently there's some...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:30 PM on 05.22.2014

Toddler horror tale Among the Sleep hits Steam in one week

After a successful run on Kickstarter, Krillbite Studio will release its first-person horror adventure Among the Sleep for Windows, Mac, and Linux in just one week, on May 29. This is that game about a two-year-old who, in a...

Jordan Devore



ZeniMax sues Oculus VR for misappropriating trade secrets photo
ZeniMax sues Oculus VR for misappropriating trade secrets
by Jordan Devore

The ZeniMax vs. Oculus VR situation has escalated following comments from both sides about how intellectual property and key technology driving the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset may or may not have been worked on while John Carmack was still at ZeniMax-owned id Software prior to his departure to work at Oculus full time as chief technology officer.

Today, ZeniMax and id filed a suit against Oculus VR and founder Palmer Luckey for "illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology, and infringing ZeniMax copyrights and trademarks. ZeniMax is also asserting claims for breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and unfair competition against the defendants."

Had a feeling this was about to get messy after the recent back-and-forth. According to ZeniMax, "All efforts by ZeniMax to resolve this matter amicably have been unsuccessful." Oculus VR hasn't responded yet, but I'm expecting more comments in line with its prior statements.

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2:30 PM on 05.20.2014

Chuck E. Cheese's testing Oculus Rift for birthday parties

The Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset is coming to Chuck E. Cheese's in select markets for a six-week trial run starting today in Dallas and later this month in San Diego and Orlando. The device and a playable "Virtual Tick...

Jordan Devore