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DTOID News: GDC wrap-up, Morpheus Vs. Oculus, Assassin's Creed Unity and Far Cry 4 photo
DTOID News: GDC wrap-up, Morpheus Vs. Oculus, Assassin's Creed Unity and Far Cry 4
by Max Scoville



GDC has come to a close, and it's certainly been a busy week for news. Sony announced Project Morpheus, their entry into the virtual reality race, as well as some crazy eye-tracking tech. The second Oculus Rift development kit is up for pre-order, Ubisoft announced their Frenchest game yet, Assassin's Creed: Unity, which might be accompanied by another AC title, "Comet." There's a rumor about Far Cry 4 involving yetis and elephants, and we got our first look at Borderlands 2 on Vita.

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World of Diving with Oculus Rift is a real treasure photo
World of Diving with Oculus Rift is a real treasure
by Alessandro Fillari

One thing about this year's GDC is that virtual reality made a huge splash. And that would be an understatement. With the news of Oculus Rift development kit 2 and the reveal of Sony's VR headset, it's looking like there will be an interesting future for these peripherals. Now, we've got another title looking to jump on the VR hype.

After an impressive debut on Steam Greenlight, the developers from Vertigo Games are taking their experience with simulation titles and applying it to new type of online game for the PC. And with the big push for VR happening now, they plan to have World of Diving take advantage of the Oculus Rift in surprising ways.

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Sony's Project Morpheus: An impressive first showing photo
Sony's Project Morpheus: An impressive first showing
by Dale North

Sony choose GDC as its coming out party for its virtual reality platform, Project Morpheus. The goal was to build interest at a show where just about every developer in the industry is in attendance. And from the look of the lines at their GDC floor booth yesterday, every one of those developers had someone in line to try it out. 

We finally got our faces in the headset late last night to try out the new demos that Sony prepared for the show. We were surprised to find that Project Morpheus is already on a level playing field with Oculus Rift, and even shows it up in some places.  

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Grave is an ever-changing surrealist nightmare with Oculus Rift photo
Grave is an ever-changing surrealist nightmare with Oculus Rift
by Steven Hansen

The sensory deprivation the Oculus Rift provides is great for immersion. And immersion is great for moody, atmospheric, scary games like Grave. Though there is a non Rift coming, so if you haven't sold your eye souls to virtual reality, don't stop reading yet.  

I'm very glad I've put my face in several strange contraptions, including Rifts, this week and I still have my eyes. Someone is going to get their eyes stolen soon.

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7:00 PM on 03.19.2014

The Forest is my next Steam Early Access purchase

This trailer for the open-world survival horror title The Forest is my favorite yet. It begins calmly, allowing you to get swept up by the scenic wilderness and marvel at that fish that totally just got stabbed by a spear be...

Jordan Devore

10:01 AM on 03.19.2014

Oculus on virtual reality competition: 'We're excited'

When we met with them yesterday morning, the people at Oculus VR were not surprised to hear my questioning on what they thought of the rumors of a potential Sony VR headset announcement at GDC. We spoke with them just hours b...

Dale North







Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 pre-orders open today, priced at $350 photo
Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 pre-orders open today, priced at $350
by Dale North

As of this morning at 8 a.m. PST, pre-orders are open for the Oculus Rift development kit 2 (DK2). They're priced at $350, and will ship beginning in July of this year. Oculus tells Destructoid that the kits will be shipped on a first come, first serve basis, so you'd better get that order in now if you're wanting to get yours in July. 

For that $350 you're getting the newest Rift, one that benefits from all the work they've put in since the Kickstarter days of the platform. This kit features OLED displays running at 960 x 1080 per eye, supported by internal tracking that runs at 1,000 Hz and positional tracking that has seen upgrades since the last time we've seen it, which wasn't even that long ago. Oh, and the camera that does the positional tracking -- that comes with the kit, too. 

Oculus were nice enough to give us a sneak peek of DK2 yesterday, so read on for our impressions of the new kit. 

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2:30 PM on 03.15.2014

Dumb Idiot Ideas: Max & Ben's virtual Oculus Rift game jam!

The future is here, right now! At least, it will be, once we get the Oculus Rift for realsies, but what kind of games do we want? Ben and I make use of our old virtual reality devices: our imaginations! Also, electrical tape.

Max Scoville

8:00 AM on 03.15.2014

Myo is a hands-free alternative for the Oculus Rift

The Oculus Rift is a great piece of equipment, and up until now you needed to use motion--based controllers to simulate your own arms in some Rift games. Myo looks to take things one step further by freeing up your hands, th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:00 AM on 03.14.2014

Look like an insane person with this Oculus Rift gun peripheral

As if we aren't going to look crazy enough playing games with Oculus Rift, this gun peripheral is going to up the ante a bit. But, that's the tradeoff for some technology that's pretty damn cool. This particular gun was desi...

Brett Makedonski



Witcher 3 delayed, Angry Birds gets Epic, and an Ouya game about Slavery photo
Witcher 3 delayed, Angry Birds gets Epic, and an Ouya game about Slavery
by Max Scoville

Everyone’s off playing Titan Souls or Darkfall or whathaveyou, so news this week is a lot of non-news. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt has been delayed, which sucks, but apparently won’t derail Cyberpunk 2077. Sony shakes its head and frowns on the subject of release dates for The Last Guardian and Drive Club, and apparently Watchdogs isn’t late, Ubisoft just told us about it really early. Angry Birds just took a turn for the turn-based, Halfbrick’s latest game is about a bear destroying precious works of art, and there’s an Ouya exclusive on the way where you play as an escaped slave. On the VR front, Valve’s head VR dude has gone over to Oculus, hopefully to develop ways to terrify stars of other HBO series, and Sony’s rumored to be revealing their virtual reality hat at GDC next week.

Also, check out this ridiculous Lil Jon video.

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9:00 PM on 03.13.2014

Among the Sleep still looks pretty creepy

When I was a toddler, I don't think I was afraid of a lot of things. Maybe just clowns or pooping my nappy. Actually, my cousin's Star Wars figure case that was shaped like Darth Vader's head was scary too. Waking up to find...

Alasdair Duncan

3:00 PM on 03.11.2014

Valve's VR lead Atman Binstock leaves to head Oculus Rift

Oculus VR announced its new chief architect, Atman Binstock. Binstock had spent the last couple years at Valve as one of the engineering leads on Valve's VR project. Valve's VR project dazzled at Steam Dev Days, but Valve is ...

Steven Hansen

9:00 PM on 03.10.2014

Oculus Rift freaks out Game of Thrones actor

Ascend the Wall is an experience that was created for the Oculus Rift where you ascend The Wall -- like, the wall. It's been on exhibit around the country, and it recently made a pit stop at SXSW where Game of Thrones s...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 AM on 03.08.2014

Project Life is kind of like a virtual reality Geometry Wars

Imagine playing a game like Geometry Wars from a first-person perspective through the magic of Oculus Rift. All the colors, all the frantic action, everything that makes it such a cathartic experience, but from a more immersi...

Brett Makedonski



The Modern Zombie Taxi Driver uses Oculus Rift to chauffeur the undead photo
The Modern Zombie Taxi Driver uses Oculus Rift to chauffeur the undead
by Brett Makedonski

Do you share the same fondness of Crazy Taxi that millions of people do? Many remember it as one of the most enjoyable games of their childhood. Well, The Modern Zombie Taxi Driver might interest you, because at its roots, it’s Crazy Taxi with Oculus Rift support.

The premise is simple. Pick up zombies and take them where they want to be dropped off. Get extra cash for showing some hustle and destroying things along the way. We know that formula quite well. It’s the first-person viewpoint that makes The Modern Zombie Taxi Driver so fun.

I’ve tried a handful of games on Oculus Rift, and so far driving just seems like it translates the most naturally. The pace of The Modern Zombie Taxi Driver isn’t so frantic that it causes dizziness issues, but on the occasion that you flip your car over, it’s disorienting. Apart from that, it’s a joy just to look around and have a full range of view while driving.

That’s the extent of the demo that I saw – just five or so minutes of picking up and dropping off the undead while plowing into stuff. But, it takes a straightforward idea and makes it entertaining. That’s mostly thanks to it showing off what Oculus Rift holds for us in the future.

Unfortunately, that’s the exact reason we don’t know when this (or countless other titles) will see the light of day. Vitei doesn’t have any plans to make The Modern Zombie Taxi Driver available until Oculus Rifts are more widely owned than the developer kits are now. Regardless, this looks set to be a fine example of what virtual reality systems can do. 

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