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12:30 AM on 03.22.2014

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

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 ki...

Max Scoville


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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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Nero: First-person visual novel is part Journey, part Myst photo
Nero: First-person visual novel is part Journey, part Myst
by Dale North

Imagine the exploratory experience of Journey, the first-person puzzle solving of Myst, and the look of the world of Avatar, all mixed together in one new game. That's how Storm in a Teacup's Executive Producer, Alberto Belli, describes their upcoming title, Nero.

They call it a visual novel, though it's nothing like the Japanese text-based titles you might imagine from that label.

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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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8:35 PM on 03.18.2014

EVE Valkyrie, Thief coming to Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset

Yay! Titles! Sony announced that CCP's EVE Valkyrie and Square Enix's Thief will be among the playable demos tomorrow on the GDC show floor for their newly announced Project Morpheus virtual reality headset.  Aside from ...

Dale North

8:30 PM on 03.18.2014

The technical details of Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality

After tonight's reveal, Sony spent some time at their GDC talk to discuss some details on the technical goals for their new VR headset, codenamed Project Morpheus.  Project Morpheus calls on Sony's electronics divisions ...

Dale North



Sony announces Project Morpheus, their VR future for the PlayStation brand photo
Sony announces Project Morpheus, their VR future for the PlayStation brand
by Dale North

You knew it was coming, and today during their GDC Future of Innovation talk they made it official. A virtual reality future for the PlayStation brand was revealed by Sony bosses to a completely packed panel room this evening. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios at Sony, joked that the audience has "no idea what we're going to talk about."

Yoshida calls virtual reality the next innovation from PlayStation that will shape games as we know them. They used modified versions of their existing HMZ headset line as a test to explore VR, and after seeing the possibilities they began developing their own headset in their R&D departments years ago. 

They call it Project Morpheus, a culmination of work over the last three years to realize VR for PlayStation. A prototype was unveiled during the presentation -- a cool white visor that is not unlike Sony's exisiting visor displays. This prototype is by no means final, notes Yoshida. 

The plan integration with the PS Camera and PS Move in the future, with the goal of expanding the ecosystem of PS4. 

Yoshida announces that the prototype will be available for testing on the show floor of GDC tomorrow. We will be there first thing tomorrow to try it out.

For early technical information, see our story on Project Morpheus' specs.

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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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9:30 AM on 11.19.2013

Valve have a VR prototype to show off in January

Valve sent out information on their upcoming Steam Dev Days event, and one of the planned panels will cover the future of virtual reality hardware. Just talking about it would be too simple for Valve, so they decided to make ...

Joshua Derocher





3:00 PM on 11.09.2013

Sony filing patents for VR headset technology

Back in September, we reported on a juicy little rumor that Sony had initial plans to reveal a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 at gamescom, but instead was pushing the announcement to the Tokyo Game show. While ...

Wesley Ruscher

9:30 PM on 09.06.2013

MGS V's New Mechanics, PS4's VR, & Xbox's Release Date

Hey gang! Here's today's very somber Destructoid Show. A serious one. With no jokes. (I'm just kidding, there are jokes.) The Xbox One finally has a release date, but don't worry, because the Xbox 360 still has a few more ye...

Max Scoville

3:15 PM on 08.21.2013

Falling deeper for Oculus Rift

Confession: I've been in love with the Oculus Rift for awhile now. I was won over from the moment John Carmack (now Oculus' CTO) helped me strap a prototype to my head. I've seen it a few times since then, too. Every time I find myself going even more crazy than before. And now that I've played around with a prototype for the Oculus Rift HD headset, I'm head over heels. 

Dale North

8:30 PM on 06.21.2013

No Xbox One DRM, Titanfall, Halo, & Oculus Rift VR Sex

Hey everybody! It's The Destructoid Show! ...Again! Microsoft dropped their dumb DRM, but there's a day one patch, and we're losing some features. But hey, free Xbox Live games. Titanfall has no single-player campaign, ...

Max Scoville

2:30 PM on 04.30.2013

Get inside games with Oculus Rift and Razer Hydra

Virtual Reality still seems like science fiction somehow. I've had the pleasure of using the Oculus Rift VR headset a few times now but it still feels like something from the future that we're not supposed to see yet. It's e...

Dale North