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5:30 PM on 03.27.2015

Air Accident Experience released with the worst timing

[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...

Jed Whitaker

7:00 PM on 03.26.2015

Having trouble with VR nausea? Just follow your nose!

With more people trying out virtual reality headsets these days, an increasingly common issue is motion sickness brought on when visual information and motion don't match up. For simulators that involve walking, it can confus...

Darren Nakamura



EVE: Valkyrie wants to be the leader in VR eSports photo
EVE: Valkyrie wants to be the leader in VR eSports
by Brett Makedonski

It was almost a year ago (ten months, more accurately) when I sat down with EVE: Valkyrie's developers, and they told me "We're ready to ship when Oculus is ready to ship." At the time, Valkyrie was considered a flagship title for virtual reality, but it's unclear if that's still the case. There are a lot more entrants in the arena now, after all. However, EVE: Valkyrie's developers have their sights set on a more aggressive goal.

"We just extend our ambitions," Valkyrie executive producer Owen O'Brien told me when asked what it's like to stretch out the production schedule an extra year on a title that has been technically ready for quite some time. O'Brien elaborated "A year ago, I don't think I would've stood up and said 'I want to be the best multiplayer game in VR,' but now I feel completely comfortable saying that. So, I think an extra year in the production cycle, it's fine because we're not a huge team. We're working on bleeding edge technology that is still developing. CCP as a company kind of knew what they were getting into. That's something that was to be expected with VR, and we're still very happy to be at the forefront of it."

But, not only does O'Brien want Valkyrie to be a heralded multiplayer title, he wants it to be the pinnacle of VR competition. Thinking about his ultimate goal for Valkyrie several years down the road, he offered "I would love this to be the eSports of VR."

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CCP's found the best use for Xbox One's Kinect so far photo
CCP's found the best use for Xbox One's Kinect so far
by Brett Makedonski

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 to the new technology, it's remarkable that the developers for EVE Online have been at the forefront of VR for years now.

EVE: Valkyrie, the spaceship dog-fighting game, has been pinned by Oculus as a flagship title for whenever the Rift ends up launching. That's coming along nicely, but its origin story is particularly noteworthy. It was created by CCP as a tech demo for convention-goers at Fanfest in 2013. It basically boiled down to a treat for coming out to the show. However, the reaction was so strong and positive that CCP turned it into a fully-realized game – one that obviously caught the attention of Oculus.

CCP is casually trying to recapture that lightning in a bottle. It directed its Atlanta and Shanghai studios to work on VR experiences. The instruction ended there -- no mandate that they do something that fits into the EVE universe. The four demos that the studios collectively came up with are wonderfully experimental and, most importantly, fun. They're all united under the banner of "VR Labs" for now, and CCP stresses that none of them are official games. But, as we've seen in the past, maybe that'll change after this weekend.

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9:30 AM on 03.19.2015

New EVE: Valkyrie trailer starts with a routine escort mission

EVE Valkyrie has come a long way since the footage from last year's EVE Fanfest. The trailer above shows a more fleshed out mission, beginning with a mundane escort and ending with, well, something a little more exciting. Th...

Darren Nakamura



Harmonix Music VR could supplant Audiosurf for me photo
Harmonix Music VR could supplant Audiosurf for me
by Darren Nakamura

Audiosurf is more than seven years old now (wow), but it still holds a place as a desktop icon on my computer. I still play it regularly. The thing is, I almost never play it on any setting other than Casual with Mono. It is the thing I go to when I want to turn off my brain for a bit and just enjoy some music along with some pretty colors.

I got a chance to try out Harmonix Music VR at PAX East this past weekend, and it looks like it could fill that role perfectly. There is even less to concentrate on, but the step into virtual reality makes it more engrossing. I could see myself coming home from work, putting on the headset, and just chilling with it to decompress.

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Skyworld takes unique advantage of Valve's new virtual reality tech photo
Skyworld takes unique advantage of Valve's new virtual reality tech
by Alessandro Fillari

We got a big shock at the beginning of the week when Valve announced its partnership with HTC to produce a new virtual reality headset. We all knew the company had ambitions to enter the console market with Steam Machines, but the inclusion of a VR device makes it seem all the more bold. The VR arms race we're seeing with Facebook, Sony, and now Valve shows that it's likely going to get heated in the coming years.

Over the course of GDC week, Valve let only a select few members of the press go hands-on with its device and play some demo titles. It was behind closed doors, and many people were turned away. But fortunately, Destructoid was among the few to give the new technology a test drive and experience the VR title Skyworld from the developers at Vertigo Games.

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7:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Elite: Dangerous has bold plans for the future

Things have been going well for Frontier Developments. With the success of Elite: Dangerous, which features a sizeable and passionate community of space explorers, and having won the prestigious Audience Award from the 2015 G...

Alessandro Fillari

5:35 PM on 03.03.2015

Sony's virtual reality hat Morpheus coming to PlayStation 4 in 2016

In the last month or so, invitations to various virtual reality headset demonstrations have made up a huge chunk of my inbox. GDC is into virtual reality.  I worry someone will pull some garish box out of their bag this ...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 03.01.2015

HTC Vive VR headset announced in partnership with Valve

HTC is partnering with Valve on a VR headset, revealed today as the Vive. The Vive will be "powered by Steam VR," which seems to be a software solution created by Valve for VR headsets. It is unclear at this time if Stea...

Jed Whitaker

5:30 PM on 02.23.2015

Valve is showing its 'SteamVR hardware system' next week

Here I was expecting to find out about Steam Machines and the finished Steam Controller at next week's Game Developers Conference -- sure, that's fine -- but the company also has a surprise in store for the San Francisco show...

Jordan Devore





6:00 PM on 02.14.2015

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

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...

Darren Nakamura



You saw Microsoft's crazy hologram headset, right? photo
You saw Microsoft's crazy hologram headset, right?
by Jordan Devore

Earlier today, Microsoft held a Windows 10 event. My stream kept dying, but I posted about the Battletoads shirt worn by head of Xbox Phil Spencer during his segment about gaming.

Much of the event was uninteresting or irrelevant for this audience, with one huge exception: an augmented-reality headset called Project HoloLens that can display holograms all around you.

Outlets like Wired, The Verge, and Gizmodo were able to try out the device and several demos, including a basic version of Minecraft shown above. Take your pick. Then, jealousy.

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Adr1ft is a stunning VR space exploration, and it came from a 'f*ck it' mentality photo
Adr1ft is a stunning VR space exploration, and it came from a 'f*ck it' mentality
by Brett Makedonski

Adam Orth is a recognizable figure in the videogame industry, but not necessarily for the reasons he should be. He played a creative role in several renowned triple-A titles -- God of War, Medal of Honor, and Twisted Metal are some examples of franchises he worked on -- and that's what he should be known for. Instead, in 2013, Orth found himself the videogame industry's Villain of the Week after his now infamous "deal with it" tweet regarding Xbox One's always online requirement.

It was a tough time for Orth. "I couldn't really talk to anyone. I felt like I let my friends and family down," he said. But, his creative spirit endured. After a week's time went by, Orth got back to doing what he knew best: making videogames. Holed up in his office, he started designing a game about space -- or, more fittingly, a game about an unbelievably desperate situation and being completely alone.

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1:00 PM on 12.02.2014

Shake your head 'yes' to this footage of the Tekken team's Project Morpheus game

"What did you do this summer?" I always hated that first-day-back-at-school question. Perhaps the children of the future can answer, "Well, the heat outside made me fell all melty so I just stayed indoors all summer and hung...

Jordan Devore

10:45 AM on 11.06.2014

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

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...

Steven Hansen