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


Slick new GDC prototype
Mar 03
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 ... read
HTC Vive

HTC Vive VR headset announced in partnership with Valve


Consumer version this year
Mar 01
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... read
Valve VR hardware

Valve is showing its 'SteamVR hardware system' next week


New Steam Machines and the final Steam Controller, too
Feb 23
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... read
Jake Kaufman VR album

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


The New Renaissance
Feb 14
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... read
HoloLens, DirectX 12, and actual Microsoft Studios games on PC
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 irrele... read feature

Turning negatives into positives
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 Met... read feature

Virtual reality

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


Summer Lesson
Dec 02
"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... read
Theatre mode

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


Get robbed on the train
Nov 06
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... read
Maybe far away from videogame applications, but cool for putting you in a virtual space
I've had some fun with the first and second iterations of the Oculus Rift, but it's mostly a novelty I don't want to spend extended time in, especially if it's not a genre suited to the Rift. Anything in a cockpit works well,... read feature

Ustwo

Monument Valley dev working on pretty VR game Land's End


Pirates of the Cari-VR
Oct 06
Monument Valley was a chill little game and now the team is working on a new project for the Samsung Gear VR headset. Now that Samsung's involved (and Sony still toiling away with Morpheus), how long before VR is a... read
Oculus Crescent Bay

Oculus VR unveils new headset called Crescent Bay


Shiny new prototype is new, shiny
Sep 21
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... read
Still enjoyable, though
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 certain... read feature

Harmonix to create a virtual reality experience for Samsung Gear VR


Visualizer for your face
Sep 05
Remember that new Samsung Gear VR that we told you about a few days ago? Harmonix sends word that they've signed on to create a new virtual reality experience for the device.  Harmonix Music VR is a music-listening dream... read

Samsung announces Gear VR, powered by Oculus


Uses Galaxy Note 4's innards and screen
Sep 03
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... read
Summer Lesson

Tekken team working on Morpheus game for PS4


Summer Lesson, a 'communication game'
Sep 01
Along with the Pokemon fighting game Pokken Tournament, Katsuhiro Harada and the Tekken team are working on a game for Sony's virtual reality hat Morpheus. Summer Lesson is a PS4 game billed as a "communication game." We'll bring you more, hands and eyes on time in a couple weeks at Tokyo Game Show. read
Hatsune Miku

Hako Vision lets you enjoy a Hatsune Miku concert anywhere


Just don't get weird with it
Aug 26
The next set of Hako Vision boxes have been revealed, and they'll feature virtual idol Hatsune Miku. Hako Vision is a series of boxes that when opened up and assembled turn into a live "3D" rendering using the power of a sma... read
World of Diving

World of Diving out now on Steam Early Access


Explore the depths with this procedurally generated underwater exploration game
Aug 26
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... read
Pollen

BEES?! Pollen explores this question and more on the moons of Saturn


On PC and optimized for Oculus Rift
Jul 30
"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... read
Oculus Rift

There's a Pacific Rim virtual-reality experience for Oculus Rift


Cool idea, lame video
Jul 28
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... read
Oculus acquisition

Facebook has now finalized the acquisition of Oculus VR


Neither side has much to say
Jul 21
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 ... read
Project Morpheus

PlayStation boss isn't sure about the mass market potential of VR


But still wants to deliver brand new experiences to the PS4
Jul 07
As virtual reality continues to burgeon into a very real force in the videogame industry, some leaders can't help but call into question its monetization potential. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House is one of them.... read
Oculus

Scalpers force Oculus to suspend Rift orders in China


It's looking for alternative ways to get the DK2 to developers
Jul 06
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 ... read
Oculus Rift

Oculus just started shipping out the first batch of DK2s


About 10k are going out
Jul 02
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... read
Virtual reality

Google wants you to build a virtual-reality headset out of cardboard


Yes, really
Jun 25
Google wants "everyone to experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and inexpensive way" with its Cardboard project. It's a template for making a "no-frills" cardboard enclosure -- such as the expertly crafted one above --... read
ZeniMax vs. Oculus

Oculus responds to ZeniMax's virtual-reality lawsuit


ZeniMax is after that Facebook money
Jun 25
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 ... read
Oculus

Oculus to acquire the company that designed the Xbox 360 controller


The two have been working together on multiple projects
Jun 24
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... read
Miyamoto on VR

Miyamoto 'uneasy' at idea of VR players playing by themselves


It's in direct contrast to what the Wii U tries to accomplish
Jun 17
As virtual reality becomes more and more of a, well, reality, traditional videogame companies have taken serious steps to adapting to the trend. For instance, Sony's currently working on its Project Morpheus. Nintendo might b... read
Superhot, Lucky's Tale, and Alien: Isolation
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 ... read feature

Oculus

Oculus: We're not out to make VR games like The Last of Us


It's focusing on smaller experiences
Jun 11
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... read

The Assembly announced for PS4 and Project Morpheus


New VR game
Jun 11
Good news: work on games for Sony's upcoming virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus, is fully underway. The newest announcement is The Assembly, developed by UK studio nDreams. It was written by Tom Jubert, the writer beh... read






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