Hands-On With Santa Cruz And Full Freedom Of Movement Controllers

Oculus offered me brief hands-on time with its Santa Cruz standalone headset prototype and full freedom of movement controllers. I got to try the earlier version of Santa Cruz at last year’s conference and, like last year, I wasn’t allowed to shoot video of my time with the all-in-one gear. Before diving into my impressions,…

First Hands-On With Windlands 2 And Its New Co-Op Mode

Windlands was the game VR needed in April 2016. Amongst launch line-ups consisting of hour-long tech demos and teasers of what could one day be, here was a full adventure that let players explore the world around them with complete agency. It may not have been perfect, but bounding around sun-licked ruins and swinging through…

Oculus Home Gets Upgrade; Dash Brings More Screens

Oculus Rift getting Minority Report-like interface for VR. On top of announcing a new and more affordable standalone headset at Oculus’ annual developer conference, the Facebook owned company also teased a massive update to the Oculus Rift platform. Dubbed Rift Core 2.0, the software update is a “complete overhaul” of the Rift experience. Designed from…

Major Update Coming to Oculus Rift in December, Rift Core 2.0

Today Nate Mitchell has announced that Oculus Rift will be getting a major update in December, Rift Core 2.0, for free. The update will add a new universal menu with brand new system interface designed around Oculus Touch, Oculus Dash. With Oculus Dash users will be able to access videogames, apps and notifications from anywhere,…

Oculus Rift and Touch Permanent Price Drop

The big crowd-pleasing announcements at the Oculus Connect event just keep on coming. This time, it seems the company were encouraged by the success of the Summer of Rift promotion, as they have decided to permanently drop the price of the Oculus Rift bundle. From today, users who want to invest in an Oculus Rift…

Oculus Creates New Bundle Specifically for Business

So it’s been quite a start to Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) with the wireless Santa Cruz headset getting a mention, and now Oculus Go, a complete standalone VR headset. But Oculus Rift hasn’t been forgotten with the company announcing a new focus on business. Oculus for Business will come as a new bundle which will…

OC4: Oculus Announces Massive Rift Core 2.0 Update

Oculus only had a small platform update for Rift this month, but as we found out at Oculus Connect today, much bigger things are on the way. The company’s Nate Mitchell introduced the Rift Core 2.0 update today. For starters, Rift is getting a new system interface designed for Touch, named Oculus Dash. Based on…

Oculus Announces $199 Standalone VR Headset

‘Oculus Go’ doesn’t require a phone or PC. Oculus’ biggest event of the year, Oculus Connect 4, kicked off Wednesday morning with an opening keynote reveal from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook owned Oculus unveiled on stage their first standalone VR headset. Dubbed Oculus Go, the VR headset is a all-in one mobile computer, which means…

Oculus Rift and Touch Now $399 Permanently

Sorry if you bought an Oculus Rift and Touch in the last few weeks; it just got yet another price cut. The bundle is back to $399, the price it was cut to for this year’s Summer Sale, only this time it’s permanent. Over the last few weeks it had been priced at $499. It’s…

Oculus Standalone Prototype Santa Cruz Now Has 6DOF Controllers

Oculus may have just revealed a brand new standalone VR headset, Oculus Go, but work on its Santa Cruz prototype continues, and it’s got some big updates today. Santa Cruz development kits are going to be shipping out next year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed today. It’s also got six degree of freedom controllers (6DOF)…

Oculus Medium Introduced Autumn Harvest Update

Though it was only last month that virtual reality (VR) 3D sculpting tool Oculus Medium introduced its last major update, the team at Oculus have been hard at work on another update, and have now introduced Oculus Medium 1.3: Autumn Harvest. The new update introduces several new features, as well as the expected big fixes….

Oculus Rift and Touch Win Big at the VR Awards 2017

Oculus Connect 4 begins later today and this week has started off well for the virtual reality (VR) company. On Monday the VR Awards 2017 were held in London, UK, with 12 awards covering the VR spectrum, and Oculus secured two of the main categories for VR hardware. Oculus Rift won the VR Headset of…

This NFL App Lets Fans Paint Their Faces With AR

You can now put on a selfie game face without dealing with all the messy grease paint. Face painting is a huge part of sports culture, particularly in the US. But (excuse the pun) let’s face it: not everybody has the time, patience and skin complexion to achieve that perfect artistic look that will do…

Oculus Makes Rift DK2 Open-Source Ahead Of OC4

Three years ago now (!) during the first Oculus Connect the company made the plans for its first development kit (DK1) open-source so that anyone with the necessary materials could make their own or add to it with their own designs. Now Oculus is doing the same for DK2. A day ahead of Oculus Connect…

New Playable Content for Killing Floor: Incursion to Debut at Oculus Connect

Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) begins tomorrow featuring the latest news and announcements from the company that spearheaded the revival of virtual reality (VR) as a consumer product. For attendees there’s going to be plenty for immersive titles on display there, with Tripwire Interactive confirming today that it’ll be debuting new content for its horror shooter, Killing…

Killing Floor: Incursion Getting Free Holdout Mode This Year

Tripwire Interactive’s Killing Floor: Incursion launched on the Oculus Rift earlier this year, much to the delight of all those brave enough to play it. But the terror isn’t done; free content is on the way. The developer today announced that it will be at Oculus Connect 4 this week with a demo of its…

Review: ARKTIKA.1

Sometimes it’s the little things in a videogame, that precise attention to detail, that can impress. It might be how a gun looks or operates, a wonderfully interwoven storyline or just a beautiful sunset on the horizon. In Arktika.1’s case it’s an electric window right at the start of the experience that catches the attention,…

3dRudder Adds Unleashed Mode Exclusive to Oculus Rift

French controller company 3dRudder introduced its foot-based controller of the same name back in 2016 as a novel way of controlling virtual reality (VR) videogames just using a players feet. Since then the company has added several improvements and updates such as the Unreal Engine 4 VR Editor navigation and 2-keys mapping. The latest addition…

Kick Back And Spark A Digital Fatty In Weed VR

All of the inspecting, grinding and burning you want, minus the smell. With legalization-fever sweeping across the nation, marijuana is currently undergoing a renaissance unlike anything we’ve seen before. Thriving dispensaries, impactful advances in medicine, delicious THC-infused food, and now virtual reality? Sure, why not? Weed VR transports users to ganja heaven, a paradise where…

Gear VR Offers To Get You Into Virtual Reality

As we enter the fourth quarter of 2017, we can look back on the year to date with something of a sense of ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. Whilst many things have improved and virtual reality (VR) is beginning to hit its stride, with all the major players well into…

VR Challenger League Regionals at OC4 to be Livestreamed Wednesday

In a couple of days Oculus will be hosting its annual event for all things Oculus Rift, Touch and Gear VR related, with new videogames being announced, keynote addresses and more. What will be new at Oculus Connect 4 (OC4) is a little esports tournament the company is running in partnership with ESL, and Intel called…

The VR Job Hub: Impulse Gear & Survios

Bored of your daily commute, fed up with that bloke from accounts who always finishes the milk before you’ve had your first work brew of the day? Maybe it’s time for a change, time to augment your life with something fresh and new, you’re virtually out the door anyway as you’re reading a job listing…

SculptrVR’s Smooth Update Adds Incredible Detail To Hand-Made Worlds

SculptrVR’s “Smooth” update looks poised to enable the creation of far more expressive hand-made objects and worlds. The ground up rewrite of the software is expected to debut later this month on Steam and Daydream offering people the chance to shape by hand far more detailed objects and worlds. Unlike some other VR creation software,…

Square Enix’s Manga VR Comic Project Hikari to be Released in 2018

During the 2016 Tokyo Game Show, Japanese developer Square Enix announced a couple of virtual reality (VR) experiences being worked on. One was Kai-ri-Sei Million Arthur VR whilst the other was Project Hikari a crossover concept whereby Manga titles can be viewed in VR. Now it’s come to light that Project Hikari is on schedule for a 2018 release on Oculus Rift…

Hidden Path’s Brass Tactics Delayed Into 2018

Brass Tactics is shaping up to be one of the most compelling VR strategy games on the horizon, but we’re sadly going to have to wait a bit longer to play it. The real-time strategy game for the Oculus Rift, developed by Defense Grid 2’s Hidden Path Entertainment, was originally meant to be releasing in…

Raw Data Exits Early Access with 25% Launch Discount

It been a long time coming but today virtual reality (VR) studio Survios has now fully released its frantic wave shooter Raw Data for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, leaving early access after just over an year. And to celebrate the momentous event the developer has rolled out some freebies and discounts for current and new players….

Google Announces New Daydream View & Pixel 2

Stranger Things AR stickers and League of Legends AR are coming too. Last year Google showed us their commitment to VR, unveiling a Daydream View VR headset, Daydream platform, and Pixel phone. Now exactly a year later, Google is back again with VR updates and an additional focus on augmented reality (AR). New Pixel &…

Vertigo Games’ Skyworld Gets Release Date, Closed Beta

The next game from the makers of Arizona Sunshine is right around the corner. Skyworld, the new tabletop strategy game from Vertigo Games, is launching on November 17th, the developer confirmed in a tweet this week. That’s the same day that Microsoft launches its Windows VR platform, which the game will be appearing on alongside…