Virtual reality gaming appears to have picked up some momentum today as the creators of EVE Online and DUST 514 have revealed that they will be the first to reveal an AAA game designed exclusively for Oculus Rift. Having worked with Oculus since they first happened upon the original Kickstarter campaign, a "small, passionate team" from within CCP Games has stepped forward with the game Valkyrie.
When your Kickstarter takes more than seven times its goal amount, you know you've probably got a hit on your hands, but the team behind the Virtuix Omni hasn't rested on its laurels. Instead, the latest version of the Omni hardware - which allows you to physically run through a gaming environment in the comfort of your living room - has made its debut at CES this week, swapping the Kinect-based motion tracking of the original for a far more accurate capacitive sensor system.
Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, has raised a whopping $75m extra funding which it will use to finalize its consumer model, the company has confirmed. An exact launch date for that production model is still unconfirmed, but Oculus did say that it had sold around 40,000 developer devices so far.
This afternoon it was announced that the co-creator of the classic video game DOOM has left the proverbial gaming building. John Carmack let it be known that he’s leaving (resigning, as it were) from id Software and Bethesda Softworks in favor of working with Oculus VR full-time on the device known as Oculus Rift. A statement from current id Softworks studio director Tim Willits was solemn, focusing on the idea that "his departure will not affect any current projects".
The Oculus Rift has been available to developers for quite some time now, and it's been out in the ether long enough that there are plenty of demos and games that have been made, but there's no central place to get all of these fine creations, until now. Oculus has launched Share, a new app store-like platform that brings all of the games and demos together in one place for users to download.
NASA's Curiosity rover is currently putzing around on the surface of Mars, and we've seen plenty of pictures to know what the red planet looks like. However, a new simulator that NASA put together using an Oculus Rift VR headset and a Virtuix Omni VR treadmill, you'll now be able to know what it's like to walk around on Mars.
Paperboy has gone down in the history books as one of the best video games ever, and some may say that if you've never played it, then you're not a true video gamer. Either way, the game is a classic, and a new Oculus Rift hack brings the 1984 title back into the 21st century to make the experience as real as it can get.
A fews days after discussing possible price points and business models for the Oculus Rift, the company is now thinking about what devices that the VR headset will integrate with besides PCs. CEO Brendan Iribe sees the Oculus Rift has working perfectly with smartphones, and he also noted that the headset would release at some point next year, most likely.
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset was originally developed with only gaming in mind, but since the company has been sending out units to game developers, the headset has been used for all sorts of neat things. Most recently, the Oculus Rift has given users a first-person view of RC drones thanks to a little hack.