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.
This past November, John Carmack, co-creator of the much-beloved video game DOOM, left id Software to join ranks full-time with Oculus VR. Not much was revealed about the particulars of why Carmack made such a decision, though indicators existed leading up to the transition. Now he has spoken out, and the reason revolves around virtual reality.
Sony is no stranger to the HMD (head-mounted display) industry, and we've seen many varieties of these devices from the company over the years: the HMZ-T2 in 2012 and the updated model in 2013, for example. It has been anticipated a PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset is in the works, and according to a source that has cropped up, such an offering will go toe-to-toe with Valve's VR headset.
There’s a bit of chatter surrounding the Valve event series going on this week inside the virtual reality landscape, starting with what’s called SteamVR. This system was introduced in beta just before Steam Dev Days began, and has since been shown by Programmer Joe at Valve to be working in full Beta mode in Steam Big Picture mode with the Oculus Rift developer device. There’s also a Valve-made device being shown at Dev Days for developers to try out for themselves.
One of the most interesting products for gamers that has been unveiled in a while is the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The product landed some significant funding to help it be developed into a consumer product back in December. While money to bring that device to market is important, it will fail without game support.
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.
In a power move by the creators of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, the team has hired on former senior vice president of EA, David DeMartini. The exec will be starting a publishing arm for Oculus VR, a piece of the puzzle that's thus far been all but missing, with DeMartini hoping to attract developers to the virtual reality universe.
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.
Technology is directly involved in our daily lives, making it more convenient, more efficient, and more entertaining. There's another side to technological advances that we don't see on the daily, however, and it is arguably the most important of them all -- the ability to prevent crimes that otherwise would slip under the radar. Such is the case with "Sweetie," a virtual 10-year-old girl created to lure in pedophiles who are subsequently identified and handed over to law enforcement.