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Steam UI adds experimental Oculus Rift mode

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Steam UI adds experimental Oculus Rift mode

Playing games in 3D with your Oculus Rift is all good and well, but no one will ever believe you're a super wizard class hacker if you remove your goggles between games to gawp at a plain old monitor. Thankfully Valve is thinking of you, and has brought an "experimental" virtual reality mode to the Steam interface so you can browse your games deep in cyberspace.

Read more: Looks like Big Picture on a curved screen »

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Virtuix Omni preview: eyes-on with full-body virtual reality

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Virtuix Omni preview: eyes-on with full-body virtual reality

CES is home to a number of wacky gadgets, from the novel to the plain-weird. Virtuix Omni, a Kickstarted treadmill for gamers, allows gamers to run around in virtual reality worlds--without walking into a wall. It may seem odd, maybe even silly at first, but seeing it in action has made me a believer.

Described as an "omnidirectional treadmill," the CES demo has players stepping into Gordon Freeman's shoes in Half-Life 2. There's no keyboard, mouse, or controller. Instead, with Oculus Rift equipped, you walk on the treadmill to walk in the game, run to run, and jump to jump.

Read more: Reduced simulator sickness »

"I just came across someone on Youtube using this and Rift for Minecraft. While I wouldn't really ..."
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Oculus Rift's latest prototype tackles simulator sickness, adds positional tracking

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Oculus Rift's latest prototype tackles simulator sickness, adds positional tracking

It may have the financial backing to make a commercial product, but Oculus is still experimenting with prototypes. At CES, the company unveiled "Crystal Cove," the latest version of its Rift headset. While the headset has been improved upon over the previous months--most notably adding 1080p displays--there's still room for improvement, especially as the company attempts to solve the riddle of "simulator sickness."

Read more: AMOLED screens, reduced latency, camera tracking »

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Oculus exploring first-party game development with John Carmack

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Oculus exploring first-party game development with John Carmack

Software sells. And although Oculus Rift gives players the promise of stepping into virtual reality, it will need marquee software to lift if from nerdy novelty to mainstream success. With talent like John Carmack involved, perhaps the folks at Oculus would consider making a showcase title themselves?

Why, yes. That's exactly what they plan to do. Carmack and a team of developers at Oculus will make experiences for Oculus.

Read more: 'You gotta eat your own dog food' »

"Well Carmack's a hell of a programmer, engineer, visionary and certified badass, but here's to ..."
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World of Diving is a multiplayer diving game with Oculus Rift support

World of Diving is a multiplayer diving game with Oculus Rift support

World of Diving has a rather unique premise: it promises to be a realistic diving simulator you can play with friends online. It also supports Oculus Rift, so you'll be able to feel like you're wearing a helmet while wearing a helmet.

The free-to-play game is already available in pre-alpha, with microtransactions allowing players to purchase various items from the in-game store. "With this online platform that allows for much more sophisticated feedback and rewarding there of, we're hoping to take engagement with our modest, but enthusiastic and growing community to the next level," Vertigo Games creative director Richard Stitselaar said.

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"These are always such niche games, but cool that PC is getting a game like Endless Ocean was on ..."
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Oculus Rift taking 'final steps' towards retail with latest round of investments

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Oculus Rift taking 'final steps' towards retail with latest round of investments

In spite of a successful crowdfunding campaign and venture capital funds, Oculus VR has yet to go beyond building developer prototypes. Today the company has announced a much larger round of funding, which it intends to put towards making the Oculus Rift a fully-realized consumer product.

Read more: Funds from firm that backed Twitter and Skype »

"just give us a rough release date already...I need to know when to start saving my dollars :)"
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Diplopia uses Oculus Rift to help treat visual disorders

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Diplopia uses Oculus Rift to help treat visual disorders

Oculus Rift VR has previously shown potential for immersive horror, new starship piloting perspectives, and even the chance to perform surgery in new and graphic ways. Now the virtual reality peripheral is aiming to treat real-life diseases with a new game called Diplopia.

Read more: Improvement in 2-3 weeks »

"That probably means there could be some games that would cause or create lazy eye."
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John Carmack resigns from id Software

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John Carmack resigns from id Software

John Carmack recently joined Oculus VR to serve as their chief technology officer, but remained at id Software. However, Carmack found working two jobs quite difficult, and has officially announced his resignation from the Doom and Quake developer.

"I wanted to remain a technical adviser for Id, but it just didn't work out. Probably for the best, as the divided focus was challenging," he said on Twitter.

Read more: id responds »

"This is amazing news. He can make a huge difference now that he's at Occulus instead of working ..."
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Oculus Rift consumer unit coming 2014, compatible with PC and Android

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Oculus Rift consumer unit coming 2014, compatible with PC and Android

The world of virtual reality powered by Oculus Rift is unattainable to most. But that will change in 2014, when the company plans on releasing a consumer unit. It will be a single device that will be compatible with PC, Mac, Linux, and Android.

Read more: 'Surprised' by Android support »

"No, the motion sickness is a real thing. When your hands turn you one way and you turn your head ..."
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Alone brings supernatural meta horror to Oculus Rift VR

Alone brings supernatural meta horror to Oculus Rift VR

Oculus Rift seems ideally suited for horror, as evidenced by our recent eyes-on at IndieCade. Developer Greenwood Games (consisting of industry veterans from Vicarious Visions and Ironclad Games) is also taking a stab with a new psychological horror game called Alone.

Read more: A game within a game »

"Man VR and a good horror....wow I dont think I have been this excited since i got my Vic20"
- wiz1974    See all 12 comments


Eyes-on with Oculus Rift VR

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Eyes-on with Oculus Rift VR

IndieCade was home to standout gaming titles and next-gen consoles, but the event also hosted the exciting Oculus Rift VR peripheral. This was my first opportunity to get my hands on the highly-praised headset, though I must confess I felt somewhat anxious. Even decades later, I had flashbacks (and headaches) recalling the failed Nintendo Virtual Boy and wondered if this would be a similar experience.

After trying it out with several games, I walked away amazed. This is not the gimmicky peripheral I was expecting. Oculus Rift showed amazing potential and a level of immersion that I had never experienced before.

Read more: Impressions for Dumpy: Going Elephants and Dread Halls »

"check out this mmo rpg which is compatible with the oculus...it's running an entire vr ..."
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EVE: Valkyrie coming for Oculus Rift

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EVE: Valkyrie coming for Oculus Rift

EVE Online developer CCP showed off a prototype multiplayer space-dogfighting game for Oculus Rift in April, but at the time shrugged, "God knows what we'll do with this." Thankfully the answer is the one we'd all hoped for: it's becoming a full standalone game, as EVE: Valkyrie.

Watch: Pew pew! »

"I really hope they will have planetary flight in here as well as in space combat. Urge to buy ..."
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Virtual reality treadmill pre-orders open at $499

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Virtual reality treadmill pre-orders open at $499

Oculus Rift is cool and all, but you're largely staying stationary while you play, leading to some disconnect between what your eyes see and what your body feels. There's a treadmill catered to solve just that problem, and it will be available for a cool $499.

Read more: Shipping in March 2014 »

"It kind of reminds me of the thing they used in red dwarf, so finally the future is here"
- headhuntercat    See all 35 comments


Rage creative director joins Oculus VR

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Rage creative director joins Oculus VR

Hot on the heels of John Carmack joining the Oculus Rift team, another id Software veteran has gone over to work on the VR device. Matt Hooper, creative director on Rage, is now the director of development at the Oculus Rift office.

Read more: 'We're looking for more all-stars' »

"then meet one I tried it at GDC this year, and I think it is still very limited in its use and ..."
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John Carmack becomes Oculus chief technology officer

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John Carmack becomes Oculus chief technology officer

John Carmack has long supported the Oculus Rift 3D goggles, even duct-taping a prototype together to show it off last year, and will now play a bigger role in its future. The id Software co-founder and 3D wizard has joined Oculus as its chief technology officer--but is still working with id.

Read more: "Technical leadership" at id is "unaffected" »

"It's just that gaming journalism is still not mature, so even users who've read gaming sites for ..."
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