Playstation VR Worlds announced for October release

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Playstation VR is on the horizon, and with a few months to go its London Studio has released news about a sort of 'Wii Sports' like compendium of PS VR experiences.

Playstation VR Worlds will include five different VR games and expeirences and give first-timers, as well as those well-versed, a taste of what virtual reality is like.  

The title will be launched 13 October and is set to come in at around £29.99 on the Playstation Store -

By Rachael Power, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

HTC Vive 'most talked about headset' on social media, says Adobe report

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The HTC Vive has overtaken Oculus Rift as the most ‘talked about’ VR headset online, according to a new Adobe Digital Insights report.

In the 2016 Gaming report, the stats showed a decrease in online mentions of the Microsoft Hololens, Playstation VR and Oculus Rift - but a 115% increase in people talking about the Vive.

The research analysed 20 million social mentions on sites like Reddit, Facebook, Twitter,...

By Rachael Power, 22 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Hardware.

Space Rift playable demo now available on Steam store

Space lovers can explore the galaxies in a new celestial adventure available as a playable demo on Steam from this week, released by bitComposer and developer Vibrant Core.

VR only game Space Rift is available for the Oculus Rift, Vive, Gear VR and will be out on Playstation VR later this year. Players can whiz around the cinematic journey through space and choose their own scripted mission in a "complete game experience".

In case you want some background before...

By Rachael Power, 17 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

Turtle Beach to launch first ever gaming VR headset at Gamescom

Turtle Beach is launching what it says is the first ever VR gaming headset at this year’s Gamescom 2016.

Alongside the new wireless Stealth 520 and 420X+ headsets for Xbox and Playstation, it’s also launching the Stealth 350VR for VR devices.

The VR headset’s set to launch around 9 October and come in at about £59.99. It has over 30 hours of battery powered amplification, a variable bass boost and an ergonomic design that provides clearance for VR headsets and cables.

According to...

By Rachael Power, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

HTC to launch dedicated VR app store Viveport

HTC's launching its own app store for the Vive, the company announced at the VRLA conference recently.

Viveport will eventually roll out around the world, and developers can already register their interest in the store for the beta that will arrive in a few week's time.

It's not yet known if it'll replace Steam but it is an alternative, and Viveport will feature content across new categories for VR, like information, edutainment, social media, 360 video, news,...

By Rachael Power, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Gaming.

Pokémon Go popularity highlights AR security risks

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Pokémon Go is now an AR global phenomenon, having experienced an unprecedented level of success in both official and unofficial locations.

Whilst the number of countries which officially offer it on their App Stores has increased, the fact that it was only available in the US, Australia and New Zealand during its initial launch has led to a number of counterfeit apps appearing on the iOS, Android and Google Play stores.

The incredible; seemingly overnight, popularity of the app...

By Stuart Fuller, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Security.

Owlchemy Labs raises $5m in series A funding from VR investors

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Job Simulator creator Owlchemy Labs has raised $5m in series A funding from major VR investors, such as HTC, Qualcomm Ventures and The VR Fund.

The US-based company is six years old this year and focuses on making humorous but polished VR games, such as the upcoming Rick and Morty, being launched with Adult Swim Games.

Its Job Simulator offering...

By Rachael Power, 08 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

New creative VR festival launching in September

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A German festival is launching what it calls the 'first' creative VR festival in Europe at the end of September, aimed at showcasing the best in VR, MR and 360 video.

binge.watch will be part of global music festival Reeperbahn in Hamburg,whch brings together over 700 conccerts and events and will be visited by over 32,000 people during the four days. 

The VR leg of it will have its own 'VR Lounge', a forum where creators, producers, technologists, marketers and...

By Rachael Power, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

VR film review: Baobab Studios' Invasion!

I recently had the pleasure of viewing VR film Invasion! at Baobab Studios, co-founded by CEO Maureen Fan, former VP of Games for Zynga, and Eric Darnell whose credits include writing and directing  the animated film Madagascar.

Having never viewed a VR film before, I wasn't sure what to expect. Given that I can view 360 degrees of a scene, how do I know when and where to look? 

Do I wander around or does all the action happen around me? And if so, does it get overwhelming...

By Benjamin & Judie Ram, 04 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

Swedish VR studio launches game preview after $1.8m seed round

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A Swedish VR games studio has just closed a $1.8m seed around and launched its inaugural game, SVRVIVE as a pre-alpha demo on Steam for the HTC VIVE. 

Games studio and distributor SVRVIVE AB has an interesting team, including the former head of digital comms for popular artist AVICII. It was co-founded by entrepreneur Faviana Vangelius and game developers Hampus Granberg and Pontus...

By Rachael Power, 03 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Gaming.