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.

What will it really take for VR to go mainstream?

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There is no doubting that consumers, especially the gaming variety, consider VR to be an exciting form of emerging technology. It offers unparalleled levels of immersion, but despite the availability of inexpensive devices like Google's Cardboard Viewer, the tech has yet to become mainstream.

As with many emerging technologies, it seems likely that the driving force behind VR’s popularity will be gaming and gamers, and both Sony and Microsoft have announced that they have VR...

By Matt Jackson, 03 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Gaming.

Vive headsets now more expensive in UK following Brexit

HTC has announced a price increase on its Vive headsets in the UK due to "currency valuation changes". 

In a message to its customers via its website this week, the company said it would raise the price of its popular Vive headset to £759 plus postage and packaging as of today.

While it didn't directly say the word 'Brexit', the price increase is down to the pound's...

By Rachael Power, 02 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Hardware.

Meet the Global VR Challenge winners

A new initiative to explore and celebrate the best VR games dev talent and concepts has drawn to a close this year at the ChinaJoy gaming show. 

The Global VR Challenge was run by Bath-based Steel Media and Chinese VR company DeePoon. 

VR talent from all over the world took part in the challenge, which ended in a competition in which 16 finalists (10 from outside of China) battlede it out to scoop the top prize.

All finalists got a range of VR hardware and some got a share of the $35,000 cash prize...

By Rachael Power, 01 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Gaming.

PlayStation reveals PS VR play area size

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With just a few months to go to the PS VR launch, PlayStation has revealed the play area size you’ll need to use the new headset.

New documentation has revealed an area size of around 60 square feet is needed, and tells players to keep seated where possible while playing.

The brochure also tell of what hardware players will need to use PS VR: namely the headset itself, a PlayStation camera, DUALSHOCK 4 and Move controllers for some...

By Rachael Power, 01 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, Hardware.

Steam hosts first VR weekend game sale

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VR gamers, start your engines: Steam is holding its first ever VR weekend game sale, with discounted copies of popular games for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on offer. 

While Steam's no stranger to hosting weekend or seasonal sales online with discounts and offers galore on specific titles, this is the first time it's ever held a VR only sale. 

Gamers can shop for a pretty good-looking bundle, which comes in at around £187 for 20...

By Rachael Power, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.

House artist deadmau5 launches own VR app with Absolut

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It does make a lot of sense for music artists to get on board with 360 degree and VR video content. What fan wouldn’t want to ‘join’ their heroes on stage, and see a unique first-hand view from a perspective they could only dream of truly being in?

Varioius artists from Duran Duran to U2 to Avicii have produced VR experiences and 360 videos - and now it’s progressive house artist deadmau5’...

By Rachael Power, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Gaming.

Rise of the Tomb Raider includes new VR chapter

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Lara Croft fans will be able to play as the iconic character in VR, in a 20-year anniversary version of Rise of the Tomb Raider.

The old Croft Manor is apparently the scene for Lara's big VR debut, as Playstation announced it gave them a "great opportunity" to investivgate the possibilities with cutting edge VR technologies.

"So for the first time in franchise history, you’ll be able to play the new 'Blood Ties' chapter in first-person through Lara’s...

By Rachael Power, 21 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming.