Now you can play old-school pinball via your VR headset

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Many gamers love a bit of old-school action, and sometimes fresh-out-of-the-box, shiny new games just won't do. 

This can be particularly true of new tech such as VR. But if you're occassionally feeling nostalgic, the world's oldest and largest producer of pinball machines has a treat for you. 

Stern Pinball has launched its Pinball Arcade on the Oculus Store this week, in a partnership with FarSight Studios. It's already been downloaded over 20 million...

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

Nintendo's next console may have VR features, report claims

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Nintendo’s last venture into VR might have been short lived, but if rumours are true, it may be gearing up for round two.

Taiwanese IT publication Digitimes reported today that Nintendo is putting off production of its upcoming NX console so it can add in virtual reality functionality.

Digitimes said ‘supply chain sources’ told them production will be delayed by...

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

VicoVR is crowdfunding to bring affordable positional and body tracking to mobile VR

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A bluetooth peripheral that brings wireless, Kinect-like motion tracking to Android and iOS head mounted devices without a PC, wires or wearable sensors is crowdfunding on Indiegogo.

The campaign is aiming to fund full 3D body tracking for mobile VR.

Three parts

VicoVR comes in three parts: a reasonably affordable sensor which looks a lot like Microsoft's...

By Rachael Power, 20 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Devices, Gaming.

Manus VR trials full arm tracking on the HTC Vive

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VR hardware company Manus VR is trying out the first ever full arm tracking on the HTC Vive headset.

The Dutch startup has spent years iterating and developing its hand-tracking glove, compatible with many VR headsets.

The gloves are pretty impressive looking kit and track hand movement via high-tech sensors. They’re washable, built with an open source SDK, wireless and include an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer along with a...

By Rachael Power, 11 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming, Hardware.

Man spends 25 hours inside a HTC Vive and sets world record

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There’s a common sense element to using virtual reality; most of us know it’s a bad idea to spend too long in a virtual world, both from a physical and a mental perspective.

But actual studies into how the technology affects the brain are few and far between. Back in 2014, a UCLA scientist who headed a study on exactly that topic called for more research into the area.

By Rachael Power, 09 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Gaming.

VRidge enables Oculus VR games on Cardboard

A new app has been launched that will adapt the Oculus Rift output for use with a Google Cardboard headset.

The new software, VRidge, enables smaller and cheaper virtual reality (VR) headsets such as Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard to be modified to run games like higher-end machines like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Developed by Riftcat, VRidge adapts the head-tracking input and stereoscopic output of the Oculus Rift to an Android smartphone app. Once set up, it can...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, Devices, Gaming.

GAME acquires augmented reality firm Ads Reality

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Gaming retail giant GAME has acquired augmented technology firm Ads Reality for £20m, in a bid to develop its digital engagement strategy.

Ads Reality specialises in the development of augmented reality across the retail, video game and entertainment industries. It’s a five year old operation and its team of developers and engineers will continue to work on developing its technologies.

GAME had originally acquired a minority stake in...

By Rachael Power, 06 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Gaming.

Oculus Rift demo coming to Best Buy stores

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Oculus has announced its Rift headsets will be available to try out at Best Buy stores in the US from next week (7 May).

The company added it has plans to roll this out to Europe and Canada, but not until the autumn.

US customers can use Oculus Live to track down stores hosting the demos near them and book a slot up to a month in advance.

The consoles will be on show as part of the Intel Experience,...

By Rachael Power, 03 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Gaming.

GREE sets up investment fund to boost growth at young virtual reality companies

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Mobile social company GREE has put in place the GVR Fund, an investment pot that functions as a bridge between strategic investors to give early stage virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) companies the opportunity to boost growth.

The fund will be managed by GREE VR Capital and will invest in gaming and non-gaming software and content companies. To date, the fund has invested in two companies: VRChat, a platform that allows users to create, publish, and...

By James Bourne, 25 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Gaming, M&A.

“A soaring example” of VR as gaming’s future: CCP launches two Oculus Rift titles

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Games house CCP Games has announced the launch of EVE: Valkyrie and Gunjack, both aimed at the VR markets for the Oculus Rift platform on PC.

Both games were specifically developed for VR, with Valkyrie as a multiplayer dogfighting shooter while Gunjack is a VR arcade shooter.

EVE: Valkyrie is an award-winning game built from ground up for virtual reality. It allows players to take on the role of a spaceship pilot in the middle of combat. The game has already won rave...

By James Bourne, 22 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: eSports, Gaming.