Oculus has been under enormous pressure in recent weeks over an unexpected decision to prevent competing headsets from playing Oculus games, but the company appears to have reversed course.
Oculus didn’t just launch their Rift VR headset back in March—they also launched a software interface and an online store. The software functions similarly to Steam or GOG, working as a store, a social network, a game library and launching pad. It desperately needs an upgrade.
The debate over “exclusive” Oculus Rift games reached a new pitch yesterday. The catalyst: Serious Sam VR, and the question of whether Oculus is attempting to buy up exclusivity for in-development games.
Here’s Wilson’s Heart, a noir VR game from Twisted Pixel. It’s coming to Oculus Rift in 2017.
SUPERHOT VR gets a new Oculus Touch trailer. Should be pretty cool—the non-VR game is great—though I’ll be curious whether or not you can move around within levels. They call it a “complete new title” and say it’ll debut with Oculus Touch later this year.
Coming in July from the Open Source Virtual Reality Consortium, the Hacker Development Kit 2 virtual reality headset matches the stats of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive for only $399.
Space dogfighting fans are in for a treat this week, as House of the Dying Sun, previously known as Enemy Starfighter, has emerged on Steam early access. Man, it is pretty damn good.
Last month we reported on Revive, a proof-of-concept compatibility layer that allowed games exclusive to the Oculus Rift to be played using the HTC Vive headset. This week’s Oculus app update took steps to ensure that trick doesn’t work anymore.
Even though Oculus is woefully behind in shipping Rift pre-orders to customers, the company has courted more controversy by moving forward with its retail plans, which includes letting people buy Rifts at places like Best Buy.
Three weeks ago, the future arrived. A week later, the future arrived again. Two hotly anticipated virtual reality headsets came out in the space of seven days. That’s a lot of future!
In an email sent to customers, Oculus has cited “an unexpected component shortage” as the cause of the widespread launch-week shipping delays for their Rift VR headset. To make it up to people, they’re covering shipping costs for all orders made before yesterday. They say everyone’s order status page should be updated…
I’ve played a lot of VR games this week, but the best thing I’ve done in virtual reality wasn’t a game at all. It was just my computer desktop, blown up into immersive 3D.
The Oculus Rift’s big launch week has been dampened a bit by the fact there apparently just aren’t that many headsets to go around. A lot of people who preordered have no real idea when their headset might ship, and Oculus has been mostly silent on what’s going on.
Have you ever wanted to visit an alien planet and make friends with some cute alien creatures? Farlands might be your jam. It’s a neat Oculus Rift exclusive that takes a little Pokémon Snap and a little Animal Crossing and puts it all in virtual reality.
After years of anticipation and hype, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset launched on Monday. It’s pretty damn cool! The only problem is that three days later, very few people appear to actually have one. You can’t find them in stores, and Oculus hasn’t done a great job of telling people who preordered when theirs…
I sit down when I play VR games, so I like it when the character I’m playing is also sitting. Turns out I also like it when the character I’m playing has telekinesis. In the stylish puzzle game Esper 2, you play as a telekinetic spy who sits. Best of both worlds!
There’s no official VR version of Dark Souls (yet), which leaves the door open for Chronos, a very cool Oculus Rift launch game that manages to be both a VR showcase and a good game on its own.
If you dropped $600 on an Oculus Rift, you’ll get a copy of Lucky’s Tale along with the headset. It’s basically Oculus’s shot at making their own Super Mario 64, and while it doesn’t quite hit those rarified heights, it is pretty cute.
The Oculus Rift VR headset is officially out this week, and there are a bunch of games to play on it. One of the most well-known is the outer-space dogfighting game EVE: Valkyrie, which is about as impressive a technical showpiece for virtual reality as I’ve seen.