Posted Fri Sep 25, 2015 at 08:27 AM PDT by Justin Clark
New game footage, development kits rolling out.
So you might have heard about a few tiny projects the folks at Oculus are currently working on from their keynote presentation yesterday, a lot of which is focused around Home Theater presentation and mobile. The company didn't leave non-mobile gaming hanging however, as they made quite a few big announcements on that front as well.
For starters is the fact that a version of Minecraft will be shipping this coming Spring on both the Rift and Gear VR. Should be a pretty simple port, considering what we saw running on Microsoft's Hololens back in June, but still, it's a big grab, and a perfect showcase for the tech.
In addition, a slate of games were shown off, which will be running off the 1.0 version of the Rift software the day it launches. So far, so good, in terms of some truly polished looking stuff heading our way.
Oculus also took the time to show off some of the games that will be running using their Touch technology, which will allow your hands to be visible and trackable in VR space That slate includes:
Final Approach by Phaser Lock Interactive
Moon Strike by Big Dorks
Pulsar Arena by ZeroTransformation
Job Simulator by Owlchemy Labs
I Expect You To Die by Schell Games
Nimbus Nights by Otherworld Interactive
Dead & Buried by Oculus Studios Team
Surgeon Simulator by Bossa Studios
A short but impressive teaser was shown with a bit of footage from each. Yes, to answer your next question, 'Surgeon Simulator' is probably still going to feel like you're playing 'Operation' which drunk.
Lastly, while its more than likely not going to be a full fledged title, Epic Games brought a special demo to the keynote titled 'Bullet Train', showing off the Touch technology at work with some precision FPS gunplay. It's got a very 'Half-Life 2' City 17 vibe to it that makes one long for whatever port Valve decides to eventually bring to the table here.
Also, in case you were wondering what you might need to play all this wonderful stuff, Oculus also announced a program called Oculus Ready, which, as you guessed, will be a line of PCs from Dell, Alienware, and Asus tailor made to be ready to run the Rift titles out of the box. Price point for those bad boys starts at $1,000.
You can read up on the specific dev kit releases and some of the more artistic applications for the Oculus tech at the official site.
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