John Carmack

Fallout, Doom, and Skyrim show the limits of blockbuster games in VR

Bethesda has really gone all-in with virtual reality. Whereas many developers and publishers have toyed with the medium, releasing smaller experiments to test the waters, over the last few weeks Bethesda has released three of its biggest games in VR. On the surface, it sounds great. With a VR …

Virtual Reality

16 Things You Never Knew About The Rock's Disastrous Doom Movie

The movie adaptation of <i>Doom</i>, the popular first-person shooter video game, should have been a slam dunk for all concerned.<p>Not only did the film boast …

Movies

TechSpot Tech Gift Shortlist 2017

Tech Stocking Stuffers<p>A Little Bit of Everything (under $50)<p>Because there's still time to get something for that family member or friend who is …

Super Mario

How Virtual and Augmented Reality Are Changing the Gaming Industry

<b>In the 1992 Sega Genesis game Kid Chameleon,</b> the boss of a virtual reality game-within-the-game begins abducting players, trapping them inside. The …

Virtual Reality

How saying 'no' can help you make a better game

Let's be honest, most game developers try to do more than is actually possible, either because they have a lot of great feature ideas, or because …

Game Design

A failed company and an uncertain market

A decade ago, suborbital spaceflight appeared to have a bright future ahead of it. Virgin Galactic appeared to be leading the way with SpaceShipTwo, …

Space Travel

GridRaster Raises $2 Million for AR/VR Cloud Rendering Solution

Palo Alto-based VR/AR startup GridRaster recently announced a nearly $2 million seed funding round to strengthen and develop their mobile VR/AR …

Mobile

5 Books Every Gamer Should Read

The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution<p>Writer Jonathan Hennessey and artist Jack McGowan’s <b>The Comic Book Story of Video Games</b> is a …

Culture

XCOR Aerospace files for bankruptcy

WASHINGTON — XCOR Aerospace, a company that for nearly 20 years had been working on rocket engines and a suborbital spaceplane, filed for bankruptcy …

Space

Oculus Public VR Critique: Daedalus

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Virtual Reality

A year later, Doom is still the best FPS on PS4, Xbox One, and now Switch. Here's how it happened

How Id threw out its old identity, years of work and the game design rule-book to reinvent a classic.

Virtual Reality

With Facebook’s , Oculus Is Fending off Old Enemies, Former Friends, and New Foes

Blink and you might have missed it—a lot has happened in the VR landscape in the last few months. At Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer …

Virtual Reality

Daydream’s Chromecast support leaves Oculus VR in the dust

Earlier this year Oculus announced support for Chromecast around the same time Google’s Daydream revealed it too would be adding the feature.<p>In case you are unfamiliar, Chromecast is a feature from Google included in many recent televisions that makes it easy to broadcast to the TV from phones, …

Virtual Reality

Does Wolfenstein II's brutal opening have design value?

The opening hour of Wolfenstein II contains graphic imagery and intense themes. We examine how these depictions add to the game, and what goal they …

Game Design

Pimax “8K” Surpasses Oculus Rift as Top VR Headset Kickstarter Project, $2.45M Raised So Far

Pimax, the company aiming to deliver three flavors of its high field of view (FOV) headset via their Kickstarter, have recently blasted past the $2 …

Virtual Reality

Yes, B.J. Blazkowicz is Jewish

The debate is finally put to bed<p>Throughout the Wolfenstein series, one question has remained unanswered: Is protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz Jewish? His name sounds Ashkenazic or Eastern European in origin. He loves killing Nazis. And Jewish mysticism has become a thread in his most recent adventures.<p>Id …

Virtual Reality

Carmack And Romero Pitched A PC Port Of Super Mario Bros 3 To Nintendo

Image. Youtube (Unseen64) The games Nintendo greenlights are just as interesting as the ones they don't. And one of those pitches was a PC port of …

Gaming

The DeanBeat: Optimism and despair over VR at Oculus Connect

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, injected a dose of optimism into the crowd at the Oculus Connect event this week at the San Jose Convention Center when he set a goal of getting a billion people into virtual reality. That’s reassuring in a way, since the Oculus Rift, the Samsung Gear VR, and other …

Virtual Reality

Oculus’ Nate Mitchell: VR ‘expectations got ahead of themselves’

Nate Mitchell is one of the Oculus co-founders and continues to be a key leader at Facebook defining the product strategy for VR going forward. While he works closely with the Rift team, he’s also keenly aware of VR’s evolution over the last five years as he’s part of a small group of Oculus …

Virtual Reality

Why is Oculus making four different VR headsets?

Earlier this week, Oculus doubled its VR hardware lineup, adding two new headsets alongside the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. The first is a development kit codenamed Santa Cruz, which features full motion tracking in a wireless headset. The second is Oculus Go, a mobile headset with built-in …

Virtual Reality

John Carmack says he's better at optimizing than GPU driver programmers

John Carmack doesn't lack confidence, nor should he, given what he's accomplished to date. But lest there be any doubt, Carmack made an interesting …

Virtual Reality

Oculus' standalone headsets point to a changing VR landscape

Last year was the year that VR went mainstream. The Oculus Rift finally shipped to consumers, as did the HTC Vive and the PS VR. But even as the VR industry is finally starting to take off, it's already beginning to splinter. Before, we had phone-based VR like Samsung's Gear VR and Google's …

Virtual Reality

John Carmack: the power of the PC will never get to mobile

John Carmack took the stage today at Oculus Connect to talk about how developers are not doing a good job with developing for VR. Carmack told the …

Virtual Reality

Can the Oculus Go Get 1 Billion People to Use VR?

The high-end Oculus Rift is not going to attract 1 billion VR users, but the $199 Android-based Oculus Go might make it happen, CTO John Carmack says.<p>…

Virtual Reality

John Carmack encourages VR devs to 'embrace the grind'

"It takes more than just 'be bold'," the Oculus CTO said today during a 2-hour presentation at Oculus Connect in which he encouraged VR devs to …

Game Design

Developers Can Now Request Oculus Go Dev Kits, Could Have Headsets As Soon as Next Month

The new Oculus Go standalone headset was revealed yesterday at Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer conference. According to Oculus CTO and …

Virtual Reality

The Complete History Of First Person Shooters

If there’s a single genre that defines the video game, it might be the first-person shooter. Think about it. When a TV show wants to have a gamer …

Gaming

Facebook's Tech Chief on the New Oculus Virtual Reality Headset

Facebook is continuing its push to make virtual reality mainstream.<p>During the company’s annual Oculus Connect developer conference this week, the …

Technology

Oculus Connect 4 Keynote — here’s how to watch it live

With Oculus’ Connect 4 show almost here, we will soon get a glimpse into what one of the premier virtual reality companies has been working on and …

Virtual Reality

Where & When to Watch Oculus Connect Day 2 Keynote Livestream (including in VR)

Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer conference, goes down this week in San Jose, California on the 11th and 12th at the McEnery Convention …

Virtual Reality