This Week’s VR Game Roundup — Hit a Homer, Play God, and Smith Weapons

This Week’s VR Game Roundup — Hit a Homer, Play God, and Smith Weapons

Developer/Publisher: Iblsoft Studio Release Date: February 13, 2019 Compatible With: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive Price: $6.29 to $8.99 Link: Fear Simulator God Hand Would you be able to defend a town from vicious monsters if you have the powers of a god?

In an Alternate Timeline, Facebook Bought VR Company Unity

In an Alternate Timeline, Facebook Bought VR Company Unity

It’s fairly common knowledge that in the middle of 2014, social media giant Facebook bought the VR company Oculus . Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion and they were nowhere near as developed at the time as Unity.

The Unbreakable Gumball :: Development Update

The Unbreakable Gumball :: Development Update

Only a few pages have been made, and there's still plenty of work to do, but it'll be worth the effort in the end.Gumball can actually run and swing around now! The roads finally have markings on them, and things are starting to look pretty good.That's all for now, but more is on the way!

VR Games Spotlight: XING: The Land Beyond, The Marvellous Machine, and More!

VR Games Spotlight: XING: The Land Beyond, The Marvellous Machine, and More!

Goldwater Deputy Trainer ($7.99) Beat Blaster Image credit to: Ivanovich Games HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality Ivanovich Games Music, rhythm, and FPS players will want to check out Beat Blaster.

Can I Eat the Sun Please? 5 Unusual VR Experiences to Stimulate All Senses

Can I Eat the Sun Please? 5 Unusual VR Experiences to Stimulate All Senses

A common trend seems to be that VR developers now do their best to create endlessly imaginative projects that involve all the human senses into a fully immersive experience . The project serves up a delicious tale of desire in a world that’s unhealthily obsessed with new culinary experiences.

Is VR Dead? The Arguments For And Against The Industry’s Demise

Is VR Dead? The Arguments For And Against The Industry’s Demise

In fact, the existing library of games and apps on Steam, Oculus and PlayStation stores will all be superior experiences inside these new headsets.

Save 50% on Budget Cuts on Steam

Save 50% on Budget Cuts on Steam

We are very happy to announce the release of Budget Cuts Arcade - a special game mode with a focus on replayability, with 4 new levels that are added automatically in this patch.

Harmonix is back with Audica, a bumping hybrid rhythm shooter

Harmonix is back with Audica, a bumping hybrid rhythm shooter

Shoot to the beat Audica is set to a classic Harmonix soundtrack, but replaces lines of notes or plastic instruments with targets that you must accurately shoot in time with the tunes.

Why now is a great time to get into VR

Why now is a great time to get into VR

Virtual reality gaming is a tough sell. Things have changed dramatically in VR gaming and it’s all for the better. Virtual reality gaming is also a substantively less risky bet than it was even a few years ago.

Field of view: Sony's next PSVR controllers could come with big upgrades

Field of view: Sony's next PSVR controllers could come with big upgrades

This is part of my rationale for acquiring companies and increasing investment in them sooner, rather than waiting until later to de-risk them further." Facebook teases Oculus surprises at GDC After last week brought the first mentions of the Oculus Rift S, now a blog post from Oculus co-founder and head of VR product Nate Mitchell suggests there will be surprises from the company coming in 2019.

Blue Goji Treadmill and HOLODIA Fitness Machines

Blue Goji Treadmill and HOLODIA Fitness Machines

Both companies, Blue Goji (not a berry, but the treadmill) and HOLOFIT fitness machines use virtual reality headsets to help their users walk, ride, and row through VR games. Just this week HOLODIA is introducing a new HOLOWORLD called CYBERPUNK to their playlist of VR fitness games.

Facebook mulled multi-billion-dollar acquisition of gaming giant Unity, book claims

Facebook mulled multi-billion-dollar acquisition of gaming giant Unity, book claims

Less than a year after making a $3 billion investment into the future of virtual reality with the purchase of Oculus VR, CEO Mark Zuckerberg was considering another multi-billion-dollar bet to ensure that his company dominated the VR platform, buying Unity, the popular game engine that’s used to build half of all gaming titles.

Harmonix turn VR gunfire into music in Audica this March

Harmonix turn VR gunfire into music in Audica this March

I’ve had the chance to play some of Beat Saber and Space Pirate Trainer on borrowed hardware and loved both – now prolific rhythm studio Harmonix are mashing those concepts together and calling it Audica . Audica enters early access on March 7th.

Shadow Legend VR RPG Releases On Rift And Vive Feb. 21

Shadow Legend VR RPG Releases On Rift And Vive Feb. 21

When the game was first announced, then expanded on in a subsequent trailer , it clearly looks to scratch a very specific itch a lot of people seem to have for fantasy-themed adventure in VR headsets.

Why the Climbing Feature in Games Like ‘In League’ and ‘WAR DUST’ is Important

Why the Climbing Feature in Games Like ‘In League’ and ‘WAR DUST’ is Important

Introducing their own environmental locomotion (i.e. climbing/grappling) systems, the developers of In League and WAR DUST are expanding upon, at a root level, what it means to write a ‘realistic’ VR FPS title.

Humans playing VR game Beat Saber move faster than what Steam thought was ‘humanly possible’

Humans playing VR game Beat Saber move faster than what Steam thought was ‘humanly possible’

Some people move so fast when they play the VR game Beat Saber, a rhythm game that’s basically Dance Dance Revolution with lightsabers, that Valve developers have had to issue a fix.

‘XING: The Land Beyond’ Launches on PSVR Today, Free DLC Coming to All Platforms

‘XING: The Land Beyond’ Launches on PSVR Today, Free DLC Coming to All Platforms

At the time of this writing, White Lotus hasn’t released pricing info, although the game is currently $20 on Steam, so we’d expect to see similar pricing on the PlayStation platform as well.

Eido Inoue tells us everything we need to know about HADO and location based augmented reality

Eido Inoue tells us everything we need to know about HADO and location based augmented reality

Locations where you can play HADO (Image by Meleap) Spectators watching live don’t watch through an HMD or phone; there are giant projection monitors above the arena as well as monitors throughout the arena where they can see the virtual energy balls and shields and overlays for player stats and scores.

Oculus To Reveal Zelda-Esque VR Game From Left 4 Dead Dev At GDC

Oculus To Reveal Zelda-Esque VR Game From Left 4 Dead Dev At GDC

Left4Dead developer Turtle Rock Studios has yet another Oculus Rift game in development. “I’ve been getting some time in with the games we’re bringing to GDC and PAX East, like the latest from Turtle Rock Studios,” Mitchell wrote.

'Asgard's Wrath' Gameplay Shows It's About More Than Just Combat

'Asgard's Wrath' Gameplay Shows It's About More Than Just Combat

Asgard’s Wrath, an upcoming Rift exclusive developed by Sanzaru Games and published by Oculus Studios, was announced last week as a Norse-inspired melee combat game.

8Bit/Digi

8Bit/Digi

In theory; going to major convention will allow VR developers to showcase their work to a large audience. There is a rich opportunity for studios to showcase their work at local conventions and kill the myth.

Why I’m Excited for VR in 2019

Why I’m Excited for VR in 2019

With new Oculus Quest demos and some surprises in store, it feels like a good time to take a step back and reflect on where we’ve been and what’s next.

VR MMO OrbusVR "Looking Into" Oculus Quest Port

VR MMO OrbusVR "Looking Into" Oculus Quest Port

The developer of OrbusVR stated on Twitter that they are “definitely looking into Oculus Quest support“. If Orbus does come to Oculus Quest, it has the potential to massively expand the game’s userbase. Tagged with: MMORPG, Oculus Quest, Orbus, orbus vr, OrbusVR, VR MMO

Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs Launches on VIVEPORT for Oculus and Vive

Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs Launches on VIVEPORT for Oculus and Vive

Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs is being sold on the Vive subscription platform for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets for $14.99, which is a great deal on a game with over 50 levels.

Join Us at GDC, PAX East, and E3!

Join Us at GDC, PAX East, and E3!

We’ll have more details to share as we get closer to the event, but rest assured we’ll have demos, tournaments, and a sexy pin.

Why More Active VR Games Need to Implement IK (Inverse Kinematics)

Why More Active VR Games Need to Implement IK (Inverse Kinematics)

But what if The Thrill of the Fight simply knew where your arms were, and better yet, you could see them inside of the game?

VRespawn to Host 2 Upcoming Cups for Echo VR

VRespawn to Host 2 Upcoming Cups for Echo VR

If you already have a team and would like to be better prepared for the VRespawn Arena or Combat Cup (or any other Echo tournament), one of the best ways to prepare is by finding a mentor who can offer you specific advice and instruction in private matches.

Can epic laser tag save virtual reality from being a total dud?

Can epic laser tag save virtual reality from being a total dud?

I’m playing alongside seven other VR gamers, transformed into a robo-soldier dropped into a virtual universe where, to survive, we have to reach a power source called Sol. In the physical world, you can find us in two teams of four, blue against orange, deployed in a huge empty hall, wearing backpacks full of computing power and sporting VR goggles, headphones and mics.

10 Reasons Why VR Gaming Is Facing Slow Adoption from Gamers

10 Reasons Why VR Gaming Is Facing Slow Adoption from Gamers

Since it doesn’t make sense for something so promising to not take off, I set out to understand why VR gaming is facing such slow adoption from gamers.

Valve Updated SteamVR Tracking Because ‘Beat Saber’ Players Were Too Fast

Valve Updated SteamVR Tracking Because ‘Beat Saber’ Players Were Too Fast

In an interesting case of software pushing the limits of hardware, Valve recently updated SteamVR Tracking code to account for the speed of high-level Beat Saber players.

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