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Get £200 off a Vive Pro kit this Black Friday, plus Superhot VR for £1

The deals, they never stop, and hiding away in virtual reality isn't going to help you escape them either, YOU FOOL, because Vive have announced £200 off their Vive Pro Full Kit bundle as part of this year's Black Friday shenanigans. That includes a Vive Pro headset, two of the second gen base stations, two second gen controllers and a two-month subscription to their app…

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Feature: Impossibly virtual

Unknown Pleasures: 20% Seasonal Edition

Boo! Haha, Halloween is so easy. Although I've never understood the rules when it falls on a weekday, and like all miserable British whingers I resent its weird expansion from a few hours of hiding from unpleasant infants into an entire sodding month of pumpkins and rubbish horror. So with that in mind, let's have a spooooky Unknown Pleasures! Threatening but then being too British…

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Oculus Rift 2 is still happening, says Facebook

VR cybergoggles maker Oculus have insisted they're still making a next generation Rift headset despite another key departure from the company. Brendan Iribe, the co-founder and former CEO of Oculus, is the latest person to have upped sticks from parent company Facebook following some internal restructuring of their VR division last week, according to a new report from TechCrunch, and was, until yesterday, meant to…

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SteamVR introduces Motion Smoothing to improve performance

It's a little-known fact that when Justin Timberlake told Mark Zuckerberg "A million dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? A billion dollars," he was talking about how expensive a good VR PC should be. Just jokes, there, some laugharoonies. But for plain ol' millionaires whose VR experiences are bumpy, a little more help is coming. Valve have introduced a 'Motion Smoothing' beta feature to…

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The Accounting+ trailer is the best thing you’ll watch today

Back in the day, when we first started RPS, a lot of my day was spent searching through GameTrailers (sniff, thanks GameTrailers) to find interesting-looking videos to write snark underneath. Now we force Dominic to do that, by means too criminal to describe, because there are only so many years you can do it for before you need to kill again. But I can't stop…

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Jack your feet in with Cybershoes

Imagine stepping into cyberspace in meatshoes. The horror. All the cybermen will point at those useless nonvirtual feet flapping all jigglephysicsed at the end of your legs and laugh. The cyberbouncer won't even let you jack in: no shirt, no cybershoes; no net service. Cyberpals, rest easy. You can now blast your bytecoins at Cybershoes, a new controller for VR games which strap onto your…

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Oculus Quest will cut the cords but keep the hand-tracking when it arrives next year

Oculus announced a brand new set of wireless VR goggles last night, this time in the form of the Oculus Quest. Before you start thinking, 'Hang on a sec, this is just another one of those Oculus Go mobile-type gubbins, isn't it?', bear with me. For unlike the Oculus Go, the Oculus Quest offers the same hand-tracking Touch controllers you get with the Oculus Rift…

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Feature: Shoeing the VR goose?

Cybershoes’ err… Cybershoes let me run around in Doom VFR from the comfort of a wheelie chair

VR treadmills are possibly one of the daftest things on the planet. Yes, they sort of avoid that classic virtual reality hazard of tripping over headset cables and falling flat on your face, offering a way for TRUE VR immersion seekers to feel like they're really 'in the game', so to speak, but a) they're crazy expensive, b) take up mountains of room, and c)…

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Vive’s subscription service will shortly arrive on… Oculus Rift?

Just a couple of weeks ago HTC was confidently rebutting claims about VR dying a huge and monstrous death with record sales of their Vive headset. Now, in a rather more desperate-seeming move, they've announced their Viveport subscription service will shortly be available on arch-rival headset, the Oculus Rift. Who's winning the race for total VR domination? You decide!

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Feature: Deal or no deal

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best deals on PC games and hardware

This year's Amazon Prime Day is almost at an end. At midnight tonight, Amazon's big day o' deals will be over for another year (or, you know, until Black Friday in November), so if you had a look at the deals yesterday and thought, 'Hmm... I could do with a new SSD or graphics card', then you've still got time to pick one up. I know Amazon is…

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Feature: Maybe we're in VR right now?

Reality bleed: VR in the wilds of theatre

A sack is placed over your head. A voice, alarmingly close, barks that you are the next test subject. Your hands are bound and you are led, still hooded, to another room where your attendant tells you, as he straps you into a chair, that you will come to no physical harm. The hood is removed and you are welcomed to a claustrophobic cell by…

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Oculus ditches Windows 7 and 8 support for new Rift features

Bad news for Rift owners still running Windows 7 or Windows 8 PCs this morning, as Oculus have announced they've updated the minimum OS spec requirement for their Rift VR goggles to Windows 10. That doesn't mean your VR headset will suddenly stop working with your Windows 7/8 PC, of course - it's just that you'll probably miss out on all of Oculus' new-fangled gubbins further down the…

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Valve demo new VR controls with Portal mini-games

It strikes me as very silly that anyone is trying to declare VR a failure or a success, given that we're still working out the most basic of control systems for it. Valve's latest VR project is a new alternate controller for the HTC Vive called Knuckles, and by all accounts it's a big step in the right direction, allowing complex finger motions to be…

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Hybrid VR puzzle-platformer Carly & The Reaperman out

Ever since I got to play around with a Vive headset last year, I've been setting aside money for a VR setup of my own, along with a list of games I want to play on it. Carly and the Reaperman: Escape from the Underworld by Swedish indie outfit Odd Raven Studios launched today, and just from a quick peek at the launch trailer within, I knew…

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VR robo-stealth ’em up Budget Cuts sneaks out at last

Here's what marks Budget Cuts as a cut above other VR funtimes: it's been 20 minutes since I took my cybergoggles off and I still sort of feel like I'm in VR. That used to happen all the time when I first got my Vive, but my brain's since learned to tell the difference between the real and the virtual. Budget Cuts, though, feels so…

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Adorable mouse game Moss comes from PSVR to PC

The Playstation VR experience is a garbage fire. Believe me, I know. So when there's something good, or at least something that tries something new, I love to give it my time and money. One of the only VR experiences that has been worth a darn (and easily the best one on the platform) is this cute platforming game about being the spirit guide to…

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VR FPS Gunheart launches, headset no longer mandatory

Being a whole new frontier in games, I've been eager to pick up a VR headset, but still can't quite justify the price. Of the games I put on my day-1 wishlist for when I got myself some space-goggles, Gunheart ranks pretty high. It's a very slick-looking online co-op FPS with a sci-fi mercenary RPG-lite structure. It's been in early access for a year, but launched in…

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Compound is a free retro VR shooter with tremendous potential

"This is a cool thing I found," Dominic told our Slack channel. "But it probably doesn't meet the qualifications for a news hit on the site." I agreed. But then I watched the video and then I thought, "Yeah, it isn't exactly news. There haven't been updates on the game in a few months. But the people... the people should see the game." And I…

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Stop a 70s serial killer in Dead Secret Circle

This week, Robot Invader released the sequel to Dead Secret, which was one of the first VR horror-mystery titles I ever got to experience. I enjoyed that game's puzzles and general otherworldy vibe -- not to mention its Kansas based setting. (That's where I'm from. There's a lot of murders there. It felt good to solve one.) Dead Secret Circle builds on the successes of…

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VR rhythm game Beat Saber swishes into early access

My Vive, which once made me literally dance with joy, gathers dust. That's less to do with how much fun I know I'd have if I set the damn thing up, and everything to do with the faff. I've got to deal with wobbly lighthouse stands, a PC that turns off if I bump into it and the hassle of putting contact lenses in. Why…

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