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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a surprisingly fleshed out VR nightmare

I would definitely die in a zombie apocalypse. That’s my main takeaway from The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, a VR tie-in that launched on Steam yesterday. A full-bodied control scheme demands you swing axes with both hands to put enough weight behind your attack, and knives and screwdrivers have to be buried into scalps with committed plunges; half an hour of whacking walkers has…

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Half-Life: Alyx will let you put buckets on headcrabs and the buckets will move around

In Half-Life: Alyx you will be able to trap headcrabs, the prime nemesis of footlobsters, inside buckets. "It'll move the bucket as it crawls around", confirmed the Half-Life: Alyx team in yesterday's Reddit Q&A, adding that "playtesters all keep reporting it as a bug". I hadn't given all that much thought to Half-Life: Alyx but this is honestly a game changer. It's a little crystallisation…

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Boneworks is one of the best VR games – and still kind of broken

Though everyone has their HMD cameras trained on Half-Life: Alyx as VR’s killer app, I’ve been staring creepily at Boneworks' gif-rammed Steam page and saying “soon” over and over. Having spent a few hours working my way through its meta game-within-a-game world, I’m not quite in the position to review it as a whole. It’s exhausting and sweaty, and if I didn’t take some breaks…

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Have You Played… Unseen Diplomacy?

Do you want to feel like James Bond? I bet you want to feel like James Bond. The James Bond who spends all his time crawling through vents and blocking laser beams with key cards. Here, watch some of Unseen Diplomacy, featuring a man using a broom to break into the lair of an evil corporation before it can delete the internet.

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All the best Black Friday VR headset deals to get you ready for Half-Life: Alyx

If Half-Life: Alyx has got you wondering whether you should finally take the plunge on a VR headset, have I got some Black Friday VR headset deals for you. Finally, there are some decent VR deals in the UK now, with big discounts on the HTC Vive, Vive Cosmos and Oculus Rift S. So, to help aid you in your quest for the best Black…

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Oculus Link beta now lets you play Rift games on your Oculus Quest, but only if you’ve got an Nvidia GPU

The Oculus Quest just got a little bit better. Well, for some people at least. As of November 18, Oculus' Link software is now in beta, meaning Quest owners can now play PC-based Rift games using their portable headset. There are, however, some pretty big catches, like the fact you need an Nvidia-based gaming PC in order for it to work because it currently doesn't…

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The internet could learn a lot from the VR sign language community

I love the smell of technology bringing people together in the morning. Not in that hollow, Zuckerberguian sense: I'm talking about VR communities where deaf and hearing people hang out and learn VR-adapted sign language. The tech isn't perfect, but it's more than enough to prop up some bridges. You can see them for yourself, thanks to YouTuber and VR documentary maker "Syrmor".

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Confirmed: Valve will reveal “flagship VR game” Half-Life: Alyx this Thursday

Update: The rumour was true, but the date was wrong. Valve have tweeted that they're going to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, their "flagship VR game", this Thursday at 10am Pacific/6pm GMT. This will be the first official Half-Life game since Half-Life 2: Episode 2 was released twelve years ago, in 2007. And that's all we know for now. Original story: Right, time to grab all the…

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Google Earth VR turned my neighbourhood into a real-world adventure game

There used to be a time when you could impress your family by loading up Google Maps, finding a childhood memory, and zooming in until it became a sort of pixellated memory lane. Your mum and dad would be amazed, and you would be lauded because you showed them their old shed viewed from a satellite on the same thing they use to look up…

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Oculus Quest’s cameras could make VR controllers a thing of the past

VR is still a niche. The cost, the hardware, the distinct lack of a killer app (though Google Earth is amazing in VR). There are still a lot of hurdles, though one of those might have just fallen. Oculus just announced a new method of tracking that could make controllers redundant. The Oculus Quest’s cameras can be used to track the user's hands and fingers,…

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The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Antediluvian art. Go to iEntertainment for your WarBirds 2020 information and you're sure to come away unimpressed. The pics on show here suggest this imminent MMO sequel is going to stick out like a Sopwith Camel in a sky full of Spitfires and Bf 109s when it appears this autumn. Confusingly, cockpit images recently tweeted by resurrected developer MicroProse give a very different impression.

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Hold on to your virtual wallets, the Vive Cosmos is coming next month for £699 / $699

First announced all the way back in January of this year, HTC's latest PC-based VR headset, the Vive Cosmos, is finally almost here. Arriving in Europe on October 3rd (and mid-October for those in the US) for £699 / $699, the Cosmos has the highest resolution screen of any Vive headset so far, squeaking just ahead of the £1119 / $1098 HTC Vive Pro's 1440x1600…

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No Man’s Sky Beyond is rolling out now, PC release imminent

At some point today, the vast and giffable world of No Man’s Sky will update - it's already out on PS4, and it could happen any second on PC. I’m extremely excited about it. I like space, I like VR, and I like bonkers worlds with ridiculous proc-gen. I even like ambient multiplayer, and No Man’s Sky Beyond has all of those, now. And Hello…

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Beyond saddle sores: No Man’s Sky update will let you ride spacecrabs in VR

Hello Games' next big update for No Man's Sky - coming August 14th - introduces virtual reality support and a new multiplayer social space called The Nexus, where players can convene with fellow space-farers to show off their gear and feasibly do other fun space-related activities. Finally, you will have a built-in audience for all that pent-up space-comedy material you've been saving ("What's the deal…

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No Man’s Sky’s multiplayer goes interstellar with Beyond update this month.

"You want multiplayer?" Hello Games (probably) asked last summer, ahead of No Man's Sky's last big update, named Next. "Buddy, you've got it." At that point, I imagine a good chunk of the game's player base looked at the four-player offering, shrugged, and replied: "Sure, that's nice and all, but we were expecting... bigger." Personally, I was happy pottering about on my lonesome for a…

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Valve Index VR headset back in stock and now shipping in the US

Despite costing a whopping $999 / £919, Valve's Index VR headset has been in high demand ever since pre-orders went live at the beginning of May. So much so that the headset sold out within half an hour of pre-orders opening in the US, causing Valve to push back the Index's original shipping date of June 28th to the end of September. Now, however, it…

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Vive Cosmos gets a modular face lift ahead of specs reveal next week

When HTC first unveiled their flash new Vive Cosmos headset back in January, we were presented with a smooth, baby-faced design that had a bright blue sheen and glow-in-the-dark controllers. Now, however, it would appear the Vive Cosmos has entered the pock-marked teenage phase of its run up to release, as HTC posted a new video on Facebook this week showing off its new, updated…

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Vive Pro Eye tested: Why eye-tracking is the future of VR

Four years ago, I remember sitting down in front of my PC and controlling the camera of Assassin's Creed Rogue with nothing more than the flick of my eyeballs. Eye-tracking had arrived. Well, sort of. Back then, I had to stick an extra doodad onto the front of my monitor before I actually got it working, and while it was a novel and intriguing idea…

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