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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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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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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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6 exciting VR games we saw at GDC

The blessed boys and girls of Valve were showing off some VR games for the upcoming Vive Pro at the Game Developers Conference last week. They were encamped near the press room in a large chamber split up into little shacks, each running a game such as the robot-avoiding comedy stealth of Budget Cuts, or the sunbathing relaxation of Vacation Simulator. I went on a…

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Standalone Vive Focus heading westwards later this year

Hot off the heels of Vive Pro's price announcement, HTC have now revealed that its first standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus, will also be making its way across the globe later this year. Originally limited to just shops in China, the Focus will become what HTC's calling the first inside-out-six-degrees-of-freedom standalone VR headset to be available to regular folk like us. Uh-huh.

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HTC Vive Pro is going to cost £799, but normal Vive gets price cut to £499

HTC's new-fangled Vive Pro finally has a price and release date. If you want a piece of its higher resolution screen, fancy pants headphones and slightly comfier design, these blue-tinged VR cybergoggles are going to set you back a whopping £799. Pre-orders, you'll be happy to hear, are also open right now at Vive, GAME, Overclockers and Scan. If all that sounds a tad steep, however, you'll be…

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Weta Workshop getting into augmented reality games

New Zealand-based special effects company Weta Workshop have had a hand in everything from Xena: Warrior Princess to Lord of the Rings. Indeed, I'm even wearing some of their clobber right now -- a hoodie to commemorate the work they did on the Alliance armour in the Warcraft movie. That's not the company's only video game crossover, either, as Weta opened up a new studio…

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Zelda, Contra become VR retro delights in 3DNes V2

If you're anything like me, you're drowning under the purchases of games that have been re-released or remastered on a new platform, even if you've bought that same game several times already in your life. I do not know how or why I needed to drop $20 on a copy of Turok: The Man Who Hates Dinosaurs And Also Bad Dudes so I could play…

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Q.U.B.E. 2 looks like a G.O.O.D. 1

I may be addicted to this kind of nonsense and I want to finish this article so I can get to the serious business of playing this game. If you played Q.U.B.E. then you probably have some expectations set for what kind of brain-scratching world altering goodness that a sequel can bring. But the entire first person puzzle world has been churning out such exceptionally…

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Oculus issuing $15 apology voucher for #goggpocalypse

There is no pain greater in our universe than not being able to use your virtual reality goggles for a whole day. As such, the $15 Oculus store voucher the Rift-makers are offering by way of apology for yesterday's #goggpocalypse, in which messed-up software effectively broke their headset for a while, only begins to salve the wound. I demand that Ian Oculus comes to my…

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ICEd: Oculus Rift cybergoggles are broken today while the megacorp work on a fix

Update: this is now fixed, though users will need to take a long route to the update. Oculus officially confirmed that the problem was an expired software certificate, which caused further problems because it also wonked the usual updater. I keep telling you: if you want to jam with the console cowboys in cyberspace, you've gotta roll your own goggs. These megacorp-supplied cybergoggles are controlled…

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