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Best Half-Life: Alyx mods

It’s taken time to build up a decent collection of Half-Life: Alyx mods, but not as long as I thought it would. People were building them before Valve released the proper SDK, and now it's out there are hundreds of levels, weapons and experiments. I had a great time sneaking through forgotten areas of City 17, or taking time out from Combine harvesting to toss…

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L.A. Noire VR developers are working on another VR game for Rockstar

According to a LinkedIn post, Rockstar have a new open world VR game in the works. The developers for L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files, Video Games Deluxe say they're taking on another VR project for Rockstar, though there's no mention of whether it will be part of an existing Rockstar series or a new one.

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Best VR headset 2020: the best virtual reality headsets for PC

VR has been going from strength to strength in recent months, and with many of us continuing to be stuck at home, we've put together this list of our best VR headset recommendations to help you decide which VR headset is right for you. With the recent launch of Half-Life: Alyx and more heading up our best VR games, there's never been a better time…

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Oculus Go is going away this December

Oculus have announced they're ending sales of the Oculus Go this year, just two years after it first launched. The all-in-one Oculus Go was the precursor to the now wildly popular Oculus Quest, offering an untethered VR experience that didn't rely on you on having a particular kind of phone or a powerful PC. It also cost a fraction of the price, with 32GB models…

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VR adventure Paper Beast is coming to PC and the Steam Game Festival

After debuting on PlayStation VR, sandbox puzzle adventure Paper Beast has announced that it will release on PC this summer. The semi-surreal sandbox puzzle is headed up by Pixel Reef founder Eric Chahi of Another World and From Dust fame. It strikes me as one of those games that's tough to wrap your head around without giving it a go. Fortunately, Paper Beast is joining…

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The Oculus Quest is finally back in stock for UK buyers

The Oculus Quest is a great VR headset if you don't want to be wired in to your PC all the time, but trying to get hold of one has been increasingly difficult these past few months, as stock levels have been pretty patchy to say the least. Still, after returning to US stores last month, the UK has finally received the same treatment.

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HP’s Reverb G2 looks an awful lot like the Valve Index

After teasing their new VR cybergoggles earlier this year, HP have now fully unveiled their new Reverb G2 headset, and it looks an awful lot like the Valve Index. That's probably because it's been designed in collaboration with Valve, and uses the same lenses and speakers that they created for the Index. However, HP's Reverb G2 takes things even further with a higher resolution display…

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Half-Life: Alyx gets proper mod tools and Steam Workshop support

Half-Life and modding are basically synonymous. Whether it's painstakingly remaking the original in Black Mesa or spawning entirely new multiplayer genres in Counter-Strike, Gordon Freeman's misadventures are as much a platform for new works as they are solid shooters in their own rights. This weekend, Valve brought Half-Life: Alyx back into that lineage with Steam Workshop support and the beta release of HL:A's editing tools.

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Feature: Should have been called the Google Clipboard if I'm honest

I played Half-Life: Alyx on a Google Cardboard (sort of)

I've been flitting between lots of different VR headsets over the last month or so, in my quest to find the best VR headset of all. But who needs to spend upwards of 400 quid when the £12 / $15 Google Cardboard can also be used to play big SteamVR games like Half-Life: Alyx? Yes, you read that correctly. Thanks to the magic of VRidge,…

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Valve are cutting off SteamVR support for Macs

If you bought a VR kit for your Mac and planned on using SteamVR, then you are out of luck. Valve are ending VR support for MacOS, so they can "focus on Windows and Linux". Mackers can still access legacy builds, but this means no more improvements, and no more bug-quashing.There are ways to jack in without using SteamVR, but still. Ain't that a kick…

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Half-Life: Alyx’s only melon can’t be eaten without cheats

Hard to imagine worse things to eat while in VR. Do you really want sticky fingers clutching your index controllers, melon juice splashing over your expensive electronics? It's probably for the best, then, that the one watermelon in Half-Life: Alyx is impossible to find in normal play - a sweet, tantalising snack tucked away only for those brave enough to break out the cheats.

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Feature: It's expensive, but the Valve Index is the best VR headset by a country mile

Valve Index review: the gold standard for VR headsets

When the Oculus Rift S offers a pretty darn great VR experience for £399 / $399, is there really any reason to spend upwards of a grand on a headset like the £919 / $999 Valve Index? Probably not if, like the rest of us, you don't have a spare mattress full of cash squirrelled away in your back bedroom. However, if you do fall…

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Oculus Quest review: a better buy than the Rift S?

Unlike the Oculus Rift S, the Oculus Quest doesn't technically need a PC in order to play VR games. Instead, it's a standalone VR headset that you can play completely wire-free without having a great big gaming PC at your disposal. Naturally, this means it's not quite as powerful as a PC-based headset, and the games you can play on it are limited to what's…

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Feature: Second only to the Valve Index

Oculus Rift S review: the best VR headset for the masses

When Oculus launched their original Rift headset back in 2016, I was one of those people who was firmly in the HTC Vive camp. Back then, I just couldn't see the appeal. The Rift didn't do proper room-scale VR, it didn't come with any motion controllers, and it was just as much of a faff to set up due to its external sensor. Fast forward…

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Feature: An improvement on the regular Cosmos, but man alive it's way too expensive

HTC Vive Cosmos Elite review: standing in the shadow of the Valve Index

When HTC first announced that their new Vive Cosmos headset had a modular faceplate design that would let you update it for "different VR needs in the future", it wasn't entirely clear what those needs would actually entail. Would it be the faceplate equivalent of their Vive Tracker doodad for bringing real-world objects in VR? Or would it somehow introduce eye-tracking like their Vive Pro…

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HTC Vive Cosmos review: the modular VR headset with all the right ideas

VR headsets have always been quite an expensive proposition for a lot of people. Oculus may have been slowly driving down the price of VR over the last couple of years with their PC-based Rift S headset and standalone Oculus Quest, but HTC's Vive headsets have remained firmly at the higher, more prohibitive end of the VR gaming pool ever since the very first Vive…

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Oculus Quest is back in stock in the UK and US

Good news for VR fans this morning, as the Oculus Quest is finally back in stock over on Oculus' website. The standalone VR headset doesn't technically require a PC in order to play VR games, but thanks to the recent launch of Oculus Link which is currently in beta for the Quest, you can indeed now play Oculus Rift games on the Quest as long…

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