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Valve officially unveil the Index VR headset, shipping June 28th

The official store page for the Valve Index is live now, featuring tech specs on the new VR headgear and controller combo, a June 28th launch date and a price-tag. If you've got no other VR equipment and this is your first set of space-goggles, it'll set you back a cool £919/€1079/$999. The full kit includes two tracking base-stations, the headset itself and a pair…

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Valve aim to launch Index VR headset in June after confirming leak

Everyone's just fumbling their keyboards today, posting tweets and store updates they're not meant to. Earlier this evening, the Steam product page for Valve's upcoming VR headset, the Index, went up early and was screen-capped by "Wario64" on Twitter. While unfinished and patchy still (even containing some Lorem Ipsum), the store page did have one interesting detail: A June 2019 release date. After being contacted…

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Valve teases their virtual reality headset, the Valve Index

A website has appeared for the Valve Index, a new virtual reality headset from (obviously) Valve. This is where I’m supposed to tell you more about it, but alas, I cannot, because the webpage simply reads “Upgrade your experience. May 2019.” What will happen when May rolls around? I do not know. What exactly is this experience upgrade they’re talking about? Your guess is as…

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Oculus Rift S isn’t the Rift 2, but no external sensors is a big thumbs up

The hardware news just keeps coming from GDC this week, with today's big headline courtesy of Oculus. They've just announced the Rift S, a new VR headset for PC that has a higher resolution display and built-in tracking to make it even easier to jump into your favourite VR games - and they've partnered with Lenovo to build it.

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Boneworks looks like the next step for VR interactivity

Climbing a ladder seems like such a mundane thing to be excited about, but think about how complex it really is. You need both hands, feet, coordination, balance and power - something that seemed nigh impossible to simulate in VR with limited head and hand tracking until Boneworks surfaced today. As a game, I'm not sure what to make of it, but as a showcase…

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Harmonix turn VR gunfire into music in Audica this March

I really need to buy a VR headset soon. 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. One colour-coded space-gun in each hand, blue and orange targets to shoot to the beat and the occasional oncoming meteorite to…

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Bow To Blood sails from PSVR to flat PC screens in April

Despite a brutal-sounding title, Treasure Planet-ish space-pirate shooter Bow To Blood: Last Man Standing looks like a cheerful affair. Originally a PSVR exclusive, developer Tribetoy's PC version has a longer title and won't require futuristic space-goggles, but will support them. It's an intriguing cocktail of weird ideas - wooden sky-ships with laser cannons compete in a Survivor-styled reality TV event to be the last still…

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CES 2019: Vive Cosmos is a brand new VR headset from HTC

The last thing I was expecting to come out of this year's CES was another virtual reality headset, but here you go. Announced earlier today (or last night for those of you in the UK), the Vive Cosmos is the latest headset from HTC, and it's been designed with top quality comfort and ease of use in mind. Here's everything we know so far.

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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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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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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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