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Feature: A worthy if divisive successor to the Oculus Rift S

Oculus Quest 2 review

When I tested the Oculus Quest earlier in the year, it was one of the most freeing VR experiences I've ever had. It was also one of the most uncomfortable. Ditching the cable for wire-free VR is definitely the way forward as far as I'm concerned, but not when the headset in question crushes my nose, pinches my cheeks and makes me feel like I…

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Myst is returning yet again, this time for VR too

Myst on Android! Myst on PS4! Myst on Nintendo DS! Myst on Switch! And now, Myst on the Oculus Quest! Jeez, we get it Cyan Worlds, you like re-releasing Myst. Yesterday's Facebook Connect revealed the freshly "reimagined" version of the 1993 adventure game, which is set to arrive sometime this December. While the focus is on the fact it's being made for VR, the new…

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Oculus is getting exclusive Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell VR games

During today's Facebook Connect developer conference, Facebook revealed the Oculus Quest 2 launch date and price along with information on a whole slew of games coming to the VR platform. Among them will be Oculus-exclusive Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell games and quite a few other VR games.

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Facebook have leaked the Oculus Quest 2 early

Facebook have accidentally leaked the Oculus Quest 2 after a pair of videos detailing the new VR headset emerged on their Blueprint training site yesterday. The successor to the standalone Oculus Quest is due to be officially announced tomorrow during Facebook's Connect developer conference on September 16th, but you can watch both videos right here to get an early sneak peek. Boasting a display with…

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Medal Of Honor: Above And Beyond trailer reveals Respawn’s VR shooter

Medal Of Honor: Above And Beyond got a new story trailer at tonight's Gamescom Opening Night Live and despite the gritty WW2 subject matter, it looks pretty fun. Coming from Respawn Entertainment, the makers of Apex Legends, Above And Beyond will revive EA's shooter series in VR. It'll place players into the boots of an Office of Strategic Services agent who's dropped behind German lines…

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Feature: The future Jamiroquai foretold

Everything you need to know about VR before you start

Ever since I squeezed my face into David Braben's Rift hole (humblebrag), I've been a VR convert. I've moved house three times since then, and each time I've managed to tether up some sort of VR system, from the pokiest of rooms to my reasonably spacious home office. That last one is not a humblebrag, as I'm far too humble to do two in one…

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Oculus VR headsets will soon require a Facebook account, and that sucks

Oculus plan to make Facebook accounts mandatory for all of their VR headsets, starting with new users from October 2020, Oculus announced last night. The move comes as part of the VR giant's plans to end support for existing Oculus accounts on January 1st 2023 and shift everyone over to the same system as their parent company, Facebook. The idea is that it will "make…

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InXile announce Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds, a 20-player team shooter

The folks that are bringing you Wasteland 3 are also working on another cold and deadly hellscape, only this one's got 19 other players in it. Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds is a team-based shooter where two groups of ten battle it out in a military base in Antarctica. It's planned to hit VR headsets later this year.

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VR simulation Paper Beast launches on PC July 24th

The surreal simulated world of papercraft creatures in Paper Beast is creeping onto PC before the end of the month. The equal parts cute and horrifying critters are part of a VR game led by Pixel Reef founder Eric Chahi who you may recognise from Another World and From Dust fame. Pixel Reef have published a new trailer to announce the July 24th release date and…

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Feature: Want to slamdunk a headcrab?

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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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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