(PG-13: Language) If you happen to have a fancy VR rig for your PC, you can tune out the rest of the world with Valve’s latest stress-inducing Half-Life game. But if you’re videogamedunkey, you don’t just play the game, you live the game. And yes, you can wear a headcrab as a hat now.
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While it’s not the Half-Life 3 game we were hoping for, we’re still happy that Valve has revealed a new game in the classic franchise. Half-Life: Alyx is designed to be far more immersive than the prior games as it plays out entirely in virtual reality. Requires a SteamVR compatible headset, and drops March 2020.
This upcoming virtual reality game Frankly Unfair, Unkind, Unnecessary, and Underhanded from magicians and smart guys Penn & Teller will mess with player’s minds by subjecting them a variety of minigames which include facing their worst fears and a variety of cruel tricks.
Valve’s Index headset packs dual 1440×1600 RGB LCD screens with a 120Hz refresh rate, the latter being a first for virtual reality headsets. Its controllers have buttons, thumbsticks, force sensors and finger tracking. It works with two to four base stations for a large play area.
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SteelSeries’ Stratus Duo is a multi-platform wireless controller. It can connect to Android devices as well as standalone virtual reality headsets via Bluetooth. It also connects to Windows PCs via 2.4 Ghz wireless and a USB dongle. It lasts up to 20h per charge.
Oculus’ Quest is a wireless, all-in-one gaming-focused virtual reality system. It requires no PC, has built-in roomscale tracking with Rift’s familiar Guardian system, and a hi-resolution (1600 x 1440 per eye) optical system. It will launch in 2019 for $399 alongside over 50 titles.
The PlayStation 4-exclusive enhanced collection of WipEout games now supports the PSVR virtual reality headset. Not only does it make the game more immersive and runs smoothly, it’s also the most natural way to play, letting you look around and ahead of corners.
The GoPro Fusion has two lenses that create 360º videos at 5.2K/30fps or 3K/60fps. It has several modes, including a sweet Matrix-like freeze pan effect. Don’t want spherical videos? Crop it at different angles to look like you used multiple cameras. Drops 11/2017 for $700.
Steven Spielberg’s take on Ernest Cline’s hit novel, about a young man who grows up in the year 2044 where the only opportunity to escape the overpopulated real world is to enter The OASIS, a virtual reality, which happens to be loaded pop culture references of the past.
Using projection mapping and a mix of tracking systems, creative studio THÉORIZ shows off a slick prototype which projects 3D images that dynamically adapt to movements, creating a sort of Holodeck version 1.0. Everything you see was captured live, with no post-production.
Return to Strangereal and pilot the world’s most advanced fighters in Bandai Namco’s upcoming arcade action flight sim. The game will have local multiplayer and support for the PS4’s PlayStation VR headset, but it will also be released on Xbox One and Windows.
Ideally, you’ll strap on a VR headset for this, but if you don’t have one, you can still appreciate the ethereal fractal journey that Julius Horsthuis has laid before you, accompanied by excerpts from one of evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins‘ most profound lectures.
Goro Fujita’s “short film” is a looping snapshot of a suburban area. So what makes it so special? It’s entirely in 3D, made for and within virtual reality. Goro spent 80 hours making it in Quill, an illustration app for the Oculus Rift that lets you make both 2D and 3D visual art.
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