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  • Virtuali-Tee Launches New Heart-Rate Tracking Feature Wearable AR t-shirt will soon get a feature that shows a heart beat in real time.
  • The Persistence Review: Survival Horror Meets Sci-Fi VR Roguelike
    The Persistence Review: Survival Horror Meets Sci-Fi VR Roguelike

    A big complaint surrounding a lot of VR games at this stage of the industry is that many of them are just far too short. After an hour or two you can see most everything there is to see in a lot of the low-quality shovelware that’s flooded the marketplaces for Rift, Vive, and PSVR. The Persistence, a part survival horror, part sci-fi roguelike VR shooter from Firesprite Games, aims to solve that problem with some light procedural generation and a heavy focus on replayability.

    In The Persistence you take on the role of Security Officer Zimri Eder aboard The Persistence, a massive starship traveling through the stars. Something goes terribly wrong, wiping out the crew, and resulting in various strange dark matter related anomalies. Instead of a crew full of friends and colleagues, the ship is overrun with grotesque, aggressive mutants. You’ve got to explore, repair, and guide the ship back to Earth as the lone survivor.

    The nifty thing about The Persistence is that no two playthroughs are ever quite the same. This is due to the fact that each time you die, the layout, item placement, enemies, and structure of the entire spaceship you’re set to explore gets reshuffled. And it’s not just an item reset and enemy respawn type of update, but a complete overhaul. The whole map in and of itself changes. You could explore the first level of the ship 10 times and never have the same experience.

    Granted, there are limitations to this formula. For starters, you’ll eventually start to recognize identifiable “chunks” in the world, which is common with most roguelikes. When I say no two games are ever the same I don’t mean the ship’s interior is a different style and you’re playing a different game. Medical bays have a “samey” quality to them across the whole game, some rooms have similar structures, all the doors look the same, and so on. But rather if you’re enjoying the game, then you can rest assured that it’s a bit like an essentially endless stream of content that you can keep exploring and playing.

    Unlike a lot of roguelikes though, there isn’t actual permadeath — at least, not really. Instead of having everything you did wiped clean, you get to keep your credits (in the form of stem cells and fab chips), everything you unlocked stays unlocked, any upgrades on your actual character are retained, and eventually you can even fast travel to higher tiers of the ship if you find the corresponding Deck Modules. Death in The Persistence can be devastating depending on the circumstance, but the game does a good job of not making you feel like all that time was wasted. In fact, when a new clone is printed of your character, you get to pick an upgrade to spend some stem cells on that can make a big difference in your next playthrough.

    The Persistence (which just so happens to also be the name of the ship itself) is split into five decks. Each deck has a

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  • Cardiologist Use VR To Visualise Heart Defects At Lucile Packard Stanford Children's hospital doctors are using VR to help educate on heart conditions.
  • VR Horror Game Tracks Your Heart Rate For Scariest Possible Experience

    ‘Bring to Light’ uses custom AI to deliver horrifying moments when players least expect it. “We can actually put whispers at the nape of your neck,” says Red Meat Games owner Keith Makse, laughing as he describes his latest VR title, Bring to Light, to CBC News. A psychological VR horror experience available for the

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  • It’s not all Champagne and Canapes as you Learn to Become Mr.President The videogame via the Desirium VR platform for Oculus Mobile soon.
  • Huawei and China Mobile Fujian Team up for Operator Cloud VR A new Cloud V services launches in China alongside new optical broadband upgrades.
  • Here’s how to Kick Ass and Have a Marvelous Time VRFocus demoed Captain Marvel from the upcoming Oculus Rift exclusive.
  • AR Brings Soccer Team Cave Rescue to Life The New York Times shows the difficult conditions of the Thai cave rescue by using augmented reality.
  • Mr. Mercedes VR Escape Room Hits Comic-Con

    The interactive pop-up shop included both a VR and AR game. For the upcoming season 2 premiere of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes original series, AT&T let Comic-Con fans enter a VR escape room inside Brady’s lair. Located just blocks away from Comic-Con, The Mr. Mercedes Immersive Experience couldn’t be missed from the street. The black

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  • The Persistence Pre-Release Livestream: VR Survival Horror Roguelike
    The Persistence Pre-Release Livestream: VR Survival Horror Roguelike

     

    The Persistence is an upcoming PSVR-exclusive survival-horror-meets-sci-fi-roguelike that’s designed to keep your heart rate up with its relentless enemies and pulse-pounding combat. Each time you die (and you will die) the entire map reshuffles itself with a new layout, new enemies, new loot, and more.

    We’ve been playing a lot of The Persistence for the past week and we’re excited for everyone else to get a chance to dive in with it starting tomorrow when it releases on PSVR July 24th.

    For today, we’ll be livestreaming The Persistence on PSVR using an El Gato HD60 S and monitoring chat on a nearby PC later today. The official embargo for reviews is 9PM PT, but Sony has permitted us to do an early preview livestream that’s limited to the first deck of the ship as long as we do not discuss our final score and provide preview impressions only. But we’ll be happy to answer your burning questions!

    Tune in for the livestream today at approximately 2:00PM PT — we’re aiming to last for about an hour or so. We’ll be livestreaming directly to the UploadVR Facebook page. You can see the full stream embedded right here down below once it’s up:

    Embedded livestream coming soon

    You can see our archived streams all in this one handy Livestream playlist over on the official UploadVR YouTube channel (which you should totally subscribe to by the way) and the UploadVR Gaming Facebook page, which you should Follow and set notifications for by clicking the little bell icon!

    Let us know which games you want us to livestream next and what you want to see us do, specifically, in Onward or other VR games. Comment with feedback down below!

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  • Llamasoft Reveal Plans for New VR Title and Polybius PC Port Jeff Minter is promising all Llamasoft titles will be VR compatible in future.
  • Capcom Confirms No VR Support for Resident Evil 2 Remake An interview with Capcom producers reveals there are no plans to add VR to Resident Evil 2 remake.
  • Unknightly Looks Like The Thief VR Game We’ve Been Waiting For
    Unknightly Looks Like The Thief VR Game We’ve Been Waiting For

    Little known fact; legendary stealth series, Thief, once had a VR demo, but it never materialized into a full game. Hopefully Unknightly can fill the void the series has left behind.

    It’s fitting that this experience from Portal Studios is a stealth game, because it slipped right by us when it launched in Steam Early Access late last year. Still, it’s just received its fifth major update so that warrants another look.

    Set in medieval times, Unknightly casts you as the former member of the Knight’s Order who was betrayed and locked away. You set out on a revenge mission, looking to learn who turned you in and then to get even with them. That’s done by sneaking around levels, distracting guards with noises and staying hidden in the shadows.

    With its latest update, Unknightly gets even closer to the original Thief, though. For starters, it introduces a bow and arrow. That’s a staple of a lot of VR games, but here it can be used for silent takedowns and even to take out lights with a water arrow. You can see it in action in the trailer above.

    Sticking with light manipulation, you’re now able to snuff out other lights, too. We’re particularly fond of the ability to snuff candles by waving your hand over the flame to create some much-needed cover.

    Elsewhere, this update introduces loot, a manual save and load system, and a bunch of smaller tweaks including changes to guard design and performance optimization.

    Unknightly is available for $19.99 on Rift and Vive via Early Access, though there’s no word on when the full version will be launching just yet.

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  • I Am The Very Model of a Modern VR Cycle Sales of VR hardware are contracting, but there is a good reason for that.
  • Marvel: Powers United VR Will Get Free DLC Post-Launch
    Marvel: Powers United VR Will Get Free DLC Post-Launch

    This week’s the week! Marvel: Powers United VR is launching in just a few short days on July 26th, bringing some of the biggest comic book characters into VR for the first time. But developer Sanzaru Games won’t be stopping at launch; work on DLC has already begun.

    Publisher Oculus confirmed as much on Reddit last week, stating that not only is the team working on DLC, but that it would be free too.

    What Oculus didn’t say is what type of DLC was being worked on, though it didn’t rule out the possibility of new characters being added into the game. Powers United VR will launch with 18 playable heroes, including the likes of Spider-Man, Wolverine and Deadpool, but the roster is still missing some of Marvel’s biggest names including Iron Man, Daredevil and a whole heap of others. We’d love to see them get added to the game later down the line.

    It’s also possible that DLC could bring us to new locations (Hell’s Kitchen, Atlantis and Latveria all come to mind) or add new villains (Doc Ock? Dr. Doom?).

    Powers United is an Oculus Rift exclusive in which up to four players pick a hero each and then take part in missions that tour the Marvel universe. As you fight off armies of Ultron robots and Hydra soldiers you’ll also take on boss characters like Loki and Venom as you collect shards that will allow you to take on Thanos himself.

    No word yet on when the DLC will launch but we’ll keep our eyes peeled.

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