• VR Continues To Underwhelm At E3 2018
    VR Continues To Underwhelm At E3 2018

    I remember sitting down at a restaurant in the LA Live area in 2015, a day or so before that year’s E3 got underway. I was with a pair of developers working on their first VR game set to be revealed during the show and so, naturally, we mainly talked about the week ahead. Over a burger bite, one of them asked: “It’s just going to be a week of VR, isn’t it?”

    “Not this year,” I replied conservatively. “But hopefully soon.”

    I feel like I’m still waiting for that E3.

    To be fair, expectations were pretty well measured for this year’s behemoth gaming event. Oculus and HTC had already passed on big showings at the 2017 iteration, and supposed headset sales still aren’t enough to court giant publishers like EA. But, even with my anticipation in check, I still came away from this year’s show feeling like VR could have made a bigger impression than it did.

    My complaints are largely the same as they were last year: the absence of major players really doesn’t help VR’s case right now. Oculus may have announced Stormland last week, for example, but we’re perplexed as to why it wasn’t showing off some of its biggest titles on the horizon, like the still-absent Marvel: Powers United VR or the Respawn shooter arriving next year. Last year we reasoned that there were enough VR games out there already for Oculus to take a back seat, but the numbers feel thinner this year, and Rift would have done well to round up games like Windlands 2 and give them time in the spotlight outside of the VR-dedicated Connect conference. Even just a big booth fuelled by the financial might of Facebook would have served as a strong reminder that VR still has a promising future in the industry.

    The same goes for HTC, which I feel like could have done something, or even anything, to remind people the Vive actually exists. Last year the company took full advantage of a partnership with Bethesda to promote Fallout 4. This year, though, the only time I even saw a Vive was in a single picture during Bethesda’s conference in which the company announced The Elder Scrolls: Blades would support VR. The name of the headset wasn’t even uttered, and I’ve only heard games coming to PC VR referred to as just that, PC VR.  I can only see two tweets from Vive even mentioning E3 in the past week. HTC really missed out on a chance to raise its profile, especially given Rift’s sedated presence.

    Still, as conference weekend went on and yet more shows came and went with very little mention of VR (even the PC Gaming Show had just one game and avoided the term during its segment), we took solace in idea that Sony would save us. Previous years’ announcements of PSVR support for Resident Evil 7 and Skyrim were big enough to make up for VR’s otherwise quiet presence, and we felt certain Sony would have another huge

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  • E3 2018: The Biggest VR Announcements At This Year’s Show
    E3 2018: The Biggest VR Announcements At This Year’s Show

    E3 is over for yet another year. Yes, all the action in LA has now subsided and we’re left to wait on the release of the many new VR games we’ve been introduced to over the past few days. Until then, though, let’s take a look back at our coverage from this year’s show.

    We saw plenty of VR at E3 and we’ll have more previews and stories arriving throughout the next week, but for now we’ve created a handy list to check back against what’s come so far. It’s been a busy week to say the least.

    The Reveals

    Tetris Effect Revealed For PSVR

    Ghost Giant Revealed For PSVR

    Beat Saber is Coming to PSVR

    Wolfenstein and Prey Are Getting VR Experience

    The Elder Scrolls: Blades Supports VR

    Creed: Rise to Glory Gets New Trailer

    Deracine Announced For PSVR

    Trover Saves The Universe Announced For PSVR

    A Closer Look At Insomniac’s Stormlands

    The Headlines

    Firewall Launches Soon

    Archangel Hellfire Gets A Date

    Transference Arrives This Fall

    Space Junkies Gets A Beta

    Dreams Gets PSVR Support Day One

    DisplayLink Showcases Wireless VR Gatling Gun

    No VR For Fallout 76

    Fallout 4 PSVR Not Looking Likely

    The Previews

    Hands-on with Assassin’s Creed VR

    Hands-on with Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot

    Hands-on with Tetris Effect

    Hands-on with Transference

    Hands-on with Arca’s Path

    Hands-on with Deracine

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  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Gets New Trailer Get ready to fly! Bandai Namco finally give fans a new look at the latest title in the Ace Combat franchise.
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  • 1MORE Unveil Head-Tracking Gaming Headphones at E3 Audio company 1MORE want to enhance the audio experience for immersive videogaming.
  • Moss Update Adds PS4 Pro Support, Save Slots
    Moss Update Adds PS4 Pro Support, Save Slots

    After making her way over to the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift last week, Quill has another surprise in store for her fans on PSVR; Moss is getting a PS4 Pro update.

    Launched today is a massive new update for the PS4 version of the VR platformer that includes long-requested support for Sony’s enhanced console. The PS4 Pro update includes enhanced water quality and even adds player interactivity to it. There’s also high definition rendering for the game’s book-based sequences and best resolution in all environments. No doubt porting Moss to more powerful PC hardware allowed developer Polyarc to bring some updates to the Pro.

    Elsewhere, Moss now supports Japanese voice over and Spanish, Italian and Chinese subtitles and UI. There are also now save slots so others can try it out from scratch.

    Finally, the game’s physical PS4 version released in Europe today.

    We think Moss is an absolute winner, so if you’re only just getting to experience the game with your native language it’s definitely worth picking up.

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  • Oculus Summer Sale Kicks Off With Discounts On Beat Saber, Lone Echo And More
    Oculus Summer Sale Kicks Off With Discounts On Beat Saber, Lone Echo And More

    Summer is here! The sun is beating down, flowers are in full bloom and ice cream is acceptable once more. So what are you waiting for? Time to pull on a VR headset and withdraw from the world!

    Oculus is helping you do just that with its Summer Sale, which this year focuses on several big content bundles that offer some of VR’s latest and greatest games at reduced prices. There’s four main bundles, including a Beach Pack that features big games like Beat Saber and Sprint Vector for $74.99. Oculus new dynamic bundle feature also means you’ll get reduced prices on these bundles if you already own any of the games inside.

    Of course, there’s a sale on standalone apps too. There’s nearly half off of Killing Floor: Incursion, for example, and Insomniac’s Edge of Nowhere is down to just $13.99. Also keep an eye out for daily deals which provide even deeper discounts on select titles.

    But Rift isn’t the only headset enjoying a sale this season. Oculus’ new standalone headset, the Go, is also getting its first big sale (and, by extension, Gear VR with it). Some of Go’s best launch content are already enjoying a slight reducing, including Republique VR down to $7.49 and Virtual-Virtual Reality at the same price.

    Summer is sale season, so expect to see plenty more price drops in the coming weeks. We’re eagerly awaiting to Steam Summer Sale.

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  • Oculus’ Rubin On Resident Evil 7 Rift: ‘I Hear Your Calls’
    Oculus’ Rubin On Resident Evil 7 Rift: ‘I Hear Your Calls’

    Resident Evil 7: Biohazard remains one of the most polished, terrifying and outright best games you can play in a VR headset right now. Sadly, you can only play it on PSVR. Capcom brought the game to PS4 last year with VR support as an exclusive option. But Oculus is hoping to change that.

    In a tweet to fans, Oculus VP of Content Jason Rubin noted that he had heard their calls and that nothing would make him happier to see the game on the Oculus Rift. If they do choose to make a port, Capcom can count on Oculus for support.

    I hear your calls for #ResidentEvil7 for PC VR. Nothing would make me happier. @CapcomUSA_ did an amazing job, but it is up to them where to focus their dev energy. @OculusRift will support them if they choose to make the port-

    — Jason Rubin (@Jason_Rubin) June 14, 2018

    It’s thought that Capcom had a timed exclusivity arrangement with Sony for RE7’s VR support. Indeed, many of the games that launched first on PSVR have now moved elsewhere, including Batman: Arkham VR, Rez Infinite and, as of this month, Moss.

    Resident Evil 7’s VR support offers the entire original campaign inside a headset. It’s not for the faint of heart, but we braved our way through it at launch and awarded the game 9/10. Since then there’s been several expansions, including a free update that adds even more hours of VR support. Needless to say, we think the game should be supporting both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. If you agree maybe you should let Capcom know. And hey, may ask about VR support for that Resident Evil 2 Remake while you’re at it?

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