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  • VR Discounts Galore as the Steam Winter Sale 2018 Begins Plus SteamVR Home has rolled out another environment - Winter Peak.
  • Red Matter Review: A Sumptuous Sci-Fi Treat With A True Grasp On VR
    Red Matter Review: A Sumptuous Sci-Fi Treat With A True Grasp On VR

    Red Matter’s iron claws, with which you grab objects, are a fitting allegory for the wider game. They’re strong and steely, providing an authentic sensation of having a firm grasp on something. Developer Vertical Robot demonstrates that same iron grip on its handling of VR and immersion all the way through this sumptuous sci-fi short.

    Here you travel to a moon orbiting Saturn amidst a prolonged Cold War against the fictional state of Volgravia. Tasked with infiltrating a top-secret base, you’ll solve puzzles and piece together the story using environmental clues as you get closer to the truth. True, the format is familiar (especially in headsets), but every element of Red Matter’s design, from the movement to the user interface to the storytelling has put VR front and center.

    Take the locomotion, which mixes low-gravity space hopping and smooth movement at the player’s whim. The latter option works well but its the jumping that really stands out thanks to the context of the environment and the fact that it’s just a fun, immersive and surprisingly speedy way of getting about. It gives the exploration a welcome punchiness; rather than slowly slogging back and forth between levers and buttons you can quickly skip and hop your way over while still not breaking the immersion with a black to fade. As a result, you come to the game’s puzzles with an eager sense of discovery rather than slight dread for the busywork ahead.

    Perhaps its the UI that’s the real winner, though. Red Matter has you holding a pair of interchangeable devices that can switch between claws, scanners and flashlights. Button layouts, especially on PSVR’s Move controllers where things can get tricky, are expertly mapped, providing some of the most natural interactions I’ve had with a VR controller. Look at the device and you’ll see buttons that correspond to those on your controller, doing away with the momentary confusion we can all experience. Crucially, it kept me rooted in the game’s world, rather than trying to think outside of the headset to press the right buttons.

    Finally, there’s the atmosphere, which is masterfully layered on. Red Matter’s environments are intricately detailed with decorations and notes that flesh out the story in an authentic way. It’s more of a short than a fully developed narrative, and it’s a shame there isn’t more of it to see, but its ability to get right to the point is appreciated too. As the plot starts to dip into the supernatural Vertical Robot shows admirable restraint, resisting the temptation to dip into the pure horror that works so well in VR but can alienate some players. Instead, Red Matter uses its spookier elements to pile on the intrigue.

    The sum of these parts is a game that’s simply a joy to be engrossed in. Granted that’s largely because Vertical Robot has stripped away elements rather than faced them head on; there’s no human characters to interact with or shootouts to panic over, but this is very much a case of less being

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  • Angry Birds: Isle Of Pigs Coming In 2019 To Major VR Platforms
    Angry Birds: Isle Of Pigs Coming In 2019 To Major VR Platforms

    Angry Birds is coming to “major” VR headsets in early 2019.

    Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs is on the way from Resolution Games in partnership with Rovio. Details are extremely light on the title — there’s no trailer yet — with a press release saying players will “swoop in on a remote island to take on the infamous green pigs with the help of their favorite Angry Birds characters.” Yeah, that certainly sounds like an Angry Birds game.

    Resolution Games also built a version of Angry Birds for the Magic Leap One AR headset and we’ve confirmed with the company, which raised investment funds earlier this year, that they are initially focused on 6DoF controls for the Isle of Pigs VR game and that they are aiming to bring the title to both standalone and and PC-based headsets.

    “Angry Birds lends itself perfectly to VR, where players can experience the already highly engaging characters and gameplay mechanics in a much more tangible and immersive way,” said Tommy Palm, CEO of Resolution Games, in a prepared statement. “Just as Angry Birds was applauded for its intuitive controls and gameplay on mobile, we feel Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs will continue that legacy for VR.”

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  • Marketing a VR Game Compared to a Flat Screen Game Andreas Juliusson, PR & Marketing Manager at Fast Travel Games gives his insight.
  • Beat Saber Gets Another Free Track League of Legends’ ‘POP/STARS’ It's available to download today.
  • K/DA’s POP/STARS From League Of Legends Hits Beat Saber For Free
    K/DA’s POP/STARS From League Of Legends Hits Beat Saber For Free

    If you’re anything like me then you probably that the single free new song DLC that released last week in Beat Saber was the extent of their teased “Christmas Gifts” but you’d be wrong. As it turns out, today Beat Saber (on all platforms including Rift, Vive, Windows VR, and PSVR) is getting another free song and this time it’s the viral hit track POP/STARS from League of Legends studio Riot Games, performed by a collaboration between Madison Beer, (G)I-DLE, and Jaira Burns known in the League of Legends universe now as K/DA.

    When the song first released eaerly last month it took the internet by storm. In under two months it’s already amassed over 122M views on YouTube and probably several million more across Spotify and other platforms. It’s undeniably catchy and fits the game’s signature electronic soundtrack style perfectly.

    “We’ve been blown away by the reaction to ‘POP/STARS’ and the variety of amazing adaptations that content creators from both the League community and beyond have brought to life,” said Tom Ebsworth, EU Marketing Director for Riot Games in a prepared statement. “As huge Beat Saber fans ourselves, both of the game and Beat Games who share our passion for gaming and music, it was a no-brainer that this crossover needed to exist. We’re excited to give fans of the song a new way to experience it and to hear what they think!”

    Interestingly, fans actually beat the official Beat Games team to the punch. There was already a modded track available for download on Beat Saver, a website for custom song uploads, that you could play inside the game. It’s been downloaded over 8,000 times already. When I asked a PR representative from Riot Games about that existing custom beat map, she said the official version had been in development since before the song even released. The official version releasing today will likely be more polished plus it will include a version for the new Expert+ difficulty setting.

    “We started working with Beat Games while POP/STARS was still in production,” said the Riot Games representative. “When the two teams got together to listen to a preliminary version of POP/STARS, we immediately recognized the affinity between the song and Beat Saber. After the Worlds final performance, we were pleased to see that fans of K/DA and Beat Saber were thinking the same.”

    What do you think of the news? Let us know down in the comments below and let us know what you think of the new song once you try it out!

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  • Oculus Go Gets Emmy Nominated VR Short ‘Dear Angelica’ With John Carmack’s 5K Tech
    Oculus Go Gets Emmy Nominated VR Short ‘Dear Angelica’ With John Carmack’s 5K Tech

    Short VR film ‘Dear Angelica’ is now available on Oculus Go.

    Dear Angelica was created by Oculus Story Studio, a former department of Oculus which produced short non-interactive VR films. The studio was shuttered in May 2017, with Oculus focusing on funding development outside the company.

    The short tells the story of the relationship between a daughter and her late mother, told through the girl narrating a letter she is writing to her. As her mother was a famous actress, often distant from the family, the girl seems to know the characters her mother played as much as the woman herself. The virtual paint strokes unfold around you in real time alongside the narration.

    When we reviewed it on Rift, we were brought to tears:

    Dear Angelica is beautiful and brutal, heart-warming and gut-wrenching. Experiences like Dear Angelica show the power of the medium to be a conduit for emotion and empathy, and perfectly exemplify why VR is the most immersive, transformative, transportive, and powerful storytelling medium to date. This is a must-see experience, and one you should share to display the piquancy of VR storytelling.

    Whereas on Rift the strokes are rendered in realtime, the computing power limitations of Go mean that this is a 360° video capture. But the quality is outstanding because it uses John Carmack’s own 5K 3D 60FPS video player code. This was first used to bring Henry, a previous story studio production, to Go.

    Carmack made custom tweaks to his player code for Dear Angelica. This kind of attention to detail really shows when viewing in the headset.

    One important note is this short was actually made in VR. Facebook’s Quill was originally developed as a tool to create this piece. Much like PIXAR’s RenderMan has been used for many other films, this 3D tool has now been used in many other VR shorts, such as ‘Beyond the Fence’.

    In 2017 Dear Angelica was nominated for an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Original Interactive Program’. Henry, a previous Story Studio production, actually won the Emmy in this category back in 2016.

    The re-release of Story Studio’s shorts on Go reminds us how powerful they can be. The former team and their creations taught us a lot about VR storytelling.

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  • Steam Winter Sale 2018 Discounts Over 1,200 VR Games
    Steam Winter Sale 2018 Discounts Over 1,200 VR Games

    Gather ’round boys and girls because it’s the middle of December which means it’s officially Steam Winter Sale time! This time of year Valve always chops down prices on Steam offering deep discounts of 50%, 75%, and sometimes even over 90% off tens of thousands of PC games. The sale runs until January 3rd, 2019, so you’ve got a few weeks to plan and collect holiday funds still.

    And specifically for our readers, that means big VR game discounts! In fact, it looks like over 1,200 VR games have been discounted on Steam today during the Winter Sale this year. That’s a lot of games. So many in fact, it’s gonna be hard to figure out what’s worth buying. We’ve got you covered!

    Below we’ve rounded up what we think are some of the very best deals during this Steam Winter Sale, but there are hundreds of games we won’t have time to mention.

    Best VR Game Deals For Steam’s Winter Sale 2018 (Alphabetical)

    Arizona Sunshine – $17.99 (55% off, Our Review)

    The Brookhaven Experiment – $3.99 (80% off, Our Review)

    DiRT Rally – $7.99 (80% off, Our Review)

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR – $29.99 (50% off, Our Review)

    Elite: Dangerous – $7.19 (76% off, Our Review)

    Pavlov VR – $5.99 (40% off, Our Coverage)

    Payday 2: Ultimate Edition – $15.14 (81% off, Our Coverage)

    Redout – $6.99 (80% off, Our Review)

    Serious Sam 3 VR: BFE – $5.99 (85% off)

    Thumper – $5.99 (70% off, Our Review)

    We tried to focus on games that have steep discounts but are also high-quality titles that we’ve reviewed and/or recommend in general. Definitely check out the full list of VR games on sale and take your pick! Let us know others you recommend picking up down in the comments below!

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  • ‘Angry Birds VR: Isle Of Pigs’ Arrives On Major Platforms Early 2019

    Rovio Entertainment announces the VR debut of its global franchise. Just when you thought you’ve seen just about every Angry Bird iteration possible, here comes Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs. Developed in collaboration with Resolution Games, Isle of Pigs brings Rovio’s hit mobile game series to VR for the very first-time, sending the series

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  • Mk2 Partners With Secret Location For Worldwide VR Distribution Network

    Betting on location-based VR. As both location-based and cinematic VR continue to expand in a number of directions, with new cutting-edge arcades popping up almost everyday, we’re also seeing some of the more established players in the immersive entertainment space collaborating with one another as they figure out how best to scale and monetize this

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  • Buy a Vive Wireless Adapter and Get Fallout 4 VR + a Viveport Subscription for Free But only if you live in the US or Canada.
  • WipEout Omega Collection VR Livestream: Sci-Fi Racing On PSVR
    WipEout Omega Collection VR Livestream: Sci-Fi Racing On PSVR

    For today’s stream we’re diving into some WipEout Omega Collection VR on PSVR. WipEout makes a perfect transition to the immersive realm and shines as a perfect example of how to do a sci-fi racer well on the platform. The speed is incredibly fast, gameplay is smooth, and all of the vehicles handle like a dream. Plus, we’ll do multiplayer on the stream today to really test our racing skills.

    We’ll be playing WipEout VR on PSVR using the DualShock 4 gamepad. We’re starting right around 10:00 AM PT and we’ll aim to last for around an hour or more. We’ll be livestreaming directly to the UploadVR Twitch page where you can interact with us directly and chat among yourselves. Streaming is something we’re going to double down on doing more often very soon so you should get in on the ground floor of our Twitch community early! We’re affiliated now so Twitch emotes are coming soon for subscribers! You can see the full stream archive right here:

    Watch BLAZING FAST VR RACING in WipEout VR! from UploadVR on www.twitch.tv

    You can see our most recent past archived streams over on the UploadVR Twitch archive right here. There’s lots of good stuff there!

    Let us know which games or discussions you want us to livestream next and don’t forget to follow the Twitch channel and sign up for notifications.

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  • Go on Assignment With BBC News Africa in Congo VR Find it on the free BBC VR app.
  • Seven Things To Do In VR With Your Family This Christmas
    Seven Things To Do In VR With Your Family This Christmas

    The festive season is upon us and, if you’re reading this page, there’s a good chance you’ve got a shiny new VR headset to entertain the relatives with this Christmas. But deciding what to actually do with your VR kit on Christmas day can be a challenge. Never fear; we’re here with seven recommendations for virtual activities for the entire family.

    Have A VR Dance Party With Beat Saber

    Let the kids channel their inner-Jedi and the elders embrace their only cardiovascular exercise for the year with the manic rhythm-based action of Beat Saber (Rift, Vive, PSVR). In this Star Wars-inspired app you wield two wannabe laser swords and slice your way through cubes that arrive to a beat. It’s instantly accessible for anyone and, better yet, comes equipped with a party mode ideal for passing the headset around.

    Alternative Apps: If you want to keep the party going but your arms are getting tired then might we recommend Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes? It’s enormous cooperative fun and available on pretty much every headset.

    Play Pictionary In Tilt Brush

    Okay, we’ll admit we stole this idea from Jimmy Fallon but we’ve played VR Pictionary with the folks before and it always go down well. Take your mandatory, unavoidable family game segment of the day into the third dimension by getting everyone to draw out words using Tilt Brush’s (Rift, Vive) virtual brush. Chances are you’ll still end up drawing things in 2D but the best among us will harness VR to raise the bar.

    Alternative Apps: If you don’t want to go with Tilt Brush on Rift then Oculus Quill offers an artsy alternative, whereas PSVR users can try out CoolPaintrVR.

    Distract The Kids With Astro Bot

    You’ve had your dinner, the mood is mellowing but the kids are still barreling round like a Mento in a bottle of coke. No one can put a stop to their despicable level of enthusiasm, but VR can at least contain it. Astro Bot Rescue Mission (PSVR) is the perfect way to keep them quiet; it’s a Mario-style third-person platformer with the controls they’re used to and minimal setup required. It’s also really, really good.

    Alternative Apps: Both Rift and Vive have a good Astro Bot alternative in Moss, but if you want something that more than one kid can play then the free Playroom VR app on PSVR is a must.

    Take Your Australian Auntie Back Home In Google Earth

    For some reason, nothing drops jaws in VR like seeing the exact place you’re standing in… in VR. Google Earth’s (Rift, Vive) 3D renditions of major cities and towns around the world make it the perfect place to showcase the power of VR. If you want a hidden gem, might I suggest a virtual trip to Rochester Castle in the UK? I’m from there! You can tell everyone watching along that. They’ll be fascinated.

    Alternative Apps: There’s no other virtual tourism app anywhere near on the level of Google Earth but, if you have a Daydream headset, you can also access Google Street

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  • Void Racer Is A Surprisingly Solid Wipeout VR-Style Game For Oculus Go
    Void Racer Is A Surprisingly Solid Wipeout VR-Style Game For Oculus Go

    WipEout and F-Zero have established themselves over the years as the premiere sci-fi racing games available. Redout is a good alternative, with some stellar VR support to boot. Overall though, I’d argue that WipEout Omega Collection VR on PSVR amounts to what very well could be the best VR racing game I’ve played to date. It’s just that fast and that good. Now Coplanar Games, a small indie studio, just released their own take on the sci-fi racing genre for Oculus Go in Void Racer and I’ve gotta say it caught me by surprise.

    It’s a simple little game that uses the Oculus Go’s controller for everything. You strap on the headset, boot it up, and hop into a match against a handful of AI bots. You can adjust the difficulty, pick from a few tracks once unlocked, and choose your hover bike. Then you’re all set.

    As you can tell in the trailer above, Void Racer is a very fast game. The Go’s crisp visual clarity and excellent lenses really help make this experience feel smooth, especially as you crane your neck around to marvel at the twisting, turning track that extends upward and all around you. Honestly I’m surprised it runs so well on the Go.

    Steering is achieved by rotating the single Go controller in your hand either left or right. You pull the trigger to speed up, release it to slow down, and click the touch pad to use your item. That’s it. Super simple and intuitive.

    The only major issue with this limited control scheme is that there is no way to drift or initiate a handbrake or sharp turn of any kind (a feature that helps make WipEout VR control so well) so if you hit a curve going too fast then you’ll just have to deal with taking damage from the non-track zone.

    Littering each course are boost pads, gates, and item crystals to nab, as well as obstacles and dark sections that cause damage. Keeping up with your opponents is only half the challenge as dodging everything and staying on track is the actually tough part.

    Void Racer is a solid sci-fi racer for a headset that is surprisingly lacking in this genre. There’s no multiplayer support and not really much of a campaign to speak of, but it’s a solid game to pop on for a few minutes and show to friends and family.

    Void Racer is currently available on the Oculus Store for Go at a price point of $4.99. 

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