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  • Mini-Mech Mayhem to Cause Some Table-top Carnage in Q1 2019 for PlayStation VR It's the latest title from Tiny Trax studio FuturLab.
  • Building An AR Platform For Intelligent Avatars

    Artie’s engine uses AI to create entertaining and highly interactive avatars in augmented reality.   The ability to create engaging avatars is crucial if social immersive experiences and platforms wish to catch on with consumers. Unfortunately, that’s arguably the trickiest part of the puzzle, as creators have to somehow balance the desire for realistic representation/interaction

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  • Oculus Announces the $100K VR Charity Challenge The event will take place later this week.
  • Skyworld Translates Perfectly To PSVR, For What It’s Worth
    Skyworld Translates Perfectly To PSVR, For What It’s Worth

    Remember Skyworld? It’s that other VR app from Arizona Sunshine developer Vertigo Games, the one that didn’t quite enjoy the same level of critical success as its zombie-slaying brethren, at least on our part. Well it’s coming to PSVR early next year and, for what it’s worth, Vertigo seems to have done an ace job handling the port.

    Skyworld is a blend of turn-based and real-time strategy. For the bulk of gameplay, you’ll be building out a town filled with the usual assortment of bases and units that will gather resources for you. You can move a General unit every turn and, when you’re satisfied your forces are robust enough, take on the enemy in card-based battles. Either that or the enemy will come hunting for you and you’ll find yourself on the back foot.

    One of our favorite things about the game is the cutesy presentation, and that’s been retained in the PSVR port. Skyworld has an adorable action figure aesthetic that makes exploring its model-sized worlds an absolute delight. Better yet, the diorama levels are just as easy to navigate on PSVR as they were on PC; Skyworld is a 100% 180-degree experience and, during my demo, there were no awkward instances of losing tracking or wrestling with Move buttons. It all felt entirely natural, right down to the little interactions like grabbing and spinning the table to see more of the world.

    I asked Vertigo if there were going to be any big changes to the PSVR version of the game and they told me this was pretty much a straight port. That means this edition isn’t likely to win around anyone that wasn’t sold on the original version. While Skyworld nails its presentation, it remains true that there isn’t a whole lot of depth to the game. In our review we said: “Skyworld has some good ideas, but ultimately its full potential is unrealized. I applaud Vertigo for trying something new, but when it comes down to it, VR doesn’t really enhance a board game and simple strategy experience like this, and it often became more tedious and convoluted than fun.”

    That remains the case here. The game’s real-time battles don’t inspire much strategic gameplay so much as a hectic free-for-all of deploying units faster than your enemy can in order to win ground. You don’t feel like you have an overwhelming amount of control, more just hoping for the best.

    Still, if you have a friend whom with you share an affinity for strategic gaming, Skyworld has enjoyable online multiplayer and if you’re craving this type of experience in VR you don’t have many other choices.

    Skyworld hits PSVR in early 2019.

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  • The 25 Best Oculus Rift Games Day #1
    The 25 Best Oculus Rift Games Day #1

    It was over six years ago now that a small group of people gathered together to run a Kickstarter campaign for a first-of-its-kind VR headset. They raised nearly $2.5 million and the Oculus Rift was born. Fast forward to 2018 and the Rift has been on the market for two and a half years and amassed an impressive ecosystem of games in that time. We’re here to pick the 25 best.

    Throughout the week we’re going to be updating this list with five games a day in ranked order, leading up to the game we’ve crowned as, yes, the very best game on the platform. Once we’re done, this will be our new and definitive list, replacing our previous, smaller version. Updates will appear on this very page so make sure to check back through the week.

    With that said, here are UploadVR’s 25 best Oculus Rift games.

    25. Dirt Rally – Read Our Review

    Against all odds, Codemasters did a fantastic job of porting Dirt Rally over to the Oculus Rift. This is one of our very favorite VR racers, despite the very thought of a rally game in VR making our stomachs churn. Unlike some games that strip back their content in VR *cough* Gran Turismo Sport *cough*, Rally provides the full experience inside a headset.

    That means there’s plenty of content ready and waiting in this high-speed, bumpy ride. But it’s just how finely tuned the experience is that really separates Dirt Rally from the pack. No one knows how to do racers like Codemasters, and the mechanical precision and campaign depth on display here is fantastic. Other racing sims may offer bigger, more authentic experiences, but none are quite as fun to play as Dirt Rally.

    24. Creed: Rise to Glory – Read Our Review

    Few sports go hand-in-hand with current VR systems as well as boxing, and Creed: Rise to Glory is undeniably the best entry into the genre yet. Developer Survios was able to build upon its three other VR releases (each of which was in consideration for this list) with a game that didn’t just let you live out the boxing champion fantasy but is also smartly made to keep you grounded in VR.

    Creed uses what Survios calls the ‘Phantom Melee’ system, which is designed to do away with those awkward spamming issues that many VR boxing games struggle with. It simulates fatigue and places restrictions on your character, forcing you to fight with fairness and strategy. That makes for thrilling multiplayer that isn’t just a chaotic free-for-all. The best thing we can say about Creed is that you could strip the movie tie-in right out of it and you’d still have something every bit as thrilling. The proof is in the punch.

    23. Transpose – Read Our Review

    After the bullet-dodging thrills of Blasters of the Universe, Secret Location had its work cut out for it maintaining its standards with Transpose. Fortunately, the game passes the difficult second album test with ease; Transpose is a mind-bending puzzle game in which you record your

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  • New Falcon Age Trailer Showcases Gameplay Details The PlayStation VR exclusive will be arriving next year.
  • How To Sideload Apps And Games On Oculus Go
    How To Sideload Apps And Games On Oculus Go

    If you want to find and install unique VR apps for Go that aren’t available on the Oculus Store, or you want to use regular 2D Android apps like Amazon Prime Video and Steam Link, this guide explains how to achieve both.

    You’ll need a Windows computer with a USB port- the Go can’t sideload apps by itself.

    There are 3 different types of apps/games you can sideload to your Go:

    VR Apps: these are VR apps just like you’d download on the Oculus Store, except either the developer didn’t want to put it on the store or Oculus rejected it. Note that they must be specifically made for either Gear VR or Oculus Go though – Google Cardboard and Daydream apps won’t work.

    Android TV Apps: these are media apps or simple games made for TVs running Android. They will be displayed in the app list on the virtual screen in Oculus TV. These apps suit Oculus TV very well because a virtual TV’s UI works the same as a real TV. Most Android TV apps should work except for ones from Google.

    Android Phone Apps: these are regular Android apps meant for phones. Keep in mind that only some will work, as Oculus Go doesn’t have Google’s proprietary Play Services package which many apps depend on. You may also have some input problems as these were designed for touchscreens. To use these types of apps with  Go you’ll have to take an extra step, listed at the bottom of the article.

    DISCLAIMER: sideloaded apps are by definition not vetted by Oculus. You install them “at your own risk”, as they could affect the security or stability of your headset.

    First Time Setup
    Step 1: Enable Developer Mode

    Put the Oculus Go in developer mode to be able to sideloading to the Go. To do this, you have to be a registered “developer”. This process is free.

    Go to dashboard.oculus.com on your PC and create an ‘organization’. You’ll be asked to accept the developer agreement.

    Now that you’re a “developer”, open the Oculus app on your smartphone or tablet. In the Settings tab, tap on the Go headset and tap ‘More settings’. In the list, you should now see Developer Mode.

    If you don’t see developer mode, try rebooting your phone and the headset.

    Step 2: Install The Drivers & ADB

    Install the PC driver to allow your PC to install apps on the standalone VR headset.

    Download the driver from Oculus.com. When the download finishes, extract the zip file into a folder. Now right click on android_winusb.inf and click Install.

    Finally, you need to download ADB. ADB is the software which lets PCs transfer and install apps onto Android-based devices like Go.

    Extract the contents of the platform-tools folder to an easy to find folder on your PC, such as C:\ADB. You’ll need to type out the path to this folder when sideloading, so putting the file near the root of your drive saves typing time later.

    How To Install An App Onto Go

    Follow these steps to install an app on your Go:

    Make sure your Oculus

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  • Oculus Announces VR Charity Challenge With $100,000 Up For Grabs
    Oculus Announces VR Charity Challenge With $100,000 Up For Grabs

    T’is the season to be giving and Oculus and ESL will be bestowing $100,000 upon one of two charities through the new Change the Game VR Charity Challenge web-show.

    Set to run this week from December 13th – 16th, the challenge will see two teams of five influencers go head-to-head in four VR games. At the end of the week the winning team will score the prize money for the charity they’re representing. One side is playing for a gaming-focused veteran charity named Stack Up while the other is representing a mental health nonprofit that also focuses on games, named Take This (which is a brilliant name, I might add).

    As for the games, we’ll see players compete in classics like Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Dead and Buried, and Creed: Rise to Glory. There’s also going to be a Face Your Fears round which we’re not quite sure how will work. Perhaps it’s the last team to ‘nope’ out of it?

    You can see a trailer for the show below. It promises to be more than just a simple stream with themed sets.

    There’s set to be one match per day, airing as one short episode. You’ll be able to watch along via the Oculus Facebook page or YouTube channel at 10AM PT every day.

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  • How To Design A More Empathetic VR Experience Nate Robinson, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Ntropic, discusses the key aspects of creating a VR experience designed to induce empathy.
  • PlayStation VR’s Kingdom Hearts VR Experience Dated for Christmas Launch That's only confirmed for Japan at present.
  • Apex Construct Gets A New Mode, Improved Locomotion In Fresh Update
    Apex Construct Gets A New Mode, Improved Locomotion In Fresh Update

    It may be approaching a year on sale, but Fast Travel Games’ Apex Construct continues to get updated with plenty of new content. Today’s release is perhaps its biggest yet.

    Fast Travel just launched the ‘Cygnia Cup Challenge’ for all versions of the first-person adventure. Existing outside of the game’s main campaign, this is a point-scoring mode in which players need to hone their skills and dispatch enemies and targets as quickly and efficiently as possible for a chance to top the leaderboards and earn currency that can upgrade your items in the campaign. The action unfolds in a new arena environment with six different locations.

    But that’s not all that’s new with this update; Fast Travel is also making some adjustments to the game’s locomotion options. Specific changes weren’t detailed but a press release states: “Whether you use Free Locomotion or Teleportation as your primary way to navigate the shattered world, you will now have a much more seamless experience when playing Apex Construct.”

    We’re quite fond of Apex Construct, recently placing it in our list of the best games on the HTC Vive. “It’s a rare chance to jump into an expansive journey and become a part of an engrossing world, warts and all,” we said in our review. “It proves that VR developers can now deliver the adventures we dreamed of having when we first picked up our headsets.”

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  • Become a Badass Ninja When Sairento VR Hits PlayStation VR in Q1 2019 A physical version is also planned.
  • Sairento VR Finally Coming To PSVR Early Next Year Via Perp Games
    Sairento VR Finally Coming To PSVR Early Next Year Via Perp Games

    One of PC VR’s most popular action games is finally making its way over to Sony’s PSVR headset.

    Perp Games, a company best known for producing physical versions of VR games like Moss and Apex Construct today announced that it will bring Mixed Realm’s Sairento VR to PSVR in early 2019. No specific date beyond that but it’s great to know it’s finally coming. You can check out the trailer for the game below.

    Sairento VR has risen to the ranks of VR fame thanks to its stylish ninja action gameplay, which allows you to pull off acrobatic moves whilst wielding guns and swords, slicing and dicing your way through enemies.

    We enjoyed the game ourselves, though we felt like it was ultimately less than the sum of its parts thanks to some repetitive missions and a wider lack of polish. “Sairento VR is a game with a ton of stuff to do and some really fun core gameplay elements, but it just doesn’t feel like it all comes together well in the end,” we said in our review. “There’s a lack of meaningful depth, some glaring repetition, and a general lack of polish that holds this action-packed romp from truly achieving VR greatness.”

    As you might expect, Perp will be releasing a physical version of the game alongside the digital edition on the PlayStation Store.

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  • PlayStation VR’s Apex Construct Adds the Cygnia Cup Challenge The update arrives this week.
  • Kingdom Hearts PSVR Experience Gets Release Date In Japan
    Kingdom Hearts PSVR Experience Gets Release Date In Japan

    Back in September we reported that Sqaure Enix was working on a Kingdom Hearts PSVR experience to tie into the upcoming release of Kingdom Hearts III. We now know when that experience will launch, at least in Japan.

    Twinfinite cites Square’s Japanese arm in saying the experience will launch in the region on none other than Christmas day itself, 25th December. It’s going to be free so that should mean one more present under the digital tree on Christmas morning. Apparently there will also be another update to the app on January 18th, which is just a week before Kingdom Hearts III’s own January 25th release date.

    There’s no word on if these dates apply to the rest of the world just yet though we wouldn’t be surprised if fans in the US and EU had to wait until that second date to grab the experience.

    Take note that this isn’t going to be a full game but instead a short tie-in experience designed to bring the worlds that fans know and love to life. We wouldn’t expect much gameplay out of it, but you can probably count on seeing some of your favorite Disney characters in VR for the first time. The app may well be worth a look just for that alone.

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