February 2016

Games

Fantastic Contraption On the HTC Vive

Fantastic Contraption was originally a building game made way back in 2008. Millions of people played it obsessively and saved over 12 million contraptions. You can still play it for free. For years we loved the idea of a 3d Fantastic Contraption but couldn’t figure out how it would work. Then we tried the Vive. The new Fantastic Contraption has been designed from the ground up for room-scale VR. Imagine walking around a grassy island in the sky while you build a machine the size of a horse with your own hands.

Games

Job Simulator Trailer Ready for HTC Vive

Owlchemy Labs announce that Job Simulator will be included *IN THE BOX* for a limited time with the HTC Vive! That means that early Vive buyers will be able to experience the wonders of human jobbing right when they receive their Vive. The Year Is 2050. In a world where robots have replaced all human jobs, step into the “Job Simulator” to learn what it was like ‘to job’. Players can re-live the glory days of work by simulating the ins and outs of being a gourmet chef, an office worker, a convenience store clerk, and more.

Hardwere

Unveiling the Vive Consumer Edition and Pre-order Information

HTC has just announce The Price and Pre-orders! , in partnership with Valve®, the unveiling of the consumer edition of the ViveTM virtual reality system powered by Steam®VR. The countdown has begun and is ticking away toward 10 a.m. Eastern time on Monday 2/29 at which time pre-orders will open worldwide with pre-order fulfillment and full commercial availability starting early April 2016.

Software

SteamVR Performance Test Is your System Ready?

OK so if you are here you want more info about HTC’s Vive and this first thing you will need to know is “Is Your System Ready?” Well Valve has come to the rescue with the SteamVR Performance Test . This free benchmark will test your System and let you know if you need an upgrade and the best thing is you don’t need a VR headset to run the benchmark! Go Go Go Let us know in the comment’s what you get! are you ready? My system running an AMD R9 380 16GB RAM and an AMD FX 8150

Hardwere

Wareable.com: And finally: HTC Vive details emerge and more

From Michael Sawh at WAREABLE.com: And finally is the place for the stories you might have missed from the last seven days. It’s those wearable tech NIBs, murmurs and blips that lost the fight to make it onto our homepage thanks to headline-grabbing stories like the new Fitbit Alta, a major Android Wear update and yet more designer smartwatches. This week, there’s news on a Tesla and Apple Watch tie-up, more details on the HTC Vive and a smart mirror you’ll totally want to own…

Hardwere

GameSpot: HTC Vive Might Edge Out Oculus Thanks to Its Motion Controllers

From Gamspot.com : Oculus Rift has been grabbing headlines left and right lately thanks to its long-awaited price announcement, but Rift is just one of several high-profile, mass market virtual reality headsets primed to reach consumers at some point this year. Chief among its competitors: HTC Vive, a motion-tracking collaboration between cell phone manufacturer HTC and gaming juggernaut Valve.

Hardwere

The HTC Vive isn’t limited to perfectly square rooms

Engadget says Not even a slightly trapezoidal space will spoil your VR fun. I’m not gonna lie: I was jealous when I heard that my colleague Sean Buckley got to play 12 virtual reality games in Seattle last week. (He even moaned about it later.) I got to try “only” four on the Vive Pre at HTC’s Taipei headquarters. But that’s OK, because in the end I also had a blast — to the point that I ended up running around the room, high on adrenaline.