March 2017

King Kaiju VR, HTC Vive Games

King Kaiju VR Smash and Bash Destroy the World

Live the Dream in King Kaiju VR! Be the Monster! Smash your way through a completely destructible virtual reality city. A simple and silly sandbox game for your inner Kaiju. by Fire Hose Games. King Kaiju VR is a simple Unity game that is a blast for the family the kids will love smashing and the adults will get a blast watching them smash! For me a 45-year-old I did have some giggles and I did get my $5 worth of entertainment but the bonus of this game is watching others play it’s the funniest thing I have seen my kids do in a long time. Getting down to performance the MSI Aegis Ti made easy work of it but even its SLI GTX 1080’s could not handle full AA and shadows. I found Super sampling at 1.6 and AA at 4x gave me the best experience on the MSI Aegis TI. I also tested it on our MSI GE62VR with the GTX 1060 and was able to run King Kaiju at Super sampling at 1 and shadows and AA off it did not look as good on the GTX 1060 but it was more than playable with only 4 levels you get about one hour of game play but you are challenged to get better times and do more damage so you play till you cannot smash anymore

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First look and Performance Tests in Sky Sanctuary

First look and Performance Tests in Sky Sanctuary In this weeks video I take a look at Sky Sanctuary its a Samurai training simulator available now on steam for the HTC Vive The creator Glitchr Studio have created a futuristic Shinto shrine type of environment (Red Japanese temple/castle) where you will learn the ways of the Samurai you will be trained with the Katana (traditionally Japanese swords) and the Yumi (Japanese Bow) you also get to play with throwing stars smoke grenades fireworks and play Japanese style drums.   Video and Tests We recorded the Sky Sanctuary Video using the MSI Aegis TI  and also tested the MSI GE62VR and Budget PC with the RX-480 and used the Frame timing data to show you how all 3 stack up. CPU Performance Sky Sanctuary is an open map Sandbox game and due to the size of the map is extremely CPU instinctive I found on lower end VR PC’s like the GE62VR  and our budget PC  CPU performance was off the scale and the budget PC was unplayable due to the lack of Asynchronous reprojection for AMD GPU’s that will all change with the next Driver update from AMD and we look forward to testing it out. The GTX 1060 in the GE62VR made Sky Sanctuary playable but frustrating as it often miscalculated the tracker position but I was able to break the world record for one of the Katana tests that took over an hour to complete I only ended up failing due to fatigue.       More than combat. You get more than Archery and Sward fighting mini games in Sky Sanctuary you also get to shoot off fireworks and play drums and just mess around in this futuristic Shinto shrine type environment Little floating droids will guide you on your journey and even be a target dummy for you but you may end up pissing them off… It’s not all ridged combat training the developers have added a comical element to it in the form of chicken shooting. who said chickens cant fly? all they need is a cannon to be shot out of!    If you have a VR PC that can handle it head on over to steam now!

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Kyle Bennett from Hard-OCP introduces INSIDE VR

Long time friend and editor of Hard OCP Kyle Bennett took to the stage at AMD’s Capsaicin & Cream Event at GDC 1017 ti introduce his new Digatal TV series INSIDE VR. Kyle and I have been talking about VR and the HTC Vive from day one of the Vive hitting the market. It was Kyle that gave me the final push to jump on board the HTC Vive train back in may last year. I have lost count of the amount of beers and fun times I have had with Kyle over the years and he is always the first guy to try somthing new whether it be holding a bunch of balloons next to a huge fan at oktoberfest or cutting a hole in a beige PC case in 1999 to keep it cool when overclocking Kyle is your man! Hard OCP and EDGETV‘s INSIDE VR will take you behind the scene of VR with Developer tips Game and tech news and community reactions. Game Developers will also give you VR game tips to give you the edge when playing the latest VR game.   In the trailer for Inside VR we see Darrel a Delivery Driver Playing Space Pirate Trainer while the guys at Inside VR monitor his heart rate with a live graph on the screen.     Watch the full clip below and keep an eye on Hard OCP for the latest news on INSIDE VR