Next up in our Budget VR PC Test we are looking at Final Approach VR, a game I got on sale a month ago and for some reason did not play for over a month. The videos and screenshots on Steam do not do this game justice. It’s way more fun and in depth than I ever thought from the info on the Steam store page. The story is hours long and mixes things up to keep it interesting. You get to do everything from landing planes and helicopters to sorting luggage and shooting down jets with a 50cal and missile launcher. But with all this going on can our Budget PC handle it? Is the MSI RX-480 up to the task?
This Demo is not new but it’s easy to miss as the name will not sing out try me NOW! If you just got your HTC Vive on Black Friday it might still be in the mail but you will want this demo installed and ready to go! If you have a Vive and not this demo, what are you waiting for Go Go Go Now!
My old buddy Kyle Bennett has another AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance guide this time for Please State Your Name. Please State Your Name uses the Unreal Engine 4 and will be the 13th GPU-intensive title added to our VR Leaderboard and requires use of an HTC Vive system. PSYN is not a game or an “experience” but rather a short film done in Virtual Reality that tells you a story that is about 8 minutes long. PSYN is available for free on Steam. The developer is StudioDisrupt, and here is what they have to say about their film.
The HTC Vive currently has a cord that hangs down from the back of the headset. I have mine hooked up to a modified pull-out clothes line hanging from the ceiling to keep it moving around me during gameplay. Most of the time it’s not really in the way but if I had the option to not have that cord hanging there I’d jump on it. Turns out that option is not too far away. This product is going on pre-order today on HTC Vive’s Chinese site. The TPCAST wireless add-on will set you back about $220 US + shipping.
How do you think you will react, or how did you react, the first time you had a virtual reality experience like the one possible with HTC Vive? Is it impressive to all ages? Fine Brothers Entertainment have put together a video showing the reaction of half a dozen elder people to the HTC Vive. Their reaction is in fact very similar to most people I think, they just feel more comfortable to express their amazement! It’s wonderful to see such honest reactions.
Playstation VR? Oculus Rift? HTC Vive? HoloLens? If you are a Playstation gamer get the Playstation VR but if you are a PC gamer you are in the right place and you have choices so read on! Let’s start with Microsoft HoloLens. If you don’t know, Microsoft HoloLens is the first fully self-contained, holographic computer, enabling you to interact with high‑definition holograms in your world. It’s not VR it’s MR (mixed reality). Will you be able to play games? Yes. Can you play Elite Dangerous? No! Will you want hololens? YES but for different reasons than the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Let’s look at a video to see some of the things you can do!
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.
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.
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.
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
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…
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.