Some thought that we might see a HTC Vive 2 at CES and if we did I would have been shocked and I’m glad the HTC squash the rumors but with today’s announcement HTC Vive is starting CES 2017 with a bang introducing two new accessories and new services that is a way is giving us a new Vive Experience. Good news for us Vive owners comes in the way of upgrades to our current Vives, available in Q2 2017, the Vive Tracker and Vive Deluxe Audio Strap are all new accessories that will improve your Vive experience, not to forget the KwikVR and TPCAST wireless accessories available this year. The Vive Tracker, available in Q2 this year, let’s you add motion tracking all sorts of new items like baseball bats guns and gloves and we cannot see that causing destruction in anyone’s home Nooo… The Tracker weighs just under three ounces (90g) and is 99.65mm (Diameter) x 42.27mm (Height). The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap with adjustable headphones, elimates one more nuisance I have with the Vive for I am forever catching my headphon cord when I try to get an arrow out of my back quiver or get my backpack . The headstrap features integrated headphones and a new customizable sizing dial for quickly adjusting the fit The Deluxe Audio Strap will also be available in Q2. Pricing for both the Tracker and Deluxe Audio Strap will be announced by HTC soon.
A 2nd company had entered the HTC Vive wireless market to free VR user from the tether the first on the scene was TPCAST and now we have Scalable Graphics KwikVR . The KwikVR will début at CES next week. I don’t know how well any wireless solution will work with current hardware given the ” under 12 ms” times this might be fine for slow-moving experiences but jump into any fast FPS game and it might be like the video/audio is just a bit out of sinc. I do notice a slight sluggish in games that are GPU capped at 14ms but you do just live with it. the Question is, will the 12ms + 4ms to 14ms from your GPU be too much of a burden? Or will cutting the cables be worth it?
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.
I got the full tour at MSI’s PAX Australia booth this year and as a VR user I must say I was happy to see the time and effort MSI is putting into VR, not only in the desktop market but also laptops! I got to have a quick look at 3 new VR laptops from MSI and I am dying to get my hands on them in our lab and put them through the paces using our collection of VR Games on the HTC Vive. The GT83VR 6RF TITAN SLI adds and extra bonus that will make gaming on the go easy with a mouse pad/numberpad combo letting you switch them over with the press of a button. But the best thing is that MSI have moved the laptop mouse pad to the left so you can use it in gaming!
This is a love hate post I love Star Trek but well you know UBISOFT… I so hope they don’t stuff this up! you can pre order but I don’t see the point let the game come out and let people test it first!
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!
Dis game on Steam New Retro Arcade gotss’ta help ya’ get yo’ VR JIVE on Retro style! Neon brings the golden age of gaming back to life as you are transported to the 80’s and early 90’s; where the fun and laughter began. Download your own ROM’s and use our Arcade Builder to create your perfect emulator frontend. And on top of that, you and your friends have the choice to play more than 10 diverse mini games.
My old friend Kyle Bennett over at Hard-OCP is getting his VR jive on with the new VR game Raw Data “Built from the ground up for VR, Raw Data’s action combat gameplay, intuitive controls, challenging enemies, and sci-fi atmosphere will completely immerse you within the game world. Go solo—or team up with a friend—and become the adrenaline-charged heroes of your own futuristic technothriller.”