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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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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  

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Enthusiast level VR laptop with MSI’s GT73VR 7RE TITAN SLI

First look at MSI’s GT73VR 7RE TITAN SLI When MSI told me they had a new VR Laptop for me to look at, that was boasting the new Kaby Lake i7 7820HK, I was expecting the new GE62VR 7RF. After our look at the GE62VR 6RF I was excited to see what Intel’s latest i7 could do to improve the VR Laptop experience with the HTC Vive. But the box that showed up on my doorstep was bigger, a lot bigger! It was the GT73VR 7RE TITAN SLI, one of MSI’s top of the line desktop replacement VR laptop. Let’s have a look at it:   GT73VR 7RE TITAN SLI Specifications 7th Gen. Intel Core i7 7820HK processor Chipset Intel HM175 Intel CM238 Windows 10 Pro GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 SLI with ultra performance DDR4-2400, 4 Slots, with 32GB installed (Max 64GB) 17.3″ Full HD (1920×1080), 120 Hz Refresh Rate and 5ms response time panel Exclusive Cooler Boost Titan Technology The X Boost function from MSI technology supports faster storage access speed. Dragon Center provides six functions to get a total control of your personal computer 512GB SSD’s in Exclusive Super RAID 4 (Dual NVMe M.2 SSDs by PCIe Gen3 X4 in RAID 0) 1TB 7200RPM 2.5″ SATA HDD Thunderbolt™ 3 supporting 40Gbps ultra speed data transfer rate, 4K@60Hz monitor output, and portable charging power up to 5V/3A with USB Type-C universal plug Easy Overclocking with MSI SHIFT Technology by Dragon Center Exclusive ESS SABRE HiFi DAC for lossless, high-quality audio Nahimic 2 Sound Technology delivering 360⁰ immersive audio experience Sound by Dynaudio system True Color Technology for increased color contrast and greater image detail Keyboard by Steelseries with full color backlighting SteelSeries Engine 3 with GameSense to personalize your play style Exclusive Silver Lining Printed keys Killer DoubleShot Pro (Killer Gb LAN + Killer 802.11 a/c WiFi) with Smart Teaming Upgraded Killer Gigabit LAN Controller with Advanced Stream Detect 2.0 and Killer Shield Matrix Display supporting surround mode and 4K output up to 3 external monitors Brushed-metal lid and aesthetics line design imprinted with MSI iconic Dragon Tattoo, unleashing the true dragon gaming soul Dimension (WxDxH) 428 x 287 x 24~49 mm Weight (w/ Battery) 4.14 kg  2x 230W AC Adapters (Weight 2.1 kg)   So as you can see this is an extreme-end laptop. It’s not just an SSD it’s 2 512GB SSDs in RAID. It’s not just one gaming GTX 1070, it’s SLi GTX 1070s. I had 4 days to play around with the Titan and I installed lots of VR games and spent about 10 hours experiencing the performance in VR. It’s a no brainer that the GT73VR tromped all over our Budget VR PC and even the GE62VR but is the price gap worth it?

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Budget GPU Test: Serious Sam VR the First Encounter – AMD vs NVIDIA

Serious Sam VR the First Encounter is like a perfectly restored classic muscle car that has all the features you love and includes modern performance enhancements and creature comforts. We Benchmark this diehard FPS on two Budget GPUs, the AMD-RX-480 and the NVIDIA GTX 1060 on the HTC Vive. Serious Sam the First Encounter (SSTFE) was originally released in 2001 by Croteam as a demonstrator for their engine. It was priced at less that half of other FPS games of that time to help it achieve market saturation and it worked. It was a staple disk to have in your LAN party CD folder. SSTFE was an instant hit and I have spent hundreds of hours playing solo, deathmatch and co-op, eating pizza and drinking beer to all hours of the morning. It was the game that you started up just as the LAN party was fading out at 1 or 2am and the last standing 4 gamers got a new wind of excitement as they joined forces to fight untold evils together. It always started as one quick last game and for the new unsuspecting gamers who thought bed was thirty minutes away, they found themselves trapped in an epic battle with the last four gamers for the next four hours. Fast forward 15 years and we now have a full offical port of SSTFE into VR.  Serious Sam VR the First Encounter is not like other VR hacks of old games such as Doom and Portal. This is an official remake with well thought out settings for graphics, interface and movement. It’s like someone gave Serious Sam to West Coast Customs and they handed back a restored masterpiece!

HTC Vive 2, CES 2017, Vive Accessories, Hardwere

HTC Upgrading the Vive with 2 new Accessories at CES 2017

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.  

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Scalable Graphics KwikVR Cutting the VR cord at CES With HTC Vive wireless

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?

Can you VR on a Laptop? Evaluating the MSI GE62VR, Benchmark, Test, HTC Vive, Games

Can you VR on a Laptop? Evaluating the MSI GE62VR

Can you VR on a Laptop ? To find out we are Evaluating the MSI GE62VR, a month ago I got to meet MSI at Pax Australia and on the MSI booth I had a nice long chat with Ivy Hsu from MSI who was excited to show me the latest MSI range of VR laptops – some sleek and some desktop replacements. I was curious as to how well a laptop can handle some of the games available on Steam for the HTC Vive. After spending 2 months using a budget PC for all my VR needs I wanted to know if a laptop could really handle it. Ivy was kind enough to send me the GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro for a month of testing. The  GE62VR is one of many VR ready laptops from MSI and it’s a true mobile laptop with a weight of just 2.4 kg. That’s just over double the weight of my Surface 3 in its protective case. It’s way lighter than any performance laptop I have ever had the pleasure of using. Let’s have a look at the full specs:

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Budget VR PC Test: Final Approach VR

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?

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75th Anniversary Remembering Pearl Harbor VR tribute

  Time Inc.’s Life VR, HTC VIVE, and AMD present a gripping virtual reality experience commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, we are partnering with Time Inc., Deluxe VR, and AMD to launch “Remembering Pearl Harbor”. Launching just before the December 7 anniversary, today, this engaging narrative VR experience will transport you inside key moments of the event’s aftermath through historically authentic and fully interactive VR environments. Narrated by one of the oldest living survivors from this tragic event, Lt. Jim Downing, this VR experience has been created with the hope that it will bring a new understanding of this event to the most enthusiastic history buffs. The Viveport premiere of “Remembering Pearl Harbor” will be the first time ever, you can immerse yourself in a virtual recreation of World War II America. Throughout the experience, you will interact with realistic virtual versions of artifacts from the era, along with iconic photography and archival video, providing a unique and personal view of one of American history’s defining events. In addition to the VR app for VIVE, Time Inc.’s LIFE VR and HTC have also collaborated on bringing “Remembering Pearl Harbor” to exhibits commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack. The VR experience will be available to the public at the following locations: December 5-11 at the Newseum in Washington D.C. December 6-7 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City Get your copy of “Remembering Pearl Harbor” which is available now at www.viveport.com.

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HardOCP: Follow Up Serious Sam VR

First off if you have not had a read of HardOCP’s Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope first review check it out now!  also check out our Budget PC test of  Serious Sam VR Here (Video below) In HardOCP’s follow up Kyle looks at mGPU tests for NVIDIA GTX keeping in mind Serious Sam VR is still in Early Access. When it comes to GPU testing Kyle uses a unique way of testing to give you an apples for apples comparison. If you’re thinking about SLI or crossfire for your VR pc this is a must read.

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Budget Cuts: Free VR Demo that is a must have!

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!

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Can you VR on a Budget PC?

When I set up my VR system I was on a budget and when you add in the price of the Vive it’s not a cheap setup for something to play games on! But for me, VR is more than just games it’s an experience. It’s something I just had to have. I have worked in tech all my life. I have built some of the fastest gaming PCs in the world over the years, so tech like the HTC Vive is just something I could not miss out on. Then I had the dilemma. My budget didn’t allow me to get the fastest GPU on the market. So for me it was a no brainer. I went with an AMD FX-8370 CPU and an AMD Radeon RX-480 GPU. Why not a GeForce GTX-1070? Well for me at the time it was an extra $200 I just couldn’t justify. So I was stuck with my budget VR PC but has that turned out to be a bad thing? Let’s find out!