Virtual Reality

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New PlayStation patent suggests a future where viewers could mess with PS VR players

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 29 January 2021 17:34 GMT But whether this will see the light of day is another matter.A new patent filed by Sony shows tech that will let spectators participate in virtual reality content.As reported by IGN, the snappily-named “Integrating Audience Participation Content into Virtual Reality Content” was filed by the PlayStation giant last October, but was first published yesterday (Thursday, January 28) and details a method by which people not wearing virtual reality headsets will be able to change the game world for those in VR.This definitely sounds like the building blocks of some interesting multiplayer…

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Doom Eternal VR may have been revealed by Australian ratings board

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 25 January 2021 18:00 GMT The Australian game classification board has provided a rating for a game that may well end up being Doom Eternal VR.Doom Eternal may finally be out on the Switch, but now it looks like iD Software and Bethesda could be targeting yet another platform for the game.A new listing from the Australian classification board (thanks, PCGamesN) has rated a mysterious title called ‘Project 2021A’. As per the listing, this interesting, unannounced title is classified as ‘virtual reality’, and is listed under the authorship of iD Software (with Bethesda on publishing duties)….

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Kinetic is making Phasmophobia even scarier

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 20:34 GMT As it couldn’t get any scarier.Ghosts in Phasmophobia can now hear you, thanks to the latest update to the game by Kinetic Games.Now, when talking or taunting the ghost before a hunt, it will now appear and interact in the game. Plus, the ghost can now locate you via your own microphone sound. Yikes. Basically, the Ghost can now hear non-VR players when hunting in single-player without you using push to talk. And, it can now open locker doors similar to normal doors.So much for hiding in a locker. Well, you…

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Are there any VR games you’re looking forward to in 2021?

Earlier today, we got a glimpse inside Ian Hitman’s head with a trailer for Hitman 3‘s new VR support. Except we didn’t, really, because support has thus far only been confirmed for the PSVR and not for our superior PC-based virtual reality headsets. So it’s got me thinking. Is there anything to be excited about in VR gaming in 2021? (more…)

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Real-time snow added to Microsoft Flight Simulator

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 14:49 GMT Just in time for the winter season in the northern hemisphere, snow has arrived in Microsoft Flight Simulator.The latest update has arrived in Microsoft Flight Simulator, and it brings snow to the simulation title.You can see the new real-time weather shown off in a short video.Most recently, VR support was added to the game, allowing you to use a variety of VR hardware, including Windows Mixed Reality headsets, as well as headsets from Oculus, Valve, and HTC.Microsoft Flight Simulator launched for PC in August of last year. In our review, we said…

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You can now play Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR

By Alex Calvin, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 16:34 GMT Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly in VR. The team behind Microsoft Flight Simulator has added support for virtual reality headsets.In a post on Xbox Wire, the head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, Jorg Neumann, wrote that the title now supports a variety of VR hardware, including Windows Mixed Reality headsets, as well as tech from Oculus, Valve and HTC.“The flight sim community has been a very active and insightful partner in shaping how the team approached VR, and continues to be a critical partner in our continued development as…

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Tetris Effect developer’s Humanity delayed until 2021

By Patrick Dane, Friday, 18 December 2020 13:57 GMT Humanity just couldn’t make it to 2020.Tetris Effect producer Tetsuya Mizuguchi is known for his esoteric and abstract games. From Rez, Lumines, Child of Eden and Tetris Effect, he has a distinct style that makes his games a unique experience.His latest game Humanity looks equally bizarre, but it sadly seems like we will be waiting a little longer to see the title in action. While initially announced for 2020, the year is quickly running out. So, unsurprisingly developer Enhance has now taken to Twitter to announce it will come next year….

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Star Wars Squadrons free update adds two new Starfighters

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 12 December 2020 14:20 GMT Star Wars Squadrons update 4.0 has been deployed.The December update for Star Wars Squadrons is live, and it not only includes bug fixes but two new Starfighters.These starfighters feature one for the New Republic and the Galactic Empire. The New Republic gets the B-wing Starfighter and the Galactic Empire receives the TIE/d “Defender” multi-role Starfighter.The B-wing is categorized as a Bomber-class Starfighter and the TIE defender is a Fighter.With the update also comes custom matches which will allow one to five players per side across two teams to play on any maps…

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VR support coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator in December

Microsoft Flight Simulator will receive VR support via a new update on December 22, 2020, ahead of a big new UK update landing in January.Microsoft and developer Asobo have announced a couple of new updates that are set to arrive in its flagship simulation title, Microsoft Flight Simulator, in a developer Q&A on Twitch.According to the company, VR will be added via the free Sim Update 2 which will introduce support for all the major VR headsets.“It will be open to all devices,” executive producer Martial Bossard stated in the stream. “Oculus family, Valve family – every family of headset…

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Oculus store launches Black Friday deals for Quest and Rift

By Henry Stockdale, Friday, 27 November 2020 21:31 GMT With the original Oculus Quest being discontinued after Oculus Quest 2’s launch last month, there hasn’t been any hardware bundles going for the older Virtual Reality units this Black Friday. Honestly, we’d not seen a huge amount of Virtual Reality offers anywhere. Until now that is, as Oculus have just launched their Black Friday 2020 offers. Deals are admittedly stronger for the Oculus Rift lineup, going as high as 88% off in some instances. That said, there’s still some great offers for Quest owners too, bringing us several bundles filled with acclaimed…

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Oculus Quest 2 Facebook account merge is a bit of a mess

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 15 October 2020 20:32 GMT Oculus Quest 2 users are having issues merging their Oculus accounts to a Facebook account, leaving them with nothing but an expensive “paperweight.”According to various reports, Oculus Quest 2 owners who are creating a Facebook account for the first time are experiencing problems with the verification system.As UploadVR reports, some new users are unable to acquire verification or are having the account outright suspended from the get-go.There are even some users who deactivated their Facebook account being suspended for trying to reactivate or when merging the account with their Oculus accounts, which…

Facebook is locking some Oculus Quest 2 owners out of their headsets

By all accounts, the Oculus Quest 2 is a lovely bit of kit. Resident hardware buff Katherine reckons it’s the best low-budget VR headset you can get your hands on in her Oculus Quest 2 review, with the caveat that you don’t mind creating a Facebook account for it. Turns out, that last part may be more of a dealbreaker than first thought, with some new owners reporting that the social media monolith’s overzealous account moderation is barring them entry to their shiny new headsets. (more…)

Rhythmic VR workout Beat Saber now has multiplayer

Until now, your only foe in VR sword-slasher Beat Saber was the music. A fight to the death against floating blocks hurled through the void in time to some boppin’ tunes. While you’ll still be decapitating cubes, the latest update for Beat Games’ virtual, musical fencer adds multiplayer, letting you test your moves against up to five other humans making fools of themselves in their living rooms. (more…)