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Half-Life 2: Episode One VR fan mod is out today

Back in January, the makers behind the excellent Half-Life 2 VR mod announced they were moving on to making a virtual reality goggle version of Half-Life 2: Episode One – and we now know it will be arriving on Steam later today. What’s more, we also have a release date for their VR mod of Episode Two. That will come next month on April 6th, according to its Steam page. Read more

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Is PS VR2 the last time we’ll get a Mario 64 moment?

Gaming tech hasn’t seen a revolution for a long time, but Sony’s latest hardware could be one. Tom’s a bit smitten with PS VR2, but I, a Virtual Reality Sceptic, have my doubts. So Tom donned the headset in an attempt to convince me that yes, Sony’s newest VR platform is the real deal, and well worth the buy-in. In fact, he says, it’s the most exciting leap forward in gaming since Mario 64. But I have to wonder if this costly peripheral is more akin to the Mega Drive’s 32X — an impressive add-on, but fiddly to use, and…

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Reality Bytes: Blade And Sorcery will make you a better sword-fighter and a worse person

Between tax returns, terrible weather, and rank Tory corruption, 2023’s opening act has put me in a right foul mood. So foul, in fact, that I could quite happily kill something (in a game). I want to hack something to death, with sharp implements in some sort of virtual environment. Oh, what’s this hiding down the back of the sofa? Why, it’s Blade And Sorcery, a VR game about hacking people to death in a virtual environment. How fortunate! Read more

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Doom and Quake veteran John Carmack leaves Meta with “mixed feelings”

After a decade with the company, Carmack is dissatisfied with Meta’s efficiency. John Carmack is the co-founder of id Software and programmer for prolific games such as Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein 3D. The programmer and developer has long since left id, however, and has been working as consulting CTO for Meta since 2013. At least, he was until he announced his plans to leave Meta on Friday. Everyone deserves a sim wheel. Via Business Insider, Carmack’s decision to leave the company was announced in an internal memo, which the publication describes as “scathing.” Reportedly, the memo was published to an…

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Resident Evil Village will be free-to-play on Sony’s PSVR2

Provided that you already own a copy of the game. Resident Evil Village, the latest instalment in the prolific survival horror series from Capcom, will be available to play on Sony’s PSVR2 at launch. The headset, which is set to be more expensive than the PlayStation 5 console itself, will arrive on February 22, 2023. Resident Evil 4 Remake lets you move and shoot, but remains staunchly authentic. For those of you who already own a copy of Resident Evil Village, you’ll be able to jump into Castle Dimitrescu in PSVR2 for free on release, with the VR Mode essentially…

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Reality Bytes: Half-Life 2: VR Mod is a fantastic adaptation of a classic

Half-Life 2 was the first game I ever played in VR. Back in the primordial days of 2013, I was lucky enough to get my ungainly sausage-mitts on an Oculus Developer’s Kit – the prototype headset that eventually led to the Oculus Rift. Understandably given the name, there were not games for the developers kit outside of a few incredibly basic demos. But there was Half-Life 2, for which Valve had implemented a hacky VR mode that you could activate with some console tomfoolery. Read more

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Xbox Cloud Gaming is coming to the Meta Quest Store – and more Meta news

Not only that, but a new Meta headset was revealed along with studio acquisitions. Meta Connect is going on as we speak, and during the keynote, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Xbox Cloud Gaming is coming to the Meta Quest Store. When Xbox Cloud Gaming launches on the Meta Quest Store, you will be able to use your Xbox controller when hooked up to the Meta headset to play games from your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate library (thanks, Wario64). While there is no date yet, Microsoft said it will share more on this “as soon as possible.” Alongside the…

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Meta Quest 2 VR headsets will cost $100 more starting next month

Meta are increasing the price of all versions of the Meta Quest 2, their flagship wireless VR headset, by $100. They announced the decision in a post on the Oculus blog, saying that the increase in price would help them “continue to invest for the long term and keep driving the VR industry forward.” Basically, Meta would like to lose less money now. Read more

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F1 2022 announced for July release on consoles and PC with VR support

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Hit the wheel and double the stakes, throttle wide open like a bat outta hell. EA and Codemasters have announced F1 2022 alongside a July 1 release date. With the racer you can expect a new season, redesigned cars, overhauled rules, and the new Miami International Autodrome. The game features an authentic lineup of all 20 drivers and 10 teams, and you can enjoy new immersive or cinematic race sequences. You will be able to create a team using the…

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Sony won’t say whether PSVR2 will come out this year, or whether it’s backwards compatible

Following yesterday’s reveal of the PSVR 2 specs, Sony won’t say whether or not the hardware is actually backwards compatible – or what its release date is. Sony shared new details on its upcoming successor to the PSVR – the aptly-named PSVR 2 – during a CES 2022 press conference yesterday. Despite showing off some big details about the hardware (it’ll boast 4K HDR, 110-degree field of view visuals with foveated rendering), there was little information about the headset’s release date or more specific features. In a tweet, Axios journalist Stephen Totilo noted that he had asked Sony whether or not…

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The best VR headset deals: Oculus and HTC discounts

Once the most prestigious of luxury tech, VR headsets have become both cheaper and more popular over the last few years. A combination of competitive pricing, more user-friendly devices, and more fleshed-out VR games like Half-Life Alyx has seen headsets push deeper into the mainstream within the last 12 to 24 months. Read more

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Hitman 3 is getting ray tracing and PC VR in 2022

Hitman 3 is the conclusion to IO Interactive’s sandbox homicidin’ trilogy, but the game itself still has plenty of life in it yet. In a new “Year 2” trailer, IO producer Hakan Abrak has teased some fresh additions coming in 2022, from new modes to PC-specific upgrades like ray tracing and VR support. Read more

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November PlayStation Plus line-up confirmed

Sony has confirmed the November PS Plus line-up which leaked earlier in the week. Sony has announced the PlayStation Plus games for November. Much of what’s on the list won’t come as a surprise, considering the content was paritally leaked on Tuesday. The games which leaked, and are now confirmed are The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners (VR), Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, First Class Trouble, and Knockout City. Two other games made the list, and both are PlayStation VR titles. One title is Until You Fall, where fantasy and synthwave collide in a rather physically active sword fighting game. As…

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Valve’s next headset is apparently taking the Oculus Quest route, and won’t require a PC

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. Proof of concept files for an AMD-powered standalone, wireless headset have been found, hinting at what Valve may be working on next. It looks like Valve may be working on a second VR headset as a successor to the Index, and this time it seems to be targeting a standalone, wireless model that’d work more like on Oculus Quest or Oculus Quest 2. Hints that the company that owns Steam is working on this new hardware initially came from YouTuber…