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Can Oculus Quest change the game for virtual reality? Titles like Beat Saber and Vader Immortal could have the answer.
The new VR headset became available on Tuesday for $399. It doesn't pack the same power as the Oculus Rift S, which needs to be connected to a high-powered PC. But it has a couple of big advantages. Namely, no wires and inside-out tracking (which means no need for external sensors). It's a self-contained gaming console that you can take with you wherever you go.
The Quest launches with a big library of games and other software to check out. Read on for the games you absolutely need to consider if you're taking the plunge into this new Oculus platform. Read more...
So you've just bought yourself an Oculus Quest. Hello, wireless VR with head and hand-tracking!
You're probably going to download a bunch of games (we highly recommend Beat Saber, Sports Scramble, and SuperHot VR to get you started). But there's a whole lot more to do in VR on the Quest beyond slicing rhythm cubes and dodging bullets in slow-motion.
With the right app, you can do stuff your parents could only dream of doing, like running your Windows PC (all of it) in virtual space, or painting in 3D, or watching movies with friends that live on the opposite side of the world on a massive theater-sized screen. Read more...
It was apparent pretty quickly after I started messing around with it: Oculus Quest is the best virtual reality platform out there and it isn't even close. But I still wonder how far it can really go.
In video games, graphics tend to get the most fanfare. If something is dull but it looks especially pretty, it's generally going to attract a more favorable response. So when we see some new VR tech announced, like Valve's high-end Index, the focus tends to center on resolution. How much better does this new hardware look compared to all the rest?
There's a new challenger in the virtual reality scene, and it's the priciest option yet.
Valve, the company behind the online game retailer Steam, introduced the Valve Index on Tuesday. While it'll be available in multiple configurations, the full $999 bundle gets you the headset, a pair of Valve's Knuckles controllers, and two sensor-laden base stations.
If you're familiar with how the HTC Vive setup works, it's similar here. In fact, Valve's own store page notes that each individual piece of Index hardware plays nice with Vive and Vive Pro gear. Read more...
Nintendo has been eyeing virtual reality for longer than you realize.
You wouldn't have known it back in Jan. 2018 when the first cardboard gaming kit was announced, but work was happening behind the scenes. It was far enough along even then to make a cameo appearance in that first reveal.
"When we first came up with the concept of Labo, we realized that we can incorporate VR experiences into it," Labo Director and Software Lead Tsubasa Sakaguchi said through a translator during a recent interview.
"[It] was part of the theme from the earlier stages. As you can see from the release announcement video, the VR Toy-Cons are actually included in that announcement video." Read more...
Nintendo is bringing two of its biggest games on the Nintendo Switch into virtual reality: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.
With the release of Nintendo's Labo VR Kit approaching, Nintendo revealed updates Thursday for Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey that make them VR-compatible with the help of the Toy-Con VR Goggles.
Have you ever thought about what you would look like as video game character? Wonder no more thanks to Brooklyn-based company, Lenscloud. They created a scanner that can turn you, and pretty much anything, into a 3D object. They can also make said 3D model do almost anything, even break dance. We went to check the scanner out, and talked to the its creators about what purpose technology like this serves (besides making our virtual selves do the worm). Read more...
Facebook's impressive Oculus Quest standalone VR headset will is getting a serious rival when it launches this spring.
To compete with the Quest, HTC's releasing the Vive Focus Plus, its own standalone VR headset with built-in head and hand-tracking on April 15. The two headsets are pretty similar, except one kinda important thing: HTC's headset costs $800, which is twice as much as the $399 Quest.
Announced at its Vive Ecosystem conference in China, the Vive Focus Plus competes directly with the Quest in just about every way. The headset will in over 25 markets and support 19 languages, according to HTC. Read more...
It was announced as "simple VR." And that's exactly what it delivers.
Nintendo chose wisely in using Labo to plot the company's path into a virtual reality future. There's already a global market familiar with the idea of "cardboard VR" — and cardboard, of course, is the glue that holds Labo together — and the low-tech approach keeps the price family-friendly.
Now, having actually spent some time playing with the Labo VR Kit, I'm happy to confirm: It's good stuff.
Let's talk about what's in the box first. A basic $40 starter set gets you the VR Kit software, the cardboard pieces you'll need to build the headset — which includes a hard plastic component for the lenses — and the Toy-Con Blaster, one of several build-it-yourself peripherals that work in tandem with the headset. Read more...