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  • The VR Job Hub: More Jobs Than you can Shake a Headset at Jobs in the UK and overseas, what more do you need?
  • Location-Based VR Arcade ‘Hero Hangout’ Opens Next Week In California

    Exit Reality provides three of their ‘X Pod’ VR stations to the San Mateo-based entertainment center. Created in hopes of exposing the general public to the latest high-end virtual reality technology, location-based VR entertainment center “Hero Hangout” is set to open its doors for the first time this coming Thursday in San Mateo, California. “Our

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  • Nominate Your Favourite Game in the 2018 Steam Awards You've got until Tuesday to decide.
  • Watch Pros Try Their Hand at VR Darts Virtual darts turns out to be harder than the real thing.
  • This New Device Could Solve VR Motion Sickness

    OtoTech combats motion-induced nausea without the side effects of drugs. According to research published by ScienceNews, roughly 25% to 45% of users report some form of motion sickness while engaged in a virtual reality experience. While the potential causes of this discomfort are still under debate, it’s clear that VR-induced sickness is an ongoing concern

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  • VR Zone Hero Hangout to Open in San Mateo, California The location-based entertainment centre is due to open next week.
  • Review: PolyCube Simple, effective, just watch those hours melt away.
  • HTC & McLaren Unveil Limited Edition Vive Pro With McLaren VR Experiences
    HTC & McLaren Unveil Limited Edition Vive Pro With McLaren VR Experiences

    HTC and McLaren today announced a special edition of the Vive Pro with McLaren styling which includes two McLaren themed VR games along with 6 months subscription to Viveport. The bundle is priced at $1,549, $150 more than the regular Vive Pro kit. The bundled games are rFactor 2 (McLaren Edition) and McLaren Garage VR Experience.

    In terms of hardware, there package is contained in a new McLaren themed box, the plastic surrounding the cameras on the front of the headset is now orange, and the app buttons on the controllers are orange too. The bundle includes the new SteamVR Tracking 2.0 base stations and controllers.

    McLaren Garage VR Experience was teased earlier this month on McLaren’s Twitter page. It was unclear at the time what the app would be, but has now been revealed as a VR F1 pit crew simulator. Using HTC’s VR controllers you can virtually take on the role of a tire gunner, tire mounter, or tire demounter. A leaderboard system is included so players can compete to see who can perform the fastest pit stop.

    rFactor 2 is a popular racing simulator with a heavy focus on realism. It was released in 2013 and VR support was added in 2017. The game, if you can call it that, simulates in detail the physics of driving in different vehicles, track types, and weather conditions. The McLaren Edition of the game included in this bundle includes exclusive McLaren cars.

    HTC is McLaren’s official VR partner, according to the two companies. Their partnership was first seen at ChinaJoy 2018 where the companies hosted a contest to see who could achieve the fastest lap time in a virtual McLaren F1 car in the Vive Pro headset. With the release of this special edition Vive Pro with McLaren branding, it’s likely we’ll see this corporate partnership go even further in future – we’ll keep you updated on any future VR projects from HTC and McLaren.

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  • Desirium VR Expands Support to Viveport The platform has 15 experiences to enjoy.
  • Oculus Rift Black Friday Pack: Lone Echo, Onward, Superhot, The Climb, Arizona Sunshine, GORN, and Eleven For $99.99 – Saving 50%
    Oculus Rift Black Friday Pack: Lone Echo, Onward, Superhot, The Climb, Arizona Sunshine, GORN, and Eleven For $99.99 – Saving 50%

    Facebook’s Oculus is offering a Black Friday game bundle on the Rift’s VR app store. The pack contains 7 major games for $99.99 – Lone Echo, Onward, Superhot VR, The Climb, Arizona Sunshine, GORN, and Eleven: Table Tennis VR.

    At their regular prices the games would total to $209.93, thus this pack saves $109.94 (%52). The deal is one day only, ending at midnight tonight Pacific Standard Time.

    Onward and Arizona Sunshine are on sale separately at 40% off and 50% off, but the other games are not. While this certainly isn’t a budget oriented deal, we think these games are some of the best that VR gaming currently has to offer. All seven would make excellent additions to your library.

    Lone Echo

    Lone Echo is a roughly five hour voice acted story driven VR game. It was created by The Order 1886 developers Ready At Dawn, funded by Oculus. You play as a service android under the command of Captain Olivia Rhodes. When a catastrophe strikes, you and Olivia must work together to try and repair the station. We were highly impressed with the game when we reviewed it, giving it 8.5/10 and concluding:

    Lone Echo is a landmark achievement in three key areas of the VR experience: locomotion, UI, and interaction. The winning blend of intuitive movement, discovery-based gameplay and character-driven storytelling create a compelling sense of presence that few VR games could hope to match, while the considered pacing gives it a fresh identity. I hate to mark it down on such a trivial aspect as length, but the package simply feels incomplete, rounding off in the second act and depriving you of both the narrative and mechanical evolutions I was expecting to encounter in the third. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that I expect its sequel to be one of VR’s very best.

    Onward

    Onward is a realistic multiplayer military shooter which feels like playing Insurgency in VR. Remarkably, it entered early access when it had just one developer. Since then, it has become one of the most popular multiplayer games in VR.

    Check out our interview with the developer or player’s field guide for more information on Onward.

    Superhot VR

    Superhot VR is a unique shooter experience where the faster you move, the faster time moves. If you keep completely still, time will freeze. It is a perfect blend of mental and physical challenge, and perhaps one of the best VR games ever made.

    When we reviewed the game, we gave it 9/10, concluding:

    SUPERHOT VR is a pure, distilled, injection of unadulterated adrenaline that will get your blood pumping just as quickly as time stops in the game itself. With every movement you make, time creeps forward ever so slightly, and everything from the level design to the way it feels to dodge a series of bullets in slow-motion is orchestrated to reinforce the core ideals of the experience. From start to finish it plays out like a fantasy ripped from the screen of every action movie; an indulgent cacophony of visual and

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  • The Definitive Black Friday VR Discount List All the best offers on Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, HTC Vive and more.
  • Editorial: Xbox Is Well-Poised To Dominate VR Next Generation
    Editorial: Xbox Is Well-Poised To Dominate VR Next Generation

    For years now, we’ve been waiting with bated breath to see if Xbox will throw its hat in the VR ring. Microsoft itself entered the market last year with a line of PC-based headsets developed with partners, but the Xbox One works with no VR headsets while Sony’s PlayStation 4 pairs with the PlayStation VR headset. This is despite Xbox boss Phil Spencer once saying the new Xbox One X console would be capable of “high fidelity VR”. This late in the game, it’s pretty much a certainty that Xbox won’t enter the VR fight this generation.

    But what about the next one?

    The PS5 and next Xbox are looming in the shadows right now; Spencer confirmed work had begun on “the next Xbox consoles” at E3 this year, while Sony’s plans to skip next year’s show seem to suggest something big is on the way. We’ve spent quite a bit of time dreaming up what a potential PSVR 2 on PS5 could look like, but, the more we look at Microsoft’s side of the console wars, the more the stars seem to align on a killer Xbox VR headset. Here’s why.

    The Technical Foundations Are In Place

    True, Microsoft may not have a consumer VR headset to truly call its own, but the Windows-based devices from Dell, Samsung and others are all based on a reference design it created. This design offers solid inside-out tracking, meaning users don’t have to set up external sensors in order to have positional tracking in VR. In fact, we liked the Samsung Odyssey VR headset so much we awarded it our Best VR Hardware prize last year.

    That’s a good start, but it’s also important to remember that any potential Xbox VR headset is likely still years out. That’ll mean big improvements on current headsets like increased display resolution and field of view are even more viable for the kit, as is potential integrated wireless support. Back in 2017, Microsoft representatives said they believe console VR should be wireless.

    The technical specifications of the next Xbox will also play an important role in the quality of a VR experience, though. Sony’s PSVR has a lot of great internally-developed games but some third-party titles like Arizona Sunshine and others had to make clear cutbacks to fit onto the PS4 hardware. Other major games like Fallout 4 VR and L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files, meanwhile, simply haven’t come to the system. That’s why it’s important for both the next Xbox (and the next PlayStation) to surpass current PC systems and ensure they can keep up with the next generation of VR. With any luck, Microsoft is building its next consoles with that in mind.

    Microsoft Just Bought Some Of VR’s Best Developers

    Back at E3 2018, Microsoft announced that it was acquiring Hellblade developer Ninja Theory. Big news for the wider gaming industry for sure, but also an interesting development for VR. At the time, the UK-based developer had released one VR game, a likable on-rails shooter named Dexed. But, post-acquisition news, Ninja

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  • VR Horror Paper Dolls to See EU Retail Release in December This continues Perp Games' rollout of PlayStation VR titles in stores.
  • Limina VR Weekender Comes To London Next Month
    Limina VR Weekender Comes To London Next Month

    There’s an intriguing new VR festival in town for London VR enthusiasts (or anyone else) next week.

    The Limina VR Weekender is set to run on Decembers 1st and 2nd (a Saturday and Sunday) at the Picturehouse Central near Piccadilly Circus. This isn’t your usual assortment of Superhot VR and Arizona Sunshine demos; it’s a VR arts festival that will shine an entirely different light on what the tech is capable of.

    The festival includes three different playlists of VR experiences, each focusing on different themes. For The Wild, you’ll explore nature in an entirely new way with films like Longing for Wilderness, Sanctuaries of Silence, Wilderness: An Immersive Journey Into Patagonia and The 500. Future and Fantasy, meanwhile, will give you a window into tomorrow with I Saw The Future, Celestial Motion and Fantasynth. Finally, Begin Again takes a look at people starting over with Step to The Line, Sea Prayer and the astonishing Grenfell: Our Home.

    Tickets are £10 and spots have to be booked ahead of time. If you’re at all interested in VR outside of gaming you should definitely give it a look.

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  • Interactive Live-Action VR Film Afterlife Coming in 2019 It'll support Oculus headsets at launch.