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  • VR Regatta – The Sailing Game Is Now Available On The Oculus Store The releases features six months of improvements to make it the best release yet.
  • Breath Tech Is A VR Puzzle Game That Uses Your Breath
    Breath Tech Is A VR Puzzle Game That Uses Your Breath

    Hope you’ve got some mints at the ready; this new VR game uses your breath as an integral mechanic.

    Breath Tech from indie developer Brett Jackson (best known for his 2016 VR adventure, Dimensional) is an intriguing little experiment for the Oculus Rift. It’s a short puzzle game that uses the microphone embedded in the Rift to detect the sound of your breath, which then materializes in the virtual world. You’ll use it to solve escape room-style puzzles, blowing out candles, pushing a ball around a maze and even making bubbles when submerged underwater. Check it out in the trailer below.

    “I want to encourage other developers to investigate using breath detection and for manufacturers to consider adding low-cost breath sensors in future generation HMDs,” Jackson told UploadVR in an email.

    “The more that we represent a user’s physicality in the virtual world the more natural it feels. You’ve experienced it with your hands or seeing your shadow / reflection move with you,” Jackson wrote in a developer blog. “It’s the same with your breath, but breath is less visual than the former examples so you are less likely to question the accuracy of the representation.”

    Could this be the first step to seeing better breath-detection technology integrated into future VR headsets? For now, Breath Tech is available to download for free on Oculus Home. There’s also a Vive version available here although Jackson notes that the Rift’s microphone is better suited to the experience.

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  • Jurassic World VR Is Dave & Buster’s Biggest Launch Ever
    Jurassic World VR Is Dave & Buster’s Biggest Launch Ever

    The location-based Jurassic World VR Expedition appears to have been a hit for arcade chain Dave & Buster’s.

    The installation, which is featured at over 100 locations worldwide, is now the biggest game launch in the company’s history according to CEO Brian Jenkins, as reported by Variety. During the company’s Q2 earnings call last week, in which it reported $319.2 million in revenue, Jenkins noted that response to the experience had been “strong”, which “bodes well for future game releases on this platform.”

    He also confirmed that the company plans to launch a second VR experience later this year as well as add second Jurassic World installations to pre-existing locations. “The plan is to build a library of VR content that allow us to capitalize on this opportunity for years to come,” he said.

    Developed by The Virtual Reality Company, Jurassic World VR Expedition straps up to four users into an HTC Vive and seats them in a moving pod. They use a single Vive controller to interact with the dinosaur-filled world around them. We really enjoyed the experience when we tried it out for ourselves back in June, though we suspect there’s one major factor playing into its success: the $5 ticket.

    At that price, the experience is far cheaper than rival experiences like The Void’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire (which costs about $30 per user), which are admittedly more ambitious attractions. Perhaps other companies should be taking note of Dave & Buster’s success, then.

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  • Vox Machinae Prepares for Battle With New Trailer Space Bullet Dynamics Corporation release new trailer for upcoming VR giant robot simulator.
  • Review: Transference A brilliantly intense and horrifying experience.
  • This VR Chair Fights Simulation Sickness At The Cost Of Hand Controls
    This VR Chair Fights Simulation Sickness At The Cost Of Hand Controls

    Texas-based Cambrian thinks it has the solution to VR simulator sickness, though we’re not so sure.

    The company this month unveiled the final prototype of what it calls the VR Chair, which isn’t really a chair at all. It’s more like a support that the user leans into, complete with armrests that house buttons for controlling games. More importantly, though, you can apply force to the armrests to move your virtual body forward and backward in any given VR game. The company says that this method of movement creates a much more natural sensation for your brain, eliminating motion sickness.

    There’s also slight rotation based on the direction the user is looking to give the sensation of turning. Check the chair out in the video below.

    While the VR Chair certainly does seem like it could combat motion sickness to some degree (we haven’t tried it out for ourselves), we do have some reservations about the design. Firstly, the static armrests seem to take away true hand-control in VR, meaning you’re essentially sacrificing one major (and often mandatory) component of many VR experiences for this potential solution. The chair does allow you to put the rests to one aside and use motion controllers with the rotation mechanic, but then you’re losing the motion sickness reducing element that you’d buy it for in the first place.

    Not to mention that the chair is recognized as a standard gamepad like an Xbox controller, which many VR games don’t support. Tellingly the video only uses footage from Psytec Games’ Windlands and Croteam’s Serious Sam VR ports, all of which include traditional gamepad support. Cambrian does say you could use one armrest for movement and one hand for motion control, but do you know many gamepad-supporting VR games that allow you to play with one motion controller and had of another pad? Whatsmore, do you have space for a gaming peripheral roughly the side of an exercise bike in your home?

    The chair is at least meant to support Rift, Vive, Windows VR and PSVR and we could see it having better use on the latter device, where gamepad-only titles like Resident Evil 7 and The Persistence could be enhanced.

    Cambrian hasn’t detailed a wider rollout for the VR Chair, including details like price, just yet.

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  • Fantasy Puzzle Title Twilight Path Confirmed for October Launch With a simultaneous launch for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
  • Further Details on PlayStation VR Release of Space Channel 5 VR Space Channel 5 VR Kinda Funky News Flash will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show.
  • VR Vehicle Card Battler Vroom Kaboom Finally Gets Cockpit View
    VR Vehicle Card Battler Vroom Kaboom Finally Gets Cockpit View

    Ratloop Games’ Vroom Kaboom is a weird one. It’s a vehicular card-battling game in which two players nominate different war machines to gradually wear down their opponent’s defenses… with VR support. Not something you hear every day, is it? The latest update for the game does introduce some more familiar elements, though.

    Namely, the game now has a cockpit view option. Previously Vroom Kaboom could only be played from a third-person perspective, giving you an entire view of the battlefield. For players that want a more immersive experience, though, you can now hop into the driver’s seat either in or out of VR. This was one of the biggest requests we saw following the game’s launch last month so it’s great to see the developers taking note of what the community wants.

    Check the video below to see the new view in action.

    Meanwhile, there’s a handful of other improvements to the game. Firstly there’s a better tutorial, which is designed to streamline information to get new players into games as soon as possible. There’s also a new option to steer vehicles with your keyboard or mouse and there have been adjustments made to enemy AI so that you can have better solo-matches (though the game is largely intended to be played in multiplayer).

    Vroom Kaboom is available now on PC and PS4 with optional support for the Rift, Vive and PSVR headsets. It’s a free-to-play game in which you can purchase more vehicles, or just pick up the deluxe edition from the go for a more complete experience.

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  • Retro-Styled VR Puzzle Title Neonwall Out Now Colour and concentration are everything in the neon world of Neonwall.
  • A Surreal Trip Into the Afterlife With VR Experience The Doom Room Brighton will be host to a VR experience that blends VR with live performance.
  • Life In 360°: Through The Eyes Of The Animals How does the sight of a cat differ to the sight of a dog?
  • Curious Kids: How do you know that we aren’t in virtual reality right now? Are you dreaming that you're awake or are you living in a computer simulation? There might be no way to be sure.
  • Hello Kitty Visits The Real World In Her New AR Mobile Game

    One of Japan’s most iconic characters comes to life thanks to the power of augmented reality. Let’s just get this out-of-the-way now: Hello Kitty is incredibly cute and it’s almost impossible to look at her without smiling. These facts are undisputable. What you might now know, however, is that behind the adorable cartoon character is

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  • Karnage Chronicles Adds Multiplayer In Latest Update Team up and take on the challenges of the dark dungeons.