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  • Archangel: Hellfire Brings Multiplayer Mech Warfare to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift The update is free if you own the original title.
  • Archangel: Hellfire Review – The Best VR Mech Combat Game Yet
    Archangel: Hellfire Review – The Best VR Mech Combat Game Yet

    Piloting a giant mech has been a fantasy for sci-fi lovers around the world for decades. From popular anime like Gundam and TV shows such as Power Rangers, to modern interpretations in Pacific Rim and more, we’ve become accustomed to seeing giant robots marvelously realized in our favorite works of fiction. And while Archangel: Hellfire is just a VR game and not the real deal, it feels like the closest we’ve gotten yet.

    When Archangel originally released last year, it was met with mixed results. The core ideas and gameplay were solid enough to carry it to a decent score with us, but the on-rails movement and lackluster narrative left a bit to be desired. If we’re being honest, most people want to play mech games to fight other mechs in glorious battles, but an on-rails movement system hampered that ideal.

    Archangel: Hellfire sets out to fix all of that and introduce multiplayer into the equation.

    The core player-vs-player mode that makes up Archangel: Hellfire’s release today is actually available (mostly for free) in the “Enlist Free” edition, but to get access to the aforementioned single player campaign and a brand new co-op arena mode, plus additional optional skins, you need to buy the full version of the game. For clarity, this review only covers the new PvP and co-op content, not the single player. Here is our review of the single player campaign.

    In Hellfire there’s team deathmatch in both 1v1 or 2v2 varieties across three total maps, with one more coming soon, and three different mech classes (Light, Medium, and Heavy). There’s quite a bit of variety across all of the available maps, each of which feature large open areas, lots of obstacles for cover (some of which are destructible) and a good deal of verticality. It would have been nice to have at least one small, tightly-designed map that could shine as a good 1v1 battleground, but as it stands all of them are really best played in full 2v2 matches.

    At first glance that doesn’t seem like a ton of content, but with how different each mech plays it more than makes up for it. All three mechs are controlled using the left thumbstick or trackpad for movement and you aim each arm independently using your motion controllers. Turning your head lets you look around inside the cockpit while staying stationary, whereas the right stick rotates your mech to either side. Grip buttons on each hand pull up shields, which deactivate whichever hand’s weapon you’re using for the shield.

    For mobility there isn’t a sprint feature or dash of any kind, but instead you click in the stick to boost upwards into the air to do a slowly descending hover at a quickened pace. If you’re a slow-moving Heavy mech, this is a good way to cover distances, but it leaves you exposed in the air.

    All three mechs come equipped with standard machine guns on each arm as the default weapons. These barely do any damage and I only ever really used

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  • Sports Title Racket: Nx Leaving Early Access Today Get competitive across HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality devices.
  • Experience Oculus Rift & HTC Vive with a Single Cable A new standard called VirtualLink will let next-gen VR devices use the same type of cable.
  • VirtualLink Is A New Standard For VR PC Connection Backed By Oculus, Valve And More
    VirtualLink Is A New Standard For VR PC Connection Backed By Oculus, Valve And More

    A new VR standard backed by some of the industry’s biggest players is looking to make fiddling about with multiple headset wires a thing of the past.

    VirtualLink is designed to make the next generation of PC VR headsets much faster and more accessible to get into. It uses a single USB Type-C connector to replace the range of leads that are connected to current headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The standard is already being supported by Oculus, Valve, Nvidia, AMD and Microsoft, the latter of which has been backing it since the start of its work in VR.

    The standard is an Alternate Mode of USB-C. It includes support for four lanes of HBR3 DisplayPort for high-resolution displays, USB3.1 Gen2 SuperSpeed for headset cameras and sensors, and up to 27 Watts of power delivery. Not only does this make setup easier on current PCs, but it will also mean future VR headsets will be compatible with a wider range of devices that don’t meet the current connection requirements of the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

    You can view the standard’s documents for yourself here.

    “A consolidated connection point is critical in removing barriers to experiencing high-powered PC VR”, Oculus’ VP of Product Nate Mitchell said in a prepared statement. “With the adoption of VirtualLink technology, purpose-built for VR, we look forward to helping push the industry forward into the next phase of VR.”

    Rather than a separate product you’d buy for your existing VR headsets, then, VirtualLink will likely be a technology that will come integrated into next-generation PC VR headsets, though no devices have officially announced support for it thus far.

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  • VR vs. It’s Coming Home Then again, maybe not yet.
  • Onward Is Getting A Free Weekend This Week, New Map Soon
    Onward Is Getting A Free Weekend This Week, New Map Soon

    Hey PC VR owners, envious about upcoming PSVR-exclusive shooter, Firewall: Zero Hour? There’s no need to be; Rift and Vive have a perfectly excellent military shooter of their own that you can try for free this weekend.

    Downpour Interactive’s Onward will be free to play from July 19th to 22nd via Steam. The entire game (which is still in Early Access) will be free to jump into. It will give you the chance to experience the latest version of the game, which adds in controllers tailored to the Oculus Touch controllers (instead of just emulating the Vive controls as before) and the ability to catch and then throw back grenades, which must happen in real war all the time.

    Elsewhere, yet more updates are coming to the game, including improved, more realistic player animations and a brand new map named Abandoned. You can also expect to equip weapons with bipods for greater accuracy and use a new stun gun.

    Onward is a multiplayer military shooter that focuses on realism and has made a name for itself as one of the best competitive VR games out there right now.

    Still no word on a full and final release yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

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  • Join VRFocus For A Post Gamescom XR Review This September VRFocus has teamed up with Realities Centre to give you an extra chance to see and discuss VR and AR items from Gamescom.
  • Vuzix Sees Order Numbers for Smart Glasses Rise A pilot scheme from AMA XpertEye is converted into a full rollout, seeing a surge in order numbers for Vuzix.
  • Leap Motion Looks To Combine AR & VR With ‘Mirrorworlds’

    Leap Motion dreams big with an ambitious new project that could open ‘alternative dimensions of reality, layered over the physical world.’ AMerican computer hardware manufacturer Leap Motion has released a series of concept videos teasing a technological future where augmented and virtual reality have collided to form a ‘parallel reality’ of sorts. Dubbed ‘Mirrorworlds,’ these

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  • Get $100 of Gift Cards When Purchasing the HTC Vive Pro for Amazon Prime Day Plus you can now purchase Viveport titles directly through Amazon.
  • SIGGRAPH 2018 Reveal Lineup For Electronic Theater Showcase 25 short films showcase the next generation of storytelling.
  • Karnage Chronicles Livestream: Co-Op Dungeon Crawling RPG
    Karnage Chronicles Livestream: Co-Op Dungeon Crawling RPG

    Karnage Chronicles is a VR RPG currently in Early Access on Steam. For today’s livestream, we’re taking the multiplayer beta update for a spin for some co-op dungeon crawling action!

    Since the content we’re playing is designed for multiplayer, I’ll be joined by our very own Jamie Feltham to assist on this livestream. We played the game originally over a year ago and it’s come quite a ways since then.

    We’ll be livestreaming Karnage Chronicles on PC today using an Oculus Rift with Touch starting very soon as of the time this is being published (which means we’ll start at approximately 1:30PM PT) and aim to last for about an hour or so. We’re going to use Restream to hit both YouTube and Twitch at the same time! You can see the full stream embedded right here down below once it’s up:

    Embedded livestream coming soon

    You can see our archived streams all in this one handy Livestream playlist over on the official UploadVR YouTube channel (which you should totally subscribe to by the way). We’re also using our Twitch channel more too.

    Let us know which games you want us to livestream next and what you want to see us do, specifically, in Karnage Chronicles or other VR games. You can follow the game on Steam or Oculus Home for more details. Comment with feedback down below!

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  • Mixed Reality Art Comes to Times Square conceptual artist Mel Chin transforms Times Square with AR to commentate on climate change.
  • HTC Vive Pro Comes With $100 Worth Of Gift Cards For Amazon Prime Day
    HTC Vive Pro Comes With $100 Worth Of Gift Cards For Amazon Prime Day

    At $799, the HTC Vive Pro is one of the most expensive VR headsets currently on the market. For Amazon’s Prime Day this week, it will still be one of the most expensive VR headsets currently on the market, but it will come with some extra goodies.

    Specifically, any Prime Member that picks up the enhanced headset from 12pm PT today until 8:59pm tomorrow, July 17th, will get a $50 Amazon voucher and a $50 Viveport voucher as well as two free months of HTC’s Viveport Subscription. So that’s $50 on news apps to pick up for your new Vive and then perhaps $50 to go on things to enhance your setup; you could get a Vive Tracker for half the $100 price, perhaps? Or maybe some shiny base station mounts. Or just skip this VR nonsense and get that new toaster you’ve had your eye on.

    Or, you could hold onto that Amazon voucher and get even more Viveport content – Amazon is soon set to start selling apps from the service.

    The Viveport Subscription, meanwhile, allows you to download a set number of apps for a month, choosing from a library of hundreds of titles that includes the likes of Tilt Brush. You get to play those apps as much as you’ve like for the month, and then you can either choose them again the following month or pick new ones.

    It looks like this deal only counts for the base Vive Pro unit, as the SteamVR 2.0 bundle isn’t showing up on Amazon US at the time of writing. Maybe you’ll want to spend that $50 on some controllers and a base station, then.

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