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  • Sony Confirms That PlayStation VR has now Passed the 4 Million Sales Mark More sales success for PlayStation VR.
  • Buy the HTC Vive Focus Plus for £754 Next Month It's an enterprise-focused standalone headset.
  • Vive Focus Plus Ships April 15 For $799 With Business License
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    HTC revealed its Vive Focus Plus standalone VR headset is priced $799. It starts shipping April 15 with two hand controllers included.

    That is essentially double the cost of the consumer-oriented Oculus Quest, which starts shipping this spring starting at $399 for similar overall functionality. You can read our most recent hands-on impressions of Quest and everything else we know about the device here.

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    The Vive Focus Plus will ship in most markets with an enterprise license. The headset is said to launch with 250 Vive Wave applications while its Viveport Infinity subscription program claims to include “over 70 premium titles.” Here are the Vive Focus Plus specifications, according to HTC:

    Display: 3K AMOLED (2880×1600)
    Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    Audio: Built-in Speaker
    Tracking: Inside-Out
    Frame Rate: 75Hz
    Field of View: 110-degrees
    Battery: 4000 mAh
    Controller: 6DoF
    Data Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    Memory (RAM/ROM): 4/32 GB
    Connector: USB Type-C
    Charging: QC3.0

    HTC is a company that appears to be in technological transition — with the Vive Focus Plus the latest example. HTC’s first generation Vive headset debuted in 2016 for $$799, a full $200 more than the Rift with a wider feature set. That system relied on Valve’s SteamVR Tracking technology to operate. All headsets HTC released since 2016, except for the Vive Pro, don’t rely on this technology. It should still be possible for some HTC systems to interact with SteamVR content but we’ve yet to test that sort of of functionality in a home setting. While Vive Focus Plus is HTC’s current standalone headset the company is also planning the convertible Vive Cosmos as well.

    Currently, Oculus sells business editions of the original Rift for $799 with room-scale tracking and extra accessories while the Oculus standalone headset is $299 with 64 GB of storage. Oculus is also planning a 128 GB Oculus Quest for $499 but we don’t have any word on a business edition of the headset.

    It is hard to get a full picture right now of how different Vive Focus Plus and Oculus Quest are from another in actual real-world use. HTC is trying to gear the headset to the business market but it is not clear how the headset or its business license will outperform Oculus Quest for business use cases.

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  • All the PlayStation VR Videogame Release Date’s from Sony’s State of Play Broadcast There was quite a lot going on.
  • Sony Sold 4.2 Million PSVR Headsets
    Sony Sold 4.2 Million PSVR Headsets

    Sony officially cleared a new sales milestone of 4.2 million headsets sold through March 3, 2019.

    Sony is the only wired VR headset manufacturer to release actual sales figures. Samsung released some sales figures for its Gear VR headsets, but those systems offer a different caliber of experience compared with PlayStation VR.

    We last heard Sony cleared 3 million headsets sold in August 2018. The headset first went on sale in late 2016. The PlayStation Aim controller (above) was released in 2017 with support in some VR shooters. Astro Bot, Beat Saber and other games have clearly driven sales for the system into 2019.

    A Sony livestream today announced a series of new VR games coming to the system in the next few months, including No Man’s Sky and Five Nights At Freddy’s.

    We’re of course curious what the future holds for Sony’s VR system. The PlayStation Move controllers and single sensor used with the PSVR system could be improved dramatically in a second generation of hardware. Oculus just announced its second generation Rift S and we’re curious if Valve will follow through with a new generation of headset powered by its technology.

    Sony is due to provide updates on a potential PS5 system at some point. We’re anxious to hear what is in store for the company’s VR hardware efforts. In particular, 4.2 million PSVR headsets means Sony is incredibly well positioned to build a strong second generation that could improve upon the experience of games from the first. We’ll update you as soon as we hear what Sony has in store next.

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  • No Man’s Sky: Beyond Finally Brings the Title to PlayStation VR and Steam VR Hello Games' massive sci-fi explorer will arrive this Summer.
  • FuturLab’s Mini-Mech Mayhem Arrives On PSVR In June
    FuturLab’s Mini-Mech Mayhem Arrives On PSVR In June

    Good news FuturLab’s deceptively tactical VR boardgame, Mini-Mech Mayhem, just got a PSVR release date.

    The game’s due out on June 18th. That’s just after this year’s E3 so you’ll have something to play in the post-news blues. The date was confirmed during Sony’s State of Play broadcast earlier today.

    Mini-Mech Mayhem is a four-player PSVR exclusive. In the game, you befriend a little robot companion that you bring into tabletop battles. Battles are turn-based and have players looking to secure positions on a grid-based map. Every movement you assign your robot has a cost. Big strides across the board, for example, might have you moving slower than your opponent. The same goes for aiming at more damaging body parts with your robot’s weapon.

    The idea is to predict what your enemy is going to do and then counter it. We went hands-on with the game late last year and fell for its strategic gameplay. It also helps that it’s utterly adorable; you can kit out your robot buddy with a range of clothing and then interact with mini fist bumps and more.

    The date was announced alongside a slate of other PSVR release windows. We also got launch details for Falcon Age, Trover Saves the Universe and Jupiter & Mars among others. It’s been a busy day for PSVR fans.

    This isn’t FuturLab’s first dance with VR. A few years back the studio also made Tiny Trax, a tricky little toy racer that we were quite fond of. We have high hopes for Mini-Mech Mayhem, too.

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  • Jupiter & Mars Brings Trippy Ecco The Dolphin Vibes To PSVR This April
    Jupiter & Mars Brings Trippy Ecco The Dolphin Vibes To PSVR This April

    Jupiter & Mars is making its trippy and visually splendid debut on PSVR in less than a month this April!

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  • Everybody’s Golf VR Swings Onto PSVR This May
    Everybody’s Golf VR Swings Onto PSVR This May

    Everybody's Golf VR is making its debut on PSVR later this year on May 21st to really give you something to swing at.

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  • Iron Man VR is Coming to PlayStation VR This Year There's no release date just yet.
  • PS4 Exclusive Concrete Genie Getting PSVR Mode
    PS4 Exclusive Concrete Genie Getting PSVR Mode

    One of Sony’s more unique upcoming PS4 exclusives, Concrete Genie, will feature a PSVR mode.

    Developer PixelOpus confirmed as much in Sony’s State of Play broadcast today. A new trailer for the game showcased what appeared to be traditional footage and not PSVR support. Over on the PlayStation Blog the developer revealed there will be two PSVR modes for the game. Neither will be the full experience in VR but PixelOpus still sounds like it has high hopes for these modes.

    “When we showed the game to some old friends, Jeff Brown and Dave Smith – they came up with an incredible idea for how to take it to a whole new level in PS VR,” the team wrote. “It was such a compelling pitch that we decided to build a team around them, right next to us in PlayStation HQ so they could create it alongside us.”

    First announced at Paris Games Week in 2017, Concrete Genie is a game about bullying. You play as a young artist that finds sanctuary in the street art you make. But the art you create actually comes alive, forming monsters that can help you on your way. They’ll solve puzzles and help you progress. In today’s trailer, we also saw segments where players have to avoid the bullies.

    It’s definitely a change of pace from the usual videogame fare. The game’s got a visually charming style and is far less concerned with action than it is telling a personal story. If it hits the right notes it could be something truly memorable.

    Sony had plenty of other PSVR announcements at State of Play today. It also revealed an Iron Man VR game for the first time coming exclusively to its headset. We also got a date for the long-awaited Blood and Truth and got our first look at Five Nights At Freddy’s VR. Overall it’s been a busy day.

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  • No Man’s Sky VR Finally Coming To PSVR And SteamVR This Summer (Update)
    No Man’s Sky VR Finally Coming To PSVR And SteamVR This Summer (Update)

    No Man's Sky VR has finally been confirmed for PSVR by developer Hello Games during Sony's State of Play broadcast today.

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  • Trover Saves The Universe Brings Justin Roiland’s Signature Comedy To PSVR This May
    Trover Saves The Universe Brings Justin Roiland’s Signature Comedy To PSVR This May

    Trover Saves the Universe, the latest VR game from Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland, hits PSVR on May 31st.

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  • Falcon Age Brings Adorable Bird Handling To PSVR This April
    Falcon Age Brings Adorable Bird Handling To PSVR This April

    Falcon Age, the beautiful bird-handling game from Outerloop, is coming to PSVR this April and we can't wait to get our hands on it!

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  • TeamViewer Offers Remote Customer Assistance Through AR

    Providing on-site quality assistance through smartphone technology. Anyone who’s had the pleasure of dealing with customer service during a complex situation will tell you the horrors of communicating an issue over the phone. Whether it be operating heavy machinery, providing IT support, or handling dangerous materials, having an expert at your side would be immensely

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