A few years ago, as Facebook forked out $2bn for Oculus and Valve and Sony entered the fray with fancy tech of their own, virtual reality looked like it might have become the next big thing not just in video game land, but in entertainment.Fast forward to 2018, and things haven't grown quite as fast as some of the major players had hoped.One of those major players is Sony, which released the PlayStation VR headset in October 2016. As of December 2017, PSVR had sold two million units.Yesterday, during an investor relations event, Sony said that while the PSVR specifically was growing, growth for the overall VR market was "below expectation".The line came in a note under the "challenges and improvements" section of a presentation on Sony's video game business, called the game and network services segment.Clearly, Sony reckons VR has failed to take off in the way it had expected. But it's not alone. Earlier this month, Oculus VR's Matt Conte told Eurogamer sister site GamesIndustry.biz … [Read more...] about Sony: VR market growth “below expectation”
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The Vive Pro head-mounted display is currently the best consumer-level virtual reality headset money can buy, but it may not be the simplest to explain. It’s also hard to create an apples-to-apples pricing comparison with the original Vive bundle, much less other headsets on the market. I’ve had the chance to test the updated hardware for the past few days, and my findings are about what you’d expect. Yes, this is an impressive upgrade in both visual quality and comfort. Yes, it’s much more expensive than the first-generation consumer Vive. And there are more upgrades on the way. What has been improved HTC has adjusted, improved or rethought just about everything from the original headset. The result is countless small improvements that all add up to a much better user experience. The headset is now more comfortable and easier to use, whether you’re putting it on yourself or helping someone else get set up. The front of the headset now swivels to make … [Read more...] about The Vive Pro is now the best (and most expensive) virtual reality headset on the market
L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is the best VR game I have ever played. More than that, it is one of the best gaming experiences I have ever had. Defying the odds, it feels like a bespoke virtual reality game, rather than a decade-old console title bent and hammered into a VR mould. Should you get the chance to play it yourself, you will quickly come to understand why it has cast its spell so effectively over me. Related: the best VR games on PC. I spent some time with the game at Rockstar’s offices back in November, but have finally had chance to play the whole game now. As soon as the opening seconds of the “Armed and Dangerous” case began I fell in love with it all over again. Picture the scene: I am outside Westlake Savings & Loans, and the building is currently suffering at the hands of half-a-dozen robbers. Bullets zing off car fenders and thud against tarmac. One criminal is crouched behind a car on the roadside, blocking my advance into the … [Read more...] about L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files is evidence that VR can make games even better
Budget Cuts is a VR stealth game about teleporting around tight environments and smacking robots over the head with office supplies. Based on a free demo and what we saw of the game back in 2016, we named it on our list of most promising VR games, and now it's been given a full release date: May 16.It's a fairly chunky offering by the sounds of it—the game will take around eight hours to finish, and will set you back $30 on both Steam and the Oculus Store.The trailer below is from 2016, but should give you a good idea of what to expect. When you teleport, by pointing at a spot on the ground, you can see a preview of the new location before you actually warp there, which lets you judge whether it's a good decision or not. The aim is to sneak past guards and take them out in imaginative ways. You can interact with most objects in the environment, which means you can stab a robot with a pair of scissors and then dump them in a bin. And if you haven't been keeping up with VR … [Read more...] about Promising VR stealth game Budget Cuts gets May release date, will take 8 hours to complete
A short while ago, I got to stick my sweaty face into HTC’s second generation PC VR headset, the Vive Pro, which was on show in the UK for the first time. The headset boasts a higher resolution and OLED displays, among other upgrades, and so the question is whether or not this can overcome VR’s visual shortcomings and give the medium a much-needed second wind. Well, it’s definitely a big improvement – but that’s also something of a double-edged sword. I tested the Vive Pro with the suitably atmospheric undersea exploration game Operation Apex, made by UK developer Curiscope in partnership with Vive Studios. It was released last December, but has just released a big update which includes an appealing free-roam mode. Though it’s just dandy on the original Vive, its grand seascapes and looming (but non-aggressive) sharks made a fine demo for this new version of the hardware. The Vive Pro’s resolution has jumped to 2880×1600 from the regular … [Read more...] about Vive Pro tested: the visual upgrade VR desperately needed, but is it enough?