Virtual reality games let you experience things you never could on a monitor. But just a couple years ago, they required high-end gaming rigs with expensive headsets. Thankfully, that's no longer true. While you still can spend hundreds of dollars on an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift if you want the best possible VR experience, you can also buy a Windows Mixed Reality headset and enjoy many of the same games with the PC you already have.In this post, we'll go over how to get into VR gaming while saving some money, either by buying a cheaper headset or shopping for a holiday deal. And we'll tell you how how the cheaper Windows Mixed Reality headsets differ from the mainstream Vive and Rift headsets.Holiday deals on the Oculus Rift, Vive and VR games Oculus dropped the price of the Rift + Touch combo to $349 over Cyber Monday, then decided to keep that price for the holiday season. The Rift still costs $349 on the Oculus store.The Viveport store, which actually carries tons of games that … [Read more...] about The most affordable ways to get into VR this holiday season
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SPOILT for choice? It's not easy to work out whether you should by the Xbox One X or PS4 Pro. Nevertheless, we've tested both devices, and have put together a detailed guide to help you decide which of these formidable 4K games consoles you should splash some cash on. Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro – what are they? These two machines are the most recent (and most expensive) games consoles from Microsoft and Sony. They're designed to play games in 4K resolution, which is a tough ask due to the immense computing power required. A 4K video has four times the number of pixels compared to standard Full HD video, so it's often much sharper and more detailed. If you've got a 4K television, you'll be able to use these two consoles to play video games in eye-watering 4K resolution. Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro design – which console looks better? The Xbox One X is a beautiful, boxy console that will look good in basically any living room. It's incredible small, in spite of its powerful hardware, … [Read more...] about Xbox One X vs PS4 Pro – which 4K games console should you get on Black Friday?
Oculus Quest, a VR headset that doesn’t require a PC to function, has been announced for a Spring 2019 launch. The standalone headset will cost $399, and features totally wireless control with no external sensors required. All the rendering is dealt with on the headset itself, potentially marking Oculus’ departure from the PC space for the time being. Gamers have been waiting on the next-gen of the Oculus Rift headset ever since the first headset left development and went into volume production. Facebook subsidiary Oculus, however, has decided to take another route with its latest headset, instead favouring the all-in-one virtual reality experience to one tethered to a powerful gaming PC. The Oculus Quest features a 1600 x 1440 per eye display, built-in audio via two speakers within the headband, a battery of unknown capacity, and 64GB of internal storage. All the motion is controlled via two Touch controllers and the headset’s own inside-out tracking, named Oculus … [Read more...] about Oculus Quest VR headset coming Spring 2019 for $399 – but it isn’t for PC gamers
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
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?