There was a lot of exciting news this week in regards to the release of certain VR games, announcements, and speculations. Let’s take a look at the top stories from the past 7 days.
Top Stories And News From This Week
A Helsinki based VR startup company called Varjo has been making some bold statements about their current technology. During this year’s Slush conference, Varjo CEO Urho Konttori stated that they are “capable of nearly 100 times higher resolution than today’s best high-end VR headsets.”
Sony has been doing a great job in creating hype around their relatively new VR headset, PSVR. So far this year, we’ve seen tons of new VR games for the PlayStation VR including Skyrim VR and DOOM VFR. Skyrim VR has actually been such a big hit recently that it topped in sales over the likes of the Nintendo switch version of the game and Destiny 2.
Next year Sony has promised us that we’ll be seeing even more VR content. In the trailer below, you’ll see a mixture of newly released VR games and upcoming VR titles in 2018.
Rise of the Tomb Raider is one of the highest rated games to ever release from Square Enix. A lot reviews on Steam regard it as one of the best games they’ve ever played. Today, the team has launched Rise of the Tomb Raider: Blood Ties for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift users to enjoy in VR.
When it comes to social media, Facebook is king. And they look to implement some of that ideology into Oculus Rift Core 2.0 Beta update. First announced at OC4, this is a complete overhaul and redesign to their existing platform which will improve and focus their attention on the wants and needs of Rift users today.
LucasFilm and ILMxLAB have been hard at work in creating a new VR experience called “Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay – Astro-mechanic for the Resistance.”
In the experience, participants will join BB-8 aboard General Leia’s ship in the depths of space. By working quickly to repair Poe Dameron’s popular sidekick and his droid friends, participants help the Resistance in their fight against the First Order.
This new powerful chip was designed to “blur the lines between physical and virtual worlds,” according to Qualcomm. “Snapdragon 845 introduces an integrated Qualcomm Spectra 280 image signal processor (ISP) and Qualcomm Adreno 630 visual processing subsystem.”
A couple weeks ago HTC announced that they’ll be releasing a standalone VR headset called the Vive Focus. This new HMD will be tetherless and won’t require a mobile device to operate. Today, they’ve revealed that the headset will be available to pre-order starting December 12th for roughly around $600 in China.
The time has come. Bethesda has announced that Fallout 4 VR will be launching on Monday, December 11th at 5PM PST / 7PM EST for the HTC Vive on Steam. They have moved it up one day from the prior launch date they had set. Fallout 4 VR is a heavy-loaded RPG game which will be available in-store for $59.99. And to fill everyone’s cravings, they have released a short gameplay footage of Fallout 4 VR with technical instructions on how to use the mechanics in-game.
Planetrism takes place in the future, 200 years from now where mankind has spread throughout the solar system. In the future, Earth becomes overpopulated and polluted which leads to a sociological and economical turmoil. So, mankind attempts their first interstellar colonization to provide new opportunities and hope for a better future.
Planetrism is a virtual reality science fiction role-playing game where you experience the life of a colonist on an exoplanet light years away from our solar system. It is a very harsh world where you will have to put in the hard work. Users will find that there’s danger throughout the world, but there are also adventures filled with wonders and mysteries.
Recently, James Corden decided to include VR into his latest segment. He invited Disney’s legendary animator Glen Keane to draw The Little Mermaid in VR using Tilt Brush.
With the use of the HTC Vive headset and room-scale tracking, Keane was able to draw the masterpiece in VR. Not only is that impressive but he drew The Little Mermaid live on stage in a span of one song.