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Hands-on with Valve’s The Lab – Your introduction to VR

Hands-on with Valve’s The Lab – Your introduction to VR

The Portal games are among my favorites for a number of reasons. I'm a big fan of solving puzzles and condescending robots, and those games really satisfied both areas. The second game wrapped up the story of Chell pretty neatly, but there's still a lot more to explore at Aperture Laboratories. While at GDC, Valve gave me a peek into some of the various Pocket Universes that we'll be able to explore in The Lab.

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Hellblade real-time motion capture turns the real into virtual seamlessly

Hellblade real-time motion capture turns the real into virtual seamlessly

Game developer Ninja Theory is making a video game called Hellblade that is using some very impressive motion capture technology to get a real actresses movements and emotions into the virtual world. The game is focused on a female Viking warrior called Senua who is battling insanity. Ninja Theory showed off a demo of how it is capturing motion from actress Melina Juergens and putting it into the game at GDC.

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Minecraft VR for Android will make Gear VR a monster

Minecraft VR for Android will make Gear VR a monster

The Samsung Gear VR (powered by Oculus) is set to get its own version of the upcoming VR version of Minecraft. This Microsoft-owned game was previously announced to be coming to the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset as well as the Microsoft HoloLens holographic headset - now it's coming to the mobile VR universe as well. This will not be the first time the non-VR version of the game hits mobile - that's been out for several years.

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PlayStation VR is going to cost you a lot more than $399

PlayStation VR is going to cost you a lot more than $399

By now you've heard the big news about PlayStation VR, Sony's new PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset: it's being released this October, there's going to be plenty of games available, and it will cost $399. While that last bit certainly isn't a lie, it is a bit misleading, unfortunately. Part of the reason the pricing is such a big deal is because the PlayStation VR drastically undercuts the $599 Oculus Rift and $799 HTC Vive, but there's a few accessories required that Sony has neglected to put in the box.

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All 30 Oculus Rift launch games detailed and priced

All 30 Oculus Rift launch games detailed and priced

Today we're going to run down the full lot of Oculus Rift launch titles - everything the company has announced will be coming to the VR headset as soon as possible. In these titles are some of the most fantastic games ever conceived for virtual reality - as well they should be. This company built itself on the idea that virtual reality is the future of gaming. As such, they've attracted some of the most amazing developers in the realm to create titles that'll absolutely blow you away.

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PlayStation VR first impressions

PlayStation VR first impressions

Yesterday, Sony finally took the wraps off of their highly-anticipated PlayStation VR headset. With an entry price of just $399, it's significantly less expensive than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. After the announcement I had a chance to test out the headset and see how it stacked up against the competition.

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Oculus VR Preview – The Climb

Oculus VR Preview – The Climb

I've mentioned before that you need an open mind when going into any VR title. And when you hear that there's a game about climbing rocks in virtual reality, you really do need an open mind. The Climb lives up to its name, as you'll spend the whole game climbing. But your arms won't get too tired.

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Oculus VR Preview – Project CARS

Oculus VR Preview – Project CARS

Not every game shown off at the Oculus preview event was a new title. A number of them were games that are currently available, with VR support. One such game was Project Cars. Project CARS has been available since May of last year, but in VR it provides a very new experience.

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Oculus VR Preview – Eagle Flight

Oculus VR Preview – Eagle Flight

If there's anything I've learned about virtual reality, it's that you have to go into it with an open mind. Sometimes you'll see a game, and think that there's no way that it will be anything more than slightly amusing. That's how I felt about Eagle Flight, until I strapped in and started playing it.

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Oculus VR Preview – Dead and Buried

Oculus VR Preview – Dead and Buried

While I was at Oculus's preview event, there was one game that stood out among the rest. Namely because everyone kept telling me that I needed to try it. Plus, every time I walked by the area where it was being demoed, the people playing looked like they were having a blast. The game was Dead and Buried.

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PlayStation VR release date and pricing revealed

PlayStation VR release date and pricing revealed

Today the final consumer edition of the PlayStation VR headset has been revealed. They'll be releasing this device with a set of specifications that is both impressive and limited - prepared to meet the demands of the PlayStation 4 itself, including its hardware and software limitations therein. This device works with a single 5.7-inch display, rolling with 1920 x 1080 resolution - that's 960 x 1080 pixels per eye. Refresh rate is at 120 Hz, 90 Hz, and sensors include 9 LEDs/360-degree tracking.

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Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Today the folks at Unity have revealed a shirt film called "Adam" to demonstrate the abilities of their Unity engine. This clip is part of a longer film that'll be released (in full) by the Unity Demo team at Unite Europe 2016 in Amsterdam. Until then, you have this - a masterpiece in its own right. This demonstrates not only the power of Unity for games, but for the future of film, too. Unity announced this week the availability of both Unity 5.4 and Unity 5.3.4 (stable), as well as the availability of beta releases to personal edition users. In Unity 5.4 this means big things not only for flat, 2D rendering, but for virtual reality rendering as well.

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