This Japanese VR arcade put me inside ‘Mario Kart’

Back when Bandai Namco opened its first VR arcade in Tokyo last April, I was keen to check out its various HTC Vive-powered VR games. My first ride there would have been Gundam VR: Daiba Assault, just so I could get a taste of what it’s like hitching a ride on a Gundam’s hand. The problem was by the time …

Palmer Luckey donates to software that breaks Oculus exclusivity

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey has always railed against the idea of locking VR games to a single platform. Now, several months after leaving Facebook following controversy about his political donations to a pro-Trump group, Luckey is stepping back into the VR world in a surprising way. Waypoint reports that he’s contributing $2,000 a month to the Patreon campaign for Revive, …

Time-bending shooter ‘Superhot VR’ arrives on HTC Vive

Superhot VR didn’t start life as an Oculus Rift game, but it eventually made it to the VR headset. With dual-wielding guns and further tweaks to improve the title for a new interface, it turned into a short-but-sweet slice of virtual reality gaming. Now it’s HTC Vive owners’ turn to slow time, evade bullets, and return them in kind. Via: …

Vive Studios’ ‘VR Sports’ is exactly what it sounds like

The unmitigated phenomenon that was the Nintendo Wii had an everlasting effect on any medium with motion controllers: If you have hardware that can track hand movements, it needs to have its own “Wii Sports” game. Enter Vive Studios latest virtual reality game, VR Sports — a light-hearted but surprisingly realistic-feeling ping-pong and tennis simulator. On March 15th, the game …

‘Adr1ft’ developer joins a VR startup, leaves old studio behind

If you were hoping for a sequel to Adr1ft, the game about a zero-gravity escape from a destroyed space station high above Earth, you might want to place those expectations elsewhere. Head of Three One Zero and lead developer Adam Orth (above) says that his old studio had “run its course,” in an interview with VentureBeat. Now? He’s working with …

‘Knockout League’ brings cartoony boxing to virtual reality

The Nintendo Switch has Arms and now the VR-minded folks at Grab Games and Vive Studios have dropped Knockout League onto Steam’s Early Access label. The arcade-y boxing game’s in-development version only has four cartoony pugilists for now, according to VentureBeat, but each one has a different fighting style. And some aren’t even human. Like Sir Octopunch, a mustachioed octopus …

HTC’s Vive Deluxe Audio Strap makes its VR headset more comfortable

Compared to Playstation VR and the Oculus Rift, HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset is a bit of a face-hugger. It offers a window into beautiful virtual realms and boasts room-scale motion tracking but, well, it’s just not very comfortable. Soon, that may change. HTC just announced that it’s creating a Vive Deluxe Audio Strap to replace the headset’s elastic headgear. …

‘Thumper’ pulses its way to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets

Thumper, the trippy rhythm game with a pulsing electronic soundtrack (no, the other one) was one of the surprise hits of PlayStation VR’s launch. And now it’s headed elsewhere. That’s right, folks with HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets will be able to find the title in their store of choice now. The recently released update on Steam adds “basic …

‘The Martian’ VR experience comes home

It’s been a long time coming, but The Martian VR Experience is finally ready. Fox has released its virtual reality take on the stranded-on-Mars movie (plus Andy Weir novel) for the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, with Oculus Rift support coming soon. Spend $20 and you can fill the boots of astronaut Mark Watney as he struggles to survive and …

‘EVE: Valkyrie’ blasts onto HTC Vive this month

EVE: Valkyrie might have started life as an Oculus Rift tech demo, but this month the space-shooter will arrive on Steam for HTC Vive owners. The exact release date is coming “soon,” according to developer CCP Games. “We’ve also got some big celebrations planned for that weekend; all pilots on all platforms are invited,” the blog post teases. Oh, and …

VR game developers prefer the HTC Vive, grapple with nausea

The decision to get a high-end virtual reality headset is as much about the software selection as the technology itself. So which platform is getting the most attention from developers? Apparently, it’s HTC’s Vive. A UBM Game Network industry report shows that 49 percent of VR developers are targeting the Vive, while 43 percent are writing software for the Oculus …

Steam’s latest weekend sale slashes VR game prices

Steam tossed some VR experiences into last month’s summer sale, but this time, it’s throwing a party exclusively for virtual reality enthusiasts. The gaming platform has just announced a VR weekend sale, where it’s selling 175 titles for up to 80 percent off. Sure, the selection isn’t as extensive, but don’t forget that we’ve only just begun exploring the world …