News | Virtual Reality Game Batman: Arkham Shadow Revealed

The VR game Batman: Arkham Shadow was announced yesterday.

A first teaser can be viewed below. Additionally, the official description reads as follows: “Something evil lurks in the streets. Gotham City is in danger. You are the only one who can save the city.”

It is clear that the game will come exclusively to Meta Quest 3 sometime next fall. Other VR headsets seem to be out of the question, as Oculus Studios is helping with the development. Camouflaj (known from Iron Man VR) is also helping with the development.

There are no more details about the game yet, but the complete reveal will take place at the Summer Game Fest presentation on June 7.

News | Fractal update No Man's Sky out now, adds PS VR2 support

Hello Games has released the free Fractal update for No Man's Sky. This adds support for PlayStation VR2, among other things.

As mentioned, version 4.1 of the game makes it possible to play the game with PlayStation VR 2. According to Hello Games, this will deliver a “next-generation VR experience” with improved vistas, more vegetation and higher quality textures. 3D audio, headset vibrations and intelligent tracking are also supported, as well as the haptic feedback and adaptive triggers of the Sense controllers.

Various elements in the game have been adjusted for the most realistic VR experience possible, including the ability to view freely from the ship’s cockpit. You can switch between normal gameplay and VR gameplay, which means that existing saves can also be used to experience the game with PS VR2.

The update also adds new content for all platform versions of the game, including a new ship called the Utopia Speeder, which can tear at high speed just above the surface of planets. That includes a new Expedition called Utopia. By completing this mission, players will unlock a new drone and the Fearsome Visor helmet.

Finally, various improvements are made through the update. The Switch version will receive all Nexus and Quicksilver missions, as well as the Trace of Metal story. All content is outlined in the patch notes.

News | Stranger Things VR announced

Developer Tenderclaws has unveiled Stranger Things VR.

In Stranger Things VR, players become the villain Vecna from the Netflix series of the same name. “Become an explorer of unknown realities as you mold the hive mind and tame the void. Invade the ghosts and create nightmares in your quest to take revenge on Eleven and Hawkins,” the description reads.

Yesterday was Stranger Things Day, celebrating the day the Will Buyers character disappears from the Netflix series for the first time. In addition to the new VR game, a mobile game has also been announced called Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales, a game that is very similar to the popular Candy Krush.

Stranger Things VR should be released in the winter of 2023 for ‘all major VR platforms.’

News | Sony shows more of PlayStation VR2 and upcoming VR games

Sony has released a trailer showcasing the PlayStation VR2 and upcoming games for the VR helmet.

In the trailer, the techniques that are in the virtual reality helmet are highlighted, such as a 4k HDR screen, eye tracking and foveated rendering. The corresponding controllers are also shown again.
Also featured are several upcoming PS VR2 games, such as Firewall Ultra, No Man’s Sky, Horizon: Call of the Mountain and Resident Evil Village.

Over the years, Sony has revealed details surrounding the PlayStation VR2 at various times, which are discussed again in the trailer below. For example, the OLED screen of the glasses is 4000 by 2040 pixels (2000 by 2040 per eye) and the field of view is 110 degrees. Furthermore, PlayStation VR2 has inside-out tracking, so that a separate camera is not necessary. Thanks to four cameras in the device itself, there is no need for colored LEDs on the device to keep track of where the player is. These cameras also follow the new controllers. Finally, the helmet with cameras tracks players’ eyes, allowing players to use their eyes to control the camera.
PlayStation VR2 should be released sometime early next year and can be used with the PlayStation 5. Sony previously announced that more than twenty games should be available on release. It is also known that the vr helmet will not be backward compatible with games that appeared on the first PS VR.

News | Sony unveils PlayStation VR2 design

Sony has revealed the design of the PlayStation VR2 and the 'latest version' of accompanying controllers in several photos.

In line with the PlayStation 5 and the PlayStation VR2 Sense controller, the VR glasses themselves are designed with white and black colors. Sony emphasizes the ‘round’ appearance of the glasses, which should match the controllers well.

The most notable new feature of the goggles is a ventilation system that keeps players’ heads cool. Thanks to an ‘airflow’, which Sony compares to that in the PlayStation 5, lenses of the glasses could not fog up during gameplay.

The glasses are also generally lighter, they should be suitable for different head sizes thanks to an adjustable headband and players can adjust the lenses themselves. This makes it possible to adjust the glasses to the exact distance between the pupils of the user, which improves the experience. The PS VR2 also includes a 3.5mm jack for headphones and vibration motors.

Sony previously revealed the specifications of the PS VR2. For example, the OLED screen of the glasses is 4000 by 2040 pixels (2000 by 2040 per eye) and the field of view is 110 degrees.

Furthermore, PlayStation VR2 has inside-out tracking, so that a separate camera is not necessary. Thanks to four cameras in the device itself, there is no need for colored LEDs on the device so that you can keep track of where the player is. These cameras also track the controllers. Finally, the helmet with cameras tracks players’ eyes, allowing players to use their eyes to control the camera.

A price and release date for the PlayStation VR 2 have not yet been announced.

News | Cities: Skylines VR Spin-Off Announced

Fast Travel Games is working on a virtual reality spin-off of their city builder Cities: Skylines, called Cities: VR.

The VR version lets players walk around their own city like some sort of monstrously tall person. Roads can be built with VR controllers.

Despite the different approach, Cities: VR has to transfer “important gameplay elements” from Cities: Skylines. The first trailer can be seen below.

The game is not being developed by Colossal Order, the studio behind Cities: Skylines, but by Fast Travel Games. That is the developer of VR games like Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife and Budget Cuts 2.

The game has only been confirmed for the Oculus Quest 2 in the spring of 2022 for now.

News | PSVR Game Moss: Book 2 Coming Spring 2022

The PlayStation VR game Moss: Book 2 will be released sometime in the spring of 2022.

Developer Polyarc has announced this.
The company also released a new trailer for the game, which shows the mouse Quill in the early parts of the game.

Moss: Book 2 should be accessible to new players, but will continue the story from the first part. Moss’ world must be saved once again, while a winged monster is hunting Quill. The game should offer new environments and enemies. There are also new tools for solving puzzles, including a hammer.

News | Sony applies patent for a robot companion

Sony has applied for a patent for a robot that accompanies players during gaming and measures emotions.

According to the description of the patent, the robot has various functions, but mainly serves to offer a ‘joint experience’. The device could recognize different emotions, such as ‘pleasure’, ‘anger’, ‘love’ and ‘surprise’, and measure the heart rate and skin moisture of players,

The robot would even contain a ‘love index’ that measures the bond with the player, depending on how often he talks to the device. It is also intended to help maintain a favorable ‘living rhythm’, for example by suggesting players take a break. Finally, the robot would also be able to act as a second player in, for example, co-op games.

According to the patent, a VR version of the robot is also possible. The device would then be next to the players in virtual reality and watch the game.

Whether the robot actually goes into production remains to be seen. Companies like Sony regularly apply for a patent without using it.

News | Half-Life: Alyx VR-game officially announced

Valve has officially announced the vr game Half-Life: Alyx. The Game will be revealed on Thursday.

There have been rumors for years about a virtual reality game based on the Half-Life franchise. In 2015, the company indicated that it was still experimenting with VR and IP. But the last few days rumors started to flare up again due to a leaked interview.

Via Twitter, Valve announces that Half-Life: Alyx really exists and that the game will be revealed this Thursday at 19:00 Dutch time. There are no further details about the game yet.

The original Half Life game appeared on PC in 1998. A few years later, the game also came to PlayStation 2. The player is Gordon Freeman, a scientist who must find his way out of the Black Mesa Research Facility after an experiment with alien material goes wrong.

Continuation Half-Life 2 appeared in 2004. After that two more episodic sequels were released. The second episode ended with a cliffhanger and after that no new Half-Life game was released.

News | Iron Man VR will be released on February 28, 2020

Iron Man VR appears on PlayStation 4 on February 28, 2020, game wouldfirst have been released this year.

An announcement earlier this year announced that the PlayStation VR game would be released this year, but that has become 2020. The release date was announced at New York Comic-Con. A new narrative trailer has also been released.

Iron Man VR is being developed by Camouflaj and Sony Worldwide Studios and revolves around one of the most iconic superhero of Marvel. Players can use two Move controllers to control the Repulsor Jets and fly through the air. In addition, they compete against well-known enemies of Iron Man.