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A New Type Of Go Kart Racing Has Arrived In VR

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We all know that Mario Kart VR is something that most people want on their HMD. But with the licensing of the game by Bandai Namco through Nintendo, us regular folk aren’t able to play the experience on our virtual reality headsets. Rather, you have to travel to an attraction in D.C., London, or Tokyo to play the game.
However, the good folks at IMGN.PRO announced that Indie studio Black Delta has released a kart racing simulation in VR called KartKraft. The game itself is in early access but you will be able to drive and drift around the courses. Currently, KartKraft is available in Early Access for $19.99.

KartKraft is an extreme kart racing sim with the advanced vehicle physics. You will have to master the skill of racing karts on laser-scanned, fully recreated circuits. Users will be able to accelerate to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds with no suspension, while racing against 20 other drivers. You can feel your kart bend, twist and bounce on every bump, crack, and curb in the track as you drive on officially licensed circuits from around the world. You will also learn what it takes to corner at over 2.5Gs while balancing on only three wheels as your engine screams at 21,000 RPM and your tires squeal, slide and deform, trying to grip the track. Note: No suspension, no downforce, no seatbelts.
Early Access Game Features:

Circuits: Three laser-scanned, fully recreated circuits (The Geelong Kart Club, Go Kart Club of Victoria and Paul Fletcher International).
Karts: 8 officially licensed kart models – from manufacturers like Arrow, CRG, Deadly, Formula K, Monaco, OK1, Praga, Sodi.
Asynchronous PvP Leaderboard Mode: Race against all players to earn spots on the leaderboard; see where you rank against your friends, your country and across the globe.

WIth every lap recorded and uploaded, you can see where you competitor brakes, turns and accelerates to gain a competitive edge.

Single Player Mode: Players will race against AI, but results will be judged against all other players (available from second week of EA)
Levels of Difficulty: Easy, Medium, Hard, Legend, Adaptive (available from second week of EA)
Customization:

Kart: hundreds of parts and components that all affect handling. Swap out axles, sprockets, carburetors, rims, hubs, torsion bars, and many more. If you can see it, you can change it. The number of possible configurations will grow substantially during EA progress.
Driver: Kit up in the latest gear from Alpinestars, Arai, Freem, Momo, OMP, and Sparco with more being added during Early Access content updates.

Minimum Requirements: 64-Bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8, Intel Core i5-4460 or AMD FX-8120, 4 GB RAM, Geforce GTX 760, DirectX Version 11, 32GB available storage, Integrated card
Recommended Requirements: 64-Bit Windows 10, Intel Core i5-86000K or AMD Ryzen 5 2600X, 16 GB RAM, GeForce GTX 1070 8GB, DirectX Version 11, 32GB available storage, Integrated sound card

Here is a list of features and updates that will be added during Early Access:

Improved physics.
Optimization for lower spec hardware.
Circuits: The addition of 10 laser-scanned, fully recreated circuits.
Classes: Eight additional classes of karts.
Modding: Modding support.
Manufacturers: Feature 20 additional manufacturers.
Multiplayer: Online multiplayer with skill-based matching.

“I raced karts for five years and retired after blowing up three red valve Formula 100 motors in the same weekend.  At the same time I was racing, I was studying Computer Science and game development so that I could make games about the sport I love.  KartKraft is a labor of love for me and my team.  It took us longer than we expected, but we are excited to share our first game with our fans,” said Zach Griffin, CEO, Black Delta.
Make sure to give KartKraft a look!
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Lenovo Has Licensed The Rights To Sony’s PlayStation VR Headset Designs

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There was an inkling feeling in the community that the Lenovo Mirage headset had a striking resemblance with the PlayStation VR headset. Starting with the headrest to the adjustment designs, there was many similar features. But now, Lenovo has announced that it has licensed the rights to Sony’s patented designs to the PlayStation VR headset.
“We are pleased to announce that we have licensed the PS VR headset design to Lenovo,” said Riley Russell, Chief Legal Officer at SIE. “The industrial design for PS VR has been widely acclaimed, and that was the result of years of hard work by PlayStation engineers.  This agreement with Lenovo is a testament to the quality of PS VR’s design, as well as SIE’s commitment to creating great virtual reality experiences and helping the VR industry expand.”

Lenovo Mirage Solo

PlayStation VR
“Lenovo is pleased to partner with Sony,” said Yao Li, vice president of Lenovo Consumer Tablets and Smart Devices Product and Business Management. “The preeminence of the PS VR design is obvious, and This agreement will allow us to work together to greatly enhance the design sophistication and appeal of the rapidly expanding VR field, and is an outstanding example of how great consumer brands in the VR industry can work together to benefit the consumer VR market.”
Currently, the Lenovo Mirage Solo is priced at $399 and does not require a PC nor a mobile device to operate. The PlayStation VR headset is currently priced at $233.95 and needs to be wired to the PS4 in order to function. You can also purchase additional peripheral devices such as the PlayStation Move controllers for a more immersive experience.
 
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Relive the 2001: A Space Odyssey In Virtual Reality

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The 2001: A Space Odyssey is known for its masterful cinematography and the way it is able to depict the unknowns of technology and outer space. While the movie was wonderful itself, a student named Erika Bonat (with the help of Ettore Cinquetti) from Verona University was able to capture the essence of the film in virtual reality.

The space station is one of the coolest elements in the movie which drives the narrative. It depicts human achievement of technology and how advanced we can get as human beings. The space station is operated by the famous HAL 9000 who is an AI and the students from Verona University was able to bring it to life in the virtual world.

While you don’t really get to experience HAL, you do get to see some cool areas of the ship This includes:

the kitchen on the Aries 1b Shuttle
the lobby in Space Station V
HAL9000 holographic memory room

The experience was created for educational purposes with non-commercial use in mind. The experience is currently free to download and is only available on the HTC Vive.  This is an alpha version of the experience so you might find small tidbits of bugs and errors but it is definitely worth checking out.
To experience someone’s recreation of the Space Odyssey space station in VR is quite remarkable to say the least. The original film has stolen the hearts of millions of people around the world and to see something resemble it is fascinating.
 
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The Halloween Steam VR Sale Is Here – Check Out All The Discounted Titles

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With Halloween just a few days away, Steam has decided to launch the Halloween Horror VR sale which will allow you to take advantage of all the great titles from the past. The games included on this list are full of spooky and scary details that will immerse you inside a virtual terror box.
Below is the list of VR titles that are apart of the Horror VR sale by Steam:
Paranormal Activity – $14.99
Don’t Knock Twice – $9.99
Ghost Town Mine Ride & Shootin’ Gallery – $6.74
Arizona Sunshine – $25.99
Dreadhalls – $6.99
Monstrum – $3.59
Emily Wants To Play – $2.44
Dead Secret – $7.49
Blue Effect – $7.49
A Chair In A Room – $12.49
The Vanish Of Ethan Carter – $3.98
HordeZ – $8.49
The Brookhaven Experiment – $3.99
Killing Floor Incursion – $9.89
Rise of Insanity – $4.99
Spooky’s Jump Scare Mansion – $6.69
This sale is a limited time offering that Steam is providing. The Horror VR sale begins today October 29 – November 1. This is a very short window for this special event.
On top of these listed VR games, Steam has released many other VR titles on discount which you can find here. This includes Rise of the Tomb Raider, Assetto Corsa, The Forest, Payday 2 VR, and many more. Make sure to check it out and buy these games while they are on sale.
 
 
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New Oculus Rift VR Games – Oct 26, 2018 Weekend Edition

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This week has been quite exciting in terms of the content and games that have been announced and released. Here are some fun new VR games on the Oculus Rift.
New Oculus Rift game releases last week
Below is the full list of recommended new games to play on Oculus Rift this week:

Lone Echo II: Trailer Experience – FREE

Jack and Liv are back! Experience a glimpse into the highly anticipated sequel to the groundbreaking zero-g adventure from Ready At Dawn and Oculus Studios. Return to the rings of Saturn on a journey that takes you deeper into the mysteries of space — past the very boundaries of time itself. Venture beyond the unknown in Lone Echo II.

Dungeon Puzzle VR – Solve it or die – $7.99

Dive in into the immersive Dungeon Puzzle VR game where you will be tested on your ability to pay attention to the smallest details, recognizing patterns and critical thinking. Puzzles in the dungeon are designed by the old cursed ghost who finds it amusing to trap people in his dungeon to satisfy his boredom. While providing you little to no assistance to help you solve the puzzles. It is up to you to use your intelligence to solve the puzzles and gain your freedom back.

Witching Tower VR – $19.99

It’s been six years since the Undead War shattered the world. Nightmares stalk the land, and sickness and death pervade the world. At the center of this nightmare, the Witching Tower’s Queen directs the chaos, feeding, and growing stronger.
You have been chosen to survive by forces you don’t understand. You are Anna, a fugitive. For years, you have been hunted by the Tower’s forces, lead by the Queen of the Undead. Now, dragged to her in chains, you seem destined for a worse death than most. The Queen believes you possess a secret that can reshape the world, for good or for ill – and she’s determined to extract it from you.

Crazy Machines VR – $15.99

With Crazy Machines VR the award winning puzzle game classic enters the Virtual Reality! Complete many crazy chain reactions and experience a rousing adventure surrounding the odd Clumsycorns! Or just mess around in the ingenious new interactive sandbox rooms.

Battle X – $19.99

BATTLE X Arcade is an arcade version of BATTLE X, which is specifically developed for LBE(Location Based Entertainment) venues. But now, you have a chance to access the raw FPS game in your own home.

Big Breezy Boat – $4.49

Be free and go sailing on your own yacht surrounded by relaxing ocean! You can steer, control the sails and teleport around the boat. Meet others sailors in an optional multiplayer mode.

VR Trivia Battle – FREE

Compete to be the ultimate game show champion in VR Trivia Battle, a social VR trivia experience filled with big choices and crazy shenanigans!

Star Shelter – $13.49

Star shelter is one of the first survival games made for VR. As you’re stranded in space, you must climb around in Zero-G, explore, scavenge, craft, hack and fight to survive. You have to build, arm and upgrade your own space station in order to escape the cosmic graveyard.

Megadimension Neptunia VIIR – $29.99

Gamindustri – a world sitting at the convergence of multiple dimensions. Of these existed the Zero Dimension, a world on the brink of collapse. Zero Dimension’s last guardian, Uzume Tennouboshi, waged a war against a mysterious evil known as the Dark CPU. Her desperate cries for help crossed dimensions and reached Neptune, the CPU of Planeptune, who would leave her world to join the fight.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New HTC Vive VR Games – Oct 26, 2018 Weekend Edition

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Do you have your costume picked out for Halloween, because I do! And I am ready to show it off. But before that epic time, there’s some amazing new VR games we need to check out on the HTC Vive.
New HTC Vive game releases last week
Below is the full list of recommended VR games to play on HTC Vive this week:

Witching Tower VR – $19.99

It’s been six years since the Undead War shattered the world. Nightmares stalk the land, and sickness and death pervade the world. At the center of this nightmare, the Witching Tower’s Queen directs the chaos, feeding, and growing stronger.
You have been chosen to survive by forces you don’t understand. You are Anna, a fugitive. For years, you have been hunted by the Tower’s forces, lead by the Queen of the Undead. Now, dragged to her in chains, you seem destined for a worse death than most. The Queen believes you possess a secret that can reshape the world, for good or for ill – and she’s determined to extract it from you.

Crazy Machines VR – $15.99

With Crazy Machines VR the award winning puzzle game classic enters the Virtual Reality! Complete many crazy chain reactions and experience a rousing adventure surrounding the odd Clumsycorns! Or just mess around in the ingenious new interactive sandbox rooms.

Battle X – $19.99

BATTLE X Arcade is an arcade version of BATTLE X, which is specifically developed for LBE(Location Based Entertainment) venues. But now, you have a chance to access the raw FPS game in your own home.

Big Breezy Boat – $4.49

Be free and go sailing on your own yacht surrounded by relaxing ocean! You can steer, control the sails and teleport around the boat. Meet others sailors in an optional multiplayer mode.

VR Trivia Battle – FREE

Compete to be the ultimate game show champion in VR Trivia Battle, a social VR trivia experience filled with big choices and crazy shenanigans!

Star Shelter – $13.49

Star shelter is one of the first survival games made for VR. As you’re stranded in space, you must climb around in Zero-G, explore, scavenge, craft, hack and fight to survive. You have to build, arm and upgrade your own space station in order to escape the cosmic graveyard.

Megadimension Neptunia VIIR – $29.99

Gamindustri – a world sitting at the convergence of multiple dimensions. Of these existed the Zero Dimension, a world on the brink of collapse. Zero Dimension’s last guardian, Uzume Tennouboshi, waged a war against a mysterious evil known as the Dark CPU. Her desperate cries for help crossed dimensions and reached Neptune, the CPU of Planeptune, who would leave her world to join the fight.
 
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Crazy Machines VR Makes The Virtual World A Little Bit More Fun And Chaotic

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Developer Fakt Software and Publisher Wild River Games have just launched their crazy and quirky new title called Crazy Machines VR.

Crazy Machines VR is the latest installment in the popular puzzle franchise first introduced in 2004 and enjoyed by millions of players around the world. For the first time, ingenuitive problem solvers can experience the series trademark brand of puzzles in VR, taking miniscule to massive components into their own virtual hands as they build and experiment with elaborate machines to solve entertaining challenges from a whole new perspective.
Features

Play the latest installment of the award-winning puzzle classic in VR!
Explore numerous impressive worlds and game mechanics in 40 different levels.
In the Virtual Reality you are in the very center of the action! Find some genius solutions for the many riddles!
For the very first time in the history of Crazy Machines you aren’t the assistant anymore! Finally YOU are the crazy professor!
Have a lot of fun in the new interactive sandbox rooms! Throw some baskets high above the clouds or play a round at the pinball table.
Countless beautiful details want to be discovered by you in the machines and in the gaming world!

All levels have been designed and optimized specifically for VR users. The game will feature forty stages that are divided into five chapters, all with different settings. One of your goals will be to conquer additional challenges to earn achievements and always remember to ask the grumpy support robot for help.
“After months of hard work and polish, our whole team is excited to see players jump right into the chain reactions of Crazy Machines,” said Falk Möckel, managing director at FAKT Software. “Please enjoy tinkering around with them and experiencing in our zany story and entertaining minigames – for the first time in VR!”
Crazy Machines VR is now available on Steam for $15.99. It is compatible with both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
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Pimax 5K & 8K VR Headset Preorders Start Today – Here Are The Specs You Should See

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The time has finally come where Pimax is starting to open up their products to the general public. They have finally launched their pre-orders for the 5K and 8K headsets after years of R&D.
Below are the cost breakdowns for the 5K and 8K VR headsets from Pimax:

Pimax 8K: $900
Pimax 5K BE (Business Edition): $1,000
Pimax 5K Plus: $700

While the pre-orders are live, Pimax has not mentioned the release dates for the headsets. Rather, this puts you in queue where you will later on here when you will be receiving the headsets. We believe the time frame to be some time next year in 2019 based on the last update news.
The headsets will not come included with the SteamVR Knuckles controller nor the base stations. This will simply include the HMD with add-ons for additional cost. Below is a in-depth review of the 5K and 8K headset by SweViver.

Below is the breakdown specs of the 5K and 8K Pimax VR headsets:
Pimax 8K:

Display: CLPL (Customized low persistence liquid)
Resolution: 3,840 × 2,160 per display (7,680 × 2,160 total)
Input content: upscaled from 2,560 × 1,440
Motion to Photon latency: <15ms
Refresh Rate: 80 Hz, Brainwarp Support
FOV: ~200 degree diagonal
Audio: 3.5mm audio jack, integrated microphone
Output: USB 2.0/3.0, DP 1.4
Tracking: SteamVR 1.0 and 2.0 tracking
Content: SteamVR and Oculus Home
Fit: Adjustable headset strap (deluxe headstrap optional), IPD adjustment, VR frame
Minimum Recommended GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti and AMD equivalent or above

Pimax 5K

Display type: CLPL(Customized low persistence liquid)
Resolution: 2,560 × 1,440 per (5,120 × 1,440 total)
Input content: delivered at native 2,560 × 1,440
Motion to Photon latency: <15ms
Refresh Rate: 90 Hz, Brainwarp Support
FOV: ~200 degree diagonal
Audio: 3.5mm audio jack, integrated microphone
Output: USB 2.0/3.0, DP 1.4
Tracking: support for SteamVR 1.0 and 2.0 tracking
Content: SteamVR and Oculus Home
Fit: Adjustable headset strap (deluxe headstrap optional), IPD adjustment, VR frame
Minimum Recommended GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and AMD equivalent or above

It is stated that the Business Edition will be the HMD that will come equipped with an OLED display.
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Samsung Odyssey VR Headset On Super Sale For $349

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The Samsung Odyssey has always been reveled as one of the best VR HMDs in the current marketplace. With its AMOLED display and a resolution of 2880 X 1600, it was able to provide great quality in the VR space. But with the launch of the new Odyssey+ headset, the company has decided to mark down the previous version to just $349.
Originally retailing for $500, you are able to get a big discount on the Samsung Odyssey headset. Below are some specs:
Device Specifications

Resolution: 2880 x 1600
Display: AMOLED
Refresh rate: Up to 90Hz
Field of view: Up to 110˚
Integrated AKG headphones and dual array mics

Currently, you can purchase the Samsung Odyssey through the Microsoft store for $349. There is no indication on how long this sale will last or how much inventory they currently possess for the headset.

The new Samsung Odyssey + headset comes with a lot of enhanced features.  This includes dual 3.5″ AMOLED displays with 1440 X 1600 resolution each. The headset also provides 110 FOV which is great for today’s standards. In addition the new + model will provide 1,233 PPI level which is an enhancedment from conventional AMOLED.
You can purchase the new Samsung Odyssey + headset for $499. If you have been interested in the Samsung Odyssey headset, now might be the best time to shop as it is available for a heavy discount.
 
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Former CEO Of Oculus Brendan Iribe Has Left Facebook

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In 2016, Brendan Iribe stepped down as the CEO of Oculus in pursuit of leading the PC VR division. And in just 2 years time, Brendan Iribe has announced through Facebook that he will be leaving the company (Facebook) as a whole.
So much has happened since the day we founded Oculus in July 2012. I never could have imagined how much we would accomplish and how far we would come. And now, after six incredible years, I am moving on.
I’m deeply proud and grateful for all that we’ve done together. We assembled one of the greatest research and engineering teams in history, delivered the first step of true virtual presence with Oculus Rift and Touch, and inspired an entirely new industry. We started a revolution that will change the world in ways we can’t even envision.
Yet, as far as we’ve come, the journey has just begun. Michael Abrash is right: “These are the good old days”. Now is when we get to pioneer the foundation of the next great computing platform and medium – this is our time to be pushing the state-of-the-art onward and upward. Every part of VR and AR needs to improve, especially the hardware and core technology, and Oculus has the best team in the world to do that. Although we’re still far from delivering the magical smart glasses we all dream about, now they are nearly within our reach.
Working alongside so many talented people at Oculus and Facebook has been the most transformative experience of my career. We have a saying when someone compliments or thanks you – “Team effort”. The success of Oculus was only possible because of such an extraordinary team effort. I’d like to sincerely thank everyone that’s been a part of this amazing journey, especially Mark for believing in this team and the future of VR and AR.
As for me, this will be the first real break I’ve taken in over 20 years. It’s time to recharge, reflect and be creative. I’m excited for the next chapter.
Brendan Iribe is the second member from the founding team to step down since the acquisition of Oculus by Facebook. Founder, Palmer Luckey, stepped away from the company in March of 2017. Iribe hasn’t described the reasoning behind his departure or where he will be heading next.
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