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Hands-On With Project Sansar, The New Second Life

In 2003, when Second Life launched, all it took was a few customization bars and the promise of infinite possibility to get users hooked on the idea of a virtual reality. Now, in 2017, our standards are a bit higher. “Immersion” isn’t as easy to sell with a microphone, an avatar and some content creation software. Project Sansar, made by Second Life creator Linden Lab, is striving to meet 2017’s standards—even if it may be getting ahead of itself. Project Sansar is a virtual world where users can build anything, just like Second Life. Three and a half years ago, publisher Linden Lab began crafting their own engine that lets users construct whatever they can imagine in VR. Then, basically anyone can hang out in that thing—a ball pit the size of a city, a nightclub with live DJs, a Russian language school, an underwater mansion or whatever else they fancy, with either a VR headset (or from their PC desk chair). At a New York demo today, Sansar director of communications Peter Gray called it “a WordPress for VR.” Project Sansar Right now, only 2,000 select virtual artists, builders and designers have access to READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Phil Spencer on VR: This Isn’t “the Time to Be Competitive in This Space”

Speaking to Giant Bomb during an E3 stream, Phil Spencer once again shared his thoughts on virtual reality, and said that consoles aren’t fully ready for the technology yet. “Long term, I’m a big believer in the category,” he explained. “In the family room environment, we’re probably a few years away from it being able to really work.” Targeting the lack of a wireless solution as a problem, as well as the amount of hype and lofty expectations surrounding VR, Spencer argued that Microsoft has to “moderate the temperature a bit around where we are and not tell people this is the year of VR.” He also thinks that this isn’t the right time for competition in this space and he’d rather take time learning about the technology first. “We’re saying let’s stay more on the PC where we are seeing action and developer interest until we really get the art form of what it means to create great MR (Mixed Reality) experiences, and then it can go to more places,” he continued. It sounds like Xbox VR isn’t coming anytime soon despite PlayStation VR gaining momentum. Sales of Sony’s VR device have now topped 1 million. [Source: Giant Bomb via Polygon & READ…

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Virtual Reality Mario Kart Looks Like It Could End Frienships Forever

GIF Namco Bandai’s VR ZONE amusement center in Shinjuku doesn’t just have a Neon Genesis game. It also has virtual reality Mario Kart. And Dragon Ball Z. Evangelion VR Puts You In The Pilot’s Seat. Literally.  Namco Bandai announced a new virtual reality experience called Evangelion VR: The Soul Seat.  Read more If you’re wondering how/why this is happening, remember that Namco Bandai has released a few arcade versions of Mario Kart, the latest of which—Mario Kart Arcade GP DX, which this appears to be—came out in 2013, and is based on Mario Kart 7. Advertisement VR Zone opens next month, and will also have virtual reality games based on Dragon Ball Z, fishing and pedal-powered flight. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Fallout 4 VR Unveiled at Bethesda’s E3 2017 Showcase, Coming October

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Tekken 7's PlayStation VR Mode Is Queasy And Unnecessary

Tekken 7‘s PlayStation VR component isn’t so much a game mode as it is interactive theater. It’s got no health bars, simplified controls and a high probability of making your stomach churn. What you see in the video above is what you get. Pick two characters, enter the virtual reality stage and beat each other up until you’re sick of it, which likely won’t take too long. Players can either practice against a stationary opponent or fight against the AI. With the shoulder buttons handling meager camera options instead of normal game functions, it’s pretty easy to randomly swap the view, which is not good for the tum-tum. That’s right, I said tum-tum. Very basic. If the VR mode had more options—maybe a freeze frame with photo options and the ability to move the camera freely—this might have been a neat little addition. Instead, it’s just a little bit of stomach-churning fluffery to remind PlayStation VR owners that they own PlayStation VR. Advertisement Look for our full Tekken 7 review early next week, after we’ve had some time to battle online. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Fly the TARDIS in this VR Mobile Game

via BBC Since you’re probably not in the running to become the Thirteenth Doctor (or any future incarnation), Doctor Who Time Vortex 360 is as close as you’ll get to piloting the TARDIS. The 360-degree mobile game lets fans navigate the Gallifreyan ship through the depths of the space-time vortex. Visit the BBC Taster site using a smartphone or tablet to get started; or try playing on a PC, but beware that unless you have impeccable hand-eye coordination, you won’t last long. Maneuver your device (or mouse) any which way to shift the screen up, down, forwards, and backward. Just watch out for those pesky meteorites. “The beauty of this game is that you can use your mobile phone to fly the TARDIS wherever you are,” Jo Pearce, creative director for BBC Digital Drama, said in a statement. [embedded content] “We’ve seen a lot of innovation recently in the 360 and virtual reality space, but the majority has focused on ‘experimental’ video-based experiences,” she continued. “This game, however, brings together the worlds of casual, arcade-style gaming and 360/VR to create a fun Doctor Who experience that people can easily pick up and play, wherever they READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!

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Farpoint Gets Virtual Reality First-Person Shooters Right

What makes a good virtual reality first-person shooter? Give me a analog stick to move my feet and a giant plastic PlayStation Aim gun to steer me by. The hordes of alien spiders are optional. Seriously, stop it with the spiders, Farpoint. Advertisement I only recently acquired PlayStation VR, so Impulse Gear’s Farpoint is my first encounter with console-based virtual reality. It’s a game about a pair of scientists stranded on an alien planet and the well-armed shuttle pilot who plans to fight his way through the spider-coated hellscape to rescue them and bring them home. But really it’s about this big honking PlayStation Aim controller. Farpoint does not require the Aim controller. You can purchase the game for $49.99 and have a fine time just using your Dual Shock. But for an additional $30 you can look like a lazy cosplayer and feel like Captain Spidercide of the Special Spider-Shooting Space Squad. So many spiders. As silly as the Aim controller looks, it works incredibly well, both as a gun and a navigation device. As a virtual weapon it’s got a cool holographic sight you can stare down READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Waking The Glares chapter I and II is to launch on March 15th via Steam

“It is not wise to find symbols in everything that one sees. It makes life too full of terrors.” ― Oscar Wilde, Salome Press release: Palermo, Italy, February 15 2017: Italian developer Wisefool Studio is proud to announce that Waking the Glares – Chapters I and II, a story exploration game focused on the power of words and symbols, will… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Introversion Software joins the VR party! – Say hello to Defcon VR

Yes, you read the headline correct. Because Introversion Software has just brought their war room strategy game “Defcon” into the world of virtual reality: “Introversion joins the VR party! After Prison Architect, our most successful game is DEFCON – a nuclear war strategy game inspired by the 80s movie War games (If you’ve not seen it, do yourself a favour and check… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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The video game trends that are shaping the industry

Progress is always on its way and there’s no industry like the video games industry to see this in action. This is an industry that is shaped by the trends of the tech landscape, here are some of the most notable trends that will influence what we see this year. Updating rather than replacing Of course, tech companies aren’t able… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

VR-Porn is the future of porn

***NOT SAFE FOR WORK!*** It´s now the year 2017, so it´s time for VR to hit it’s true stride, because all through 2016, a lot of people talked about VR as an overhyped “gimmick”.Sure, the current VR hardware and software are far from flawless, and there is a lot left to be desired. However, VR has come quite a long… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Game of the Year: Nintendo On

For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year! The time right before a new video game console is unveiled is arguably more exciting than the reality of the new console itself, especially when it comes to Nintendo. As the company has become more committed to introducing fresh ideas with its hardware, predicting what those innovations might be has become a hobby for gaming analysts. Before the Wii took the world by storm with motion controls, we were all wondering what Nintendo’s “Revolution” was going to look like. One of these predictions, the Nintendo On, was so compelling that it earns this week’s Game of the Year award. [embedded content] Released before E3 2005 as a purported “leak” of Nintendo’s next console,…

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The VR at CES This Year Was Boring, Causing a Virtual Snooze-Fest

It Was a Rough Time for VR at CES, With a Virtually Boring Outcome The virtual reality industry has been on the cutting edge of technology for years, but the VR at CES this year was a total let-down. The announcements made at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas were underwhelming, and that’s not the place to bring out your least-exciting material. Lenovo brought out their VR headset only to make statements about the set being cheaper than its competitors, the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, with no real discussion about what the price of the headset will actually be… along with a non-functioning prototype. So basically what they gave people was a cheap idea. Even Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, gave a presentation using outdated Oculus devices. Osterhout Design Group’s new pair of smart glasses were also a bit of a bust. Priced at $1,500, the glasses, powered by the Google Android phone software and the newest chips from Qualcomm, looked more-or-less like last year’s model. The augmented reality glasses that are aimed at placing you into the virtual world at your whim, and without the weight of a clunky headset, promised better performance and visuals, and is set…

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PlayStation VR Restock Date Announced- Exclusive Pre-Sale in Europe

Sony Announces PlayStation VR Restock Date as Well as an Amazon Prime Exclusive Pre-Sale in Europe To kick off the new year, UK-based retailers have started announcing when they are expecting to reel in the new wave of Sony PSVR headsets. The PlayStation VR restock dates are exciting news to virtual reality fans, since the headset has been in high demand and short supply since its release date in October. Take the leading British supermarket Tesco for example. They’ve updated their online catalog announcing that the PSVR sets will be readily available beginning January 31st. Shopto is also guaranteeing to have the set in by the end of the month. On the other hand, Amazon UK has sent a wave of e-mails to customers letting them know that they can begin expecting the headset to come in at any point between January 31st and February 15th. Unless you’re an Amazon Prime customer, that is. If you are, you could be seeing PSVR come in within the next couple of weeks. The Spanish extension of Amazon will be hosting an exclusive pre-sale for PSVR, which will only be available to their Prime subscribers. The pre-sale begins with a limited stock