The Oculus Quest 2 Images…
“I don’t know about you, but I actually quite like the white design of this new headset, and it could be a smart move from Oculus to distinguish itself from the rest of the Oculus lineup, which is going to be important from a marketing perspective and it should also help out with customer confusion.”
“The headset features four inside out tracking cameras on the front plate, although the top two cameras are slightly offset compared to the original quest and it’s quite possible that the new camera locations could provide a slightly wider tracking volume.”
“The new head strap design is kind of disappointing in my opinion as it has a hard strap at the front with audio channels built in just like the current quest but then an all material strap at the back which looks more like an Oculus Go head strap.
The headset will have to be significantly lighter than the current Quest for this head strap to be effective otherwise we’re going to have the same weight distribution problems all over again i’m hoping that Oculus provide an alternative option and maybe even offer a pro strap or something similar for those that want a more robust head strap, and a better audio solution.”
“From the images the headset doesn’t feature an external IPD adjustment slider which is a cause for concern however from one of the newer leaked images it appears that there’s space for those lenses to move around inside the headset. There’s also a mysterious number two in the middle, where the proximity sensor would be. So this could be some new kind of IPD adjustment mechanism, but it’s difficult to say right now for sure.”
“The images also show slightly redesigned touch controllers which moves the battery door to prevent it from sliding in intensive games and the design looks much more like the original Oculus Touch controller which shipped with the Rift CV-1 which is definitely welcome”
“It could feature a faster processor wider field of view faster refresh rate and better optics which we just can’t see from these images with some of the design choices though it does seem that this headset will be easier and cheaper to produce and hopefully these cost savings are passed on to the consumer with a slight reduction in price.”
“All speculation at this point, and I also want to reiterate that if you already own a Quest or you’ve just bought one, you don’t need to worry. The headset isn’t going to be obsolete and you’ll still be able to play the same content available on the Quest store, and enjoy that headset for plenty of time to come.”
VR Games Mike’s Been Playing…
1. Vertigo Remastered on the Valve Index – “which I would recommend”
2. Five Nights at Freddy’s on the Oculus Quest
3. Dreams on the PSVR
4. Retro Classics on the old Nintendo Virtual Boy
Stand Out Experience of the Month…
“One VR experience that really stood out for me this month is Tempest. It’s an immersive live theater experience in virtual reality hosted by the under presents, it’s available on both the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift. Now last month, on The State of VR, I talked about enjoying live events in virtual reality, especially as it’s almost impossible to experience these in the real world right now. So I was eager to try this new one out.
It was totally unlike anything else I’ve ever tried in VR before and it really took me by surprise. The experience is 14.99 in US dollars for a one-off experience and you have to book your slot in advance through the box office in the under presents VR app. Now I understand that this won’t be for everyone, and that’s absolutely fine but if you like theater or you just want to try something completely unique in virtual reality, go check out Tempest, which is running live shows up until the end of September.”
Popular VR Headset Models…
The following stats are for the percentages of overall headsets connected to Steam VR between January 2019 and June 2020 divided into the most popular headset models as we can see from the numbers compared to the stats provided between October 2018 and March 2020, the biggest shifts in the user base show a 5.7 reduction in Oculus Rift S users with a 5.9 increase in Oculus Quest users.”
“We also saw a 2.5 reduction in original Vive users and a 1.9 increase in Valve Index users. I suspect this would have been slightly more had the Valve Index been more readily available over the last few months.”
“I think we definitely need some more killer VR titles to drive headset adoption and hopefully we’ll be getting some more great games announced by the end of this year.”
Ready Player 2 VR Game…
The original book did incredibly well, and when it released back in 2011 it hit the number one spot on the New York Times best sellers list and remained on that list for over 100 weeks. Of course, later the book was adapted into a movie by Steven Spielberg.
Personally, I preferred the book over the movie. There’s obviously a lot more going on in the book, and it’s a shame that some of the best scenes didn’t end up in the movie. Like the iconic game of joust with the Lich King“
“There’s an amazing audio book read by Wil Wheaton, which I would highly recommend. If you’re not into reading books yourself so you can check out the original story the original book was obviously a huge inspiration for me to start this YouTube channel. So I’m really looking forward to the sequel. Especially now as the technology depicted in the original book is catching up with real life the sequel Ready Player Two book will be launching on the 24th of November. “
Microsoft VR Flight Simulator…
“This week, Microsoft announced the release date for their frankly gorgeous looking flight simulator, which will be releasing on the 18th of August. This is a full refresh of the Microsoft flight simulator series since the last game’s launch over 13 years ago.
Throughout the new game’s development the VR flight community have been loud and clear about wanting VR support, and although Microsoft have confirmed VR is a highly requested feature, and at the top of their priority list, they’ve also said that VR won’t be supported at launch, and haven’t given any indication if and when it might be supported in the future.
Now, even though I’m not really into flight simulators, I really love the attention to detail in this game, and just love the idea of relaxing on a Sunday afternoon. And taking a flight to somewhere sunny in a little Cessna or something, and just taking in the sights along the way along with releasing the game on Xbox and the Windows Store.”
New Rockstar Games AAA VR Game…
“Having finished the critically well received LA Noire the VR Case Files, we are now gearing up for a new project. A AAA open world title in VR for Rockstar 2020 marks our seventh year of working exclusively for Rockstar in Sydney, and we’re excited to be taking on this groundbreaking project.”
“I guess as the name suggests it will be an open world game it’s likely going to be GTA or Red Dead Redemption, but just imagine if it was something like Max Payne, or even Manhunt. Imagine that in VR. That would certainly stir up the mainstream gaming media.”
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