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In the span of a couple generations, advances in technology have drastically altered our society. A whole generation of children has already been raised as ‘digital natives’ who can’t remember a time before iPads, let alone a family computer. Since the birth of smartphones, and the spread of social media, we’ve rapidly experienced the best, and worst that this new era has to offer.
Although they have many benefits, this unprecedented degree of connectivity has made us deeply vulnerable. There are several consequences that we’re only comprehending now; years after we blindly embraced this new tech. They range anywhere from low self-esteem, to democracies being shaken by malicious Tweets. As the lines of reality are blurred, the digital world has gone from being a mere portion of our lives, to a form of ‘virtual reality’ in its own right.
You might think that virtual reality (VR) is a relatively new phenomenon, sparked by the success of the Oculus Rift. But actually, VR has been around in some form or another since the early 1960s. Since research into VR has always been decades ahead of general release, unfortunately a lot of its history has fallen to the wayside. We’ll explore these fascinating advances in technology, starting with VR’s inception in the 1960s. We’ll look at the many strides forward in the 70s and 80s, like the mother of Google Maps. We’ll even discuss what’s best forgotten; the VR gaffes in the 90s that almost killed public appetite for the technology! Then, we’ll look to the state of VR today, and examine public response. Lastly, we’ll look to the future, and consider how VR will grow; at home, and in the workplace. This is a truly exciting time for VR, with promising new technology right around the corner.
“Which headset should you choose?” With the ever expanding amount of virtual reality headsets (HMD's) now available (56 was our last count) it's no wonder that it's hard to decide which to go for. With help from our team of gaming monomaniacs, our exclusive VR Headset Comparison Chart, user ratings and comments, we're confident you'll make the right choice. Read more on finding the right headset here
It’s about time! The new Oculus Quest 2 is Facebook’s next-gen standalone VR headset. Pricewise, the Quest 2 is much more palatable at just £299. It utilises a single striped, LCD RGB display, offering a whopping resolution of 1832 x 1920p per eye. It outperforms the original Quest by utilising Qualcomm’s new XR2 processor. The controller’s battery housing has been improved, it’s lighter and has a greater array of accessories, from faceplates and carry cases, to Elite Head Straps. Check-out the new Oculus Quest 2… right here.Read the Review
Read the review: The new HP Reverb G2. With HP's Valve-made Fresnel lenses working in tandem with high-resolution LCD panels, expect near-perfect real world visuals, with a high-contrast, crisp colours and razor sharp text. The headset boasts a resolution of 2160 x 2160px per eye, providing a combined resolution of 4,320 x 2160px.Read the Review
The Valve Index is the very first headset designed and manufactured by Valve Corporation. Considering the Index is Valve’s first ever VR headset, they’ve done an excellent job. They’ve delivered key features that we feel most VR enthusiasts will appreciate. Valve have developed visual, audio, and ergonomic technologies to create the best-in-class VR experience.Read the Review
Whatever you want out of your gaming experiences, adding extra accessories can really enhance your gameplay. But as always, choosing the right gear to go with your rig can be daunting to say the least... Nevertheless, we're here to help by providing you with a run-down of some of the best and latest gaming accessories on the market, as well as guidance on where to find them and at the best prices.
An RPG like no other: Asgard’s Wrath: A game that allows you to become the next great Asgardian god and release the wrath of the gods in this mythical Norse adventure. Cast your destiny as a mortal hero and living god in this action 'Role Playing Adventure', one of unworldly depth. Explore different classes and bear their diverse powers with a revolutionary combat system only possible in virtual reality. Solve larger-than-life puzzles and recruit animals into loyal warrior partners that fight by your side.
Inspired by the movements of astronauts on the International Space Station, Lone Echo is acclaimed developer Ready At Dawn’s first foray into the world of VR. You play as Jack, an android aboard a mining ship orbiting Saturn. Moments into the game, something collides with the ship, taking out some vital equipment. As you investigate alongside Captain Olivia, the only other crew member, the plot will take a mind-boggling turn as the very boundaries of time start to blur.
Robo Recall. An action-packed, fast-paced FPS, with a somewhat similar premise to the hit movie I, Robot. Although Robo Recall is an arcade game at heart, it does a decent enough job of setting up the story. Set in the distant future where robots have become commonplace, you take on the role of Agent 34, a robot recaller working for the Robo-Ready corporation. You’ve been sanctioned to recall (read: destroy) defective rogue robots after a deadly computer virus has rendered them insane.
VR Awards Game of the Year 2019. A Fisherman’s Tale is a strange, narrative puzzle adventure game developed by Innerspace VR and published by Vertigo Games. Available on the Oculus Rift, Quest and Rift S. A Fisherman’s Tale fully supports Oculus VR controllers. The game is ideal for adults and kids of all ages. Rated for ages 7+
Dispatched into hostile wetlands in your tactical kayak using your paddle to steer and move stealthily through hostile and remote locations, utilise military weapons and equipment to evade and neutralise the enemy threat. Engage your targets lethally or infiltrate unnoticed from the shadows: it’s your mission to execute your way. Phantom: Covert Ops is stealth action redefined.
The Lab offers eight different minigames, each giving a look into the unique ways that VR could interpret various video game genres. These include: an Angry Birds analogue, a tower defence game, an intergalactic shoot ‘em up, secrets galore, and the chance to become a robot mechanic. The rest aren’t really games per se, it’s more that they consider what avenues VR might go down in the future. Amongst these are an interactive solar system, detailed CT scans of the human body and a “virtual holiday” in the Icelandic wilderness, where you’re accompanied by a robotic pup.
Well… choosing the best VR headset to buy is a bit of an open question really. First you need to consider what you’re going to use it for. If you’re a PC gamer you may want to consider the current leaders; Oculus Quest 2, HTC Vive Cosmos, HP Reverb G2 or the Valve Index. If you're a fan of game consoles, PlayStation VR or Xbox VR would be a good choice - that's if Microsoft ever get around to deciding on an HMD manufacturer, such as HP, or whether they'll just make their own.
For those that just want to see what all the hype is about before taking the plunge, a good starting point would be the Samsung Gear VR©, starting from as little as £35... However, you’ll need a compatible mobile phone, such as a Samsung S6, S7, S8 and up. For owners of the iPhone©, Apple© has yet to develop something of their own, nevertheless there are compatible HMD's available for the iPhone©, such as the Destek V4 VR or a slightly cheaper alternative, the VR Shinecon. P.S. There are rumors that Apple© are developing a AR/VR headset and that's said to be compatible with their next iPhone© release, although this won't drop until 2021, if at all!