Wed.Mar 25, 2020

What is the best headset to play Half-Life: Alyx with?

The Ghost Howls

These days, I’m playing a lot of hours a day to write a review of Half-Life: Alyx ( here you can read my first impressions , in the meanwhile). Inspired by the work of TESTED, I’ve decided to do an experiment, and play Alyx with all the headsets that I’ve taken home from the office , asking feedback to some friends (like the ergonomics expert Rob Cole ) on other headsets I don’t own. This way, I can tell you how it is playing Alyx with the different devices on the market!

Creator Of Second Life Sells Sansar Social VR Platform


Linden Labs will instead refocus its efforts on the legendary Second Life platform. Linden Labs confirmed in an official blog post yesterday that the company has sold the rights to its enterprising VR social platform Sansar to San Francisco-based start-up Wookey Project Corp.

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‘Half-Life: Alyx’ is the Best Rated PC Game of 2020 & Best Rated Steam VR Game of All Time

Road to VR

There was a lot riding on Half-Life: Alyx. Not only is it Valve’s first Half-Life game in more than a decade, it is also the studio’s first full fledged VR title. By the measurable reactions from critics and players alike, the game seems to have delivered against the odds. There was so much pre-release hype surrounding Half-Life: Alyx that I was personally worried that expectations had become entirely unrealistic.

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Oculus Quest’s Party Voice Chat System Is Now Easier To Use


When sending an Oculus party invite to a friend who isn’t in VR, they will now receive a notification to their phone. If this notification is accepted, they will auto-join the party upon putting on the Quest. This improvement won’t mean anything to those who choose not to have a Facebook account, of course.

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Valve Predicts Half-Life: Alyx Will Eventually Be Playable Without VR


“I know it’s going to happen,” states Valve developer Robin Walker. It’s hard to imagine playing Half-Life: Alyx on anything other than a VR headset. Valve’s prequel/sequel hybrid experience was designed from the ground up for the VR format. Put simply, the game wouldn’t be nearly as much fun to play on a standard monitor and controlled using a mouse and keyboard.

Watch The Entire Half-Life: Alyx Story Like A Movie


Earlier this week, Valve’s flagship VR title, Half-Life: Alyx released worldwide. Those who own VR headsets will no doubt want to jump in, and play the game. But what if you don’t own a headset or don’t feel like playing the game in full? Half-Life: Alyx is split into chapters. While each chapter varies in length, most of them can be completed by an experienced player in about 20 minutes – the length of a short episode of TV.

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Half-Life: Alyx Highlights Valve’s Powerhouse Physics Engine


Half-Life: Alyx features polished physics interactions that may represent one of Valve’s not-so-secret weapons. Physics-based interactions have become an expected feature of major VR titles after games such as Boneworks and The Walking Dead Saints & Sinners. Virtual environments are now becoming more interactive, leveraging the unique gameplay capabilities that VR with positionally tracked controllers enables.

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Samsung Gear VR being put to rest as Oculus apps slowly go dark


Google started the idea of using a smartphone as the heart and soul of a VR headset and others immediately jumped on the prospect of an affordable VR system for the masses. That included Samsung who worked with the makers of the Oculus Rift to launch the Gear VR for is high-end flagships.

Linden Lab Sells Sansar To Wookey Project To ‘Streamline’ Focus On Second Life


Linden Lab has announced that they’ve sold Sansar to San Francisco-based tech company, Wookey Project Corp., which has assumed all operations without service interruption to the community. I couldn’t find anything about this company, Wookey Project, because their website seems bare , but the news is verified on the official Linden Lab blog.

HTC to Hold All of Its GDC 2020 Talks Live Online, Including Audience Q&A

Road to VR

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) got canned this year due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), but that’s not stopping some companies from releasing their developer talks on the web for all to see. HTC is doing just that throughout the next few months in a live webinar happening every Tuesday, from now until mid-May. Starting on March 31st and going to May 12th, HTC is streaming live developer talks that it would have otherwise given during GDC 2020. Why live talks?

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Here’s What Reviewers Are Saying About Half-Life: Alyx


The wait is over and Half-Life: Alyx is finally out. As expected, there’s been a bunch of different reactions and reviews from outlets all over the internet. Half-Life: Alyx is undoubtedly one of the biggest VR releases in history. All eyes were on Valve’s flagship title upon release, as well as on the reviews that released alongside the game.

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Expert View: The Virtualization of Transportation

Tech Trends VR

By Gabe Paez Founder & CEO of The Wild. With social distancing now in effect, the barrier between our professional and personal worlds is breaking down before our eyes.

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Valve Talks Half-Life: Alyx’s Big Ending: ‘You Could Say The Team Is Issuing A Challenge’


Half-Life: Alyx has been available for a few days now and, although it’s quite a lengthy adventure, no doubt a lot of avid fans have already reached the mind-bending ending. So, what the heck, huh? After we completed Alyx we had the chance to sit down with Valve to talk about a lot of different aspects of Alyx. We’ll have the full interview up later in the week, but we couldn’t not ask the company about the game’s big ending.

Can AR Keep Companies Connected During Coronavirus?

AR Insider

This article is the latest in AR Insider’s editorial contributor program. Find out more or contact us to participate here. Authors’ opinions are their own. . Keeping People Connected During the Coronavirus Crisis. by David Nedohin.

3 AR Use-Cases That Can Make the World a Better Place


One of the most significant breakthroughs of technology is the invention of AR and VR. Some people are not aware of the difference between these two terms. For those who are not familiar with the terms, here’s an article that clarifies that. AR is Becoming a Part of the New Tech Revolution. Experts are convinced that this decade, the 2020s, is going to get us a revolution in technology like we have never seen before. Not just because of the rise of AR, but other industries too.

Millions of Sketchfab Models are now Available in Apple’s AR Format

Peter Graham

During Apple’s WWDC 2018 event when iOS 12 made its official debut the company also unveiled a new file format specifically for augmented reality (AR) and ARKit, that format was USDZ. Today, 3D model library Sketchfab has announced it fully supports the format, unlocking millions of models in the process. Available for the launch today will be 400,000 USDZ files instantly available for download across both free Creative Commons licensed models as well as royalty-free models.

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AVATOUR Brings Reality To Virtual Reality

Charlie Fink

The 360° broadcast becomes the “room” in which the simulation takes place

Can Immersive Tech Save Industry Events?

AR Insider

This article is the latest in AR Insider’s editorial contributor program. Find out more or contact us to participate here. Authors’ opinions are their own. . Can AR Breathe New Life into Industry Events? by Emil Alon. Photo by Headway. Conferences and events have historically presented excellent opportunities for businesses of all kinds to get out and network and learn from industry experts.

Half-Life: Alyx has Already Received its First Update, Improves Turning Options

Peter Graham

Valve did exactly what it said it would and released Half-Life: Alyx right on time this past Monday. The videogame has been lauded by fans and critics alike but there were a couple of things that players didn’t like, one of which was the turning options. So Valve has addressed these right away, releasing update 1.1.

Bring Black-and-White Worlds to Life in ‘Color Space’


Why settle for a coloring book when you can color from inside the scene? Last week, Lighthaus Inc. released Color Space for Oculus Quest and

Half-Life: Alyx – Top Tips for Beating the Combine

Peter Graham

If you own a virtual reality (VR) capable PC and a headset like Valve Index or Oculus Rift then there’s a good chance you’re already playing or planning to purchase Half-Life: Alyx, the latest instalment in the franchise by Valve. The VR-exclusive videogame has seen rave reviews thanks to its highly polished gameplay, visuals and narrative. Having played through Half-Life: Alyx VRFocus has decided to impart a few tips to surviving and getting the most for the experience.

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Wild West Shooter Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR Aims for April Launch on Oculus Quest

Peter Graham

Head on over to the Oculus Quest coming soon page on the Oculus Store and you’ll see a growing selection of titles awaiting their release. The latest to feature in MiroWin’s first-person shooter (FPS) Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR, ported over from its PC cousin which launched back in 2018. For those who love their cowboy boots and hats, Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR is set in the Wild West, well themed on it at least.