HTC Vive Debuts New VR Apps, McLaren Shadow Project At ChinaJoy 2018

by Jamie Feltham • August 3rd, 2018

ChinaJoy 2018 is in full swing, and HTC is there with a heck of a lot to showcase on its various Vive headsets.

For starters, the company launched the McLaren Shadow Project at the show. Announced last month, this unique VR racing competition puts players in the seat of a McLaren F1 car using the Vive Pro headset. ChinaJoy attendees will be challenged to score the best lap times, the winner of which will take part in the finals at the McLaren Technology Centre in the UK next January. The overall victor will then be given a spot on McLaren’s eSports team.

Elsewhere, HTC is showcasing new titles for both the Vive and the standalone Vive Focus at the show. For starters, former PSVR exclusive, Salary Man Escape, is on display ahead of a Viveport launch on August 28th. Resolution Games’ VR theme park, Wonderglade, is also being shown off on the Focus, as is a new Vive Studios game developed by Chesstar called Flashing Beat. It’s a music game that sees you using a cardboard guitar peripheral to hit notes to a beat.

Online gaming company Netease, meanwhile, confirmed it would be launching a multiplayer open-world VR game on Viveport next year. Finally on the PC side, Ubisoft’s Space Junkies is being shown on Vive Pro at the show.

Over on the arcade side of things, HTC is showcasing Viveport Arcade exclusive, Invaders, and a title for the Vive Focus Location Based Entertainment scheme called Infinity Racer.

There’s a lot of stuff on the way to Viveport then, though we don’t know which if any of this content will land on Steam. As for Vive Focus, we’re still expecting a global launch for the headset at some point later this year.

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