Missed out on all the week’s biggest VR news? Where have you been, Mars? Oh, actually I guess that’s quite possible. Well, either way, we’ve got you covered with our round up of the biggest stories in VR over the past five days.
Unsurprisingly, it was our review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR that grabbed the most attention this week. Bethesda’s legendary 2001 RPG came to PlayStation VR (PSVR) in full and, even though we’ve already had extensive time with it, we had no idea how the final product would turn out. But breathe easy; Skyrim in VR is a triumph. So says our Games Editor, David Jagneaux, in his full review.
But that’s not the only Skyrim VR article making the rounds this week. We also sat down with Bethesda to talk about bringing the world of Tamriel to PSVR and some of the challenges the team encountered. I’m sure you can imagine that bringing the entire world of Skyrim to VR is no easy task and the team shared plenty of great details with us about how they pulled it off.
Yep, we dared to utter the words ‘Black’ and ‘Friday’ in the same sentence and now the deals rain down upon us. Plenty of retailers have started offering discounts on VR gear a little ahead of next week’s sale-athon, but these new Oculus Rift and Acer VR headset prices really caught your attention. Best Buy has Rift for just $350 over the Black Friday weekend, while Microsoft is shifting the Acer units for just $299. The VR price wars are well and truly in effect.
Skyrim VR wasn’t the only game to release this week; Chronos developer Gunfire Games returned with From Other Sons, a unique sci-fi game with a co-op twist. You have to make it back home to Earth by jumping from system-to-system, but along the way you’ll face pirate raids, friendly traders and even ship-on-ship combat. We had a detailed review which pointed out exactly what makes the game tick.
As of this week you can now access SteamVR content on your Windows-based mixed reality VR headset, but should you? We took the support to the rest with some of the biggest and best games on SteamVR to see if Microsoft’s headsets and their inside-out tracking really hold up.