Showing posts with label Steam VR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steam VR. Show all posts

Thursday, November 28, 2019

No Man's Sky: Synthesis Update Live Now

Hello Games drops eighth free update Synthesis for No Man's Sky, adding some most-requested features.

With constant release of content updates following a messy launch, multiplayer action-adventure survival game No Man's Sky is now in a state that developer/publisher Hello Games can really take some pride in for.

Keeping up that goodwill among players, NMS is getting its eighth major free update today after months of work for new and old players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as a follow-up to 2.0 update Beyond from back in August.

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No Man's Sky: Synthesis Update Live Now

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Synthesis is acting more like a spring cleaning update for No Man's Sky with everything it brings on the table. You can flatten or restore terrain using new enhancements of Terrain Editor and there is more than one Multi-Tool now.

Virtual Reality will let anyone ride up on their favorite creatures and first-person Exocraft is available for VR or non-VR players. While venturing out, you can capture all those amazing views of outer space in Photo Mode for VR.

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First-Person Exocraft

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Starships can be improved with unwanted parts or they can be used as scrap materials in salvage system. Tear apart ships that you don't want to use anymore and upgrade them at nearby outfitting station to S-Class.

Spending a hefty amount of units buy you extra inventory space for ships and allow updating its entire class. Thanks to newest technology, personal refiner is portable and let you refine elements and materials as you go on rounds.

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Long-Distance Inventory

RELATED: No Man's Sky: NEXT Update Live Now

A considerable number of quality-of-life changes such as clarity of the visuals, emergency warping, mid-air jetpack recharging, multiple custom outfits and triangular base parts are introduced to make off-world trips more convenient.

Despite their best efforts, developers were forced to leave out a few good ideas on the table but still, a lot of good ones have made it. Some brand-new feature will truly improve overall gameplay experience for most players.

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Starship Space Map

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After VR was introduced, it added new direction in exploration and people started partying up for multiplayer missions more than before. Many were enthusiastic enough to invest more of their time into building detailed bases.

Hello Games has worked on some most-requested aspects from community to include in No Man's Sky: Synthesis. Giving people something to take on new and crazy adventures, they are likely to be on board with their next update already.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Half-Life: Alyx Revealed

Valve reveals first official trailer of Half-Life: Alyx, a flagship VR-exclusive title set to release on 2020.

Although players are not getting their hands on much-anticipated Half-Life 3 anytime soon, Valve Corporation has recently promised to come up with a title set within known universe, which is a prequel to Half-Life 2.

Earlier, Valve announced to reveal their upcoming flagship VR game titled Half-Life: Alyx on 21st anniversary of their beloved franchise, which takes place between two of its mainline releases and scheduled to come out in March 2020.

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Half-Life: Alyx Revealed

RELATED: Half-Life: Alyx for VR Announced

Today, a brand-new official trailer for Half-Life: Alyx is finally released that is sure to blow everyone away.




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A returning character and series favorite Alyx Vance will be starring in this VR-exclusive Half-Life prequel game in lead role. Alyx has debuted back in HL2 as a major NPC and came to be a close ally to series protagonist Dr. Gordon Freeman.

It has not been long since Seven-Hour War ended and people are living under their rule from a flying fortress known as Citadel. A revolution among neighborhood is sparked and they are trying to fend off invading force every day.

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Throughout entire trailer, Alyx Vance is seen fending herself off from hostile creatures or being hunted down by tactically equipped Overwatch Soldiers. Under their nose, she and her cohorts are trying to steal some sort of game-changing weapon.

Together with her father and scientist Dr. Eli Vance, she is fighting for human resistance against an alien race called the Combine. Moving to City 17 of occupied Earth, they are working on finding out weakness of the enemy.

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Gravity Gloves Interface

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She apparently has similar functionality of Gravity Gun in her gloves now, which she uses to interact with her surroundings and grab objects. Among many of returning enemies and extraterrestrials, Headcrabs are back again.

Nearing the end of trailer, mysterious G-Man makes his iconic return for a cameo and probably has an answer to where Gordon Freeman is kept. Or probably, he is here to act as an overseer and lead Alyx to save her captive father.

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On launch, Half-Life prequel will run compatibly with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index headsets. Owners of latter virtual reality device will receive free copy of the game and extra content.

Any VR set hooked to a computer is good enough to work with Steam VR and player experience will vary because of them. A full-length game is built from ground up to let players enjoy full range of an interactive gameplay system.

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Valve Index Bonus Content

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Not only Valve is returning into game development, fans can now have hopes to get Half-Life 3 in near future as well. Maybe fans didn't exactly have what they wanted but this will at least help the series revive itself after long time.

What has shown so far in a brief trailer, Half-Life: Alyx looks unlike any title available in VR and boasts an absolutely amazing graphics. We can now hope more than ever for things to lead to an eventual return of Gordon Freeman.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Half-Life: Alyx for VR Announced

Valve officially announces upcoming Half-Life prequel VR title Half-Life: Alyx and will reveal more soon.

Nearing end of last year, there was a rumor for Valve Corporation to be working on a brand-new VR headset that will come out with a Half-Life prequel game, after a series images of that prototype device were leaked online.

In a latest announcement, Valve officially confirmed today of returning to acclaimed Half-Life series once again with a prequel episode titled Half-Life: Alyx, a flagship game for their yet to be revealed upcoming virtual reality device.

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Half-Life: Alyx for VR Announced

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This imminent VR-exclusive Half-Life prequel game will be focused on Alyx Vance, a renowned series NPC who made her debut in Half-Life 2 as a human resistance fighter and close ally to protagonist character Dr. Gordon Freeman.

Alyx also appeared in two add-on episodes; Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. She was last seen mourning for her father Dr. Eli Vance by the end of Episode Two and is likely to continue from there on in prequel.

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Valve has posted a teaser image for their next virtual reality project on Twitter, waiting to be revealed soon.


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Although there are no available details on any gameplay or a possible release date, it is speculated to come out in 2020 according to a recently leaked interview of Valve members by The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley.

Half-Life: Alyx will get a full reveal on Thursday, which marks 21st anniversary celebration of original Half-Life that saw launch on PC platform on November 19, 1998 and spawned a series of successful fan-favorite sequels.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

DiRT Rally Free on Steam Now

British video game studio Codemasters are offering PC version of their acclaimed racing game DiRT Rally for free on Steam.

By now, developer/publisher Codemasters has given away their 2015 authentic racing game DiRT Rally too many times for PC platform on different outlets and yet it is currently freebie title to claim on Steam once again.

Only two weeks ago, Humble Store was offering free copies of the game for 72 hours to celebrate their Summer Sale promotion. If you somehow missed that and didn't wish to sign up to their newsletter, here is another chance for you.

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DiRT Rally Free on Steam Now

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Although there is a problem that many faced trying to add it to their library and doesn't start downloading after it is added. This could probably because of some internal Steam issue but you need not to worry if you have already claimed it.

Regardless of you are being a casual or hardcore gamer, DiRT Rally gives you a realistic taste of rally racing than any other simulator. You can add this excellent game to your account anytime before September 16, 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM EDT.

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Now there is a common speculation going around among players that the game may get removed from Steam soon since that is what usually happens to a title when it is given away for free on Valve's digital outlet for multiple times.

Codemasters have offered DiRT Rally for free a couple of times by now but that simply doesn't mean it is leaving Steam for sure. Even if it gets delisted anyways, you can still download and play the game from your library anytime.

Friday, August 2, 2019

No Man's Sky: Beyond Update Release Date

Explore an infinite universe of No Man's Sky with VR support on its next major expansion update Beyond, out on August 14.

Last year, action-adventure survival game No Man's Sky saw massive improvement following launch of their NEXT update. Many in-game issues were resolved and developer/publisher Hello Games decided to move ahead with Beyond update.

Originally announced back in March 2019, upcoming free NMS update was scheduled to arrive in summer 2019. Game director, Sean Murray has recently revealed that Beyond will launch for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 14, 2019.

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No Man's Sky: Beyond Update Release Date

RELATED: No Man's Sky: Beyond Update Announced

Beyond is the biggest update from Hello Games that comes with enhanced multiplayer, VR support and more on August 14.




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Beyond will be a free expansion that includes three major updates within it and will introduce virtual reality support on PC and PS4. Players will be able to move around in short distances by teleporting throughout in-game world.

VR support will allow you to explore unforeseen alien planets in virtual reality from the cockpit of your starship. Feel free to casually interact with your non-VR online friends or your peers in multiplayer mode while you are at it.

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Otherwise, everything else will be experienced like a standard game but VR would make things much more immersive. New radical social and multiplayer experience in Online focuses on bringing travelers from different universes together.

Murray has assured that social features will not turn NMS into an MMO; neither player would require any subscription of some sorts. Also, Beyond update is free for all existing players and doesn't have any micro-transactions at all.

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Expanded Online Experience

RELATED: No Man's Sky: The Abyss Update

Despite some initial setbacks they initially saw at release, developers have redeemed themselves by delivering player community what were originally promised at launch and by the looks of it, things are now in a much better state.

Beyond is looking forward to unveil next chapter of No Man's Sky legacy very soon and reflects community feedback of NEXT update. That being said, Hello Games definitely will be aiming at something more ambitious in their forthcoming content plan.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

No Man's Sky VR Comes to PlayStation and Steam

With upcoming free update Beyond expansion, VR support is coming to No Man's Sky in Summer 2019.

Despite having a rocky launch on PC and PlayStation 4, 2016 action-adventure survival game No Man's Sky from developer/publisher Hello Games have worked out most of their issues via series of updates by the time it came to Xbox One platform.

Features promised for a multiplayer mode is eventually introduced and upcoming Beyond update intends to let players delve into virtual reality, which is getting support of PlayStation VR and Steam VR other than getting a separate mode.

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No Man's Sky VR Comes to PlayStation and Steam

RELATED: No Man's Sky Beyond Update

According to recent announcement from State of Play live-stream, VR is going to be a bigger part of upcoming free NMS expansion Beyond, which is designed to change online play in a major way when it arrives in Summer 2019.

Every tools and upgrades you have gathered so far will all be present and players will not be left out without their trusty Terrain Manipulator. Extensive work was put to build an interface that works well with dual PS Move motion controllers.

RELATED: No Man's Sky Visions Update

Browsing through quick menu and other standard options by pointing your arm is part of its control mechanics and you can always use teleportation-based controls to move in close proximity but don't forget to adjust your direction before doing that.

Multiplayer is mostly comprised of player interactions and this large-scale update will make that aspect more MMO-like but one without micro-transactions. Aside from a PlayStation Plus membership to play on Sony console, players will not need any subscription.

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Climb into Virtual Cockpit

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Although scheduled to release on all available platforms, Beyond comes with a special retail version exclusive to PS4, containing the base game that includes all updates released by studio till date and of course the upcoming VR support.

Hello Games continuing to deliver frequent updates like Abyss, Visions and overhauling entire experience with NEXT in 2018 was only part of a larger plan to make an ever-expanding open-world universe within No Man's Sky to step into multitude of directions.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

According to a series of leaked image, Valve is developing new VR headset for what seems like a Half-Life prequel game.

Before getting into business of running Steam, digital distribution platform for video games, Valve Corporation was responsible for Half-Life and Left 4 Dead series of games, none of which got a third installment in nearly a decade.

According to leaked images from online image sharing community site Imgur, Valve is currently working on and soon will unveil their very own VR headset that is completely separate from HTC Vive gear they are supporting right now.

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Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

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These leaked images found by UploadVR suggest that the Valve device is still in prototype stage but they are trying to make it equivalent to the HTC display of virtual reality technology that will offer a 135 degree field of view when finished.

They appear to have two cameras and integrated headphones included in it with possibility of adding new "Knuckles" motion controllers. The same source also hinted that this gadget could come out bundled with a brand-new Half-Life game from the company.

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VR "Knuckles" Hand Controller

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Apparently, this rumored project is not the long-awaited Half-Life 3 but a prequel game that would feature the return of Dr. Gordon Freeman to fight aliens once again in a fictional immersive world that Valve originally built.

Although they came up with two more episodes for Half-Life 2, a third game is still stuck at planning stage as it seems. So, we suggest you take any mystery news of a prequel or a brand-new sequel with grain of salt.

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Valve VR Headset Lenses

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Back in March 2018, President Gabe Newell of Valve have announced they are returning back to development and start shipping games again but are not indicating at upcoming digital collectible card game Artifact by that.

For years, there were rumors flying on live-action movies being pitched for Half-Life and Portal franchise too. With their newly developed VR compatible software and hardware, Valve may come back to dominate video game market once again.

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VR Headset With Valve Logo (Up Left)

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This is not the first time fans of acclaimed FPS series hearing of a potential Half-Life game, VR or not. Back in 2016, players found phrase "HLVR" in Dota 2 by digging deep inside code and Steam VR app also had a mention of it.

We even heard about multiple projects on the fan-favorite franchise being pitched or maybe developed but never saw a single one coming after Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007, yet everyone is hoping that these rumors turn true this time.