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– by Mark Cook

Newegg provided us the opportunity to enjoy a private demo session of their new virtual reality gaming programs.  

I wasn’t sure what to expect.  All I could think of was the Nintendo Virtual Boy.  Obviously a large amount of time has passed, but maybe I was traumatized from my time playing it.

Even though Oculus is already in place, the HTC Vive is now being used by Newegg in order to make the physical area a game player can move larger than what the Oculus currently offers as well as being able to move, and play, 360 degrees without edge lines being seen in the head gear.

Newegg’s VR Demo consists of the HTC Vive, an MSI Vortex computer and two sensors.  It also consists of two 980’s which is extremely fast making the game play smooth and feel as if you are in the world of the game.

I had the opportunity to play Space Pirate Trainer.  I was first impressed because it only took me a few seconds to calibrate.  Once the game started there was absolutely no lag throughout the duration of my game play. The purpose of the game is to destroy different waves of drones before they destroy you.  There are two cordless hand controls which are used in game play as guns, and a shield.  Small buttons are easily felt on the controller which change weapons.  The controls are extremely manageable and easy to navigate even with the VR head gear over my eyes.

Another impressive part of the demo was to learn that games are developed with comfort levels.  For instance, Space Pirates Trainer has a high comfort level.  A 3D paintbrush game is also available, which carries a high comfort level. We were told that some individuals wanted to have the feeling of flying, flipping, swinging, etc., so they created games which do so.  These type of games have a lower comfort level, but we were also told that as game players begin to adapt to the VR they can easily choose different comfort levels based on their sensitivity to the games.  

Currently, Newegg has produced 40 titles and has 50 more which should be released within the next year.

If you are curious if you currently own any of the hardware that could be compatible for the system to run, what else may be required, prices, or a list of the games, I would recommend you check out their site:

newegg.com/VR

Newegg is based out of California and will be in Toronto in October.  If you are in the area, check them out!
 

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