The folks at Neowin made an exciting discovery at E3 this week. Originally teased as an April Fools' joke over a year ago, Hyperkin's Smart Boy was not only on the show floor with an updated design this year, it was also fully-functional, with a possible official release closer to December.
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It's fun watching people wearing an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive run into walls, trip over furniture or smash into other obstacles while playing a VR game. But it's not as fun when you're the one accidentally breaking your own TV, so Nyko has come up with a solution that makes it safer to explore a VR world while you're inside the real one.
Oculus has a incredible product: a headset that can make you feel like you're in another world. With its upcoming motion controllers, Oculus Touch, you can even reach out and grab virtual objects. But a competing headset, the HTC Vive, will let you walk around in VR too — and it will ship this year, before Oculus can make its move.
I sit down in the dilapidated wooden chair, and put on the headset. It's the 12th time this week. I've gotten really used to Sony's Project Morpheus, and I love the way it feels. I pretty much just press a button to pull the display closer to my face, and boom — I'm in another world. I just wish there were more worlds I'd actually like to explore.
It's a conversation anybody who grew up in the '90s has had at least a dozen times: "Remember when MTV actually played music videos?" Yes, yes — we all do. Those times are over. Well, those times were over: Activision is about to change everything. It's launching Guitar Hero TV: a "channel" where you can not only watch music videos, but play along with them too.
You only need to glance at the announcements from last week's E3 gaming mega-conference to realise that game studios are constantly engaged the pursuit of absolute realism in their titles. But to this day with all the next-gen consoles on Earth, not a single game beats real-life. That's why physical games like IRL Shooter, Zero Latency and the now failed Z Day are taking off. A new real-world game centred around testing a player's psychology has landed. It's called Escape Room, and it's designed to drive you mad.