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The Wait Is Finally Over! Bonelab Releases Next Week, New Game Trailer Here

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Yep, you read that right! Stress Level Zero announced today — while simultaneously dropping a new release trailer — that the highly anticipated physics action game Bonelab will release next Thursday, September 29th. It will be available on Steam and the Quest platform.

Bonelab is a follow-up to Stress Level Zero’s VR fan favorite Boneworks. We’ve gone into detail about how excited we are to get our hands on Bonelab, and what it means for VR.

The Release Date Trailer is packed full of gameplay and shows off how the avatar swapping will work throughout the game. It looks great! We can’t wait to upload our own custom avatars to wreak havoc. If there’s one thing we can count on from the team at Stress Level Zero, it’s breaking the mold.


Founder of Stress Level Zero, Brandon Laatsch, also took the time to show off some additional gameplay on the Node Youtube channel. Alongside Daniel Kim, he showed off the upcoming avatar system in depth and how different physics and stats will automatically apply to different avatars based on their size and profile. Brandon also mentions in the below Node Video that Bonelab will always be free of microtransactions, and that they will continue to use the revenue from game sales to support their next projects. It’s amazing to see these two back together to celebrate the upcoming release of Bonelab! We highly recommend taking a look. (SPOILER-FREE)

PICO 4 Announced, Will It Be Quest 2’s First Real Competitor?

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Pico announced today that their next headset, the Pico 4 will be released as soon as this October in European counties, Japan, and Korea. There’s no word of a US launch yet, but recently Pico 4 and Pico 4 Pro were spotted in FCC filings, so it’s safe to assume it won’t be long. They’re looking to compete with Quest 2 directly, and judging by the specs on this new headset, they’re coming in pretty strong. Recently, Pico was acquired by ByteDance and has been moving towards the consumer market ever since.

Will the Pico 4 be the Quest 2’s first real competition? Let’s have a look at what the Pico 4 will have to offer.

Specs?

While the Pico 4 will be sporting the same processor as the Quest 2 — Qualcomm XR2 — it will also have 8GB of RAM compared to the Quest 2’s 6GB. It will also be equipped with ‘Pancake Optics’ which increases the FOV and helps keep the headset lighter and less bulky. Visuals will also be slightly crisper at 2,160 × 2,160 resolution per eye compared to Quest 2’s 1,832 × 1,920.

The Pico 4 will also have a color passthrough and precise IPD adjustment which are features that the Quest 2 doesn’t have but Meta’s upcoming headset Project Cambria will, at a premium price. The Pico 4 will even connect to your PC, though they opted to only provide a wireless option. Pico did state that they will be releasing a wireless dongle for those that don’t have dedicated routers.

Here’s a look at all the Pico 4 will have to offer:

ProcessorQualcomm XR28 Cores 64 bit2.84GHz7nm process technology
Storage8GB+128GB8GB+256GB
Wireless ConnectionsWi-Fi: Support Wi-Fi 6, 2.4GHz/5GHz dual bandBluetooth: Support Bluetooth 5.1
DisplayResolution: 4,320 ✕ 2,160 (2,160 ✕ 2,160 per eye)Refresh rate: 72Hz / 90Hz
OpticsPancake Lens105°20.6 PPD62-72MM inter-pupillary distance adjustment
Positioning and Sensor6DoF Positioning System
AudioIntegrated high fidelity speakerDual mic
Battery and Charging5300mAh20W Fast Charging
OS
PICO OS 5.0
In the boxVR Headset2 Controllers4 1.5V AA Alkaline BatteriesGlasses SpacerNose Pad2 Controllers Lanyards 、USB-C Power Adapter 、USB-C to C 2.0 Data Cable 、Quick Guide 、User Guide 、 Safety and Warranty Guide

Let’s Talk About Pricing

Alright, it sounds pretty good so far, but what’s it going to cost us? Well, the answer might surprise you.

Pico announced that prices would start at €430 for the 128GB model and €500 for the 256GB model, which is cheaper than the Quest 2. They’ve made it clear that they not only plan to compete with Meta, but they plan on undercutting them as well. Meta recently raised the price of the Quest 2, which doesn’t seem so sensible now that competition is hitting the market full speed with better hardware.

Ecosystem

Meta might have the upper hand in this department, but that might not be for long. It looks like their library of games is growing. Slowly, but surely. The company will even launch Pico Worlds. A social VR Platform, similar to Horizon Worlds.

Let’s be clear here. Meta has quite the headstart on content and Pico has a long way to go before it can be considered the “Quest Killer”, but it’s not totally out of the question. At the end of the day, competition is good and it’s nice to see a headset that might put the Quest 2 in its place — or at the very least, force Meta to provide better value to their customers. Pico 4 looks to be the first real competitor to the Quest 2, it’ll be interesting to see how adopted it will be.

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Breachers Is An Upcoming 5v5 VR Tactical Shooter, Trailer Here

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Triangle Factory — the developers behind Hyperdash — announced that their next VR game ‘Breachers’ will be a tactical 5v5 shooter. Similar to Rainbow Six Siege, one team will be tasked with holding down the fort, while the other team… well, breaches.

The trailer shows off the verticality of the gameplay, letting players scale walls to breach windows. We also get a taste of the different weapons and gadgets available in the game. If you’re a fan of tactical shooters, I’d keep an eye on this one.

We’re pretty big fans of the genre and while we’re still a ways away from a release date, there are rumors of a closed beta later this year.

Triangle Factory has stated that it will release for Meta Quest 2, Pico, and on Steam, but will not support the Quest 1 as the extra power from the Quest 2 will be required. We’ve seen more and more games drop support for Quest 1. Recently Population One stated that they would cease support entirely and offer refunds to those who qualify. I suppose it’s to be expected.

Are you excited for Breachers?

Combat Is Coming to Popular Parkour Game Stride, Closed Beta September 9th

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Parkour action game Stride will soon be releasing new combat modes! Players interested in joining the close beta test can sign up to test the new modes on September 9th at 3 PM EDT.

Developer Joyway took to Reddit to promote the upcoming beta and provided instructions on how to sign up for the playtest.

To participate you’ll need to do the following:

John Carmack Says 120hz Will Be the New Default

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Meta’s Consulting CTO, John Carmack announced on Twitter that 120hz would soon become the default refresh rate for the Quest 2. The feature has been in its experimental phase since April 2021.

The Quest 2 was initially released with a default refresh rate of 72hz, with 90hz eventually becoming the default refresh rate for Oculus Home. Many developers started making a move to 90hz as it provided a smoother experience. Some games, such as Hyper Dash and Eleven Table Tennis made use of the 120hz experimental feature but not all games are able to perform well with such a high refresh rate.

Carmack also goes on to suggest that apps that play at 60 fps video should consider moving towards 120 fps stating that it makes “imperfect release tempo less harsh”

Get 7 Games For Cheap Through ‘Valiant VR’ Humble Bundle

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For as little as 20$, Humble Bundle is offering a “Valiant VR Bundle” which includes 7 games for PCVR. Proceeds of your purchases will go towards supporting the National Network of Abortion Funds & NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation.

If you’re not familiar with Humble Bundle, they offer loads of bundles on games where you can pick how much you want to pay for any given bundle. Proceeds always go towards a good cause so it’s a great way to get your hands on some fantastic games, save money, and be a good person.

At the time of writing this article, the Valiant VR Bundle has already raised $53,756 for charity!

Bundle Includes:

If you’re only interested in the last two games, Contractors and Budget Cuts 2, you can opt for the 10$ bundle which will only include these two games.

All games are redeemable through Steam after purchase.

Into the Radius Releases For Quest 2 September 8th, Trailer here

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CM Games’ upcoming Quest 2 port for their game Into the Radius is releasing on the Meta Quest 2 headset on September 8th after a successful beta.

While the PC version has been out since July 2020 — currently sitting with an Overwhelmingly Positive review — the Quest 2 port has had a significant overhaul in order to perform well on the standalone VR headset.

CM Games confirmed on Reddit that there are no plans for Crossbuy, meaning you will not receive the game’s PC version with the purchase of the mobile port.

Will you be picking up Into the Radius when it releases on the Quest 2 next week?

The Complete Ultimate VR Gaming Workout Routine

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Earlier this year, we put together the Ultimate VR Gaming Workout Routine. Every week for 8 weeks, we played some of our favorite VR games with the goal of getting fit for the summer all while having a great time enjoying a medium we love.

It was an absolute blast! We were even featured in Schell Games’ Until You Fall News! As promised, we put it all together in one easy article so you can have it all in one place.

If it’s your first time here, welcome! We’re happy you’re here! There are no paywalls for this workout and it will always remain free. The only cost is the purchase of the games themselves. If you own all of the games already, then you’re in luck! You’re ready to rock.

The Ultimate VR Gaming Workout Routine is based on 3 main games. In Week 5 we add the option of adding two more games to the mix if you’re looking to up the challenge.

The 3 Main Games

Thrill of the Fight – $9.99

Our favorite boxing game is of course Thrill of the Fight. This game will is a wicked arm workout that will have you gassed out in no time. You’ll be able to up the difficulty as you get better — and remember to KEEP THOSE HANDS UP!

Pistol Whip – $29.99

If you haven’t already given Pistol Whip a try, you’re missing out. This game is so much fun and a really great legs workout. You’ll burn through some calories with this one for sure.

Until You fall – $24.99

This VR Roguelike has an awesome art style and will force you to swing your arms as you proceed through randomly generated levels. There are bosses at the end of every stage. As you develop your skills, you’ll get further and further!

Optional Games

Synth Riders – $24.99 USD / $28.99 CDN

Synth Riders is a game about following the flow of music. While soaring through synth-wave style environments you must keep your hands trailing the correct color. Playing songs in Synth Riders feels great, and you’ll find yourself dancing around in no time. The game comes with a huge library of free songs along with loads of extra content! This game is sure to make you move!

Beatsaber – $29.99 USD / $33.99 CDN

If you don’t know what Beatsaber is… well, I don’t believe you. Without a doubt, it’s the most recognizable VR game out there, and with good reason. W recommend it as a must-have in our article — What’s the First VR Game You Should Buy?


Before we get into the Workout Routine itself, we would like to mention that we are not health experts. You should consult your doctor or health care provider should you have any concerns.

The whole point of The Ultimate VR Gaming Workout Routine is to have fun. We aren’t going to be policing what difficulty or length of time you should play. Don’t push yourself past your limits — just try to enjoy the ride.


The Ultimate VR Gaming Workout Routine

Week 1

Remember that this is the very beginning, so we advise that you play at your own leisure, and we recommend to not overdo it. We suggest 30min sessions but listen to your body.

  • Monday – Thrill of the Fight
  • Tuesday – Until you Fall
  • Wednesday – Thrill of the Fight
  • Thursday- Pistol Whip
  • Friday – Thrill of the Fight
  • Saturday – Active Rest (Play whatever you want)
  • Sunday – Active Rest (Play whatever you want)

Week 2

  • Monday: Until You Fall
  • Tuesday: Pistol Whip
  • Wednesday: Until You Fall
  • Thursday: Thrill of the Fight
  • Friday: Until You Fall
  • Saturday: Active Rest (Play whatever you want)
  • Sunday: Active Rest (Play whatever you want)

We recommend a minimum of 30-minute sessions, but if you’re feeling good, just forget about the clock and have fun. Remember to stay hydrated!

Week 3

  • Monday: Pistol Whip
  • Tuesday: Thrill of the Fight
  • Wednesday: Active Rest (Play whatever you want)
  • Thursday: Pistol Whip
  • Friday: Until You Fall
  • Saturday: Pistol Whip
  • Sunday: Active Rest (Play whatever you want)

Week 4

  • Monday: Thrill Of The Fight
  • Tuesday: Until You Fall
  • Wednesday: Active Rest (Play whatever you want)
  • Thursday: Until You Fall
  • Friday: Thrill Of The Fight
  • Saturday: Pistol Whip
  • Sunday: Active Rest (Play whatever you want)

Week 5

  • Monday – Thrill of the Fight (45min) + Synth Riders (20min)
  • Tuesday – Until you Fall (45min) + Beatsaber (20min)
  • Wednesday – Thrill of the Fight (45min) + Synth Riders (20min)
  • Thursday- Pistol Whip (45min) + Beatsaber (20min)
  • Friday – Thrill of the Fight (45min) + Synth Riders (20min)
  • Saturday – Active Rest (Play whatever you want)
  • Sunday – Active Rest (Play whatever you want)

If you’ve only grabbed one of our additional games, it’s completely fine to substitute one for the other.

Week 6

  • Monday – Until you Fall (45min) + Synth Riders (20min)
  • Tuesday – Pistol Whip (45min) + Beatsaber (20min)
  • Wednesday – Active Rest (Play whatever you want)
  • Thursday- Until you Fall (45min) + Beatsaber (20min)
  • Friday – Thrill of the Fight (45min) + Synth Riders (20min)
  • Saturday – Until you Fall (60min)
  • Sunday – Active Rest (Play whatever you want)

Week 7

  • Monday – Pistol Whip (45min) + Beatsaber (20min)
  • Tuesday – Pistol Whip (45min) + Beatsaber (20min)
  • Wednesday – Thrill of the Fight (45min) + Synth Riders (20min)
  • Thursday- Pistol Whip (45min) + Beatsaber (20min)
  • Friday – Pistol Whip (45min) + Beatsaber (20min)
  • Saturday – Until you Fall (60min)
  • Sunday – Active Rest (Play whatever you want)

Reminder: You should consult your doctor or health care provider should you have any concerns.

Week 8

  • Monday – Pistol Whip (45min) + Thrill of the Fight (45min)
  • Tuesday – Until you Fall (45min) + Thrill of the Fight (45min)
  • Wednesday – Beatsaber (45min)
  • Thursday- Pistol Whip (45min) + Thrill of the Fight (45min)
  • Friday – Until you Fall (45min) + Thrill of the Fight (45min)
  • Saturday – Thrill of the Fight (60min)
  • Sunday – Synth Riders (45min)

Ultimechs Will Be Free To Play, Release Day Announced

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During a Developer Deep Dive video, Resolution Games announced that the upcoming competitive Mech soccer — Ultimechs — will be released on September 15th. The best part is, that the game will be free to play.

We mentioned in our earlier article on the game that there will be only Teleport Locomotion, Resolution Games continues to affirm that this is required to keep the gameplay fast and fluid.

The Deep Dive showcased additional gameplay and mentioned providing upcoming details on the first season pass. Since the game will be free to play with a season pass, it’s safe to assume that there will be additional skins and vanity items available for purchase and unlocks. No word on if any of these things will affect gameplay.

While I admit, that my initial impressions of the game were a bit lackluster with Teleport Locomotion being the only form of movement, it seems Resolution is staying firm that this is best for the game. The gameplay seems fast pace and requires a fair bit of hand-eye coordination and will hopefully be easy for those with weak VR games to jump in quickly.

Will you be trying Ultimechs out when it releases on Steam, Meta, and Pico on September 15th?

Get Ready! Beta Sign-Ups for Among Us VR Are Now Open

Want to get your hands on Among Us VR early? The game’s Twitter account announced that the beta sign-ups are now available. All you need to sign up is a VR headset and an internet connection. If you’re at all following Among Us VR, I’m betting you have both.

The game is planned to release on all major VR headsets later this year, but for those itching to participate in the beta can sign-up simply by answering a few questions. You’ll also be asked to join the Among Us VR discord server.

Players who sign up will be invited to join sessions of the games instead of having unlimited access to the game as a whole. Still, being invited to a session sounds like fun and motivation to bring you’re A game.

You can sign-up for free by clicking here.


Check out the latest Among us VR trailer showcasing the game’s features and how exactly are they going to translate to VR.