Virtual Reality

Good VR – HTC Vive Pro Available Now in NZ + VIVE DAY Bonus Games!

The new HTC Vive PRO VR Headset is available now in New Zealand, and better still, in addition to this new product release is an event known as VIVEDAY! The annual celebration from those top chaps at HTC Vive and with it comes a range of free games to download for your existing VR setup, or the new one 😛

This year they’re giving us four wonderful reasons to celebrate, we’ve setup direct links to the free downloads for each of the titles below so you can easily grab the ones you want – now that’s done let’s take a quick look at the games!

First up, Front Defense

From the opening salvo, Front Defense uses the power of VR and the precision of Vive’s room-scale to deliver one of the most intense war shooter experiences ever created. Created by Vive Studios’ first-party developer Fantahorn Studio, Front Defense is a highly polished, arcade-style room-scale VR shooter set in the final days of World War II’s European theatre. Front Defense immerses players in the role of an Allied Forces hero fighting the last relentless onslaught by the Axis in a fictional European town. Hunker down behind well-armed positions as you duck, dive, switch and reload weapons, throw grenades, and man-mounted guns to fight back the enemy assault. Use heavy weaponry against increasingly brutal enemy soldiers, arm the Bazooka or call in airstrikes against armoured cars and heavy tanks, and man the thunderous 50-Cal to take down suicidal Stuka dive bombers.

• Experience an intense WWII shooter as never before in a superbly polished game designed explicitly for Vive’s room-scale VR and precision tracking
• Defend strategic positions in a beautifully detailed European town slowly being destroyed by a brutal enemy
• Seamlessly switch between a variety of weapons, from light and heavy firearms to mounted machine guns
• Use bazookas, grenades or call in airstrikes to take on an entire armoured division, from well-armed infantry to armoured cars, tanks and dive bombers
• Take on the mysterious Axis super weapon in an epic boss fight finale
• Increasingly challenging stages and global leaderboards deliver hours of gameplay and high replay value

Coming in at number two, Front Defense Heroes

Front Defense: Heroes, is the multiplayer version of the VR shooting game above and can support online battles with up to 5 VS 5 players. Armed with classic WWII weapons and intuitive controls you’re able to explore the battlefield freely, make strategic movement decisions and engage in a realistic combat. Charging, jumping, hunkering down and crawling forward are no longer just animations shown after buttons are pressed. In this game, players need to use their own extremities in combination with the intuitive Vive controllers, dodging incoming fire to survive the fierce battles!

• 3 different multiplayer fighting modes: Deathmatch, Flag, and Defend/Offend.

And number three Super Puzzle Galaxy Lite

Strap a VIVE to your face. Solve puzzles in outer space. (In that order) Come play with the sands of fun in our outer-space physics sandbox. Sculpt sand in 32 levels to direct the ball into the goal in this physics puzzle game. Jump over danger and phase through obstacles using special abilities in the 16 devious challenge levels. Devise ever-faster ways to solve levels and rule the leaderboards. (please note this is the LITE version, and is different to the STEAM version of the game)

And to round our list off, Arcade Saga

Futuristic and action-packed, this compilation game uses 360⁰ gaming, motion controls and positional audio with a nod to Arcade games of the past. Leaderboards for all allow you to gauge your progress against friends and family. Arcade Saga allows you to take the role of a newly sentient being and battle for survival against A.I. Overlords determined to destroy you and your free-thinking. Through 3 different futuristic sports you’ll harness your reactions and strategic thinking to shoot and dodge viruses, break firewall bricks and spin data-balls past the Overlords and their minions. You will need to use your reflexes, wits and changing strategies to survive.

• 3 action games built specifically for VR in one package – Fracture (40 levels), Smash (20 levels), and Bowshot (24 levels)

Well, that is a pretty good games bonus isn’t it, VIVEDAY promotions run from today until the 8th of April so get in quick and you can check out the latest in the NZ HTC Vive VR Store and be sure to keep your eyes on our GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming PC – HP Omen X Compact PC VR Backpack

Small form factor gaming performance received a massive boost with the recently released Nvidia 10 series opening new doors to what’s possible performance wise, while keeping things really small – and those talented techs at HP Omen Gaming have taken this into the immersive VR space with the latest version of the virtual reality backpack PC – designing a full kit they call the OMEN X that leaps us ahead of the ones we tried just a few months ago during Computex 2017 – and they were pretty darn good!

Packing (pun intended) a powerful 8GB GTX 1080 graphics paired with the intel i7-7820HK this small gaming PC has the got power to deliver exceptional gaming performance, punching with the same strength as much, much larger systems 🙂

The dock is a very clever addition, it not only adds functionality but also lets you keep your keyboard and mouse connected so you can dock the OMEN X and get jump straight into 4K desktop gaming as well. This convenience works both ways of course, simply take the OMEN X system out of the desktop dock, then clip it onto the super comfy backpack unit and you’re ready to dive straight into VR, making the most out of your HTC Vive with the freedom to move 🙂 They’ve also tackled battery life in a good way with two hip-mounted power packs providing enough power for a good gaming session, the kit includes 4x battery packs which are quick release as well, allowing you to hot swap quickly one by one and stay in game!

The new OMEN X Compact PC VR Backpacks will be available for everyone to try for themselves at the NZ techXpo 2017 which is set for mid-August at the Vodafone Events Centre in Auckland, come along and join the GGPC team as we get hands on with the latest and best in tech!