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Red Matter, Waltz of the Wizard & More Will be Enhanced for Oculus Quest 2

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Next week the Oculus Quest 2 officially launches, upgrading Facebook’s standalone virtual reality (VR) offering with a lighter, sharper design. Today, Facebook has confirmed several videogames released for the original Oculus Quest will be getting enhancement updates.

Five titles will be getting free updates to make use of the improved hardware so if you already own them and have the Oculus Quest 2 pre-ordered, download them to see the difference.

  • Arizona Sunshine – Vertigo Games’ zombie shooter offers a single-player campaign and co-op modes in a post-apocalyptic Arizona. Once you’ve completed the storyline there’s the endless horde mode to fight waves of the undead.
  • Ironlights – Indie developer E McNeill’s PvP dueler where players can fight each other in slow-motion, the update will add improved render resolution, an enhanced particle system and shading.
  • Red Matter – The sci-fi puzzler from Vertical Robot takes place in an alternate future on an abandoned base on Rhea, one of Saturn’s moons. It’ll benefit from new textures and further LOD distances.
  • Trover Saves the Universe – The outrageous VR adventure from Squanch Games, experience new crispy visuals, increased resolution, and improved framerate.
  • Waltz of the Wizard – Becoming a powerful sorcerer on the Oculus Quest platform will look even better thanks to features like real-time lights, post-processing for realistic glow effects; more interactive objects, particle effects and increased detail across the world.

To make use of these updates you’ll need an Oculus Quest 2 which launches on 13th October 2020. Available in two models, the 64GB version for £299/$399 whilst the 256GB version retails for £399/$399. If you’ve not ordered one already then you’ll have a little wait as new orders on Oculus’ website ship at the end of October.

Waltz of the Wizard

The headset will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 platform with 6GB RAM. There’s a fast-switch LCD display with 50% more pixels than before, offering a resolution of 1832×1920 per eye. Plus the refresh rate will be 72Hz at launch followed by 90Hz support in the future.

Whilst older content is getting an upgrade owners will also have new experiences to explore, with The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Population: One, BlastonLittle Witch Academia: VR Broom RacingRez InfiniteThe Climb 2Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, Myst  and Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister all prepping for launch.

As further updates are released, VRFocus will let you know.

Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2020/10/red-matter-waltz-of-the-wizard-more-will-be-enhanced-for-oculus-quest-2/

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The VR Job Hub: PlayStation London Studio, XREAL Games & Tilt Five

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Every weekend VRFocus gathers together vacancies from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe to help make finding that ideal job easier. Below is a selection of roles that are currently accepting applications across a number of disciplines, all within departments and companies that focus on immersive entertainment.

Location Company Role Link
Remote XREAL Games Game/Level Designer Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio HR Intern – FTC 12 Months Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio Lead 3D Character Artist Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio Lead Online Programmer Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio Lead Technical Artist Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio Senior Game AI Programmer Click Here to Apply
London, UK PlayStation London Studio Senior Level/Mission Designer Click Here to Apply
San Francisco, CA Tilt Five Head of Communications Click Here to Apply
San Francisco, CA Tilt Five Software Engineering Manager Click Here to Apply
San Francisco, CA Tilt Five Software Engineer in Test Click Here to Apply
San Francisco, CA Tilt Five Systems Software Engineer Click Here to Apply

Don’t forget, if there wasn’t anything that took your fancy this week there’s always last week’s listings on The VR Job Hub to check as well.

If you are an employer looking for someone to fill an immersive technology related role – regardless of the industry – don’t forget you can send us the lowdown on the position and we’ll be sure to feature it in that following week’s feature. Details should be sent to Peter Graham ([email protected]).

We’ll see you next week on VRFocus at the usual time of 3PM (UK) for another selection of jobs from around the world.

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Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2021/09/the-vr-job-hub-playstation-london-studio-xreal-games-tilt-five/

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Get Your Rally on This Month in Rec Room

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Social app Rec Room is holding its annual Rec Con event this weekend, three days of panels, concerts, special events and announcements. As part of today’s roster, Rec Room has just unveiled a brand new game that is playable on supported devices later this week, Rec Rally.

Rec Rally

Part of a new feature where Rec Room adds driveable cars to the social world, Rec Rally has been built in-house by the Rec Room team. Introducing a brand new off-road environment, up to six players can race around the track and compete for first place, utilising boosts, jumps and powerslides to their advantage.

As mentioned, this feature allows all player to participate, whether they’re on iOS or Android devices, in full virtual reality (VR) on an Oculus Quest 2, PC VR headset or PlayStation VR, or on a TV screen playing on the latest PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X|S.

Really though, Rec Rally is more of a showcase for the vehicle feature. This is the first time players can have a fully realized vehicle experience in Rec Room, with all the creator options users know and love. With the Rally buggies, they’ll be able to create their own driving experiences for their rooms inviting friends to come and test a new track.

Rec Rally

The buggies support multiple passengers and dual-wielding objects while driving, so whether you’re in the buggy by yourself or with a passenger, combat racing is all part of the fun. The buggies can be found in the ‘Beta Features’ section of the maker pen.

This continues a recent bevvy of updates for the social app, seeing Android support introduced in August and Rec Room host its own Reclympics. All aided by recent investment rounds that have brought Rec Room’s total funding to date to $149 million USD.

Rec Room’s Rec Rally update will be released this Wednesday, 29th September at 10 am PT (6 pm BST) for free. See the new feature in action below and for further updates on the latest Rec Room news, keep reading VRFocus.

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Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2021/09/get-your-rally-on-this-month-in-rec-room/

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‘Rec Room’ is Getting a Mario Kart-style Racer on September 29th, Trailer Here

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Rec Room, arguably the most successful social VR platform, today announced at its annual Rec Con conference that it’s getting a new go-kart racing mini-game that will let you duke it out against your friends and strangers in six-player online matches.

Called ‘Rec Rally’, the new mini-game is set to launch on September 29th, arriving for free on all supported platforms.

Like many of its bespoke mini-games and user-generated creations, Rec Rally will be available with cross-play support so you can race your friends on any platform.

We’re going hands-on before it launches, so make sure to check back soon for our impressions.

Rec Room’s outside financing, of which it now boasts a lifetime total of $149 million, has allowed the team to offer support to a wide range of devices over the past few years, now offering versions on Android, iOS, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC via Steam, Oculus Quest, and all SteamVR-compatible headsets.

Rec Room is free to play, however it’s been bolstered by its nascent digital economy where users can buy items using in-game tokens. One of the biggest additions of late is the ability for the platform’s premiums (paid) users to not only make and sell user-generated items for tokens, but also convert those tokens to real cash.

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Source: https://www.roadtovr.com/rec-room-rally-mario-kart-release/

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Competition: Win Wolf Attack on Steam

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Earlier this month indie team TomatoVR released its fifth virtual reality (VR), Wolf Attack, a wave shooter inspired by the Three Little Pigs nursery rhyme. Supporting PC VR headsets, this weekend VRFocus has got a bunch of Wolf Attack codes for our readers to win.

Wolf Attack

In Wolf Attack you play one of those three little pigs, trying to protect your home from those damn beasts. Featuring solo and multiplayer modes, in single-player it’s just you trying to protect the village using either shotguns or a bow and arrow. There are four waves to complete and you can heal yourself if needed, pretty simple stuff.

The multiplayer component is going to provide greater longevity by offering online PvP. You’re not directly fighting each other, instead, after choosing from one of six characters you’re both placed in fixed positions on the battlefield. Kill the most enemies to come out victorious.

Wolf Attack

So onto the competition. VRFocus has Steam codes for Wolf Attack to giveaway. There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway with the standard prize draw entry rules applying: Follow us (or already be following us) on Twitter (@VRFocus) or alternatively, visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel to get an entry for each. The competition will be open until 11.59 pm BST on Thursday, 27th September 2021. The draw will be made shortly thereafter. Best of luck.

Competition: Win Wolf Attack on Steam

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Source: https://www.vrfocus.com/2021/09/competition-win-wolf-attack-on-steam/

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