PSVR Monthly - August

PSVR Monthly - August

Platforms: Sony PSVR | Oculus Rift | Oculus Quest | HTC Vive

Here we are again PSVR enthusiasts, another month of PlayStation VR news, reviews and release dates. We have had another good month of virtual goodness, ranging from the upcoming massive and eagerly awaited VR patch for No Mans Sky to a few new game announcements, reviews and previews. Keep reading for the latest and greatest in PSVR updates.

News

First things first, after a very rocky launch, No Mans Sky is finally becoming the game fans wanted. After a myriad of free content updates the game is going from strength to strength. This month we will get another update that includes of all things, a VR mode. I for one cannot wait to dive into the game again, this time in VR and sample all the new features. I have not played since launch and apparently its a completely different game now, it has multiplayer, a massive amount of tweaks and lots of improvements. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for my impressions of the update.

Dive back into No Mans Sky, in VR!

This month also saw a great bit of news that could point to some interesting details about PSVR2. We all know it's in production but details are unknown and it's probably still up in the air as to its specifications and final design. However, we did get a small hint at the PSVR2 maybe having a see-through display. The patent details are below but as with all patents, take it with a pinch of salt, quite often they don't even make it to production

Systems and method for providing a see-through screen in a head-mounted display (HMD) includes a display screen having a front side and a back side. The display screen is configured for rendering media content. First optics is provided adjacent to the front side of the display screen and configured to provide a focus for viewing the media content. A shutter screen is provided adjacent to the backside of the display screen and is switchable between an opaque mode and a transparent mode. Second optics is provided behind the shutter screen such that the shutter screen is between the display screen and the second optics. The second optics provides an adjustment to the focus to allow clear view through the first optics, the display screen, the shutter screen and the second optics, when the transparent mode is activated on the shutter screen.

There is now a demo on the PSN store for Blood and Truth, if you have not played this amazing game yet, now is the time to try it. Believe me, you will not regret it. Blood and Truth still stands as not only one of the best PSVR games I have played but one of my favourite games this year. What are you waiting for? Go and download it now.

We had the first gameplay trailer for the Doctor Who PSVR title, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time. Being a massive Doctor Who fan I certainly cannot wait for this one. The trailer is short but does show a bit of gameplay and it does look quite good. I really can't wait to enter the Tardis in VR and use my sonic screwdriver against those pesky Daleks. The trailer is included below for your perusal.

Last Months Reviews

We had a lot of PSVR reviews last month, including the incredible 3DRudder foot control peripheral. We had a plethora of games to review from cartoony days away to cyber ninja death simulators. It was certainly a good month for games, let's get into it.

The 3dRudder, changes the way you move in VR

Firstly, the 3DRudder peripheral. I personally reviewed this little gem and let me say this, it totally changed the way I play PSVR games and for the better. Moving motion control to your feet frees your arms up to do all the combat, control and literally changes the game. I just hope more games going forward get 3dRudder support. It's brilliant. You can read our review here.

We reviewed the one on one first-person shooter Telefrag VR here. While I found it a bit light on features and modes, there are a few good ideas in the game and its worth a shot if you fancy a solo battle against your opponents in VR. I just found it a bit lacking in certain areas.

Mini-Mech Mayhem, great multiplayer fun

We also reviewed Mini-Mech Mayhem from one of my favourite developers, Futurlab. It was a good game that maybe does not shine in single player but if you have friends to play online it can really be a lot of fun. Unfortunately, at the time of review, the servers were empty so I could not try multiplayer. I have tried it since though and it is a blast. Catch up with the review for Mini-Mech Mayhem here.

I reviewed Sairento last month too, its a great cyber-ninja death simulator and it's a joy to play. It's the first game I played with the 3dRudder and it was amazing. Slicing, dicing and shooting enemies in slow motion never gets old and the game is extremely enjoyable. Read the review here.

My Kind of vacation, a virtual one in Vacation Simulator

Last but certainly not least, I reviewed Vacation Simulator. I loved Job Simulator and this game is just an advancement on that, which is not a bad thing in the slightest. The fantastic humour is intact and the tasks you do are more elaborate. Its great fun and I had to wrestle with the family to play it and get my review done. Read about it here.

August Confirmed PSVR Releases

The Angry Birds Movie 2 VR: Under Pressure - August 6th

These tubby little birds are bac. In a VR game based on the upcoming movie, you must help the pigs overcome a common foe and put your differences aside.

No Mans Sky Beyond Update - August 14th

Releasing very soon is the VR update for No Mans Sky, what Hello Games have done for this game is insane. Its been a complete turnaround since launch with the various free updates and I cannot wait to jump back in.

Afterlife - Unknown Date

Dealing with the anguish and grief of death this live-action narrative puts you in the eyes of a ghost to help a family come to terms with their loss.

See you all next month for some PSVR fun and frolicking.

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