$100 discount for PS VR 2

June new games, solo mode for Contractors Showdown, Palmer Luckey is developing a new device

XR = eXtended Reality (everything VR, AR, MR)

📣 If you only read one thing today 📣

🤑 The PlayStation VR 2 is currently discounted by $100.

🍿 PlayStation Plus Premium subscribers can get 12 months of Netflix Premium with their purchase until June 12.

🥳 But there’s more:

A lot of new games are coming this month.

Contractors Showdown has a permanent solo mode now.

Oculus creator will launch new XR device.

eXtend your gaming:

Welcome to XR Gamer Digest #22

Discounts and Tips

🤩 Don’t forget you can get up to 25% discounts when you buy a game from the Meta Quest store. Go here and look for your game (we’re not affiliated with the website, but it’s a great tool).

🤑 The PlayStation VR 2 is currently discounted by $100, and PS Plus Premium subscribers can get 12 months of Netflix Premium with their purchase until June 12.

XR Games

🎉 Neon Squad Tactics, Taskmaster VR, Journey to Foundation – are just a few of the VR games coming to us in June. 

🌞 Arizona Sunshine 2 ends its Season of Chaos with a free Horde map update, introducing the Old Mine level.

🛻 MudRunner VR has been released on Meta Quest 2, 3, and Pro.

🔫 Guardians Frontline has launched a new update introducing a massive Queen enemy and new features on Quest and SteamVR.

🎱 MiRacle Pool, a mixed reality pool game with realistic physics and various game modes, is coming to Meta Quest on June 20, 2024, for $15. Pre-orders will receive a discount of 20 percent.

⚔️ The first gameplay trailer for Skydance's VR fantasy action RPG, Behemoth, was revealed, showcasing brutal combat and the world of the Forsaken Lands, with a release set for fall 2024 on Meta Quest, PC VR, and PSVR 2.

👽 The first VR gameplay trailer for Alien: Rogue Incursion, a new single-player action-horror game in the Alien franchise by Survios, has been revealed. The game will launch this year on on Meta Quest 3, PSVR 2 and PC VR. 

🪦 Quest 3 owners can now play the original Tomb Raider in mixed reality with the BeefRaider XR mod, turning the game world into a dollhouse with Lara Croft as a 1/24 scale action figure.

🔫 The sci-fi VR game Eternal Starlight, featuring improved graphics and intuitive eye tracking, will launch on Apple Vision Pro on June 3rd.

🎉 Half-Life: Alyx will soon be playable on PS VR2 using Sony's new PC adapter, which launches on August 7th for $59.99.

🔫 Contractors Showdown now features a permanent solo mode for intense VR battle royale action with up to 45 players.

🚗 Track Craft will soon be fully playable in virtual reality, allowing seamless switching to VR mode and featuring multiplayer leaderboards, leagues, and a new user interface.

🎉 The Riven remake will launch on Meta Quest 2 and 3 on June 25, with preorders now open at a discounted price of $30.99.

🤩 Meta Quest+ games for June: Stride and Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister. Green Hell is added to Mea Quest+ Games Catalog. 

🕶️ Hitman 3 VR: Reloaded, featuring dual-wielding and a new cel-shaded art style, is coming to Meta Quest 3, developed by XR Games in collaboration with IO Interactive.

🤢 Green Hell VR will receive a co-op mode for up to four players on Meta Quest 3 and PSVR 2 in late 2024.

🏎️ Gran Turismo 7's Update 1.48 adds five new cars, including models from Honda, Nissan, and Volvo, along with new Café Menu and World Circuit events, and enhanced Scapes photo features.

🛠️ BlackForge: A Smithing Adventure, a cozy fantasy VR crafting game, is launching on Quest and PC VR on June 13th for $20.

XR Entertainment

💃 Taiko Frenzy, a VR rhythm game inspired by Taiko-no-Tatsujin, is now available on Meta Quest and SteamVR, allowing players to drum along to 20 original songs and create custom tracks.

🧘 Alo Moves, a movement and mindfulness MR app developed by Magnopus, is coming exclusively to Meta Quest 3 later this year, featuring volumetric capture and lifelike 3D instructors.

🎤 Deadmau5 launches an exclusive virtual reality concert experience with immersive sound and psychedelic visuals on the VR music platform Soundscape.

🔫 The VR hero shooter X8 has introduced a social hub and enhanced matchmaking in its latest update.

The new Beat Saber OST 7 music pack is the final content update for the original Quest headset, marking the end of its support.

🍿 Meta Quest will soon allow high-quality Netflix streaming directly from its web browser, addressing the outdated 480p app issue.

🥊 Meta's VR fitness app Supernatural is proven to be as effective as traditional exercises like boxing and now includes a mixed reality mode.

XR News

📖 Meta is developing a Quest for Education platform to help schools and universities manage VR headsets for classroom use.

🔒 Varjo will shut down its cloud XR streaming platform 'Reality Cloud' next month.

🥽 Immersed will publicly demo its Visor headset in September, with Founder’s Edition units shipping soon after and standard preorders starting March 2025.

🤝 Magic Leap and Google have announced a strategic partnership to develop AR solutions by combining Magic Leap’s AR expertise with Google’s technology platforms.

🕶️ Meta's upcoming affordable VR headset could be called the Quest 3S, as indicated by recent Quest Store listings.

💻 Sightful has unveiled a redesigned screenless AR laptop, Spacetop G1, set to ship in October, featuring an integrated AR glasses display and running on an Android-based OS.

🛠️ Meta's Horizon Workrooms update streamlines the interface and enhances the Personal Office but removes key features

🥽 A designer presents a VR headset concept with a flip-up visor, combining immersion and real-world interaction for productive office work.

🛠️ Meta Connect 2024 will take place on September 25-26, focusing on major VR and AR technology updates, including potential demos of slimline AR glasses and the Quest 3S headset.

🕶️ HTC is offering all Vive XR Elite owners a free Deluxe Pack with four accessories to enhance the headset experience, available for redemption until July 3.

🤩 The Quest v66 update significantly reduces passthrough distortion and warping on Quest 3, introduces wrist-mounted menu buttons, background audio, sleep mode, and the ability to hide library apps.

🧑‍🚒 Clackamas Fire District invests $50K in VR training for firefighters and paramedics to simulate high-stress scenarios.

🕶️ Palmer Luckey, creator of the Oculus Rift, is developing a new XR headset with more details to be revealed at Augmented World Expo in June.

Until next time, enjoy your other reality gaming!

Bobby Voicu

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Did you know?

Palmer Luckey built his first VR headset, which he called the "PR1," when he was just 17 years old. He used salvaged parts from old mobile phones and other electronics.

He is best known as the founder of Oculus VR and the creator of the Oculus Rift.

The Oculus Rift began as a Kickstarter project in 2012. It raised almost $2.5 million, far surpassing its initial goal of $250,000.

In 2014, Oculus VR was acquired by Facebook for approximately $2 billion.