May the 4th Star Wars Sale on Quest Store

New games coming in May, Batman gets a Quest 3 exclusive game and see space and Earth in VR

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

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🥳 May Quest+ subscription free games: Stones of Harlath, Vacation Simulator.

🚀 Games coming in May 2024:

  • May 2: Homeworld: Vast Reaches (Quest), Mannequin (Quest), Smalland: Survive The Wilds VR (Quest), Smalland: Survive The Wilds VR (Quest), Zengence: Take Aim With Every Breath (Quest), Madison VR (PC VR, PSVR2)

  • May 9: Spectral Scream (PC VR)

  • May 16: Ultimate Swing Golf (Quest), Stride: Fates (PC VR), Retropolis 2: Never Say Goodbye (Quest)

  • May 22: Exocars (PC VR)

  • May 23: Tank Arena: Ultimate League (Quest), Kid Pilot (PC VR)

  • May 31: F1 24 (PC VR)

  • May (no specific date yet): Some Assembly Required (Quest), VR Legs (PC VR), Taskmaster VR (Quest), Marble Mechanics (PC VR), Zero Caliber 2 (Quest), Masters of Light (Quest)

🥳 But there’s more:

Star Wars games are on sale for May the 4th, Star Wars day.

There’s a new Meta Quest update (v65).

And you can play Minesweeper in MR (and co-op!).

Finally, Batman gets a Meta Quest 3 exclusive game.

eXtend your gaming:

Welcome to XR Gamer Digest #18

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).

⚔️ Star Wars Quest games are on sale for a short while (until May the 5th). Of course, the reason is May the 4th, also known as Star Wars day.

🎥 Meta's Quest v65 software update enhances the mixed reality passthrough and introduces spatial video and panorama stills to improve user experience. This basically brings Quest 3 closer to the Vision Pro capabilities when it comes to the spatial videos.

🌎 You can now see Earth in VR, as well as the space in MR.

XR Games

🚀 Don’t forget the classic Homeworld game got a VR version called “Vast Reaches” which just launched on Quest.

🦇 Batman: Arkham Shadow is the first ever exclusive title for the Quest 3. It’s gonna be launched later this year.

🕵️‍♂️ Skera VR is a steampunk puzzle adventure that combines sci-fi and magical elements, tasking players with escaping a massive tower with the help of an AI.

☃️ Do you miss snow? Maybe not, but if you do, Snow Worlds in MR will help you miss it less.

🥷 Agent Simulator is a VR FPS on Quest where players undergo secret agent training, featuring action-packed missions that test speed and accuracy. It’s just launched on App Lab.

🕹️ Arcade Paradise VR offers an amazing simulation of managing a retro arcade within a laundromat. You balance business operations with gameplay, by being patient and focusing on strategic growth to enhance your arcade with more games and features.

💣 Minesweeper in MR? In co-op?? Sign me in! Mine Games is free to play now.

🛻 MudRunner VR brings the off-road driving experience to Meta Quest, featuring eight different four-wheel drive vehicles to navigate through challenging terrains like muddy areas and rivers.

🎎 Mannequin launched this week and the reviews are pretty good.

👻 The same with Madison VR, a horror game that uses haptic controls to get you more involved.

✈️ Kid Pilot on PC VR blends childhood nostalgia with a modern VR twist. It allows players to navigate toy planes through a variety of aerial challenges, all just using hand gestures.

🐎 You’ll be able to manage a horse stable and race in VR on Meta Quest, SteamVR, and Vision Pro, in the fall of 2024 with Rival Stars Horse Racing: VR Edition.

XR News

🥽 Quest 3 is now almost as popular as Valve Index on Steam, with its use nearly matching the older, more expensive headset. This comes as some users upgrade from other headsets, and the Quest 3's features like built-in Wi-Fi and better resolution offer more for half the price.

🙅‍♂️ Meta is making an XBox special edition of the Quest 3 and this is great news.

🤑 Parth Arora, a Georgia Tech student and founder of Third Dimension Fitness, successfully sold his VR and MR startup, which turns stationary cardio workouts into engaging adventures using Meta Quest glasses, to Elbo, a Singapore-based educational company.

🥽 Trying to give people some good news, Tim Cook lets us know that more than half of the Fortune 100 companies bought at least one Vision Pro. There’s a high level manager’s kid playing with a very expensive toy somewhere! 😅

Until next time, enjoy your other reality gaming!

Bobby Voicu

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Did you know?

Homeworld, released in 1999 by Relic Entertainment, revolutionized the real-time strategy genre by being the first fully three-dimensional RTS game. Its storylineis centered around the Kushan people's journey to reclaim their homeland, Hiigara, and it captivated players with its depth and ambition, earning critical acclaim and multiple game of the year awards.

One of "Homeworld's" defining features was its stunning graphics and immersive audio (for its era). The detailed spaceship designs, expansive cosmic battlefields, and atmospheric soundtrack combined to create an unparalleled sense of space exploration and combat, setting a new standard for the genre's presentation.

Additionally, Homeworld introduced innovative multiplayer gameplay, allowing players to engage in strategic battles in three-dimensional space. This mode added significant replayability to the game and contributed to its lasting impact and influence on the design of space-based strategy games.