Stranger Things VR is not good

Quest browser gets an update, Mannequin is public, an airline gives you Vision Pros

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

📣 If you only read one thing today 📣

👹 "Stranger Things VR" is a visually intense retelling of the TV show's last two seasons,

😔 It offers an artful but ultimately boring brand engagement experience that feels more like an extended commercial for the upcoming season than a standalone game.

😭 A second review isn’t any better.

🥳 But there’s more:

There’s un update that gives us a better web browser on the Quest!

Combine Wordle and crosswords in Wordomi in Mixed Reality.

And there’s an airline that gives you an Apple Vision Pro. For quite a price!

eXtend your gaming:

Welcome to XR Gamer Digest #9

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).

🔻 There are still 2 days left (until the 25th) of the Other Worlds sale on Meta Quest Store. You can save up to 60% on games like Assassin’s Creed Nexus, Demeo or Lego Brick Tales.

👐 There’s an update to the web browser on the Quest: simultaneous hands and controllers, browser tabs availability across immersive applications, creating new browser windows and enhanced fullscreen media experience.

🥽 And you can make your Quest 3 look almost like the Apple Vision Pro.

XR Games

🧩 "Wanderer: The Fragments Of Fate" is set to launch on June 27, 2024, across all major VR platforms including Meta Quest, PSVR 2, Pico, and SteamVR.

👹 "Stranger Things VR" is a visually intense retelling of the TV show's last two seasons, offering an artful but ultimately boring brand engagement experience that feels more like an extended commercial for the upcoming season than a standalone game. A second review isn’t any better.

🧟 NoClip VR, a new single-player exploration VR game, is now available for purchase on the Meta Quest platform. And you can bring some friends it to play the game.

🧟 "Zombie Army VR," developed by Rebellion, is set to launch in 2024 on PSVR 2, Quest, and Steam, featuring online two-player co-op and bringing the Sniper Elite spinoff's World War 2 setting and signature X-Ray kill cams to VR platforms.

👾 "Stilt," a vibrant VR platformer by Swedish developer duo Rekt Games, is set to release on March 8, 2024, for Meta Quest (App Lab), PlayStation VR 2, and PC VR headsets on Steam, priced at $19.99.

🔛 "Wordomi," a mixed reality word game that blends elements of Wordle and crossword puzzles, offers an engaging experience on the Meta Quest 3.

👀 "Mannequin," a multiplayer VR game by Fast Travel Games, has entered Open Alpha, offering unique hide-and-seek gameplay for Meta Quest users. The Open Alpha is accessible via the game's Discord channel, providing a preview of the game's mechanics and features ahead of its full release in 2024.

😈 "The Exorcist: Legion VR," initially released in 2017, is set to receive an enhanced version for PlayStation VR 2 and a Quest 3 update, featuring improved visuals, better haptics, and enhanced gameplay elements.

🏃 "Stride: Fates," Joy Way's VR parkour game, received a mixed reality support update and a Quest 3 enhancement on February 22. It allows for gameplay within the player's home environment, and the improvements include dynamic lighting, better grabbing mechanics, and enhanced controller vibration.

🚘 You can repair a space car in "Breathedge: Cosmic Cluck," a VR spin-off of the Steam survival hit "Breathedge", released on Meta Quest 3, Quest 2, and Quest Pro on February 22nd.

🪄 If you ever wanted to make magic with your hands, look no further: "Masters of Light," a first-person action-adventure VR game utilizing hand tracking, is set to release this spring for Quest 3, Quest 2, and Quest Pro.

XR News

🥽 If you own a Vision Pro or intend to own one, Apple just announced you have 1,000 native apps now.

🛫 And if you don’t have an Apple Vision Pro, but want to test it, there’s a luxury airline that gives you one for the duration of the flight. The ticket price? $3000!

💻 Sony announced it is working on official PC support for PlayStation VR2, aiming to expand the game variety available to PS VR2 players on PC in addition to the titles available through PS5, with plans to make this support available in 2024.

📲 Meta is requesting Apple to allow Quest headsets to become AirPlay receivers, enabling iPhone and iPad users to cast media or their entire screen to Quest devices.

🥽 I don’t know how willing Apple is gonna be to do this, after Mark Zuckerberg said the Quest 3 is a better device than Vision Pro. But maybe he missed some things. And here’s Meta CTO explaining why Quest 3 doesn’t have eye-tracking, weight & price among reasons.

🕶️ Mixed Reality will not get to mass adoption until we have glasses instead of headsets. Vodafone thinks so, as well. But this raises the question of how big the influence of big corporations is on the XR and Spatial computing space.

🥊 Well, until we get glasses, we might have some XR gloves. So box away your calories! 😆 

Until next time, enjoy your other reality gaming!

Bobby Voicu

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In 1995, Nintendo released the Virtual Boy, a portable console that displayed "true 3D graphics" in red and black.

It was a commercial failure due to its high price, lack of color graphics, and discomfort caused to the users.

It got discontinued in 1996, being one of the shortest lived Nintendo consoles ever.