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Nintendo Virtual Boy MR Headset: April Fools VR Jokes List

Homeworld will get a VR version, Apple Vision Pro gets more games, Fast Travel Games sold over 1 million VR games

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

I hope you enjoyed the Easter break, if you are celebrating or living in one of the countries that do celebrate it.

If not, well, I wonder if you also got tired about the April 1st jokes. In case you didn’t, though, here’s a list of the best (and worst) jokes this year when it comes to Virtual and Mixed Reality. I warn you, though, announcing a Virtual Boy MR Headset was just mean.

And the fact that Hellblade 2 won’t make a VR version makes this worse, somehow (even though this wasn’t an April 1st joke).

Finally, there are some new games incoming (among them Homeworld classic) and you will be able to kill vampires while sitting on the couch.

Welcome to XR Gamer Digest #15

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).

🎉 If you’re a Meta Quest+ subscriber, your “free” games for April are “Floor Plan 2” and "Drop Dead: Dual Strike Edition".

👶 By the way, Meta is now requiring mandatory age confirmation on Quest headsets.

XR Games

🛸 Anyway, this week wasn’t as big in news (I assume following Easter). Unless you are big into RTS games: ‘Homeworld’, the classic game, will get a new VR game for Quest.

🔫 Another Swarm 2 review says the game enhances the original's grapple-shot action with more fluid gameplay and introduces roguelike elements, making it more exciting.

🚘 "EA Sports WRC" will receive a VR mode as a free update for the PC version at the end of April.

⚔️ "Demeo Battles" introduces its largest update with a ranked mode, new single-player challenges, arenas, and themed events, rolling out to Meta Quest, Pico, and Steam.

🥽 "Horizon Forbidden West" and "Wrath: Aeon of Ruin" are now playable in VR through mods, with Horizon requiring a Patreon subscription for access and Wrath available for Quest 2 via Team Beef's early build.

💃 "Les Mills XR Dance" for Quest 3 offers a fun and immersive fitness dance experience with over 25 classes, guided by hologram instructors, making it a new favorite in VR fitness routines.

🥊 And, since we’re talking about VR fitness, here are the best 13 VR boxing games. You WILL get a workout out of these.

🧛‍♂️ But if you don’t want to move too much, Silent Slayer will allow you to kill vampires while sitting on your couch. Here’s a preview of the game.

🕹️ Another upcoming game is Arcade Paradise VR. It’s coming on the Quest towards the end of the month and it will help transform your home into an arcade (every kid’s dream, right? 😁 )

🍏 Apple Vision Pro is starting to get some games, little by little. Among them, the endless runner “Runaways”.

XR News

🥽 Meta teases some new products, including some new smart glasses and some unknown XR devices in partnership with LG. Can they be these wrist devices (LinkedIn stupid link)?

👻 Apple improves the Vision Pro personas, but it’s still a little weird to use them in calls. At least you can now high five each other. For having enough money to buy the device, I guess?

🤑 Fast Travel Games has sold over 1 million VR games, with the USA being its largest market, and expects strong growth in the coming years after securing $4.3 million in new investments.

Until next time, enjoy your other reality gaming!

Bobby Voicu

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Did you know?

One of the best April 1st joker regarding Virtual Reality was Google Cardboard Plastic

This was an ingeniously simple yet effective prank that played on the growing excitement and sometimes skepticism surrounding virtual reality technology.

Announced as the world's first "actual reality" headset, Google Cardboard Plastic was essentially a clear, plastic box that you could strap to your head, offering a 360-degree, 4D experience of the world around you – without the need for electronics, screens, or software.

The joke was a playful nod to the idea that, amidst the race to develop increasingly immersive virtual experiences, nothing beats the resolution, frame rate, and user experience of the real world.