Get Building With VR Puzzler Gadgeteer’s Free Beta Demo

Ever love building domino sets or watching that Honda commercial where one contraption would activate by hitting another? Well if you do then Metanaut has the virtual reality (VR) videogame for you, Gadgeteer. Originally called Ruberg back in 2016, the title was rebranded last year and today you can get your first hands-on test with a free beta demo. 

Gadgeteer

Gadgeteer is a physics-based puzzle experience that challenges you to build all sorts of weird and wonderful chain reaction machines. Featuring two game modes: sandbox and puzzle, the latter includes 60 puzzles to solve with a story revolving around the disappearance of a brilliant mad scientist. While both modes feature over 50 unique gadgets to build those crazy machines, and three toolheads to create, edit and destroy creations. Continue reading

Ricoh Launches Flagship 360 Camera, the Theta Z1

For those after a top-spec 360-degree camera that courts the line prosumer line, then Ricoh has just announced its latest model, the flagship Theta Z1 for $1000 USD.

The new Ricoh Theta Z1 boasts two 1.0-inch back-illuminated CMOS image sensors that can support about 20M effective pixels. Featuring an updated image processing algorithm this enables the camera to capture stills at up to 23MP (6720 x 3360) and recording of 4K (3840 x 1920) video at 30 fps.

To help customers capture the best images no matter the situation the Ricoh Theta Z1 supports a range of shooting modes, such as aperture-, shutter-, and ISO-priority modes, as well as full manual operation via a smartphone app. The multi-level aperture now provides the choice of f/2.1, f/3.5, and f/5.6 for various lighting conditions, there’s a 3-axis rotational stabilization to compensate for rotational shake, and to make the video sound awesome a four-channel microphone array for 360-degree spatial audio recording is fitted. Continue reading

The Wizards – Enhanced Edition to get a Physical Release on PlayStation VR

After confirming development of a PlayStation VR version for The Wizards last summer, Carbon Studio revealed a couple of weeks ago that the videogame would be released in March. Today, Perp Games has now said that a physical version is also on its way, due a month later. 

The Wizards Enhanced Edition

Now called The Wizards – Enhanced Edition, this new version of the magical combat title sees several new enhancements over the original. The six-hour-long, single-player Story Campaign now includes a whole new level, never-before-seen map, battles, and expanded lore.  Another new addition is that of character customisation. Players will be able to change the colour of their magic gloves which has the added benefit of containing magical glyphs representing their health status. Plus there are checkpoints, improved hand tracking, accessibility and a whole bunch of other features to polish the experience. Continue reading

Firewall Zero Hour’s Fourth DLC Adds new Contractors and Guns

For fans of team-based multiplayer shooter Firewall Zero Hour on PlayStation VR, it’s time for a new DLC to drop in from First Contact Entertainment. This new add-on includes two new contractors, weapons and lots of ancillary items to choose from. 

Firewall Zero Hour

First up are your new contractors Jag and Node. Jag is an ambush expert whose skill allows her to bring three mines into battle – great for defending. Plus, the Ambush skill can be equipped to any Contractor once you’ve reached level 31 and for 25,000 Crypto. Then there’s Node, who has the Afterlife skill giving you the ability to detonate your planted C4 from the support feed. Another great character when defending, you can still cause carnage even after you’ve died. The Afterlife skill can be equipped to any Contractor once you’ve reached level 43 and for 35,000 Crypto. Continue reading

Microsoft Unveils the new HoloLens 2 at MWC19, Retails for $3,500

Ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2019 event in Barcelona, Spain tomorrow, Microsoft has held a pre-show press conference, revealing its plans for the future. The main announcement today is the unveiling of HoloLens 2, Microsoft’s mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD).

Microsoft HoloLens 2

Microsoft’s technical fellow and HoloLens creator Alex Kipman lead the announcement today, revealing a host of features for the new MR HMD.

One of the biggest gripes aimed at the original HoloLens was its really narrow field of view (FOV). Without detailing any specs, Kipman did say that while keeping the same quality resolution HoloLens 2 would now double the FOV. Another feature is the addition of eye tracking, allowing HoloLens 2 to know exactly where users are looking. And to make interaction and immersion even better, HoloLens 2 includes both hand tracking and voice control. Users hands will be fully tracked with each finger properly articulated. And with their voice, users will be able to control apps, even going so far as to make an app follow them. Continue reading