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The Best Bluetooth VR Guns

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For a long time firing your weapons in first person shooter (FPS) games was limited to using your mouse or console controllers for the most part. However, some of you may remember the legendary Duck Hunt on Sega Mega Drive where you’d use a peripheral gun controller and were able to shoot down the ducks flying around your TV screen, back in the mid 90s.

Today, virtual reality technology takes FPS games to the completely next level. However, for some using just the controllers your headset came in package with just isn’t enough.

We wanna feel like we are shooting a real gun, therefore we present you with a list of best bluetooth VR guns currently available on the market.

PlayStation VR Aim Controller

The PlayStation VR Aim Controller comes in the bundle with the PSVR game Farpoint, which is the only game currently compatible with the Aim Controller. Sony announces the support for additional games in the future though, like The Brookhaven Experiment, Dick Wilde and ROM: Extraction.

Playing shooters on your PSVR with a regular gamepad, while enjoyable and immersive, may have left you with an impression you were missing a crucial element. In this case, PSVR Aim controller could quickly become your favourite PlayStation VR peripheral.

On The Aim Controller you will find all the buttons that DualShock controller features. The position of buttons feels natural, and is organized in such way that will make it fairly hard to press the wrong one by accident.

PlayStation VR Aim Controller is ergonomically designed for two-handed use, and is surprisingly lightweight despite its solid form. After prolonged use and shooting inside Farpoint, your arms will probably get tired, but it seems that designers have ideally thought out the weight of the controller – if it were any lighter, it could give away the wrong impression that it’s cheaply manufactured.

The Aim controller is charged through standard USB cable, like the DualShock4, and the battery can last for surprisingly long amounts of time. Additionally, the controller has a built-in “recoil” mechanism which creates satisfying vibrations when you shoot from your weapon of choice.

The Verdict

The PSVR Aim Controller has only one downside – it is currently only compatible with the sci-fi shooter Farpoint, which it integrates perfectly with. Its 1:1 tracking provides a much needed direct contact with your virtual surroundings, lightweight design, smartly placed buttons and recoil feedback make it a must-buy for any true PSVR FPS fan. Let’s just hope that more game developers decide to support it as soon as possible!

Buy PSVR Aim Controller Farpoint Bundle

PP Gun Controller for HTC Vive

PP Gun Controller for HTC Vive is a first ever gun shaped Vive Controller with the integrated Vive Tracker. This clever design enables the PP Gun Controller to complete the same operations as if it was the usual Vive Controller. Additionally, this also makes it compatible with over 20 of VR first-person shooter titles developed for HTC Vive, including Dead Effect 2 VR, DEADLOCK, Raw Data, The Last Sniper VR, and many more. The Vive Tracker is sold in a bundle with the PP Gun Controller.

PP Gun (pad power gun) was originally designed for mobile devices and tablets, with intention to change the way you experience FPS games. You could attach your smartphone or tablet on top of it, look and shoot around while you turn in real life, as if you were physically inside the game you’re playing. The smart adaptation and integration of Vive Tracker made the implementation of this rifle to the world of  HTC Vive shooters possible.

Recognizing that the core of FPS games is shooting, the designers made a realistic looking rifle, weighing 4 lbs (1.7 kg) at the length of 27 inches. The PP Gun Controller also simulates a satisfying recoil feedback vibrations as you shoot, which will make you feel like you are really in the shoes of the character you are playing at the moment.

You connect the gun and the Vive Tracker via short cable which essentially makes it a gun shaped Vive controller. The connection to your HTC Vive is wireless, through the Bluetooth. The gun features 11 buttons that can be customized for different controls that your virtual environment may require. The PP Gun controller is charged through the USB cable. To get it fully charged, you’ll have to dedicate 8 hours, while the battery lasts for 120 minutes of gameplay.

The Verdict

Currently the best possible choice if you want to achieve the complete VR first person shooter immersion. It shakes the foundations of FPS experience to its core, and basically brings the future of gaming to our very homes. If you ever play a FPS game using PP Gun Vive Controller, the sessions using regular controllers will seem underwhelming.

The company had also made a PP Gun Pistol, as an alternative to the PP Gun Rifle, but it isn’t currently available for purchase, since it is sold in series, and all the quantities get sold quickly. The same goes for the rifle, which despite the price of $680 is out of stock when you try to purchase it online. The only downsides we notice about this product are the price tag and limited availability.

Buy PP Gun Controller for HTC Vive

MAG P90 VR Gun Controller for HTC Vive

Yet another HTC Vive exclusive, compatible with all of the FPS games, you just have to insert your Vive controller (not included in the shipment) in order to get started. If you are an Oculus Rift owner, don’t feel disappointed, just visit MAG P90 website and browse other amazing VR gun controller peripherals. The great thing about the MAG P90 VR Gun Controller is the simplicity of its installation, as you can see in the image below.

Manufacturers tried hard to keep the MAG P90 VR Gun Controller lightweight, so your arms wont be under much stress (only 0.5kg), making longer sessions a non-issue. The ergonomic design of this VR gun also provides comfort during prolonged use.

The build quality is fairly good, and it is obvious that the designers were very careful when choosing the materials they used to make this VR gun. The VR gun controller also features a blue LED light which gives it a stylish look.

The Verdict

MAG P90 VR Gun Controller serves its purpose perfectly – it provides a more immersive VR FPS experience. The customers’ feedback is hugely positive, hence we can conclude that this HTC Vive peripheral could be just what you were looking for. Additionally, it is far cheaper than the aforementioned alternatives, with a price range of $130-$200, depending from which site you purchase it.

Just keep in mind that you need to attach the regular Vive Controller to it in order to make it work, which is sold separately.

Buy MAG P90 VR Gun Controller for HTC Vive

ProTubeVR for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

ProTubeVR is a company that creates adaptable VR gaming peripherals designed to improve immersion and quality of gameplay. It was the idea of one VR gaming enthusiast who was excited when he discovered the world of VR FPS.

What he came up with is essential series of tubes connected by movable joints, forming an adjustable rifle stock. In the package you also get the cups which you mount to the ProTubeVR, in which you will then fix your Oculus Touch or Vive controllers.

While the design is clever, we’d be hesitant to call it ergonomic. The idea was to make an adjustable extension that could serve for wielding various weapons, not just serve as a rifle butt, therefore the manufacturer had to compensate. ProTubeVR does however feel fairly comfortable after you’ve gotten used to it.

Your Oculus Touch or Vive controllers will remain securely mounted in the cups, and the ProTubeVR wont get in the way of your headset, or interfere with controller tracking. Installation or removal of controllers is simple and straightforward.

The Verdict

First of all, ProTubeVR is the most affordable of all aforementioned peripherals. It may not look like a real-life rifle, but when you are immersed in VR you won’t really be looking at it, so who cares right? Besides, it feels as if you are carrying a weapon as you are shooting, so it serves the purpose it’s designed for.

You should, however, be wary, because it might take you a day or two to get used to ProTubeVR, and adjust it so it fits you perfectly. Patience and trying out multiple positions are your friends here, so don’t let the frustration get the best of you!

Buy ProTubeVR

Arena Infinity Bundle by Striker VR

The most advanced VR rifle available up to date targets mostly VR arcade businesses rather then single consumers. Arena Infinity Bundle, created by Striker VR will provide the most realistic gun shooting VR experience possible, but it also costs $2,800.

As we mentioned, the hardware is sold in batches to larger venues and arcades. To be fair, for $2,800 you don’t get just the gun, but also its own tracking system, two batteries, a charger dock and the company’s development software. You can however get it in bundle with Vive Tracker, which you will they attach to the gun.

Inside the gun, there are wireless electronics, battery and the haptic (kinesthetic) motor which delivers the satisfying recoil each time you pull the trigger. To add to the realism, gun is just as heavy as some of the real-life assault rifles, so you may feel the pain in your arms after just a few shots.

The Verdict

Definitely the most advanced VR gun peripheral available on the market, however the commercial version is not yet announced. Still, the Arena Infinity Bundle is now available for pre-order. We can only hope that the developers will eventually decide to make a VR gun of the same quality cheaper, and available to a broader VR fanbase.

Buy Arena Infinity Bundle

How to Make Your HTC Vive Wireless?

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The goal that virtual reality headset manufacturers will be trying to accomplish in near future is making their devices wireless. The ability to enjoy VR without having to worry about wires will significantly improve the level of immersion. There is an option to make your HTC Vive wireless, available today, using TPcast wireless adapter, but there are also some alternatives that will be market-ready soon like DisplayLink XR.

TPCAST Wireless Adapter for Vive

When you first get and set up TPCAST accessory, which makes your HTC Vive a wireless headset, the feeling of freedom while immersed into virtual reality will be the first striking impression. The cables which connect the HMD to your PC aren’t just a trip-over hazard, but also notably limit your movement and can make your room look like a mess unless you’ve used some of the cable management tricks. With TPCAST Wireless Adapter, you can perform more sudden moves whether you are crouching, dodging attacks, or swinging your weapons in virtual reality.

The first announced price of this HTC Vive add-on was set to $249. However, due to its 20100 mAh battery, air shipping isn’t allowed, so transport costs have massively grown. The developer Mag P90 explained the issue on their official website product page, where you can make inquiries about TPCAST Wireless Adapter, which is now sold at the price of $599, but is available for a little less than $500. In the shipment you will receive a transmitter, receiver, 20100 mAh battery and its adapter, router and the necessary cables.

In terms of video/audio fidelity and latency, the most important factors by far, TPCAST delivers. Battery can last up to 4 hours of gameplay, and charging it takes at least 8-10 hours. WiFi issues may occur with lowered connection speeds, but this is easily solvable if you press a button on the TPCAST hardware designated for WiFi usage optimization.

Wireless HMDs are the future of VR. TPCAST provides a liberating VR user’s experience, The ability to freely walk around, or even kick back and relax on your bed while watching a movie in Bigscreen may just be the thing you felt that HTC Vive was lacking.

Buy TPCAST Wireless Adapter for Vive on Amazon

Upcoming alternatives that will make your HTC Vive wireless

We already mentioned the device that is being developed by DisplayLink – DisplayLink XR. They had their beta version showcase earlier in 2017 at Mobile World Congress, together with the competition – TPCAST, and the general impression was that even though DisplayLink XR seemed to be up to par with TPCAST, it was further away from the market-ready version. The latest announcement by the company is that the product will be ready for sale “by Christmas“, which leads us to believe there may be some delays. Be it as it may, the best way to get freshly updated information is by visiting the official website.

Another announcement you should keep an eye on, as engadget reports, is Intel’s wireless HTC Vive add-on, promising the best wireless VR connection up to date. Guess we are just gonna have to wait and see!

5 Great VR Music Experiences You Must Try

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Ever since the light shone upon the mind of a primitive man, the music has captivated him. From the early bone bashing of the Neolithic to the new electronic waves sweeping the globe, there is no denying that music is something ingrained into our very fabric. It is the purest of all the arts, it speaks to us on the most abstract of levels, it touches our heart and soul and colours our days. There is no denying that the fascination with music is shared by no other than the human animal.

So, you have got your VR set and you would like to dive into the depths of the still quite new universe of virtual experience. You’ve found yourself wondering if there are some experiences which could satisfy your desire. Luckily for you, there are and we shall dive deep and see what the realm of VR has to offer.

SoundStage

Although the first association with HTC Vive would be gaming, one of  its most acclaimed pieces of software wouldn’t quite fall into that category. If you ever felt how would it feel like to be a DJ and produce your own music you can experience it using SoundStage. It is an application designed to put you in front of your own mixing table. It gives you all the necessities to start producing your own music right away, without the need for expensive equipment and instruments. This will make your neighbours happy as well.

The application gives you samples to work with, but the majority of the work is done by unleashing your own inner creativity. You do this by setting up the station with instruments as you see fit, while you combine tactile and auditory senses into the effort to produce something new and original, uniquely your own.

See how this youtuber is having the time of his life using it:

Audioshield

Audioshield is a new way to experience your music. You may remember the game AudioSurf, where you made your keyboard to dance to the sound of your music. Well, its creator decided to up the ante by creating Audioshield.

In this game you use your controllers  to catch the balls of light which move to the beat of your own music. It’s a new way to experience your old tracks and more importantly it helps you create new memories by moving while listening to the music you love. Next time you come to your favourite artist’s concert, you may become overwhelmed with the new kinesthetic memories you developed while playing this game.

It’s an extremely fun experience to enjoy, see it for yourself.

Harmonix Music VR

 

Not forgetting the PSVR market, Harmonix Music VR gives the field of interactive music experience a new spin. The game transports you into four different realms with varying levels of interactivity. It also uses your own music to create stunning visuals which you may consider delightful or dreadful. Either way it will change the way you perceived your favourite songs.

It’s something like being in the passenger seat of a car taking you to new, unknown destination with the surroundings melting and shifting according to the rhythm. Truly, an interesting auditory experience.

Starship Disco

Here is another game you may experience on PSVR. StarshipDisco is like a crossover between a retro shooter and Guitar Hero. In the game, you control a spaceship hurling down a wormhole seeking aliens which need some blasting. It’s quite a sensory experience with the enemies aligning themselves to the beat of your music, although a little bland and repetitive, coming in at affordable price, it’s an experience worth trying.

Harmonix Rockband VR

 

Now we have come to the end of our list, and the best has been kept last. Oculus has partnered with the creator of this marvel piece to bring you the best music VR experience up to date. If you have ever wondered how those rockstars feel while rocking their socks off in front of huge audiences, you may truly have an opportunity to find out. If you have ever felt like there is a rock legend deep inside of you waiting for his or her moment to shine, now is the time to release it from the chains and enjoy in this work of art. Strap on your guitar. Take your Oculus touch controllers and transport yourself into the alternate reality where you have decided to become a music god.

The environment is a bit simplified, but the feeling of stage is very real, it’s almost like you can touch the rows of fans screaming in ecstasy while you deliver your favourite riff whilst holding your guitar which responds realistically to your movements.
It’s a must experience for any music lover, especially if there is a part of you deep inside which just knows you could become a rock legend. Well, seek no further, for you have found your blessing!

In the conclusion, it seems that the industry has brought us some very interesting experiences and new ways to enjoy the music. The field is quite new, and although there are different approaches, in the passing of time there will be even more captivating applications and games which will truly lift the bar and standards and even our perception of what kind of experience music can bring us.