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When Will Mayweather VR Boxing Experience Come Out?

Soon, you too will be able to punch the snot out of that loud Irish dude McGregor's face!

Although we’ve all been denied the chance to watch a live Mayweather vs. McGregor VR broadcast, virtual reality has always been a very boxing-friendly hobby. What better way to experience it than simulating punching somebody in the face, right?

Obviously, there are a couple of VR boxing games and experiences out there, but they’re all pretty basic. Mayweather’s VR boxing game will join this line-up sometime in January 2018. You will also be able to download an app on your smartphone and “train with Mayweather on the go.”

The venture into the smartphone & VR app market is part of Mayweather’s broader post-boxing career plan. The 50-0 boxing defence virtuoso will start a new worldwide business – Mayweather Boxing & Fitness. The home-gym location will open in Southern California some time during Fall of this year.

There are no details about Mayweather’s VR game available at the moment. Official website entices you to opt into their list to “learn more about the first ever boxing VR training experience.”

Judging by the franchising model in place, Mayweather Boxing & Fitness will be focusing on expansion both in the real world and in the cyber-space. Virtual reality, as an emerging market still in its infancy stages, offers unique opportunities for a wide range of businesses.

Mayweather Boxing & Fitness is no different. The strict boundaries separating traditional fitness and sports industry from the digital, online-based market are rapidly fading. A myriad of apps for each and every aspect of fitness & sports culture have de-facto become the norm nowadays.

For a business savvy guy like Mayweather, it makes sense to establish presence on your smartphone and in your VR headset. And since we’re talking about a guy who made more than $1 billion wearing gloves and “sculpting” people’s faces, the quality bar is set high. Hopefully, the VR experience will be available on all major VR platforms.

The Best Nazi Killing VR Games

Best Nazi Killing VR Games
These guys be falling like rotten apples

We have no intention at all to make this political. It’s simple, some people get a thrill out of kicking some Nazi ass in virtual environments. There are so many iconic games that revolve around WW2, so this theme has proved itself to produce high-quality titles when processed well.

While Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is, unfortunately, not available in VR, here are some of the best currently available VR games that involve killing Nazi.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad VR

  • Headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, OSVR
  • Input: Keyboard/Mouse
  • Play Area: Seated
  • Price: 46,99€/ 74,99€(Deluxe)

It isn’t easy to fly a plane. IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad has something to offer to beginners as well as veterans who have played flight simulators before, like Ace Combat for example.

As the title says, you will take part in the bloodiest battle of World War II, and Stalingrad’s virtual model looks almost exactly like the real city it depicts. Multiplayer is available with the maximum of 64 players per battle. The only downside of this game is that you won’t be using your headset’s controllers but mouse and keyboard as an input method.

The Last Sniper VR

  • Headsets: HTC Vive
  • Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
  • Play Area: Standing / Room Scale
  • Price: 9,99€

Another first-person shooter takes you through some of the fiercest battles of the World War II, but this time around it is more up-close and personal. The Last Sniper VR provides a realistic WW2 experience, and it proves that virtual-reality technology is perfect for these kind of action packed games that require quick reactions.

Players have a chance to jump out of airplanes, defend Omaha beach, enjoy and play through other various positions that emulate the hectic battles of second World War. The game is exclusive for HTC Vive, and system requirements are fairly modest. You can purchase The Last Sniper VR on Steam.

War Thunder

  • Headsets: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, OSVR
  • Input: Gamepad / Keyboard & Mouse
  • Play Area: Seated
  • Price: Free to Play / Steam Pack 29,99€

War Thunder is a cross-platform MMO combat game for Windows, Linux and Mac. The game revolves around military vehicles used in World War II. This means that besides areal dogfights in a fighter plane, you’ll also be in the driver’s seat of heavy bombers, tanks and anti/aircraft vehicles.

While you play and work on your skill, you also get to upgrade your arsenal based on experience points. In future developers will also introduce warships and allow players to fight in all three fronts – land, air and sea. You can download War Thunder via Steam Store.

Front Defense

  • Headsets: HTC Vive
  • Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
  • Play Area: Room Scale (at least 2m x 2m playing space)
  • Price: 19,99€

The game takes place in a fictional town in Europe in the final days of World War II. You are defending the town from the last remaining relentless Axis forces. You will have a variety of weapons at your disposal, light and heavy firearms, mounted machine guns, grenades and bazookas.

If you like your Nazi ass-kicking action more up-close and direct, this game is the perfect choice for you.

Things You Should Know Before Buying Oculus Rift

Rift Discount

The Oculus Rift project first started in 2012, and it gathered 2.4 million $ on Kickstarter. In 2014 Facebook bought the company for 2 billion dollars (that’s “b” for billion). Now, Oculus Rift is already over one year old, and it has come a long way.

To make it more appealing, Oculus Rift is now available for 499$ on Amazon. Here are a couple of things you should know before buying Oculus Rift.

Facebook owns Rift

Nausea may happen

This is pretty usual for any VR device, especially if your PC doesn’t meet the required specs. Basically, what your body feels and eyes see aren’t the same, therefore your struggles to process the given information.

Most people get accustomed to this side-effect, as it decreases over time. You can find some advice for overcoming virtual-reality sickness on our website.

Oculus Rift offers room-scale VR

Oculus Rift Sensors

After the introduction of Oculus Touch controllers, in order to get the full experience, you need 3 position tracking sensors. There are a few things to have in mind when setting up these sensors.

Two sensors are set up in the front, and one in the back of the room. The distance between two front sensors should be 3 to 6 feet, not further. Your third sensor should directly face the other two sensors, and shouldn’t be more than 14 feet away from them.

You can play almost any Vive game on Rift

HTC Vive still offers better positional tracking than Oculus Rift. However, you can play most of the SteamVR Vive games on the Rift, if you have the Touch controllers. You may still encounter some issues with titles that aren’t optimized for it.

All of the developers, games, and apps on SteamVR officially support the Vive, while only a portion of them does the same for the Rift. In future, for everyone’s sake, we would like to see developers move closer to a world of unity between platforms.

Cable management is a nuisance

Setting up a VR device can be very frustrating at times. At first, you may be indifferent about cables lying all over the room, but in time you will have to do something about it. There are several different solutions for this, from duct tape to various hooks hanging from the walls and the ceiling.

Oculu Rift Cables

Many users who don’t have enough playing space in the PC-room, or don’t want to completely rearrange the furniture actually decide to extend the Rift cables. This makes playing the Rift in a separate room reserved for your virtual playground possible. Here is a quick how to extend Rift cables guide and how to extend range in order to connect a VR headset to a computer in different room.

Purchasing games can prove to be costly

VR is relatively new technology, and we can understand that developers need extra cash in order to push the quality standards. The truth is that some of the games you buy may only be interesting to you for a short period of time.

Therefore you may find yourself buying some games or apps you will most likely forget about after few tryouts. Also, most VR games aren’t full-length titles, so you will probably spend about half of Oculus Rift’s retail price before you acquire a respectable collection of games.