Last week Meta announced that new parent-managed accounts would be introduced to its VR headsets. This allows parents to create accounts for 10–12-year-olds on Quest 2 or the upcoming Quest 3. Giving further flexibility to family devices, these accounts would allow parents control over what apps could be downloaded. Furthermore, Meta would then highlight age-appropriate experiences on the Quest Store because the preteens’ age would have to be shared. This is a major policy reversal and begs the question of whether Meta should be lowering its VR age restriction in the first place.
Ubisoft is no stranger to virtual reality (VR). Through subsidiary studios like Red Storm Entertainment, the company has released VR escape room experiences for arcades worldwide. Then you have titles like Transference, Wolves Within and Star Trek: Bridge Crew for home VR headsets. But its next project, Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR, is likely to be the biggest – and most important – to date. Because it could very well rejuvenate the franchise.
French videogame company Ubisoft held its ‘Ubisoft Forward’ event this week showcasing plenty of exciting titles. One of which was the long-awaited Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR. Originally teased back in 2020, VR fans got their first glimpse at the upcoming game thanks to a trailer and screenshots. Here are all the Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR release details we know so far.
Ever since its announcement on Monday (5th June), the tech industry has been buzzing around the Apple Vision Pro. The first mixed-reality headset from the Cupertino company, the ‘spatial computer’ is due out next year starting from a lofty $3,499. Apple’s main competitor in the space is Meta, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn’t fazed by the Apple Vision Pro a new report suggests.
The Meta Quest 3 announcement delighted VR fans last week, confirming pricing as well as a bunch of features. This included getting a first look at the new controllers which sport a sleeker design. The most visually striking difference over the Quest 2 controllers is the omission of a tracking ring. This has seen a flood of queries come in from gamers worried about how well the Quest 3 controller tracking will hold up. In an Instagram AMA over the weekend, Meta CTO Andrew “Boz” Bosworth went into greater detail regarding how the new system would work.
When Meta – formerly Facebook – first entered the VR market by acquiring Oculus, the focus was on PC gaming. Oculus Rift/Rift S were the main products until the first Quest model arrived. Since then, Meta’s focus has shifted to entirely standalone VR, whilst still offering PC compatibility via Quest Link and Air Link. While it may seem that PC VR gaming is a side note, the upcoming Meta Quest 3 will continue to support the feature.
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) kicked off the summer season of videogame showcases with what many described as a rather muted event. The PSVR 2 PlayStation Showcase had some good titles like the Resident Evil 4 Remake trailer but lacked that certain pop needed to get fans truly excited. The Quest Gaming Showcase, on the other hand, was far more electric. Albeit somewhat helped by the surprise Quest 3 announcement.
Well, well, well, who saw that coming? Meta has taken the reports that Apple will be unveiling its new headset seriously and pipped them to the post. Yesterday, as if you couldn’t miss it, the Meta Quest 3 announcement dropped almost out of the blue. Ahead of the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase Mark Zuckerberg released the first official details. These include specification confirmations and a price, whilst noting that Quest 3 will be “Our most powerful headset yet”.
2023 looks to welcome a new era of VR headset wars, with PSVR 2 out, Apple’s VR headset is expected to be revealed soon and Meta Quest 3 on the horizon. When it comes to the latter, a new report has been published giving a rare hands-on with the device. Finding a mixed reality-focused Quest 3, several details and features have now been confirmed.
When it comes to virtual reality (VR) in 2023 things are heating up nicely. Apple is rumoured to be revealing its first VR headset at WWDC in June. Whilst Meta will launch Quest 3 later this year. However, before all of that, there’s the Quest Gaming Showcase in June, suspiciously only a few days before WWDC.