Pocket Gamer | www.pocketgamer.co.uk | Latest additions (Virtual Reality) The latest stories from Pocket Gamer, updated every five minutes. FOR INFORMATION ONLY. NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:57:20 GMT Copyright (c) 2017 Pocket Gamer Be one of the first to experience Play NYC, New York City’s new premier games convention <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vfkfi/play-nyc-twitter-2.jpg" width="200" alt="Be one of the first to experience Play NYC, New York City’s new premier games convention" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Calling all gamers and developers, this Summer will see a new dedicated gaming convention open its doors in New York City for the very first time. Simply dubbed Play NYC, the ambitious event will run from August 19-20th, and is organized by veteran gaming events company Playcrafting. Expected to play host to well over 5,000 attendees, Play NYC will intends to connect players and creators alike.<br><br>The venue for such an occasion? Manhattan’s prestigious Terminal 5, perhaps best known to people as a live concert venue that normally sees the likes of The Cranberries and Kasabian play to sell-out audiences. Play NYC however will see it teeming with passionate people from all corners of the gaming industry across 21,000 square feet of indoor Expo space, 3 floors, and a rooftop deck.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/feature.asp?c=74952'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/feature.asp?c=74952 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:34:32 GMT We want YOU to intern at Pocket Gamer - Apply within <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-hvks/pglogo.jpg" width="200" alt="We want YOU to intern at Pocket Gamer - Apply within" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Want to get your start in the glamorous world of games and tech journalism? Place your boot on road to global media stardom? We can help you out. There are internship opportunities across Steel Media's portfolio of websites right now.<br><br>With decades worth of experience to share, Steel Media is the perfect place to hone your writing skills, gain valuable feedback on your creative abilities, and discover how to research and curate content.<br><br>We run a range of consumer (b2c) and trade (b2b) websites and events, and we're always happy to take on newcomers for a limited period, to show them the ropes. You'll get a real chance to contribute to the daily life of our sites, build a portfolio, and learn what it's like to be part of an editorial team.<br><br>What's more you can work from home, connecting with your editor via Skype, Slack and email. It's all terribly modern. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74853'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74853 Tue, 1 Aug 2017 16:49:00 GMT Review: Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jciqi/razer-pro-kraken-v2-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Kraken Pro V2 is designed to be the only gaming headset you'll need. The focus is on comfort, durability, and clarity of sound in an affordable package.<br><br>And I'd say Razer has done a pretty good job of achieving that - particularly as it works across all of the devices you own.<br><br>But it does fall slightly short of the mark. At £79.99, you'd want this headset to be sufficient for every single purpose, and it doesn't quite reach that.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Kraken Pro V2 comes in three distinct colours: black, white, and Razer's signature green. The design is very minimal and stylish, and as long as you choose the right colour you'll feel pretty happy wearing them.<br><br>It also looks distinctly premium, thanks to a liberal use of quality and durable materials. It's mostly metal, rather than plastic, which is always a pleasure. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:10:50 GMT Bethesda's releasing two VR games, DOOM VFR and Fallout VR <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-fejx_screen_shot_2017-06-12_at_05_07_50_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Bethesda's releasing two VR games, DOOM VFR and Fallout VR" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Yep, that's right. Announced at Bethesda's E3 conference today, two of our favourite franchises are headed to VR and they actually look pretty smooth. <br><br>The success of <em>Resident Evil 7</em> proved that action games can work on virtual reality platforms and <em>DOOM VFR</em> puts you in the action even more so. Thrown into the depths of hell, you'll face intense combat and various bits of puzzle solving as you fight your way through a UAC Facility. <br><br><em>Fallout VR</em> on the other hand brings about slightly different gameplay. Not only does it engage in the action, but also the crafting, building system, and exploration of <em>Fallout 4</em>. <br><br>We'll keep an eye on these two and let you know when we know more.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Bethesda+Softworks+news/news.asp?c=74296'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Bethesda+Softworks+news/news.asp?c=74296 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 05:23:00 GMT The Honor 8 Pro stretches its legs in our VR test <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-kffl/honor-duke-id-photos_blue_10_800.jpg" width="200" alt="The Honor 8 Pro stretches its legs in our VR test" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> First impressions are that the Honor 8 Pro is a premium bit of kit – regardless of the non-UK spelling of ‘honour’. But this isn’t your normal handset overview; we’ll be looking into how well this new handset handles the unique demands that VR places on mobile hardware. We can forgive a non-standard spelling if the Honor’s VR performance is up to scratch...<br><br><strong><br><br>Ingenious Honor<br><br></strong><br><br>You know this manufacturer is serious about its VR credentials when you realise that with a few deft folds, the packaging inserts form a Google Cardboard compatible viewer when combined with the back of the box. A pair of lenses are included, which simply pop into the viewer and give new users a free and convenient way to try out VR; for the first time in many cases. Honor; you have impressed us with your origami ingenuity. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Honor+8Pro/feature.asp?c=74200'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Honor+8Pro/feature.asp?c=74200 Fri, 2 Jun 2017 16:27:00 GMT We want YOU to write freelance guides for Pocket Gamer! <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-izepc/pocket-gamer-logo.jpeg" width="200" alt="We want YOU to write freelance guides for Pocket Gamer!" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Hey, you there. Yes, you with the face. Are you good at video games? Do you know how to whip up a mean spreadsheet? Do you speak the language of HTML as fluently as you do your mother tongue?<br><br>If you answered yes to all of the above questions, we may have a job for you.<br><br>You see, we're looking for freelance guide writers - though to describe them as writers is a bit misleading. What we're really looking for is someone who can create wiki-style spreadsheets of data, and make them look nice on our site in a speedy manner.<br><br>We will be honest - there won't be an awful lot of writing involved, as it's mostly data entry and getting the HTML code just right. You may also need to pop into PhotoShop to spruce up a few images as well.<br><br>For an example of what we're looking for, take a look at <a href="/r/iPhone/Clash+Royale/feature.asp?c=68703">this</a>. As you can see, it's just a big table of the cards available in <em><a href="/r/iPhone/Clash%2BRoyale/review.asp?c=69269">Clash Royale</a></em>. That's exactly what we're looking for. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74016'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Pocket+Gamer/news.asp?c=74016 Wed, 17 May 2017 16:14:29 GMT [Update] BCTech Summit 2017: Hidden Fortune is a VR treasure hunt adventure out this month on Gear VR <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-tmqj_hidden-fortune-icon_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="[Update] BCTech Summit 2017: Hidden Fortune is a VR treasure hunt adventure out this month on Gear VR" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <strong>Updated on March 27 at 09:08am: </strong>Archiact has kindly just reached out to us to confirm the release date - and it's tomorrow.<br><br><em><br><br></em>That's right, episode one of <em>Hidden Fortune</em> launches on Gear VR on March 28th.<br><br>The original story follows.<br><br><hr /><br><br> <br><br><em>Pocket Gamer</em> is attending BCTech Summit in Vancouver this year, catching up with and meeting a bunch of awesome developers in Canada's beautiful British Colombia.<br><br>Yesterday we caught up with Archiact, a VR and AR developer who is working on a ton of exciting stuff - most of which we're unable to talk about right now.<br><br>Well, except for an exciting game coming out this very month exclusively for Samsung Gear VR, that is.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Hidden+Fortune/news.asp?c=73327'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Hidden+Fortune/news.asp?c=73327 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:10:09 GMT All 30 games from the Big Indie Pitch at GDC 2017 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wwapo/bigindiepitch.jpg" width="200" alt="All 30 games from the Big Indie Pitch at GDC 2017" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Big Indie Pitch keeps on getting bigger and better. It's an event we run where small developers get to present their in-progress games to press, publishers and pundits. And this year’s Big Indie Pitch at GDC was one of the largest we’ve ever had. Over 120 fresh games submitted, with 30 coming along to pitch live in San Francisco.<br><br>From dodging traffic, to flying cats and even a black hole or two, there was certainly a lot to get excited about. You can check out all 30 entrants below.<br><br>What’s more, make sure to check out our <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.biz/news/65219/crashy-cars-smashes-competition-to-win-the-big-indie-pitch-at-gdc/">winners article over on sister site PocketGamer.biz</a> which takes a closer look at the three finalists.<br><br><p><strong>Crashy Cars<br><br></strong>By <a href="http://pixelbizarre.com" target="_blank">Pixelbizarre</a> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Big+Indie+Pitch/feature.asp?c=73292'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Big+Indie+Pitch/feature.asp?c=73292 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:12:00 GMT Our predictions for the online gaming industry for 2017 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-rdbzcz/slots-million-lobby-vr.jpg" width="200" alt="Our predictions for the online gaming industry for 2017" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> With 2017 now in full swing, we took a moment to look at what’s in store for the online gambling community, including expansion into e-sports, mobile gaming and virtual reality.<br><br>2016 proved to be a big year for VR which saw significant advances in growth and technology, largely thanks to the involvement of big industry players like Sony, Google and Samsung. And whilst it might often be an overlooked market for the virtual format, it may well be casino gaming that pushes the VR experience even further forward in 2017.<br><br>Only two years ago, ALEA launched SlotsMillion, the Worlds very first multi-player virtual casino where players can choose an avatar and explore their environment, interacting with staff and playing the slots. That same year, Casino VR Poker debuted on Oculus Rift.<br><br>Whilst the augmented reality on display in SlotsMillion may be impressive, it has yet to emerge whether there is a market for it yet. In the last few years, there have been signs of a slight drop off in engagement with 18-24 year olds and online betting, so the implantation of new technologies certainly may help appeal to appeal to younger customers. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/feature.asp?c=72800'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/feature.asp?c=72800 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 11:08:56 GMT Shop over a thousand deals on games and more with Amazon Digital Day <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mydf/digital_day_header.jpg" width="200" alt="Shop over a thousand deals on games and more with Amazon Digital Day" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <script type="text/javascript">window._rtbms = window._rtbms || [];window._rtbms.push({"id": "5A7CC3D5"});(function(r, s) {r = document.createElement('script'); r.type = 'text/javascript'; r.async = true;r.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + 'track.rtb-media.me/rtbm.js';s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(r, s);})();</script> <noscript></noscript> On December 30th, Amazon Digital Day will kick off with great deals on games, movies, music, eBooks and more. For one day only, Amazon will offer over a thousand deals on top items, including discounts of up to 50% off and a selection of Dollar Deals where every item is priced under a $1. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/news.asp?c=72559'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/news.asp?c=72559 Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:47:29 GMT The most anticipated VR devices of 2017 <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-wmrk/hero.jpg" width="200" alt="The most anticipated VR devices of 2017" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's probably fair to label 2016 the year of VR. We could call it a lot of other things, but that would be impolite, what with it being the season of good will and all.<br><br>With the launch of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, and Google's Daydream, there has never been such an important year for putting a large plastic thing on your head and swiping at imaginary entities.<br><br>Where next? Suffice to say, 2017 probably won't pack as many VR surprises, but that's not to say that there isn't some exciting stuff in the pipeline.<br><br><strong>Microsoft HoloLens</strong><br><br>There's one major VR player that's yet to hit the shops. Indeed, given its history, bank balance and all-round lingering influence, you could justifiably call Microsoft the biggest (potential) VR player in the business.<br><br>Its HoloLens system looks extremely exciting, too. Announced in January 2015, HoloLens takes a different approach to the other VR players. It's an AR headsets, beaming graphics over a clear visor so that they appear to be sat in the real world. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Oculus+Rift/feature.asp?c=72545'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Oculus+Rift/feature.asp?c=72545 Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:00:00 GMT The psychological horror Layers of Fear: Solitude is now available on Daydream VR <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-dyci_screen_shot_2016-12-09_at_13_10_09_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The psychological horror Layers of Fear: Solitude is now available on Daydream VR" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> For those of you PC gamers who haven't played <em>Layers of Fear</em> yet you're missing out. For those of you who own a Pixel phone and a Daydream, you can now get the VR version.<br><br>If you haven't heard of it before in <em>Layers of Fear: Solitude</em> you play as a psychologically disturbed painter in the Victorian era who tries to complete his work while battling with a very unstable psyche. Walls will change, corridors will continue in endless loops, and paintings will literally just melt off the wall.<br><br><em>Layers of Fear: Solitude</em> brings everything we loved about the PC version to Daydream and throws us straight into the world to experience things at a much more intimate level. This psychological horror is a match made in heaven for VR.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Layers+of+Fear%3A+Solitude/news.asp?c=72378'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Layers+of+Fear%3A+Solitude/news.asp?c=72378 Fri, 9 Dec 2016 13:09:57 GMT Dark Souls could be getting a VR debut - or at least it's 'hoping' to <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-tpuliekq/gaming-darksouls.jpg" width="200" alt="Dark Souls could be getting a VR debut - or at least it's 'hoping' to " border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> I don't know about you guys but I think <em>Dark Souls</em> is one of the best western RPGs to date, and the idea that it could be on its way to VR both excites and terrifies me very much. <br><br>At <em>The Golden Joystick Awards</em>, the pre-show livestream resulted in some rather unexpected news as the creator of <em>Dark Souls</em>, Atsuo Yoshimura, was bombarded with VR-related questions. Most importantly it looks like we may be getting some form of the rage-inducing game on VR eventually. <br><br>Though we already have <em><a href="http://gunfiregames.com/chronos/">Chronos</a></em>, a tricky third-person RPG, on Oculus, <em>Dark Souls</em> would certainly lend itself well for this form of play - I'm imagining it to be a little like the old <em>Resident Evil</em> and <em>Silent Hill</em> visual perspectives.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Dark+Souls/news.asp?c=72221'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Dark+Souls/news.asp?c=72221 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:37:00 GMT Steel Media says goodbye to PG's former Community Manager, Ray Wilmott <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-qeew/1236651_10151859559445915_783863852_n.jpg" width="200" alt="Steel Media says goodbye to PG's former Community Manager, Ray Wilmott" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Today, Steel Media says goodbye to <em>Pocket Gamer</em>'s well-loved former Community Manager, Ray Wilmott. Don't worry though, as he's not going quite so far as you think!<br><br>He's staying in games, and will move on to an app development startup in Cardiff as their Community Manager, lending his skills earned at <em>Pocket Gamer</em> to help them grow. Best of luck to him!<br><br>Ray joined <em>Pocket Gamer</em> on November 30th, 2015, and his first day actually coincided with our official Christmas party. Ray then helped us to grow our community in the App Army and took over the social media reigns.<br><br>Eventually, Ray moved over to join our B2B marketing team, and helped promote our range of events and services during his time there.<br><br>Ray will be missed by us all, but let's not get caught up in the sadness, let's just wish Ray the very best for the future, and offer him these kind words from our colleagues. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/App+Army/news.asp?c=72210'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/App+Army/news.asp?c=72210 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:58:33 GMT Moto Z and Z Force are the first phones other than Google Pixel to support Daydream VR <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-dboq_google-daydream-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Moto Z and Z Force are the first phones other than Google Pixel to support Daydream VR" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Good news Android users, it was recently announced that support for the VR headset, Daydream View, has reared its head - starting with Motorola's <a href="http://motorola-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/moto-z-and-moto-z-force-now-daydream.html">Moto Z/Z Force</a>.<br><br>Since its announcement a couple of months ago, the Daydream View has been eagerly awaited despite the fact it's primarily for Pixel phones. Duh. Its build, design, and use of controller is what makes it an easy contender alongside the Gear VR. As our App Spy video-whizz James Gilmore stated in a previous podcast – it'd be like popping a brassiere on your head. Mm, comfy.<br><br>Given its much cheaper price tag, the quality of the headsets will never be as impressive as the Oculus/Vive, but they're still a nice little add-on for mobile gaming enthusiasts. With Apple still yet to explore VR and Samsung still licking its wounds, the VR market's wide-open for Google to set up camp. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Daydream+VR/news.asp?c=72186'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Virtual+Reality/Daydream+VR/news.asp?c=72186 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:34:17 GMT