Bandai Namco have developed a version of Mario Kart playable in virtual reality, which will be heading to the VR Zone in Shinjuku, Japan, it’s been announced.
Whilst sitting in a traditional wheel-and-pedal rig, the game will see players don a HTC Vive headset, and wear wrist mounted trackers allowing them to throw shells and banana peels just like in Nintendo’s console classic.
It’s not clear to what extent Nintendo actually worked on this, but fear not, as Bandai Namco have previously developed the Mario Kart Arcade GP series, which was faithful to the original games, and bloody good fun!
Microsoft have revealed they’ve teamed up with various hardware makers to develop virtual reality headsets, many of which are expected to release next year.
The headsets are part of the wider Windows 10 ‘Creators Update’, as seen in the video below.
Powerful and affordable virtual reality is coming to everyone with the Creators Update. HP, Dell, Lenovo, ASUS, and Acer will ship the first VR headsets capable of mixed reality with the Windows 10 Creators Update. And these accessories will be the first and only with inside-out, six-degrees of freedom. Unlike every other virtual reality headset in the market today, there will be zero need for a separate room and complicated setup. While the less immersive VR accessories today cost more than $500, or require a new expensive device, these accessories will start at just $299 and work with affordable laptops and PCs.
At current there’s no more information on specs or any additional details, however we do know that the headsets are due to market around Spring 2017.
The UK’s leading highstreet videogame retailer GAME are offering playtests of PlayStation VR this holiday season.
The news that potential customers can pop into any number of branches and get hands on demo-time is great, and would certainly help bolster sales of the expensive hardware – but perhaps having to stump up your hard earned cash for the privilege if a misstep by the group.
“Our pay-to-play PlayStation VR experience is a GAME-led initiative. The cost to use the in-store PS4 pod is entirely refundable for customers that go on to buy either the headset or a PS4 console. The payment allows us to ensure that we have dedicated staff manning the PlayStation VR pods who have been fully trained to adhere to best practice demo guidelines.
The demos are intended to give our customers access to one of the most exciting new gaming technologies in 2016 and provide them with the opportunity to get a feel for VR before they commit to buy.”
GAME recently reported their profits had fallen 81 per cent in the last financial year. A sickness inducing 30minutes of VR will cost you £15.