Mario Kart VR Drifting Into Japanese Arcades, No Word On Worldwide Roll-Out

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!

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Mario Kart VR Drifting Into Japanese Arcades, No Word On Worldwide Roll-Out

Vince Gilligan Working With Sony On Breaking Bad VR Experience

Vince Gilligan – creator of TV masterpiece Breaking Bad – is teaming up with Sony’s PlayStation division to create virtual reality experience based around the show.

Details on the project are scarce, but we do know that despite PlayStation’s involvement, this is going to be an experience, rather than a traditional game.

“We set up a day at our campus where we brought seven of the best show runners [Sony Pictures Television] work with, like David Shore of The Blacklist and Ron Moore, who did Battlestar Galactica, Vince and some other folks,” says Andrew House, global chief executive of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

“And they just played around with VR. Several of them were intrigued, but Vince was the one who said, I really want to do something with this. I want to experiment with this.”

Sony Interactive Entertainment has increasingly been exploring beyond video games to expand their reach. In 2015, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television created Powers, an adaptation of the popular comic book, which ran for two seasons on PlayStation Network.

“I think [this] could be another interesting way to see how VR can drive towards the mainstream,” says House.

There’s no word yet regarding who’s on board by way of recognizable talent, but it’s hard to imagine a successful Breaking Bad experience without Walter White, Jesse Pinkman or Gus Fring. The project is still early in development, and will not release until at least 2018, Sony have announced.

Vince Gilligan Working With Sony On Breaking Bad VR Experience

Google Unveil New VR Headset, Daydream View

Virtual Reality tech is all over the place right now, with options ranging from high end gaming headsets like HTC’s Vive, the Oculus Rift and the PlayStation PSVR being joined by the more affordable Samsung Gear VR and Google’s own Cardboard setups, which work in tandem with the user’s mobile phone.

Descried as “VR wherever you are”, Google’s latest announcement is the Daydream View, akin to the Samsung Gear VR unit, which allows you to slot a compatible phone into the stylish fabric headset to experience a range of VR experiences.

Experience high quality, mobile virtual reality with Daydream View. The soft, lightweight headset keeps you comfortable and the simple, smart controller puts you in control of the action. Explore new worlds, kick back in your personal VR cinema, and play immersive games like never before. Just drop in Pixel, or any Daydream-ready phone, to get started.

Due next month the Daydream View will come packaged with a simple 2-button remote controller to navigate content, and, google say, is 30% lighter than similar devices.

Daydream View will be available this November for £69GBP/$79USD in Slate grey, with Snow and Crimson colour variants to follow shortly after.

Google Unveil New VR Headset, Daydream View

Alien Isolation Might Get Official VR Support, Players Might Get Soiled Pants

Sega are seriously looking at adding VR support to their franchises, and one of the greatest survival horror games ever made – Alien: Isolation – is on the potential upgrade list.

Speaking to MCV about virtual reality and plans for the future Sega’s Jurgen Post had the following to say:

“VR has caught the whole company’s attention […] We have a lot of VR kits in the office and people are playing with it. We are exploring ways to release games. We’ve not announced anything, but we are very close to making an announcement. We did Alien: Isolation about three years ago on Oculus Rift, it was a demo that was bloody scary. To bring that back to VR would be a dream and dreams can come true.

Of course, horror games and VR are a perfect fit; The very nature of putting on a headset and blocking out the real world, complete with its comforts and distractions, can be both hugely immersive and isolating – an environment in which horror tropes thrive.

You say dreams, Jurgen, I say nightmares. That game gave me enough trouble on the PS4, with the lights on, in 10 minute bursts. I just don’t think i’ll cope.

Alien Isolation Might Get Official VR Support, Players Might Get Soiled Pants

Harmonix Music VR Will Launch Alongside PSVR This October

Harmonix have announced a new “experience” coming to their PSVR launch title, imaginatively titled Harmonix Music VR. The game “brings your songs to life”, allowing you to step into any song on your PS4’s hard drive, and the newly announced Dance pack even lets you choreograph moves for “whacky characters”.

We’ve had a lot of fun creating this world and seeing the silly dances people create. The Dance is a fun experience not only for the player, but everyone in the room! Seriously, once you start a conga line on this dance floor, there’s no stopping one from starting in your living room.

If for some reason you don’t want to use your own music, Harmonix Music VR features 17 songs as is, including music from Amplitude, A City Sleeps, and other “hand-crafted” original content.

Certainly looks interesting. Now, does anyone remember Fluid on the original PlayStation?

Harmonix Music VR Will Launch Alongside PSVR This October

PlayStation 4’s Driveclub Delay Not Due To VR Says Shuhei Yoshida

PlayStation’s President of Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has put to bed rumours that PS4 racer Driveclub – originally scheduled for release alongside the console last year – has been delayed due to the recently revealed Project Morpheus.

Sony’s virtual reality headset, unveiled earlier this week, has long been thought as one of the reasons for Driveclub’s ongoing delays, but Yoshida has squashed said rumours, commenting that developer Evolution Studio are currently “not working on [Project] Morpheus at all” as they push to finish the game ahead of it’s tentative ‘Spring’ release.

“There’s a rumor about the reason of the pushback of Driveclub was to make it Morpheus compatible […] that’s totally untrue,”

Shuhei also discussed how – earlier in its development cycle – Evolution worked on implementing Sony’s VR tech into their new game, and the questionable results they encountered. Yoshida is reported to have said the game worked well at low speeds, but when in a high-octane racing environment became “kind of difficult and sickening” – which is almost certainly not what Evolution wanted from Driveclub.

PlayStation 4’s Driveclub Delay Not Due To VR Says Shuhei Yoshida