Project Cars 3 Racing To PC VR Headsets This August

Today Slightly Mad Studios announced that the latest entry in its popular sim franchise, Project Cars 3 will release on August 28th for Xbox One, PS4, and PC with support for PC VR headsets at launch.

We have not tried the game yet at UploadVR, but according to reports from people that have tried the game out pre-release note that it has a slightly more arcade feel to everything, meaning they may be partially toning down the focus on hyper-realism. For VR users, it’s unclear how this could impact the experience.

From what we’ve seen, the theme for Project Cars 3 seems to be focused on accessibility and streamlining things. There will be new tracks and new cars as most can expect, but there is also now a revamped career mode focused on progression giving the game something akin to a more traditional “campaign” structure.

According to the official website that the game has “12K and best-in-class VR support (on PC).” We don’t have a full list supported headsets yet, but you can likely expect a SteamVR release with support for all the major devices like Rift, Vive, and Index.

If you didn’t play Project Cars 2, which is often regarded as one of the high standards of measurement for VR racing sims, you can grab it on Steam right now for just $9. That’s a major steal. But if you prefer a slightly more accessible experience, then waiting until August for Project Cars 3 might make a bit more sense for you.

Project Cars 3 releases on August 28th will full PC VR support at launch.

h/t: Eurogamer

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The Best VR Racing Games For PSVR, PC VR And More

Few things come more naturally to VR than racing. The best VR racing games let us get behind the wheel of impossible machines and put our foot down. The results are fast, thrilling and visceral.

But racing is a broad term; it doesn’t just have to mean driving. In fact, VR’s physicality has brought about an entirely new wave of racing games unlike any we’ve seen before. So when rounding up our list of the best VR racing games, we only thought it fair that we threw those in too. As such, we’ve split our list into both driving and non-driving racing games so those of us without a license can join in.

So what are the best VR racing games? Speed down our list to find out.

Best VR Racing Games: Driving

Best VR Racing Games Driving

Assetto Corsa (PC VR)

If you’re looking for strict simulation, you can’t go wrong with Assetto Corsa. Kunos Simulazioni’s long-running racer is packed tight with different makes of cars and tracks spanning the world over. Its pinpoint precision racing remains practically unbeaten in the field and, if you want more of it, there’s an army of extra content to dive into. Assetto Corsa might be the oldest game on this list but it’s also one of the best.

Project Cars 2 (PC VR) – Read Our Coverage

Sticking with simulation, Slightly Mad Studios’ most recent racer is typically exhaustive too. Project Cars 2 overtakes both Gran Turismo and Forza with its army of 180+ car models and extensive number of tracks. But its going the extra mile that really makes Project Cars 2 shine, with dynamic weather conditions and a huge career mode to tackle. This one will keep you busy for a good while.

Wipeout Omega Collection (PSVR) – Read Our Review

Once PlayStation VR was announced, Wipeout VR seemed inevitable. Fortunately, unlike Gran Turismo Sport, Sony didn’t mess it up. Wipeout Omega collection is already an impressive tribute to the sci-fi racing series, bundling three games worth of content into one. Throw in VR support and it quickly becomes one of the most essential games yet seen on headsets. This is visceral, vibrant racing as its very best, though you may want to keep a sickbag at the ready.

DiRT Rally (Oculus Rift, PSVR) – Read Our Review

There’s been a disappointing lack of Codemasters racing games for VR platforms thus far. More are on the way but, for now, DiRT Rally remains a prime example of how to do VR racing right. This is a different kind of sim, taking you to rocky roads and twisty forests and daring you to put your foot down. Again, it can be tough on the stomach but the adrenaline that comes from nailing a drift is unparalleled.

Best VR Racing Games: Non-Driving

Rush (PC VR, Oculus Quest, Oculus Go, PSVR)

If getting behind the wheel isn’t your thing, how about a wingsuit? Rush is a popular high flying racer in which you can glide down mountains, narrowly dodging tress and rocks in pursuit of checkpoints. Challenge your friends in over 90 tracks across four environments, physically tilting your body to master each course. Rush is tough to m

Sprint Vector (PC VR, PSVR) – Read Our Review

When we thinking about racing games we think about driving. But the truth is it would be a crime to do a VR racing list without mentioning Survios’ sublime sprinting game. Sprint Vector is about as close as you’ll get to Mario Kart in VR. The game uses a finely-tuned arm swing mechanic to help you skate down tracks as a supernatural athlete. Throw in power-ups, climbing and flying and you have one of the most dynamic racing games yet made for VR.

To The Top (PC VR, PSVR) – Read Our Review

To The Top is similar to Sprint Vector, only a little more vertical. The game uses your hands as the main way of getting around, hoisting yourself up over obstacle courses and flinging yourself forwards. It’s an unconventional racing game for sure, but it’s undoubtedly one of VR’s best.

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Project CARS Creator Joins Twitter and Proclaims ‘The Mad Box is Coming’ With VR Support

It’s now 2019 – if you hadn’t already noticed – and next week is the largest tech event in the world, CES. While there are usually lots of announcements and rumours, the latest to pop up on the Twittersphere is quite the oddity. CEO of Slightly Mad Studios Ian Bell – the creator behind Project CARS – has taken to the social network to announce ‘The Mad Box is coming‘.

What is this ‘Mad Box’ and when is it coming you may ask? Well in a secondary tweet Bell goes on to say: “What is the Mad Box? It’s the most powerful console ever built… It’s literally ‘Mad’… You want 4k, you want VR at 60FPS? You want a full engine for free to develop your games on it? You have it.”

Sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Twitter users then went on to say virtual reality (VR) really only works at 90FPS, to which he responded ’60 per eye…’, going on to note: “We’re not playing around here. This is beyond next gen. For too long have subtle iterations been accepted. Time to raise the bar, substantially. :)”

So what the hell is going on? Is it the real Ian Bell? It seems unusual that someone would impersonate him, but the account has only been set up today. If this mythical ‘Mad Box’ is real, is Slightly Mad Studios planning its own VR-capable console? That would certainly be impressive, and what an opening salvo for 2019.

Slightly Mad Studios’ Project CARS and Project CARS 2 both featured VR-support so the team are already well tuned for developing immersive gaming.

Also interesting to note is the fact that the official Slightly Mad Studios twitter account retweeted Bell’s posts.

To be honest, this could all be one big joke, but it’s a bit early for April Fools. At present VRFocus has no idea what’s actually going on here. This is very much in the ‘weird rumour’ category at present, should further details arrive in the next week then VRFocus will keep you updated on this ‘Mad Box’.

Steep Weekend Discounts on VR Sim Racers: ‘Project Cars 2’, ‘Dirt Rally’ & ‘Assetto Corsa’

Interested in jumping into the VR racing scene? This weekend you can snag discounts up to 80% on some of the best VR sim racing games out there.

Courtesy of gaming deal and charitable giving site Humble Bundle, now through Monday, April 9th at 10AM PT, you can find steep discounts on three great VR sim racing games through the ‘Festival of Speed‘ sale:

Project Cars 2 – $30 (50% discount)
Supports HTC Vive & Oculus Rift via Steam

Dirt Rally – $12 (80% discount)
Supports Oculus Rift via Steam (potentially playable on Vive via Revive)

Assetto Corsa – $12 (60% discount)
Supports HTC Vive & Oculus Rift via Steam

Two of these titles have found their way onto our list of the Top 5 VR Racing Sims, with Project Cars 2 sitting at #1 and Assetto Corsa at #4. Though Dirt Rally is no slouch either, nabbing an honorable mention on our list, which you should check out if you want to know more about these games to see which one best suits your taste.

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Let it be known, your experience with any of these VR racing games is going to be much more immersive when played with a steering wheel peripheral. Don’t have one? We’ve got a great breakdown for beginners looking to pick up their first racing wheel. Want to jump in head first? Check out our expanded list of sim racing hardware tuned to fit any budget.

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Something for the Weekend: Steam Spreads Some Luna Love

The weekend is supposed to be a time of rest, you end up doing chores and things yes but ultimately it’s the two days of the week where you are more likely to meet friends or family, sit back, relax, chill and do the things that you want to do. Yes, something usually will get in the way but to heck with that! So something for you this weekend. 

Steam are, naturally enough, all for this espsecially when they’ve got a sale on for the Lunar New Year. You didn’t know it was the Lunar New Year? Well it is. The Year of the Dog incidentally, and Steam are celebrating with a sale. (Naturally.) Today’s selection of virtual reality (VR) titles picked by VRFocus come from it and for the most part the promotional prices end when the sale does after February 19th 2018. So check out the below and maybe save some cash on something good.

Project CARS 2Project CARS 2

Compatibility: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Less of a straight racing videogame than a realistic driving simulator, Project Cars 2 lets players experience what driving is like not just on smooth tarmac race tracks, but also on ice, dirt and mud with the addition of other modes such as rallycross and touring races all of which use realistic physics models to make the experience as close to reality as possible.

Project CARS 2 is currently half price, at £22.49 (GBP) rather than the usual £44.99.

Keep Talking and Nobody ExplodesKeep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Compatibility: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Woukd you trust your friends with your life? Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes revolves around one player in VR who’s got a bomb to diffuse, there’s just one problem – how to actually do it. Each bomb is made up of several panels, with wires, dials, timers, codes, symbols and more to figure out. To do this players in the real world have a manual explaining how each particular puzzle works, and it’s only through cooperation and teamwork that avoids everything going boom!

The ultimate test of friendship has a whopping 60% off at present and is available on Steam for a mere £4.39 (GBP) rather than £10.99.

Space Pirate TrainerSpace Pirate Trainer

Compatibility: Windows Mixed Reality, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

“In the case of Space Pirate Trainer the title has built up a pedigree and fan following for one simple reason, playability. Its design and gameplay mechanics aren’t overly difficult or complicated to learn – which is why it’s great as an introductory experience for new VR players – yet for seasoned pros Space Pirate Trainer offers that old school arcade action of ever bigger and more elaborate attacks that try to whittle those lives away as you try to beat your highscore.” – Read VRFocus‘ Senior Writer Peter Graham’s review of Space Pirate Trainer here.

You can purchase the title on Steam at 34% off, for £7.25 (GBP) rather than £10.99.

superhot vr - first screenshots 8SUPERHOT VR

Compatibility: Windows Mixed Reality, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

SUPER… HOT. SUPER… HOT. SUPER… HOT! Time moves when you move in this popular videogame for VR and non-VR alike. Survive pristine white rooms filled with vivid red enemies as the air becomes thick with bullet tracer.

You’ve until February 19th to get 25% off of SUPERHOT VR, bringing the price down to £14.24 (GBP) from £18.99.


Compatibility: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

“Straight from the off, Battlezone lets you know what it is and what you’ll be doing – if you’ve managed to avoid coverage like this. There are no fancy intro screens, video’s, or elongated fluff to wade through, as soon as the videogame starts you’re sat in a hulking tank with lights, screens, levers and all sorts dotted around you. Everything feels and looks solid, giving an overwhelming sense of power and control at your finger tips. The tank design is highly stylized, especially the environments, but the inside isn’t too OTT that this couldn’t be some futuristic concept vehicle.” –  Read our Battlezone review here.

Rebellion have slapped a hefty discount of 66% off on Battlezone, so make sure you buy it now at £10.19 (GBP) rather than the usual cost of £29.99.

Unvierse Sandbox 2Universe Sandbox ²

Compatibility: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

An Early Access title, this sequel to Giant Army’s popular space simulator is bringing VR support this time around.

“Universe Sandbox ² is a physics-based space simulator that allows you to create, destroy, and interact on an unimaginable scale. It merges real-time gravity, climate, collision, and material interactions to reveal the beauty of our universe and the fragility of our planet.”

If you fancy a bit of playing God with the galaxy (or beyond it) you can for £14.24 (GBP) 25% off its usual price of £18.99.

I Expect You To DieI Expect You To Die

Compatibility: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

The spy’s the limit in this VR title that puts you in the shoes of a sterotypical secret agent dealing with situations straight out of the genre from the fifties and sixties. With surprises around every corner and the odds stacked against you it’s only a matter of time before you perish. Or is it?

I Expect You To Die is on sale through Steam for the slightly odd price of £11.39 rather than £18.99. A 40% discount.

Sports Bar VR - checkersSports Bar VR

Compatibility: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Casual pub game simulator Sports Bar VR was a PlayStation VR launch title that received a fair amount of acclaim upon release and has since been ported to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. It has enjoyed regular updates since launch, with new mini-games and features being added, such as the addition of a jukebox, updates to multiplayer game-finding features and video streaming capability.

Another specifically for the Lunar New Year sale, which gives 50% off the regular £14.99 (GBP) price to give you a sale value of £7.49.

Raw Data

Compatibility: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

Raw Data puts the player in the role of part of the Resistance, who are seeking to bring down the corrupt Eden Corporation, who in the future of 2271, control much of the world. The player can choose from several types of heroes, including Saija the Cyber-Ninja, Bishop the Gun Cleric, or Boss the Street Merc.

Raw Data is on sale now for 30% off its usual price of £29.99 (GBP).

The Solus Project

Compatibility: HTC Vive and Oculus Rift

“Many virtual reality (VR) users are waiting for in-depth experiences which have expansive worlds and tell rich, absorbing, immersive stories. VR is perfectly place to get players involved in an entirely new world, and that’s what The Solus Project aims to do… The first thing that becomes apparent is the atmosphere. Bleak, eerie and uninviting is the surface of the unknown alien planet upon which you find yourself marooned.” Read

The title is available on Steam at present for £7.49 as opposed to £14.99.

Project Cars 2 Is Getting Classic Porsches Very Soon

Project Cars 2 Is Getting Classic Porsches Very Soon

Fancy jumping into the driver’s seat of one of the most iconic makes of car in the world? Project Cars 2 will soon let you do just that.

Developer Slightly Mad Studios recently announced that the VR-support racing simulation will be getting a Porsche Legends Pack to celebrate the brand’s 70th anniversary in early March. You’ll be able to race these vehicles across five new career options.

On PC you’ll, of course, be able to jump into these cars using either an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, delivering a realistic cockpit experience. Project Cars 2 remains one of the most comprehensive VR driving experiences out there.

Also included in the pack is an FIA-certified track, 20 liveries and nine new community events. Alongside the DLC, the PC version of the game recently received a big update that includes some performance improvements, gameplay balance tweaking and big AI improvements.

Sadly there’s still no word as to if the PS4 version of Project Cars 2 could get PSVR support, but we can always keep those fingers crossed.

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NVIDIA’s Latest Game Ready Drivers Support Project CARS 2 and EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone

There are some big PC videogame releases happening this month and as usual NVIDIA has ensured players using its graphics cards are fully setup and supported by rolling out new Game Ready Drivers, with Project CARS 2 and EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone both on the list.

Yesterday VRFocus reported on Slightly Mad Studios announcing that Project CARS 2 would be launching this Friday 22nd September, with support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Featuring all-new motorsports, 180+ cars from dozens of the worlds top car makers and changing weather conditions across 140 tracks, the PC version has a host of video options to adjust, including Texture Filtering, V-Sync, MSAA, Post AA, Super Sampling, Post Processing Filters, Rain Drops, Crepuscular Rays, and many more to get the videogame looking just right.

EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone is CCP Games’ latest update to the popular online combat title which is due to arrive on 26th September. Warzone is about expanding EVE: Valkyrie’s cross-platform support even further so that PC and PlayStation 4 owners who don’t have headsets can still enjoy the sci-fi shooter.

NVIDIA’s Game Ready Driver for EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone will add support for Multi-Res Shading (MRS) from the NVIDIA VRWorks SDK for both the desktop and virtual reality (VR) version of the videogame. MRS is a new rendering technique for VR whereby each part of an image is rendered at a resolution that better matches the pixel density of the warped image.  Multi-Res Shading uses NVIDIA’s multi-projection architecture to render multiple scaled viewports in a single pass, which could improve performance by up to 51 percent it claims.

If you own an NVIDIA graphics card and plan on purchasing either of these titles the Game Ready Drivers are available now.

For any further NVIDIA updates keep reading VRFocus.

Project Cars 2 erscheint am 22. September 2017 für PlayStation 4, Xbox One und PC

Das Veröffentlichungsdatum für den heiß erwarteten Rennspieltitel Project Cars 2 wurde offiziell angekündigt: Der VR-Titel erscheint am Freitag, den 22. September 2017 für PlayStation 4, PS 4 Pro, Xbox One und PC mit Support für Oculus Rift und HTC Vive.

Project Cars 2 – Vorbestellungen für PC, Xbox One und PS4 möglich

Die Rennsimulation Project Cars 2 von Slightly Mad Studios lässt Spieler ihre Fahrkünste auf diversen Rennstrecken auf die Probe stellen. Dafür stehen bis zu 180 verschiedene Autos zur Auswahl. Jedes der unterschiedlichen Modelle besitzt seine eigenen Stärken und Schwächen, weshalb nicht nur das Können hinter dem Lenkrad für einen Rundensieg entscheidend ist.

Und auch die Rennmodi variieren, denn man hat die Wahl zwischen einem Rallycross-, Endurance-, Touring- oder einem Formula-Modus. In jedem dieser Spielmodi muss man verschiedene Fahrkünste auf unterschiedlichen Strecken beweisen, wodurch für Abwechslung und Langzeitspaß gesorgt ist. Neben den diversen Spielmodi glänzt der Titel mit einer wunderschönen Grafik sowie einem realistischen Ambiente, das in den VR-Versionen für ein umso immersiveres Gefühl sorgt.

Project Cars 2

Derzeit gibt es neben dem Spiel selbst für 69,99 Euro zwei weitere Vorbestelloptionen: In der PlayStation-Version ist es möglich, das Spiel im PlayStation Store als Deluxe Edition zum Preis von 99,99 Euro zu bestellen. Die Luxus-Ausgabe enthält ein Bonuspaket mit japanischen Autos, darunter vier Rennwagen von Nissan und Honda, sowie einzigartige Lackierungen. Die zweite Variante ist das Project CARS Bundle, welches den Vorgängertitel und das neue Project Cars 2 enthält. Der normale Preis und das Angebot bezüglich der Deluxe Edition gilt ebenso für die Xbox-Version und den Microsoft Store.

Für PC-Besitzer ist die Rennsimulation für 59,99 Euro auf Steam erhältlich. Auch hier gibt es die Option der Vorbestellung der Deluxe Edition für 89,98 Euro.

Project Cars 2 erscheint am Freitag dem 22. September 2017 für PlayStation 4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One und PC mit Support für Oculus Rift und HTC Vive.

(Quellen: PlayStation Store | Steam | Video: Upload VR Youtube)

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