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General / MxO Emulator
« on: October 06, 2019, 08:43:49 pm »

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VR Gaming / No Man's Sky Beyond VR
« on: August 09, 2019, 12:09:04 am »
Who else is jumping in this next week? I'm really interested to see how it runs in VR and the grouping capabilities. We would love to have more people join us! You can play pancake mode if you currently don't have VR.

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No Man's Sky is On Sale!

If you already own No Man's Sky, a free DLC is releasing August 14th that enables full VR support. According to press previews, the game has been fully revamped for VR and it's not just a quick port.

No Man's Sky's original release was controversial, since many of its promised features never made it to the live game. Since then, however, Hello Games has been adding updates that improve the game. No Man's Sky Next update that released last year apparently brought the game into it's proper form, including a four-man multiplayer. This VR update, labelled "Beyond", also promises improvements to the online multiplayer aspect of the game.

I know me and a few others plan on jumping in starting August 14th, so find me on Steam if you want to join up for the space exploring in VR!

https://www.nomanssky.com/2019/08/beyond-date-announce/

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Oculus has opened up pre-orders for both the Rift S and the Quest. Each headset costs $399 and will ship May 21st. You can order from Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft Store, and probably Oculus themselves.

Meanwhile Valve released details on their Index headset. It will cost $999 for the headset, controllers, and tracking stations.

Personally I've already put my order in for Rift S and Quest!

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The Oculus Rift S is an upgrade to the original CV1. It has inside-out tracking, meaning that you don't need outside sensors. It also has an upgraded screen and a halo design for improved comfort. It will sell for $399 and is rumored to be coming out at the end of the month.

The Oculus Quest is a STAND ALONE headset that also has inside-out tracking and does not require a computer. It has a similar screen to the Rift S but lacks the halo design. It will also sell for $399 at the end of the month.

Both headsets also come with redesigned Touch controllers and Passthrough+, a technology that allows you to see your area even while the headset is still on.

Personally my plan is to get both headsets. There were be many games that are cross-buy, meaning that if you get it for one headset, you can play it on both. I've already sold my original Rift and will use that money to purchase the Rift S. My birthday is also at the end of the month so I'll probably use my birthday money to get the Quest. Since I go out of town for months at a time, the Quest is a perfect way to keep playing VR when I'm away from my computer!

While the Rift S is more of lateral upgrade than a 2.0, I feel the screen and not having to use sensors is worth the purchase - especially since my sold Rift will cover most of the cost. Anyone else plan on getting the Rift S or Quest?


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Non-VR Games / SWTOR 5.10 Gearing
« on: January 07, 2019, 06:42:13 pm »
We jumped back into SWTOR again. This is a quick and dirty guide for gearing end-game. This is mostly for Broin since he probably needs the help! =P

Best gear in the game is 252 and 258 gear (Ossus gear). The command crate system isn't that helpful for this gear, though I imagine when they release future gear this gear will get thrown into the crate system. You need to focus on...

1. Ossus Reputation
2. Masterwork Crystals
3. Unassembled Components

Ossus Reputation

You need this because there is reputation requirements for all the best gear in the game. You'll need Hero and Legend rank for the best.

Do the dailies on Ossus (heroics as well). After about three days you'll have maxed your reputation for the week (2500). You can keep going if you want and get a reserve of reputation tokens or you can start focusing on other weekly tasks. Pretty simple. The last tier (Legend) takes three weeks to get after you reach Hero. Don't skip a week.

Masterwork Crystals

You need these to buy the gear. I actually suggest saving Masterwork Crystals for 258 gear UNLESS you're having trouble randomly getting the last few pieces of the 252 set.

You get one crystal from the Ossus world boss weekly. Do the Ossus world bosses each week.

You get one crystal from a random Ossus weekly (either PvP or PvE). Last two weeks have been complete four master flashpoints. Do this each week.

You can get 1-2 additional Masterwork Crystals by trading in Unassembled Components to a vendor. The first one of the week costs 500. The second one costs 1000.

The max number of Masterwork Crystals you can get each week is 4. Your goal should be to try and get 4 Masterwork Crystals a week.

Unassembled Components

As I just mentioned, these are used to buy Masterwork Crystals. You get these by dissembling gear in the Command Crate window and by doing various dailies and weeklies. The quickest way to get Unassembled Components is by doing PvP. Warzones will be the easiest to get. I've found ranked arenas to be significantly harder, but I just started trying them. In between queue pops or when you need a break, you can grind command xp for the boxes (I'd mention the method of doing this, but the event ends on the 15th and then I'll have to figure out what to do from there).

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The week resets on Tuesday morning. Each week start by completing the Ossus Dailies/Weeklies. One of these weeklies will give you an 252 Artifact Lockbox. Try to get most of your 252 gear from these boxes and then upgrade them with your Masterwork Crystals. There is a RARE chance of 252 artifact boxes dropping from command crates as well, though I'm hearing that's close to a 1/600 chance based on user testing. Do this every day until you hit the reputation cap.

When you finish Ossus dailies, do PvP dailies/weeklies. Look for missions that don't just give command XP but also give unassembled components. Ideally you should be farming 1500 unassembled components a week, but at least do the first 500 to turn in.

That's basically it. If you miss the reputation cap or don't turn in any unassembled components for a week, you put yourself a week behind on gear progression. Save your Masterwork Crystals for 258 gear or until you have no other gear to upgrade to 258 and need to buy a specific 252 piece to continue. Note that the weekly 252 lockbox will give you 125 unassembled components if you disassemble a duplicate, so getting 4 crystals a week becomes a little easier as you get more 252 gear.

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News and Announcements / Rocket League Club
« on: September 04, 2018, 12:50:23 am »
Rocket League just released Clubs (their version of guilds). We have an FA Club, of course, that can hold up to 20 I believe. Contact me on Steam if you'd like an invite!

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VR Gaming / OrbusVR
« on: March 15, 2018, 01:04:41 am »
It's on sale for $30. If you've used the Rift recently, you should have also received a $15 store credit. As a result, a bunch of us are gonna grab OrbusVR for $15. It's a VRMMORPG. Don't expect WoW level of polish, but it should hold some interesting group content at the very least!

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News and Announcements / Patch Released for Broken Rifts
« on: March 08, 2018, 07:05:11 pm »
A patch has been released by Oculus for the broken Oculus Rifts. If you are getting an error when trying to boot up the device, please download and install the patch. The patch will manually update your certificates.

https://support.oculus.com/217157135500529/

Those affected by the error (anyone who has used their Rift since February 1, 2018) will receive $15 of Oculus store credit as well!

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Alert! Rifts are currently not working due to an expired certificate! Oculus has been working on a fix all day. Will keep you updated!

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VR Gaming / From Other Suns
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:19:38 pm »
We recently started playing "From Other Suns", a three player co-op VR game. It requires a lot of teamwork and learning how things work, so we are having fun. Once you "die" (lose all your crew members), you start all over again. However, certain achievements unlock permanent benefits even with a new game. Here's the list I've found:

50 pirate away missions - legendary scattershot mk1 (325dmg)
50 robot away missions - legendary shock burst mk1 (253dmg)
125 crimson marauder pirates - legendart plasma explosive mk1 (325dmg 32ammo)
150 unaffiliated pirates - legendary auto pistol mk1 (144dmg 260ammo)
450 (150+300) unaffiliated pirates - legendary auto pistol mk2 (260dmg 300ammo)
300 robots - legendary shock disc mk1 (217dmg)
get back to earth - corvette class ship (called "asa radiance" )
get 20 crew from missions - legendary laser beam (163dmg 195ammo)
50 pirate captains - pirate corvette mk3 (ship)
500 Jumps - Corvette ship
Destoy 100 Pirate Ships - Pirate Skimmer (ship)

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News and Announcements / Rift Core 2.0 Now Available!
« on: December 06, 2017, 12:48:04 pm »
Get all the details here!

Definitely worth checking out. There's the new Oculus Dash menu complete with pin-able monitors and apps into any experience as well as the new customization Oculus Home! On top of that, there's also a 24 hour flash sale of games and experiences. Let us know what you think!

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News and Announcements / Oculus Connect 4 Announcements
« on: October 12, 2017, 11:06:09 am »
Lots of info coming out of Oculus Connect 4!

Rift Pricing

Rift+Touch is now $399 permanently (down from $499, was on sale during summer for $399)
Oculus for Business bundle - $900 for Rift, Touch, 3 sensors, 3 facial interfaces, a remote, and a full commercial licence, commercial warranty, and high priority support

Oculus Go

A standalone (no PC or phone required) VR headset. No positional tracking, rotational only.
Essentially, a Gear VR for people who do not have a VR-compatible smartphone.
has a 3DoF controller too, just like Gear VR and DayDream
uses a 1440p LCD panel, with fast switching and high pixel fill factor
audio drivers are built into the straps
runs almost all Gear VR apps and games
Price: $199
Release: Early 2018

Oculus "Santa Cruz"

A standalone (no PC or phone required) VR headset, with positional tracking for the headset and controllers. Essentially, a Rift+Touch alternative for people without a gaming PC.
headset uses 4 cameras, 2 of which are on the very top edge, which offers a much wider controller tracking range compared to Windows MR headsets (have only 2)
dev kits release in 2018

Rift Core 2.0

https://www.oculus.com/blog/introducing-rift-core/
The Rift's system software has been entirely overhauled, called Rift Core 2.0. Coming in December.

Oculus Dash

replaces the Home app launcher and Universal Menu (the thing that pops up in apps when you press the Oculus Button)
entirely new made-for-Touch UI
ability to use desktop windows within VR
overlays within any app

Oculus Home 2.0

Home is now customisable and interactive
Oculus Avatars 2.0
more colourful
more clothing options
new clothing can be unlocked in apps/games
will be crossplatform with DayDream and Steam in 2018
Blocking & Add Recents to Friends - a universal API for developers to have a cross app blocking system, as well as adding recent people you played with to your friends list

Rift Games

The Unspoken is getting a Singleplayer Campaign, called The Unspoken: Acolytes
Onward is getting full Oculus API support and coming to the Oculus Store (probably with crossplay)
Coco VR - a social VR promo for PIXAR's new film
Republique is coming to Gear VR
Echo Arena is getting an expansion, called Echo Combat, an FPS
The Lone Echo story will be continued (whether that means a new game or an expension is unknown)
Oculus are funding a AAA VR game from Respawn Entertainment, makers of Titanfall, releasing in 2019

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Finally!! You can form parties in Oculus Home!

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Today we’re rolling out an update to PublicTest that includes a new feature: Parties for Rift, so you can talk live with friends. In Oculus Home or Universal Menu, you can select a friend and choose “Invite to Party.” Friends in your party can chat with you across Rift apps, or wherever you go in VR. Each party can support a total of four people at a time and each person must have the PublicTest build installed to use Parties on Rift. Access to Parties will be rolling out gradually over the next twenty-four hours, so if you don’t see it right away, be patient.

Get all the info here!

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News and Announcements / OrbusVR Online RPG Open Alpha Begins Today!
« on: July 27, 2017, 11:52:25 pm »
OrbusVR, an online RPG currently in development for the Oculus Rift, is having an open alpha this weekend. The test starts at 1 p.m. EST today. Make sure to sign up on their website and join us in checking out the game!

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