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Best VR and AR products of CES 2019 — headsets, games, porn…
In addition to phones, smartwatches, tablets, and a bunch of other cool gadgets, we also saw a few great AR- and VR-related products at CES in Las Vegas. These include VR headsets, games, and even an AR porn app for all you naughty boys out there. Here’s a roundup of some of the best and most interesting ones.
HTC Vive Pro Eye, Vive Cosmos, and Viveport Infinity
HTC was the star of the VR world at CES 2019. The most interesting product the company announced is a VR headset called the Vive Pro Eye, which is an upgraded version of the popular Vive Pro. Its standout feature is eye-tracking technology that can optimize the virtual world in reaction to a user’s focus. For example, if the user is looking straight ahead, there’s no reason to have the periphery in focus and rendering at full speed. The headset will instead blur those sections of the image to save processing power, which is a technique HTCcalls “foveated rendering.”
The eye-tracking technology also offers benefits for gamers, as it can replace handheld controllers. For example, you can navigate menus and perform in-game functions with eye movements alone in a new VR baseball title called MLB Home Run Derby VR.
The second VR headset announced by HTCis the Vive Cosmos and it aims to make VR more accessible to the masses. It’s a simpler headset than the Vive Pro Eye and does not feature eye-tracking technology. HTCdidn’t share all the details about the device, but it did say the first version will need to be tethered to a computer. However, the company is also considering making a wireless variant somewhere down the line.
The last major VR-related announcement from HTCin Las Vegas is a new Viveport subscription model. Called Viveport Infinity, it offers users the option of downloading and playing any of the 500+ titles available in the library with no restrictions. Think of it like Netflix for VR games.
The Viveport Infinity will be available from April 5, 2019, while the two VR headsets will go on sale later in the year. No word on pricing for now.
Naughty America’s AR porn app
At CES 2019, pornographic entertainment company Naughty America announced a new AR porn app that brings exotic dancers into your living room. It lets you place a video loop of a model anywhere in your surrounding area via your smartphone screen and then enjoy the show.
Once you place the model in your surrounding, you can shrink or expand the image to make it fit in better and look more realistic. The model stays in place when you move around the room, and it even gets larger when you move closer to it for a more immersive experience — check out what this looks like in action here.
There are both male and female models available to choose from, which entertain you with pole dancing and various other erotic movements. You can try out the app, but you’ll have to sideload it onto your device. You can check out instructions on how to do that here.
3dRudder foot motion controller
The foot motion controller from 3dRudder improves the gaming experience on the PlayStation VR. It’s a simple device that allows you to move your character in the virtual world with your feet.
Just place your feet on the device and tilt them in any direction to move your character in the virtual world.
Here’s how it works: While sitting, you place your feet on the disc-shaped device, which is connected to the PlayStation VR via a USB cable. Then just tilt your feet in any direction to move the character forward, backward, or sideways. It takes some getting used to, but it does work as advertised.
The device frees up your hands for other in-game actions and is compatible with 20 games at the moment. That number will rise to 30 by the time 3dRudder’s foot motion controller goes on sale, which is expected to happen in April. Every game has to be tuned to work with the device, which is why not all of them will support it. The device will retail for $120.
Population: One — a VR battle royale game
Population: One is a VR battle royale game, similar to Fortnite and PUBG. The title was shown off at CES in Las Vegas, but it isn’t available yet. It’s expected to launch later this year and will be available for Vive, Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
The premise of the game is more or less the same as with other battle royale games. You drop down on a map with up to 23 other players, search for weapons, ammo, and other gear, and try to take down as many opponents as possible. The last man standing wins.
Like in Fortnite, you can build defensive structures in Population: One. Additionally, you can also climb on top of just about everything and then glide through the air by stretching your arms out to the side and leaning left and right to move around. Based on the trailer, which you can see above, it looks like a fun and action-packed game with the potential of becoming quite popular. Let us know what you think of it in the comments.
NordicTrack VR Bike
This bike combines fitness and gaming into one. It comes with an HTCVive Focus VR headset in the box and a one-year membership to iFit. Strap on the VR headset, get on the bike, select a game, and let the adventure begin.
The NordicTrack VR Bike lets you exercise while having fun. You can't beat that.
There are a few games available that are specifically designed for the NordicTrack VR Bike including Bike Messenger, and The Last Rider. All of them require you to pedal and steer using the handlebars of the bike. The machine even adjusts to a 10 percent incline and decline to mimic elevation changes within the game and offers 24 difficulty settings to make the game more or less challenging.
NordicTrack VR Bike is a great way to get off the couch, get some exercise, and have fun at the same time. Unfortunately, it is quite expensive, coming in at $2,000. It was shown off at CES and is expected to go on sale this summer.
These are some of our favorite AR- and VR-related products we’ve seen at CES, although there were quite a few other great ones announced. These include Cybershoes that let you walk and run in VR, Pico’s standalone 4K VR headset, and Rokid’s Project Aurora AR Glasses.
Which products would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments!