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Weekend Downloads: New on Gear VR, Rift and Touch

Weekend Downloads is part of our weekly update to bring you the latest additions to the Samsung Gear VROculus Rift, and Touch Controllers.

We are kicking off weekend with a massive amount of new content. You can teleport yourself to the site of Chernobyl through some beautifully rendered 3D photogrammetry scans or pick up your Touch controllers and land yourself on Mars — there’s something for everyone.

Get ready to snap in your phone scouts!

This Week’s New Gear VR and Oculus Rift Content (12/17/16)

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Chernobyl VR Project ($4.99 – Gear VR)
Chernobyl VR Project combines video game mechanics with an educational and movie narrative approach. It is the first virtual tour around the Chernobyl and Pripyat area. You’re able to wander through the hostile environment looking for story clues spread all over the site. Explore 3D photogrammetrical scans of some of the locations and buildings—basically digital copies of these places—combined with spherical photography and stereoscopic videos.

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Samsung #BeFearless Fear of Public Speaking – Personal Life (FREE – Gear VR)
This VR app is designed by Samsung to help you overcome your fear of public speaking. You’ll learn to speak comfortably in five scenarios that are most relevant to your personal life: small talk, making suggestions, giving a toast, special speech, and singing at a karaoke. The app responds to your voice volume, speaking pace, eye contact, and heart rate. Be fearless and overcome your fear of public speaking.

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Samsung #BeFearless Fear of Public Speaking – School Life (FREE – Gear VR)
This VR app is designed by Samsung to help you overcome your fear of public speaking. In School Life, you’ll learn to speak comfortably in five scenarios that are most relevant to life in school: casual talk, class ice-breaking, opinion sharing, class presentation, and school conference. The app responds to your voice volume, speaking pace, eye contact, and heart rate.

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Xbox One Streaming (FREE – Oculus Rift)
With the Xbox One Streaming app, you can play your Xbox One games directly on your Oculus Rift. Connect to your console via the app and watch your games come to life on a huge virtual screen in three immersive virtual theaters. Now you can expand your library of VR games with your favorite Xbox One titles, including Xbox 360 games that are playable on Xbox One. Xbox One Streaming requires your Xbox One console to be connected to the same network as your home PC.

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Stajit Play ($14.99 – Touch)
Storyboard in VR. Draw and stage your story all within VR. Create a draft of your VR project before ever entering Maya, Modo, or any another 3D app.

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Calcflow ($9.99 – Touch)
Manipulate vectors with your hands, explore vector addition and cross product. See and feel a double integral of a sinusoidal graph in 3D, a Mobius strip and its normal or spherical coordinates! Create your own parametrized functions and vector fields!

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Deskverse ($9.99 – Oculus Rift)
Deskverse is your space in virtual reality for work and play: project your desktop in VR, either on a cylinder or one plane per monitor, or rotate each monitor edge to match your physical display positioning.

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Perfect (FREE – Oculus Rift)
Perfect is virtual reality escapism at its purest. Leave behind the daily grind and slip away to beautiful and relaxing locations, made possible through VR. Visit several stunning and interactive destinations, from sun-drenched beaches and peaceful mountains to the spectacular northern lights. Instantly accessible yet endlessly captivating, Perfect is the ideal companion to show off your Oculus Rift.

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The Martian VR Experience ($9.99 – Touch)
The Martian VR Experience is a truly out-of-this-world, interactive and immersive adventure, with viewers participating from astronaut Mark Watney’s perspective, performing tasks to facilitate his chances for survival. Viewers can fly onto the surface of Mars, steer at zero gravity through space, drive a rover navigating over craters, and experience key scenes from the hit film in a 360-degree virtual reality environment. The Martian VR Experience is executive produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Robert Stromberg.

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Red Bull Hard Enduro VR (FREE – Gear VR)
Experience the world of Hard Enduro with this app featuring a number of 360° videos from the Red Bull Hare Scramble at the Erzberg Rodeo 2016 in Austria.

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Konrad the Kitten (FREE – Touch)
Do you like cats and kittens? This is your chance to have a virtual one that feels real. Konrad the Kitten is a small Virtual Reality game designed for Oculus Rift, with a hybrid virtual/real kitten you need to care for. By fixing an Oculus Touch Controller on one of your plush toys, you bring this toy into virtual reality. This enables -for the first time- to not only see a virtual pet but also physically touch, lift, cuddle and play with it.

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We Wait (FREE – Oculus Rift)
Based on BBC News interviews with migrants, We Wait is a dramatized story transporting you to the heart of the refugee crisis. On a starlit beach in Turkey you meet a Syrian family about to embark on their second perilous attempt to cross the sea to Greece. In We Wait, Aardman’s experience in animation and storytelling comes together with the human stories uncovered by BBC News to make this look and feel radically different from any other documentary VR experience to date.

GAMES:

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Disc League ($4.99 – Gear VR)
A combination of dodgeball and 3D air hockey. Hit the opposing team with your disc and avoid theirs. Play against 30 other teams in League Challenge. Or compete online with up to 4 friends. Disc League gameplay is completely driven by physics. Come up with your own trick shots and your own strategies. There is no best answer. Experiment and use what you’ve learned to dominate the opposition!

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Unearthed Inc: The Lost Temple (FREE – Touch)
Welcome to Unearthed Inc, where applicants such as yourself will be paired with a sidekick Droid and undergo intensive telekinesis training to prepare for your critical mission. You will be sent deep in the Amazonian Forest to search for the fabled “Dragoon Egg”. But beware, danger lurks every corner, and will require the best of your wits and skills to survive!

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DUO ($9.99 – Touch)
DUO is an arcade game designed from the ground up for the virtual reality. Now you can immerse yourself in a virtual world with classic retro game. Use your paddles to hit the ball and smash the bricks. Pass through the funny and challenging levels. Try not to miss the ball and remember that time is running out.

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Elven Assassin ($9.99 – Touch)
Is there anything more epic than slaying hordes of orcs and dragons with a bow in Virtual Reality? Kill hundreds of enemies that want to get into the elven town and destroy it. As an elven assassin, you will make spectacular shots like long distant headshots or you will send lethal arrows through the windows.

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Super Island God (FREE – Touch)
Jump into Super Island God and take on the role of a lost island tribe’s deity in this exciting new God Simulator. Harness your divine power in this built-for-VR game and reward (or punish) your civilization as they journey through dozens of handcrafted challenges.

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Relaxing VR Games: Mahjong ($2.99 – Oculus Rift)
Jump into Super Island God and take on the role of a lost island tribe’s deity in this exciting new God Simulator. Harness your divine power in this built-for-VR game and reward (or punish) your civilization as they journey through dozens of handcrafted challenges.

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Werewolves Within ($29.99 – Oculus Rift)
Uplay account and Uplay PC application required for game activation and installation.
After several attacks on townsfolk, the medieval village of Gallowston has had enough! Werewolves Within will transport you to the medieval village of Gallowston, where you must uncover the werewolves that have been terrorizing the townsfolk. Werewolves Within is a fast-paced game of hidden roles and social deduction for 5-8 players. In one game, you might be a villager trying their hardest to cleanse the town of werewolves, while minutes later you could be the werewolf lying and betraying friends in order to survive the vote. Utilize specific roles and abilities, and the power of persuasion to assess, deduce and win the round. Whether playing a vigilant villager or a devious werewolf, no two games are ever the same.

About the Scout

Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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