Oculus is launching Arcade, its virtual gaming center, in beta for both the Innovator and consumer Samsung Gear VR headsets.
Oculus Arcade kicks off with 21 classic titles from such popular developers as Sega, Midway, and Bandai Namco. Games include Joust, Pac-Man, Galaga, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Players can trial titles for 20 minutes each, but full gameplay costs between $0.99 and $2.99, depending on the game.
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When you first "enter" the arcade lobby in VR, you see a breakaway design that looks like the floor is falling away at your feet. But the arcade is otherwise properly representative of decades gone by, when arcades had that musty smell of sweaty palms and Doritos and the matted low-pile carpet was stained with spilled soda and tarred bubble gum. So when you're playing the retro titles, you're actually standing at a virtual arcade cabinet.
Oculus Arcade requires a supported gamepad, like the Moga Pro or the SteelSeries controller for Android to play.
Arcade doesn't support multiplayer modes yet. But there is a strong case to be made for the importance of playing games with friends. So hopefully Arcade will follow Mark Zuckerberg and Palmer Luckey's plans to make Oculus social.
Also arriving on the Gear VR this week, exciting titles like ustwo's Lands's End as well as Climax Studios' Bandit Six: Salvo and Robot Invader's Dead Secret. Samsung's mobile headset is looking better and better - there's more to do with it and the price has been slashed.
Source: Road to VR
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