Now, I haven’t played Poker VRon the Rift yet as I’ve only just ordered mine, but I have been playing it on the Gear VR and it’s a lot of fun. You create your own avatar and play online.
It’s great to take on other players around the world. It activates your microphone when you log on so you can talk to the other players at the table. Have no fear, though! You can MUTE anyone you don’t want to hear from and it puts duct tape across their mouth in-game! 😀 They don’t know it but it shows on your screen so you know who is muted.
I haven’t had any problems with players. They all seem quite friendly to play against (with?) and you get people from all walks of life. Some try to be funny and others just sit quietly, while others might talk about what’s going on in their country at the time.
You can add players as friends so you’ll know when they’re on and jump on the same table to play along.
The controls work very well with the default Gear VR controller. Just point to your stack of chips and pull the trigger when it’s at the amount you want to raise or just click the CALL or FOLD buttons on the screen.
You can buy gifts for other players. These are often little animated characters in-game such as a spaceship which flies around the table or an animal or a fish swimming around the table, etc.
If you like Texas Hold’em Poker and want some friends to play with in VR, this is the way to go! You might even get to play against Phil Hellmuth!
Poker VR is free to play, although you can play cash games if you want.
I haven’t done any podcasts in a while so I thought I’d talk a bit about some games I’ve been playing on Gear VR.
The first one is called “Vendetta Online“. It’s an MMO set in space. The game launches with a tutorial which teaches you how to fly your space ship. You start with a small, basic ship with a basic battery and weapon and are directed to fly it around and attack some drones. After time, you are let out of the tutorial area and set free into the universe.
This game is fully cross-platform and has been on many other devices before they brought it to VR. At the start, you have a free account and can play it with others, but you get more benefits after subscribing.
Below is a video discussing Vendetta Online:
I found it amazingly expansive and immersive. You should buy a Bluetooth controller to play it, for the best results. I had already bought a Steelseries Stratus XL controller and it works really well:
Steelseries Stratus XL
It will be worthwhile for many VR games, so you may as well get it! 🙂
You can fly around with this controller but when you turn your head with your Gear VR headset on you can look around outside the cockpit where you sit and see asteroids floating around as well as other ships and docking places.
I’ve only played it once last night and got through the tutorial and am really enjoying it so far. I could not believe how cool it looked to be flying in space.