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    Show and Tell: Hot Toys 1/4 Scale Darth Vader Figure

    With Comic-Con at Home and the new Sideshow Con happening later this month, Norm gets in the collectibles mindset with a look at the Hot Toys quarter scale Darth Vader figure. We show off the incredible portrait sculpt and costuming on this massive figure, and give it a dynamic action pose for some toy photography. The detail in quarter scale is amazing!

    ButtKicker Gamer 2 Review: Amazing Audio Haptics in VR!

    Sound is a big part of immersion in VR, and adding a bass shaker to seated VR rigs is something we've always wanted to test. We're impressed by the performance of the ButtKicker Gamer 2 tactile transducer and amplifier kit, which works seamlessly with cockpit games from racing to mech piloting to space combat games, and adds a tremendous amount of fun to VR experiences. It's a highly-recommended upgrade to your VR setup!

    PROJECTIONS: Cyberpunk VR Game LOW-FI + QuestDraw AR!

    We go hands-on with the latest alpha build of LOW-FI, the cyberpunk open-world VR game from the makers of Technolust. Plus we chat with the game's creator Blair Renaud about the scope of the game, cinema influences, and plans for further updates to the Alpha as well as PSVR support. It's the closest we've felt to being in Blade Runner in virtual reality. Plus, we test QuestDraw AR, a painting tool for the Oculus Quest that works with an AR iOS viewer.

    Tested: DJI Mavic Air 2 vs. Skydio 2 Autonomous Drone!

    We test and compare the new DJI Mavic Air 2 and Skydio 2 drones, both of which make use of impressive technology for obstacle avoidance and automated subject tracking. Here's the state of consumer drones in 2020 and what tech is meaningful for drone pilots who want to film aerial video, shoot photos, and fly safely with confidence.

    3D-Printed VR Blaster Grip and Adventure Lab Escape Room!

    We review two VR games that attempt to bring location-based experiences into the home. First is Adventure Lab, a unique cooperative multiplayer game that's part escape room and part immersive theater, played with a live performer hosting every session. We also test Tower Tag, a VR arcade game with a free 3D print file to turn the Oculus Touch controllers into the exact sci-fi blaster you see in headset!

    LEGO BrickHeadz Anatomy Custom Figure!

    We wrap up this week with a custom LEGO build from a viewer mailbag, a show and tell of a vinyl collectible, and a test of a smartphone boom arm mount for filming small builds at home. This custom BrickHeadz was designed by Jonathan Klamm, as a tribute to artist Jason Freeny's anatomical sculptures. A fun and simple build you can find the pieces to put together yourself! Have a happy and safe Memorial Day, everyone!

    Phantom: Covert Ops Preview and Spaceteam VR Review!

    This week, we take a look at two VR games: the upcoming Phantom: Covert Ops and the just-released Spaceteam VR. Here's how Phantom: Covert Ops works as a stealth action game where you move around the world in a virtual kayak. We paddle through the first part of the game to get a sense of its unique gameplay and comfort level. Plus, Spaceteam VR may be just what we need in a VR party game while we're all stuck at home!

    No $80 Cable Needed: Oculus Quest Link Works Out of the Box!

    Is the $80 Oculus Link cable obsolete? A stealth update in the Oculus Beta channel has enabled Link support for USB 2.0 cables, including the 3 meter charging cable bundled with the Oculus Quest! Performance is the same as with the fiber optic cable, and USB 2.0 extension cables work as well. Just opt in to the PTC (Public Test Channel) in Oculus software, restart, and you can start playing desktop VR games like Half-Life: Alyx on the Quest!

    Show and Tell: The Art of Sideshow Collectibles' Star Wars Figures

    Happy Star Wars day! Norm celebrates May 4th with a show and tell of a few of his favorite Star Wars figures in his collection, as well as a recommended art book from Sideshow Collectibles chronicling their journey designing, sculpting, painting, and manufacturing scale figures from the Star Wars films. We'd love to see what pieces of the Star Wars universe you have in your own collections, whether it's art, LEGO, figures, or vintage toys!

    Tested From Home: LEGO Builds and Camera Test!

    Norm checks in with a weekend show and tell of two unique LEGO builds: one an official crowdfunded LEGO set that was a pilot program for Technic automata, and the second a delightful custom Star Trek starship designed by a fan. It's also a way for us to test an iOS app that allows using an iPhone as a low-latency live camera that can feed directly into an OBS Studio mix. The quality of the connection is surprisingly good!

    Half-Life: Alyx In-Depth Review

    We've played through Half-Life: Alyx, and here's our in-depth and spoiler-free review of Valve's return to the Half-Life universe. We show you how the game takes advantage of VR for exploration, combat, and puzzle design, and discuss how it runs on different virtual reality headsets. No story spoilers or dialogue details here, but you can watch the first hour of gameplay here.

    Configuring a Gaming Laptop for VR and Content Creation

    With a shelter-in-place policy in effect in California, the Tested team is working from home sharing their current projects. Norm checks in with his recent testing and research into gaming laptops powerful enough for VR headsets and video editing, using HP's Omen 15 as an example of a system that uses Intel's Coffee Lake H processor and Nvidia's mobile RTX graphics card.

    Hands-on with The Room VR: A Dark Matter

    We play through the first two levels of the upcoming VR puzzle game The Room: A Dark Matter. Based on the popular series of mobile puzzle games, this atmospheric take on virtual reality escape room is full of intricately-designed puzzles and a-ha moments. Here's a spoiler-free look at how it plays and why we're excited for its release!

    HTC Vive Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate Review

    With HTC's announcement of a family of Vive Cosmos virtual reality headsets, we revisit the Cosmos to see how it's held up and test the new external tracking faceplate that gives it SteamVR Lighthouse tracking. Plus, an interview with HTC about the state of Cosmos tracking updates, modular faceplate strategy, and future of VR for the company!

    Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands-On Impressions!

    The flip phone is back! We go hands-on with the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Z Flip smartphone, which has a 6.7-inch OLED display that's apparently made of foldable glass. Plus, we check out the 100X "Space Zoom" camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra flagship from the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event!

    The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners VR Impressions

    Released this week, this full-length survival horror game is one of the most engrossing VR experiences we've played. After playing several hours of the campaign, we share our favorite parts of the game's combat, crafting, and survival systems and which elements make the best use of virtual reality.

    Show and Tell: Relio² Desktop Lighting System

    Tested Producer Joey is back to share a his experiences with a new lighting system designed for desktop and studio use. He's been using the new Relio², a self-contained package of modular LED lights that precisely replicate natural lighting though laboratory calibration. Here's why not all LED lights are created equal.