VR Roundup – DailyBits April 23rd

SuperData estimates Half-Life: Alyx sales numbers

It’s no surprise that Valve’s long-awaited return to the Half-Life series was going to do well, but now we have a rough idea of how well it sold. SuperData estimates Half-Life: Alyx generated $40.7m in revenue making it one of the best selling VR exclusive titles ever. Over 860K people played Half-Life: Alyx in March – to put this into context, the install base of PC-exclusive VR headsets is estimated to be less than 4M. The Valve Index (which includes a free copy of Half-Life: Alyx) remains sold out in every territory.

VR Ears brings Valve Index-style speakers to other headsets

The VR Ears Kickstarter by Rebuff Reality is bringing off-ear speakers to all major VR headsets. The Valve Index was the first VR headset to adopt this audio solution, though VR Ears differentiates itself by being wireless and battery-powered. This allows the VR Ears to be clipped on to basically any VR headset, including the Oculus Rift Quest/S, HTC Vive and even PSVR. Rebuff Reality is asking for £81/$99 for the VR Ears, but if you are one of the first 2,000 people to order you can pick one up for £73/$89. VR Ears is scheduled to release in December 2020.

3dSen VR 0.8 adds support for six new games

3dSen, the NES emulator that converts certain games to 3D for VR headsets, has updated to version 0.8, adding support for six games: Mega Man 3, DuckTales 2, Adventure Island, Ghosts ‘n Goblins, Adventure of Lolo 2, Adventure of Lolo 3. The new update also adds support for two players (with the second player using a monitor), a quick save/load feature and an improved UI which now shows 12 games per page. You can pick up 3dSen VR on sale for £10.84, 30% off the original price.