Valve's 'The Lab' VR collection gets global leaderboards, more science

One of the best HTC Vive experiences gets even better as Valve's 'The Lab' gets updated with a few new features.

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Published Mon, Jun 6 2016 12:02 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:59 AM CST

If you own an HTC Vive, chances are incredibly high that you've played Valve's The Lab, an awesome collection of demos showcasing what roomscale VR is all about. Today The Lab gets even better, and even teaches Fetchbot a new trick.

The "Appliance of Science" update is out now, and adds a few gameplay tweaks and fixes to various aspects of gameplay. The most important by far is the addition of global leaderboards and "endless" play modes for Xortex, Slingshot, and Longbow. While these are tragically short slices of what I can only hope will be developed into full game releases someday, they're still ridiculous amounts of fun and adding a layer of competition to the mix only increases their replayability.

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For those of you fond of Fetchbot but not fond of his thieving ways, Valve has also taught him not to steal your new toys from the table. You can also now skip the iconic Valve intro, but I'm not sure why anyone would want to do that.

The Lab is a free offering for all HTC Vive owners, and is easily one of the best VR experiences available today. If you haven't tried it yet, time to make friends with your friendly neighborhood Vive owner.

Jason has been creating compelling content for the internet since 2004, beginning with the award-winning Insomnia Radio Network. More recently, his writing has graced the virtual pages of Forbes and PCWorld. Jason has built up his community by approaching tech coverage from a fun and conversational vantage point, with the goal of making it both educational and entertaining. In 2014 the magical, transformative power of modern virtual reality captivated him, and he's been hopelessly in love with the platform ever since. As TweakTown's resident VR Editor and evangelist, Jason brings his unique voice and experience to the table to add another exciting dimension to an already robust destination.

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