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Google Brings Web-based AR to Chrome in Latest Beta

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Last week Google released a beta of Chrome 81 for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows, which means a stable version is just around the corner. One of the most important updates to arrive in Chrome 81 is the ability to use web-based AR apps.

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JDI’s Small VR LCD Enters Mass Production, Could Mean More Compact Headsets Soon

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inch made-for-VR LCD panel, the same likely used in Huawei’s ultra compact VR Glass, has now entered mass production. The size of current VR headsets is primarily dictated by what field of view current lenses can achieve (without uncorrectable distortion) with a given panel size.

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Masterpiece VR CEO: 3D modeling in VR is 10x faster than on flat screen

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Masterpiece VR is one of the best VR 3D modeling softwares because it lets you create 3D elements easily and also animate them, all in virtual reality, all in an intuitive way. It is a professional application , and many people in the field are already using it.

Somnium Space Launches Social VR Platform Powered By Ethereum Blockchain

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Own virtual land and design your own home in Somnium 2.0. Somnium Space is an open-source social VR world powered by blockchain and shaped entirely by its users, allowing them to buy digital land where they can build VR homes and buildings.

Apple Attacks Snapchat's Shoppable AR with Apple Pay Button & Other Custom Actions for AR Quick Look Content

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Snapchat is probably used to Facebook copying its features by now, but Apple borrowing a page out of its playbook is likely a bit more surprising.

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Half-Life: Alyx launches on March, 23rd!

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My dear VR “komrades” (as in Red Matter ), finally we have a release date for Half-Life: Alyx ! The day that the VR world will halt is March, 23rd. That day, the VR apocalypse will start and I guess that no one is going to work.

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Dreams PSVR Support Is ‘Nearly Done’, Release ‘As And When We Can’ – Media Molecule

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Today marks the release of long-anticipated PS4 exclusive, Dreams. After seven years of anticipation, betas and Early Access, anyone can pick up a copy and start making their own games, or play other people’s. But where’s the Dreams PSVR support?

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How A Small Handful Of Adorable Dragons Are Leading The Way For VR Pets

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Beast Pets demonstrates how virtual companions can have a genuine emotional impact on users. “Go Go fetch, Tux!” I knew he couldn’t fully understand me, but nevertheless Tux made his way over to the red and white ball I had just thrown across the small park.

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Sea Shepherd's Web-Based Augmented Reality Experience Spotlights the Damage Done by the Fishing Industry

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Augmented reality's status as a new storytelling medium has already led to the reinvention of filmmaking and journalism. Now, AR is helping non-profits draw attention to their respective causes.

The XR Week Peek (2020.02.17): Half-Life Alyx will launch on March, 23rd, MWC has been canceled and much more!

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On this special day, let’s all talk about AR and VR! Top news of the week. Image by Valve Corporation). Half-Life Alyx is going to launch on March, 23rd. With a tweet on its account, Valve has announced that the most awaited VR game of the year, Half-Life: Alyx is going to be released on March, 23rd.

Oxford VR Picks up $12.5M in Funding for Its VR-based Therapy Platform

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Virtual reality therapy startup Oxford VR today announced its secured $ 12.5 million in Series A financing to further its research and development into VR-based therapy programs. The latest funding round was led by Optum Ventures and supported by Luminous Ventures.

Star Wars: Vader Immortal Was Nearly A Very Different Type Of VR Experience

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ILMxLAB’s Star Wars: Vader Immortal episodic series was one of our favorite VR experiences of 2019. But it was almost a very different piece entirely.

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Unity’s Latest Trends Report Declares 2020 Will Be A Breakthrough Year For VR And AR

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15 industry experts contributed their perspective on why we’re approaching a tipping point with Enterprise XR. This looks to be the year where we move beyond tentative experimentation into scalable deployment of immersive tech in the workplace.

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Hulu Follows Instagram's Viral Sensation with Branded 'What Should I Watch' Lens on Snapchat

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The "what (blank) are you" augmented reality filters on Instagram have become so popular that more and more Hollywood giants are following the augmented reality-powered social media meme train, with the latest example coming via Snapchat.

Enterprise XR is Coming of Age

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Unity’s Latest Trends Report Declares 2020 will be a Breakthrough Year for XR. 15 Experts weigh in on why we’re reaching a tipping point in spatial computing. This looks to be the year where we move beyond tentative experimentation into scalable deployment of immersive tech in the workplace.

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‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Launches Next Month But Index is Still Sold Out Across the Globe

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Valve’s first flagship VR title, Half-Life: Alyx , is now set to launch on March 23rd but unfortunately the company’s Index VR headset is still just about impossible to buy direct. In the meantime, the shortage has seen secondary markets selling the headset at a 150% price premium.

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The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Makes Top Steam Releases List for January 2020

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Valve released the list of top Steam releases for January 2020 and Skydance Interactive’s The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners made the cut — the only VR title to be featured on the list. The monthly Top Steam Releases list looks at the top 20 games released on Steam each month.

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Facebook Just Bought An AR Startup That’s Building A 3D Map Of The Entire World

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Facebook purchases AR startup Scape Technologies for a reported $40M. The future of Facebook appears to be centered around VR and AR. During Oculus Connect 6 , the company announced Facebook Horizon , a social VR world where you can literally step into a virtual version of your Facebook page.

Ubisoft has developed a Prince Of Persia VR Escape Room

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Prince of Persia: The Dagger Of Time is a Virtual Reality Escape Game set in the world of Prince of Persia which enables you to experience time control. You will be able to experience something impossible in real life: to slow, stop or even rewind time!

Virtual World Somnium Space Rolls out v2.0, Adds Full Body Avatars, Builder & More

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There might be a growing collection of virtual reality (VR) videogames that can off big expansive worlds to explore but if you’re looking for something more akin to Ready Player One’s Oasis then your options are fairly limited.

‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Release Date Set for March 23rd, New Screenshots Revealed

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Half-Life: Alyx finally has a release date and it’s March 23rd. The most anticipated VR game to date is now just one month and ten days away, and Valve has released some new screenshots to whet your appetite.

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Watch: Fan-Made Pokemon VR Oculus Quest Game Is Buggier Than Weedle, But It’s No Snore(lax)

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A wild fan-made Pokemon VR Oculus Quest game has appeared! And it might be buggier than a Weedle, but it’s still a giddy laugh. An Alpha version of Pokemon VR, as the game is simply called, went live this week for sideloading onto Quest headsets. Pokemon VR Oculus Quest Is Here.

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Half-Life: Alyx Official Release Date Announced, New Screenshots Revealed

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I don’t think there’s ever been more hype surrounding the release of a VR game than there has been for Half-Life: Alyx these past few months. Now, roughly two weeks away from the previously announced launch window—Valve has finally revealed the games’ official release date: March 23rd.

Half-Life: Alyx available March 23, 2020

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Half-Life: Alyx, available March 23, 2020 [link] pic.twitter.com/Q04EZwNfBt — Valve (@valvesoftware) February 13, 2020 "Pre-order bonuses for anyone who has purchased a Valve Index will start rolling out the week of March 2, beginning with Steam VR Home environments inspired by locations in Half-Life: Alyx ," Valve announced today. "We will have more information on upcoming Valve Index availability soon." Return to City 17 in just six weeks. Follow [link] and [link] for more news. pic.twitter.com/cYStPwAqI0 — Valve (@valvesoftware) February 13, 2020

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CES 2020 Interview: Nolo VR’s 6DoF, 5G Vision

Peter Graham

It’s almost the end of VRFocus’ selection of CES 2020 interviews which have been running for the past few weeks. The massive tech event which starts early every January in Las Vegas had quite the selection of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) products available.

2019 Was a Major Inflection Point for VR—Here’s the Proof

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VR adoption is accelerating thanks to the Oculus Quest. We’ve seen over 100 VR titles break $1 million in revenue, growing the total VR software market by 3x in 2019.

First Worldwide Pistol Whip Tournament To Run In March, Open To Anyone

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The Virtual Athletics League (VAL) is teaming up with Cloudhead Games to launch the first worldwide Pistol Whip tournament, spread across three weekends in March.

Oculus Quest Hand Tracking Game Has You Solving Puzzles By Throwing Your Dismembered Hand

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A proof-of-concept shows how hand tracking technology is bringing new possibilities to VR gaming. Daniel Beauchamp is Head of Virtual and Augmented Reality at Shopify.

One Step Closer to Mass Adoption of AR Headsets Thanks to New Waveguide Technology

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AR headsets are still struggling to reach the mass adoption phase, despite positive market insights. They are still uncomfortable to wear and expensive to manufacture. But this is about to change, thanks to the new Katana waveguides launched by WaveOptics at the beginning of February 2020.

Sony is Still Reportedly Planning to Release PlayStation VR 2 After PlayStation 5 Launch

Peter Graham

It’s been a bit of quiet start to 2020 for PlayStation VR with few videogames coming out and Iron Man VR delayed until May. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) did reveal that 5 million headsets had been sold but a lot of the focus currently is on PlayStation 5.

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‘The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners’ Among Steam’s 20 Top-selling Games Released in January

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The Walking Deal: Saints & Sinners (2020), a VR game based on The Walking Dead comic book series, had its fair share of success when it launched on PC VR headsets late last month.

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