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GDC 2019: Trover Saves The Universe Kept Me Laughing Through The Whole Demo

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It’s not every day that you get a press release that starts with the phrase, “Hold on to your butts,” but when there’s a new Squanch Games release from Justin Roiland and company on the horizon you expect as much.

Vive Focus Plus Costs $800 & Will Ship Worldwide Next Month

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In February, HTC unveiled its full 6DOF version of the company’s standalone VR headset targeted at enterprise users, Vive Focus Plus. Now, the company has officially announced pricing and availability for the headset and controller bundle.

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No Man’s Sky VR Finally Coming To PSVR And SteamVR This Summer (Update)

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It’s been a long time coming but today we can finally say No Man’s Sky VR is real. Developer Hello Games announced the title today on Sony’s State of Play broadcast. This version of the game is coming to Sony’s PSVR headset.

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ODG Filing Points to Magic Leap Acquisition of Auctioned Patent Assets

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In case you thought the long and unfortunate story of ODG was over, hold on, there's one last chapter to tell. As we reported in January, ODG's remaining patent assets were put up for auction, but the buyer was never revealed.

Valve Psychologist: Brain-computer Interfaces Are Coming & Could Be Built into VR Headsets

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Valve’s resident experimental psychologist Dr. Mike Ambinder took the stage at GDC 2019 today for his talk on the state of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and how they’ll inform the future of game design.

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#SXSW2019 – What does Augmented Reality Sound Like?

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Tech Trends checks out the AR Bose Frames as we wrap up our coverage of the South by Southwest 2019 festival in Austin. . By Laura Kobylecky. In addition to the regular programming of sessions, SXSW also attracts brands looking to launch exclusive products.

Nintendo Labo: VR Kit Includes Over 64 Games & Experiences

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Nintendo’s 4th Toy-Con release is absolutely massive. It was just over two weeks ago Nintendo made the unexpected announcement of the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con: VR Kit.

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‘No Man’s Sky’ is Getting Full VR Support for PSVR, Rift, and Vive

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No Man’s Sky , the galactic sandbox game which launched back in 2016, is getting full VR support for PSVR, Rift, and Vive. The announcement comes after many requests from fans of the game to bring VR support to the title.

Oculus reveals the Rift S: all you need to know

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Today at GDC, after a lot of rumors, Oculus has finally unveiled the successor of the Oculus Rift CV1: the Rift S.

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HP Reverb Is The Best Windows Mixed Reality Headset Yet

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HP unveils their ultra comfortable VR headset at HP Reinvent global partner conference. The Windows Mixed Reality platform has seen its fair share of ups and downs since the introduction of Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and HP third-party headsets back in October of 2017.

GDC 2019: Espire 1: VR Operative Is A Great Mix Of Action And Stealth

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Espire 1: VR Operative is still one of our most anticipated VR games and at this point it should only be mere months away.

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NBA Update Delivers Live Games & Player Comparison Stats in Magic Leap App

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It's a magical time of year for basketball fans, with the NCAA Tournament in full swing and NBA frontrunners in the midst of their push to clinch spots in the playoffs. To capitalize on the season, Magic Leap is making its own push, highlighting new features in the NBA app for Magic Leap One.

Sony Announces 4.2 Million PlayStation VR Units Sold

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Sony today revealed its latest PlayStation VR sales milestone of 4.2 million units. The company says this figure represents headsets ‘sold through’ to consumers, as opposed to total outstanding units that might still be in the hands of distributors.

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Charlie Fink on his new book Convergence and the future of XR

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When I think about great XR journalists, one of the first names that come to my mind is always Charlie Fink.

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TeamViewer Offers Remote Customer Assistance Through AR

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Providing on-site quality assistance through smartphone technology. Anyone who’s had the pleasure of dealing with customer service during a complex situation will tell you the horrors of communicating an issue over the phone.

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GDC 2019: Beat Saber On Oculus Quest Feels Incredible

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I’ve played a lot of Beat Saber across the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PSVR versions of the game. I’ve beaten every officially released song on Expert, a few on Expert+, and play a lot of custom downloaded tracks.

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7-Eleven Delivers an Assist to BodyArmor Drink with Augmented Reality Promotion for NCAA Basketball Tournament

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Now that the NCAA Basketball Tournament is underway, 7-Eleven has decided to launch an augmented reality experience to remind basketball fans where they can quench their thirst throughout March Madness.

OptiTrack Shows Hundreds of Simultaneously Tracked Objects in a Single VR Experience

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OptiTrack at GDC last week showed off a demonstration of their enterprise/commercial tracking technology which is capable of accurately tracking hundreds of objects simultaneously in real-time.

#SWXW2019 – Augmenting ARt

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Brian Behm is an Artist Using the world as his canvas and digital elements as brushtrokes. Tech Trends catches up to him at South by Southwest in Austin. . By Laura Kobylecky. Brian Behm is here at The South by Southwest Conference in Austin as both a speaker and mentor.

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GDC 2019: Oculus Rift S Officially Confirmed, Arrives Spring 2019

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Oculus’ latest PC VR headset features a higher resolution and five camera inside-out tracking. After months of speculation, Oculus has officially unveiled the latest addition to their hardware lineup, Oculus Rift S.

Oculus Rift S Hands-On: Facebook’s New PC VR Headset Takes Small But Important Steps

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Five years ago Mark Zuckerberg directed Facebook to purchase Oculus VR for $3 billion. This was the state of consumer VR in 2014. In 2016, the first consumer Rift shipped for VR-ready PCs. Facebook encountered fierce competition.

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Magic Leap & Weta Workshop Preview Multiplayer Mode for Dr. Grordbort's Invaders at GDC

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Visitors to the Unity booth at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco will get a special augmented reality treat courtesy of Magic Leap and Weta Workshop.

Oculus Rift S Revealed with Inside-out Tracking, Resolution Bump, & New Ergonomics

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Oculus today announced the new Rift S headset which ditches external tracking sensors in favor of a five-camera inside-out tracking system. The headset also gets a slight bump in resolution over the original Rift while moving from OLED to LCD displays.

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#SXSW2019 – Magic Leap and FLOOD

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Mixed Reality creates a magical soundscape at South by Southwest. By Laura Kobylecky. The couch is covered with a mysterious grass. It sways slightly. It glows, beautiful and ominous. A large bell-shaped plant is growing from a small table. It grows under my grip.

Sony Files Patent For Wireless PSVR Device

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Sony looks to cut the cord on console VR. . According to a new patent filed by Sony, the company is looking into wireless functionality for the next iteration of their PSVR headset.

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Space Junkies Goes Into Cross-Play Open Beta On PSVR, PC VR Tomorrow

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Good news! You’ll have a chance to try out Ubisoft’s exciting new zero gravity VR shooter, Space Junkies , this weekend. Even better news: you can do so for free and with cross-play! The multiplayer game is getting an open beta just ahead of launch.

Angry Birds Returns to Its Mobile Roots with 'Isle of Pigs' Augmented Reality Game

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After launching its first augmented reality title for Angry Birds on the Magic Leap One, Rovio has doubled back to the platform that made its franchise famous.

HP ‘Reverb’ is the New High-res Headset on the Block, Starting at $600

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HP today announced Reverb (formerly codenamed ‘Copper’), the successor to the company’s first Windows VR headset. Reverb’s high res displays raise the bar on pixel density among consumer VR headsets.

Vive Ecosystem Conference: info on program and registration

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This year I am going to be a speaker at the Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen , where I will also showcase a game of ours of NTW (Yeah!).

GDC 2019: HTC Announces Lip-Tracking Dev Kit For Vive Pro

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Say cheese, facial-tracking is heading to Vive Pro & Vive Pro Eye. This week HTC Vive America’s Vice President of Product and Operations–Vinay Narayan–revealed plans for a developer kit that adds lip-tracking capabilities to the HTC Vive Pro & Vive Pro Eye.

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Nintendo Switch Labo VR Features Over 64 Games, First Trailer Revealed

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Missed the news? Nintendo’s getting into VR. At least, it sort of is. Later this year the beloved gaming company will launch a Nintendo Switch Labo VR Kit. It’s a set of cardboard peripherals that you make yourself. One forms a Google Cardboard-style headset to plug the Switch into.

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WarDucks Lands $3.8 Million Funding for Location-Based Augmented Reality Gaming, Adds Legendary Doom Developer

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With plans to compete with Niantic and other augmented reality game developers, game developer WarDucks has closed a $3.8 million funding round. According to Venture Beat, EQT Ventures led the round, with Suir Valley Ventures and other investors also participating.

‘Blood & Truth’ to Launch on PSVR in May, Pre-orders Now Available

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As a part of Sony’s inaugural ‘State of Play’ webseries, the company today announced that the upcoming action shooter for PSVR Blood & Truth finally has a release date. The game is headed exclusively to PSVR May 28th, 2019.

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Magic Leap NBA app puts up multiple virtual screens in your room

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Virtual and augmented reality are most often associated with games but that dismisses too easily the non-gaming applications of the technology. One of the most common is the ability to put up more screens than you can have room or budget for actual physical monitors.

Manus VR Launches VR Training Development Studio

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‘Studio’ offers immersive, easy-to-learn VR training with Manus VR Gloves.

Obduction Dev Cyan Launches Kickstarter For Next VR Game, Firmament

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Cyan Worlds, the developer behind VR adventure game Obduction and, of course, Myst is back. But the developer’s new VR game, Firmament, needs your help to become a reality. Today, Cyan launched a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its latest project.

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VR startup lets users walk in others’ shoes

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This Friday, New York City-based multimedia startup Walk In My Shoes Media is launching a VR platform that uses immersive storytelling to make a social impact and promote inclusivity.