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HP Wants to Enhance Traditional CAD Workflows with “VR Snacking”

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HP is exploring what they’re calling the “VR snacking” concept: a simple way to enhance traditional CAD workflows with the benefits of VR visualization.

HTC Unveils Vive Focus Plus with 6DOF Controllers, Built for Enterprise

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HTC today announced its planning to release a new version of Vive Focus targeted at enterprise users, this time including integrated hardware support for two ultrasonically-tracked 6DOF controllers. Enter Vive Focus Plus, a truly standalone 6DOF VR headset.

Oculus Quest Touch Controllers Hit FCC Preceding Spring 2019 Launch

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Oculus Quest may not have a specific release date yet, although now that both the headset and its Touch controllers have undergone FCC testing, there’s little left standing in the way of the headset’s launch this Spring.

‘Doctor Who’ Virtual Reality Experience to Land on VR Headsets Soon

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The BBC today announced that Doctor Who is getting a VR interactive experience, slated to release on VR headsets sometime this year. Dubbed Doctor Who: The Runaway , fans will get a chance to step into the TARDIS and join the Thirteenth Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker) in virtual reality.

Valve Updated SteamVR Tracking Because ‘Beat Saber’ Players Were Too Fast

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In an interesting case of software pushing the limits of hardware, Valve recently updated SteamVR Tracking code to account for the speed of high-level Beat Saber players. At first glance it might not be apparent, but Beat Saber is an excellent challenge for a VR controller tracking system.

‘Fortnite’s’ Massively Attended Virtual Concert is a Potent Glimpse of VR’s Future

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Epic Games’ Fortnite is steadily moving from ‘just’ a massively popular battle royale game to a cultural touchstone for hundreds of millions of players.

Windows VR Will Soon Run Regular Desktop Apps like Photoshop in VR

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The first chunk of February came with good news for those with Windows VR headsets.

VR Headset Growth on Steam Makes Biggest Leap Yet, Eclipses Linux Steam Users

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It appears that the 2018 holiday shopping season was one of the best ever for PC VR headsets. The latest data released today from Valve shows VR making its single biggest leap yet, on a path toward 1 million monthly-connected headsets.

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Analysis: Monthly Connected VR Headsets on Steam Have Grown Exponentially

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‘Audica’ is an Inventive “VR Rhythm Shooter” From the Studio Behind ‘Rock Band’

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Harmonix, the studio behind many rhythm game hits like Guitar Hero (2005) and Rock Band (2007) , today announced what they’re calling a “VR rhythm shooter” that looks—to be frank—pretty freaking awesome.

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Dark Slope Secures $1.5M to Bring Location-based VR to Toronto

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Dark Slope, a Toronto-based VR/AR developer, today announced the studio has secured $1.5 million in seed funding, which will support the launch of its first location-based VR game Scarygirl Mission Maybee.

Oculus Founder Vows to Create Audio Repair Kit for Rifts Out of Warranty

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Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has since moved on to greener pastures after leaving Facebook in 2017, founding his own border defense firm Anduril Industries. That hasn’t kept him from mulling over some of the niggling issues with the now nearly three year-old Oculus Rift though.

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I Had No Idea How Fast Dragsters Really Are Until I Saw Them in VR

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I’m not a drag racing fan but I’m at least a somewhat familiar with the sport: two cars line up on a short straight course and race to see who reaches the finish line first. I’ve seen some videos, I’ve read some articles, and I’ve seen the scary wipeouts clips.

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Rift Platform Update Now Lets Users Import Custom Home Spaces

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Rift users looking for a change of scenery from the stock cabin model in Oculus Home are in for a surprise, as the company has just pushed an update that now brings user-created spaces to the platform.

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Microsoft Video Teases Likely HoloLens 2 Reveal at MWC Later This Month

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Microsoft is starting to ramping up the teasing for its upcoming press event at MWC on the 24th. A new video today all but confirms that we’ll be seeing HoloLens 2 (or whatever the next iteration is called) at that event.

‘Neos VR’ Update Brings “massive improvements” to User Friendliness, Social Features & More

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Neos VR , the social VR platform, is celebrating a milestone with the release of its 0.8 build, which brings what the creators call “massive improvements” to usability and social features, and integration with its own cryptocurrency.

Report: Leaked Email Reveals Facebook XR Strategy, ‘Our goal is not only to win, but to accelerate its arrival’

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An internal email reportedly sent by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to senior executives offers a glimpse into the strategic thinking behind the company’s feet-first leap into XR following the 2014 acquisition of Oculus.

Leap Motion Reveals Updated Project North Star AR Prototype Design

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Last year Leap Motion, makers of hand-tracking technology, revealed Project North Star , an open-source AR headset prototype design meant to be a test bed for the kind of specs and features that more compact AR headsets will hopefully one day provide.

Varjo Launches VR-1 with Retina-quality Fixed-foveated Display & Eye-tracking, Priced at $6,000

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Varjo today announced the launch of its VR-1 headset. Priced at $6,000, the headset aims to deliver a huge jump in effective resolution with a novel fixed-foveated display that offers unprecedented retina-resolution fidelity at the center of the field of view.

Saab to Further Develop VR Rocket Launcher Simulator

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Saab, a global defense and security company (and former parent company of the car manufacturer of the same name), says that it will further develop a VR experience designed to demonstrate a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher offered by the company.

Oculus Just Made It Easier to Screencast Mobile VR Sessions to Your Phone

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Oculus released screencasting in beta late last year, and while it’s been a great way of letting someone outside of VR see what’s happening during a VR session, the company just made this a lot easier in a recent update to the Oculus Mobile app.

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VR Cameras Now on International Space Station to Capture Space Walks & Missions

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Last month, TIME and Felix & Paul Studios launched VR cameras to the International Space Station (ISS) in a new project to bring viewers an intimate look aboard one of the most exclusive places in human existence.

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How to Watch the Super Bowl in VR With Friends for Free

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One of VR’s greatest strengths is bringing people together in a way that feels far more real that being on a phone call or video chatting. If you’re too far from your favorite sports pals to get together, you can still watch the big game with them provided they have a VR headset handy.

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Founded by CERN Engineers, CREAL3D’s Light-field Display is the Real Deal

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Co-founded by former CERN engineers who contributed to the ATLAS project at the Large Hadron Collider, CREAL3D is a Switzerland-based startup that’s created an impressive light-field display that’s unlike anything in an AR or VR headset on the market today.

Ubisoft’s VR Shooter ‘Space Junkies’ Comes to 100+ Arcades Ahead of Launch

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Ubisoft today announced in a blogpost that a special arcade edition of their upcoming VR shooter Space Junkies has rolled out to “100+ arcades” around the world.

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Zero Latency’s Next Title is Tackling the Challenges of Location-based PVP

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Zero Latency is an Australia-based creator of a VR attraction platform and content. Since its founding in 2013, the company has launched five co-op VR games supporting up to eight players.

Magic Leap’s AI ‘Mica’ Won’t Turn Off Your Lights, Play Your Music, or Give Directions

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Magic Leap today released a blogpost detailing more motivation behind building Mica, the company’s upcoming AI announced at Leap Con last year.

Samsung’s New Galaxy S10 Lineup Announced with Gear VR Support

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Samsung today announced its latest and greatest flagship phone lineup, the Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, and S10 5G. The company has confirmed that all variants of the S10 are compatible with the latest Gear VR headset.

ILMxLAB’s ‘Star Wars: Project Porg’ is Coming Soon to Magic Leap One

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As movie tie-ins go, the Star Wars franchise has it all (even Star Wars -branded fruit at one point). Now, Magic Leap says the porg-tastic AR experience Star Wars: Project Porg is coming “soon” to Magic Leap One.

‘Budget Cuts’ Team Working on PSVR Version, Oculus Quest a Possibility

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Neat Corporation, the team behind Budget Cuts (2018) , revealed today that they’re currently porting the VR stealth adventure to PSVR. Moreover, if everything goes well, it could be coming to Oculus Quest too.

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AT&T, Ericsson & Intel to Showcase ‘The Power of 5G’ with Batman AR/VR Experience Soon

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Mobile World Congress (MWC) is gearing up next week in Barcelona to play host to the latest and greatest in mobile technology, including the presumed Microsoft HoloLens 2. Today AT&T, Ericsson, Intel and Warner Bros.

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‘DiRT Rally 2.0’ is Getting VR Support After All, Coming to Rift This Summer

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It seems some cajoling from both the racing sim community and Oculus itself has gotten through to DiRT Rally (2015) studio Codemasters , because the upcoming sequel, which was once slated to release only on consoles and PC, is now coming to the Oculus platform this summer.

‘Angry Birds VR’ Now Available on Rift & Vive, More VR Platforms Coming Soon

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Resolution Games and Rovio Entertainment today launched the next installment in the Angry Birds series, this time built from the ground-up for VR. Dubbed Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs (2019) , the bird-shooting puzzle game is now available on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Oculus Founder is Giving Away Free Audio Repair Kits for Out-of-warranty Rifts

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Last week we learned Oculus founder and former executive Palmer Luckey was getting ready to release a repair kit for out-of-warranty Rifts that suffer from a manufacturing flaw that results in malfunctioning audio in one (or both) of the headset’s integrated headphones.

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Walmart Brings Tricked Out ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ VR Experience to Select Stores

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‘Asgard’s Wrath’ Gameplay Footage Shows It’s About More Than Just Combat

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After revealing the newest upcoming exclusive from Oculus Studios last week, the team behind the game has revealed a snippet of new gameplay footage that delves into mechanics that go beyond the interactive combat shown in the announcement trailer.

‘Angry Birds VR’ Review — Redefining a Mobile Powerhouse for the Virtual Age

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VR is the Face of Future Entertainment at a Major San Jose Cinemark Theater

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Cinemark, a major US movie theater chain, this week welcomes the SPACES VR attraction to its Century 20 Oakridge theater in San Jose, CA.

Vive Cosmos Hits FCC on Its Way to 2019 Launch

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Vive Cosmos, HTC’s upcoming PC VR headset (which is also likely to support tethering to smartphones), has popped up in FCC listings, suggesting that the company is moving rapidly to bring it to market.

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Meta Shuts Down Amidst Patent Infringement Lawsuit & Asset Liquidation

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Meta , the company behind the Meta 2 tethered AR headset, has shut down amidst a patent infringement lawsuit filed in summer of last year, and a recent asset liquidation that has left the company insolvent.

Hands-on: Vive Focus 6DOF Controllers ‘Chirp’ & ‘FinchShift’ Tested Back-to-Back

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Vive Wave is HTC’s open platform that offers interoperability between several classes of mobile VR headsets and accessories, something the company hopes will help unite a fragmented market.

Report: Microsoft Holding a HoloLens 2 Press Event Next Month

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According to a report from The Verge , an upcoming Microsoft press event is likely to offer the first glimpse of HoloLens 2. Microsoft sent out press invites this week to an event that it will host just ahead of MWC 2019 in Barcelona next month.

Schell Games’ New Title ‘Until You Fall’ Aims to Raise the Bar on VR Sword Combat

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Schell Games, the studio behind VR titles like I Expect You to Die (2016), today announced its next project which promises to “blend various styles of sword fighting to create an intense, real-time combat expe­ri­ence that hasn’t been seen before with VR.”

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