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Facebook Acquires ‘Beat Saber’ Studio Beat Games

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Facebook today announced it has acquired Beat Games, the studio behind the hit VR rhythm game Beat Saber (2018). Beat Games is joining Oculus Studios as an independently operated team based out of Prague.

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Valve Index is Sold Out Following ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Announcement

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Most packages of Index, Valve’s high-end VR headset released earlier this year, are sold out following last week’s announcement of Half-Life: Alyx. If Valve is counting on Half-Life: Alyx being a killer app for VR , early signs suggest they may just get their wish.

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With 10M Views in 24 Hours, ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Has Thrust VR Into the Mainstream Gaming Spotlight

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The modern era of VR has been around in earnest for about three and a half years now. Though it has clearly demonstrated its potential and is slowly growing, adoption has remained niche compared to the broader mainstream gaming industry.

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Valve’s Gabe Newell: ‘We’re excited to return to Half-Life, VR has energized the studio’

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Half-Life: Alyx has finally been revealed with Valve promising a “full-length” Half-Life game “designed from the ground up for virtual reality.” ” On the reveal, Valve founder Gabe Newell says that VR has energized the studio.

‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Trailer Revealed, Release Date Set for March 2020

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Valve today announced Half-Life: Alyx a “full-length VR entry in the award winning series.” ” A new trailer gives the first glimpse of the game, and Valve has also revealed the Half-Life: Alyx release date, price, and headset compatibility. .

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Mojo is Making Contacts Smarter with Its Incredibly Tiny Microdisplay

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Mojo Vision is a company that’s working to produce smart contact lenses, which it hopes in the near future will let users have a non-obtrusive display without needing to wear a pair of smart glasses.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Thinks AR/VR is a Solution to the Housing Crisis

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today laid out a range of topics on which he and his company will focus over the next decade.

‘Stormland’ Review – The New Bar for VR Open-world Adventure

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With Stormland , Insomniac Games set out to figure out if an open-world adventure game could really work in VR. The result? Not just ‘the new bar’, but a rather high one at that (not to mention one of VR’s first great co-op games). Stormland Details: Official Site.

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This ‘Snackable’ Headset Aims to Make VR More Approachable to the Public

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When it comes to public spaces like shops and museums, self-service virtual reality isn’t really a thing yet; first-timers generally need to be told how to put on the headset, how to hold the controllers, and where to stand.

Lenovo Unveils New AR Headset Prototype Aimed at Business Travelers

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At Lenovo’s Tech World conference in Beijing, the Chinese tech giant unveiled a new AR headset prototype that aims to appeal to business travelers on-the-go.

John Carmack Moves to “Consulting CTO” Role to Make Time for Non-Oculus Ventures

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Legendary programmer and Oculus CTO John Carmack today announced he’ll be moving to a “consulting CTO” role in order to reduce his time spent at the company to a “modest slice.” ” This, he says, will make way for him to pursue new ventures outside of VR.

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Experimental ‘Halo Reach’ VR Mod in the Works by Creator of ‘Alien: Isolation’ Mod

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Halo Reach (2010) , the final Halo game from the series’ original developer, Bungie, is coming to PC in December, and could wind up with a VR support through an unofficial mod.

JBD Shows Micro LED Display for AR/VR with Absurd 3,000,000 Nits Brightness

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This week at CES 2020, China-based Jade Bird Display (JBD) revealed its latest portfolio of micro LED displays which the company is positioning as an ideal fit for AR and VR devices.

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‘Job Simulator’ Goes Platinum, Selling Over 1 Million Copies to Date

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Owlchemy Labs has something to celebrate, as the Google-owned VR studio announced that its tongue-in-cheek parody simulator game Job Simulator (2016) has officially broken the one million unit sales mark.

A Three-game VR Workout Routine That’s as Fun as It Is Physical

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VR is finding uses in everything from art and design to training, research, and entertainment. An unexpected byproduct of VR’s immersion is its ability to flip the notion of in-home entertainment being necessarily sedentary.

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Bigscreen’s ‘VR Cinema’ Showing Interstellar, Star Trek, Transformers, & More This Month

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Bigscreen has released the latest lineup of big-name movies premiering this month in its recently released ‘VR Cinema’ feature.

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Nreal Light Developer Kits Now Available for Pre-order, Starting at $1,200

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Nreal made quite the splash at CES earlier this year, showing off its Nreal Light AR headset which made some clear strides to look less like a futuristic helmet and more like a regular pair of sunglasses you might actually wear in public.

VRgineers to Debut Upgraded “8K” XTAL Ultrawide VR Headset at CES 2020

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This week at CES 2020, VRgineers, makers of the enterprise-focused XTAL headset, plan to debut the latest version of their ultrawide FOV headset which will use a 4K display for each eye, which the company calls “8K,” and bring improved lenses and a video passthrough add-on.

Hands-on: Pico ‘VR Glasses’ Prototype is the Most Impressive VR Viewer Yet

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This week at CES 2020, Pico quietly revealed a prototype headset which its calling the Pico VR Glasses.

Hands-on: Pico Neo 2 Could Be the Next Best Standalone After Quest

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At CES this week, Pico unveiled a pair of its latest standalone VR headsets, Neo 2 and Neo 2 Eye. While the company is targeting enterprise customers in the West, the Neo 2 line is eyeing up the same hardware category as Facebook’s Oculus Quest, and doing a solid job at that.

NextMind Unveils $400 Brain-Computer Interface Developer Kit

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NextMind , a Paris-based brain-computer interface (BCI) startup, debuted a $400 neural interface dev kit at CES this week, something the company intends to release to developers in the first half of 2020.

Latest NVIDIA GPUs Get Foveated Supersampling Feature for Sharper VR Games

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VR gamers running NVIDIA’s newest RTX graphics cards will be able to take advantage of a new ‘Variable Rate Supersampling’ (VRSS) feature designed to increase the sharpness of VR games without reducing performance.

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‘Stormland’ Doesn’t Work on SteamVR Headsets via Revive but Could Eventually

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Like all Oculus Studios titles, Stormland officially only supports the Oculus platform. Revive, an unofficial mod, has been a reliable way to get Oculus exclusive games to work on SteamVR headsets like Index and Vive, but Stormland doesn’t work with Revive at launch.

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Colorado State University Has Deployed a 100 Headset VR Lab for Biomedical Education

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Colorado State University has deployed a new VR lab; designed to accommodate up to 100 students simultaneously, the lab’s headsets run custom software which allow students to visualize life-sized virtual cadavers and medical imagery in a shared virtual space.

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ Dev: “we will try our darnedest to make VR support happen”

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Microsoft Flight Simulator seemed like the ideal candidate for VR support when it was unveiled back at E3 2019 in June, however word got out at E3 that the studio hadn’t fully committed to supporting VR headsets at launch.

Microsoft Affirms VR Isn’t a Focus for Xbox Scarlett

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Australian publication Stevivor recently sat down with Xbox head Phil Spencer to broach the subject of whether or not the company’s upcoming next-gen console would be matching Sony’s continued VR ambitions with PlayStation 5.

Source 2 Tools Will Ship with ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ for VR Content from the Modding Community

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Half-Life: Alyx is due to launch in March 2020 ; alongside it, Valve plans to release tools for its Source 2 engine which will let community creators build more VR content for the game and beyond.

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Hands-on: Experiencing Shock & Awe with Teslasuit’s Electro-stimulation Haptics

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Teslasuit is a London-based company that makes an enterprise-focused haptic suit like none other I’ve experienced thus far.

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The Best Oculus Rift S Deal for Black Friday 2019

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We’re keeping an eye on the best Oculus Rift S Black Friday 2019 deals, don’t blink or you might miss the best Rift S sale of the year! The Best Oculus Rift Black Friday 2019 Deal. Image courtesy Oculus.

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Feelreal VR Scent Mask Hits Roadblock Amidst Crackdown on Flavored Vaping Products

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Although the Feelreal scent mask for virtual reality isn’t a nicotine vaping system or e-cigarette, it does vaporize aromatic liquids for user inhalation, which according to the company puts it in same FDA certification bracket as those devices.

‘Boneworks’ Outpaces ‘Beat Saber’ to 100K Units, Earns $3 Million in First Week

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Action-physics adventure game Boneworks released earlier this month to a strong reception despite little formal marketing. The title surpassed 100,000 players in its first week, reeling in an impressive $3 million in revenue despite being available on just one of several key VR platforms.

Google Releases Highly-polished VR Tour of Versailles for Free

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Google Arts & Culture partnered with Château de Versailles to create an extremely detailed VR tour of the iconic French palace, aptly named VersaillesVR – the palace is yours (2019).

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Report: Apple Acquires Motion Capture Firm IKinema

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According to a MacRumor report and regulatory filings with the UK government, Apple may have quietly acquired UK-based motion capture firm IKinema.

Varjo’s ‘Workspace’ Demo is a Glimpse of VR’s Long Term Future in the Workplace

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Finland-based startup Varjo, makers of high-end enterprise VR headsets, has charted a rapid growth, similar to the early years of Oculus. Now with some 150 employees, Varjo wants to make its headset lineup more widely accessible by reducing prices so that smaller businesses can justify the cost.

VR Fitness Startup YUR Secures $1.1M Investment, Releases Calorie-counting Software for Quest

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YUR, a VR fitness company, today announced it’s secured $1.1

Oculus Go Now Permanently Priced at $150, All Supported Countries to See Similar Drop

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Facebook slashed the price of Oculus Go for Black Friday, and kept it for the post-holiday season. Now, the company has confirmed that it’s permanently sticking with that pricing scheme, which comes to $150 for the 32GB version and $200 for the $64GB version.

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With New Headsets & Big Games in 2019, VR is Poised for an Even Better 2020

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After a slow start, 2019 rounded out to be an undeniably strong year for consumer VR, setting up a springboard into a big 2020. Here’s an overview of the major happenings in VR over the last year, and a glimpse of what will come in 2020. 5 Major New Headsets and What They Mean for the Market.

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