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Facebook Says It Has Developed the ‘Thinnest VR display to date’ With Holographic Folded Optics

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Facebook published new research today which the company says shows the “thinnest VR display demonstrated to date,” in a proof-of-concept headset based on folded holographic optics.

Facebook Develops AI Supersampling to Boost Rendering Performance for High-resolution VR Headsets

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Facebook has developed an AI-assisted method for supersampling real-time rendered content, something that could become an integral addition to games coming to future generations of high-resolution VR headsets.

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‘Onward’ is Coming to Oculus Quest July 30th with PC VR Cross-play, Trailer Here

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Downpour Interactive and Coatsink today announced that Onward , the VR tactical shooter, is coming to Oculus Quest on July 30th.

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Google Acquires North, the Startup Behind ‘Focals’ Smartglasses

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Google today confirmed in a blog post that it’s acquired North, the Canada-based smartglasses maker behind Focals. The acquisition price wasn’t disclosed, however early reports suggested it was around $180 million.

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‘Iron Man VR’ Review – VR Gets Its First Great Superhero Game

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Iron Man VR is far from the first VR superhero game out there—in fact, it isn’t even the first Marvel VR game—but with unique mechanics, strong storytelling, and a full course of content, it’s the first great VR superhero game.

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‘Star Citizen’ Dev on VR Support: “I have no doubt we will get there”

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Star Citizen , the space adventure game seemingly in perpetual Early Access, has been committed to adding VR support since well before consumer headsets existed.

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‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ to Support PSVR & PC VR at Launch This Fall, Trailer Here

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Star Wars: Squadrons is an upcoming first-person dog fighter that’s set to release on PC and consoles this fall. As luck would have it, both PSVR and PC VR owners will also be able to play the game when it arrives.

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Electronic Music Pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre to Host Concert in ‘VRChat’ This Weekend

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Pioneering French musician Jean-Michel Jarre is performing live on a virtual stage in social VR platform VRChat this weekend.

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‘Bigscreen’ Now Lets You Watch Your Own Video Files on All Supported Platforms

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Bigscreen today released an update that brings to the social VR viewing platform a video player that lets you watch your own video files. Yes, even on Oculus Quest.

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‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ to Support HOTAS, No Mention of VR Motion Controllers

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Star Wars: Squadrons is EA’s upcoming dogfighting game from a galaxy far far away, and it’s going to include VR support when it launches on consoles and PC in the fall.

EA: Playing ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ in VR Will Be “more like being a real pilot”

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Star Wars: Squadrons is coming to PC, consoles, and VR headsets on October 2nd. And while we got our first look at gameplay of the upcoming dogfighter in a special premier last night, it’s still not entirely clear what’s at stake for VR players.

Now Anyone Can Buy HoloLens 2 Direct from Microsoft

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HoloLens 2 has been available to Microsoft business partners and developers since last year, however anyone else interested in the augmented reality headset would have to jump through a few hoops first to get their hands on the device.

Quest’s Hand-tracking is Making It Possible to Learn Basic Sign Language in VR

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There’s no comprehensive app out there yet for learning sign language in VR, however a student at the computer science department of the Bern University of Applied Science is using Oculus Quest’s native hand-tracking to see just how close we might get to achieving that goal with today’s tech.

Kat VR Announces Kickstarter for At-home VR Treadmill ?KAT WALK C?

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Kat VR, the China-based company known for kickstarting its original Kat Walk VR treadmill in 2015, is once again returning to the crowdfunding platform to launch a new product later this month, this time serving up a VR treadmill called ‘Kat Walk C’ that promises to appeal to at-home consumers.

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Virtual Concert Platform ‘Wave’ Secures $30M in Series B Funding

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Wave , the social VR platform and virtual music venue, today announced a $30 million Series B funding round, putting its total funding to $40 million to date. The funding round was led by Maveron with participation from Griffin Gaming Partners.

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‘Population: One’ to Begin Invite-only Playtesting on Oculus Quest

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BigBox VR announced that its upcoming VR battle royale shooter Population: One is heading back into invite-only playtesting soon, this time focusing on Oculus Quest.

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Report: ‘Minecraft’ PSVR Support Could Arrive Soon

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Minecraft , one of the most influential games to support nearly every modern gaming device in history, may be coming to PSVR soon. Games publication MP1st reports that an internal developer build of the game on PS4 launched yesterday, update 2.03.

‘Project CARS 3’ to Include PC VR Support at Launch This Summer

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Project CARS 3, the upcoming sequel to the racing simulator franchise, is set to include VR support when it launches this summer on PC.

‘vTime’ is Helping Vulnerable Kids in the UK to Continue Vital Social Care in VR

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In the face of the ongoing lockdown, vTime today announced its created a private version of its social AR/VR platform, vTime XR , which is designed to help social care continue in the UK for families and vulnerable children.

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Qualcomm Reveals Plan to Help Commercialize Lightweight, 5G-enabled AR & VR Headsets

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Today, at an online version of this year’s Augmented World Expo (AWE), Qualcomm announced that it’s partnered with a number of global telecoms, smartphone companies, and AR/VR headset manufacturers to deliver 5G-enabled, smartphone-driven headsets to consumers and enterprise customers.

Admix Secures $7M Funding to Bring “non-intrusive” Ads to VR & AR Games

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Admix, the in-game advertisement platform, today announced it’s raised $7 million in its series A financing round. The news was first reported by Tech Crunch.

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Former HTC CEO Unveils 5G-enabled VR Headset & Social VR Platform

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At a special event in Taipei, Taiwan, HTC cofounder and former CEO Peter Chou today revealed the first products from the new startup XRSPACE. It’s serving up both its own 5G-enabled standalone VR headset as well as a new social VR platform which appears to compete with Facebook Horizon.

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Pimax’s Long-awaited Eye & Hand Tracking Modules Shipping to Backers “in a month”

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Pimax has announced that both eye and hand tracking modules, both of which were included as stretch goals in its original 2017 Pimax “8K” headset Kickstarter, are shipping out to backers soon.

Facebook Shows Prototype AR/VR Interface Designed to Replace Your Laptop

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In light of the global pandemic, Facebook announced last week it was making way for more productivity and collaboration apps on the Oculus Store to help bridge businesses together in a time of social distancing.

VR Woodworking Game ‘vrkshop’ Headed to Steam Early Access in July

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Building something with your own two hands out of wood can be rewarding, but also messy, difficult, and not always practical depending on where you live. In the upcoming Early Access game vrkshop , you’ll get a chance to learn and put your woodworking skills to the test.

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Rumor: Leaked HP Reverb G2 Images Show Four-camera Tracking, New Controllers

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Images published by known Microsoft leaker ‘WalkingCat’ have revealed a new VR headset sporting the HP logo, which looks very similar to the company’s previously revelead G2 Windows VR headset teased back in March.

HTC Announces ‘Vive XR Suite’ a Bundle of VR Apps for Remote Productivity

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HTC today announced the Vive XR Suite, a bundle of five enterprise-focused VR applications which are unified under a single login. The company has tapped the likes of VRChat , Museum of Other Realities , and ENGAGE to offer businesses a range of VR services to choose from.

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Apple is Snapping up Many of Magic Leap’s Former Employees

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It seems now that many of Magic Leap’s recently laid-off employees are helping Apple with its own AR headset ambitions. Magic Leap was in hot water earlier this year, as reports surfaced that the well-funded startup was searching for a buyer.

One Month After the ?Half-Life: Alyx? Surge, SteamVR Usage on Steam Has Remained

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The release of Half-Life: Alyx (2020) on Steam in late March brought along with it nearly one million additional monthly-connected VR headsets, a record gain in SteamVR users.

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Valve Adds Experimental Stereo-correct Passthrough View to Index

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Valve’s Index headset has had a passthrough view feature since launch, but the company has just released an experimental update which aims to make the view through the cameras more realistic by creating a synthetic image that more closely matches what your eyes should actually see.

Valve Releases OpenXR Preview for Steam Game Developers

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Valve just took a big step in prepping Steam game developers for the full arrival of OpenXR, the new industry-wide open standard for AR and VR headsets. Developers can now download a beta version that will let them start integrating OpenXR apps into SteamVR.

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Fourth Annual VR Awards to be Held in ‘VRChat’ This Year

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In a time of conscientious social distancing, virtual reality has made large-format gatherings a possibility, albeit remotely.

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Oculus’ John Carmack Got ‘Minecraft’ Working on Quest, But the Project Was Abandoned

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It seems legendary programmer and Oculus Consulting CTO John Carmack has tried to bring Minecraft to every Oculus headset in existence. That includes Oculus Quest, and although we still don’t have a proper port, it certainly wasn’t for the lack of trying.

Facebook’s ‘Oculus for Business’ Quest Enterprise Platform is Finally Openly Available

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Facebook today announced that its Oculus for Business program is finally openly available. The program, which was announced more than a year ago, was slow to roll out as Facebook dealt only with a small number of select partners.

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‘Puzzle Bobble’ VR Game Coming to Quest from ‘Creed: Rise to Glory’ Studio

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Survios, the studio behind Creed: Rise to Glory (2018) and Raw Data (2017), announced its currently developing a VR version of the ’90s tile-matching arcade puzzle game Puzzle Bobble (1994).

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‘Virtua Sonic’ Fan Experience Brings Sonic the Hedgehog to VR

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Want to step into the iconic red boots of Sonic the Hedgehog? This fan-built VR experience will let you do just that, and with some serious attention to detail that Sonic fans are sure to appreciate.

10 VR Flight Combat Games to Hone Your Skills Ahead of ‘Star Wars: Squadrons’

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Looking to dust off your flying skills before jumping into the cockpit of an X-wing or TIE fighter?

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