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‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Review – Valve Delivers One of VR’s Best Games Yet

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After years of quiet development, Half-Life: Alyx is finally here. With hype on all sides—as Valve’s first full-fledged VR game and the first Half-Life game in more than a decade—does it deliver? Read on to find out in our full Half-Life: Alyx review.

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Gabe Newell on Brain-computer Interfaces: ‘We’re way closer to The Matrix than people realize’

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Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve, sat down with IGN for a chat about the company, the promise of VR, and Newell’s most bleeding edge project as of late, brain-computer interfaces (BCI).

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GDC Summer Coming to San Francisco in Early August

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After a string of cancellations by larger vendors amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), this year’s annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) was postponed. Exactly when it would reemerge, we weren’t sure. Now, GDC organizers say a summer conference will kick off in its place.

Facebook’s Game Developers Showcase Starts Today, Promising New Oculus Reveals

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The 2020 Game Developers Conference (GDC) would have started today had it not been canned like basically every major expo from here until summer. To compensate, Facebook is hosting what it calls its Game Developers Showcase, and it’s starting today.

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Diorama-style AR Detective Game ‘Glimt’ Arrives on Magic Leap 1, Trailer Here

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Resolution Games, the studio behind Acron: Attack of the Squirrels (2019) and Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs (2019) , today launched their latest game on Magic Leap 1. Called Glimt: The Vanishing at the Grand Starlight Hotel , the detective game arrives today on Magic Leap World for free.

‘Tilt Brush’ Update Adds Direct Sketchfab Export Function

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Tilt Brush (2016), the VR art app from Google, now has the ability to directly export VR creations to Sketchfab , the popular online repository for 3D models. Tilt Brush has had the ability to import from Sketchfab for some time now, although the process of exporting has been manual.

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26 VR Apps for Remote Work, Education, Training, Design Review, and More

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One of VR’s biggest strengths is the ability to make those at a distance feel like they’re physically near each other.

HP Teases New Reverb G2 Headset Made in Collaboration with Valve

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HP today announced it is building a new VR headset, called Reverb G2, in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft. There’s very little to go on, as the only thing available right now is a single teaser video.

Sega Saturn Classic ‘Panzer Dragoon’ is Coming to VR in All-new Game

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The Panzer Dragoon series for Sega Saturn, enshrined as an early 3D classic back in the mid-90s, is coming to VR. Japanese studio Wildman Inc. is looking to revisit the series in a VR shooter, tentatively called Panzer Dragoon Voyage Record.

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New Valve Index Stock Lasts Less Than a Day, Backorders Reach Eight Weeks or More

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After making new Index stock available today after more than a month of the hardware being sold out, most regions saw the headset and other hardware quickly backordered by eight weeks or more.

HTC Discontinuing Vive Pro and Vive Focus in Favor of Newer Iterations

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HTC is discontinuing its Vive Pro and Vive Focus headsets in favor of newer versions of the headsets. The change helps streamline the company’s smattering of headsets.

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Report: AR Startup Magic Leap is Looking for a Buyer

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Magic Leap, the multi-billion dollar AR startup, could be exploring the possibility of a sale, a Bloomberg report maintains, citing people familiar with the matter. Other options reportedly under consideration are potential partnerships and a stake sale.

HTC is Hosting Its Next Developer Conference in VR Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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The recent coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has stymied many of the industry’s most important conferences and expos this year. To avoid this, HTC today announced it will be holding its next Vive Ecosystem Conference (VEC) from within virtual reality.

HTC’s VR Lineup Now Includes 11 Headset Packages and Its Modular Strategy is a Mess

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With the re-introduction of the company’s Cosmos VR headsets with four different variants, HTC’s Vive lineup has become a confusing mess with 11 different headset packages to choose from.

Report: Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ is Coming to PSVR Soon

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Google has taken its sweet time bringing its VR creation app Tilt Brush (2016) to PSVR, although having recently slimmed down the app to fit on the modest mobile chipset of Oculus Quest may have given the company needed incentive to finally launch on PSVR.

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New SteamVR Home Environments Are Your First Look Inside ‘Half-Life: Alyx’

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For those that pre-ordered the game, Valve has brought two Half-Life: Alyx environments to SteamVR Home, giving players their first chance to step inside the game. Even if you didn’t pre-order the game, it’s still easy to check out the new environments by joining a user-hosted room.

‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Breaks Concurrent User Record for VR Game on Steam

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Half-Life: Alyx (2020) launched yesterday on Steam, which not only symbolizes Valve’s first dip back into the Half-Life franchise from over a decade, but also marks it as their first full-fledged VR title. You might not be too surprised to learn that Half-Life: Alyx broke some serious records on the platform yesterday too. Update (11:00 AM ET) : Valve appears to back up these numbers, as displayed by Steam’s own game stats.

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Sketchfab Launches Public Domain Program so Museums Can Share Cultural Relics in 3D

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Sketchfab is a great resource for developers looking for a place to share and download 3D models—all of which can be viewed in VR headsets.

JDI Starts Mass Production on 1,058 ppi High Pixel Density LCD for VR Glasses

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Japan Display Inc. JDI), a display conglomerate created by Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi, today announced the mass production of a new high pixel density, 2.1-inch 1,058 LCD display created for VR ‘glasses’ style headsets.

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You Can Now Cast Oculus Quest to Xbox One with AirServer

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AirServer , the casting software for Xbox One, received an update a few weeks ago that now lets users cast the view from inside the Oculus Quest to Xbox One without the need of a Chromecast device. The paid app is able to cast audio and video from Quest at 720p or 1080p at 60fps.

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Sandbox is Building an SDK so Anyone Can Create for Its VR Attraction Platform

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Sandbox VR, the location-based VR attraction, will be opening up to third-party developers soon, as the company will be releasing an SDK for its Sandbox ‘holodeck’ VR attraction platform.

This Developer Turned His Apartment Into a VR Game

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Playing VR games is a great way to stay active, both mentally and physically. But when all is said and done, you’re still only traversing around a pretty small footprint—even smaller if you’re stuck in an apartment.

OpenXR Coming to Quest & Rift Developers Soon in Prototype Release

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Facebook today announced that a prototype version of OpenXR , the royalty-free open standard from The Khronos Group, will be available to Oculus Quest and Rift developers in an update coming later this month.

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These Are the Countries Where You Can Still Buy Quest & Rift S Direct From Oculus

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With a successful holiday season under its belt, Facebook was no doubt looking forward to resupplying its retail partners with more Oculus Quest & Rift S stock.

Watch All of Facebook’s GDC 2020 Developer Talks Here

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The Game Developers Conference (GDC) was supposed to take place this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, however it was postponed amidst the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) alongside basically every conference relevant to the industry this year.

Rift S Globally Out of Stock Prior to ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Launch, Here’s Your Alternatives

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Looking for an Oculus Rift S? You may be disappointed to hear that the $400 PC VR headset is now officially sold out globally. We have a few alternatives you might consider though.

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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.

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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More Than 20 Oculus Quest Titles Have Surpassed $1M in Revenue

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Facebook today announced that 20 Oculus Quest games have broken the $1 million revenue mark, a big milestone for the VR industry as a whole.

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Preview: ‘The Room: A Dark Matter’ Sets a New Bar for VR Puzzle Games

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The Room: A Dark Matter is an upcoming VR puzzler from Fireproof Games , the same minds behind The Room (2014), its beloved predecessor for PC and mobile, and VR shooter-adventure Omega Agent (2016).

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Sony to Detail PlayStation 5 Tomorrow in ‘Deep Dive’ Info Dump

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Sony is bringing its next-gen PlayStation console to market in time for holiday season this year, but there’s still plenty of question marks left. That’s hopefully about to change tomorrow.

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This WebXR App Helps You Visualize the Global Infection Rate of Coronavirus

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Coronavirus, otherwise known as the 2019 novel coronavirus, is primarily affecting China.

HTC Reveals Vive Proton, a Compact Standalone VR Headset Prototype

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As if announcing three new Cosmos headsets wasn’t enough, HTC today also revealed Vive Proton.

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VR Action Game ‘Sword Reverie’ Feels Like a Love Letter to ‘Sword Art Online’, Trailer Here

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Isekai Entertainment, a Seattle-based indie studio, released the first trailer for its upcoming action game Sword Reverie, a JRPG-inspired title that feels like a heartfelt love letter to the popular anime/manga Sword Art Online (SAO).

New iPad Pro Gets LiDAR Scanner for Improved AR

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LiDAR, the light detection and ranging technology, is usually found in commercial and industrial equipment for things like 3D scanning buildings, land, and other objects.

‘Half-Life: Alyx’ is the Best Rated PC Game of 2020 & Best Rated Steam VR Game of All Time

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There was a lot riding on Half-Life: Alyx. Not only is it Valve’s first Half-Life game in more than a decade, it is also the studio’s first full fledged VR title. By the measurable reactions from critics and players alike, the game seems to have delivered against the odds. There was so much pre-release hype surrounding Half-Life: Alyx that I was personally worried that expectations had become entirely unrealistic.

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Mind-bending VR Art Showcase ‘Museum of Other Realities’ Exits Early Access

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The Museum of Other Realities (MOR) first launched into Early Access on PC VR headsets in June 2019, bringing with it a curated selection of multi-sensory art pieces from some of the medium’s most talented illustrators, animators, and engineers.