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The Future is Now: Live Breakdance Battles in VR Are Connecting People Across the Globe

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If you aren’t paying close attention to VR, you’d have no idea that some insanely futuristic stuff is already happening today. Case in point: VRChat is host to a growing community of people strapping on motion-trackers to have live dance battles in virtual reality.

Valve Reveals Partnership with OpenBCI to Make VR Gaming More Immersive

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In a candid interview with New Zealand’s 1 News, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell sat down to talk all about his future vision for brain-computer interfaces (BCI), and how the technology is set to change everything about how we live (and play) today.

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VR Fencing Trainer Combines a Real Sword with Virtual Instruction

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Easily joining my list of ‘things I didn’t foresee VR being used for’, Fencer is a virtual reality fencing trainer which uses a real fencing sword attached to an Oculus Quest controller to help would-be fencers learn the underlying strategies and movements.

‘Bigscreen’ Launches Ad-supported Movies for Free On-demand Viewing

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Bigscreen today announced is bringing ad-supported movies to the free social viewing platform, which will allow users to watch select films for free.

Report: Apple Could Launch a Standalone VR Headset Sometime Next Year

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According to a report by Bloomberg News , Apple may be planning to release a VR headset with limited AR capabilities as soon as 2022, which is said to be a precursor to its long-rumored, fully-fledged AR device.

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‘Rec Room’ Now Has Over 1 Million Monthly Active VR Users

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It was only a month ago when social VR platform Rec Room reported it crossed the two million annual VR user mark , an important milestone worth celebrating along the app’s five-year journey.

Panasonic Reveals Improved Specs for Its Impressively Compact VR Glasses

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At last year’s CES, Panasonic unveiled a prototype of a pretty sleek pair of VR glasses.

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Analysis: Monthly-connected VR Headsets on Steam Pass 2 Million Milestone

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2020 was a big year for VR on Steam with the release of new headsets, Valve’s flagship VR title Half-Life: Alyx , and the Coronavirus pandemic which drove large increases in gaming.

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11 Tools for Painting, Sculpting, & Animating in VR

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Though gaming is likely VR’s most visible use-case so far, it’s capable of so much more. Creatives are using VR for a wide range of artistic endeavors including painting, drawing, 3D modeling & sculpting, animating and more.

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Facebook’s AR/VR Head Calls for “Big Shift” in How It Deals with User Privacy

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Facebook Reality Labs head Andrew Bosworth released an internal memo, entitled “The Big Shift,” which underlines why the company needs to start building products now that better balance user privacy and user experience.

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‘Beat Saber’ & ‘Job Simulator’ Top PSVR’s Most Downloaded Games of 2020

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PlayStation has released the top 10 list for most-downloaded PS4, PS5 and PSVR games of 2020. It should come as no surprise to anyone that two of the VR industry’s most successful games have nabbed the top two spots: Beat Saber and Job Simulator.

Ubisoft Job Posting Suggests ‘Splinter Cell VR’ Will Have a Multiplayer Mode

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Ubisoft announced late last year that acclaimed stealth shooter franchise Splinter Cell is getting a made-for-VR game. Now, an Ubisoft job posting strongly suggests the studio is creating a multiplayer component for the game.

Exclusive: Tundra Tracker Aims for Smaller, Cheaper Alternative to Vive Tracker for SteamVR Tracking

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Tundra Labs , which makes chips and development kits for devices which use SteamVR Tracking, is building its own tracking accessory for the tracking ecosystem. The company is positioning its Tundra Tracker as a smaller, cheaper, and better alternative to HTC’s Vive Tracker.

CREAL Reveals Its First Light-field AR & VR Headset Prototypes

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Switzerland-based CREAL, which is developing a light-field display, has revealed its first prototype AR and VR headsets. The milestone marks ongoing progress in shrinking the once-bulky tech into something which can be worn on the head.

Valve: Steam Saw 1.7 Million New VR Users in 2020, 71% Increase in VR Game Revenue

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Valve today shared a handful of new stats revealing the growth of VR on Steam over the course of 2020. In an 2020 year-in-review recap of Steam , Valve took note of SteamVR’s growth over the last year. The company said that Steam saw 1.7

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For a Veteran Studio That’s Weathered the Storm, VR Has Become a Lucrative Business

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Having started production on its first title even before the original Oculus Rift DK1 development kit was sent to developers, Canada-based Cloudhead Games is one of the world’s most veteran game studios dedicated to virtual reality.

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Rokid Reveals Vision 2 AR Headset with Waveguide Optics

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AR startup Rokid today unveiled a new AR headset called Rokid Vision 2, which incorporates waveguide optics into an impressively slim package. To achieve its glasses-like form factor, Rokid Vision 2 doesn’t include onboard computing or power.

Facebook Researchers Explore Mechanical Display Shifting to Reduce Screen Door Effect

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Researchers from Facebook Reality Labs and the University of Arizona published new work exploring the use of high-speed mechanical display shifting to reduce the so-called screen-door-effect (SDE) of immersive displays.

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ VR Support Coming to SteamVR Headsets Next Week

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Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) VR support was scheduled to arrive sometime this month, but the wait is nearly over. ASOBO announced that PC VR headset support is coming to the game next week.

Leaked Photos Reveal Possible Lenovo AR Glasses Ahead of CES 2021

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A handful of unverified photos have revealed what appears to be a never before seen pair of AR glasses from Lenovo. Images published by known leaker ‘WalkingCat’ have revealed the new AR headset , sporting the Lenovo’s ThinkReality badge, its enterprise-focused AR/VR product line.

Wacom Unveils VR Pen Built for “the next creative future”

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Wacom , a leader in stylus pens and tablets for creative professionals, unveiled a new device late last month which was built specifically for creators looking to leverage the power of VR. Called Wacom VR Pen, the device is a pressure sensitive stylus controller.

Germany Opens Legal Action Against Facebook Account Requirement for Oculus Headsets

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Today, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) announced it was initiating formal abuse proceedings against Facebook for its controversial policy of requiring new Oculus device owners to use a Facebook account.

Valve’s Next Game Rumored to Have Asymmetric PC vs. VR Structure, ‘Citadel’ Codename

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With the release of Half-Life: Alyx , the first single player game from Valve in nine years, the studio has teased that it’s getting back into the swing of making new games.

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OpenBCI Announces Brain-Computer Interface Designed Specifically for VR/AR Headsets

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OpenBCI, the neurotech company behind the eponymous open-source brain-computer interface (BCI), are making a new hardware and software platform specifically for immersive headsets.

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AR ‘Mario Kart’ Ride to Open at Japan’s Upcoming Super Nintendo World

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Universal Studios Japan today announced the opening date of its long-delayed ‘Super Nintendo World’ in its Osaka-based theme park, which is set to feature a Mario Kart -themed ride including AR headsets.

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The 20 Best Rated & Most Rated Quest Games & Apps – December 2020

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While Oculus doesn’t offer much publicly in the way of understanding how well individual apps are performing across its VR storefronts, it’s possible to glean some insight by looking at apps relative to each other. Here’s a snapshot of the top 20 Oculus Quest games and apps as of December 2020.

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‘Elite Dangerous’ is Going Free on Epic Games Store Next Week

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Frontier Developments’ VR-compatible space sim Elite Dangerous (2014) is going free on the Epic Games Store next week. Starting on Thursday, November 19th and going until the 26th, you’ll be able to download and keep Elite Dangerous for free.

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Parents Who Gift Quest 2 to Kids Under 13 Years Old are in for an Unfortunate Surprise

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Christmas day has come and the evidence suggests that Quest 2 was a hot gift item this year. While it may have inspired screams of joy , it turns out that kids under 13 years old aren’t actually allowed to use the headset according to Facebook.

‘Beat Saber’ Update for Quest 2 Unlocks 90Hz Support

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One of Oculus Quest 2’s biggest titles, Beat Saber , just released support for the headset’s more immersive 90Hz refresh rate. At launch in mid-October, Oculus Quest 2 featured an opt-in experimental 90Hz mode which only applied to the headset’s menus.

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Anker Launches Quest 2 Charging Dock to Solve One of the Headset’s Biggest Problems

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When you’re not playing with Oculus Quest 2, chances are it’s plopped on a desk and connected to a charging cable.

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Pimax Launches “5K” Super VR Headset Featuring 180Hz Refresh Rate

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Pimax, the company known for its wide field of view (FOV) VR headsets, have now launched the Pimax “5K” SUPER, a PC VR headset first shown in its prototype stage at CES 2020 earlier this year.

‘VRChat’ Hosts 24-hour Ball Drop & Live Music to Ring in the New Year

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Many social VR platforms are playing host to informal New Year’s Eve parties, with users banding together to ring in the new year. VRChat is going the extra mile this year though to put on a 24-hour NYE bash that includes ball drops on the hour and live music so everyone can celebrate.

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Valve VR Programmer Aims to Extend SteamVR with AR-like Utilities, Launches ‘Aardvark’ Platform in Early Access

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Long-time Valve VR programmer Joe Ludwig, working in his own capacity, is building an open-source platform to bring AR-like utilities into virtual reality.

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Stanford Research Shows VR Users Can Be Identified Using Only 5 Minutes of Motion Data

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Privacy in VR is an ever growing issue, especially now that all new Oculus accounts must login to Facebook with their real identity, which includes anyone who wants to use a Quest 2.

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Oculus Gives Away ‘Asgard’s Wrath’ to New Quest 2 Users Starting Today

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Oculus Quest 2 is way too new for any real hardware discounts this holiday, it seems. But if you manage to nab a new Quest 2 before the year’s end, you’ll be able to download award-winning PC VR title Asgard’s Wrath (2019) for free.

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VR Comfort Settings Checklist & Glossary for Developers and Players Alike

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For those who have been playing or developing VR content for years, it might seem ‘obvious’ what kind of settings are expected to be included for player comfort. Yet for new players and developers alike, the confusing sea of VR comfort terms is far from straightforward.

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Leaked Capcom Documents Point to ‘Resident Evil 4’ VR Coming to Oculus Headsets

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Data allegedly obtained from Capcom in a recent hack suggests that a VR version of Resident Evil 4 is coming to Oculus headsets next year.

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