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Osso VR Secures $14M Investment to Further Develop VR Surgical Training Platform

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Osso VR today announced it has raised $14 million in Series A funding to further develop its VR surgical training platform. The financing round was led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures, with participation from SignalFire, GSR, Scrum Ventures, Leslie Ventures and OCA Ventures.

Report: Facebook Acquires Varifocal Startup Lemnis Technologies

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It’s come to light that Lemnis Technologies, a startup creating varifocal optics for use in VR headsets, has reportedly been absorbed by Facebook in an ‘acqui-hiring’ move.

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Someone Remade ‘Among Us’ in VR and It’s Strangely More Fun Than the Original

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Thought playing the unofficial Fall Guys remake in VR was fun? Now you can sample some of the traitorous mayhem in the hit social game Among Us (2018) in VR too—and it’s strangely more fun than the original in a few ways.

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Unofficial Quest App Store ‘SideQuest’ Raises $650,000 From Oculus Founder & Others

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SideQuest is an unofficial app store for Facebook’s Oculus Quest headset which offers an avenue for developers to distribute apps without being subject to Oculus’ approval process.

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‘Myst’ Remake Coming to Quest & SteamVR Headsets Soon, Trailer Here

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Myst (1993) , the iconic point-and-click puzzle adventure from Cyan Worlds , is coming to the Quest platform later this year, and on SteamVR headsets “soon.”

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Project Aria is Facebook’s Prototype AR Glasses Which Start Real-world Testing This Month

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Facebook is continuing its push toward delivering AR glasses and it’s showing some of its development out in the open; Project Aria is a sensor-rich pair of glasses which the company will use to train its AR perception systems and asses public perception of the technology.

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Leak Confirms Quest 2 with Snapdragon XR2, Higher Resolution & 256GB Variant

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A massive leak featuring several promotional videos has confirmed the upcoming Quest 2’s basic specs ahead of Facebook Connect this week. Much of the info comes from two similar introductory videos, which are hosted on the company’s Facebook Blueprint developer site.

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‘Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit’ Brings AR Kart-racing to Your Living Room Floor with Switch

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You simply never know with Nintendo. One year they’re bringing out a full VR Nintendo Labo kit for Switch , and the next they’ve mashed AR into a remote-controlled car for at-home Mario Kart races.

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Leaked Quest 2 Box Reveals ‘The Climb 2’ & ‘Jurassic World Aftermath’ Games

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A purportedly leaked Quest 2 box reveals new games coming to Oculus Quest like The Climb 2 and Jurassic World: Aftermath.

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Walmart Product Listing May Point to Quest 2 Pricing & Storage Sizes

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An ostensibly premature Walmart product listing may point to both the price and available internal storage sizes for the upcoming Oculus Quest 2.

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Ubisoft Announces ‘Far Cry VR’ Eight-player VR Arcade Experience

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Far Cry VR: Dive Into Insanity is a new VR arcade experience supporting up to eight players. The game will launch at Zero Latency VR arcade locations in 2021.

NVIDIA’s DLSS 2.1 Supersampling Now Supports VR, Could Significantly Boost Fidelity

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NVIDIA’s Deep Learning Supersampling (DLSS) technology uses AI to increase the resolution of rendered frames by taking a smaller frame and intelligently enlarging it.

Rumor: HP is Building a Reverb G2 Model with Eye, Mouth, & Face-tracking

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HP announced its Reverb G2 headset earlier this year and plans to ship it this fall. Another, rumored version of the headset referred to as the ‘Omnicept Edition’ is said to include eye, mouth, and face-tracking.

‘Minecraft’ to Get PSVR Support This Month in Free Update

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Mojang today announced that Minecraft is headed to PSVR users this month in a free update to the game on PS4. The studio says in a PS blog post that PSVR support was actually a planned feature since cross-platform gameplay and the Bedrock version arrived on PlayStation 4 in December 2019.

‘Rec Room’ Exceeds 3M User-created Levels with 40M Monthly Visits, Creator Monetization in the Works

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Rec Room has grown significantly since it first came to prominence on PC VR headsets in 2016, since adding a slew of first-party multiplayer games as well as the ability for users to create their own spaces, which has predictably seen an explosion in content on the platform.

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The VirtualLink Single-cable Headset Connection Standard Has Been Abandoned

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VirtualLink was an open standard that defined a USB-C based connection protocol that was “developed to meet the connectivity requirements of current and next-generation VR headsets,” and backed by major VR industry players.

In ‘Horizon’ Facebook Can Invisibly Observe Users in Real-time to Spot Rule Violations

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Facebook Horizon is shaping up to be an interesting social VR offering with powerful building tools that will allow players to create and share their own worlds.

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Oculus Quest 2 Review – The Best Standalone Headset Gets Better in (Almost) Every Way

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When Quest first launched in 2019, we called it the “first great standalone VR headset,” owing to it being a truly complete package between hardware, software, and content.

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Team Shooter ‘Frostpoint VR’ Heads into Open Beta Soon, Free Retail Copies Available

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Thirdverse and inXile Entertainment today announced that Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds , the upcoming team-based multiplayer shooter, is going into open beta starting next week. You could also get it for free when it launches.

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10 New Games We Can’t Wait to Play on Quest 2

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Quest 2 is on the horizon, and with its October 13th release date inching ever closer, you might want to know what new games we’re looking forward to playing on the company’s next standalone headset.

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New Oculus Users Required to Use Facebook Account Starting in October, Existing Users by 2023

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As Oculus becomes increasingly merged with parent company Facebook, new users will soon be required to sign into their headset with a Facebook account.

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Someone Recreated ‘Fall Guys’ in VR and It’s Actually Awesome

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Although Fall Guys (2020) is only available on PS4 and PC, it wasn’t long until a dedicated fan came along to recreate a few of the knockout-style game’s levels in VR.

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‘SynthVR’ Lets You Build a Massive Modular Synthesizer in VR

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Getting into modular synthesizers can require a real investment in time, patience, and not to mention money.

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HP Reverb G2 Will Begin Shipping in November, New Orders in December

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HP announced today that its upcoming Reverb G2 headset will begin shipping in “early November” to those who pre-ordered, and new pre-orders starting today will ship in December. Reverb G2 is HP’s highly anticipated upcoming headset which brings a range of improvements and refinements over its predecessor.

Facebook Signs Multiyear Deal with NBA, Making Oculus Its Official VR Marketing Partner

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Facebook has signed a multiyear deal with the National Basketball Association (NBA) which makes Oculus an official marketing and VR headset partner of the NBA, Women’s NBA (WNBA) and NBA G League.

Here’s Where Facebook “Guaranteed” Users Would Never Need a Facebook Account to Use Oculus Headsets

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If you wondered why yesterday’s news stirred such a significant reaction from the VR community at large, it’s not just because Facebook doesn’t have a stellar reputation on privacy, it’s also because the company specifically promised it wouldn’t force users to log-in with a Facebook account to use their Oculus headset.

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‘Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR’ Beta Updates Hint at “Upcoming hardware releases”

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Updates to the beta version of Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR, the official integration which allows Windows VR headsets to be used with SteamVR, hint at “upcoming hardware releases.”

Ubisoft Reveals New VR Title ‘AGOS: A Game of Space’, a Made-for-VR Space Sim

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Ubisoft today revealed its latest VR title, AGOS: A Game of Space. The made-for-VR space sim is set to launch next month on PC VR headsets. In AGOS: A Game of Space Ubisoft says that players will embark on “an interstellar journey to reach a new habitable planet.

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HTC Vive Focus with Next-Gen XR2 Chipset Appears on Geekbench

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A newly posted Geekbench score may point to what HTC has up their sleeves next for Vive Focus, the company’s class of standalone VR headsets.

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Qualcomm Signs “Multi-year” Deal to Bring Ultraleap Hand-tracking to XR2 Headsets

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Qualcomm and Ultraleap today announced a “multi-year co-operation agreement” that will bring Ultraleap’s controllerless hand-tracking tech (formerly of Leap Motion) to XR headsets based on the Snapdragon XR2 chipset.

Oculus Social VR App ‘Venues’ to Get Overhaul in Preparation for ‘Facebook Horizon’

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Oculus Venues only landed on Quest back in June, uniting Quest and Go users under the same social VR event viewing platform. Now it appears Facebook is giving the app a makeover in preparation for their upcoming flagship social VR offering, Facebook Horizon.

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Preview: Facebook ‘Horizon’ Aims for a Sweet Spot Between ‘Rec Room’ & ‘VRChat’

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Facebook is soon to launch the invite-only beta of Horizon , on Quest and Rift, the company’s latest attempt at creating a first-party social VR experience. We previewed the beta and got to see several user-created mini-games and explored the built-in creation tools.

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Facebook Halts Sales of Rift & Quest in Germany Amid Regulatory Talks

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Facebook has halted sales of all Oculus VR headsets in Germany, something the company says will be temporary during its ongoing talks with German regulators. “We’ve temporarily paused the sale of Oculus hardware to consumers in Germany due to pending discussions with the regulator [sic].

‘Gnomes & Goblins’ Review – A Beautiful World Hiding an Inscrutable Game

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Four years after the release of a preview of the game, Gnomes & Goblins is finally here. Pitched as a “fantasy adventure VR simulation” with direction by film director Jon Favreau, Gnomes & Goblins delivers a beautiful appetizer with a rotten main course.

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Facebook Lowers Price of Enterprise-focused Quest to $800

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With the revelation of Quest 2, Facebook has quietly knocked down the entry price for its business-focused version of the headset.

Neuralink Demonstrates Rudimentary Limb-tracking via Brain-interface in Live Pigs

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In a presentation showing the latest developments on Neuralink’s brain-computer interface, Elon Musk revealed that the company has implanted prototype devices in live pigs, and was able to achieve rudimentary limb-tracking by monitoring activity in the brain.

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