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HTC Appears to be Teasing a New Vive Headset

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Following the teasing that preceded its recently released VR accessories, HTC is back on the teasing train, this time showing what may well be a new Vive headset.

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Neuralink Reveals Monkey Playing ‘Pong’ Using Only Its Brain

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Neuralink, the brain-machine interface (BMI) company created by Elon Musk, released a video showing off a live trial of its brain implant in a monkey.

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New Apple Patents Cover “Micro-gesture” XR Input, Head-worn Haptics to Guide User Attention

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A newly published patent application from Apple highlights the company’s internal exploration of “micro-gestures” for AR input, which involves using the thumb against the index finger as a sort of virtual joystick or selector.

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Monthly-connected VR Headsets on Steam Top 3 Million Milestone

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For the third month running, the number of VR headsets on Steam has reached a new record high of some 3 million, or 2.4% of Steam users. Monthly-connected VR Headsets on Steam.

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Microsoft Signs $22B Contract with US Army to Bring HoloLens 2 Tech to the Battlefield

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Following a prototyping phase started in 2019, Microsoft and the United States Army have announced they are moving to a production phase of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), based on HoloLens 2 technology, through a contract worth up to $22 billion.

‘The Unity Cube’ is the Worst Quest Game on Oculus App Lab—on Purpose

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The Unity Cube is an experiment from developer Tony “SkarredGhost” Vitillo to test the limits of what Oculus will allow into the App Lab program. Vitillo submitted a fully functional application which simply presents the user with a cube in a blank environment—and Oculus accepted it.

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‘Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual!’ Releasing on Quest in June, PC VR & PSVR to Follow

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Sam & Max is getting ready to make the big leap to VR this summer in its first original game in over a decade. Developer HappyGiant and publisher Big Sugar announced the action adventure game is coming to Oculus Quest this June.

New Video Shows Off CREAL’s Latest Foveated Light-field VR Headset

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CREAL, a company building light-field display technology for AR and VR headsets, has revealed a new through-the-lens video showing off the performance of its latest VR headset prototype.

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Reverb G2 Omnicept, with Eye, Mouth, & Heart Rate Sensors, Priced at $1,250 for May Launch

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HP has announced a May launch window for the Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition. Priced at $1,250, the headset builds on the existing Reverb G2 with eye, mouth, and heart rate sensors, along with an improved tightening mechanism for the headstrap.

HTC Teases “VR Headset Confirmed” with Photo of Veiled Device

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As if there was any doubt about HTC teasing a new VR headset late last week, the company also reconfirmed that it’s definitely on the way with an image of the device sitting under a veil. A blogpost titled “VR Headset?”

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Social VR App ‘Rec Room’ Raises $100M Financing, Now at $1.25B Valuation

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Rec Room , the social VR platform, announced it has secured a $100 million financing round, bringing the company’s valuation to $1.25 billion. This makes it one of the most valuable VR companies outside of platform holders Facebook, Valve, and HTC.

‘Pokémon GO’ Developer Niantic Teases a See-through Headset

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Niantic, the studio behind the popular Pokémon GO , today teased some kind of see-through headset.

Oculus Quest App Lab Reaches 100 Apps in Less Than Two Months

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Last month Oculus launched App Lab for Quest which allows developers to distribute their games on the headset without going through Oculus’ curation process. There’s now more than 100 games and apps available on App Lab.

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Pico Unveils Neo 3 Standalone, Launching on May 10th in China

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Pico Interactive announced that Neo 3, the Beijing-based company’s next standalone VR headset, is slated to be launched on May 10th in China.

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Newly Published Valve Patent Envisions Wireless & Standalone Versions of Index, New Head-mounts

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A newly published patent granted to Valve envisions new Index headsets that could be wireless or standalone, and include new head-mounts for improved ergonomics.

Sony Unveils Next-gen VR Motion Controller for PS5

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In preparation for the reveal of its next VR headset, Sony today gave a first look at its next-gen VR controller for use with PS5, something that appears very similar to Oculus’ Touch controller.

Facebook Reveals Latest Wrist-worn Prototypes for XR Input & Haptics

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Facebook today revealed some of its latest research and vision for a wrist-worn input device that the company expects to form the basis of AR and VR interactions and haptics in the future.

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SteamVR Dashboard Update Adds Individual Window Focus & Controller Docking

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The latest beta update to SteamVR has brought improvements to the way users can use their PC desktop inside of VR through the SteamVR dashboard.

Facebook Gives Sneak Peek of New Avatar System for Quest, Watch It Here

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At the all-digital version of SXSW 2021 today, Facebook’s Mark Rabkin, VP of Oculus, showed off an upcoming new version of its avatar system on Quest.

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‘The Museum of Other Realities’ Free to Visit for The Next 2 Weeks

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The Museum of Other Realities (MOR), the immersive multiplayer art museum for virtual reality, is temporarily open to the public for free in celebration of select British XR artists, who are presenting their works via a special showcase called The Immersive Arcade.

Facebook’s Bosworth: Quest 2 Has Outsold All Oculus Headsets Combined

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During an interview with Bloomberg this week, Facebook Reality Labs VP, Andrew Bosworth, said that Quest 2 has outsold all Oculus headsets combined, a significant milestone for a headset which has only been available for five and a half months. Andrew Bosworth | Image courtesy Facebook.

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This ‘Valheim’ Mod Lets You Play in VR, Motion Controller Support in the Works

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Valheim , the Viking-themed survival game in early access on PC, doesn’t feature official support for VR headsets. Shortly after its release in early February though, modders got started on letting VR users take their first steps into the game’s impressively large fantasy world.

Vive Facial Tracker Can Work with Index and Other PC Headsets, If You Can Mount It

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Last week HTC announced a new accessory, the Vive Facial Tracker. Though the device is designed to mount to the Vive Pro, it turns out it’s technically compatible with other PC VR headsets, provided you can find a way to mount it in the right spot.

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HTC Announces Face-tracker for Vive Pro and Vive Tracker 3.0, Launching This Month for $130

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HTC today announced two new VR accessories: a consumer version of its face-tracker and a new version of the Vive Tracker which is said to bring a large jump in battery life alongside being smaller. Both accessories are priced at $130 and will launch in the US starting on March 24th.

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Facebook’s Rubin: ‘The trajectory is clear, we’re going to get to AAA VR games’

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Speaking on a panel at the online GDC Showcase today, Facebook’s VP of Play, Jason Rubin, and VP of XR Content, Mike Verdu, furthered the company’s bullish outlook on Quest.

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Facebook Already Working on Quest 3 & 4, Zuckerberg Talks Key Features for Future Headsets

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In an interview with The Information , Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg continued to project his bullish outlook on XR as the future of computing, saying that the company is already working on Oculus Quest 3 and 4.

Report: Nearly 10,000 People at Facebook Are Working on AR & VR

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By now, it’s pretty clear Facebook is serious about leading virtual and augmented reality.

Microsoft is the First Major Tech Company to Host a VR Keynote, and it Went Down Without a Hitch

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Last week Microsoft became the first major tech company to host a keynote presentation fully in virtual reality. Despite many moving parts, the company managed to delivery a seamless, immersive presentation that could mark the future of this sort of marketing communication.

Case Study: The Design Behind ‘Cubism’s’ Hand-tracking

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Hand tracking first became available on the Oculus Quest back in late 2019. Out of enthusiasm for this new input method, I published a demo of Cubism to SideQuest with experimental hand tracking support only a few days later.

Unassuming One-man VR Project ‘Gorilla Tag’ Sees 42K Players in First Two Weeks

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First-time indie VR developer Kerestell Smith was taken aback at the reception of his Early Access multiplayer VR game, Gorilla Tag.

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This ‘Fallout 4 VR’ Modpack Brings VR-native Overhaul to the Wasteland

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There are a ton of Fallout 4 VR mods out there since it launched on the first generation of consumer VR headsets back in 2017, most of which you can find on NexusMods.

Quest 2 Now the Most Used on Steam, Monthly-connected Headsets Hit Record High of 2.8 Million

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Another month, another record high count for the VR usership on Steam. Quest 2, despite being a standalone headset, has helped to drive much of the growth thanks to its ability to connect to a PC to play PC VR games on Oculus PC or Steam.

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SteamVR Update Brings Full Support for OpenXR 1.0, A Huge Step for the Open Standard

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The latest update to SteamVR, version 1.16, now includes full support for OpenXR 1.0,

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Cas & Chary Present – Hands-on with the SenseGlove Nova Force-feedback VR Gloves

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SenseGlove, a Dutch-based producer of VR haptic gloves, has revealed an early prototype of their second glove, the SenseGlove Nova. We recently visited the company to see how it works and feels. Cas & Chary Present.

‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Sees Best Sale Yet in Celebration of First Anniversary

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Now through March 31st you can pick up Half-Life: Alyx on sale at a 40% discount in celebration of the game’s one year anniversary.

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‘Virtual Desktop’ Can Now Stream PC VR Games to Quest, Without the Sideloading Workaround

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Virtual Desktop , an Oculus Quest app which allows users to control their Windows PCs from inside the headset, now officially offers the ability to stream PC VR games wirelessly to the headset.

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Qualcomm Announces Tethered AR ‘Smart Viewer’ Reference Design with Onboard Co-processing

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Qualcomm, maker of chips and technologies for mobile devices, today announced a reference design for a tethered AR headset which is tethered to a phone or PC but also contains its own chips to handle some onboard processing.