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Audi Has Deployed 1,000 VR Showrooms in Dealerships Worldwide

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German car maker Audi was quick to see the potential of VR and has been experimenting since the early days of VR’s resurgence to see how the tech could be used to enhance the car buying experience.

Varjo’s ‘Bionic Display’ Headset is a Breathtaking Preview of VR’s Future

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More resolution in VR isn’t just ‘nice’, it’s a major contributor to immersion.

Jaunt to Liquidate Tons of VR Stuff in Online Auction Soon

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It’s no secret that Jaunt is stepping back from VR and re-focusing on AR , although we weren’t sure what the one-time cinematic VR company planned on doing with its recently defunct VR business.

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‘ViewR’ Lets You Watch a VR Session in Action From the Comfort of Your Phone

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Brisbane, Australia-based group #include today released a new app called ViewR that lets you observe a PC VR session in action from an Android mobile device.

To the ‘VR is Dying’ Crowd: There’s More VR Users on Steam Than Ever Before

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A Road to VR analysis of the latest data from Valve’s Steam Hardware & Software shows that VR users on Steam have not only been growing, but are at their highest point in history.

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Facebook Patents Hybrid Fresnel That Could Make VR Optics More Clear

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Try on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive and one of the first things you’ll probably notice looking through the lenses are fine concentric circles, creating something many call ‘God Rays’—especially egregious when viewing high contrast scenes.

‘Borderlands 2 VR’ Review – An Ok Version of a Good Game

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Borderlands 2 VR is a PSVR exclusive port of the popular 2012 title. The core tenants of the franchise has always been: 1) shoot stuff, 2) loot stuff, but now the big question is whether or not VR adds to the experience. Borderlands 2 VR Details: Official Site. PlayStation Store [Digital].

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AMD ‘Radeon ReLive for VR’ Streams SteamVR Games to Standalone Headsets

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AMD today launched an updated version of their AMD Radeon Software suite which now includes the ability to stream SteamVR games to standalone and smartphone-based headsets, assuming you have a compatible AMD GPU.

‘Subnautica’ Will Be Free on Epic Games Store Starting Next Week

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Epic Games is opening its own digital distribution platform in hopes that its industry-leading revenue share split will attract developers. Inaugurating the new Epic Games Store, the company is giving away underwater survival game Subnautica (2018) for free.

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‘Virtual Desktop’ is Finally Coming to Oculus Go & Gear VR This Week, Oculus Quest Next Year

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Virtual Desktop (2016) , the app that lets you view and use your desktop computer in VR, is finally making its way to Oculus Go and Gear VR this week. Once Oculus Quest, the company’s upcoming 6DOF headset, launches next year, a version of the app will be available then too.

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Holiday Deal Brings New Samsung Odyssey+ to Just $300

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Samsung Odyssey+ is the company’s latest VR headset, and while it launched just a few weeks ago for $500, the Korean tech giant is throwing it on sale this Black Friday at a 40% discount.

Magic Leap is Offering Individual Developers up to $500K for Their AR Projects

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At Magic Leap’s developer conference last month, the company announced they were ready to throw down serious cash to developers to build apps for their new AR headset, Magic Leap One.

Microsoft Wins $480M Defense Contract to Provide U.S. Army with AR Headsets

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Microsoft has won a $480 million contract with the U.S. Army which is poised to outfit soldiers with 100,000 Microsoft-built AR headsets.

Report: New Valve VR Headset Appears in Leaked Images

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When it comes Valve, there’s no telling what’s going on behind their Bellevue, Washington doors. As one of the most reclusive developers of both games and hardware, that goes doubly so for its efforts in VR.

‘Spice & Wolf VR’ Kickstarter Doubles Funding Goal, Coming to Rift, Vive, Go, PSVR & Quest

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SpicyTails , the studio behind VR anime experience Project LUX (2018) , recently launched a Kickstarter for their latest VR project, Spice & Wolf VR.

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Beat Games: First Song Pack for ‘Beat Saber’ Could Arrive on PSVR This Month

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Beat Games co-founder and CEO Jaroslav Beck tweeted today that the PSVR version of hit rhythm game Beat Saber (2018) could be getting its first song pack sometime this month.

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Survios Shares Momentum & Learnings in Location-based VR Business

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Survios, a veteran VR game developer, shared fresh insights into the health of the company’s out-of-home business activities, a sector of the VR industry which has been increasingly heating up in the last 18 months.

Bell Says Latest Helicopter was Designed 10 Times Faster With VR

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Bell Helicopter challenged its Innovation Team to accelerate its aircraft design process. Turning to VR as a key improvement to their design pipeline, the team created the FCX-001, the company’s first “concept aircraft,” in just six months.

New Free ‘Beat Saber’ Track is an Exclusive Debut from Electronic Band ‘KNOWER’

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Beat Saber fans were greeted with an update on all platforms today which has introduced a new free track debuted exclusively within the game.

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Windows VR Headset Prices Hit Rock Bottom Over Black Friday

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Now that turkey day has come and gone, holiday shopping season has arrived and we’re tracking the best Windows Mixed Reality Black Friday 2018 deals on the Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Samsung Odyssey headsets. The headsets have never been more affordable than now.

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‘Echo VR’ Unleashes a Lethal Dose of Holiday Cheer in ‘Winter Village’ Event

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Ready to get in the holiday spirit? Echo Games just pushed an update to Rift exclusive Echo VR that has transformed the lobby into a ‘Winter Village’, including a few holiday-themed avatar customizations and plenty of Christmas cheer for all.

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IMAX to Close Down All Remaining IMAX VR Centres Soon

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IMAX shut down a number of its out-of-home VR Experience Centres a few months ago with the proviso that the company wouldn’t be making further investment into VR during 2019. What wasn’t certain at the time was the fate of the rest of its VR Centres.

Russian Startup DEUS Reveals SteamVR-compatible Headset ‘Odin Pre’

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The Moscow-based VR headset manufacturer DEUS announced a the latest version of their Odin VR headset that incorporates support for SteamVR content and higher resolution LCD displays than Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

Microsoft Reveals ‘Maquette’, a VR Tool for Spatial Ideation and Design

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Microsoft Maquette is a brand new VR tool from Microsoft which is all about prototyping spatial designs.

Insomniac Launches ‘Seedling’, Magic Leap One’s First Paid App

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Insomniac Games, the minds behind Rift titles Edge of Nowhere (2016) , The Unspoken (2017), and upcoming open-world adventure Stormland, today released their first AR experience for Magic Leap One. Dubbed Seedling , the experience is AR headset’s first paid app.

Hands-on: HaptX’s VR Glove is the Closest I’ve Come to Touching the Virtual World

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HaptX, a company building a VR glove offering impressively detailed haptic feedback as well as force feedback, is steadily improving.

Pimax Announces General Sales of “8K” & “5K” Headsets with 80+ Day Waiting Period

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Pimax today announced the end of pre-orders and the beginning of general sales of the Pimax “8K”, “5K” Plus, and “5K” Business Edition (BE) headsets.

Black Friday Oculus Rift Pricing Returns to Best Buy for 1 Day Only

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Missed out on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for some of the biggest deals in VR? As a part of Best Buy’s ‘Door Buster’ deal, Black Friday pricing has returned to Oculus Rift + Touch bundle for one day only.

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HTC Files for ‘Vive Cosmos’ VR Headset Trademark

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With middling smartphone sales and a loss of a major portion of its smartphone IP and engineering team to Google last year, HTC appears to be full steam ahead with VR headsets as of late.

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Oculus Launches Referral Program, Free Store Credit When a Friend Buys Rift or Go

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As the adage goes, the more, the merrier. Oculus is taking it to heart this holiday season in the US with its new referral program that could net you, and up to three friends significant savings on hardware and content.

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The 5 Best Games for PlayStation VR

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So you picked up shiny new PlayStation VR and you’re ready to dive into VR. Here’s our breakdown of the best PSVR games that you should definitely check out. The 5 Best PSVR Games. 5 – SUPERHOT VR.

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‘Astro Bot’ Wins The Game Awards’ Best VR/AR Game of 2018

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Astro Bot Rescue Mission (2018) , the VR platformer that’s still wowing PSVR users well after its October 2nd launch, took home the title of ‘Best VR/AR Game’ at last night’s Game Awards.

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StarVR One Priced at $3,200 for Developers, Now Accepting Applications

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StarVR One, the company’s ultrawide FOV headset aimed at commercial and enterprise use, will cost $3,200 through the company’s newly opened developer program. Interested parties can apply to purchased the headset starting today.

WaveOptics & Goertek Deal to Enable Mass Production of AR Optics

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AR optics maker WaveOptics has announced a manufacturing partnership with Goertek, one of the VR industry’s leading manufacturers.

Oculus Founder: Price Isn’t What’s Holding VR Back From Mass Adoption

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Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus who left the company in 2017, recently published an article with his thoughts on what it will take for VR to reach the mainstream. Price, he argues, matters little if the experience is not keeping people coming back to the technology on a regular basis.

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Fire Investigators Are Now Using VR Photogrammetry Tech to Assess Damage to Homes

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A house fire is a sickening reality, but when it’s finally time to clean up and tally losses, that’s where fire investigators come in.

Oculus Patents Wireless Relay Tech for VR Headsets

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In a patent issued this week to Oculus, the company describes a wireless relay system designed to prevent loss of signal even when a user is out of range of the primary transmitter and receiver.

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HTC Plans to Bring Hand & Finger Tracking to Vive Pro

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Today at the the World Conference on VR Industry in China, HTC announced plans to bring hand & finger tracking to Vive Pro via the headset’s front-facing cameras.

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Oculus Chief Scientist Dives Deep Into the Near Future of AR & VR

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China’s Jiangxi Province Promises to Invest $460 Million in AR/VR

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Aiming to become a hub for AR and VR development, the government of China’s Jiangxi province says it plans to raise funds totalling $460 million to be invested into AR and VR companies.

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‘Sin City’ Director’s Immersive Action Film ‘The Limit’ Comes to All Major VR Platforms

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STXsurreal, the immersive content wing of STX Entertainment , today launched their latest immersive VR video, this time directed by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez ( Sin City ).

VR Support for ‘No Man’s Sky’ Being Considered by Developer

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No Man’s Sky, a game which has a history of calls for VR support since its 2016 release, could one day be explored in VR. Developer Hello Games is gauging interest in VR support for No Man’s Sky in a player survey intended to find out what the game’s community wants next.

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SteamVR Update Brings Motion Smoothing, Easier Keybinding & More

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Valve has released the 1.1.3 update to the SteamVR SDK, and along with it comes a host of long-awaited improvements such as Motion Smoothing, easier access to Valve’s custom controller keybinding utility, and a few more bits and bobs that should make at least a few people happy.

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