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Facebook is Unlocking AR Capabilities for Developers on Quest 2

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Facebook announced today that an upcoming update to the Quest development SDK will include experimental support for a Passthrough API which will allow Unity developers to build AR experiences and features into apps on Quest 2.

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Epic Games Acquires Sketchfab, the Massive 3D Object Library Compatible with AR/VR Headsets

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Sketchfab , the platform that lets you view, share, and download 3D models via traditional monitors and AR/VR headsets, today announced its been acquired by Unreal Engine creators Epic Games.

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‘Lone Echo II’ Coming to Oculus PC in August, Original ‘Lone Echo’ Discounted to $10

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The long-awaited sequel to Ready At Dawn’s space adventure Lone Echo (2017) is nearly here. Lone Echo II is now set to arrive on August 24th, likely making it one of the last PC-only games funded by Facebook to arrive on the Oculus Store.

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Rezzil Secures $2.75M Investment for Oculus Quest Sports Training App ‘Player 22’

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Rezzil, a UK-based VR sports training and analytics startup, announced that its secured an investment round of over £2 million (~$2.75 million), which will be used to promote its new consumer-focused sports training platform, Player 22.

How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

VR Content Revenue Grew by 30% in 2020, Becoming Media’s Fastest-growing Market

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Virtual reality gained impressive ground in 2020, a recent PwC study finds. Global VR content revenues reportedly increased by around 30% year-over-year, beating out film, traditional video games, and music. As reported by Protocol , VR’s global content revenue is estimated to be around $1.8

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Two New ‘Harry Potter’ VR Experiences Launch at Harry Potter New York

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Two new Harry Potter VR experiences have launched at the Harry Potter New York retail location. Wizards Take Flight and Chaos at Hogwarts were developed in collaboration with Dreamscape, Wevr, and Keylight.

‘Halo’ and ‘Alien: Isolation’ VR Modder Joins Microsoft’s 343 Industries

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Zack “Nibre” Fannon, the creator behind VR mods for Alien: Isolation and Halo Master Chief Collection (MCC), has been hired by 343 Industries, the studio in charge of the Halo franchise.

‘VRChat’ Secures $80M Series D Funding to Create its Own Digital Economy

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VRChat , the popular social VR platform, announced its secured a Series D funding round of $80 million, which brings to the startup more than five times its overall lifetime investment. The round was led by Anthos Capital, alongside participating investors Makers Fund, GFR Fund and others.

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Report: Oculus Quest 2 with 128GB Storage May Soon Replace 64GB Base Model

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Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 headset launched in October 2020 in two flavors: 64GB and 256GB. Now images have surfaced via French online retailers LDLC and its subsidiary Top Achat suggesting the existence of an upcoming 128GB version of Quest 2.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Facebook Head of AR/VR Content Mike Verdu to Lead Netflix’s Push into Gaming

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A report from The Information back in May maintained that video streaming giant Netflix was getting ready to push beyond TV and film, and was actively approaching candidates to oversee its expansion into gaming.

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LIV Mobile App Lets You Record Quest Mixed Reality Video with Just Your iPhone, Now in Beta

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LIV develops software for mixed reality video capture, and over the years it’s become the de facto method for streamers showing themselves immersed in VR from a third-person perspective.

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Google Studio Owlchemy Labs Affirms Work on New VR Game, Details Expected This Year

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Google-owned Owlchemy Labs, the studio behind VR classics like Job Simulator and Vacation Simulator , has confirmed that it’s working on a new VR project after running quiet for much of the year.

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Inside VR Design: The Interface of ‘Electronauts’

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Inside VR Design is a pilot for what could become an ongoing series examining specific examples of great VR design. Today we’re looking at the interface of Electronauts to find out what makes it so excellently usable.

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Facebook to Begin Testing Ads Inside Paid VR Games

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Facebook has made no secret of the fact that ads are coming to its Oculus VR platform in some capacity.

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DigiLens and Mitsubishi Chemical Ready Low Cost Plastic Waveguide Optics for AR

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DigiLens, creators of waveguide optics, today announced a “deeper” partnership with Mitsubishi Chemical to bring a plastic version of its waveguide technology to the market.

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‘Steel Crew’ Puts 3 Players in a Tank for Realistic Co-op Combat, Releasing on Steam in 2021

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Steel Crew is an upcoming VR-compatible PC game that puts up to three players in a tank and tasks them with out-maneuvering and firing the realistic vehicle for some explosive tank vs. tank online combat.

Quest is Getting a Third-person Spectator View for Casting

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The latest update to the Oculus Integration for Unity includes a beta release of a spectator camera capability which will allow developers to show a third-person view to spectators watching on a smartphone or web browser.

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Intel Researchers Give ‘GTA V’ Photorealistic Graphics, Similar Techniques Could Do the Same for VR

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Researchers from Intel’s Intelligent Systems Lab have revealed a new method for enhancing computer-generated imagery with photorealistic graphics.

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Vive Pro 2 to Launch With 6MP Resolution, 120Hz, 120° field-of-view, on June 3rd, Starting at $800

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HTC today announced the Vive Pro 2, an upgraded version of the Vive Pro headset which first launched in 2018.

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Vive Focus 3 Announced with Snapdragon XR2, 6MP Resolution, $1,300 Enterprise Price & June 27th Launch

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HTC today revealed its latest standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus 3. The enterprise-oriented headset will bring Snapdragon XR2, a whopping 6MP per-eye resolution, 120° field-of-view, new controllers, and more for $1,300. The Vive Focus 3 release date is set for June 27th.

Unreal Engine 5 Launches in Early Access with New VR Template Built on OpenXR

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Epic Games today announced that Unreal Engine 5 is now available in early access, including a new template for VR projects built on OpenXR 1.0, the industry-backed standard for building device-agnostic VR and AR applications.

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Oculus Appears to be Testing Android Apps on Quest

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It appears Oculus is currently testing out Android app integration on Quest, which could bring to the standalone headset everything from Spotify to Among Us.

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‘Rec Room’ Adds More Flexibility to Avatar System with New Full-body, Animated Costumes

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Ever since the social VR platform Rec Room launched in 2016, its avatar system has notably lacked full-body inverse kinematics like you see in its contemporary VRChat , which essentially leaves users with a stylized appearance lacking arms and legs.

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‘Carrier Command 2’ to Get Full VR Support, Coss-play With up to 9-player Co-op

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Carrier Command 2 , a modern sequel to the 1988 game, puts players in control of a futuristic aircraft carrier, allowing up to nine players to manage the ship’s many systems from the bridge.

‘Chess Club’ Brings Online Chess to Oculus Quest July 1st, Trailer Here

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Chess has exploded in popularity recently, with the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit bringing much attention to the age-old strategy game.

The 20 Best Rated & Most Popular Quest Games & Apps – July 2021

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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 July 2021.

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Haptic VR Glove Company HaptX Raises $12 Million in New Funding

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HaptX, the company building VR gloves with advanced haptics, this week announced that is has raised $12 million in a Series A-1 investment which will be used to open a new headquarters based in Redmond, WA, and expand its team.

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There’s Now a Fully-functional Commodore 64 Emulator for Oculus Quest

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Commodore 64, the iconic 8-bit computer from the early ’80s, was one of the first home computers for many people back in the day. Its ability to run basic games, office productivity software, and development tools made it one of the highest-selling single home PCs of all time.

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‘YUKI’ Review – a Nostalgic Shot of VR Bullet Hell Madness

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Much like the ‘Xortex’ mini-game in Valve’s The Lab, ARVORE’s latest roguelike shooter YUKI taps into a veritable reservoir of nostalgia as you guide a pint-size action figure by hand through a seemingly impenetrable miasma of laser particles and moving obstacles.

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From the Makers of ‘MYST’, VR Puzzle Adventure ‘Obduction’ Goes Free on Epic July 15th

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Cyan, the prolific developers behind Myst (1993) and Riven (1997), is giving away Obduction (2016) on the Epic Games Store starting next week. Obduction is Cyan’s first VR-compatible puzzle adventure, and supports SteamVR headsets.

Zuckerberg: Oculus Quest Pro Could Bring Face & Eye Tracking

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat down with CNET for an interview where he speaks about the company’s progress on its next generation of VR devices, namely what it might include in the ‘Oculus Quest Pro’ standalone headset.

Report: Sony Targeting Holiday 2022 Launch for Next-gen PSVR with OLED Display

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A report from Bloomberg citing unnamed sources points to a Holiday 2022 launch of Sony’s next-gen PSVR headset. The report says that PSVR 2 may be the only next-gen VR headset to use OLED displays rather than LCD.

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‘A Township Tale’ Quest Review – VR’s Most Immersive MMO-like Yet

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MMO-like A Township Tale has been available on PC VR for a few years now, but today’s launch on Quest opens the game up to a whole new audience.

SteamVR Update Improves Oculus Link & Air Link Reliability as Quest 2 Exceeds 30% of Headsets on Steam

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The latest update to SteamVR, version 1.18.5, brings improvements to error handling of Oculus Link and Air Link which is meant to improve reliability. The update comes as Quest 2 reaches 31.07% of all VR headsets in use on Steam.

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New Views of HTC’s Unannounced VR Headset Emerge

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After confirming the upcoming reveal of “game-changing VR headsets” at the VIVECON event next week, HTC continues to ramp up the teasing with new glimpses of an unannounced VR headset.

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