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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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‘Astro Bot’ Ranked 6th Best PS4 Game of 2018, #1 PSVR Game of All Time

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PSVR exclusive ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission has been making waves among critics and players alike since its release at the beginning of the month. The game now ranks among PS4’s top titles—VR or otherwise.

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Magic Leap Reveals 16 AR Experiences From Wacom, SketchUp, Wingnut AR, and More

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Today at Magic Leap’s first creator conference the company has revealed a bevy of AR content built on the headset—some experimental, and some actually launching on the headset soon (or today)—but all up and running on real hardware.

‘FlyInside Flight Simulator’ Preview – A Promising Start in VR-native Flying

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FlyInside FSX , the crowdfunded VR plugin for Microsoft Flight Simulator X (2006) , was built well before first-party VR motion controllers existed, developed back in the DK2-era of 2015 as an ad hoc way of jumping into an already highly-detailed flight sim.

Stuxnet Documentary ‘Zero Days VR’ Wins an Emmy

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Magic Leap Shows off Upcoming Enterprise Apps Focused on Professional 3D Design

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Magic Leap announced a number of consumer-facing apps and games coming soon to Magic Leap One, the company’s long-awaited AR headset which released back in August.

‘Beat Saber’ is Now the 7th Best Rated Steam Game of All Time

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Beat Saber has climbed to the #7 spot among best rated games on Steam—VR or otherwise—and continues to hold the #1 spot among VR titles.

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‘Firewall Zero Hour’ Tops PSVR’s List for Most Downloaded Game in September

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Tactical team shooter Firewall Zero Hour (2018) took the top spot again as the most downloaded PSVR game last month.

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‘ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission’ Review – This VR Platformer Earns Our First 10 Out of 10

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The release of ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission , coming Tuesday, will be a genre-defining moment for VR platforming on PSVR. The game is expertly designed, animated, and rendered.

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Varjo Raises $31 Million to Further Develop ‘Bionic Display’ Headset

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‘Borderlands 2’ Coming to PSVR in December, Pre-orders Now Available

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2K and Gearbox Software, the studios behind the Borderlands franchise, are bringing the critically acclaimed Borderlands 2 to PSVR this December. Announced today on the PlayStation blog , PSVR users are getting a special treat before Christmas that will let you play the full game in VR.

Owlchemy Labs Reveals Experimental AR ‘Mobile Spectator’ App for VR Games

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It’s notoriously difficult to transmit exactly what’s happening in a VR game without actually strapping on a headset yourself.

‘Star Wars: Project Porg’ AR “experiment” Announced for Magic Leap

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ILMxLab, Lucasfilm’s immersive media group, today announced Star Wars: Project Porg , an augmented reality “experiment” built for Magic Leap.

Oculus Job Listing Reveals Interest in Creating Location-based VR Games

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Oculus published a job listing recently that could mean the company is finally looking to enter the VR arcade space.

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‘Oculus Home’ Update Brings New Improvements, Social Features & More to All Users

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Rift’s new system software, previously known as Rift Core 2.0 , is now rolling out to everyone, bringing with it a number of performance improvements, UI updates, and a more customizable Oculus Home area with support for up to eight people.

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Oculus Quest Hands-on and Tech Details

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Oculus Quest was the main attraction at Oculus Connect 5 this week.

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Magic Leap One Now Shipping Across Contiguous US, Offering 0% Financing

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Magic Leap is now shipping Magic Leap One, the company’s AR headset, to all states in the lower 48. To boot, Magic Leap is also offering 0% financing to help developers jump the mental hurdle of plunking down the $2,300 for the device.

Media Molecule’s ‘Dreams’ Confirmed to Support PSVR at Launch

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Oculus ‘Venues’ to Host NBA Games, Horror Films & More This Fall

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Oculus Venues , the social VR app for large-scale live event viewing, is continuing its screenings this fall with more NBA games, scary movies, and stand-up comedy nights. Check out the schedule below.

Facebook & RED Unveil ‘Manifold’ Volumetric VR Camera

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Last May, Facebook and RED Digital Cinema announced they were working on a volumetric video camera based on Facebook’s Surround360 technology. At Oculus Connect 5 today, the company’s annual developer conference, Facebook and RED revealed a first-look at the camera, dubbed Manifold.

‘Mario Kart VR’ Comes to the US Today in Bandai Namco’s Newest VR Arcade

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For the first time, BANDAI NAMCO is bringing to the United States a number of popular VR experiences once only available in Japan and UK-based VR ZONE arcades. Included in the line-up is the much-awaited Mario Kart Arcade GP VR. VR ZONE Portal Washington D.C.

Philip K. Dick-inspired VR Story ‘The Great C’ Brings Expert Cinematic Flair

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Secret Location , developers behind Blasters of the Universe (2017), today launched a Philip K. Dick-inspired VR adaptation of The Great C , a sci-fi short story that follows a tribe of humans oppressed by an artificially intelligent overlord.

Walmart to Launch Nation-wide VR Training Program with Over 17,000 Oculus Headsets

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Walmart is set to expand its fledgling VR training program in a big way soon; the big box store is going to start a country-wide training program promising to bring over 17,000 Oculus Go headsets to its employees by the year’s end.

Elon Musk Wants to Livestream SpaceX Moon Mission in “high def VR”

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SpaceX, the aerospace manufacturer and space transport company founded by tech billionaire Elon Musk, ultimately has its sights set on colonizing Mars, although the company’s next big step on the way there is taking tourists to the moon.

Oculus Quest Supports “Arena-scale” Tracking and Multi-room Guardian

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Oculus today offered up some details on the ‘Insight’ tracking system of their new Quest headset. The inside-out tracking goes “beyond roomscale,” according to Oculus, enabling large-scale experiences that let players physically move around large spaces.

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Synaptics Reveals VR Display Chip Targeting 1,000 PPI & Foveated Rendering

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Haptic Vest ‘Ryg’ Launches on Kickstarter, Fully Funded in 3 Hours

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Woojer, the company behind the haptic belt Strap , launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier this week for a new haptic vest, dubbed Ryg.

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Google Appears to Be Ramping Up R&D Efforts for “New and novel” AR/VR Lenses

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Though there wasn’t much groundbreaking in the Daydream news shared at Google I/O this year, the company is growing its AR/VR team at an accelerated rate, suggesting Google has a number of things up its sleeve yet.

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‘Vader Immortal’ VR Series to Be a Canonical Part of the ‘Star Wars’ Saga

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ILMxLAB, Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment division, is bringing a Darth Vader-themed VR series to the recently announced Oculus Quest.

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Oculus CTO: Quest Has No Dedicated Hardware to Play PC Games over USB-C

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Oculus Quest, the company’s newly announced high-end standalone headset, has a USB Type-C connector. VirtualLink , the new VR connector standard created by a consortium of prominent industry players, also uses USB Type-C.

HaptX Launches Enterprise-focused Haptic Gloves Dev Kit

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HaptX (formerly AxonVR) today unveiled the HaptX Gloves Development Kit , an “industrial-grade” VR haptic glove that uses micro-pneumatics for detailed haptics and delivers force-feedback to the fingers.

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Oculus CTO Explores Next-gen Oculus Go Feature Wishlist

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Legendary programmer and Oculus CTO John Carmack took the stage today at Oculus Connect to have another one of his famous off-script, stream-of-thought talks.

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Google Reveals Experimental 6DOF Controllers for Lenovo Mirage Solo

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It appears Google has made some serious headway on its low-cost, mobile inside out VR controller tracking standard first seen back in April.

Valve Reveals Knuckles EV3 Dev Kit, Planning Production of “Much greater quantities”

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Having revealed the ‘Knuckles’ EV2 controller development kit just a few months ago, Valve has rapidly incorporated improvements based on feedback from developers and today revealed the updated EV3.

Virtual Athletics League Launches New Arcade-focused Esports League with HTC & HP

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With help from corporate sponsors including HP and HTC’s eSports team, a new VR arcade-focused eSports initiative has kicked off its pilot season.

No Plans for ‘Astro Bot’ Co-op Multiplayer, Sony Confirms

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With the overwhelmingly positive reception to the release of ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission on PSVR this week, fans were excited to discover that the back of the game box suggested a multiplayer feature would eventually come to the game via a post-launch update. Alas, Sony confirmed this was a mistake.

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Pimax “8K” Pre-production Previews Emerge from Select Backers

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As part of the company’s ongoing development of the Pimax “8K” headset, a select group of Kickstarter backers recieved pre-production units to aid in testing and feedback ahead of production.

Oculus CTO: Quest is ‘In the Neighborhood of Xbox 360 / PS3 Processing Power’

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Speaking on stage at Oculus Connect this morning, Oculus CTO John Carmack gave his signature unscripted talk, somehow going into depth despite covering a wide range of topics from Go to Quest to Rift, and plenty more.

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‘Firefox Reality’, Mozilla’s VR Web Browser, Launches on Major Standalone Headsets

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Mozilla today launched its made-for-VR web browser, Firefox Reality. The company says the browser is “designed from the ground up” for standalone VR headsets, and today it becomes available for the Oculus Go, Lenovo Mirage Solo, and Vive Focus (and other Vive Wave headsets).

Vive Pro Data Revealed in Steam Survey, Thins Gap Between Rift and Vive

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In the latest set of data from Vale’s monthly Steam Hardware & Software survey, the Vive Pro has finally made an official entrance and shows that the gap between Rift and Vive isn’t as wide as it appeared.

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