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Amazon to Begin Selling VR Apps Through New HTC Partnership

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Amazon will soon begin selling VR apps on its massive digital marketplace through a new partnership with HTC. While Steam generally functions as the Vive’s defacto app store, HTC runs its own VR app store called Viveport.

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Magic Leap Reveals Developer Demo, Confirms NVIDIA TX2 Hardware

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Today during Magic Leap’s developer livestream the company offered the first details on the compute hardware that’s built into the device, confirming that an NVIDIA CPU/GPU module, and also showed a brief developer sample demonstrating world meshing and gesture input.

10 Projects That Have Us Excited About the Next Generation of VR & AR

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With leading high-end VR headsets debuting in 2016, we’ve had about two years to see what the first-generation VR experience looks like.

‘Seeking Dawn’ to See “huge” Content Update Closer to Launch on PSVR

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Multiverse Entertainment, the studio behind VR sci-fi shooter Seeking Dawn (2018) , recently announced their 10+ hour title is due for a “huge content” update, which is said to arrive sometime before the game makes its way to PSVR.

‘Sword Art Online’ Producer Takes Lead in New VR Manga Game ‘TOKYO CHRONOS’, Kickstarter Launches Today

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Japanese VR studio MyDearest and Los Angeles-based Sekai Project are launching a Kickstarter campaign today to fund the development of a new VR manga game. Dubbed TOKYO CHRONOS , the VR visual novel game is targeting HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PSVR.

Valve: Monthly Active VR Users on Steam Are Up 160% Year-over-year

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Speaking at an industry event last week, Valve offered an update on Steam, the company’s massive digital marketplace for PC games, including the continued growth the company has seen in the VR segment over the last year. Speaking at the White Nights St.

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Samsung “Anti SDE” Trademark Suggests New VR Display Tech Coming to Market

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Samsung filed an interesting trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office recently which suggests the company is working on a new AMOLED display for VR that specifically addresses the screen door effect (SDE).

Report: Next-gen NVIDIA GPUs Will Boost VR Bandwidth With New Connector

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A report from Tom’s Hardware states that NVIDIA’s next-generation GeForce GPUs, tentatively being referred to as the GTX 11-series, will include a new connector with enough bandwidth to support future VR headsets much higher resolutions and greater refresh rates.

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Echoing Apple’s iPhone Launch, Magic Leap Taps AT&T for Exclusive US Distribution

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Magic Leap today announced that AT&T, one of the leading cellular carriers in the US, has invested in the company and solidified a partnership making AT&T the “exclusive wireless distributor of Magic Leap products for consumers in the U.S.”

‘I Expect You To Die’ Studio Releases Educational VR Chemistry Game ‘HoloLab Champions’

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Schell Games, the studio behind popular spy-themed VR puzzle I Expect You To Die (2016) , today launched a VR chemistry lab practice game that aims to get students excited about chemistry by gamifying an otherwise time intensive (and possibly dangerous) lab learning experience.

‘Waltz of the Wizard’ Studio Aldin Raises $1M to Fuse VR & AI in New Title

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VR veterans Aldin, the indie studio behind Waltz of the Wizard and other early and innovative VR titles, has announced the closure of a $1 million Seed investment.

‘Luna’ is a Beautiful Introduction to VR for Gaming Novices

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A little while back, Oculus issued a $15 credit to many Rift users after an issue which prevented the headsets from working for a day or two. Seeking out something worthy to drop this credit on, I scrolled through the store pages I stumbled upon Luna (2017).

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ISS Astronaut Uses Oculus Rift in Experiment to Understand How Space Effects Hand-eye Coordination

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German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is participating in a study aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that’s designed to give Earth-bound researchers a better understanding of how sight, sound, and gravity effect hand-eye coordination.

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This Developer Recreated ‘The Legend of Zelda’ Boss Battles in VR

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For VR users, the following question inevitably arises in some shape or form: why isn’t ‘x-studio’ making my favorite ‘y’ game in VR?

Pimax Starts Mass Production Phase of “8K” VR Headset

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Pimax today announced they’ve headed into the mass production phase of the Pimax “8K” VR headset.

‘Rick & Morty VR’, ‘Coco VR’, ‘Blade Runner 2049 VR’ & More Nominated for Emmys

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The 70th Annual Emmy Awards are nearly here, and the nomination list is out.

Capcom: Don’t Expect VR Mode for ‘Resident Evil 2’ Remake

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It looks like the UK’s Daily Star had the opportunity to reveal a little more behind why Capcom’s horror-adventure Resident Evil 2 remake, slated to release in early 2019, most likely isn’t getting a VR mode after all.

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Windows VR Headsets Seeing Slow But Steady Adoption on Steam

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The monthly Steam hardware survey is out again, and while June hasn’t revealed any major upsets in the balances of usership between HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, the survey shows that Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets are making slow, but steady headway on the platform.

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Plexus is a VR Glove With Finger Haptics & Multiple Tracking Standards, $250 Dev Kit Pre-orders Now Live

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Plexus Immersive Corp, a San Francisco-based startup, announced a pair of VR gloves that integrate haptic feedback and interface with multiple tracking standards, including SteamVR, Oculus Rift, and Windows “Mixed Reality” VR.

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Valve Shipping Knuckles to “Hundreds” of Developers, Mass Production Could Be Next

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Alongside the reveal of the revamped Knuckles controllers that Valve shared last week, third party developers have confirmed they’ve begun receiving the new EV2 version of the controller.

Report: HTC Lays Off 1,500 Employees in Taiwan Manufacturing Division

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HTC is reportedly laying off 1,500 employees in its Taiwan manufacturing division, something Bloomberg’s Taipei bureau chief Samson Ellis reports to be around 22% of HTC employees.

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Facebook Spent Over $88M This Year on Oculus’ Seattle Area Satellite HQ

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Oculus has been on quite the hiring spree as of late, with over a hundred positions currently advertised on the company’s career website aimed at bringing hardware and software engineers into the Seattle area.

Valve Announces ‘Skeletal Input’ to Give SteamVR Apps More Lifelike Hands Moving Forward

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Accompanying the news that Valve has made a critical redesign of its ‘Knuckles’ motion controller , the company also recently released a new input system in beta that not only aims to create lifelike hands, but make them accessible to all SteamVR app developers.

Windows 10 to Become Minimum Supported OS on Rift When Core 2.0 Goes Live

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Rift owners still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, beware. Oculus is changing both its recommended and minimum supported OS to Windows 10 on Rift, something the company says will come when Rift Core 2.0 is pushed out to the stable branch sometime later this year.

Apple Details Latest VR Optimizations Coming to macOS Mojave (10.14)

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Earlier this month at Apple’s annual WWDC conference, the company introduced their latest operating system, macOS Mojave (10.14).

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Valve Reveals 2018’s Top Selling VR Games on Steam (so far)

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Just in time for the end of Steam’s summer sale, Valve has released a list of the top selling VR games of 2018 so far.

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Comic-Con’s ‘Jack Ryan’ VR Park Pulls out All the Stops in 60,000 Sqft Facility

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San Diego Comic-Con is well underway, and it appears our friends over at VR Scout got a chance to try out one of the coolest looking VR activations there.

Leap Motion Reveals First Extended Demo Shot Through North Star Headset

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Back in April Leap Motion first revealed North Star , a prototype AR headset that’s designed to replicate the features of a future high-end AR headset, as a platform for experimentation.

‘The Unspoken’ VR League eSports Final is Cancelled & Not Coming to Oculus Connect 5 After All

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The Virtual Reality League is an ESL Gaming organization partnered with Oculus that oversees eSports tournaments for online VR multiplayer games including Echo Arena , The Unspoken , and Sprint Vector.

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HTC Donates Over 100 Vive Headsets to California & Nevada Libraries

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HTC is donating over 110 HTC Vive systems to California and Nevada libraries through its new Vive Libraries Program, an effort to seed local communities with premium VR.

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Designing ‘Virtual Virtual Reality’, One of Mobile VR’s Most Immersive Games Yet

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VR Sci-fi Shooter ‘Seeking Dawn’ to Land on Rift & Vive July 12th

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Multiverse Inc., the studio behind VR sci-fi shooter Seeking Dawn , today announced the single/multiplayer game is soon heading out of closed beta and launching on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets on July 12th.

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Valve Reveals Latest Knuckles Dev Kit & New ‘Moondust’ Tech Demo

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Since announcing the ‘Knuckles’ controller prototype all the way back in 2016, Valve has been relatively quiet about its progress outside of a select group of developers who have been experimenting with early development kits.

Microsoft Affirms No Plans for VR on Xbox Consoles

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Photorealistic VR Tour ‘Nefertari: Journey to Eternity’ Takes You Deep into a 3,000 Year-old Egyptian Tomb

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Periscape Brings VR Pop-up Installation to JFK International, Company in Talks with Over 200 Airports

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Traveling through Terminal 4 on your way to, or through JFK International? Then you might have a chance to jump into VR thanks to Periscape VR’s recent pop-up installation that brings a number of high-quality PC VR games and experiences to international travellers.

‘CalcFlow’ Studio Partners with HTC to Bring VR STEM Tools to Libraries Across California & Nevada

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Nanome , the studio behind CalcFlow, the 3D visualization tool for math concepts, has partnered with HTC to bring their STEM-focused VR tools to libraries across California and Nevada.

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PSVR Horror Game ‘Stifled’ Coming to Vive, Rift & PC Next Week

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Stifled (2017) originally launched last year as a PSVR exclusive, but now Singaporean studio Gattai Games is bringing the echolocation-based horror game to Rift, Vive, and PC next week.

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Exclusive: Cloudhead Games Goes In-depth with Knuckles EV2 & Predecessors

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since the SteamVR Knuckles controllers were first revealed using a demo of our game, Call of the Starseed (2016) , at Steam Devs Days 2016. Now, at the reveal of Knuckles EV2 this summer, we’ve got a whole bunch more to talk about.

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‘Black Mirror’ Inspired Sci-fi Mystery ‘Torn’ Confirmed for August Launch on PSVR, Rift & Vive

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Torn is an upcoming sci-fi mystery puzzle from Aspyr Media that takes inspiration from The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. Now the studio has confirmed with Road to VR that Torn is indeed launching on all supported platforms next month. .

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