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‘Superhot VR’ Has Now Generated More Revenue Than The Original PC Game

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Superhot VR (2017) just celebrated a big milestone. Having sold more than 800,000 units across all supported platforms, developers Superhot Team say the VR title has now generated more revenue than their original hit PC game Superhot (2016).

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Facebook Will Offer VR Livestream of F8 Keynote on Go & Gear VR

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Facebook for the first time will offer a special VR livestream of the keynote presentation at the company’s upcoming F8 2019 developer conference.

Acer Announces New OJO Headset with Higher Res, Open-ear Audio, & IPD Adjustment

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Today during a press conference in New York, Acer announced an upgraded version of its OJO Windows VR headset which includes a higher resolution, open-ear audio, and an IPD adjustment.

Oculus Job Posts Point to Facebook-built AR Headset on the Horizon

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As first reported by PocketGamer , Facebook is advertising a few new posts at its VR subsidiary Oculus, laced with the notion that a Facebook-built AR headset is definitely on the rise.

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Facebook is Working on a Voice Assistant for Oculus Devices, Portal & More

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Facebook is currently developing a voice assistant that could function similar to Amazon Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant. Notably, it’s intended to support Oculus headsets in addition to Portal, and “future products.”

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‘Star Wars Vader Immortal’ Confirmed for Oculus Rift, New Trailer Revealed

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Today during the Star Wars celebration event, a panel of creators developing the upcoming Star Wars Vader Immortal confirmed that the experience will be coming to the Oculus Rift, in addition to Quest which was previously confirmed.

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Leaked Steam Page for Valve Index Headset Points to June 15th Release Date

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Last week’s teaser reveal of the Valve Index headset came with very little information save for a single picture of the bottom of the headset with a tagline “Upgrade your experience. May 2019.”

VR Anime ‘Spice & Wolf’ Launching on Rift, Vive & Go in June

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SpicyTails , the Japan-based studio behind VR anime experience Project LUX (2018) , celebrated a successful Kickstarter earlier this year focusing on their next VR project that aims to bring the manga/anime Spice & Wolf to VR. Now, the studio says VR users can expect the game on June 3rd.

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Sony Brings Social VR Theater App to PSVR Users in Japan

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PSVR users have been waiting for an app that essentially lets them watch all of their favorite content with their other VR headset-owning buddies, or something akin to how Bigscreen Beta works on headsets like Rift, Vive, and Go.

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Valve Teases New ‘Index’ VR Headset Coming in May

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After months of speculation, Valve has finally officially confirmed a new VR headset called Index that bears the company’s own name and will presumably be a first-party product. A teaser image for the headset may indicate a release date of May.

The Surprising Brilliance of ‘Vacation Simulator’s’ VR Paintbrush Tech

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Having released the ever popular Job Simulator as a launch title for the HTC Vive back in 2016, Owlchemy Labs is one of the most veteran VR game studios that exists today.

Talespin Building Virtual Human Tech to Train Interpersonal Skills in VR

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With increasing demand among employers for employees with great interpersonal communication skills, VR training company Talespin is bringing ‘virtual human’ training scenarios to its platform.

Valve Psychologist: Brain-computer Interfaces Are Coming & Could Be Built into VR Headsets

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Valve’s resident experimental psychologist Dr. Mike Ambinder took the stage at GDC 2019 today for his talk on the state of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and how they’ll inform the future of game design.

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AT&T and Magic Leap Partnership is All About 5G, While Selling a $2,300 Headset Without It

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AT&T and Magic Leap formed a partnership last year which looked a lot like the one between Cingular (now merged with AT&T) and Apple which led to the launch of iPhone.

‘Beat Saber’ on Quest Will be Fully Featured at Launch, Use Identical Tracking Logic

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Beat Saber developer Beat Games confirmed to Road to VR that the game will include all official features, modes, and music when it launches with Quest this Spring.

New Multiplayer ‘Star Trek’ VR Game Rolls Out to Dave & Buster’s Nationwide

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Star Trek makes a great basis for multiplayer VR— Star Trek: Bridge Crew proved that much when it launched for consumers back in 2017.

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OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

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OpenXR is a royalty-free standard for cross-platform VR and AR development. It’s backed by many of the biggest names in the VR and AR industries and has been in development by the consortium for two years now, organized by Khronos Group.

HoloLens 2 Hits the Ground as the U.S. Army’s Own AR “combat multiplier”

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Microsoft won a decisive $480 million defense contract with the U.S. Army late last year to bring the company’s AR hardware platform to the battlefield. Now CNBC has gone hand-on with the modified headset based on the enterprise-focused HoloLens 2.

Dent Reality Aims to Bring AR Indoor Directions to Malls, Airports & Retail Stores

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Navigating indoors is still a pretty old school experience: you look for a map of shops, bathrooms, and accessibility ramps and follow signs to your desired destination, all the while knowing that the super powered computer in your pocket has lost a core functionality without GPS signal.

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HTC Planning Lip-tracking Module Dev Kit for Vive Pro

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Today at GDC, HTC announced plans to make available a lip-tracking module for the Vive Pro. The company says it doesn’t currently have plans to consumerize the device, but instead wants to make it available for research and experimentation.

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Vive Pro Eye Hits FCC on Its Way to 2019 Launch

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HTC Vive Pro Eye, the enterprise-focused VR headset with integrated eye-tracking, has officially undergone testing by the FCC.

Here’s Every Game With Support for PSVR Aim

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Sony’s PSVR Aim controller launched back in 2017 with Farpoint , but has since grown to support nearly two dozen games in total. Here’s a handy list of every game with support for PSVR Aim. PSVR Aim is an optional PSVR gun controller which is supported only by specific games.

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Oculus Offers Glimpse of ‘Robo Recall’ on Quest with New Screenshots

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Drifter Entertainment, the studio behind Gunheart (2017) and Ready Player One: Rise of the Gunters (2018) , is taking the reigns of porting Epic’s impressive arcade shooter Robo Recall (2017) to Oculus Quest.

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Oculus Launches ASW 2.0 with Positional Timewarp to Reduce Latency, Improve Performance

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Oculus today released ASW 2.0, an upgrade to the company’s ‘Asynchronous Spacewarp’ technology which is designed to smooth out the visuals inside the headset to compensate for performance fluctuations and to keep latency low for a comfortable experience.

‘Super Mario Odyssey’ & ‘Zelda Breath of the Wild’ to Support Switch VR Kit

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In a surprise move today, Nintendo announced that blockbuster titles Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda Breath of the Wild will get support for the Switch VR Labo Kit. Nintendo announced the Nintendo Labo: VR Kit for Switch back in March.

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Oculus Reveals More Quest Launch Titles in Fresh Teaser Trailer

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PAX East officially starts tomorrow, and to keep the Oculus Quest hypetrain chugging right along, the company today released a new video showing some of the confirmed launch titles coming to Quest in Spring 2019. Yes, there’s a few new ones we didn’t know about until now.

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Facebook Shows Off Research Aiming to Deliver Truly Realistic Avatars

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Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) chief scientist Michael Abrash believes AR and VR will be the primary way people work, play, and connect in the future.

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Report: New Oculus ‘Rift S’ Headset to be Revealed at GDC Next Week

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According to a report by UploadVR , citing emails sent from Facebook to Oculus developers, the rumored Rift S headsets will be revealed next week at GDC. Rift S was first brought to light in a TechCrunch report last year about the leadership shakeup at Oculus and purported shifting product plans.

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Oculus Explains Rift S Design & Manufacturing Partnership with Lenovo

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When Oculus revealed its newest PC headset, Rift S, at GDC last month, it was a surprise to see the ‘Lenovo’ logo on the side. Oculus explained that Facebook tapped the company to help in both the design and manufacture of the headset.

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Nintendo’s Labo VR Kit Sells Out at Major Online Retailers

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With Nintendo’s latest ‘Labo’ kit for Switch, the company made its first real strides into VR (not counting Virtual Boy). Within only a week of its release, the cardboard VR headset maker-kit is already sold out all over the web in the US and in parts of Europe.

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Facebook’s Jason Rubin on Quest, Rift S, & the Direction of Oculus

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Last week at GDC Oculus revealed their first new PC VR headset in three years, the Rift S. We sat down with Facebook’s Jason Rubin, VP of AR/VR Content & Partnerships, to learn more about the strategy behind Quest and Rift S, and where Oculus is trying to steer its ecosystem.

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Hands-on: Oculus Quest is Ready and Able to Handle ‘Beat Saber’s’ Highest Difficulty

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Beyond being a great VR game, Beat Saber has inadvertently turned out to be an excellent benchmark of controller tracking performance, and thus a great test for the upcoming Oculus Quest standalone headset, the first from the company to feature inside-out tracking.

Valve Psychologist to Explore Brain-Computer Interface Research at GDC

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At GDC 2019 later this month, Valve’s Principal Experimental Psychologist, Mike Ambinder will present the latest research pertaining to brain-computer interfaces—using signals from the brain as computer input.

New ‘Boneworks’ Gameplay Video Shows off Physics-based Combat

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Boneworks is on a mission to redefine VR gameplay with a highly simulated approach to movement, interaction, and combat. Today developer Stress Level Zero showed off one of the game’s first levels in a new video.

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Creator Behind ’90s Cult Classic ‘Another World’ Announces PSVR Game ‘Paper Beast’

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Éric Chahi, the creator behind cult classic platformer Another World (1991) , is working on a new VR game called Paper Beast. In a rare occurrence, the title set to release on PSVR first later this year, and then on PS4 sometime in 2020, coming from Chahi’s newly formed studio Pixel Reef.

‘Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot’ to Launch on PSVR & SteamVR Headsets in July

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Bethesda quietly released the official street date for their upcoming VR game, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot , which is targeting both PSVR and SteamVR headsets. The game is set to launch simultaneously on the PlayStation Store for PSVR and on Steam July 26th for $20.

‘Audica’ Adds Official Support for Custom Beat Maps (Using the Game’s OST)

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HP ‘Reverb’ is the New High-res Headset on the Block, Starting at $600

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HP today announced Reverb (formerly codenamed ‘Copper’), the successor to the company’s first Windows VR headset. Reverb’s high res displays raise the bar on pixel density among consumer VR headsets.

OptiTrack Shows Hundreds of Simultaneously Tracked Objects in a Single VR Experience

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OptiTrack at GDC last week showed off a demonstration of their enterprise/commercial tracking technology which is capable of accurately tracking hundreds of objects simultaneously in real-time.

‘High Fidelity’ Shifts Focus Towards Non-VR Due to Slow Growth

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Philip Rosedale, CEO of High Fidelity and founder of Second Life, announced at a High Fidelity community meeting recently that the company will be scaling back their VR efforts, focusing more on improving their PC and Mac performance.

Sony Announces 4.2 Million PlayStation VR Units Sold

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Sony today revealed its latest PlayStation VR sales milestone of 4.2 million units. The company says this figure represents headsets ‘sold through’ to consumers, as opposed to total outstanding units that might still be in the hands of distributors.

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Oculus Rift is Out of Stock All Over the Web, Suggesting ‘Rift S’ is Near

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It seems one of two things is happening at the moment: either Oculus Rift has been selling like hotcakes and going out of stock simultaneously all over the Internet, or the company is tuning down production for some unknown reason.

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Hands-on: LetinAR Brings a Larger FOV & Depth of Field to AR with ‘Pinhole Effect’ Optics

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