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Hands-on review on Oculus Quest 3DOF mode and Passthrough+!

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Yesterday Oculus started rolling out the firmware update for the Oculus Quest with the big updates announced at Oculus Connect 6 , that is 3 DOF mode and Passthrough+. Today I have been able to try these features and of course I will tell you my impressions on them!

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All you need to know on Oculus Connect 6: the most important news in one single article!

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This week has been the week of the Oculus Connect 6 , the biggest yearly event by Oculus where the VR company announces all its most important news, both on hardware and software sides.

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Stay fit and have fun in mixed reality with HitMotion: Reloaded (out now!)

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After a long ride lasted many months, finally our mixed reality fitness game HitMotion: Reloaded has been published on Viveport M ! The game has been released in Early Access and costs €4.99/$5.59/RMB39.90. HitMotion purpose is to let people stay fit while having fun.

How to update your Oculus Quest (manually or automatically)

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Last week, I published my post about the latest update of Oculus Quest that provides new interesting features like Passthrough+ and 3 DOF mode.

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Super-interview with Jeri Ellsworth about her Tilt Five glasses, AR tech, and startups!

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Today Tilt Five is launching its Kickstarter campaign for its innovative augmented reality glasses for tabletop gaming.

Valve Index review: a step closer to next-gen VR

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Some weeks ago, thanks to the help of VR professional Guido Haag (thanks a lot, man!), I have been able to use the Valve Index for one month. In this period, I made some tests using it for gaming, work, fitness and lots of other activities, so that to be able to write a complete review about it.

Facebook’s Sean Liu: we are at an inflection point of the VR industry

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It’s since when I launched my blog that I always dreamed of interviewing someone from Oculus , and finally today this dream has come true.

HTC Vive Cosmos, maybe the most versatile PC VR headset, launches at $699

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Finally, the moment has come: after months of teasing, silence, rumors and spinning heads, the Vive Cosmos has finally been launched! The final price has been revealed: 699$ and so its availability, plus some little surprises! Discover everything with me…. Vive Cosmos. HTC Vive Cosmos (Image by HTC).

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7Invensun reveals high-quality eye-tracking VR accessory for only $149

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Last week at a dedicated Vive X event, Chinese company 7Invensun has presented one of the most interesting eye tracking accessories to date.

Augmented reality is reaching a mature state according to Gartner

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According to the very famous market analysis company Gartner, Augmented Reality is no more an “emerging” technology, but it has graduated as a mature one.

How to get started with nReal glasses development in Unity

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The nReal glasses are one of the most interesting AR gadgets of this year. They have been revealed at CES , and I have personally tried them in Beijing some months ago, and in my review , I hig h lighted how they are not only very light and trendy, but they can also provide very bright holograms.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.22): Oculus working on AR glasses with Luxottica, Apple glasses FOV discovered and much more!

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Another week, another roundup of amazing AR/VR news!

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OC6: Facebook gives superpowers to Quest and “kills” Go and Rift S

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The opening keynote of the Oculus Connect 6 has just finished and there have been tons of interesting announcements there. I will leave the description of all the news presented at OC6 for a big roundup article that I’ll write during the weekend (as I do every year).

Editorial: Why Half-Life: Alyx could be very important for Virtual Reality

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Yesterday evening I came home at night after a long day at work and I opened my laptop to read (and share) some more news on the just-launched Oculus Link. What I discovered instead was that Valve had finally announced its flagship VR game, called “Half Life: Alyx” on Twitter!

Valve Index: A good fit?

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If you are interested in ergonomics in virtual reality, today is your lucky day.

How to be a good VR startupper – Part 1

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This is the week of this blog’s birthday and so I’m publishing a very special post, that I’m going to split into two parts.

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How to be a good VR startupper – Part 2

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Second part of my post with my pieces of advice for wannabe VR entrepreneurs. If you lost the first part, you can find it here !

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Mixed Reality fitness game HitMotion: Reloaded slated for October release

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“HitMotion: Reloaded”, the first mixed reality fitness game , whose demo has been one of the 20 launch titles for the Vive Focus Plus , has finally an estimated release date! This is the game that all worldwide gaming communities are waiting for.

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How to test the different passthrough modes on the Valve Index

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The Valve Index is for sure one of the best VR gadgets of the moment. On its faceplate, it has two front cameras, that are not used for inside-out tracking, but to provide some kind of mixed reality features.

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Xiaomi may have laid off its Mi VR standalone team: what’s the future for Oculus Go?

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In these days, I got a quite interesting rumor: Xiaomi may have abandoned its plans for the Mi VR standalone headset , the Chinese counterpart of the Oculus Go. Before I continue with this story… Before I tell you what I know, let me clarify one thing: THIS IS A RUMOR.

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Leap Motion’s North Star is the DK1 of AR: hands-on preview and how to buy it!

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You probably have heard about Leap Motion’s Project North Star , that should be able to offer people affordable augmented reality. Anyway, there’s still a lot of confusion and mistery about this device.

Vive Focus Plus can now play natively PC VR games (in streaming)

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At ChinaJoy today, HTC has just announced a little but very important news: the Vive Focus Plus will be able to connect to Viveport on PC and play all its games via Wi-fi streaming. All natively. Wi-fi streaming.

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Mind Labyrinth VR Dreams review: explore your emotions in VR

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I spent some time playing with Mind Labyrinth VR Dreams after the fellow community member Andrea Marinelli of Frost Earth Studio sent me a key to play this game. I think it is an intriguing game, but only if you like the genre. Discover it with me. Gameplay.

Red Matter on Quest review: a new quality bar for mobile VR games

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Vertical Robot’ s acclaimed indie game Red Matter has just been ported to Oculus Quest and the title has already got a lot of interest. This is because from the teaser video it seems that the developers have made a great job in having amazing graphics on the Quest.

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How to create a seamless mobile AR experience using AR.js

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Today I’m going to write a detailed tutorial about AR.js, telling you what it is and how it can be useful to create seamless simple mobile AR experiences. I spent a lot of time experimenting for this article, so I really hope that you will love it. The problem of friction of mobile AR.

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Suzanne Borders: BadVR is mixing art and technology to innovate data visualization

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For the next two days, I will feature on this blog a long interview I made with Suzanne Borders, the CEO of BadVR.

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Skyworth v901 review: a 4K 3DOF VR headset to watch high-res videos

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When I was in Qingdao , the general manager of Chinese manufacturer Skyworth has made me try a 3DOF VR headset called v901 , and I was impressed by the 8K video I have viewed inside, so he has kindly given me a sample of the device to test and review.

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Neuralink announces new BCI: why us VR people should care

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Yesterday, finally Elon Musk has detailed in a public event the work that its secretive BCI startup Neuralink has done in these two years of stealth mode.

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nReal AR glasses hands-on preview

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It is something that I say since the beginning of 2019 : nReal is one of the most interesting AR startups out there. That’s why when I traveled to Beijing, I really did everything that I could to visit its HQ. Entrance of nReal offices in Beijing, China.

Experience 6 amazing indie VR games at the Gamescom VR Showcase!

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Gamescom is one of the most important gaming fairs in the world, and probably the most important in Europe. Last year I was there , and I had lots of fun, meeting cool VR people (like the Youtuber Nathie or the journalist Scott Hayden) and trying VR games and hardware (e.g. the bHaptics suit).

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Dexmo force feedback gloves show the future of hands presence in VR

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One of the most interesting encounters I had in my trip to Beijing has been with Dexta Robotics , the company behind the Dexmo force-feedback glove s.

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7Invensun shows that eye-tracking on a standalone headset is now possible

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In Beijing, I have visited again my friends of 7Invensun , one of the worldwide leaders in eye tracking technologies. During my first visit , they showed me some cool prototypes: a prototypical eye tracking add-on for HoloLens and a prototypical Vive Focus with embedded eye tracking.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.11.18): Magic Leap may be in trouble, Carmack leaving Oculus and much more!

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I’m super excited that this week I’ve shared the news that we of NTW are going to launch our game HitMotion:Reloaded on November, 27th. But there have been also many wider-scope news this week that I want to discuss with you, so let’s start talking about them! Top news of the week.

Virtuleap wants to read your mind while you play in VR

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Virtuleap is for sure one of the most promising startups I have talked with in this 2019. I had the pleasure of talking with the CEO Amir Bozorgzadeh some weeks ago (sorry for the delay in publishing the article, Amir!)

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Viveport Video “6DOF Lite” mode review: move your head in 360 videos

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At VEC 2019 HTC announced the “6DOF Lite” mode for Viveport Video , promising the fact that we would have been able to watch standard 360 videos with the possibility of actually moving the head in the video. But… does it work? Is it good enough?

SIF: Pico Neo and HP Reverb hands on

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At Sandbox Immersive Festival , I have been able to try some interesting VR storytelling experiences. But it is interesting to talk about not only the experiences, but also the devices through which I have enjoyed them.

Oculus Quest Review: consumer Virtual Reality v1 is here

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The time for my Oculus Quest review has come.