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Half-Life: Alyx full review: the first true AAA VR game

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Yesterday, I finally finished Half-Life: Alyx. It has been a very long ride, and I had a lot of fun. I am now ready to write you a full review of this game. Some days ago, I have written a first impressions article on this game, and it made some people unhappy because I somewhat criticized this game.

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VRCover Oculus Quest covers unboxing and review

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VR Cover is a Thai company that produces accessories for VR headsets since 2014, and i t has recently started selling covers for the popular Oculus Quest as well. Discover in this review how they are!

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Masterpiece VR CEO: 3D modeling in VR is 10x faster than on flat screen

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Masterpiece VR is one of the best VR 3D modeling softwares because it lets you create 3D elements easily and also animate them, all in virtual reality, all in an intuitive way. It is a professional application , and many people in the field are already using it.

What is the best headset to play Half-Life: Alyx with?

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These days, I’m playing a lot of hours a day to write a review of Half-Life: Alyx ( here you can read my first impressions , in the meanwhile). Inspired by the work of TESTED, I’ve decided to do an experiment, and play Alyx with all the headsets that I’ve taken home from the office , asking feedback to some friends (like the ergonomics expert Rob Cole ) on other headsets I don’t own. This way, I can tell you how it is playing Alyx with the different devices on the market!

All the best events to attend in VR in 2020

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In these hard times , we are all collecting events that we should have attended and instead got canceled. Regarding me, for instance, we’re talking about MWC, GDC, XR Europe, Svilupparty, just to name a few.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.02.10): Lynx launches MR standalone headset, Facebook acquires Scape and much more!

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Yesterday was Chinese Lanterns’ Festival… my best wishes to you all, especially a big hug to all people that are still in China and are living very hard times… ??!

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.

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.

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!

VR Cover for Valve Index thorough review!

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The VR ergonomics expert Rob Cole of immersivecomputing.org has tried for us the VR Cover headset covers for the Valve Index , and had reviewed it for us.

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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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The XR Week Peek (2020.01.27): Samsung may be working on a new headset, Half-Life: Alyx will ship on time and much more!

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Hello everyone! With great pleasure, I announce to you that we have updated our game HitMotion: Reloaded (the first mixed reality fitness game ) on Viveport, and now we have far better bonuses management, apart from having fixed lots of bugs.

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.

My Oculus Connect 6 predictions: a glimpse of the XR of the future

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The Oculus Connect 6 is approaching. Next week, on 25th and 26th, Oculus will hold its main yearly event , and as always, it will talk about the milestones reached by the company and then it will show future hardware and software. But what can we expect from this important event?

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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.

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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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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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.13): Magic Leap exploring a sale, events are going virtual and more!

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Another week closed at home, sending big hugs to all of you VR enthusiasts of the world. Many countries are locking down because of the coronavirus, so I hope you all stay safe, healthy and will be able to keep in touch with the people you love.

Bizarre Barber review: cut the hair of those monsters!

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Yesterday evening I was finally able to try Bizarre Barber , a VR videogame that always got me curious from the gameplay videos. Courtesy of Maria of Synesthetic Echo, I have spent some time with this crazy game, and now I’m here telling you my impressions! Gameplay.

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Skype vs VR: When should you organize your meetings/events in VR?

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We are in the coronavirus times, and the outbreak of this disease has changed in a way or in another the lives of many people. One of the biggest consequences is that many people are now quarantined, or have problems traveling in the world.

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 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 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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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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I’ve visited Half-Life:Alyx environments and I loved them!

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Today, Valve has released on Steam two special environments for SteamVR Home that let you visit two places where Half-Life: Alyx will take place. I’ve visited them and I loved every second of those moments!

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All the best AR VR news from CES 2020

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Last week there has been the CES, maybe the biggest technology show of the year.

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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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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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.

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).

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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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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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.

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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Half-Life: Alyx launches on March, 23rd!

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My dear VR “komrades” (as in Red Matter ), finally we have a release date for Half-Life: Alyx ! The day that the VR world will halt is March, 23rd. That day, the VR apocalypse will start and I guess that no one is going to work.

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HitMotion:Reloaded launches in Early Access on Nov. 27th, watch the trailer here

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With great joy, today we of New Technology Walkers are going to share new details about our upcoming game HitMotion: Reloaded! Do we want to start with the coolest of them all? Have a look at our official launch trailer!

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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.