Tue.Dec 12, 2017

Apple Positions New iMac Pro for VR Development, Available Starting Thursday

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Back at WWDC 2017 Apple finally embraced VR, announcing that it had been working with Valve to bring SteamVR and the HTC Vive to MacOS , along with a number of other announcements about how the company would support VR as part of its ecosystem.

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Interactive VR Memorial Honors Victims of Atomic Bombs

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The first-of-its-kind VR experience incorporates real testimonies and photogrammetry to highlight the need for global nuclear disarmament.

30 Years of Lost ‘Star Wars’ Production Art Showcased in Virtual Gallery Inside ‘Sansar’

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A virtual reality gallery showcasing 30 years of lost art from Star Wars film productions has launched inside of the social virtual platform, Sansar. Collector and exhibit curator Greg Aronwitz offered guided tours at the gallery’s debut.

Bring AR Twitter into Your Reality with TweetReality

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When it comes to curation of up-to-date news and information in real life, Twitter is one of the best social media platforms to turn to…so why not bring that into VR?

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AWE USA 2018

AWE USA, the world’s #1 AR+VR conference and expo, is back for it’s 9th year on May 30-June 1, 2018 in Santa Clara, CA. Use code VRPUL200 for $200 off all three All Access Passes (1-day, 2-day and 3-day) as well as the 2-day Expo Only Pass.

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Oculus Plans to Let You Bring Your ‘Medium’ Sculptures Into Home

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According to a recent entry on the official Oculus blog , the team has plans to allow sculptures from Oculus Medium (2016) to be placed into Home spaces. Customisation is already the central feature of the new Home, which makes up a key component of Rift Core 2.0,

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The Last Guardian VR Briefly Brought My Dreams To Life

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I’m a staunch defender of The Last Guardian, Sony’s long-delayed final entry in the Team Ico trilogy. While not without issue, I challenge anyone to see it through without admiring the archaic scenery — a Team Ico hallmark — and biting their lip at climactic moments.

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10 Minutes of ‘Blood and Truth’ Gameplay Footage Revealed at PSX 2017

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SIE London Studio’s upcoming PSVR title Blood and Truth was playable on the showfloor at PSX 2017. The footage captured during an interview with PlayStation Blog ’s Sid Shuman at the show is the clearest look at the gameplay sequence we enjoyed during our hands-on in October.

Fallout 4 VR is out now for the HTC Vive and your PC with beefy specs.

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Fallout 4 , the legendary post-apocalyptic adventure from Bethesda Game Studios and winner of more than 200 ‘Best Of’ awards, is available now worldwide in virtual reality on the HTC VIVE.

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Amazon Deal Sees Return of Rift’s $350 Black Friday Price Cut

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Amazon’s US store is either the first, or the only retailer currently to offer the Oculus Rift for its Black Friday-reduced price of $350, a $50 discount off the now normal MSRP of $400.

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Sony Patents Reveal Possible Cancelled PSVR Glove Controller

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New patents from Sony give us a slightly better look at its work prototyping a glove controller for its PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset. Earlier this year we reported that Sony had looked into a glove controller for PSVR but ultimately decided not to progress with it, at least that the time. These patents, first spotted by Neogaf member Rosti , detail different kinds of glove-based interfaces that could be used with a VR headset.

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‘EVE: Valkyrie’ Winter Update Adds Custom Matches, Spectator Mode & New Map

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CCP may have shuttered their VR game-producing branches , but EVE: Valkyrie (2016), the studio’s multiplayer arcade dogfighter set in the EVE universe, lives on with the addition of support for traditional monitors.

Resident Evil 7’s Free Not A Hero DLC Is An Entertaining Epilogue

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Why not finish the year as we started it, with a good bit of Resident Evil 7?

‘Operation Apex’ Takes You to the Great White’s Delicately Balanced Ocean Ecosystem, Now Available on Vive

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Curiscope, the makers of the mixed reality Virtuali-tee educational app, just launched Operation Apex (2017), an underwater exploration and adventure game developed in partnership with HTC Vive Studios.

Airbnb’s VR And AR Plans Will Let You Visit A Home Before Renting It

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Airbnb, a service now used worldwide for renting apartments and homes for overnight stays, is looking to VR and AR to help revolutionize its business. Yesterday the company hinted at plans to incorporate VR and AR into its service to let people visit locations before renting them.

PSX 2017 Showed Why Sony Is Leading The VR Race With PSVR

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This past weekend at PSX you could feel the momentum. There was a palpable sense of accomplishment in the air as executives spoke on stage about having over 70 million PS4 systems sold, over two million PSVR headsets out in the wild , and over 12 million PSVR games in consumers’ hands. Developers excitedly showed off their upcoming projects while fans lined up for hours on end to get their hands on a taste of the future.

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Fallout 4 VR’s Blur Issues Fixed In Steam Beta Update

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Those of you having troubles with blurriness and low-resolution textures in Bethesda’s just-released Fallout 4 VR are in luck; the developer appears to have fixed the issue. The game, which launched yesterday with HTC Vive support, ports the entire original role-playing game (RPG) into VR, but many users have been reporting that the world around them appears blurry inside the headset. We even noted the textures looked ‘smeared’ in our full review.

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Oculus Content VP Jason Rubin: ‘I Love Skyrim, But My Goal Is To See A Made-For-VR MMO On Our Platform’

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A year ago people were just starting to explore Oculus Touch and the feeling of bringing your hands into a virtual world with the Oculus Rift. HTC Vive beat Touch to market by about eight months with hand controllers, and SteamVR launched with a ton of innovative experiences including Fantastic Contraption, Tilt Brush and Job Simulator.

Gunjack 2 Comes To Gear VR As CCP Winds Down Efforts

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Eve: Valkyrie launched as a seemingly perfect fit for the Oculus Rift in March 2016. The effort by CCP Games to build a compelling seated VR experience that would see space pilots using a gamepad to shoot down ships for hours at a time was one of VR’s earliest and biggest releases. A smaller effort from CCP, Gunjack, actually beat Valkyrie to market.

Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer Is A Cool AR Toy For Kids

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My 7-year-old figured out how to use Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer pretty quickly. First she used markers to fill in the colors for an object on the card, like a bookcase or couch. Then she would scan the object with the phone or tablet. Within about 20 minutes she was filling three different virtual houses with her creations. Dr. Panda Plus Home Designer is an easy-to-use augmented reality toy. It is now available through Amazon and Apple Store for around $40.