Thu.Jun 25, 2020

Bigscreen VR Announces Built-In Video Player

VRScout

Share you personal videos without the need of a VR-ready PC. Since the launch of the social VR platform Bigscreen , movie fans have been jumping into VR to checkout a huge catalog of awesome 2D and 3D blockbuster flicks alongside friends and strangers from across the globe.

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‘Bigscreen’ Now Lets You Watch Your Own Video Files on All Supported Platforms

Road to VR

Bigscreen today released an update that brings to the social VR viewing platform a video player that lets you watch your own video files. Yes, even on Oculus Quest.

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‘Phantom: Covert Ops’ VR Review – Dangerous Waters Ahead

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Developer nDreams offers a unique stealth experience that doesn’t overstay its welcome. “Just keep paddling. Don’t look behind you. Just keep paddling.”

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‘Virtua Sonic’ Fan Experience Brings Sonic the Hedgehog to VR

Road to VR

Want to step into the iconic red boots of Sonic the Hedgehog? This fan-built VR experience will let you do just that, and with some serious attention to detail that Sonic fans are sure to appreciate.

Flipside Studio Provides Virtual Production Tools For Animation In VR

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Flipside Studio is a new virtual production studio tool that allows actors and directors to capture and create animated content entirely in VR. The tool is leaving Early Access today, after a testing period where several notable companies and platforms made use of the technology.

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‘Phantom: Covert Ops’ Review – Stealth on the Waterways

Road to VR

Phantom: Covert Ops is a rather unique take on a stealth action game, and one that’s clearly been designed with virtual reality in mind. With paddle in hand, you’ll find yourself sleuthing through sluices in a tactical kayak. But are the waterways a welcoming venue for fun stealth action?

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‘Half-Life: Alyx’, ‘Walking Dead’ & More Top VR Games Discounted During Steam Summer Sale

Road to VR

The Steam Summer Sale is here and runs through July 9th. For the first time the event puts Half-Life: Alyx on sale, bringing the price down to $45 (25% discount), and you’ll get another $5 off Alyx or any other purchase over $30.

Best VR Hand Tracking Games for Oculus Quest in 2020

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Oculus Quest is a VR headset that helps users enjoy tetherless immersive experiences. It consists of a headset and a pair of hand controllers. Players do not need a computer or a mobile phone to start a game, thus they can play both indoors and outdoors.

Google Launches Depth API for ARCore, Increasing Realism And Improving Occlusion

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Google announced today that the Depth API is now available for ARCore 1.18 on Android and Unity. The Depth API is meant to improve occlusion and increase realism thanks to new interaction types. The Depth API was first announced with a preview on the Google developers blog last year.

Triangulating Clues in Apple’s AR Roadmap

AR Insider

“Trendline” is AR Insider’s series that examines trends and events in spatial computing, and their strategic implications. For an indexed library of spatial computing insights, data, reports and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

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Iron Man VR Started Development On PC

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Iron Man VR releases exclusively for PSVR next week and we recently talked with Ryan Payton, founder of developer Camouflaj, about the game’s development. During the conversation he briefly touched on the game’s early prototyping phase and mentioned it began life as a PC VR title.

Intel’s Raja Koduri Teases “Ponte Vecchio” Xe GPU Silicon

Anand Tech

Absent from the discrete GPU space for over 20 years, this year Intel is set to see the first fruits from their labors to re-enter that market.

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Until You Fall Exits PC Early Access And Launches For PSVR And Quest This Fall

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After almost a year in Early Access on PC, sword-fighting roguelike Until You Fall is launching its 1.0 version and hitting PSVR and Quest this Fall.

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DOJ's New WikiLeaks Indictment Has Significant, Convenient Plot Holes

GizModo VR

In its push to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the U.K., the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday published a superseding indictment aimed at broadening “the scope of the conspiracy surrounding alleged computer intrusions with which Assange was previously charged.”

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Steam Summer Sale 2020 Now Live Discounting Half-Life: Alyx, The Walking Dead, And Hundreds More

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The Steam Summer Sale for 2020 is now live until July 9th at 10PM PT with discounts across the entire storefront on thousands of games including some of the very best VR titles like Half-Life: Alyx and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners.

Apparently It’s Sue Big Oil Week

GizModo VR

It’s lawsuit week for Big Oil. A day after Minnesota filed a groundbreaking suit , Washington, DC District Attorney General Karl Racine sued ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, and Shell, alleging that the companies “systematically and intentionally misled consumers.

Phantom: Covert Ops Oculus Rift vs Quest Comparison

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Phantom: Covert Ops is sneaking onto Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest today and it’s pretty darn great , but how does each version compare side-by-side? Weighing up the quality of Quest versions of VR games against more powerful platforms is usually a question of freedom.

What Animal Crossing Gets Right: Safety & Self-Expression

Sara Carbonneau

Written by Sara Lucille Carbonneau. Screenshot by Twitter user @peachlily. Animal Crossing: New Horizons (AC:NH) has been breaking record sales since its release. In March, it sold 5 million copies and became the highest selling game for any console within a month¹.

Valve: Future SteamVR Features Will Be On ‘OpenXR Side’ As Valve Transitions From OpenVR

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Valve’s transition toward the open standard OpenXR API from its earlier OpenVR efforts is gaining steam as the company announced they “expect new features on SteamVR to appear on the OpenXR side.”

Space agencies’ online dashboard shows lockdown effects on Earth

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The effects have been so dramatic that they can be seen from space. News Coronavirus COVID-19 ESA JAXA lockdown NASA shutdown space stay at home

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Phantom: Covert Ops Review – Solid Footing For A VR Stealth Franchise

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Our full Phantom: Covert Ops review is here. Does nDreams’ long-awaited stealth debut sneak out of the shadows in full stride? Find out below. Oh to be a fly on the wall — or perhaps an agent in a kayak — when someone at nDreams pitched Phantom: Covert Ops.

Spatial audio and VR/AR: What’s the significance?

Virtual Perceptions

Strip away graphics and gestures, and audio is one of the most important parts of any experience. Good graphics go far, and mechanics make a world feel alive – but good audio brings is absolutely necessary. No audio is like a house without walls.

Bigscreen Update Adds Videoplayer For Native Video File Playback

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A new Bigscreen update launching today adds the capability to play local video files stored on a device in Bigscreen, even when offline. The feature also supports synchronized multi-user online viewing sessions, provided each user has the same video file stored on their own device.

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Google’s Promise to Delete Your Data Has a Major Loophole

GizModo VR

Google’s push to become a privacy-positive company over the past year has been, depending on how you look at it, an act of genuine benevolence , a brilliant marketing decision , or straight-up b t.

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Maskmaker, A New VR Title From A Fisherman’s Tale Studio, Releases 2021

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Video game publisher MWM Interactive announced that it’s partnering with Innerspace VR, the studio behind A Fisherman’s Tale, to release a new VR title in 2021. The game will be called Maskmaker, set in the magical workshop of a man named Prospero.

Former Intel engineer reveals the truth about the Mac’s switch to Apple Silicon

Digital Trends

The reasoning does not look good for Intel. Apple Computing Apple Silicon ARM Intel Mac Macs wwdc wwdc 2020

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Why Not Just Be a Total Jerk? It’s the End of the World as We Know It

GizModo VR

Are you a frontline worker dealing with new stresses or irresponsible management? Is working (or not working) from home starting to take a psychological toll? How are you coping with reopening?

Verizon pulls ads from Facebook and Instagram amid growing boycott

Digital Trends

Verizon is the latest company joining the #StopHateForProfit boycott. News Social Media breaking Facebook Stop Hate for Profit Verizon

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In Death: Unchained Brings Hell To Oculus Quest On July 23

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In Death: Unchained brings its procedurally generated levels of heaven, purgatory, and hell to Oculus Quest on July 23rd. The game is available to wishlist now on the Oculus Store and carries a price of $29.99.

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Andrew Yang’s Data Dividend Project wants you to get paid for your data

Digital Trends

Yang's Data Dividend Project wants to pay you for your personal data. Digital Trends Live News Andrew Yang dt live online data personal data

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The 100 Went in a Butthole

GizModo VR

In 2016, The 100 went into a metaphorical butthole. In the span of a few episodes the show murdered one of its most prominent Black characters in a brutal manner and then murdered its most high profile lesbian.

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