Mon.Sep 21, 2020

‘Minecraft’ Arrives On PlayStation VR Tomorrow

VRScout

The free patch update will be available to all PS5 Minecraft owners. Earlier this month developer Mojang Studios announced that it’s legendary survival crafting game Minecraft would be heading to PlayStation VR sometime near the end of September as part of Sony’s PlayStation VR spotlight.

Osso VR Secures $14M Investment to Further Develop VR Surgical Training Platform

Road to VR

Osso VR today announced it has raised $14 million in Series A funding to further develop its VR surgical training platform. The financing round was led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures, with participation from SignalFire, GSR, Scrum Ventures, Leslie Ventures and OCA Ventures.

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Social Deduction Game ‘Among Us’ Is Here To Ruin Friendships In VR

VRScout

Rec Room brings the internet’s latest obssession to life in VR.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.09.21): Quest 2 released, NVIDIA acquires ARM, Leap Motion 2 on sale, and much more!

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What an exciting week for technology, with the Facebook Connect, PS5 price announcement, Apple event and the release of RTX30 graphics cards! What a time to be alive!

Microsoft to Acquire Bethesda’s Parent Company ZeniMax for $7.5B

Road to VR

Microsoft today announced that it’s entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of game studio Bethesda Softworks. According to TechCrunch , the price was set at $7.5 billion.

New MYST game revealed for 2020 (with translation)

Slashgear

This afternoon the developers at Cyan revealed a new version of the classic PC game MYST. This game is a “brand new version of Myst, completely re-imagined for modern game systems and – for the first time for any game in the Myst series – including optional VR support!”

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Has Oculus Quest Sold One-Million Lifetime Units?

AR Insider

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Oculus Quest Getting Passthrough+ API For AR Apps, Starting With Spatial

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Facebook intends to release an API next year that would essentially allow developers to support AR mode in their Oculus Quest apps. Both Oculus Quests feature four ultra wide angle monochrome cameras.

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Osso VR raises $14 million to bring virtual reality to surgical and medical device training

TechCrunch VR

It seems that distance learning is even coming for the healthcare industry.

Zuckerberg: 35 Oculus Quest Developers Have Passed $1 Million In Revenue

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At Facebook Connect last week, Mark Zuckerberg provided an update on revenue made by developers through Oculus Quest content in the last six months. The remarks came towards the beginning of the keynote presentation , shortly after the Oculus Quest 2 announcement.

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6 Reasons Why Oculus Quest 2 Should be Your New Go-To Fitness Device

VR Fitness

Following months of rumors, speculation, and various reports, Oculus finally announced this week that it will officially be releasing a second model of its highly-popular Quest VR unit.

Microsoft Acquires Skyrim VR-Maker And Oculus Lawsuit Rival ZeniMax

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Microsoft is to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Skyrim VR, Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and Wolfenstein VR publisher, Bethesda Softworks. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced the news on the Xbox Blog today.

Ready Player Golf and the Future of Fundraising Through VR Sports

ARPost

Charity organizations can and do make money through things like mail-in campaigns. However, they often prefer to do – and have more success doing – fundraisers that add a little more value. Sports events like golf and tennis tournaments have been a favorite.

The Messy Truth VR Wins Emmy Award, Doctor Who: The Runaway Misses Out

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The 2020 Emmy Awards were held yesterday and one VR experience managed to win big. As reported last month , there were four VR experiences nominated across two categories this year — Outstanding Original Interactive Program and Outstanding Derivative Interactive Program.

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Has Been Canceled by Netflix

GizModo VR

The story of Thra on Netflix is over. io9 has exclusively confirmed the streaming service has chosen not to renew The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance , meaning the series has come to an end after only one season. Read more.

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Solaris Hands-On Preview: 5 Ways It’s Like Unreal Or Quake In VR

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Solaris: Offworld Combat is the next multiplayer shooter from First Contact Entertainment and we got the chance to go hands-on with it for the very first time last week. During my session I played the game on both Rift S and Quest and came away excited to see more!

Two Critically Endangered Javan Rhino Babies Spotted in Indonesia

GizModo VR

Conservationists in Indonesia are celebrating the birth of two Javan rhinos—a species listed as critically endangered and one of the rarest large mammals on Earth. Read more. rhinos javan rhinos animals science

Project 17 Alyx Mod Will Remake Half-Life 2’s First Chapter For VR

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The opening chapter of Half-Life 2, ‘Point Insertion’, is one of the most memorable gaming experiences of all-time. And soon, with Project 17, you should be able to play it in VR.

Saving the planet with a fleet of seed-bombing A.I. reforestation drones

Digital Trends

After a fresh round of funding, Dendra Systems is ready to unleash its drone reforestation squad on the world. But is it too little, too late? Features Drones mapping sustainability

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Modern Classic Board Game Tsuro Is Coming To Quest

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Oculus Quest is soon to get an adaptation of a modern classic boardgame, Tsuro. Tsuro: The Game of the Path is coming to the platform on October 23rd, priced at £7.99/$9.99. That’s just over a week after the launch of the Oculus Quest 2 on October 13th.

Microsoft will acquire Bethesda in blockbuster $7.5 billion deal

Digital Trends

Microsoft has agreed to acquire video game giant Bethesda, securing the rights to huge franchises like Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Dishonored, and Doom. Gaming News Bethesda Microsoft xbox Xbox Game Pass

Solaris: Offworld Combat Oculus Quest vs Rift Graphics Comparison

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Solaris: Offworld Combat is coming out this week for Rift and Quest and we’ve already gone hands-on with the team-based sci-fi VR shooter. Check out our preview for more details and watch the graphics comparison below to see how it fares on Quest vs Rift.

The Fairphone 3+ Is a Repairable Dream That Takes Beautiful Photos

GizModo VR

A few weeks ago, I found myself in need of a repair for a borked camera lens on my iPhone 11. I do everything in my power to essentially encase my Apple products in bubble wrap, but a nearly imperceptible fracture in one lens had greatly impacted the functionality of my phone’s camera.

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Oculus Developer Hub Is A Game Changer For Quest Iteration

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Oculus Developer Hub is a new PC program with features to make Oculus Quest development more convenient with fewer hassles. When developing for PC-based VR, testing a new change is near-instant, and by default you can see what the VR headset sees on your screen.

Lovecraft Country Expanded Its Mythos With a Carnal Story about War

GizModo VR

The degree to which HBO’s Lovecraft Country has already branched off from the novel its based on might give you the sense that at this point, with half the season over, the story might slow down on the worldbuilding to begin fully weaving its core character’s arcs together in the buildup to its finale. But the first… Read more.

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Community Download: Is Microsoft’s Purchase Of Zenimax Good For VR?

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Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused article series published (usually) every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate.

Nokia 8.3 review: A PureView camera phone in all but name

Digital Trends

The Nokia 8.3 really should wear the famous PureView name, as the camera is excellent, but what about the rest of the phone? We find out in our reivew. Android Mobile Nokia nokia 8.3

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NES Games Host Nantes Esport Also Provides Player Support for VR Gamers

VR Fitness

Nantes Esport will host the NES Games this weekend for Echo Arena players in the EU region. The games began when the community wanted something fun for the EU Echo Arena players to do on the weekend and have evolved into an event with a caster, coaches, and more organized structure.

Arctic Sea Ice Hit a Scary Milestone

GizModo VR

Arctic sea ice shrank to its second lowest level on record, researchers announced on Monday. Sorry. Read more. ice ice maybe ice on thin ice arctic sea ice arctic sea ice arctic sea ice is melting at an alarming rate

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The ASRock Z490 PG Velocita Motherboard Review: It Means SPEED

Anand Tech

For the foreseeable future, or at least until Intel's Rocket Lake is likely to be unveiled, Intel's main platform for consumers is currently the Z490 chipset for Comet Lake.

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Baby Born on Flight to London Gets Lifetime Ticket From Airline

GizModo VR

A newborn baby will get an early taste of what it’s like to navigate the fine print in airline agreements. A woman gave birth on an EgyptAir flight from Cairo to London last week, and the company says her child will receive free flights for life. Read more.

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