Wed.Feb 24, 2021

Oculus Quest Introduces ‘Couch Mode’ In Latest Update

VRScout

Mark your real sofa in VR using this new feature for the Oculus Guardian system. It has been one hell of a month for Oculus Quest owners.

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How to easily make a cross-platform VR application in Unity for Oculus, Wave, and SteamVR

The Ghost Howls

Some days ago, I was looking at the code of HitMotion: Reloaded , the fitness game that we of New Technology Walkers developed some years ago for the Vive Focus Plus, and all the intricate system I had to make in Unity to have a cross-platform VR game … and I wondered: “Is all of this mess still needed today?”

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SteamVR Update Brings Full Support for OpenXR 1.0, A Huge Step for the Open Standard

Road to VR

The latest update to SteamVR, version 1.16, now includes full support for OpenXR 1.0,

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‘The Climb 2’ Scales Its Way Onto Oculus Quest This March

VRScout

Grab your climbing chalk and get ready for a new set of vertigo-inducing challenges.

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‘VRChat’ Can Now Import Free Customizable ‘Ready Player Me’ Avatars

Road to VR

Ready Play Me, the free avatar maker from Wolf3D, now supports exporting avatars to VRChat , making it quick and easy to get a customizable avatar into one of the most popular social VR applications.

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Prehistoric Creatures Return to Life via New iPhone AR App from Celebrity Historian David Attenborough

Next Reality AR

Apparently, we learned nothing from Jurassic Park, as scientists are still working on bringing extinct species back to life. Until that day comes, you can interact with long-lost animals through augmented reality.if you have a newer model iPhone.

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Traditional Theater Gets an Augmented Reality Makeover

ARPost

Theater has been around for more than 2,500 years, making it one of the oldest art forms in the world. From ancient Greek theater to medieval morality tales and Shakespearean tragedies, it has undergone so many changes over the years.

One of Quest’s Best-rated Experiences, ‘ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos’ Launches on SteamVR

Road to VR

Sci-fi anime VR visual novel experience ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos launched on Oculus Quest in December and quickly rose to become one of the best rated titles on the headset. Now the app has launched on SteamVR for PC VR users to enjoy.

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Free VR Avatar Creator Uses Selfie To Import You Into VRChat

Upload VR

This VR avatar creator quickly makes a virtualized version of yourself and then allows you to import it straight to VRChat. Wolf3D’s Ready Player Me avatar creator added support for the social VR network today.

AMD To Unveil Next Radeon RX 6000 Video Card On March 3rd

Anand Tech

It looks like AMD is getting ready to launch the next part in their RDNA2/RX 6000 family of video cards. This afternoon the company sent out a save the date invitation to the press and public, announcing that the company will be holding a Radeon-related announcement next Wednesday, March the 3 rd.

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Hyper Dash SideQuest Alpha Goes Down Ahead Of Full Launch

Upload VR

It’s the end of an era for Triangle Factory’s Hyper Dash as the SideQuest Alpha version of the game wraps up ahead of full release. For the past year players have been able to test out this arena-based multiplayer VR shooter for free via SideQuest , the sideloading platform.

HP is Acquiring HyperX for $425 Million

Anand Tech

In some unexpected news today, HP and HyperX (formerly a division of Kingston) have jointly released a statement that HP is to acquire HyperX gaming peripherals portfolio, and the brand, for $425 million USD.

Oculus Quest 2 UK Deal: £20 Off Both Models At Game

Upload VR

On the hunt for standalone VR? Then check out this great Oculus Quest 2 UK deal at Game right now. The gaming retailer is selling the 64GB model for £279.99 and the 256GB model for £379.99. That’s £20 off both models.

The U.S. Needs a Supergrid

GizModo VR

Right now, Texas is in the balmy mid-50s. Yet just a week ago, it was colder than Alaska , and we all know what happened next. Much of the state’s energy capacity got knocked offline , leaving millions of people without power, heat, and water for days. Read more.

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Tech Giants Prime AR’s Headworn Era

AR Insider

The tech industry is looking to replace the smartphone — and everybody is waiting to see what Apple comes up with. by Kif Leswing, CNBC. I n 2007, Apple unveiled the iPhone. Apple didn’t invent the smartphone — companies like Palm and Blackberry had been selling them for years.

NVIDIA Closes Out Q4 & FY2021 With Another Round of Record Earnings

Anand Tech

NVIDIA this afternoon closed the book on another record fiscal year, announcing their FY 2021 and Q4 2021 earnings results for the company.

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Microsoft Ignite To Host Immersive ‘Mixed Reality Keynote’ Next Week

Upload VR

Microsoft will host a “mixed reality keynote” at its Ignite digital conference next week. Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow and HoloLens/Mixed Reality figurehead at the company confirmed as much on Twitter this week.

Traditional Theater Gets an Augmented Reality Makeover

ARPost

Theater has been around for more than 2,500 years, making it one of the oldest art forms in the world. From ancient Greek theater to medieval morality tales and Shakespearean tragedies, it has undergone so many changes over the years.

The Oil and Gas Money Behind the Republicans Who Will Help Decide Deb Haaland's Fate

GizModo VR

Deb Haaland just finished a historic confirmation hearing to run the Department of Interior. If her nomination is pushed through committee, she will in all likelihood be confirmed as the first Indigenous person to ever serve on a presidential cabinet. Read more.

How PSVR2 Can Boost the Popularity of Fitness Gaming

VR Fitness

With Sony confirming on its blog that the second iteration of the PlayStation VR headset is on the way for PlayStation 5, it’s an exciting time for virtual reality gaming.

A Huge Red Flag Just Popped Up in a Little-Studied Region of Antarctica

GizModo VR

Glaciers in Antarctica are turning the concept of “glacial pace” on its head. A new study of a little-observed area on the continent finds that rising heat is making ice streams flow faster, which has worrisome consequences for sea level rise. Read more.

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Movin Force Is a New Game on Kickstarter Looking to Combine the Party and Fitness Genres

VR Fitness

Even though the VR fitness subgenre has continued to grow more and more over the past few years, there are very few titles that could also be classified as party games. Luckily, one developer is now looking to change that notion if an ongoing Kickstarter campaign proves to be a success.

Facebook Told Us to Suck It, for a Change

GizModo VR

Attention, haters: you have officially been put on notice by Facebook’s VP of Global Affairs Nick Clegg. Read more.

Phantom Dev nDreams Sets Up $2 Million Publishing Fund

Upload VR

Phantom: Covert Ops developer nDreams wants to publish new VR titles from indie developers, and it’s got $2 million to help. The UK-based studio this week announced a $2 million fund to help develop, market and publish external VR titles.

What to Know About Johnson & Johnson's One-Shot Covid-19 Vaccine

GizModo VR

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to soon grant an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Johnson & Johnson’s covid-19 vaccine, possibly as early as this weekend. That decision would make it the third such vaccine to become available to Americans.

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Please don’t buy these cheap Android tablets

Digital Trends

You can spend a ton on a great tablet, but if you don't want to, it can be tempting to buy a cheap off-brand device. Here's what you should do instead. Android Mobile Amazon Tablets

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Gorn Adds 90Hz Support And Other Improvements For Oculus Quest

Upload VR

Gorn has received an update on Oculus Quest that makes several small improvements to the game’s performance and visuals. The biggest update is the addition of 90Hz support for Oculus Quest 2 users, bumping up from the standard 72Hz offered on the original Quest and many Quest 2 titles.

How to check your phone for viruses

Digital Trends

Worried that your phone is acting odd and may have a malware problem? Here's how to check your phone for viruses easily and keep monitoring for problems. Android Apple How-To Mobile check phone phone malware phone ransomware phone virus scan phone viruses

Fry's Electronics to Close All Locations Nationwide: Report

GizModo VR

Fry’s Electronics, a longtime computer retail chain headquartered on the west coast, will close its doors for good, according to a new report from TV station KRON 4 in San Francisco.

Hitman 3 February Patch Brings New Content, Bug Fixes

Upload VR

Hitman 3’s February patch is now live, bringing new content available in both regular and VR mode for PSVR. For those that own the Deluxe Edition of the game, two new deluxe escalations are now available — The Gauchito Antiquity and The Proloff Parable.

Computer Simulations Suggest Martian Moons Were Separated at Birth More Than a Billion Years Ago

GizModo VR

The Red Planet’s two tiny moons—Phobos and Deimos—could have formed after an ancient collision, according to new research. It’s an intriguing possibility, but not everyone is convinced by the evidence. Read more.