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Quest 3 will feature next-gen Qualcomm chipset and cost $499

The Ghost Howls

Breaking news: ahead of The Meta Gaming Showcase, Zuck teased the Quest 3 on Facebook and Instagram. This is what the Zuck has written: Introducing Meta Quest 3. The first mainstream headset with high-res color mixed reality. 40% thinner and more comfortable. Better displays and resolution. Next gen Qualcomm chipset with 2x the graphics performance.

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Meta Quest 3 Revealed: Better Visuals & Mixed Reality

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The company’s latest mainstream VR device promises better performance in a smaller package. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has officially unveiled Meta Quest 3, the latest addition to the company’s lineup of Meta Quest VR headsets. Coming this fall, Quest 3 promises a variety of improvements over 2020’s Quest 2. This includes everything from improved visuals to high-resolution colored passthrough for more realistic mixed reality experiences.

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AWE 2023 Day 1 Highlights: Neal Stephenson on Stage, Qualcomm, Zapbox, and more!

The Ghost Howls

My first day at AWE has just finished, and while I’m sleepy because of jet lag, let me tell you my highlights of the day! Today the showroom was closed, so it was mostly about networking and random demos of devices. The opening Ori Inbar kickstarted AWE 2023 with a great keynote. Kudos to him for the preparation of everything: his speech was motivating and fun, and there were some parts, like the dialogue between him and his holographic avatar which were unexpected surprises.

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Meta announces Quest 3

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Mark Zuckerberg just announced Meta Quest 3, the next-generation virtual and mixed reality headset, which launches later this year. It features higher resolution, stronger performance, breakthrough Meta Reality technology, and a slimmer, more comfortable form factor. Quest 3 will ship in all countries where Meta Quest is currently supported this fall.

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The Future of eLearning in 2022: A Sensitive Eye for Authentic Translation and Localization

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

To avoid awkward and sometimes disastrous learning content, instructional designers must use authentic translation in the right context to get optimal results. For example, even a simple phrase like “got milk” translates to “are you lactating” in Mexico. Can you imagine what a straight translation might do to your course? With over 317 million people in the US and over 6.7 billion potential customers in the world, personalizing training seems logical.

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‘Assassin’s Creed VR’ Full Reveal Coming July 12th at Ubisoft Forward

Road to VR

Although we didn’t get a first look at Ubisoft’s VR take on Assassin’s Creed during Meta’s big Quest Gaming Showcase today, the studio says we should watch out next week for the full reveal. Meanwhile, today’s announcement (of an announcement) confirmed for the first time that a previous leak was true, claiming the game would indeed be called ‘Nexus’ , or rather Assassin’s Creed: Nexus VR.

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‘Bulletstorm’ to Bring Skillshot Carnage in Standalone VR Version, Gameplay Trailer Here

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Among Meta’s avalanche of Quest gaming news today, the company revealed that Bulletstorm , the co-op shooter first launched on flatscreen in 2011, is coming to VR for the first time. The game is currently under development by Incuvo, known for Green Hell VR , and the game’s original developers People Can Fly. If you haven’t played the original, or the remastered version Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (2017) on flatscreen, Bulletstorm sets itself apart from other shooters by em

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Quest 2 Gets Price Cut Back To $300 And Performance Increase

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Quest 2's price is being cut back to $300 and a future software update will increase GPU and CPU performance. Quest 2 Price Cut When revealing the $500 Quest 3 today Meta also revealed that from Sunday the 128GB Quest 2 will be cut from $400 back to $300, and the 256GB Quest 2 will be cut from $430 to $350. Quest 2 launched almost three years ago at $300 and $400 respectively, but saw a storage bump to the base model in 2021 and then the price was raised to $400 and $500 last year.

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‘I Expect You To Die 3’ Action Revealed in New Gameplay Trailer, Coming Soon to Quest 2 & PC VR

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Schell Games announced during Meta’s big Quest Gaming Showcase today that I Expect You to Die 3: Cog in the Machine is coming in Summer 2023. There’s also a new gameplay trailer to show off the sequel’s spy-flavored, escape room-style puzzling action. Initially announced in February, Schell Games is bringing the next episode of its critically-acclaimed Bond-style puzzle-adventure to Quest 2 and SteamVR headsets at some point later this year.

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Vertigo Games Remakes A Horror Classic With The 7th Guest VR, Coming To Quest

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Vertigo Games reveals The 7th Guest VR is in development, remaking Trilobyte's CD-ROM horror classic this year on Quest 2. Developed by Vertigo Studios Rotterdam, The 7th Guest VR takes us back to Henry Stauf’s haunted mansion, using volumetric video capture "to recreate the FMV (full-motion video) storytelling of the original game." Vertigo promises a fresh take on this classic point-and-click adventure, recreating the infamous mansion in full 3D with new controls.

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How to Train Employees 65% Faster With Virtual Reality

With a rapidly changing economy, Avangrid Renewables looked to virtual reality to develop a standardized form of immersive training in order to onboard and upskill technicians faster than ever before.

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Co-op Dungeon Crawler ‘Dungeons of Eternity’ Unveiled From Studio Founded by Oculus Veterans

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Othergate, a studio founded by former Oculus Studios game designers, announced their first VR game during Meta’s Quest Gaming Showcase today, revealing a co-op dungeon crawler for Quest 2 called Dungeons of Eternity. Dungeons of Eternity is a 1-3 player co-op dungeon crawling RPG which incorporates physics-based combat and randomized dungeons.

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Assassin's Creed Nexus VR Releases This Year For Quest

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Meta confirmed that Assassin's Creed Nexus VR is coming to the Quest platform this year, with a full reveal set for June 12. Toward the end of today's Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, Meta debuted an incredible teaser for the game, confirming the previously-rumored Nexus title from last year. There wasn't anything else to the teaser besides the key art and the promise of a full reveal to come during the Ubisoft Forward event on June 12.

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‘Ghostbusters VR’ Co-op Game Coming to Quest 2 & PSVR 2 This Fall, Gameplay Trailer Here

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During Meta’s Quest Gaming Showcase today developer nDreams and publisher Sony Pictures Virtual Reality announced that the long-awaited ghostbusting VR game, Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord , is set to launch this fall. nDreams, also known for Fracked (2021) , Phantom: Covert Ops (2020), and upcoming PSVR 2 exclusive Synapse , also released a new trailer featuring a few snippets of gameplay, showing off some of the game’s four-player co-op in action.

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Meta Connect Returns This September With Quest 3 Details

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Meta Connect sets a date for September 27, promising further details about the newly announced Quest 3. Following a previous tease from Mark Zuckerberg, Meta formally unveiled Meta Quest 3 earlier today. Retailing from $500 for the 128GB model, Quest 3 features a 40% slimmer design than Quest 2 , pancake lenses, color passthrough for mixed reality and new Touch Plus controllers.

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Are You Still Watching? How to Create Engaging Presentations for Virtual Learning

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Remote meetings are here to stay - and many are BORING. If you are trying to engage your learners (or any audience), compelling content is critical. But trying to create stimulating content with the same tools you’ve always had is hard, right? Thankfully, wrong! Terrific tools in PowerPoint along with visual assets help you create the kind of dynamic content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention, with functions that allow for interactive sequences and navigation.

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How Will The Metaverse Really Affect Business?

Bernard Marr

The metaverse is no longer just a buzzword – it’s the future of business, and the possibilities are limitless. From creating value in virtual economies to transforming the way we work, the metaverse is reshaping the future of commerce, and your business can’t afford to be left behind. As we stand on the precipice of a new digital era, the metaverse is rapidly emerging as a transformative force, redefining how we perceive and interact with the world around us.

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PowerWash Simulator VR Shines Onto Quest 2 Later This Year

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PowerWash Simulator VR is official, bringing the hit game to Quest 2 later this year. First released two years ago on flatscreen platforms, FuturLab's successful sim now receives an official VR adaptation. A collaboration between nDreams and FuturLab, PowerWash Simulator VR was revealed during today's Meta Quest Gaming Showcase pre-show, offering a brief look at the motion controls in action.

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TeamGroup Goes Big on SSD Cooling, Demos 120mm AIO Liquid Cooler For M.2 Drives

Anand Tech

TeamGroup is demonstrating at Computex 2023 what it claims to be the world's first all-in-one liquid cooling system for hot-running M.2 SSDs. The SSD-sized Siren cooler is meant to ensure that high-end drives offer consistently high performance for prolonged periods, given the propensity for first-generation PCIe 5.0 SSDs to heat up and throttle under sustained heavy write workloads.

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Asgard's Wrath 2: Meta's AAA Bet On Quest 2 Promises '60 Hours Of Exploration' In 2023

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Asgard's Wrath 2 from Sanzaru Games is Meta's first new Quest game announcement from first-party studios since acquiring more than eight VR development companies. Ahead of Meta's Gaming Showcase, we spoke via video with Grace Lingad, Creative Director at Sanzaru, about the upcoming $59.99 game for Quest 2 and Quest 3, and the studio's transition from PC-powered Rift development to the Quest platform.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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XR Celebrates Industry Revival at AWE USA 2023

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

Industry conversation on the Metaverse and XR has also fuelled discussions across the Augmented World Expo (AWE) USA 2023. Numerous executives and officials have rallied the global tech community to sustain the momentum of a renaissance of immersive technologies. Following mainstream media coverage of the Metaverse, stating that it was ‘dead’ and no longer viable, companies and experts across the industry have begun pushing back against the mainstream narrative.

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Arizona Sunshine 2 Is Also Coming To Quest 2, Quest 3 & Pro

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Following last week's reveal, upcoming zombie shooter Arizona Sunshine 2 is officially heading for Quest headsets. Previously revealed during the PlayStation Showcase last week, Arizona Sunshine 2 is a zombie survival first-person shooter, bringing a "cinematic next chapter" to 2016's Arizona Sunshine. Promising "next-gen mutilation and gore" with only PSVR 2 and PC VR versions confirmed last week, it left some wondering about Meta's family of standalone headsets.

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Streacom's SG10 Passive Cooling Case Can Handle Even a GeForce RTX 4080 without Fans

Anand Tech

For Computex 2023, Streacom is demonstrating its SG10 passively-cooled PC chassis that can accommodate high-end PCs without requiring active cooling fans. The SG10 case is designed for fully-fledged gaming PCs, and is rated to passively dissipate up to 600W of heat – effectively using parts of the case as a giant heatsink, in place of traditional fans and through-case airflow dynamics.

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Watch The Meta Quest Gaming Showcase Here At 10am PT

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The third annual Meta Quest Gaming Showcase starts today at 10am PT. Here's how you can watch it. The showcase will be live on the Meta Quest YouTube channel from 9:30am PT today, June 1. The pre-show begins at 9:45am PT and the main showcase starts bang on 10am PT. We've embedded the YouTube stream above, however you'll also be able to watch on Twitch , Facebook or in Horizon Worlds , if you prefer.

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Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development (L&D) become such a negative experience with its intended learners? Could it be because learners have been conditioned by very poor learning experiences over the past two decades, combined with the kinks of technological innovation? Or is it because learning has typically been designed as a one-size-fits-all solution, despite the fact that humans are not clones?

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AWE 23: Xreal to Provide Workplace Productivity Hardware

XR Today - Augmented Reality tag

Yesterday, at AWE 2023, Xreal – formally known as Nreal – introduced Spacetop, a “worlds-first” AR laptop, marking the firm expansion from entertainment to now include productivity tools. Xreal is promoting the Spacetop alongside the device’s core developers, Sightful, to create a mobile AR-ready computing device. Sightful is working with Xreal to leverage its Light smartglasses to deliver HD AR visualisations to laptop users and mobile workforces.

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Justice Heads To Venice This Fall On Quest & PSVR 2

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Justice brings the World of Darkness back to VR, arriving this fall on Quest 2, Quest 3 and PSVR 2. Developed by Fast Travel Games, Justice marks their second venture into Paradox's World of Darkness series, following 2021's Wraith: The Oblivion - Afterlife. A new adventure RPG, you play as a Vampire hiding in the shadows of Venice within a "gritty" narrative that includes "several side missions and dialogue options," armed with a crossbow used for puzzle solving and co

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Meta Platforms Announces Quest 3 Headset

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

Meta Platforms CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that Meta Quest 3, a new mixed and virtual reality headset, will be launched at the end of the year. The announcement comes just days before rival firm Apple is set to unveil its Reality Pro headset at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, 5 June. It also follows the 25 October debut of the Meta Quest Pro , the enterprise-focused iteration of Meta’s Quest headset product lineup.

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Bulletstorm VR Racks Up Skillshots On Quest & PSVR 2 This Year

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Bulletstorm returns once again with a VR version, launching this year on the Quest platform. Bulletstorm first appeared as a flatscreen release in 2011, developed by People Can Fly, who later co-developed flatscreen games Gears of War: Judgment and Outriders. Set in the 26th century, this FPS sees you playing Grayson Hunt, a former black ops soldier turned space pirate that crash lands on Stygia.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?