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My predictions for virtual reality in 2020

The Ghost Howls

Every year, I cast some predictions for the new year in AR and VR. This year, I’m not going to make an exception, also because my predictions for 2019 performed pretty well. So, here you are how I envision this 2020 in virtual reality! (I’ll

Spice Up Your Oculus Quest With Simpsons, Minecraft, And Star Wars Environments

VRScout

Here’s how to add custom environments to your Oculus Home. Call me simple, but one of my favorite aspects of both the SteamVR and Oculus platforms is the ability to upload custom home environments.

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Lenovo Unveils New Standalone VR Headset for Education

Road to VR

Undeterred by the death of Google Daydeam and the subsequent discontinuation of its consumer-focused standalone headset, Mirage Solo, Lenovo announced its building a new 3DOF standalone for educational purposes.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Says AR Technology Is “The Next Big Thing”

VRScout

The business executive shared his excitement for AR while accepting an award in Dublin this week.

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Antilatency Announces Oculus Quest Support, SDK, Custom 6DoF Controller

UploadVR

VR tracking company Antilatency has announced a slew of new hardware and updates to their tracking systems, including support for the Oculus Quest and a new software development kit (SDK) for easy implementation.

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Oculus, UN, Sida and XR Impact Present New Climate Change VR Experience, Be Earth

UploadVR

Facebook’s Oculus, the United Nations, the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and XR Impact combined forces this week to present a new VR experience, titled Be Earth #13 that aims to teach users more about climate change.

Valve Makes All ‘Half-Life’ Games Free to Play Until ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Launches in March

Road to VR

In celebration of the upcoming launch of Half-Life: Alyx , the studio’s first full VR title, Valve is making all games in the Half-Life series free to play until Alyx’s release in March.

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Facebook Withdrew Oculus Go From Enterprise Platform, Now Offers Quest Only

UploadVR

After the closed beta of its new enterprise VR platform Facebook withdrew the lower end Oculus Go, leaving only the higher end Oculus Quest as an option. The new Oculus for Business platform was first announced at F8 2019 back in May, with full details shared at Oculus Connect 6 in September.

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Top Reasons For Bringing Virtual Reality Technology Into The Office

ARPost

Technology’s impact on the workplace can’t be overstated. It is absolutely essential in all business offices around the world, with so many varying applications: from classic desktop PCs to team communication smartphone apps.

Microsoft Hires Former Valve Graphics Programmer

UploadVR

A notable former member of the Valve VR team joined Microsoft as a “Partner Architect in Mixed Reality.” ” Alex Vlachos worked at Valve for around 13 years before he left in Sept. 2019 and he announced his move to Microsoft today.

Antilatency’s SDK v.1.0 Adds Full-Body Tracking for Oculus Quest

Peter Graham

Last year positional tracking company Antilatency launched its hardware and software system based around its tracking module ALT, designed for location-based entertainment (LBE) venues. Antilatency recently updated its software development kit (SDK) to version 1.0.0,

Half-Life Games Free To Play On Steam Ahead Of Alyx Release

UploadVR

All the previous Valve titles in the Half-Life series are free to play until March when VR’s most highly anticipated game Half-Life: Alyx launches.

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How Much is Facebook Investing in Spatial Computing?

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.

Valve Hosting Half-Life: Alyx AMA, New Concept Art Released

UploadVR

Valve announced that the Half-Life: Alyx development team will be doing an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit tomorrow morning. The AMA will take place on the Half-Life subreddit from 9am Pacific tomorrow, less than 24 hours away, with questions submitted ahead of time.

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Oculus Go exits business platform pushing Quest further into the foreground

Slashgear

Oculus can perhaps be credited for having revitalized and popularized what was, until recently, simply thought of as a technological experiment.

Watch: The Walking Dead VR’s Goriest Kills And Best Weapons

UploadVR

Fair warning: if you’ve just eaten a big breakfast you probably shouldn’t scroll down. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners touches down on Oculus Rift, Valve Index and HTC Vive this week.

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All Half-Life games are now free on Steam until Alyx launch

Slashgear

The Half-Life franchise is one of Valve’s biggest contributions to the gaming industry next to Steam. It has, however, let that property languish for more than a decade now.

Doctor Who: The Edge Of Time Holds Up On Oculus Quest With Some Concessions

UploadVR

Like so many other VR games before it, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time feels destined to do best on Quest. Facebook’s standalone VR headset doesn’t require Who die-hards to buy an expensive PC or PS4 on top of new VR gear just to step into the shoes of one of the Doctor’s companions.

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EON Reality Founder Dan Lejerskar Recaps the 20-Year Journey with Alan Smithson

EON Reality

Just a few weeks ago, EON Reality’s Dan Lejerskar had a great chat with Alan Smithson of MetaVRse covering a huge amount of ground of his experience in VR and AR over the last 20 years.

Japan’s COOLEST VR Arcades, New Resident Evil VR & Tokyo AR Adventures! – The VR Culture Show

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The post Japan’s COOLEST VR Arcades, New Resident Evil VR & Tokyo AR Adventures! – The VR Culture Show appeared first on UploadVR.

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EON Reality Founder Dan Lejerskar Recaps the 20-Year Journey with Alan Smithson

EON Reality

Just a few weeks ago, EON Reality’s Dan Lejerskar had a great chat with Alan Smithson of MetaVRse covering a huge amount of ground of his experience in VR and AR over the last 20 years.

Review: Shadow Legend VR

Peter Graham

After an Early Access period on Steam virtual reality (VR) developer VitruviusVR launched its fantasy adventure Shadow Legend VR for PC VR headsets in March 2019. Almost a year later and it’s the turn of PlayStation VR.

With Good Foundations, Augmented Reality Offers A Great Way To Engage With IoT Data

Forrester's Customer Insights

Augmented reality (AR) and the internet of things (IoT). In principle these two hot technologies are a great match, with data streaming from IoT-connected machines to be used by AR-wielding engineers on the factory floor.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Expects AR: ‘Will Pervade our Entire Lives’

Peter Graham

When it comes to preference over virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies Apple CEO, Tim Cook has made his stance continually clear, AR is most certainly the future. Cook was in Dublin, Ireland this week to receive a Special Recognition Award for the company’s contributions to the country – 6,000 people work at its Cork office – and discussed the future of tech and AR’s role.

Solar Power: Behind the Scenes of ‘Titans of Space PLUS’ with DrashVR

Oculus

Originally released for Oculus Go, Titans of Space takes you on a ride through a miniature Solar System with over 40 celestial bodies. Indie developer

CES 2020 Interview: HaptX has got the Touch

Peter Graham

Haptics was a big thing at CES 2020 earlier this month with bHaptics demoing its Tactsuit system for virtual reality (VR) gamers while Teslasuit announced its new glove prototype – although there wasn’t one to actually demo.