Tue.May 07, 2019

Google Brings Augmented Reality to the Mainstream by Adding AR Content to Search

Next Reality AR

If Google hasn't already demonstrated that it is serious about augmented reality, then it made it abundantly clear at the Google I/O keynote on Tuesday.

‘Battlewake’ is a New Pirate Ship Battler from the Makers of ‘Creed’ & ‘Raw Data’

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Survios, the studio behind Raw Data (2017) and Creed: Rise to Glory (2018), today announced a new VR game that will put you at the helm of a pirate ship as you battle massive monsters, and of course your fellow seadogs.

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Microsoft Hints At Minecraft AR Experience Ahead Of 10th Anniversary

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More information coming May 17th, Minecraft’s 10-year anniversary. 10 years. It’ s been 10 years since the launch of what can only be described as one of the most influential video games in the history of entertainment.

Location-based VR Attraction ‘Hologate’ Celebrates 2 Million Player Milestone

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Hologate, a Munich-based startup, today announced that their eponymous world-wide VR attraction has taken in two million visitors since it was first launched in 2017.

Google Teases New AR Features For Its Search & Lens Apps

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Google focuses on practical AR functionality at its annual developer conference.

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Google: ‘Exactly Where We Take Daydream Remains To Be Seen’

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It’s uncertain days for Google’s mobile VR ecosystem, Daydream. As we head into this week’s I/O developer conference, though, it doesn’t sound like we’re due for an update.

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Battlewake High-Seas Combat Game From Survios Releases This Summer

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Survios revealed high-seas pirate combat game Battlewake with plans to release it this summer.

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Microsoft Teases Minecraft Augmented Reality Game for Mobile at Build 2019

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It looks like Microsoft will finally make good on its promise to bring Minecraft to augmented reality, as foreshadowed via a HoloLens demo in 2015. But there's a plot twist — AR Minecraft may debut as a mobile app rather than as a HoloLens experience.

Microsoft Teases Minecraft AR, But Not For HoloLens 2

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It looks like Minecraft is getting ready to take on Pokemon Go. A new teaser trailer released by Microsoft this week basically confirms that Minecraft AR is in the works. The short clip sees someone pick up another person’s phone only to discover an AR version of the game.

Pikachu Celebrates New Movie by Photobombing the AR Camera in Pokémon GO

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The perfect promotion for Pokémon: Detective Pikachu has finally come to fruition as Niantic has added some movie-related perks to Pokémon GO. Starting Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Google Pixel Phones Get AR Maps First

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Google is starting to roll out its augmented reality mapping features to its Pixel phones. The feature should start going live today across the entire line of Pixel phones. The update uses the phone’s camera to provide directions via arrows in its view of the surrounding world. We’ll be curious to see how broadly and quickly Google is able to support the new feature.

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Headjack Partners With Pico Interactive

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Today we officially announce a partnership between Headjack and Pico Interactive, adding support for all Pico VR headsets, which are taking the world by storm.

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Vive Closes In On Rift In May Steam Hardware Survey

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It’s the start of a new month so you know what that means; the latest Steam Hardware Survey is in. May’s results seem to largely continue a trend started in April. Once again the gap between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive family of headsets has decreased. In fact the difference is quite dramatic this month; Rift equated to 45.62% of overall VR usage on Steam. Vive and Vive Pro, meanwhile, total 42.59% of the share.

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VR For The Information Worker

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The use case for the broad adoption of Virtual Reality has come under some criticism lately, and the consumer VR market hasn’t matured as quickly as was hoped but out of the public eye, enterprise VR continues to rack up big wins.

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The Mage’s Tale On PSVR Now Has PS4 Pro Enhancements

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The Mage’s Tale is one of the most feature-filled RPGs developed for VR headsets thus far. Clocking in just over 10 hours for a straight playthrough, it’s a full game with rich combat, lots of customization options, and superb voice acting. When the game released on PSVR earlier this year we loved the port , but noted the lack of PS4 Pro enhancements. As a result, the game didn’t look nearly as good as it could have. Finally that’s been rectified today.

Google Not Releasing Oculus Quest Competitor, Pixel 3a Doesn’t Support Daydream

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In an interview with CNET , Google’s Head of VR & AR revealed that the company will not be releasing an Oculus Quest competitor this year. Additionally, the company told The Verge that the new Pixel 3a $399 smartphone will not support the Daydream platform. No Oculus Quest Competitor. Google’s Clay Bavor told CNET that the company’s focus in VR “is much more on services and the bright spots where we see VR being really useful”.

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