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Snapchat Lays Up Lens Studio Experience for Nike's Jordan Brand at NBA All-Star Weekend

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‘Doctor Who’ Virtual Reality Experience to Land on VR Headsets Soon

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The BBC today announced that Doctor Who is getting a VR interactive experience, slated to release on VR headsets sometime this year. Dubbed Doctor Who: The Runaway , fans will get a chance to step into the TARDIS and join the Thirteenth Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker) in virtual reality.

New Riftcat VRidge 2.3 features: play Steam VR games using your phone as a controller!

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For sure most of you know Riftcat VRidge. It is a popular solution that lets you use your mobile or standalone VR headset as a tethered headset connected to your PC , so that you can use it to play games on Steam. Well, with version 2.3,

Google Releases ARCore 1.7 Update, Adds Face Filters & Expands Animation Support

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Snapchat made augmented reality selfie effects famous, with Facebook copying the feature across its mobile apps. Of course, others have followed, but their face tracking apps often pale in comparison to the original. Now, Google is giving Android developers the keys to adding face filters to their apps as well. On Friday, Google detailed the AR features coming to Android via ARCore 1.7.

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Rift Platform Update Now Lets Users Import Custom Home Spaces

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Rift users looking for a change of scenery from the stock cabin model in Oculus Home are in for a surprise, as the company has just pushed an update that now brings user-created spaces to the platform.

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Lego's Newest Playsets Transform Normal Toys into Augmented Reality Experiences Across Platforms

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Beloved toy maker Lego is returning to the realm of augmented reality, this time with an experience that explores supernatural fun.

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BBC Teases 12-Minute Doctor Who VR Animated Short

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The Doctor returns to virtual reality with an original interactive short film.

Portal-style Puzzler ‘ChromaGun VR’ to Launch on PSVR Next Week

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Initially slated for release last year, Nuremberg, Germany-based indie studio Pixel Maniacs have announced that the first-person puzzle shooter ChromaGun VR is headed to PSVR next week.

Oculus To Host Pre-GDC Event Featuring ‘Not-Yet-Announced’ Quest Demos

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The GDC machine is in full force. We’re about a month away from the show at this point and things are starting to heat up in my inbox. Yesterday, Oculus reached out to UploadVR with details about a pre-GDC press-only demo event in which they will feature a number of new Rift and Oculus Quest demos. We were granted permission to share the following details.

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This Week In XR: More Free Roam VR, XR Enterprise, Teknopolis Back In Brooklyn For Limited Time

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Lots to talk about this week as XR expansion continues

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Gorn Update Adds A Death Pit And Improved Campaign

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Looking for more ways to kill people in Gorn ? Really? The other 100 ways aren’t enough? Well, then you should give the new Death Pit a spin. This new level is the highlight of this week’s Gorn update. In this more morbid arena, you can toss enemies into a pit of spikes for a quick way to finish them off. Lovely. The other big addition here is an improved campaign.

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#739: Live Immersive Theater Actors in VR with “The Under”

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Tenderclaws debuted The Under experience at Sundance that features live immersive actors from the Piehole theater troupe. Actors embody different characters within a storyworld that. Podcast Archive

Eden Tomorrow Review: Welcome To A Jurassic Slog

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I honestly had high hopes for Eden Tomorrow. What I’d seen of this first-person adventure suggested it would be a sort of alien Jurassic Park. There are elements of that in the full game. But any magic is squandered by its other more disjointed factors.

#736: Integrating Taste into Narrative & Navigating an Unconscious Matrix of Memories & Associations

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One of the most visceral experiences I had at Sundance New Frontier this year was Marshmallow Laser Feast’s Sweet Dreams, which incorporated taste as part. Podcast Archive

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Doctor Who: The Runaway Is An Animated VR Adventure Coming Soon

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Doctor Who fans will soon get to join an animated Doctor in a virtual reality TARDIS. The new project confirmed by the BBC today is a 12 minute adventure including a performance by the latest Doctor Jodie Whittaker “in animated form.” ” Doctor Who: The Runaway “will be available on selected VR headsets in the coming months.” ” Plot details are sparse for The Runaway.

#738: Imverse’s Real-Time Volumetric Capture with Voxels

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The Swiss-based company Imverse built a Voxel rendering engine that can do real-time volumetric capture. It powered the Elastic Time experience at New Frontier last. Podcast Archive

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QuiVr Vanguard Confirmed For Oculus Quest With Go Multiplayer

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Multiplayer archery game QuiVr Vanguard is coming to Oculus Quest and multiplayer is possible with players on Oculus Go. The game’s description on the Go store page says the title will be compatible with both headsets and allow cross-play once Quest releases. QuiVr is one of the most popular archery VR games available. Over the course of two years its creators built a PC version with a role-playing game progression system.

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#737: Looping Real-Time, Volumetric, Embodied Interactions with “Interlooped”

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Interlooped allows you to record real-time, volumetric capture segments of yourself where you layer these loops while interacting with recorded and real-time interactions of other. Podcast Archive

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Apex Legends’ Launch Increased Apex Construct’s Steam Views 4000%

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When I heard the name Apex Legends, I first thought how similar it was to Apex Construct. The new free-to-play battle royale game from Respawn is of course very different to Fast Travel’s VR adventure. Still, mix-ups were bound to happen. And indeed they have. Fast Travel’s Andreas Juliusson recently revealed as much on Reddit. Since Apex Legends’ launch on February 4th Apex Construct has seen a 4000% increase in Steam page visitors.

Releases Recap: February 11 - 15

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We’ve got another fresh batch of releases and updates across the Oculus Platform this week, including pre-orders for the highly anticipated PVP VR FPS Space