Thu.Mar 14, 2019

Spatiate Brings Multi-User Augmented Reality Painting to Magic Leap One

Next Reality AR

While painting in augmented reality is not a groundbreaking pursuit, the ability for Magic Leap One, iPhone and iPad, and Android users to collaborate remotely on virtual artwork would be.

YouTube Stories Adds A Twist To AR Selfie Filters

VRScout

YouTube introduces real-time face filters powered by machine-learning, but there’s a catch. Everyone has a unique story to tell, and now YouTube creators will have the ability to make their stories even more unique through a Snapchat-esque AR selfies.

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Google Shuts Down Internal VR Film Studio Spotlight Stories

Road to VR

Google is shutting down Spotlight Stories, the group tasked not only with pushing forward virtual reality as a storytelling medium, but creating a number of highly polished and thoughtful VR pieces in the process.

Google Closes The Door On Its ‘Spotlight Stories’ VR Film Studio

VRScout

Pour one out in remembrance of Google’s Oscar nominated, Emmy award-winning platform. In an official statement released yesterday by Google, the company confirmed the termination of their popular immersive film program, Google Spotlight Stories, after an impressive six years of AAA VR storytelling.

Facebook Bets On Realistic Face Tracked Avatars As Key To VR’s Future

UploadVR

Dozens of people are working at Facebook Reality Lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on research into ultra-realistic avatars that could redefine communication in the 21st century.

Zero Latency Upgrades VR Attraction Platform With Hardware From Microsoft & HP

Road to VR

Zero Latency, creator of a leading VR attraction platform, is now deploying their ‘gen 2’ VR hardware.

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‘Beat Saber’ Gets First Paid Music Pack, Update Brings Previous PSVR Exclusives to PC

Road to VR

Beat Games today released Beat Saber’s long-awaited first DLC music pack, an effort created in partnership with electronic dance music record label Monstercat. A new update on PC also brings it up to speed with the PSVR version, now featuring full mode and track parity between both platforms.

Beat Saber Monstercat Music Pack Vol. 1 DLC Review: Fantastic Collection Of New Songs

UploadVR

Today is the day that Beat Saber finally gets a big influx of new music. Ever since the original game came out in Early Access on Steam almost a year ago with just 10 songs, the release schedule has been a slow trickle of one-off releases.

Rebellion’s Brutal ‘Sniper Elite’ Series is Getting Its First Made-for-VR Game

Road to VR

Sniper Elite is coming to VR. The gritty sniper-focused shooter developed by Rebellion Developments is known for its brutal depictions of long range sniper combat and stealthy action.

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Beat Saber Officially Surpasses One Million Copies Sold

UploadVR

Today Beat Games announced that its viral sensation VR game Beat Saber had officially sold one million copies across all platforms including PSVR, Steam, and Oculus Home. The news comes on the same day that its first official pack of paid DLC was released, Music Pack 1 in partnership with Monstercat. “In February we reached 1M sold copies across all platforms,” said Michaela Dvorak, Head of Marketing at Beat Games in a statement to UploadVR.

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Netflix-style Viveport Infinity Subscription to Cost $13 Per Month, or $99 Per Year

Road to VR

HTC today announced that Viveport Infinity , the upcoming Netflix-style VR game & app subscription service, will be available for $13 a month, or $99 annually starting on April 2nd. If you subscribe now though, it could be a lot cheaper than that.

Viveport Infinity To Increase Developer Revenue Share At Launch Next Month

UploadVR

The next phase of HTC’s VR subscription service, Viveport Unlimited, arrives very soon. The company announced today that Viveport Infinity launches on April 2nd 2019. It’ll cost $12.99 a month or $99 a year. We had already spotted this price in some fine print earlier this month. A two week free trial period will also accompany the launch. Infinity offers full access to a suite of over 600 apps and games.

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Viveport Infinity release date set for April 2 as pricing is revealed

Slashgear

Back at CES 2019, HTC announced a new initiative that turns Viveport into what is essentially the Netflix for VR games. Dubbed Viveport Infinity, this new subscription service will allow unlimited access to all of the VR games hosted on Viveport.

How Facebook’s Outage Affected Oculus And VR Developers

UploadVR

Facebook’s server infrastructure had the longest outage in its history this week. The social network, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp were all affected. Since the Oculus platform is hosted on Facebook’s servers, it was also affected. Users. Users were unable to download or install Oculus Store apps. Multiplayer games using the free Oculus networking system like Dead and Buried and The Unspoken no longer functioned.

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Google is shuttering its Spotlight Stories VR studio

Slashgear

It seems that Google is doing some Spring cleaning and it’s not looking good for its employees and ventures. It was recently reported that Google was cutting down on the number of people working on its laptops and tablets and now something more drastic is happening on the VR front.

VR Awards 2019 Opens Nominations Process To Find The Best In VR

UploadVR

Fancy winning yourself a shiny trophy for your latest VR app or product? Then best get your nominations in for the VR Awards 2019. The UK-based show is set to return later in the year. The Nomination process for the event just opened.

Talk: Art-Based Research for Immersive Media

eleVR

Last fall I gave a talk at UNCSA for their Future of Reality Summit hosted by their Media and Emerging Technology Lab, which is now online: [link]. I had a great time at the event, and also got to teach a couple classes and see what film students are up to these days! It’s a good way to stay grounded in how fast things change.

Astro Bot Scores Best Game Nod At 2019 BAFTA Games Awards

UploadVR

The usual suspects are representing VR at this year’s BAFTA Games, but they’re nominated in surprising categories. The UK’S BAFTA Games Awards are one of the few that haven’t yet implemented a VR/AR category. But VR is there in force in the 2019 nominations. Sony’s beloved PSVR platformer, Astro Bot Rescue Mission , leads the pack.

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Monstercat’s Out of the Bag: ‘Beat Saber’ Music Pack Now Available on Rift

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Confirmed earlier this week by Beat Games, indie VR sensation Beat Saber just dropped the Monstercat Music Pack Vol. 1—available now on Rift