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This Oculus Quest Controller Charging Station Replaces Your Faceplates


Tired of endlessly switching out batteries in VR? This Oculus Quest controller charging station might have a fix for you. ONG Innovations revealed this new product over the weekend.

Valve Confirms ‘Left 4 Dead’ VR Game Not in Active Development

Road to VR

If you were buzzing about the proposition of getting a Left 4 Dead game any time soon, be it VR or otherwise, Valve says it’s definitely not working on any Left 4 Dead -related IP, and it hasn’t for years.

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Valve Expects Index To Be Back In Stock Before Half-Life: Alyx Ships


The Valve Index PC VR system is currently sold out, but the company expects to be back in stock before the release of its highly anticipated first party VR title.

Can Virtual Reality Inspire Climate Action?


The effects of human-caused global warming are becoming more apparent year after year. From extreme heat and frequent storms to intense wildfires, we can no longer escape the consequences of our inactions. We can, however, try to limit the magnitude of future catastrophes by acting now.

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Sundance Film Festival 2020 Begins This Week, Featuring Several VR Experiences


The annual Sundance Film Festival begins this week on the 23rd of January and will feature a variety of VR and AR experiences, as part of the festival’s ‘New Frontier’ lineup. The festival runs for just over a week at Park City in Utah, through to the 2nd of February.

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Valve: Left 4 Dead VR/3 ‘Is Not Something We’re Working On’


Whatever VR games Valve is working on beyond Half-Life: Alyx , it doesn’t sound like Left 4 Dead is one of them.

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2019 Was Pokémon Go’s Best Revenue Year Yet

AR Insider

Data Point of the Week is AR Insider’s dive into the latest spatial computing figures. It includes data points, along with narrative insights and takeaways. For an indexed collection of data and reports, subscribe to ARtillery Pro. Pokémon Go’s business case continues to be validated.

Watch Colin Farrell Voice VR In Gloomy Eyes Behind-The-Scene Video


Did you know Colin Farrell was the star of a VR app? Well now you did, and this new video for affectionate VR series, Gloomy Eyes, proves it. Gloomy Eyes — which won big at last year’s Raindance Awards — is one of the latest creations from Atlas V and 3dar.

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CES 2020 Hands-on: Getting to Grips With HaptX

Peter Graham

There’s nothing like a bit of haptic feedback to truly make you feel like part of a virtual reality (VR) experience, whether that’s a simple controller shake as you impale an enemy or feel the thump against your chest when you take a hit in experiences like The VOID.

Pixel Ripped 1995 Approved For Oculus Quest Store, But 1989 Isn’t


The next entry in the Arvore’s nostalgic VR gaming series, Pixel Ripped 1995, is on its way to the Oculus Quest store soon. But the original game in the series isn’t. Pixel Ripped 1995 was listed on the Oculus Store last week with its spring 2020 release window.

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Carly and the Reaperman to get a Physical PlayStation VR Launch in March

Peter Graham

There are some great local social videogames for virtual reality (VR) headsets such as Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Acron: Attack of the Squirrels and The Angry Birds Movie 2: VR Under Pressure.

John Carmack (Sort of) Left Oculus. That’s a Good Thing

VR Tech News

Back on November 13, 2019, Oculus CTO John Carmack announced he would be stepping down from his full time position from the company and transition into a consulting role. Some feared the VR sky was falling.

The IKEA of AR: Making Content Effortlessly, with EON Reality's Dan Lejerskar

XR for Business Podcast

It's been said on this show before; XR doesn't have a technology problem, it has an adoption problem. In Dan Lejerskar's experience, everyone from universities to governments see the value of XR -- they just lack the content to make it a worthwhile, everyday tool. He and Alan explore how EON Reality is addressing this discrepancy. . Alan: Hi, it's Alan Smithson here.

Court rules Mike Rothenberg must fork over more than $31 million to settle SEC allegations

TechCrunch VR

Mike Rothenberg, the once high-flying VC bent on bringing the party to Silicon Valley, must now pay a whopping $31.4 million to settle a California federal court ruling in favor of Security and Exchange Commission allegations.

CES 2020 Interview: bHaptics Moves Towards Consumer Haptics

Peter Graham

Gamers are used to haptic feedback in their controllers, rumbling away to indicate actions. When it comes to virtual reality (VR), haptic feedback can make an experience even more engaging, especially when this involves the entire body.

Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency’s Mutators Update Adds Smooth Locomotion

Peter Graham

Last month Neat Corporation and Fast Travel Games launched stealth sequel Budget Cuts 2: Mission Insolvency for PC VR headsets. Having received a positive response from players the developers have now dropped the Mutator Update, adding a bunch of options to customise the experience plus one major feature – smooth locomotion.

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