Mon.Jan 14, 2019

All the best AR and VR news from CES 2019

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Last week has been the week of CES 2019 , one of the most important technology exhibition of the year. In the American sin city of Las Vegas, there has been an enormous showcase of every kind of innovative technologies and of course, AR and VR have been part of the show.

Escaping from Augmented Reality

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Scriptum is a new AR escape room app that lets you step into another dimension. But will you be able to find the way out? It is really interesting with any new platform to see what types of games become popular as the medium evolves. And it’s often not what you’d expect.

Strengthening Your Muscle Memory With VR Hockey Training

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Sense Arena’s portable VR Hockey Training kit was a big hit at CES 2019. A couple of months ago I was fortunate enough to the VR Sports and Entertainment Summit in San Francisco, where I had the opportunity to try out the virtual Hockey training kit from Sense Arena.

HTC Makes Firefox Reality The Default Browser On Vive VR Headsets

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Mozilla announced that its Firefox Reality VR browser will be the default browser on all HTC Vive headsets. The internet company first unveiled the Firefox Reality VR browser last April , touting it as an easier way for manufacturers to integrate and adapt a browser into their headsets.

Self-Driving Car Features Batman-Themed Immersive Entertainment

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Take an autonomous ride through a crime-ridden Gotham City during your everyday commute. If – as seems increasingly likely – we’re moving towards a future that will include autonomous vehicles, what exactly will drivers be doing with all their newfound spare time while on the road?

CES 2019: Antilatency Turns Oculus Go Into 6DOF Multiuser VR

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I’ve tried Antilatency a number of times and the startup’s CES 2019 demo was the best yet. The demo was like a smaller scale version of the impressive multi-user Oculus Quest “arena” setup we enjoyed so much at Oculus Connect 5.

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It Looks Like A PSVR Train Simulator Is Finally On The Way (Sort Of)

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You know what PSVR doesn’t have enough of? Simulation games. Not the silly type that star goats, I mean actual simulators. It’s a surprisingly untapped market for such a dedicated audience. That said, it looks like the first PSVR train simulator is indeed on the way. Sort of.

7 Unannounced PSVR Ports We’re Still Waiting On In 2019

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With over three million headsets sold, Sony’s PSVR is thought to be the most successful major VR headset on the market today. Despite this, many developers prefer to bring their VR games to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive first.

NextVR Held Significant Layoffs Today

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Live streaming VR company NextVR held significant layoffs on January 14, 2019. I spoke by phone with co-founder and CEO David Cole, who said “we were built big” for a VR market projected to be larger than what materialized in 2017 and 2018. Cole said the Newport Beach-based company did not file for a WARN notice on the workforce reduction, suggesting the size of the layoff did not meet the threshold for disclosure according to California law. Valuable NextVR Employees Laid Off.

Realmax Qian Is A Light, Fully Wireless AR/VR Headset With A 100-degree FOV

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Realmax has officially taken its AR/VR ambitions from dream to reality, having evolved its Qian headset from an intriguing prototype at the 2018 CES to actual production hardware at the 2019 CES. And unlike so many of the devices shown each year at CES, Qian actually contains some compelling differentiators: It’s lightweight, tetherless, and offers a very wide-angle video display by augmented reality headset standards.

Oculus To Demo High Budget Rift Exclusives ‘Stormland’ & ‘Defector’ At PAX South

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Facebook announced that it will host demos of its upcoming high budget Oculus Rift exclusives Stormland and Defector at PAX South 2019. PAX is a collection of gaming festivals held each year since 2004. PAX South is held in San Antonio, Texas. This year it will take place on January 18th-20th.

6 Unannounced PSVR Ports We’re Still Waiting On In 2019

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With over three million headsets sold, Sony’s PSVR is thought to be the most successful major VR headset on the market today. Despite this, many developers prefer to bring their VR games to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive first.

CES 2019: Hands-On With Pico’s G2 4K Enterprise Standalone VR Headset

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Pico showed off the 4K variation of its G2 standalone all-in-one 3DOF VR headset this year at CES and we got the chance to check it out and go hands-on from the show floor. Historically Pico has always been one of those companies that is able to craft some surprisingly impressive hardware (especially in China) but it never quite seemed to find its footing in the software department for consumers with admittedly mixed overall results — even as a Vive Wave supported device.

Zero-Gravity Shooter Space Junkies Could Be Coming To PSVR

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It looks like a Space Junkies PSVR version could indeed happen. As spotted by Ostrog the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website recently listed Ubisoft’s upcoming zero-gravity shooter. That hopefully means that the long-awaited PC VR version is nearly here.

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Beat Saber And Job Simulator Were PSVR’s Most Downloaded Games In 2018

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Sony has released its annual list of the most downloaded games on its PSVR headset. The winners won’t surprise you. Two lists were published last week. One is for the US and the other is for the EU. For the former, Owlchemy Lab’s Job Simulator came out on top (again) with Beat Games’ mega-popular Beat Saber coming in second. In the EU, it was Beat Saber in first and Job Simulator close behind. Sony never reveals the actual sales data behind these downloads, though.