Mon.Mar 11, 2019

HBO Crowns Snapchat as King of Its 'Game of Thrones' Augmented Reality Promotion at SXSW

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The hype for HBO's Game of Thrones reached proportions as epic as the series itself this week with the latest release of the final season's official trailer, but it's a Snapchat promotion that will truly make fans at SXSW bend the knee.

Oculus, HTC Hit SXSW With Latest In VR Filmmaking

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SXSW 2019 is now officially underway, and VR’s front runners are there to showcase the latest in VR filmmaking. Both Oculus and HTC are at this year’s show with new projects.

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Targo Releases VR Documentary On Notre Dame Cathedral

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Take a closer look at one of histories most treasured cathedrals in this stereoscopic 360-degree experience. Every day, over 30,000 visitors flock to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to tour the exquisite architecture made even more famous by Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame.

CrashCourse Uses VR To Teach High School Students About Concussions

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According to The Journal of the American Medical Association in a 2017 report, it was found that 1 in 5 high school athletes (20%) will get a concussion. That’s a staggering statistic.

Oculus Shows Off Brutal ‘Asgard’s Wrath’ Combat, Dismemberment

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On the build up to a larger reveal at GDC next week, Oculus has been teasing some of the combat mechanics in Asgard’s Wrath, the latest upcoming Oculus Studios title. The game’s physics-based combat will include the ability to finish opponents with brutal dismembering kills.

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VR Ninja Dojo Opens Next Week In Tokyo

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Train under a ninja master in this fully immersive location-based experience. Plan on visiting Japan anytime soon?

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Angry Birding in VR

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Red, Chuck, Bomb and the Blues face off against their piggy nemeses in the latest Angry Birds instalment.

Valve’s Mike Ambinder To Talk Brain-Computer Interfaces At GDC

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A talk by Valve’s Mike Ambinder at GDC on March 22 will offer an overview of brain-computer interfaces. If you are attending GDC and staying through Friday, the talk looks like it’ll be a worthwhile one. The talk is titled “Brain-Computer Interfaces: One Possible Future for How We Play” and happens at 10 am Pacific in Room 2010, West Hall. While the talk isn’t specifically about VR, we’ve also got a list of six GDC talks focused on VR/AR you should check out.

Report: Apple AR Headset Could Rely on iPhone for Rendering & Connectivity

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Several reports over the past two years have suggested Apple is getting ready to manufacture an AR headset , and possibly ship it sometime in 2020—something that’s so far unsubstantiated by the company itself.

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GDC 2019: 6 VR/AR Talks You Won’t Want To Miss

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GDC 2019 is nearly upon us. This year’s show promises to be one of the biggest yet for VR and AR. We’re hoping to see new headsets and experiences that paint a bright picture for the immersive industry’s next few years. But let’s not forget about one of GDC’s biggest selling points; the talks. There’s a raft of sessions and workshops for VR developers to look forward to this year. Below, we’ve rounded up six that we think you won’t want to miss.

VIVE X Startup Mindesk Secures $900K to Create VR Multiuser Design Software

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Mindesk , a startup developing a platform for real-time CAD collaboration in AR/VR, today announced a $900,000 seed round from HTC Vive, Barcamper Ventures, A11 Venture and Invitalia Ventures.

Tactical Haptics To Bring Production Design Controllers To GDC

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We’re expecting hands-on time with a lot of new VR headsets at GDC 2019 next week. But Tactical Haptics will be offering a look at its latest design for its VR controllers , too. In a Kickstarter update from last week the company confirmed it will be at this year’s show. Not only that, but it will be bringing the production-ready design along with it. The company reasoned that this was mainly for business development meetings but we’re hoping to get a look at them too.

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Niantic Conjures Preview of Harry Potter Augmented Reality Game, Opens Pre-Registration on Google Play

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While a release date for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has not yet materialized, co-developers Niantic and WB Games have finally released gameplay footage and an in-depth game description to whet the appetites of eager Harry Potter fans.

Every Graphics Card And Laptop With The VirtualLink USB-C Port

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VirtualLink is the new USB-C single cable standard for future VR headsets and the GPUs/laptops they connect to. It’s intended to simplify the setup process of VR and ensure compatibility with USB and power requirements of future headsets. It also allows gaming laptops to guarantee support for VR. If you’re not sure why it’s important, here’s Why The VirtualLink USB-C Port Matters. Graphics Cards. RTX 2060. Most RTX 2060 cards do not feature a USB-C port.

Community Download: What Are Your Favorite VR Moments?

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Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused articles series published every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate. Last week we asked you what your dream VR game would be, which is a rather future-focused question, so instead this week let’s look back at the last few years of consumer-focused VR and reflect on things we’ve already seen.

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Beat Saber Remains On Top Of February PlayStation Store Charts

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A relatively quiet February for PSVR saw Beat Saber claim the top of Sony’s store charts once again. Beat Games’ rhythm action sensation topped the lists for both the US and EU regions in February. It’s no surprise; Beat Saber was the best-selling PSVR game on the PlayStation Store for all of 2018. It only released in mid-November. It’s safe to say this one will be topping charts for a long time, then. Other than that the charts are comprised of the same olf suspects.

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