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Miller Lite & Trigger Global Turn St. Patrick's Day into an Augmented Reality Celebration

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Every year, fans of Irish culture, as well as those looking to celebrate their own culture, come together on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

HTC Brings Gloveless Finger Tracking To Vive and Vive Pro, Gestures To Vive Focus

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HTC released an SDK which allows developers to add finger tracking to their Vive or Vive Pro apps. For the Vive Focus standalone headset the SDK instead provides hand position and gesture recognition. The feature was first announced back in October.

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OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

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OpenXR is a royalty-free standard for cross-platform VR and AR development. It’s backed by many of the biggest names in the VR and AR industries and has been in development by the consortium for two years now, organized by Khronos Group.

Beat Saber Confirmed As Oculus Quest Launch Title

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Facebook’s $400 Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is launching with Beat Saber in its lineup. For Facebook, Beat Saber was a must-get its Oculus Quest launch lineup. The game is a system seller for some buyers.

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HTC Planning Lip-tracking Module Dev Kit for Vive Pro

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Today at GDC, HTC announced plans to make available a lip-tracking module for the Vive Pro. The company says it doesn’t currently have plans to consumerize the device, but instead wants to make it available for research and experimentation.

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Denmark Is Turning To VR To Combat Teen Drinking Problem

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The country uses VR to educate teenage drinkers on the dangerous effects of alcohol. Alcohol abuse amongst teens is a common issue across the globe, but in Denmark, it is a huge dilemma.

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Half-Life VR References Found In DOTA 2 Update – Report

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We may well be formally introduced to Half-Life VR at GDC this week. Valve’s long-rumored VR game could be revealed alongside its new SteamVR headset which we wrote about late last year. But, ahead of any such reveal, more apparent references to the game have been uncovered.

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Breakout VR Hit ‘Beat Saber’ Confirmed as Oculus Quest Launch Title

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Beat Games is getting ready to take their massively successful block-slashing rhythm game to new heights, as Oculus today announced that Beat Saber (2018) is coming to Oculus Quest at launch.

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Wireless PSVR Headset Detailed In New Sony Patent

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The future of Sony’s PSVR headset just got even more promising. A recently granted patent suggests a wireless version of the device is in the works. The patent sprung up online over the weekend. It details a headset that seems to wirelessly communicate with a piece of hardware external from the PS4 itself. In the patent’s drawings it essentially looks like the original PSVR wirelessly linked to the breakout box.

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GDC 2019: Beat Saber Will Be An Oculus Quest Launch Title

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VR’s best-selling title is confirmed for release on the upcoming standalone headset. This years highly-anticipated Game Developers Conference kicked-off with a bang today as Oculus confirmed the release of Beat Games’ insanely popular beat-slashing rhythm game on the upcoming Oculus Quest.

Nvidia Says GeForce Now Will Enable Wireless Streaming VR/AR

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GDC isn’t the only major tech event going on this week. The GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2019 is also currently underway in Silicon Valley. GPU maker Nvidia just hosted its keynote and there are some interesting notes on the VR front. Specifically, the company revealed that it’s expanding its RTX Server lineup, increasing its cloud computing capabilities.

Oculus Quest nabs Beat Saber as a launch title

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Last year, Facebook revealed the Oculus Quest, a new standalone VR headset that falls somewhere between the Oculus Go and Oculus Rift. Essentially, the Quest is Oculus’s attempt to take standalone VR to the next level after introducing an entry-level standalone headset in the Go.

GDC 2019: OpenXR Specification And API Released Publicly For AR And VR Devices

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,The OpenXR specification and application programming interface is public for the first time today. The 0.90 provisional OpenXR specification provides a standardized interface between virtual worlds and the devices which track movement as well as render and display those worlds. The Khronos Group, which is releasing the standard for developer and industry feedback , is broadly supported by companies invested in AR and VR technologies.

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'The Inventor' And 'Breakthrough' At SXSW, Two Tales Of Science Gone Right And Wrong

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While Theranos was busy swindling investors and endangering patients, research scientist Jim Allison developed a cancer treatment and was awarded a Nobel Prize

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Oculus Quest ‘Tracking Is Just Great’ Says Beat Saber Studio

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Finally, we have confirmation that Beat Saber is officially coming to Oculus Quest. Today, ahead of GDC 2019, Oculus officially confirmed the viral sensation is hitting their standalone VR headset later this year. “Playing Beat Saber on Oculus Quest allows you to make literally any move you want,” explains Head of Marketing , in an Oculus blog post. You can easily add that extra dance move, and that feeling when you don’t have to watch out for any cables is priceless.

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Freestyle: ‘Beat Saber’ Joins the Oculus Quest Launch Lineup

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Last week, Beat Saber hit a major milestone with over 1M copies sold. And today, we’re excited to confirm that this high-energy fan favorite is

John Carmack Used Beat Saber To Refine Oculus Quest Tracking

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Beat Saber might be VR’s savior in more ways that one according to John Carmack. Following today’s announcement that the hit VR game is coming to Quest, Carmack revealed an interesting fact. He said that he used the hit game to help refine Oculus Quest’s positional tracking. Specifically Carmack was refining Quest’s six degrees of freedom (6DOF) extrapolation code. Beat Saber was his primary testing ground.

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QuiVr: Vanguard–Perfect for VR Arcades

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BlueTeak releases VR Arcade Build of flagship title QuiVr This article was written by Hunter Lane, Content Team Ninja and Technical Support Account Manager at SpringboardVR.

Community Download: What Are Your GDC 2019 Predictions?

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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. GDC 2019 officially kicks off this week in San Francisco, CA and we will be reporting on the event live all week long. We’ve got lots of demos lined up for some extremely exciting games and VR hardware that we can’t wait to tell you more about.

Oculus YouTube Highlights, March 2019

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April showers may be looming on the horizon, but March isn’t going anywhere just yet—not with so many can’t-miss Rift games left to play this