Thu.Feb 13, 2020

Apple Attacks Snapchat's Shoppable AR with Apple Pay Button & Other Custom Actions for AR Quick Look Content

Next Reality AR

Snapchat is probably used to Facebook copying its features by now, but Apple borrowing a page out of its playbook is likely a bit more surprising.

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VR Power Oculus Quest Battery Pack Starts Shipping But Remains Backordered


Good news if you got in an early pre-order for the VR Power Oculus Quest battery pack; the kit is now shipping. Creator Rebuff Reality confirmed as much on Twitter this week. The company did, however, add the precaution that the kit is still backordered on its website.

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Unity’s Latest Trends Report Declares 2020 Will Be A Breakthrough Year For VR And AR


15 industry experts contributed their perspective on why we’re approaching a tipping point with Enterprise XR. This looks to be the year where we move beyond tentative experimentation into scalable deployment of immersive tech in the workplace.

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Hulu Follows Instagram's Viral Sensation with Branded 'What Should I Watch' Lens on Snapchat

Next Reality AR

The "what (blank) are you" augmented reality filters on Instagram have become so popular that more and more Hollywood giants are following the augmented reality-powered social media meme train, with the latest example coming via Snapchat.

Wonderland Puzzler Down The Rabbit Hole Releases Next Month To Quest & More


From the moment we first saw Cortopia’s latest project, Down The Rabbit Hole, we were drawn in with pure curiosity and intrigue.

‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Launches Next Month But Index is Still Sold Out Across the Globe

Road to VR

Valve’s first flagship VR title, Half-Life: Alyx , is now set to launch on March 23rd but unfortunately the company’s Index VR headset is still just about impossible to buy direct. In the meantime, the shortage has seen secondary markets selling the headset at a 150% price premium.

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Half-Life: Alyx Official Release Date Announced, New Screenshots Revealed


I don’t think there’s ever been more hype surrounding the release of a VR game than there has been for Half-Life: Alyx these past few months. Now, roughly two weeks away from the previously announced launch window—Valve has finally revealed the games’ official release date: March 23rd.

‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Release Date Set for March 23rd, New Screenshots Revealed

Road to VR

Half-Life: Alyx finally has a release date and it’s March 23rd. The most anticipated VR game to date is now just one month and ten days away, and Valve has released some new screenshots to whet your appetite.

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How Into The Radius Combines STALKER And Onward For A Hardcore Post-Apocalyptic Shooter


Into The Radius is an open-world hardcore post-apocalyptic story-driven VR shooter with heavy influences from a wide gamut of entertainment media properties. It released on Steam Early Access last November and is dropping on the Oculus Home Store in Early Access today.

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Diorama-based VR Puzzler ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ Coming in March, Gameplay Trailer Here

Road to VR

Cortopia Studios, the Stockholm-based team behind spellcasting combat game Wands (2016), is set to release its upcoming puzzler Down the Rabbit Hole next month.

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Be A VR Valentine’s With Titanic 3D Screenings In Bigscreen


Near, far and now wherever you are thanks to VR; Bigscreen is celebrating Valentine’s Day with virtual screenings of Titanic 3D. Premiering on Friday and running through Valentine’s week, the James Cameron classic comes to VR for the first time.

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Ubisoft Announces ‘Prince of Persia’ VR Escape Room, Heading to 300 Locations This Spring

Road to VR

Ubisoft has revealed its third and latest VR escape room experience which is based on one of its classic franchises; Prince of Persia: The Dagger of Time will support up to four VR players who will control time itself as cooperatively solve puzzles.

Coronavirus May Impact Shipping Of Some Early Tilt Five Backer Kits


AR startup Tilt Five confirmed in a backer update sent out recently that the coronavirus may impact the shipment of some early kits which were scheduled to be sent to backers this month. Tilt Five is a tabletop, consumer AR system which finished its Kickstarter fully funded in October 2019.

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Enterprise XR is Coming of Age

Tech Trends VR

Unity’s Latest Trends Report Declares 2020 will be a Breakthrough Year for XR. 15 Experts weigh in on why we’re reaching a tipping point in spatial computing. This looks to be the year where we move beyond tentative experimentation into scalable deployment of immersive tech in the workplace.

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Half-Life: Alyx Releases March 23 For PC VR Headsets


Valve dated the release of Half-Life: Alyx for March 23 via Steam. The news comes via a tweet from the official Valve account along with a few new screenshots from the game. This news is breaking. Updates to come.

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Half-Life: Alyx available March 23, 2020

Cats and VR

Half-Life: Alyx, available March 23, 2020 [link] — Valve (@valvesoftware) February 13, 2020 "Pre-order bonuses for anyone who has purchased a Valve Index will start rolling out the week of March 2, beginning with Steam VR Home environments inspired by locations in Half-Life: Alyx ," Valve announced today. "We will have more information on upcoming Valve Index availability soon." Return to City 17 in just six weeks. Follow [link] and [link] for more news. — Valve (@valvesoftware) February 13, 2020


Resident Evil 7 biohazard Surpasses 7 Million Units, 16% are VR Players

Peter Graham

For those that have wanted to know what Capcom’s most popular videogames are, the company has just released a full list of its Platinum Titles – those that have sold more than one million units.

Half-Life: Alyx launch date has finally been revealed


Half-Life is one of those games that many gamers talk about, most often very fondly, but very few new gamers today see. That’s mostly because, despite the cult following, the game has not seen any new release in more than a decade.

Puzzle Adventure Down the Rabbit Hole Emerges in March

Peter Graham

The start of 2020 has been a little slow when it comes to new virtual reality (VR) titles but things are starting to pick up. Cortopia Studios, the team behind magical combat game Wands is preparing to launch its next project, a puzzle adventure called Down the Rabbit Hole.

“It’s Time to Go Spatial”: Get Hyped for AWE USA 2020


In terms of events, participants, and opportunities to attend, Augmented World Expo (AWE) is the largest AR, VR and MR trade show out there. While events take place throughout the year and around the world, the main floor in America is in Santa Clara, California.

Prince of Persia: The Dagger of Time is the Latest LBE Attraction From Ubisoft

Peter Graham

In September of last year, VRFocus reported on Ubisoft building a team specifically for virtual reality (VR) content development, with a lot of the positions at its Dusseldorf office – formerly Ubisoft Blue Byte.

Panera Reaches 9.3 Million Users with AR Campaign

AR Insider

This is the latest in AR Insider’s Campaign Tracker series. Running semi-weekly, it examines marketing campaigns that utilize AR visualization such as product try-ons, and their results. For a full list of campaigns, comparative ROI chart and deeper analysis, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

Preview: Silicon Rising – A Glossy Yet Exasperating Shooter

Peter Graham

Ahead of its early access release today, KUKRGAME’s stylish first-person shooter (FPS) Silicon Rising already had a notable introduction thanks to winning an award at the VRCORE Awards last year and being one of the few titles supporting NVIDIA’s Variable Rate Super Sampling (VRSS).

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Sweet Games Pack on Oculus Quest


Cupid’s arrow hit the bull’s-eye on Valentine’s Day savings with the Sweet Games Pack—available now through 11:59 pm PT on February 17. Featuring lovely discounts