Wed.Apr 01, 2020

More Than 1 Million Steam Users Now Have A VR Headset: Here’s Which Ones

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Valve’s Steam Hardware Survey now includes any VR headset used in the past month , revealing that 1.16% of users have a SteamVR compatible headset. That may not sound like a lot. But comparing it to other currently niche items on the Hardware Survey shows PC VR is off to a great start.

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Roto VR Picks up $1.86M Investment to Support Roll-out of Rotating VR Chair

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Roto VR , the UK-based makers of the eponymous 360-degree VR chair, today announced its completed a £1.5 million (~$1.86 million) funding round. Investors include Consumer Venture Capital Trust, Pembroke VCT, and The TVB Growth Fund.

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Valve: VR Adoption ‘Has Gone Pretty Much The Way We Thought It Was Going To’

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The slow growth of the PC VR market since 2016 has led to a lot of discussion of whether the platform failed. But, for Valve, things have apparently gone pretty much as planned.

Strivr Secures $30M Series B Financing to Accelerate Adoption of VR Training

Road to VR

Strivr , the immersive VR training company, announced the successful completion of a $30 million financing round, something the startup says will help it further expand adoption of enterprise-focused immersive learning.

Facebook Ends Samsung Gear VR Software Updates, 360 Video Downloads & Films

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Facebook is ending software updates for the Samsung Gear VR. Further, users will no longer be able to access films or download the Oculus Video app. The Samsung Gear VR is a smartphone-based VR headset.

How To Play Gamecube & Wii Games Natively On Oculus Quest

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Players will need a bluetooth controller and their own ROM files. Those familiar with the world of video game emulation are no doubt familiar with the open-source console emulator Dolphin. Originally released in 2003 on Windows, this brilliant piece of software allows players to run Nintendo Gamecube and Wii console games on their Windows, macOS, and Android devices. Last year a user going by the name Pixelacos on YouTube posted a video of Dolphin running natively on an Oculus Quest headset.

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Valve Revamps Steam Survey to More Accurately Count VR Headsets

Road to VR

Valve’s long running Steam Survey has been one of the most transparent data sources for gauging which VR headsets are the most used. Now the company says it’s revamping the way it collects data to more accurately count VR headsets in use on Steam.

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VR Power Maker To Launch Kickstarter Soon For ‘Ears’ Audio Solution For Quest And More

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Rebuff Reality is planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign this month for its off-ear audio solution that’s said to be compatible with a range of VR headsets.

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From Brain-Computer Interfaces To Digital Humans: How These Technologies Are Bringing Us Closer To The Metaverse

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Just how far away is full-dive VR? Technology can augment the world around us, it can enhance the human experience, our capabilities, and also extend our reality to digital and virtual worlds. As people flock online during quarantine we now find ourselves experimenting with new platforms, pushing immersive technologies to the limits, and collaborating in new ways; from eye-tracking technology and facial tracking to biometrics and brain-control interfaces.

Swing And Shoot Through ‘Swarm’, An Arcade-Style Shooter Coming To Quest, PC VR

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We’ve seen a few Spider-Man swinging demos on the Quest and PC VR (both official and non-official), but now an upcoming VR game is set to take fun web swinging mechanics and apply them to an arcade-style arena shooter with a brand new property.

Interactive Chair Maker Roto VR Raises £1.5 million, Eyes Consumer Product Launch

Peter Graham

Interactivity tends to be key for virtual reality (VR) experiences, from simple hand gestures to full roomscale movement. But the latter isn’t always practical both in the consumer and enterprise fields.

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How To Check For Updates And Manually Update Your Oculus Quest

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The Oculus Quest update system works a bit differently to normal operating system updates that you’re used to with other devices.

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FundamentalVR Expands Surgical Training Platform Support to Oculus Quest

Peter Graham

British tech company FundamentalVR has been at the forefront of virtual reality (VR) training in the healthcare system, primarily focused on surgical education via its Fundamental Surgery platform.

HTC Vive Cosmos Elite And External Tracking Faceplate Review: Too Little Too Late

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Here’s what we think of the new-and-sort-of-improved HTC Vive Cosmos Elite and/or Cosmos External Tracking Faceplate. Last year HTC released yet another entry in its line of VR headsets named the HTC Vive Cosmos.

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How Can AR Support the New Normal?

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This article is the latest in AR Insider’s editorial contributor program. Find out more or contact us to participate here. Authors’ opinions are their own. . Encourage your XR customers to lean in because the world has changed. by Jason Marsh.

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GRIP: Combat Racing is Getting a VR Upgrade

Peter Graham

Titles like Radial-G: Proteus demonstrate how really fast racing videogames can work in virtual reality (VR) when built correctly. Today, developer Caged Element Inc.

Will Niantic’s 6D.AI Acquisition Validate AR Exit Potential?

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“Trendline” is AR Insider’s series that examines trends and events in spatial computing, and their strategic implications. For an indexed library of spatial computing insights, data, reports and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

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VR chair startup raises funds, as pandemic boosts prospects for VR and gaming

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Roto VR , startup which markets an interactive, ‘360 degree’ chair, has raised £1.5 million in a funding round led by Pembroke VCT. Others in the round include TVB Growth Fund, managed by The FSE Group.

Review: Lies Beneath

Peter Graham

At some point every virtual reality (VR) developer needs to do a horror title, whether it’s purely psychological or filled with jump scares, the genre is such an easy fit for VR purposes.

VR Experiences Designed for VIVEPORT with Bjorn Book-Larsson

ARPost

This Tuesday, March 31, was the first Tuesday of VIVE’s ongoing series of “GDC replacement” webinars. The series is being offered as a digital alternative for content that otherwise would have been shown at this year’s Game Developers Conference.

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EXCLUSIVE: VR Porn proved to be very dangerous for your health

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Today I have made a shocking discovery that I think all the VR community should be aware of because millions of lives are at a risk: VR Porn can have very bad consequences for your health.

MR Glasses by the Million: Nreal to Open New Optics Factory in Wuxi City, China

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MR glasses manufacturer Nreal announced the opening of a new optics factory in Wuxi City, China, last Friday. Before the end of the year, the factory will be rolling out one million units. Press release in hand, let’s talk Nreal, let’s talk China, and let’s talk the future of MR glasses.

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