Fri.Feb 01, 2019

The Ghost’s Spotlight: Salsa Virtual, Towards a Perilous Journey

The Ghost Howls

Welcome to a new episode of The Ghost’s Spotlight , where I give you brief opinions and reviews about VR products that I have tried. Today I want to tell you about two indie products that I have tried: Salsa Virtual and Towards a Perilous Journey. Salsa Virtual.

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VR Headset Growth on Steam Makes Biggest Leap Yet, Eclipses Linux Steam Users

Road to VR

It appears that the 2018 holiday shopping season was one of the best ever for PC VR headsets. The latest data released today from Valve shows VR making its single biggest leap yet, on a path toward 1 million monthly-connected headsets.

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Newly Revealed Microsoft Patent Points Towards HoloLens 2

VRScout

Microsoft is set to announce their HoloLens 2 in February. Do these patents show the future of Microsoft’s AR device? There’s currently a lot of discussion surrounding Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, which is rumored to be making its unveiling at Mobile World Congress in February.

Ubisoft’s VR Shooter ‘Space Junkies’ Comes to 100+ Arcades Ahead of Launch

Road to VR

Ubisoft today announced in a blogpost that a special arcade edition of their upcoming VR shooter Space Junkies has rolled out to “100+ arcades” around the world.

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Subnautica’s Below Zero Expansion Probably Won’t Ever Have VR Support

UploadVR

Subnautica is often regarded as one of the premier examples in PC gaming of how to introduce VR support to a title that was originally developed without VR in mind at all. Everything from the sound design, visual smoothness, and head tracking are excellent and provide a serious sense of presence.

Saab to Further Develop VR Rocket Launcher Simulator

Road to VR

Saab, a global defense and security company (and former parent company of the car manufacturer of the same name), says that it will further develop a VR experience designed to demonstrate a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher offered by the company.

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‘Mosh Pit Simulator’ Early Access Review — Terribly Hilarious, Hilariously Terrible

Road to VR

Indie developer Sos Sosowski admits he creates “terrible” video games like his old school point-and-click game McPixel (2012).

Oculus Go Update Adds Expanded Power Options, Audio In Screen Recordings, More

UploadVR

The latest Oculus Go updates bring a new power section to the settings, audio when recording video, and more. The Power settings lets you toggle the Battery Saver mode (added late last year) as well as whether you want the headset to turn on automatically when you put it on. You can also set how long the headset should wait before going to sleep after being taken off. Videos recorded in the Oculus Go now contain audio.

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Augmented Reality App Maker Houzz Reveals Major Data Breach

Next Reality AR

In the realm of internet security, it's becoming clear that augmented reality is not immune to the increasing wave data breaches plaguing users. On Friday, furniture retailer Houzz, an early adopter of ARKit, revealed details of a data breach that occurred in December 2018.

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Waveguides vs Laser Displays: What You Need To Know To Understand The Smartglasses Market

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In this article we will make a comparison between waveguides and laser to holographic combiners. In doing so we will also look at North (formerly Thalmic Labs), their business success, and their IP, and place that into the context of the greater smartglasses market, and near-eye optics IP. What The Reader Will Gain.

Disney, CNN, National Geographic, Starbreeze recognized for VR projects

Hypergrid Business

The Advanced Imaging Society held its tenth annual awards ceremony this week at Warner Bros Studios and virtual reality was a major focus of the event. Ready Player One, based in a virtual reality world, took the award for best live action 3D feature and best stereography.

Onward Goes Arctic With New Level, Trailer Debuts

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Onward ‘s 1.5 update is just a little late for Christmas but still offers some snowy slaughter. The latest version of Downpour Interactive’s military simulation shooter adds a host of new features. Chief among them is a new map, named Snowpeak.

African Americans in virtual reality

Hypergrid Business

As a person of color and a woman, I’ve become aware with the lack of representation expressed outside of the entertainment or sports world. That is even more prevalent within the Virtual Reality community.

I Played Beat Saber On Oculus Go With Two Controllers Using RiftCat

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Want to play Beat Saber on Oculus Go or other low-end VR devices? There’s a way, though we wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. VRidge Controller is the latest release from RiftCat, a company best known for its PC VR streaming app. The $4.99

The Periodic Table of AR/VR iOS Apps Vol.2

VirtualiTeach

A year ago I co-authored The Periodic Table of AR and VR iOS Apps with my good friend and serial innovator Mark “ICT Evangelist” Anderson. Part of Mark’s expanding line-up of educational Periodic Tables resources, it was launched at BETT London 2018 by Mark.

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Facebook’s Leaders: The People Responsible For VR And AR Strategy

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We’ve been following the development of VR headsets at Facebook since its acquisition of Oculus VR in 2014. That’s when Facebook, under the direction of CEO Mark Zuckerberg, bought the two-year-old Oculus VR startup. In the process, they hired Oculus employees John Carmack, Nate Mitchell, Michael Antonov, Brendan Iribe, Palmer Luckey, and a long list of engineers and researchers working on the Oculus Rift PC-powered VR headset, as well as the Gear VR phone-powered system.

Step inside Artwork in Virtual Reality

VirtualiTeach

My monthly column for the brilliant VR Focus continued in January with an article looking at a special subset of VR art apps that allow you to actually step inside works of art.

The Messy Truth Is A VR Experience About Race Starring Black Panther’s M’Baku

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A new VR experience focused on race made waves at this week’s Lumiere Awards. The Messy Truth VR Experience, which is the latest addition to TV host Van Jones’ long-running series, took the Social Justice Award at the event on January 30th. The experience stars Winston Duke, best known for playing M’Baku in last year’s Black Panther. In it, viewers step into the shoes of a 12-year old African American boy.