Fri.Apr 02, 2021

Christopher Lafayette: Let’s build together an inclusive XR community

The Ghost Howls

I’ve had the enormous pleasure of speaking with Christopher Lafayette , one of the most esteemed members of our XR community. He’s mostly active on Linkedin and has always worked in VR considering not the technology, but the human and all the collectivity at the center of his vision.

‘Population: One’ Adds Private Rooms For A Limited Time

VRScout

You and up to 17 of your closest friends can play together in both War and Squad mode.

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Monthly-connected VR Headsets on Steam Top 3 Million Milestone

Road to VR

For the third month running, the number of VR headsets on Steam has reached a new record high of some 3 million, or 2.4% of Steam users. Monthly-connected VR Headsets on Steam.

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XR Talks: A Glimpse Into AR’s Near Future

AR Insider

T he future of any tech sector can often be seen in its innovation pipeline. And what better place to see that pipeline in action than early-stage startups? This is why “demo days” for accelerator cohorts/classes are always illuminating. It’s a glimpse into the near future.

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‘Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual!’ Releasing on Quest in June, PC VR & PSVR to Follow

Road to VR

Sam & Max is getting ready to make the big leap to VR this summer in its first original game in over a decade. Developer HappyGiant and publisher Big Sugar announced the action adventure game is coming to Oculus Quest this June.

1-In-4 VR Headsets Used On Steam Are Oculus Quest 2

Upload VR

One in every four VR headsets used on Steam is an Oculus Quest 2, according to the platform’s latest Hardware Survey results. The numbers for March are in, with Facebook’s standalone headset jumping to 24.25% of overall VR headset usage on Steam.

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Ubisoft Adds VR Support To Its In-House Snowdrop Engine

Upload VR

Assassin’s Creed publisher Ubisoft, which is working on several upcoming VR games, recently revealed that it has added VR support to its in-house development engine, Snowdrop.

TSMC to Spend $100B on Fabs and R&D Over Next Three Years: 2nm, Arizona Fab & More

Anand Tech

TSMC this week has announced plans to spend $100 billion on new production facilities as well as R&D over the next three years.

Watch: The Mandalorian Making-Of Shows Oculus Quest 2 Used In Set Design

Upload VR

A lot of the pioneering virtual techniques used in Disney+’s Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, are well known. But a new video shows how the Oculus Quest 2 was used during production. You can see Quest 2 in action just after the three minute mark in the video below.

SK Hynix to Build $106 Billion Fab Cluster: 800,000 Wafer Starts a Month

Anand Tech

Capping off a busy week for fab-related news, South Korea authorities this week gave SK Hynix a green light to build a new, 120 trillion won ($106.35 billion) fab complex.

US Army Signs Contract For Wide-FoV HoloLens Headsets From Microsoft

Upload VR

Microsoft won a large US Army contract to supply advanced AR headsets for frontline soldiers, based on the HoloLens platform.

OnePlus 9 Pro review: The most dependable smartphone you can buy

Digital Trends

Has OnePlus made the most of its longer than usual development period? Android Mobile oneplus oneplus 9 pro Review

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Mike Rowe’s New Discovery+ Show Is Big Oil-Funded Propaganda

GizModo VR

Reality show host Mike Rowe’s new series Six Degrees , which is currently streaming on Discovery+ and will soon air on television, begins how I expected it would: with him on screen in a t-shirt, jeans, and baseball cap, and smiling wryly.

New Maskmaker Footage Digs Into The Game’s Story

Upload VR

Maskmaker is our Upload Access game of the month, and we’re kicking things off with an exclusive new look at footage of one of the game’s story segments.

Why privacy shutters on security cameras make all the difference

Digital Trends

Privacy shutters provide assurance that your camera is not watching you, but not all privacy shutters are created equal. Some types have clear advantages. Features Smart Home privacy shutter Security Cameras smart home

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Solaris: Offworld Combat Gets PSVR Physical Launch In June, Planned Digital Release In May

Upload VR

Solaris: Offworld Combat is coming to PSVR this June with a physical release from Perp Games. According to a First Contact Entertainment representative, the digital version is planned to release a month earlier in May. Perp Games on Twitter: “We’re not finished just yet.

Microsoft officially announces Build 2021, and the stakes are high

Digital Trends

After a few weeks of rumors and a leaked marketing video, the date for Microsoft’s annual is now official. Once again set to be an all-virtual event, Build 2021 will run May 25 through May 27, according to a ZDNet report confirmed by Microsoft.

WOW! That’s Not How Any of This Works

GizModo VR

Most internet service providers impose data caps, and as of today, you can add one more to the list. Ars Technica reports cable company WideOpenWest (WOW!), an ISP that once bragged about its unlimited data plans , is now imposing data caps on its customers. Read more.

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Ring Video Doorbell Wired vs. Video Doorbell Pro 2

Digital Trends

Shopping for a hard-wired video doorbell? Ring makes two of the most popular options. Here's how to choose between them. Smart Home best home security systems Ring Video Doorbell smart home video camera video doorbell

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6 Mysterious Disease Outbreaks That Were Never Solved

GizModo VR

As the past year has painfully made clear, infectious diseases remain one of humanity’s greatest perils.

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Here are 7 of the best DeX features on your Samsung phone

Digital Trends

Samsung DeX is a great way to get a desktop experience from your phone, and the system is actually pretty versatile. Here are some of the best DeX features. Android Mobile Samsung Samsung DeX

Sealed Super Mario Bros. Cartridge Sells for a Record-Breaking $660,000 at Auction

GizModo VR

While it might not have generated as much as Beeple’s recent NFT sale , a sealed cartridge of Super Mario Bros for the NES just crushed the record for the most expensive video game auction ever sold going for a whopping $660,000. Read more.

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Buy a MacBook Pro in 2016? Apple may have knowingly sold you a faulty unit

Digital Trends

A judge sided with the plaintiffs in a case against Apple, agreeing that the Mac-maker had knowingly tried to sell MacBook Pros with faulty display design. Apple Computing News Flexgate MacBook macbook pro

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This Smart Pet Drinking Fountain Has Made My Cats Insufferable Water Snobs

GizModo VR

When my household was just myself and my gray tabby Charlie, a basic water bowl and food bowl was all she (well, me really) needed. But after adopting Katniss, my black and white tuxedo kitty, our daily routines completely changed.

Focal Celestee headphone review: True audio bliss

Digital Trends

The Focal Celestee have a shocker of a price tag. But how is the sound? We take a deep dive to find out. Home Theater audiophile focal celestee Headphones

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Star Wars: Clone Wars' Must-Watch Chapters

GizModo VR

This week, the Clone War begins.again! But we’re not returning to the 3DCG battlefields of Lucasfilm’s beloved, iconic animated series (not until Bad Batch , at least ).

MLB The Show 21, a Sony game, will be available on Xbox Game Pass at launch

Digital Trends

MLB The Show 21 will launch on Xbox Game Pass, despite being a Sony-published game. Gaming News cross-platform mlb the show 21 Sony Xbox Game Pass

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King Kong vs. Godzilla Never Hides Its True Victor, Even in Defeat

GizModo VR

This week, Godzilla vs. Kong stomped into theaters and onto HBO Max to pit two of cinema’s most beloved giant monsters against each other (while some very annoying humans get in the way ). It’s not the first time they’ve fought of course—and likely not the last.

April the giraffe, known for her viral livestreamed pregnancy, dies at 20

Mashable VR

April the giraffe, known for her viral ( and seemingly eternal ) pregnancy, has died at 20 years old. She passed away at Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York, where she gained an international following during her livestreamed pregnancy in 2017.

Pixel 6 Will Reportedly Be the First Phone With Google-Made Chip

GizModo VR

Google’s next Pixel phones will reportedly be the company’s first devices powered by its own homemade chip, internally called the “GS101” Whitechapel. Read more.

The 10 saddest movies to watch on Netflix

Mashable VR

Watching a great movie feels like borrowing feelings from someone else, trying them on, and (sometimes) returning them when we're done. Some of those feelings are romantic , others are thrilling , and some are of the warm and fuzzy variety. These are not those movies.