Mon.Jun 14, 2021

The XR Week Peek (2021.06.14): Facebook buys BigBox VR and plans to sell 18-20M Quests in 2022, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

I’m very tired because yesterday I was ironing out bugs on HitMotion: Reloaded together with the game designer Max until 3.40 in the morning, but in the end, the first alpha demo is over and it will launch as promised on June, 16th!

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‘After The Fall’ Looks Like The VR Zombie Game We’ve All Been Waiting For

VRScout

A new trailer takes us deeper into this cross-platform multiplayer VR game from developer Vertigo Games.

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Niantic Primes Its Lightship AR Engine for Transformers Game, Global Launch Slated for 2021

Next Reality AR

With the tagline "More Than Meets the Eye," the Transformers franchise was pretty much preordained to have its own augmented reality game, and AR gaming pioneer Niantic has stepped up to fulfill that destiny.

HTC Vive Pro 2 Review

VRScout

HTC’s latest high-end PC VR headset features an incredible display, fantastic tracking, and a hefty price tag. The HTC Vive Pro 2 is officially out in the wild, and wow is this one powerful VR headset.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

‘Sniper Elite VR’ Gets New Gameplay Trailer & Details Ahead of July 8th Release

Road to VR

Sniper Elite VR is ramping up for release on all major VR headsets on July 8th, and we’re steadily getting a closer look at the game from developer Rebellion. In the last week the studio has dropped a new gameplay trailer and a breakdown offering fresh details about the game.

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Major ‘Waltz of the Wizard: Natural Magic’ Expansion Will Launch on July 6th

Road to VR

Waltz of the Wizard is set to see a major free expansion called ‘Natural Magic’ which will add a new “simulated magic” system to expand player capabilities alongside a dungeon for players to plunder and battle new enemies.

Spatial Beats: Apple, Sony & Fresh AR Funding

AR Insider

W elcome back to Spatial Beats. This week we look at WWDC takeaways, PSVR showcase, Tribecca’s immersive slate, and some fresh funding for spatial players. Let’s dive in… The Tribeca Film Festival’s always impressive immersive offering is back in hybrid form.

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The Future of AR Fitness: New Hardware and Old Use Cases

ARPost

Sponsored content. Sponsored by PhotonLens. Many individuals and analysts alike have pointed to VR fitness applications as a hero of the pandemic. It’s true that these applications have given people fun, new ways to stay active while staying indoors.

VR Fitness App Helps Eric Vargas-Weisser Maintain Resolution to Improve Health

VR Fitness

Millions of people make resolutions each year and within a few weeks they’ve returned to old habits and less healthy lifestyle choices. The trick to success for a long-term wellness journey is finding an enjoyable activity and developing a routine with attainable goals.

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Arcade1Up’s latest home arcade cabinets include Turtles in Time, X-Men, and more

Digital Trends

Arcade1Up announced five new arcade cabinets at E3 2021, including faithful reproductions of three beloved 1990s beat-em-ups. Gaming Arcade1Up e3 2021

Retro Shooter Amid Evil Is Getting A VR Version

Upload VR

Publisher New Blood Interactive is working on a VR version of its popular retro-style shooter, Amid Evil. A teaser clip from the game was shown during New Blood’s section at yesterday’s PC Gaming Showcase , and developer Andre Elijah has since shared a better look below.

Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station review: Almost unlimited power

Digital Trends

Who needs a gas powered generator when the Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station uses sun power. Outdoors Smart Home Jackery Solar power

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Survival Horror Shooter Dead Effect 2 Gets Surprise App Lab Release On Quest

Upload VR

Well this is unexpected. BadFly Interactive’s Dead Effect 2 VR has launched on Oculus Quest via App Lab. The game launched on the service last week for $19.99. As the name suggests, Dead Effect 2 VR itself is a full port of the original game.

Data Dive: 170 Million People Use Snap Scan

AR Insider

B uried deep in Snap’s recent Partner Summit was a notable nugget. The company’s visual search tool, Snap Scan, now has 170 million users. Given that Snap’s monthly active users total about 500 million, this is a meaningful share of its user base engaged in visual search.

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4 Things We Love About Sam & Max: This Time It’s Virtual

Upload VR

Save for a pair of plumbers, gaming duos don’t get much older than Sam & Max. Though they may have started life in the pages of comics, multiple virtual adventures across nearly three decades have cemented the pair’s position as lovable, if often overlooked gaming mascots.

Can A.I. beat human engineers at designing microchips? Google thinks so

Digital Trends

Google found that artificial intelligence is capable of designing microchips. designed chips were better and made quicker than those made by human experts. Computing News ai Artificial intelligence Google google brain team

John Carmack’s ‘Brutally Honest’ App Reviews Return As Regular Series

Upload VR

John Carmack’s “brutally honest” VR app reviews are returning as a regular series.

Meet Star Trek: Prodigy's Young Alien Heroes

GizModo VR

We’ve already seen the stars of Star Trek ’s new animated kids’ show Prodigy , and a look at the venerable captain who’ll guide them on their new journey. But the time has come for us to actually meet the characters of Trek ’s next adventure , and the voices behind them. Read more.

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Watch time-lapse of NASA assembling its mega moon rocket

Digital Trends

NASA has shared a time-lapse showing a major engineering operation in which the main part of its next-gen moon rocket met its side boosters for the first time. News Artemis Moon moon mission NASA Rockets sls space

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The Book of Boba Fett Wants to Dive Back Into Star Wars' Past

GizModo VR

Mindy Kaling’s Velma animated series is taking some surprising turns. Gugu Mbatha-Raw teases her Loki role. Plus, what’s next on Charmed and Batwoman , and there are some suitably mysterious set pictures from Obi-Wan Kenobi. Spoilers get! Read more.

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VR Central To Host Onward Brawler Tournament

VR Fitness

VR Central, a community built by gamers for gamers, is taking registrations for The Onward Brawler Tournament that will take place on Saturday, June 19 starting at 3 pm EDT. Prizes include gun stock packages from Mamut, VR gaming mats from Proximat, and cash.

Space Force Rocket Launch Should Be Visible From Eastern U.S. on Tuesday Morning

GizModo VR

A Northrop Grumman Minotaur 1 rocket is scheduled to launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility at 7:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, June 15. Conditions permitting, the launch will be visible from New York City and other locations along America’s northeast. Read more.

Is DJI about to launch its most affordable drone yet?

Digital Trends

DJI may be about to announce its most affordable drone yet after the Mini SE was spotted on Walmart's online store and also on shelves at one of its stores. News dji Drones Mini mini 2 mini se quadcopters

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Gigantic 'Blinking' Star Presents a Cosmic Mystery

GizModo VR

For a period of several months, a huge star located more than 25,000 light-years from Earth got increasingly dimmer before eventually returning to its usual brightness. An obstruction of some kind likely caused this strange effect, but astronomers aren’t exactly sure what it is. Read more.

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Which Apple MacBook should you buy on Prime Day?

Digital Trends

Prime Day is full of great deals, and Apple MacBooks are likely to be discounted too. But should you buy a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro? We have the answer. Apple Computing Amazon Mac MacBook MacBook Air macbook pro PD-EO Prime Day Prime Day 2021

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Disney’s U.S. Parks Abandon Mask Mandates for the Pinky Swear System

GizModo VR

Starting Tuesday, June 15, if you’re fully vaccinated and going to either Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, or Disneyland in Anaheim, California , you will no longer be required to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of covid-19. Will you be asked to prove you’re vaccinated? No, you will not.

DC officially won't let Batman go down on Catwoman, and Twitter is in an uproar

Mashable VR

It seems Batman is officially a selfish lover. So many years spent training to become a master detective, yet he may still have difficulty locating the G-spot. In a feature published on Monday , Variety explored how superhero stories are evolving in order to keep audiences engaged.

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Windows Users, It’s Time to Prepare for the End of 10

GizModo VR

We still don’t know what’s next for Windows, though we will almost certainly find out at Microsoft’s event on June 24. Both Nvidia and Microsoft are urging users to upgrade to the latest, lest they get left behind in unsupported software land. Read more.

The fat bear cams are back, baby

Mashable VR

They're back. The wildlife streamers explore.org officially turned on the Alaskan brown bear cams on Monday, June 14.