Mon.Nov 22, 2021

Rats Play ‘DOOM’ Using VR-Like System

VRScout

We’ve seen our fair share of bizarre VR experiments over the years, but this one might just take the cake.

Niantic Raises $300M Investment at $9 Billion Valuation to build “real-world metaverse”

Road to VR

Niantic, the company behind Pokémon GO , today announced it has raised a $300 million Series D investment which values the company at $9 billion.

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Deadmau5 & Niantic Developing Planet-Scale Music Metaverse

VRScout

Gaming platform PIXELYNX partners with Niantic to create Pokémon Go -like collectible music experience .

The XR Week Peek (2021.11.22): Quest maybe has sold 10 M units or maybe not, Roblox goes VR, and more!

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I am back in Italy! The trip to the US has been incredibly interesting: I have met many amazing people and tried many innovative devices, so I have been very satisfied with having gone there.

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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.

Quest 2 is Already on Sale for Black Friday

Road to VR

We’re keeping an eye on the best Oculus Quest 2 Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2021 deals, don’t blink or you might miss the best Quest 2 sale of the year! The Best Oculus Quest 2 Black Friday 2021 Sales. Image courtesy Facebook. Oculus Quest 2 (128GB).

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‘Hitman 3’ is Finally Getting PC VR Support, Arriving January 2022

Road to VR

IO Interactive today announced that Hitman 3 (2021) is finally getting PC VR support, coming just in time for the game’s one-year anniversary.

Deep Rock Galactic VR Mod In The Works

Upload VR

The next VR mod to keep an eye out for is for Ghost Ship Games’ Deep Rock Galactic. Brian Tate, an evangelist of the VR mod scene, revealed a first look at the project from developers Kosro, Herr Fristi and Alchemist, which you can see below.

Report: ‘Resident Evil 4’ VR is Getting ‘Mercenaries’ Game Mode in Free Update Next Year

Road to VR

Resident Evil 4 launched on Meta Quest 2 back in October, bringing the survival horror game to VR for the first time.

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Hitman 3 PC VR Support Confirmed, Coming Next Year

Upload VR

Hitman 3 PC VR support has been confirmed, and is due to launch next year. PC VR support will arrive in January 2022. The news was confirmed in the below video from developer IO Interactive, which details the second year of content for the game.

How to Train Employees 65% Faster With Virtual Reality

With a rapidly changing economy, Avangrid Renewables looked to virtual reality to develop a standardized form of immersive training in order to onboard and upskill technicians faster than ever before.

Spatial Beats: Nreal, Qualcomm & Meta

AR Insider

Welcome back to Spatial Beats, AR Insider's weekly series that features observations and insights of author and futurist Charlie Fink. This week, we look at Nreal Light's U.S. expansion, Qualcomm's Quest 2 estimates, and metaverse startup funding.

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Google Pixel 6a renders leak, show compact midrange phone with no headphone jack

Digital Trends

The Google Pixel 6a is coming soon, but it might just be the first A-series Pixel to not get a 3.5mm headphone jack. Mobile News Google Pixel 6a

Nreal Light Is Finally Available to US Consumers

ARPost

US consumers have been waiting for NReal Light glasses for what feels like ages. The company has announced software and partnerships, released SDKs, and even new hardware – all without putting products on American shelves. Starting now, that all changes. For Verizon customers, anyway.

Black Friday VR Deals: Quest 2, PSVR, HTC Vive & More

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Looking for a VR bargain this holiday season? We’ve got all the biggest Black Friday deals for VR headsets and games in once place. When you purchase items through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission from those sales.].

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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.

Twitter taps big retailer for launch of new livestream shopping feature

Digital Trends

Twitter has partnered with Walmart for the launch of its livestream shopping platform designed to compete with similar ones from Facebook, TikTok, and others. News Social Media Web e-commerce Online Shopping Twitter

David Attenborough’s Kingdom Of Plants Comes To Quest Via Oculus TV

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A flora-focused series from nature documentary legend David Attenborough is making its way to VR, available now via Oculus TV. Kingdom of Plants 3D is a three-part series, written and presented by Attenborough, that first premiered on TV back in 2012, broadcast on 3D channels.

YouTube hides dislike button count, drawing criticism from users and creators

Digital Trends

YouTube has recently taken a decision to make dislikes on the platform private. However, the decision has not gone down well with the creator community. Mobile News YouTube

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Finally Has VR Controller Support

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A year on from the launch of its VR headset support, Microsoft Flight Simulator finally has VR controller support too. The implementation came — as promised — by way of last week’s Game of the Year update , which was free for existing owners.

James Webb Space Telescope suffers another launch delay

Digital Trends

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope has suffered another delay after an incident at the launch site that means more checks will have to be carried out. News James Webb Space Telescope NASA space space telescope

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Mario Kart: Live Multiplayer Now Works Splitscreen With A Single Switch

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A new update for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit brings splitscreen mulitplayer functionality, allowing players to use two physical karts with one Nintendo Switch console.

How long does smart lighting last?

Digital Trends

Smart light bulbs are a big investment. Do they last long enough to be worth the cost? Let's dig into the issues. Smart Home proactive evergreen smart home smart light bulbs smart lights voice activated technology

Bitcoin Miners Are Flocking to Texas as Grid Operator Warns of Future Blackouts

GizModo VR

Everything’s bigger in Texas—including problems with its electric grid and energy demand for bitcoin.

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Graphics cards are still more than double their list price, report finds

Digital Trends

Graphics cards for both Nvidia and AMD have now reached prices that are nearly 100% over the GPUs' manufacturer's suggested retail price. Computing News AMD GPU graphics card Nvidia

We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How

GizModo VR

“The internet not only connects us to our friends, families and communities, but it is also the foundation of the global knowledge economy.” - Mark Zuckerberg, Aug. 21, 2013. Read more.

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The cast of 8-Bit Christmas on holidays, Nintendo, and oddities of the ’80s

Digital Trends

Neil Patrick Harris and the cast of 8-Bit Christmas reflect on their own holiday memories, bridging generations, and the retrospective weirdness of the '80s. Movies & TV 8-bit christmas june diane raphael Neil Patrick Harris Steve Zahn winslow fegley

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I Drank Dying Glacier Water, and All I Got Was a Deeper Feeling of Dread

GizModo VR

I spend an uncomfortable amount of my life thinking about the death of the Arctic.

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The best gifts for PC gamers

Digital Trends

PC gamers are notoriously difficult to shop for, but with our list of the best gifts for PC gamers, you can take the guesswork out of it. Buying Guides Computing buying guide Gifts PC Gaming Tech The Halls

Octopuses, Crabs, and Lobsters are Sentient Beings, Says Updated UK Law

GizModo VR

Marine invertebrates like octopuses, squids, shrimp, and crayfish are capable of feeling pain, hunger, joy, and excitement, among other expressions of sentience. The U.K. government will now update its new animal welfare bill accordingly. Read more.

The best racing games on PlayStation 5

Digital Trends

Gamers love going as fast as they can. From mountain bikes to Formula 1 cars, here are the best racing game available on PlayStation 5 and a breakdown of each. Gaming Formula 1 Playstation PS5 racing games Ubisoft