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PSVR 2 Outsold Original PSVR in First 6 Weeks, Sony Confirms

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Sony revealed PSVR 2 outperformed the original PSVR in sales in the first six weeks, taking a strong early lead over the company’s first-gen PlayStation headset. An investor relations presentation delivered by Sony Interactive Entertainment chief Jim Ryan includes some new information detailing PSVR 2 units sales relative to the original PSVR launched in October 2016.

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Will AI-Powered Characters Be a Game Changer?

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Gamers have been clamoring for better non-player characters (NPCs) for years, and the arrival of conversational AI may finally provide the computing superpower to make it possible. Charlie Fink examines the evidence. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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70% of the 20 Best-rated Quest 2 Apps are Now Available on Pico 4

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The standalone VR market is continuing to grow, and with it, we’re increasingly seeing platform competition for quality content. Pico made its biggest push into consumer VR so far with the launch of the Pico 4 last year, and the company has been gaining ground on getting top VR content onto its store. Top Quest Apps Showing up on Pico 4 Looking at the 20 best -rated apps on the Quest store (data as of April 2023), to date 70% of the list is available on Pico’s standalone headset: Tit

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How Will AR Glasses Use Cases Develop?

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Will AR glasses build on familiar mobile AR experiences? Or will we see new and native use cases that lean into unique hardware capabilities? The answer could be a bit of both. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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The Future of eLearning in 2022: A Sensitive Eye for Authentic Translation and Localization

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

To avoid awkward and sometimes disastrous learning content, instructional designers must use authentic translation in the right context to get optimal results. For example, even a simple phrase like “got milk” translates to “are you lactating” in Mexico. Can you imagine what a straight translation might do to your course? With over 317 million people in the US and over 6.7 billion potential customers in the world, personalizing training seems logical.

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A Guided Demo of Nanome Came With a Free Chemistry Lesson From Founders

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Before my life as a technology journalist, I worked in a university’s biomedical engineering research lab. Every now and then, in my current career, I encounter something that I wish had been around 10 years ago. Nanome, an app for spatially visualizing molecules in MR and VR, is exactly such an experience. Meet Nanome Nanome is a visualization and collaboration platform available on all major VR headsets.

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Reality Bytes: Twitch, Meta & Wendy’s

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This week on Reality Bytes we discuss digital expression, Instagram’s new Twitter-inspired product, and robotics in fast-food restaurants. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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‘Resident Evil 4’ Remake VR Mode Gets First Gameplay Trailer

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During PlayStation’s gaming showcase today, the company showed off some new footage of the official PSVR 2 mode of Resident Evil 4 (2023) remake. There’s no news on when to expect the game’s VR mode, which has been previously confirmed to arrive as a free DLC upgrade. Just as we expected with the inclusion of PSVR 2’s more advanced motion controllers, in a PS blogpost the creators say you’ll be able to swing around the game’s iconic knife and wield Leon’s po

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Synapse Arrives This July On PSVR 2, Starring David Hayter & Jennifer Hale

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nDreams provided a fresh glimpse at Synapse today, revealing narrative and casting details for this PSVR 2 exclusive. First revealed in February's State of Play presentation , nDreams' latest action-shooter received a new trailer during today's PlayStation Showcase. Confirming a July 4 release date, Synapse "takes place on the eve of a devastating global attack, masterminded by the nefarious Colonel Peter Conrad," a former black ops leader gone rogue.

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VR Horror Hit Returns With ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted 2’, Trailer Here

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One of VR’s most popular horror games is getting a sequel. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Help Wanted 2 is officially heading to PSVR 2 and promises to improve on the original. Developer Steel Wool Studios says that FNAF: Help Wanted 2 will bring new mini-games and feature familiar characters and locations from the series, while breaking new ground as well.

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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.

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Meta Lays Off Another 5000 Staff In 'Final' Major Wave, Including From AR/VR Division

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Meta conducted its third wave of major layoffs today. Reportedly , around 5000 staff are affected in this round. Two policy managers from the Reality Labs AR/VR division confirmed on LinkedIn that they were let go today, as did many more employees from other parts of the company. Unlike the previous two waves, however, we haven't yet seen any reports of AR/VR layoffs from technical roles.

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Guerrilla Marketing Tactics for High-Impact Brand Activations

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Guerrilla marketing is an unconventional, low-cost marketing approach. Essentially, it relies on creativity and surprise to create brand buzz. Importantly, incorporating guerrilla marketing tactics can enhance your brand activation campaigns. Consequently, it helps you to stand out from competitors. In this blog post, we’ll explore key guerrilla marketing tactics.

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Home Detective Brings Mixed Reality Crime Scenes To Quest

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Home Detective turns your living room into a mixed reality crime scene, and it's out now on Quest. Created by solo developer David Addis, who previously worked on flatscreen games Burnout Paradise, Fable 2 and Black, Home Detective is a new mixed reality experience for Quest that supports passthrough and hand tracking. Overlaying a crime scene into your play area using passthrough, you investigate a murder by searching the body for clues, dusting objects for fingerprints and even checking your r

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“Sony Sets Record with Rapid-Fire Sales of New PSVR 2!”

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Sony recently revealed encouraging news for its PlayStationVR2 headset with the confirmation of sales just shy of 600,000 units in the six week period from launch until April. This figure drastically surpasses the original Playstation VR launch which sold roughly 550,000 units across the same timeline.

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Are You Still Watching? How to Create Engaging Presentations for Virtual Learning

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Remote meetings are here to stay - and many are BORING. If you are trying to engage your learners (or any audience), compelling content is critical. But trying to create stimulating content with the same tools you’ve always had is hard, right? Thankfully, wrong! Terrific tools in PowerPoint along with visual assets help you create the kind of dynamic content you need to capture your remote audience’s attention, with functions that allow for interactive sequences and navigation.

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Arizona Sunshine 2 Announced For PC VR & PSVR 2

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Vertigo Games confirmed Arizona Sunshine 2 is on the way, taking us on the zombie shooter's "cinematic next chapter" this year for PSVR 2 and PSVR 2. Announced during today's PlayStation Showcase , this surprise sequel to 2016's Arizona Sunshine brings a new zombie survival first-person shooter to PC VR and PSVR 2. Taking down Freds (zombies) while accompanied by your four-legged companion, Buddy, this promises an "all-new melee combat system" as you set out on a new journey.

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“Apple Opens the Doors to XR Outlets for Blockbuster WWDC Keynote!”

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Apple has extended an historically rare invitation to XR media outlets, including Road to VR, for the upcoming WWDC keynote. This move comes amidst many reports indicating that Apple will be revealing their first foray into the XR space during this highly anticipated event on June 5th.

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Resident Evil 4 Remake VR Mode Will Support 'Full Main Story' On PSVR 2, First Trailer Here

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A new VR Mode trailer for Resident Evil 4 dropped at today's PlayStation Showcase. Plus, it's now confirmed that the 'full main story' will be playable on PSVR 2. The trailer gives us our first look at what it'll be like to play the 2023 remake of this Capcom classic in VR. At the end of the trailer, Capcom also confirmed (once again) that the VR Mode is "in development" – which is something we've heard before – but stopped short of confirming a solid release date.

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“Fulfilling Wishes with Virtual Reality: A Terminally Ill Girl’s Dream Come True!”

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This week we learned of an incredible story where a group of compassionate VR developers came together for an amazing cause. Organized by VR Therapies, 10 talented developers created a virtual reality experience to fulfill the wish of four-year-old Zainab – to be able to swim through the ocean as a mermaid.

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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

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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Five Nights At Freddy's: Help Wanted 2 Coming To PSVR 2 This Year

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Steel Wool Studios announced Five Nights at Freddy's: Help Wanted 2 at today's PlayStation Showcase, releasing for PSVR 2 later this year. The game marks the second VR entry in the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise, following on from the original Help Wanted release. Here's a snippet from the PlayStation blog post: Help Wanted 2 will feel familiar to players who experienced the first game, but with all new games, locations, story, and animatronics.

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Meta Horizon Worlds v111 Release Notes

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Meta Horizon Worlds v111 is here! This week, we’re introducing new sound settings that give you more control over who you hear—or don’t hear—in Worlds.

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Beat Saber Available Now On PSVR 2 With Queen Music Pack

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Beat Saber stealth dropped onto PSVR 2 during the PlayStation Showcase, and it's available now with a new Queen music pack. Previously announced in January, today's PlayStation Showcase officially saw Beat Games' seminal rhythm title Beat Saber launch on PSVR 2. A game that needs little introduction for most long-term VR fans, there's good news for anyone who bought the original PSVR version.

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Queen Brings Classic Rock Anthems Home to ‘Beat Saber’

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Hail to the Queen! Their iconic sound and style continues to influence fashion and culture decades on from their 1970 debut. And now, long-time fans.

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Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development (L&D) become such a negative experience with its intended learners? Could it be because learners have been conditioned by very poor learning experiences over the past two decades, combined with the kinks of technological innovation? Or is it because learning has typically been designed as a one-size-fits-all solution, despite the fact that humans are not clones?

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What PSVR 2 Games Might Be Announced At Today's Showcase?

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PlayStation Showcase broadcasts later today with a focus on PS5 and PSVR 2 games, but what announcements can we expect? Here are our predictions. Last week, Sony confirmed its latest PlayStation Showcase would air on May 24 at 1pm PT / 9pm BST. Stating the presentation will run for "a bit over an hour," it promises to show games in development "from top studios" globally between first-party teams and third-party publishers.

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All The VR News From The 2023 PlayStation Showcase

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PlayStation’s latest gaming event featured a number of PlayStation VR2 announcements. Earlier today, Sony PlayStation kicked off its 2023 PlayStation Showcase, teasing a generous amount of highly-anticipated games on their way to PlayStation 5 consoles. This includes Spider-Man 2 , Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater , and Resident Evil 4: VR Mode just to name a few.

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Future Games Show Features A 'VR Spotlight' Next Month

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Next month's Future Games Show includes a VR spotlight segment, promising new trailers for PSVR 2 and Quest 2 games. Airing on June 10 at 10am PT, the Future Games Show Summer Showcase mainly prioritizes flatscreen gaming and the next presentation promises "over 40 new trailers." For the Summer Showcase, that includes a 'VR Spotlight' (separate to VR Game Spotlight ) with "world premieres and new videos" for upcoming PSVR 2 and Meta Quest 2 games, seemingly including C-Smash VRS , as hinted at i

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Twister Air Adds An AR Twist To The Classic Game

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Nostalgia meets technology. You remember Twister, right? It’s that nostalgic family game in which players spin a multicolored wheel and place their hands and feet on the coordinating dots on the mat. It was originally developed way back in 1966, but regardless, many of us 90s babies share fond memories of contorting ourselves into painful and awkward shapes just for the sake of fun.

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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 Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?