Fri.Mar 22, 2019

Valve Psychologist: Brain-computer Interfaces Are Coming & Could Be Built into VR Headsets

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Valve’s resident experimental psychologist Dr. Mike Ambinder took the stage at GDC 2019 today for his talk on the state of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) and how they’ll inform the future of game design.

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Nintendo Switch Labo VR Features Over 64 Games, First Trailer Revealed

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Missed the news? Nintendo’s getting into VR. At least, it sort of is. Later this year the beloved gaming company will launch a Nintendo Switch Labo VR Kit. It’s a set of cardboard peripherals that you make yourself. One forms a Google Cardboard-style headset to plug the Switch into.

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Nintendo’s Switch VR Labo Kit Includes a Genius Makeshift 6DOF Controller

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Nintendo’s upcoming Labo VR Kit for Switch includes a trove of creative VR content along with six ‘build it yourself’ cardboard accessories which are paired with VR experiences that work together with them.

Nintendo Labo VR’s Elephant Doodle & Puzzle Games Feature Positional Controller Tracking

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Thought Nintendo’s Labo VR for Switch was just 3DoF? You’d be wrong. Nintendo actually uses a clever design to add positional controller tracking. The Nintendo Switch right Joy-Con has a little known feature- an IR camera on the end.

7-Eleven Delivers an Assist to BodyArmor Drink with Augmented Reality Promotion for NCAA Basketball Tournament

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Now that the NCAA Basketball Tournament is underway, 7-Eleven has decided to launch an augmented reality experience to remind basketball fans where they can quench their thirst throughout March Madness.

Space Junkies Works Surprisingly Well On PSVR

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Like a lot of you, I wondered how Space Junkies could possibly work on PSVR. Ubisoft’s frantic zero-gravity shooter was first and foremost designed for PC VR and the 360 degree tracking it affords.

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Manus VR Launches VR Training Development Studio

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‘Studio’ offers immersive, easy-to-learn VR training with Manus VR Gloves.

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Snapchat Gives Movie Fans Augmented Reality Superpowers with Voice-Activated 'Shazam!' Lens

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When the titular hero of your superhero movie activates his powers with a catchphrase, it would be pretty neat if your augmented reality promotion for that film could react to the user's voice. Luckily for Warner Bros.,

Oculus Rift S Passes FCC Ahead Of Spring Launch, Original Rift Now ‘Unavailable’ In US

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Facebook’s upcoming Oculus Rift S PC VR headset has received FCC approval. The FCC is a US regulatory agency with responsibility over wireless frequency use. The headset has no specific date for release, but Facebook says it will launch in Spring. Compared to the original, the Rift S features higher resolution better lenses, five-camera inside-out tracking and a halo strap. However, it no longer features IPD adjustment and doesn’t come with headphones.

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ODG Filing Points to Magic Leap Acquisition of Auctioned Patent Assets

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In case you thought the long and unfortunate story of ODG was over, hold on, there's one last chapter to tell. As we reported in January, ODG's remaining patent assets were put up for auction, but the buyer was never revealed.

Long-delayed PSVR Game ‘Golem’ to Reemerge at PAX East Next Week

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We weren’t certain the PSVR title Golem would ever see the light of day after its lengthy delay. It wasn’t until the studio assured us late last year that yes, the game was still in production well after its prospective March 16th, 2018 launch date had come and gone.

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Sony To Make PSVR Announcements In New Nintendo Direct-Style Series

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Here’s why Sony is backing out of E3 this year; it has its own Nintendo Direct-style series to replace it. The PlayStation maker will host the first ‘State of Play’ event on March 25th at 2pm PT/9pm GMT. The show promises to showcase new PS4 and PSVR games. That includes “new trailers, new game announcements and new gameplay footage.” ” It’ll be aired on Twitch, Youtube, Twitter and Facebook, with a video on demand version following on.

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Exclusive: ODG Filing Points to Magic Leap Acquisition of Auctioned Patent Assets

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In case you thought the long and unfortunate story of ODG was over, hold on, there's one last chapter to tell. As we reported in January, ODG's remaining patent assets were put up for auction, but the buyer was never revealed.

PSVR’s Golem Makes Surprise Return At PAX East 2019

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It’s been over a year now since the long-anticipated PSVR exclusive, Golem, was delayed at the last minute. Questions about cancellation have spiraled the project since but developer Highware Games has occasionally spoken up to deny them. Well, we’ve got some good news for you; Golem is stepping back into the spotlight at PAX East next weekend. Golem will be one of seven games Sony is showcasing on PSVR at the Boston show.

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Oculus: Rift S, Quest Price Cuts Won’t Be As ‘Aggressive’ As Rift

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Oculus has two VR headsets launching at $399 this spring. Unlike the original Oculus Rift, though, you shouldn’t hold your breath for price cuts on either any time soon. Speaking to Tested at GDC this week, Oculus VP of Product Nate Mitchell said that the Oculus Quest and newly-announced Oculus Rift S headsets likely won’t see the same aggressive price cuts as the first Rift.