Thu.Mar 21, 2019

#SXSW2019 – What does Augmented Reality Sound Like?

Tech Trends VR

Tech Trends checks out the AR Bose Frames as we wrap up our coverage of the South by Southwest 2019 festival in Austin. . By Laura Kobylecky. In addition to the regular programming of sessions, SXSW also attracts brands looking to launch exclusive products.

GDC 2019: Beat Saber On Oculus Quest Feels Incredible


I’ve played a lot of Beat Saber across the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PSVR versions of the game. I’ve beaten every officially released song on Expert, a few on Expert+, and play a lot of custom downloaded tracks.

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Sony Files Patent For Wireless PSVR Device


Sony looks to cut the cord on console VR. . According to a new patent filed by Sony, the company is looking into wireless functionality for the next iteration of their PSVR headset.

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Vive Ecosystem Conference: info on program and registration

The Ghost Howls

This year I am going to be a speaker at the Vive Ecosystem Conference in Shenzhen , where I will also showcase a game of ours of NTW (Yeah!).

Cartoon Network Launches ‘We Bare Bears’ Location-Based VR Experience


Serve up some lunch in this hectic 3-person competitive free-roam experience. Step into the chaotic lives of Griz, Panda, and Ice Bear as Cartoon Network’s Emmy-nominated animated series We Bare Bears makes its VR debut with Food Truck Rush VR.

Oculus is Considering an Over-ear Headphone Accessory for Rift S

Road to VR

Oculus announced its next iteration of Rift this week at GDC, Rift S. While there’s a few key differences about the upcoming hardware specs-wise, it seems the company has also taken a page out of Go’s playbook by including an open-ear integrated audio solution in the headstrap of Rift S.

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Rift S Isn’t the Headset Fans Want, But Facebook Wagers It’s What Their Ecosystem Needs

Road to VR

While to some Oculus’ announcement of the Rift S represents the newest and best version of a good VR headset, to others it’s a far cry from what they hoped Oculus would be able to deliver three years after the first Rift.

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No Valve VR Updates At GDC But News Coming ‘In The Not Too Distant Future’


Valve Corporation employees are delivering updates during a presentation today at GDC about Steam features. The talk focuses on how new features and services in Valve’s Steam storefront got more people using it over the years. VR is one of the features listed in the presentation as building on-ramps to more growth on Steam. That is the only mention of VR in the presentation.

WarDucks Lands $3.8 Million Funding for Location-Based Augmented Reality Gaming, Adds Legendary Doom Developer

Next Reality AR

With plans to compete with Niantic and other augmented reality game developers, game developer WarDucks has closed a $3.8 million funding round. According to Venture Beat, EQT Ventures led the round, with Suir Valley Ventures and other investors also participating.

Oculus Medium Won’t Be On Quest, Requires “The Power And Memory Of A PC”


If you were hoping to do some VR sculpting on Oculus Quest , you may be out of luck. The Rift app Oculus Medium won’t be coming to Quest. Facebook says it requires “the power and memory of a PC” Standalone VR is great- it’s affordable and wireless.

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Justin Roiland’s Next VR Game ‘Trover Saves the Universe’ Isn’t a PSVR Exclusive After All

Road to VR

Justin Roiland’s VR studio Squanch Games announced last year that their upcoming game Trover Saves the Universe was exclusively targeting PSVR and PS4 consoles.

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GDC 2019: Tobii Lauches VR, AR Eye-Tracking SDK


Eye-tracking specialist Tobii is honing in on VR and AR developers at GDC this week. The company yesterday announced the launch of its XR software development kit (SDK). It’s a set of tools and resources designed to get developers up to speed with its eye-tracking tech. Using the kit, creators can implement features like gaze-based selection and eye-tracked interfaces. Tobii also says it includes tools to mirror a user’s eye movements on a VR avatar for social VR applications.

New ‘Asgard’s Wrath’ Gameplay Video Reveals Dungeon Crawling in Action

Road to VR

Asgard’s Wrath is an upcoming combat RPG from Sanzaru Games, the studio that created Rift exclusives Marvel Powers United VR (2018) and Ripcoil (2016).

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Polished VR Adventure Witching Tower Is PSVR-Bound


More medieval battles await PSVR fans in the near future. Witching Tower, a wholly likable VR action adventure game, is making its way to Sony’s headset. Developer Daily Magic Productions revealed as much in a recent Steam update.

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Nintendo Shows a Trove of Creative VR Content for Switch VR Labo Kit, Pre-orders Open

Road to VR

None among us can deny Nintendo’s penchant for creativity. The limited VR specs of the Switch don’t exactly inspire, but the company’s creative array of accessories and content in the Labo VR Kit just might.

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World War Toons No More As Developer Roqovan Closes Its Doors


World Wars Toons, one of VR’s earliest hopes for a great first-person shooter (FPS), is no more as developer Studio Roqovan closes its doors. The company revealed as much last week. World War Toons was a multiplayer FPS. It featured optional VR support set in a cartoonish version of the Second World War. In 2015 Studio Roqovan (then named Reload Studios) raised $4 million to make the game a reality.

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Nintendo is on to something with its simple and cheap Labo-powered VR


It was announced as "simple VR." And that's exactly what it delivers. Nintendo chose wisely in using Labo to plot the company's path into a virtual reality future.

Cave Digger Emerges On US PSVR Next Week, Expansion Announced


MeKiwi will send VR fans back down into the mines next week when Cave Digger finally arrives on PSVR. The VR mining game (yes, it really is a VR mining game) hits Sony’s headset on March 25th.

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EON Reality Italia to host EON Experience Fest 2019

EON Reality

EON Reality Italia is delighted to confirm that it will be hosting the company’s global annual event, EON Experience Fest, for 2019. This annual global meeting from EON Reality brings together international leaders from across the immersive technology industry, Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR) experts, esteemed Fortune 500 clients and peers, cutting-edge educators, and government officials.

Ubisoft's Arcade Shooter 'Space Junkies' Open Beta Starts Today!


If you missed your chance to jump into the Space Junkies closed beta last June, then today’s the day to experience the “jetpack-fueled” shooter for