Tue.Oct 23, 2018

View Conference 2018: What does holophonic, ambisonic and spatialized audio mean?

The Ghost Howls

Today at View Conference 2018 I attended a very interesting workshop by Gianni Ricciardi and Matteo Milani about immersive sound. I absolutely wanted to attend it, because I know that audio is very important for immersion in virtual reality , but I have a great lack of knowledge in that field.

‘Oculus Launch Pad’ Is Silently Populating The VR Content Pool

VRScout

As a little-known initiative, Oculus is actively funneling in talent with the promise of training, tools and other resources that developers — new and old — can use to build projects for the Oculus platform as well as for the greater VR ecosystem.

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‘3DNesVR’ Brings Nintendo Classics to VR, Demo Now Available on Steam

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3DNesVR is an emulator tool that runs Nintendo Entertainment System games in VR, letting you play the ’80s and ’90s classic titles that made the console a world-wide phenomenon. Created by Geod Studios and first launched on itch.io

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Get Ready for a VRevelation

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Is this the miracle VR has been waiting for? Tech Trends checked out the world’s first feature length immersive film at its London premiere.

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The Future Of Virtual Reality Is Wireless

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In recent months we’ve been talking about some new definitions and marketing terms that are coming into more popular use — “wireless” and “standalone” VR. While we’ve seen hints of it in 2018, next year is when the technology will really take off.

HTC Quietly Opens Flagship Vive Store in China

Road to VR

Earlier this month, HTC quietly opened their first Vive flagship store in Shenzhen, China. The company’s first official Vive Store conducted a soft open on October 1st, located at the Consumer Electronics Exchange/Exhibition Center ( CEEC ) in Shenzhen. Image courtesy HTC Vive.

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ESPN’s Long-Running Game Show ‘Around The Horn’ Gets An AR Makeover

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ESPN’s sports talk/game show , Around the Horn will be celebrating its 16 th year with a major facelift that will debut on November 5 th. The new format will include fresh graphics, new animations, a redesigned logo, and updated music. More importantly, Around the Horn is the first domestic U.S.

3DNesVR Lets You Play NES Games Like Super Mario Bros. In VR

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Earlier this year we published a story about the 3DNesVR emulator that lets you run NES games inside VR by converting them to 3D versions of themselves. It’s pretty impressive from a technology perspective and experiencing these games again in VR really changes things.

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Hyperverse Free Roam VR "Insomnia" Debuts In Go-Kart Center

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Hyperverse, a free roam location-based VR experience, just opened its first US location

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Home Sweet Home Review: A Chilling VR Horror Story

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When it comes to VR horror games, many games sadly fall short in their quest to be truly scary, and instead just aim to give players a few good jump scares before unraveling pretty fast.

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Hands-On: Tetris Effect Is As Good As Everyone Says It Is

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Is it just me or is it hard to believe that Tetris is really that good in VR? I’ve read countless previews of Enhance’s Tetris Effect that are glowing with positivity ( including our own ) and all I can think is ‘how can this possibly be as good as everyone is saying it is?’

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HTC Vive Pro Is Getting Finger Tracking

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Back in April, HTC launched the Vive Pro , a higher-end HTC Vive PC VR headset which added a 2nd outward-facing camera alongside a boost in display resolution. This camera setup has, until now, not seen any widespread use beyond AR experiments and niche enterprise applications, but now HTC have announced that they will be leveraging it to add native finger tracking to the Vive Pro. Finger tracking for Vive Pro will be available to all registered VivePort developers via the Viveport SDK.

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John Carmack: ‘I Intend To Stay At Facebook After Oculus Quest Launch’

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With yesterday’s news that Brendan Iribe has parted ways with Oculus, two of the VR company’s key figureheads have left in the past 18 months. However, another major player doesn’t appear to have any plans to follow suit. Replying to UploadVR’s Ian Hamilton on Twitter, Oculus CTO John Carmack confirmed that he doesn’t intend to leave Facebook following the upcoming launch of its latest headset, Oculus Quest. The kit is coming next spring for $399.

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Original Samsung Odyssey Down to $350 As Odyssey+ Supposedly Launches

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Yesterday we reported that Samsung had finally revealed its long-rumored Samsung Odyssey+ , an upgraded version of its Windows VR headset. At the time, we didn’t know when the headset was actually due to release. Well, it’s actually available now. Or at least Samsung says it is. The company listed an October 22nd release date for the device in a recent blog post announcing the headset. Apparently it’s available via both Samsung’s online store and the Microsoft store.

Oculus Rift No Longer Supports Movie Rentals And Purchases

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Did you know you could rent and purchase movies through your Oculus Rift? Like normal, big blockbusters and the like? Well, you could… until yesterday. Amid news that former CEO Brendan Iribe was parting ways with the company, Oculus sent out an email to Rift owners letting them know that they would no longer be able to purchase and rent movies on their headset.

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Vive Focus Still Launching Worldwide In 2018, Planned ‘In Plenty Of Time For The Holidays’

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It looks like HTC’s Vive Focus headset will be with us in a matter of weeks. The company’s first standalone device, which uses inside-out tracking, has been available in China for some time now, but a wider launch in the west was only confirmed earlier this year. I recently asked VP of Worldwide Product Development Joel Breton if the kit was still on track for a 2018 launch. “Yes that’s still our plan is to get it out worldwide by the end of this year,” Breton said.

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Neon Wasteland Is A Gory Animated AR Comic Book

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We’ve seen plenty of ideas for how comic books can be reimagined in VR, but what about AR? Neon Wasteland has one interesting approach. Created by Rob Shields, Neon Wasteland is a cyberpunk-themed book that uses markers in a real comic to bring the panels to life through your iOS or Android smartphone. Simply point your phone at the pages and you’ll see animated versions of the illustrations, including gory head explosions and slick action sequences.

Bait!, Angry Birds AR Dev Resolution Games Raises $7.5 Million

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It’s more good news for Resolution Games, the VR and AR developer co-founded by Candy Crush Saga creator Tommy Palm. The company today announced that it has raised $7.5 million in a series B round of investment led by MizMaa Ventures with participation from GP Bullhound, Fly Forever and Unity founder David Helgason. Previous investors also contributed to the recent round, which brings the Sweden-based developer’s total funding to $13.5 million.

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