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More NBA Games Coming To VR On Quest

VRScout

Meta extends its partnership with the National Basketball Association to bring more games to VR. This week Meta announced that it has extended its partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to broadcast more professional basketball games in VR on Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro headsets. On top of that, Meta is offering official NBA apparel for Meta avatars, allowing you to represent your team across the metaverse.

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New Year, New Goals: Hit Your Fitness Goals This Year With Immersive Workouts From FitXR’s New Studios

ARPost

Towards the end of last year, FitXR launched new music collections with over two dozen new workout classes in Box, HIIT, and Dance. The company is all set to help users meet their fitness goals this year as well with new immersive workout classes. The VR fitness app has recently launched two new studios, Sculpt and Combat, providing their users with low-impact strength and conditioning workouts for the first time, as well as more options for high-impact exercises.

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Spatial Beats: Microsoft, Apple & WEF

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 the World Economic Forum and Microsoft's XR exit. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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The XR Week Peek (2023.01.23): Microsoft shuts down Altspace and MRTK, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Welcome to another roundup of AR/VR news of the week! I’m still writing from China, and this week I spent the Chinese New Year here… it was an interesting experience, and if you lost my funny story about it, you can still have a look at it in my dedicated post. Wishing you all a very positive and special year of the rabbit, I leave you with the most important news of the week in AR and VR!

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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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The State of VR Concerts: Findings from the Hottieverse

AR Insider

During the summer of 2022, AmazeVR brought fans the first-ever VR concert tour featuring Megan Thee Stallion. AmazeVR's Joseph Choi takes us inside the "Hottieverse” for insights and findings from the production. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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VR Therapies Calls for Urgent Support after Christmas Day Burglary

XR Today - Virtual Reality

A major charity offering virtual reality (VR) therapies to vulnerable people was “heartbroken” after a massive burglary took place on Christmas Day. Charity Founder Rebecca Gill is a former NHS nurse and launched the world-first VR alternative therapy centre last year. ITV reported on Saturday that burglars stole valuable headsets totalling tens of thousands of pounds in equipment from Northampton charity VR Therapies.

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Microsoft Axes Social VR Platform & XR Interface Framework Amid Wide-reaching Layoffs

Road to VR

Microsoft is laying off 10,000 employees, and with it the company is axing social VR platform AltspaceVR and its XR interface framework, Mixed Reality Toolkit. We’ve written about the death of AltspaceVR once before. In the summer of 2017, the company announced it was shuttering the social VR platform due to lack of funds. In a Hail Mary that few expected, Microsoft turned around and snapped up the ailing platform only two months after the planned shut-down date.

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How To Make A Travel App Like Booking.com?

ARVR

Creating a travel app like Booking.com is a complex task that requires a deep understanding of the travel industry and the latest technology trends. However, with the right approach, it is definitely possible to create an app that is similar to Booking.com and is enjoyed by travelers around the world. Here are the key steps for developing a travel app like Booking.com: Understand the target audience: Before you begin developing your app, it is important to have a clear understanding of the targe

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The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR Delayed By Three Weeks

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The Dark Pictures: Switchback VR is no longer a PSVR 2 launch title, as Supermassive Games confirms its been delayed by three weeks. Initially planned for February 22, Switchback VR will now arrive on March 16, though the exact reasons for this delay remain unknown. Confirming the studio will release a ‘Gameplay Features’ video in the near future, you can read Supermassive’s full statement below: Switchback VR is Supermassive Games’ most ambitious VR project to date, taking pla

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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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How To Develop A Game Like Roblox?

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Developing a game like Roblox is a challenging task that requires a strong understanding of game development principles, as well as the ability to think creatively and come up with unique ideas. However, with the right approach, it is definitely possible to create a game that is similar to Roblox and is enjoyed by players of all ages. Here are the key steps for developing a game like Roblox: Understand the basics of game development: Before you begin developing your game, it is important to have

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Saints & Sinners: Chapter 2 Launches March 21 On PSVR 2 & PC VR

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Skydance Interactive confirmed today that the PSVR 2 version of The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2 : Retribution will release on March 21, alongside the PC VR version. The PC VR version of Saints & Sinners: Chapter 2 was previously slated for a February 2023 launch (the Steam listing still reads February 2023 at the time of writing), so the news of a simultaneous launch alongside PSVR 2 essentially indicates a delay for PC VR players.

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ASRock DeskMeet B660 Review: An Affordable NUC Extreme?

Anand Tech

ASRock was one of the earliest vendors to cater to the small-form factor (SFF) PC market with a host of custom-sized motherboards based on notebook platforms. Despite missing the NUC bus for the most part, they have been quite committed to the 5x5 mini-STX form-factor introduced in 2015. ASRock's DeskMini lineup is based on mSTX boards and has both Intel and AMD options for the end-user.

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Fruit Ninja VR 2 Slices Up A Full Release In Spring 2023

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Following an early access launch, Halfbrick Studios confirms Fruit Ninja VR 2 will fully release on Steam and “Oculus platforms” in Spring 2023. First released in 2021 through Steam, Fruit Ninja VR 2 initially targeted a mid-2022 launch before being pushed back in Halfbrick’s 2022 roadmap , and there’s been a steady string of updates ever since.

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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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Basketball Diaries: Our Partnership Extension with the NBA

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Today, we’re excited to announce we’ve extended our league partnership, which includes bringing the experience of basketball in VR to a new level with Meta.

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GRID Legends Review – A Quest Port With Heavy Compromises

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GRID Legends recently made the surprise leap to Meta Quest 2, marking Codemasters’ first game for Meta’s standalone platform. One of Quest’s first sim racers, this VR port remains enjoyable but comes with significant compromises. Read on for our full GRID Legends Quest 2 review. GRID Legends on Quest feels like a wasted opportunity. Originally released as a flatscreen title on PC and consoles last year, this Quest port is structurally the same game in VR, but with some serious issues

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Big XR News from Google, ChatGPT, Vodafone, and Seoul Metropolitan Government

XR Today - Big XR News tag

The penultimate week of January has, yet again, shaken up the extended reality (XR) industry. 2023 has not even reached its sophomore month, although more and more innovations are coming full-force while mass layoffs defined the week past. Despite a promising couple of weeks following CES 2023, the year appears to continue last year’s trend of poor stock performance and numerous layoffs across the technology industry.

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“Ready to Rumble? Halfbrick & Ian Fitz Team Up for ‘Thrill Of The Fight 2?”

VRGames

Halfbrick Studios and Ian Fitz, creator of the successful Thrill of the Fight boxing game for VR headsets, have joined forces to develop a sequel. Announced this weekend, Thrill of the Fight 2 will bring back all the authentic gameplay elements that made its predecessor great while introducing some new features.

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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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What to Watch: January 2023 Highlights

Oculus

From box office hits and cutting-edge documentaries to concerts, sports, comedy clubs, and events, Meta Quest 2 is your one-stop shop for streaming live and.

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A Failed XR Startup is Back With Compact Optics That Switch Instantly Between AR & VR

Road to VR

AntVR, an early VR startup which struggled with several XR headset projects that ultimately didn’t find traction, has reemerged with novel optics which can instantly transition between AR and VR modes. Founded in 2014, AntVR is the China-based VR startup originally behind an early crowdfunding campaign for a PC VR headset (which didn’t ultimately catch on) and a more recent crowdfunding campaign for an AR headset which wound up tanking the company after failing to raise enough money

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Touring Seagull Stacks: Walkabout Mini Golf First Course With Weather

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We’re big fans of Walkabout Mini Golf as it has developed into one of VR’s best reasons to put on a headset. Developers continue building out a rapidly growing collection of available courses but, when it launched in late 2020, the game had just four of them and Seagull Stacks was one with its rocky terrain and birds flying overhead. Seagull Stacks joined Tourist Trap , Cherry Blossom , and Arizona Modern as Walkabout Mini Golf’s launch lineup.

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