Fri.Feb 09, 2024

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Ubisoft “disappointed” in ‘Assassin’s Creed VR’ Performance, Future VR Investments on Hold

Road to VR

In Ubisoft’s most recent earnings call, CEO Yves Guillemot said he was “disappointed” with the performance of Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR (2023) and that the company will not be increasing investment in VR right now, as it awaits further growth of the medium. As a Quest exclusive, Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR brought the franchise’s patented mix of parkour, stealth, and combat to VR for the first time.

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#1348: The Journey from VRvana to Apple Vision Pro with co-founder Bert Nepveu

Voices of VR

Bert Nepveu is a co-founder of VRvana, which made a enterprise mixed reality headset that was acquired by Apple in 2017 and provided a number of key innovations that have now shipped with the Apple Vision Pro. I had a chance to sit down with Nepveu to capture a comprehensive founder’s journey from the beginning […] Bert Nepveu is a co-founder of VRvana, which made a enterprise mixed reality headset that was acquired by Apple in 2017 and provided a number of key innovations that have

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Ubisoft 'A Bit Disappointed' By Assassin’s Creed Nexus VR Sales, Not Increasing VR Investment

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Assassin's Creed Nexus VR "did okay" but Ubisoft's CEO states sales disappointment means it's hesitant about further VR investment. Speaking in a Q&A session discussing the French publisher's Q3 2024 fiscal year earnings (reported by VGC ), Ubisoft co-founder and CEO Yves Guillemot was asked about Quest 3 , Apple Vision Pro and whether Ubisoft plans to develop further VR software.

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Global Semiconductor Sales Hit $526.8 Billion in 2023

Anand Tech

The global semiconductor industry saw its sales dropped around $47 billion to nearly $527 billion in 2023, according to estimations by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). This was a sharp downturn from the record 2022, but good news is that sales picked up significantly in the second half of the year, showing signs of a strong recovery and positive expectations for the future.

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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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Review: Border Bots VR Presents A Charming Security Sim

Upload VR

Border Bots VR is a thoroughly entertaining adventure that mixes Job Simulator with Papers, Please. Read on for our full review: With the right developer, video games can turn even the most mundane tasks into a compelling journey and Border Bots VR is no exception. Set in a dystopian world that humorously satirizes modern corporatism, recent behavioral changes amongst the robot citizenry have led to you, one of the city's few remaining humans, being employed to carry out checks at a border contr

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Narrative Espionage Thriller Heartshot Reaches PC VR Soon

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Heartshot, a PC VR narrative espionage thriller, will reach Steam Early Access soon. Developed by a two-person team at Meadow Studios, Heartshot describes itself as a story-driven espionage thriller where "fast, chaotic gunplay meets retro-inspired cinematic environments." Playing as an agent tasked with dismantling a global criminal empire, your investigation brings you to a remote Siberian base now controlled by Marko Sokovic.

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Apple Vision Pro Review: The New Era of Spatial Computing

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

In this Apple Vision Pro review, we’re finally taking a closer look at the spatial computing device set to change the extended reality world. We previously had an opportunity to check out this long-awaited XR headset in its demo version in 2023. However, the Vision Pro is finally available to purchase, and countless consumers are starting to share their feedback ( alongside a few memes ).

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Recall of CableMods' 12VHPWR Adapters Estimates Failure Rate of 1.07%

Anand Tech

A recall on 12VHPWR angled adapters from CableMod has reached its next stage this week, with the publication of a warning document from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Referencing the original recall for CableMods' V1.0 and V1.1 adapters, which kicked off back in December , the CPSC notice marks the first involvement of government regulators.

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Big XR News from ChatGPT, Apple, Meta, and Microsoft

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

As firms settle into 2024, the New Year rush is now concluding. Companies like Meta and Microsoft are reviewing previous months, discussing revenue and roadmaps, and forecasting what’s to come. Equally, the dust will soon settle following the debut of the Apple Vision Pro, which is currently filling social media feeds. The hype wave for XR may still be riding high as Apple gains a robust application ecosystem and Meta documents record XR revenue gains, but can it hold on?

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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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Google’s Gemini Versus OpenAI’s ChatGPT: A Comparison of Two Generative AI Tools

Ryan Schultz

HOUSEKEEPING NOTICE: Yes, I know this blogpost is somewhat off-topic for a blog about “news and views on social VR, virtual worlds, and the metaverse,” but hey, my blog, my rules. Also, this is the first of what I suspect will be many blogposts about the Apple Vision Pro spatial computing headset, which I am eager to get my hands on as soon as I can!

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EP #30 - The robotspaceship Trend Report 2024

ARVR Magazine Podcast

Big surprise: 2024 is all about Artificial Intelligence. In fact, we can barely keep up with the waterfall of daily news. In today's podcast, I review some of the key highlights from our new robotspaceship Trend Report 2024, which, you guessed it, is all about AI. The report also comes with a big WARNING! Curious? Listen to the podcast and download the trend report to find out.

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Making A Metaverse That Matters book review

The Ghost Howls

I’ve spent the last weeks reading “Making a metaverse that matters” by Wagner James Au , the author behind the blog New World Notes. Now that I’ve finished the book, I would like to tell you my opinion about it, so that you can decide if it is worth buying it or not. The book subtitle is “From Snow Crash & Second Life to a virtual world worth fighting for” : I mention it because it exactly describes what is the theme behind the book.