August, 2020

Is Oculus Quest killing PC VR?

The Ghost Howls

As I promised you in my latest Week Peek , I’m writing an editorial to share with you my thoughts about what has just happened with Onward, and why this may be a negative turning point for PC VR , that in the end may even disappear from the consumer market. Let’s start from Onward… Onward on Quest. Avatars in Onward on Quest (left) vs PC, old version (right) (Image by Upload VR).

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Kai XR: Bringing VR To The Classroom, One Headset At A Time


Kai XR offers students a unique look into their futures. Kai Frazier is a woman on a mission who wants to know why we aren’t building technology for children. The dedicated Techstars entrepreneur has always shown a passion for the difficult, yet rewarding work of teaching students.

Walmart Product Listing May Point to Quest 2 Pricing & Storage Sizes

Road to VR

An ostensibly premature Walmart product listing may point to both the price and available internal storage sizes for the upcoming Oculus Quest 2.

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How Augmented Reality Technology Streamlines Agriculture


The rise of smart farming is a sure indicator that agriculture is swiftly adopting cutting edge tech. The new smart farming technology is driven to a large extent by robotics, automation, data analytics, and IoT.

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Expert View: Eroding the Barrier to Entry in Game Development

Tech Trends VR

By Ela Darling, co-founder of Gamelodge. The process of building an indie video game, especially for Virtual Reality, can be an arduous years-long endeavor. Becoming a professional game developer takes years of specialized study, building connections, and mastering emerging technology, with the reward of working in an exciting creative field. Like any industry, it takes focus and dedication to become a pro. But this barrier of entry can be a limitation on new, diverse game concepts.

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The Ghost Howls turns 4!

The Ghost Howls

It’s my blog’s birthday! Today The Ghost Howls turns 4 years old, making me feel a little bit old. It was August, 15th 2016 when I wrote my first post, accompanied by an embarrassing image with a flower downloaded from Pixabay.

Feel VR From Your Head To Your Toes Using These Haptic Sneakers


DropLabs’ audio-enabled footwear features support for all Bluetooth 4.2 compatible devices. This month marked the launch of DropLabs’ EP 01 Triple Black , an updated version of the companies previously-released EP 01 haptic sneaker.

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In ‘Horizon’ Facebook Can Invisibly Observe Users in Real-time to Spot Rule Violations

Road to VR

Facebook Horizon is shaping up to be an interesting social VR offering with powerful building tools that will allow players to create and share their own worlds.

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The ARPost Guide to 5G Internet and XR


The extended reality community is just bristling at the news of 5G internet. However, considering the fact that most people who use XR don’t exactly have degrees in the field, it can be easy to feel left behind. What is 5G internet? Why is it so important to extended reality?

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New Star Wars: Squadrons VR Gameplay Debuts In Single-Player Trailer

Upload VR

We just got a first look at new Star Wars: Squadrons VR gameplay, courtesy of a new trailer. The trailer, which debuted at the Gamescom Opening Night Live event, was primarily concerned with the game’s single-player campaign.

Will Amazon Accelerate AR Shopping’s ‘Next Normal?’

AR Insider

“Trendline” is AR Insider’s series that examines trends and events in spatial computing, and their strategic implications. For an indexed library of spatial computing insights, data, reports and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.08.24): Facebook login gets imposed on Quest and the community riots, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

This week in XR has been incredibly calm and nothing important has happened, apart from little things like the riot of the entire XR community against Facebook Jokes apart, I’m working to organize my blog’s 4th birthday party on VRChat… you asked for it, and you will have it! Top news of the week.

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‘Beat Saber’ Meets Traditional Polka In This Hilarious VR Accordion Experience


My dream of starting a virtual polka band is slowly becoming a reality. What do you get when you combine the most popular VR rhythm game available on headsets with traditional Czechoslovakian polka music? It’s a question we’ve all been asking ourselves these last few years.

New Oculus Users Required to Use Facebook Account Starting in October, Existing Users by 2023

Road to VR

As Oculus becomes increasingly merged with parent company Facebook, new users will soon be required to sign into their headset with a Facebook account.

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Ryerson University Brings the Science Lab Home With Augmented Reality


This fall, Ryerson University is launching a remote learning solution that offers at-home science lessons in augmented reality, Ryerson Augmented Learning Experience (RALE), powered by NexTech AR Solutions’ InfernoAR technology.

‘Better Yield on 5nm than 7nm’: TSMC Update on Defect Rates for N5

Anand Tech

One of the key metrics on how well a semiconductor process is developing is looking at its quantitative chip yield – or rather, its defect density.

Snapchat’s AR Platform Play is all About Developers

AR Insider

This post is adapted from ARtillery Intelligence’s report, AR Advertising Deep Dive, Part I: The Landscape. It includes some of its data and takeaways. More can be previewed here and subscribe for the full report. A R continues to evolve and take shape as an industry.

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All you need to know about developing and sideloading on Quest under the new Facebook account policy

The Ghost Howls

This week in VR has been pretty explosive because of the announcement made by Facebook that will force VR people to have a Facebook account to use their VR headsets. I’ve read news, editorials, and also lots of memes about it, and I think you too.

VR Burning Man Event Will Feature Live Music, Art, And Workshops


Black Rock City meets the multiverse in this one-of-a-kind virtual celebration. This past April, festival organizers made the painful decision to cancel Burning Man 2020 citing ongoing concerns over COVID-19.

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‘SynthVR’ Lets You Build a Massive Modular Synthesizer in VR

Road to VR

Getting into modular synthesizers can require a real investment in time, patience, and not to mention money.

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Is Virtual Reality The Next Big Break For B2B?


Virtual reality is one of those technologies that has been hyped for several years. Especially with a host of low-cost VR devices such as the Google Cardboard and Samsung Gear headset, it’s already speculated that marketers will take advantage of this new messaging channel.

Falcon Age Oculus Quest Release Confirmed For Next Week

Upload VR

Good news! A Falcon Age Oculus Quest release is right around the corner; the VR adventure goes standalone next week. The developer announced the news on Twitter along with a trailer you can see below.

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Porsche Triples Down on AR

AR Insider

Data Dive is AR Insider’s weekly dive into select spatial computing figures. Running Mondays, it includes data points and strategic takeaways. For an indexed library of data, reports, and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery Pro.

Crisis VRigade 2 Review: hide and shoot to your victory!

The Ghost Howls

Crisis VRigade has been one of the most successful game on SideQuest , and strong of this success, indie dev studio Sumalab has decided to create a new episode of the saga, Crisis VRigade 2 , that has been released to various platforms.

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Ride Your Real Bike In The Virtual World With The Blync VR Controller


Pedal your way through a variety of virtual terrain or create your own.

Facebook Signs Multiyear Deal with NBA, Making Oculus Its Official VR Marketing Partner

Road to VR

Facebook has signed a multiyear deal with the National Basketball Association (NBA) which makes Oculus an official marketing and VR headset partner of the NBA, Women’s NBA (WNBA) and NBA G League.

A Look at the 5G Open Innovation Lab and One of Their Newest Graduates – Taqtile


There’s a lot of buzz around 5G internet. While it’s already rolled out to some devices in some cities, it’s still a myth to most of us. The good news is that there’s an organization looking to deliver a functional 5G ecosystem by the time 5G rolls around.

TSMC Details 3nm Process Technology: Full Node Scaling for 2H22 Volume Production

Anand Tech

At TSMC’s annual Technology Symposium, the Taiwanese semiconductor manufacturer detailed characteristics of its future 3nm process node as well as laying out a roadmap for 5nm successors in the form of N5P and N4 process nodes.

Making the Physical World Clickable, Part I

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XR Talks is a series that features the best presentations and educational videos from the XR universe. It includes embedded video, narrative analysis and top takeaways. Speakers’ opinions are their own. For a full library of indexed and educational media, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

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MetaVRse is the XR engine for enterprise

The Ghost Howls

Today I feature a great interview with one of the most important people in the AR space: Alan Smithson.