March, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx full review: the first true AAA VR game

The Ghost Howls

Yesterday, I finally finished Half-Life: Alyx. It has been a very long ride, and I had a lot of fun. I am now ready to write you a full review of this game. Some days ago, I have written a first impressions article on this game, and it made some people unhappy because I somewhat criticized this game.

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Apple's LiDAR Scanner on New iPad Pro Provides Possible Peek at How Its Smartglasses Will See the World

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Just as predicted (but perhaps with less fanfare than usual), Apple has made the move of adding a depth sensor to the rear camera of its latest edition of the iPad Pro.

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How To Attend Zoom, Skype, Hangouts Meetings In VR With SPACES

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Spice up your next video meeting with this free PC VR app.

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HP Is Building A ‘Next Generation’ SteamVR Headset With Microsoft & Valve

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Valve, Microsoft and HP are collaborating to build a ‘next generation’ SteamVR headset, called HP Reverb G2. The current HP Reverb is the company’s second PC VR headset, with high resolution LCD panels and a focus on comfort. It’s priced at $599.

Facebook Signs Exclusivity Deal with AR Display Maker Plessey

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Facebook is taking an important step towards releasing its first AR headset, as the company has signed an exclusivity agreement with UK-based AR display maker Plessey to supply the company with microLED displays.

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A New Dimension for XR

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XR content pioneers Hammerhead is merging with its volumetric capture studios under the Dimension brand. Dimension was launched by Hammerhead in 2017 as a state-of-the-art volumetric capture and digital humans studio in partnership with Digital Catapult and Microsoft Click To Tweet.

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Here's Your First Look at the US Army's Combat-Ready HoloLens 2 in Action

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Though Microsoft has had trouble keeping up with the demand for HoloLens 2, the company has been able to supply modified headsets to the US Army.

HTC Announces First-Ever Virtual Industry Conference In Response To Coronavirus

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Alvin Wang envisions how conferences of the future will be done through March’s V2EC2020 conference. The coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused total havoc on all types of travel for vacationers and company employees.

Facebook Leaks Codename For ‘Del Mar’ Standalone Headset With ‘Jedi Controller’

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Facebook’s Oculus developer documentation website leaked the code name for a future headset, with a new controller, and the existence of a ‘First Access’ program for some developers. The text showed up on several pages of the developer documentation, with the following message.

Gabe Newell on Brain-computer Interfaces: ‘We’re way closer to The Matrix than people realize’

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Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve, sat down with IGN for a chat about the company, the promise of VR, and Newell’s most bleeding edge project as of late, brain-computer interfaces (BCI).

Building the VR Platform of the Future

Tech Trends VR

The latest announcements Facebook’s first virtual Game Developer’s Showcase which is happening this week. In the midst of the growing coronavirus pandemic, holding any sort of normal conference is entirely out of the question.

Skype vs VR: When should you organize your meetings/events in VR?

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We are in the coronavirus times, and the outbreak of this disease has changed in a way or in another the lives of many people. One of the biggest consequences is that many people are now quarantined, or have problems traveling in the world.

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Magic Leap Unveils First Look at Magicverse AR Cloud & New Meetings Capabilities in Lumin OS Update

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With many office workers in the US being asked to work from home if their job allows, Magic Leap's customary updates for the Lumin OS and Lumin SDK brings some help to keep distributed workforces connected. Chief among the new features arriving with Lumin OS version 0.98.10 and Lumin SDK 0.24

It’s Time To Develop A Consent Framework For Virtual Beings

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The rise of virtual beings leads to new questions regarding the rights of digital representations. Technological advancements mean that we are rapidly approaching a time when artificial agents will be indistinguishable from that of human beings.

Oculus Quest Is Getting A UI Overhaul With Multitasking

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As part of their Game Developers Showcase , Facebook revealed details of a future update to the Oculus Quest that will bring a redesigned user interface (UI).

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‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Review – Valve Delivers One of VR’s Best Games Yet

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After years of quiet development, Half-Life: Alyx is finally here. With hype on all sides—as Valve’s first full-fledged VR game and the first Half-Life game in more than a decade—does it deliver? Read on to find out in our full Half-Life: Alyx review.

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Experiencing Immersive Art in Colorado

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The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) opens this week, and it will dedicate an entire pavilion to XR Experiences.

I’ve visited Half-Life:Alyx environments and I loved them!

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Today, Valve has released on Steam two special environments for SteamVR Home that let you visit two places where Half-Life: Alyx will take place. I’ve visited them and I loved every second of those moments!

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Magic Leap Looking into Sale of the Company, Report Says

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The rumors have been circulating for months, but now there's a source attached to the notion that Magic Leap is looking to sell itself off after a rough couple of years following the launch of its Magic Leap 1 augmented reality device.

Dr. Seuss’s AR Alphabet App Lets Kids Direct Their Own Seuss-tastic Adventures

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Seuss Enterprises’ first AR experience exposes a new generation of users to the legendary children’s author. . Available now on compatible iOS devices, Dr. Suess’s ABC – An Amazing AR Alphabet!

Report: Facebook Agrees To Buy Every AR Display From Key Supplier Apple Looked At Acquiring

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Facebook signed a deal to buy several years of the entire output of a key AR microLED display supplier Apple looked at acquiring, The Information reports. Mark Zuckerberg’s company spends “billions” of dollars researching augmented and virtual reality technology.

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26 VR Apps for Remote Work, Education, Training, Design Review, and More

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One of VR’s biggest strengths is the ability to make those at a distance feel like they’re physically near each other.

Unlocking the Magic of XR With Your Voice

Tech Trends VR

Should you ever be in any doubt over the truth of Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law (the one that states that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic), just try a HoloLens 2 experience where you can just tell holograms what to do.

VR Cover for Valve Index thorough review!

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The VR ergonomics expert Rob Cole of immersivecomputing.org has tried for us the VR Cover headset covers for the Valve Index , and had reviewed it for us.

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Young Readers Can Now Enter the World of Dr. Seuss via New AR App Created with Unity's Project MARS

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Alongside Sesame Street, the Dr. Seuss universe has been a constant presence in the formative years of several generations of children in the US.

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Viral Artist KAWS Unleashes Army Of AR Sculptures Across NYC, Tokyo, Tanzania

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The celebrated American artist and designer expands his “Companion” project with a series of floating AR artwork.

Goldeneye VR Oculus Quest Multiplayer Tribute Looks The Part

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Move over Half-Life; there’s another all-time classic first-person shooter getting an unofficial tribute on Oculus Quest. This time it’s N64 gem, Goldeneye. A group of developers is working on this impressive-looking multiplayer game, named 00Quest.

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HTC is Hosting Its Next Developer Conference in VR Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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The recent coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has stymied many of the industry’s most important conferences and expos this year. To avoid this, HTC today announced it will be holding its next Vive Ecosystem Conference (VEC) from within virtual reality.

Expert View: The Virtualization of Transportation

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By Gabe Paez Founder & CEO of The Wild. With social distancing now in effect, the barrier between our professional and personal worlds is breaking down before our eyes.

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Bizarre Barber review: cut the hair of those monsters!

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Yesterday evening I was finally able to try Bizarre Barber , a VR videogame that always got me curious from the gameplay videos. Courtesy of Maria of Synesthetic Echo, I have spent some time with this crazy game, and now I’m here telling you my impressions! Gameplay.

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Startup 1RIC Serves Up AR Volumetric Videos of Vic Mensa, Poppy, & More via Jadu iPhone App

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While holographic Whitney Houston is hitting the road, a new mobile app is bringing volumetric captures of up and coming performers directly to the iPhones and iPads of fans.