March, 2020

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

VRScout

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.

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

Next Reality AR

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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Facebook Signs Exclusivity Deal with AR Display Maker Plessey

Road to VR

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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Lies Beneath Review: Surviving Stylish Horrors

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Lies Beneath is an action-packed single-player survival horror game published by Oculus Studios and developed by Drifter Entertainment, the same team behind PC VR co-op shooter Gunheart and Robo Recall: Unplugged on Quest. Read our full Lies Beneath review below for more!

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A New Dimension for XR

Tech Trends VR

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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All the best events to attend in VR in 2020

The Ghost Howls

In these hard times , we are all collecting events that we should have attended and instead got canceled. Regarding me, for instance, we’re talking about MWC, GDC, XR Europe, Svilupparty, just to name a few.

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

Next Reality AR

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.

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

Road to VR

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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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.

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.

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

VRScout

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.

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

The Ghost Howls

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 Looking into Sale of the Company, Report Says

Next Reality AR

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.

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

Road to VR

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).

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.

Papa John’s Reaches 25% Conversion Rate with AR Campaign

AR Insider

This is the latest in AR Insider’s Campaign Tracker series. Running semi-weekly, it examines marketing campaigns that utilize AR visualization such as product try-ons, and their results. For a full list of campaigns, comparative ROI chart and deeper analysis, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

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

VRScout

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!

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

The Ghost Howls

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

Next Reality AR

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

Facebook’s Game Developers Showcase Starts Today, Promising New Oculus Reveals

Road to VR

The 2020 Game Developers Conference (GDC) would have started today had it not been canned like basically every major expo from here until summer. To compensate, Facebook is hosting what it calls its Game Developers Showcase, and it’s starting today.

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B-Team Is Coming To Oculus Quest Later This Month

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Developer Twisted Pixel’s next Oculus Quest game isn’t a port of Wilson’s Heart or Defector, but instead an update to its Oculus Go launch title, B-Team. B-Team is essentially a minigame compilation starring a bunch of clumsy soldiers.

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Work Life in Times of Coronavirus: Utilizing XR as Workforce Goes Remote

ARPost

The business landscape has drastically changed in the blink of an eye. As a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, governments have imposed travel restrictions and lockdowns. Brick-and-mortar shops have closed, and all enterprises suddenly have to manage an entirely remote workforce.

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Holoswitch Turns Your Phone Into A Security Camera While In VR

VRScout

Answer calls, respond to texts and view your real-world surroundings while in VR. Available now in early access, Holoswitch is a mobile app for SteamVR that lets you interact with your smartphone without having to take off your VR headset.

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What is the best headset to play Half-Life: Alyx with?

The Ghost Howls

These days, I’m playing a lot of hours a day to write a review of Half-Life: Alyx ( here you can read my first impressions , in the meanwhile). Inspired by the work of TESTED, I’ve decided to do an experiment, and play Alyx with all the headsets that I’ve taken home from the office , asking feedback to some friends (like the ergonomics expert Rob Cole ) on other headsets I don’t own. This way, I can tell you how it is playing Alyx with the different devices on the market!

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

Next Reality AR

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

Road to VR

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

PS5 Won’t Support Every PS4 Game At Launch, PSVR Not Clear

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Sony’s PlayStation 5 won’t be able to support every PlayStation 4 game when it launches later this year. That could well mean PSVR support is selective, too. Mark Cerny, Lead System Architect of the PS5, confirmed as much in the deep dive video of the PS5 Sony put out today.

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How Big is the Mobile AR Market?

AR Insider

This post is adapted from ARtillery Intelligence’s report, Spatial Computing: 2019 Lessons, 2020 Outlook. It includes some of its data and takeaways. More can be previewed here and subscribe for the full report.

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Get Your Sweat On During Quarantine With These Fitness-Focused VR Experiences

VRScout

Don’t let the coronavirus outbreak prevent you from getting a great workout. The coronavirus outbreak is proving to be a major disruptor in terms of our day-to-day lives.

VR Cover for Valve Index thorough review!

The Ghost Howls

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.