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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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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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.

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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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

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.

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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).

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.

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

‘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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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Paper Beast Review: A Living, Breathing Miracle Of A VR Adventure

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Eric Chahi is playing god again. Only this time he and his team at Pixel Reef have reached a higher form, not just creating another world or casting you as master over one. This time, he’s making life himself. That is the promise behind Paper Beast, Chahi’s first game in nine years.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

Precision OS Launches Multiplayer Tool For VR Surgical Training

VRScout

The new collaborative feature shows how XR can help keep things going in the age of coronavirus. Vancouver-based start-up Precision OS just introduced a new multiplayer feature for VR surgical training platform.

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.

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).

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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5 Dos and Don’ts of Using Augmented Reality With Direct Mail

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As augmented reality moves out of an app and into an app-less experience more and more companies are utilizing this technology to provide more information in tight spots, like direct mail. Direct mail is confined to its corners but often people want more information about the offer.

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!

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

VRScout

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

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.

Eleven Table Tennis Sold 12,000 Copies On Oculus Quest In 2 Weeks

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Impressive ping pong simulator Eleven Table Tennis released on Oculus Quest on February 27 and in roughly two weeks sold more than 12,000 copies of the $20 game for the standalone headset. The game by For Fun Labs released in December 2017 on the Oculus Store for Rift and in June 2016 on Steam.

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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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