October, 2016

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 10/23/16

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Halloween is upon us as we’re flooded with horror-themed releases this week. We’re offered a Bloody Mary escape game, Ghost Town shooting gallery, and the dreaded Trump simulator (proceeds go to a good cause).

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Microsoft Reveals VR Headsets Coming From Top Manufacturers, Starting at $299

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The number of big-name manufacturers getting into VR is going to increase substantially with the entry of Microsoft VR hardware partners, revealed on stage today at Microsoft’s hardware-focused event.

Shifting the Paradigm: Unplugged with the Best Minds in VR

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Have you ever been to a tech summit where you howled for joy at the sunset? I have. Hosted at Esalen, the event was dubbed the “ Shifting the Paradigm ” Summit, and I’m still trying to figure out the best way to write about it.

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Microsoft $299 Headset Will Be Tethered

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On Wednesday this week, Microsoft announced they are working on a new $299 VR/AR headset. During the event, very little information was shared by them to the technical details of the headset. However, it now appears Microsoft will be shackled to the PC just as with Oculus and HTC.

5 Things We Learned About HTC’s Plans For VR

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The HTC Vive is a mysterious beast. It’s a wonderful headset with great games and experiences, but it’s something we seem to take on a week-by-week basis.

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‘Vivepaper’ Is HTC’s Immersive Reading Experience That Mixes AR With VR

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Based on our recent talk with VP of content, Joel Breton, HTC has plenty of experiences in the works for its Vive VR headset across a wide range of categories. Though you probably wouldn’t have guessed it, one of those categories is virtual reading.

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HTC to Roll Out Hundreds of Official ‘Vive VR Cafes’ in China Next Year

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HTC opened their third officially branded ‘Vive VR Cafe’ last week, this time in Shenzhen, China, the country’s Silicon Valley of hardware.

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Halloween Horror VR Picks for the HTC Vive

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Halloween is a time for VR. Depending on your tolerance for jump scares, haunting isolation, and Zombies, Halloween is either the best of times or the worst of times for virtual reality.

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Microsoft Planning VR/AR Headset for $299

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During the Microsoft Surface event today, it was not just all about the massive Surface Studio Desktop. Microsoft discussed plans for their $299 (£245, AU$295) VR/AR headset. General Manager Megan Saunders said during the event "powerful and affordable VR is coming to you."

Unleash Your Virtual Feng Shui With Social VR Platform myVR for Google Cardboard

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In virtual reality, transporting players into unique spaces is the foundation of the experience. Developers are able to immerse players into nearly endless possibilities using the medium.

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Seventh annual OpenSim grid survey

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Each year, we ask our readers to rate the grids that they spend the most time on, in order to find out which residents are happiest with the grids they’re on. There are about... Features Metaverse OpenSim statistics

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Microsoft May Leapfrog Facebook and Google in VR With HoloLens Tracking

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Microsoft’s play for command of next generation personal computing can be seen today with the announcement of a series of Windows-powered VR headsets starting at $300.

Google Acquires Eye-tracking Company Eyefluence, Reportedly Building VR Headset With Tech

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HTC Opens First Vive Branded VR Cafe in Shenzhen

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When it comes to demoing the latest in virtual reality, access and affordability can be a barrier for many looking to experience the range of content already available. And that’s where location-based VR becomes more important than ever.

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Facebook’s future may lie in Virtual Reality

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Ever wondered what Facebook has in store after its acquisition of Oculus Rift in 2014? Last week during the Oculus Connect 3 Conference, Mark Zuckerberg introduced the future of Facebook messaging.

Microsoft Reveals $300 VR Headsets With 3D Windows Push

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Microsoft is currently hosting a press event in which it’s showcasing the latest version of its Windows 10 operating system, and it means big things for both virtual and mixed reality. The company has announced a new line of VR headsets from partners like HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer.

Content, not hardware, is king in virtual reality

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Headsets Don’t Make or Break a VR Experience (or Why Content is Still King) In 1992 Indie filmmaker Robert Rodriguez made a movie with a budget of just $7,000. In Hollywood terms that’s the equivalent... Columns VR & AR

Oculus Is Hiring More Than 100 People Amid AR Expansion

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With the full weight of Facebook behind it, Oculus is no stranger to hiring sprees. But the company is currently on one the likes of which we haven’t seen before. The Oculus Rift maker has over 100 positions listed on its Careers page across a range of fields right now.

4 Virtual Reality Desktops For Vive and Rift Compared

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While it’s all too easy to lose ourselves in the countless VR worlds at our fingertips, sometimes we just need to access the desktop and get things done in Windows. Thanks to a few innovative apps, this is possible without removing your headset.

360 Video Picks for Halloween

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Featured 360 Videos from the VRScout Haunted Mansion. This is part two in our Halloween VR series, which started with our horror picks for the HTC Vive. This time we’re featuring some of the spooky 360 videos we’ll be showcasing at the VRScout Haunted Mansion tomorrow.

New Laptops from Origin are VR Ready

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Good VR requires some serious hardware. Until recently, that hardware was only available from a desktop. Now, with the power of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics, you can have a VR ready PC in a small and relatively light laptop.

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A few weeks ago was able to test the Hackers Development Kit 1.4 from Razer. The result was somewhat disappointing, so Razer assisted to show me their latest model. The new hacker’s development kit has some improvements over the earlier version.

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Microsoft’s VR Headsets Will Run on $500 PCs, More Info in December

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Microsoft’s surprise new VR headsets, revealed last week and expected to ship next year, remain something of a mystery right now, but we should find out more about them in December.

Xiaomi Reveals $30 Mobile Headset That Looks Like PlayStation VR

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With the heavy hitting virtual reality devices carrying fairly stout price tags, many point toward mobile VR as the consumer friendly entry point for those that have yet to try VR. The Gear VR and the upcoming Google Daydream are the primary devices in that market, carrying a price between $79-$99.

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Oculus on Platform-exclusive VR Content: ‘it’s the only viable way to jumpstart the market’

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Earlier this month we saw a slew of new Oculus Touch game announcements. Many of these new VR titles, which benefit from funding or publishing (or both) by Oculus, will launch exclusively for the Rift and Touch.

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‘Ghostbusters: Dimension’ Trailer Shows The Power of The Void

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The Void’s Ghostbuster experience is no joke, and this trailer is evidence. Back in July I had the pleasure of testing out the brand new Ghostbusters: Dimension experience at the famous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in NYC.

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VR and Post-Traumatic Stress with Bravemind and STRIVE

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Combat. Injustice. Attacks. Isolation. Barren and desolate terrain. This was the reality of our troops during deployment in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. With close family members who served, I know firsthand how challenging the return to “normal” can be.

BE THE BAT! | Batman Arkham VR (Playstation VR)

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Jack: “Batman Arkham VR is by far one of the BEST VR experiences I’ve ever had and I’m not just saying that.” ” jacksepticeye. Gameplay jacksepticeye YouTube Players

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WiGig’s Ultra-Fast Wi-Fi Could Make Wireless PC-Based VR Viable

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Standalone VR headsets may well be the future of the industry, but they’re a long way off from packing the power of today’s modern PCs. The ultra-fast 60GHz wireless standard WiGig might offer a compelling workaround.

Growth resumes on OpenSim grids

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The public OpenSim grids added nearly 3,000 new regions this month, registered more than 4,400 new users, and grew by 735 new active users, but Avination and AviWorlds were still down this month, so... Metaverse News statistics

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Google Goes on VR Hiring Spree Amid Daydream Launch

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Google started its virtual reality initiatives early but slowly, announcing the now widely known Cardboard program way back in 2014. As the company nears the launch of Daydream, the next stage in their VR plans, they’re adding significantly to their VR talent pool.

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