Sat.Jun 22, 2019 - Fri.Jun 28, 2019

Oculus Quest Developer Shares Tricks To Optimize Rift And Vive Ports

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In the days leading up to Oculus Quest’s launch, the company’s head of third-party content told VentureBeat that porting higher-end PC titles to the standalone platform was more about art asset formatting than code optimization.

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3 Keys to a Successful Virtual Reality (VR) Proof of Concept App

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Many employees will build a Proof of Concept VR app to get buy-in for virtual reality programs from their employers. This makes sense as VR has grown extensively in popularity, but many in C-suites may not be familiar with how VR creation works.

VR Experience Gave E3 Attendees A Platform For Inclusion

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An interactive VR painting provided underrepresented communities with a meditative space to share thoughts on identity. 50 years ago, in the early morning of June 28 th , 1969, violent demonstrations ignited in the streets of Manhattan.

Sony Gives Spider-Man a New Augmented Reality Home via iPhone & Android Apps

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Fans of the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man have yet another way to experience the web-slinger in augmented reality.

SIF: LG not interested in VR hardware anymore, Veer entering LBE and much more!

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At Sandbox Immersive Festival , I have been able to try some interesting hardware solutions. I have already detailed in another post my impressions on the Pico Neo and the HP Reverb … in this one, I will talk about other hardware manufacturers. Veer Chair.

‘Onward’ for Quest Confirmed to Feature Cross-play with PC VR

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Onward , the first-person mil-sim shooter for PC VR, is heading to Quest at some point—that’s what Downpour Interactive founder Dante Buckley announced back at the ESL VR League Season three championship earlier this month.

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Papa John's Launches 'Spider-Man: Far from Home' AR Experience via Snapchat

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In the Tom Holland era, it appears to be impossible to promote a new Spider-Man movie without an augmented reality experience, a trend that continues with Spider-Man: Far From Home.

SIF: Pico Neo and HP Reverb hands on

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At Sandbox Immersive Festival , I have been able to try some interesting VR storytelling experiences. But it is interesting to talk about not only the experiences, but also the devices through which I have enjoyed them.

‘Halo’ VR Multiplayer Shooter Coming to Location-based Halo Event

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Halo: Outpost Discovery is a weekend-long event coming to a few cities across the US this summer; it aims to bring fans closer to the world of Halo, while undoubtedly distancing them from the money in their back pockets.

Snapchat AR Filter Turns Wrigley Field Into The Upside Down From Stranger Things

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Let’s just hope the Demogorgon isn’t throwing the ceremonial first pitch. Stranger Things fans get ready!

Snapchat Turns Wrigley Field into the Upside Down for 'Stranger Things' Promotion

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With the third season of Netflix's hit series Stranger Things set to debut July 4, it's time to crank up the hype machine, this time, in augmented reality.

SIF: The Collider review: a trip inside your emotions in VR

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When reading the summaries of the best experiences had by the various VR influencers at Tribeca 2019, there was one experience that was always quoted by them: The Collider.

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‘Catan VR’ to Launch on PSVR Tomorrow, Cross-play with “major VR platforms”

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After launching on PC VR & Oculus mobile VR headsets last year, Catan VR is finally making its way to PSVR.

Facebook VP Says The Oculus Quest Is Seeing ‘Console-Like Usage’

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The company claims content sales topped $5 million in the first two weeks. Facebook’s Oculus Quest seems to be hitting a mark with VR fans all over the globe. Since the 6DOF headsets release back in May, major sites such as Amazon and Newegg are seeing shipping dates backed up to 2 to 3 weeks.

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Apple iPhone Owners Can Now Try Out Gucci's Ace Sneakers via Augmented Reality

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While Gucci is among the most recognizable brands in fashion, you would be excused for not realizing that the company makes sneakers as well.

SIF: hands-on with “Doctor Who: The Runaway”, “4 Feet: Blind Date” and much more!

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First day at Sandbox Immersive Festival ! Do you want to know how has it been? Well, you can bet that I will tell you everything.

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DisplayPort 2.0 Supports Dual 4K VR Displays @120Hz

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The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) has officially released DisplayPort 2.0, representing the first major update to the audio/video standard since the entrance of DisplayPort 1.4 back in March 2016. DisplayPort 2.0

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Valve Index Now Shipping Alongside 30+ Supported Games

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Valve’s long-awaited response to PC VR has officially arrived.

Jurassic World Alive Game Update Lets Dinosaurs Eat Goats & Destroy Vehicles in Augmented Reality

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Players who have stuck around with location-based game Jurassic World Alive just got a new treat that makes the augmented reality experience even more fun. Available in an update (version 1.8) of the app via the App Store and Google Play, the game gains a new feature called Sanctuaries.

SIF: Magic Leap GOT experience, Gloomy eyes, Reggie Watts’s AR Grease hands on!

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A new day, new experiences at the Sandbox Immersive Festival in Qingdao! Magic Leap “The dead must die” GOT experience. Magic Leap’s GOT experience presented here in Qingdao is maybe the best “room scanning experience” I have ever tried in my life.

Valve Index Review – The Enthusiast’s Choice

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The Valve Index headset is more expensive and less user-friendly than its nearest competitor, the Oculus Rift S, but the experience it offers is the clear choice for VR enthusiasts who want to maximize immersion. Read on for our full Valve Index review to learn if this headset is for you.

Spider-Man: Far From Home VR Is A Fun, Free Web-Slinging Simulator

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Sony’s free Spider-Man VR game is a quick, but surprisingly satisfying experience. Available for free via SteamVR and PlayStation V R, Spider-Man: Far From Home Virtual Reality puts you in the boots (onesie?)

Facebook’s Prototype VR Face Tracking Got Even Better

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Earlier this year, Facebook showed off its research towards photorealistic avatars and high quality VR face tracking to drive them. This week, Facebook showed off improved facial tracking for these avatars, more accurately capturing the user’s facial expression.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.06.23): HTC teases the Vive Cosmos, Oculus announces AR at OC6 and much more!

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If the Paradise was in China, its name would be Qingdao. I’m for the second time in this beautiful city, writing this newsletter while I see an amazing seaside full of colored lights from my window (before I had a walk there and I was astonished).

Survios CTO to Teach Full Semester VR Development Course in a Virtual Classroom

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Survios, the studio behind a host of VR games such as Raw Data (2017), Sprint Vector (2018) and Creed: Rise to Glory (2018) , has been a stalwart pioneer of the medium since the birth of consumer VR.

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Visbit VR Theater App Now Supports 12K Videos

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12K VR video content is now available for Viveport users. As of June 11, developer Visbit has bumped its video stream resolution up from 8K to 12K on its 360-degree video streaming platform, Visbit VR Theater.

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Oculus Rift S Patch Dramatically Improves Controller Tracking, Coming To Quest In Future

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Oculus PC software Public Test Channel version 1.39 brings important improvements to Touch controller tracking on Oculus Rift S.

The NewImages Festival Focused Entirely on Immersive Technology

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This year’s NewImages Festival wrapped up over the weekend in Paris, France. The four-day festival is “the world’s only festival dedicated to VR, digital creation, and immersive technology”, according to the event organizers.

Most Windows VR Headsets Have Vanished from the Microsoft Store, Limited Stock Elsewhere

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Following months of steep discounts, most of the Windows VR headsets have vanished from Microsoft’s online store and are showing limited or no stock at other retailers. Microsoft has yet to offer an explanation, but signs are pointing toward discontinuation of some headsets.

Crossing Blades With Ironclad Giants In Swords Of Gargantua

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Going toe-to-toe with the Gods themselves is just as intimidating as you’d think. Available now on SteamVR, Oculus Rift/Rift S, and Oculus Quest, Swords of Gargantua is all about big battles against even bigger enemies.