Sat.Sep 19, 2020 - Fri.Sep 25, 2020

HP Reverb G2 Will Begin Shipping in November, New Orders in December

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HP announced today that its upcoming Reverb G2 headset will begin shipping in “early November” to those who pre-ordered, and new pre-orders starting today will ship in December. Reverb G2 is HP’s highly anticipated upcoming headset which brings a range of improvements and refinements over its predecessor.

Facebook Vies for AR Advertising Market Share, Part III

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This post is adapted from ARtillery Intelligence’s report, AR Advertising Deep Dive, Part I: The Landscape. It includes some of its data and takeaways. More can be previewed here and subscribe for the full report. A R continues to evolve and take shape as an industry.

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PS5 ‘Game Boost’ Will Improve Frame Rates For PS4 And PSVR Games

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A new feature called ‘Game Boost’ listed on the PlayStation 5 website promises an improved experience when playing select PS4 and PSVR games on PS5. The feature has popped up on the main PlayStation 5 landing page , towards the bottom.

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Facebook To Discontinue Oculus Rift S Beginning 2021

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You can still buy an Oculus Rift S.for now. It’s been an exciting week for VR! During Facebook Connect this past week, Mark Zuckerberg talked about the future of how AR technology will play an important role in the future of the company that included information on Project Aria.

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How to make SteamVR input work with Unity XR Interaction Toolkit in Unity

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Hello everyone! Today’s post is a bit technical, but it will help some VR devs out there to have fewer headaches.

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Osso VR Secures $14M Investment to Further Develop VR Surgical Training Platform

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Osso VR today announced it has raised $14 million in Series A funding to further develop its VR surgical training platform. The financing round was led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures, with participation from SignalFire, GSR, Scrum Ventures, Leslie Ventures and OCA Ventures.

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Where To Pre-Order The Oculus Quest 2

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Those in the US will have to wait until late November to get their hands on the new Quest. To no one’s surprise, pre-orders for the recently announced Oculus Quest 2 VR headset are already backordered on the official Oculus website.

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BISim tells us how XR is relevant for the Army

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Military simulations are one of the fields where virtual reality has always been an important technology , even before that VR had its new renaissance in 2012. In fact, in the XR communities, there are many esteemed members that are army veterans (like John Westra or Tony Rogers).

Someone Remade ‘Among Us’ in VR and It’s Strangely More Fun Than the Original

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Thought playing the unofficial Fall Guys remake in VR was fun? Now you can sample some of the traitorous mayhem in the hit social game Among Us (2018) in VR too—and it’s strangely more fun than the original in a few ways.

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New MYST game revealed for 2020 (with translation)

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This afternoon the developers at Cyan revealed a new version of the classic PC game MYST. This game is a “brand new version of Myst, completely re-imagined for modern game systems and – for the first time for any game in the Myst series – including optional VR support!”

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Mini-Doc Debuts Of Brooklyn Juneteenth March Captured In 360 Degrees

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The revolution will be documented… in 360. June 19th (a significant holiday in the United States denoting the end of slavery) this year was both a moment to pause and to celebrate, as well as strike up protests and marches across the country in demand of a better world.

The XR Week Peek (2020.09.21): Quest 2 released, NVIDIA acquires ARM, Leap Motion 2 on sale, and much more!

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What an exciting week for technology, with the Facebook Connect, PS5 price announcement, Apple event and the release of RTX30 graphics cards! What a time to be alive!

Report: Facebook Acquires Varifocal Startup Lemnis Technologies

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It’s come to light that Lemnis Technologies, a startup creating varifocal optics for use in VR headsets, has reportedly been absorbed by Facebook in an ‘acqui-hiring’ move.

Has Oculus Quest Sold One-Million Lifetime Units?

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‘Minecraft’ Arrives On PlayStation VR Tomorrow

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The free patch update will be available to all PS5 Minecraft owners. Earlier this month developer Mojang Studios announced that it’s legendary survival crafting game Minecraft would be heading to PlayStation VR sometime near the end of September as part of Sony’s PlayStation VR spotlight.

Intel Launches 10nm Atom Embedded CPUs: Elkhart Lake Now Available

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The embedded and edge markets for Intel have always been hidden away within its IoT business, however at the Investor Meeting last year it was highlighted as one of Intel’s key growth areas.

Unofficial Quest App Store ‘SideQuest’ Raises $650,000 From Oculus Founder & Others

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SideQuest is an unofficial app store for Facebook’s Oculus Quest headset which offers an avenue for developers to distribute apps without being subject to Oculus’ approval process.

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Watch: Robotic VR Boots Keep You In One Spot While You Walk Forward

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Pittsburgh-based Ekto VR thinks it might have just solved VR locomotion. The company this month revealed its first product, the Ekto One. It’s a pair of robotic boots that the company claims are capable of keeping you in one spot while you walk forwards.

VR Multiplayer Shooter ‘Grapple Tournament’ Takes Aim At VR Esports

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Improve your teamwork skills through fast-paced vertical combat.

Varjo XR-1 Compatibility with Autodesk VRED: Mixed Reality Car Design Case Study

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Finnish XR headset manufacturer Varjo does things differently. They appeared on the scene with the VR-1 headset in 2018 promising human eye resolution. Their XR-1 can switch back-and-forth between mixed reality and virtual reality.

Team Shooter ‘Frostpoint VR’ Heads into Open Beta Soon, Free Retail Copies Available

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Thirdverse and inXile Entertainment today announced that Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds , the upcoming team-based multiplayer shooter, is going into open beta starting next week. You could also get it for free when it launches.

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Oculus Quest Getting Passthrough+ API For AR Apps, Starting With Spatial

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Facebook intends to release an API next year that would essentially allow developers to support AR mode in their Oculus Quest apps. Both Oculus Quests feature four ultra wide angle monochrome cameras.

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Fight For Your Chance At A Free Copy Of Team-Based Shooter ‘Frostpoint VR’

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You’ll need to move quickly if you want to score one of the 3,000 free copies. Thirdverse Inc. and inXile Entertainment’s Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds is an upcoming 10v10 multiplayer VR shooter set across an abandoned military base located in the frozen desert of Antarctica.

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8th Wall Launches Tool for WebAR Experiences Using Curved Targets

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The earliest AR experiences were based on physical markers like QR codes. As the technology developed, such targets were no longer necessary for many experiences. However, some experiences, particularly WebAR enabled branded packaging, are actually more immersive when based around a physical target.

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10 New Games We Can’t Wait to Play on Quest 2

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Quest 2 is on the horizon, and with its October 13th release date inching ever closer, you might want to know what new games we’re looking forward to playing on the company’s next standalone headset.

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Oculus Move: Quest Gets Built-In Fitness Tracking

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Oculus Quest 2 is getting an official, cross-app fitness tracker named Oculus Move. Move was revealed towards the beginning of this week’s Facebook Connect Keynote. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the service just after announcing Quest 2 itself.

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‘Walkabout Mini Golf VR’ Review: Simple & Addictive VR Putt-Putt

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Now that’s what I call virtual mini-golf. Available now on Oculus Rift/Rift S and Oculus Quest for $14.99, Mighty Coconut’s Walkabout Mini Golf VR offers a unique VR putt-putt experience complete with a wide range of uniquely crafted courses, tight putting controls, 5-player multiplayer functionality, and a heap of hidden collectibles to discover. With over 70 unique holes to conquer, this arcade experience features no shortage of physics-based minigolf content to enjoy.

ARtillery Briefs, Episode 42: AR Advertising Case Studies

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‘Gnomes & Goblins’ Review – A Beautiful World Hiding an Inscrutable Game

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Four years after the release of a preview of the game, Gnomes & Goblins is finally here. Pitched as a “fantasy adventure VR simulation” with direction by film director Jon Favreau, Gnomes & Goblins delivers a beautiful appetizer with a rotten main course.

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Editorial: Oculus Quest 2’s $299 Price Is Just The Beginning For Facebook

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Facebook’s aggressive $299 starting price for Oculus Quest 2 shouldn’t be a surprise. For a company founded in 2004, Facebook has some catching up to do to match the scale and reach of existing tech giants.

Oculus Quest 2 VR Cover Now Available For Pre-Order

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Keep your new headset looking fresh with an easy-to-clean facial interface. Look under the hood of the new Oculus Quest 2 and you’ll find a new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 2k per eye resolution with adjustable optics, and seven onboard cameras.

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