Sat.Sep 26, 2020 - Fri.Oct 02, 2020

The XR Week Peek (2020.09.28): The debate on Facebook continues, Microsoft acquires Zenimax, and more!

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Happy Autumn everyone! The sun is shining less these days for me, but my passion for VR keeps me warm everyday! Here you are the best AR/VR news for the week that has just finished. Top news of the week. Image by Facebook). The debate on Facebook and the Quest 2 continues.

Star Wars: Squadrons VR Review In Progress – The Galaxy’s Finest Space Combat

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Star Wars: Squadrons is finally here and it absolutely delivers. From the incredible set piece moments, excellent new characters, and fantastic VR space combat, this is an adrenaline-fueled blast in the galaxy far, far away that you won’t want to miss.

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HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition Adds Face And Eye-Tracking, Coming In 2021

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HP is planning an Omnicept Edition of its Reverb G2 VR headset for early 2021 with additional face-tracking sensors and the ability to measure “cognitive load”.

HP Reverb G2 Omnicept Headset Features Eye Tracking, Face Cam, And Heart Rate Sensor

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HP takes aim at developers and enterprises with its Omnicept ecosystem.

How MeKiwi ported Cave Digger to 7 different VR platforms

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MeKiwi is a very interesting indie studio in Finland : they have published a very popular VR game like Cave Digger, and they have also experimented with something artistic with ArtPulse.

‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ Review – The New Top Gun of VR Dogfighters

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Star Wars: Squadrons is here, the space dogfighter from EA’s Motive Studios.

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Secret Location Reveals Three New Location-Based VR Games Heading To VR Arcades

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Blasters of the Universe returns alongside a new family-friendly free-roam experience.

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Throwback review: Meta 2 hands-on (and more!)

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Thanks to my job as an XR consultant and blogger, I have had the pleasure of trying many AR and VR headsets. There are some that I miss experiencing, and one of my biggest regrets of the past was that I had never been able to try the now-defunct Meta 2 augmented reality glasses.

‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ VR FAQ – Supported Headsets, Comfort Settings, Min Specs & More

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Star Wars: Squadrons is almost here and will bring with it optional support for a wide range of VR headsets.

Enterprise AR: Opportune But Underbaked

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“Trendline” is AR Insider’s series that examines trends and events in spatial computing, and their strategic implications. For an indexed library of spatial computing insights, data, reports and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery PRO. O ne of AR’s biggest potential beneficiaries is the enterprise.

8 Inventive Examples Of Immersive Technology In Education

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The use of VR in education can make learning more entertaining, encourage STEM programs, and help with distance education. Moreover, immersive technology can improve students’ learning experience while teaching them to embrace technology.

The Platform Is The Star Of Steve Aoki’s New VR Concert

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Oculus Venues will present a groundbreaking show by 2X Grammy Nominated producer/DJ Steve Aoki Wednesday night, September 30th, showcasing the new VR live performance platform from Supersphere, ArcRunner.

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Sony Patent Reveals VR Controller Design Seemingly Inspired by Valve Index

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Sony Interactive Entertainment recently published a patent for a VR motion controller that look suspiciously similar to Valve’s Index controllers, aka ‘Knuckles. The news was first reported by LetsGoDigital (Dutch).

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XR Talks: Snapchat Lens Creators Speak

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XR Talks is a series that features the best presentations and educational videos from the XR universe. It includes embedded video, narrative analysis and top takeaways. Speakers’ opinions are their own. For a full library of indexed and educational media, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

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NYC VR Center, VR World, Re-Re-Opens Its Doors To The Public

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The colossal, inner-city VR center is back in business and ready to finally re-open. In Midtown Manhattan, on East 34th Street, you simply cannot miss VR World.

(Re)Introducing AR Experience Builder Blippar

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For a few years, a few years ago, Blippar was one of the most promising AR experience builders on the scene. Then, in 2018, the company entered administration and seemingly went dark. Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there.

HaptX Secures $1.5M Grant to Build Full-body Haptics for VR & Telepresence Robots

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The company behind the force feedback haptic gloves HaptX and research teams from Virginia Tech and University of Florida have secured a $1.5

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Will Web AR Vie for AR Advertising Market Share?

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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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Pinfinity Partners With Star Wars, Marvel, Capcom On AR-Enhanced Pins

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Upgrade your wardrobe with animated AR pins of Transformers, Pac-Man, Dungeons & Dragons, and more. There’s nothing more powerful than a well-placed pin and or button.

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HP Says No Current Plans For Reverb G2 Xbox Support After Store Listing

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HP stated that its upcoming Reverb G2 headset currently doesn’t support Xbox One consoles after a Microsoft Store listing suggested otherwise. The listing is a free app that appears to be a utility for performing a first-time setup of the headset.

‘Until You Fall’ Quest Review – Hack & Slash Satisfaction with Strategic Choices

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Until You Fall brings a refreshingly unique approach to VR sword fighting which combines the satisfaction of a hack & slash game with the depth of RPG combat, all wrapped up in a VR-native design.

Facebook Reaches 1.2 Million AR Effects

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NewImages Festival Borderless Edition Successfully Concludes Physical Event Against All Odds

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From September 23 to 27, the 3rd edition of NewImages Festival took place at the Forum des Images in Paris.

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Virtual Desktop On Oculus Quest 2 Already Runs PC VR At 90 Hz

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Virtual Desktop’s lone developer Guy Godin doesn’t have an Oculus Quest 2 yet. Nonetheless, the creator of one of Oculus Quest’s most downloaded pieces of software already enabled wireless PC VR streaming at 90 Hz on the upcoming headset.

‘Star Wars Lightsaber Dojo’ VR Arcade Experience Coming to Locations Worldwide

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ILMxLAB is again teaming up with VR arcade company Nomadic to bring a new version of the ‘Lightsaber Dojo’ from Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series to locations worldwide.

Reality Bytes: Amazon One, New Echo Devices & Square AR

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Reality Bytes is AR Insider’s series that features bite-sized video insights. Running Fridays, it will focus on weekly news recaps and commentary. For an indexed library of data, reports, and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery Pro.

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VR Steampunk Opera ‘Miranda’ Is Visually Stunning But Needs Improvement

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Full-body motion capture offers a unique, but flawed live theater experience. This past weekend marked the debut of Miranda , a VR steampunk opera performed live on-stage by a cast of professional actors operating remotely out of Binghamton, NY.

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Hands-On Review of the Pico G2 4K Enterprise 3DoF VR Headset

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In July, ARPost wrote an article about the Pico G2 4K series of stand-alone 3DoF VR headsets. The headsets represent a rare second-gen model when other industry VR headset manufacturers have moved to 6DoF solutions.

Hands-on: Team Shooter ‘Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds’ Open Beta

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Frostpoint VR: Proving Grounds is inXile Entertainment and Thirdverse’s upcoming team shooter, and although it was supposed to launch into open beta for everyone on Monday, kicking off a three-week period of free 10v10 team shooting action, it’s now officially live, albeit a little bit later than expected for everyone to play.

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Oculus Quest 2 Launch Titles: Every Game Confirmed So Far

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What new titles will you be able to play on October 13th? Here’s our full list of Oculus Quest 2 launch titles (that we know of) to fill you in. Facebook’s new standalone headset is now just under two weeks away.

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Dynamic VR Film ‘Agence’ Lets You Play God With Tiny AI Creatures

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Developing a god complex never felt so good. Ever wonder what it may feel like to play god? To exhibit total control over an environment and its inhabitants using a series of god-like abilities? What kind of omnipotent being would you be? Kind and nurturing, or cruel and unforgiving?