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FTC Sues Facebook Over Alleged Monopolization – What it Could Mean for Oculus

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The United States Federal Trade Commission today announced it has filed a lawsuit with the Washington, D.C. US District Court alleging anticompetitive practices that constitute an illegal monopoly on “personal social networking.”

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Shopping Centers Across The US Are Hosting A Holiday-Themed AR Scavenger Hunt

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One of the largest shopping center in the US is turning to AR to help keep shoppers safe during the holidays.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.12.08): Medal Of Honor close to launch, Snapdragon 888 announced, and much more!

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It’s the day in which in Italy we prepare the Christmas tree and I send an enormous hug to all my family. That said, let me tell you the most important XR news of the last week. Top news of the week. Image by Respawn Entertainment). Medal Of Honor is close to launch but it won’t be the new Alyx.

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Google & Red Bull TV Premier 'The Last Ascent' with Synced AR Experience That Puts Nature in Your Home

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In recent weeks, Google managed to capitalize on the hype surrounding the Star Wars streaming series The Mandalorian with an AR app that was not only exclusive to Android but also available only for 5G-equipped devices.

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Germany Opens Legal Action Against Facebook Account Requirement for Oculus Headsets

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Today, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) announced it was initiating formal abuse proceedings against Facebook for its controversial policy of requiring new Oculus device owners to use a Facebook account.

Google & Red Bull Launch AR-Enhanced On-Demand Video Experience

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Computer vision and AR technology bring Mount Kilimanjaro to life in your living room.

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2021 Predictions: AR Glasses Evolutionary, Not Revolutionary

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A s we approach a new year, it’s time for our annual ritual of synthesizing the lessons from the past twelve months and formulating the outlook for the next twelve. Notably, when kicking off this thought exercise, we realized that several of the topics look similar to last year.

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Valve’s Next Game Rumored to Have Asymmetric PC vs. VR Structure, ‘Citadel’ Codename

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With the release of Half-Life: Alyx , the first single player game from Valve in nine years, the studio has teased that it’s getting back into the swing of making new games.

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AR-Powered Movie-Making App ‘Diorama’ Lets You Drag-And-Drop Digital Props & Effects

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Drag-and-drop digital assets in real-time using LITHO’s AR controller.

Vertigo Games Announces Publishing Agreement for VR Air Guitar Music Game

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Vertigo Games, the multi-platform VR publisher and developer best known for the platinum selling VR shooter Arizona Sunshine, announced today they have entered into a publishing partnership with Anotherway, a newly formed VR studio led by developers with roots at Microsoft Hololens and Activision, for the upcoming VR Air Guitar music game Unplugged.

Oculus Quest 2 Facebook account demand sparks an antitrust investigation

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The fact that the Oculus Quest 2 requires a Facebook account to use has been a point of contention for a lot of VR fans out there, and now it seems that governments are beginning to take notice.

Facebook Slashes Price of Oculus Rift S to $300

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Following the announcement in September that Facebook will discontinue the Rift product line in 2021 , it appears the company is gearing up for a final sendoff by offering its latest PC VR headset, Oculus Rift S, for just $300.

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NEWVIEW Awards Announces Its 25 Finalists, Available Free In VR

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The grand prize winner will walk away with $20,000 USD. Over the course of four months (August 3rd to November 9th), applicants from nine different countries submitted a total of 145 works (59 in AR and 86 in VR) to the 2020 NEWVIEW Awards.

VR training platform Mursion raises $10 million in funding

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Google’s ‘Internet-of-Places’ Inches Forward

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T ech giants see different versions of spatial computing’s future. These visions often trace back to their core businesses. Facebook wants to be the social layer to the spatial web, while Amazon wants to be the commerce layer and Apple wants a hardware-centric multi-device play.

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‘MYST’ for Quest Review – Iconic Point & Click Gameplay Adapted for the Virtual Age

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Originally released on Macintosh in 1993, Myst immersed players in a first-person adventure that was truly ahead of its time, both visually and conceptually.

‘Warhammer 40K: Battle Sister’ Review: A Must-Play For Die-Hard Fans

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In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only VR. This week marked the launch of Warhammer 40,000’s first original VR game, Warhammer 40K: Battle Sister on the Oculus Quest/Quest 2.

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How VR Is Reshaping the Online Gaming Industry

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Over the past decade, online gaming has exploded in popularity. Today, virtual reality promises to take online gaming to new heights as it delivers an immersive interactive experience to gamers around the world. VR companies are developing hardware: helmets, sensor gloves, hand controllers, and more.

Oculus Quest’s YouTube App Gets Hand Tracking

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Google’s YouTube app for Oculus Quest now supports controller-free hand tracking. That means you can browse & watch YouTube’s huge collection of regular and immersive videos with just the headset, no controllers required.

Make Way – ‘Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond’ Needs 340GB to Install and Has Demanding Recommended Specs

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If you’re planning to pick up Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond when it launches this Friday, take note of both the required space and recommended specs.

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VR Military FPS ‘Contractors VR’ Brings Fast-Paced PvP To Oculus Quest

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Caveman Game Studio’s team-based shooter arrives on Quest with new single player and co-op missions.

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SWORDS of GARGANTUA Launches on PlayStation VR

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Thirdverse announced that VR sword-action game SWORDS of GARGANTUA is live on PlayStation VR. Already available for Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive, HTC VIVE COSMOS and Windows Mixed Reality, SWORDS of GARGANTUA is a fan favorite with high ratings and reviews.

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Facebook Slashes $100 Off Of Rift S, But You Shouldn’t Buy It

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Facebook is currently selling the Oculus Rift S for $100 less than its usual price, taking the headset to $299. Don’t maybe don’t jump straight at that offer. This promotion is live now across Facebook’s official store and Newegg and is available in the UK Amazon store for £299 too.

Oculus Unity Plugin Adds Experimental OpenXR Support & Latency-reducing Tech for Quest

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The latest version of the Oculus Integration for Unity, v23, adds experimental OpenXR support for Quest and Quest 2 application development.

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64GB vs. 256GB – Which Oculus Quest 2 Should You Buy?

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Is all that memory really necessary? Well the holidays are just around the corner and what better present to give your family, friends, or even yourself than the Oculus Quest 2 standalone VR headset?

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Lessons in Founding, Running & Selling a Startup

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T here are always valuable lessons and war stories to be heard from startup founders, if you ever get the chance to get them talking. That value amplifies for serial founders. And the takeaways are even greater and more validated from those who have achieved successful exits.

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Cyberpunk 2077 VR Support: Can You Play The Game In VR?

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After 8 long years of waiting, it’s finally here — CD Projekt RED’s sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077 is finally here. But can you play the game in VR? The short answer is no. The game does not currently have any form of VR support, but there are some alternatives.

‘Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond’ Review – War Never Felt so Bland

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Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond has seemingly everything going for it. The backing of Facebook’s VR publishing arm, Oculus Studios, and development by a world-renowned game studio, Respawn Entertainment.

‘VRChat’ Launches Paid Subscription Service With Premium Features

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Early supporters receive a custom badge and additional VRC+ time.

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Data Dive: Can VR Elevate High Finance?

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T hough VR is driven primarily by gaming, it will diversify into several other use cases in the coming years. This is a common path for emerging tech, which often finds its way to utilitarian endpoints. Consider the web’s killer apps: boring things like publishing and communications.

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How To Play Stadia Games Like Cyberpunk 2077 On Oculus Quest

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Cyberpunk 2077 is out now and even though it doesn’t have official VR support for the game itself you can still play it using your VR headset — specifically if you use an Oculus Quest 2 with Google Stadia.