Sat.Jan 20, 2018 - Fri.Jan 26, 2018

The Key Technology Behind Varjo’s High-res ‘Bionic Display’ Headset

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Varjo is a relatively new name to the VR scene, but the company is certainly making a buzz, having quickly raised some $15 million in venture capital touting the promise of delivering a VR headset achieving retina resolution at the center of the field of view. But how exactly does it work?

The Empowering VR Story of an All Female Brigade Fighting ISIS


Sun Ladies VR makes its debut at Sundance. Making its debut at Sundance this week, the roughly seven-minute immersive live-action documentary brings you face-to-face with a troop of Yazidi women fighters.

VR Mech Combat Game Vox Machinae Returns With Hand Controls


Remember Vox Machinae? It was a solid-looking mech action game on its way to the Oculus Rift. We first noticed it all the way back in 2016 but it since disappeared from the spotlight and, frankly, we’d forgotten all about it. But now it’s back with some big improvements.

End Space Coming to Oculus Rift January 25th


The wildly successful End Space VR on the Gear VR is coming to the Oculus Rift tomorrow, January 25th, and the HTC Vive in February. End Space may not have the top-end graphics of the likes of Eve: Valkyrie, however, the game is priced at only $14.99

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A Glimpse of the New Vive Pro Controllers & SteamVR Tracking 2.0 Base Stations

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While HTC is planning to launch the Vive Pro headset itself starting in Q1, the full package including the headset, controllers, and new SteamVR Tracking 2.0 base stations won’t come until later in the year.

‘Wolves in the Walls’ Marks a New Chapter for Interactive Narrative VR


Fable Studio’s long-awaited Wolves in the Walls carries the banner of Story Studio with its Sundance debut.

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Disney Movies VR Experience


With the recent success of Disney's latest Star Wars movie The Last Jedi. Disney brings us Disney Movies VR , but is it any good? The Disney Movies VR experience is a short collection of experiences highlighting some of most popular Disney movies, such as: Jungle Book. Captain America. Star Wars. Disney Movies VR - The GOOD. It is FREE. 3D Menus are cool. The snake scene is nicely done in 3D. Disney Movies VR - The BAD. Videos are 360-degrees spherical video without head tracking.

Oculus Research Reveals New Multi-focal Display Tech

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Oculus Research, the company’s R&D division, recently published a paper that goes deeper into their eye tracking-assisted, multi-focal display tech, detailing the creation of something they dub a “perceptual” testbed.

VR & AR Goes For Gold At 2018 Winter Olympic Games


You can experience the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in entirely new ways. The 2018 Winter Olympic Games is getting a big technology boost when it opens on February 9th in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The Biggest Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Releases Of The Week 01/21/17


If you’ve been starved for content so far in 2018 then good news; the content drought ends here. This week is packed full with interesting VR experiences you should be checking out. If you missed last week’s releases, they’re right here.

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Tencent invests in film and VR maker Skydance Media, the company behind Archangel

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Lytro Picks up Limitless Team to Build Tools to Work With Light-fields in Game Engines

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Limitless, a company developing content and tools for creating cinematic VR experiences, has joined Lytro to build out tools for combining light-fields and real-time rendering directly in game engines.

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7 Must-Have Samsung Gear VR Apps and Experiences


It may be hard to believe but its been four years since Samsung and Oculus first announced their smartphone-powered Gear VR headset. Since then, Marvel has released not one but two Guardians of The Galaxy films that people actually love. I’m not sure which impresses me more.

Epic Games Acquires Cloud Computing Company Cloudgine


Epic Games, the company behind popular VR-compatible videogame development engine, Unreal Engine, today announced that it is to acquire cloud computing company Cloudgine for an undisclosed sum.

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Darren Aronofsky produced VR Experience lands a massive seven-figure deal at Sundance.

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Executive produced by Darren Aronofsky , Ari Handel , and Jessica Chastain , who also serves as the narrator and with an original score comes from Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon the minds behind the Stranger Things, Spheres just landed a massive seven-figure deal at Sundance.

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U.S. Olympic Athletes Are Using Virtual Reality to Train for Events

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Ski & Snowboard Association, the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding, announced a partnership with Menlo Park-based STRIVR Labs to use VR to help prepare for and recover from World Cup and Olympic events.

The Future of VR Headsets Is Wireless With Inside-Out Tracking


CES ushers in next-generation VR headsets with inside-out tracking. Aside from the lights going out and what seemed like days of rain, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was the place to be if you wanted a sneak peek of new VR headsets dropping this year.

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The PC Port For Fantastic Beasts VR Isn’t So Magical


When Fantastic Beasts VR released in 2016 with the Google Daydream headset there was a lot of excitement around the potential for a fully-fledged non-mobile VR adaptation.

The new Paul George Nike and Playstation colab is the shoe for your VR future.

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Paul George considers himself one of the biggest gamers in the NBA. Ever since getting his PS2 for Christmas as a kid, he has always wanted to work with Playstation. This collaboration has been a long time coming.

Facebook Open-sources ‘Detectron’ Computer Vision Algorithm for AR Research

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Facebook announced this week the open-sourcing of Detectron , the company’s platform for computer vision object detection algorithm based on a deep learning framework.

VRChat User Has Terrifying Seizure In-Game


Users gather in concern as full-body tracking captures every moment of one individuals intense ordeal. Anyone unfortunate enough to have to deal regularly with episodes of paralyzing convulsions brought on by seizures knows how terrifying the process can be.

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BlackShield: Upora Story Review – Pretty (But) Empty VR Shooting


BlackShield: Upora Story is one of those games that seemed to appear from thin air. Developed by Chinese studio V-Sensory, the game’s Steam page touts impressive visuals and fast-paced action with dual-wielding weapons.

PlayStation VR exclusive Pop-Up Pilgrims comes to our hearts in time for Valentines Day.

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Plex Media Server Now Lets Daydream Users Watch in VR, Including Social Viewing

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Plex, the media server software that lets you stream your own video, music, and photos to a bevy of devices, is coming to VR with its latest Daydream app, Plex VR.

Google’s Experiment With Web-Based Augmented Reality


Google reveals new prototype that lets you share interactive augmented reality assets online. Reza Ali and Josh Carpenter work on Google’s Daydream WebXR team—a group working to integrate more virtual and augmented reality elements into everyday web browsing.

This AR App Brings Pulp Fiction Characters Into Your Living Room


Ever wanted to dance alongside John Travolta and Uma Thurman in that scene from Pulp Fiction? This AR app could one day bring it right to you. Volume is a new experience made by Or Fleisher and Shirin Anlen that brings recognizes 2D images in movies and projects them into a 3D space.

The 2018 GDC survey shows that interest may now be waning for VR development.

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The 2018 Game Developers Conference (GDC) has released the results of the sixth annual State of the Industry Survey, revealing trends in the games industry ahead of GDC 2018 this March.

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Compact Portable Motion Simulator ‘Yaw VR’ Launches on Kickstarter

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Claiming to be “the world’s most compact and affordable VR motion simulator,” Yaw VR is a 3DoF motion system using a spherical dome design that allows for unlimited, 360-degree yaw movement and 50 degrees across the horizontal axes.

The Lightsaber VR Rhythm Game Of Your Dreams


Curious about what a Jedi moonlighting as a club DJ might look like? Well wonder no more. Most rhythm games tend to follow the same general formula: Trigger a particular note/sound at its designated point in the corresponding timeline in the hopes of building up combos for maximum points.

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Xing Dev On Poor Sales: ‘We Are Depending On PlayStation Launch To Be Successful’


The developer of visually enticing VR adventure game, Xing: The Land Beyond , is placing all its hopes on the upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR (PSVR) release after disappointing PC sales.

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Primetime Emmy® Award-winning developer Secret Location and publisher Archiact have joined forces to bring the unabashed bullet hell mayhem of Blasters of the Universe to PlayStation®VR. Available on Feb.