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Facebook to Begin Testing Ads Inside Paid VR Games

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Facebook has made no secret of the fact that ads are coming to its Oculus VR platform in some capacity.

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XpertVR Offers Free Webinars on Using VR in Education

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Virtual reality has spread in almost all aspects of our lives. There are many businesses that use it for product design, architectural design, and big data visualization. There are also increasing applications of VR in education and training.

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XR Talks: AR is All About Location, Part II

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A s we examine in our ongoing Space Race series, one of AR’s most opportune areas is geospatial experiences. Because AR’s inherent function is to enhance the physical world, its relevance is often tied to specific locations. This is a foundational principle of the AR cloud.

Competitive VR NERF Game Coming To Oculus Quest In 2022

VRScout

Go head-to-head with other players armed with NERF dart guns in a futuristic colosseum surrounded by cheering fans. The NERF company changed the way we played when they introduced the “world’s first indoor ball” back in 1969, selling millions within the first year.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

The XR Week Peek (2021.06.14): Facebook buys BigBox VR and plans to sell 18-20M Quests in 2022, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

I’m very tired because yesterday I was ironing out bugs on HitMotion: Reloaded together with the game designer Max until 3.40 in the morning, but in the end, the first alpha demo is over and it will launch as promised on June, 16th!

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Niantic Primes Its Lightship AR Engine for Transformers Game, Global Launch Slated for 2021

Next Reality AR

With the tagline "More Than Meets the Eye," the Transformers franchise was pretty much preordained to have its own augmented reality game, and AR gaming pioneer Niantic has stepped up to fulfill that destiny.

Former NASA Engineer Developing VR ‘Donkey Kong’ Game

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A former member of the VR Lab at NASA’s JSC is working on a VR rendition of the classic Nintendo game and it looks absolutely incredible. When you think about which classic arcade games would make for amazing VR experiences, Donkey Kong immediately comes to mind.

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HitMotion: Reloaded has been launched on SideQuest!

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I’m very happy to announce that HitMotion: Reloaded, the XR fitness game that we of New Technology Walkers are developing, has finally been launched for Oculus Quest! It is now available on SideQuest at this link and will come soon on App Lab (as soon as it will be approved).

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Target Price Drop Brings Oculus Quest 2 to $250

Road to VR

Launched back in October 2020, Oculus Quest 2 effectively set the bar for standalone VR headsets by delivering a high-quality experience at a relatively low price. Now, for a limited time, you can nab a Quest 2 for $50 off from Target.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Facebook Starts Advertising In Virtual Reality

Upload VR

Facebook is beginning to test advertising in virtual reality. The “small test of in-headset ads” is starting with Blaston from Resolution Games, and “a couple other developers that will be rolling out over the coming weeks.”

Oculus Quest Update Adds Multitasking, Mic Swap, And More!

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Oculus software update v30 introduces long-awaited features to accessibility, party chat, and Infinite Office. Earlier today, Facebook announced the rollout of its v30 on the Oculus Quest platform, which introduces a handful of highly-anticipated improvements as well as a few pleasant surprises.

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Is Ubiquitous AR a Decade Away?

AR Insider

O ne of the key lessons that the AR (and VR) industry learned after its circa-2017 hype cycle is that’s it’s generally not a good idea to set overblown expectations. Many companies and investors got burned from believing that AR’s revolutionary impact was imminent.

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The 20 Best Rated & Most Popular Quest Games & Apps – June 2021

Road to VR

While Oculus doesn’t offer much publicly in the way of understanding how well individual apps are performing across its VR storefronts, it’s possible to glean some insight by looking at apps relative to each other. Here’s a snapshot of the top 20 Oculus Quest games and apps as of June 2021.

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Blaston Review Bombed After Facebook Ad Announcement

Upload VR

Dozens of user-generated reviews this week gave 1-star to dueling shooter Blaston to critique Facebook’s upcoming virtual reality advertising test.

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‘Jupiter Invincible’ Is An AR Comic Book With A Powerful Story

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After a freak lightning storm, Jupiter wakes up with superpowers he uses to help rectify racial injustice and inequality.

Catching Up With 8th Wall: Release 16, IAB’s AR Board, Tetavi Integration, and Carolina Herrera WebAR Experience

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Experts agree: it’s been too long since ARPost talked to 8th Wall. It’s been a busy past few months for all of us and their team is definitely no exception.

‘ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos’ Episode Yamato DLC Comes to Quest, Trailer Here

Road to VR

ALTDEUS: Beyond Chronos (2020) , the anime-style narrative adventure from Japan-based studio MyDearest , has finally released its paid DLC ‘Episode Yamato’ on the Oculus Store for Quest.

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‘Breakthrough’ Pancake Lenses Could Bring Compact Headsets

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Kopin revealed the first all-plastic pancake lenses, which it says can enable much more compact VR headset designs. This major breakthrough represents a foundational milestone for the emerging VR markets.

Our Favorite VR Game Announcements From E3 2021

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The Upload VR Showcase returns with new information on 18 killer VR games. Yesterday, Upload hosted its third annual E3 VR Showcase as part of IGN’s Summer of Gaming event, revealing a generous amount of new information for 18 VR games on Oculus Quest, PlayStation VR, and SteamVR headsets.

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Breath of the Wild 2 takes Link back to the skies with a 2022 launch window

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A new trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 revealed new questions, abilities, and a new look for Link. Gaming News breath of the wild Breath of the wild 2 e3 2021 Nintendo The Legend of Zelda the legend of zelda breath of the wild 2

Exclusive Preview – ‘A Township Tale’ is Bringing Deep Crafting to Quest

Road to VR

A Township Tale is an intriguing MMO-like VR game that’s been in early access on PC since 2018 and is heading to Oculus Quest next month. We got an exclusive tour around the Quest version of the game by developer Alta.

Full Course Golf Coming To Oculus Quest 2, Beta Signup Available

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Topgolf with Pro Putt is getting full swing courses, and you can sign up for the beta today. The game, currently only available on Oculus Quests, initially launched in May 2020 as a putting-only experience. In November it added a full swing driving range with Topgolf minigames.

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‘Larcenauts’ Is The VR Hero Shooter We Need Right Now

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Impulse Gear’s class-based team shooter is now available on Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift. Coming soon to SteamVR. If there’s one genre of VR that players never tire of, it’s first-person shooters.

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Will Mobile AR Revenues Reach $26 Billion by 2025?

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New Study Projects Mobile AR Revenue to Reach $26.05 Billion by 2025. ARtillery Intelligence publishes five-year mobile AR outlook. –. SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2021: ARtillery Intelligence today released a new report that projects mobile AR annual revenue to grow from $6.87 billion in 2020 to $26.05

‘Pistol Whip’ is Getting a Modifier System & ‘Smoke & Thunder’ Campaign This Summer

Road to VR

Pistol Whip (2020) , the action rhythm-shooter from Cloudhead Games, is getting a update this summer that will bring both a so-called ‘Styles System’, which aims to remix gameplay by letting you choose from a number of new modifiers, and the game’s next Western-themed campaign.

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PhotonLens Holds Launch Event for Flagship AR Glasses

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The company PhotonLens was announced in November of 2020 to bring consumer AR to the world, specifically the Americas and Europe. At the time of the announcement, some technical details were announced for the flagship “Photons” product, but a release date had not yet been made available.

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Report: PlayStation VR 2 Will Launch Next Holiday Season

VRScout

The follow-up to Sony’s 2016 console VR headset will feature Samsung Display OLED panels.

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Spatial Beats: Apple, Sony & Fresh AR Funding

AR Insider

W elcome back to Spatial Beats. This week we look at WWDC takeaways, PSVR showcase, Tribecca’s immersive slate, and some fresh funding for spatial players. Let’s dive in… The Tribeca Film Festival’s always impressive immersive offering is back in hybrid form.

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‘Larcenauts’ Review-in-progress – Bringing the Hero Shooter to VR

Road to VR

Four years after its acclaimed title Farpoint , developer Impulse Gear is back with a new VR game, Larcenauts. This time around it’s something very different: a multiplayer-only hero shooter with strong Overwatch vibes.