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Facebook Rolling Out ‘Venues’ Beta On Oculus Quest, New Lobby And Social Features


Oculus Venues receives a major update with Facebook Horizon-like avatars. Facebook has begun rolling out early access to their new-and-improved Oculus Venues app, introducing a a handful of social features aimed at paving the way for the upcoming Facebook Horizon social platform.

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Daniel Beauchamp inspires us to do more crazy experiments in VR

The Ghost Howls

In 4 days it will be the 4th birthday of my blog, and so in this period, I want to write some special posts to celebrate. One of them is today’s article, where I interview one of the people whose work has inspired me the most this year: Daniel Beauchamp.

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Oculus Social VR App ‘Venues’ to Get Overhaul in Preparation for ‘Facebook Horizon’

Road to VR

Oculus Venues only landed on Quest back in June, uniting Quest and Go users under the same social VR event viewing platform. Now it appears Facebook is giving the app a makeover in preparation for their upcoming flagship social VR offering, Facebook Horizon.

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Expert View: Eroding the Barrier to Entry in Game Development

Tech Trends VR

By Ela Darling, co-founder of Gamelodge. The process of building an indie video game, especially for Virtual Reality, can be an arduous years-long endeavor. Becoming a professional game developer takes years of specialized study, building connections, and mastering emerging technology, with the reward of working in an exciting creative field. Like any industry, it takes focus and dedication to become a pro. But this barrier of entry can be a limitation on new, diverse game concepts.

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Kai XR: Bringing VR To The Classroom, One Headset At A Time


Kai XR offers students a unique look into their futures. Kai Frazier is a woman on a mission who wants to know why we aren’t building technology for children. The dedicated Techstars entrepreneur has always shown a passion for the difficult, yet rewarding work of teaching students.

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Celebrity-backed VR Destination ‘Sandbox VR’ Falters as US Subsidiary Files for Bankruptcy

Road to VR

Virtual reality arcades and other out-of-home VR destinations have been some of the worst affected businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sandbox VR, one of the most well-funded in the industry, has been no exception, as the company’s US-based subsidiary filed for bankruptcy recently.

A Look at the 5G Open Innovation Lab and One of Their Newest Graduates – Taqtile


There’s a lot of buzz around 5G internet. While it’s already rolled out to some devices in some cities, it’s still a myth to most of us. The good news is that there’s an organization looking to deliver a functional 5G ecosystem by the time 5G rolls around.

Room-Scale VR Adventure ‘Eye Of The Temple’ Has You Dodging Traps Like Indiana Jones


Physically walk, balance, and whip your way through this uniquely physical VR puzzle platformer. After four years of development, Danish independent game developer Rune Skovbo Johansen has finally released a playable demo for his long-awaited room-scale VR experience, Eye of the Temple , offering players the chance to step into the shoes of Indiana Jones and physically walk, balance, dodge, and whip their way through a temples worth of vertigo-inducing environments using their own two feet.

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.10): Valve Index gains market share, Hitman 3 is coming to PSVR and more!

The Ghost Howls

It’s a sunny Summer day here, and many people are in vacation. But XR never stops, so here below you’ll find the roundup of the most interesting news of the past week. Before leaving you to it, I want to remind you that in 5 days it will be my blog’s birthday! This year I’m unsure what to do… I’m thinking about a Reddit AMA, but if you have a better idea, please tell me! Top news of the week. Valve Index and Oculus Quest gain PC VR market shares.

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Valve Index Back Orders Now Just ‘2 to 4 weeks’, The Lowest in Months

Road to VR

The Valve Index supply seems to be normalizing somewhat after the big COVID-19 world manufacturing slowdown, as all supported countries are now seeing shipping dates ranging from just two to four weeks on some packages. Although the full Valve Index VR Kit still shows “8 or more weeks” across the board, the Index headset itself and the headset + controller combo are now estimated to ship in between just two to four weeks in all supported countries.

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DARPA virtual dogfight will include battle between AI and human pilot


DARPA has revealed its plans for the final of three AlphaDogfight Trials, a competition that will — this time around — take place entirely online. Anyone will be able to register and stream the competition, giving them a chance to see the latest and greatest artificial intelligence algorithms compete against each other in fighter jets, as well as against a … Continue reading. Archive AI aircraft DARPA Military virtual reality VR

Lenovo VR Classroom 2 Updates Aim To Simplify VR Education


Looking at the future of immersive education in a post COVID-19 world. Hong Kong-based tech company Lenovo recently announced several game-changing updates to its VR education platform designed to assist schools in creating blended learning curriculums using their Lenovo VR Classroom 2 headset powered by ThinkReality , Lenovo’s AR/VR enterprise software platform.

Hitman VR Is Gamepad-Only, PSVR Exclusive At Launch

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The upcoming VR support for IO Interactive’s Hitman 3 looks to be exclusive to PSVR for now, and won’t use the headset’s Move motion controllers.

Varjo Raises $54M Financing to Support Its Retina-Quality VR/AR Headsets for Enterprise

Road to VR

Varjo, the Helsinki, Finland-based creators of high pixel density VR/AR headsets for enterprise, today announced it’s closed a $54 million Series C funding round. The company says it will use the funds to accelerate the global expansion and development of its XR hardware and software products. Investors include Tesi, NordicNinja, Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank, Lifeline Ventures, Atomico, EQT Ventures and Volvo Cars Tech Fund.

Micron Spills on GDDR6X: PAM4 Signaling For Higher Rates, Coming to NVIDIA’s RTX 3090

Anand Tech

It would seem that Micron this morning has accidentally spilled the beans on the future of graphics card memory technologies – and outed one of NVIDIA’s next-generation RTX video cards in the process.

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Virtual Pokémon Theme Park Open To The Public For A Limited Time


Pikachu dance shows, live battles, and Pokémon-themed carnival games galore. Today marks the start of the Pokémon Virtual Fest , an online-only Pokémon-themed event composed of multiple games, rides, and performances centered around the iconic Japanese franchise. The app is in Japanese, which can make it difficult to navigate at times, but not impossible. Besides, what lies beyond the gates of this digital amusement park is definitely worth some minor frustration.

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New Beat Saber Music Teased For August 17

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Facebook-owned Beat Games teased new music for its hit VR rhythm title Beat Saber. The official Beat Saber Twitter account teased “new music coming soon” with the specific time of August 17 at 6 am Pacific listed in an image.

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Nreal AR Glasses to Begin Shipping Next Week to Consumers in Korea

Road to VR

Nreal is getting ready to ship its Nreal Light AR headset to consumers in South Korea. The sunglasses-style AR headset is optionally being bundled with the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 20 in that country. As reported by The Verge , Nreal is now taking pre-orders from Korea-based consumers, available through Korean telecom LG Uplus. Light AR will be available in stores there starting August 21st.

Who’s Waging the Wearables Wars? Part VI: Snap

AR Insider

“Wearables Wars” is AR Insider’s mini-series that examines how today’s wearables will pave the way and prime consumer markets for AR glasses. Each installment will profile a different tech leader’s moves and motivations in wearables. For more, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

Psychedelic Choose-Your-Own VR Adventure ‘Terminus’ Available Now On Oculus Rift


Explore five mind-bending realms that will have you questioning your reality. Commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, TERMINUS —a five-part VR experience developed by New Zealand-based artists Jess Johnson and Simon Ward—is now available on Oculus Rift and Oculus Rift S, offering a truly bizarre psychedelic experience in which players explore five other-worldly realms filled with impossible architecture, unsettling digital creatures, and a whole bunch of WTF visuals.

Muse Simulation Theory VR Concert Experience Coming Exclusively To Oculus Quest

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Stage Inc., creators of the the virtual entertainment app Stageverse , announced that rock band Muse will be bringing their 2019 Simulation Theory tour to virtual reality as part of a new experience developed for mobile devices and VR.

Cas & Chary Present: Top 10 ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Mods So Far

Road to VR

Half-Life: Alyx’s Workshop Tools for modding have been out for a while now. This is a set of software utilities that allow anyone to create and install custom add-ons for the game and there’s already plenty to choose from. We tried out a bunch of mods to find out which are worth playing. Cas & Chary Present. Cas and Chary VR is a YouTube channel hosted by Netherland-based duo Casandra Vuong and Chary Keijzer who have been documenting their VR journeys since 2016.

Intel Brand Tie-ins: New Avengers Packaging Gives You a New Box To Play With

Anand Tech

When buying a new processor, what’s the first thing to look for? Price? Performance? Frames per Second? The Box? Intel’s new brand tie-in with Marvel’s Avengers now seems official, according to the @IntelGraphics twitter handle.

Nreal Light AR Smart Glasses Will Be Bundled With Latest Samsung And LG Smartphones


Nreal’s smartphone-powered consumer AR headset finally arrive this month in Korea. Available now for pre-order, the Nreal Light AR smart glasses connect with compatible Android smartphones to bring your favorite apps, such as Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Google Chrome, to life in augmented reality.

Is AR Navigation Coming Next from Apple?

AR Insider

“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 subsector of AR we continue to bet on is 3D navigation.

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‘Vox Machinae’ Quietly Added New Mechs, Weapons, & Co-op in Updates, Studio Has “Ambitious plans” for the Future

Road to VR

The 2018 early access launch of VR mech game Vox Machinae may feel like a distant memory by now, but it still stands as perhaps the most immersive VR mech game to date. Updates over the last two years have added co-op modes, a helpful cross-platform friends list, gameplay-changing ‘modules’, new mechs, weapons, and more. Developer Space Bullet tells us it isn’t done yet; the studio teases “ambitious plans” for the game’s eventual 1.0 launch and beyond.

Oculus Venues Revamp To Add Lobby And ‘More Social Features’

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Facebook confirmed it is testing a “new and improved version” of its Venues software with a limited group of people on Oculus Quest that will add a lobby to meet up with friends and fans “as well as more social features.”.

Apoc-Olympians Battle The Walking Dead In Olympic-Style VR Competition


Twitch and YouTube influencers battle it out in The Apocalypse Games. One of 2020’s biggest and most-anticipated summer sporting events is finally here, and it will bring the most prestigious athletes together to compete for honor, grace, and glory. Nope, I’m not talking about the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Those have been postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19. .

VRCollab app is helping builders adapt to new normal after the pandemic

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Using VRCollab, builders are able to coordinate on projects, inspect, and review building designs in real-time. Image courtesy VRCollab.). VRCollab , a remote meeting and collaboration app that lets users in the construction industry coordinate and collaborate on projects in real-time from different construction sites and offices, has witnessed a twice-and-a-half increase in monthly signups during the coronavirus pandemic related lockdowns.

Facebook Researchers Develop Bleeding-edge Facial Reconstruction Tech So You Can Make Goofy Faces in VR

Road to VR

Facebook Reality Labs, the company’s R&D division, has been leading the charge on making virtual reality avatars realistic enough to cross the dreaded ‘uncanney valley’ New research from the group aims to support novel facial expressions so that your friends will accurately see your silly faces VR.