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W hat are the biggest insights and observations in AR and adjacent sectors this week? Welcome to Reality Bytes , featuring lightning-round commentary from AR Insider partner M7 Innovations. Founder Matt Maher lends his insights from the trenches of AR experience creation.

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Early Signs of Quest 2 Traction Materialize

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B y most measures, Oculus Quest 2 is hit. After pre-launch rumors of a cheaper ‘lite” Quest or a more-loaded “Pro” Quest… we ended up getting the best of both: upgraded hardware with a $100 price dip.

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Google’s Internet of Places Materializes

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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 envisions a hardware-centric multi-device play.

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Insanely Popular Rhythm Game ‘Osu!’ Now Playable In VR

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The osu! to AUDICA converter brings millions of new maps to Harmonix’s VR rhythm experience. This weekend the AUDICA modding community revealed its osu!

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Stanford Research Shows VR Users Can Be Identified Using Only 5 Minutes of Motion Data

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Privacy in VR is an ever growing issue, especially now that all new Oculus accounts must login to Facebook with their real identity, which includes anyone who wants to use a Quest 2.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.11.02): PSVR likely not to come in 2021, new info revealed on Decagear, and more!

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I hope you all that celebrate Halloween had a nice time celebrating this holiday! And don’t worry, your favorite ghost will keep haunting you with VR news all over the year, not only during Halloween! Top news of the week. Image by Sony). PSVR 2 is probably coming in 2022 and with a slow transition.

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‘Legends And Lore’ Brings The Classic Dungeons & Dragons Experience To VR

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Tabletop gaming and VR collide in this ambitious cooperative RPG experience. Long before the internet, mobile devices, and VR, gamers would gather in bedrooms, basements, living rooms, and garages and immerse themselves in fantasy worlds via tabletop role-playing games.

Spurred by Quest 2 Launch, ‘VRChat’ Hits Record 24,000 Concurrent Users, More Than Half in VR

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Following a big spike in usage in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, social VR app VRChat has reached a new record of 24,000 concurrent users. Its creators say the surge was driven in part by the launch of Quest 2 and virtual Halloween festivities.

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Nreal currently focusing on Asia, shipping to the West is coming next year

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I have said it multiple times: Nreal is one of the most intriguing AR startups out there. With its lightweight, fashionable and affordable glasses, it has set a new trend for AR, that now many companies are trying to follow.

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Team behind Pixel Ripped 1995 developing anime inspired VR bullet hell game

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ARVORE , the VR studio which developed acclaimed VR titles Pixel Ripped 1995 and The Line, is proud to announce YUKI, an action-packed bullet hell VR game with roguelite mechanics set in a fully original anime universe.

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VR Idle Farmer ‘Portable Farm’ Lets You Tend Crops While Immersed In Other VR Games

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Kill time in VR with this interactive 3D overlay. How many times have you found yourself patiently waiting for friends in the lobby of your favorite VR game? Or looking to kill time during a lengthy load screen?

Microsoft to Expand Azure Kinect’s Computer Vision Tech to Commercial Market

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The technology behind Microsoft’s enterprise-focused computer vision camera, the Azure Kinect developer kit , will soon find its way into commercial products.

Charting a Path to Viable Consumer AR Glasses, Part III

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Charting a Path to Viable Consumer AR Glasses, Part III. The Hope for MicroLED and Laser Scanning Displays. by Jason McDowall. W elcome back to our series on the path to viable consumer AR.

Prison Boss VR is coming to Oculus Quest/Quest 2 on December 3rd!

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TREBUCHET is delighted to announce the imminent arrival of its VR masterpiece Prison Boss VR on Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2! The game will be released on the Oculus marketplace on the 3rd of December and will be priced $19,99.

The World’s Leading VR Soccer Training App Is Now Free On SteamVR

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Challenge footballers across the globe with Rezzil Player 21. VR has absolutely transformed the classroom and when it comes to sports training, it’s like hitting the turbo boost.

Oculus Quest 2 Face Pad Covers Now Available from VR Cover

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If you plan on sweating in your Oculus Quest 2, you’ll either want a few spare facial interfaces hanging around, or a way to cover the stock foam for easier cleaning. VR Cover , a company making VR facial interface covers since 2014, just released their silicone and fabric variants for Quest 2.

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Case Study: GREATS Shoes Uses AR for Brand Lift

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A R continues to evolve and take shape as an industry. Prominent sectors include industrial AR , social , gaming , and shopping. But existing alongside all of them is AR advertising. This includes paid/sponsored AR lenses that let consumers visualize products on “spaces & faces.”.

AMD Zen 3 Ryzen Deep Dive Review: 5950X, 5900X, 5800X and 5700X Tested

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When AMD announced that its new Zen 3 core was a ground-up redesign and offered complete performance leadership, we had to ask them to confirm if that’s exactly what they said.

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Bizarre Interactive VR Performance ‘Scarecrow’ Makes VRChat Debut

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Sngmoo Lee’s immersive theater experience puts you face-to-face with a real actor in VR.

Lynx MR Headset Delayed to Late 2020 but Aims for Lower Price, Ultraleap Hand-tracking

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Lynx R-1, the upcoming standalone MR headset, has been delayed to late 2020, but a new update from the company says they’re targeting a lower price and now including Ultraleap hand-tracking.

New Guidelines for Developers: XR Software Should Be Accessible for Users With Disabilities

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XR software and applications have progressed tremendously during the last few years, in terms of sound and graphic quality. However, developers have constantly overlooked a critical aspect in building enterprise or personal use apps: accessibility for users with disabilities. Now, on the 75th anniversary of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month, celebrated in October, the XR Association (XRA) made a significant update to its guidelines to include this aspect.

Incredible VR Movie Spheres Is Coming To Oculus Quest With Hand-Tracking

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One of the best VR movies yet released, Spheres, is on its way to Oculus Quest soon. The movie, which first came to the Oculus Rift in November 2018, has been listed in the Coming Soon section of the Oculus Store.

‘Z-Race’ Aims To Reinvent Competitive VR Racing Using Atomic Physics

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Face off against seven other racers in this F-Zero-esque racer with real-world driving mechanics. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: VR is in desperate need of more quality racing games.

Cas & Chary Present: Awesome Things to Do in VR Other Than Gaming

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When it comes to consumer VR headsets, gaming is clearly on of the most common use-cases. However, there are so many other things that are compelling and fun to do in VR. In this video and article, I share things you can do in VR other than gaming that I enjoy. Cas & Chary Present.

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Apple Announces Event for November 10th: Arm-Based Macs Expected

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We don’t normally publish news posts about Apple sending out RSVPs for product launch events, but this one should be especially interesting. This morning Apple has sent notice that they’re holding an event next Tuesday dubbed “One more thing.”

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Editorial: Sony Is Letting PSVR Owners (And The Industry) Down In The Transition To PS5

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You’ve probably heard this one before, but 2020 didn’t go exactly the way we thought it would. No, I’m not talking about that , though it does weigh into the equation a little.

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Twitch And EDM Stars To Compete In VR Tournament Of Upcoming VR MOBA ‘Cradle Of Sins’

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Steve Aoki and xQc take on Headhunterz and Sodapoppin in this star-studded competition.

‘Thief Simulator VR’ Launches Out of Early Access Tomorrow, Trailer Here

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After a year in Steam Early Access, Thief Simulator VR is officially slated to launch tomorrow, November 5th. Developed by GameBoom VR and published by PlayGames, a prolific publisher of simulator genre titles, Thief Simulator VR is set to launch its 1.0 version on Steam tomorrow.

Intel’s Discrete GPU Era Begins: Intel Launches Iris Xe MAX For Entry-Level Laptops

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Today may be Halloween, but what Intel is up to is no trick. Almost a year after showing off their alpha silicon, Intel’s first discrete GPU in over two decades has been released and is now shipping in OEM laptops.

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How The Developers Of Superhot VR And Pistol Whip Unlock The Power Of Oculus Quest 2

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We talk to the people behind Superhot and Pistol Whip on how Oculus’s latest headset, the Quest 2, allowed them to up their game and improve performance. UploadVR regularly commissions freelance writers to review products, write stories, and contribute op-ed pieces to the site.

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‘Horror Bar VR’ Is A Grotesque Zombie Bar Simulator Perfect For Halloween

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Serve up disgusting brain burgers and bloody drinks to your flesh-hungry patrons.