Sat.Dec 26, 2020 - Fri.Jan 01, 2021

The New York Times’ Famous Crossword Puzzle Now Available In AR

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NYT’s Shattered Crosswords can be accessed via the Effects tab of its Instagram account. Puzzler fans rejoice. The beloved New York Times crossword puzzle is now available in AR, offering fans of the long-running daily puzzle the chance to test their word skills in a whole new way.

Magic Leap Made Me Cry, Probably for the Last Time. Here's Why That's the Good News

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A lot of digital ink has been spilled heaping scorn on Magic Leap. Much of that media schadenfreude was due to what some believed were unmet promises versus some of the early hype around the product.

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Data Dive: Signs of VR Rebound Emerge

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S everal market factors have converged over the past year to create fertile ground for VR. It’s Covid-aligned in that it supports remote communication and escapism. VR also piggybacks on broader inflections in gaming. These demand signals coincide with the catalyst that is Quest 2.

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Celebrate the new year in VRChat with Jean-Michel Jarre!

The Ghost Howls

Virtual events have had a blast this year, with some performances that have become very successful, like the concert in Fortnite by Travis Scott, The Burning Man Festival in Altspace VR, or the Tomorrowland concert.

Virtual Concerts Need A “Banksy Style” Hijacking Says Electronic Music Pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre

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A deep dive into VR concerts, what’s happening in the industry, and hopes for the future. As 2020 draws to a close, I continue to search for the next killer app combining music and technology in the context of virtual concerts.

Exclusive: Tundra Tracker Aims for Smaller, Cheaper Alternative to Vive Tracker for SteamVR Tracking

Road to VR

Tundra Labs , which makes chips and development kits for devices which use SteamVR Tracking, is building its own tracking accessory for the tracking ecosystem. The company is positioning its Tundra Tracker as a smaller, cheaper, and better alternative to HTC’s Vive Tracker.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.12.28): Flight Simulator VR released, a new hack lets you use Quest without Facebook, and more!

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Happy Holidays , my dear AR/VR community! Even if these should be holidays, my will to inform you is not in vacation, so here you are my roundup of the best AR/VR news for this week.

The Best VR Games & Apps To Kick Off The New Year

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Start the new year off right with these physically and mentally challenging experiences. Let’s be honest, 2020 has been an absolute nightmare.

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The 20 Best Rated & Most Rated Quest Games & Apps – December 2020

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 December 2020.

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20 for ’20: Good Milestones in a Bad Year

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20 Really Good Things that Happened in XR in 2020. by Ori Inbar. 2 020 was undeniably hard.

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Integration of AR Into Your B2B Marketing Strategy and Its Challenges

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“When we get to [the augmented reality] world, a lot of the things we think about as physical objects today, like a TV for displaying an image, will actually just be $1 apps in an AR app store.” — Mark Zuckerberg.

Yahoo’s AR Punishments Are The Perfect Way To End The Playoffs

VRScout

Embarrass your leagues last-place-finisher with these hilarious 3D visuals. League punishments are a staple within the fantasy football community.

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‘VRChat’ Hosts 24-hour Ball Drop & Live Music to Ring in the New Year

Road to VR

Many social VR platforms are playing host to informal New Year’s Eve parties, with users banding together to ring in the new year. VRChat is going the extra mile this year though to put on a 24-hour NYE bash that includes ball drops on the hour and live music so everyone can celebrate.

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Gorgeous Ico-Like VR Game Mare Is Coming To Quest Soon

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The first new Oculus Quest game announcement of 2021 is the visually-stunning Mare. Mare was actually announced years back now but recently reappeared in the coming soon section of the Oculus Quest store.

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How artificial intelligence will be used in 2021

TechCrunch VR

Scale AI CEO Alexandr Wang doesn’t need a crystal ball to see where artificial intelligence will be used in the future. He just looks at his customer list. The four-year-old startup, which recently hit a valuation of more than $3.5

‘Ven VR Adventure’ Review: A Fun But Familiar Platformer

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If you ever wanted Crash Bandicoot in VR, look no further. You wouldn’t of thought VR could make a good home for platformers, but we’ve seen some surprisingly innovative experiences in the last few years.

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VR Comfort Settings Checklist & Glossary for Developers and Players Alike

Road to VR

For those who have been playing or developing VR content for years, it might seem ‘obvious’ what kind of settings are expected to be included for player comfort. Yet for new players and developers alike, the confusing sea of VR comfort terms is far from straightforward.

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VR Games 2021: 38 Titles We Can’t Wait To Play

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What are the biggest VR games coming in 2021? We’ve got you covered with our list of 38 titles coming next year. 2021 is set to be a huge year for this new medium with the Oculus Quest 2 now out and PC VR continuing on.

VR Fitness Insider’s 2020 VR Fitness Awards

VR Fitness

The thought of a new year always brings anticipation and excitement, but this year it’s especially true as 2020 will go down in history as one of those seasons of life most people will be thrilled to have behind them.

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How Much Space Do You Need To Use Oculus Quest 2?

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From stationary mode to room-scale, here’s what you need to know. With Christmas 2020 officially in the rear view mirror, a new wave of Oculus Quest 2 users now find themselves enjoying all the incredible games and apps available on Facebook’s magical standalone VR headset.

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11 VR Games We’re Looking Forward to in 2021

Road to VR

Despite the world grinding to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, indie game studios and ‘AAA’ studios alike continued their work from afar and set new bars for VR gaming.

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Hitman 3’s VR Team Is 10 – 12 People Plus QA, Says IO

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Hitman 3’s VR support was built up by a surprisingly small number of developers – just 10 to 12 people worked on the integration. That is according to a recent Game Informer article talking about the assassin sim’s new VR support.

Can AR Drive Local Business Foot Traffic?

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A R continues to show up on the list of emerging tech that helps local businesses boost revenue. Last week, we examined Uptown Networks’ AR-fueled restaurant gifting program. This follows a longer-running program from Niantic to help small businesses (SMBs) drive foot traffic.

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Study by “Compare The Market” Finds Surging Interest in “Virtual Travel”

ARPost

The global COVID-19 pandemic has meant a lot less travel – particularly leisure travel. A recent study sheds light on one way that some people might be trying to adapt: virtual travel. About the Study.

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5 Tips for Buying Quest 2 Accessories to Make Your Life Easier

Road to VR

Oculus Quest 2 has everything you need in the box to get playing an awesome selection of VR games. Once you’ve owned it for a few weeks though, you may be looking to reduce the headset’s inherent pain points with some aftermarket stuff.

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Cybershoes for Oculus Quest Impressions: Surprisingly Effective VR Movement

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Cybershoes for Oculus Quest give you the means to move convincingly in VR using your actual legs without ever needing to physical stand up from your chair. And, believe it or not, it actually does a pretty good job. Here are our first impressions of the Cybershoes for Oculus Quest.

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2021 Predictions: Enterprise AR’s Tipping Point Pushes Back

AR Insider

A s we enter 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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Book Review: Mark Pesce’s “Augmented Reality: Unboxing Tech’s Next Big Thing”

ARPost

Mark Pesce’s book Augmented Reality: Unboxing Tech’s Next Big Thing comes to shelves in January, but Polity Books put an advance copy in our hands at ARPost. The book takes a long look at augmented reality’s past in an attempt to warn us about its potential future.

Buy Oculus Quest 2 Today & Get a $15 Gift Card from NewEgg

Road to VR

Oculus Quest 2 has been backordered at major online retailers since before Christmas. If you act now though, you may just be able to snag one and start playing next week, all with an added bonus of a $15 gift card for future purchases at NewEgg.

VR Fitness Platform Holofit Coming To Oculus Quest

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Another VR fitness platform is on its way to Oculus Quest. This time it’s Holodia’s Holofit. This new workout app was recently listed in the Coming Soon section of the Oculus Store.

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Will Headworn AR Revenues Reach $13B by 2024?

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New Study Projects Headworn AR Revenue to Reach $13.4 Billion by 2024. ARtillery Intelligence publishes its five-year outlook for head-worn AR revenues. ARtillery Intelligence has released a new report that projects headworn AR revenue to grow from $822 million in 2019 to $13.4 billion in 2024.

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