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The best AR and VR news from CES 2022

The Ghost Howls

As it is a tradition of this blog , I’ve prepared a big roundup of the best news in XR from this year’s CES! For every piece of news, I’ll share with you a brief summary and one or more links to go deeper.

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Rumor Has It Half-Life: Alyx Is Coming To PlayStation VR2

VRScout

One “industry insider” claims the award-winning VR game will be available on Sony’s next-gen VR headset. Earlier this week, Sony officially announced the PlayStation VR2.

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SteamVR Updated to Play Nicer with Quest Headsets

Road to VR

Oculus Quest headsets now account for nearly 44% of all headsets used on Steam, and this clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed by Valve. An update to the latest SteamVR beta aims to make the experience easier for new users.

LGBTQ+ Virtual Reality: Equity and Inclusion Challenges in VR

ARPost

By immersing users in a digitally-rendered environment, virtual reality can revolutionize how people work, learn, and interact. The advent of virtual reality technology has brought major changes to the way we interact with each other.

Who C.A.R.E.S.!? How Learning Got Its Bad Rap & What We Can Do About It

Speaker: Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer at ELB Learning

Since when has learning and development become such a negative experience with learners? Treion Muller, Chief Strategy Officer for ELB Learning, will introduce a new learning framework called the C.A.R.E.S Learning Effectiveness Model.

The XR Week Peek (2022.01.11): CES had some interesting XR announcements, new rumors on Apple and Meta, and more!

The Ghost Howls

This has been the week of CES, and I will write tomorrow or the day after a full roundup only dedicated to this incredibly important tech event. So for today’s article, let me focus mainly on the non-CES-related news about AR and VR.

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VR MMO ‘Zenith: The Last City’ to Release January 27th on All Major VR Platforms, Trailer Here

Road to VR

Ramen VR, the team behind Zenith: The Last City , revealed that launch of the long-awaited VR MMO is set for January 27th, arriving on Quest, SteamVR and PSVR. It’s been an eventful few years waiting for Zenith: The Last City.

The Best Examples of VR Museum Tours From Across the World

ARPost

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in every single aspect. And we will not go back to the old ways of working, shopping, interacting with others and enjoying art and culture.

No, People Aren’t Buying Land in the Metaverse en Masse

AR Insider

After all the linkbait headlines about virtual real estate purchases in the metaverse, it turns out to be a pretty rare occurrence. Fewer than 13 percent of technologists are doing it (and far fewer "regular" folks). Contributor Rick Chen breaks it down. The post appeared first on AR Insider.

Apple Reportedly Wants Nothing To Do With The Metaverse

VRScout

A source claims the company’s highly-anticipated mixed reality headset will prioritize shorter experiences. Last year rumors began circulating that Apple is in development of its own combination VR/AR headset.

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The Key to Getting the Best Out of Video-Based Practice & Coaching

Speaker: Micah Eppler, Account Executive for Rehearsal of eLearning Brothers

Join Micah Eppler from eLearning Brothers to see hands-on examples of how organizations are transforming outcomes with video-based training strategies.

Linux-based Standalone VR Headset Boasts PC Specs with a Price to Match, Kickstarter Coming Soon

Road to VR

SimulaVR, the startup behind its own open-source VR Linux distro, is creating a VR headset that aims to bring the full power of a PC to the standalone format.

AR Smart Glasses for Enterprise and Consumers: A Conversation With Vuzix’s Paul Travers

ARPost

By now, you’ve probably seen that Vuzix released two new AR smart glasses at CES – one for enterprise and one dipping its toes in the consumer side of the pool.

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Apple’s Rumored Headset Drop: What We Know So Far

AR Insider

The AR world continues to wait in anticipation for Apple's market entrance. Given its classic halo effect, this could raise all boats. But what do clues indicate about the what and when? We examine the evidence so far. The post appeared first on AR Insider. Contributors Thought Leaders

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Sci-Fi Cartoon Final Space Is Getting Its Own Co-Op VR Game

VRScout

Help Gary and Mooncake save the universe in this four-person cooperative adventure.

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Immersing the Curious Mind in VR: Why You’re Missing Out on Proven ROI!

Speaker: John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO, CenarioVR® Creator

Join John Blackmon, eLearning Brothers CTO and creator of the award-winning VR course builder CenarioVR®, to find out why organizations choose immersive learning and how they've used innovative approaches.

PSVR vs. PSVR 2 – How Far Has PlayStation VR Come Since 2016?

Road to VR

PlayStation VR 2 isn’t here quite yet, but at the very start of 2022 Sony revealed the first detailed specs for the headset. Comparing PSVR vs. PSVR 2 specs side-by-side shows us how much has changed since Sony’s first consumer headset released in 2016.

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Should You Buy a Quest 2? Hands-On Review

ARPost

The Quest 2 by Oculus ( Facebook? Meta? ) is the most talked-about headset of the moment, largely because its comparatively low price point has made it the first widely affordable VR headset. Here we examine whether it lives up to the hype.

2022 Predictions: AR Ad Revenue Approaches $3 Billion

AR Insider

After unpacking our prediction about 2022 AR glasses activity last week, we switch gears this week to drill down on a separate prediction: AR ad revenue. Specifically, spending on AR ad placement will reach $2.9 billion this year. We break it down. The post appeared first on AR Insider.

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VR Restores The Notre-Dame Cathedral To Its Historic Glory

VRScout

The 45-minute interactive tour takes you back 850 years to explore the incredible architecture in its prime. On April 15th, 2019, a massive fire that started under the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral caused extensive damage to the historic structure.

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Everyone Wins! How Games Can Improve Learning Outcomes Across Multiple Generations

Speaker: Stephen Baer, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Game Agency

Nearly 70% of American adults play video games. Stephen Baer, Chief Creative Officer at The Game Agency, will discuss each generation’s unique learning styles and identify game types that appeal to each one and improve your learning outcomes.

‘Beat Saber’ & ‘Job Simulator’ Are PSVR’s Most Downloaded Games of The Year… Again

Road to VR

It’s that time again, when PlayStation reveals the top downloads for the past year. And it comes as no surprise that long-reigning platform champs Beat Saber (2018) and Job Simulator (2016) have again clinched the top two spots as the most-downloaded games for PSVR in 2021.

Immersive Technology Beyond Gaming: How Is It Changing Financial Services?

ARPost

Immersive technology is a game-changer for the financial service industry. Even traditional financial institutions are adopting emerging solutions to stay relevant.

Spatial Beats: CES Recap (XR Edition)

AR Insider

Welcome back to Spatial Beats, AR Insider's weekly series that features observations and insights of author and futurist Charlie Fink. This week, we recap all the XR-related announcements from CES. The post appeared first on AR Insider. Contributors Trend Analysis Spatial Beats

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Patients Can Now Use A Vive Flow To Access Healthcare In VR

VRScout

HTC is bringing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and pain management treatments to the metaverse.

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.

Inventive Multiplayer VR Studio Reveals New Game Fusing ‘Rocket League’ with Bows & Arrows

Road to VR

The studio behind the inventive multiplayer VR title Half + Half today announced a new multiplayer VR game called NOCK. Due to launch “soon” on Oculus Quest, Nock looks like Rocket League played with bows & arrows instead of cars.

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The college esports scene is ready for a boom in 2022

Digital Trends

The collegiate esports industry could bring in close to 30 million viewers this year as universities double down. Gaming eSports

XR Talks: Qualcomm Accelerates AR’s Next Era

AR Insider

Qualcomm's chips are the gold standard in XR processing. And it recently doubled down on this positioning by moving up the stack with a developer kit. We examine its recent Snapdragon Spaces SDK launch for this week's XR Talks. The post appeared first on AR Insider. XR Talks

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Hoame Wants To Be The Future Of VR Meditation On Quest

VRScout

The subscription-based app offers daily studio classes guided by expert instructors. With so many great fitness apps available on VR headsets, it’s hard to forget that immersive technology can also be an effective tool for mental health.

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How to Train Employees 65% Faster With Virtual Reality

With a rapidly changing economy, Avangrid Renewables looked to virtual reality to develop a standardized form of immersive training in order to onboard and upskill technicians faster than ever before.