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New Oculus Social Tools Will Help VR Feel More Like a Place, Less Like a Game

Road to VR

Social and Multiplayer VR can be incredibly compelling, but the process of actually ‘finding’ your friends in VR is still a clunky and often frustrating process. Oculus is developing a new set of social and multiplayer tools which stand to make it much easier to directly connect with friends by treating games and apps more like actual places.

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Smart Fabric Technology Brings Touch Haptics To The Oculus Quest


The glove-like accessory allows standalone VR users to feel virtual objects. In January of 2018, BeBop Sensors debuted its Forte Data Glove at the annual Consumer Electronics Showcase in Las Vegas, Nevada, during which the company showcased its “smart fabric” technology simuating the sensation of touch while in a virtual space; put simply, the high-tech gloves allow users to “feel” virtual objects while immersed in a VR experience.

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Oculus Link Beta: Here’s What To Expect From Oculus Quest’s PC VR Headset Makeover


Oculus Link addresses one of the most requested features for the Quest standalone VR headset from Facebook. Facebook announced the upgrade at its Oculus Connect 6 VR developer’s conference in September and, when Oculus Link arrives sometime in November, the Oculus Quest all-in-one wireless VR headset will be able to convert into a PC-powered mode over a new wired connection that runs Rift games.

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My day as a speaker at View Conference 2019, trying the Rift S and NFB’s VR storytelling experiences

The Ghost Howls

Last year I have attended the View Conference as a blogger , and I have been able to listen to super interesting talks (like the one of Jan Pinkava ) and to interview amazing people in the VR field (like John Gaeta and Donald Greenberg ). This year, I attended the WCVRI in China, so unluckily, I haven’t been able to do a full reportage of the View Conference for you. But on Friday, I have been a speaker, and so let me tell you my experience for just that day!

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HBO 'Watchmen' Promo Rains Dead Squid Down on LA & New York via Augmented Reality Ad

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Bus stops can provide shelter in the event of rain, and now they also protect you from augmented reality squid. Surprising recent commuters at bus stops in Los Angeles and New York, outdoor media company Outfront Media used the cover of night to add Watchmen-inspired augmented reality advertising displays the company calls "liveboards."

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‘Five Nights at Freddy’s VR’ Coming Soon to Oculus Quest

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Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted (2019), the VR adaptation of the immensely popular horror game, is getting an Oculus Quest version. Steel Wool Studios co-founder Andrew Dayton announced the news via an Oculus blog post , saying that there’s “lots of work to do” before the studio can announce an official launch date. The studio has however said that it should arrive “soon.”

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15 things to keep in mind if you have to showcase your VR game in China

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Last week I have taken part in the WCVRI exhibition in Nanchang, China. We of New Technology Walkers have taken there our MR fitness game HitMotion: Reloaded , and made hundreds of people try it. It has been the first time for me having a booth in a so distant and different country like China, and I have learned lots of lessons in the process. As I always do, I would like to share these lessons with you , so that if you will ever have to go to exhibit in China, you will be prepared.

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Magic Leap Teases Magicverse Debut in 2020, Launches Magic Leap Toolkit for Developers

Next Reality AR

After talking up the Magicverse for the past year and adding new capabilities to Lumin OS to accommodate it, Magic Leap appears to be inching ever closer to actually launching its cross-platform flavor of the AR cloud while introducing a new tool for its development community. Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Magic Leap's chief product officer, Omar Khan, revealed that the Magicverse SDK 1.0

VR Simulation Puts You On The Frontline Of The Hong Kong Protests


The developers hope to educate gamers and help spread awareness of the protestors’ cause. For the past five months, hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong demonstrators have taken to the streets in protest of the Fugitive Offenders amendment bill introduced by the Hong Kong government which would allow local law enforcement to extradite criminals wanted in territories outside Hong Kong, including mainland China as well as Taiwan.

Tilt Five Finishes Kickstarter Funding With More Than 3,000 Backers


Tilt Five successfully finished its Kickstarter campaign fully funded, far exceeding the $450,000 USD initial goal. The campaign reached a total of $1,767,301 pledged from 3345 backers, unlocking four stretch goals. Tilt Five is a tabletop, consumer AR system that can be used solo or with multiple people at once, using the compatible glasses and the square game board. We went hands-on with the system back in September before the Kickstarter officially launched. link].

WCVRI: Hands-on with new North Star headset, Virtualizer 2, Pareal VR and more!

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At WCVRI , I have tried some cool AR/VR hardware. Let me tell you my first hands-on impressions on it! North Star AR headset. Project North Star is an opensource reference design for a wide-FOV augmented reality headset that Leap Motion (now Ultraleap ) has given to the community. The project is very interesting, but unluckily the pieces that compose this device are difficult to find and the hardware is not easy to be assembled.

'Terminator: Dark Fate' Invades Snapchat with Pair of Augmented Reality Camera Effects

Next Reality AR

The original iterations of the Terminator film franchise have served as the inspiration (via the heads-up display of the T-800) for future augmented reality dreams, so it is fitting that the current crop of AR gives the latest installment in the series a promotional boost. With Terminator: Dark Fate hitting theaters on Thursday, Paramount Pictures is running a branded augmented experience via the AR carousel of camera effects on the Snapchat app for iOS and Android.

John Wick: Chapter 3 Fight Scene Was Only Made Possible Thanks To VR


VR once again proves its worth to Hollywood filmmakers. In a new video released by Epic Games earlier this week, the company revealed how one of the most complex fight scenes featured in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum was designed and choreographed with the help of VR technology. .

Facebook Spaces Shuts Down To ‘Make Way’ For Facebook Horizon


Late last week, Facebook Spaces officially shut down ahead of the launch of Facebook’s new social experience, Facebook Horizon , in 2020. A statement now occupies the Facebook Spaces site , which informs users the app is no longer available as of October 25, 2019. The statement also notes that Facebook is “grateful to each and every one of you who joined us in the experience” and that they look forward to users joining them in Horizon next year.

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Black Friday Deal Brings Oculus Rift S to $350

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Oculus Rift S, the company’s mid-generation hardware update to the Rift platform, only just launched a few months ago, but it’s already getting its first discount this upcoming Black Friday. Lenovo has published its 2019 Black Friday ad , and to our surprise it’s knocking $50 off the $400 Oculus Rift S.

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HBO Returns to the AR Well with 'Watchmen' Lens on Snapchat

Next Reality AR

After leaning on augmented reality for its outdoor advertising, HBO has called on augmented reality again via Snapchat to promote its Watchmen series. On Thursday, the Snapchat app for iOS and Android displayed an AR Lens sponsored by HBO that turns users into two of the characters.

It’s Raining Squid In This Bizarre AR Promo For HBO’s Watchmen


These AR-enhanced bus stop ads are almost confusing as the show. We’re only two episodes deep into the first season of HBO’s Watchmen and already the series has proven to be one of this years weirdest, most polarizing shows. Masked police officers dance the line between law enforcement and vigilantism, Robert Redford — yes, the actor — has been President of the United States for three decades, and dead squid periodically rains down from the sky.

Giveaway: Win An Oculus Quest Headset With Synth Riders!


In a dancing mood? Want an Oculus Quest VR headset? Then have we got the giveaway for you! Kluge Interactive’s Synth Riders just arrived on Oculus Quest this week. It’s a hazy, neon-drenched celebration of VR rhythm action. You dance along to tracks, matching your hands to a set of orbs and looking fantastic along the way. It’s a solid addition to the library of any VR fitness fan or those looking for a twist on Beat Saber. Here’s a trailer for the game.

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‘Star Wars Vader Immortal: Episode 3’ Coming to Quest & Rift Next Month

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Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series is coming to an end with its third episode soon, which ILMxLab says is set to arrive on November 21st on both Rift and Quest platforms.

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News: 'Terminator: Dark Fate' Invades Snapchat with Pair of Augmented Reality Camera Effects

Next Reality AR

The original iterations of the Terminator film franchise have served as the inspiration (via the heads-up display of the T-800) for future augmented reality dreams, so it is fitting that the current crop of AR gives the latest installment in the series a promotional boost. With Terminator: Dark Fate hitting theaters on Thursday, Paramount Pictures is running a branded augmented experience via the AR carousel of camera effects on the Snapchat app for iOS and Android.

New Tool From 8th Wall Brings All-In-One AR Development To The Web


8th Wall launches the first WebAR authoring and hosting platform. The 8th Wall , a groundbreaking AR company that walked away with the 2019 Augie Award for Best Developer Tool, is following up on its recent success with the launch of a cloud-based WebAR authoring and hosting platform. This new web tool forges a unified in-browser solution for developers to create, collaborate, publish, and host WebAR projects without the need for third-party software or any type of server setup.

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Hideo Kojima ‘Really Interested’ In VR But Currently ‘Not Free Enough’


In an interview with Rocket Beans Gaming , Hideo Kojima indicated that he is interested in virtual reality but does not have enough free time to pursue development on a VR platform at the moment. With Kojima’s upcoming PlayStation 4 game Death Stranding just around the corner, he’s been doing the press rounds in anticipation of its release. It was only a matter of time before someone asked him about VR, especially given his recent tweet featuring his own shiny new Valve Index.

Acer Windows VR Headset ‘OJO 500’ Finally Launches After 1 Year Delay

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Remember when Acer’s OJO 500 launched last year? Yeah, we don’t either. In a perplexing move, the Taiwanese tech giant quietly opened up sales for its business-friendly Windows VR headset today, something that was slated to launch back in November 2018.

Spreading the Love of Classical Music Through Virtual Reality


Many people associate virtual reality with video gaming. Certainly, we’ve seen numerous advances in immersive gaming over the years. However, that’s not all there is to VR. Perhaps it might come as a surprise, but the technology is disrupting many fields, including ones you least suspect—classical music. Classical music is associated with high culture and fine art. Often, it’s hard for the average person to fully appreciate its beauty without careful attention.

Every Room Tells A Story In The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners


A new behind-the-scenes look at Skydance Interactive’s upcoming VR game shows a meticulously-crafted post-apocalypse New Orleans. Arriving on headsets January 2020, Skydance Interactive’s The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is shaping up to be one of the biggest VR releases of next year, offering players a rich, complex RPG experience during which they’ll go head-to-head with not only walkers, but other humans as well.

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Golem Delayed One Last Time (Maybe, Hopefully)


I can’t believe I’m writing this, but PSVR exclusive Golem has been delayed again. Don’t worry, though, it’s only a small delay and (probably) the last one. Maybe. Hopefully. Back in October we reported that the long-awaited debut from Highwire Games would finally launch physically in the EU on November 8th, published by Perp Games. A digital release was supposed to follow on November 12th. Well, the physical EU release is now on November 15th.

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Magic Leap Releases Toolkit With Pre-built Components for Easier AR Development

Road to VR

Magic Leap has released a new set of development components in a ‘Magic Leap Toolkit’ (MLTK) which includes a slew of pre-built tools which aim to make it easier for creators to bring their AR vision to life without needing to re-think the basics. The MLTK, available now for developers working in Unity , offers up a range of pre-built tools which take some of the heavy lifting out of building AR apps for the Magic Leap headset.

NoUI/ Zero UI Concept: What Can Stimulate AR and VR Further Development?


Futurologists had predicted and filmmakers embodied on the screen that mankind would forget any third-party apps and devices alien to human physiology even before the first concepts of AR and VR appeared. Why should we invent another joystick, gamepad or controller, if we already have, thanks to millions of years of evolution, the most perfect controller for interaction with the environment – hands? Source: Current State.

Sandbox VR Receives $11M Investment From Film, Music, And Sports Celebs


Immersive entertainment: Hollywood goes holodeck. For decades, the film and entertainment industry has helped us visualize and imagine worlds unknown. Now, with the evolution of location-based entertainment, “LBE” providers such as The VOID , Zero Latency , ILMxLAB , Dreamscape Immersive , and Spaces are shaping the future of immersive entertainment. .

Five Nights At Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted Is Coming To The Oculus Quest


Popular horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s VR: Help Wanted is coming to the Oculus Quest , except we don’t have an exact release date just yet. If you want to see the PC version of the game in action, we featured it during our Halloween horror VR stream this week: In true spooky spirit, Oculus announced the Quest port of the game on their blog this Halloween. However, the announcement was missing a release date. “We

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