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All the best events to attend in VR in 2020

The Ghost Howls

In these hard times , we are all collecting events that we should have attended and instead got canceled. Regarding me, for instance, we’re talking about MWC, GDC, XR Europe, Svilupparty, just to name a few.

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Facebook Leaks Codename For ‘Del Mar’ Standalone Headset With ‘Jedi Controller’

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Facebook’s Oculus developer documentation website leaked the code name for a future headset, with a new controller, and the existence of a ‘First Access’ program for some developers. The text showed up on several pages of the developer documentation, with the following message.

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Gabe Newell on Brain-computer Interfaces: ‘We’re way closer to The Matrix than people realize’

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Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve, sat down with IGN for a chat about the company, the promise of VR, and Newell’s most bleeding edge project as of late, brain-computer interfaces (BCI).

Magic Leap Unveils First Look at Magicverse AR Cloud & New Meetings Capabilities in Lumin OS Update

Next Reality AR

With many office workers in the US being asked to work from home if their job allows, Magic Leap's customary updates for the Lumin OS and Lumin SDK brings some help to keep distributed workforces connected. Chief among the new features arriving with Lumin OS version 0.98.10 and Lumin SDK 0.24

Bizarre Barber review: cut the hair of those monsters!

The Ghost Howls

Yesterday evening I was finally able to try Bizarre Barber , a VR videogame that always got me curious from the gameplay videos. Courtesy of Maria of Synesthetic Echo, I have spent some time with this crazy game, and now I’m here telling you my impressions! Gameplay.

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Oculus Quest Is Getting A UI Overhaul With Multitasking

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As part of their Game Developers Showcase , Facebook revealed details of a future update to the Oculus Quest that will bring a redesigned user interface (UI).

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Apple's LiDAR Scanner on New iPad Pro Provides Possible Peek at How Its Smartglasses Will See the World

Next Reality AR

Just as predicted (but perhaps with less fanfare than usual), Apple has made the move of adding a depth sensor to the rear camera of its latest edition of the iPad Pro.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.13): Magic Leap exploring a sale, events are going virtual and more!

The Ghost Howls

Another week closed at home, sending big hugs to all of you VR enthusiasts of the world. Many countries are locking down because of the coronavirus, so I hope you all stay safe, healthy and will be able to keep in touch with the people you love.

Why A VR Headset Is The Most Versatile Companion For Coronavirus Self-Isolation

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As the coronavirus crisis develops across the world and more communities prepare for self-isolation, VR headsets seem ideally suited as a versatile companion for the weeks ahead. It’s true that VR is treated as a gaming platform first and everything else second at this point in time.

Facebook’s Game Developers Showcase Starts Today, Promising New Oculus Reveals

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The 2020 Game Developers Conference (GDC) would have started today had it not been canned like basically every major expo from here until summer. To compensate, Facebook is hosting what it calls its Game Developers Showcase, and it’s starting today.

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Get Your Sweat On During Quarantine With These Fitness-Focused VR Experiences

VRScout

Don’t let the coronavirus outbreak prevent you from getting a great workout. The coronavirus outbreak is proving to be a major disruptor in terms of our day-to-day lives.

Building the VR Platform of the Future

Tech Trends VR

The latest announcements Facebook’s first virtual Game Developer’s Showcase which is happening this week. In the midst of the growing coronavirus pandemic, holding any sort of normal conference is entirely out of the question.

Sony To Talk PS5 System Architecture Tomorrow

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After months of silence regarding its next console, Sony will talk about PS5’s system architecture in an update tomorrow.

OpenXR Coming to Quest & Rift Developers Soon in Prototype Release

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Facebook today announced that a prototype version of OpenXR , the royalty-free open standard from The Khronos Group, will be available to Oculus Quest and Rift developers in an update coming later this month.

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Cyberaction Arena Brings 5v5 Location-Based VR To Oculus Quest

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Battle cowboys, space paratroopers, and terrorists in this competitive arena-scale VR experience. Imagine stepping into a full scale virtual arena where you can choose from being a cowboy in a western, a space paratrooper battling aliens, or special forces battling terrorists.

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Video conferencing won’t cure loneliness. Avatar chat apps can help.

The Extended Mind

Selfie time with friends in Hubs by Mozilla. Written by: Greg Fodor ( @gfodor ) and Jessica Outlaw ( @theextendedmind ) As the world moves to social distancing and isolation due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, challenges will soon rise out of a simple truth: humans are social creatures.

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New Mad Max-Inspired ‘Full Throttle’ Pistol Whip Update Available Now

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Pistol Whip launched a brand new update today — the ‘Full Throttle’ update — with new modifiers and an additional free scene. Cloudhead Games’ rhythm shooter Pistol Whip was one of the breakout VR titles of 2019.

Watch All of Facebook’s GDC 2020 Developer Talks Here

Road to VR

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) was supposed to take place this week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, however it was postponed amidst the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) alongside basically every conference relevant to the industry this year.

Color Space Is The Relaxing VR Coloring Book We Need Right Now

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Bring some color to 13 monochromatic worlds in this Zen-like Oculus VR experience. I think we can all agree that 2020 is shaping up to be a roller coaster of a year.

China’s COVID-19 epidemic in VR

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The COVID-19 pandemic seems to be turning a corner in China, with no new cases reported today, but the virus is still spreading aggressively around much of the world, including the U.S. and Europe. Hangzhou is about eight hours by car east of Wuhan, the epicenter of China’s COVID-19 epidemic.

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VR Fitness App BoxVR Gets Essentials Pack DLC On Quest Next Week

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VR fitness app BoxVR is releasing its first DLC next week, and it’s coming just in time. The Essentials Pack is arriving on Oculus Quest on March 26 for $9.99. Included in the pack are new workout regimes and new songs to box to.

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Rift S Globally Out of Stock Prior to ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Launch, Here’s Your Alternatives

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Looking for an Oculus Rift S? You may be disappointed to hear that the $400 PC VR headset is now officially sold out globally. We have a few alternatives you might consider though.

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Phantom: Covert Ops Launches This June On Oculus Quest & Rift

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The long-awaited stealth kayak game receives a new launch date after months of uncertainty. Originally scheduled for release last year on the Oculus Quest, nDreams’ stealth-based kayak shooter Phantom: Covert Ops is now set to launch this June on both the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift/Rift S.

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Oculus to Release OpenXR Developer Prototype for Quest & Rift

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Much like the Game Developers Conference (GDC) which it’s replacing, Facebook’s Game Developers Showcase is a chance for the company to announce both consumer and industry-focused news, with the first day mainly concentrating on Oculus Quest.

Gabe Newell: We’re Way Closer To The Matrix Than People Realize

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Think we’re far off from The Matrix? Gabe Newell says you should think again. In a rare interview with IGN ahead of next week’s release of Half-Life: Alyx , Newell reasoned that more advanced forms of VR might not be too far out.

More Than 20 Oculus Quest Titles Have Surpassed $1M in Revenue

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Facebook today announced that 20 Oculus Quest games have broken the $1 million revenue mark, a big milestone for the VR industry as a whole.

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Pistol Whip’s Latest Free Update Is A Mad Max-Inspired Thrill Ride

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The Full Throttle update introduces new customizations, additional modifiers, and it’s hardest level yet.

InstaVR Launches Academic Organization-wide Tier Pricing to Accommodate Distance Learning and Campus Virtual Tour Needs

InstaVR

InstaVR Launches Academic Organization-wide Tier Pricing to Accommodate Distance Learning and Campus Virtual Tour Needs Universities Can Give All Professors and Students Access to Create and Distribute VR For Distant Learning and Campus Virtual Tour with a Single User Cost.

Half-Life: Alyx Comes Free With Vive Cosmos Elite

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HTC’s new SteamVR headset, the Vive Cosmos Elite , now comes with a free copy of Half-Life: Alyx. Half-Life: Alyx Free With Vive Cosmos Elite. HTC announced the partnership with Alyx developer Valve today. The Cosmos Elite is a premium version of the company’s Cosmos headset.

Sony to Detail PlayStation 5 Tomorrow in ‘Deep Dive’ Info Dump

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Sony is bringing its next-gen PlayStation console to market in time for holiday season this year, but there’s still plenty of question marks left. That’s hopefully about to change tomorrow.

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Hands-On: HTC Cosmos Elite Offers Big Improvements With Its Elite Faceplate

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HTC’s modular headset delivers a great VR experience. Just a few weeks ago, HTC announced a new suite of Cosmos headsets and faceplates aimed at delivering VR solutions to both average consumers as well as businesses.

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