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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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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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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.

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

Road to VR

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).

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

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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

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10 Apps to Hang Out with Friends in VR

Road to VR

Stuck indoors? Well, you should know that your VR headset is way more than just a Beat Saber machine. You can actually chat, play, and watch movies with your friends, almost as if the world wasn’t thrust into a global pandemic—or whatever is keeping you from going outside.

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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.

Viral Artist KAWS Unleashes Army Of AR Sculptures Across NYC, Tokyo, Tanzania

VRScout

The celebrated American artist and designer expands his “Companion” project with a series of floating AR artwork.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

VRScout

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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Couch Live Is A Free Shared Virtual Living Room For VR And Non-VR Users

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Couch Live is a brand new, free, app that lets you meet up with friends, hang out, and watch movies in a virtual living room. What sets Couch Live apart from something like Bigscreen though is that avatars are created from selfies, so it’s your actual face, and it supports non-VR users too.

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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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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.

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Professor Transforms Into Virtual Anime Schoolgirl To Motivate His Online Class

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COVID-19 isn’t stopping this Shanghai professor from making his online classes as entertaining as possible.

Eleven Table Tennis Sold 12,000 Copies On Oculus Quest In 2 Weeks

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Impressive ping pong simulator Eleven Table Tennis released on Oculus Quest on February 27 and in roughly two weeks sold more than 12,000 copies of the $20 game for the standalone headset. The game by For Fun Labs released in December 2017 on the Oculus Store for Rift and in June 2016 on Steam.

Oculus Quest System Update to Make Multitasking Easier, Experimental Features Coming Soon

Road to VR

In place of GDC this year, which was postponed due to the coronavirus , Facebook is announcing some of its news via the decidedly more sterile environment of the Oculus blog, starting today and going until Thursday, March 19th.

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Psychic VR Lab: STYLY, NEWVIEW Awards and VR’s Future Potential

Peter Graham

Making any sort of virtual reality (VR) content isn’t a simple process, from a piece of art using Tilt Brush or Quill to an actual videogame and all the complicated elements that process involves.

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Echo VR Closed Alpha Kicks Off Later This Month On Oculus Quest, Signups Now Open

VRScout

Register now before space inevitably runs out. After sitting in Oculus Quest’s “Coming Soon” section for what feels like an eternity, Ready at Dawn’s 2017 multiplayer VR sport games Echo VR will finally be available to play on Oculus Quest, sort of. Image Credit: Oculus, Facebook).

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B-Team Is Coming To Oculus Quest Later This Month

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Developer Twisted Pixel’s next Oculus Quest game isn’t a port of Wilson’s Heart or Defector, but instead an update to its Oculus Go launch title, B-Team. B-Team is essentially a minigame compilation starring a bunch of clumsy soldiers.

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OpenXR Coming to Quest & Rift Developers Soon in Prototype Release

Road to VR

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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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.

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.

Half-Life: Alyx Releases 10am Pacific On March 23, Pre-load Begins Friday

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Valve announced that Half-Life: Alyx will release at 10am Pacific time next Monday, March 23. Users will be able to pre-load the game in advance of its release, beginning this Friday, March 20th.

SteamVR Update Improves Tracking Performance for Oculus Quest

Road to VR

A SteamVR beta update today improved tracking when used with Oculus Quest via Oculus Link. Oculus Link allows Quest to be used just like a PC VR headset. While this makes it easy to play Oculus PC games, it also allows Quest to be used seamlessly with SteamVR. Released in beta today, version 1.10.31