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Final Assault PSVR Review: Like Playing An RTS In A Toy Box

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The accessible VR RTS from Phaser Lock, Final Assault , is now out on PSVR. Check out our thoughts on the port in our full review! When virtual reality arrived years ago, there were a few genres people often expected the tech to benefit most.

Award-Winning AR Storybook App Wonderscope Offering All Stories Free Through June

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Keep the younglings entertained while under lockdown with these educational immersive reading experiences. We’ve never been shy about our love for WITHIN’s children’s AR reading app Wonderscope.

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Facebook Signs Exclusivity Deal with AR Display Maker Plessey

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Facebook is taking an important step towards releasing its first AR headset, as the company has signed an exclusivity agreement with UK-based AR display maker Plessey to supply the company with microLED displays.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.03.30): Half-Life: Alyx breaks every VR record, HP teases Reverb G2, and more!

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The past week has been the week of Half-Life: Alyx, but something else has also happened in the XR world! If you were too focused on smashing headcrabs to read VR news, don’t worry, because the Ghost has got you covered!

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More Than 1 Million Steam Users Now Have A VR Headset: Here’s Which Ones

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Valve’s Steam Hardware Survey now includes any VR headset used in the past month , revealing that 1.16% of users have a SteamVR compatible headset. That may not sound like a lot. But comparing it to other currently niche items on the Hardware Survey shows PC VR is off to a great start.

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How To Attend Zoom, Skype, Hangouts Meetings In VR With SPACES

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Spice up your next video meeting with this free PC VR app.

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Not a joke! GRIP: Combat Racing coming to VR

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Award-winning independent video games publisher Wired Productions together with leading developer Caged Element Inc. are delighted to announce the surprise launch of GRIP: Combat Racing VR.

Report: Facebook Agrees To Buy Every AR Display From Key Supplier Apple Looked At Acquiring

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Facebook signed a deal to buy several years of the entire output of a key AR microLED display supplier Apple looked at acquiring, The Information reports. Mark Zuckerberg’s company spends “billions” of dollars researching augmented and virtual reality technology.

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New Snapchat Lens Creates AR Safe Zone To Promote Social Distancing

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If you must leave your home, make sure to practice safe social distancing. Though it may not seem like it based on the packed beaches and crowded parks, we’re currently dealing with a global pandemic the likes of which we’ve never seen.

Etee Kickstarter Launches for Finger-tracking Controller with SteamVR Tracking

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London-based hardware startup TG0 has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Etee dev kit, a VR controller with integrated SteamVR Tracking. TG0 positions the controller’s button-less design and finger tracking as its main attractions.

Review: GRIP: Combat Racing VR

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If you own any of Oculus’ headsets then you’ve probably bought a videogame or two from its dedicated store, perused through the reviews and looked at the star rating before purchase. One little feature that you probably overlooked is the comfort ratings, ranging from ‘Comfortable’ to ‘Intense’.

Valve: VR Adoption ‘Has Gone Pretty Much The Way We Thought It Was Going To’

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The slow growth of the PC VR market since 2016 has led to a lot of discussion of whether the platform failed. But, for Valve, things have apparently gone pretty much as planned.

YUR Launches Fitness Tracking VR Smartwatch For Oculus Quest

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Track your estimated hear rate, squats, and calories burned without taking off your headset. Fitness-focused VR developer YUR today announced the release of YUR.watch, a virtual smartwatch device compatible with a massive selection of existing PC VR titles, as well as several Oculus Quest releases.

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Roto VR Picks up $1.86M Investment to Support Roll-out of Rotating VR Chair

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Roto VR , the UK-based makers of the eponymous 360-degree VR chair, today announced its completed a £1.5 million (~$1.86 million) funding round. Investors include Consumer Venture Capital Trust, Pembroke VCT, and The TVB Growth Fund.

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Interactive Chair Maker Roto VR Raises £1.5 million, Eyes Consumer Product Launch

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Interactivity tends to be key for virtual reality (VR) experiences, from simple hand gestures to full roomscale movement. But the latter isn’t always practical both in the consumer and enterprise fields.

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10 Big Upcoming PC VR Games To Look Forward To After Half-Life: Alyx

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So, you bought a VR headset for Half-Life: Alyx. You’ve just spent a week enjoying one of the most polished, immersive gaming experiences you can have. Now you want more. So, what else is on the horizon?

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How Location-Based VR Is Finally Breaking Out Of Its Box

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A “location-first” mentality is leading to a whole new wave of location-based immersive entertainment. Strictly speaking, all experiences are location-based (save for the ones we have in our dreams and even then technically they’re bed-based).

‘Boneworks’ Update to Bring New Weapon, Sandbox Maps, & Physics Tweaks Next Week

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A new Boneworks patch, Update 1.4, is confirmed to be coming next week with a handful of additions and tweaks. Launching next week on April 9th, Boneworks update 1.4

Kickstarter Begins for SteamVR Compatible etee Controller

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Last week VRFocus reported on British startup TG0 and its upcoming Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a pair of finger tracking controllers called etee.

Inside Capcom’s Huge Resident Evil VR Arcade In Tokyo

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When I say Resident Evil in VR, you probably think about the sublime PSVR support for Resident Evil 7. But that’s not the only way to enter Capcom’s terrifying world of horrors, as the new Capcom Plaza Tokyo shows.

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How To Play Gamecube & Wii Games Natively On Oculus Quest

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Players will need a bluetooth controller and their own ROM files. Those familiar with the world of video game emulation are no doubt familiar with the open-source console emulator Dolphin. Originally released in 2003 on Windows, this brilliant piece of software allows players to run Nintendo Gamecube and Wii console games on their Windows, macOS, and Android devices. Last year a user going by the name Pixelacos on YouTube posted a video of Dolphin running natively on an Oculus Quest headset.

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After Playing ‘Half-Life: Alyx’, Check Out These 5 VR Games

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You’re still burning through Half-Life: Alyx (2020) , but if you’re wondering where to go after playing one of the highest-rated VR games to date, you may do well to jump into these five ‘guaranteed fresh’ VR titles next. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners.

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FundamentalVR Expands Surgical Training Platform Support to Oculus Quest

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British tech company FundamentalVR has been at the forefront of virtual reality (VR) training in the healthcare system, primarily focused on surgical education via its Fundamental Surgery platform.

New Boneworks Update Will Add New Maps And Weapons

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A new Boneworks update is right around the corner, and it’s packing some new maps and toys to play with. Update 1.4 will arrive on April 9th. Stress Level Zero’s Brandon J Laatsch confirmed as much in a tweet earlier this week.

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Boston Red Sox Fans Visit Fenway Park In AR With Latest Snapchat Lens

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With MLB baseball on hold, the Boston Red Sox turn to AR to reconnect with fans. With nearly all nonessential services shut down due to the Coronavirus, people are desperate to reconnect with their favorite places and activities that have been rendered inaccessible while under lockdown.

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9 ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Mods We’d Love to See

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Half-Life: Alyx has only been out for a week now, but many who have finished the game are already itching for more.

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Virtual Battlegrounds’ Steam Early Access Launch Lands Early April

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Just over a year ago, VRFocus reported on indie developer CyberDream and its battle royale title Virtual Battlegrounds , expected to arrive that spring. That didn’t happen, seeing a number of delays in the process.

Lies Beneath Review: Surviving Stylish Horrors

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Lies Beneath is an action-packed single-player survival horror game published by Oculus Studios and developed by Drifter Entertainment, the same team behind PC VR co-op shooter Gunheart and Robo Recall: Unplugged on Quest. Read our full Lies Beneath review below for more!

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5 Half-Life: Alyx Easter Eggs & Secrets You May Have Missed

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Hidden references and world-building secrets galore. Valve’s debut VR experience is chock full of hidden secrets just aching to be discovered. So for the sake of simplicity, we’ll be discussing just five of our favorites discovered so far. Number One: The Location of City 17.

‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Now Among Steam’s 10 Best Rated Games Ever, Surpassing All Other ‘Half-Life’ Titles

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As more people have had the opportunity to play Half-Life: Alyx over the first weekend since its release at the beginning of last week, the game’s user ratings have surged yet higher.

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Can AR Help Home-Service Pros Socially Distance?

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“Trendline” is AR Insider’s series that examines trends and events in spatial computing, and their strategic implications. For an indexed library of spatial computing insights, data, reports and multimedia, subscribe to ARtillery PRO. Covid-19 continues to take lives and stall global commerce.