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Why VR Arcades are Fit for VR eSports

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Featuring Ryan Burningham from Virtual Athletics League This article was written by Ryan Burningham in honor of the ongoing Space Junkies Arcade tournament. Playoffs are taking place this week!

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Facebook Bets On Realistic Face Tracked Avatars As Key To VR’s Future

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Dozens of people are working at Facebook Reality Lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on research into ultra-realistic avatars that could redefine communication in the 21st century.

Valve Psychologist to Explore Brain-Computer Interface Research at GDC

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At GDC 2019 later this month, Valve’s Principal Experimental Psychologist, Mike Ambinder will present the latest research pertaining to brain-computer interfaces—using signals from the brain as computer input.

HBO Crowns Snapchat as King of Its 'Game of Thrones' Augmented Reality Promotion at SXSW

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The hype for HBO's Game of Thrones reached proportions as epic as the series itself this week with the latest release of the final season's official trailer, but it's a Snapchat promotion that will truly make fans at SXSW bend the knee.

YouTube Stories Adds A Twist To AR Selfie Filters

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YouTube introduces real-time face filters powered by machine-learning, but there’s a catch. Everyone has a unique story to tell, and now YouTube creators will have the ability to make their stories even more unique through a Snapchat-esque AR selfies.

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#SXSW2019 – Feeling Real Sensations in Virtual Reality

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The world of Ready Player One might be a lot closer than we think. At South by Southwest, Tech Trends checks out the haptic suit that promises to take immersion to the next level. . By Laura Kobylecky. The Telasuit looks like something straight out of science fiction film.

Facebook Shows Off Research Aiming to Deliver Truly Realistic Avatars

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Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) chief scientist Michael Abrash believes AR and VR will be the primary way people work, play, and connect in the future.

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Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2019 AR/VR Program Schedule

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Tribeca Immersive returns with an incredible lineup of AR and VR experiences.

Sniper Elite VR Coming From Battlezone Developer

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Rebellion Entertainment’s next VR game will adapt one of its most popular series, Sniper Elite. Yes, a brand new Sniper Elite VR game is in the works. Few details have been shared at this time but we do know that it will be a brand new, standalone game.

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Oculus Shows Off Brutal ‘Asgard’s Wrath’ Combat, Dismemberment

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On the build up to a larger reveal at GDC next week, Oculus has been teasing some of the combat mechanics in Asgard’s Wrath, the latest upcoming Oculus Studios title. The game’s physics-based combat will include the ability to finish opponents with brutal dismembering kills.

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Christian Dior Fashion Fans Can Now Try on Sunglasses & Headbands via Augmented Reality on Instagram

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Fashion brand Christian Dior is using augmented reality as a carrot to drive up their follower counts on Instagram. Consumers who follow Christian Dior on Instagram can now unlock a virtual try-on experience for DiorSoLight sunglasses and headbands through the Stories feature.

HTC Vive Brings NASA-Inspired VR Artwork To Art Basel Hong Kong

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Experience outer space without being an astronaut in ‘Too the Moon.’ ’ . 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong took one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind, sparking an entire generations interest in space travel in the process.

Banishing Your Nightmares with VR

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New research shows how immersive technology can help patients treat recurring nightmare syndrome.

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Report: Apple AR Headset Could Rely on iPhone for Rendering & Connectivity

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Several reports over the past two years have suggested Apple is getting ready to manufacture an AR headset , and possibly ship it sometime in 2020—something that’s so far unsubstantiated by the company itself.

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Microsoft's HoloLens 2 Team Answers More Questions About Biometric Security, Audio, & Hand Tracking

Next Reality AR

Now that the dust has finally settled on Microsoft's big HoloLens 2 announcement, the company is circling back to offer more granular detail on some aspects of the device we still don't know about.

Google Closes The Door On Its ‘Spotlight Stories’ VR Film Studio

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Pour one out in remembrance of Google’s Oscar nominated, Emmy award-winning platform. In an official statement released yesterday by Google, the company confirmed the termination of their popular immersive film program, Google Spotlight Stories, after an impressive six years of AAA VR storytelling.

Google Spotlight Stories VR Movie Team Shutting Down – Report

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Google’s Spotlight Stories division gave us VR gems like Pearl and Age of Sail. Sadly, though, it appears the search engine giant is shutting the team down this week. Word comes by way of Variety. The site got hold of an apparent email from Spotlight Stories executive producer Karen Dufilho.

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VIVE X Startup Mindesk Secures $900K to Create VR Multiuser Design Software

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Mindesk , a startup developing a platform for real-time CAD collaboration in AR/VR, today announced a $900,000 seed round from HTC Vive, Barcamper Ventures, A11 Venture and Invitalia Ventures.

Puppetoon Promises to Give Your iPhone the Freedom to Create Augmented Reality Animations

Next Reality AR

Current-generation mobile augmented reality apps offer users numerous opportunities to punch up photos and videos with 3D content, but there's surprisingly few options for users to express themselves using virtual characters.

VR Ninja Dojo Opens Next Week In Tokyo

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Train under a ninja master in this fully immersive location-based experience. Plan on visiting Japan anytime soon?

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Zero Latency To Feature Dark Slope’s ‘Scarygirl Mission Maybee’ VR Experience

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Toronto-based Dark Slope is bringing its surreal VR experience, Scarygirl Mission Maybee, to Zero Latency locations across the globe.

Google Shuts Down Internal VR Film Studio Spotlight Stories

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Google is shutting down Spotlight Stories, the group tasked not only with pushing forward virtual reality as a storytelling medium, but creating a number of highly polished and thoughtful VR pieces in the process.

Niantic Conjures Preview of Harry Potter Augmented Reality Game, Opens Pre-Registration on Google Play

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While a release date for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite has not yet materialized, co-developers Niantic and WB Games have finally released gameplay footage and an in-depth game description to whet the appetites of eager Harry Potter fans.

High Fidelity’s Multi-Con VR Event Will Feature $10K Avatar Contest

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Strut your stuff in front of the Mythbusters build team for a chance at $10,000.

Angry Birding in VR

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Red, Chuck, Bomb and the Blues face off against their piggy nemeses in the latest Angry Birds instalment.

Zero Latency Upgrades VR Attraction Platform With Hardware From Microsoft & HP

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Zero Latency, creator of a leading VR attraction platform, is now deploying their ‘gen 2’ VR hardware.

Oculus Rift S PC VR Headset Set For GDC 2019 Reveal

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An email sent to Oculus developers by Facebook suggests ‘Rift S’ will be formally revealed at GDC 2019. UploadVR confirmed with multiple people the email mentions ‘Rift S’ alongside ‘Oculus Go’ and ‘Oculus Quest’ This suggests we should expect a formal announcement in the near future of the PC-based VR headset succeeding Oculus Rift. The original Rift released this month in 2016.

FundamentalVR Partners With HaptX On VR Surgeon Education

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HaptX VR gloves bring a new level of detail to FundamentalVR’s ‘surgeon simulator.’. HaptX is on a roll lately.

Viveport Infinity release date set for April 2 as pricing is revealed

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Back at CES 2019, HTC announced a new initiative that turns Viveport into what is essentially the Netflix for VR games. Dubbed Viveport Infinity, this new subscription service will allow unlimited access to all of the VR games hosted on Viveport.

Upcoming ‘Sniper Elite’ VR Game Likely Headed to PSVR With Aim Support

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Yesterday Rebellion Developments, the studio behind the Sniper Elite series, announced that a Sniper Elite VR game is in development in partnership with studio Just Add Water.

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Rembrandt Reality Recreates 1632 Painting In AR, Free On iOS & Android

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A free new app available on Android and iOS creates an AR portal through which you can view a recreation of one of Rembrandt’s most famous paintings.

Our First Look At ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ AR Experience

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Hunt down traces of magic in this Pokemon Go-style AR scavenger hunt. Thanks to the massive popularity of Pokemon GO , augmented reality-based scavenger hunt experiences have become all the rage among mobile developers.

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Google is shuttering its Spotlight Stories VR studio

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It seems that Google is doing some Spring cleaning and it’s not looking good for its employees and ventures. It was recently reported that Google was cutting down on the number of people working on its laptops and tablets and now something more drastic is happening on the VR front.

Rebellion’s Brutal ‘Sniper Elite’ Series is Getting Its First Made-for-VR Game

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Sniper Elite is coming to VR. The gritty sniper-focused shooter developed by Rebellion Developments is known for its brutal depictions of long range sniper combat and stealthy action.

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Valve’s Mike Ambinder To Talk Brain-Computer Interfaces At GDC

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A talk by Valve’s Mike Ambinder at GDC on March 22 will offer an overview of brain-computer interfaces. If you are attending GDC and staying through Friday, the talk looks like it’ll be a worthwhile one. The talk is titled “Brain-Computer Interfaces: One Possible Future for How We Play” and happens at 10 am Pacific in Room 2010, West Hall. While the talk isn’t specifically about VR, we’ve also got a list of six GDC talks focused on VR/AR you should check out.

Bugsy’s VR Musical Experience Calls Out Gender-Based Hypocrisy

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Bugsy’s latest music video shows how creative, unsettling, and feminine VR can be. Warning: strong language ahead.

Monstercat’s Out of the Bag: ‘Beat Saber’ Music Pack Now Available on Rift

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Confirmed earlier this week by Beat Games, indie VR sensation Beat Saber just dropped the Monstercat Music Pack Vol. 1—available now on Rift