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Magic Leap Opens Programs To Extend Support To Developers

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Magic Leap is giving developers access to additional hardware, funding, enterprise customers, and support. Magic Leap understands that the future of AR means empowering creators with the right tools to explore ideas that will push the technology further into the arms of consumers.

Sony Patents Valve Index-Like VR Controller With Finger Tracking

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A recently-published patent from Sony Interactive Entertainment suggests that the company is working on a new VR motion controller, similar to those for the Valve Index. Could this be a new PSVR 2 controller?

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Oculus ‘Designing for Hands’ Document Introduces Best Practices for Quest Hand-tracking

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Hand-tracking on Quest rolled out as an experimental feature in late 2019, but Oculus is letting it gestate before it will accept third-party apps with hand-tracking.

Vive Cosmos becomes four! New faceplates add mixed reality and much more

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Today HTC has finally detailed how it intends to expand the features of the Vive Cosmos in the upcoming months. The Taiwanese company had already showcased at the launch of the device that it was a very versatile one , thanks to a series of dedicated accessories (e.g.

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Wilder vs. Fury Boxing Rematch Will Feature an AR Experience & Sponsorship via a UFC Legend

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As augmented reality continues its collision course with mainstream adoption, the technology will now have a role in one of the most anticipated boxing matches of the year.

HTC Reveals Passthrough AR Faceplate For Vive Cosmos

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A new faceplate for HTC’s modular Vive Cosmos headset will introduce AR capabilities to the device — at least for developers. The Cosmos XR Faceplate (as it’s called) is a developer product planned for launch in Q2 2020.

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JDI Starts Mass Production on 1,058 ppi High Pixel Density LCD for VR Glasses

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Japan Display Inc. JDI), a display conglomerate created by Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi, today announced the mass production of a new high pixel density, 2.1-inch 1,058 LCD display created for VR ‘glasses’ style headsets.

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Snapchat Evolves the Foundation of Its AR Capabilities with Ground Transformation Lenses

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The sky is the limit when it comes to augmented reality, but Snapchat's latest innovation is keeping its AR platform grounded. On Thursday, the company published a pair of new Lenses that highlight its new ground transformation technology.

Final Half-Life VR Oculus Quest Update Adds Hands And Fixes Flashlight

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After a long road, the developers of Lambda1, the Half-Life VR mod for Oculus Quest, just issued its final major update. Version 1.4.3 of the mod, which lets you play the entire game and its two expansions inside Facebook’s standalone headset, mainly has quality of life fixes.

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How A Small Handful Of Adorable Dragons Are Leading The Way For VR Pets

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Beast Pets demonstrates how virtual companions can have a genuine emotional impact on users. “Go Go fetch, Tux!” I knew he couldn’t fully understand me, but nevertheless Tux made his way over to the red and white ball I had just thrown across the small park.

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HTC Unveils Three New Vive Cosmos Headsets: Elite, Play, and XR

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Buckle up, this one’s a doozy. HTC today introduced three new variants of its Vive Cosmos VR headset. Joining the original Cosmos is Cosmos Elite, Cosmos Play, and Cosmos XR. The four variants of the headset aim to cover a diverse set of customer interests.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.02.17): Half-Life Alyx will launch on March, 23rd, MWC has been canceled and much more!

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On this special day, let’s all talk about AR and VR! Top news of the week. Image by Valve Corporation). Half-Life Alyx is going to launch on March, 23rd. With a tweet on its account, Valve has announced that the most awaited VR game of the year, Half-Life: Alyx is going to be released on March, 23rd.

JDI’s Small VR LCD Enters Mass Production, Could Mean More Compact Headsets Soon

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inch made-for-VR LCD panel, the same likely used in Huawei’s ultra compact VR Glass, has now entered mass production. The size of current VR headsets is primarily dictated by what field of view current lenses can achieve (without uncorrectable distortion) with a given panel size.

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Modders Are Bringing The Original 1993 DOOM To Oculus Quest

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“They are rage, brutal, without mercy. But you. You will be worse. Rip and tear, until it is done.”.

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Sandbox is Building an SDK so Anyone Can Create for Its VR Attraction Platform

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Sandbox VR, the location-based VR attraction, will be opening up to third-party developers soon, as the company will be releasing an SDK for its Sandbox ‘holodeck’ VR attraction platform.

Quick Fix: how to use ONLY the trigger to interact with the UI of the Oculus Go/Quest in Unity

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Today I want to talk about a quick fix that may interest all the Oculus Go and Oculus Quest Unity developers that employ the plain Oculus Unity Plugin from the asset store to develop their VR experiences.

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Here’s Sony’s Shuhei Yoshia Playing Dreams In PSVR

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Last week saw the release of long-anticipated PS4 exclusive, Dreams. Sadly, the promised PSVR support didn’t arrive alongside it. Developer Media Molecule assures it’s still coming , though. In fact, the team says support is nearly finished. Don’t believe them?

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Ubisoft Is Reportedly Working On VR Game Based On One Of Its ‘Greatest IPs’

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Splinter Cell? Assassins Creed? Ghost Recon?

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Google Brings Web-based AR to Chrome in Latest Beta

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Last week Google released a beta of Chrome 81 for Android, Chrome OS, Linux, macOS, and Windows, which means a stable version is just around the corner. One of the most important updates to arrive in Chrome 81 is the ability to use web-based AR apps.

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Sea Shepherd's Web-Based Augmented Reality Experience Spotlights the Damage Done by the Fishing Industry

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Augmented reality's status as a new storytelling medium has already led to the reinvention of filmmaking and journalism. Now, AR is helping non-profits draw attention to their respective causes.

Watch: Fan-Made Pokemon VR Oculus Quest Game Is Buggier Than Weedle, But It’s No Snore(lax)

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A wild fan-made Pokemon VR Oculus Quest game has appeared! And it might be buggier than a Weedle, but it’s still a giddy laugh. An Alpha version of Pokemon VR, as the game is simply called, went live this week for sideloading onto Quest headsets. Pokemon VR Oculus Quest Is Here.

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YouTube’s Project Witness VR Campaign Shines A Spotlight On Child Incarceration

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A 360-degree film exposes the struggles of 48,000 minors spending 23-hours per day in isolated confinement.

Three Totally Creative Uses of Quest Hand-tracking

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Oculus brought controllerless hand-tracking to Oculus Quest as an experimental feature back in December , and while it’s useful for navigating around the headset’s menus when you don’t want to pick up the controllers, developers have begun prototyping more creative uses for the tech.

Virtual World Somnium Space Rolls out v2.0, Adds Full Body Avatars, Builder & More

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There might be a growing collection of virtual reality (VR) videogames that can off big expansive worlds to explore but if you’re looking for something more akin to Ready Player One’s Oasis then your options are fairly limited.

No Man’s Sky VR Gets Gross Living Ships In Fresh Update

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No Man’s Sky’s range of galaxy-trekking space ships are about to feel a bit more, well, alive. Developer Hello Games today introduced the Living Ship update , which adds a race of biological space ships to the massive VR-compatible sci-fi adventure.

Super Fan Remaking Original Witcher Game In VR Using Unreal Engine

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“Bear! Run you stupid piece of s*#^!” – Geralt of Rivia. There’s never been a better time to be a Witcher fan.

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HTC Reveals Vive Proton, a Compact Standalone VR Headset Prototype

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As if announcing three new Cosmos headsets wasn’t enough, HTC today also revealed Vive Proton.

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HTC Vive Project Proton Concept Devices Offer Potential Future High-End & Mobile AR Wearable Options

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Part of the fallout from the canceled Mobile World Congress is that a range of products, ideas, and designs slated for reveal in Barcelona are now being showcased without the framing and context of the massive tech gathering.

Microsoft To Host US And International Mixed Reality Dev Days

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Microsoft announced that it will be hosting two Mixed Reality Dev Days in Redmond, Washington May 16 and 17, in addition to some international dev days held in Japan and Germany at some point during the year.

Boneworks Creators Working On Follow-Up VR Game For Quest And PC VR

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‘Project 4’ will utilize the same physics-driven game mechanics featured in Boneworks. This past September VR developer Stress Level Zero ( Boneworks, Hover Junkers, Duck Season ) announced it was working on a brand new VR game for the Oculus Quest.

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‘Boneworks’ Studio Building All-new Quest Game Based on Same Mechanics

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Boneworks (2019), the VR shooter-adventure from Stress Level Zero, is now live on the Oculus Store for Rift , although arguably more fascinating is the studio’s intention to bring its physics-based system built for Boneworks to the modest Oculus Quest.

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