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It’s Time To Develop A Consent Framework For Virtual Beings


The rise of virtual beings leads to new questions regarding the rights of digital representations. Technological advancements mean that we are rapidly approaching a time when artificial agents will be indistinguishable from that of human beings.

Here's Your First Look at the US Army's Combat-Ready HoloLens 2 in Action

Next Reality AR

Though Microsoft has had trouble keeping up with the demand for HoloLens 2, the company has been able to supply modified headsets to the US Army.

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XR Talks: Will VR Follow Mobile’s Monetization Path?

AR Insider

XR Talks is a series that features the best presentations and educational videos from the XR universe. It includes embedded video, as well as narrative analysis and top takeaways. Speakers’ opinions are their own. For a deeper indexed and searchable archive, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

Skype vs VR: When should you organize your meetings/events in VR?

The Ghost Howls

We are in the coronavirus times, and the outbreak of this disease has changed in a way or in another the lives of many people. One of the biggest consequences is that many people are now quarantined, or have problems traveling in the world.

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Oculus ‘Actively Thinking About’ Non-Store Option For Quest Applications


The Director of Content Ecosystem at Facebook’s Oculus, Chris Pruett, gave details on the Oculus Store curation policy for Oculus Quest in a Twitter thread today , along with teasing a potential official way for distributing Oculus Quest apps outside of the Oculus Store.

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HTC is Hosting Its Next Developer Conference in VR Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Road to VR

The recent coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has stymied many of the industry’s most important conferences and expos this year. To avoid this, HTC today announced it will be holding its next Vive Ecosystem Conference (VEC) from within virtual reality.

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I’ve visited Half-Life:Alyx environments and I loved them!

The Ghost Howls

Today, Valve has released on Steam two special environments for SteamVR Home that let you visit two places where Half-Life: Alyx will take place. I’ve visited them and I loved every second of those moments!

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Watch: Over 10 Minutes Of Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay


It’s just three weeks until Half-Life: Alyx is with us. To celebrate, Valve just released the first full footage of the game, with over 10 minutes to enjoy. New Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay. The first and most lengthy of these videos seems to pick up with Alyx in a train station.

Report: Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ is Coming to PSVR Soon

Road to VR

Google has taken its sweet time bringing its VR creation app Tilt Brush (2016) to PSVR, although having recently slimmed down the app to fit on the modest mobile chipset of Oculus Quest may have given the company needed incentive to finally launch on PSVR.

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Young Readers Can Now Enter the World of Dr. Seuss via New AR App Created with Unity's Project MARS

Next Reality AR

Alongside Sesame Street, the Dr. Seuss universe has been a constant presence in the formative years of several generations of children in the US.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.03.02): XR2 shows the future of standalones, F8 and GDC canceled and much more!

The Ghost Howls

This roundup of the most important AR/VR news of the past week comes out with a little delay since I’ve been very busy with my development job, and I’ve also a damn cold that doesn’t make me feel very well (but it’s no coronavirus, don’t worry :D). Sorry for that!

Half-Life: Alyx Can Be Played With One Hand


Half-Life: Alyx will have an option to play the entire game with just a single controller. Valve’s Greg Coomer confirmed as much in a recent interview with Tested.

HTC’s VR Lineup Now Includes 11 Headset Packages and Its Modular Strategy is a Mess

Road to VR

With the re-introduction of the company’s Cosmos VR headsets with four different variants, HTC’s Vive lineup has become a confusing mess with 11 different headset packages to choose from.

Startup 1RIC Serves Up AR Volumetric Videos of Vic Mensa, Poppy, & More via Jadu iPhone App

Next Reality AR

While holographic Whitney Houston is hitting the road, a new mobile app is bringing volumetric captures of up and coming performers directly to the iPhones and iPads of fans.

How Modding Communities Are Paving The Way For User-Generated VR & AR Content


The acceptance of modding communities hints to the growth of a collective economy across global creative and innovation-based industries. “Hold on tight to your IP.”

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Editorial: SideQuest Is The Beta Channel And Early Access Program Oculus Quest Needed


The generally positive reception for Oculus Quest in its first year has been helped in subtle but significant ways by the existence of SideQuest.

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New SteamVR Home Environments Are Your First Look Inside ‘Half-Life: Alyx’

Road to VR

For those that pre-ordered the game, Valve has brought two Half-Life: Alyx environments to SteamVR Home, giving players their first chance to step inside the game. Even if you didn’t pre-order the game, it’s still easy to check out the new environments by joining a user-hosted room.

Experiencing Immersive Art in Colorado

Tech Trends VR

The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) opens this week, and it will dedicate an entire pavilion to XR Experiences.

Hand Tracking Comes To Nreal AR Glasses


High fidelity hand tracking lets you pinch, grab, and zoom in AR.

Valve: Half-Life: Alyx Is ‘Our Return To This World, Not The End Of It’


Half-Life: Alyx might be Valve’s first new Half-Life game in nearly 13 years, but it probably won’t be its last. Speaking to Game Informer in a recent interview, Valve’s Robin Walker stated that Alyx was a “return to this world, not the end of it.”

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Subtitles & Single Controller Mode Among ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Accessibility Options

Road to VR

Valve is working on a ‘Single Controller Mode’ among its accessibility options for Half-Life: Alyx so that players who can only operate one controller can complete the game in its entirety.

Fox Buchele formally of Owlchemy has started a VR Microexperience fund for small developers.

Cats and VR

Fox Buchele formally of Owlchemy (co-Founder) has started a VR Microexperience fund for small developers.

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Lies Below Is A New VR Survival Horror Game For Oculus Inspired By Japanese Horror Manga


The unsettling narrative-driven experience launches on Oculus Quest next month followed by Rift S in April. .

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VR Power Review: Fixing The Oculus Quest Weight Problems And Extending Battery Life


Twenty minutes. That’s the longest I’ve ever been able to wear an Oculus Quest before ripping it off my head in pain. If I’m being honest, I hated using my Quest because it was so uncomfortable. It sat next to my bed for months, the controllers and charger tucked away on my headboard shelf.

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Step Into Half-Life: Alyx Early With Two SteamVR Home Environments

Peter Graham

What better way to ignore all the chaos going on in the world than to put on a virtual reality (VR) headset and enjoy some immersive gaming. In just over a couple of weeks when Half-Life: Alyx arrives many VR fans will probably do just that.

Papa John’s Reaches 25% Conversion Rate with AR Campaign

AR Insider

This is the latest in AR Insider’s Campaign Tracker series. Running semi-weekly, it examines marketing campaigns that utilize AR visualization such as product try-ons, and their results. For a full list of campaigns, comparative ROI chart and deeper analysis, subscribe to ARtillery PRO.

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Google I/O 2020 Has Been Cancelled Due To Coronavirus


Both F8 and GDC 2020 have also been postponed due to similar concerns of an outbreak.

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HTC Aims To Host 2020 Vive Ecosystem Conference In VR, Citing Coronavirus


The return of HTC’s annual Vive Ecosystem Conference later this month aims to be held, for the first time, in VR, spurred in part by the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. Vive China President Alvin Wang Graylin confirmed the news today on Twitter.

BFI London Film Festival to Expand Public Programme With XR Projects

Peter Graham

Film festivals like Sundance and Tribeca have spent the last several years embracing virtual reality (VR) content, with projects from Spheres to Gloomy Eyes finding success.

Augmented Reality Versus Disinformation – How “Escape Fake” Fights the Battle


We’re living in a time that some people have called the “ post-truth era.” While few people know what that means, one group is using augmented reality to help us envision it. And it doesn’t look good. What is Escape Fake? Escape Fake is an augmented reality escape room.

Some Beautiful Maniac Is Remaking Death Stranding For The Oculus Quest


No word yet on whether or not you’ll be able to pee Monster Energy drink.

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