2016

Experimental VR Alzheimer’s Therapy App Made Just Hours After Plea by Child of Afflicted Father

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After a recent bout of news articles detailing an experimental Alzheimer’s Disease therapy that has showed promising results in mice, the child of an afflicted father made a plea to the VR community to create a VR app which would recreate the therapy with a VR headset.

‘MasterpieceVR’ Brings Cross-Platform Multiplayer Painting And Sculpting To Rift And Vive

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Creating art with several people at once can be a crowded experience. But not in MasterpieceVR.

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Facebook Launching 360-Degree Live Streaming Video

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National Geographic will be the first to test the new feature. Publishers will soon be able to take their live streams to an entirely new level — broadcasting live in 360-degrees.

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United Nations endorses peace walkway with AR and VR Technology

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The United Nations has endorsed a unique way for people to celebrate art monuments and heroic world peacemakers with the latest AR and VR technology. On September 4, the United Nations invited peace walkway artist Paul-Felix Montez to speak at the U.N. in New York City for World Peace day.

3 Great VR Party Games to Play With Friends and Family This Holiday

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VR is so new that one of the regular activities of VR headset owners is introducing other people to the technology. Usually that means putting one person in a headset and standing around while they take their turn.

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Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Debuts Virtual Reality Pictionary Segment with ‘Tilt Brush’

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NBC’s popular late night talk show The Tonight Show with host Jimmy Fallon has debuted a new segment called Virtual Reality Pictionary which uses the HTC Vive and Google’s Tilt Brush VR paint app. Jimmy Fallon is no stranger to VR.

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HTC Vive Exec Makes Predictions for the Next 2 Years of Virtual Reality

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HTC’s China Regional President of Vive, Alvin Wang Graylin, took to the stage at the Unity Vision Summit in Asia this week and made a series of bold predictions for where we’ll see VR in the next two years.

Unity’s In-VR Game Editor Launches Tomorrow, This Is What It’s Like

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Tomorrow Unity plans to launch the first experimental build of EditorVR, a component of the Unity game engine which will let developers build games within virtual reality. Timoni West, Principal Designer at Unity Labs, has announced that EditorVR will launch tomorrow, December 15th.

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Palmer Luckey’s New Role At Oculus Will Be Revealed Soon

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As we digest the news today that Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe is stepping down from his role as CEO of the company and moving to head up the PC VR team, we asked Oculus whether Palmer Luckey would be staying with Facebook and Oculus through the transition.

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Starting Tomorrow You Can Make Unity Games From Within VR

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Unity was reluctant to put a final date on the launch of Editor VR when it was last shown at Unite 2016 in November, but we now know it will be with us very, very soon.

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‘Raw Data’ Developer Survios Raises $50 Million, Now Top Funded VR Dev Studio

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Survios , the VR development studio behind the Vive title Raw Data , has announced a whopping $50 million in funding to further expand its VR content offerings. The new round makes the company the most funded pure VR development studio to date.

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Brendan Iribe Is No Longer CEO of Oculus, Now Leads PC-Focused VR Team Within Facebook (Update)

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Some days when you work on the media side of the tech industry, you get through the day by going through the motions, reporting on stuff you knew about a good bit in advance, and writing about cool upcoming games, events, and gadgets.

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This Startup Is Taking VR On The Road

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This mobile VR truck is what everyone needs at their party. The hottest truck to hit the San Francisco food scene isn’t what you’re expecting. With an equally long line of customers, you won’t be waiting for the latest duck confit tacos or crispy miso tofu steamed buns from this truck anytime soon.

Oculus Nearly Matched The Original ‘Gears of War’ Budget To Fund Epic’s ‘Robo Recall’

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Oculus is one of the most prolific stimulators of virtual reality content in the industry today. The Facebook-owned company has been funding VR games and projects for years now through Oculus Studios.

New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 12/19/16

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Along with Steam’s Winter Sale and Oculus’ as well, there’s a massive number of new Vive games to choose from this week at discounted prices.

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IMR are Building a Wireless Video System to Power 4k Per-Eye VR Headsets

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Australian startup Immersive Robotics are poised to deliver what they claim is a truly universal wireless solution for PC VR headsets that delivers tether-free virtual reality with minimal compromises in quality and extremely low latency.

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Bridge Is A Mobile Headset That Brings Inside-Out Tracking And MR To iPhone

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San Francisco-based Occipital is one of the many companies that wants to bring inside-out tracking to mobile VR, but its means of doing so stands apart from others.

StubHub ‘Virtual View’ Lets You Preview Your Seats Before Buying Tickets

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Ticket marketplace StubHub has launched a new ‘Virtual View’ feature which will let users know exactly what the view from their seats will look like before buying tickets.

Nvidia Touts 15 Million VR Ready PCs Sold As PS4 Pushes Past 50 Million

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The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive might offer a superior VR experience to PlayStation VR, but there’s one very big reason the latter is poised to perform better on the market, at least in the short term.

Analyst: Despite Slow 2016, VR Still Forecast To Reach $14B In Software Sales By 2020

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Market researcher SuperData scaled back its virtual reality forecast for 2016, particularly after a disappointing launch of the PlayStation VR headsets. But it still believes that consumer VR software could grow from $407 million in revenue in 2016 to $14 billion by 2020.

‘Pluto’ Turns Any VR App Into A Social Experience

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Social VR is a hot topic right now. With the release of the Oculus Touch controllers , both of the major headsets — Oculus Rift and HTC Vive — have motion tracked controllers and roomscale capabilities.

VR Headsets from ASUS, Dell, HP, and More Coming in 2017, Will Run on Intel Integrated Graphics

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Today at the Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Engineering Community event in Shenzhen, China, the company announced that VR/AR (mixed reality) headsets from top manufacturers are due to hit the market in 2017.

There Are Now Over 1,000 VR-Supported Games and Experiences on Steam

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The Oculus Rift , created by Facebook-owned Oculus VR, launched on March 28th, 2016, with the HTC and Valve-created Vive headset launching just a week later on April 5th, 2016.

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New York Times Launches 360° Series With Hollywood’s Best Actors

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“Step inside the suspenseful world of film noir in a series of short virtual-reality films, and see what it’s like to be in a scene with the year’s best actors.”

How To Play SteamVR Vive Games With Oculus Touch and Rift

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Last week we let you know about 10 great SteamVR games that work well with the Rift and Touch by default. Now that the Touch controllers have officially released into the world, we decided to tackle the topic in a bit more detail.

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Now with Netflix, HBO, and NextVR, Daydream Rises to Top VR Platform for Video

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Google’s Daydream Android VR platform just got a lot more watchable. Already the only place you’ll find the official YouTube VR app, Daydream just picked up more major content providers.

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VR Rising: 5 Trends to Watch As The Industry Grows In 2017

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Featured image from left to right: Rob Goodman (OpenVerse), Han Jin (Lucid VR), Amitt Mahajan (Presence Capital), Timoni West and Tony Parisi (Unity).

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Zero Latency Raises $7 Million for Expansion of ‘Warehouse Scale’ VR Tech

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Melbourne-based firm Zero Latency has raised $7 million in venture funding. The company specialises in out-of-home ‘warehouse scale’ local multiplayer VR experiences, and is beginning to open attractions around the world.

HTC Announces ‘Vive Studios’ to Publish “Deeper, Richer and Longer” Room-Scale VR Games

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Today, HTC is announcing the launch of its newest subsidiary: Vive Studios. This brand new content publisher will work to facilitate and release new, high-quality content for the titular HTC Vive virtual reality headset.

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Visbit Raises $3.2 Million To Build Out 4K VR Platform

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Visbit just raised $3.2 million in seed funding with participation from Presence Capital, ZhenFund, Colopl Next, Amino Capital and Eversunny Limited.

Exclusive: Nokia Launches OZO Player SDK, a Cross-platform Video Playback Engine for VR Apps

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Nokia has launched the OZO Player SDK , a cross-platform foundation for creating applications with high fidelity VR video playback. Road to VR spoke with Nokia’s Head of VR Technologies, Tarif Sayed to learn more about the offering.

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