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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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‘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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VR App Lets You Test Canon Cameras & Lenses Before You Buy

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Picking a camera or lens can be scary. Canon is using VR to make that a little easier. Over the past year VR has proven itself more than just a gaming device. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets are being used in incredible fields for various purposes from medicine and psychology, to art and design.

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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‘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.

Google Earth Lets You Explore the Planet in Virtual Reality

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Google Earth is now available for the HTC Vive. If you have access to a Vive, try Google Earth VR for yourself before reading any further. It’s free. A team of engineers and filmmakers worked together on a cinematic introduction that I’ll never do justice. Go in blind. Feel all the feelings.

IMAX Virtual Reality Coming in Q4 2016

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IMAX screens are big, very big. But Virtual Reality can be better, period. That is why the folks at IMAX are teaming up with Starbreeze to bring their 210-degree field of view (FOV) headsets to select IMAX locations starting in Los Angeles, followed by London, New York and Shanghai.

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.

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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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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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.

Everything Wrong with Traditional Data Visualization and How VR is Poised to Fix It

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Data visualization is one of a handful of topics that VR evangelists like to count off on their fingers as spaces that virtual reality could radically change. But how, exactly? And what’s wrong with data visualization today?

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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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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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New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 11/20/16

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It’s encouraging to see bigger brands tackle VR like the actual NBA with their NBA 2KVR Experience, but the new release gets completely outshined by a game obviously better-built for virtual reality even in early access: Nothin’ But Net.

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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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Jaguar Just Showed Us The Future of Car Launches

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The VR reveal for the company’s first-ever electric car blew our minds. During a press event at Milk Studios in Los Angeles Sunday night, Jaguar revealed the I-PACE, the company’s first-ever electric car.

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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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.

VR and AR Could Revolutionize Construction, But There Are Still Big Challenges

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The global construction market will hit $10.3 trillion in 2020, and it’s a field where mistakes are costly: rework typically makes up 12 percent of project costs, reaching tens of millions of dollars on big projects.

Display Conglomerate JDI Developing Ultra High Resolution Panels for VR Headsets

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JDI, a display conglomerate consisting of the display businesses of Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi, announced this week the development of ultra high resolution panels that are made specifically for virtual reality headsets.

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HTC Announces $1.5 Billion VR Investment Fund and Research Institute in China

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HTC is making yet more moves in China today, announcing a partnership with the Shenzhen Municipal Government to kick off two new initiatives. The first of these is a new China VR Research Institute.

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Google Launches Earth VR on HTC Vive, A Breathtaking New Way to Know Our Planet

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Today Google launches Earth VR for the HTC Vive for free, giving us a whole new perspective on the world. I remember, back in 2001, how amazed I was to see Google Earth for the first time. I remember huddling around the computer monitor with friends shouting “go to New York City!”

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DearVR Audio Engine Is A Unity Asset To Make VR Sound Better

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Virtual reality is growing at a rapid pace and, as developers get more familiar with their tools, the more devs will want specific tools that lighten the workload.

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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.

‘Quill’ Review: Changing Art as We Know it One Line at a Time

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I’m not an artist. I mean sure, in my day I’ve been known to doodle a killer cube and my wildlife paintings have been called “What is this supposed to be?” ” and “Seriously, your mother and I are worried about you,” from time to time.

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HTC to Offer Wireless Vive Upgrade Kit, Pre-orders Start Friday

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HTC plans to offer a wireless upgrade accessory for the Vive created by TPCAST. Launching in early 2017 with pre-orders starting Friday, HTC claims the device will eliminate the direct connection to the PC without any noticeable difference in latency or gameplay.

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