Google Releases Highly-polished VR Tour of Versailles for Free

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Google Arts & Culture partnered with Château de Versailles to create an extremely detailed VR tour of the iconic French palace, aptly named VersaillesVR – the palace is yours (2019). Liberté, égalité, fraternité—all that jazz—and no throngs of tourist groups to swim through either.

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Khronos Group Would Welcome Input From Microsoft On OpenXR Standard

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During GDC 2017, Khronos Group unveiled OpenXR as the name for their VR/AR API standard that’s currently being developed. We reported on the announcement and broke down a bit of why this standard was something for the VR industry and community to get excited about, but we also got the chance to speak with Khronos Group president Neil Trevett to get some questions answered. The Khronos Group is hoping to be able to ship the API around GDC of next year.

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GDC 2017: Khronos Group Unveils VR/AR Standard OpenXR

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In December of last year, Khronos group made headlines for adding Epic Games to the list of companies in support of their pursuit of an API standard for virtual and augmented reality. Representatives for Google VR, Intel, and others already voiced their support of Khronos’ work by that point, but Epic’s Unreal Engine allowed Khronos to focus on a potential wider adoption of the standard.

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Call for VR Open Standard Backed by Valve, Oculus, Google, & OSVR

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The Khronos Group announced on Tuesday that they have a critical mass of major VR players who are collaborating on a VR open standard. I had a chance to catch up with Khronos Group President Neil Trevett to talk about this call for participation on this VR open standard.

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Eye-Tracking Group Tobii Plans To Invest $16 Million In VR By 2019

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Oculus Chief Scientist Michael Abrash, for example, expects high quality solutions to be implemented into VR headsets five years from now. Google also recently purchased Eyefluence, suggesting we could see eye-tracking in headsets powered by Google in the years to come.

Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards

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Google, Sony, Oculus, Samsung, Acer and HTC have combined their efforts in order to create a healthy and equal industry for virtual reality hardware and software to develop and expand. Ultimately, the group will develop best practices and share them openly.”.

The Top 5 Games for Oculus Rift

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So, you just bought an Oculus Rift and you want to know what to download first (besides the free stuff). In our breakdown of the top 5 games for Oculus Touch and top 5 for the Xbox One gamepad, we take a look at some of the best games currently on the Oculus Store.

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Getty Images has launched the Getty Images Virtual Reality Group

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Getty Images, has launched the Getty Images Virtual Reality Group, a new business dedicated to the creation and global distribution of virtual reality content.

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Oculus Is Bringing Free-To-Use VR To 90 California State Libraries

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Oculus has always been a major supporter of the virtual reality community. Now the Facebook subsidiary is focusing on making virtual reality more accessible than ever by bringing their Oculus Rift headsets to public libraries across California all for the low cost of $0.00.

Oculus Rift Has Hidden Preliminary Support For OpenXR

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Facebook added basic support for OpenXR to their Oculus Rift and Rift S headsets. It was developed by a working group managed by Khronos, a non-profit industry consortium. When launching an OpenXR test app, the Oculus app launched and recognized it as a VR app.

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Apple Should Be Very Worried About Google’s Pixel

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I basically didn’t talk to my family for a week during a recent outage caused by my need to repair the iPhone because our iMessage chat group didn’t port over to Android. Google is claiming Pixel has a better camera than the iPhone 7 (though they didn’t mention the 7+) and it is pairing that camera with unlimited full resolution storage of photos and videos shot with the device. ” Not the same with Google Pixel.

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Google Launching WebVR Support for Android Chrome in January, Desktop to Follow

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There, Google said that the company soon plans to ship a public version of Chrome on Android with support for WebVR 1.1. SEE ALSO Google Shows HTC Vive Running at 90 FPS in Chrome with WebVR. Google News Web VR Chrome google megan lindsay virtual reality web web vr webvr

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Blocks By Google VR – 3D Modeling for the Masses

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For the last month I’ve been working with Google to test Blocks, a new VR creation tool that enables anyone to 3D model low polygon objects without training. Grab Tool: Used to grab, group, duplicate, multi select, flip, and throw away objects. Google VR (@googlevr) July 6, 2017.

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Addition of OpenXR Support in Oculus PTC Could Smooth Cross-Platform Development

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The industry is striving for ever greater openness and interconnectivity, hence why The Khronos Group and its affiliates began working on OpenXR. Soon Oculus will begin to adopt OpenXR with support reportedly coming in the latest Oculus Public Test Channel release.

‘Google Earth VR’ Launches For Free To Let You Fly Around The World

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This is Google Earth VR. Google Earth VR is a surprise project from Google’s Geo team that is being both announced and released today. This is the team behind Google Maps and the original Google Earth. The group has spent the better part of a decade collecting and cataloging an obscene amount of visual data from all over the planet. Google Earth VR’s primary locomotion system is flight.

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Google Daydream Apps to include J.K. Rowling Experience, Gunjack 2, Netflix, and More

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Today at Google’s press event announcing the Pixel phone and Daydream View headset, the company detailed VR content on the way to the Daydream Android VR platform. Google says they’ve been working with Warner Brothers on a Daydream VR experience based on J.K.

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Unreal Engine Adds Oculus Quest Vulkan Support, Unity To Follow ‘Later This Year’

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The latest version of the Oculus Unreal Engine Integration adds support for Vulkan on Oculus Quest and Oculus Go. It is the official LLAPI for the Android OS, used on Oculus Go and Oculus Quest. Vulkan On Oculus Standalones.

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GDC 2017: Vive ‘Working’ to Join Oculus on a Committee for Open VR Standards

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Earlier this morning the Khronos Group announced a name and details for its open virtual and augmented reality standard committee. Christened now as the Open XR Working Group, the organization will be comprised of representatives from the worlds leading AR/VR companies. Today’s announcement indicated that most of the major VR imprints have been granted membership into the group including: Oculus, Valve, Unity, Epic, Samsung, and Google.

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Facebook Is Developing An AI Assistant For Oculus Headsets

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Which has the better ring to it, “Hey, Oculus?” ” or “Okay, Oculus”? A Facebook spokesperson since confirmed the news to us with the following statement: “We are working to develop voice and AI assistant technologies that may work across our family of AR/VR products including Portal, Oculus and future products.” Theoretically, such an assistant could give VR users hands-free control of the Oculus platform.

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‘Lone Echo’ and ‘Echo Arena’ Now Work on HTC Vive with ReVive Hack

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Thanks to ReVive , a free hack which allows Vive users to play games from the Oculus platform, you can now play both Lone Echo and it’s free multiplayer companion game Echo Arena with an HTC Vive. Oculus is happy to contribute to this effort.”.

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Lenovo Mirage Solo Features Major Upgrades Over Oculus Go

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Leaning around in Oculus Go is not fun. Facebook’s Oculus Go doesn’t register leaning movement and, because he was in Oculus Go too, David couldn’t simply lean out of the way. The first standalone headset powered by Google’s technology offers six degrees of freedom ( 6DoF) for head movement. Here’s a look at some of the other things we plan to test and compare to Oculus Go as soon as we get our hands on the headset: Chromecast Mirroring.

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‘Oculus Launch Pad’ Is Silently Populating The VR Content Pool

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As a little-known initiative, Oculus is actively funneling in talent with the promise of training, tools and other resources that developers — new and old — can use to build projects for the Oculus platform as well as for the greater VR ecosystem.

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NextVR Brings Its Live Streamed Events to Oculus Quest

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NextVR, the VR livestreaming event app, is now available on Oculus Quest for free, which is said to come alongside a new technology that promises clearer and sharper video rendering. NextVR is pairing our newest rendering technology with Oculus Quest to provide an outstanding fan experience.”

SideQuest Sideloads Oculus Quest Software Without Facebook’s Approval

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A new app distribution project called SideQuest gained steam this week on Oculus Quest. Facebook is less than one month into the launch of Oculus Quest and the standalone headset is sold out pretty much everywhere. Oculus Quest VR Industry News sideloading SideQuest virtual desktop

Oculus Go Dev Kits Begin Shipping

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A first look at Oculus’ standalone VR headset. One of the biggest announcements that came out of Oculus Connect in October was the unveiling of a $199 standalone VR headset. Dubbed Oculus Go , the upcoming headset is basically an all-in-one mobile computer.

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‘YouTube VR’ Finally Comes to PC, Bringing the Platform’s 360 Videos to Vive, Rift, and Windows VR

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It’s been a long while coming, but Google has finally launched a YouTube VR app on PC. Google expects YouTube VR to remain in Early Access through 2018 as they continue to develop it based on feedback. Image courtesy Google. Image courtesy Google.

With Facebook’s ????, Oculus Is Fending off Old Enemies, Former Friends, and New Foes

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At Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer conference, we got fresh insight into where Oculus is heading, and a new look at how Facebook’s money is funding battles on all fronts of the industry’s increasingly competitive landscape. Image courtesy Oculus.

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Editorial: Oculus Quest Is Winning 2019 And Looks Set For 2020 Too

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The Oculus Link beta and forthcoming support for hand-tracking are poised to completely change the VR market. Facebook’s all-in-one VR headset, Oculus Quest , went on sale in May 2019 for $400 and it is safe to say now, in November, it owned the standalone VR category by itself this year.

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First Ever OpenXR Demo Heading To Siggraph 2018 This Week

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Khronos Group’s anticipated VR/AR standard API, OpenXR, is finally getting its first ever public demo at Siggraph 2018 this week. The group includes over 140 members, with major players like Google, Sony, Valve, HTC, Samsung, Magic Leap, Oculus, AMD and Nvidia involved. The latter, for example, is one of the few home-based VR devices to currently offer an inside-out tracking system, and can run apps separate from the SteamVR and Oculus ecosystems on PC.

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‘vTime’ Becomes Most Widely-Available Social VR Platform

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With social VR platform vTime’s recent launch on Google Daydream, the UK-based company Starship Group can proudly say they’ve created the most-widely available social VR platform in the world. Mobile VR Games News Social VR VR Games social vr starship group vtime

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Google Bringing WebVR Support to Android Chrome in JanuaryWebVR.

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Google Bringing WebVR Support to Android Chrome in January WebVR is gaining significant momentum; last month the biggest players in the browse space came together to discuss the future of VR on the web at the W3C Workshop on Web & Virtual Reality. webvr vr virtual reality google chrome

VR Association Formed To Get ‘Ahead of Challenges With Developing and Deploying The Technology Responsibly’

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The collective includes Google, HTC Vive, Acer Starbreeze, Oculus, Samsung, and Sony Interactive Entertainment. Still, there’s nothing stopping the GVRA from growing and adding more companies to the group.

VR Experiences to Introduce Your Family to Virtual Reality Over Thanksgiving

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Assuming you aren’t actually hosting Thanksgiving, undoubtedly the easiest VR systems to lug around would be the selection of mobile VR headsets currently on offer, namely Google Daydream and Gear VR. Oculus Video. Google Earth VR.

Hugo Barra to Lead Oculus and “All Virtual Reality Efforts” at Facebook

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has tapped Hugo Barra, Xiaomi’s current Global VP, for the position of CEO at Oculus VR. Barra will be tasked with not only leading Oculus, Facebook’s subsidiary, but all of Facebook’s VR projects.

Oculus beginner’s guide

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The devices from Oculus VR hit a sweet spot of affordability and performance. If you got an Oculus headset this Christmas — or didn’t, and are planning to buy one ( available on Amazon for $200 ) — this guide can help you learn about the most important features.

Google is Adding a VR Shell to Chrome to Let You Browse the Entire Web in VR

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Google is working add fully immersive browsing capability to Chrome, allowing users to browse any part of the web in VR, not just those sites that are specially built for VR. See Also: Google Shows HTC Vive Running at 90 FPS in Chrome with WebVR.

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New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For Week Of 07/02/17

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It’s a pretty great week for free content for Oculus owners, which is ideal seeing as you’ve probably just lost a whole lot of money in the summer sale. We’ve got great new apps from the BBC and Google and there’s some cool content for Gear VR, too.