Samsung’s VR Strategy with Tom Harding, Director of Immersive Products

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Without explicitly announcing a new specific product, Samsung quietly implied that they may be developing a new standalone mobile VR HMD during a session during their developer conference last month. SEE ALSO Hands-on: Samsung Odyssey Windows VR Headset & Controllers.

Toy Clash Review: Tower Defense Meets Tabletop Strategy

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Toy Clash is now available on the Samsung Gear VR through Oculus Home for $2.99. Tagged with: gear vr , oculus , strategy , tactics , toy clash. gaming Reviews gear vr oculus strategy tactics toy clashI’m kind of a sucker for board games in VR.

How Google’s Latest VR Moves Are a Major Blow to Oculus’ Mobile Strategy

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Within the industry though, the announcements represent somewhat of a repositioning of industry players, one that puts Oculus’ mobile strategy in a rough spot. And our expectation is that future Gear VR phones from Samsung will continue to be Daydream ready.

First Impressions Of The New 2017 Samsung Gear 360 Camera

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Yesterday we attended the Samsung Unpacked 2017 event in New York City where company launched new products including the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ as well as the new Samsung Gear 360 camera. In fact, at the event Samsung gave everyone in attendance their own personal Gear 360 device to record the launch experience together at the same time. One of the biggest gripes users had about the original Gear 360 was that it was only supported by Samsung’s latest devices.

HP’S VR STRATEGY PAVES THE WAY FOR COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS FOR VR.

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HP’S VR STRATEGY PAVES THE WAY FOR COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS FOR VR. And on Monday, HP announced a set of products as part of a broader strategy to diversify the VR landscape with offerings geared towards businesses.

Watch This Trailer For ‘Tactera’ Creator’s Latest Strategy Game ‘Skylight’ Releasing on Jan. 12th

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If you’re anything like me, the prospect of most real-time strategy games is overwhelming. Enter Skylight, a hybrid game that melds elements of both real-time strategy and turn-based strategy into one seamless package.

On the Hunt for VR’s Killer App with Samsung’s VP of Immersive Products & VR, Nick DiCarlo

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Samsung’s Nick DiCarlo weighs in on how we might come to find it. Today we hear from Nick DiCarlo, VP of Immersive Products & VR at Samsung. SEE ALSO Samsung Gear VR Install Base Has Passed 5 Million Headsets.

New Estimate Suggests Samsung Approaching 10 Million Gear VRs Sold By 2018

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The manufacturers have released only limited data points — with Samsung coming out with the largest number to date revealing the technology giant sold 5 million Gear VRs through the beginning of the year. Nevertheless, IHS Markit is forecasting sales for both Daydream from Google and Gear VR from Samsung, the latter of which is powered by software from Facebook’s Oculus. The actual numbers supplied by IHS Markit estimate Samsung will sell 4.12

Weekend Downloads: New on Samsung Gear VR

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Weekend Downloads is part of our weekly update to bring you the latest additions to the Samsung Gear VR. Choose from 12 highly differentiated units in this fast-paced Real-Time Strategy game played on a “virtual tabletop”.

Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Daydream VR Update Begins Rolling Out

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Announced back in May, an update bringing Google Daydream support to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus has begun rolling out, making those phones the only two to support both Daydream VR and Gear VR.

10 Industries Using VR in Marketing Strategies

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Now that the technology is stable and easily accessible, brands and businesses are increasingly looking to VR technology and incorporating it into their marketing strategies. Samsung VR Rollercoaster Samsung has partnered with Six Flags to create rollercoaster experiences.

Google hires former Samsung VR exec to work on DaydreamGoogle is.

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Google hires former Samsung VR exec to work on Daydream Google is forming a rather hefty team within the company to tackle smartphone-based virtual reality. The latest addition to the team is Matt Apfel, a former VP of content strategy for Samsung’s Milk VR (now Samsung VR).

‘Tactera’ Review

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If you’re the sort of person that played the forerunners of the real-time strategy genre, like the ’90s PC classic Command & Conquer (1995) , you’ll be pleasantly surprised with Tactera, a fast-paced mobile RTS game today released for Gear VR.

Oculus Reveals 6 New VR Titles for Rift & Gear VR at GDC 2017

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Choose your units wisely, have a strategy of your own and fight until the end. Brass Tactics takes real-time-strategy to the next level by placing you in the middle of the action on a fantastic clockwork battlefield. Genre: Classic Real-Time Strategy (RTS).

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CastleStorm VR Announced for Oculus Rift and Gear VR, New Trailer Here

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It’s on its way for both the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR headsets, take a look at it in action in this launch trailer. CastleStorm VR is a curious blend of medieval RTS, Tower Defence and RPG mechanics with a dash of Angry Birds, set on a 2D plane and build for virtual reality.

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These Are The Stocks You Could Buy To Invest In The VR Industry

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Samsung – KRX: 005930 – GearVR (partnership with Oculus VR) and 360 Camera. The VR and AR markets are full of companies of various sizes with many roles in the VR industry, when you consider how many verticals there are it can get confusing.

Settlers of Catan makes jump from board game to VR

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Fans of the hit strategy-based board game Settlers of Catan will soon be able to enjoy the classic title in a whole new way using some of the latest technology: that’s right, virtual reality. Archive Gaming oculus rift Samsung Gear VR virtual reality vr

Augmented Empire Review: Turn-Based Tactics Meet Deep Storytelling

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This not only helped make me feel like a tactical mastermind that was actually connected to the world in a believable way, but it also helped the core game itself — a turn-based tactical strategy game in the same vein of XCOM , The Banner Saga , Fire Emblem — be more fun to play.

ROCCAT Games Puts You on an Elevator to the Moon

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Developed by a team of three (while the rest of ROCCAT Games focused on the multiplayer strategy game Sick City ) Elevator to the Moon keeps players in the titular lift while they solve various technical problems. Gaming Oculus Rift Samsung Gear VR

Editorial: Smartphones Won’t Be Replaced By VR And AR Headsets, Yet

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The Biggest Oculus Rift And Gear VR Releases Of The Week 07/23/17

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Here’s a new real-time strategy game in which you face off with an AI looking to take you down. Experiences Gaming Oculus Rift Samsung Gear VR new releases Oculus Home steamIt’s a good week to check out some 360 degree content on your Oculus Rift or Gear VR.

New Oculus Rift And Gear VR Releases For The Week Of 04/23/17

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There is no better example of the differing strategies of two platforms than the Oculus Rift and Gear VR. Recommendation: With this, you get exciting combat that isn’t only stylish but requires a degree of strategy. Experiences Gaming Oculus Rift Samsung Gear VR new releases

New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For Week Of 07/09/17

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This week’s big release is a new turn-based strategy RPG from the creators of Esper. Experiences Gaming Oculus Rift Samsung Gear VR Oculus Home steamRift might be on sale, but its Gear VR’s time to shine on the content side this week with two big new releases.

Can Sea Hero Quest VR Succeed in Fighting Mental Diseases?

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Development of the free-to-download game, which is released for Samsung Gear VR headset and Facebook’s Oculus Rift, was funded by German mobile carrier Deutsche Telekom AG.

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Building New Worlds in Virtual Reality

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This feels in step with Microsoft’s broader Mixed Reality strategy, keeping its eye on the long-term prize and building the infrastructure that will allow for scaling and adaptation Click To Tweet.

Spatial Brings AR Gaming To The Tabletop With A Magic Window

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Currently the device supports iPhone 6, iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy 6 and Samsung Tab S2 along with later iterations of each. AR tabletop gaming could get a real boost with this new peripheral from Spatial Gaming.

These Olympic Hopefuls Dig In For Their Shot at Rio 2016

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Samsung is bringing fans closer to the Olympic Games with this immersive Beach Volleyball VR film. This is why Samsung wants to tell the inspiring stories of Olympic Games hopefuls who are defying barriers on their quest to compete.

Developing the Future of Mixed Reality

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A key enabler for Object Theory’s success has been Microsoft’s strategy for marketing, supporting, and developing Mixed Reality content for the HoloLens, which is why Zachary and Hoffman are enthusiastic in their praise for the company, and in particular of the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella.

Darknet Dev’s Latest VR Game Hits Rift And Vive Next Week

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The solo indie developer was one of the first to release a full game on Samsung’s Gear VR all the way back in 2014, and he’s released a number of great strategy titles on a variety of headsets since. It’s a real-time strategy experience that the developer says is easy to learn but deep to master. E McNeill is a name that will be familiar to any long-time VR fans.

VFX Master Phil Tippett Brings His Grotesque Creations to HoloLens in ‘HoloGrid: Monster Battle’

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The game currently supports cross-play multiplayer between iOS, Android mobile devices and Samsung Gear VR. Game studio HappyGiant and Tippett Studio , the production firm founded by stop-motion guru Phil Tippett, has launched HoloGrid: Monster Battle (2017) on Microsoft’s HoloLens platform.

Is Apple Working On A VR headset?

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I t's unclear if Apple intends to complete with the likes of the Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard , Samsung Gear VR or HTC Vive. Apple has been in the news recently and I do not mean because their iPhone sales are slowing.

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

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Former Friends – Samsung. Samsung was perhaps Oculus’ first major ally. The companies co-developed the mobile Gear VR headset, which would be manufactured and sold by Samsung but run the Oculus platform for VR software distribution.

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VRX 2017 Hosts Top VR/AR Companies in San Francisco This Week – Road to VR Readers Save 15%

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Try out the latest tech, experience the latest new content and uncover a world of best-practice and strategies guaranteed to give you a real competitive edge going into 2018 and beyond.

Apple’s AR Glasses Will Probably Be Powered And Controlled By Your iPhone

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Whereas those companies will have to either include a “puck”, partner with an Android manufacturer (similar to Facebook with the Samsung Gear VR ) or somehow manage to use regular Android phones via an app. How much Apple paid for Akonia was never disclosed, but if the company’s pre-acquisition claims are close to true they could be a key element of Apple’s AR glasses strategy.

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AltspaceVR Releases New World-Building Kits

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Overall, it feels like an announcement firmly in step with the company’s broader Mixed Reality strategy, keeping its eye firmly on the long-term prize and building the infrastructure that will allow for scaling and adaptation, depending on how the technology develops and what consumers demand.

John Carmack’s Epic 2015 Letter To Oculus VR Leaders

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Subject: Oculus Strategy (LONG). Subject: Oculus Strategy (LONG). This is still grudging, as noted by the “interactive” bullet point in our official strategy presentation at the town hall, and Brendan’s derisive use of “viewmaster” when talking about Cardboard, but most now agree it has an important place. I won’t argue passionately about platform strategy, because it really isn’t my field, but I have opinions based on general software development with some relevance.

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The reality of VR/AR growth“VR will be big, AR will be bigger.

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But now the market has actually launched, and we’ve got 12 months of real-world performance and major tech players’ strategies emerging. While this came from a very specific set of circumstances, there have been direct knock-on effects for major tech companies’ mobile AR strategies.

Lenovo Mirage AR Headset Veers Into ‘Expensive Gimmick’ Territory With ‘Star Wars: Jedi Challenges’ as Sole Title

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Virtual reality owes much of its popularity to mobile VR, with its promise of abundant, economical and serviceable headsets like Samsung Gear VR and the even cheaper Google Cardboard—the sort of ‘headset shells’ that only require a suitable smartphone to run.

This HoloLens Prototype Brings Golf to AR

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They “don’t talk, buy prototype” and have built relationships through this ideal with clients such as Samsung and Ford. CapitolaVR , as described on their website, is a digital agency all about action.

OC4: Oculus’ Nate Mitchell On VR Hype — ‘Expectations Got Ahead Of Themselves’

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Nate Mitchell is one of the Oculus co-founders and continues to be a key leader at Facebook defining the product strategy for VR going forward. This acquisition set off a wave of investment in VR that saw numerous startups funded alongside giants like Google and Microsoft dramatically stepping up efforts to build out VR headset strategies. Earlier this year, Samsung said it sold more than 5 million Gear VRs.

Experiment 7 to bring the world of Dungeons & Dragons to VR.in Chess form.

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Dungeon Chess™, a D&D-themed animated chess game, is the first title developed by Experiment 7 in this partnership and will release on Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR later this year. "As Wizards Of The Coast recently announced their partnership with Experiment 7 to bring games to VR.

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Disney Backed Jaunt And OmniVirt Are Partnering To Put More Ads Into VR

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Jaunt has continued to develop new hardware for VR video, but now it seems ready to diversity its revenue potential through a new advertising strategy formed in conjunction with its partner, OmniVirt.

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YouTube VR Is Finally Available on Oculus Go

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The app was previously available on Samsung Gear VR, which uses the same store as Oculus Go, but Go was blacklisted until today. Google’s support for the Oculus platform despite having its own directly competing Daydream platform should be commended, but it may be part of a strategy to try and keep YouTube as the dominant video sharing platform in 360° content just as it currently is for 2D content.