March, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx full review: the first true AAA VR game

The Ghost Howls

Yesterday, I finally finished Half-Life: Alyx. It has been a very long ride, and I had a lot of fun. I am now ready to write you a full review of this game. Some days ago, I have written a first impressions article on this game, and it made some people unhappy because I somewhat criticized this game.

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Facebook Signs Exclusivity Deal with AR Display Maker Plessey

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Facebook is taking an important step towards releasing its first AR headset, as the company has signed an exclusivity agreement with UK-based AR display maker Plessey to supply the company with microLED displays.

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Magic Leap Looking into Sale of the Company, Report Says

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The rumors have been circulating for months, but now there's a source attached to the notion that Magic Leap is looking to sell itself off after a rough couple of years following the launch of its Magic Leap 1 augmented reality device.

HP Is Building A ‘Next Generation’ SteamVR Headset With Microsoft & Valve

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Valve, Microsoft and HP are collaborating to build a ‘next generation’ SteamVR headset, called HP Reverb G2. The current HP Reverb is the company’s second PC VR headset, with high resolution LCD panels and a focus on comfort. It’s priced at $599.

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

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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.

A New Dimension for XR

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XR content pioneers Hammerhead is merging with its volumetric capture studios under the Dimension brand. Dimension was launched by Hammerhead in 2017 as a state-of-the-art volumetric capture and digital humans studio in partnership with Digital Catapult and Microsoft Click To Tweet.

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‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Review – Valve Delivers One of VR’s Best Games Yet

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After years of quiet development, Half-Life: Alyx is finally here. With hype on all sides—as Valve’s first full-fledged VR game and the first Half-Life game in more than a decade—does it deliver? Read on to find out in our full Half-Life: Alyx review.

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

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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.

Facebook Leaks Codename For ‘Del Mar’ Standalone Headset With ‘Jedi Controller’

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Facebook’s Oculus developer documentation website leaked the code name for a future headset, with a new controller, and the existence of a ‘First Access’ program for some developers. The text showed up on several pages of the developer documentation, with the following message.

HTC Announces First-Ever Virtual Industry Conference In Response To Coronavirus

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Alvin Wang envisions how conferences of the future will be done through March’s V2EC2020 conference. The coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused total havoc on all types of travel for vacationers and company employees.

Building the VR Platform of the Future

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The latest announcements Facebook’s first virtual Game Developer’s Showcase which is happening this week. In the midst of the growing coronavirus pandemic, holding any sort of normal conference is entirely out of the question.

The XR Week Peek (2020.03.30): Half-Life: Alyx breaks every VR record, HP teases Reverb G2, and more!

The Ghost Howls

The past week has been the week of Half-Life: Alyx, but something else has also happened in the XR world! If you were too focused on smashing headcrabs to read VR news, don’t worry, because the Ghost has got you covered!

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Gabe Newell on Brain-computer Interfaces: ‘We’re way closer to The Matrix than people realize’

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Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve, sat down with IGN for a chat about the company, the promise of VR, and Newell’s most bleeding edge project as of late, brain-computer interfaces (BCI).

Magic Leap Unveils First Look at Magicverse AR Cloud & New Meetings Capabilities in Lumin OS Update

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With many office workers in the US being asked to work from home if their job allows, Magic Leap's customary updates for the Lumin OS and Lumin SDK brings some help to keep distributed workforces connected. Chief among the new features arriving with Lumin OS version 0.98.10 and Lumin SDK 0.24

Oculus Quest Is Getting A UI Overhaul With Multitasking

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As part of their Game Developers Showcase , Facebook revealed details of a future update to the Oculus Quest that will bring a redesigned user interface (UI).

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YUR Launches Fitness Tracking VR Smartwatch For Oculus Quest

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Track your estimated hear rate, squats, and calories burned without taking off your headset. Fitness-focused VR developer YUR today announced the release of YUR.watch, a virtual smartwatch device compatible with a massive selection of existing PC VR titles, as well as several Oculus Quest releases.

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Unlocking the Magic of XR With Your Voice

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Should you ever be in any doubt over the truth of Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law (the one that states that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic), just try a HoloLens 2 experience where you can just tell holograms what to do.

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.

Facebook’s Game Developers Showcase Starts Today, Promising New Oculus Reveals

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The 2020 Game Developers Conference (GDC) would have started today had it not been canned like basically every major expo from here until summer. To compensate, Facebook is hosting what it calls its Game Developers Showcase, and it’s starting today.

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

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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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HTC Announces $549 Headset-Only Cosmos Elite (With Free Alyx)

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Two weeks ago, HTC launched its Vive Cosmos Elite headset at $899. This week, its revealing some cheaper alternatives. The full Cosmos Elite kit comes with the headset , the SteamVR tracking faceplate, two SteamVR 1.0 base stations and Vive wands controllers.

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A New Leak May Reveal Information About The First Game For Apple’s Rumored VR/AR Device

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A new report shows a customized HTC Vive Focus controller and “crosswalk bowling game” Back in 2018, rumors began circulating that Apple was in development of a hybrid VR/AR headset.

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Experiencing Immersive Art in Colorado

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

What is the best headset to play Half-Life: Alyx with?

The Ghost Howls

These days, I’m playing a lot of hours a day to write a review of Half-Life: Alyx ( here you can read my first impressions , in the meanwhile). Inspired by the work of TESTED, I’ve decided to do an experiment, and play Alyx with all the headsets that I’ve taken home from the office , asking feedback to some friends (like the ergonomics expert Rob Cole ) on other headsets I don’t own. This way, I can tell you how it is playing Alyx with the different devices on the market!

‘Tilt Brush’ Update Adds Direct Sketchfab Export Function

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Tilt Brush (2016), the VR art app from Google, now has the ability to directly export VR creations to Sketchfab , the popular online repository for 3D models. Tilt Brush has had the ability to import from Sketchfab for some time now, although the process of exporting has been manual.

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

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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.

Half-Life: Alyx Is The Highest Rated PC Game So Far In 2020, According to Metacritic

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One week after release, Half-Life: Alyx currently sits at number one on Metacritic’s list of Best PC Video Games for 2020. The game has an average score of 93, which is higher than any other PC game released this year so far, including traditional non-VR games.

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Antilatency Showcases Wireless Full-Body Tracking With 10-Person VR Zumba Class

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The company’s 5-point tracking system offers a sleek alternative to bulkier location-based VR solutions. Inside-out tracking provider Antilatency has done some incredible work in the field of location-based entertainment.

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Expert View: The Virtualization of Transportation

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By Gabe Paez Founder & CEO of The Wild. With social distancing now in effect, the barrier between our professional and personal worlds is breaking down before our eyes.

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VR Cover for Valve Index thorough review!

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The VR ergonomics expert Rob Cole of immersivecomputing.org has tried for us the VR Cover headset covers for the Valve Index , and had reviewed it for us.

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GDC Summer Coming to San Francisco in Early August

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After a string of cancellations by larger vendors amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), this year’s annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) was postponed. Exactly when it would reemerge, we weren’t sure. Now, GDC organizers say a summer conference will kick off in its place.