Sat.Mar 16, 2019 - Fri.Mar 22, 2019

Miller Lite & Trigger Global Turn St. Patrick's Day into an Augmented Reality Celebration

Next Reality AR

Every year, fans of Irish culture, as well as those looking to celebrate their own culture, come together on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

Road to VR

OpenXR is a royalty-free standard for cross-platform VR and AR development. It’s backed by many of the biggest names in the VR and AR industries and has been in development by the consortium for two years now, organized by Khronos Group.

Oculus ‘Rift S’ Will Be Present At GDC 2019

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Reports indicate Oculus’ next headset will make its debut later this month. In October of last year, a report by Techcrunch claimed that Facebook’s Oculus would be abandoning its plans of a proper Oculus Rift 2 in favor of minor hardware updates to the existing Rift headset.

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Oculus Rift S Hands-On: Facebook’s New PC VR Headset Takes Small But Important Steps

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Five years ago Mark Zuckerberg directed Facebook to purchase Oculus VR for $3 billion. This was the state of consumer VR in 2014. In 2016, the first consumer Rift shipped for VR-ready PCs. Facebook encountered fierce competition.

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Magic Leap & Weta Workshop Preview Multiplayer Mode for Dr. Grordbort's Invaders at GDC

Next Reality AR

Visitors to the Unity booth at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco will get a special augmented reality treat courtesy of Magic Leap and Weta Workshop.

HTC Planning Lip-tracking Module Dev Kit for Vive Pro

Road to VR

Today at GDC, HTC announced plans to make available a lip-tracking module for the Vive Pro. The company says it doesn’t currently have plans to consumerize the device, but instead wants to make it available for research and experimentation.

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HP Reverb Is The Best Windows Mixed Reality Headset Yet

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HP unveils their ultra comfortable VR headset at HP Reinvent global partner conference. The Windows Mixed Reality platform has seen its fair share of ups and downs since the introduction of Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and HP third-party headsets back in October of 2017.

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Angry Birds Returns to Its Mobile Roots with 'Isle of Pigs' Augmented Reality Game

Next Reality AR

After launching its first augmented reality title for Angry Birds on the Magic Leap One, Rovio has doubled back to the platform that made its franchise famous.

Report: New Oculus ‘Rift S’ Headset to be Revealed at GDC Next Week

Road to VR

According to a report by UploadVR , citing emails sent from Facebook to Oculus developers, the rumored Rift S headsets will be revealed next week at GDC. Rift S was first brought to light in a TechCrunch report last year about the leadership shakeup at Oculus and purported shifting product plans.

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GDC 2019: Oculus Rift S Officially Confirmed, Arrives Spring 2019

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Oculus’ latest PC VR headset features a higher resolution and five camera inside-out tracking. After months of speculation, Oculus has officially unveiled the latest addition to their hardware lineup, Oculus Rift S.

Beat Saber Confirmed As Oculus Quest Launch Title

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Facebook’s $400 Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is launching with Beat Saber in its lineup. For Facebook, Beat Saber was a must-get its Oculus Quest launch lineup. The game is a system seller for some buyers.

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Emerging Tech in Emerging Markets

Tech Trends VR

As India’s first-ever Immersive Technology festival wraps up, it highlights how the market for making and consuming technologies such as Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality goes well beyond Silicon Valley.

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HP ‘Reverb’ is the New High-res Headset on the Block, Starting at $600

Road to VR

HP today announced Reverb (formerly codenamed ‘Copper’), the successor to the company’s first Windows VR headset. Reverb’s high res displays raise the bar on pixel density among consumer VR headsets.

Japan Using Exercise Bikes & VR Porn To Generate Electricity

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Porn-watching citizens are powering Tokyo’s Shibuya district. As we continue to learn more about the the science behind climate change and its catastrophic potential, it’s more important than ever that we continue to pursue cleaner forms of renewable energy.

Space Junkies Goes Into Cross-Play Open Beta On PSVR, PC VR Tomorrow

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Good news! You’ll have a chance to try out Ubisoft’s exciting new zero gravity VR shooter, Space Junkies , this weekend. Even better news: you can do so for free and with cross-play! The multiplayer game is getting an open beta just ahead of launch.

Getting Hands-On with the New HoloLens

Tech Trends VR

Microsoft’s new piece of kit doesn’t disappoint, but the real excitement of its MWC announcement goes well beyond the hardware.

Oculus Rift S Revealed with Inside-out Tracking, Resolution Bump, & New Ergonomics

Road to VR

Oculus today announced the new Rift S headset which ditches external tracking sensors in favor of a five-camera inside-out tracking system. The headset also gets a slight bump in resolution over the original Rift while moving from OLED to LCD displays.

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Denmark Is Turning To VR To Combat Teen Drinking Problem

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The country uses VR to educate teenage drinkers on the dangerous effects of alcohol. Alcohol abuse amongst teens is a common issue across the globe, but in Denmark, it is a huge dilemma.

Nissan Design Works With Haptx To Bring Realistic Touch To VR Vehicle Design

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Nissan Design is collaborating with Haptx to bring a realistic touch to designing cars in virtual reality, the companies announced last week. Haptx makes VR gloves that have haptic technology, or the sensation of touch, thanks to 130 tiny actuators in the gloves.

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#SWXW2019 – Augmenting ARt

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Brian Behm is an Artist Using the world as his canvas and digital elements as brushtrokes. Tech Trends catches up to him at South by Southwest in Austin. . By Laura Kobylecky. Brian Behm is here at The South by Southwest Conference in Austin as both a speaker and mentor.

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Pimax to Launch Ruggedized “8K” VR Headsets for Business This Year

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Today Pimax announced it’s introducing a new business-focused ruggedized line of its “8K” series virtual reality headsets, set to release sometime this year.

GDC 2019: Beat Saber Will Be An Oculus Quest Launch Title

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VR’s best-selling title is confirmed for release on the upcoming standalone headset. This years highly-anticipated Game Developers Conference kicked-off with a bang today as Oculus confirmed the release of Beat Games’ insanely popular beat-slashing rhythm game on the upcoming Oculus Quest.

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Oculus Rift S Is Official: 1440p LCD, Better Lenses, 5 Camera Inside-Out Tracking, Halo Strap, $399

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Amidst GDC 2019 today Facebook announced a new version of the Oculus Rift called Rift S. It’s priced at $399 and will release this Spring. Rift S replaces the original Rift. Apps and games are fully compatible between both. Just like the original, Rift S is powered by your gaming PC so should work on both the Oculus PC Store and other stores like Steam. Updated Screen & Lenses. The original Rift used dual PenTile OLED panels for a total resolution of 2160×1200.

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Oculus reveals the Rift S: all you need to know

The Ghost Howls

Today at GDC, after a lot of rumors, Oculus has finally unveiled the successor of the Oculus Rift CV1: the Rift S.

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Breakout VR Hit ‘Beat Saber’ Confirmed as Oculus Quest Launch Title

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Beat Games is getting ready to take their massively successful block-slashing rhythm game to new heights, as Oculus today announced that Beat Saber (2018) is coming to Oculus Quest at launch.

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GDC 2019: HTC Announces Lip-Tracking Dev Kit For Vive Pro

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Say cheese, facial-tracking is heading to Vive Pro & Vive Pro Eye. This week HTC Vive America’s Vice President of Product and Operations–Vinay Narayan–revealed plans for a developer kit that adds lip-tracking capabilities to the HTC Vive Pro & Vive Pro Eye.

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HP Reverb Is An Impressively Comfortable 4K VR Headset For $599

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HP is officially announcing the next-generation of its Windows VR headset line: the HP Reverb. The HP Reverb releases in April and costs $599 for the consumer edition and comes with two Windows VR controllers. The commercial edition of the headset costs and includes a longer warranty, a leather face cushion for quick wipe downs, and an optional short cable for use with backpack PCs. HP invited me to their Palo Alto, CA office a few weeks ago to try it out.

Charlie Fink on his new book Convergence and the future of XR

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When I think about great XR journalists, one of the first names that come to my mind is always Charlie Fink.

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‘Beat Saber’ Sells Over One Million Copies

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Beat Games, the Czech Republic-based indie developers behind Beat Saber (2018), announced they’ve sold over one million copies of their popular block-slashing rhythm game—a figure calculated across all supported VR platforms.

GDC 2019: Oculus Reveals ‘Dead And Buried II’, Cross-Platform Play Between Quest & Rift S

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The sequel to Oculus Touch launch title features new modes and a social hub.

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GDC 2019: Oculus Confirms Cross-Buy And Play For Rift/Quest Apps

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Already own an Oculus Rift but thinking of picking up an Oculus Quest? Don’t worry; you probably won’t have to pay for the same app twice. Oculus today confirmed that games and experiences appearing on both platforms can support cross-buy and cross-play.

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I’m going to Vive Ecosystem Conference!

The Ghost Howls

In the last three weeks, you haven’t heard that much from me: I have written very few articles (it’s like two weeks that I don’t write a post on this blog), I have posted very little on social media and I have answered people always with days of delays.

Viveport to Support Windows VR Headsets Later This Year

Road to VR

HTC’s Rikard Steiber today announced at GDC 2019 that Viveport, the company’s digital distribution platform for VR games, is going to support Windows VR headsets later this year.

‘Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series’ Heads To Star Wars Celebration This April

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Episode one of the series is set launch later this year on the Oculus Quest. It’s been roughly five months since ILMxLAB announced Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series for the upcoming Oculus Quest standalone headset.

Wireless PSVR Headset Detailed In New Sony Patent

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The future of Sony’s PSVR headset just got even more promising. A recently granted patent suggests a wireless version of the device is in the works. The patent sprung up online over the weekend. It details a headset that seems to wirelessly communicate with a piece of hardware external from the PS4 itself. In the patent’s drawings it essentially looks like the original PSVR wirelessly linked to the breakout box.

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HP Reverb VR Headset might’ve hit the sweet spot

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The HP Reverb VR Headset Pro Edition has 2x smaller LCD displays where most competitors have larger AMOLED. But the HP headset has more pixels per eye, a larger field of view, and a slightly lighter overall weight than HTC Vive Pro and Samsung Odyssey.

Oculus Rift S vs. Oculus Quest – Specs & Features

Road to VR

Oculus has announced Rift S, the headset’s fabled hardware refresh that brings with it a modest spec bump and a few other changes to the original Rift that the company hopes will appeal to new entrants in PC VR gaming.

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