Sat.Apr 04, 2020 - Fri.Apr 10, 2020

Report: Apple to Acquire Live Event Streaming Company NextVR for $100M

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NextVR, the live event broadcasting platform for VR headsets, may soon find itself acquired by Apple, a report by 9to5Mac maintains, which is expected to be valued around $100 million. At the time of this writing, neither Apple nor NextVR have commented on the alleged acquisition.

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Half-Life: Alyx & HL2: Episode 2 Co-Writer: ‘I Want To Do More’

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Got high hopes for a new Half-Life game following the release of Half-Life: Alyx? So does one of the game’s co-writers. Speaking in an interview with Fandom , Erik Wolpaw, who also co-wrote Half-Life 2’s two episodic sequels alongside Chet Faliszek, said he wanted to do more.

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Apple Reportedly In Talks To Purchase VR Live Streaming Platform NextVR

VRScout

Another move towards the companies rumored AR/VR device perhaps? According to a new report by 9to5Mac , Apple is currently in the process of acquiring VR/AR live streaming platform NextVR for a modest $100M. Founded in 2009 by D.J.

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HTC Vive Offering Vive Cosmos Wireless Bundle for $799 in Anniversary Sale

Peter Graham

While previous HTC Vive anniversaries have been grand affairs with lots of discounts and offers, 2020 is a far more muted occasion. The only real deal available is a Vive Cosmos Wireless Bundle which is being sold for a limited time in the US.

People Are Playing the Piano in ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ and It’s Magnificent

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Did you know there’s a working piano in Half-Life: Alyx? You may be surprised to see just what talent this 1:1 recreation of a baby grand piano has attracted.

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Community Download: What Type Of Updates Or DLC Do You Want For Half-Life: Alyx?

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Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused articles series published (usually) every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate.

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Apple may have a VR/AR live event tech specialist in its sights

Slashgear

Apple could be close to buying a virtual reality company focused on streaming immersive sports, music, and entertainment experiences, as the Cupertino firm readies its big tech and content push for VR and AR.

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‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Modding Tools Still in the Works But No Release Date Yet

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At the announcement of Half-Life: Alyx last year, Valve promised it would release Source 2 tools which would allow the community to extend the game’s content and functionality.

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Former Oculus Exclusive The Under Presents Coming to SteamVR, Extending Live Performances

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Tender Claws’ eccentric VR theater, The Under Presents, is extending its run of live performances and coming to new headsets to boot. The experience, which was previously exclusive to Oculus Rift and Quest, will be arriving on SteamVR on April 16.

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Tribeca Film Fest To Release VR Films On Oculus Quest & Go After Coronavirus Cancellation

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15 VR short films scheduled to debut at Tribeca Immersive will be available later this month on standalone Oculus headsets. Last month New York’s annual Tribeca Film Festival announced it would be postponing its film and interactive storytelling programs indefinitely after New York Gov.

Final Assault Studio Developing New Project For Oculus Quest & PlayStation VR

Peter Graham

Last week Phaser Lock Interactive released Final Assault for PlayStation VR, allowing the console players to engage in cross-platform war with PC VR opponents.

How Will Covid-19 Impact AR & VR Headset Shipments?

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Data Point of the Week is AR Insider’s dive into the latest spatial computing figures. It includes data points, along with narrative insights and takeaways. For an indexed collection of data and reports, subscribe to ARtillery Pro.

Half-Life: Alyx Locomotion Development Explained In Deep Dive Valve Video

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Valve posted a nearly 11-minute video providing a deep dive look at the development of the locomotion systems in Half-Life: Alyx.

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Why VR and AR Should Be Part of Your Audience Building Campaign

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Marketing is a high-priority concern for businesses of all shapes, sizes, and varieties. To get noticed, they need to optimize everything from the content they produce to the brand images they present — but they also need to target the right audiences (and know them completely).

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Fight Monstrous Bosses by Sinking Baskets in Hooplord This Week

Peter Graham

Considering some of the good quality virtual reality (VR) sports titles available like Thrill of the Fight , Eleven Table Tennis and Sparc there’s a noticeable lack of decent basketball-related videogames.

EON Reality Announces Global Emergency Initiative to Combat Pandemic-Related Remote Learning and Training Shortages

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The new initiative combines Self-Directed Learning and Remote AVR packages to help conquer the biggest challenges.

Editorial: SteamVR’s Data Shows Very Few Oculus Quest Buyers Own A Gaming PC, And That Matters

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Since the release of Oculus Link , it’s been easy to forget the whole point of the Oculus Quest; most people do not own a gaming PC. Late on Wednesday, Valve revealed what percentage of SteamVR users have each headset (by scanning SteamVR logs from the previous month).

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What if?

Robert Scoble

What if? Is your mind asking that a lot lately? Mine is. What if the virus is a message from Nature? Asking us to live more sustainably? In a way that will give our children a world that is livable? What if it is showing us a way to live without nearly as many planes. Without as many cars.

The VR Job Hub: So Real, Within & Plessey

Peter Graham

The virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) industries are wonderfully diverse when it comes to the job roles available, always looking to hire the best talent to work on exciting projects.

University for Business and Technology to Create 20,000 Lessons with EON Reality’s AVR Platform

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The new initiative is built to transform and augment UBT’s existing curriculum in architecture, design engineering and medical sciences for remote learning.

Synth Riders Is Starting Live VR Workouts This Weekend

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Using a VR headset as a workout tool while you’re self-isolating? You can mix things up a little this weekend with live fitness sessions for Synth Riders.

The XR Week Peek (2020.04.06): Niantic buys 6d.ai, Facebook signs deal with Plessey and much more!

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This has been the week of the April’s Fool Day, but many brands have canceled their usual pranks because of the current sad situation. I have kept my tradition because I think that in this period we need more smiles than ever and I’ve written this funny post where I spread some fake news on VR porn.

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Musical Metaverse Soundscape VR Introduces Fourth World ‘Silica Sol’

Peter Graham

For those feeling a little couped up at the moment, popping on a virtual reality (VR) headset can be a great way to escape the confines of home. If you love a bit of music in your life then Soundscape VR might be worth a look, especially as it has just introduced a new world, Silica Sol.

VR Game “Synth Riders” Announces Updates and Live Fitness Classes

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You’ve probably heard a lot about how the buzz around XR is up as more people are attending meetings remotely. However, with just about everyone advised to stay at home, VR game designers are also keeping their hands full.

HTC Offers $800 Wireless Vive Cosmos SteamVR Headset Bundle For Anniversary

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To mark the anniversary of the Vive Cosmos, HTC is offering the PC VR headset with wireless adapter and controllers for $799. That’s a saving of $248 over buying the Cosmos and wireless adapter separately, which would cost $1047.

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AR Display Agreement Heats Up the AR Arms Race

VR Tech News

We’ve known for a while that Apple and Facebook were looking to step into the augmented reality ring, hoping to have more success than the likes of the Magic Leap and Hololens. But it looks like the first punch might have just been thrown.

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Ford Designers Are Using VR To Inspect Vehicles From Home While Under Lockdown

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Ford Motors switches to remote collaboration amid shelter-in-place orders. The ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 has forced many organizations, both big and small, to rethink the ways in which their teams and employees can continue to communicate and collaborate while under lockdown.

Behind the Scenes of VR Stealth Shooter ‘Phantom: Covert Ops’

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During the Facebook: Game Developers Showcase, nDreams announced that Phantom: Covert Ops will launch June 25 on both Oculus Quest and the Rift Platform.

Oculus Rift Exclusive Asgard’s Wrath Gets Its First, Small Sale

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Need a big VR game for lockdown? Asgard’s Wrath is just what the doctor ordered, and it’s currently on sale. Granted this isn’t the biggest discount; Sanzaru Games’ role-playing game (RPG) has dropped from $39.99 to $34.99, but it’s still worth taking note.

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OhShape Releases Fitness Challenge, New Beginner Difficulty For Free And Unicef Donation Pledge

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Free updates to Odders Lab’s OhShape will help you stay in shape while self-isolating. The OhShape #StayHome update includes three new songs for the game’s Extras library. Included in that is a fitness map designed to exercise every area of the body.

New Boneworks Video Showcases Long-Anticipated Map For New Update

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Boneworks’ new update, arriving later this week, will be adding a long-awaited new map, as this video shows. Last week Stress Level Zero announced that the free update would add three new maps for the game.

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