Tag: AR/VR

VR multiplayer shooter Pavlov is coming to Oculus Quest without cross-play with Rift

Pavlov is coming to the Oculus Quest according to developer Dave Villz. Pavlov is a multiplayer shooter that has often been likened to a VR version of Counter-Strike. It currently sits at 89% positive reviews on Steam, and is a frequently recommended buy in the VR community. Pavlov was first hinted at coming to Quest all the way back […]

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The DeanBeat: With Oculus Quest, it’s the convenience, stupid

I have already established that it’s a hoot to play Beat Saber on the Oculus Quest wireless virtual reality headset, which debuted on Tuesday for $400. It works almost as well as the Oculus Rift, though the graphics aren’t quite as good as the PC-connected VR headset. But the freedom you get from having no […]

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Palmer Luckey: I left Facebook enraged, but Zuckerberg is VR’s top backer

Though the exact circumstances of Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey’s March 2017 departure from Facebook have remained somewhat ambiguous, he’s now talking openly about the reason: He was fired after backing a pro-Trump group, a decision that left him with “hate and rage” towards Facebook. Yet he says he still supports his former company because […]

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PlayStation’s Dominic Mallinson on next-gen VR, wireless, gaze tracking, foveated rendering, and AR

PlayStation is winning the high-end VR battle. Sony has sold 4.2 million PlayStation VR headsets as of March, as Dominic Mallinson, senior vice president of R&D at Sony, made sure to point out at Collision 2019 in Toronto this week. “We’re very happy with those numbers and very happy with the position,” Mallinson noted. “But […]

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Oculus promises Rift S software update will fix open-ear audio volume

Oculus’s Rift S tethered PC VR headset is only days old, but complaints have already piled up over the audio experience delivered by its open-ear speaker system. Thankfully, Oculus VR head Nate Mitchell has confirmed that a software update will soon address the issue, which the company apparently knew about but didn’t remedy before Rift […]

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Oculus Quest: Beat Saber is a blast when it has no wires

A lot of people are unboxing their Oculus Quest wireless virtual reality headsets this week. And the first game they’re heading for is Beat Saber, the VR rhythm game where you slice red or blue cubes with light sabers as they come at you to the beat of music. Beat Saber from Beat Games has […]

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Microsoft announces SharePoint Home Sites, Q&As in Yammer, and more

This morning marks the start of Microsoft’s annual SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, and the Seattle company wasted no time detailing the features heading to Microsoft 365, its lineup of productivity-focused, cloud-hosted software and subscription services. Customers can expect new SharePoint landing pages for their organizations, along with chatbot-like question-and-answer tool in Yammer and faster […]

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Lone Echo II interview — What Ready At Dawn has learned from its third VR game

In Lone Echo II, Captain Olivia Rhodes and the android Jack are stranded on a strange spaceship near the rings of Saturn. They have to explore the environment and find a way to safety amid mysterious biomass. I checked out a demo of the narrative adventure game from Ready At Dawn Studios. The virtual reality […]

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Asgard’s Wrath — How Sanzaru is crafting a 30-hour Norse saga game in VR

Asgard’s Wrath is one of the full triple-A games in the works for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The Oculus Studios game is a sword-fighting action adventure title set in the universe of Norse mythology. Mat Kraemer, creative director at developer Sanzaru Games, said the VR title has more than 30 hours of gameplay, […]

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Sixense hires HTC Vive’s Joel Breton to run VR and AR content studio

Sixense Enterprises has hired former HTC Vive executive Joel Breton to run a virtual reality and augmented reality content studio, dubbed Sixense Studios, as the company expands its software reach. Sixense pioneered hand controllers for virtual reality applications in 2013, but the company wasn’t been able to produce its Stem consumer product for VR. And so […]

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Lone Echo II hands-on — Dodging electric fuzzballs in zero gravity isn’t simple

These fuzz ball electric creatures took a liking to me in my demo of Lone Echo II, the new virtual reality game coming from Ready At Dawn Studios and Oculus Studios in the first quarter of 2020. They kept trying to connect with me and my partner, and when they did so, they fried us. […]

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Asgard’s Wrath is an ambitious, sometimes overwhelming action game for VR

I have to admire Asgard’s Warth. This VR Oculus exclusive has a lot of ambition. I played a demo during a pre-E3 showcase of Oculus games last week in Santa Monica on an Oculus Rift S. It’s beautiful and has some of the graphical fidelity you’d expect from a console exclusive like God of War […]

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Phantom Covert Ops — How nDreams is making a covert stealth game in a kayak

Who makes a covert operations stealth game where you’re in a kayak? It sounds like a dumb idea, but I played a preview of Phantom Covert Ops recently on the Oculus Quest virtual reality headset. And it was fun. nDreams is making the title for Oculus Studios. Coming out this year, the game turns the […]

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Phantom: Covert Ops is VR Metal Gear Solid in a kayak

Don’t let Phantom: Covert Ops’ generic name full you. This is a stealth-action game set entirely in a kayak. It’s also a VR title exclusive to Oculus platforms. And it kind of rules. That premise sounds ridiculous, but it is best to think of Phantom: Covert Ops as Metal Gear Solid in a kayak. I […]

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Modsy raises $37 million for shoppable 3D room remodeling

Modsy, a San Francisco-based startup developing a platform that lets property owners create virtual renderings of rooms and restyle them in real time, today announced that it’s raised $37 million in funding led by TCV, with participation from Norwest Venture Partners, Advance Venture Partners, and Comcast Ventures. CEO and founder Shanna Tellerman said the capital […]

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Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 drops to $999 and adds Qualcomm’s XR1

Six years after Google Glass was unveiled, it goes without saying that the first major augmented reality headset wasn’t the massive success some imagined: The $1,500 Enterprise Edition was ultimately pitched almost exclusively to businesses, and after less than two years, the company had to tell people it hadn’t been abandoned. It’s been a while, but Google […]

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Tyffon raises $7.8 million to expand its free-roam VR locations to the U.S.

Tyffon, a graduate of the Disney Accelerator program, has raised $7.8 million to expand its free-roam virtual reality experience locations from Japan to the U.S. The company will open a Tyffonium venue later this year in Los Angeles. The company already has two locations in the Odaiba and Shibuya areas of Tokyo, and it will […]

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VR Fund: Virtual reality ecosystem has more than 550 companies

The Venture Reality Fund said it is tracking over 550 companies on the virtual reality landscape. The major growth areas for investment in VR were gaming, location-based entertainment (LBE), next-generation reality capture, enterprise, and healthcare. One of the bigger funding deals in the beginning of the year was for LBE company Sandbox VR. While IMAX […]

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Fan-made Star Wars VR Death Star trench run also researches sim sickness

Want to take on the Death Star trench run in VR and also help fight sim sickness? Then check this fan-made app out. University of Utah computer science student Dylan Stout recently shared this project with us. It’s a research study designed to explore “the correlation between VR sickness and reference points in a 3D […]

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Blood & Truth: Sony’s London Studio is not your average VR house

Forgive the pretension, but I’ve been on a lot of VR studio tours. I’d say on average most have lasted around five minutes, consisting of one large open-plan floor in which developers bob their heads up from their monitors and give a quick wave upon hearing their name. They’re cozy, friendly and I might even […]

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