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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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SpaceX launches first satellites for Starlink internet venture

(Reuters) — SpaceX, the private rocket company of high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched the first batch of 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit on Thursday for Musk’s new Starlink internet service. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellites blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at about 10:30 p.m. local time (0230 GMT Friday), […]

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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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MIT’s AI makes autonomous cars drive more like humans

Creating driverless cars capable of human-like reasoning is a longstanding pursuit of companies like Waymo, GM’s Cruise, Uber, and others. Intel’s Mobileye proposes a mathematical model — the Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) — it describes as a “common sense” approach to on-the-road decision-making that codifies good habits like giving other cars the right of way. For […]

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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 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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Ford taps Agility Robotics’ bipedal robot to test package delivery

In the future, humanoid robots will emerge from driverless vans to deliver parcels to your doorstep. That’s the vision Ford articulated today in a press release announcing its exploratory partnership with Agility Robotics, an Albany-based spinoff of Oregon State University’s Dynamic Robotics Laboratory that specializes in bipedal machines. The automaker says it’s embarking on a […]

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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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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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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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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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Ready At Dawn breaks down how Oculus Rift S inside-out tracking works with Echo VR

Echo VR developer Ready at Dawn explained in a short blog post how the game will work with the inside-out tracked Touch controllers on Oculus Rift S. The developer also praised the higher resolution display of the Rift S, claiming it makes it “easier to read name tags and help pick out snipers from far away.” Inside-out controller tracking […]

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Oculus Quest launch games pricing: Only 1 is over $30

Facebook provided the prices planned by developers for their May 21 launch on Oculus Quest. Oculus Quest is the $400 all-in-one VR system from Facebook which ships with a pair of intuitive hand controllers. There are more than 50-plus titles planned for launch and the games selected represent Facebook’s effort to curate a high-quality console-like […]

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Oculus Quest will have 1 million YouTube VR videos at May 21 launch

If you’re planning to buy an Oculus Quest, and wondering whether there will be sufficient content to keep you entertained on its May 21 launch day, good news: YouTube VR will be available as a Quest launch app, which means that over a million public VR videos and experiences will be available through Google’s service […]

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Arm’s Mali-D77 targets barf-free, high-performance, untethered VR headsets

Arm is unveiling its design for the Arm Mali-D77 display processor, which is targeted at next-generation virtual reality head-mounted displays. Arm’s client line of business vice president Nandan Nayampally said in a blog post that the new processor can help eliminate motion sickness. If a processor alone can really do that, I’ll be really surprised. […]

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HTC’s Vive Pro Eye arrives in Europe and China for roughly $2,000

HTC’s deluxe version of the Vive Pro VR headset debuted in January at CES with a new name — Vive Pro Eye — and a promise that it would sit above rather than replace its predecessor. Today, HTC announced the new model’s release across 25 European countries and China, complete with a price tag that […]

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VR hit Moss gets new levels, story content for Oculus Quest’s May 21 launch

Moss fans will finally get a taste of new content later this month. Indie developer Polyarc is bringing its hit virtual reality game to the wireless Oculus Quest on May 21 — and it’s coming with a new chapter called Twilight Garden. Moss tasks you with helping the cute and heroic Quill, a mouse that’s trying […]

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RiftCat’s VR streaming software is finally coming to iOS

Streaming PC VR content to an iPhone is finally possible thanks to RiftCat. The company this week launched the long-promised iOS version of its VRidge software. Available on Android since 2016, VRidge streams PC VR content straight to your phone. You can then insert your phone into a VR viewer like a Google Cardboard headset. It’s […]

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