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‘Moon Rider’ is a WebVR Game That’s Quietly Amassed Thousands of Daily Players
Sat, 18 Jan 2020 02:39:37 +0000
Moon Rider is a free VR rhythm game built on the WebVR standard which means it runs directly from a web browser rather than being downloaded and installed on a specific VR storefront. Its creators say the game has garnered thousands of daily players. Launched in May 2019, Moon Rider is a relatively simple VR […]

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Quest Update Adds Digital IPD Indicator
Sat, 18 Jan 2020 02:09:02 +0000
Oculus Quest includes an IPD slider on the bottom of the headset which adjusts the distance between the lenses for ideal alignment with the user’s eyes, which is important for visual comfort and clarity. Since launch however, there’s been no way to know the actual width of the IPD setting, leaving users to mostly guess if […]

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Mojo is Making Contacts Smarter with Its Incredibly Tiny Microdisplay
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:24:15 +0000
Mojo Vision is a company that’s working to produce smart contact lenses, which it hopes in the near future will let users have a non-obtrusive display without needing to wear a pair of smart glasses. CNET’s Scott Stein got a chance to go hands-on with a prototype at CES 2020 earlier this month, and although the […]

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Facebook Surges in U.S. Patent Rankings Due to Mounting AR Strategy
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:39:45 +0000
An analysis of U.S. patents done by Fairview Research reveals that Facebook has made a significant surge in its year-over-year ranking for patents granted in 2019, something partly owed to its increased number of patents surrounding augmented reality. The news was first reported by Bloomberg. The social media giant is still only in 36th place for […]

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‘Path of the Warrior’ Gets Co-op with Cross-play Between Quest & Rift
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 21:08:43 +0000
Oculus-exclusive VR beat ’em up Path of the Warrior got a new update today enabling co-op, including cross-play between Quest & Rift. Published by Oculus Studios, developer Twisted Pixel launched Path of the Warrior last month on Quest and Rift. The title reimagines beat ’em up action for VR from classics like Double Dragon (1987) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The […]

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Oculus Go Now Permanently Priced at $150, All Supported Countries to See Similar Drop
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:31:06 +0000
Facebook slashed the price of Oculus Go for Black Friday, and kept it for the post-holiday season. Now, the company has confirmed that it’s permanently sticking with that pricing scheme, which comes to $150 for the 32GB version and $200 for the $64GB version. Residents in the Euro Zone will find both Oculus Go variants […]

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Retro-inspired Adventure ‘Pixel Ripped 1995’ to Launch Spring 2020
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:20:12 +0000
Pixel Ripped 1995, the sequel to the nostalgia-soaked VR game Pixel Ripped 1989 (2018), is now slated to launch this spring. Created by São Paulo-based studio ARVORE, Pixel Ripped 1995 jumps six years forward into the history of gaming, leaving behind the 8-bit handhelds of the late ’80s and dipping its toes into the era of 16-bit and 32-bit […]

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Microsoft is Aware of Significant Display Issues on Some HoloLens 2 Units
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 09:49:33 +0000
Microsoft began shipping its latest AR headset, HoloLens 2 in November. After a slow initial rollout, devices are getting out into the hands of more developers and reports have surfaced that many units are exhibiting significant color-consistency issues. Microsoft has acknowledged the problems and says its working with customers to understand the cause. HoloLens 2 […]

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‘Darknet’ Dev Fuses Physics-based VR Combat & Turn-based Strategy in ‘Ironlights’
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 14:25:06 +0000
E McNeill, the developer behind VR strategy games Darknet (2015), Tactera (2016), and Astraeus (2018), is launching a new VR title soon that aims to bring a strategic bend to the melee combat genre. Called Ironlights, the still in-development game is setting itself apart from other physics-based melee titles by offering up a dynamic ‘back-and-forth’ combat scheme, which is […]

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‘Beat Saber’ Takes Top Spot as PSVR’s Most Downloaded Game of 2019
Wed, 15 Jan 2020 11:35:28 +0000
No surprises here: Beat Saber (2018) was officially the most downloaded game on PSVR in 2019, which goes for both the US and Europe. Notably, Beat Saber has continuously taken the number one spot on the US PlayStation Store since its release on PSVR in November 2018, with the exception of a two-month break in May and June 2019 […]

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Index Sold Out in all 31 Regions, Valve “working hard” to Meet Demand Ahead of ‘Half-Life: Alyx’
Tue, 14 Jan 2020 21:14:01 +0000
With just two months or so until the launch of Half-Life: Alyx, Valve is still struggling to meet demand for its Index VR headset. Our latest check on Valve Index stock and availability shows that nearly every package of the headset is completely sold out in all 31 regions where sold. Update (January 14th, 2019): After a comprehensive […]

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Thinks AR/VR is a Solution to the Housing Crisis
Sat, 11 Jan 2020 21:42:20 +0000
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today laid out a range of topics on which he and his company will focus over the next decade. By 2030, he says, AR and VR telepresence could allow employees to work remotely from anywhere in the world, alleviating the affordable housing crisis of increasingly populated cities. In a post on […]

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Oculus Quest Back Orders Slip into Early March, Oculus Link in Mid-February
Sat, 11 Jan 2020 21:15:53 +0000
If you’re looking to pick up an Oculus Quest after the holiday rush, you may be more than a bit disappointed to find out that online retailers across the board have listed it as ‘back ordered’, with Oculus US quoting an earliest delivery date into late February, early March. Update (January 11th, 2020): Quest back […]

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Bigscreen’s ‘VR Cinema’ Showing Interstellar, Star Trek, Transformers, & More This Month
Sat, 11 Jan 2020 20:33:26 +0000
Bigscreen has released the latest lineup of big-name movies premiering this month in its recently released ‘VR Cinema’ feature. A virtual reality movie theater always has felt like an obvious shoe-in for VR, a sentiment illustrated by some of our earliest articles covering VR cinema pioneers and the apps they chose to build. Since then of […]

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HTC Vive Pro Headset Permanently Reduced to $600
Sat, 11 Jan 2020 20:17:39 +0000
HTC Vive Pro launched in April 2018 with a few key improvements over the company’s original 2016 HTC Vive headset, although its launch was marred somewhat by its steep retail price of $800 for the headset alone. Now the company appears to be responding to recent competition in the space by cutting the price of its […]

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