Oculus Link for Quest headsets is moving out of beta this fall

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A year after Facebook announced a way for people to play Oculus Rift games on the standalone Quest headset, it’s preparing to bring Oculus Link out of beta. The feature will be available more broadly sometime this fall.If you connect your Quest to a…

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Facebook will add fitness-tracking features to Oculus

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Facebook has announced Oculus Move, a fitness tracker that works at the system level on its virtual reality headsets. You’ll soon be able to check how many calories you’ve burned while slicing through blocks in Beat Saber (which has a song that’s spe…

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‘Half Life: Alyx’ will hit Steam on March 23rd

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Unlike many other publishers who’ve delayed big games in recent months, it appears as though Valve is actually sticking to the March release window it set for Half Life: Alyx. Even better, the VR prequel to Half-Life 2 now has an actual release date:…

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‘Iron Man VR’ is delayed until May 15th

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It seems we’re not quite done with the recent deluge of game delays — you’ll now have to wait a bit longer before you can scoot around the skies in Tony Stark’s suit in Iron Man VR. Camouflaj is shunting the PS VR game’s release date from February 2…

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Oculus is rolling out its expanded social VR features

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Along with Quest hand tracking, one of Facebook’s big announcements at Oculus Connect 6 in September was a batch of social VR features. You’ll get to try them over the coming days, as Oculus is starting to roll them out.

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‘Iron Man VR’ will hit PS VR February 28th

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We at last know when you’ll get to take to the virtual skies in Marvel’s Iron Man VR. It’ll hit PS VR on February 28th, 2020 — it was previously earmarked for a 2019 debut. Developer Camouflaj also released a story trailer, which focuses on Ghost, T…

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Google used photogrammetry to create a detailed VR tour of Versailles

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Versailles palace is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world, but fighting those crowds in person can be frustrating. Now, Google and the Château de Versailles have teamed up to take VR users on a private tour of Louis XIV’s ro…

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‘No Man’s Sky VR’ arrives August 14th with ‘Beyond’ update

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No Man’s Sky has won over many players after its rough launch, thanks in large part to a string of major updates that brought long-awaited features to the game. The next big release, No Man’s Sky: Beyond, was revealed several months ago, and now Hell…

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‘Game of Thrones’ VR experience lets you join the Night’s Watch

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If you haven’t quite come to terms with Game of Thrones ending, you might be pleased to learn there’s a VR title based on the series arriving this week called Beyond The Wall. You’ll join the Night’s Watch and defend The Wall against an army of the d…

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Looks like ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ is getting a VR mode

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It looks like you’ll soon be able to beat up your friends in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from an entirely different perspective. It seems the hit Switch fighting game is getting a virtual reality mode via the Nintendo Labo Toy-Con VR Goggles.

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National Geographic is bringing an Antarctic adventure to Oculus Quest

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National Geographic is delving deeper into VR with a 30-minute Antarctic adventure that will hit Oculus Quest this spring. In National Geographic Explore VR, you’ll be tasked with finding a lost penguin colony. The adventure will take you on a kayak…

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Microsoft workers demand end to HoloLens contract with US Army

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You can add Microsoft to the growing list of companies whose staff are objecting to the use of their technology for some military purposes. A group of Microsoft workers has published an open letter to CEO Satya Nadella and legal chief Brad Sm…

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Harmonix’s answer to ‘Beat Saber’ is a VR rhythm shooter

By audica, engadget, games, gaming, harmonix, music, oculusrift, personal computing, personalcomputing, rhythmgame, video, videogames, virtualreality, vive, VR, wearables

Beat Saber has become something of a hit in the rhythm game scene thanks to its clever VR mechanics, and the veterans at Harmonix clearly want to offer their own response. They’ve unveiled Audica, a VR-only title where you blast the notes instead of…

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Microsoft posts HoloLens 2 teaser ahead of February 24th launch

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You’ve had to wait a long, long time for news about HoloLens 2, but it’s finally right around the bend. Device creator Alex Kipman has posted a teaser for the mixed reality headset that confirms its premiere just before Mobile World Congress on Febru…

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The sequel to the Bill Murray movie ‘Groundhog Day’ is a VR game

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After 26 years, the hit Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day has a sequel… but it’s not a movie at all. Sony Pictures Virtual Reality, MWM Immersive and Rime developer Tequila Works have unveiled Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son, a VR game for PlaySt…

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How to get a coding job at Google with an art degree

By AR, arstickers, art, artist, ashleypinnick, augmentedreality, av, design, engadget, gaming, google, personal computing, personalcomputing, playground, virtualreality, VR

I wasn’t really aware as a kid that game development was a career that I could have, especially from an artist’s perspective.”

That’s Ashley Pinnick, a 28-year-old artist and game developer living in San Francisco. Pinnick is a VR Technical Artist f…

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Robert Rodriguez releases over-the-top VR film ‘The Limit’

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Want to see how well Robert Rodriguez’ directorial skills translate to virtual reality? Now’s your chance. Rodriguez and STX have released The Limit on nearly every major VR-capable platform, including Oculus headsets, HTC’s Vive line, Android, iOS…

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PlayStation Black Friday sale includes $200 ‘Spider-Man’ PS4 bundle

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Sony isn’t about to let Microsoft’s week-long Black Friday sale go unanswered. It’s running its own PlayStation sale at the same time (November 18th through 26th), and there promise to be some solid bargains — if not necessarily all the bargains yo…

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Red Bull puts an entire mountain in your living room with AR

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It’s too late for you to catch a plane to Utah and watch Red Bull Rampage, a freeride mountain bike competition featuring some of the best riders in the world, live in person. But you can bring all of the ridges, slopes, and rocky terrain of the Virg…

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Oculus stops offering movies on Rift headsets due to low demand

By engadget, entertainment, facebook, gear, movies, Oculus, oculusrift, personal computing, personalcomputing, virtualreality, VR, wearables

It’s a lousy time to be a fan of PC-based VR, apparently. Oculus told both customers and Variety that it’s shutting down its movie store for Rift headset owners, leaving you to use third-party services (or watch on a regular screen) if you want to b…

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NBA League Pass transforms games into VR viewing parties

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Live sports broadcasts in VR tend to be solitary affairs, but they’re about to become decidedly more social. Now that the 2018-2019 NBA season is getting underway, NBA League Pass and NextVR have revealed that they’re offering shared viewing through…

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Oculus’ giant Core 2.0 update is available to everyone

By engadget, facebook, gear, Oculus, oculusrift, personal computing, personalcomputing, riftcore2, riftcore2.0, virtualreality, VR, wearables

After spending ages in development, Oculus’ Rift Core 2.0 interface is rolling out to everyone. The new front end turns into more of a social space, including more 3D objects (such as custom models and unlockable rewards) and eight-person get-togeth…

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Oculus predicts a VR future that includes ultra-thin headsets

By augmentedreality, engadget, facebook, foveatedrendering, gear, headseet, mixedreality, Oculus, oculusconnect5, tomorrow, virtualreality, VR, waveguide, wearables

Oculus’ virtual reality ambitions extend well past standalone headsets. In a talk at Oculus Connect 5, the company’s Michael Abrash updated his predictions for the future of VR headset technology. Most notably, he sees an end to the bulky headsets th…

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