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  • Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz: ‘If We Get The Support Of Developers We Can Be A Public Company’
    Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz: ‘If We Get The Support Of Developers We Can Be A Public Company’

    Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz suggested an initial public offering might be planned for his company if it is able to continue building momentum with developers.

    The suggestion came during our first interview with Abovitz on day one of Magic Leap’s developer conference in Los Angeles. The Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset started shipping a couple months ago and we expected it to win over some developers. Some developers, though, are undoubtedly waiting to see what emerges from this conference before spending $2,300 on one of the gadgets.

    Abovitz said the company would discuss a new “Magicverse” technology stack during the Oct. 10 keynote which should extend the company’s tools so that phones, tablets and even VR headsets might be able to see into worlds created with Magic Leap technology.

    “We don’t like the idea of a completely closed ecosystem. You should be able to build something and be able to inter-operate with a phone, tablet, a VR system, other future devices,” Abovitz said ahead of Wednesday’s keynote session.

    Abovitz also responded to some pointed questions about Magic Leap’s longevity and long-term goals. I pointed out to him, for example, that four years ago when Facebook bought Oculus it was — given the size of the investment — a sudden realization for a lot of people that spatial computing would really be the next wave of technology. Some developers, however, are still reluctant to put their software on Oculus storefronts because Facebook is the owner.

    What does Magic Leap stand for in contrast to that story?

    “Our company — if we get the support of developers — we can be a public company. We can be self-sufficient. We don’t have to be acquired by anybody,” Abovitz said.” We don’t have to compromise on our mission and values and north stars. That I think would be the best thing for the creative community. If we could stay our course, go public at some point, and then you have your own self-sustaining capability. That’s very different if somebody else takes you over and they kind of impose their philosophy, their structure, their business model. We don’t have a business model that needs to take data from people. Our business model can be built in a much different way, in a much more open distributed way. To me that’s super important.”

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  • Hands-On With Magic Leap Shooter ‘Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders’

    Weta Workshop offers a taste of their upcoming shooter at the Magic Leap’s first L.E.A.P. conference. Magic Leap’s inaugural L.E.A.P. developer conference officially kicked-off this morning in Los Angeles, bringing together some of the most talent creators in mixed reality (MR) for two days of exciting demonstrations, gripping keynotes, and other intriguing reveals regarding the

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  • Google Rebrands AR Stickers as Playground; Introduces 3D AR Animation

    While there wasn’t much news on the VR front from Google at today’s New York hardware event except from learning that the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL are compatible with Daydream View VR headsets, Google did introduce a new slate augmented reality (AR) stickers that will have you taking selfies with Iron Man. Dubbed

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  • Niantic Announce Upcoming Pokémon Go Changes In advance of the release of Gen 4 Pokémon, Niantic Labs bring in balance changes.
  • Evasion Giveaway Livestream: Chaotic FPS Action
    Evasion Giveaway Livestream: Chaotic FPS Action

    Today Evasion is finally out on PSVR and PC VR. This is a first-person shooter that’s part bullet-hell chaos in VR and all fast-paced frenetic action. It can be played in co-op with a buddy by your side or solo with one of four different classes.

    We’ll be playing Evasion on Rift with Touch. We will also be joined by our new Editor-in-Chief, Kyle Riesenbeck, who will handle giving out codes on the stream today. All codes are for Steam, either Rift or Vive. We’re starting any minute now, right around 1:00PM PT and we’ll aim to last for around an hour or so. We’ll be livestreaming directly to the UploadVR Facebook page and also using Restream to go directly to YouTube as well. Either way, you can see the full stream embedded right here down below once it’s up:

    You can see our most recent archived streams over on the UploadVR Facebook Gaming portal right here. There’s lots of good stuff there!

    Let us know which games or discussions you want us to livestream next. Comment with feedback down below!

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  • What Borderlands 2 Coming to VR Means for the Industry Can VR grow beyond previously successful videogame IPs to create its own identity?
  • PSVR Gets Massive Two-Year Anniversary Sale On Over 170 Titles
    PSVR Gets Massive Two-Year Anniversary Sale On Over 170 Titles

    Today Sony launched PSVR’s “Happy Birthday Sale” to commemorate its upcoming two-year anniversary on October 13th. The massive sale is running from now until October 23rd. There have been lots of PSN Sales for PSVR titles over the years, but few have been anywhere near as massive as this one.

    With over 170 titles discounted, some up to even 80% off normal prices, I’d be surprised if you don’t find something worth buying. Since that’s far too many titles for us to spend all day individually linking in the text here, we’ve instead rounded up 15 of our favorites. But you should really check out the full sale on the PSN Store as soon as you can.

    All sales prices below will be the PS Plus version of each sale price, which is 5% – 10% higher per game. If you don’t have PS Plus, now would be a good time to get and it’ll pay for itself in extra savings alone.

    Firewall Zero Hour 20% Off ($31.99)

    Read Our Review

    Superhot VR 40% Off ($14.99)

    Read Our Review

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR 40% Off ($35.99)

    Read Our Review

    Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition 40% Off ($29.99)

    Read Our Review

    DOOM VFR 40% Off ($17.99)

    Read Our Review

    PlayStation VR Worlds 70% Off ($4.49)

    Read Our Review

    Apex Construct 50% Off ($14.99)

    Read Our Review

    Sprint Vector 50% Off ($14.99)

    Read Our Review

    WipEout Omega Collection 40% Off ($11.99)

    Read Our Review

    Thumper 75% Off ($4.99)

    Read Our Review

    Star Trek: Bridge Crew 50% Off ($19.99)

    Read Our Review (and Next Generation DLC Review)

    Arizona Sunshine 60% Off ($15.99)

    Read Our Review (and Dead Man DLC Review)

    Farpoint 35% Off ($12.99)

    Read Our Review

    DriveClub VR 75% Off ($3.74)

    Read Our Review

    Raw Data 60% Off ($15.99)

    Read Our Review

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  • Questing For Quest: Getting Hands On With Oculus’ Latest Headset Nina dishes info and opinions on the Oculus Quest after getting to grips with it at OC5.
  • Review: The Exorcist: Legion VR Brilliant - and we never want to look at it again.
  • Secret Location’s Cinematic VR Epic ‘The Great C’ Now Available

    Explore an apocalyptic wasteland to unravel a terrifying ancient mystery in this 37-minute sci-fi adventure. A post-apocalyptic landscape fraught with danger. An omnipotent supercomputer. A young woman with nothing to lose. This is The Great C, a cinematic VR science-fiction adventure bursting with hidden secrets, unfathomable danger, and plenty of jaw-dropping moments. Based on the

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  • Google AR Stickers Are Now Named Playground, Avengers Coming Soon
    Google AR Stickers Are Now Named Playground, Avengers Coming Soon

    At today’s Made by Google event, Google announced that its AR Stickers feature, which can be found inside the Pixel’s camera app, is being re-branded as Playground. Along with the re-brand they’ll be releasing all-new characters such as heroes from Marvel’s Avengers (both Iron Man and Hulk were shown) as well as an animated version of Donald Glover’s rap persona, Childish Gambino.

    Check them out in action right here:

    This is more than just a simple re-naming though, as Playground will also introduce brand new features that weren’t possible before. According to the blog post, that includes, “Using AI to recommend content for expressing yourself in the moment. You can make your photos and videos come to life with Playmoji—characters that react to each other and to you—and tell a richer story by adding fun captions or animated stickers you’ll recognize from Gboard.”

    Playground will also work in selfie mode as well, not just with the rear-facing camera, which opens up a whole slew of possibilities. I’ve always wanted to take a selfie with Iron Man and I’m pretty sure you have to.

    Other packs are on the way as well when Playground launches with Pixel 3 on October 18th, such as Weather, Pets, Sports, Signs, and more. You can see a bunch of them in the featured image at the top of this article. These are all in addition to Star Wars, Stranger Things, and the animated food stickers that already exist on Pixel.

    Playground will also be able to suggest content based on where you are and what you’re doing as well. For example, if you’re cooking in the kitchen it might suggest different Playground items than if you were walking your dog.

    I’m pretty excited to play around with Playground — it genuinely seems like a lot of fun. I also can’t wait to see how developers and content creators use this technology to make exciting new experiences as well. Let us know what you think of Playground down in the comments below!

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  • Google Unveils The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Starting At $799
    Google Unveils The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Starting At $799

    Today at the Made by Google 2018 event, Google officially unveiled the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, its latest line of smartphones. Sporting what it describes as the most powerful camera on a smartphone to date (they showed seven different magazine covers that were shot using the Pixel 3 camera) the device is set to launch on October 18th with pre-orders open now, starting at $799 through Verizon, or unlocked on the Google Store and with Project Fi.

    The camera really does look remarkable in terms of quality and the AI powering it with a 12.2-megapixel rear lens capable of shooting 4K video, but that’s not really directly relevant to VR or AR immediately.

    Inside of the Pixel 3 is a Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. By comparison, the Oculus Go has a Snapdragon 821 and the forthcoming Oculus Quest will have a Snapdragon 835. Both phones have a flexible OLED display and are powered by a 2915 mAh battery.

    According to the official Google blog post, the Pixel 3 is 5.5″ and will start at $799, while the Pixel 3 XL is 6.3″ and will start at $899. Both models are available in “Just Black,” “Clearly White,” and “Not Pink” because cheeky color names are fun. In the box you’ll get a pair of USB-C earbuds and a USB-C 3.5mm headphone adapter, as well as an 18-Watt fast charger that can reportedly “give you seven hours of use in 15 minutes of charging.” All Pixel 3 purchases also include 6 months of free YouTube Music Premium.

    Depending on storage size the price varies as well. Here’s the breakdown:

    Pixel 3 64GB: $799
    Pixel 3 128GB: $899
    Pixel 3 XL 64B: $799
    Pixel 3 XL 128GB: $999

    There wasn’t a single peep about Daydream at all during the show, although on the specs page of the Pixel 3 website it does indicate: “Built for VR to work with Google Daydream View headset,” so it’s not a missing feature altogether at least.

    AR did get a brief shout out via AR Stickers, which have been re-branded as Playground with even more options. Nothing on ARCore though. Both phones also have two front-facing camera sensors, presumably to help enable more powerful AR content.

    Do you plan on getting a Pixel 3? Let us know down in the comments below!

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  • Augmenteum Reveals Thorassist: An AR Education And Training Tool For Learning Pulmonary Anatomy Doctors and medical students can learn about the lungs and their workings with this new augmented reality tool.
  • VR Brings Philip K. Dick Story The Great C to Life Today Only for PC VR headsets, a PlayStation VR version is still in the works.
  • Swing Into Action With Angry Birds: FPS On Magic Leap Angry Birds: First Person Slingshot is available now on Magic Leap One Creator Edition.