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  • University of Kent Studies Impact of VR On Exercise A study shows that VR can have a positive impact on exercise.
  • Marginal Shifts For Rift/Vive In September Steam Hardware Survey
    Marginal Shifts For Rift/Vive In September Steam Hardware Survey

    September’s Steam Hardware Survey doesn’t see much change in VR headset usage on the platform.

    Last month we reported that the gap between the two headsets had widened, with Rift claiming 47.11% of the total usage and Vive taking 42.58%. But there are only marginal shifts to report this month; Rift is up to 47.27% and Vive is down to 42.36%. The gap has widened again, then, but not in any really meaningful way.

    Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets also gained slightly more ground this month, moving from 7.18% in August to 7.22% in September. It’s the poor Oculus Rift DK2 that suffers the most from these increases, falling from 1.18% last month to 1.11% this month. When will the now-ancient development kit finally be put to rest?

    As always, we have to point out that this survey isn’t a definitive means of telling which headset is outselling the other, as it’s an optional thing that requires VR owners to actually have their respective headsets plugged in. Oculus did tell us that Rift was selling ‘really well’ at Connect last week but we don’t really have any way of telling what that means.

    It may have been a slow month for the survey, but it’s possible things could pick up pretty soon. The holiday season is nearing and no doubt both Oculus and HTC are hoping many people will put Rifts and Vives respectively under the tree this year. What kind of promotions can we expect to see to entice more users over?

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  • Oculus Connect 5 In 14 Minutes: Oculus Quest, Darth Vader And More
    Oculus Connect 5 In 14 Minutes: Oculus Quest, Darth Vader And More

    Last week the VR event of the year came and went — Oculus Connect 5 — with Facebook’s Oculus Quest formally revealed as the company’s next attempt to tap a consumer market for VR hardware in 2019.

    The fully standalone headset requires no phone or PC to operate and will start selling early next year for around $400. Facebook said Quest will ave 50+ games at launch and the company is helping to port over many of the top Rift titles including Superhot, Robo Recall, The Climb, and Moss. We expect games like Beat Saber, Marvel Powers United VR and other popular games to make appearances on Quest as well — alongside a timed exclusive for Vader Immortal — the official Star Wars experience which seems to include lightsaber combat.

    Facebook is waiting until closer to release to reveal the full launch lineup for Quest, but the hour and 15 minute long keynote includes updates for Oculus Go and Oculus Rift as well. Go will soon be getting a casting feature and the keynote also included language making clear how Facebook is thinking about the PC VR market.

    The full keynote is embedded below, but we cut down a 14-minute version focusing just on the key information above. Note that our super cut focuses on the product and game announcements and doesn’t include the Michael Abrash predictions portion which is the last half hour of the Oculus Connect 5 keynote.

    What do you think about Oculus Connect 5’s announcements? Let us know down in the comments below!

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  • Community Download: Do You Think Oculus Quest Will Outsell The Rift?
    Community Download: Do You Think Oculus Quest Will Outsell The Rift?

    Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused articles series published every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate.

    Death to the Project Santa Cruz, long live the Oculus Quest. Now that Oculus Connect 5 is officially in the books, we know the real, consumer-facing name of Facebook’s upcoming standalone VR headset and we actually had the chance to go hands-on with the device from the show floor in San Jose.

    We got to play Superhot VR, Tennis Scramble, Dead and Buried Arena, and Face Your Fears 2 on the device and overall came away extremely impressed. The Oculus Quest will ship in Spring 2019 for $399 and includes two 6DOF Touch controllers as well as the headset itself, which is entirely standalone, 6DOF, and wireless. It represents a middle ground between the Go and Rift.

    We still don’t know the full launch lineup, but we do know at least 50 games will be ready by the release date including Moss, Robo Recall, and more. All of technology is really, really impressive — but is it enough?

    At the OC5 keynote Mark Zuckerberg said that in order for a VR ecosystem to be self-sustaining and successful, it needs about 10 million users. There are only 3 million PSVR headsets out there and we still don’t know a number for Rift, but it’s fair to assume less than 1 million since that hasn’t been announced yet. In our hands-on I stated that this could be the VR headset for everybody, but what do you think?

    So, if the Quest is going to be the breakout success that Facebook hopes, it needs to do really, really well. Which brings us to the following question: Do you think the Quest will outsell the Rift? Will it do so well that the Oculus Quest becomes Facebook’s primary device going forward? Will this become the best-selling headset ever? Why or why not?

    Let us know what you think down in the comments below and make sure to watch our live Q&A show from last week for more details.

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  • VR Game Releases For October 2018
    VR Game Releases For October 2018

    Every month we aim to round up each and every VR game release for you in one single place — this is September’s list. Don’t worry — we’ll continue highlighting the best ones at the end of each week too.

    With the door closed on September, we’ve just been through another great month of VR content. Between Creed, Blind, Transference, and Windlands 2 there were lots of titles to look forward to last month. Now with October upon us, it’s time to take a look at what’s coming down the line next.

    And if you’re a VR game developer planning to release a game soon — let us know! You can get in touch with me directly by emailing david@uploadvr.com or hit all of the editorial team by emailing tips@uploadvr.com. Please contact us about your upcoming releases so that we can know what you’re working on and include you in release lists!

    Rift, Vive, and Windows VR Game Releases For September 2018

    Bardo ($9.99) – October 1st – Rift, Vive
    Expedia Cenote VR (Free) – October 1st – Rift, Vive
    Drunkn Bar Fight on Halloween ($2.99) – October 1st – Rift, Vive, Windows VR
    The Blue Zula VR Concert Series ($6.99) – October 1st – Rift, Vive
    Twilight Path ($TBD) – October 2nd – Rift, Vive
    RED: Lucid Nightmare ($TBD) – October 2nd – Rift
    Blast the Past ($TBD) – October 3rd – Rift, Vive
    Zero Killed ($TBD) – October 3rd – Rift, Vive
    River Relaxation VR ($TBD) – October 4th – Rift, Vive
    Egg Teacher VR ($TBD) – October 4th – Vive
    Death Race ($TBD) – October 4th – Rift, Vive, Windows VR
    Proton Ball ($TBD) – October 4th – Rift, Vive
    Undersea Treasure Hunt ($TBD) – October 4th – Vive
    Innocent Forest: The Bird of Light ($TBD) – October 5th – Vive
    Innocent Forest 2: The Bed in the Sky ($TBD) – October 5th – Vive
    MiniTracks ($TBD) – October 5th – Vive, Windows VR
    Evasion ($TBD) – October 9th – Rift, Vive
    RevelationTrestan ($TBD) – October 9th – Vive
    The Great C ($TBD) – October 9th – Rift, Vive
    Lolly Pang VR ($TBD) – October 11th – Rift, Vive
    Dark Nebula VR ($TBD) – October 11th – Rift, Vive
    Neon VR ($TBD) – October 2018 – Rift, Vive, Windows VR

    PSVR Game Releases For September 2018

    Astro Bot: Rescue Mission ($39.99) – October 2nd (Read Our Full Review)
    Racket Fury ($TBD) – October 2nd
    Evasion ($39.99) – October 9th (Read Our Preview Coverage)

    We would love to include mobile releases, but there is very little visibility about what’s coming to Gear VR, Go, or Daydream and it’s difficult to track releases accurately by date. That being said, if you have a mobile VR title in the works with a specific launch date or window, let us know!

    As a point of emphasis: reach out to david@uploadvr.com or tips@uploadvr.com to let us know about your upcoming VR game releases!

    Editor’s Note: This post will be continuously updated.

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  • Laduma Uses VR To Demonstrate Uses of Essential Oils Laduma uses VR and 360-degree video to demonstrate uses of doTERRA Essential oils.
  • Dragon Quest VR: Going Inside The Mind Of Toriyama In This VR JRPG
    Dragon Quest VR: Going Inside The Mind Of Toriyama In This VR JRPG

    It’s been a busy year for Dragon Quest. The most recent entry in the long-running Japanese role-playing game series, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age, recently came out on PC and consoles to much critical acclaim. But unless you live in Japan, you might’ve missed another crucial milestone: the release of the franchise’s first virtual reality game.

    Dragon Quest VR made its debut this past April at VR Zone Shinjuku, a Bandai Namco-owned VR arcade located in the heart of Tokyo’s eye-popping Shinjuku district. It’s a first-person location-based experience that takes place on a huge 65 ft x 39 ft grid where multiple groups can play at the same time. Each team consists of four players and three different classes: two melee warriors, a mage, and a priest. Your goal is to fight through a series of battles before facing the powerful Zoma, an iconic Dragon Quest villain.

    Given its novelty and regional exclusivity (along with a little prodding from Games Editor David Jagneaux), I had to try Dragon Quest VR for myself during a recent trip to Tokyo. As a non-Japanese speaker, it was … more challenging than I expected. It all started with trying to order my ticket. You see, VR Zone operates like a carnival. In addition to charging an entrance fee, each of the attractions — which also includes VR experiences based on Dragon Ball Z, Mario Kart, Evangelion, and more — requires a separate ticket purchase.

    At 3200 yen (roughly $30) per person, Dragon Quest VR is one of the most expensive games there. But it doesn’t seem to have any trouble drawing in a crowd.

    Cultural Obstacles

    When I was trying to book my reservation online, the time slots I wanted kept selling out. It was a little nerve-racking because I had trouble filling out the registration form; I later realized I couldn’t submit it unless I wrote my full name in katakana. I also had to print out my ticket via the ticket kiosk — a machine that doesn’t have an English option — inside of a Family Mart convenience store. (If you’re in Japan and would like to do this yourself, these two sites were helpful for filling out the form, and using Google Translate on this Family Mart PDF made the pick-up relatively painless.)

    Once I arrived at my appointment at VR Zone, however, the process was a little smoother. Since I was going in solo, three other people — a teenage boy and his parents — filled out the rest of my team. The language barrier was still somewhat of a hurdle. The staff member who was preparing the different groups for the game couldn’t speak English very well, and the instructional video that we watched before gearing up was also in Japanese. Luckily, I was able to follow along with the video thanks to an English transcript that the attendant handed me.

    To keep things simple, I decided to play as one of the warriors. Their main job is to hack-and-slash through monsters

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  • NS Glasses Bring A VR-Esque Experience To The Nintendo Switch

    Could this be the beginning of Switch VR, or just a spiritual successor to the Virtual Boy? It’s fair to say the ongoing rumors surrounding VR compatibility on the Nintendo Switch have been confusing to say the least. The Japanese video game company has, on several different occasions, declared that there are zero plans to

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  • RemoteSpark Offers Mixed Reality Remote Worker Platform Kognitiv Spark is offering industry workers a mixed reality communications platform using Microsoft HoloLens.
  • SprintR VR Controller Lets Users Run And Jump In VR Run and jump around in VR without getting hot and sweaty, thanks to SprintR VR Controller.
  • WowWee Unleashes Dinosaurs In AR With ‘Untamed ARena’

    Life uh… finds a way in WowWee’s newest augmented experience. Paleontologists have identified labeled over 700 of dinosaurs over the years and you’ve probably seen hundreds of them in your local museum, or several in the Jurassic Park films. You don’t have to go back to the Jurassic, Triassic or any other dinosaur period to

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  • SPACES Partners with SEGA Joypolis To Open New VR Centre at Shibuya Crossing A new location-based VR experienced based on Terminator Salvation to open at CA SEGA Joypolis.
  • Lenovo Mirage Solo VR Experience Offered to Starlight Children’s Foundation Hospitalised children will be able to enjoy VR experiences provided by Lenovo Mirage Solo and SOTI.
  • Carmack: Oculus Debated PC VR Mode For Quest
    Carmack: Oculus Debated PC VR Mode For Quest

    Could Oculus Quest, Facebook’s newest standalone VR headset, ever be used to run PC VR experiences? It’s not likely, but the company did discuss it.

    Oculus boldly proclaimed that Quest could deliver ‘Rift quality experiences’ at its reveal at Oculus Connect last week. In reality, though, the kit just isn’t as powerful as the PCs that run Rift, which is why games like Dead And Buried are making compromises to fit onto the platform. The idea of plugging a Quest into a PC to serve as a replacement Rift is an attractive one, then, but Oculus CTO John Carmack isn’t making any promises.

    “We did not add any dedicated hardware to act as a PC display (it was debated a lot),” Carmack replied when asked about possible PC VR streaming to Quest on Twitter, “but we have a research project going to see what we can do with maxing out WiFi streaming. No promises…”

    Wireless streaming to PC VR headsets has become an increasingly promising means of cutting the chord between two devices over the past few years. HTC is even starting to roll out an official wireless adapter for its Vive VR headset this month. That said, users need a strong WiFi connection to keep any additional latency to a minimum.

    With its improved display resolution and inside-out tracking, PC VR support could make quest an attractive upgrade for existing Rift-owners. Oculus is courting developers to bring some of Rift’s biggest games to the platform, including Moss and Superhot, but wireless streaming could let users experience those games with higher fidelity visuals and perhaps even grant access to games that don’t come to Quest. Sadly, it definitely doesn’t seem like such a feature will be available at launch early next year.

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  • Hellblade VR Developer Ninja Theory Is Working On Star Wars: Vader Immortal
    Hellblade VR Developer Ninja Theory Is Working On Star Wars: Vader Immortal

    Here’s an interesting detail we missed when Star Wars: Vader Immortal was announced for Oculus Quest last week; Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice developer Ninja Theory is working on the series.

    A mention of the UK-based studio is dropped right at the end of the press release, simply stating that developer ILMxLAB is “proud to be working with Ninja Theory, an award-winning developer in the UK, and Epic Games, creators of Unreal Engine.” Ninja Theory itself declined to reveal to UploadVR exactly how it was contributing to the experience.

    If we were to guess, it could be that the team’s impressive real-time performance capture, which has been demonstrated a SIGGRAPH over the past few years, is being used on the project. The system is able to record an actor’s performance and instantly translate it onto a virtual character. That said, Ninja Theory has worked on its own VR games including Dexed and this year’s excellent VR port of Hellblade itself, so it could be lending more traditional help to the project too. The studio was acquired by Microsoft earlier this year.

    Vader Immortal is intended to be a multi-part series starring the Dark Lord of the Sith himself. It’s set between the events of Star Wars movies Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One and, judging by the teaser trailer above, it might finally give us our first taste of true lightsaber combat in VR. Look for the series to launch first on Oculus Quest next year.

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