• Samsung Partners With NASA To Launch 4D Lunar Gravity VR Experience

    One small step for man, one giant, virtual leap for mankind. In celebration of the Apollo Program’s historic, 50th anniversary, NASA has teamed up with Samsung to develop an out-of-this-world, location-based VR experience powered by the Gear VR. “Starting this year, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen

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  • Bow to Blood Touches Down On PSVR Next Month
    Bow to Blood Touches Down On PSVR Next Month

    August 28th is going to be a busy day for PSVR owners.

    Indie developer Tribetoy this week confirmed that its VR action game, Bow to Blood, is coming to Sony’s headset at the end of next month. In the game, you team up with others to pilot a flying ship and then take on other opponents in a reality TV show. You’ll need to multitask between operating weapons and steering your vehicle as you take part in battles and races. The game was announced at Paris Games Week last year with the below trailer, though we haven’t really seen it since.

    Tribetoy also confirmed several voice actors for the game this week, including Overwatch’s Greg Chun and Erik Braa from World of Warcraft.

    That’s not the only new PSVR game releasing that day, though. Aspyr’s intriguing VR adventure game, Torn, is also set to debut on the platform on the same day, as is the highly-anticipated PSVR exclusive multiplayer shooter, Firewall: Zero Hour. It’s going to be tough to stand out between these three games.

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  • Arizona Sunshine Dev Takes On Viveport Arcade With Vertigo Arcades
    Arizona Sunshine Dev Takes On Viveport Arcade With Vertigo Arcades

    There’s an all-new way to experience Vertigo Games’ Arizona Sunshine, and it’s not inside your home.

    The Dutch studio this week announced a new arm of its company, Vertigo Arcades, which aims to bring both hardware and software to arcades around the world with content both developed both by itself and other studios. To that end, Vertigo announced a content launcher named VR Arcade Suite that also provides developers with the tools to easily integrate arcade-specific features like new tracking systems and mixed reality functionality into their games. Outside of the studio’s own work, games like Space Pirate Trainer and Island 359 have already signed onto the scheme.

    Vertigo Arcades is already running in 300 venues across 40 countries.

    The location-based VR arcade scene has long been considered to be one of the most promising areas of the emerging VR industry. Vertigo isn’t the first to deliver on this concept; HTC is also making a push for location-based VR with its Viveport Arcade division, which launched back in 2016 and at the time estimated the business would be worth $100 million. It will be interesting to see how Vertigo plans to break into the market, though it has one big ace up its sleeve: Arizona Sunshine.

    As you can see in the trailer above, Vertigo is retooling its popular zombie shooter into Arizona Sunshine: LB VR Edition. Pushing the game beyond home headset limitations, you’ll be able to experience missions with up to four players using untethered HTC Vive headsets, haptic suits and gun-shaped controllers. Vertigo is also teaming up with Nomadic to bring an all-new Arizona Sunshine game to Vertigo Arcades.

    Arizona Sunshine is considered to be one of VR’s most successful games thus far, having generated $1.4 million in sales during its PC VR launch month back in 2016 and since going on to support PSVR, Windows VR and adding DLC missions and more.

    Vertigo will be showing the game off at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany next month.

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  • SteamVR Home Gets New Maps And More In Fresh Update
    SteamVR Home Gets New Maps And More In Fresh Update

    SteamVR Home is getting yet more fun stuff to play with this week.

    Valve just introduced another update for its VR hub world which brings in new locations and assets to decorate them with. You can now explore a supervillain’s lair with friends, solving puzzles and unlocking secret rooms and new collectibles from one of the developer’s most beloved games, Team Fortress 2. Valve has also changed up the Summit Pavilion location with some new additions that allow you to customize how your personal space looks even further.

    Expanding on that customization even further, Valve is also introducing asset packs. These allow creators to share assets they’ve made like models and textures with other creators so they can expand their own resources for making environments.

    Elsewhere there are some small adjustments, like a reorganized community wall, a new category for free VR apps and resizable panels.

    It’s interesting to see Valve expand SteamVR Home with this strand of novel, adventurous content to expand what friends can do while Oculus doubles down on expanding customization within its smaller Oculus Home spaces. We’re fans of both approaches, but we certainly like how Valve’s efforts including features like SteamVR Collectibles cater to the gamers in all of us.

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  • Sheffield Doc/Fest Reveals Line Up for Alternate Realities Touring Exhibition Fourteen immersive projects and installations will be touring the UK and beyond.
  • Philip K. Dick Story The Great C Comes to VR VR short film adaptation will be premiered at Venice Film Festival.
  • Google Brings VR Creator Lab To Europe Google will be offering YouTube creators and independent filmmakers access to a three-day boot camp.
  • Life In 360°: The Jewels And The Crown Run The Jewels perform the song Crown in 360 degrees in Friday's Li360.
  • VR World Offers Exhibit of Immersive Journalism Journalism 360 will be curating an exhibit of immersive journalism at VR World in New York City.
  • You Can Now Pilot A Drone Using VR And Your Torso

    A Swiss research team has come up with a new technique to fly drones that doesn’t require your hands, because why not? A group of scientist at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have come up with a technique that uses VR and a custom motion capture suit to allow users to precisely maneuver their drone

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  • Ninja Theory Confirms No PlayStation VR Version of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Graphics requirements means Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice VR will only be on PC VR platforms
  • Microsoft Adds ‘Flashlight’ Camera Feature To Windows VR Headsets
    Microsoft Adds ‘Flashlight’ Camera Feature To Windows VR Headsets

    You can now say “Flashlight On” to see the real world while wearing a Windows VR headset.

    Headsets running Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, like those from companies such as Acer, Lenovo and Samsung, can access the new feature with the latest Windows 10 Insider build. You’ll need to connect a microphone if your headset lacks one to test the voice command feature, but the “Mixed Reality Flashlight” can also be activated other ways. I’ve had some very bad experiences in recent months running early Windows builds so I am not rushing to install the latest version and test this. The feature projects a passthrough view from the camera on the headset to wherever you point the controller. From the Microsoft blog post linked earlier:

    You can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a voice command. This opens a low-latency pass-through camera feed connected to your controller. It’s comfortable, intuitive, and keeps you immersed.

    The new Windows-based system lets people interact with two realities at once. I’d also be curious to see what the mesh looks like that Microsoft captures of my environment, and I’m hopeful the company’s engineers might be able to use object recognition to start pulling objects from your real environment into the virtual one. It might be nice to see a special glowing couch and, when you go sit down on it, you are actually sitting down on a piece of real world furniture. There’s nothing like that with this feature update, but it is one direction tech giants like Microsoft, Facebook and Google might go in order to make VR headsets easier and safer to use over the next few years. This “Mixed Reality Flashlight” looks like a good first step for Microsoft.

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  • Mayweather Boxing + Fitness Offers Franchise Options New and existing fitness centres will be able to offer Mayweather VR training thanks to franchising options.
  • Enjoying Some Retro Gaming Goodness With Pixel Ripped 1989 It's time to showcase a little early gameplay ahead of launch.
  • ‘Zip Now London’ Attraction Combines VR With Zip Lining

    Experience Dubai’s infamous Jebel Jais Flight zip line while soaring over the House of Parliament in this new UK attraction. Zip Now London, a new zip wire attraction located in London, England, is offering riders the chance to strap into a VR headset and experience the longest zip line ride in the world, minus the

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