• VirtualLink Is A New Standard For VR PC Connection Backed By Oculus, Valve And More
    VirtualLink Is A New Standard For VR PC Connection Backed By Oculus, Valve And More

    A new VR standard backed by some of the industry’s biggest players is looking to make fiddling about with multiple headset wires a thing of the past.

    VirtualLink is designed to make the next generation of PC VR headsets much faster and more accessible to get into. It uses a single USB Type-C connector to replace the range of leads that are connected to current headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The standard is already being supported by Oculus, Valve, Nvidia, AMD and Microsoft, the latter of which has been backing it since the start of its work in VR.

    The standard is an Alternate Mode of USB-C. It includes support for four lanes of HBR3 DisplayPort for high-resolution displays, USB3.1 Gen2 SuperSpeed for headset cameras and sensors, and up to 27 Watts of power delivery. Not only does this make setup easier on current PCs, but it will also mean future VR headsets will be compatible with a wider range of devices that don’t meet the current connection requirements of the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

    You can view the standard’s documents for yourself here.

    “A consolidated connection point is critical in removing barriers to experiencing high-powered PC VR”, Oculus’ VP of Product Nate Mitchell said in a prepared statement. “With the adoption of VirtualLink technology, purpose-built for VR, we look forward to helping push the industry forward into the next phase of VR.”

    Rather than a separate product you’d buy for your existing VR headsets, then, VirtualLink will likely be a technology that will come integrated into next-generation PC VR headsets, though no devices have officially announced support for it thus far.

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  • VR vs. It’s Coming Home Then again, maybe not yet.
  • Onward Is Getting A Free Weekend This Week, New Map Soon
    Onward Is Getting A Free Weekend This Week, New Map Soon

    Hey PC VR owners, envious about upcoming PSVR-exclusive shooter, Firewall: Zero Hour? There’s no need to be; Rift and Vive have a perfectly excellent military shooter of their own that you can try for free this weekend.

    Downpour Interactive’s Onward will be free to play from July 19th to 22nd via Steam. The entire game (which is still in Early Access) will be free to jump into. It will give you the chance to experience the latest version of the game, which adds in controllers tailored to the Oculus Touch controllers (instead of just emulating the Vive controls as before) and the ability to catch and then throw back grenades, which must happen in real war all the time.

    Elsewhere, yet more updates are coming to the game, including improved, more realistic player animations and a brand new map named Abandoned. You can also expect to equip weapons with bipods for greater accuracy and use a new stun gun.

    Onward is a multiplayer military shooter that focuses on realism and has made a name for itself as one of the best competitive VR games out there right now.

    Still no word on a full and final release yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

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  • Join VRFocus For A Post Gamescom XR Review This September VRFocus has teamed up with Realities Centre to give you an extra chance to see and discuss VR and AR items from Gamescom.
  • Vuzix Sees Order Numbers for Smart Glasses Rise A pilot scheme from AMA XpertEye is converted into a full rollout, seeing a surge in order numbers for Vuzix.
  • Leap Motion Looks To Combine AR & VR With ‘Mirrorworlds’

    Leap Motion dreams big with an ambitious new project that could open ‘alternative dimensions of reality, layered over the physical world.’ AMerican computer hardware manufacturer Leap Motion has released a series of concept videos teasing a technological future where augmented and virtual reality have collided to form a ‘parallel reality’ of sorts. Dubbed ‘Mirrorworlds,’ these

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  • Get $100 of Gift Cards When Purchasing the HTC Vive Pro for Amazon Prime Day Plus you can now purchase Viveport titles directly through Amazon.
  • SIGGRAPH 2018 Reveal Lineup For Electronic Theater Showcase 25 short films showcase the next generation of storytelling.
  • Karnage Chronicles Livestream: Co-Op Dungeon Crawling RPG
    Karnage Chronicles Livestream: Co-Op Dungeon Crawling RPG

    Karnage Chronicles is a VR RPG currently in Early Access on Steam. For today’s livestream, we’re taking the multiplayer beta update for a spin for some co-op dungeon crawling action!

    Since the content we’re playing is designed for multiplayer, I’ll be joined by our very own Jamie Feltham to assist on this livestream. We played the game originally over a year ago and it’s come quite a ways since then.

    We’ll be livestreaming Karnage Chronicles on PC today using an Oculus Rift with Touch starting very soon as of the time this is being published (which means we’ll start at approximately 1:30PM PT) and aim to last for about an hour or so. We’re going to use Restream to hit both YouTube and Twitch at the same time! You can see the full stream embedded right here down below once it’s up:

    Embedded livestream coming soon

    You can see our archived streams all in this one handy Livestream playlist over on the official UploadVR YouTube channel (which you should totally subscribe to by the way). We’re also using our Twitch channel more too.

    Let us know which games you want us to livestream next and what you want to see us do, specifically, in Karnage Chronicles or other VR games. You can follow the game on Steam or Oculus Home for more details. Comment with feedback down below!

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  • Mixed Reality Art Comes to Times Square conceptual artist Mel Chin transforms Times Square with AR to commentate on climate change.
  • HTC Vive Pro Comes With $100 Worth Of Gift Cards For Amazon Prime Day
    HTC Vive Pro Comes With $100 Worth Of Gift Cards For Amazon Prime Day

    At $799, the HTC Vive Pro is one of the most expensive VR headsets currently on the market. For Amazon’s Prime Day this week, it will still be one of the most expensive VR headsets currently on the market, but it will come with some extra goodies.

    Specifically, any Prime Member that picks up the enhanced headset from 12pm PT today until 8:59pm tomorrow, July 17th, will get a $50 Amazon voucher and a $50 Viveport voucher as well as two free months of HTC’s Viveport Subscription. So that’s $50 on news apps to pick up for your new Vive and then perhaps $50 to go on things to enhance your setup; you could get a Vive Tracker for half the $100 price, perhaps? Or maybe some shiny base station mounts. Or just skip this VR nonsense and get that new toaster you’ve had your eye on.

    Or, you could hold onto that Amazon voucher and get even more Viveport content – Amazon is soon set to start selling apps from the service.

    The Viveport Subscription, meanwhile, allows you to download a set number of apps for a month, choosing from a library of hundreds of titles that includes the likes of Tilt Brush. You get to play those apps as much as you’ve like for the month, and then you can either choose them again the following month or pick new ones.

    It looks like this deal only counts for the base Vive Pro unit, as the SteamVR 2.0 bundle isn’t showing up on Amazon US at the time of writing. Maybe you’ll want to spend that $50 on some controllers and a base station, then.

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  • Hotel Transylvania 3 Receives Augmented Playground Experience

    Biba partners with Sony Picture Animation to bring Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation to smart playgrounds across the US. Since its founding in 2014, the folks over at Biba Ventures has dedicated themselves towards integrating AR games and mobile apps into interactive playgrounds across the United States. Using their smartphones, parents can scan specialized access points

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  • Google Adds Support For Two Controllers To Daydream SDK
    Google Adds Support For Two Controllers To Daydream SDK

    Google is showing indications that its operating system for VR could be evolving toward support of two-handed games. While it remains unlikely you’ll ever be playing Job Simulator or Tilt Brush on a Lenovo Mirage Solo or a Daydream View, the new addition to Google’s Daydream SDK could lay the groundwork for those titles and other great games like Beat Saber and Superhot to eventually run on future headsets powered by Google.

    The Lenovo Mirage Solo and other Daydream headsets all use a single hand controller that operates a lot like a laser pointer. The latest update to the Google VR SDK for Unity, though, adds support for two of those types of controllers. Functionality shouldn’t change on devices that only support one controller, but apps could now see that controller as the player’s dominant hand. On certain devices capable of supporting two controllers, there could also be a non-dominant hand shown as well.

    Google previously revealed computer vision research showing how it could determine the location of pointer-only controllers, effectively turning them into the point-and-reach controllers that are more compelling and fun to use, but there’s no indication in the documentation of support for point-and-reach hand controllers. That means Beat Saber or Job Simulator running on a standalone headset is still something we’ll have to wait to see.  I’ve reached out to Google representatives to see if Mirage Solo or Pixel phones will support two pointer controllers, and I will update this post if they respond.

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  • Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Hyperreality Spy Experience Coming to San Diego Comic-Con Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Experience will start this Thursday.
  • Sci-fi Thriller Downward Spiral: Horus Station Coming to PlayStation VR in August Only a few weeks to go until you can float through the derelict space station.