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  • Final Assault is Heading into Early Access Tomorrow On both Steam and Oculus Store.
  • ‘Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series’ Heads To Star Wars Celebration This April

    Episode one of the series is set launch later this year on the Oculus Quest. It’s been roughly five months since ILMxLAB announced Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series for the upcoming Oculus Quest standalone headset. Taking place between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, the episodic series will

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  • Games for Change Launches Accelerator Programme for Gaming and XR Industry   Applications are now being accepted.
  • HP Reverb Is The Best Windows Mixed Reality Headset Yet

    HP unveils their ultra comfortable VR headset at HP Reinvent global partner conference. The Windows Mixed Reality platform has seen its fair share of ups and downs since the introduction of Acer, Dell, Lenovo, and HP third-party headsets back in October of 2017. The initial offerings suffered from inconsistent tracking and subpar controllers, but a

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  • SXSW 2019: The Atomic Tree Tells A Riveting Deep-Rooted Story
    The Atomic Tree

    The Atomic Tree took SXSW through a story of an old bonsai tree that was deep, and rich in history.

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  • Pico Neo 2 Is A Standalone VR Headset Which Can Also Wirelessly Connect To Your PC
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    At GDC this week Qualcomm announced an update to their VR845 reference design which allows it to also wirelessly connect to a gaming PC. The first headset to be based off this design and using its technology is the Pico Neo 2.

    The Neo 2 will launch in the second half of this year. They aren’t announcing price just yet, but the Neo 1 was $749 and the Qualcomm VR845 development kit is $1600 so don’t expect it to be cheap.

    In standalone mode the headset will have access to Viveport M– HTC’s mobile store used on the Vive Focus Plus. That means you’re not going to be getting access to the same level of games as Oculus Quest. But if you’re using your PC for games, standalone mode should be sufficient for media viewing.

    In wireless PC mode it will work with HTC’s Viveport PC store, but it will likely work with SteamVR also thanks to that platform’s open driver model. Yes that’s right, you should be able to play SteamVR games wirelessly on this headset.

    The wireless connection to the PC uses 60 GHz technology, just like the HTC Vive wireless adapter and TPCast. That allows for significantly higher bandwidth than WiFi and for low compression with low latency, but has to be within line of sight of the headset and needs a dedicated transmitter- not your router. This will likely add significantly to the cost, so it’ll be interesting to see whether the transmitter is included or sold separately.

    There are no images of the Neo 2 or further details yet, but we’ll keep you updated as soon as Pico provides further information.

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  • Pimax Creates Rugged Versions of its 8K, 5K Plus and 5K OLED Headsets for Commercial use Pimax has also announced a new partnership with Ecoplants.
  • Pimax Releases ASW-Like “Smart Smoothing” And Static Foveated Rendering
    Pimax Headset Rear

    At GDC 2019 today Pimax released two new software features aimed at making its headsets easier to run. Fixed Foveated Rendering (FFR) and Smart Smoothing. The features work for both the 5K+ and 8K headsets.

    Fixed Foveated Rendering renders at a lower resolution everywhere except the center of the lens. This is the same technique used on the Oculus Go and Quest standalone headsets. Pimax claims this provides a 10-30% performance improvement. Right now it only works on NVIDIA RTX GPUs, but the company is working on bringing this to older cards too.

    Smart Smoothing is similar to Facebook’s Asynchronous Spacewarp and Valve’s Motion Smoothing. When your GPU isn’t making framerate, Smart Smoothing forces the running game to render at half framerate and synthetically generates every other frame. When the GPU is no longer being strained, the app is returned to full framerate.

    If you’re confused about these terms, read our guide VR Timewarp, Spacewarp, Reprojection, And Motion Smoothing Explained.

    Unlike Facebook and Valve, Pimax is giving users the ability to change the headset’s refresh rate. As well as the default refresh rate of 90 Hz and 80 Hz for the 5K+ and 8K respectively, users can now change it to 72 Hz or 64 Hz.

    These new features and options are all aimed at making the Pimax headsets easier to run on existing GPUs. Tom’s Hardware recently benchmarked the headset using the $700 RTX 2080. While they were able to run simplistic games like Space Pirate Trainer smoothly, games like Arizona Sunshine and Serious Sam VR required turning the field of view down to 120° and setting the resolution far below native.

    Hopefully the combination of FFR, Smart Smoothing, and the option to use a lower refresh rate will improve the Pimax experience.

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  • ILMxLAB to Reveal Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series Details in April It'll be hosting a panel at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago.
  • GDC 2019: Angry Birds Officially Coming To PSVR And iOS ARKit Very Soon
    GDC 2019: Angry Birds Officially Coming To PSVR And iOS ARKit Very Soon

    Rovio and Resolution Games have been extremely busy. Today, they're announcing three new versions of Angry Birds for iOS, Windows VR, and PSVR.

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  • GDC 2019: Nreal AR Sunglasses Target Gamers With NetEase Partnership
    GDC 2019: Nreal AR Sunglasses Target Gamers With NetEase Partnership

    Having showcased its promising hardware at CES and MWC already, Nreal is targetting gamers at GDC 2019.

    The company today announced a partnership with NetEase to showcase content on its AR sunglasses, Nreal Light. Nreal offers a pair of light sunglasses that connect to an external processing unit, be it either a dedicated device or a Snapdragon 855-powered smartphone. The glasses then produce virtual images in the real world, much like Magic Leap One or HoloLens 2. I was surprised by just how well the experience worked when I tried it at MWC. That said, I didn’t get to sample any truly interactive content.

    That changes at GDC, where Nreal is showing NetEase AR’s YuME. It’s a puzzle game in which players explore a series of fantastical landscapes and objects. Puzzles rely on optical illusions, getting players to utilize six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking to solve them. Nreal Light supports a 3DOF motion controller, which we assume you use to interact with the game.

    Nreal hopes to show developers at GDC that it has a viable platform for AR game development. Current AR gaming is largely confined to smartphone-based AR on Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore. Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 is an enterprise-level device that isn’t concerned with entertainment. Magic Leap One does feature plenty of games, but at $2,295, it’s too expensive for many gamers to really consider.

    We don’t yet know when Nreal Light will release, nor how much it will cost. But, weighing in at just 85g, we have high hopes that this could be an AR ‘headset’ that really catches on.

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  • HP Reverb is a High Resolution Headset Available in Consumer and Enterprise Versions Prices will start from $599.
  • GDC 2019: Apex Construct, More Win Big In Third Annual Viveport Developer Awards
    GDC 2019: Apex Construct, More Win Big In Third Annual Viveport Developer Awards

    Fast Travel Games’ Apex Construct was one of the big winners in HTC’s third annual Viveport Developer Awards.

    This year’s winners were announced at GDC 2019 today. As the name suggests, the awards recognize developers that have published apps on HTC’s VR storefront in the past year. Winners will net goodies from a $50,000 prize pool. That includes new Vive hardware, tickets to GDC itself and future marketing support. Crucially the awards don’t just focus on games but also try to recognize other areas of VR content development like education and arts.

    Apex Construct took home the prize in the PC Entertainment section. Fast Travel’s 2018 adventure offered a full VR experience and is a pretty deserving winner in our book. VictoryVR’s gruesome VR Frog Dissection took home the award for PC Education while the Vive Arts-backed The Water Lily Obsession won in the PC Arts & Culture section. Finally, nDreams’ Shooty Fruity Arcade scored a win for PC Arcade titles.

    There were also awards for developers on HTC’s mobile platform, Vive Wave. Resolution Games’ Bait! won Entertainment, Star Chart scored Education and Paint VR won Arts & Culture.

    As HTC points out, each of these apps will be included in Viveport Infinity when it launches next month. It’s basically Netflix for VR; $12.99 a month gets you access to over 600 VR apps for unlimited use.

    We’ll be looking forward to seeing how HTC’s upcoming launches change next year’s awards. The company is soon to launch its Vive Cosmos headset and a new platform named Vive Reality System alongside it.

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  • HTC Vive Pro Eye is NVIDIA’s Preferred Headset for its VRS Technology HTC Vive has also released an updated Pro Eye SDK.
  • The Angry Birds are Going Mental With New VR Content and AR Game Whether you prefer VR or AR, there's an Angry Birds videogame for you.