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  • TIGA Publish New In-Depth Guide To Better VR Accessibility The report explores the opportunity and challenges in making virtual reality content more widely accessible.
  • Valve Have Released A New VR Portal Demo To showcase their newest virtual reality controller, Knuckles EV2.
  • Pimax Team with Vaqso To Offer Smells Within VR The Pimax 8K VR headset is set to have the option of a scent module provided by Vaqso.
  • Disaster Report 4 Plus: Summer Memories Showcases New PlayStation VR Gameplay The title now has a Japanese release date as well.
  • New York Times Release AR Experience To Showcase The Aftermath Of The Fuego Volcano Eruption 'A Volcano Turns a Town Into a Cemetery'
  • ICAROS Secures Seven Figure Investment From Segnalita The investment will fund continued developments of their ICAROS training system.
  • Schell Games Unveil HoloLAB Champions, Bring Chemistry To VR Put your science knowledge to the test.
  • Vuzix Announce Appointment of Two New Vice Presidents Vuzix announces creation of two new positions; Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Engineering.
  • This Week In VR Sports: It’s All About The Beautiful Game Virtual world cup highlights, augmented star appearances and new stadium signage technology.
  • ABI Research Provides New Report On Eight Technologies That Will Transform Manufacturing Augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and more included in the report.
  • Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts Release New AR App For Exploring Destinations The Portal to Paradise app will transport users to a number of stunning destinations.
  • The Biggest PSVR Releases Of The Week 06/17/18
    The Biggest PSVR Releases Of The Week 06/17/18

    We haven’t been doing release lists for the past few weeks because E3-prep and then E3 itself, but now that things are settling back down here we go! We’ve got two spooky scary experiences and one tundra-themed adventure to pick from.

    UploadVR also launched the ‘UploadVR PSVR Community’ on PlayStation 4! Join up, find other gamers to play with, and engage in discussions with them. Also, don’t forget to check out our list of the 9 Best PlayStation VR Games if you need any extra inspiration.

    Kona VR, from 

    Price: $5.99 (Requires Full Game, $14.99)

    Drivable vehicles, a huge explorable environment, and some gnarly survival mechanics all punctuate this thoughtful, immersive, adventure game. The VR support has been a long time in the making, so this is good news indeed.

    The Exorcist: Legion VR, from LegionVR

    Price: $6.99 for 1st Episode (Then $24.99 Season Pass)

    To this day, A Chair in a Room: Greenwater is one of the most terrifying VR horror experiences I’ve ever had. It’s excellent. The creators of that game are back with The Exorcist: Legion VR. This is an episodic series in which you buy the first episode separately and then you can get a season pass for all current and future episodes.

    We want to get a review of this up sooner rather than later so check back next week.

    Rooms: The Unsolvable Puzzle, from Prismplus Co.

    Price: $13.99

    This unique little game is a mixture of diorama-style presentation and escape-room puzzle gameplay. With over 140 stages there is definitely plenty of content. The PSVR support is optional, so you can play the game without if you’d like as well.

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  • The Biggest Rift, Vive, And Windows VR Releases Of The Week 06/17/18
    The Biggest Rift, Vive, And Windows VR Releases Of The Week 06/17/18

    We haven’t been doing release lists for the past few weeks because E3-prep and then E3 itself, but now that things are settling back down here we go! The big one for Rift users this week is the free Open Beta weekend for Echo Combat, plus an Early Access VR title that most know about at this point is finally getting a full 1.0 launch.

    And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group, complete with a curated list of recommendations so that you don’t have to waste any money finding out what’s good in the world of VR. We also have a top list of the absolute best Oculus Rift and HTC Vive games at the corresponding links.

    Echo Combat, from Ready at Dawn

    Price: Free (Open Beta Weekend, Rift)

    This isn’t a full release, or even an actual release technically at all, because it’s just an Open Beta weekend. But if you’ve got a Rift you owe it to yourself to hop into Echo VR and try out the Echo Combat game mode. It’s basically Overwatch in VR and zero-G and it’s so much fun.

    For more, read our hands-on impressions and watch both of our past livestreams from this week.

    QuiVr, from Blueteak

    Price: $19.99 (Currently Discounted for Rift, Vive, and Windows VR)

    QuiVr is one of the original VR wave shooters. When it first hit Early Access developers were just figuring out how to make VR games and they were quick to nail the look and feel of shooting a bow and arrow. Now there’s a full game built around that mechanic with single player, multiplayer, co-op, and lots of stuff to do.

    Early Access impressions here, we’ll have a livestream and full review next week.

    Sniper Rust VR, from Zatun Game Studio

    Price: $9.99 (Rift)

    Shooting guns in VR is just so, so satisfying. Shooting at enemies that are far away is even more fun, sometimes. So, this is a whole game about that. The presentation is high-quality and the mechanics feel good. If you love sniping, then check this one out for some single player action.

    Budget Cuts, from Neat Corporation (Last Week Release)

    Price: $29.99 (Rift, Vive)

    This was one of the most anticipated releases for VR headsets for quite a while, following an early demo that came out alongside the Vive over two years ago. It’s a stealth exploration game in which you must explore an office space full of deadly robots.

    Read our full review.

    Kona VR, from 

    Price: $5.99 (Requires Full Game, $14.99, Currently Discounted)

    Drivable vehicles, a huge explorable environment, and some gnarly survival mechanics all punctuate this thoughtful, immersive, adventure game. The VR support has been a long time in the making, so this is good news indeed.

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  • Echo Combat Livestream – Open Beta Online VR FPS Multiplayer
    Echo Combat Livestream – Open Beta Online VR FPS Multiplayer

    The Open Beta for Echo Combat is live and running until Sunday. If you have Oculus Home installed already, you may have noticed that the Echo games have undergone a bit of re-branding. Instead of Echo Combat and Echo Arena existing in the launch separately, there is now just Echo VR and when you load into the lobby you pick which game you want.

    Echo Arena is the disc-based mixture of Quidditch and Soccer that we loved last year in our review, while Echo Combat is a zero-G shooter that blends Overwatch with Echo-style movement. It’s a ton of fun as well. If you missed it, we livestreamed yesterday for over an hour, but due to server issues only played a handful of games in that time.

    We’ll be livestreaming Echo Combat on PC using Rift with Touch starting very soon (which means we’ll start at approximately 3:00PM 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 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 rebooting our Twitch channel too.

    Let us know which games you want us to livestream next and if you want to see more Echo Combat in the future. Comment with any feedback down below!

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  • How AR Is Becoming More Important For Businesses
    How AR Is Becoming More Important For Businesses

    Pokemon Go! wasn’t just popular because it featured characters millions of fans throughout the world know and love. The game was so successful because it introduced augmented reality technology to the mainstream public.

    AR tech allows users to superimpose virtual elements over the real world on their device’s screen. However, it’s not just useful in the gaming industry. AR has many potential applications in many different sectors.

    Major brands like Sephora and Ikea have already used the technology to help their customers research products more thoroughly when shopping online. In the near future, it’s very likely other businesses in other industries will follow their example by partnering with a creative agency specializing in AR development. The following are just some of the ways we can expect these brands to leverage augmented reality tech to their advantage.

    Augmented Reality Makes Ecommerce More Dynamic

    Online shopping hasn’t completely replaced brick-and-mortar retail just yet. Surveys indicate that, while customers prefer to research products online, they generally like to make purchases at physical locations. This is likely due to the fact that customers want to try certain products before buying them.

    Companies like Ikea have used AR to address this problem. Ikea’s app lets users insert a virtual rendering of a piece of furniture into their surroundings, giving them a better sense of what it would look like in their home. This makes the ecommerce experience more dynamic, resulting in greater revenue from online shoppers.

    Using AR to Improve Marketing Campaigns

    AR is also poised to have a major impact on marketing campaigns. Someday soon, customers who use wearable headsets could walk through stores, with an app that highlights products from a specific brand.

    Marketers could also hide promotional deals in various public spaces that users could only find with the brand’s app. Offering users a virtual scavenger hunt would be a very smart way of using AR to fuel an experiential marketing campaign. This type of campaign would keep shoppers engaged with a particular brand while out at a mall or retail district.

    Using AR to Make Operations More Efficient

    Businesses won’t just use AR to offer customers a more dynamic experience. Behind the scenes, companies can use this technology to boost their own operational efficiency.

    Some are already doing so. For example, DHL has equipped some warehouse employees with AR headsets that highlight items they’re looking for. This significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to complete certain tasks.

    Businesses can also use AR to train employees, visualize data, and identify hazards in the workplace. Those that do are likely to reduce operational costs and enjoy the benefits of more consistent employee performance.

    That’s why it’s important to partner with AR developers now. This technology is useful because it offers practical value as well as enhancing the emotional connection customers have with a brand. By coordinating with experts, your company can find out how to take full advantage of it.

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    This is a guest post by Serena Garner from Y Media Labs. It was not produced by the UploadVR staff and no compensation

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