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  • Carbon Studio Announce The Wizards: Trials of Meliora Available now as a surprise release.
  • Meta Discuss Their Upcoming Meta Viewer Application In a recent talk with Next Reality, the company talk more about their augmented reality application.
  • SIGGRAPH 2018: Disney, Niantic And StarVR Plan Big Reveals
    SIGGRAPH 2018: Disney, Niantic And StarVR Plan Big Reveals

    The computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH is one of the biggest events of the year for the reveal of new research and technologies that could change how we see the world in the future. This year Disney, Niantic and StarVR are all planning big reveals in connection with the event.

    We’ve found some very interesting projects at SIGGRAPH in the past ranging from Google’s face replacement technology to an environmental system producing wind, chill and heat effects during a walk-around VR experience. We’ve also enjoyed the VR Theater, which is making a return this year as a showcase for narrative VR projects. The 2018 conference in Vancouver takes place August 12-16 and we’ve already heard about some of the projects that will be debuting there. There are likely still big reveals yet to come from researchers who will be presenting at the conference, but here’s what we know about three different VR projects that will be announced or shown for the first time at SIGGRAPH.

    Disney

    Disney Animation Studios is showing “Cycles”, its first VR short. The project explores ”the true meaning of creating a home and the life it holds inside its walls.” We’ll be curious to see how the project compares to something like the tear-jerking Pearl from Google or the many works we’ve seen from startups like Baobab and Penrose.

    Multiplayer AR

    Pokemon Go creator Niantic, Inc. is planning to show multiplayer augmented reality at SIGGRAPH. We recently got a look at some of Niantic’s multiplayer AR efforts, but at SIGGRAPH the demonstration is described as people playing pong against each other “where the ball and paddles exist in AR for all users.” Major technology companies like Google and Apple are racing to enable this type of multiplayer functionality on millions of devices, and Niantic could lead the way by making software introducing shared AR experiences to people through popular universes like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Pokemon. AR multiplayer demos like this one from Niantic offer a glimpse of the types of entertainment experiences which might be much more common in the years to come.

    StarVR

    We’ve also received an email outlining an “enterprise” product launch from StarVR. I reached out for details, but none are forthcoming yet. StarVR is known for an ultra wide field of view VR headset that is limited in key ways. Appearing at arcades like those from IMAX, the StarVR headset generally needed a more expensive PC while providing fewer frames each second for your eyes as compared with what you get from a Rift or Vive. Leaving your brain with less information to process about the virtual world can have a major negative effect on comfort. Last year, Acer became a majority investor in the StarVR effort which had previously been led by Starbreeze. We will be curious to see what frame rate, resolution and field of view is promised with this launch, and how all that comes together for an enterprise-focused package. Remarks and keynote are planned in the morning on Aug. 14 by StarVR Vice President Jerry Kao and CTO Emmanuel Marquez.

    Here’s what StarVR looked like at

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  • International Travelers At JFK Use VR To Escape Airport Crowds

    Travelers at the NYC airport can now use VR to cope with long delays and unruly crowds. A VR startup called PeriscapeVR is offering an escape for commuters at JFK International Terminal 4 – one of the busiest international terminals in the United States – with a unique VR experience designed to be easily approachable

    The post International Travelers At JFK Use VR To Escape Airport Crowds appeared first on VRScout.

  • Yulio VR Launches New Floorplan Navigation Feature New floorplan layer means multiple scenes can be combines and explored with ease.
  • New Seeking Dawn Gameplay Trailer Released Ahead of Launch Check out the latest gameplay from Multiverse Entertainment.
  • Unique Horror Title Stifled Announces PC Launch Date Find out what is lurking in the darkness as Stifled unleashes onto Steam.
  • Can VR Make You Smarter? The VR Games Designed to Educate VRFocus highlights some of the edutainment VR titles out there.
  • SVRVIVE Studios Takes Aim at Location-Based Entertainment With SynthesisVR Both of the studios previous two VR releases will be available on the platform.
  • Indian Billionaire Working on AR Retail Platform Reliance Industries Ltd charman outlines plan for AR online retail platform.
  • The 15 Very Best VR Shooters For Rift, Vive, PSVR, and Windows VR
    The 15 Very Best VR Shooters For Rift, Vive, PSVR, and Windows VR

    Over the last two and a half years we’ve gotten a lot of VR shooters. From zombie-slaying adventures and sci-fi romps through the stars, to hardcore military simulations and hunting dinosaurs on a lonely island, there’s been something for just about everybody.

    Now with quite a few promising VR shooters on the horizon we’ve decided to round up our list of the very best 15 VR shooters that you can play right now on Rift, Vive, PSVR, and Windows VR headsets while you get ready for the next wave of intense FPS action.

    All entries are listed alphabetically.

    Arizona Sunshine (Rift, Vive, PSVR, and Windows VR)

    Our Review

    Vertigo Games’ zombie-killing adventure, Arizona Sunshine, is still the best game featuring the walking undead. It’s got a solid campaign, cooperative multiplayer, and an addictive horde mode. Everything is ultra-polished and it’s just a joy to play. Can’t recommend this one enough.

    Farpoint (PSVR Exclusive)

    Our Review

    Farpoint was released as the flagship title for Sony’s PSVR Aim Controller and it does a great job of showcasing the device. We wouldn’t recommend playing it without the controller, in fact. What you’ll get is a decent campaign, 1v1 PvP maps, solo challenge maps, and co-op wave-based maps to play with a friend. It’s a lot of content and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a VR shooter that just feels better to play than Farpoint.

    From Other Suns (Rift Exclusive)

    Our Review

    Imagine if you took the ship management aspects out of something like FTL then married it with a procedurally generated roguelike with a Star Trek Away Team-style skin. That’s basically From Other Suns. It’s a blast on co-op and is basically infinitely replayable.

    Gunheart (Rift, Vive, and Windows VR)

    Our Review

    This is about the closest you’re gonna get to something like Borderlands in VR right now. The drop-in, drop-out co-op works great, missions are fun and replayable, and there’s a ton of stuff to unlock in terms of guns, weapon mods, and cosmetic items. The movement features a mixture of free locomotion, teleporting, and excellent floaty jumps. Oh — and there’s PvP!

    Island 359 (Rift and Vive)

    Our Review

    Hunting dinosaurs is terrifying, but it’s also fun. That’s the underlying premise that Island 359 was founded on. Think of it as a survival shooter that drops you into a jungle and asks you to hunt deadly dinos for survival. With a lot of weapons and game modes to pick from, it’s the kind of VR game that keeps on giving.

    Killing Floor: Incursion (Rift, Vive, and PSVR)

    Our Review

    We’ve got plenty of VR zombie games out there, but few nail the overwhelming pressure you can feel when surrounded by a massive horde. It’s got some great boss battles, amazing physics, and really satisfying gunplay to check all of the right boxes. Co-op is a treat too.

    Onward (Rift and Vive)

    Read More About Its Development Here

    While still technically in Early Access, this was really the original hardcore VR shooter to put competitive FPS games on the map for the immersive medium. It’s got excellent mechanics, a strikingly realistic gameplay feel, and it does a great job

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  • Pastimes For Pirates Developer Diary #3 – Tacking Where Neccessary Make Real's Sam Watts returns to give the lowdown on how development of their new pirate-themed title is going.
  • Jarvish Reveals AR-Equipped Motorcycle Helmet Biking goes augmented as Taiwanese company unveil AR smart-helmet.
  • VR Spellcaster The Wizards Gets Oculus Go, Gear VR Spin-Off
    VR Spellcaster The Wizards Gets Oculus Go, Gear VR Spin-Off

    Carbon Studio’s The Wizards is one of the more polished spellcasting games you can play in a VR headset, and now it’s getting a mobile-based spin-off.

    The studio this week released The Wizards: Trials of Meliora for Oculus Go and Gear VR. It’s essentially a wave shooter that gives you a taste of the full experience available on PC VR headsets. You’ll use gesture-based controls to summon spells and fight off waves of enemies across three settings. As you play you’ll be able to level up and evolve your character suited to your playstyle.

    Check it out in the trailer below. Mechanically it looks pretty simple but, making use of Unreal Engine 4, it stays true to Carbon’s flair for visuals.

    The game’s available now at a discounted price of $3.49 (usually $3.99).

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  • China Develops VR Training System for Its Military VR training system lets trainees pinpoint areas for improvement.