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  • PSVR Version Of Budget Cuts In The Works, Quest Possible After
    PSVR Version Of Budget Cuts In The Works, Quest Possible After

    The developers behind groundbreaking VR title Budget Cuts are working on a PSVR version of the game.

    The stealth title started as an early HTC Vive demo allowing players to teleport from place to place and throw knives at robots. After a multi-year production cycle, Budget Cuts released for PC headsets last year with thrilling gameplay that was held back by some bugs. The game has seen several updates since release, though, and its recent reviews on Steam skew toward very positive.

    right now we are working on a PSVR version of budget cuts – quest will require even more of a performance optimization but we will look into it once we are “done” with PSVR!

    — Neat Corporation (@NeatCorp) January 30, 2019

    The PSVR version Neat Corporation developers are working on is likely to have some significant changes to account for forward-facing tracking on the headset. Nevertheless, that’s a big new title to look forward to for PSVR headset owners. We reached out to members of the Neat Corporation team to see if there’s a planned launch date for this version and we’ll update if we hear back.

    As far as Oculus Quest, developers might find difficulty bringing the game down to the forthcoming standalone and its Qualcomm-based chipset. If it does make the jump to Quest at some point, though, it could be a perfect fit for the wireless system as the PC version of the game makes excellent use of 360-degree movement freedom.

    Developer Marko Permanto recently recounted some early designs for Budget Cuts. The video, embedded below, does a good job showing how the creators started to hone in on their intuitive teleportation and inventory system in the game.

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  • ‘Gloomy Eyes’ Is A Dark, But Gorgeous VR Animation With A Ton Of Heart

    Colin Farrell narrates this three-part animated adventure from the team at Atlas V. Atlas V, the development team behind AAA VR projects such as Six Years and Battlescar, have returned once again with yet another high-quality immersive experience that pushes VR storytelling in a bold new direction. Debuted at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival ‘New

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  • VR Documentary Highlights The Struggles Of African Americans During The Jim Crow Era

    ‘Traveling While Black’ details the importance of the Green Book for Black America in the early to mid 1900’s. For African Americans traveling through the ‘Deep South’ of the United States during the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s, The Green Book was an absolute essential publication. Penned by New York City mailman Victor Hugo Green in

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  • Nintendo Files Patent For Glasses Positional Tracking System
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    Gaming giant Nintendo filed for a patent for a positional tracking system for glasses. The tracking is used to add a parallax effect to content on a 2D screen so it would appear 3D.

    Despite being called ‘Eye Tracking Enabling 3D Viewing’, the system described actually tracks the glasses, not pupils. Multiple tracking methods are listed, including specific references to the use of an infrared camera and IR retroreflectors.

    The user would be provided with the correct angle view of virtual objects. The glasses themselves could be frameless. This is similar to a Carnegie Mellon University research project from all the way back in 2007:

    The described system in itself is not actually VR- to be clear. But the potential here is that Nintendo could build from this research if deciding to enter the VR market.

    In 2016 Nintendo filed a patent for a VR headset design where the Switch would slide in. While the concept is similar to Samsung Gear VR, the patent was considered by many to be impractical due to the Switch’s weight and low resolution panel.

    Back in August a group of hackers discovered a secret setting in the Nintendo Switch called ‘Test VR Mode’. A method called ‘SetVrModeEnabled’ was even discovered in the system code.

    However as recently as January of last year, Nintendo downplayed their interest in virtual reality. A company representative stated “I doubt they can appeal to the mainstream”. Back in 2017, Reggie Fils-Aime claimed that there weren’t many “truly fun” VR games.

    It’s clear that Nintendo is researching virtual reality and related technologies. But the company’s commitment to actually entering the market is much less certain. Given Nintendo’s ability to focus on fun core gameplay over flashy graphics however we very much so hope they do take a stab at VR.

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  • Review: Escape Room Series: Robbery at the Museum The sort of experience you want to escape from.
  • Universal Patent Filings Hint At Potential VOID VR Competitor
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    Universal Studios filed a patent application for a system for handling many VR users in a location based environment. Combined with previous patents, this could be a hint that the company plans on competing with The VOID location based VR experience.

    The patent describes a system of “tracks” in the ceiling which VR headset cables are attached to. This would allow the users to traverse a large space without bumping into eachother. To be clear this isn’t a free roaming solution- the tracks guide the user along pre-determined paths.

    An automated gateway entry system is depicted where the customer can enter the track and put on the headset in a queue.

    At certain points along the track the bogie which the cable is attached is described as locking in place. This could be used for cutscene-like sections of the attraction, or to prevent users going backwards and colliding. Interestingly in one listed embodiment the VR headset is wireless- which seemingly would render the system pointless.

    This isn’t the first VR patent application from Universal. In 2017 the company applied for a patent for the use of an augmented reality headset for a theme park ride. In 2018 it applied for a patent for a control system for a “virtual reality mobile pod”.

    In late 2018 Orlando Rising reported that Universal has plans for a large land expansion. While this could be intended for a VR section, patent applications simply aren’t enough evidence to say conclusively. But if Universal Studios does add VR to their parks, it would be a welcome boost of confidence for the entire location based VR market.

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  • Borderlands 2, Resident Evil 7, More Highlight Huge PSVR Sale
    Borderlands 2, Resident Evil 7, More Highlight Huge PSVR Sale

    January Sales are coming to a close, but there’s a chance to save big in this PSVR sale.

    The sale, which is now running on the US PlayStation Store, features some of the headset’s best games. Take note, however, that the promotion is for PS Plus members only. The highlight of the deals has to be Borderlands 2 VR. Gearbox’s so-so port of its shooter sequel hit the headset last month but has already had 25% slashed off of its price. It’s now down to $37.49.

    But that’s far from the end of the savings. Resident Evil 7‘s Gold Edition, which features all of the DLC, is priced at $24.99. Astro Bot Robot Rescue is down to $31.99 and continues to be one of the best games on the platform. The super deal of the day must be Wipeout Omega Collection, which features some of the best VR support around for just $5.99. That’s two games with a bunch of racing both on and offline. Heck, even Ubisoft’s Star Trek: Bridge Crew is down all the way to $9.99 and the optional VR support will help you find others to play with.

    Our pick? The excellent Statik for just $5.99. It’s a surreal puzzle game with an excellent core mechanic at its heart.

    Don’t sleep on this sale. It’s a good time to get digging into PSVR’s back catalog seeing as we really don’t know what’s in store for the headset over the next few months. Sony’s Blood And Truth is on the way, but we’re still waiting on the reveal of some other titles.

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  • Free Demo Now Available for Puzzle Out VR The title is currently available on Steam Early Access.
  • Wonderfall Mixes VR And Actual Reality For An Experience You Can Touch
    Wonderfall Mixes VR And Actual Reality For An Experience You Can Touch

    Wonderfall from Hyperspace XR let me freely walk around a Victorian-era medieval town and actually feel and smell VR in real life.

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  • New Rift Game Teased From Sanzaru Games, Creators Of Marvel VR
    New Rift Game Teased From Sanzaru Games, Creators Of Marvel VR

    According to a cryptic tweet on the official Oculus Rift Twitter account yesterday, Sanzaru Games is working on a brand new Rift experience.

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  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 Launches £20,000 Commission For VR/AR Docs
    Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 Launches £20,000 Commission For VR/AR Docs

    Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 is on the hunt for its next big documentary using immersive tech.

    The festival today announced the launch of its Alternate Realities commission. It’s offering £20,000 to produce a new digital project that could use either AR, VR or other media. That’s quite a jump on last year’s £12,000 commission, which produced a VR experience called Face to Face. Previous projects also include the emotionally moving Future Aleppo.

    This year’s winner will feature at the festival in June. But Doc/Fest has also partnered with digital creativity festival, MUTEK. The winning experience and its creator will travel to the festival in Montreal, Canada for the show from 20th – 25th August. You’ll also have a chance to speak at the event.

    The piece will also feature in the Alternate Realities Exhibition Tour that travels across the UK and beyond following the festival.

    “I am thrilled to welcome Site Gallery, British Council and MUTEK as new supporting partners, alongside Arts Council England; these new relationships will amplify the impact of the project and offer prestigious exhibition opportunities and profile for the successful artist,” said Dan Tucker, Curator of the Alternate Realities programme, in a prepared statement.

    Interested? Submissions are open now so have your proposals at the ready. You have until midnight GMT on February 25th to get them in.

    Sheffield Doc/Fest runs from June 6th – 11th. You can expect the return of the Alternate Realities exhibition, which has hosted some of our favorite VR experiences of recent years. We’re looking forward to it.

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  • Submissions Open for Sheffield Doc/Fest’s £20,000 Alternate Realities Commission Artists have until 25th February to make their submissions.
  • Starblood Arena Dev On Server Shutdown: ‘We Loved This Game Deeply’
    Starblood Arena Dev On Server Shutdown: ‘We Loved This Game Deeply’

    Eariler this week we reported that PSVR multiplayer shooter Starblood Arena is shutting down. Now developer WhiteMoon Dreams has spoken up with a bittersweet goodbye.

    Studio CEO Jay Koottarappallil took to the PSVR subreddit to talk about the game’s closure. “People, we loved this game so deeply,” he wrote, “it became a large part of the studio’s identity and though we work on other things today, the roots of SBA run deep, making this time even harder.”

    Starblood was an enjoyable six degrees of freedom (6DOF) VR shooter that launched in 2017. It had some good ideas on how to build a VR shooter, but struggled to find a robust audience. That’s a common theme with VR games. Sony will take the servers offline in July. Koottarappallil revealed that the decision to shut servers down came from Sony itself, and WhiteMoon isn’t being given the chance to save it.

    “Sony called earlier to let me know that they were shutting down servers,” he wrote. “The call was something along the lines of “This is always a very hard time, but its time to shut down the servers”. There wasn’t a whole lot of detail past that and there was no option for us to support servers ourselves, much less make any new releases. At the very least, we would have liked to have the option to pay for servers ourselves.”

    However, Koottarappallil emphasized that he didn’t want the blame to be leveled at Sony. The post even cites a lot of figures at Sony that helped get the game made.

    “As for you, well, I can’t thank all of you enough for how you guys carried SBA from launch,” he wrote, addressing the community. “We launched in April 2017 with zero marketing and PR support, much to our disappointment, but you guys rallied.”

    WhiteMoon itself isn’t facing closure, though. Koottarappallil confirmed as much in an email to UploadVR and the post says the studio is working on new projects. Starblood Arena may be over, but hopefully WhiteMoon will continue its work in VR.

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  • Poppy Makes You Question Reality In RYOT’s Latest AR Piece

    One of music’s strangest acts invades Sundance with an even stranger AR experience. It’s fitting that YouTube darling Poppy is at the center of an interactive AR piece that ends with you questioning your own reality. It’s her thing and The Jester’s Tale from RYOT is no exception, presenting a mix of Magic Leap technology

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