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  • Something for the Weekend: It’s an Oculus ‘Winter Wonderland’ Some cool deals for Oculus Rift and Oculus Go.
  • Big Ben Brought Back To Life Through AR Snapchat Lens

    A new Snapchat Lens helps keep the memory of London’s iconic Big Ben alive during its three year renovation. London’s most iconic clock tower, Big Ben fell silent back in 2017 due to necessary and crucial conservation work that promises to safeguard the clock on a long-term basis. When in operation, Big Ben strikes a

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  • PSVR MOBA Dark Eclipse Gets Three New Heroes And Winter Skins
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    Dark Eclipse, PSVR's free-to-play VR MOBA, just got three brand new heroes and a handful of winter-themed skins for the holidays.

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  • Play Slightly Heroes Anywhere With its new Mobile Companion App You can now challenge VR and non-VR players.
  • Dave & Busters Rolls Out New Dragonfrost VR Attraction
    Dave & Busters Rolls Out New Dragonfrost VR Attraction

    Dave & Busters is outfitting its more than 100 locations with a new winter-themed dragon-riding VR attraction from VRstudios.

    Earlier this year Dave & Busters rolled out a Jurassic World VR attraction at all its locations that offered a relatively low cost action-packed journey to the infamous park while wearing an HTC Vive VR headset.

    The content for that attraction came from Los Angeles-based Virtual Reality Company while Bellevue, Washington-based VRstudios provided the “VRcade Attraction Management Platform” for managing and operating the simulators.

    You can now ride a dragon at Dave & Busters.

    With Dragonfrost, VRstudios “pulled together an extended team of top-tier partners” to develop the experience as well for Dave & Busters.

    Players sitting next to one another in the real world “will be seen virtually riding their own dragon hundreds of feet away.” Different flight paths for each dragon means that you could replay the game several times and have a different experience each time.

    Watch out for Ice Hawks in Dragonfrost.

    The winter fairy tale offers a journey “through the magical icy and wondrous land of Dragonfrost while battling orc encampments with goblins, orcs, trolls, plenty of explosives – and even Ice Hawks! The objective is to defeat the Ice Prince and his Army of Ice in order to restore peace and prosperity to the land of Dragonfrost,” according to VRstudios.

    While Dave & Busters hasn’t released numbers to back it up, the Jurassic World attraction saw such a strong launch that Dave & Busters representatives say they will be working to increase capacity for the VR attraction in 2019. We consider the work to be a bright spot in the location-based VR market in the United States where efforts like IMAX VR struggled to find an audience.

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  • Wands Holiday Update Adds HUD & Some Festive Events Just log in over the course of next week.
  • The Tease Continues as Another Video Appears for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite You'll need to grab your broomstick for this one.
  • Beat Saber Holiday Special Livestream: Candy Cane Blades And Christmas Songs
    Beat Saber Holiday Special Livestream: Candy Cane Blades And Christmas Songs

    For today's stream we're playing Beat Saber again but we're going to focus specifically on Christmas songs with our Candy Cane blades!

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  • Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience Has Been Delayed by a Month Still no western launch confirmation yet.
  • Augmented Reality Top 8 of 2018

    As a new communications medium, Augmented Reality (AR) is changing the way we consume and share knowledge and how we express ourselves creatively. This year AR included a range of experiences from contemporary art to currency to close-captioning. As a researcher and designer working with AR for the past 13 years, here are my picks

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  • Playful CEO: PSVR Exclusive Star Child ‘Definitely Not’ Cancelled
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    The mysterious side-scrolling game Star Child is “definitely not” cancelled, according to Playful CEO Paul Bettner.

    The statement comes after some PlayStation 4 owners on Thursday who had pre-ordered the game received a message from the PlayStation Store stating “the publisher has notified us that the game is cancelled.” A tweet posted to the official Star Child Twitter account on Friday provided a status update to the game saying that the “internal projected launch date changed, triggering a cancellation of pre-orders on PSN.”

    Playful is still hard at work on Star Child! Our internal projected launch date changed, triggering a cancellation of pre-orders on PSN, but rest assured the game’s development is alive and well. We can’t wait to share more soon!

    Until then, happy holidays! pic.twitter.com/NTnlb3HUIO

    — Star Child (@starchildgame) December 21, 2018

    Playful is the company behind Lucky’s Tale — a groundbreaking VR platformer which debuted with the Oculus Rift in 2016. They built sequel Super Lucky’s Tale as a more traditional flat-screen platformer for the Xbox One and then  showed Star Child for PlayStation VR. The game is also planned to work outside VR headsets as well, but details are still sparse and we noted that Kynan Pearson, the game’s original director, lists on Twitter and LinkedIn that he left Playful at some point this year. Bettner told UploadVR the game has a new leader and “we owe the world an update.”

    “How our players experience the story of Star Child is so important to us, which is why we’re being so thoughtful about what we say and how we say it,” Bettner told UploadVR. “We’re not quite ready to share more yet, but we’ll make it worthwhile when we do.”

     

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  • The Biggest VR Releases Of The Week 12/16/18
    The Biggest VR Releases Of The Week 12/16/18

    It’s the second to last full week of 2018 (!) but the VR releases are still coming thick and fast. There’s nothing strictly traditional on the list this week, which is a very good sign for those in search of something new.

    Miss last week’s releases? They’re right here. What else is to come? You can find out right here in our December games list.

    Polybius, from Llamasoft
    Price: $17.99 (Rift)

    Jeff Minter and co’s latest trip into arcade ecstasy is this dizzying tunnel shooter that provides a true assault on the senses. It’s based on an arcade game that was pulled from locations long ago due to its overwhelming light show. As a side note; Minter previously confirmed that the PSVR version of the game was yet to make any money so, if you want to support a truly indie VR dev, now’s a good time. See also Llamasoft’s release of Minotaur Arcade this week.

    Wrench, from Missing Digit
    Price: $19.99 (Rift, Vive)

    A different kind of car simulator. Wrench has you building and installing car engines, using VR’s position-tracked controls and accurate 3D models to provide an authentic experience. This is an Early Access release for now, but definitely something that’s worth checking out for the motorheads among us.

    Dear Angelica, from Oculus Story Studio
    Price: Free (Go)

    Oculus Story Studio’s final and best work arrives on Go. It’s a thrilling piece, made inside Oculus Quill. It tells the story of a young girl writing to her idolized mother, an actress. The striking visuals and thoughtful approach to VR storytelling make this an absolutely essential movie.

    Gun Club VR, from Binary Mill
    Price: $24.99 (PSVR)

    This is about as ‘what it says on the tin’ as VR gets. Gun Club VR gives you access to a wide range of pistols, rifles and more along with a host of minigames to fire them in. Not especially inspiring but, if you’ve got an itchy trigger finger while you wait to unwrap Firewall, it’s about as good as it’s going to get.

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  • ‘Winter Wonderland’ Sale Offers Christmas Savings For Oculus Go & Rift Games
    ‘Winter Wonderland’ Sale Offers Christmas Savings For Oculus Go & Rift Games

    Facebook’s Oculus has launched its ‘Winter Wonderland’ sale across Rift, Go, and Gear VR, with reduced prices on dozens of VR games on the Oculus Store.

    As well as the individual game sales, Facebook is also offering a ‘Chill Games Pack’ for each platform. The Rift pack contains 4 games, 2 experiences, and 1 app. The Go/GearVR pack contains 4 games and 2 experiences.

    The Oculus Store team seem to have picked games that work great as demos – perfect for the holiday season where your loved ones could be trying out VR for the first time.

    Best Rift Deals
    Arizona Sunshine

    This full fledged Rift zombie shooter game is 50% off, making it just $19.99.

    When we reviewed the game we gave it 8.5/10, concluding:

    Arizona Sunshine combines the narrative power of a fully-featured 4+ hour campaign mode, with the intensity of a wave-based horde mode, and then adds multiplayer to both experiences. The protagonist’s witty humor make it worth recommending on his charming personality alone, with enough depth and variety to keep people coming back for several hours. By doing so many things so well, Arizona Sunshine quickly rose to the top of the pack as the best overall zombie shooter we’ve seen yet in VR.

    Even today we think it’s the best zombie shooter in VR, despite the lack of melee weapons.

    ARKTIKA.1

    This “AAA quality” singleplayer story shooter from the makers of Metro 2033 and Metro Last Light is rumored to be one of the largest budget VR games to date. While the presentation and polish are excellent, the gameplay is more of a mixed story.

    When we reviewed the game we gave it 7/10, concluding by saying:

    Arktika.1 is caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, it’s an extremely polished shooter with a longer-than-average campaign (for VR) and a structure closer to more traditional entries into the genre rather than the many wave-based alternatives available on headsets. On the other, its repetitive missions, unbalanced weapons and upgrade system and limited locomotion eventually took their toll, resulting in initially exciting levels with diminishing returns. The search for VR’s shooter king continues.

    The game is 40% off, making it just $17.99

    Best Go/Gear VR Deal: Thumper

    This spectacular psychedelic game was received incredibly warmly on PSVR. The Oculus Go port has become one of the headset’s flagship games, getting a direct recommendation from Oculus CTO John Carmack himself.

    When we reviewed it on PlayStation we gave it 9/10, concluding:

    Thumper is a one-of-a-kind gaming experience. It is at first immediately familiar as an entry in the now classic rhythm game genre, but enhances virtually every aspect of the experience through brightly pulsing visuals, intense music, and nothing short of violent, visceral rhythm-based gameplay. While you can play Thumper entirely outside of VR, the experience truly shines and envelops you the most once you place a VR headset on your face. This one is not to be missed.

    It’s 50% off in the Winter Wonderland sale, bringing the price to just $4.99.

    Rift Chill Games Pack

    Rift’s ‘Chill Games Pack’ contains:

    Space Pirate Trainer

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  • Clay AIR Offers Hardware-Agnostic Hand Tracking for VR & AR It's tracking solution will be on display at CES 2019.
  • Save Big On VR Games With Oculus, PlayStation Winter Sales
    Save Big On VR Games With Oculus, PlayStation Winter Sales

    What’s that? You already did your Christmas shopping? Well, hate to break it to you, but practically every big VR game is on sale right now. Sorry, wallet.

    Steam, Oculus and the PlayStation Store have all launched their big end of year sales and there’s a heck of a lot to rifle through. We’ve already been through Steam’s offerings but we’ve rounded up some of the best deals for Rift and PSVR below.

    Oculus

    At this point Steam and Oculus’ sales largely mirror each other, but there is some stuff to take note of here. Namely, there are a few drops on Oculus exclusives; Marvel: Powers United VR is down to $31.99 and From Other Suns hits $29.99 as does Lone Echo. Standard stuff like Onward ($14.99) and Superhot VR ($18.74) also feature. To be frank it’s not a stunning sale from Oculus; you’re more likely to find what you want over on Steam. That said daily deals and bundles could sweeten the deal.

    PlayStation Store

    Sony has promotions going on it both US and EU stores right now, though the latter’s massive January Sale is a sight to behold. Practically every big VR game is on offer including Superhot VR for £12.99, Moss for £14.99, Downward Spiral for £7.39, Astro Bot for £19.99 and Resident Evil 7 for £12.99. If you were lucky enough to get a headset this Christmas and want to catch up on some games then do yourself a favor and check it out.

    Over in the US the ongoing Winter Sale remains pretty solid. You could get Evasion for $29.99, Batman for $11.99 or Statik for $9.99.

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