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  • Nvidia Reveals Titan RTX GPU With VirtualLink Port
    Nvidia Reveals Titan RTX GPU With VirtualLink Port

    Nvidia today announced its most powerful GPU yet, the beastly (literally) Titan RTX or, as it likes to call it, the T-Rex.

    The Titan range of Nvidia cards has traditionally eschewed cost concerns in favor of raw power, surpassing its line of GeForce GPUs. The same is true of this latest addition, which arrives following the launch of the RTX 2000 line earlier this year.

    Titan RTX using Nvidia’s Turing architecture and offers what a press release calls “130 teraflops of deep learning performance” as well as “11 GigaRays of ray-tracing performance”. The latter is a feature Nvidia widely touted with the launch of the RTX 2080 card earlier this year, bringing increased lighting effects to environments in games like Battlefield V. We’ve also seen ray-tracing used to render a Star Wars set with photorealism.

    Elsewhere, the Titan RTX features 24GB of GDDR6 memory with 672GB of bandwidth per second. Though a press release largely cites use-cases like data science workflows and AI research for the Titan RTX, Nvidia did confirm the card also features the new VirtualLink port that’s also seen in the 2000 series. This new display port is designed for “next-gen VR headsets” which will only need one wire to connect to PCs.

    The Titan RTX is due to arrive later this month in both the US and Europe for the jaw-dropping price of $2,499. Outside of the professional market, then, this is likely to be reserved only for the VR enthusiasts with the deepest pockets, then.

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  • NVIDIA Unveils Ray-Tracing Powerhouse TITAN RTX All this performance comes at a hefty price.
  • VR Anime Spice And Wolf Smashes Kickstarter Funding Goal
    VR Anime Spice And Wolf Smashes Kickstarter Funding Goal

    Reaction to SpicyTales’ Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for its new VR anime, Spice and Wolf, has been incredibly strong.

    The experience, which comes from the developers of Project LUX, has already surpassed its $70,487 goal, currently sitting at $91,566 at the time of writing. The campaign started back on November 25th and still has 40 days to go having already reached early stretch goals.

    Spice and Wolf is based upon a light novel series originally published back in 2006. In it, a merchant named Kraft befriends a wolf-deity named Holo and the two travel the world together. This VR adaptation isn’t a game so much as an experience that puts you right in the middle of the world. You’ll interact with characters first-hand as they make eye-contact with you. Think about what SpicyTales first did with the well-polished Project LUX and you’ll be on the right track.

    The Kickstarter campaign’s reward tiers start at around $26, which offers a digital copy of the experience across any one of its release platforms. Those include Oculus Rift, Oculus Go and HTC Vive, though the developer also says that PSVR and Oculus Quest versions are on the way, they might just take a bit longer (and are not included in the backer tiers). Tiers go all the way up to the $3,500 mark, which offers an original short movie that can be viewed in VR too.

    SpicyTales currently estimates the game will arrive in May 2019 on those initial platforms.

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  • Starbreeze Files for Reconstruction as CEO Announces Departure Sales of Overkill’s The Walking Dead have not been as expected.
  • Tvori’s Christmas Competition Lets You Use VR To Win Amazon Vouchers
    Tvori’s Christmas Competition Lets You Use VR To Win Amazon Vouchers

    Dreading the inevitable assault on your wallet this Christmas? Want to save some cash for yourself instead of spending it all on *ugh* other people? We couldn’t agree more but fortunately there’s a way out of all of it. You just need a little practice with Tvori.

    The VR animation app is running a Christmas competition with Amazon vouchers up for grabs. All you need to do is create your own video using the VR tool that, in the developer’s own words, reflects “the spirit of the wonderful Christmas season”. You have to shoot your videos with Tvori’s in-app camera tool and footage can’t be any less than 5 seconds.

    Submissions are open from now until December 16th at 11pm PT. First place will be awarded a $100 voucher whilst second and third will get $60 and $40 respectively. If you’re looking for some inspiration then head on over to Tvori’s official competition page to see some examples and find out how to get to grips with the kit.

    Full disclosure – I’m going to be a judge on the competition alongside the likes of Tipatat Chennavasin, General Partner at The Venture Reality Fund, Mike Morris, Storyboard Artist and Revisionist on DuckTales at Disney ABC Television Group and Estella Tse, Virtual Reality Artist and Designer, Artist in Residence with Google and Adobe. You might not be intimidated by me but these three are all way smarter and more important than I am so you better be on top form.

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  • Awesome Sci-Fi Puzzle Adventure Red Matter Confirmed for PlayStation VR It'll arrive this week for European gamers.
  • StarVR Creator Starbreeze Loses CEO, Files For Reconstruction
    StarVR Creator Starbreeze Loses CEO, Files For Reconstruction

    It’s not looking good for StarVR creator and VR publisher/developer, Starbreeze.

    The Sweden-based company today announced that it had filed for ‘reconstruction’ with the Stockholm District Court. That’s basically Sweden’s way of filing for administration. In a press release, the company stated this was due to “a shortage of liquidity”, also confirming that CEO Bo Andersson was resigning from his post and the Board of Directors. Employees will continue to be paid during this period but “no payments can be made to suppliers for services or goods relating to the period prior to the date of filing for reconstruction.”

    Starbreeze attributes a lot of these issues to the poor sales for Overkill’s The Walking Dead, a recent first-person shooter for PC and consoles that seemingly failed to find an audience. The company has since thrown out financial targets for Q4 2018 and 2020.

    That said, it’s also a sign that the company’s extended efforts in VR in recent years have also come up short. In recent years Starbreeze published a John Wick VR game and integrated Oculus Rift and HTC Vive support into its multiplayer heist shooter, Payday 2. It also funded and published location-based VR experiences like The Raft and Ape-X which have gone on display at VR arcades like the newly-opened VR Park in a Dubai mall, which we visited earlier this year.

    These location-based experiences also ran on StarVR, a headset Starbreeze itself created for arcades and other such installations. Starbreeze eventually span StarVR out into its own company and, back in 2017 Acer became its majority investor. This left Starbreeze with around a third of StarVR and freed the company of its “remaining capital commitment” of $7.5 million. StarVR One is now available to pre-order as a $3,200 developer kit.

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  • Mid-air Touch Technology Specialist Ultrahaptics Secures £35m Investment The funding will be used to further develop and commercialise its haptic technology.
  • PSVR Winners At Sony’s PlayStation Awards Are Not What We Expected
    PSVR Winners At Sony’s PlayStation Awards Are Not What We Expected

    Sony has just announced the winners of the 2018 PlayStation Awards in Japan, and the list of VR titles raises an eyebrow.

    Bethesda’s Skyrim VR, Aquire’s No Heroes Allowed VR! and Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo Sport all took home prizes in this category. Before you start asking where Astro Bot is, take note that these aren’t selected on quality but instead simply recognize the best-selling PSVR games in Asia region in the past year. That would explain why one of PSVR’s biggest games, Skyrim, made it onto the list despite releasing in 2017 and why No Heroes Allowed, a series better known in Japan, also thrived.

    It is a little strange to see Gran Turismo Sport on the list, though. Fans will know that Polyphony’s 2017 racing sim only offered barebones, optional PSVR support compared to the rest of the game that could be played on a flat screen. It’s a shame to see the game take a spot that could have been given to a dedicated VR game, though we don’t know if Sony is judging this based upon how many people played GT Sport’s VR mode or otherwise.

    Still, with Sony getting so many great games onto PSVR in recent months including the likes of Astro Bot and Firewall, hopefully we’ll see some more VR-angled games winning next year.

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  • Walking In The Company Of Virtual Ghosts

    The interactive VR experience delivers a new spin on Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. While mince pies may have been out on supermarket shelves since September – spare a thought for those poor store clerks, it’s not truly the Holiday season until companies begin breaking out their annual adaptations of the Charles Dicken’s classic, A

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  • VR Game Releases For December 2018
    VR Game Releases For December 2018

    Every month we aim to round up each and every VR game release for you in one single place — this is December’s list. Don’t worry — we’ll continue highlighting the best ones at the end of each week too.

    With the door closed on November, we’ve just been through another great month of VR content. Between Echo Combat, Tetris Effect, and the incredible puzzler Transpose, there were lots of titles to look forward to last month. Now with December upon us, it’s time to take a look at what’s coming down the line next.

    And if you’re a VR game developer planning to release a game soon — let us know! You can get in touch with me directly by emailing david@uploadvr.com or hit all of the editorial team by emailing tips@uploadvr.com. Please contact us about your upcoming releases so that we can know what you’re working on and include you in release lists!

    Rift, Vive, and Windows VR Game Releases For December 2018

    Palace of the Azure Dragon ($4.99) – December 1st – Vive
    Puzzle Out VR ($5.99) – December 1st – Rift, Vive
    TendyTrainer ($TBD) – December 3rd – Rift
    Flying Aces – Navy Pilot Simulator  ($TBD) – December 3rd – Rift, Vive
    MiniTracks ($TBD) – December 3rd – Vive, Windows VR
    Arca’s Path – December 4th – Rift, Vive, Windwos VR (Read Our Preview)
    Tippy Tree ($TBD) – December 4th – Rift, Vive, Windows VR
    Paradise Checkers ($TBD) – December 5th – Rift
    Jake and the Giant ($TBD) – December 5th – Rift
    VRetired ($TBD) – December 7th – Rift, Vive
    Ball Out ($TBD) – December 7th – Rift, Vive
    The Spy Who Shrunk Me ($TBD) – December 18th – Non-VR Only This Year
    Contractors ($TBD) – December 10th – Rift, Vive, Windows VR
    Virtual Army: Revolution ($TBD, Free Demo Out Now) – December 2018 – Rift, Vive
    Blade & Sorcery ($TBD) – December 2018 – Rift, Vive, Windows VR (Read Our Preview)

     

    Mobile VR Game Releases For December 2018

    Virtual Desktop for Go ($9.99) – November 30th, but too good not to include) – Oculus Go/Gear VR (Our Full Review)

     

    PSVR Game Releases For Dovember 2018

    Prison Boss ($TBD) – December 4th (Read Our PC VR Review)
    Rush ($TBD) – December 4th
    Arca’s Path ($TBD) – December 4th (Read Our Preview)
    Red Matter ($TBD) – December 6th
    Gungrave VR ($39.99) – December 11th
    Borderlands 2 VR ($49.99) – December 14th
    Scraper: First Strike – ($TBD) December 18th (Read Our PC VR Review)
    Kingdom Hearts VR ($TBD) – December 2018
    Persona 3 and Persona 5 Dancing – ($59.99/ea or $99.99 bundle) – VR “viewer” mode only
    Dreams Open Beta (Free) – December 2018 (Read Our Coverage)

    As a point of emphasis: reach out to david@uploadvr.com or tips@uploadvr.com to let us know about your upcoming VR game releases!

    Editor’s Note: This list will be continuously updated.

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  • Oculus Rift+Touch Is Just $329 At Amazon & Best Buy Today
    Oculus Rift+Touch Is Just $329 At Amazon & Best Buy Today

    US retailers Amazon & Best Buy are offering $70 off the Oculus Rift+Touch package today, bringing the price down to $329. This represents a saving of 17.5%.

    This is the best direct price we’ve ever seen for the Rift+Touch in the US. If you knew someone with an Oculus headset you could get the Rift+Touch package for $314.10 on Black Friday from Oculus.com, but if you didn’t the direct price was $349.

    The offer doesn’t include the Marvel Powers United VR game which many other retailers are bundling, but that game is $39.99 so this is still the better deal.

    The Oculus website has the Rift for $349, not as low as this. The deal appeared on Best Buy first as a daily deal and Amazon have seemingly price matched it. It’s possible that this will be the best deal this month, o if you’ve been wanting a Rift under your tree this Christmas this might just be the time to order it.

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  • Firefox Reality VR Browser Gets Support For 7 New Languages, Bookmarking, And More
    Firefox Reality VR Browser Gets Support For 7 New Languages, Bookmarking, And More

    Mozilla has announced the first major update for Firefox Reality, its open source cross-platform browser for AR and VR headsets, ushering in support for 7 new languages in addition to a handful of other new features.

    By way of a brief recap, Mozilla first unveiled Firefox Reality in April, pitching it as an easier way for manufacturers not only to integrate a browser into their headsets, but adapt it to suit their needs. At launch Firefox Reality supported the HTC Vive Focus and HTC Vive Wave platforms, but was later offered as a download for HTC Viveport, Oculus Go, and Daydream.

    Thus far, Firefox Reality has supported English only, but with version 1.1 of the browser it will also cater to French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese, and Korean.

    Thus far, Firefox Reality has supported English only, but with version 1.1 of the browser it will also cater to French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese, and Korean.

    Above: Firefox Reality: Choose your language

    Additionally, Firefox Reality will now support voice search in these seven languages too, while it also sports an upgraded theater viewing mode that works with 360-degree videos.

    Above: Firefox Reality: Voice search

    Elsewhere, the new Firefox Reality browser now also offers search suggestions in the URL bar, and it supports bookmarking.

    While most of the main headset manufacturers already offer their own browsers, Firefox Reality may be appealing to some users for cross-platform syncing, meaning they can access the same bookmarks and browsing history inside their Oculus Go as they do on their phone or laptop. For now, the bookmarking functionality inside Firefox Reality is limited to saving and viewing locally; however, Mozilla said that cross-device syncing will be arriving soon.

    Above: Firefox Reality: Bookmarking

    Growing market

    The global AR and VR markets are estimated to be a $18 billion industry this year, according to IDC — around double the figure of 2017 — and this could rise to as much as $100 billion by 2023.

    We’re seeing significant investment and resources expended on next-gen devices spanning VR, AR, and mixed reality. Amazon-backed North recently launched $999 Alexa-powered holographic glasses, and Acer introduced a detachable OJO 500 Windows Mixed Reality headset with built-in speakers. Elsewhere, Finnish startup Varjo raised $31 million for a industrial VR headset with human-eye resolution, while Mojo Vision launched its “invisible computing” AR platform out of stealth with more than $50 million in funding.

    And that is the environment that Mozilla is trying to adapt Firefox to. The platforms of the future are leaning heavily toward VR, AR, and mixed reality, with “voice” playing a pivotal part of the interface interactions.

    In the future, Mozilla said that it’s looking into supporting content-sharing across browsers, multiple windows and tabs, and other features that you’ll no doubt be familiar with from Firefox on other platforms.

    Firefox Reality 1.1 is rolling out for Viveport, Oculus, and Daydream headsets.

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