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  • PlayStation VR Borderlands 2 VR and Beat Saber Bundle is Coming Next Month It's a bumper bundle in time for Christmas.
  • War Dust Livestream: Massive 64-Player Battlefield-Like FPS Combat
    War Dust Livestream: Massive 64-Player Battlefield-Like FPS Combat

    War Dust features twice as many players as Stand Out: VR Battle Royale with 64 total and includes vehicles, large objective-based maps, and more to try and make your Battlefield VR dreams a reality. It’s just now in Early Access on Steam (on sale for $14.99 right now) and is quite rough around the edges, but it’s certainly nailed the thrill of large-scale combat already.

    We’ll be playing War Dust on Rift using a two Touch controllers. We’re starting right around 9:30 AM PT and we’ll aim to last for around an hour or more. We’ll be livestreaming directly to the UploadVR Twitch page where you can interact with us directly and chat among yourselves. Streaming is something we’re going to double down on doing more often very soon so you should get in on the ground floor of our Twitch community early! You can see the full stream embedded right here down below once it’s up:

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    You can see our most recent past archived streams over on the UploadVR YouTube channel right here. There’s lots of good stuff there!

    Let us know which games or discussions you want us to livestream next and don’t forget to follow the Twitch channel and sign up for notifications.

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  • Beat Saber PC Update Adds Expert+ Mode And Lots More
    Beat Saber PC Update Adds Expert+ Mode And Lots More

    PC VR headset owners have a few new reasons to pick up the rhythm slashing game Beat Saber with the 0.12.0 update today.

    The highly anticipated update is likely to break custom songs and we have yet to test whether they can be reinstalled, so proceed with the update with caution if modding the game and adding custom songs is important to you.

    The update adds an Expert+ difficulty in standard mode for the included songs as well as new sabers and “New modifiers to spice the gameplay and to add multiplier to your final score.”  The update also includes a practice mode that lets you “start at any time of the song and also set it’s speed.”

    Those are the main changes, but the update also includes “New in-game UI for song progress, relative score, immediate rank and Full Combo indicator” as well as optimizations and performance updates.

    While this update is specifically for the PC version of Beat Saber, we’ll also note this isn’t the only news related to the game today. We learned today also that PlayStation VR version of Beat Saber will be bundled alongside Borderlands 2 VR in December. While the PSVR version of the game won’t have custom songs, it did launch with additional music and regular new content packs are promised for the title.

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  • Report: Blizzard Is Making A Warcraft AR Game Inspired By Pokémon GO
    Report: Blizzard Is Making A Warcraft AR Game Inspired By Pokémon GO

    Blizzard employees have told Kotaku that the company is developing a Warcraft-themed augmented reality game for smartphones. The game is reportedly inspired by Pokémon GO, the hit AR game which many at Blizzard apparently play.

    Pokémon GO, launched in 2016, is the most successful AR game of all-time. According to market research firm Apptopia, the game has over 50 million players and made over $2 billion in revenue. The game uses the phone’s GPS to overlay Pokémon on a stylized map of the real world which the player must physically traverse. When a Pokémon is encountered, the phone switches to AR mode.

    There’s no information yet on exactly how a Warcraft-themed entry to this genre would work. Perhaps the “mobs” from World of Warcraft (that’s the monsters and beasts which spawn around the world) would be encountered and battled in a manner similar to the MMO. A more likely scenario however seems to be that Blizzard would use the “battle pets” system from WoW or some variation of the original Warcraft’s top-down strategy elements. Pets have been in the MMO since vanilla, but in 2012 Blizzard added the ability for players to battle their pets, almost exactly like Pokémon battles. If Blizzard wants to replicate the success of Pokémon GO, the two games might end up with very similar gameplay.

    Unfortunately, there are no reports of Blizzard working on a VR title, or adding VR support to World of Warcraft. However last year, an unofficial fan project showed us what this would look like using the Unity game engine, and we were highly impressed with the sheer sense of scale and wonder this demonstrated.

    Pokémon GO popularized smartphone AR gaming, and other major franchises with collectible creatures now want a share of this new market. With a Harry Potter AR game launching in 2019, new entries from Ghostbusters and Jurassic World, as well as Blizzard working on theirs too, it looks like the genre is only going to get bigger. The question is: will these new entries be able to replicate the success of Pokémon GO, or will they suffer the fate of many hit imitations in gaming’s past? We’ll likely find out in 2019.

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  • Vertigo Games’ Strategy Title Skyworld Coming to PlayStation VR in early 2019 The videogame has already enjoyed success on PC VR headsets.
  • Vertigo Games’ Skyworld Is Finally Headed To PSVR Next Year

    Arizona Sunshine developer Vertigo Game’s other VR title, Skyworld, is finally making the jump to Sony’s PSVR headset.

    Vertigo announced the news today, confirming the game would arrive in early 2019. The game is a mix of both turn-based and real-time strategy in which players control armies and build bases, preparing to head into battle and claim victory over the enemy. It offers 1v1 online multiplayer for friends to prove their strategic supremacy in.

    You can check out the reveal trailer below. Vertigo hasn’t confirmed if there will be any new additions to the PSVR version just yet.

    Skyworld was originally introduced around the reveal of the HTC Vive back in 2015, but didn’t end up releasing until about a year after its ever-popular zombie shooter. Despite giving Arizona Sunshine our 2016 game of the year, though, we felt like Skyworld was a step backward for Vertigo.

    “Skyworld has some good ideas, but ultimately its full potential is unrealized,” we wrote in our review. “I applaud Vertigo for trying something new, but when it comes down to it, VR doesn’t really enhance a board game and simple strategy experience like this, and it often became more tedious and convoluted than fun.”

    We’ll find out if the PSVR version fares any better next year.

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  • Beat Saber Gets Harder and Flashier With Expert+ Mode and new Sabers It's just for the PC version.
  • Smash Hit Plunder to Receive US Physical Release on PlayStation VR The destructive dungeon crawler will be available before Christmas.
  • PoseVR Is A VR Animation Tool From Disney
    PoseVR Is A VR Animation Tool From Disney

    Disney has shown off an internal tool for posing and animating 3D models from inside VR. Called PoseVR, the tool is an experimental project exploring the potential of VR for 3D creation. Disney has not indicated that this will be released or even further developed.

    Disney describes the tool as:

    Removing inefficiency and distractions to allow artists to focus on their craft is one of our core tenets that drives innovation. PoseVR is an experimental project established to demonstrate the potential of VR as a tool to pose and animate CG characters.

    A multidisciplinary team composed of engineers and animators developed and tested PoseVR to invent a functioning, posable rig in VR and to test assumptions on design and workflow. This informed us how to expand our current workflows while also showing the benefits and potential of VR for our future animation toolsets.

    Animation was also a core focus of MARUI’s VR plugins for Maya and Blender. Using your hands to directly manipulate parts of the model that should move can be far more intuitive than the current approach of trying to move and rotate elements in 3D space with a mouse & keyboard.

    Companies across the 3D creation industry are coming to the same conclusion: VR is perfectly suited for animation. While this tool isn’t being released publicly, we expect many like it to emerge in the coming years. This is a workflow which VR will almost certainly disrupt.

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  • Arcade Shooter Gungrave VR to Get Earlier PlayStation VR Release in EU and Australia Gungrave VR: Loaded Coffin Edition will include both Gungrave VR and Gungrave VR U.N.
  • Head Into the Spider-Verse With Sony Pictures new AR Experience No need to download an app, it's all online.
  • Beat Saber PSVR Bundle On The Way With Borderlands 2 VR
    Beat Saber PSVR Bundle On The Way With Borderlands 2 VR

    It looks like one of PSVR’s most popular new games is soon to be bundled with Sony’s headset.

    Best Buy has listed a new bundle (now confirmed by Sony) for the VR headset that includes two Move controllers and two of its latest games: Beat Saber and Borderlands 2 VR. The bundle costs $349.99 and is set to arrive on December 14th, the very same day that Borderlands 2 itself is due to launch.

    It’s not quite the steal that PSVR was during Black Friday weekend (you could get a headset, Moves, Creed and Superhot for $249.99) but its certainly the next best thing heading into the holiday season. Beat Saber is a brilliantly addictive rhythm action game that has taken the platform by storm since its release last week. Borderlands 2, meanwhile is set to offer the entire original game in VR albeit without any kind of co-op play.

    It’s a pretty great move on Sony’s part; a Beat Saber bundle might be the most attractive thing going in the current VR market. Beat Saber requires two Move controllers to play whereas Borderlands 2 supports both the motion controllers and the DualShock 4.

    It’s not entirely clear if this is an official PSVR bundle or something Best Buy has put together itself, though both games will be bundled as redeemable vouchers to download rather than physical copies.

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  • Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival Focus on Spaces to Showcase VR Films Jongmin Kim believes that VR is perfect for showcasing a space and time, but not the best for building stories or characters.
  • Beat Saber PSVR Livestream – Expert Only Block Slashing
    Beat Saber PSVR Livestream – Expert Only Block Slashing

    Beat Saber recently launched on PSVR! The viral sensation VR rhythm game that tasks you with slicing neon blocks to the beat of the music with electrified sabers is now out on Sony’s flagship VR device. This version of the game includes five all-new tracks, a new campaign mode, practice mode, new modifiers, and more that aren’t on the PC version yet. You can read our full review right here or watch footage of all the new songs played on Expert difficulty right here.

    We’ll be playing Beat Saber on PSVR using a standard PS4 and two PS Move controllers. We’re starting any minute now, right around 4:00PM PT and we’ll aim to last for around forty five minutes or so. We’ll be livestreaming directly to the UploadVR Twitch page where you can interact with us directly and chat among yourselves. Streaming is something we’re going to double down on doing more often very soon so you should get in on the ground floor of our Twitch community early! You can see the full stream embedded right here down below once it’s up:

    Watch live video from UploadVR on www.twitch.tv

    You can see our most recent archived streams over on the UploadVR YouTube channel right here. There’s lots of good stuff there!

    Let us know which games or discussions you want us to livestream next and don’t forget to follow the Twitch channel and sign up for notifications.

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  • Spider-Man Gets The Web AR Treatment With Into The Spider-Verse AR
    Spider-Man Gets The Web AR Treatment With Into The Spider-Verse AR

    Today, Sony Pictures is bringing the wall-crawling heroics of Spider-Man to modern mobile devices around the world in a free web AR experience. In collaboration with 8th Wall, Trigger, and Amazon Web Services, the Spider-Verse Web AR Experience lets users interact with Spider-Man in AR, take pictures, and share them to social media. Since it’s all web-based (multiple puns intended throughout this article) no downloads are needed.

    As you can assume from the name, the Spider-Verse Web AR Experience is based on the upcoming animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in which the young Miles Morales version of the web-slinger meets Peter Parker, Spider-Gwen, and multiple other incarnations of the titular hero.

    “The Spider-Verse Web AR Experience demonstrates how established brands can dramatically enrich their customer experiences and better engage with their fans,” said Erik Murphy- Chutorian, CEO at 8th Wall in a prepared statement. “Augmented reality allows consumers to dive deeper into the worlds of their favorite products and characters. Sony Pictures has deepened and enriched the Spider-Man experience with the innovative work they’ve produced with Trigger and 8th Wall, and powered by AWS. It’s the perfect example of how AR for the web is the best new medium for brands to make their content come to life while increasing the accessibility and interactivity of their stories.”

    It’s a simple promotional app designed to garner buzz and excitement for the film and that’s about it. Functionally it works pretty much just like Google’s ARCore Playground features on the Pixel line of smartphones. You can see an image of Spider-Man standing in the hallway of my home up above.

    To check out the feature for yourself, visit this official website from a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile-based device with a camera. Into The Spider-Verse opens in theaters on December 14th.

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