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  • New Content Coming to Expand Moss Gameplay, Arriving First for Oculus Quest Other platforms will receive the update a little later.
  • Moss Gets A New Chapter Called Twilight Garden, Coming First To Quest
    Moss Gets A New Chapter Called Twilight Garden, Coming First To Quest

    Moss is getting a brand new chapter with new content very soon on Quest for launch and then later this year in June everywhere else.

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  • Tinker Pilot Is A Customizable Spaceship Sim Built From The Ground Up For VR
    Tinker Pilot Is A Customizable Spaceship Sim Built From The Ground Up For VR

    This newly announced space sim lets you place your real life input devices exactly where the should be in virtual space, and supports Leap Motion.

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  • PlayStation Move Support Arrives on Space Junkies Along with smooth rotation!
  • Space Junkies Move Support, Smooth Turning Arrives Today
    Space Junkies Move Support

    Good news for Space Junkies fans playing on PSVR; two of your most requested features arrive today.

    PlayStation Move support has finally been added into the zero gravity shooter. Previously the game only supported DualShock 4 on PSVR. We thought the implementation was pretty good but others disagreed, especially when getting into cross-play matches with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows VR owners. With Move support, players will be able to independently operate both hands. You can get out the control scheme below.

    But that’s not all; today’s update also brings smooth turning. Now the iron-stomached among us can do away with blink turning. Check out the video below to see these new features in action.

    These additions are one part of developer Ubisoft Montipellar’s plan to give the game a bit of a boost. Space Junkies enjoyed a hefty 60% discount over the past two weeks, for example, to “maintain a positive game experience.” In other words, Ubisoft wanted to get more people into the game to ensure players aren’t stuck in lobbies.

    But that’s not all. The team also has a detailed road map with plenty of plans for free content. These updates will arrive monthly through now until July. Expect to see new maps and equipment as well as bot play.

    It’s great to see Ubisoft giving Space Junkies a chance to thrive. We really like the game and think it deserves a fair shot. “It’s the kind of game you can either play for one match, or accidentally lose hours to. The matches are fast-paced and frenetic, the weapons are fun and varied, and the customization brings a deeper level to it all,” we said in our review. “Frankly, it’s fun in a way that is sometimes missing from more serious affairs. It’s already an exceptional experience and if it evolves and gains new content it will become unmissable.”

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  • Snapchat’s Gender Swap AR Face Filter Is A Big Hit

    Imagining yourself as the opposite sex is as simple as taking a Snap. Snapchat unleashed their new AR gender swap face filter over the weekend, and the internet has been thrown into a tizzy as users reimagine themselves, their friend—pretty much any image of a face they can get their hands on as the opposite

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  • Digital Human Presents Live TED Talk

    Digital Domain’s Doug Roble delivers a talk alongside his ‘DigiDoug’ virtual avatar. Digital Domain’s Head of Software R&D Doug Roble made history during this year’s TED Conference after conducting a live talk alongside a highly-detailed virtual avatar modeled after the VFX industry veteran himself. During the brief 12-and-a-half minute talk, DigiDoug—as the team has come

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  • Eternal Starlight Puts An Ender’s Game Twist On VR Tactical Strategy
    Eternal Starlight Puts An Ender’s Game Twist On VR Tactical Strategy

    Eternal Starlight is a brand new upcoming VR tactical strategy game from White Noise that aims to delivers a true 3D VR strategy experience.

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  • Ubisoft Bringing Assassin’s Creed VR Escape Rooms To Over 100 Locations
    Ubisoft Bringing Assassin’s Creed VR Escape Rooms To Over 100 Locations

    Ubisoft Escape Games and Blue Byte are bringing the Assassin's Creed tie-in VR escape room Beyond Medusa's Gate to over 100 locations.

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  • Lenovo’s ThinkReality A6 Aims for Slice of AR Enterprise Market It'll be a direct competitor to Microsoft HoloLens.
  • Ubisoft’s Escape Room Title Beyond Medusa’s Gate Arrives at VR Arcades Worldwide Plenty of locations to try it out, just remember to take some friends.
  • Fan-Made Star Wars X-Wing VR Game Is Also A Study On Sim Sickness
    Fan-Made Star Wars X-Wing VR Game Is Also A Study On Sim Sickness

    Want to take on the Death Star trench run in VR and also help fight sim sickness? Then check this fan-made app out.

    University of Utah computer science student Dylan Stout recently shared this project with us. It’s a research study designed to explore “the correlation between VR sickness and reference points in a 3D space”. It’s no secret that intense VR experiences can make users sick. By finding ways to combat that issue, we can make VR more accessible to everyone.

    But, positive research aside; Star Wars! Check out a gameplay video of the experience above. You jump into the cockpit of an X-Wing and find yourself is the climactic battle of A New Hope. It begins with a brief duel with TIE Fighters before you head to the surface of the space station. Finally, you dive down into the trenches and race to the end.

    This being a fan-made app, it’s not the most graphically rich take on the trench run you’ll see. We do like how the film’s audio is mapped to the experience to give it a bit more authenticity, though. There is, of course, already an official X-Wing VR experience, though it ties into Rogue One, not A New Hope.

    If it looks a little intense for you, that’s because it’s designed to be. Basically Stout is hoping you try the app out (you can download it here) and then answer a survey found here. It’s entirely possible that Disney decides to take action against the project in the near future, so if you want to try it out best act fast.

    Meanwhile, in more official Star Wars VR news, we just reviewed Vader Immortal. It’s a completely original story that doesn’t let you fly an X-Wing but does hand you a lightsaber. We kind of love it.

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  • China’s Netflix Just Released A $300 4K 3DoF Standalone Headset
    iQiyi Adventure 2S

    iQiyi, the company best described as the Chinese equivalent of Netflix, just released another 4K 3DoF standalone headset. iQiyi is a subsidiary of Baidu, the Chinese equivalent of Google.

    iQiyi isn’t just comparable to Netflix, it even carries many Netflix original productions thanks to a significant licencing deal.

    This is actually iQiyi’s third 4K 3DoF standalone headset. The first was released in early 2018 using a Snapdragon 821, and the second later in the year using the same 835 chip used in the Oculus Quest.

    What makes this new model special is that it brings the cost down to below $300. Despite having the same resolution as the HP Reverb and full compute hardware on board, this headset is just half the price. It’s possible the hardware is sold at a loss, with the profit being made through iQiyi services.

    The headset has the same VivePort M store as the HTC Vive Focus. This gives it access to popular mobile VR games like Bait. The main app however is the preloaded iQiyi app, giving subscribers access to stream and download the thousands of films available on that platform.

    Neither the headset nor controller feature positional tracking. Like the Oculus Go, this is a headset primarily meant for media consumption. iQiyi’s focus has been on resolution, comfort, and price.

    The headset has 32GB of onboard storage, with an SD card slot for up to 256GB extra space. The battery is 3500 mAH, significantly larger than the 2600 mAH battery on the Oculus Go.

    In the west, Netflix came to VR through a partnership with aanother tech company (Facebook). In China, the equivalent company built the headset themselves. What seems clear in both cases is that while room scale headsets like Oculus Quest are the future of mobile VR gaming, there is still a place for 3DoF headsets for movies and experiences.

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  • VR Sci-Fi Shooter Space Ops Gets New Trailer, Release Date
    Space Ops VR

    It was only announced a few weeks ago but Fibrum and DevCube Studio’s next VR shooter, Space Ops VR, is nearly here. As such, our best look at the game yet just arrived.

    The first trailer for Space Ops just landed. You’d be forgiven for mistaking this for other sci-fi VR shooters like Farpoint, Evasion, Gunheart, or even DevCube’s last game, Farhome. You visit a dusty alien planet and gun down hordes of bug-like enemies. Lots of shooty laser-type guns await you, all handled with VR’s motion controllers.

    The trailer suggests this will be a visually rich experience, complete with the smooth locomotion that some VR players demand and others throw up at. It’s the game’s co-op angle that holds the most promise. You play as part of an elite space team that runs simulations on hostile encounters on different planets. You can either tackle missions by yourself or team-up with a friend. Better yet, the score-based system means you can get in a little light competition too.

    That said, we’re yet to see a real spark from Space Ops, something that’ll separate it from the rest of the shooter pack. High-end graphics and plenty of content is nice, but will the game itself be entertaining enough to see all of it? The jury’s still out on that one.

    As for the release date? Space Ops will be out on May 30th for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows VR. No plans for a PSVR or Quest version have yet been announced. The game’s now listed on Steam.

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  • Watch Oculus Quest’s Tracking Put To The Test In A Field
    Oculus Quest Review

    Oculus Quest’s inside-out tracking allows you to go beyond the limits of room-scale VR. The only problem is, most of us don’t have actual rooms that go beyond those limits too. But what if you could play in a larger area? What if you had, say, an entire field at your disposal? Well then you’re in for some real magic.

    This great video from ETR shows you what’s possible. It sees a Quest user explore the hub world of Oculus Studios’ Journey of the Gods across a wide area. The user is able to actually run across the field, with his movements replicated in-game. The result is a much more convincing and immersive experience. We did something similar with Google and Lenovo’s Mirage Solo standalone headset when it launched last year.

    As he says, you need relatively low-light conditions to do this; Quest’s tracking doesn’t work well in focused sunlight. But, in the right conditions, you’re pretty much free to run around as you please. For a game like Journey of the Gods, that means combat can be much more physical. But imagine breaking Superhot VR and running to the other side of the room, or making your way through a level of Apex Construct without ever touching the analog stick.

    It’s just a shame we can’t all play this way. Even if we do have open spaces near us, the thought of pulling a Quest over your eyes and running around in the dark isn’t exactly appealing.

    Oculus Quest is out on May 21 for $399. You can check out our full review of the headset here.

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