• Vive, Windows VR Gain Ground, Rift Shrinks In Latest Steam Hardware Survey
    Vive, Windows VR Gain Ground, Rift Shrinks In Latest Steam Hardware Survey

    Newer VR headsets like the HTC Vive Pro and Windows VR headsets are the winners in the October Steam Hardware Survey results.

    HTC’s enhanced VR headset, which Valve started listing on the survey last month, grew from 2.03% to 2.27% of overall VR headset usage following October. That’s not a huge amount but, when you add it to the standard Vive’s total, which grew from 42.36% to 42.7%, HTC is on 44.97%. That’s not a big gap between Rift, which shrank from 47.27% to 46.39% this month. Could Vive’s two headset approach put HTC back on course to overtake Oculus in the survey once again?

    Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets, meanwhile, continue to grow from 7.22% last month to 7.7% this month. It could be that the introduction of Samsung’s new Odyssey+ headset, which features a promising new display, and a big sale on its predecessor helped push those numbers slightly.

    As always, we note that these figures don’t necessarily reflect the actual install base of PC VR headsets, as the hardware survey is optional and requires users to have their VR kit plugged in for it to be registered.

    Either way, we’ll be interested to see how these charts change as PC VR enters its third (!) holiday season. Black Friday is just a few weeks away and you can be sure there’ll be deals galore to take advantage of.

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  • Oculus Is Now Shipping An Official Carrying Case for Go
    Oculus Is Now Shipping An Official Carrying Case for Go

    Oculus added an official carrying case to the accessories section of the Oculus Go page on its website. It’s priced at $35 (including shipping) and ships this week.

    While there are already many 3rd party cases for Go available on sites such as Amazon, this case is created specifically for the Go and has compartments for the controller and USB cable.

    The official carry case underscores Go’s focus on portability

    The case’s outer shell is meant to be sufficient to protect the headset from “harmful elements” such as “sun, shock, splash, and scratching”. This underscores that portability is considered of key importance for the Go headset – the elastic strap and compact controller make it ideal as a portable media device, as we noted in our review.

    Oculus also offers an alternative facial interface for different face sizes, prescription lenses (in partnership with VirtuClear), and now, an official case. At Oculus Connect 5, CTO John Carmack suggested Go sales exceeded even Oculus’ most optimistic expectations. If this trend continues, there may be even more Go accessories coming in future.

    You can also get the case on Amazon, where it might be available via faster shipping than from Oculus itself.

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  • Virtuix And Funovation Launch VR Arena For Virtual Reality Esports
    Virtuix And Funovation Launch VR Arena For Virtual Reality Esports

    Virtuix tried to get home consumers to use its Omni virtual reality treadmill in years past, without much success. Now the company is targeting its treadmill tech for esports VR contests in VR arcades in a partnership with Funovation.

    Back in 2014, the company raised millions in funding on Kickstarter and from investors for its $500 treadmill. But the market for consumer VR took off slowly, and Virtuix switched over to location-based entertainment.

    Austin, Texas-based Virtuix has teamed up with Funovation, a creator of small-footprint attractions, have released VR Arena, a four-player esports attraction for VR arcades using Virtuix’s Omniverse content platform.

    All of the 18 games are designed to take advantage of Virtuix’s Omni, allowing you to maneuver in a 360-degree virtual environment by moving your legs, without actually moving in real life, because your feet are standing on an omni-directional treadmill.

    VR Arena will give players a chance to win in ongoing weekly and monthly prize contests with an annual prize pool of $50,000.

    Above: Virtuix and Funovation are targeting VR arcades.

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    “We’ve been organizing esports tournaments since 2016, and we’ve learned that competitive gaming boosts revenues,” says Jan Goetgeluk, CEO of Virtuix, in a statement. “Ongoing prize contests result in repeat play by guests and build a community of frequent and loyal players. Our VR ARENA attraction is exciting to both elite gamers and casual players. It’s incredibly fun to run around inside your favorite game, and everyone has a chance to win.”

    VR Arena uses the Omni 2.0 motion platform, which has been improved and optimized specifically for out-of-home esports. The attraction has a compact footprint of 375 square feet.

    “VR Arena incorporates two years of customer feedback,” continues Goetgeluk. “We’ve listened to the concerns of our existing customers, particularly regarding the Omni’s player setup time and labor needs, and we’ve worked hard to address them. VR Arena benefits from the maturity of the Omni, which is now a tested and proven technology. To date, we’ve shipped more than 3,000 Omni systems to over 500 entertainment venues in 45 countries, resulting in more than 500,000 Omni play sessions.”

    “VR Arena combines the compact footprint of tethered VR attractions with the full immersion of free-roam VR, while being a lot more affordable,” said Ryan Borton, CEO of Funovation, in a statement. “We’re especially excited about increasing repeat play through esports, which is the next horizon in location-based family entertainment. Paired with Virtuix’s ongoing sponsored contests and large selection of VR games, this attraction will appeal to a wide range of guests. We’re not settling for just a VR shooting gallery.”

    Virtuix and Funovation are launching VR Arena with a “show special” discount at IAAPA 2018 in Orlando from November 13 to 16. Qualified buyers can own the VR Arena attraction for as little as $1,790 per month. Based in Colorado, Funovation has attractions installed in 350 locations in 29 countries.

    This post by Dean Takahashi originally appeared on VentureBeat.

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  • New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Discusses Gaming & VR in new I Am More Episode His competitiveness isn't just for the football field.
  • Master of Shapes Combines VR Racing With Real Go Karts

    Virtual environments. Real-world racing. Last month we had the opportunity to check out Master of Shapes’ VR go-kart experience, a bold new location-based venture that blends virtual reality racetracks with real-world racing. Developed in partnership with Intel, K1 Speed, and Black Trax, the one-of-a-kind experience allows participants to race against the clock as they navigate

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  • Google Daydream Sci-fi Adventure Eclipse: Edge of Light Arrives on Oculus Go It can be purchased on Oculus Store for £7.99.
  • Full VRX 2018 Agenda Released Ahead of December Event Discounted ticket rates are still available.
  • The VR Job Hub: A UK Job Bonanza Today's jobs are all in the UK.
  • Something for the Weekend: Oculus Winter Treats Plenty of interesting deals on a varied selection of titles.
  • H&M x Moschino Team Up With Magic Leap For AR Fashion Show Experience

    Augmented teddy bears, melting handbags, and QVC-style infomercials were just a few of the offerings at H&Moschino.  Attendees at H&M’s latest fashion show didn’t just see the brand’s hottest looks on the runway – they experienced them up close and personal in AR. Thanks to a collaboration by Magic Leap, H&M, Moschino, and Warpin Media, guests were

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  • Raydon Amusement to Debut VR Arcade Title Total Recoil During IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 It mixes the HTC Vive Pro with a mounted machine gun for realism.
  • Infinity Disk Takes Your Frisbee Skills to the Next Level Part sport, part puzzle experience, Infinity Disk arrives later this week.
  • VRLO Returns for a One Day Celebration in December Tickets are available on a first come first served basis.
  • This Week in VR Sport: Atlanta Hawks Use Eye-Tracking and FC Barcelona Create AR Fan Experience More immersive VR and AR goodness from the world of sport.
  • Space Adventure Moon: The Dark Side now Available on DESIRIUM DESIRIUM supports both Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR headsets.