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  • KT Corporation’s AR Market Wins Ovum’s Best Innovation Of The Month Award The augmented reality shopping experience is gaining global recognition.
  • The Biggest Rift, Vive and Windows VR Releases For The Week 09/16/18
    The Biggest Rift, Vive and Windows VR Releases For The Week 09/16/18

    There’s a hearty assortment of interesting new titles on offer for your PC VR headset this week. Even if you’re not privy to the intense thrills of Transference, there’s probably something for you here.

    Paperville Panic, from Ultimerse
    Price: $19.99 (Rift, Vive, Windows VR)

    Paperville Panic is a lovely little spot where everything is made out of wonderful colors. Unfortunately, it also has a tendency to, um, burn down. That’s where you come in; you’ll fight your way through a single-player campaign filled with evil arson, putting down fires and bringing those responsible to justice. We can’t speak to how good Paperville Panic is but its different subject matter does make it seem like an ironic breath of fresh air.

    Transference, from Spectrevision
    Price: $24.99 (Rift, Vive)

    The latest VR game published by Ubisoft is this incredibly intense psychological thriller that mixes live-action footage with full CG environments for an assault on the sense like no other. Explore a series of disturbing experiments that take you on a descent into madness in this gloomy game, which is only recommended for the bravest amongst us. We really like Transference, even if it is on the short side.

    Blind, from Tiny Bull Studios
    Price: $24.99 (Rift, Vive)

    Blind is a VR puzzle game in which you play as a woman that’s lost her sight. Held captive in a giant mansion, you explore your surroundings using echolocation, tapping surfaces with a white cane to create a temporary view of the world around you. It’s got a thoughtful presentation behind it, but the infuriating puzzles make the game far too much of a slog to see through.

    Distance, from Refract
    Price: $24.99 (Rift, Vive)

    A game that’s long been in Early Access finally hits its full release this week. Distance is a grabity-defying racer with full, optional VR support. Speed down circuits and then take to the skies in futuristic vehicles. Distance is a racer unlike anything else you’ve played in VR, and absolutely work a look for fans of the genre.

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  • IDC Predicts That The Rise of AR Headsets Is Still A Way Off Report from International Data Corporation (IDC) thinks the tipping point for AR headset sales is still to come.
  • American University Partner With Sony to Offer AR and VR Tour A mobile app lets students both on and off campus get the best of the University experience.
  • The Biggest PSVR Releases For The Week 09/16/18
    The Biggest PSVR Releases For The Week 09/16/18

    Time to get your wallet out; there are a total of seven new experiences arriving on PSVR this week, and a good number of them are well worth checking out for yourself.

    The Chantry, from Steel Minions
    Price: £4.49 (EU Only)

    Another student project from Sheffield Hallam University, The Chantry transports players back to 200 years ago to explore the home of Edward Jenner, the controversial doctor that helped cure smallpox. Faithfully recreated with high-quality visuals, this is a chance to learn about one of the most important figures in medical science.

    Transference, from Spectrevision
    Price: $24.99

    The latest VR game published by Ubisoft is this incredibly intense psychological thriller that mixes live-action footage with full CG environments for an assault on the sense like no other. Explore a series of disturbing experiments that take you on a descent into madness in this gloomy game, which is only recommended for the bravest amongst us. We really like Transference, even if it is on the short side.

    Blind, from Tiny Bull Studios
    Price: $24.99

    Blind is a VR puzzle game in which you play as a woman that’s lost her sight. Held captive in a giant mansion, you explore your surroundings using echolocation, tapping surfaces with a white cane to create a temporary view of the world around you. It’s got a thoughtful presentation behind it, but the infuriating puzzles make the game far too much of a slog to see through.

    Downward Spiral: Horus Station, from 3rd Eye Studios
    Price: $19.99

    One of our favorite PSVR games of the year is finally available on PSVR. Downward Spiral is a sci-fi adventure in which you explore the remains of an abandoned space station, trying to work out what happened to the crew. It uses brilliant zero gravity traversal and thrilling shootouts to really immersive you in its world. This is an atmospheric adventure you won’t want to miss.

    The Door, from Skonec Entertainment
    Prce: TBA

    The developers of Mortal Blitz return with a new escape room-style VR puzzler. The Door looks like a chilling experience in which you solve puzzles and avoid death by zombie chomping as you uncover the origins of a virus outbreak. We can’t tell you if this’ll be worth your time although, frankly, we wouldn’t hold our breath.

    Trickster VR: Dungeon Crawler, from Trickster Games
    Price: $14.99

    A pretty popular Early Access dungeon crawler heads from PC to PS4 this week. Trickster offers plenty of Orc-slaying using the usual assortment of swords, crossbows and more. Gather loot and fight your way through 35 different levels. While we like Trickster on PC, it’s important to point out the PSVR version doesn’t have four-player co-op (yet), and it might be best to wait until it does.

    Unearthing Mars 2, from Winking VR
    Price: $19.99

    A sequel no one was expecting, or particularly asking for, Unearthing Mars 2 shifts genre from adventure to shooter and takes you on an exploration of humanity’s lost past. Whilst it uses the PlayStation Aim controller and sports some impressive visuals, the repetitive, uninteresting gameplay and nonsensical plot make its two hour runtime a chore. We’d

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  • XRDC Reveals What Attendees Can Expect Conference covering all areas of immersive technology and content will be in San Francisco on 29th-30th October.
  • Capgemini Collaborates with RoomAR For AR Furniture Experience Capgemini design agency partners with RoomAR to offer furniture retailers AR features.
  • Walmart Acquire 17,000 Oculus Go Headsets to Train Staff Retail giant says that every US Walmart store will have access to VR headsets for training.
  • NextVR Announces Launch on Oculus Rift Oculus Rift users will now be able to enjoy live sport or concerts in VR with NextVR app.
  • NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti And RTX 2080 Performance Benchmarks For VR
    NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti And RTX 2080 Performance Benchmarks For VR

    I tested the new RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti and, when it comes to VR performance, there are a few things to consider.

    Using the new RTX cards on an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, from my experience, has not yielded very good benchmarking results. Benchmarking them was difficult because they appeared to be bottlenecked somewhere else, like the CPU, memory or storage even though I’m running a 16-Core Ryzen Threadripper system with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB Samsung 970 Evo. There’s really no bottlenecks that I can think of.

    All that said, you should really be considering these if you are going to crank up the graphics in your VR games or if you are a developer who plans on building something very graphically intensive.

    Benchmarks

    The first benchmark I ran was SteamVR’s SteamVR benchmark, which was not CPU-bound like some other tests. It scaled quite well even though all GPUs scored an effective perfect 11. I would ask and hope that Steam revisit the SteamVR benchmark and recalibrate it to account for these new GPUs because at this point many GPUs score 11s. In fact, all 4 NVIDIA GPUs I tested all scored 11s and the frame count was a more indicative measure of performance as it tells you frame rate.

    As you can tell from the benchmark, the RTX 2080 Ti absolutely blows away the previous generation with almost double the performance of the GTX 1080. By this measure the RTX 2080 is about 60 percent better than the GTX 1080 ,which is a welcome performance improvement from one generation to another.  In my findings using both DX11 and DX12 benchmarks, these gaps were much narrower with the RTX 2080 being about 30 to 40 percent in most instances. The RTX 2080 Ti was also roughly 30 percent faster than the 1080 Ti, which is in line with our expectations. However, keep in mind that any titles that make use of the RT or Tensor cores could perform much better down the road, just not today.

    The second VR benchmark I ran was UL Benchmarks’ VRMark, which has three different tests. The first two tests, Orange and Cyan, proved useless for my testing purposes because they effectively had the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti performing the same which didn’t happen in any of our other tests. However, the more graphically intensive and higher resolution (5K) Blue Room test did result in much better performance measurements.

    In this test, the RTX 2080 Ti cleaned up by being a good 30-40 percent faster than the RTX 2080 which was 30 percent faster than the GTX 1080 Ti which was 20 percent faster than the GTX 1080. This translates to the RTX 2080 being more than 50 percent faster than the GTX 1080 and the RTX 2080 Ti being almost 60 percent faster than the GTX 1080 Ti. The Blue Room test is very interesting for a lot of reasons, because if you look at the resolution of VR headsets, especially in the enterprise

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  • Review: Jet Island Not for the VR squeamish, impressive in scope.
  • Walmart Expands VR Employee Training To All U.S. Locations

    U.S. Walmart associates will now have access to the same VR training their managers receive at Walmart Academies. Apparently, VR designed for employee training has proven a massive success at Walmart’s various Academy locations, as the multinational superstore has just announced plans to further expand its immersive training program to every single one of its

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  • Golden Joystick Awards Nominations Sees Some VR and AR Titles Make the Cut VR and AR titles sneak out into other categories and Best VR Game sees many high-quality entries.
  • Survios Announces Steam Publisher Sale Exclusive deals on Survios VR titles are available now on Steam.
  • Mirage Solo Is Getting Pass-Through Support With Depth Perception And AR
    Mirage Solo Is Getting Pass-Through Support With Depth Perception And AR

    Google is making it easy to play ping pong whilst wearing the Lenovo Mirage Solo headset, whether you’re in VR or not.

    Alongside today’s announcement of a pair of experimental six degrees of freedom (6DOF) controllers for the standalone Daydream headset, Google also introduced a new pass-through camera system that will be coming to developers soon. The feature uses the Solo’s built-in cameras to show the real world on your display, much like we’ve seen with smartphone-powered headsets such as Gear VR. Unlike Gear, though, Google is using Solo’s tracking features to create convincing depth perception, so you can see the world as it truly is.

    But there’s another feature that’s being added on top of this; AR support. When it pass-through mode, users will be able to summon virtual images and project them in the real world, essentially making the Mirage Solo a Magic Leap or HoloLens. A similar feature was recently revealed for HTC’s new Vive Pro, too.

    Finally, the company is now officially recognizing a feature we’ve long spoken about; Android app support. Users will soon be able to bring any app into the virtual world via a virtual screen. When the Solo released earlier this year this aspect was somewhat hidden within the kit’s UI, but it’s good to see it getting more official support now.

    While Google says developers will be able to get their hands on these features soon, there’s no word on what a wider consumer rollout will look like. Will developers be able to make premium AR apps for sale on Mirage Solo, for example? Hopefully we’ll find out more at the company’s upcoming Made by Google event, which takes place early next month.

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