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  • Verizon Holds Contest for 5G Education With AR, VR and AR The Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge has $1 million of prize money on offer for successful entries.
  • Apple’s iOS 12 Launches September 17
    iOS 12 Launches September 17

    Apple’s newest mobile operating system iOS 12 launches Sept. 17.

    ARKit 2 is a major part of the iOS 12 upgrade and includes updates to Apple’s computer vision software that will enable new kinds of higher quality augmented reality experiences. One of the biggest new features in ARKit 2 is shared AR experiences, as seen with an upcoming multiplayer Galaga AR game. The update also includes better object recognition and persistence so that AR experiences can understand the environment better or can be resumed at a later time.

    One of the most interesting aspects of the update is a new feature called “Quick Look” that was shown during the Apple event September update event allowing a 3D object to be pulled out of a web page and placed in the real world.

    While developers can use this feature too, its integration into the Safari Web browser means developers may be able to take advantage of AR on iPhone without needing to release an app on Apple’s App Store.

    We’re looking forward to an influx of new AR apps to and updates to hit the App Store as soon as this OS update arrives.

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  • Apple Teases New ARKit 2 Experiences At 2018 Keynote

    Science-based basketball training and oldschool Galaga with a multiplayer twist heads to iOS via Apple’s advanced augmented reality platform. Apple’s 2018 keynote event has officially come to a close and it appears as though iOS fans have much to look forward to over the coming months. The California-based technology company had no shortage of fresh

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  • Players Can Submit New Pokestop Locations in Pokemon Go A limited Beta is allowing players in Korea and Brazil to suggest new Pokestop locations.
  • 40 Amazing Must-Have Skyrim VR PC Mods To Make Tamriel Even Better
    40 Amazing Must-Have Skyrim VR PC Mods To Make Tamriel Even Better

    Since publishing this article our preferences for visual style and content have altered slightly and this article will not be kept updated to our current list of mods. All of the mods here are still recommended very highly, but if you want a full, current list of all 100+ mods we are running in Skyrim VR on PC, then you can find that list here.

    Skyrim VR is an amazing game. It was already fantastic when it originally released on PSVR last year and now that it takes full advantage of the Rift and Vive’s more powerful hardware and improved controllers, this may very well be the definitive version of Bethesda’s timeless RPG epic fans have been waiting for. We certainly can’t get enough of it.

    And even though Bethesda isn’t officially supporting mods for Skyrim VR, most of the Skyrim Special Edition PC mods do still work as long as they don’t rely on the Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) and you’re okay with doing a bit more tinkering than usual. We’ve got a guide on using mods with Skyrim VR right here.

    So now that we have Skyrim VR on PC and we’ve got mods, the question is which mods are the best? That answer might be a bit different for the VR version of the game so we’ve done our best to put together a comprehensive list of recommended mods, split into a few different categories. Our goal with these mods is to toss in as much as we can that still retains a lore-friendly approach to the game and will still feel like Skyrim, but just make it better and offer more.

    The Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch

    Download Link

    Before you install any other mods you should grab this one. This fixes a bunch of bugs that Bethesda never got around to fixing and it applies to the VR edition as well.

    Best Skyrim VR Graphics Mods

    Skyrim 2017 Textures

    This one is actually a collection of several different mod files, each of which address different areas of the games textures from the landscapes and bridges to cities and mountains. Definitely get them all. The better GPU that you have, the better your performance will be but the visual improvement is just absolutely worth it.

    Flora Overhaul

    Makes the plants and grass and trees look way better.

    HD Road Signs

    Road signs in vanilla Skyrim are almost unreadable and they just look downright blurry in VR. This fixes that.

    Static Mesh Improvement Mod

    Textures and meshes are two different things. You don’t really need to know the difference, but just understand that you’ll want this mod on top of the Skyrim 2017 Textures mod to address the areas that one misses.

    WICO

    Skyrim does not have the best looking character faces. It’s a fact that Bethesda still struggles to make a decent looking NPC. Luckily, modders are helping out with this nifty mod.

    Realistic Water Two

    This mod enhances all of the water throughout the entire game to make it look even better. Standing beside a peaceful lake or watching a cascading waterfall in

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  • Galaga AR Coming To iOS With Multiplayer
    Galaga AR Coming To iOS With Multiplayer

    Directive Games showed a demo of Galaga AR on stage with Apple promising a reimagined 3D multiplayer version of the classic game. The new version of Galaga will allow multiple people to compete with each other in their living rooms using nothing more than their iPhones.

    The app takes advantage of Apple’s forthcoming ARKit 2 software to let multiple phones see a Galaga arcade cabinet represented at the same spot in the real world. When everyone is ready the alien bugs break out of the cabinet and the game is on to shoot them all down.

     The game demo for Galaga AR was described as the first in a series of reimagined AR arcade games from Directive Games, with the first said to arrive this year.

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  • Bandai Namco Says Mario Kart VR Will Be Coming to More UK Arcades Mario Kart VR will be making an appearance in other VR Zone locations across the UK.
  • The 9 Best PSVR Games to Play Right Now
    The 9 Best PSVR Games to Play Right Now

    The age of consumer grade video game console-powered virtual reality is finally here with the PlayStation VR (PSVR). Sony’s headset isn’t as powerful as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, or as portable as the Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream View, and it doesn’t really offer fully-featured roomscale tracking, but it brings VR into the living rooms of over 50 million PlayStation 4 owners at an affordable price with a strong lineup of software.

    There are dozens of games already available for the PSVR and it can be overwhelming to look at the PSN Store or gaming store shelves to see so many options. Which games are the best? What if I want a shooter and a music rhythm game, or an adventure title and a horror experience? We’ve compiled our definitive list of the 9 best PSVR games that you can play right now to alleviate those concerns.

    There’s something for everyone on this list — guaranteed! The Playroom VR, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s Jack Assault, and other free experiences are not included. You should be downloading those regardless.

    The following games are listed in no particular order and several awesome titles were left off that we wanted to include. Make sure you check the footnotes at the bottom of the article for past entries on this list that were retired to make room for newer games. The PSVR has plenty of great games already, these are just what we deemed as the very best so far.

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR (Review: 9/10)

    For a game that wasn’t originally designed for VR at all and has been ported first to the least powerful of the big three VR platforms in the PSVR, Skyrim VR is nothing short of impressive. This really is the Skyrim that you know and love, but now you can enjoy it like never before with the immersive presence of a VR headset. With a large variety of control schemes to choose from and hundreds of hours of content, this is a game that all RPG fans should play as long as you can look past the wonky controls, downgraded visuals, and frustrating UI.

    There is just something special about the sensation of walking down the dirt road to Riverwood in VR for the first time, or staring down the throat of a fire-breathing dragon, or even gazing out upon Tamriel from the top of the Throat of the World. Whether you’re a Skyrim-veteran or one of the lucky few that get to see this world for the first time, Skyrim VR is enrapturing.

    And if you don’t own a PSVR yet, luckily there’s a new Skyrim VR bundle out there with your name on it.

    Firewall Zero Hour

    I’ll just quote my review here:

    “Firewall Zero Hour defies the odds by delivering a multiplayer-focused VR shooter that actually lives up to its potential. If you don’t have a PS Aim controller yet, then you should buy one for this game even though it technically supports DualShock 4 as well. If you don’t

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  • Unearthing Mars 2: The Ancient War Review – Best Left Buried
    Unearthing Mars 2: The Ancient War Review – Best Left Buried

    I don’t think anyone was expecting or even asking for a sequel to Unearthing Mars, but I have to give Winking VR credit where it’s due. This follow-up hones in on the one slightly engaging fragment of last year’s lifeless adventure game; pew pew laser battles. The result is an experience that’s marginally less mediocre, though often even more confounding.

    In fact, the game’s opening sequence caught me off guard. I’d forgotten, for example, that Winking’s character models are some of the best I’ve seen on PSVR, with some in particular boasting lifelike details. The production values overall seem to have had a boost, too, from the sprawling vistas of an ancient city buried in the mountains of an Earth long forgotten to the incredible intricacies applied to the game’s array of alien technology and spacecraft. Even the plot that sees you taking virtual history lessons to learn about the titular scuffle holds promise.

    Sadly, it quickly becomes clear that potential will to go to waste on a relatively dull if mercifully brief on-rails shooter with few decent ideas about how to explore its intriguing premise.

    PSVR’s excellent Aim controller is front and center this time around, which you would hope could capture the same kind of immersive empowerment of, say, Farpoint. Instead, firefights feel like a stripped down version of already archaic on-rails shooters like Time Crisis; enemies file into fixed locations, you shoot them in the head and move on without much thought. Most of the stationary battles don’t even give you any cover to at least let you simulate ducking out of the way of attacks. A handful of encounters do allow you to switch between vantage points but, for the most part, it’s a case of warping to fixed spots and killing everyone before you can move again.

    With no difficulty modes to put your skills to the test with, most shootouts are more a battle with patience than challenge; I found myself racing to finish the game before my attention stretched too thin. One power-up that momentarily slows time and exposes one-hit-kill weak spots inevitably got spammed not because it was fun to use but because it represented the fastest way to tear through the otherwise bullet sponge enemies.

    There are some momentary thrills to be had. A plasma grenade launcher brings about a satisfying level of destruction, for example, and one mid-game boss fight actually features the kind of intricate design that suggests Winking is capable of far more thoughtful shooters than the other 90% of the game. But Unearthing Mars 2 largely fails to capture even a basic degree of immediacy in its combat. As soon as I’d located two over-powered weapons that made short work of the enemy with their continuous streams of damage, I never looked back.

    Perhaps the most entertaining thing about Unearthing Mars 2 is its erratic nature, which isn’t so much born from the desire to provide variety but instead the acute feeling that the game was developed by different people on different days. In

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  • Immotion Group Targets Growth & Profit At Home & Abroad With New Leke VR Agreements Exclusive distribution for the UK and USA through to the end of 2019, and more.
  • VR Prototype Provides Disability Support Workers With Proper Training

    An Australian company, House with No Steps, debuts a VR prototype to better train disability support workers on how to handle potentially dangerous situations. In an industry with insurmountable variables, such as disability support, VR can provide endless opportunities for training. “Virtual reality is a powerful tool,” says Andrew Richardson, CEO of House with No

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  • The 25 Best Must-Download Oculus Go Games And Apps
    The 25 Best Must-Download Oculus Go Games And Apps

    Now that Oculus Go is finally here that means thousands (or hopefully millions) of people will soon have the most accessible way of experiencing VR at the ready no matter where they are or what they’re doing. Without the need for a smartphone or PC, it’s as simple as strapping it to your face and grabbing the controller.

    We found a lot to like in our full, official review of Oculus Go and broke down exactly how Facebook crafted such an easy to use device. But the big question on most people’s minds at this point is: which apps should I download? With over 1,000 to pick from across the existing Gear VR library and about two dozen brand new launches — what are the best games and apps to try?

    Keep reading to find out! We’ve split it up into new apps that just released this week, legacy apps ported over from Gear VR, Daydream, and/or other VR platforms, social apps, and non-game media apps.

    Update (9/12/18): This list has been updated to retire B-Team and add Thumper.

     

    Best New(ish) Oculus Go Games

    Anshar Online ($7.99)

    As the third entry in Ozwe’s best-selling space-based dogfighting series, Anshar Online is basically everything great about Anshar Wars 2, but with more of it and even better features on top. All of the missions are playable in co-op, which is a treat for taking to the skies and space with a friend, and it’s got competitive multiplayer as well. Visually, it’s super crisp and great fun to look at too. The cross-platform multiplayer between Go, Rift, and Gear VR is an excellent feature as well.

    Dead Secret: Circle ($14.99)

    This one is a horror mystery game set in 1960s Chicago in which you take on the role of an investigative reporter chasing a horrible killer. You’ve got to track down the killer and stay alive in this VR thriller. It’s from the same developers (Robot Invader) of Dead Secret, one of Gear VR’s standout titles, which is highly recommended if you enjoy Circle.

    Republique VR ($9.99)

    This one is pretty special if you’re into narrative-based stealth games with a hint of RPG flair. It’s created by a team that’s got experience working on franchises like Metal Gear Solid, Halo, and FEAR, which makes it one of the most promising mobile VR  games in recent memory. The whole thing is split up into five episodes.

    They Suspect Nothing ($7.99)

    Coatsink is back again with another charming, quirky VR game. This is the same team that made Esper, A Night Sky, and Augmented Empire, so it’s anything but a first foray into the market. Going back to their Esper roots, They Suspect Nothing is a puzzle game mixed with hefty doses of humor and robotic hijinks.

    Thumper ($9.99, Our Review)

    This was a stand-out title in the PSVR’s launch lineup that has since made its way over to PC VR headsets and now the amazing portability and crystal clear lenses of the Oculus Go. Even if you don’t usually like rhythm games or music games you need to

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  • Developer Tribetoy Announce Content Update for Bow to Blood New 'community events' will be added to Bow to Blood in content patch.
  • Bow To Blood September Update Adds Easter Egg
    Bow To Blood September Update Adds Easter Egg

    PlayStation VR title Bow To Blood from Tribetoy will get its first free update adding a new race track and random event as well as more voice-over and bug fixes.

    A new community event with the update will also offer a clue to a “hidden treasure” in the game and the first player to find it will work with Tribetoy to add their “own special mark to the game.”

    We found Bow To Blood to be a great game and a likely sleeper hit on PSVR. You get control over a powerful airship aiming to become champion in a tournament against AI foes that are procedurally generated. The combination of ship management combined with strategizing around how to interact with other characters makes for an engaging combination and we’re curious to see how the game develops with this and future updates.

    Take a look at our review linked above or check out the launch trailer below for an overview of Bow To Blood.

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  • The VOID Will Add New Disney And Marvel Experiences
    The VOID Will Add New Disney And Marvel Experiences

    Disney and The VOID are expanding their partnership to bring a Wreck-It Ralph experience to locations this fall as well as an unnamed Marvel experience in 2019.

    Disney invested in the VR startup last year and, by the end of 2017, Disney’s ILMxLab and The VOID had launched Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. For more than $30 per ticket, up to four friends or family members can transform into rebels infiltrating a base in the Star Wars universe.  The company previously launched a Ghostbusters experience and is widely launching its haunting Nicodemus horror experience in time for Halloween.

    The new Disney experiences were announced via a story in Fast Company and it is unknown which 2019 Marvel movie will be brought to premium out-of-home VR. Possibilities include Avengers, Captain Marvel and the next Spider-Man film. Back in 2016 we noted the Russo brothers, who are heading up Thanos’ assault on the Marvel cinematic universe across 2018 and 2019 Avengers films, said they were excited about VR and “we have a lot of ideas that we’re circling for Infinity War right along those lines. Because the technology has really turned us on and we’ve been looking for opportunities to start using it more extensively.”

    The VOID has locations at some incredibly high traffic (and high rent) spots like next to Disney parks or The Venetian in Las Vegas. With The VOID starting to run different kinds of broadly appealing experiences at the same location there are new reasons for people to spend more money when visiting, so the addition of these new Marvel and Disney experiences could have a huge effect on the ability of The VOID to bring in dollars and keep expanding.

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