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  • Rebellion’s Jason Kingsley Says VR Hasn’t Taken Off As The Company Hoped "We’ll know in a few years."
  • Coatsink Software’s Esper Now Available Now Steam Puzzle solving telekinetic fun.
  • This Week In VR Sports: Augmented Sports Continues To Grow McLaren partners will HTC Vive for eSports league, AR tennis in Snapchat and Ncam planning to expand AR offerings for sports broadcasting.
  • Next Generation NVIDIA GPUs Will Boost VR Bandwidth, Report States A new connector will offer higher resolutions and refresh rates.
  • AiSolve Wins Two Awards At SME Bedfordshire Awards CEO Devi Kolli wins business woman of the year for her work on WePlayVR and VRSims.
  • Beat Saber Livestream: Custom Songs Like Beat It, Take On Me, And More
    Beat Saber Livestream: Custom Songs Like Beat It, Take On Me, And More

    We’re diving back into Beat Saber for today’s livestream and focusing on our massive catalog of great custom tracks the community has produced. I’ve got 40 different custom tracks installed, plus the game’s original 10, so we should have plenty of content to peruse on today’s stream.

    If you’re unaware, Beat Saber is what you get when you mix DDR-style rhythm game with lightsabers and VR. Instead of stepping on arrows you’re slashing boxes and it’s one of the most satisfying things you can do in VR this side of The Lab.

    Here’s our full Early Access review for more about why we love it.

    We’ll be livestreaming Beat Saber on PC using an HTC Vive starting very soon (which means we’ll start at approximately 2:45PM PT) and aim to last for about an hour or so. We’re going to use Restream to hit both YouTube and Twitch at the same time!

    Embedded livestream coming soon

    You can see our archived streams all in this one handy Livestream playlist over on the official UploadVR YouTube channel (which you should totally subscribe to by the way). We’re also rebooting our Twitch channel too.

    Let us know which games you want us to livestream next and if you want to see more Beat Saber in the future. Comment with any feedback down below!

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  • The Biggest Rift, Vive and Windows VR Releases Of The Week 07/01/18
    The Biggest Rift, Vive and Windows VR Releases Of The Week 07/01/18

    The summer sales are just about coming to a close, so hopefully the VR content drought is soon to end. That is to say there really isn’t much to talk about in the way of new releases this week. There are a handful of interesting games to take a look at, though.

    Camp Grizzly, from Blacksmith Studios
    Price: $7.99 (Rift, Vive)

    Who says VR is out of ideas? In Camp Grizzly, you must keep a group of kids entertained for as long as possible with your guitar. If a kid gets bored, it runs off and never comes back. Oh, also there’s a bear that will eat you if you don’t fend it off with a torch. See? There’s plenty of whacky games still to be discovered.

    18 Floors, from Aoga Tech
    Price: $14.99 (Rift, Vive)

    This is a spooky-looking episodic puzzle game. This includes the first two levels of a proposed 18-mission series in which you try and solve a galactic conspiracy and prevent humanity’s plan to kill a race of special beings. Look, I dunno, I’m just going with what the descriptions give me, okay?

    Vivez Versailles, from makemepulse
    Price: Free (Rift, Vive)

    This looks like a pretty great historical VR experience. It takes you to the Palace of Versailles in France to witness two historical events that took place in the building. You can explore the palace at your leisure and even take part in the famous masked ball held in its walls. Plus it’s free, and you can’t argue with that.

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  • VR Art Helps Make Hospital Stays Easier for Cancer Patients New York artist Tom Christopher creates immersive street scenes for pediatric cancer patients to enjoy.
  • PSN Mid-Year Sale Includes Deep Discounts On Over 50 PSVR Titles Like Skyrim, WipEout, And More
    PSN Mid-Year Sale Includes Deep Discounts On Over 50 PSVR Titles Like Skyrim, WipEout, And More

    The mid-year sale is underway on PSN and includes massive discounts of up to and over 60% on over 50 different PSVR titles, including Skyrim, Driveclub, and Arizona Sunshine. Massive store-wide sales like this don’t happen very often for PSVR (certainly not as much as Steam or Oculus Home) so if there are any that you’ve been holding out on then now is the time — they likely won’t be this cheap again for quite a while.

    We’ve got the full list of all 55 titles included below, as well as the current price with the mid-year discount. If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber then you get an additional 10% off the current sale price. That’s a lot of savings!

    All titles are listed alphabetically and we’ve bolded particularly good games or deals with high value:

    Mid-Year Sales For PSVR Games

    Ace Banana 60% Off, $5.99

    Apex Construct 35% Off, $19.49 (Our Review)

    Archangel 50% Off, $14.99 (Our Review)

    Arizona Sunshine 50% Off, $19.99 (Our Review)

    Bloody Zombies 50% Off, $7.49 (Our Review)

    Bound 60% Off, $7.99 (Our Review)

    Bravo Team 15% Off, $33.99 (Our Review)

    CastleStorm VR Edition 60% Off, $5.99 (Our Review)

    Catlateral Damage 60% Off, $3.99

    Cold Iron 40% Off, $8.39

    CubeWorks 60% Off, $3.99

    Digital Domain’s Monkey King 30% Off, $3.49 (Our Review)

    DOOM VFR 40% Off, $17.99 (Our Review)

    Dreamworks Voltron VR Chronicles 30% Off, $6.99 (Our Review)

    DriveClub VR 60% Off, $5.99 (Our Review)

    DYING: Reborn 60% Off, $3.99 or $9.99 for Ultimate Bundle (Our Review)

    End Space 50% Off, $9.99 (Our Review)

    EVE: Valkyrie – Warzone 50% Off, $14.99 (Our Review of the Original Game)

    Farpoint 15% Off, $16.99 (Our Review)

    Gunjack 50% Off, $2.49

    Here They Lie 60% Off, $7.99 (Our Review)

    Honor and Duty: Arcade Edition 60% Off, $2.79

    Hustle Kings VR 60% Off, $7.99

    Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes40% Off, $8.99

    PSVR Worlds 55% Off, $6.74 (Our Review)

    Rez Infinite 30% Off, $20.99 (Our Review)

    Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality 30% Off, $20.99 (Our Review)

    RIGS Mechanized Combat League 60% Off, $7.99 (Our Review)

    Shooty Fruity 30% Off, $13.99 (Our Review)

    Sneaky Bears 50% Off, $7.49

    Space Rift – Episode 1 60% Off, $7.99

    Sparc 50% Off, $9.99 (Our Review)

    Sprint Vector 30% Off, $20.99 (Our Review)

    StarBlood Arena 60% Off, $5.99 (Our Review)

    Statik 50% Off, $9.99 (Our Review)

    Stifled 30% Off, $13.99 (Our Review)

    Super Stardust Ultra VR 60% Off, $7.99 (Our Thoughts)

    The Assembly 55% Off, $13.49 (Our Review)

    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR 40% Off, $35.99 (Our Review)

    The Inpatient 15% Off, $16.99 (Our Review)

    The Invisible Hours 33% Off, $20.09 (Our Review)

    The Solus Project 50% Off, $9.99

    Time Carnage 30% Off, $13.99

    Time Machine VR 40% Off, $17.99

    Tumble VR 60% Off, $3.99 (Our Review)

    Until Dawn: Rush of Blood 25% Off, $11.24 (Our Review)

    VR Ping Pong 60% Off, $5.99

    Weeping Doll 60% Off, $3.99 (Our Review)

    WipEout Omega Collection 25% Off, $14.99 (Our Review)

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  • The Biggest PSVR Releases Of The Week 07/01/18
    The Biggest PSVR Releases Of The Week 07/01/18

    Winking Entertainment delivers the goods with not one but two new PSVR releases this week. Other than that things are pretty quiet on the PS4 front.

    The Walker, from Haymaker
    Price: $19.99

    An interesting-looking wave shooter that takes from Chinese mythology. You use magical weapons along with the usual assortment of pistols etc to gun down increasingly tougher waves of enemies. We haven’t been able to play it for ourselves yet but we have heard it’s a little light on content.

    18 Floors, from Aoga Tech
    Price: $14.99

    This is a spooky-looking episodic puzzle game. This includes the first two levels of a proposed 18-mission series in which you try and solve a galactic conspiracy and prevent humanity’s plan to kill a race of special beings. Look, I dunno, I’m just going with what the descriptions give me, okay?

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  • Zappar Release ZapWorks Studio 5 More accessible and user friendly but still packing a lot of powerful tools for augmented reality content creation.
  • Carbon Studio Announce The Wizards: Trials of Meliora Available now as a surprise release.
  • Meta Discuss Their Upcoming Meta Viewer Application In a recent talk with Next Reality, the company talk more about their augmented reality application.
  • SIGGRAPH 2018: Disney, Niantic And StarVR Plan Big Reveals
    SIGGRAPH 2018: Disney, Niantic And StarVR Plan Big Reveals

    The computer graphics conference SIGGRAPH is one of the biggest events of the year for the reveal of new research and technologies that could change how we see the world in the future. This year Disney, Niantic and StarVR are all planning big reveals in connection with the event.

    We’ve found some very interesting projects at SIGGRAPH in the past ranging from Google’s face replacement technology to an environmental system producing wind, chill and heat effects during a walk-around VR experience. We’ve also enjoyed the VR Theater, which is making a return this year as a showcase for narrative VR projects. The 2018 conference in Vancouver takes place August 12-16 and we’ve already heard about some of the projects that will be debuting there. There are likely still big reveals yet to come from researchers who will be presenting at the conference, but here’s what we know about three different VR projects that will be announced or shown for the first time at SIGGRAPH.

    Disney

    Disney Animation Studios is showing “Cycles”, its first VR short. The project explores ”the true meaning of creating a home and the life it holds inside its walls.” We’ll be curious to see how the project compares to something like the tear-jerking Pearl from Google or the many works we’ve seen from startups like Baobab and Penrose.

    Multiplayer AR

    Pokemon Go creator Niantic, Inc. is planning to show multiplayer augmented reality at SIGGRAPH. We recently got a look at some of Niantic’s multiplayer AR efforts, but at SIGGRAPH the demonstration is described as people playing pong against each other “where the ball and paddles exist in AR for all users.” Major technology companies like Google and Apple are racing to enable this type of multiplayer functionality on millions of devices, and Niantic could lead the way by making software introducing shared AR experiences to people through popular universes like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Pokemon. AR multiplayer demos like this one from Niantic offer a glimpse of the types of entertainment experiences which might be much more common in the years to come.

    StarVR

    We’ve also received an email outlining an “enterprise” product launch from StarVR. I reached out for details, but none are forthcoming yet. StarVR is known for an ultra wide field of view VR headset that is limited in key ways. Appearing at arcades like those from IMAX, the StarVR headset generally needed a more expensive PC while providing fewer frames each second for your eyes as compared with what you get from a Rift or Vive. Leaving your brain with less information to process about the virtual world can have a major negative effect on comfort. Last year, Acer became a majority investor in the StarVR effort which had previously been led by Starbreeze. We will be curious to see what frame rate, resolution and field of view is promised with this launch, and how all that comes together for an enterprise-focused package. Remarks and keynote are planned in the morning on Aug. 14 by StarVR Vice President Jerry Kao and CTO Emmanuel Marquez.

    Here’s what StarVR looked like at

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  • International Travelers At JFK Use VR To Escape Airport Crowds

    Travelers at the NYC airport can now use VR to cope with long delays and unruly crowds. A VR startup called PeriscapeVR is offering an escape for commuters at JFK International Terminal 4 – one of the busiest international terminals in the United States – with a unique VR experience designed to be easily approachable

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