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  • Beat Saber Officially Surpasses One Million Copies Sold
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    Today Beat Games announced that its viral sensation VR game Beat Saber had officially sold one million copies across all platforms.

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  • How Facebook’s Outage Affected Oculus And VR Developers
    How Facebook’s Outage Affected Oculus And VR Developers

    Facebook’s server infrastructure had the longest outage in its history this week. The social network, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp were all affected. Since the Oculus platform is hosted on Facebook’s servers, it was also affected.

    Users

    Users were unable to download or install Oculus Store apps. Multiplayer games using the free Oculus networking system like Dead and Buried and The Unspoken no longer functioned.

    Some users reported software interpreting the connectivity issue as a setup issue. This left these users totally unable to use their Rift headset. It’s unclear how widespread this specific bug was, but it is concerning that it can happen at all. The Rift software does work offline, so it ideally should work even with partial connectivity.

    Developers

    Beyond users, even the Oculus developer backend was affected- leaving developers unable to upload builds or updates. Beat Saber released an update on Steam yesterday, but the Oculus Store had not received the build. On Twitter Beat Games stated that it will be available “as soon as possible.”

    The app Virtual Desktop for Oculus Go allows users to virtually use their PC in their Oculus Go. It even works over the internet, so as long as your PC is on you can access it from anywhere. For security reasons, the app uses your Oculus profile to verify you’re really you. But since the Oculus servers weren’t working, Virtual Desktop no longer worked either.

    Implications

    The issues seem to be over now, with Facebook stating on Twitter “We’ve now resolved the issues and our systems are recovering.” Facebook has been operating for 15 years and has never had an outage of this length.

    But as the company’s grip on the VR market continues to grow, developers will have concerns about the risks of relying on one platform. Facebook will need to rebuild trust in their servers, and that will take time.

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  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Offers VR-Ready Gaming for Only £199 NVIDIA claims the GTX 1660 is 68% faster than the GTX 970.
  • YouTube Stories Adds A Twist To AR Selfie Filters

    YouTube introduces real-time face filters powered by machine-learning, but there’s a catch. Everyone has a unique story to tell, and now YouTube creators will have the ability to make their stories even more unique through a Snapchat-esque AR selfies. This includes everything from realistic glasses and skin retouching, to X-Men-like powers and goofy “Noogle” propeller

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  • Beat Saber’s Monstercat Music Pack Vol. 1 now Available for £11 That's a limited time offer on Steam.
  • Area of Darkness: Sentinel Steam Release Delayed Until April The studio also plans to support PlayStation VR.
  • Astro Bot Scores Best Game Nod At 2019 BAFTA Games Awards
    Astro Bot Scores Best Game Nod At 2019 BAFTA Games Awards

    The usual suspects are representing VR at this year’s BAFTA Games, but they’re nominated in surprising categories.

    The UK’S BAFTA Games Awards are one of the few that haven’t yet implemented a VR/AR category. But VR is there in force in the 2019 nominations. Sony’s beloved PSVR platformer, Astro Bot Rescue Mission, leads the pack. Somewhat amazingly, it’s been nominated in the Best Game category, going up against the likes of God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2. Sony posted the hilarious image mashing Astro with Kratos in celebration.

    “BOT!”

    Congrats to God of War and Astro Bot Rescue Mission for their @BAFTAGames nominations, including Best Game! 👏https://t.co/xmCrRRA7KP pic.twitter.com/7LcIbdQbML

    — PlayStation UK (@PlayStationUK) March 14, 2019

    That isn’t the only category for Astro, though. The game’s also nominated in the Game Design and Innovation categories. It’s a well-deserved bit of recognition. Astro Bot warmed our hearts with its playful, often amazing vision of VR.

    Meanwhile, Polyarc’s excellent VR adventure, Moss, earns Original Property and Game Innovation nods of its own. Moss is similar to Astro Bot in style, polish and quality so we’re happy to see it land some of its own nominations. Beat Saber, meanwhile, scores itself a Debut Game nomination. To be honest we’re surprised not to see it get a few more than that. Finally, the soothing sounds of Tetris Effect rightly score Audio Achievement and Music nods. Tetris Effect featured only optional VR support, but it still counts.

    A pretty good turn out for team VR, then. If Astro Bot walked away with the Best Game award it would be quite the coup. Fingers crossed.

    The ceremony’s set to back place on April 4th.

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  • Viveport Infinity To Increase Developer Revenue Share At Launch Next Month
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    The next phase of HTC’s VR subscription service, Viveport Unlimited, arrives very soon.

    The company announced today that Viveport Infinity launches on April 2nd 2019. It’ll cost $12.99 a month or $99 a year. We had already spotted this price in some fine print earlier this month. A two week free trial period will also accompany the launch.

    Infinity offers full access to a suite of over 600 apps and games. The service features popular titles like Angry Birds: Isle of Pigs and The Wizards. For now, the service supports the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. HTC also says that future standalone headsets supporting its Vive Wave platform will carry the subscription over.  Previously the service only let you download five titles a month.

    Perhaps most notably, Vive also pledged to increase developer revenue share with the launch of Infinity. It will be moving from 70/30 to 80/20. the change comes into effect on April 1st.

    If you’re at all interested in jumping into Viveport Infinity, though, it might be an idea to subscribe to the current plan. HTC says anyone that’s already subscribed or signs up before Infinity’s launch will pay the original price for the rest of the year. That’s $8.99 instead of $12.99, so quite a steal if you don’t plan on picking up an annual subscription straight away.

    Viveport Infinity is just one of several major launches for HTC in 2019. In the coming weeks and months the company will release new enterprise-level VR headsets like the Vive Pro Eye and Vive Focus Plus. It’s also set to launch a new consumer device, Vive Cosmos, towards the end of the year. We still have a lot to learn about Cosmos but we’re hoping to hear more at HTC’s developer day at GDC on March 18th.

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  • Viveport Infinity the Unlimited VR Subscription Service Will Cost $12.99 per Month There's a library of over 600 apps and videogames to choose from.
  • VR Awards 2019 Opens Nominations Process To Find The Best In VR
    VR Awards 2019 Opens Nominations Process To Find The Best In VR

    Fancy winning yourself a shiny trophy for your latest VR app or product? Then best get your nominations in for the VR Awards 2019.

    The UK-based show is set to return later in the year. The Nomination process for the event just opened. This year’s awards will recognize games and apps released between May 2018 and July 2019. Categories include Hardware of the Year, Game of the Year and Film of the year. The full list is below.

    Last year’s show saw HTC’s Vive Pro take home the hardware award, with The Gallery: Episode 2 winning Game of the Year. Why apply? Well look at all the people it made happy last year in the below trailer.

    Obviously we can’t speak to who will put their games in for nominations, but it seems likely that VR mainstays like Beat Saber and Astro Bot will be put up for awards this year. As for experiences, it would be a crime not to see Spheres get a shout.

    Submitting your entry costs £149 + VAT. Nominations will close on May 7th, with two webinar briefings held before then. Once the process closes, a series of judges will pick out a list for each category. Finalists will be announced on June 18th. Expect the awards themselves to be held in late 2019.

    The full list of categories is below:

    VR Hardware of the Year
    VR Hardware of the Year
    VR Game of the Year
    VR Experience of the Year
    VR Film of the Year
    VR Marketing of the Year
    Rising VR Company of the Year
    Innovative VR Company of the Year
    VR Social Impact Award
    VR Enterprise Solution of the Year
    VR Education & Training of the Year
    VR Healthcare of the Year
    Out-of-Home VR Entertainment of the Year

     

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  • The First Round of Talks Announced for Develop:Brighton 2019 Four VR/AR sessions are confirmed.
  • Valve To Show ‘New Features And Updates’ For Steam And More At GDC
    Valve To Show ‘New Features And Updates’ For Steam And More At GDC

    Valve reached out to us about a talk the company is hosting at GDC to go over "new features and updates" regarding the Steam platform.

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  • SXSW Features ‘Active Esport’ VR Event Using Infinity Treadmill

    Blue Goji hosts fitness-focused VR tournaments using their award-winning treadmill. With the annual SXSW festival well underway in Austin, Texas, attendees have been up to their necks in brand spanking new films, music, interactive media, food, and various other incredible offerings at the one-of-a-kind event. The presence of bleeding-edge technology in particular has received increased

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  • Insta360 EVO is a Foldable 360 & 180 Camera Compatible With Oculus Go The new camera is Insta360's first foldable design.
  • Asgard’s Wrath: New Details On Creature Companions, Combat, And Story
    Asgard’s Wrath: New Details On Creature Companions, Combat, And Story

    Asgard's Wrath is coming soon from Sanzaru Games as an Oculus Rift exclusive and we've seen new combat footage and found out more about the game's details.

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