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  • Racket Fury: Table Tennis VR Adds Cross-Platform Multiplayer You can now serve in the Oculus Go version.
  • Visit SXSW 2019 This Week Through Oculus Venues Loads of acts will be featured starting this Tuesday.
  • Nissan Partners With HaptX To Bring Realistic Touch To Vehicle Design

    Designers can physically touch their concept car before it’s even manufactured. Nissan is taking a new approach to their vehicle design process that will involve using VR and HaptX’s realistic haptic feedback technology to give designers the ultimate freedom of physically holding and manipulating 3D models in a virtual space. HaptX’s Glove technology uses a series of

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  • Livestream: Beat Saber Custom Song Requests And Audica
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    Today's livestream is all about VR music games! We're playing custom Beat Saber songs and then jumping into Audica from Harmonix live on stream.

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  • Apple’s AR Glasses Will Probably Be Powered And Controlled By Your iPhone
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    An extensive patent application filed by Apple could provide insight into their plans for AR glasses.

    The patent describes interactions in augmented reality. The glasses in the text are described as being powered, and controlled, by a smartphone.

    Notorious Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also reported today that the glasses would be an iPhone accessory. He claims they will go into production as early as Q4 of this year. Combined with past reports, we’re starting to get a good idea of what the tech giant is cooking up.

    Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 has the computing hardware and battery built into the rear padding. This keeps weight away from the front. But the resulting form factor is still too bulky for broad consumer adoption.

    For AR glasses to ever go mainstream, they need to be compact, light and socially acceptable. Bulky headsets are fine for the workplace, but not on the streets.

    The Magic Leap One and Nreal glasses optimize for aesthetics by using a separate “puck” computer (including battery), strapped to your waist. This allows the headset itself to be more lightweight. Nreal in particular achieves under 85 grams — when we went hands on we were impressed.

    The iPhone

    Apple’s biggest advantage in AR could be the ubiquity of its iPhone. The phone, which Apple fully controls the hardware and software for, has roughly 45% market share in the US. The numbers are similar throughout the western world.

    The iPhone in hundreds of millions of pockets today can be the computer, battery and controller for Apple’s AR headset. This allows for a headset with less cost than a competitor having to bundle the computer. This is already how the Apple watch works — however it has its own chip and can now work alone with 4G. The companies that seem to be the biggest threats to Apple’s AR ambitions — Microsoft and Facebook, lack any smartphone platform to leverage. Magic Leap and Microsoft also can’t leverage the many established services built into Apple and Google’s platforms.

    Whereas those companies will have to either include a “puck”, partner with an Android manufacturer (similar to Facebook with the Samsung Gear VR) or somehow manage to use regular Android phones via an app. All three solutions have major disadvantages compared to Apple’s total hardware and software control.

    ARKit & The App Store

    Apple also have a considerable lead over these competitors when it comes to the software platform. A major focus from Magic Leap and Microsoft has been building an SDK and enticing developers.

    ARKit is already built in to every iPhone released since 2015, and every iPad since 2017. It’s estimated that totals to 500 million devices. The platform has already attracted hundreds of AR developers, including big names like IKEA, Edmunds and LEGO. The SDK is even used in Pokémon GO to more realistically place Pokémon.

    If Apple does use the iPhone to power their AR glasses, adding support for the hardware to an existing ARKit app could potentially be trivial- or even automatic. Many have questioned Apple’s intense investment in ARKit and how

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  • Community Spotlight: Details About Your Dream VR Game
    Community Spotlight: Details About Your Dream VR Game

    For today's Community Spotlight we round up some of our favorite comments from this week's Community Download: What's your dream VR game?

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  • Open-World Online VR RPG Nostos Global Alpha Test Coming This April
    Open-World Online VR RPG Nostos Global Alpha Test Coming This April

    Nostos is an ambitious open-world online RPG coming from Netease and the alpha test is slated for mid to late April for VR and non-VR PC platforms.

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  • Developers Give Their Reactions to Nintendo’s Labo VR Attempt Reactions seem to be either really positive or completely negative.
  • HTC On Why Vive Focus Plus Isn’t A Consumer Headset (Yet)
    Vive Focus Plus Hands-On

    VR rivals Oculus and HTC go head-to-head in the PC VR space with the Rift and Vive respectively. Each also have brand new standalone headsets on the horizon. Oculus is soon to release the Quest and HTC will upgrade its Vive Focus with the Focus Plus.

    These devices have similar specifications. Both support six degrees of freedom (6DOF) tracking and have the controllers to match. Quest is a consumer device first and foremost. But Focus Plus is an enterprise-level device. Given their similarity, why isn’t HTC pitching Focus Plus to compete directly with Quest and target consumers?

    We recently put that question to Vive GM, Dan O’Brien. He told UploadVR that it was down to the difference in infrastructures the consumer and business markets require.

    “So when we see the consumer market and what we have to do there, there’s lower price points being asked for it, the level of content and the type of content that you need for it and the ecosystem that you need to deliver to a consumer market is pretty challenging for the level of content you can deliver with that type of headset,” O’Brien explained.

    He continued, reasoning that the retention rate for this level of standalone headset hasn’t been that high thus far. “What we’ve seen on that lower end is a lot of people using the headset and then the return use is not really high,” he said.

    “I think there’s a lot of other things you need to make real consumer adoption on the VR side happen,” O’Brien later continued. “But I think it’s going to be really interesting what some of those other competitive headsets go out there and try and move the market forward with. We’re excited about it, I’m excited someone else is taking on that charge”.

    Focus Plus is due to launch in the second quarter of 2019 for an undisclosed price. We tried the headset at MWC last week and thought it still needed a little work.

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  • Why Lone Echo’s Olivia Rhodes Is VR’s Best NPC Yet
    Why Lone Echo’s Olivia Rhodes Is VR’s Best NPC Yet

    “Bulldogs are a symbol of the British spirit,” Captain Oliva ‘Liv’ Rhodes tells you as you inspect her Union Jack-sporting dog ornament wearing a Churchill hat. “We don’t want to know when the odds are against us.”

    “Ah,” your character, an android named Jack, replies. “Sounds familiar.”

    In a few hours’ time, it will to you too.

    Lone Echo did a lot of things really, really right. From the revelatory zero-gravity locomotion to the unmatched visual fidelity, Ready at Dawn’s VR debut remains a must-play. But much of the game’s atmosphere and action would be for naught if it wasn’t down to the remarkable bond you grow with Liv. It’s arguably the game’s crowning achievement.

    VR itself plays a part in that. Liv, an assured and regimented captain, isn’t afraid to get right up to the player’s eyes and make sure they meet her own. The developer’s flair for visuals also helps. Liv is one of VR’s most expressive and detailed NPCs. She shows herself to be equal parts confident and kind, ready to get the job done but with compassion for those that do it. Her tone is stern but welcoming. Actor Alice Coulthard gives her equal parts authority and approachability.

    But it’s also true that Liv herself is a compelling companion. She’s funny and fierce, with little time for the protocols and formalities her rank implies. In the opening, Jack is trapped. He begins to over-explain a possible malfunction. Liv waves her hand to interrupt and bangs on the pod. A lever appears to release you. She shoots you a playful smile. “You’re all set.”

    She’s strong and capable, too, held back only by her own mortality. When a mid-game development leads her to believe Jack is gone, she packs up and ventures into uncharted space on an ironically suicidal survival mission.

    It’s Liv’s curious relationship with Jack that gives it all weight, though. It feels partly paternal but somewhat cautiously romantic, too. Dialogue between the two is relaxed and open, yet Liv is playing one part mother, one part partner. At some points she mockingly picks at Jack’s AI constraints as if he’s a child learning the ways of the world. In others, she fondly recalls the pair’s relationship as if it were something more intimate. The game opens to Liv learning she’ll leave Jack behind when she finishes her tenancy at a mining facility. It’s a conflict she carries with her for the rest of the story, informing every fond memory with a hint of sadness.

    Lone Echo’s closing act solidifies that work. The climactic ending, in which you battle to save Liv’s life, carries genuine desperation. But, perhaps more tellingly, it’s how Jack inherits some of her qualities that shows you her strength. “I will walk you through the procedure,” an AI construct named Apollo says, referring to how to keep your ship intact.

    “Or, we could just break them,” Jack replies.

    And yet, like I said in my review two years ago, we stop short of getting definitive answers as to what these two

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  • Preview: Audica – Is Gunning for its Rivals A unique gameplay style that sits between intuitive and too complex.
  • Microsoft: The Path To Consumer AR Is ‘Measured In Years’
    Microsoft Hololens 2

    Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 reveal event last week made one thing clear: this is an enterprise-driven device. If the multiple demos from business partners didn’t make that known, the $3,500 price tag certainly did.

    But consumer AR is an increasingly popular topic. We can all see a future where cheaper HoloLens units are giving us map directions and showing virtual Netflix screens. How long will it take to get there? According to Greg Sullivan, Director of Communications for Microsoft’s Mixed Reality arm, it could still be years.

    Speaking with UploadVR, Sullivan affirmed the thinking that HoloLens 2 will be an enterprise-level device for its entire life.

    “The way that we think about it, and I think it was echoed by Tim Sweeney’s statement last night, is that the consumer journey is probably measured in years,” Sullivan reasoned. “That said we’ve confirmed that our belief that mixed reality at large is, to some degree, the future of the interaction model. We think it is profound value in freeing the digital world from these flat screens that it’s been trapped in for decades and bringing it into the real world with us.”

    I did ask Sullivan if Microsoft might be planning any type of consumer stop-gap for HoloLens. Perhaps something that cost a little less but may not be as feature-complete as HoloLens 2. He told me the company had nothing to announce at this time.

    Microsoft did launch the original HoloLens with some gaming applications. It was enough to get the attention of the gaming industry. Sullivan argued there was good reason for this.

    “In part we didn’t know exactly where the highest return on investment and value would be for this device,” he said. “But it’s also true that the middleware and tools and expertise in creating digital content largely resided in the gaming industry. And so the knowledge and the tools and the expertise to do 3D digital things came from the gaming side.”

    Hopefully HoloLens comes full circle one day. Until then, we’ll keep saving.

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  • Audica VR Early Access Review: The Harmonix Response To Beat Saber
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    We spent a lot of time taking Audica, the new VR rhythm music game from Rock Band creators Harmonix, for a spin and have some Early Access impressions.

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  • Devil May Cry VR Arcade App Lets You Slay Monsters As Nero
    Devil May Cry VR Circle of Saviors

    Capcom’s Devil May Cry series finally returns to consoles today. But what if you truly want to slay demons as Nero? This Devil May Cry VR arcade app has you sorted… if you make the trip to Japan.

    Rather than a full VR game, this tie-in experience is actually a collaboration with Circle of Saviors. Developed by Five for, Saviors is a wave-based melee combat game. You’ve probably seen the viral video of one player kicking ass in it during TGS a few years ago. Cartoonish beasts charge at you and you beat them back with swords.

    For the Devil May Cry 5 collaboration, you wield a sword and gun used by Nero in the game. Other than that it’s pretty much exactly the same game. See it in action in the trailer above.

    Sadly you can’t try the experience in the west. It is showing at Capcom’s Plaza in Hiroshima, Japan. Capcom previously collaborated with Five for on a similar tie in for the Monster Hunter series.

    It’s about also close to Devil May Cry VR as we’re going to get right now. We’d love to be run around as Dante executing crazy combos in VR, but something tells us that would be more than a little tiring.

    Earlier this week we also reported that Five for was opening a VR Ninja Dojo in Japan. You get to dress up as an assassin and train in the art of swinging a sword around like a maniac before putting on an HTC Vive.

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  • Aim Controller Support has Been Added to PlayStation VR’s Borderlands 2 VR The update was made thanks to fan feedback.