Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, Opinion, Virtual Reality (VR)

Sofa Sports and the Rise of Live Gaming

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Just two decades ago, if somebody prophesized that reality TV would have the lion’s share of airtime on some channels, a job posting for a soothsayer wouldn’t be too far behind. There’s something bizarre about tuning in to watch others do things we’re capable of doing ourselves, not so much the pro sports of this world but the bundling everybody in the same house (Real World) expanded to sitting on sofas (Big Brother) or partying (Jersey Shore), and the arguing that typifies an hour with the Kardashians. Thus, the question present itself – are eSports and the popular forms of entertainment – actual sports themselves? Twitch

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Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Event, Gaming, News, startups, VR World

Luxor transforming LAX club into eSports Arena

Last week, Las Vegas released a report showing a breakdown in visitor profiles. While there’s no doubt that Vegas is going through a renaissance, with numerous international visitors flying in directly (there are even rumors that Singapore Airlines will restart a direct flight to Las Vegas), the biggest growth is coming from 18-35 year olds, also known as “millenials”. It seems that just over a third of Las Vegas’ nearly 43 million tourists last year were millennials, who are drawn into a new form of entertainment. In order to address the need for new generation of content, MGM Resorts revealed plans for a multi-level eSports arena

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Audio/Video, Breaking, Entertainment, News, Software Programs, Virtual Reality (VR)

CyberLink Enters VR with the New PowerDVD 17

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CyberLink is one of first software companies coming out of Taiwan that succeeded in becoming a major international player. From the dawn of multi-media and first DVD-ROM drives, PowerDVD software was there to play the content (and yes, we’ll never forget the ability to change the regional lock through software). Just like everything changes with time, PowerDVD gained tens of millions of users. With PowerDVD 17, their flagship movie and media player  is bringing native support for 360 and 3D-360 video for VR headsets, Ultra HD Blu-ray video, as well as HDR10 format support. PowerDVD 17 adds support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets to bring

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Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR)

Is gambling ready for VR?

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Whether the gamers like it or not; their conventional consoles and PC’s now face stiff competition from the emerging giant that is Augmented and Virtual Reality. The totally immersive gaming systems are set to revolutionize the way we play video games but are they also set to affect other parts of the gaming spectrum; gambling for example? We’ve touched on this subject a few times now, and regardless of how one could feel about it – the key to mass market acceptance are exactly applications which could be considered “adult only”, such as live entertainment such as Nanai or gambling. As we all know, betting projects such

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Apple, Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, iOS, OSx, Virtual Reality (VR)

Apple Macs and Virtual Reality could have a Happy Ending

It’s the gaming revolution that had everyone talking in 2016, but are we really moving towards a virtual reality (VR) world? Well, according to research from Deloitte, VR is now a “billion dollar niche“. Reviewing the state of the market and making predictions on its potential progress back in 2016, the accounting and professional services firm calculated that hardware sales of $700 million would be bolstered by $300 million in content sales. As impressive as this and similar assessments have been, VR isn’t quite the full package. As is often the case, Apple users have been forced to watch from the outside in recent months.

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Entertainment, Gaming, News, , Virtual Reality (VR)

VR Casino Gaming Has Arrived

NetEnt's Gonzo Quest VR Alpha code

Thanks to digital casino developing giants NetEnt; by the end of 2017 players will be able to completely immerse themselves in the world’s first VR digital slot. The concept of Virtual Reality casinos has been discussed since the technology was first conceptualized and they are finally here for all to see. Virtual Reality has been touted as the next big step in immersive gaming but early applications have been predominantly geared towards the video gamers rather than the online casino customers. The demand for VR is expected to be enormous and the forthcoming NetEnt VR slot only adds to the anticipation. NetEnt are in the testing

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Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

Is IMAX VR the Ultimate VR Experience?

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For more than 45 years, The IMAX Corporation was synonymous with the ultimate experience in enjoying the art of film. IMAX believes in VR and needs it to be a new rush, future of the movie theaters. The long-awaited IMAX VR Experience Center opened in Los Angeles, at the first of six Arcade locations opening around the globe. In our conversation with senior executives, we learned that IMAX is aware that in its current form, VR is not ready to become mainstream format for consumption of movies. Cameras, content are not there, and the best ways to consume VR content needs to be created. The

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Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Internet, News, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Wearables

Top Five Industries That Offer Best VR Experiences

When growing up watching Star Trek: Next Generation they introduced us to the world of the Holodeck, a room where the show could take a person anywhere they wanted to go, and do whatever they wanted. This of course is the dream of mixed realities which are starting to gain traction, with the first one being the Virtual Reality. While we’ve had attempts on believable VR for years, the technology has been in its infancy and not really convincing. Things are changing now, and believable worlds are becoming virtually real. With powerful devices like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, as well as more mainstream

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Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, Opinion, , Virtual Reality (VR)

The Future of VR and What it Means for Gaming

While it will be interesting to see can high-resolution Virtual Reality headsets such as the PIMAX 8K or Acer-IMAX-Starbreeze high-resolution StarVR re-enact the plot of TRON; but Virtual Reality is most certainly here and is set to revolutionize gaming faster than anything we’ve ever seen before. As youngsters, the N64 Rumble Pak was enough to blow our minds but we need something a bit more impressive nowadays to take out breath away – VR might just be what we’ve been looking for. Video game developers have been working over the last two decades to create games that look better than ever before and the rapid advancement of

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Analysis, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, Google, News, , Virtual Reality (VR)

Pokémon Go Is a Game-Changer, What Can Augmented Reality Do Next?

With Pokémon Go recently breaking a financial milestone – reaching one billion USD in revenue, it may finally be time to say that Augmented Reality (AR) is now reaching mainstream acceptance and acknowledgement. Before the game’s release in July 2016, the words “augmented reality” probably didn’t mean much to the average consumer. Despite being an emerging concept for the last few years, Google’s April Fools-joke-turned-into-reality made the technology a mass hit. According to the numbers, Pokémon Go has a database of more than 500 million, with an average of 20 million players in the US alone powering up the game every day. Although official revenue

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Analysis, Biotech, Breaking, Education, Entertainment, HTC, News, Oculus, , Samsung, Virtual Reality (VR)

Who is Trying to Make Key App for VR?

It’s hard to avoid the hype around virtual reality (VR) headsets like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift or its mobile counterpart, Samsung Gear VR; much of that excitement is focused on console, mobile, and PC gaming. However, the technology has applications in most industries. Let’s take a quick look at some of the more significant developments in VR elsewhere in the world, in travel i.e. tourism, medicine, and virtual replacements for smokey casinos. Travel / Tourism Travelling without leaving your seat is one of the big ideas behind VR headsets so it’s perhaps no surprise that Destination BC (British Columbia, Canada) and Visit Australia are

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Entertainment, News

Carrie Fisher and the Burden of Dreams

Carrie Fisher was an American actress, writer, producer, and humorist. She was born in Beverly hills, California on October 21, 1956. She left this world on December 27, 2016, after a massive heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles. She left behind family, friends and fans. Carrie portrayed Princess Leia in the Star Wars series. Earlier in 2016, Carrie gave an interview for Rolling Stone, she said: “I didn’t really mean to be an actress. But if your second movie is Star Wars, you’re done. You’re gonna be pursuing that because otherwise it’ll pursue you.” There are theories about atomic wars dating

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How to Really Improve Your Gaming Skills

At the risk of stating the obvious, the only way to improve your gaming skills is to play more games. Like riding a horse, or a bicycle, you get better with practice. Much the same is true with online gaming – whatever form it comes in. There are certain games that require skill and dexterity, and others that require a basic understanding of probability. First person shooter games such as Doom and BioShock Infinite require players to dodge enemy fire, while lining up the perfect kill shot. In all cases, mastery of a game requires practice. One of the best ways of acquiring the necessary

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Business, Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Virtuix Faces Problems and Does the Right Thing

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Current situation with clumsy VR hardware and quite unpolished VR content is somewhat improving. Big money is being thrown on the table and the whole movement is being propelled forward. However, the goal of seamless experience is far away and only the strongest will endure until the finishing line. Virtuix is a relatively small company that came into the limelight several years ago, raising over a million dollars on Kickstarter. Virtuix is addressing one of the key obstacles for the immersion into the VR: Freedom of movement inside virtual presence. Motion sickness, room-scale space constraints and unnatural navigation schemes like teleportation that inherently break immersion and spoil the

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Breaking, Entertainment, Game Reviews, Gaming, News, Oculus, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Overkill VR Adds Oculus Touch Support

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Overkill keeps its name in the news. We’ve tested the game extensively through our first look, and reviewed the early access version of the game created by GameTroopers. Word has reached us that the game developers brought several new updates to the game which brings the title to more platforms. Yes, the biggest update is the expiry of HTC Vive “exclusiveness”, as Overkill VR now fully supports Oculus Rift and its Touch controllers. Given the “dead race” both manufacturers have battled over, it is good to see the titles being available across the range of platforms. Besides Oculus Rift and Touch, this is one of first

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Business, Entertainment, Game Reviews, Reviews, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

First Look: Overkill VR Early Access Reviewed

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Several weeks ago, we posted an article on the new virtual reality game called Overkill VR, and just a few days ago we finally got the chance to experience a beta version of the game. Developed by the Spanish game development team Game Troopers, Overkill VR is one of the many FPS games for VR, but it takes gameplay to more realistic direction. Steam Early Access for the game opens on November 16th, 2016. Your digital avatar in Overkill VR faces difficult situations as the leader of an resistance movement. The goal is to fight and win over the terrorist organization called “The Faction.” Enemies are coming in waves and

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aerospace, Breaking, Entertainment, Intel, Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile, Mobile Computing, News, VR World

Intel Drones Fly Around the Campfire

Fire - Photo by Jaksa Kren

There is dark and there is light. Fire. How long is it in human hands? Out there, at night, by the campfire. Magic of this entire, beautiful and sometimes dreadful world around us. Fire can put us in a bubble. Glittering stories that seem like they starting right there behind us, when we step into the darkness. Or perhaps silence by the campfire. Warmth and we with ourselves. How much today we have improved as people, become more noble than, lets say, Chinese people from the 12th century when they invented fireworks? Talk about the fire on the website dealing with the last cries of

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Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Entertainment, Exclusive, Gaming, Mobile, News, , Smartphones, startups, Tablets

Five Smartphone Games You Should Play

As the week progresses, there are numerous applications wying for your attention. Commuting to and from work, running errands all saw the removal of “idle time”, with us being engulfed with different applications on mobile phones. As smartphone displays have improved, game developers have taken advantage of the latest technology to add beautiful graphics to their creations. If you like playing smartphone games that mix beauty with fun, you’ll want to download these five titles to your mobile device. We list the five mobile experiences you should experience, including some AR and VR experiences that are on the way. Pokémon GO Price: Free, but in-app

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Asia Pacific (APAC), Breaking, Entertainment, Gaming, News, press releases, Smartphones, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

NSFW: Miss Nanai Moans in English

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From the dawn of entertainment, the destiny of standards was often taken in hand by the Adult Entertainment industry. While frowned up in the West, several countries in the Far East have a much more relaxed attitude towards such forms of entertainment. That is probably due to the fact that they’re a highly regulated industry – more so than alcohol and tobacco, for example. Just like VHS, DVD and the online content streaming, adult entertainment is making inroads into Virtual Reality, with one of leading publishers launching their content in English. VRJCC is a Japan based indie group that produced “Let’s Play With Nanai!” claiming to

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Breaking, Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, News, Nvidia, Smart Home

New Nintendo Switch Packs NVIDIA Tegra Processor

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Today, Nintendo unveiled their next generation console, more known under the codename “NX”. The rumors of NVIDIA’s involvement turned very much true, as Tegra SoC was the only mobile processor deemed to have enough graphics horsepower to fulfill Nintendo’s mission of “gaming everywhere”. All we can say is watch the three-and-half minute video, enjoy in every second of it. In my personal view, Nintendo has done it again: This tablet-console-mobile gaming enables you to play high-resolution (even in Ultra HD quality thanks to upscaling) games on the TV, or on the go as a gaming ‘tablet’. Perhaps the key to Nintendo’s Switch is the logo, which symbolizes

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