Gaming, Mixed Reality (MR), News, VR World, Windows

Bigscreen coming to Windows Mixed Reality

For the uninitiated, Bigscreen is a virtual desktop application for VR headsets. It originally launched for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift as a desktop environment for those headsets, and as of the turn of the New Year, Bigscreen is now available on Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Bigscreen coming to Windows MR headsets is good news for the platform. While Windows Mixed Reality does have SteamVR support, the platform still has a way to go to become a true competitor to the HTC Vive or the Oculus Rift. Bigscreen porting their application to Mixed Reality is a good sign, though, and with any luck, many other

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Augmented Reality (AR), , HTC, News, Oculus, Virtual Reality (VR)

Facebook Spaces now available on Vive, other platforms pending

Facebook has brought its beta social VR app, Spaces, to users of the HTC Vive. First announced in April, Spaces had previously only been available to users of the Oculus Rift. Spaces is among a handful of apps that combine social media with an immersive VR experience. Using the app, users can meet in VR; go Live; play games; make video calls; and create and share 3D objects, videos, and photos. These features are identical to those available to Rift users. Interestingly, however, the Spaces app is not available via the Steam store, and is instead being offered for direct download via Facebook’s website. “VR

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Entertainment, Google, News, Videos, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

YouTube VR comes to Steam Early Access, issues ensue

YouTube is the biggest video distribution platform in the world, but it’s still prone to issues. Every major update to the site results in some backlash or another, and this often extends to YouTube implementations on other platforms as well. Today, that platform is SteamVR. So what happened? The YouTube VR application on Google Daydream lets users browse YouTube in a 3D space with full 360-degree visuals, allowing 360 videos to be watched in VR. This same application was ported from Daydream to SteamVR, and unfortunately, the Steam counterpart doesn’t seem to function quite as smoothly. For some users, the YouTube VR app outright doesn’t

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Apple, Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Education, Entertainment, News, Smartphones, Tablets

With Parker AR Bear kids learn through play

I guess many of us remember Tamagotchi or Furby. Those first tech-enhanced toys were already then thought of as a “parents nightmare”. They were blinking, beeping (often in the middle of the night), they needed batteries and sometimes they were a cause of a humongous amount of child tears (when mum accidentaly washed it). However, nowadays it’s easier to live (at least for parents). Parker: Your Augmented Reality Bear is a new iPad and iPhone-enhanced toy from Seedling. This charming bear is fully squeezable with no caveats: it doesn’t have any wires or batteries inside, and it won’t make a peep or start to glow

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Gaming, Hardware, Microsoft, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World, Windows

SteamVR Preview Coming To Windows Mixed Reality, Requires Higher Specs

SteamVR is essentially an extension of Steam, allowing a virtual hub for playing and purchasing VR applications. Since its release with the HTC Vive (and eventual compatibility with the Oculus Rift), SteamVR has been a favorite among VR enthusiasts everywhere. With the debut of Windows Mixed Reality headsets on PC, many were left wondering if Mixed Reality headsets could support the same software, and it looks like the answer to that question is a resounding yes. SteamVR is coming to Windows Mixed Reality headsets in an official preview state on November 15th, 2017. Full, official compatibility is somewhere further down the line, likely depending on the

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Breaking, E3, Entertainment, Event, Gaming, HTC, News, Oculus, Sony, Virtual Reality (VR)

Bethesda’s VR World: DOOM VFR, Fallout 4 VR and Skyrim PSVR

Bethesda is one of rare AAA-publishers that announced its full support for the VR technology, and invested heavily in creating VR-versions of its popular franchises. At the 2017 edition of E3 conference, Bethesda announced several titles which are coming for Steam VR / HTC Vive (visible from the moment the VR trailer starts). Given the legal situation between Bethesda and Oculus, we were not surprised to see icy relations and no mention of supporting the Oculus Rift VR headset. While the game development teams are working behind the scenes on new IP which wasn’t ready to be shown, the B-teams are working on re-working the

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AMD, Apple, BMW, Breaking, Business, Exclusive, , Intel, Microsoft, News, Nvidia

Top 10 Stories to Read on April 20th

Starting today, on April 20th we’re launching a new daily section covering the latest news from the world of technology. Every day we’ll try to bring Top 10 stories for you to read and eny. We hope you’ll enjoy them. Hold on, memory will be cheaper (soon?) http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20170418PD203.html “Major NAND flash suppliers including Samsung Electronics, Micron Technology and Toshiba have rolled out 64-layer 3D NAND flash products, said the sources. SK Hynix has even introduced what the company claims is the industry’s first 72-layer 3D NAND flash chips.” Microsoft explains why the company opted against combining Polaris GPU with RYZEN CPU architecture http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2017-the-scorpio-engine-in-depth “There are

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Analysis, Android, Apple, Back to School, Business, Companies, Exclusive, iOS, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Opinion, OSx, Software Programs, Windows, Windows Phone

Will “Windows as a Service” Model be successful for Microsoft?

Ever since Microsoft came out with the Windows 10, Redmond has been positioning this Operating System (OS) as the final direct release, with all the future versions being built off this foundation. Microsoft is trying to capture back market share which PCs have lost to mobile computing. Microsoft allowed for program compatibility and ecosystem support blunders with Windows 7 Mobile, Windows 8 Mobile, Windows 8 x86, and Windows 8 ARM (RT). The company let its Windows ecosystem to become fragmented, removed backwards compatibility, and many of its consumer developers moved away from Microsoft to focus on iOS and Android OS created by Apple and Google

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Breaking, VR World

Are You Ready For Black Friday

Black Friday is the day that every shopping enthusiast is waiting for the whole year. Regardless of are you looking for a new gadget, computer component or a piece of fashion, Black Friday is the event to enjoy in. In fact, Black Friday even got copied in China with their “Singles Day” (does not relate to relationship status, it’s four ones in a row – 11.11.). If you are on a tight budget and want to buy something nice, then enjoy this article. Black Friday is now just a few hours away, and we will bring you few good deals that may interest you. Amazon

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

First Look: Overkill VR Early Access Reviewed

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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Breaking, Gaming, News, Rumors, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables

Is Oculus Touch Priced at USD 199?

Even though they’re not the only VR headsets on the market, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift attract the most attention and command the mainstream media presence. When announced, Oculus Rift launch price of $599 presented a main advantage over HTC Vive’s $799. In markets such as the European Union, that price went as high as Euro 699 (Rift) vs. 899 (Vive). Translated into USD, $785 vs. 1010. From the very start, explanation for the Vive price was that the package enables “room scale VR,” with the included tracking solution (Lighthouse) and a pair of motion controllers, while the Oculus Rift only comes with a Microsoft Xbox controller.

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Breaking, Gaming, News, startups, Virtual Reality (VR)

Is WEVR’s theBlu the Ultimate VR Experience?

In 1980s, a breakthrough movie came out that influenced a whole generation of film makers. This is a movie where Luc Besson started to make its mark on filmography, with legendary producers like James Cameron saying they were influenced by it, creating Abyss and search for the Titanic. When it comes to Virtual Reality, this young industry just encountered The Big Blue moment with a similar name. Prospective VR startup WEVR gathered almost $40 million through five funding rounds, focusing on delivering “high performance VR playback software for VR producers.”  While mainstream media called them ‘YouTube for VR’, WEVR is not focusing on content distribution but rather enabling VRproducers – should we call

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Breaking, Business, Entertainment, News, VR World

Steam Signs Lionsgate, Introduces Over 100 Movies

Steam digital distribution platform effectively started its life as a DRM authenticator for Half Life 2, expanding first to cover all the titles from Valve’s catalog and then becoming a pervasive game distribution platform. Valve continued to expand the number of titles, and last year started its expansion into the video arena. While the movie catalog was basic at best, we received an announcement that might change everything. Valve Corporation announced that the company signed a partnership agreement with Lionsgate, which will see their digital catalog become available through Steam. The initial agreement includes over 100 movie titles, including heavy hitting franchises such as Divergent, Hunger Games, Saw and Twilight

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Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, Software Programs, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Manus VR Glove Dev Kit Pre-Orders to Open for $250

Manus VR gloves

On Thursday, Manus VR said that pre-orders for the first Manus glove developer kit (DK1) will open its doors in Q2 2016. For $250, the kit will contain one pair of VR gloves, two wrist-mounted holders for the HTC Vive controller, various cables, plug-ins for the Unity and Unreal engines, an open-source SDK for five operating systems, and a demo game for each of those platforms. The kit will ship out to customers in Q3 2016. Currently compatible with only the HTC Vive VR headset, the Magus gloves will work on Android, Windows 7 and newer, Linux, Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X platforms. According

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AMD, Breaking, Gaming, Graphics, Nvidia, Reviews, Virtual Reality (VR)

Valve VR Test: AMD Wins Against NVIDIA?

Update March 17th, 2016 16:52 GMT – The AMD R9 Nano x2 was the performance achieved by Radeon Pro Duo. We have discussed the SteamVR benchmark with Valve and they are working on expanding the benchmark score to incorporate more frames. The Fidelity test will stay just that (“Crank it up to 11”), but the benchmark will be enhanced to factor in the developments of graphics hardware. We will follow up as more developments around SteamVR happen. Original Article: Over the past three weeks, we saw two VR vendors releasing their tests to check can your machine deliver an optimal VR experience or not. As it goes, one vendor (Oculus) did

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Entertainment, Gaming, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

See All 12 Games from Valve Steam VR Showcase

While HTC is putting finishing touches on the Vive Pre hardware which will power Steam VR gaming platform, Valve Software is launching ‘Steam VR Showcase’, their in-house content distribution platform which is expected to feature VR games, movies and more. However, their first priority is to support game producers, regardless of how small or big they are. With Steam Greenlight program, which opened a new channel to small indie game developers – Valve almost created a new economy reality for those developers whose ideas almost always fell on deaf ears of large publishers. With the advent of crowdfunding and afore mentioned Greenlight, indie game developers got resources

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Gaming, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, News

OCZ Gaming Unveils Streamer Sponsorship Program

Gaming is one of largest, if not becoming the largest form of entertainment, and last several years witnessed the rebirth of PC gaming, as gaming consoles cannot keep up with the system demands of new games. As such, the way to advertise to new audiences is shifting, with a barrier of entry becoming so attractive that anyone with the right mindset and dedication can do it. Over a decade ago, I met Jonathan Wendel, who went on to become a first pro-gamer to earn over a million dollars, and creating a successful collaboration with different hardware vendors with his ‘Fatal1ty’ brand (Abit, ASRock, Creative Labs, OCZ etc.). Now,

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Analysis, Companies, Gaming, VR World

Marc Laidlaw Retires, Half Life 3 Nowhere to be Seen?

Yes, Marc Laidlaw retired. That’s not the sad part. The guy provided us with the storyline on both the Half-Life and Half-Life 2, plus all those ‘Episode’ releases. the official reason for his departure is ‘retiring.’ Something that happens when you’ve done a job for far too long and can’t really stand the surroundings, colleagues or the work at hand. A redditor named TeddyWolf first revealed the news of Laidlaw’s retirement from Valve: “My nickname when I first started at Valve in 1997 was “Old Man Laidlaw.” The little baby level designer who gave me that nickname is now older than I was then. Imagine how

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Audio/Video, Entertainment, Gaming, Hardware, VR World

Watch Impressive F1 2015 Teaser and Gameplay Videos

The current state of affairs in Formula 1 is something that kept me away from the sport. The level of predictability simply got to my nerves and the overall appeal was lost along the way. On the other hand, my particular motorsport gaming attraction is growing stronger. One of the upcoming releases from Codemasters, dubbed F1 2015 , is a simulation game revolving around the most famous racing sport out there. But, will it make me (and everybody else) love Formula 1 once again? The teaser below is impressive to say the least. The last Formula 1 game I have played was back when I was in high school, and was one of

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Business, Gaming, Software Programs, VR World

Valve Will Now Issue Steam Refunds ‘for Any Reason’

As much fanfare accompanies Steam’s new refund policy, some speculate that the new structure is a bad omen for indie devs.

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