The Neon Museum’s ‘Lost Vegas’ Exhibit by Tim Burton Used VR to Visualise the Expansive Setup

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If you’re ever in Las Vegas and want to visit somewhere other than a casino then iconic The Neon Museum is a good place to stop off a see a little of the city’s history. A non-profit which collects and preserves Vegas signage, last year Tim Burton (Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands) took over the location for a special exhibition called ‘Lost Vegas’. And to help make it a reality the designers used VR collaboration software.

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Burton brought in experiential designer Craig Winslow who had previously worked for clients like NikeLab and Adobe to help bring his ideas to life. As it happened Winslow had been experimenting with enterprise collaboration software The Wild. The app specialises in supporting architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) businesses, with tools allowing them to import most 3D file types. Continue reading

Magic Leap Appoints Microsoft & Qualcomm Veteran Peggy Johnson as CEO

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It’s been a tumultuous year for many companies around the world, even well-funded ones like Magic Leap. Back in May the mixed reality (MR) specialist’s founder and CEO Rony Abovitz announced he was stepping down having helmed the company since 2011. Now Magic Leap has announced tech veteran Peggy Johnson as the new CEO.

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Johnson has more than 30 years of experience in the technology and business sector, previously Executive Vice President of Business Development at Microsoft from 2014 and prior to that in various roles during 24 years at Qualcomm. Continue reading

Antilatency’s new OpenVR Makes Tracking System SteamVR Compatible

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Since the rollout of its tracking solution in 2019, Antilatency has continued to improve the system adding support for Oculus Quest earlier this year. Today, the company has announced the launch of a new OpenVR driver which adds compatibility for SteamVR headsets.

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Available as a free download off the Antilatency website, the driver allows the Antilatency system to override SteamVR tracking. The driver supports the Alt tracker which can be used with a socket, for head, leg and object tracking. It also works with Antilatency’s hand-worn Bracer for use as a controller, ideal for videogames like Beat Saber. Continue reading

F2P Shooter Mortal Blitz: Combat Arena to Support HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

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A few days ago Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida revealed during Japanese indie event BitSummit Gaiden 2020 that free-to-play shooter Mortal Blitz: Combat Arena would be coming to PlayStation VR. Developer Skonec Entertainment has confirmed to VRFocus that the online title will also support HTC Vive and Oculus.

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While the PlayStation VR version will see a beta launch in August followed by an official release in September, the PC VR edition doesn’t have a date at the moment. Skonec Entertainment said that a date hadn’t been decided upon but it will be after the PlayStation VR version, so no multiplatform launch. Continue reading

Carnival-Themed Mini-Game Collection, Wonderglade Coming to Oculus Quest Next Week

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It’s a double Resolution Games announcement bonanza today. After Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs the studio has also revealed one of its earliest titles Wonderglade is coming back, arriving on Oculus Quest in a few days.

Originally released in 2016 for Google Daydream before being ported to Gear VR and the Oculus Go the following year. Now that all those headsets are either discontinued or about to be, Wonderglade will soon feature 6DoF support as it heads to Oculus Quest.

Wonderglade features six mini-games where players can putt, tilt, spray and spin their way through the challenges, earning tickets to redeem at the Wonder Wheel. Continue reading

XR Platform Verizon Media Immersive to Provide Next-Gen Media Experiences

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American telecommunications giant Verizon has dabbled in virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technology for a while now. This week subsidiary Verizon Media has announced a new XR suite designed to aid the future of advertising and content utilising 5G called Verizon Media Immersive (VMI).

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The online XR platform will enable partners, advertisers and Verizon Media’s portfolio of brands – which include Yahoo, HuffPost and TechCrunch – to enhance how consumers engage with their content, commerce and advertising. Continue reading