Upgraded SteamVR Tracking will support 4 base stations in 2018

This week Valve published an update regarding its plans for the 2.0 version of its SteamVR Tracking tech, detailing the ordering process for licensees and informing them of some significant changes to the system.

Most notably, Valve intends to update the new base stations sometime next year so they can work together in groups of 4, covering a play space of up to 10 x 10 meters.

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Fallout 4 VR to be bundled with the HTC Vive

HTC has announced today that the HTC Vive is set to be bundled with the upcoming Fallout 4 VR, set to launch December 12th of this year. This follows after a $200 price cut for the Vive back in August, reducing the cost from $800 to $600 for the headset.

Fallout 4 VR will retail for $60, and those who purchase the HTC Vive bundle will receive a redemption code to download the game for free when it becomes available.

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ZED Mini emulates AR when attached to VR headsets

The ZED Mini is a small, stereo depth mapping camera which is designed to attach to VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Created by Stereolabs Inc., the camera provides real-time depth and environment mapping.

The mount allows VR headsets to emulate future capabilities of more powerful commercial AR headsets like the HoloLens, which currently have a limited field of view when compared to VR.

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Viveport gifting devs 100% of revenue made over the holidays

HTC plans to mark the one-year anniversary of its Viveport virtual reality platform by letting developers keep 100 percent of revenue made from sales during the holidays.

More specifically, Viveport will be foregoing its platform fees from October through to the end of the year, allowing devs to take home every single penny.

To further commemorate the occasion, Vive is also rolling out a host of new platform features like the Scene SDK, which lets developers create immersive VR previews and skyboxes that can be streamed dynamically to viewers to boost engagement.

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VRDC adds Fallout 4 VR, DOOM VFR demos in HTC VIVE Pavilion

Good news, VR enthusiasts: HTC VIVE will showcase Fallout 4 VR and Doom VFR playable demos at VRDC Fall 2017 next week, September 21-22 in San Francisco as part of its exhibit area.

The HTC VIVE Partner Pavilion is a newly confirmed part of the event which will be showing off the VR arcade platform manager Viveport Arcade and horror action game HordeZ, in addition to its partnership with Bethesda/id Software to showcase Fallout 4 VR and DOOM VFR.

Book your ticket now to attend VRDC Fall 2017 and visit the HTC VIVE Partner Pavilion, meet top tier AR and VR creators, and attend 50 sessions led by AR and VR experts covering games & entertainment, brand experiences, and innovative use cases across industries.
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I Expect You To Die has pulled in $1M in revenue across 3 VR platforms

Schell Games’ escape-the-room virtual reality title I Expect You To Die has now brought in over $1 million in revenue, just eight months after its initial launch in December 2016.

While I Expect You To Die got its start on Oculus Rift and, soon after, PlayStation VR, the $1 million milestone includes revenue gained from both its early platforms and its more recent HTC Vive launch.

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HTC Vive gets hefty $200 price cut

 

HTC has cut the price of its Vive virtual reality headset to $599 from $799, meaning those still eager to buy the device can now save a cool $200.

As reported by Polygon, the discounted package comes with the headset, two motion controllers, and two wall-mounted sensors that are used to deliver “room-scale” virtual reality.

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HTC is creating a standalone VR headset for the Chinese market

HTC is creating a new standalone Vive VR headset specifically for the Chinese market.

The company broke the news at the ChinaJoy conference in Shanghai, and confirmed the headset will utilize Viveport — HTC’s own virtual reality storefront — as its official content platform.

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New VRDC VR/AR Innovation Report reveals the HTC Vive is devs’ top target

Today the UBM Game Network, organizer of the Game Developers Conference and the Virtual Reality Developers Conference, is proud to present the second annual VRDC VR/AR Innovation Report!

It’s packed with insight gleaned from surveying over 600 professionals involved in the development of virtual/augmented/mixed reality experiences, and offers an exclusive glimpse into the VR/AR/MR industry — from platform preferences, to market challenges, platform availability, funding and more.

For more information and to download the report, download it for free here!

As the world of VR, AR, and MR expands, UBM Game Network continues its work of providing industry professionals with opportunities to learn from each other and maintain their place on the cutting edge.

To that end, VRDC Fall 2017 will take place in San Francisco from September 21-22, 2017 and will bring together creators of immersive experiences of all kinds—including games, entertainment, brand experience, healthcare, training, design, and more.

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HTC Subscription Service Viveport Adds More Titles to its Library

HTC’s subscription service Viveport recently added over 75 new titles to its library, bringing the amount of original content available for subscribers to more than 150 VR experiences.

Launched back in April of 2017, the service charges a monthly fee of $6.99 and allows consumers access to five titles of their choice, which can range from VR games to tools like Google’s Tilt Brush.

Each month, subscribers can opt to switch out their library and swap out titles or keep ones that they have already chosen. Viveport is available in 30 countries, with 12 new titles being released in the West.

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