Oculus links VR to Facebook with 3D posts

Revealed in an blog posted earlier in the week, Oculus has announced new ways in which social VR can be shared and experienced through connecting with Facebook with 3D posts, which will allow users to post 3D objects from the Oculus medium to Facebook as fully intractable objects.

As well as sharing content from Facebook Spaces, the new 3D media type can be engaged with through desktops and mobile phones as well.

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Star Wars: Secrets Of The Empire VR attraction to open in December

In collaboration with VR startup The VOID and Disney’s ILMxLab, the VR attraction Star Wars: Secrets Of The Empire is set to open at Disney Springs in Florida on December 16th and Downtown Disney in California on January 5th.

Offered outside of Disney’s parks, the attraction only requires a ticket to Star Wars: Secrets Of The Empire in order to be experienced, running at $30 per person.

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Oculus Go is Oculus’ standalone, $199 VR headset

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has officially revealed the company’s upcoming standalone VR headset, the $199 Oculus Go. While he didn’t say when the headset is expected to launch, Oculus did note that the developer should be able to get their hands on devkits as early as November.

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Oculus releases Rift dev kit schematics under open-source license

Oculus is hosting its Oculus Connect dev conference this week, and to warm up the company today released the technical specs for its second Rift dev kit under an open-source license.

Since the company did the same thing for the first Rift dev kit last year, this now means that VR-curious devs can dig into the technical details of how the company worked its way through the Rift DK1 and the DK2.

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3rd Eye Studios nabs $1M investment for VR development

The Finnish game development house 3rd Eye Studios has closed a round of funding that now leaves it with an additional $1 million investment at its disposal.

The developer plans to use the hefty sum to further develop 3rd Eye Core, its PC and mobile-focused VR development toolset.

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AR specialist Leap Motion opens new design research studio

Virtual and augmented reality specialist Leap Motion has cut the ribbon on a new design research studio in London.

The company is best known for its hand tracking software and hardware, and has pioneered new tech like the Interaction Engine, which attempts to make virtual interactions function in a way that “satisfies human expectations”

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343 Industries created a Halo VR experience for Windows Mixed Reality

Microsoft’s flagship Halo series is making its VR debut, only not as a full-fledged game. Instead, 343 industries has developed a short VR experience for Microsoft’s upcoming line of Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

The app itself is called Halo Recruit and drops players into a lightly explorable environment populated with characters, weapons, and vehicles from the Halo games.

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Social VR application AltspaceVR is acquired by Microsoft

Microsoft announced today during a press conference held in San Fransisco that it has acquired the social VR application AltspaceVR, which had shut down suddenly back in July due to lack of funding.

After being shut down, the free social VR networking platform had told members that they were in talks with a third party (revealed to be Microsoft) in order to save the community.

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Steam VR developers are now able to use Microsoft Mixed Reality platforms

During a press event held in San Francisco, Microsoft announced that their Mixed Reality platform will now be open to SteamVR developers. This means that developers have access to the previews program, which is intended to help them test their games.

This new partnership means that Windows users will be able to download and play the same VR titles from Steam that are available on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

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