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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Sony is releasing an updated PSVR headset later this month

Sony is preparing to release a new version of its PlayStation VR headset, which has sold over 1 million units since launching last October.

The updated headset will pack a few new features like a slimmer, streamlined connection cable, and a tweaked design that enables stereo headphone cables to be integrated directly with the device.

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VRDC Fall 2017 talks are now available to watch on the GDC Vault!

Virtual Reality Developers Conference organizers are happy to announce that the many talks and presentations delivered by industry notables last week at VRDC Fall 2017 are now available to watch on the GDC Vault!

GDC Vault subscribers and VRDC Fall 2017 passholders can watch all of the new talks over on the GDC Vault’s archives of slides and talks from both GDC 2016 and VRDC 2016, which made its debut alongside GDC last year.

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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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Federal grant allows for University of Maryland to plan VR/AR center

The University of Maryland College park received a $50,000 federal grant that will allow the university to begin development of the Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center (MAVRIC).

The award comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Authority’s i6 challenge competition, where 42 organizations from 28 states received over $17 million to iterate proof-of-concept and commercialization programs.

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Oculus Rift and Gear VR now offer refunds for apps and games

As of today, the Oculus Rift and Gear VR offer players refunds for ‘most apps’ on each platform.

Oculus says players can request a refund for any reason and, as long as the request is issued within a set amount of time, the refund will be processed automatically.

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AMC partners with Dreamscape Immersive to bring VR into theaters

AMC Entertainment has announced a partnership with the Los Angeles based startup Dreamscape Immersive that will bring VR to its theaters starting in 2018.

The $20 million investment by AMC will be used to bring up to six Dreamscape Immersive VR centers to the United States and United Kingdom.

Some of these VR sites will be built within existing AMC locations, while others will be standalone instillations. The plan is to utilize open floor plans in its theaters, each offering 16 feet by 16 feet of walkable space surrounded by railing.

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Sony ‘not comfortable’ leading the VR charge, wants more competition

Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Andrew House wants to see more competition in the virtual reality sector, and says he’s uncomfortable with Sony being the market leader.

Speaking to Reuters, House suggested the virtual reality industry will struggle to win the hearts and minds of consumers unless its key players can level the playing field.

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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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