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Niantic is relaunching AR pioneer Ingress

The creators of Pokemon Go have announced that they are taking another stab at its predecessor. Ingress will be relaunched under the name Ingress Prime, featuring a new UI, new technology and a brand new story arc. The original game launched in 2012 and has been downloaded over 20m times. …

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BBC announces new VR Hub and free VR Spacewalk app

The BBC has announced that its various VR ventures are to be all brought under one roof. The new unit goes by the name of VR Hub. It will oversee its various projects including 360-degree video and VR add-ons to properties such as Planet Earth II. To coincide with the …

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Climax Studios: AR goes mainstream

It’s currently too early to tell what makes a successful AR game, but with the release of iOS 11 (and Google’s upcoming ARCore) the stage is set for mainstream adoption of augmented reality games and apps. Jem Alexander speaks to Climax Studios CEO Simon Gardner about the rise of AR and the studio's new game ARise

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CCP retreats from VR, cutting 100 jobs and closing two studios

Icelandic games giant CCP has called time on its big virtual reality adventure. CCP was one of the earliest and largest supporters of VR, but has now announced its intentions to quit the sector. The move comes at the cost of 100 jobs and two studios. Its Atalanta office is …

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Oculus Rift price cut to £399 for good

In addition to announcing a brand-new standalone VR headset in the form of the Oculus Go, Oculus also announced yet another permanent price cut for its regular Rift headset.  After its successful Summer of Rift program, where it dropped the price temporarily to £399 for six weeks, the Rift will now stay at …

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Leap Motion opens new design research studio in London

Hand tracking company Leap Motion has opened a new design reserach studio in London, the firm has announced. Heading up the studio is VR and AR filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda, who assumes the role of VP of design and global creative director.  The news comes just three months after the company revealed …

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Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets will have a ‘slow start’ – IHS Markit

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced its Windows Mixed Reality headsets would start shipping in the US from October 17th alongside its Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. But while the platform has some notable strengths, research firm IHS Markit predicts a "slow start" for the technology due to VR remaining a …

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Samsung’s HMD Odyssey headset to usher in Windows Mixed Reality Ultra tier for gaming

As well as announcing it had saved social VR start-up AltSpaceVR, Microsoft also announced that all Windows Mixed Reality headsets are now available for pre-order at its MR event last night – and that includes Samsung’s newly unveiled HMD Odyssey headset. Available for $499.99 on November 6th in the US, …

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HTC Vive Fallout 4 VR bundle available now

To celebrate the launch of Bethesda’s upcoming Vive exclusive, Fallout 4 VR, HTC has announced a brand-new bundle deal for its virtual reality headset. Starting from today (October 2nd), every Vive purchase will come with a redemption code for Fallout 4 VR, which releases on December 12th, effectively giving buyers …

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