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Wave Deprecates VR App to Focus on Broader Distribution of Its Virtual Performances

Wave, the virtual venue & virtual event production company formerly known as TheWaveVR, has moved away from virtual reality over the last two years in favor of distributing its virtual performances to a broader audience through non-immersive media channels. The company today announced that it has “de-prioritized” its VR app, which will officially...

Viveport Sweetens the Pot for Developers This Year with Increased Revenue Split

To thank developers, and further attract more games to its PC VR app store Viveport, HTC is temporarily bumping up its developer revenue share for the full year. From January 1st to December 31st of this year, HTC is increasing net revenue share from its typical 70/30 split to 80/20 for one-time purchases, in-app purchases, and games enrolled in...

Rokid Reveals Vision 2 AR Headset with Waveguide Optics

AR startup Rokid today unveiled a new AR headset called Rokid Vision 2, which incorporates waveguide optics into an impressively slim package. To achieve its glasses-like form factor, Rokid Vision 2 doesn’t include onboard computing or power. For that, users can connect to smartphones, laptops, gaming consoles, and tablets, the company says. Rokid,...

Analysis: Monthly-connected VR Headsets on Steam Pass 2 Million Milestone

2020 was a big year for VR on Steam with the release of new headsets, Valve’s flagship VR title Half-Life: Alyx, and the Coronavirus pandemic which drove large increases in gaming. These factors combined pushed monthly-connected VR headsets on Steam to pass the 2 million milestone for the first time. Monthly-connected VR Headsets on Steam Each month...

Oculus Quest 2 is Getting Multi-User Accounts and App Sharing Next Month

Facebook announced that its long-awaited support for multiple user accounts and device-specific app sharing is heading to Oculus Quest 2 starting next month. The company says in a developer blog post the upcoming ‘Multi-User’ feature will let you add up to three secondary accounts to a single device. ‘App Sharing’ will additionally give primary account...

VR Fencing Trainer Combines a Real Sword with Virtual Instruction

Easily joining my list of ‘things I didn’t foresee VR being used for’, Fencer is a virtual reality fencing trainer which uses a real fencing sword attached to an Oculus Quest controller to help would-be fencers learn the underlying strategies and movements. Russian VR studio Boxglass has developed Fencer, a VR fencing trainer which the company says...

Valve: Steam Saw 1.7 Million New VR Users in 2020, 71% Increase in VR Game Revenue

Valve today shared a handful of new stats revealing the growth of VR on Steam over the course of 2020. In an 2020 year-in-review recap of Steam, Valve took note of SteamVR’s growth over the last year. The company said that Steam saw 1.7 million users experience a VR game for the first time in 2020, while SteamVR users overall jumped into more than...

‘Beat Saber’ & ‘Job Simulator’ Top PSVR’s Most Downloaded Games of 2020

PlayStation has released the top 10 list for most-downloaded PS4, PS5 and PSVR games of 2020. It should come as no surprise to anyone that two of the VR industry’s most successful games have nabbed the top two spots: Beat Saber and Job Simulator. PlayStation today published the results for both the North American and European markets in 2020. And...

For a Veteran Studio That’s Weathered the Storm, VR Has Become a Lucrative Business

Having started production on its first title even before the original Oculus Rift DK1 development kit was sent to developers, Canada-based Cloudhead Games is one of the world’s most veteran game studios dedicated to virtual reality. The studio has staked its very existence on its ability to build compelling VR games. With three prior games under its...

‘Synth Riders’ Music Pack Featuring Muse Gets Full Tracklist Reveal, DLC Launching Jan. 14th

Virtual reality rhythm game Synth Riders (2019) is getting a new music pack tomorrow called ‘Synthwave Essentials 2′ which is set to feature the heavy-hitting English rock band Muse. Now, developers Kluge Interactive have unveiled the full tracklist for its upcoming DLC in a Road to VR exclusive, and also sat down to talk about some of the finer points...

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