Stay up to date on Virtual Reality: technologies, hardware, games announces, news, VR Awards 2017 results. Here is the list of what happened in VR during September-October 2017:

Technologies

Releases

Unity 2017.2

Unity 2017.2 introduces new 2D world-building tools, support for new XR platforms. Unity 2017.2 includes updates to the robust storytelling tools Timeline and Cinemachine, as well as support for ARCore, ARKit, Vuforia, and Windows Mixed Reality immersive headsets.

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Oculus

Oculus has released its Avatar SDK and Explore API to the world. Additionally, Oculus is opening up Avatars to other VR platforms, PC, and mobile in 2018.

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Stardust 1.1.0 Released

New features:

  • 3D Models and Primitives as particle instances
  • HDR Image-based lighting
  • Physical materials
  • Ambient occlusion
  • Extrude Text and Masks
  • GPU Powered
  • Workflow enhancements
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CRYENGINE 5.4 Major Release

New features:

  • In 5.4 CryEngine have added several terrain features that allow blending and integration of separate objects into the terrain mesh.
  • Upgraded in release 5.4 is the new "Extended Detail Bending" toggle - found in the vegetation shader.
  • A base implementation of the new Asset System, which allows users to directly interact with their assets and directories.

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Announces

Unity

Announced Support For IOS 11 And ARKit.

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Google

Research and Development Daydream Labs’ team have revealed some of the results of their experiments with the new ARCore toolset.

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Apple

Apple announced it’s new visitor centre will greet visitors with a help of augmented reality

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VR

Opera

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox have been hard at work integrating virtual reality capabilities into the browsers.

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Ford

HoloLens allows designers and engineers to prototype new cars faster and more cheap.

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Audi

Now the company is launching a virtual reality experience at European dealerships.

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3D/VR

Oculus

Near-Field HRTF and Volumetric Sound Sources are the new tools at developers disposal.

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Rodin

Web-based development platform Rodin wants to make VR/AR creation easy for all. It's been designed primarily for web developers who know JavaScript.

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SightSpace

SightSpace 3D viewer software now supports ARKit. Limitless Computing improve its cloud-based augmented reality 3D viewer with ARKit technology.

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Updates

CryEngine

The big news for CryEngine 5.4 is the beta release for Vulkan API support.

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Sketchfab

Sketchfab’s Giant Asset Library comes to Augmented Reality with ARKit support - "The largest AR library on the planet".

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Software

Viveport

Viveport unveils new public beta of Viveport arcade manager software.

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VUSR

VUSR introduces support for AR and room-scale VR.

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Hardware

Inuitive

New NU4000 multi-core image processor has Deep Learning for VR/AR depth sensing.

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Intel

Intel have cancelled work on the Project Alloy standalone VR headset.

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PlayStation

One year after launch the PlayStation VR is receiving an updated model.

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Windows

Windows Mixed Reality: Hands-On With The Lenovo Explorer.

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Pimax

Pimax stretch goals include prescription VR visor.

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Oculus

Oculus Latest Platform Improvements Include Easier Refund Requests For Rift And Gear VR.

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Alcatel

Alcatel Set to enter the VR market with the UNI360.

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ANMLY

ANMLY model A VR headset will be out in time.

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News

VR Awards 2017

Best use of VR in Education and Training

ITI Crane Simulator by Industrial Training International.

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VR Startup of the Year

LiveLike

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Best use of VR in Healthcare

ImmersiCare by Tribemix

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Best out of home VR Entertainment

Ghostbusters: Dimension by The VOID

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Interactive VR Media/Film of the Year

Allumette by Penrose Studios

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Innovative VR Company of the Year

G’Audio Lab

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VR Hardware of the Year

Touch by Oculus

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Most Creative use of Marketing in VR

IKEA VR by IKEA

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Mobile VR Headset of the Year

Daydream View by Google

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VR Experience of the Year

Tilt Brush by Google

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VR Headset of the Year

Rift by Oculus

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VR Game of the Year

Raw Data by Survios

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Chernobyl VR

Chernobyl VR Project Comes To PlayStation VR, Updates For PC Version

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October 2017 VR Game Release Date

  • Knife Club VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Oct. 2)*Early Access
  • Sneaky Bears – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Oct. 4)
  • VR Drivers – Oculus Rift (Oct. 5)
  • Marshmallow Melee – HTC Vive (Oct. 7)
  • TRIPLE TWENTY – VR Darts – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Oct. 9)
  • Arktika.1 – Oculus Rift/Touch Exclusive (Oct. 10)
  • n-body – HTC Vive (Oct. 11)
  • SweeperVR – HTC Vive (Oct. 12)
  • REGENESIS Arcade – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Oct. 13)
  • Toy Goblins – HTC Vive (Oct. 13)
  • Taphouse VR – HTC Vive (Oct. 18)
  • Virtual Space – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Oct. 17)*Early Access
  • Megaton Rainfall – PSVR (Oct. 17)
  • The Gallery – Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Oct. 18)
  • Alpha Mike Foxtrot – HTC Vive (Oct. 20)
  • Pathstow Mystery VR – HTC Vive (Oct. 20)
  • Ancient Code VR( The Fantasy Egypt Journey) – HTC Vive (Oct. 26)
  • Guns’n’Stories: Preface VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (October 2017)
  • Organ Quarter – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (October 2017)
  • Star Shelter – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (October 2017)*Early Access
  • TankVR – HTC Vive (October 2017)*Early Access

Don’t miss the latest VR news next month in our VR digest!