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Technologies

Cinema 4D

Insydium has revealed a new version of X-Particles 4 — a particle system plugin for Cinema 4D. The update brings a new particle based dynamic liquid solver, a new hybrid SPH solver, and more.

New features:

  • ExplosiaFX smoke and simulation software;
  • A new particle based dynamic liquid solver to quickly create small scale fluid simulations;
  • A new hybrid SPH solver xpFluidFX for medium to large scale fluid simulations;
  • XpVertexMap Maker adds four modes to manipulate the vertex weight, including vertex speed, texture, X-Particles/object vertices and xpExplosiaFX.
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Babylon.js 3.1

Major updates:

  • Added VRExperienceHelper to create WebVR;
  • Added BackgroundMaterial;
  • Added EnvironmentHelper;
  • Added support for webgl context lost and restored events;
  • Added support for non-pow2 textures when in WebGL2 mode.
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Mozilla

Mozilla Launches iOS App to Experiment With WebAR.

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ManoMotion

ManoMotion provides a framework for real- time 3D gestural analysis. Minimal hardware, minimal computing power. All that’s required is a simple RGB camera found in everyday smartphone.

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Mari 4.0 Released

Fondry has just released Mari 4.0! Features:

  • Quicker start-up and export
  • Improved UI
  • Better navigation
  • Enhanced workflows
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ARCore

Google launched their ARCore-powered AR camera mode with a whole bunch of Star Wars-themed “stickers”.

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Autodesk

Autodesk officially announced it will no longer support its engine or sell it independently.

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Unity

Vegetation Studio is a vegetation placement and rendering system from Awesome Technologies.

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Blender

Titus has presented a bridge tool to speed up the transfer of objects between Blender and UVLayout, Headus’ UV unwrapping tool.

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Quixel

Quixel Suite 2.3.2 Released.

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MaxTD

MaxTD Rigging Toolbox 1.2 Released

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TRacer X

TRacer X is a plugin for Modo that can drastically speed up your production process.

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YoYo

YoYo Games, the creative force behind leading 2D game development engine GameMaker Studio 2.

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Houdini 16.5

Houdini 16.5 is launched: Narrow Band FLIP.

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Blend4Web

Blend4Web 17.10 Released.

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Hardware

Oculus

Oculus Core 2.0 Beta goes live.

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Nvidia

Nvidia Titan V Unveiled.

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Apple

Apple Positions New iMac Pro for VR Development.

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Striker VR

Hands-on: Striker VR’s Latest Haptic Gun Prototype Brings a Host of Improvements.

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TPCast

TPCast for Rift Pre-orders Start Shipping.

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Google

Google is Developing a VR Display With 10x More Pixels Than Today’s Headsets.

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Lytro

Lytro Reveals Immerge 2.0 Light-field Camera with Improved Quality, Faster Captures.

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Announces

Unity

New Adam Short.

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The Game Awards 2017

‘Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’ Nabs ‘Best VR/AR Game’ at The Game Awards 2017.

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IMAX VR

‘Justice League VR: The Complete Experience’ Launches on PSVR, Rift & Vive.

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December 2017 VR Games Release Dates

  • Doom VRF – PSVR (Dec. 1)*Already out on HTC Vive
  • Coaster of Carnage VR – HTC Vive (Dec. 1)*Early Access
  • Little Einar – HTC Vive (Dec. 1)
  • Medieval Mayhem – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 1)
  • Pop Pop Boom Boom VR – HTC Vive (Dec. 1)
  • Totally Realistic Sledding VR – HTC Vive (Dec. 1)*Early Access
  • Escape Room – HTC Vive (Dec. 4)*Early Access
  • REGENESIS Arcade DELUXE – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 4)*Early Access
  • Silent Space VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 4)
  • Re-bot VR – HTC Vive (Dec. 5)
  • VR Stock Car Races – HTC Vive (Dec. 5)
  • Battlemage Training – HTC Vive (Dec. 6)*Early Access
  • Lucky Night VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 6)*Early Access
  • RIFF VR – HTC Vive (Dec. 6)*Early Access
  • Operation Apex – HTC Vive (Dec. 7)
  • THE BOX VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 7)
  • High Mountain Roller Coaster VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 7)
  • Bygone Worlds: Drama at the Odeion – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 7)
  • Wands – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 11)
  • Audio Drive Neon – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 11)*Early Access
  • Fallout 4 VR – HTC Vive (Dec. 12)
  • OrbusVR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 15)
  • VR Ping Pong Paradise – HTC Vive (Dec. 15)
  • DoubleTap – HTC Vive (Dec. 16)*Early Access
  • Major League Gladiators – HTC Vive (Dec. 18)
  • Shooty Fruity – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 19)
  • Mike was Сursed – Oculus Rift (Dec. 20)
  • Data Thief – HTC Vive (Dec. 21)
  • Follow My Footsteps – HTC Vive (Dec. 22)
  • Jida Chronicle Chaos Frontier VR – HTC Vive (Dec. 25)
  • Sniper Rust VR – Oculus Rift (Dec. 26)
  • Uizuno Blade – HTC Vive (Dec. 27)*Early Access
  • SURV1V3 – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Dec. 29)
  • Abduction Prologue: The Story Of Jonathan Blake – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (December 2017)*Early Access
  • The Afterwoods – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (December 2017)*Early Access
  • APEX Tournament – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (December 2017)*Early Access
  • Big Bang Billiards – HTC Vive (December 2017)*Early Access
  • Coins Challenge – HTC Vive (December 2017)
  • Derora – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (December 2017)*Early Access
  • The First Class VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (December 2017)
  • Three Kingdoms VR – Jade Knight – HTC Vive (December 2017)
  • Mech Ace Combat – Trainer Edition – HTC Vive (December 2017)
  • The Legendary Blacksmith – HTC Vive (December 2017)

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