March'18 collection of Virtual Reality's latest news, updates and releases. Find out what's new in VR and AR technologies, hardware, business and VR games releases.

Technologies

BrioVR: Approachable Tool For VR Production

Some features:

  • BrioVR supports all the latest PBR shading in addition to things like Lightmaps that can really help create a more beautiful scene.
  • BrioVR is a drag and drop VR editor & sharing platform – again with the ultimate goal of being user friendly to non-tech industry users.
  • BrioVR support PBR textures, tiled maps, tri-planar projection and more. One of the cool things is we support is video in all the shading channels. 
BrioVR

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ARKit

Singh is able to mimic the native function of a dedicated AR headset by applying occlusion shaders to manually map.

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ARCore

Google Brings ARCore 1.0 to Multiple Flagship Smartphones, Google Lens Preview Soon.

ARCore 1.0

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Unity 2018: Introducing Shader Graph

Shader Graph will let you:

  • Procedurally alter your surface appearance
  • Warp and animate UVs
  • Modify the look of your objects using familiar image adjustment operations
  • Change your object’s surface based on useful information about it; its world location, normals, distance from the camera, etc.
  • Expose Properties to the Material Inspector, so that you can quickly tweak a shader’s visuals in the context of a scene.
  • Share node networks between multiple graphs and users by creating subgraphs
  • Create your own custom shader graph nodes through C# and HLSL
Unity 2018: Introducing Shader Graph

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130 ZBrush Alphas

The pack will help you deal with metal and other kinds of surfaces inside the tool, featuring tons of brushes and height/alpha maps, all 2048×2048.

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V-Ray Next Beta 2 Released

Chaos Group has revealed the latest beta of V-Ray Next, introducing the integration of the NVIDIA AI denoiser as an alternative to a denoising algorithm.

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3D Zephyr 3.7 Available Now

Main features:

  • Support to multi-texture generation and major texturing improvements
  • Multispectral support for orthophoto generation with multispectral transform composition
  • ‘High-Frequency Gain’ slider for photoconsistency to preserve sharp details
  • Position constraint in bundle adjustment for RTK GPS
  • Support for 3fr raw cameras (Hasselblad)
  • Color by elevation in the “update colours” dialog
  • Layers management in cameras

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Project Manager 2.88 Available

The newest Project Manager introduces a bunch of new features, adds possibilities for working on renders, and more.

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V-Ray Next Beta 2 Released

Chaos Group has revealed the latest beta of V-Ray Next, introducing the integration of the NVIDIA AI denoiser as an alternative to a denoising algorithm.

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Gaea Early Access Available

Main features:

  • Gaea catapults erosion into a new stratosphere of what’s achievable, far beyond the limiting processes and vertical lines that have genericized industry terrains.
  • Gaea has elevated erosion to an art form. Uniting the best of sculpting and procedural design, Directed Erosion lets the artist direct how and where erosion occurs.
  • Gaea’s hydraulic erosion is one of the most advanced algorithms ever created for artistic visualization.

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Marmoset Toolbag 3.03 Released

News:

  • Jeff Russell and Chris Perrella teamed up to provide a comprehensive guide to creating custom shaders. 
  • Introductory tutorial that covers the basics of creating Python plugins for Toolbag.
  • Check out the new Add-On Library, your one stop shop for carefully curated custom shaders and Python plugins.
Marmoset Toolbag 3.03

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Hardware

Qualcomm

Qualcomm’s 845 VRDK Reference Headset boasts eye-tracking, high res, & high framerate.

Qualcomm’s 845 VRDK Reference Headset

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HTC

HTC confirms it’s merging VR and Smartphone divisions.

htc

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HTC shows off Vive Pro with Vive Wireless adapter at MWC 2018.

HTC Vive Pro

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Varjo

Varjo announces AR pass-through capability for its ‘Bionic Display’ headset.

varjo-headset

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Asus

Asus Windows VR headset finally launches.

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Microsoft

Microsoft affirms new HoloLens headset is in development.

HoloLens

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Hasbro

Hasbro jumps into AR with Iron Man hero vision toy.

Hasbro Iron Man hero vision toy

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Magic Leap

Magic Leap CEO danced around questions regarding pricing of the forthcoming Magic Leap One AR headset.

Magic Leap One AR headset

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Samsung

Samsung Odyssey goes on sale, steep discounts continue for Windows VR Headsets.

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News

Google

Google is said to work on a new gaming platform and streaming service called Yeti:

  • “Yeti” will use Internet to support the service similar to PlayStation
  • The giant is working on a futuristic game-streaming service, with an idea of launching a physical console.
  • The thing here is that the new project will allow gamers to stream games via Chrome and ChromeCast and that’s definitely a huge advantage.
Google

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eMagin

According to documents filed last month with SEC, participation of a new stock issuance of some $10 million by OLED microdisplay maker eMagin was offered to Apple, Valve, and LG, among others, though those companies didn’t end up participating in the deal, Emagin says.

eMagin

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March 2018 VR Game Release Date

  • Ascent Spirit – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 1)
  • Beat the Blitz – HTC Vive (Mar. 1)
  • Galaxy Race – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 1)
  • HALUNAZI – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 1)
  • OVERVIEW – HTC Vive (Mar. 1)
  • Rise of Insanity – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 1)
  • Audio Forager – HTC Vive (Mar. 2)
  • Cloudborn – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 2)
  • The Way of Kings: Escape the Shattered Plains – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 2)
  • Yozakura Wizard VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 2)
  • Beer Pong VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 3)
  • Belle II in Virtual Reality – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 5)
  • Mech League Hunting – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 5)*Early Access
  • Surgera VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 5)
  • Bravo Team – PSVR (Mar. 6)
  • Epic Roller Coasters – HTC Vive (Mar. 6)
  • Escape Room VR: Stories – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 6)
  • FAUCET VR – Oculus Rift (Mar. 6)
  • Battle for Mountain Throne – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 7)*Early Access
  • Guiding Hand VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 7)*Early Access
  • Audio Beats – PSVR (Mar. 8)
  • Big Blue – Memory – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 8)
  • Hatsune Miku VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 8)
  • Ground Runner: Trials – HTC Vive (Mar. 8)*Early Access
  • Virtual Boxing League – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 8)*Early Access
  • Xtreme Paddleball – HTC Vive (Mar. 8)*Early Access
  • Battle Ion – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 9)
  • John Lazarus – Episode 1: Dead Man’s Origin – HTC Vive (Mar. 9)
  • Lair of the Titans – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 9)*Early Access
  • Live the Guitar – HTC Vive (Mar. 9)
  • oVRshot – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 9)*Early Access
  • VR Soccer Training – Oculus Rift (Mar. 9)
  • Volotic – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 10)*Early Access
  • Bridge Trek – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 12)
  • Evil Fire – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 12)*Early Access
  • VIARKANOID – HTC Vive (Mar. 12)
  • Flipside Studio – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 13)*Early Access
  • Golem – PSVR (Mar. 6)
  • Quickshot – HTC Vive (Mar. 13)
  • Go Guess – Oculus Rift (Mar. 14)
  • Robo Boop – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 14)
  • NVR Player – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 16)
  • Apex Construct – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 20)
  • Data Thief – HTC Vive (Mar. 20)
  • Google Spotlight Stories: Rain or Shine – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 20)
  • The Villa: Allison’s Diary – HTC Vive (Mar. 21)
  • Air Raid Over Britain – HTC Vive (Mar. 22)
  • For The Stars – HTC Vive (Mar. 22)*Early Access
  • ROMBIE – HTC Vive (Mar. 20)
  • gridCrack – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 28)*Early Access
  • Guard of Wonderland VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 28)
  • STAR SOD – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (Mar. 30)
  • Innocent – HTC Vive (March 2018)
  • Kung Fu All-Star VR – HTC Vive (March 2018)*Early Access
  • Pale Lands VR – HTC Vive (March 2018)*Early Access
  • Puzzle Lab – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (March 2018)*Early Access
  • Rangi – PSVR (March 2018)
  • RoboHeist VR – HTC Vive (March 2018)
  • Tanks VR – HTC Vive (March 2018)*Early Access
  • WORLDS AT WAR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (March 2018)*Early Access

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