Technologies

OpenXR: New Standard for VR and AR

Nick Whiting did a nice detailed overview of the standard developed by the Khronos OpenXR working group.

See the video with an update on the technical details of the of the OpenXR standard for virtual and augmented reality - created by the Khronos OpenXR working group. This includes the interfaces that applications will use to communicate with runtimes, as well as how new devices and interoperability are handled.

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Unreal Engine 4.19 Released!

Unreal Engine 4.19 is finally here! The new version brings improvements to rendering, physics, landscape terrain, and many more systems so that you can build worlds that run faster than ever before. V.4.19 introduces the new Live Link plugin which seamlessly blends workflows between external content creation tools and Unreal Engine so you can see updates as you make changes to source content. With the continued improvements to Sequencer, you can be the director with even more control of your scenes in real time.

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Unity and PiXYZ Software Brings CAD Data to Real-Time Development

Some features:

  • Studio can prepare manufacturing CAD data for real-time experience and exploration. Studio and Studio Editor provide CAD import and data preparation for the desktop.
  • Pipeline and Connect enable you to move your process into the datacenter. PiXYZ Review provide an alternative to interacting with CAD data without the need to build a project at all.
  • Plugin adds a menu option in the Unity editor that allows you to directly import CAD models into your project.

Read more - here.

VR-Plugin for Maya

Have a look at VR-Plugin for Maya users that is said to offer a production proved tool-chain to create projects for virtual reality. The toolkit provides 360-degrees of freedom and lets users see 3D assets in VR instead of a 2D screen.

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Substance Masters Vol.2

Jonas Ronnegard has presented the second ‘Substance Masters‘ pack with 4 advanced materials and video breakdowns of the production process.

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BridgeXR Pro Toolkit for Unity

GDC 2018 (March 19-23, San Francisco)—Parkerhill Reality Labs is making public its plans for the BridgeXR Pro Toolkit for Unity.

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PaintCube - A Web-Based 3D Painting App

Check out the beta version of a new web-based 3D painting app called PaintCube created to work on almost any modern device. The tool lets users paint onto 3D models using familiar tools and features Photoshop-style layers to blend and mix textures.

PaintCube

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Amazon Introduces GameOn

Amazon has recently presented a new cross-platform, competitive gaming service for game developers called GameOn. The platform allows users to integrate competitions into their games and give away real-world prizes fulfilled with the help of the online retailer, so there are now more possibilities to attract amateur players.

Amazon GameOn

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Modo 12 Available

Foundry has revealed Modo 12, the first of 3 releases planned in the 12 series, with a number of new features that enhance model bashing, iterative design, and sharing. Let’s look into the situation.

Modo 12

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FumeFX 5.0

FumeFX 5.0 for 3ds Max available

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Marmoset

Marmoset has revealed Hexels 3.1, a free update to all users.

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Node Graph Assistant for UE4

New commands:

  • Right-click on pins to connect multiple nodes while dragging a connection wire. Right-click and drag while dragging a connection wire will pan the node graph. Click on a pin to start free panning, zooming and dropping (without using a keyboard).
  • Hold down shift while dragging a connection to start free panning, zooming and dropping. Shift-click on connected node pin will duplicate connection wire.Left click on connection wire will highlight it, click on empty space to remove the highlight.
  • Left click and drag on empty space while holding down alt will break all connection wires along its way(note that this is an experimental feature, if you are dragging too fast, some connection wires may still stay connected).
Node Graph Assistant for UE4

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XGen

Basem Shenouda has shared a new hair experiment from XGen. Read more - here.

Quixel

Very simple and straightforward tool, which can help you create really high-quality materials. Read more - here.

Artomatix

The developers of Artomatix showed what the future of material production might look. Read more - here.

Epic Games

UE4 developers can now create content for Magic Leap One.

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Allegorithmic

Check out a short teaser of the upcoming software, which unites AI.

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OctaneRender 4 Release Is Revolutionary

AI Light, AI Scene, AI Denoiser, and Brigade support open up new amazing opportunities for artists.

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Edge Flow for Modo

Check out a new tool for Modo called EdgeFlow. It is a nice plugin by Mario Baldi that recreates the possibilities of edge flow tool from Maya.

Read more - here.

Basefount Technology

Miarmy 6.2 for Maya released:

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Solid Angle

Solid Angle has revealed Arnold 5.1 with a set of powerful new tools for better rendering experience.

Arnold 5.1

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Pilgway

3DCoat 4.8.14 is out! Read more - here.

Marmoset

Marmoset has presented Toolbag 3.04 Beta Build 2. Read more - here.

Foundry

A new VR sculpting tool by Foundry. Read more - here.

Virtualitics

Virtualitics, a big data visualization and analytics company, announced the successful close of a $7 million Series B round of equity funding led by investment group Centricus, and participated by existing investor the Venture Reality Fund (‘The VR Fund’) and other private investors. Virtualitics is developing a platform, called Virtualitics Immersive Platform, that melds AI and big data in virtual and augmented reality environments.

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Hardware

SteamVR 2.0

Hardware developers are now receiving SteamVR 2.0 Base Stations. Read more - here.

Magic Leap

Magic Leap raises $461M in new funding led by Saudi Arabia’s Investment Arm. Read more - here.

Windows

Windows VR Headsets soon to get improved SteamVR performance, new Home Environment. Read more - here.

Google

Google to reveal “World’s Highest Resolution OLED-on-glass display” for VR Headsets in May. Read more - here.

VRgineers

VRgineers to integrate Leap Motion Hand-tracking into its wide FOV VRHero Headset. Read more - here.

Pimax

Pimax “8K” Pre-production units planned for April, initial Backer shipments on Track for Q2. Read more - here.

HTC

HTC Vive Pro to arrive with redesigned link box featuring DisplayPort and Power Button. Read more - here.

Microsoft

Microsoft shows new research in Haptics with ‘CLAW’ VR controller prototype. Read more - here.

Oculus

Oculus research to talk “Reactive Displays” for next-gen AR/VR visuals at DisplayWeek Keynote. Read more - here.

Sixense

Sixense CEO: STEM could be close to pproduction following Manufacturing Fix. Read more - here.

NVIDIA

NVIDIA announces ‘RTX’, real-time ray tracing engine for Volta GPUs. Read more - here.

HTC

HTC Vive Focus to release internationally in 2018, Dev Kit pre-orders live now. Read more - here.

Kat VR

Kat VR announces new ‘Mini’ version of its VR Treadmill, Kickstarter coming soon. Read more - here.

Lenovo

Lenovo Mirage VR180 camera now available for pre-order, launches May 4th. Read more - here.

Infinadeck

Infinadeck VR Treadmill shows improvements with Vive Trackers, launches this week. Read more - here.

Stony Brook University

Researchers exploit natural quirk of human vision for hidden redirected walking in VR. Read more - here.

Apple

Apple shows VR could help fight motion sickness & boredom in self-driving cars. Read more - here.

Leap Motion

Leap Motion reveals North Star, an open-source AR headset prototype with impressive specs. Read more - here.

News

Mozilla

Mozilla announces open source AR/VR Web browser ‘Firefox Reality’. Read more -here.

April 2018 VR Games

  • Frol Blok – HTC Vive (April 2)
  • The Take – HTC Vive (April 2)
  • Crisis on the Planet of the Apes – PSVR (April 3)
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (April 3)
  • TOGETHER VR – HTC Vive (April 3)
  • Orcz Evolve VR – HTC Vive (April 4)
  • Dreamland Defender – HTC Vive (April 5)
  • FARHOME – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (April 5)*Early Access
  • Rick and Morty: Virtul Rick-ality – PSVR (April 10)
  • Time Carnage – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (April 10)
  • HYKEE – Episode 1: Underwater – HTC Vive (April 13)
  • Draw Near – Oculus Rift (April 20)
  • Mike was Сursed – Oculus Rift (April 20)
  • For The Stars – HTC Vive (April 26)*Early Access
  • The Last Day Defense – HTC Vive (April 26)
  • Go Guess – Oculus Rift (April 27)
  • Rolling Line – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (April 27)
  • Outbreak in Space VR – HTC Vive (April 30)
  • Arc Surfer – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (April 2018)*Early Access
  • A Story of Distress – HTC Vive (April 2018)
  • Buried Alive VR – Oculus Rift (April 2018)
  • Crisis on the Planet of the Apes – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (April 2018)
  • Félix VR – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (April 2018)
  • Steve’s Pub – Soda on tap – HTC Vive (April 2018)
  • Time Carnage –PSVR (April 2018)
  • Traffic Cop – HTC Vive (April 2018)
  • VINDICTA Arcade – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (April 2018)
  • Wonfourn – Oculus Rift/HTC Vive (April 2018)

Skyrim VR

Skyrim VR (2017), Bethesda’s premier virtual reality port of the hit open-world RPG Skyrim (2011), has finally made its way to PC VR headsets after its November 2017 launch on PlayStation VR.

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Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

Key features:

  • Fully voiced, 3D Rick and Morty goodness
  • Help Rick (or don't) and explore multiple strange dimensions
  • Probe, prod, throw, and smash iconic items like the Plumbus
  • Learn how to fix an intergalactic car
  • Hang out in iconic places like Rick's garage
  • Question your self worth
  • Real fake doors
Rick and Morty

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