Author Archives: Roy Kachur

XR for Media Newsfeed – May 31, 2020

VRScout: Powering The Next Generation Of Virtual Music Experiences

Venture Beat: HTC Cofounder Peter Chou launches XRspace to bring social VR to the masses

The Verge: HTC’s former CEO is making a risky bet on a new VR headset and virtual world

VRFocus: Wallace & Gromit’s Next Adventure Will Be In AR

ScreenRant: How the Virtual Reality in Katy Perry’s American Idol Finale Performance Works

AR Post: Experience Famous Artworks in Augmented Reality With “Museum From Home”

Disney Parks Blog: New ILMxLAB Virtual Reality Experience, ‘Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge‘ Will Bring Adventures on Batuu Home To YOU

VRFocus: Why Now Is The Time For AAA Studios To Consider VR

Digital Bodies: Magic Leap’s Future in Doubt as CEO Rony Abovitz Exits

USAToday: How 5G could make augmented reality and mixed reality more real

Forbes: 13 Ways VR May Power Future Marketing

 

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XR for Media Newsfeed – May 23, 2020

c|net: With real theaters closed, actors are turning to virtual reality

UploadVR: Felix & Paul Studios Brings More Great 360-Degree Films To Oculus Quest

VR/focus: Cannes XR Virtual to Hold June Event in Museum of Other Realities

Engadget: Spatial goes free, aiming to become the Zoom of virtual collaboration

Deadline: SXSW To Launch Virtual Cinema On Oculus TV

CNBC: Apple buys virtual reality company NextVR

ESPN: Why virtual reality is still a pipe dream for the NHL

c|net: We’re all on the holodeck now, VR headset or not

The Guardian: Fortnite Party Royale is the most fun you can have in the metaverse

RoadToVR: ‘Tales from Soda Island’ is a Spectacular Animated Short Built Entirely in VR

VentureBeat: Holographic VR meetings just became real, whether you’re ready or not

Medium: How the Virtual World “Second Life” is a Showcase of the Metaverse

 

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XR for Media Newsfeed: May 3, 2020

Times of Israel: With Jerusalem locked down, holy site pilgrims turn to virtual reality

VR/focus: The Virtual Arena: The Changing VR Out-Of-Home Landscape – Part 1

VR/focus: The Virtual Arena: The Changing VR Out-Of-Home Landscape – Part 2

Animation Magazine: Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation VR Short ‘Lutaw’ Sets Sail Via Tribeca Cinema360

artnet News: In the Changed World After Lockdown, We Will Need Smarter New Ways to Interact With Art. I Believe Virtual Reality Is the Answer

Variety: Magic Leap Reportedly Lays Off 1,000, or Half Its Workforce, Halting Consumer Product Plans

RoadToVR: ‘Bigscreen’ Brings On-Demand Movies in New ‘Movies & Events’ Update

LA Times: Actors sheltering at home perform in live VR experiences, making case for new theater form

Tech Crunch: Magic Leap’s $2.6 billion bait and switch

VRScout: Pro NFL Players’ First Endorsement Deal Is A Lineup Of VR Products

VR/focus: Funimation’s Catalogue of Anime Is Coming To Bigscreen, Starting With ‘Your Name’

Entrepreneur: The First-Ever Live, Virtual Reality Comedy Special Could Only Happen Now

RoadToVR: John Legend, Tinashe to Play Live Shows in Social VR Platform ‘Wave’

SingularityHub: The World’s Biggest Social Virtual Reality Gathering Is Happening Right Now

RoadToVR: Reggie Watts to Kick Off Live Show Series in ‘AltspaceVR’ Starting Saturday

Business Insider: Finland invited the entire country to a virtual concert in an online version of its capital city — take a look

VR/focus: Felix & Paul Studios To Release Alegria – A Spark Of Light For Oculus Go This Week

 

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XR for Media Newsfeed: April 19, 2020

This week’s news includes VR during the coronavirus pandemic; Arena-Scale VR on the rise; Games For Change 2020 will be free; VR Arcades help Treat Covid-19; this week’s Tribeca Immersive VR festival, and more:

Forbes: Could Apple And The Coronavirus Pandemic Become The Catalysts That Ignite The Virtual Reality Revolution?

360 Rumors: First 8K 360 live stream of NFL game with Insta360 8K Live

VRScout: Arena-Scale VR Is On The Rise Thanks To The Oculus Quest

Immersive Shooter: Forbes’ Charlie Fink: How COVID-19 Could Push XR to the Next Level

VR/focus: Games for Change 2020 Will be a Free Virtual Festival

VR and Fun: Schell Games Launches Free Educational VR Games As A Part Of #PlayApartTogether Campaign

Inc.: Virtual Reality Arcades Join the Quest to Treat Covid-19

DateBook: Two Bay Area directors premiere virtual reality films online at Tribeca Film Festival

RoadToVR: ‘Music Lives’ Virtual Music Festival Coming to Quest & Go for Free

VRScout: Indie Rock Band Launches AR Concert Experience Complete With On-Stage Banter

Animation Magazine: Animated People: Van Phan, Director of Tribeca VR Premiere ‘Upstander’

Deadline: A Film Festival Screening In VR? ‘Ask No Questions’ Documentary Is Trying It, And Here’s How It Will Look

UploadVR: Free This Weekend: The Best Films From Tribeca’s Short Film Festival On Oculus Quest/Go

VR/focus: Step Into Tribeca’s Cinema360 Festival From Your Own Home

 

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XR for Media Newsfeed – April 5, 2020

This week’s news includes Wonderscope AR free content; more virtual Disney rides; Snapchat AR Safe Zone; Oculus TV transgender series; Tribeca Immersive goes virtual and free; Apple to acquire NextVR? and more:

VentureBeat: Spaces app enables folks to attend Zoom meetings in VR

CityMetric: Here’s how virtual reality can bring ancient cities back to life

AnimationMagazine: Within Makes Wonderscope AR Kids Story Library Available for Free

Orange County Register: These 17 virtual Disneyland and Disney California Adventure rides are like being at a theme park

VRScout: New Snapchat Lens Creates AR Safe Zone To Promote Social Distancing

VRScout: New Oculus TV Series Shines A Light On The Transgender Community

VR/focus: Tribeca Film Festival’s Cinema360 To Release Select Online Programming For Oculus TV and Oculus Quest This Month

c|net: Tribeca, shuttered by coronavirus, revives its VR festival: Smaller, virtual, free

engadget: Apple appears to to be acquiring virtual event company NextVR

Forbes: Tribeca Immersive Festival Coming To Oculus April 17th

 

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XR for Media Newsfeed – March 29, 2020

This week’s news includes more on the Coronavirus and Virtual Reality; Second Life maker officially calls it quits on VR follow-up; virtual Disney rides; VR math lesson in Half-Life: Alyx; the demise of Samsung Gear VR; virtual museum tours, and more:

Digital Bodies: Seeing the Coronavirus in Virtual Reality

c|net: Hospital uses VR to show how the coronavirus impacts the lungs

TechCrunch: Second Life-maker calls it quits on their VR follow-up

RoadToVR: HTC to Hold All of Its GDC 2020 Talks Live Online, Including Audience Q&A

BuzzFeed: I Just Discovered Virtual Disney Rides And Now My Quarantine Is So Much Better

VRScout: World’s Greatest Teacher Delivers VR Math Lesson In Half-Life: Alyx

SlashGear: Samsung Gear VR being put to rest as Oculus apps slowly go dark

Forbes: Coronavirus Has Made WFH The New Normal. Here’s How Virtual Reality Can Help

Complex: Live Shows Are Canceled—More Virtual Reality Concerts Are Coming

Abacus: Will the pandemic give a boost to virtual reality?

CreativePlanetNetwork: Stay Indoors Inspiration: Take a (Virtual) Museum Tour

 

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Ars Technica’s Review of Half-Life: Alyx

Although we don’t usually cover games here at XR4Media, it’s impossible to ignore the biggest VR gaming news of the year. Monday March 23rd gave us the release of Half-Life: Alyx, a monumental event for the VR industry, which many VR enthusiasts believe will be the “savior” of virtual reality.

Personally, I have been a huge fan of the Half-Life series and am incredibly excited and impressed with the game so far (I am about a third of the way through it). I plan to provide a full review after I finish it.

Meanwhile, the many reviews published in the past week have been overwhelmingly positive. From what I have experienced of the game, I can say for sure that it has the most impressive level design of any VR game to date, providing the most amazing sense of realism I’ve ever seen in VR.

From all the reviews I’ve read or watched in the past week, the one that best captures the essence of Half-Life: Alyx is written by Sam Machkovech of Ars Technica. If you are at all interested in Half-Life, virtual reality, or the state of VR gaming, you owe it to yourself to read his review:

Ars Technica: Half-Life: Alyx review: The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some

Look for for my personal review coming soon, which will elaborate on how games like the original Half-Life, Doom, and others planted the seeds for my interest in VR almost 30 years ago. Stay tuned!

 

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Roy Kachur is a Media Technologist, IT Architect, and VR Evangelist. He has worked in the information technology field since the 1990’s, and in the media industry since 2014. He believes that VR will play a significant role in the future of media.

XR for Media Newsfeed – March 22, 2020

This week’s news includes Martin Luther King’s VR March on Washington; the Coronavirus and Virtual Reality; VR arcades closing; Magic Leap’s future in doubt; Virtual Disney attractions; and more:

Immerse: Immersive Non-Fiction Highlights of 2019

CreativePlanetNetwork: Join MLK’s 1963 March on Washington… in Virtual Reality

Digital Bodies: The Coronavirus and Virtual Reality

Venture Beat: Oculus Quest’s best media apps

Forbes: Is VR The Solution To The Impact Coronavirus Is Having On The Events Industry?

Forbes: VR Takes The Stage As Conferences Cancel

VRGear: The NBA Season is Postponed – This is Why VR Should Care

Digital Bodies: Magic Leap’s Future in Doubt with Sale or Partnership

VRScout: CEO Shows Life In China Under Coronavirus Quarantine With 360 VR Video

UploadVR: Vertigo Arcades Offering Relief Packages To LBE VR Customers In Response To Coronavirus Outbreak

TechCrunch: Virtual reality scales back its real world presence

People.com: Stuck on the Couch? Here’s How to Take a Virtual ‘Ride’ On Your Favorite Disney Attractions

Forbes: How Virtual Reality Could Help The Travel & Tourism Industry In The Aftermath Of The Coronavirus Outbreak

McKnight’s: Harnessing the power of virtual reality to reduce social isolation amid a global pandemic

Hackernoon: Will the Corona Virus Aftermath Lead to a Resurgence in Virtual Reality?

 

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XR for Media Newsfeed – March 1, 2020

This week’s news includes Cannes Film Festival VR expansion; Linden Lab spins off “Sansar”; Oculus TV Documentary “Everest VR”; VR Journey “The Dawn of Art” with Daisy Ridley; Sundance VR recap; Boulder International Film Festival, and more:

Variety: Cannes Film Festival Plots Major Expansion to VR Program

RoadToVR: Linden Lab Planning to Spin Off ‘Sansar’ to Refocus on ‘Second Life’

VRScout: Jaw-Dropping Oculus TV Documentary ‘Everest VR’ Is An Absolute Must-Watch

VR and Fun: ‘The Dawn of Art’ Takes You On A VR Journey Voiced By Daisy Ridley From Star Wars

VRScout: VR Multiplayer Art Exhibit ‘Museum of Other Realities’ Now Available On PC VR

CNN: How virtual reality is changing the live music experience

Engadget: Google’s latest VR app lets you gaze at prehistoric paintings

Inverse: AT SUNDANCE, VIRTUAL REALITY DEFIED CATEGORIZATION

Yahoo!: Boulder International Film Festival Showcases the Latest Virtual Reality Films and Augmented Reality Art

 

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XR for Media Newsfeed – February 9, 2020

This week’s news includes the Top 50 XR experiences of 2019; Samsung’s environmentally focused 360 short films; making “The Remedy” VR film; Cinequest Film Festival premieres LIFE-GIVER; Sundance VR/AR recap and more:

Forbes: The Top 50 XR Experiences Of 2019

RoadToVR: Samsung XR and EarthX Debut Environmentally-focused 360 Short Films

CreativePlanetNetwork: Explore the VR Experience “Seven Worlds, One Planet” (and See It Being Created)

RoadToVR: Making ‘The Remedy’ – How A Veteran Illustrator Made one of VR’s Best Short Films With ‘Quill’

VR/focus: Cinequest Film Festival To Premiere VR Movie LIFE-GIVER In March

RoadToVR: Mother Meets Recreation of Her Deceased Child in VR

The Verge: SUNDANCE VR AND AR GOT EXTREMELY WEIRD IN 2020

 

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