VR Digest: Initial HTC Vive Stock Sold Out

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written by Ian Hamilton (@hmltn) issue 57 – March 2, 2016

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Initial HTC Vive Stock Sold Out

If you purchase an HTC Vive now it’ll ship in May, a full month after the first orders start going out to early adopters on April 5. HTC’s Shen Ye offered the first numbers hinting at modern VR’s consumer traction, tweeting “Woah, more than 15k units in less than 10min.” As with the Rift’s debut, the HTC order site encountered some hiccups under the crush of enthusiastic buyers.

For a limited time, Tilt Brush (an artistic app from Google), Fantastic Contraption (a creativity puzzler) and Job Simulator (a playful and detailed satire of work) are bundled free with the $800 headset.

In honor of the Vive’s launch, investor and artist Tipatat Chennavasin spent about 10 minutes “drawing” Valve co-founder Gabe Newell using Tilt Brush. You can check out the work in this 1-minute video.  Canadian visual effects expert Kert Gartner has been working with Fantastic Contraption to advance mixed reality capture, allowing people to watch a traditional video and get a good picture of what it’s like to play a game in VR. His latest 23-second test is really effective.


Microsoft is planning to ship HoloLens to developers who ordered it for $3,000 beginning March 30. The company also previewed some AR games that can interact with your living room. They will be packaged with the device to showcase its capabilities.

The Rift is slated to ship at the end of the month, and Oculus is set to reveal some never-before-seen games mid-month. In advance of that, High Voltage Software unveiled Dragon Front — an Oculus exclusive VR card game akin to Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering. Check it out in this 1-minute trailer.

A 2-minute trailer for Vox Machinae shows some intense mech battles in the upcoming VR game.

The Void released some details about what the billionaires who attended TED got to see in their walk-around untethered VR experience.

UploadVR got an early look at the Meta 2 AR headset, which made a splash at TED recently. Some through-the-lens iPhone footage is shown in a 1-minute video.

Hand tracking company Leap Motion recently launched the “Orion” software update for its sensor that dramatically improves the ability of the hardware to recognize finger and hand movements, particularly when it is mounted on the front of a head-mounted display. Social platform AltspaceVR posted a 3-minute video showing a before and after comparison of the update. FlyInside demonstrated an upcoming release that uses Orion to allow users to manipulate the controls inside an aircraft cockpit naturally using their hands.

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