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written by Ian Hamilton (@hmltn) issue 85 – September 14, 2016

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Oculus Touch price leak?

It was a relatively calm week for VR news ahead of debuts in the coming weeks for PlayStation VR, Google’s Daydream platform and the Oculus Touch controllers. The biggest ripples were caused when German retailer MediaMarkt accidentally listed the Oculus Touch controllers at around $225 with a November 21 release date, but it’s not certain whether the numbers were made up or a legitimate leak.


MSI showed off a new version of their “backtop” portable PC designed to be worn while using a VR headset with wireless tracking capability like the HTC Vive. The computer’s weight has been shaved to 7.9 pounds, and it has hot swappable batteries so that you can keep playing without stopping to recharge.

The Oculus Story Studio project Henry, about a cute but lonely hedgehog, won an Emmy.

Microsoft’s Edge browser joined Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox in supporting WebVR.

The first project from Justin Roiland’s Squanchtendo startup is a humorous game called Accounting that will be available for free later this month.

Oculus CTO John Carmack said “information to come” regarding inside out position tracking at Oculus Connect 3 from October 5-7.

Valve Software’s Chet Faliszek outlined a number of recent updates to VR games, including Space Pirate Trainer, highlighting the continuous approach to development that can turn an OK game into a great one. Google’s sketching app Tilt Brush also received a massive update that allows resizing, adds support for exporting to Sketchfab, and includes a Pictionary-style minigame.

360-degree video startup Jaunt VR hired former Hulu executive George Kliavkoff as CEO after a three-month search.

Google’s 360-degree stereo photo creation app Cardboard Camera was released on iPhone. A similar app called Spincle was demoed at TechCrunch and made available for download on iPhone, with the added trick of allowing users to capture 3 second video clips in two different parts of the image to add some life to the panorama.

A Wired article dives into the question of VR’s long-term effects. “Nobody knows what happens in the long term,” says Mel Slater, a longtime VR researcher at the University of Barcelona and the University College London, surveying the field. “The long-term research is very critical.”

Applicants were notified as to whether or not they had been accepted to Oculus Connect 3.

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