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VR Digest: Black Friday deals;
chimp in VR

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written by Ian Hamilton (@hmltn) issue 95 – November 23, 2016

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Black Friday Deals; Chimp In VR

Both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift will be offered with $100 discounts on Black Friday. The Vive deal cuts the $800 up front cost of the system to $700 and should be available wherever Vive is sold. It should be available on Cyber Monday as well. The Oculus deal offers $100 in Oculus Store credit.

Also keep an eye out for software discounts and sales on computer equipment. Sony told UploadVR it had planned no Thanksgiving weekend deals for PlayStation VR, but is running a sale on games including Star Wars Battlefront, for which a VR DLC will arrive on December 6th.


Bits:

A chimp named Shugriva can be seen trying out the HTC Vive, with a secondary video showing him getting the concept of the Vive controllers. He apparently has a preference for the Disney Movies VR app.

Google unexpectedly launched Earth VR for the HTC Vive, allowing visitors to travel anywhere in the world zooming freely from outer space to ground level. It feels like science fiction made real, and it brings with it a not-insignificant overview effect.

Reviews for bundled Oculus Touch launch titles The Unspoken, VR Sports Challenge and Medium suggest Oculus has hit its stride when it comes to quality VR software. The controllers launch in early December.

Late night host Conan O’Brien visited YouTube’s mixed reality lab for a hilarious segment.

Owlchemy Labs (the creator of Job Simulator) is offering an open beta for mixed reality tech that now integrates transparency and lighting from the game itself. If you’re interested in the approach, sign up for the beta at the link above.

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