E3 VR Showcase Roundup: Everything Announced For Oculus Quest, PlayStation VR, Valve Index, And More

Earlier today we hosted the first ever E3 VR Showcase, featuring over 30 VR titles including totally new game announcements, DLC and content updates for current games, ports to Oculus Quest, and new gameplay for hotly anticipated upcoming titles.If you missed it or don’t have time to watch it, here’s all the announcements in one place. We’ve grouped them by what VR platform they’ll be available on so you can see what’s relevant to the headset you own.

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Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN) is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Partnership owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels.

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Stride Is Mirror’s Edge VR In Everything But Name

Article | February 14, 2022

Ever since the Oculus Rift was first introduced, people have wanted a Mirror’s Edge VR game. Years later, Stride looks to deliver where EA hasn’t. The first footage for Stride, which debuted over the weekend, promises essentially a VR doppelganger of DICE’s beloved series. Players hop between rooftops using parkour, avoiding enemy gunfire and taking opponents down as they go. But while the game sounds similar to Mirror’s Edge, it looks practically identical; bleached-white buildings are peppered with vibrantly-highlighted objects you can use for progression.

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Technologies, Virtualization

Discord: A Novel Medium for B2B Marketing

Article | August 2, 2022

Discord is a real-time chat platform where anyone with a community can interact. Users can talk to others in the community on special channels and get invites to join different servers. Many people prefer to reach out to online customers through social media, but messaging apps like Discord have 20% more monthly active users than traditional social media platforms. (Business Insider) Discord generates revenue through premium subscriptions and game distribution. It does not use advertisements. However, it can help marketers through its community that grows with video, voice, text communication and more. Let us look at how: Helps Build a Moderated Community You can set up a Discord server as a moderated social discussion platform. Create different channels based on your audience’s preference and allow them to bond. And as your community grows, so will the popularity of your business. Word-of-mouth marketing is still very effective. Connects Your Brand with Like-minded Audience You can also meet others who share your interests on various Discord servers. When you know what you're looking for, finding relevant servers is simple. Check with your team members, and your community, and join those groups. There, you'll meet other business owners and pursue collaboration opportunities. Allows Sharing Relevant Industry Content Share your website articles and other industry updates on Discord. You can take the advantage of your employees’ social media presence because they are linked to a single server. They'll spread the word about the articles through other Discord servers and their personal social media accounts. It will assist you in gaining authority among your target audience. Another way to market your company is to post branded memes, GIFs, and funny screenshots. Helps Offer Great Customer Service People expect prompt service, and because Discord delivers messages in real-time, you can address issues as they arise. You can easily send direct messages to members and have private conversations with them. Parting Words Although Discord is primarily a messaging app for individuals, it also has many advantages for B2B marketing. Discord is ideal for community management and true engagement.

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The crowd still matters for live sports broadcasting

Article | June 21, 2021

At opposite sides of the globe, two top-flight international football events have kicked off over the last week. In semi-vaccinated Europe the month-long Euro 2020 tournament began on Friday June 11th, with 11 countries hosting the competition across Europe. On Sunday June 13th in Brazil (a country which had now lost nearly half a million lives to COVID-19) the 2021 Copa America kicked off, with the final taking place on July 10th2021. While Euro 2020 is taking place in front of reduced capacity crowds of fans in stadiums, the Copa America is being played behind closed doors with entire participating national delegations required to be vaccinated, and delegations limited to 65 members. Euro 2020’s official motto ‘Live it. For Real’ can be taken as a declaration of intent to host a top-flight mass sporting event as close to pre-pandemic conditions as feasibly possible. The criteria for live spectator participation for UEFA (the event organisers) was key to this. UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin confirmed the importance of live spectators at matches in an interview back in March where he stated "We have several scenarios, but the one guarantee we can make is that the option of playing any Euro 2020 match in an empty stadium is off the table. Every host must guarantee there will be fans at their games."

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Media and Broadcasting

How to Watch Netflix in Virtual Reality

Article | April 20, 2021

Playing virtual reality video games is a blast—but it also takes work. If you simply want to kick back, relax, and experience some mind-bending visuals without thinking too much, why not try watching Netflix in VR? It's ridiculously easy to do, even if you don't have state-of-the-art equipment. There are three primary methods, depending on what kind of device you're working with: fire up the Netflix VR app on Android, set up mirroring with your iPhone, or simply download the Netflix app from your preferred Oculus device. Here's What You'll Need VR headset: No matter your budget, there's a virtual reality option for you. On the pricey end, there are sophisticated VR headsets like the Oculus Quest 2, which starts at $299, and the HTC Vive Pro Eye, which retails for $799. We've included a few other options in the gallery below, too. If you're looking for something less expensive, there's the $99 Google Daydream View system (discontinued, but you can still find them here and there), the Samsung Gear VR headset (which the manufacturer has also discontinued in the U.S., but you can find it on Amazon for $128), and the $25 Google Cardboard viewer (although you may want to purchase an additional head strap for it).

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Cedar Fair Entertainment Company

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN) is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Partnership owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels.

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Facebook Enhances Oculus Business VR Capabilities

Facebook | June 16, 2020

Facebook’s Oculus Quest recently celebrated its first birthday. During the one year beta period, the company said, demand for VR for immersive training sessions and meetings grew. This is in line with what researchers at IDC found too. According to the firm, over the past few years, the popularity of VR reality tools at work has accelerated. In 2019, shipments of commercial headsets grew by 93 percent year-over-year, and the market’s predicted to grow by 70 percent in 2020. Also this year, IDC said the total worldwide spend on commercial VR could total as much as $7 billion, up from $4.5 billion in 2019. Facebook’s Oculus for Business has played a role in that boom. And during its time in beta, companies found a host of applications for the technology to boost productivity and empower distributed workforces, I’m told by Facebook.

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Silicone Covers For Oculus Quest And Rift S Now Available From VR Cover

Oculus Quest | June 08, 2020

VR Cover just revealed this week that they’ve launched new products for Oculus headsets: silicone covers for both the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S. With the rise in popularity of active VR games such as Pistol Whip and Supernatural, in addition to popular games like Beat Saber, sweating in VR is an inevitability for most at this point. Covers like these are crucial steps to maintain cleanliness. If you’re looking for something to purely function as a hygenic barrier on your Quest that keeps it clean and is easy to wash, then the silicone cover could be a great option. We have not tried these ourselves, but have had good experiences with other VR Cover products — that’s why they’re regularly on our lists of best VR accessories.

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Pico Neo 2 Eye hands-on: The 4K, eye tracking, enterprise Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest | June 02, 2020

Back in March 2019, I noted that the consumer VR headset market was becoming overcrowded and confusing — the result of a glut of questionable new offerings — while the enterprise VR market was becoming interesting. “If you’re in the C-suite and looking to buy some cutting edge gear, this is an especially exciting time for VR hardware,” I said, “though I expect a lot more innovation over the next year.” Flash forward to today, and the real and virtual worlds have both changed even more than I expected. On the predictable side, some of the aforementioned VR headsets have already fizzled out, and Facebook’s Oculus Quest has won kudos as a standalone VR platform. Unpredictably, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down conferences, offices, and movie theaters, suddenly making VR a viable medium for both social gatherings and entertainment.

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Facebook Enhances Oculus Business VR Capabilities

Facebook | June 16, 2020

Facebook’s Oculus Quest recently celebrated its first birthday. During the one year beta period, the company said, demand for VR for immersive training sessions and meetings grew. This is in line with what researchers at IDC found too. According to the firm, over the past few years, the popularity of VR reality tools at work has accelerated. In 2019, shipments of commercial headsets grew by 93 percent year-over-year, and the market’s predicted to grow by 70 percent in 2020. Also this year, IDC said the total worldwide spend on commercial VR could total as much as $7 billion, up from $4.5 billion in 2019. Facebook’s Oculus for Business has played a role in that boom. And during its time in beta, companies found a host of applications for the technology to boost productivity and empower distributed workforces, I’m told by Facebook.

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Silicone Covers For Oculus Quest And Rift S Now Available From VR Cover

Oculus Quest | June 08, 2020

VR Cover just revealed this week that they’ve launched new products for Oculus headsets: silicone covers for both the Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift S. With the rise in popularity of active VR games such as Pistol Whip and Supernatural, in addition to popular games like Beat Saber, sweating in VR is an inevitability for most at this point. Covers like these are crucial steps to maintain cleanliness. If you’re looking for something to purely function as a hygenic barrier on your Quest that keeps it clean and is easy to wash, then the silicone cover could be a great option. We have not tried these ourselves, but have had good experiences with other VR Cover products — that’s why they’re regularly on our lists of best VR accessories.

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Pico Neo 2 Eye hands-on: The 4K, eye tracking, enterprise Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest | June 02, 2020

Back in March 2019, I noted that the consumer VR headset market was becoming overcrowded and confusing — the result of a glut of questionable new offerings — while the enterprise VR market was becoming interesting. “If you’re in the C-suite and looking to buy some cutting edge gear, this is an especially exciting time for VR hardware,” I said, “though I expect a lot more innovation over the next year.” Flash forward to today, and the real and virtual worlds have both changed even more than I expected. On the predictable side, some of the aforementioned VR headsets have already fizzled out, and Facebook’s Oculus Quest has won kudos as a standalone VR platform. Unpredictably, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down conferences, offices, and movie theaters, suddenly making VR a viable medium for both social gatherings and entertainment.

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