Mobile AR Combat Game Reality Clash Begins Phased Global Rollout

vrfocus | January 17, 2019

Niantic’s Pokemon GO might be seen as the poster child for augmented reality (AR) videogames on mobile, but there are plenty of other looking to usurp the title from its podium. Today, Reality Gaming Group has announced the long-awaited arrival of its more ambitious combat experience, Reality Clash, for iOS and Android devices.Using Apple and Google’s latest ARKit and ARCore technologies, Reality Clash is set in an underground world of cryptocurrencies and hackers, where players can navigate a 3D map to defend key parts of their own real-world town, city or village competing in real-time battles, mine for resources, and build or customise unique guns.Fights can be team-based, made up of 200 people, or if no players are nearby then a user is able to engage in combat with bot players which are scattered across the map for continuous gameplay opportunities.“After months of development, our pioneering new game is literally a Reality,” said Reality Gaming Group’s Co-Founder Tony Pearce. “We’ve had thousands of Beta testers providing us with feedback and we’re delighted that we have a game in Reality Clash that is as fun and engaging as it is technically advanced.

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Its findings are based on qualitative analysis of 150 days of TV and video viewing filmed through camera glasses worn by 30 people, alongside a quantitative study of 6,000 people. It explains the different reasons why people watch live TV, broadcaster on-demand TV, and subscription services like Netflix. It has also revealed why people use online video platforms like YouTube.

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Its findings are based on qualitative analysis of 150 days of TV and video viewing filmed through camera glasses worn by 30 people, alongside a quantitative study of 6,000 people. It explains the different reasons why people watch live TV, broadcaster on-demand TV, and subscription services like Netflix. It has also revealed why people use online video platforms like YouTube.

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SportsGrid Network launches on Xiaomi Mi TV + in España

SportsGrid | November 23, 2022

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TSN Now Available on Roku Streaming Players and Roku TV Models

Roku, Inc. | November 15, 2022

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holoride | November 03, 2022

holoride, pioneer of extended reality in-vehicle entertainment, announced the release of its game-changing platform in Germany. Coming to select Audi vehicles* in mid-November, the add-on package combines a high-end VR space with a moving car to create an experience that is like nothing before. Passengers will be whisked off into a variety of games and apps that all use live ride info to bring content to life in a completely new media paradigm, dubbed “Elastic Content.”Combining the immersive qualities of virtual reality with real-time vehicle data, holoride is an always-in-motion virtual space, or Motorverse, where riders can enjoy interactive and passive content that reacts to both them and the motion of the car. “Despite amazing advances in automotive technology over the last few decades, passenger experience and in-car entertainment has remained largely the same, With the introduction of holoride, we are not only elevating that stale experience; we are redefining how you spend your time on the go. I couldn’t be more excited for riders to finally enjoy the thrills of the Motorverse for themselves.” -Nils Wollny, CEO and co-founder at holoride The integration of holoride into Audi select series vehicles is a continuation of holoride’s shared history with the German premium auto manufacturer. Since 2019, both Audi and holoride have showcased their ongoing partnership on different occasions, including CES 2019, IAA Mobility 2021, and SXSW 2022, where holoride’s vehicle integration with Audi was officially announced. By integrating holoride in our models, we're redefining in-car entertainment, said Giorgio Delucchi, Head of Digital Experience/Business at Audi. Through combining real-time vehicle data and virtual content, we're creating an entirely new customer experience. A crucial cornerstone of the vehicle's digitalization is developing the interior into a third living space. In this very personal space, living and working coalesce. holoride is another proof point in our roadmap. At launch, holoride users will be able to dive into Cloudbreakers: Leaving Haven from Schell Games, the studio that brought Among Us to VR. It was produced in partnership with Superconductor, the creative agency founded by Hollywood talents Justin Lin (Fast & Furious franchise) and Anthony and Joe Russo (Marvel Cinematic Universe and Netflix’s The Gray Man). The Russo Brothers also served as creative advisors to holoride. Working under the banner of Force Multiplier Studios, writers Brent Friedman and Jeremy Breslau wrote and developed Cloudbreakers’ unique story and universe. Leveraging holoride’s Elastic Content, the Hollywood veterans crafted a journey in which players guide Dev, his scavenger robot Skyjack, and I.O.N.E. through the hostile skies of Stratus, gathering scrap and blasting A.I. sentries as they simultaneously travel to their real-world destination. In addition to bringing new thrills to passengers’ rides, holoride can also create a more comfortable experience for users. Instances of motion sickness are substantially reduced thanks to the technology’s use of steering, braking, and acceleration data to match what riders see in the headset with what they feel outside the Motorverse, and with almost no latency. holoride launches with the aptly named Pioneers’ Pack, containing everything needed to jump into this exciting new platform (minus the car), and priced at EUR 699. The package is available in Germany at shop.holoride.com starting Nov 2, 2022. 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