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Much-Awaited Announcement from Valve is Finally Here: Half Life Is Coming Back in VR

It was news that a certain class of video game fans was waiting to hear for years. The much-awaited game Half-Life is back in VR. Fans had started losing hope thinking that this news would never come. They were not wrong also in losing hope as twelve years have passed since the release of Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

But, it’s better late than never and Valve confirmed that a new Half-Life title is in the works and will come as an entirely new game from the series. It is called Half-Life: Alyx. The titular ‘Alyx’ refers to Alyx Vance. This character was introduced in Half-Life 2 and was seen last time more than a decade back in 2007’s Episode 2. 

The upcoming game will be played from his perspective only. There is also high speculation that things would not step forward in time; instead, it will take you back to the period lying between the first two mainline Half-Life games.

Though not much has been revealed so far about this new game, one thing that is confirmed is that it will be a virtual reality game as Valve is referring it to as their “flagship VR game”. A teaser was dropped by the company about this game and promised that more details would be released about the same shortly. Fans are waiting to see where this new game fits in the game’s timeline. Hopefully, some clues will be given soon.

When Half-Life 2 was released years back, it was loved by people as it was the world’s first major physics adventure game revolving around a clever Gravity Gun system. There is some indication that the upcoming game Half-Life: Alyx will follow the suit.

Many of you must have lost track of the series as it came long back. The series was launched in 1998 with a storyline that the Black Mesa Research Institute lost the Combine: an alien race onto our planet. Then came its sequel years later, which saw a network of resistance fighters and researchers working to take out its invasion and domination of Earth. There was also a human-fronted organization that surrendered or succumbed to the Combine’s control.

In both of these games, Gordon Freeman was seen as a silent protagonist. It is expected that in the upcoming new VR game things will get mixed up by putting you in Alyx’s shoes.

VR Can Help for Those Having Alzheimer

Virtual reality (VR) innovation can upgrade the personal satisfaction for individuals with dementia by helping them to review past recollections, lessen animosity and improve connections with parental figures, says an investigation.

The innovation helped patients review old recollections by giving new boosts hard to accomplish, because of sick wellbeing, or difficult to reach inside a protected situation, said the group from the University of Kent in the UK.

These recollections not just given positive mental incitement to the patients yet in addition helped their parental figures get familiar with their lives before consideration, in this manner improving their social cooperation.

“VR can plainly have positive advantages for patients with dementia, their families and parental figures. It gives a more extravagant and all the more fulfilling personal satisfaction that is generally accessible, with numerous constructive results,” said Jim Ang, Professor at the University of Kent.

For the investigation, the analysts picked eight patients matured somewhere in the range of 41 and 88 who are living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s illness and Huntington’s ailment.

Every patient utilized a VR headset to ‘visit’ one of five virtual situations of a church building, a backwoods, a sandy shoreline, a rough shoreline and a wide open scene.

The sessions were checked with input assembled from patients and their guardians.

The patients additionally showed their own decisions amid the examination, with some quick to investigate distinctive VEs inside a session, while others investigated a similar domain more than once.

“With further research, it will be conceivable to assess the components of virtual situations that advantage patients and use VR significantly more viably,” Jim Ang included.

Virtual Reality Stuns Shoppers, As It Makes Its Way in the Field of Shopping

Shopping is the term we all get excited for, though it is tiring we love shopping. We would have never imagined such a thing called Virtual Reality shopping, where one can sit at home and purchase things they like. A recent news stunned everyone, where an employee of Sharp Corporation designed a virtual reality system that allows a customer to shop sitting at home.

Sharp is a Japanese Multinational Corporation that have expertise in designing and manufacturing electronic products. It has been 105 years, of the company in the industry. With all advanced and well equipped products, it is the most trusted among other industrial brands.

The system will allow the customers to experience, the feel of shopping without leaving home, the company is focusing on developing the system by using Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality that will help the customers feel that they are right inside shop. The system will be launched with full specification in the year 2020.

Well, it looks like a long wait, with everyday advancement in technology, this came to our expectations, when such systems are released in market, there are lot of competitions striking back with force, it will be a must watch competition with all other technology sectors joining the race.

The world is improving from 3G, 4G and now to 5G, so fast is the pace of competition. The project will be handled by “Team S”. Akira Takashima, president of team S, said, “The system will allow consumers to virtually drop in at shops and buy goods they choose. By using VR, 5G and AI, we’d like to create a next-generation online shopping platform.”

The system will allow customers to virtually order products and communicate effectively by installing several cameras in the store. After wearing the goggles, they will be allowed to see the store in a 3D format and can place their order verbally and get it delivered.

The company is all set to conduct its first verification test on July 25, along with participation of some local shops. After, its successful verification the complete version will be launched in 2020. Are you excited to experience this yet? Let us know in the comments below.

Google unveils WebVR on Chrome and Android with Google Cardboard

Google WebVR

Yesterday, Google WebVR on Chrome was announced and now will be supported in Google Cardboard as well. The immersive experience is just a click away if you have an Android phone and the virtual reality headset. Publishers can now build VR content for any device with the WebVR browser as a WebVR experiment.

Google has bought the Virtual Reality (VR) support for to Chrome last year which offers fully immersive experience with Chrome, Daydream-ready phone, and Daydream View headset. Now, it brings the WebVR on Chrome to Google Cardboard, and this allows any Android phone user with Cardboard to experience VR on the web.

Also Read: Google Chrome Gets VR Support in its Latest Version

The company has also listed few Google WebVR Experiments which their developers are building up on. This includes inputs from Google Creative Labs and others too.

  • The Musical Forest
  • Konterball
  • Speak to Go
  • Under Neon Lights
  • Sonic Umbrella
  • Spot-the-Bot
  • Nom Nom
  • Chromatic
  • Finding Love
  • Day & Night
  • Mass Migrations
  • Bear 71

Also Read: Google Earth VR is Now Available on Stream

These WebVR experiments hint the future possibilities which can be explored in VR. “Each experiment shows something different you can try in WebVR. If you don’t have Cardboard or Daydream, you can still play on desktop or any phone in 2D,” said Google.

Hope this could fill the content gap which supports the new technology. Also, Google is encouraging developers to build on VR by providing resources and open source code for them.

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Augmented Reality Could be the Ubiquitous Smartphone: Tim Cook

Tim cook AR vs VR

Augmented Reality (AR) has the potential to become as big as the ubiquitous smartphone and help people out in daily life, Apple CEO Tim Cook has told in Interview.

Unlike Virtual Reality, which closes the world out, AR allows individuals to be present in the world but hopefully allows an improvement on what is happening presently, Cook said in the interview. But the Apple CEO stopped short of detailing what the company would do with AR.

“I regard it as a big idea like the smartphone. The smartphone is for everyone, we don’t have to think the iPhone is about a certain demographic, or country or vertical market: it’s for everyone. I think AR is that big, it’s huge,” Cook said.

Tim Cook: Augmented Reality will be Part of Daily Life

“I view AR like I view the silicon here in my iPhone, it’s not a product per se, it’s a core technology,” he added. However, this is not the first time Cook spoke in favor of AR.

Virtual reality “probably has a lower commercial interest over time” and that “augmented reality is the larger of the two, probably by far” Cook said last year.

The Virtual Reality Society (VRS), an information and news resource for virtual reality and its related technologies, describes augmented reality as a technology that takes the real world of the present and projects digital imagery and sound into it whereas virtual reality immerses your senses completely in a world that only exists in the digital realm.

Source:IANS