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It’s official, straight from the Valve Twitter account. Half-Life: Alyx is popping out on March 23. Greater than a decade after the final official installment of the sequence, we’ll lastly get a sequel of types. However if you wish to expertise it, you’ll want the suitable gear.
— Valve (@valvesoftware) February 13, 2020
Valve introduced the subsequent entry in its well-known sequence final November, and thus far all we knew was that it’d be out someday in March. Alyx is undoubtedly meant to be a killer app of types for VR, a gamer’s sport that’ll transfer some headsets and controllers. Valve guarantees the sport could have immersive experiences comparable to “deep environmental interactions, puzzle fixing, world exploration, and visceral fight.”
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As you would possibly anticipate, you possibly can’t play the sport and not using a appropriate headset. Fortunately, you could have a number of choices. Valve’s selection is, little doubt, its personal Index headset and controller, however these are currently sold out on Steam. Valve says on the Half-Life site that any headset that works with SteamVR will work with the sport.
Oculus followers might be completely satisfied to know you possibly can play the sport with both a Rift S or a Quest. The latter requires a hyperlink cable, which kind of negates its enchantment as a wire-free headset, however what are you able to do. In his information to VR, my colleague Tristan says the Quest is nice for powerhouse PCs, whereas the Rift S will be simply transported and is nice if area is at a premium.
The HTC Vive can be a good selection, and it may be used wirelessly with an additional adapter. It’s also possible to use a Home windows Blended Actuality headset, comparable to the Samsung Odyssey, which I hadn’t even heard of for some time. Each are good choices, however each are sadly out of inventory on the time of this writing. I suppose Alyx actually is transferring some . However keep watch over all of those to see once they come again in inventory.
The one well-liked VR headset with which it seems to be incompatible is the PlayStation VR headset, although that’s doubtless not a shock. The web site additionally notes that you could management the sport each with contact controllers and people with triggers, and both standing or sitting.
In case you already personal a appropriate headset, you possibly can preorder Alyx from the Steam web page here. In case you personal Valve Index , you’ll get Alyx without cost.
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Volocopter extends Series C funding to $94M with backing from logistics giant DB Schenker and others – TechCrunch
Autonomous air mobility firm Volocopter has added to the Sequence C funding spherical it introduced in September 2019. The German electrical vertical take-off and touchdown (eVTOL) plane maker introduced €50 million ($54 million at immediately’s trade charge) in funding on the time, and the C spherical has now grown to €87 million ($94 million) due to new lead investor DB Schenker, a German logistics firm with operations all around the world.
This spherical additionally contains participation by Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance coverage Group, in addition to the enterprise arm of its father or mother MS&AD, together with TransLink Capital . Current traders together with Lukasz Gadowski and btov additionally participated on this spherical extension.
With this new funding, Volocopter brings its whole round $132 million, and it says it’ll use the newly acquired capital to assist certify its VoloCity plane, its air taxi eVTOL designed to move folks, which is on observe to turn into the corporate’s first ever automobile licensed for business operation. In the meantime, Volocopte may even use the brand new funds to assist proceed growth of a next-generation iteration of its VoloDrone, which is the cargo-carrying model of its plane. It goals to make use of VoloDrone to develop its market to incorporate logistics, in addition to building, metropolis infrastructure and agriculture.
Already, Volocopter has fashioned partnerships with firms together with John Deere for pilots of its VoloDrone, however it says second-generation model of the automobile will assist it commercialize the drone. On the VoloCity facet, the corporate lately flew an indication flight in Singapore, after which introduced that they’d be working with Seize on a feasibility research about air taxi companies for potential deployment throughout Southeast Asia in key cities.
Alongside this spherical extension, Volocopter provides two advisory board members – Yifan Li from Geely Holding Group, which led the primary tranche of this spherical closed in September, and DB Schenker CEO Jochen Thewes. Each of those are key strategic companions from traders who stand to learn the corporate rather a lot not solely by way of funding, but in addition by way of supply-side and commercialization.