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The XR Week Peek (2023.01.23): Microsoft shuts down Altspace and MRTK, and more!

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Top news of the week (Image by Microsoft) Microsoft lays off 10,000 employees and shuts down its mixed reality projects This is seriously a bad period for the tech industry in general, and of course also for mixed reality. For sure, not having Microsoft backing it will slow down a lot of its development.

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Sony Acquires Beyond Sports to Expand Metaverse Solutions

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Japanese electronics giant Sony recently bought out Beyond Sports, allowing the former to build massive metaverse content for sporting events. Beyond Sports develops real-world data for 3D animations, and its technologies will seamlessly integrate with Sony’s growing portfolio of immersive solutions. it announced this week.

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The 2022 Auggie Awards

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Sony Electronics Head of Business Development, Thaisa Yamamura, presented the Auggie Award for Best Art or Film. Yamamura also presented the winner with a Sony Spatial Reality Display, a “glasses-free 3D display that will improve their workflow.” All these four awards are decided at the conference. Best Art or Film.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.06.21): Facebook experiments with VR ads, PSVR 2 to come at the end of 2022, and more!

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Image by Sony Interactive Entertainment). PSVR 2 may release during Holidays 2022. According to a report from Bloomberg, Sony may release its much-awaited next-gen PSVR headset (which I informally call PSVR 2) during Holidays 2022. Other relevant news. This means the end of next year. Support The Week Peek’s roundups.

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The XR Week Peek (2022.11.07): PSVR 2 will cost $549, HoloLens are probably dead, and more!

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(Image by Sony Interactive Entertainment). Sony announces price and release date for PSVR 2. Sony Interactive Entertainment has finally announced that PSVR 2 will be launched on February 22nd, 2023 for $549. Interested people in selected markets will be able to preorder the device starting from November, 15th 2022.

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Microsoft’s Metaverse Push Blocked by UK Officials

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Today, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) blocked Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which provides the “ building blocks ” for its Metaverse. Microsoft first announced its acquisition in 2022.

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Big XR News from Meta, Microsoft, and Magic Leap

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This is a significant decline from the $695 million in revenues the division generated in the same quarter of 2022. The company faces increased competition from other VR and AR companies, such as Sony and Apple. Microsoft first announced its acquisition in 2022.