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The XR Week Peek (2023.10.11): Meta Quest 3 ships now, a cheaper model may come in 2024… and more!

The Ghost Howls

More info Meta lays off people working on its custom chips An unconfirmed rumor unveiled that Meta is laying off people working on its “custom silicon for wearables team”, that is the team working on Meta’s custom chips. Plus this headset had many delays and now it can’t compete on the consumer side with the Quest 3 that has just launched.

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Big News XR from BMW, Meta, Apple, Campfire, Nreal, and Cannes XR

XR Today - Big XR News tag

Meanwhile, XR brands worldwide are striving to establish themselves as leads in entertainment, collaboration, and wearables via events, product launches, and rebranding. Apple’s upcoming MR headset is expected to be a high-end device that will compete with headsets from Meta and Microsoft.

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AWE EU ’23: Key Takeaways and Announcements

XR Today - VR Headsets tag

Sahni also highlighted how new workplace applications are coming to Quest 3, including Microsoft Mesh, Windows 365, and Adobe High Five. The firms are collaborating to improve the opportunities for leveraging AR wearables in the workplace. However, the enterprise XR growth journey doesn’t end with finding the proper application.

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Mark Zuckerberg and I are confusing the market about VR and AR and the future of all computing: here’s why we need to stop doing that

Robert Scoble

It isn’t alone, we know of many companies that are spending billions on same, including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Sony, Magic Leap, Huawei, and others. You can see this in today’s AR products (and despite what Microsoft or Magic Leap call their devices, they really are augmented reality devices that you wear on your face).

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Who Will Own the Metaverse?

AR Insider

The incumbents like Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft or Snap already own global social graphs, but perhaps looking to unseat them could be the multiplayer gaming behemoths like Sony, Activision Blizzard or EA, or 3D-specific ideas like Aura’s “avatar as a service”. In another scenario, we may see game engines dominant, like Unity or Unreal.

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Lighting the Torch for In-App AR Development, with TORCH’s Paul Reynolds

XR for Business Podcast

” So, in our world, Unity — and let’s not just pick on Unity all the time, you know, there’s Unreal. And they actually built an Unreal engine-based app to publish news content to go on with their news. And what about wearables? Microsoft’s got a great product around it. Paul: Yeah.

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Lighting the Torch for In-App AR Development, with TORCH’s Paul Reynolds

XR for Business Podcast

” So, in our world, Unity — and let’s not just pick on Unity all the time, you know, there’s Unreal. And they actually built an Unreal engine-based app to publish news content to go on with their news. And what about wearables? Microsoft’s got a great product around it. Paul: Yeah.

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