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Unreal Engine Adds Oculus Quest Vulkan Support, Unity To Follow ‘Later This Year’


The latest version of the Oculus Unreal Engine Integration adds support for Vulkan on Oculus Quest and Oculus Go. Vulkan was developed by The Khronos Group, a non-profit industry consortium which includes major tech companies like NVIDIA, AMD, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Intel. Vulkan on Android has the same advantages as DirectX 12 on Windows or Metal on Apple operating systems. Almost all Oculus Quest and Go apps are made with Unity or Unreal Engine.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Microsoft announces Mesh, an XR collaboration platform. Alex Kipman promised us a Microsoft Ignite conference with an amazing level of immersion , and he kept his word. But since Microsoft owns one of those studios (and using it costs around $100K/day if I remember well!),


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Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2


Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019. Over these past three and a half years, Microsoft has been listening to their customers, claims HoloLens inventor and Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman as he took his turn on stage. With the HoloLens 2, Microsoft has made what appears to be a more consumer-friendly device than its original predecessor – although the company themselves dare not utter the “c-word” just yet.

59% of VR Developers Use Unity, But Devs Make More Money With Unreal


Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 started out in the high end, and it has moved lower through pricing tactics and revisions that enable it to be the foundation of mobile games. Sadly, we don’t know which company is really in the stronger position because their data comparisons are apples and oranges. More people build an Apple with Unity than anyone else. Ditto with Google and ditto with Microsoft.”. This is by virtue of the fact that Unreal is focused on the high end.

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Did Seebright Just Launch Google Cardboard for AR?


Case in point is Microsoft’s HoloLens, where a development kit will set you back for $3000. It was no other than Google that delivered the first “million unit VR headset” By launching Cardboard VR application and the headset made out of… cardboard, Google set the stage for massive adoption of VR among developers, and the company isn’t stopping anytime soon. Apple or Google, it doesn’t matter as being platform agnostic is all that counts.”

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.24): Facebook login gets imposed on Quest and the community riots, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

Someone invokes saviors like Google and Amazon, but even if they managed to succeed, they are other data-harvesting companies , so in any case, we are f**ked. Apple threatens future support in Unreal Engine. All Apple software, SDKs, APIs, and developer tools ?—?Pre-release

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How the Stock Market is Showing Faith in Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR)


One-year price performance for MSFT, AAPL, GOOGL, SNE, and NVDA According to the latest report from Statista , the global augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets are rapidly growing and are forecast to reach a total of $72.8

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review


Using the Unreal Engine 4, NASA has created an extremely detailed and realistic VR model of the interior of the ISS, and astronauts use the Manus gloves in the model for training simulations. This is not NASA’s first foray into mixed reality – they also have a partnership with the Microsoft Hololens for support on the ISS as well. Another key to Apple’s larger plans might have just been revealed: the dual camera in the iPhone 7.

The XR Week Peek (2020.07.20): Oculus ready to manufacture the Quest S, Pico doubles-down on 3DOF, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Google’s investment for a 7.7% Google-Jio joint venture to develop an Android-based platform for an affordable 5G phone. In its personal crusade against Microsoft, optics expert Karl Guttag has listed in 4 articles all the defects of the HoloLens 2.

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Epic CEO Tim Sweeney: Closed Oculus Platform Would Mean ‘Less Income For Developers’


Even Microsoft uses the concept of “ Boundaries ” on PC with its inside-out tracking system to define play areas that are clear from floor to ceiling. Google’s Daydream OS running on Lenovo’s standalone Mirage Solo automatically restricts head movement to a very small area, but that feature can be deactivated by developers for a dangerous testing session.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.03.01): Sony confirms PSVR 2, Facebook teases Quest 2 Pro, and more!

The Ghost Howls

All the 3 major VR runtimes (Oculus, SteamVR, Microsoft) are now compatible with OpenXR , and this means that on the runtime layer on PC, now OpenXR has been fully integrated. Microsoft Ignite will be in VR.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.02.10): Lynx launches MR standalone headset, Facebook acquires Scape and much more!

The Ghost Howls

Let’s see how Apple and Google will answer. Google Glass 2 is now available for direct purchase. Google states this decision was taken because the headset was selling very well among companies and developers.

Editorial: Beat Saber Acquisition Begins Facebook’s Push Toward Horizon


All that effort and money was just to buy Facebook a seat at the table alongside some of the biggest western platform-holding companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

Kelly Peng reveals Kura 150° FOV AR glasses expected price and release date

The Ghost Howls

Will a little startup be able to beat the big behemoths like Apple and Facebook? We started talking with other professionals in the field, and they always kept saying to us “If Microsoft can’t do it, how can you do it?”.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.10.26): DecaGear is an intriguing VR headset, HTC is working on a new device, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Viveport is improving a lot, and now HTC is also launching the Vive XR Suite , which will be distributed thanks to the support of a strong network of partners like HP, NVIDIA, Baidu (the Chinese Google), and Accenture. Facebook and Microsoft publish two interesting research projects for VR.

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WebXR & A-Frame’s Co-Creator On The The Web’s Future & Why It Matters

Upload VR

When we released it, other companies jumped in and joined the initiative like Samsung and Microsoft and Oculus and the scope of the API grew to incorporate AR use cases also. The Google folks, they are doing an excellent job at incorporating AR features into the WebXR standard.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.04.20): Oculus Quest goes AR, Oculus Jedi may be like Valve Knuckles and much more!

The Ghost Howls

A bit like Apple, whose upgrades to ARKit show its creation of an AR framework aimed at the future more than the present (because phone AR is good only to add features to 2D apps), Facebook updating the Quest gives us a hint of what we can expect in the upcoming years. Heeeeelllo VR people!

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Best Places To Learn AR and VR Development Online in 2020

Hypergrid Business

Unreal Engine 4 is also an industry standard although it has a steeper learning curve than Unity. Google VR SDK is popular for building virtual reality applications for Android and iOS. He teaches yet another course on how to tackle different VR projects using Google VR for Android.

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Looking through the Jio Glass


This has 3 main components to it, dictated by hardware: Wait, how is this different from things like Microsoft’s Hololens? We’re looking at you, Google Glass. What about Apple Glass? I was very critical of this approach with the Apple Watch?—?it

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Who Will Own the Metaverse?

AR Insider

The World Map in this world therefore isn’t a 2D street map like we have with Google Maps or Open Street Map, nor is it a 3D map with terrain and building volumes. The incumbents have an advantage with existing mapping such as Google Maps, Earth, Street View, Apple Maps and the Indoor Maps Program, and Bing Maps but there are also significant geographic data players such as Foursquare and OpenStreetMap.

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. One VR, one AR, and that will become clearer over time, and trying to force the two together, like Zuckerberg and I were doing is causing massive confusion as we wait for Apple, and others, to ship usable augmented reality devices. They can’t look nerdy like Google Glass did.

All the most important AR and VR news from the GDC 2018

The Ghost Howls

I think that, after a year, its specifications don’t sound exceptional anymore and maybe it is better that LG jumps directly to a second generation or that enters the standalone market (as it seems, since there are some rumors about a new revolutionary headset screen developed by Google and LG). people walking around), so I don't have an apples-to-apples comparison against Santa Cruz. Google AR apps.

Magic Leap’s LEAP Con 2018 round-up: all the major announcements in only one place

The Ghost Howls

Oculus Quest has already 2 controllers, arena-scale tracking and experimental multiplayer support; HoloLens has local multiplayer and can interact with Microsoft Cognitive Services for object recognition), but all of them are necessary to create compelling augmented reality apps, so the fact that they are presumably coming in the next six months is very welcome. This is for instance something that Microsoft lacks completely.

The Coming Wave of Virtual Reality Creation Tools


That was true until a few weeks ago, when I got my hands on a new class of virtual reality 3D creation tools including Google Blocks , Google Tilt Brush , Oculus Medium , Oculus Quill , et al. In new VR creation tools like my personal favorites, Google’s Blocks and Tilt Brush, you can literally step around what you’re working on, or reach out and grab it, physically manipulating and scaling objects effortlessly in real-time. To the Google Machine we go!

A 2020 XR Year-In-Review, with MetaVRse' Alan & Julie Smithson, and Alex Colgan

XR for Business Podcast

And so Apple bought them shortly thereafter. So SPACES was acquired quietly by Apple this year. And Apple also earlier this year acquired NextVR, which-- that company has all the licensing rights to real-time capture in 360 of NASCAR, and NBA, and all of the other sports. So now Apple has the rights to 360 stream or VR stream sports, so that's pretty cool. But then you look at Unreal. Epic sued Apple and Google this year over the duopoly of the app stores.

Xenoma Mixes AI with AR / VR, Launches e-Skin Clothing for Gesture Tracking


The SDK supports Microsoft HoloLens and Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which will represent the default form for Windows Mixed Reality , Windows 10 Creator’s Edition applications. According to the company, “ data and movement visualization tool can plug into Google’s TensorFlow, an open-source deep learning library for machine intelligence.” ” Future plans include expanding to Apple’s operating systems (both iOS and macOS ).

Delivering Digital Meatballs in AR, with IKEA’s Martin Enthed

XR for Business Podcast

And then the Apple guys came with a brilliant ARKit, and it worked beautifully. And then just recently now you might have read that we have made a new thing with the new Apple iPad, with the LiDAR stuff, adding functionality that wasn't possible before. And the equivalent from an iOS phone is used Apple's version of USD, that Pixar has defined. And then Apple comes along and says, "No, here's a new format.". Martin: I think Apple is part of the board in Khronos still.

HP’s PC Chief Ron Coughlin Talks Expanding To VR


Coughlin believes HP is taking share from its Windows PC rivals as well as from Apple. Not only are we taking share from Windows competitors, but for the first time in years we’re taking share from Apple in the premium category. We’ve embarked on that and just announced a partnership with Microsoft as well. We’re very much invested in our partnership with Microsoft in this space as well. PCs aren’t dead yet. Just ask Ron Coughlin, head of HP ‘s computer business.

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.17): Facebook Horizon avatars revealed, Mozilla dismantles its XR team, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Outside VR, the big news to keep an eye on is the dispute between Epic Games and Apple (and Google), which could lead to a complete change in how app stores are managed, even in VR. Watch Microsoft Office in XR.

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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. We have a Google Doc-style, real-time collaborative editing, where you can have as many people as you want in a project, but you're also giving them permission to edit the project. And they actually built an Unreal engine-based app to publish news content to go on with their news. To be fair to everyone else, Apple's very tightly coupled to the hardware.