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

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Image by Sony). Sony officially states it is going to launch the PSVR 2. PlayStation VR has been the most successful headset until now (if we exclude the crappy mobile viewers), but now it is pretty dated and people were wondering what Sony was going to do. Header image by Sony).

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Google Unboxes ARCore for Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Tab S4, & Latest Devices from Sony & Nokia

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As Android device partners ship new products, Google has been diligent in its efforts to ensure that users can enjoy ARCore apps once they boot up their new toys. On Monday, Google updated its ARCore Supported Devices page to include the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4, the Sony Xperia ZX2 line of handsets, and the Nokia 6.1

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Monday's Best Deals: Apple AirPods Pro, Google Pixel 4a 5G, Switch Joy-Cons, TaoTronics Humidifiers, The Ordinary Peeling Solution, iPhone 12 MagSafe Charger, and More

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Apple’s AirPods Pro and the Google Pixel 4a 5G lead Monday’s best deals. Read more.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.01.25): Facebook plans “a big shift” in privacy, Apple VR headset rumored, and more!

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Apple way be working on a VR headset. According to Bloomberg, next year Apple is going to release a VR headset with limited passthrough AR functionalities. The HMD should be targeted to prosumers and Apple expects sales in the order of magnitude of one Apple headset per day, per store.

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Facebook steps into cloud gaming — and another feud with Apple

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Their approach is different than what Microsoft or Google has built but Facebook highlights a shared central challenge: dealing with Apple. Apple lays out its messy vision for how xCloud and Stadia will work with its App Store rules. Apple goes to war with the gaming industry.

Join Us Today On YouTube To Discuss The Week’s VR News & Sony’s Commitment To PSVR2!


This week’s is: in the wake of the closure of a studio working on a AAA VR title for 5 years, will Sony fully commit to PlayStation VR 2? As always, we’ll also be making it available for audio-only listening on Apple, Google, Spotify, TuneIn/Alexa, Stitcher, and more within a couple of hours of airing. The post Join Us Today On YouTube To Discuss The Week’s VR News & Sony’s Commitment To PSVR2!

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Google Brings ARCore 1.0 to Multiple Flagship Smartphones, Google Lens Preview Soon

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Ahead of Mobile World Congress (MWC) next week, Google announced it’s bringing ARCore , it’s augmented reality SDK, out of preview and to a number of flagship smartphones in its 1.0 Google Lens , the company’s tool to help users identify real-world objects, is also making its way from Pixel to more flagship devices soon – albeit still in preview. SEE ALSO 'Pokémon GO' Now Uses Apple's ARKit on iOS 11, Bringing Pokémon Closer to Reality.

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Report: Facebook Agrees To Buy Every AR Display From Key Supplier Apple Looked At Acquiring


Facebook signed a deal to buy several years of the entire output of a key AR microLED display supplier Apple looked at acquiring, The Information reports. Microsoft is focusing first on the enterprise market and Google appears to be taking things slow after early efforts in “smart” eyewear failed to take off. Why has Facebook signed this deal, and why was Apple interested in acquisition?

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For Once, Microsoft Got The Jump On Google and Apple with HoloLens — Will It Last?


HoloLens moves the game on from the previous-generation MR devices — such as Google Glass — which provided little more than the ability to bring up text or simple icons over the user’s view. Consumer VR devices costing several hundred dollars from Oculus, HTC, and Sony run on powerful household desktop PCs that likely cost at least $1,000. Meanwhile, AR systems, such as Apple’s recent ARKit, allow mobile users to view the world through a window, with digital objects superimposed.

The Coolest Gadgets of 2020

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Apple Files Augmented Reality Patent for a ‘Wearable Information System’


Apple is a tough nut to crack when it comes to future projects. However, while rivals like Google , Microsoft and Sony are already well on their immersive way, Apple remains silent on what its immersive projects may be. Tagged with: apple , ar , industry news , patent. Apple Art VR Industry News apple ar industry news patent

Sunday's Best Deals: MSI 27" Gaming Monitor, ViviLink Dashcam, Star Wars Night Light, Nutale Findthing Trackers, Keurig Coffee & Latte Maker, Klairs Skincare, and More

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A 4-pack of Nutale Findthing trackers and a 50-pack of 3-ply colorful face masks lead Sunday’s best deals. Read more.

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Is Apple building a VR headset? Not exactly.


Bloomberg published another update on Apple’s headset plans last week, and headlines across the web are shouting Apple is building a VR headset! I think this is a mischaracterization of what Apple is really building. Apple has another option though.

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Thursday's Best Deals: 48-Pack Batteries, M1 MacBooks and Mac Mini, JACHS NY Pants, Cold-Press Juicer, Exfoliating Foot Peel, Dark Souls Board Game, and More

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Nanfu AA and AAA battery 48-packs and Apple’s new M1 MacBooks and Mac Mini lead Thursday’s best deals. Read more.

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Now on Rift, ‘Tilt Brush’ is the First Google App on Facebook’s VR Platform

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After a long and somewhat awkward period of Google keeping all of their VR apps from Facebook’s VR platforms on desktop (with Rift) and mobile (with Gear VR), Tilt Brush is the first VR olive branch extended across the platform gap between these two major tech competitors. For a company that makes money by getting as many people to use their software products as possible, the VR situation between Google and Facebook has been… awkward.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.05.25): new rumors on Apple Glasses, Oculus Quest anniversary, HP Reverb G2 and more!

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OMG, it’s almost 3 years that I write these roundups… the first week peek was exclusive for my blog subscribers and it featured as best news the release of Google Blocks and in the other news something about Samsung Gear VR… how much time has passed since then! Apple Glasses may release in 2021 for $499. In the end, technologist Jon Prosser has revealed the main details he knows about the Apple Glasses. It is weird that Apple wants to create a new standard even there.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.06.23): StarWars: Squadron is a new AAA VR game, Apple announces ARKit4 and more!

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Apple announces ARKit 4, amongst new rumors of XR headsets. This week Bloomberg has published a new report on a possible Apple’s XR headset , telling the story of how the AR/VR division in the company thought about releasing a very powerful VR headset that required a computational box, but Jony Ive blocked the project because he wanted a standalone glass. More info (New rumors about Apple and XR) More info (Apple ARKit4). Google experiments on Lightfields streaming.

Apple CEO Tim Cook to Congress: The App Store is in a 'street fight for market share'

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Speaking to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law via WebEx on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook defended the company from accusations of anticompetitive behavior when it comes to the App Store. Apple App Store Antitrust Tech Iphone

Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?


For every Nintendo there is a Sega and for every Apple there is a Microsoft. There are a handful of major players already cutting their teeth in VR including Google, Sony and Samsung; but the two titans sitting at the top of the heap are Oculus and HTC. Our big question today is this: when it comes to VR, are Oculus and HTC the respective Apple and Microsoft of the industry? Oculus/Apple . The technology world is always a game of rivals.

These Are The Stocks You Could Buy To Invest In The VR Industry


billion from companies listed below like Google and Qualcomm. Google – NASDAQ: GOOG – Cardboard, Google VR, Daydream & Tango, VR cameras, Tilt Brush. Sony – NYSE: SNE – VR Console, VR Games & VR Headset. Apple – NASDAQ: AAPL – AR/VR headset. The VR and AR markets are full of companies of various sizes with many roles in the VR industry, when you consider how many verticals there are it can get confusing.

New Oculus Headset, Apple AR Lens, Valve’s Secret, PSVR2’s Big Potential

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The News Discussion this week: Report – New Oculus Headset Enters Production This Month, Sony Ramping Up PS5 Manufacturing Valve’s Cancelled ‘Vader’ VR Headset Would Have Cost ‘Upwards Of $5000’ Valve Has Been Working On A ‘Top-Secret’ Project Since 2018, Hardware Teams Working On ‘What’s Next’ Superhot Dev Continuing To Experiment With VR, But New Game Skips Support. The post New Oculus Headset, Apple AR Lens, Valve’s Secret, PSVR2’s Big Potential appeared first on UploadVR.

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Google Pixel Launched – Pixel XL is 30% Slower than iPhone 7


As widely expected Google announced the Pixel and Pixel XL, its first purely self-branded smartphones. While perhaps not remarkable by themselves, the phones are part of Google’s big push into consumer hardware today which also includes Google Home, Google Wi-Fi, Daydream View, and more. come with five main points for these phones: Google Assistant, Photography, Google Photos, Communications, and Virtual Reality.

The XR Week Peek (2020.06.15): PS5 revealed, SteamVR implements OpenVR and more!

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Image by Sony, from Road To VR). Sony announces PS5, it supports PSVR. With an online livestream of around 1 hour, Sony has finally unveiled the design of the PlayStation 5. But Sony has confirmed that while we wait for it, the PS5 will be able to work with the current PSVR device. Sony has also shown the new PlayStation Camera, that has now high frequency, high resolution (full HD), and a stereo pair of cameras. Header image by Sony).

The XR Week Peek (2020.04.13): iPhone 12 adds depth camera, StarVR One is back to the market and much more!

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Well, if the rumor becomes reality, this would mean that all next Apple devices will have both front and back depth cameras, for high-precision Augmented Reality and 3D reconstruction. On the other side, this is massive for Apple, that mixing the data of Apple Maps together with all these point clouds detected by the rear cameras when in use, will be able to create an AR Cloud ecosystem probably even before Facebook, Microsoft, and Google. Well played Apple.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.10.14): Asgard’s Wrath redefines VR gaming, Apple glasses may launch in Q2 2020 and much more!

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Apple AR glasses may come in early 2020. It can’t pass a week without us having a new rumor about the upcoming Apple AR glasses. This week is again the turn of Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, that after having said that Apple glasses may come between Q4 2019 and Q2 2020, now says that he is very confident that the glasses will launch in Q2 2020. I wonder how they managed to come up with this name, I’m really surprised by the creativity of Sony’s executives.

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2018 In Review: The Year Standalones Took VR And AR Everywhere


Magic Leap’s CEO Rony Abovitz suggested in our first face-to-face interview ( you can read the entire transcript ) that “big” players like Microsoft and Apple are going to spend ten times that amount investing in this technology. The leak came as both HTC and Google started showing the Vive Focus and Mirage Solo standalone VR headsets featuring a pair of “6DoF” point-and-reach hand controllers. Facebook Google HTC Vive HTC Vive Focus VR Industry News 2018 analysis year in review

IDC’s Data Shows VR is Not Dying, Not Even Close


Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote made that abundantly clear with their announcement of support for external Metal graphics, HTC Vive, SteamVR and Metal VR. The VR market is only starting and now that all the biggest players in the tech space are engaged including Apple we can consider it a complete market. Not far behind Samsung is Sony with 429,000 units shipped in Q1 which represents a market share of 18.8%. In 3rd place after Samsung and Sony was HTC with the HTC Vive.

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The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review


Apple finally talks about VR while taking a (very solid) swing at AR, Walmart will use virtual reality to train employees, you can grow better weed with AR + AI, and Q1 VR headset sales…. APPLE ACTUALLY TALKS ABOUT VR. To many eager iOS users out there (myself included), Apple’s refusal to release or even discuss anything VR-related has been frustrating. APPLE TAKES A (VERY SOLID) SWING AT AUGMENTED REALITY. However… we’re still waiting for those apple AR glasses.

The best smart speakers: Why Sonos One, Amazon Echo, and Google Home Max are our favorites

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IMAGE: Google. Google Home Max. If you care about audio quality just as much as you do smart features, the Google Home Max has the best of both worlds. 299 from Google. BEST FOR APPLE DIE-HARDS. Apple HomePod. Sony XB10 portable wireless speaker.

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Twitter Hires Apple’s Alessandro Sabatelli To Lead Its AR & VR Team


According to reports, Alessandro Sabatelli who was UI designer at Apple earlier is hired by Twitter as Director of augmented reality and virtual reality. Sabatelli was actually a UI designer for iOS, WatchOS, and OS X at Apple. When Sabatelli was at Apple, wherein he worked for approximately nine years he was associated with many interesting projects such as Apple TV, Siri for iOS, animation head for iOS and iPad’s YouTube app.

The best AR and VR news from CES 2021

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We were all expecting this since AR and VR are a bit in a transitional moment and the biggest brands (like Facebook and Apple) have their events through which they’ll announce their new devices, but for me, this lack of news was worse than the expected. Google AR Cloud Streaming.

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

Report Predicts AR and VR Headsets Shipments to Approach 100 Million by 2021

Road to VR

Despite Sony being pleasantly surprised by its official PSVR sales figures – with the nearly 1 million units sold since its October 2016 launch – it’s difficult to get a handle on market penetration for VR hardware to date. Samsung confirmed at CES in January that its Oculus engineered Samsung Gear VR headset had passed an install base figure of 5 Million and more recently Google affirmed that it had shipped over 10 Million Cardboard viewers.

VR Sales Analysis: Rift and Vive to Sell Under 500,000 in 2016, PS VR to Top 2 Million


Since then the HTC Vive , PlayStation VR and Google Daydream View have all entered the arena. The organization found that, by the end of 2016, the Oculus Rift is projected to sell 355,088 units; the HTC Vive will sell 420,108 units; Google Daydream will sell 450,083 units; and the PS VR will sell 2,602,307 units. The Apple iPhone , for example, sold only 1.39 Tagged with: Daydream , google , htc , oculus , PlayStation VR , PS VR , rift , sales , sony , Vive.

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Report: Global VR Gaming Market to Jump 84% in 4 Years


” The report predicts America will be the major source of revenue for the VR gaming market, citing increased awareness and growth brought on by companies such as Google, Samsung and Sony. “The adoption of VR technology by tech giants such as Sony and Microsoft and the presence of companies such as Apple and Google that have a large user base in the mobile gaming segment will fuel the growth of the market in this region,” the report summary said.

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Editorial: Virtual Reality Is Facebook’s Market To Lose

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While Sony’s PlayStation VR headset sold more than 5 million units, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said recently Oculus Quest 2 “‘is on track to be the first mainstream VR headset”. Google exited the market almost as soon as it had prepared a standalone VR developer kit with hand controllers.

My predictions for virtual reality in 2021

The Ghost Howls

And in fact, some weeks ago Sony has made everyone understand that it has delayed the launch of the PSVR 2 because the market is not there yet. And a big company like Google could also afford to sell it at the same price as the Quest 2, hoping for a future domination of the VR ecosystem.