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How Epic Games’ Lawsuit Against Apple Could Impact The Future Of VR/AR

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Apple threatens to withhold support for ARKit and upcoming VR technology on Unreal Engine. For those who may be out of the loop, last week Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple after the company pulled their megapopular multiplayer game Fortnite from the iOS App Store.

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

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The latest version of the Oculus Unreal Engine Integration adds support for Vulkan on Oculus Quest and Oculus Go. 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. The latest version of the Oculus Unreal Engine Integration for Unreal 4.22

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Judge Rules Apple Can Keep Blocking Fortnite, But Not Unreal Engine

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In the latest chapter of the Epic Games vs. Apple feud, a federal judge granted an injunction Friday to keep Apple from terminating Epic’s developer account but also said the tech giant wouldn’t be compelled to bring Fortnite back to its App Store.

Magic Leap is Giving Away 500 AR Headsets as Part of Epic’s $100M Unreal MegaGrants

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At Unreal Engine Build: Detroit 2019, Magic Leap today announced that the company will be giving away 500 Magic Leap One Creator Edition AR headsets as part of the recently unveiled Epic MegaGrants. Epic MegaGrants is Epic Games’ $100 million initiative designed to support developers of media, entertainment, and games, as well as enterprise professionals, students, educators, and tool developers working with Unreal Engine.

Unreal Engine 4.18 Update Brings Native Support for ARKit and ARCore, SteamVR Support for Mac

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Epic Game’s Unreal Engine is making it easier to create for augmented reality in the newest 4.18 update, now including official support for Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore software dev kits, and support for SteamVR on Mac. ‘Production-ready’ support for Apple’s ARKit working on iOS11 was initially announced during Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X unveiling last month. ” Unreal Engine 4.18 The post Unreal Engine 4.18

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In Apple and Epic’s First Hearing, Apple Wins the Right to Boot Fortnite, But Not Unreal Engine

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Last week, Epic filed for a temporary restraining order to prevent Apple from terminating all of Epic’s developer accounts and cutting the company off from iOS and Mac development tools, which would go into affect on Friday August 28, 2020. fortnite apple vs epic epic games apple

Google’s ARCore Gets Unity And Unreal Support

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World-building engines Unreal and Unity are both on board with support of Google’s new ARCore augmented reality toolkit. It’s an answer to Apple’s ARKit, but available on fewer phones initially. We’ve had months of interesting projects rolling out on the Internet showing the capabilities of ARKit, but with Unity and Unreal support now in place for Google’s ARCore we’re likely to start seeing an increase in cool Android-based AR examples.

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Unreal Engine 4.17 Adds VR Spectator Screen, ARKit Support

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Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.17 Perhaps more importantly, the update also adds experimental support for Apple’s new ARKit, the AR platform set to be introduced in the upcoming release of iOS11. Unreal Engine was powering the Wingnut AR demo we saw during ARKit’s reveal earlier this year, but now all Unreal developers can get to grips with it. AR Unreal Engine VR Industry News

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

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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. Sweeney said that Unreal Engine had its best year of all time in revenues, and then 2016 revenues doubled the 2015 numbers.

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Apple Sets Stage For VR; Shows Off Star Wars Vive Demo

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Apple’s new iMacs are now powerful enough to support VR. Apple unveiled macOS High Sierra during WWDC. Apple Embracing Virtual Reality. Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi took the stage and confirmed that “Valve is bringing SteamVR to Mac.” ” SteamVR will also be joined on Mac systems by the Unreal and Unity video game engines, all tying directly into today’s newly announced Metal 2 video-processing API.

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This Week In XR: Epic’s Unreal Metaverse, New Apple AR Glass Rumors, Spatial Goes Free

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Epic’s Case Against Apple Should Be Put to a Jury, Judge Recommends

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The latest episode of the Epic Games vs. Apple saga took place this morning, and it appears we’re still at square one. round two fight epic vs apple epic games apple fortnite unreal engine

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Bebylon Battle Royale Dev Scores Unreal Dev Grant

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Bebylon Battle Royale developer Kite & Lightning is one of a long list of teams awarded funding in the latest round of Epic Games’ Unreal Dev Grants. This is no strings attached funding that is awarded to independent teams using Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 to build their projects. We’ve been following the developer quite closely of late as it uses Apple’s iPhone X as an affordable form of facial animation tool.

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Epic Claims Apple Is Cutting It Off From ‘Future VR Features’ On iOS

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Epic Games’ ongoing dispute with Apple may have outed future VR plans for the latter company. Last week, Apple removed Fortnite from the iOS app store for iPhone and iPad after Epic added payment options to the battle royale hit that circumvented Apple’s usual cut of the revenue.

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Apple Unveils ARKit For Augmented Reality

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Apple is jumping firmly into the world of augmented reality. Apple also showed off what the new development tool would look like with the popular AR game Pokemon Go. Apple also mentioned AR apps from IKEA and Lego. The more sophisticated demo, made in Unreal Engine, shows a complex world war taking place with spaceships and explosions. ARKit has support for Unity, Unreal Engine and Scenekit and will be coming to iPad and iPhone.

Apple Announces First VR-Ready Computers

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Apple has finally made a commitment to VR, announcing on stage today at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017 that not only will they offer an external GPU developer kit for MacBooks capable of meeting the graphical demands of VR, but that both the new 27-inch iMac and the iMac Pro will be VR-ready out of the box. The company says Metal 2 will also support Unity, Unreal Engine and the Steam VR SDK, making Apple’s new operating system a true VR-native.

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Apple Announces ARKit 3 with Body Tracking & Human Occlusion

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At the company’s annual WWDC developer conference today, Apple revealed ARKit 3, its latest set of developer tools for creating AR applications on iOS. Apple also introduced Reality Composer and RealityKit to make it easier for developers to build augmented reality apps. Today during the opening keynote of WWDC in San Jose, Apple revealed ARKit 3. From the footage Apple showed of their body tracking tech, it looks pretty coarse at this stage.

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Apple Embraces VR: Every Virtual Reality Announcement From Today’s WWDC Keynote

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At Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference today, the company made a major shift in their embrace of virtual reality with several new VR announcements during the event’s opening keynote. Though well loved, Apple’s computer lineup got somewhat left in the dust at the launch of the Rift and Vive, both of which had hardware requirements that exceeded what Apple had on offer. Today marks a major shift in Apple’s public support for virtual reality.

The XR Week Peek (2020.05.17): Apple Glasses are sleek, UE5 rises hype, NVIDIA releases CloudXR SDK, and more!

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Apple glasses are coming in 2021–2022 and they are incredibly sleek. Apple glasses are coming. We’re hearing this since many years, but now the sensation is that we’re coming close to the moment when the prophecy will come true: the rumors are intensifying and the software (ARKit) and the hardware (depth cameras, 5G) designed by Apple are all converging to the glasses solution. He says that Apple AR glasses will come in 2021 and that he has seen them.

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Apple Has Finally Gotten Too Big for Its Britches

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What started out as a battle between Apple and Epic over direct in-app purchases in Fortnite has evolved into an ill-advised, petty revenge scheme. On Sunday, Epic filed a new motion to bar Apple from revoking iOS and macOS support for its Unreal Engine while its other beef is ongoing.

4 Dev Demos Showing Off Apple’s New ARKit Tracking

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Showcased at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference this week, ARKit is a new core technology for iOS 11, due to launch this Fall, soon to enable augmented reality features on hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads. The post 4 Dev Demos Showing Off Apple’s New ARKit Tracking appeared first on Road to VR. Apple AR AR Development ARKit Augmented Reality News apple ar apple arkit apple augmented reality arkit demo

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Apple Positions New iMac Pro for VR Development, Available Starting Thursday

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Back at WWDC 2017 Apple finally embraced VR, announcing that it had been working with Valve to bring SteamVR and the HTC Vive to MacOS , along with a number of other announcements about how the company would support VR as part of its ecosystem. Apple may not hold the majority of the PC market, but among certain sectors its hardware and software are nearly industry standards. SEE ALSO Report: Apple Acquired VR Headset Startup Vrvana for $30 Million.

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Apple’s Job Listings Seek ‘VR File Format Engineer’, ‘VR Pipeline Engineer’, & More

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Now that Apple is being open about their interest in VR the company is publicly listing new job postings for a number of roles seeking candidates with VR expertise. The latest VR job listings from Apple are not the first time the company has been spotted looking for hires with experience with virtual reality, but activity has certainly picked up of late, with seven new VR-related job listings in just over three weeks.

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Apple Details Latest VR Optimizations Coming to macOS Mojave (10.14)

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Earlier this month at Apple’s annual WWDC conference, the company introduced their latest operating system, macOS Mojave (10.14). Due to roll out as a public beta later this month, and launching widely this Fall as a free update, Mojave brings further VR-specific optimizations to Apple’s Metal graphics API, which the company detailed in a session at WWDC. SEE ALSO Oculus Mum on Rift Support for MacOS as Apple and Valve Forge Ahead. Image courtesy Apple.

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Cool AR apps to try with Apple’s new phones

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Apple has lagged behind in the virtual and augmented reality race so far. ” Apple software and services could gain $9 billion in revenue by 2020 as a result of operations related to augmented reality because there will be about 3.6 ” Apple itself featured four AR applications in its annoucement. The developer kit works on Unity, Unreal, and Scenekit engines. News Apple ARKit Google ARCore IKEA Place Pokemon Go Tango Unity Unreal

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Microsoft backs Epic Games, says Apple is threatening game development

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Microsoft has inserted itself into the ongoing legal dispute between Apple and Epic Games, and the Xbox company is lining up behind the Unreal Engine. Epic confirmed on Monday that Apple will cut the company off from iOS and MacOS development tools on Aug.

Apple Adds VR Rendering Essentials to MacOS via Metal 2

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With Apple’s increasing interest in VR on Mac , the company is adding essential features to its new Metal 2 graphics API to support high performance VR on MacOS. Many of the key tweaks to the VR rendering pipeline have been established on other platforms, and Apple is bringing many of them to the updated Metal 2 API which the company says now “provides powerful and specialized support for Virtual Reality (VR) rendering.”

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Apple’s ARKit is Bringing Augmented Reality to “hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads”

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Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is here, and today’s keynote saw a number of VR-specific announcements including Apple’s first VR-ready computers to go along with the launch of the company’s newest macOS High Sierra. ” Apple says iOS 11 will be made available to iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation. image courtesy Apple.

Apple Shows Off New AR Demos on iPhone 8

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While many were pumped to see a new iPhone, Watch, and Apple TV announced at Apple’s special event from the brand-new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, we’ve all been waiting to hear more about the company’s augmented and virtual reality efforts. While most were quick demos, Apple spent the most time previewing Directive Games’ real-time multiplayer game The Machines. News Apple AR ARKit Augmented Reality

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Here’s the Star Wars VR Demo Apple Showed During Their Keynote

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At yesterday’s keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017, Apple revealed the new iMac Pro and updated 27” Retina iMac , both of which are VR-ready, along with a slew of other VR related product updates. SEE ALSO Watch Epic Games' Nick Donaldson Build a Scene in Unreal's VR Editor. The post Here’s the Star Wars VR Demo Apple Showed During Their Keynote appeared first on Road to VR. Apple News Bits apple vr wwdc vive star wars demo wwdc vr wwdc

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Apple Jumps Into AR With ARKit on Millions Of iPhones and iPads

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It wasn’t a matter of if Apple would get involved with augmented reality so much as when. At a press conference today Apple unveiled its first AR implementation coming to the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system, iOS 11. This is made possible through the cameras, GPUs and CPUs on “hundreds of millions” of iPhones and iPads, Apple said, which will make ARKit “the biggest AR platform” pretty much overnight. Apple VR Industry News

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Google Releases ARCore for Android, The Company’s Answer to Apple ARKit

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In an answer to Apple’s recently released ARKit , a developer tool used for making augmented reality apps and games that run on newer iPad and iPhones, Google today released a preview of a new Android-compatible software development kit (SDK) called ARCore. The post Google Releases ARCore for Android, The Company’s Answer to Apple ARKit appeared first on Road to VR.

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How Modding Communities Are Paving The Way For User-Generated VR & AR Content

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Castle Smurthenstein (Image Credit: Apple II Bits ). In a similar fashion as to what Unreal Engine offers to round up users, these above-mentioned platforms are free to use but come at the cost of royalties or in-game purchases. News Altspace Beat Saber Blade & Sorcery DOOM VR Fallout 4 VR Half-Life VR Massively Multiplayer Online User-Generated Games Skyrim VR Synth Riders Twitch Unreal Engine VR Modding

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What does Unity’s IPO mean for Virtual Production and Filmmaking?

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Monetizing Virtual Production: Unlike software suites such as Adobe Creative Cloud, and compositing software, that charge up-front or via monthly subscriptions to use them, both Unity and Unreal Game Engines are free to use if the output is purely for rendering film, and at any video resolution.

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Valve Ends SteamVR Support For macOS

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In 2016, founder Palmer Luckey claimed this was due to Apple’s lack of priority on GPU power. Apple Went All-In. Support for macOS was announced by Apple itself during its annual developer conference in 2017. Craig Federighi, who reports directly to Tim Cook, revealed the support with excitement- VR would be a showcase of Apple’s new commitment to high performance graphics. Apple is reportedly working on a standalone mixed reality headset slated for 2022.

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Tim Sweeney On Apple AR: ‘There is Going to be an Incredible Rush of Developers’

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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney thinks Apple’s upcoming iOS 11 update, arriving this fall, will be a huge boost to the emerging AR industry. Sweeney, whose company makes the Unreal Engine toolset used in creating some of the biggest budget 3D projects, outlined in a blog post this week why he saw this as a huge moment for immersive computing: Apple’s debut of VR support for Mac and AR support for iOS are true game-changers.

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