Epic Games Awarded Grants to 31 XR Projects in 2021 Through the $100M MegaGrants Fund

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Since 2019 Epic Games (well known as the creators of Unreal Engine & Fortnite ) has run the Epic MegaGrants program, a $100 million fund to financially support projects built with Unreal Engine. BRUNNER Elektronik – Unreal Engine Integration for NOVASIM Flight Simulator.

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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. Sweeney said that Unreal Engine had its best year of all time in revenues, and then 2016 revenues doubled the 2015 numbers. He said developers have made more than $10 billion to date with Unreal games. “We We think that Unreal Engine’s market share is double the nearest competitor in revenues,” Sweeney said.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.05.31): UE5 released in Early Access, Lumus shows an impressive AR prototype, and more!

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Unreal Engine 5 gets released in Early Access. After a lot of teasing of its upcoming fantastic features, Unreal Engine 5 is finally available for download. augmented reality virtual reality week peek lumus unreal engine

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Epic Games CEO: “HTC Vive is outselling Oculus Rift 2-to-1 worldwide”

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Tim Sweeney, founder of Epic Games and creator of Unreal Engine, has a unique position in the virtual reality industry. For one, Oculus doesn’t ship to China, a massive potential market where VR is growing rapidly, and one which HTC is pursuing aggressively with deals to put the Vive in thousands of VR arcades across the country. News Oculus Home SteamVR Unreal Engine 4 epic games htc vive oculus oculus rift sales openvr steamvr Tim Sweeney unreal engine

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Xiaomi Mi VR to Support Oculus Mobile SDK, 100% Rev Share in 2018 for Localized Apps

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Back at CES, Oculus announced that Chinese electronics giant Xiaomi would exclusively bring its own branded version of the standalone Oculus Go headset to China. Xiaomi will exclusively sell and control the headset in China while the Oculus Go will be sold in other regions. In order to support those other headsets, developers will need to build using the Mi VR SDK (which supports Unity and Unreal). Mobile VR News VR in China oculus china oculus go xiaomi vr

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Presence Episode 8 | An Interview With WorldViz’s Peter Schlueer About Warehouse-Scale VR

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This week, Joseph and UploadVR Games Editor David Jagneaux (subbing for the wonderful Jason, who’s literally in China right now) tackle more than a few big news stories from the world of VR. WorldViz Founder and President Peter Schlueer joins us to talk about bringing warehouse-level motion tracking to Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5 – the two most widely used game engines currently around for VR – and what that means for the future of big, BIG virtual reality simulations.

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ByteDance-owned VR startup Pico strengthens ties with Qualcomm

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Despite being a leading VR brand in China, Pico is nowhere close to the scale of Oculus’s user reach or creator ecosystem. At least in China, Pico is getting a slew of ads on Douyin, TikTok’s Chinese version. China watches and learns from the US in AR/VR competition.

GDC 2018 ‘Day 3’ Roundup – Oculus Go Details, Vive Focus Global Launch, New Qualcomm VRDK, and More

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Qualcomm’s latest reference headset supports Vive Wave, HTC Vive Focus international launch, Oculus talks about their 2018 ecosystem, announces ‘Positional Timewarp’, reveals new Oculus Go details, and Unreal Engine’s real-time ray-tracing demo. Previously, it was unclear whether the Vive Focus would expand its reach beyond China, where it is already on sale. Unreal Engine’s real-time ray-tracing live demo.

Lenqiy aims at fostering creativity in Chinese kids with virtual reality

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When I was in China, the last company I visited in Shanghai has been Lenqiy. This is another Vive-X company working in the educational sector and that has given me interesting insights into the educational ecosystem in China , that confirmed what I have learned speaking with Langzou and Judao. I have to really thank Heavin for the time has spent with me talking about what he does and how is the educational VR ecosystem in China and also for having been really kind to me.

7Invensun aGlass DK II unboxing, setup and review: a great dev kit for eye tracking in VR

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In China I met the company 7Invensun , that is a worldwide leader for what concerns eye tracking. The aGlass SDK contains plugins for Unity and Unreal. reviews virtual reality 7invensun aglass China eye tracking how to htc review UX vrBeing them very kind, they gave me as a gift an aGlass DK II eye tracking add on for HTC Vive and I used it to experiment with eye tracking interfaces.

7Invensun is a Chinese company that wants to disrupt the VR eye tracking sector

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I’ve not been able to test it in person, but looking around its users manual, the aGlass DK II seems quite easy to install and also easy to be used as a developer , thanks to its handy Unity and Unreal plugins. 7Invensun’s eye tracker is only available in China now. We do have data from the market showing that there are more VR hardware device producers in China than in western countries now. interviews virtual reality addon aglass China eye tracking interview vr

Google Stays Nimble with ARCore 1.4 Update, Bringing Passthrough Camera Auto-Focus & Wider Availability

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New SDKs are also available for Android, iOS, Unity, Unreal Engine. In addition, Google has enabled support for select Huawei and Xiaomi handsets for the China region. Google's ARCore team is staying busy, as evidenced by yet another update of its augmented reality toolkit. Available as of Friday on Google Play, version 1.4 brings passthrough camera auto-focus support, faster plane detection, and more image resolutions for computer vision to the platform.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.12.21): Google is building an AR OS, Nike acquires RTFKT, and more!

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I mean, I know how China works (at first copy, then evolve), but they literally copied everything from Quest 2. Alvin Wang Graylin talks about the metaverse in China. Mister President Graylin has given a long interview about the metaverse in China.

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The XR Week Peek (2022.08.08): Xiaomi unveils its smartglasses, Improbable and RP1 want to create the networking for the metaverse, and much more!

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I don’t even know how they plan to sell this device in China, a country where people want to appear cool and not weird. Anyway, if you are in China and you want to look ??,

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The XR Week Peek (2022.07.18): Magic Leap 2 price revealed, new rumors about Apple, and more!

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Some interesting stuff about the M-word: I’ve found two articles shared via WeChat that talk about the attitude that China has towards the metaverse and the plans that the most important Chinese cities have to grow in metaverse-related topics.

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

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Here you are the integral interview that I had with Kelly Peng, asking her everything from Kura to the differences between the US and China (Kelly comes from Xi’an), not to mention her life as a startupper. The entrance to the big WCVRI VR exhibition in Nanchang China, in 2019.

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

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Apple threatens future support in Unreal Engine. What is interesting for us is the last line “adoption and support of ARKit features and future VR features into Unreal Engine by their XR team”. China is launching real name identification in games.

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Top XR Events in 2021 That Should Be on Your Must-Attend List

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Where: Chengdu Marriott Hotel Financial Centre, Sichuan, China. One of the biggest international events dedicated to the augmented and virtual reality will take place at the beginning of September in Chengdu Financial City in Sichuan, China.

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The VR Society’s ‘On The Lot’ is Back—and Fully Augmented

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Last year, the inaugural VR On The Lot brought together major players from Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Europe, and China for a two-day exploration of the intersection between entertainment and technology. ” In addition, Unreal Engine will premiere The Giant: Michelangelo’s David in VR to the public, which lets audiences get up-close with the iconic statue unlike ever before. LIFE VR, Unity, Unreal Engine, VRC and DTS (an Xperi company).

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

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Unreal Engine 5 may change the rules of game development. Out of nowhere, Epic Games has teased the next version of Unreal Engine, Unreal Engine 5, due to be released in 2021. This means that Unreal Engine is now free for everyone forever until you really become rich.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.07.26): Facebook aims at the Metaverse, Quest 2 goes MR, and more!

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Acquiring it, Epic secures a great source of assets for the developers using its Unreal Engine, and also the connection with many talents. I’m incredibly happy about having been hosted by Sebastian Ang (MRTV), one of my favorite VR content creators, in his weekly podcast on Youtube!

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

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Yesterday was Chinese Lanterns’ Festival… my best wishes to you all, especially a big hug to all people that are still in China and are living very hard times… ??!

The XR Week Peek (2021.12.27): a great Christmas for Quest 2, Rec Room is worth $3.5B, and much more!

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Huawei this week has announced a new pair of smart glasses, available in China for around $270. Then, it guarantees that there is an open-source alternative to Unity and Unreal, so if in the future Meta wants to build its own engine, it could start doing that by forking Godot.

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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!

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At WCVRI, China shows its strategic interest for VR. And while China always moves chaotically, I think that the push of the government is helping its VR companies.

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12 Games to Unleash Your Magic Powers

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I studied under Nick Mitchell at the China Virtual Reality Institute of Technology for 5 weeks to learn how to make games using Leap Motion and Unity.”. Augmented & Virtual Reality Gaming Leap Motion Team Unity Unreal Engine 3D Jam 3djamspotlight BatTouch Blink IslandofZeus LeKnightMarionette Midas NeosTheOrigin Pawn ShardsofLevitaria Toothunt TouchofDeath WarlockVR Warmage

The XR Week Peek (2022.06.27): Meta shows its R&D prototypes, Apple shows nothing as usual, and much more!

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For instance, the piece video on China Daily where Tim Cook says “I am incredibly excited about AR […] stay tuned and you’ll see what we have to offer” has become viral and everyone is talking about it, while actually, it doesn’t convey any info.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.02.15): Facebook keeps working on its masterplan, WebXR arrives on iOS, and more!

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The most viral news of the week has for sure been the one about MetaHuman Creator, a new software for Unreal Engine. Steam officially arrives in China. Steam and PlayStation 5 arrived in China. I hope you had a wonderful S.Valentine’s Day!

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How I got started with virtual reality (and you can, too)

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The course gave me the foundations, but it was up to me to go on learning by experience (and yes, it also meant trying to speak in Mandarin to confused Chinese people in China). My suggestion to them is to start first of all to learn Unity and C#, or Unreal and C++.

The XR Week Peek (2021.09.13): Ray-Ban Stories get launched, Lynx R1 to come for $499, and more!

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And since Epic has violated the rules of the App Store, Apple had all the rights to kick Fortnite out of it, and even to suspend the support in the integration of iOS inside of Unreal Engine. Another Monday, another newsletter!

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7Invensun reveals high-quality eye-tracking VR accessory for only $149

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I have not been able to try this device, even if, actually, when I went to China latest time and visited the company , they let me see it on a desk, forecasting me its launch. If you are a developer, it may interest you that you can develop for 7Invensun eye tracking device by just using the official Vive SRanipal SDK in Unity or Unreal. I explicitly asked 7Invensun if it will be in sale only in China and they told me that no, it will be a worldwide sale.

The XR Week Peek (2021.02.22): Samsung AR glasses leaked, Kura price revealed, and much more!

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Last week I told you about MetaHumans creator, the tool to create realistic humanoid avatars in Unreal Engine. This week in XR hasn’t had any explosive news, but it was interesting nonetheless: in particular we had cool info on AR glasses, with some news from Kura, Lynx, and Samsung.

The XR Week Peek (2020.09.28): The debate on Facebook continues, Microsoft acquires Zenimax, and more!

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Personally, I think that this trend that every country wants to keep its data inside its boundaries in understandable, but it risks also creating a collection of walled gardens, as it is happening with USA vs China). Happy Autumn everyone!

Interview to Enea Le Fons: from #30DaysInVR to #XDaysInXR and beyond

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After this VR performance, he was interviewed by a lot of magazines and websites and became famous in the VR communities of the whole world, China included. I spent 80% of my time on a slightly customized version of Unreal Engine for Developers in-VR Editor (by Epic Games). It enables sophisticated in-VR level design and a good part of Unreal’s interface is exposed within it. You have just been in China to participate in the Vive Ecosystem Conference.

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NVIDIA talks about RTX 2080 graphics cards and virtual reality

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So, I sent some questions to the company and after some time, I finally got some answers from NVIDIA China! The presentation at Gamescom talked about your partnership with Unreal Engine for offering real-time RTX. In the previous link, there is, in fact, a reference saying that both Unreal Engine and Unity will implement DXR APIs. When NVIDIA announced the RTX 2080 graphics cards , I was there.

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

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Finally after China and United States, also India has entered the AR race with the launch of the Jio AR glasses. It’s been a great week for me, where I reviewed two very interesting gadgets like the SenseGlove force-feedback gloves and the standalone headset Pico Neo 2.

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‘Ion Torq’ Puts You In a Full-Size ATV For Cooperative Multiplayer

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Developed by 3D Live Axo using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 technology, the experience introduces a brand new virtual reality video game that seamlessly connects with full-sized ATVs that have been customized to authentically replicate the in-game driving action. Jamele said Ion Torq has been a hit at IAAPA with orders taken from theme parks in the Middle East, China and the U.S. MediaMation has a factory in China that will build the ride.

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

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Unreal is already compatible with the framework, so in 2021 we’ll soon have also the tools ready to create OpenXR cross-compatible platforms. March has just started… I hope it will be an amazing day for you and for all the AR/VR ecosystem!

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