‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ is Finally Getting VR Controller Support, Coming in Mid-November

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Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) features PC VR headset support, although it’s notably missing the ability to use VR motion controllers. Now developer Asobo has signaled that VR controller support is finally coming, and is slated to land sometime in mid-November.

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Controller Support Coming Mid-November

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A developer roadmap from Asobo indicates that support for VR controllers is planned to launch with Simulator Update VII , currently set for a mid-November release. The status of VR controller support is now marked as ‘Started’, with a SU7 release date.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Finally Has VR Controller Support

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A year on from the launch of its VR headset support, Microsoft Flight Simulator finally has VR controller support too. VR controllers allow you to navigate the game’s menus but also allow for more direct interaction with plane cockpits.

Microsoft Shows Off Adaptive Shape VR Controller Prototype

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Microsoft Research presented a prototype VR controller which can dynamically adapt its shape. Like with the Valve Index controllers, X-Rings is strapped to your hand allowing you to let go and naturally throw.

Microsoft Just Took Another Step Toward Killing the Control Panel

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Microsoft Research Demos Index-Like Haptic VR Controller

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This prototype haptic VR controller from Microsoft Research suggests where Valve’s Index controllers could go next. Developed at KAIST University , TORC is a haptic controller offering ‘High-Dexterity Finger Interaction’ In its prototype stage, it uses a Vive Tracker for movement. The controller has a trackpad for your thumb protruding from one side. A New Type Of Haptic VR Controller.

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Microsoft Shows Off Haptic VR Controller, Simulates Grabbing With Thumb & Two Fingers

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Microsoft Research showed off a new haptic VR controller which simulates grabbing small objects with the thumb and first two fingers, delivering rich haptic feedback. The controller is codenamed TORC— TOuch Rigid Controller. The two fingers rest against linear actuators (also used in the Oculus Touch and HTC Vive controllers) to give targeted haptic feedback. Microsoft haptic controller microsoft research vr controllers

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Microsoft Patents Wand-Like Augmented Reality Controller

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Microsoft’s HoloLens already has a physical input device, the HoloLens Clicker, but in a recently published patent, we may be getting a peek into what the company was initially planning before they decided to include each HoloLens with the tiny 3DoF device. image courtesy Microsoft. image courtesy Microsoft. image courtesy Microsoft. image courtesy Microsoft. image courtesy Microsoft.

Turtle Beach Reveals Elaborate Microsoft Flight Simulator Controller

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Turtle Beach just announced a new PC and Xbox controller designed to be used with Microsoft Flight Simulator, and it looks incredibly detailed, even if some of its features won’t be very meaningful to VR players.

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers for Mixed Reality Headsets Coming This Holiday

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Today Microsoft has unveiled their Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers. The controllers fill in a major gap in Microsoft’s strategy to become the “most complete platform across the broadest range of mixed reality devices and experiences.” The controllers offer 6 DOF tracking, and are tracked within your field of view using the sensors in the headset and in the controllers. Photo courtesy Microsoft via CNET.

Microsoft Adds 19 New Colors for Custom Xbox Controllers—and Rubberized Grips Are Back

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Earlier this year, Microsoft relaunched its Xbox Design Lab to help gamers customize their controllers with a wide mix of colors, and now Microsoft is bringing back even more customizations from last-gen including rubberized grips and metallic paint options.

Scuf's Next-Gen Xbox Controllers Are Better Than Microsoft's

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There was a time when third-party controllers were a cheap alternative to the gamepads included with consoles, and saved for visiting friends during multiplayer battles. Its controllers not only match the quality of OEM offerings, they’re also highly… Read more.

Windows 11 moves to finally kill Control Panel

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Microsoft appears to be slowly phasing out its notable Control Panel feature on Windows 11 by moving various options to the Settings app. Computing News control panel Microsoft Windows Windows 11

Hands-on: Microsoft’s “Mixed Reality” VR Motion Controllers

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Microsoft debuted the lengthily-named “Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers” back in May, but until now we haven’t had a chance to actually try them out. During a recent meeting with Microsoft in San Francisco, I got to try the VR controllers for the first time paired with the Acer Windows VR headset. Microsoft’s VR controllers are designed to let you reach into VR and interact naturally with the virtual world.

Microsoft Research Demonstrates VR Controller Prototypes With Unique Haptic Technology

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Microsoft Research has devised two novel methods for more realistic haptic feedback on virtual reality controllers. Haptic feedback in general-purpose controllers has been limited to vibration feedback since the introduction of the Rumble Pak for the Nintendo 64 in 1997. Linear actuators tend to offer more haptic ‘detail’ and responsiveness, as can be found in Apple’s ‘Taptic Engine’, the HTC Vive controllers, an the Oculus Touch controllers.

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‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ VR Support Coming to SteamVR Headsets Next Week

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Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) VR support was scheduled to arrive sometime this month, but the wait is nearly over. The game is said to offer support for all of the same controllers as the flatscreen version, which includes HOTAS, gamepads, and keyboard & mouse.

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers For Windows VR Headsets

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In a keynote today Microsoft is revealing a long-awaited missing piece of its Windows mixed reality platform – motion controllers. We still don’t have many details on the new controllers beyond the fact that they are said to offer full six degrees of freedom — like Oculus Touch and Vive’s wands — but that they need to be in sight of the headset’s outward-facing cameras and sensors to be fully tracked.

Now Anyone Can Buy HoloLens 2 Direct from Microsoft

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HoloLens 2 has been available to Microsoft business partners and developers since last year, however anyone else interested in the augmented reality headset would have to jump through a few hoops first to get their hands on the device. Image courtesy Microsoft. Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Patents AR Controller, Possibly For HoloLens

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The developer kits for Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed reality headset are controlled with basic gesture recognition, getting users to pinch the air to interact with user interfaces and more. A new patent, however, suggests a physical controller might be on the way too. What it does have, though, are pictures of a wand-like controller with a trigger on the bottom and two buttons on top. What would you want to see in a dedicated controller for the HoloLens?

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

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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!),

How to sync an Xbox One controller with your console

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Setting up a new controller? Here's what you need to know to sync your Xbox One controllers to your console and troubleshoot any problems that may pop up. Gaming How-To Microsoft Xbox Elite controller Xbox One Xbox One controller

Microsoft Kicks Off Its Vision for a Password-Free Future

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Valve: Some Optional Half-Life: Alyx Interactions Only Possible With Index Controllers

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Valve’s upcoming VR game Half-Life: Alyx works with all tracked PC VR game controllers, but some optional interactions are only possible with the company’s own Index Controllers. Owners of the original Vive controllers can replace them with Index Controllers for $279.

Microsoft To Purchase ZeniMax Media, Parent Company Of Bethesda

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Microsoft’s acquisition will cost a reported $7.5 Microsoft has announced plans to acquire American video game holding company ZeniMax Media, owner of numerous high-profile game publishers, for a reported $7.5 billion.

Microsoft launches Family Safety, a parental control and location-tracking app

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Windows Reveals New Mixed Reality Controllers

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These controllers look familiar. Microsoft brought their latest mixed reality efforts front and center Thursday at its Build conference in Seattle. On top of partner device and price announcements that challenge the likes of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Microsoft also unveiled new controllers as part of mixed reality headset bundles. Microsoft is clearly working to gain early ground in the headset battle against HTC and Oculus with lower pricing.

Microsoft Shows New Research in Haptics With ‘CLAW’ VR Controller Prototype

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As VR display resolutions become more packed with pixels and new controller types such as Valve’s Knuckles dangle tantalizingly in front of us, one thing that often goes overlooked is haptic feedback. There are plenty of companies out there working to help define the first real haptic standard outside of tiny vibration motors seen already in VR motion controllers, and now it appears Microsoft can be counted among them with their newly revealed CLAW controller prototype.

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Ukrainian Military Testing Microsoft HoloLens for Battle

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The Microsoft HoloLens could be heading to the battlefield soon. Microsoft has already shown their “mixed reality” headset’s applications in medicine, architecture, space , and now, soldiers in the Ukrainian military may begin wearing the device. So far, Limpid Armor has only tested the tech in controlled facilities and the headset hasn’t seen any live combat yet — but the company plans to bring it to widespread use in the Ukrainian military quickly.

How to pre-order the Halo Infinite Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2

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The new Halo Infinite Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is already hard to find. Gaming How-To 343 industries Halo Infinite Microsoft xbox Xbox Elite controllerHere, we'll show you everything you need to know about getting one.

Nreal AR Glasses To Get Controller-Free Hand Tracking Soon

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Nreal Light AR glasses will get controller-free hand tracking in a near-future software update, thanks to a partnership with Qualcomm-backed Clay AIR. Controller-Free Hand Tracking. You can still opt for 6DoF controllers via Finch if you want, for an extra $200.

Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update 3 Due Tomorrow

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Microsoft Flight Simulator World Update 3 should be touching down tomorrow, developer Asobo confirmed. Microsoft Flight Simulator is able to produce stunningly authentic versions of these locations that basically look like real life.

Watch Microsoft’s New VR Motion Controllers Get Unboxed

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Microsoft’s new motion controllers for its Windows 10 VR headsets remain something of a mystery to us on the account of not having gone hands-on with them, but they’re finally starting to arrive at the doorsteps of developers. Together with Nima Zeighami, he unboxes the controllers in the video below. The controllers are quite similar to both the Oculus Touch and Vive wands, offering six degrees of freedom (6DOF) positional tracking.

Windows VR Headset and Controller Bundles Launch This Holiday Starting at $400

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Microsoft today announced that the company will be bundling its Windows VR headsets and motion controllers, and making them available for purchase this holiday season starting at $400. Revealed by Alex Kipman, HoloLens’ chief inventor and technical lead, a “variety” of headsets and motion controllers will be available by end of year from HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Acer. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Grasp, Touch & Trigger In VR With Microsoft’s CLAW

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Earlier this month Microsoft showcased their latest ‘Haptic Link’ technology, creating a brand new solution for the realistic sensation of tension and pressure whilst immersed in VR. This was apparently just the tip of the iceberg however, as the multinational technology company has unveiled yet another haptic control prototype designed to bring feedback specifically to your hands. The post Grasp, Touch & Trigger In VR With Microsoft’s CLAW appeared first on VRScout.

Apparent Leak: HP & Valve?s New WMR Headset With Side Cams, IPD Adjust, New Controllers

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Prolific Microsoft leaker WalkingCat just Tweeted what seems to be images of HP & Valve’s upcoming new WMR headset and Microsoft’s new VR controllers.

Microsoft’s ‘DreamWalker’ Turns Everyday Commutes Into VR Walking Experiences

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Earlier this week during the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology in New Orleans, Microsoft unveiled a prototype system that uses a combination of VR, GPS-based inside-out tracking, and pre-authored digital worlds to create dynamic VR experiences layered over actual walking routes located throughout the real-world. “To Image Credit: Microsoft Research. Image Credit: Microsoft Research. “We Feature Image Credit: Microsoft Research.

Experimental Controllers From Microsoft Research Offer A New Way To Feel Objects In VR

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We’re eager to go hands-on with Valve’s new prototype Vive controllers, but these new experiments from Microsoft’s Research division might be even more exciting. These ‘High-fidelity 3D Haptic Shape Rendering on Handheld Virtual Reality Controllers’, named NormalTouch and TextureTouch , were designed by Hrvoje Benko, Christian Holz, Mike Sinclair, and Eyal Ofek. Haptics force feedback microsoft research touch