Sony Just Invested $250 Million in Epic Games, Here’s What it Could Mean for VR and Beyond

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Sony Corporation announced today that it will invest $250 million in Epic Games, the company well known for its hit game Fortnite and the Unreal Engine game engine that powers it. Interestingly, the investment in Unreal Engine is being made on behalf of a wholly-owned subsidiary of parent company Sony Corporation rather than by Sony Interactive Entertainment (AKA PlayStation). SEE ALSO PlayStation 5 Will Support PSVR, Sony Affirms.

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Sony Announces ‘Smurfs’ Mixed Reality HoloLens Game

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The latest Smurfs film gets it’s own mixed reality children’s game for Microsoft’s HoloLens. Sony’s latest edition to the Smurf reboot anthology, Smurfs: The Lost Village hits theaters today once again bringing the iconic 80’s characters back from the dead much to the delight of children and nostalgic adults everywhere. The post Sony Announces ‘Smurfs’ Mixed Reality HoloLens Game appeared first on VRScout.

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Morbius, the Living Vampire: What we know about Sony’s Spider-Verse movie so far

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The next film in the Spider-Man spinoff universe, established by 2018's Venom, will be Morbius. Jared Leto stars as the film's titular, blood-hungry antihero. Movies & TV jared leto morbius Sony Pictures Spider-Man spider-verse

Sony’s ‘Jumanji: The VR Adventure’ is Unacceptably Terrible

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a massive, and desperately needed, hit for Sony Pictures. This is a huge win for Sony Pictures which is best known today for butchering surefire franchises like Spider-Man and bringing us one step closer to Raganorock with The Emoji Movie. It’s understandable that Sony would want to double down on its first true success in years with a serious marketing blitz. But Sony is punching way below a VR PC’s weight class here.

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Editorial: For VR To Shine, Film And Gaming Must Overlap

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Sony Pictures’ decision to continue the original’s story not on the screen but inside a headset is an intriguing one. It made me question which other films should get VR sequels. Just as VR game makers could learn a lot from film, so too could filmmakers take a page from developers. Tagged with: Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son , VR gaming Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post Editorial: For VR To Shine, Film And Gaming Must Overlap appeared first on UploadVR.

Sony Releases ‘Passengers: Awakening’ VR Experience

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Timed with the blu-ray release of the film, Passengers: Awakening is a roughly 20-minute VR experience for Rift and Vive that has you exploring the Starship Avalon and progressing through the many ship environments all based on the production design of the film. Developed in collaboration with Sony Pictures VR, MPC , and Q Department , Passengers: Awakening is less of a game and more a movie set exploration experience. Image Credit: Sony Pictures / Todd Williamson.

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Sony Releases List Of Non-Gaming PSVR Launch Titles

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Virtual reality isn’t just for gaming, and Sony wants to make that perfectly clear to potential owners of their brand new VR headset. Below is a list of the 10 titles including the official descriptions from Sony. A few of these we’ve experienced before in their earlier stages such as the short film Invasion! Become part of an animated alien invasion movie starring Ethan Hawke that was shown at the Cannes, Tribeca and Toronto film festivals.

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‘Bigscreen’ Partners with Funimation to Bring 30+ Popular Anime Films On-Demand

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Now the studio revealed that they’ve partnered with Sony’s anime distribution company Funimation to bring some of the biggest names in anime to its rapidly expanding on-demand service. ” Now with Funimation involved, Bigscreen is able to show 30+ anime films to Bigscreen , including popular hits Akira, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes, and Attack on Titan.

New 4K ‘Spatial Reality Display’ From Sony Has Glasses-Free 3D

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The ELF-SR1 is a new ‘Spatial Reality Display’ from Sony that features a 4K screen and glasses-free volumetric 3D targeting professional users. Sony expects that film previsualization will be a major use of the technology in the future.

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Bigscreen’s Funimation Partnership Brings Akira And Anime Films To VR

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Bigscreen is partnering with Sony Pictures division Funimation to bring a library of anime movies to its VR-based movie rental service. That means Akira, Your Name, and My Hero Academia: Two Heroes will be available for rent on a pay-per-view basis in VR as more than 30 films are added to Bigscreen’s library. You can find the Bigscreen download links for the various stores here and purchase tickets for upcoming films here.

Creepy VR Films Coming to Fantastic Fest Next Month

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The Austin-based film festival will be premiering VR content for the first time. As with many other film festivals, including Sundance and Tribeca , virtual reality has been slowly solidifying its position into festival programs. Now we can add one more film festival to the list — but be warned, these immersive films won’t be for the faint of heart. As one of the largest genre film festivals in the U.S.,

Sony Pictures Teams With The VOID on ‘Jumanji: Reverse the Curse’, Launching November 27th

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Hot on the heels of Avengers: Damage Control , the next experience heading to VR attraction The VOID is Jumanji: Reverse the Curse , made in collaboration with the Sony Pictures Virtual Reality group. Jumanji: Reverse the Curse is The VOID’s second collaboration with Sony Pictures Virtual Reality; the first was Ghostbusters: Dimension which was the first VR experience based on external IP to be hosted at The VOID.

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Nokia and Sony Pictures Team Up For 360-Degree Content

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Nokia, a huge information technology company founded in 1865, has developed their own tool for 360-degree filming: The Nokia OZO. It’s designed to be an end to end tool that simplifies the process and, via press release, Nokia has announced a content partnership with Sony Pictures. “VR We’re thrilled to partner with Sony Pictures and its talented storytellers to apply our technology and create experiences only possible with OZO – like 3D 360 live VR broadcast.”.

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Sony Pictures & Snapchat Serve Up Creepy Augmented Reality Lens to Promote 'Brightburn' Movie

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The new film Brightburn, a horror take on the superhero genre produced by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, debuted in theaters on Friday, and it has some promotional backing from Snapchat to drive ticket sales. Sony Pictures opted for the Shoppable AR Lens for the camera effect, giving users the option to jump immediately to the film's website to buy.

Sony’s Streaming Service Crackle Jumps Into VR

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Announced last week by Crackle, Sony’s free streaming TV network, original drama series Snatch will be getting an exclusive VR bonus experience on PlayStation VR this summer. The episode was shot over a span of four days in Manchester, with each actor filming on separate days. The post Sony’s Streaming Service Crackle Jumps Into VR appeared first on VRScout.

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Ghostbusters VR – Now Hiring Answers the Call for Fun VR Experiences Based on Films

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This short-form PlayStation VR (PSVR) experience from Sony Pictures Virtual Reality avoids some of the largest pitfalls of film-based video games. Part of our point of pride is to make these things look good,” says Jake Zim, VP of VR at Sony Pictures. “We We have 100 years of movie-going experience to explain [film] grammar.”. I ask him if that’s what VR’s lexicon needs, film’s impatience. “No,” Tagged with: Ghostbusters VR Now Hiring , sony.

Sony Announces PlayStation VR Price, Release Date and New Titles

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E3: Sony’s VR headset is coming, along with some killer new titles. When we first broke the news that PlayStation VR would be coming this Fall , we still had no idea what date or even what the price of Sony’s VR headset would end up at. Sony also announced that the Playstation VR, which will work with your Playstation 4, will have 50 different games to choose from at launch, with quite a few industry favorite studios in the mix.

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Sony’s Jumanji: The VR Adventure Is Drawing Attention For The Wrong Reasons

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Sony Pictures released Jumanji: The VR Adventure on Steam today, but the game’s attracting attention for the wrong reasons. In the trailer below, blurry versions of those characters navigate an even blurrier environment with the help of the player, who appears like a god above the film’s tropical island setting. It might be lacking visually, but Sony plans to bring the game to both the Rift and PSVR in the near future, too.

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The best samurai films to watch before playing Ghost of Tsushima

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Ghost of Tsushima takes heavy inspiration from samurai films, and here are some of the best you can watch. Gaming Movies & TV Ghost of Tsushima Playstation 4 Sony Sucker Punch

Olivia Wilde will direct a Sony Marvel movie, possibly featuring spiders

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It looks like Sony's web of spider-heroes just caught an incredibly juicy fly Deadline reports that Olivia Wilde has been locked in to direct and develop a new film in Sony's Marvel universe — one that will have a female lead.

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Sony Pictures Plans to Use Nokia’s OZO to Make VR Content

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Sony Pictures has struck a deal with Nokia to create 3D 360 content using Nokia OZO , the company’s professional-quality 360 degree camera platform. Sony has said they’ll be using OZO to create both special 360 content and to livestream their own events. Sony isn’t the first big studio to sign up with Nokia to use OZO however. The post Sony Pictures Plans to Use Nokia’s OZO to Make VR Content appeared first on Road to VR.

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Sony’s ‘Joshua Bell VR Experience’ on PSVR is Among the Best VR Video You’ll Find on Any Headset

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Sony’s newly released Joshua Bell VR Experience falls into the VR video category, and it’s among the best VR video productions you can find today on any VR headset, despite the PSVR’s somewhat lower resolution and less powerful hardware compared to PC VR headsets. Sony isn’t sharing their production techniques in great detail, but I can take a few layman’s guesses at how it’s been done.

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Sony's Still Not Sure a Silver and Black Movie Can Work Without Spider-Man

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For a while, Sony’s been struggling to make a Silver and Black movie —that is, a movie starring the dynamic duo of Black Cat and Silver Sable, both supporting Spider-Man characters. According to Gina Prince-Bythewood, who was at one point attached to that film, the company is still struggling. silver and black silver sable black cat spider man sony pictures the old guard gina prince blythewood

Sony Working on Minority Report Style VR Glove

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In the film Tom Cruise’s character John Anderton wears a glove to interact with a massive augmented reality environment. It seems Sony would like in on this action as well. Given this patent application was back in 2014, perhaps Sony is keeping this under wraps? Many people would love to be Tom Cruise. Many others would like to experience technology in some of his movies such as the AR/VR device in the Minority Report.

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Hands-On: Five Things I’ve Learned About Sony’s Blood And Truth

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Blood and Truth, Sony’s follow-up to the London Heist minigame in PlayStation VR Worlds , is a funny one. As a Londoner myself, I have to say Sony London has done a pretty good job dressing up the capital for VR. Like The London Heist before it, Blood And Truth takes after Guy Ritchie films such as Snatch with its cast of cockney characters.

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These New Uncharted Pictures Confirm That This Movie Is Still Actually Happening

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I know, I know: the film’s got a star, a director, a picture of the star in costume , the whole shebang. uncharted tom holland mark wahlberg sony pictures sonyBut I still can’t quite believe that, after years of development hell, the Uncharted movie is actually happening.

Sony's Kraven the Hunter Movie Has Found a Director

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Bryce Dallas Howard discusses filming Jurassic World: Dominion during covid-19. Night Shyamalan’s next mysterious movie taps a suitably mysterious cast. Go behind the scenes of making Bill & Ted Face the Music.

Unsurprisingly, Sony Hits Back on Those Major Spider-Man 3 Rumors

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Chris Hemsworth is gearing up for Thor: Love and Thunder filming next year. Darkwing Duck gets dangerous in new Ducktales clips. The Simpsons ’ Halloween spooktacular has been pushed to after Halloween.

Groundhog Day’s VR Sequel Releases Next Month

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Sony Pictures Virtual Reality and MWM Immersive confirmed the news just ahead of Gamescom this week, where the game is on show. Fans of the film will definitely spot some familiar locations too. Experiences Gaming Groundhog Day Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son MWM Immersive Sony Pictures Sony Pictures Virtual RealityGroundhog Day’s VR sequel (yes, that’s a real thing), will be with you very, very soon.

Khalid Debuts Projection Mapped VR Music Video at SXSW

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Sony unleashes VR music video with projection mapping technology at SXSW. Film, television, video games, art, music, comedy, technology, politics, every influential aspect of our lives all colliding together for nine days of pure cultural ecstasy. As cool as these toys were, Sony’s “ Lost in Music ” event is where things really got interesting, with the company debuting the first VR music video to incorporate projection mapping technology into its production.

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Star Wars: Squadrons Has An Immersive HUD Mode, Will Let You Hide Cosmetics

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It won’t matter how plausible it is, they just want to keep it to exactly what we’ve seen in the films, no more and no less, and we totally get that. Want to make your X-Wing VR experience as immersive as possible? We’ve got good news for you: you can turn off the Star Wars: Squadrons HUD (heads-up display) elements. Developer EA Motive confirmed as much talking to IGN.

‘Star Wars: Squadrons’ First-Person Space Dogfighting Game Announced For VR Headsets

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Earlier this morning EA, Lucasfilm, and Motive Studios revealed the next entry in the Star Wars video game universe: Star Wars: Squadrons, an upcoming multiplayer dogfighter in which players engage in high-stakes space combat using an array of recognizable starfighters made famous throughout the films. News Disney EA Lucasfilm Multiplayer VR PC VR Playstation VR PS4 PSVR Sony Star Wars Star Wars: Squadrons VR Flight Simulator VR Flying VR Pilot

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Still Flies High, 20 Years Later

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Many people believe American audiences won’t go to theaters to see a foreign film. retro review crouching tiger hidden dragon michelle yeoh ang lee chow yun fat zhangziyi sony martial arts anniversary nostalgia

Spider-Man 3 Recruits Alfred Molina's Doc Ock

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After weeks of rumors, the Hollywood Reporter now says Alfred Molina is indeed returning as Doctor Octopus for Sony and Marvel’s untitled third Spider-Man film, directed by Jon Watts. Arguably the best on-screen Spider-Man villain ever is making his return and the implications are huge.

Upcoming Angry Birds PSVR Game Will Include Couch Co-Op

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Team up with friends in this frantic local multiplayer experience based on the upcoming film. The Angry Birds Movie 2 VR: Under Pressure —available this summer on PlayStation VR—highlights the film’s themes of cooperation and teamwork by offering an asymmetrical local multiplayer experience in which players must pilot the pigs’ enormous yellow submarine while simultaneously working alongside your fellow crew members to keep the vessel afloat. Image Credit: Sony.

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Iron Man VR Dev: This Is A ‘Fresh’ Take On Tony Stark And Not An ‘Origin Story’

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’s run as one of the most globally recognized, celebrated, and adored movie franchise characters of all-time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe of films. ” Everyone knows the origin of Superman, Batman, Spider-Man given their lengthy history of feature film releases, so with the MCU still fresh in the mind of fans, a retread of Stark’s origins just isn’t needed.

This Jumanji VR Experience Also Works on Facebook

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Back in October, Sony announced Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle , the long-awaited sequel to the 1995 Robin Williams classic—only this time staring Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan. Along with the new movie, Sony has developed a VR scavenger hunt called Jumanji: The VR Adventure , that gives fans an opportunity to venture off into the world of Jumanji. News Facebook Film Jumanji Jumanji VR Movies React VR

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