Microsoft Launches Closed Beta Sign-Ups for Minecraft Earth Mobile Augmented Reality Game

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The long tease that is the release of Minecraft Earth continues, this time with an opportunity to start playing what might be one of the hottest augmented reality games ever, before the general public.

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.

Microsoft Turns Real World into Multiplayer Playground with Minecraft Earth Mobile AR Game

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As promised with its teaser from Build 2019, Microsoft has unveiled the details for its augmented reality version of Minecraft for smartphones. The company published a new trailer for the game, which has a rather similar feel to the trailer Niantic originally produced for Pokémon GO.

“Future Halo experiences” Coming to Windows VR Headsets, Microsoft Says

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Microsoft today announced that 343 Industries, the studio tasked with overseeing the Halo franchise, will be creating Halo- themed experiences for the company’s lineup of VR headsets. Alex Kipman, image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft Reveals ‘Maquette’, a VR Tool for Spatial Ideation and Design

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Microsoft Maquette is a brand new VR tool from Microsoft which is all about prototyping spatial designs. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Presence in VR Game Design

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The Microsoft Build conference starts this week, and I expect that we’ll be learning more about the HoloLens as well as Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality operating system. The post Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Presence in VR Game Design appeared first on Road to VR.

Microsoft Affirms No Plans for VR on Xbox Consoles

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” Now, it appears, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer for gaming Mike Nichols has put a final nail in the Xbox One VR coffin in a recent GamesIndustry.biz interview, saying the company doesn’t have “any plans specific to Xbox One consoles.”

Microsoft Now Hosts Free HoloLens Demos Across US & Canada

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Haven’t been able to make it to any of the big gaming expos (or you don’t know anyone with the $3,000 AR headset)? Microsoft Stores across the US and Canada are now hosting free HoloLens demos, so you can finally see what the hubbub is all about.

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Microsoft Joins OpenXR, Becoming a Decisive Backer in the Open, Royalty-free VR/AR Standard

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Khronos Group , the consortium behind the OpenXR project which aims to standardize the way applications communicate with AR and VR headsets, just added Microsoft to its ranks. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed.

US Navy Taps Microsoft's HoloLens for Augmented Reality War Games System

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That's why the US Navy has developed a more realistic augmented reality simulator that runs on the Microsoft HoloLens. Simulated training can help soldiers and sailors learn how to use their weapons safely, but simulations can sometimes lack the stressful environment of a real firefight.

Report: Samsung & Microsoft Boost “MR” Partnership, Samsung Builds Wireless AR/VR Headset

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Samsung appears to be making a strategic partnership with Microsoft as it produces what Korean Times reports is a “powerful cordless headset that supports both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).” Image courtesy Microsoft.

Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2

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Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019. The first time I tried the HoloLens I knew I was experiencing the first generation of a game-changing technology. Microsoft states they’ve more than doubled the field-of-view on the HoloLens 2.

Microsoft Teases Minecraft Augmented Reality Game for Mobile at Build 2019

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It looks like Microsoft will finally make good on its promise to bring Minecraft to augmented reality, as foreshadowed via a HoloLens demo in 2015. Don't Miss: This New AR App Is Like Minecraft for Drone Pilots Judging by the video, it looks like Microsoft is working on serving up.

Microsoft Shows Windows in VR, Gives Acer VR Headset to Vision Summit Audience

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Brandon Bray, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft, took the stage at Unity’s Vision VR/AR Summit 2017 to show a little more of what Microsoft has planned for the VR side of things when the first Windows Holographic headsets come later this year.

Microsoft Hints At Minecraft AR Experience Ahead Of 10th Anniversary

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It’ s been 10 years since the launch of what can only be described as one of the most influential video games in the history of entertainment. Released on Microsoft’s official YouTube channel, the video—entitled “What’s Minecraft up to?”—

Microsoft Teases Minecraft AR, But Not For HoloLens 2

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A new teaser trailer released by Microsoft this week basically confirms that Minecraft AR is in the works. The short clip sees someone pick up another person’s phone only to discover an AR version of the game. AR Experiences Gaming microsoft Minecraft AR

Microsoft Acquires ‘The Mage’s Tale’ Studio inXile Entertainment

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The studio behind first-person VR dungeon crawler The Mage’s Tale (2017) , inXile Entertainment , has been acquired by Microsoft Studios. Both studios will continue on autonomously developing their own games, talent, and IP.

Microsoft Partners With Unity On HoloLens 2 Development Edition

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Following the announcement of the Microsoft HoloLens 2, Unity has revealed a new partnership with the US-based multinational technology company to release a developer-focused version of the upcoming mixed reality headset. Image Credit: Microsoft.

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A Closer Look At What Microsoft’s SeeingVR Offers The Visually Impaired

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Microsoft Reseach, in partnership with Cornell University, developed a range of techniques to make virtual reality accessible to the visually impaired. Most VR apps and games assume the user has full visual ability. VR Accessibility microsoft microsoft research VR research

Microsoft Partners With VictoryVR To Bring A VR Curriculum To Schools

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Microsoft is continuing to explore what its new mixed reality platform can do for education. As part of the deal, Microsoft is offering 25 hours worth of free VictoryVR content to schools that purchase a Windows VR headset. Microsoft VR Industry News education microsoft VictoryVR

Xbox Game Studios Has (inadvertently?) Acquired Heaps of VR Development Talent

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Whether purposeful or not, almost half of the studios now belonging to Xbox Game Studios have had a hand in VR development. Of the 14 studios that now comprise Xbox Game Studios, 42% have shipped a VR game or experience. Compulsion Games – We Happy Few: Uncle Jack Live VR.

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Microsoft Says New Surface Studio is VR Ready(ish)

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Announced just last week, Microsoft’s Surface Studio all-in-one computer has been met with excitement and touted as an example of the company’s new approach to innovation. Microsoft says Surface Studio is made for designers and creators.

Developer Shows Microsoft’s VR Controllers in Action

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Earlier this week we shared our first hands-on with Microsoft’s VR controllers , but at the time the company didn’t allow us to document the session with photos or videos. The post Developer Shows Microsoft’s VR Controllers in Action appeared first on Road to VR.

Former Microsoft Senior Researcher, Now At Facebook, Recounts Haptics Innovations

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Former Microsoft Senior Researcher Dr. Hrvoje Benko gave a talk entitled ‘The Future of AR Interactions’ at the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) conference in October. Haptics Facebook Reality Labs microsoft research

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Unreal Engine 4 Now Available for Microsoft HoloLens 2

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A major software tool first promised during the reveal of the HoloLens 2 earlier this year is finally available. Native support for Unreal Engine 4 has arrived for the HoloLens 2 via early access on GitHub (login required).

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OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

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OpenXR is a work-in-progress standard that aims to unify the underlying connections between VR and AR hardware, game engines, and content, making for a more interoperable ecosystem. OpenXR is a royalty-free standard for cross-platform VR and AR development.

Microsoft Hosting Mixed Reality Dev Days For HoloLens 2 Developers

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In a few months’ time, Microsoft will let even more people test it out. Mixed reality is Microsoft’s semi-confusing term the covers everything from HoloLens to its VR headsets made with partners. Running on May 2nd and 3rd 2019, this event will welcome developers to Microsoft’s Redmond Campus. Interestingly, the show takes place just a few days before Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference kicks off.

Will Mixed Reality as a Service be a Game Changer for Microsoft?

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Since the HoloLens was first released almost three years ago, Microsoft has steadily been building partnerships and demonstrating an array of industry use cases across manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, education and many others. Microsoft introduces mixed reality as a service [link].

Microsoft: The Path To Consumer AR Is ‘Measured In Years’

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 reveal event last week made one thing clear: this is an enterprise-driven device. According to Greg Sullivan, Director of Communications for Microsoft’s Mixed Reality arm, it could still be years. ” I did ask Sullivan if Microsoft might be planning any type of consumer stop-gap for HoloLens. Microsoft did launch the original HoloLens with some gaming applications. It was enough to get the attention of the gaming industry.

Microsoft Employees Aren’t Happy About $479M HoloLens Military Contract

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Last week a collection of Microsoft employees penned a letter to the companies CEO, Satya Nadella, and its president, Brad Smith, expressing their open discontent regarding a $479M contract with the United States military that would introduce roughly 100,000 HoloLens MR headsets to the battlefield.

Microsoft is Building VR MMO for Xbox and PC, Job Listing Indicates

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A job listing for a Senior Design Manager position on Microsoft’s “Xbox Mixed Reality team” says that the company is “looking to build a massively social gaming and entertainment experience for both the PC and the console.”

Zero Latency’s Free-Roam VR To Use HP Headsets And Microsoft Tracking

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VR company Zero Latency is planning to roll out future locations with HP headsets running Microsoft’s inside-out tracking system. Zero Latency supplies operators with VR headsets, backpacks, management software, services and games to run a large-scale multi-user VR attraction.

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. Microsoft’s VR controllers are designed to let you reach into VR and interact naturally with the virtual world.

Microsoft’s Newest Headset Advert Focuses in on Portability, Ease of Use & Travel

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Microsoft’s special Windows “Mixed Reality” event today saw the unveiling of its latest addition to the VR family, the Samsung HMD Odyssey, and also announced that all VR headsets slated to ship before holiday season are currently in pre-order.

Microsoft Could Reveal HoloLens 2 At Mobile World Congress

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Microsoft sent out invites to journalists today for a press reception at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. MWC is the last week of February and the Microsoft event will be held ahead of the conference on Sunday, February 24 at 8 am Pacific (5 pm Central European Time). It’ll be hosted by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, CVP Julia White and Technical Fellow Alex Kipman. AR HoloLens 2 microsoft