‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ VR Support Heading into Closed Beta Soon, Sign-ups Now Live

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Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) for PC is getting VR headset support sometime around the launch of HP’s upcoming PC VR headset, the HP Reverb G2. The post ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ VR Support Heading into Closed Beta Soon, Sign-ups Now Live appeared first on Road to VR.

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ Will Receive VR Support This Fall, But There’s A Catch


Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed via a joint press briefing with developer Asobo Studio that Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 will in fact be receiving official VR support, beginning with the upcoming HP Reverb G2 later this year. Image Credit: Microsoft.

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Microsoft To Purchase ZeniMax Media, Parent Company Of Bethesda


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.

Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2


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. Over these past three and a half years, Microsoft has been listening to their customers, claims HoloLens inventor and Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman as he took his turn on stage. Microsoft states they’ve more than doubled the field-of-view on the HoloLens 2.

Microsoft Announces Release Date For Minecraft Earth AR Sandbox Mobile Game


Returning once again to celebrate all things Minecraft, Mojang kicked off its annual MINECON Live event yesterday, revealing a bevy of new updates coming to the core experiences, a new cinematic for their upcoming spin-off title Minecraft Dungeons , as well as an official board game. . “Our augmented reality mobile game is clearly the best thing involving a phone since Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876,” states Mojang in their MINECON 2019 recap post.

Microsoft to Acquire Bethesda’s Parent Company ZeniMax for $7.5B

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Microsoft today announced that it’s entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of game studio Bethesda Softworks. The post Microsoft to Acquire Bethesda’s Parent Company ZeniMax for $7.5B

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


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.

Microsoft Hints At Minecraft AR Experience Ahead Of 10th Anniversary


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 back in May of 2019, Minecraft’s deceitfully-simple art style and unique craft-based gameplay birthed a new genre in video games, launching a never-ending stream of similar survival crafting experiences. Released on Microsoft’s official YouTube channel, the video—entitled “What’s Minecraft up to?”—

Microsoft Partners With Unity On HoloLens 2 Development Edition


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. The Microsoft HoloLens 2 Developer Edition will include the latest HoloLens headset alongside $500 in free Azure credits plus a three-month trial of both Unity Pro and PiXYZ plugin. Image Credit: Microsoft.

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Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Beta Coming For WMR, Sign-Ups Here

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A Microsoft Flight Simulator VR beta is arriving for you in the coming weeks. Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator Jorg Neumann explained that the closed beta will arrive either in late October or early November. Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Beta On The Way.

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.

Microsoft Acquires Skyrim VR-Maker And Oculus Lawsuit Rival ZeniMax

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Microsoft is to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Skyrim VR, Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and Wolfenstein VR publisher, Bethesda Softworks. All of Bethesda’s family of studios, including id Software, Arkane, Machine Games and more are coming under the Xbox wing.

Microsoft Confirms Follow-Up To HoloLens Mixed Reality Headset


HoloLens enters spotlight with new updates from Microsoft and a new ad featuring actor/rapper Common. Despite having released a developer edition all the way back in 2016, the Microsoft HoloLens has remained a relatively niche device. This news comes right after an extra special advertisement aired by Microsoft during this year’s NBA All-Star game. Of course this means loads of Microsoft devices from the Surface Studio, Dial and Pen, to the infamous Kinect.

VR Now ‘Very High’ On Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Priorities


In an interview with Austrian newspaper Der Standard, the head of Microsoft’s upcoming Flight Simulator 2020 revealed that VR is now “very high” on the list of priorities. Microsoft’s tone on supporting virtual reality in its next generation flight simulator seems to have shifted over the past few months. While the sim is also coming to Xbox, it looks like Microsoft isn’t interested in virtual reality on that platform.

Microsoft Hires Former Valve Graphics Programmer


A notable former member of the Valve VR team joined Microsoft as a “Partner Architect in Mixed Reality.” 2019 and he announced his move to Microsoft today. Very excited to share that I joined Microsoft today as a Partner Architect in Mixed Reality (HoloLens, VR, etc.)! He was a visible member of Valve’s VR team, offering a couple talks at the Game Developers Conference including one in 2016 breaking down Valve’s VR rendering techniques.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Won’t Support VR At Launch, ‘Maybe’ Later On


Microsoft’s upcoming next generation flight simulator will not support VR at launch, according to a YouTuber who was given hands-on access at a Microsoft hosted event. However, Microsoft did apparently tell the YouTuber, Pete Wright, that it would “maybe” come later on, as “perhaps a longer term goal” Microsoft Flight Simulator was announced at E3 2019, for Windows 10 and Xbox One.

Microsoft’s ‘PIVOT’ Haptics Research Could Make Throwing A Ball In VR More Believable

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Even if you were separated from family and friends by time or distance, what would it mean if virtual reality could believably offer you a game of catch with them anyway? Microsoft’s researchers seem to be proposing a completely different level of believability with PIVOT.

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


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. If you're a Microsoft employee you can sign at: [link] pic.twitter.com/uUZ5P4FJ7X. — Microsoft Workers 4 Good (@MsWorkers4) February 22, 2019.

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. That spurred a response from Microsoft. On Sunday, Microsoft filed a statement with the U.S.

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Support Confirmed For Fall, But Only On Reverb G2

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Great news; Microsoft Flight Simulator VR support has been confirmed, but only for one headset right now. The game itself is launching on August 18th but won’t have any VR support at that point. Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Support Confirmed.

Microsoft will acquire Bethesda in blockbuster $7.5 billion deal

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Microsoft has agreed to acquire video game giant Bethesda, securing the rights to huge franchises like Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Dishonored, and Doom. Gaming News Bethesda Microsoft xbox Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft’s VR Maker Tool ‘SharePoint Spaces’ to Launch in First Half of 2020

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Back at Microsoft’s annual SharePoint Virtual Summit in May 2018, the company announced it was getting ready to ship a new VR maker tool set called Spaces for SharePoint, the web-based collaborative platform for enterprise customers. Now, Microsoft says Spaces is nearly ready for a general release to all SharePoint users, which is slated to happen at some point in the first half of 2020.

Editorial: Microsoft Partnering With Facebook Gaming Could Be Big For Xbox VR

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Earlier this week Microsoft revealed they were ending the Mixer streaming platform and partnering with Facebook Gaming instead. Microsoft’s Frustrating History With Xbox VR. In that speech, he explicitly stated the console would provide, “true 4K gaming and high-fidelity VR. If “nobody’s asking for VR” as Spencer says, who is buying all of these VR headsets and VR games? Microsoft’s Partnership With Facebook Gaming.

Microsoft Reveals Acer Mixed Reality Headset


Microsoft is showing some commitment to the idea of Windows Mixed Reality (formally known as Windows Holographic) with not just a single headset, but with five headsets. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo are all on board with Microsoft to put mixed reality into the hands of the consumers when Microsoft launches Project Scorpio , a high-end, 4K capable version of the XBox One. Game developers interested in building content for Windows Mixed Reality can sign up for ID@Xbox.

Microsoft Hosting Mixed Reality Dev Days For HoloLens 2 Developers


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.

Sony’s Smurfs Partner With Microsoft’s HoloLens For VR Experience


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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. As promised back in May, Microsoft has opened up its closed beta program for those interested in signing up and diving into the world of Minecraft Earth as soon as possible.

Microsoft Xbox Series X Games Showcase: Everything revealed

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Gaming News #breakingtwitter games showcase Microsoft Xbox Series XAnother big unveiling for upcoming Xbox Series X titles.

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


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.

“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. The information, revealed by HoloLens’ chief inventor and ‘Mixed Reality’ project lead Alex Kipman, comes alongside the news that Microsoft’s VR headsets and controller bundles will be launching this holiday season for $399. Alex Kipman, image courtesy Microsoft.

Apple Is Denying Consumers Cloud Gaming, Microsoft Claims

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Microsoft has stopped mincing words, and in a statement shared with Gizmodo, claims that Apple is entirely to blame for the lack of cloud gaming apps and subscription services on iOS. project xcloud microsoft project xcloud cloud gaming apple antitrust

Microsoft Partners With VictoryVR To Bring A VR Curriculum To Schools


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. Its science units contain a variety of educational experiences such as virtual field trips and interactive games and experiences. ” Elsewhere, Microsoft also announced that it’s bringing its Immersive Reader experience to VR.

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. While you’re at it, if you haven’t tried out the company’s swath of VR headsets (dubbed Microsoft “Mixed Reality” headsets), you might request another demo on top of your time with HoloLens.

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Microsoft reveals the $299 Xbox Series S next-gen gaming console

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Gaming News breaking twitter Microsoft xbox series sThe company didn't share any hardware specs, however.

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. Microsoft has been evangelizing about virtual reality the past couple of years now, and I had a chance to catch up with Microsoft Technical Evangelist Kat Harris at PAX West last Fall. The post Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Presence in VR Game Design appeared first on Road to VR.

Microsoft is shuttering Mixer as it partners with Facebook Gaming

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The announcement is a major shift for Microsoft and its gaming partnerships. Gaming News breaking Facebook Facebook gaming Microsoft Microsoft Mixer Video Games

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. Maquette appeared quite suddenly this week, apparently without any official announcement from Microsoft; it seems to have been picked up by MSPoweruser after being spotted by twitter user WalkingCat. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft.