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!),

Microsoft's Most Embarrassing Product Failures

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Microsoft is responsible for bringing many of us into the digital realm, introducing generations of consumers to the PC. Beyond Windows, Microsoft and its brand Xbox have been a driving force behind the growth of gaming, Office… Read more.

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The XR Week Peek (2021.10.19): HTC launches Vive Flow, Magic Leap 2 announced, and more!

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Image by HTC). HTC launches Vive Flow headset for relaxation, priced at $499. After endless teasings and leaks, in the end, HTC has finally unveiled its headset: called Vive Flow, it is a lightweight device for media consumption. NVIDIA CloudXR is now available on Google Cloud.

Google Reveals WorldSense Standalone VR Headsets, Working With HTC

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Looks like the rumors are true; Google just announced it’s working on its very own standalone VR headsets at its I/O conference. Google’s VP of VR Clay Bavor introduced this new initiative towards the end of the conference. These devices are being made with partners, a little like Microsoft works with partners for its Windows 10 headsets. Google also confirmed it’s working on a standalone headset with HTC and another with Lenovo.

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Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?

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For every Nintendo there is a Sega and for every Apple there is a Microsoft. There are a handful of major players already cutting their teeth in VR including Google, Sony and Samsung; but the two titans sitting at the top of the heap are Oculus and HTC. Our big question today is this: when it comes to VR, are Oculus and HTC the respective Apple and Microsoft of the industry? HTC/Microsoft . The technology world is always a game of rivals.

Microsoft May Leapfrog Facebook and Google in VR With HoloLens Tracking

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Microsoft’s play for command of next generation personal computing can be seen today with the announcement of a series of Windows-powered VR headsets starting at $300. The system is already used on the $3,000 HoloLens, an advanced augmented reality system, but with it employed on a low-cost VR headset Microsoft may have leapfrogged efforts by both Facebook and Google, powered by Windows. This is not the case with the headsets on the way from Microsoft’s partners.

Microsoft Joins Google, HTC Vive, Facebook, Samsung, and Sony as an XR Association Member

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Formerly called the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA), today the XR Association (XRA) has announced that Microsoft has joined as a member company alongside founding members HTC Vive, Sony, Google, Facebook, and Samsung. Microsoft’s XRA membership means that Heidi Holman, Microsoft’s Assistant General Counsel will represent the company on XRA’s Board of Directors.

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‘XR Casino’ Brings Cross-Platform Gambling To VR & AR

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In terms of compatibility, the platform is cross-compatible with nearly every major VR & AR device, including the HTC Vive, Oculus Quest 2, Microsoft HoloLens 2, as well as AR-enabled iOS and Android devices; it’s never been easier to take your friends’ money!

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. Among its count of members, the OpenXR working group consisted of nearly every major player in the industry except Microsoft until now. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed. Microsoft Microsoft VR News Bits OpenXR khronos microsoft microsoft vr microsoft xr openar openvr

HTC Halts Stock Trading as Rumors of Sale Swirl

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According to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, HTC will halt trading of its stock as of September 21st, pending an unknown announcement from the company, reports Bloomberg. Following several years of financial difficulty, the future of HTC seems less clear than it’s ever been. Bloomberg reported last month , citing unnamed sources, that HTC was “explor[ing] strategic options,” ranging from separating its VR business to a full sale of the company.

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Microsoft Just Bought VR Social App AltspaceVR

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Microsoft is rescuing the beloved VR social network. The Silicon Valley social VR startup that has taken us on a roller coaster ride of emotions over the past months has big news—AltspaceVR has been acquired by Microsoft. Announced at today’s Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco, AltspaceVR will be joining Microsoft as part of the family. The announcement comes as Microsoft prepares to launch its own VR and AR platform, called Windows Mixed Reality, on October 17.

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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A new FCC listing appears for an HTC Vive headset. And in fact, a new request to FCC for a new device has arrived from HTC. Since HTC has always made announcements during the CES, I think it will be announced in January. HTC launches Vive XR Suite.

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HTC's New VR Headset Leaked, and It's the Weirdest-Looking One Yet

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Even if you put aside its decidedly bug-eyed appearance, the leaked HTC Vive Flow is a baffling headset. By all accounts, it’s supposed to be a standalone consumer VR device that’s made for activities like meditating and streaming media.

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Google Glass Was Ugly, but Facebook's AR Baseball Hat Might Actually Be Worse

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Realizing the issues Google Glass had with gaining consumer traction, it seems Facebook may embrace a unique design for a future wearable. ar facebook google clothing headgear fedora hats microsoft cowboy hat augmented reality software htc technology internet 2nd millennium

Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards

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Google, Sony, Oculus, Samsung, Acer and HTC have combined their efforts in order to create a healthy and equal industry for virtual reality hardware and software to develop and expand. Although there are still some big names in virtual reality and augmented reality missing from the GVRA (Looking at you Valve and Microsoft) it’s still an impressive roster featuring some of the most influential players. News Acer Google GVRA HTC Oculus Sony

Black Friday Deals for HTC Vive & Oculus Rift

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Can you believe its only been a year since the only VR headsets you could buy for the holidays was a Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, or a Mattel View-Master. The Microsoft Store will be giving $100 gift codes with the purchase of the Oculus Rift. 100 Off HTC Vive + Content Sale. HTC announced this week that they are kicking off the holiday with a Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal. News Gear VR HTC Vive Oculus Rift SaleThere are some VR deals this weekend.

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Microsoft Wants to Power Virtual Reality Headsets

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Microsoft unveiled their vision of a mixed reality world today at Computex in Taipei. . When Microsoft first announced their HoloLens augmented reality headset, they also showed off their Windows Holographic platform, which let developers build Windows 10 apps and experiences for the device. Now Microsoft has announced that they want to be a major part of virtual reality too. The post Microsoft Wants to Power Virtual Reality Headsets appeared first on VRScout.

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. According to Microsoft, the controllers would be shown on stage at its keynote but wouldn’t be available for hands-on demos at its Build developer conference this week. Microsoft’s HoloLens is a $3,000 entirely self-contained wearable computer that delivers augmented reality (AR) rather than virtual reality (VR).

The XR Week Peek (2021.04.19): Quest 2 adds Air Link and Resident Evil 4, Pico and HTC are ready to launch, and more!

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On the server-side, it is being integrated with Microsoft Azure, and it is also coming in the future for Google Cloud and Tencent Cloud. HTC is going to launch its headset on May, 11th. HTC is keeping rising the hype for its new upcoming headset.

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The XR Week (2022.01.24): Google AR headset is “Project Iris”, Microsoft acquires Activision Blizzard, and more

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Image by Google). Project Iris is the codename of Google’s AR glasses. According to a report on The Verge, Google is working on AR glasses. The operating system should be Android, but it seems that Google is also building an operating system specific for XR.

Hands-On With Google’s Inside-Out WorldSense Tracking

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Before my demo at Google I/O, Google’s head of VR Clay Bavor outlined a series of caveats and expectations for what I was about to experience. First, he said, I was going to use a generation older hardware from internal prototypes that likely would be improved upon in practically every way before its release as a reference design to developers and eventually to consumers (Google hopes at least HTC can achieve consumer release in 2017 with its first standalone headset).

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Google: Daydream Has ‘More Than 150 Apps’

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At Google I/O 2017 developer conference this week, the company announced a standalone Daydream VR headset in partnership with Qualcomm , with Lenovo and HTC slated to release commercial versions later this year. Google also shared a small tidbit: Developers have built “more than 150 apps” for Daydream so far. Google unveiled the Daydream platform a year ago at I/O 2016, but the View headset only arrived in November. Google VR VR

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HTC’s Black Friday Sale Gets You a Free Audio Strap with Vive Purchase, Free ‘Fallout 4 VR’ Code

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HTC recently announced they’ll be sweetening the pot this Black Friday for potential Vive-owners located in North America by throwing a free Deluxe Audio Strap your way when you purchase an HTC Vive. photo courtesy HTC. a Deluxe Audio Strap, Google Tilt Brush , a redemption code for  Fallout 4 VR ($60 value), and a free trial to Viveport Subscription.

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Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Strategy Driven By Pioneer Who Helped Launch VR’s Renaissance

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A pioneer who helped kickstart VR’s renaissance is driving the strategy for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, spanning both HoloLens and a collection of VR headsets rolling out later this year. We knew Mark Bolas, who ran the mixed reality lab at USC, took a position at Microsoft as the company built up its efforts in mixed reality, but we didn’t know precisely what he’d be doing. It will be his first public appearance since at Microsoft last year.

Google Launching WebVR Support for Android Chrome in January, Desktop to Follow

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There, Google said that the company soon plans to ship a public version of Chrome on Android with support for WebVR 1.1. Just a few weeks ago, major forces collaborating on the WebVR Spec gathered in San Jose, CA for the W3C Workshop on Web & Virtual Reality , a two-day conference where the likes of Mozilla, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, Oculus, The Khronos Group, and many more hashed out the latest developments and directions for the WebVR ecosystem.

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Microsoft is Bringing WebVR Support to Edge, Windows 10’s Default Browser

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Microsoft has announced plans to bring support for WebVR to Edge, which succeeds Internet Explorer as the default web browser in Windows 10. See Also: Microsoft ‘Holographic Shell’ Aims to Immerse You in Windows by 2017. WebVR, which is currently a draft web specification in development by Mozilla, Google, and others, aims to allow seamless hosting and viewing of VR content directly from the web. See Also: Google Shows HTC Vive Running at 90 FPS in Chrome with WebVR.

Google: Wireless Positional Tracking “Solved”, But Heat Still A Problem For VR

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Last week, at a Google press event UploadVR had the chance to speak with Google Tango’s director of engineering, Johnny Lee. ” Today’s high-end VR systems — the Oculus Rift, Playstation VR, and HTC Vive — all use what’s called “outside-in” positional tracking. featured Google VR Industry News google industry news inside out outside in positional tracking solution solved tango wireless

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HTC Announces Vive Standalone For The Chinese Market

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Earlier this year HTC became an official partner with Google in producing a Daydream-based standalone VR headset under the Vive brand. Today, HTC announced it is producing a similar device for the Chinese market powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. It looks like it will access HTC’s storefront, called Viveport, to get to virtual worlds rather than Google Play. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC, in a prepared statement.

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Google Standalone Worldsense Headsets Use 3DOF Daydream Controller

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We’ve just confirmed with Google’s Clay Bavor that its upcoming standalone headsets from HTC and Lenovo will use the Daydream controller with three degrees of freedom (3DOF). The HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and upcoming headsets from Microsoft have controllers offering full six degrees of freedom (6DOF). Google VR Worldsense

HTC Vive standalone headset could launch this month

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There has been a lot of attention shed on mixed and augmented reality these days, especially with Microsoft’s big push and the launch of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s own ARCore. HTC, however, is firmly staying within virtual reality territory and might, in fact, try to … Continue reading. Archive Computing HTC HTC VIVE virtual reality vr

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Microsoft aquires AltspaceVR

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AltspaceVR , the virtual reality social network that hosts events like stand-up comedy or presidential debate-watching parties, is now part of Microsoft. After a sudden shutdown due to a drop in funding in July, Microsoft obviously has now come to the rescue. Microsoft has no plans to kill off the AltspaceVR, or stop it working on rival VR platforms. AltspaceVR is available for Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR, but not Windows Mixed Reality.

Google’s Tilt Brush Is Going Places You (and Google) Might Not Expect

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Google’s Tilt Brush team gave us a peek into what’s coming down the pipe last night and my mind has been buzzing ever since. Tucked away in a corner of the internet is a YouTube user who immediately stood out like a blazing sun to me for two reasons: He was posting HTC Vive Tilt Brush content. John Sterling McGregor is a student learning calculus and he’s learning it using Tilt Brush in VR with the HTC Vive. Tilt Brush (Google). Google.

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Digital Reality: Stated!

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From Oculus Rift to Google Cardboard: All the things you need to know about VR! Google Cardboard: [link] Movie Gear I use. Source.

Report: Google May Show Standalone Inside-Out Tracking Headset At I/O

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Just ahead of Google’s I/O developer conference last year rumors ran rampant that the company would show a standalone VR headset. Variety is citing multiple sources with knowledge of the project in saying that Google may showcase its standalone device at this week’s show, which kicks off today and runs through to Friday. Pixel, the phone Google released last year with Daydream support, was actually manufactured by HTC.

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First look at HTC Vive Sync

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(Image courtesy HTC Vive.). Yesterday afternoon, I got a preview of the new HCT Vive Sync virtual meeting platform from HTC Vive, and it’s the best one I’ve seen yet — and I have seen a lot of these platforms. — HTC VIVE (@htcvive) April 30, 2020.

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These Are The Stocks You Could Buy To Invest In The VR Industry

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billion from companies listed below like Google and Qualcomm. Google – NASDAQ: GOOG – Cardboard, Google VR, Daydream & Tango, VR cameras, Tilt Brush. HTC – TPE: 2498 – Headset, Content Delivery Platform (non-gaming). Microsoft – NASDAQ: MSFT – VR operating system, VR platform, VR headset.

Microsoft has just what VR needsIn a move we should have seen.

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Microsoft has just what VR needs In a move we should have seen coming from a mile away, Microsoft announced that it will be opening up the Windows Holographic platform , which powers HoloLens, to other companies. Those partners will be able to build AR headsets like HoloLens, full-fledged VR headsets like the HTC Vive, as well as components powering those devices. vr virtual reality microsoft ar hololens augmented reality