Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards


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

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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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

For Once, Microsoft Got The Jump On Google and Apple with HoloLens — Will It Last?


In terms of the enterprise market, that pie will be smaller, but will lean even more heavily toward AR and MR. Currently, at the forefront of the MR revolution is the Microsoft HoloLens. Microsoft has uncharacteristically been early to market in this sector, with the HoloLens dominating almost all coverage of actual deployments of the technology. Tagged with: microsoft Facebook Twitter Reddit More. AR microsoft

Khronos Group Would Welcome Input From Microsoft On OpenXR Standard


” Will Microsoft Join The Effort? The current collection of partners is dominated by those more involved in VR, including names like Sony, Oculus, Google, and more. When asked if there were any specific entities missing that Khronos Group would welcome, Trevett immediately mentioned one of the biggest faces of AR: Microsoft. ” Tagged with: API , khronos , microsoft. AR Research VR API khronos microsoft

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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. ” See for yourself at this time stamp: There were promises of no exclusivity deals , stable 90fps for console VR , and Microsoft’s own Mixed Reality content getting brought over to Xbox VR. Sony’s own Shuhei Yoshida responded on Twitter in a rather coy manner, saying: ?´-`?.?oO?we

Field in View: Valve, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Sony – Who Believes What’s Best For VR?


Between Sony’s PlayStation VR, Google’s Daydream, Microsoft’s Windows Holographic, Facebook’s Oculus, and Valve’s SteamVR, we don’t just have different tech specs but different philosophies that will continue to seperate each of them as 2017 goes on and may ultimately decide who truly leads the industry in the years to come. Google. Microsoft. Tagged with: Daydream , facebook , google , oculus , sony , valve , VR.

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Google Bringing WebVR 1.1 To Daydream in January


As reported by Road to VR , Google recently confirmed that the latest iteration of the framework, WebVR 1.1, Speaking at the W3C Workshop on Web & Virtual Reality last month, Megan Lindsay, WebVR Product Manager at Google stated that a beta version should launch in December 2016 followed by a stable launch in January 2017. ” AR was mentioned too, though Google isn’t “what this would entail yet.” WebVR chrome Daydream google webvr

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The 10 Best Deals of February 26, 2021

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


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.

Editorial: Sony And Facebook Don’t Need To Finance Shooting Virtual Humans


A trailer for Blood & Truth from Sony’s London Studio, like a preview Oculus showed earlier this month for an upcoming war title from Titanfall creator Respawn Entertainment, makes it clear that Sony and Facebook are financially supporting what its executives think gamers want to play in VR. In contrast, Facebook and Sony are farming out projects to trusted teams and insulating these creators from community feedback. Sony isn’t alone here.

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Microsoft HoloLens: Everything you need to know about the $3,000 AR headset


Microsoft HoloLens, the company's holographic, augmented reality headset took us all by surprise when it was unveiled at a Windows 10 event at the beginning of 2015. The HoloLens headset is a bold piece of hardware and the most exciting evidence yet that Microsoft is taking wearable tech seriously. Microsoft is promising a future filled with holograms but not as we'd imagine them - you'll only be able to see them with the HoloLens strapped on.

Facebook steps into cloud gaming — and another feud with Apple

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Their approach is different than what Microsoft or Google has built but Facebook highlights a shared central challenge: dealing with Apple. “I do want to put a pin in the fact that we’re giving Google 30% [on Android].

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


billion from companies listed below like Google and Qualcomm. Google – NASDAQ: GOOG – Cardboard, Google VR, Daydream & Tango, VR cameras, Tilt Brush. Sony – NYSE: SNE – VR Console, VR Games & VR Headset. Microsoft – NASDAQ: MSFT – VR operating system, VR platform, VR headset. The VR and AR markets are full of companies of various sizes with many roles in the VR industry, when you consider how many verticals there are it can get confusing.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.08.25): Lots of new VR content previewed, Sony acquires Insomniac, Matrix 4 in the works and much more!

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Sony has acquired Insomniac Games. Sony has acquired Insomniac Games , one of the most talented game studios among the ones focused on Virtual Reality. The studio will so become part of the Sony Worldwide Studios. Furthermore, for sure Sony won’t allow Insomniac to develop exclusive titles of a competitor like Oculus in the future. More info (Sony buys Insomniac Games) More info (Sony buys Insomniac Games) More info (Jason Rubin says he is not worried).

The Coolest Gadgets of 2020

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For companies like Apple and Microsoft, this could have been a landmark year were it not for everything else going on. apple zen surechip samsung google amd sony jbl onyx peloton fitbit commerce

Xbox VP: VR Games ‘Not Even Close To Making Tech Worthwhile’


Mike Ybarra, Vice President of Xbox at Microsoft, doesn’t sound very impressed with VR software. Google Earth is cool but not even close to what is needed to make the tech worthwhile. Sony has PSVR for its competing PS4 console and Microsoft itself has a line of headsets for PC. Last year, reports suggested Microsoft had put plans for a headset on ice. Hopefully that means Microsoft is working on a VR killer app to call its own for the next Xbox.

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


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. It’s similar to Microsoft’s original approach to PCs with Windows – build the operating system and let others go wild with hardware – as well as its push for new form-factors with the Surface. vr virtual reality microsoft ar hololens augmented reality

Five Big Questions Facing The VR Industry In 2019


What Are HTC, Google and Microsoft’s Next Moves? Google is much the same story; Daydream remains VR’s most obscure platform but its own 6DOF controllers for the Mirage Solo could bring it to the forefront. But it’s Microsoft we’re most interested in. Reports suggest Microsoft canned plans for VR on Xbox One, but the tease of next-generation Xbox consoles from last E3 has reignited hopes that it may come to the next device.

PS5’s DualSense Controller Might Hint At PSVR2 Using Inside-Out Tracking


Sony revealed the controller for the PlayStation 5, called DualSense, and a change to the positioning of the light bar suggests PSVR2 may use inside-out tracking. With the PlayStation 5’s new ‘DualSense’ controller, Sony appears to have moved this light bar to the face of the controller, with one strip on each side. VR headsets from Facebook, Microsoft, and HTC all now use inside-out tracking, as did Google’s headset developed with Lenovo.

VR Game Delays Possible As QA Testing Process Shifts To Work From Home


While the switch to new working conditions and schedules might affect productivity in the ongoing development of VR projects, we’ve also heard from sources that the quality assurance testing processes for companies like Sony and Facebook may be affected as well. We reached out to Sony and Facebook about potential delays to VR software projects releasing this year on PlayStation and Oculus Quest, respectively.

New to VR? A beginner’s guide


Google Cardboard. from Google. Google Daydream View. from Google. COMPATIBILITY: The Google Daydream View is only compatible with these devices: Pixel, Pixel 2, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Moto Z, Moto Z 2 , ZenFone AR, Mate 9 Pro, Axon 7. Google’s Daydream View is a mobile VR device that comes with a handheld Bluetooth controller for navigation and gameplay. Sony Playstation VR. Photo from Microsoft. from Microsoft.

VR in Today’s Market: What’s A Console Anyway?

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Sony has reported that the PlayStation VR headset has reached 4.2 Do Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft have anything planned? Sony Is Leading The Pack. When Sony’s PSVR launched, there were a few questions on the enthusiast level. Image: Sony. Yet all of that hasn’t stopped PSVR from being the highest selling VR headset to date and Sony has taken notice. Microsoft Is Changing Their Approach. Image: Microsoft.

The XR Week Peek (2020.06.15): PS5 revealed, SteamVR implements OpenVR and more!

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Image by Sony, from Road To VR). Sony announces PS5, it supports PSVR. With an online livestream of around 1 hour, Sony has finally unveiled the design of the PlayStation 5. But Sony has confirmed that while we wait for it, the PS5 will be able to work with the current PSVR device. Sony has also shown the new PlayStation Camera, that has now high frequency, high resolution (full HD), and a stereo pair of cameras. Header image by Sony).

nDreams Launches $2M Fund to Help VR Developers Publish their Games

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nDreams is an approved developer partner with Sony PlayStation, Oculus, HTC, Microsoft HoloLens, Google and Samsung. Award-winning virtual reality developer and publisher announced that it has set aside $2m to co-fund and publish externally developed VR titles.

2018 In Review: The Year Standalones Took VR And AR Everywhere


Also in 2018, the United States Army awarded Microsoft a contract worth nearly half a billion dollars to augment U.S. Microsoft’s HoloLens as seen on the International Space Station. Magic Leap reportedly lost out on the contract won by Microsoft. The leak came as both HTC and Google started showing the Vive Focus and Mirage Solo standalone VR headsets featuring a pair of “6DoF” point-and-reach hand controllers.

Lenovo’s Windows Holographic VR Headset Debuts At CES


Microsoft’s Windows Holographic VR headsets are going to run the gamut of specs like input, field of view, and resolution. Lenovo’s headset looks very similar to the white device here seen at Microsoft’s announcement last year. On the outside, Lenovo’s currently unnamed device looks similar to Sony’s PlayStation VR in design, with a ring that sits on top of the user’s headset to keep the weight off of the face like on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

#952: XR Association Industry Survey & Lobbying Congress on XR Policy

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The XR Association is a non-profit 501(c)(6) trade association with members including Facebook/Oculus, Google, Microsoft, Sony, & HTC. They’re focused on general awareness and education, Podcast Archive

Mixer Closed, Should VR Fans Be Excited?

VR Tech News

Yet the Microsoft owned Mixer did not share the same success. Microsoft tried, they really did. The copyright on the streaming tech that ran Mixer stayed with Microsoft. But why did Microsoft choose Facebook to partner with on the Mixer deal? YouTube is owned by Google.

Editorial: Xbox Doesn’t Need A VR Headset Just Yet, But It Soon Will


Every time Microsoft’s Xbox guru opens his mouth to explain his stance on the technology, only the negative points seem to make the headlines, even when he’s trying to clarify any misunderstanding around previous pessimism. Microsoft could release an amazing VR headset for its Xbox Series X console, of that I have no doubt. No doubt, there is uncertainty ahead for Microsoft’s gaming business. Poor Phil Spencer; no one wants him to like VR.

Quest Dominated Black Friday Search Volume in the US, Tied PlayStation VR Worldwide

Road to VR

According to Google Trends, Quest dominated search interest in the US over Black Friday weekend which marks the start of the holiday shopping season. US search volume, Black Friday weekend 2019 | Data courtesy Google. Worldwide search volume, Black Friday weekend 2019 | Data courtesy Google. Most searched for headsets by region, Black Friday weekend 2019 | Data courtesy Google. Data courtesy Sony, chart by Road to VR.

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How the Stock Market is Showing Faith in Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR)


One-year price performance for MSFT, AAPL, GOOGL, SNE, and NVDA According to the latest report from Statista , the global augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) markets are rapidly growing and are forecast to reach a total of $72.8

Report Predicts AR and VR Headsets Shipments to Approach 100 Million by 2021

Road to VR

Despite Sony being pleasantly surprised by its official PSVR sales figures – with the nearly 1 million units sold since its October 2016 launch – it’s difficult to get a handle on market penetration for VR hardware to date. Samsung confirmed at CES in January that its Oculus engineered Samsung Gear VR headset had passed an install base figure of 5 Million and more recently Google affirmed that it had shipped over 10 Million Cardboard viewers.

Editorial: Virtual Reality Is Facebook’s Market To Lose

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While Sony’s PlayStation VR headset sold more than 5 million units, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said recently Oculus Quest 2 “‘is on track to be the first mainstream VR headset”. Google exited the market almost as soon as it had prepared a standalone VR developer kit with hand controllers.

My predictions for virtual reality in 2021

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And in fact, some weeks ago Sony has made everyone understand that it has delayed the launch of the PSVR 2 because the market is not there yet. And a big company like Google could also afford to sell it at the same price as the Quest 2, hoping for a future domination of the VR ecosystem.

Report: Global VR Gaming Market to Jump 84% in 4 Years


” The report predicts America will be the major source of revenue for the VR gaming market, citing increased awareness and growth brought on by companies such as Google, Samsung and Sony. “The adoption of VR technology by tech giants such as Sony and Microsoft and the presence of companies such as Apple and Google that have a large user base in the mobile gaming segment will fuel the growth of the market in this region,” the report summary said.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook to Congress: The App Store is in a 'street fight for market share'

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” The Apple CEO cited Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows devices, and even video game consoles like Sony's PlayStation and Microsoft’s Xbox as competitors to the company’s apps platform. Is Tim Cook more of a Ryu or a Ken ?