The XR Week Peek (2020.06.29): Oculus kills the Go, Google buys North, and much more!

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Original image by Oculus). Oculus kills the Go and opens to content on Quest. In the end, the time of the Oculus Go has come. Devices like Oculus Quest , Pico Neo 2 , and Vive Focus Plus have proven that 6DOF VR is more interesting and has far more retention. That’s why, Oculus has decided to discontinue the Oculus Go, and also to close with 3DOF VR in general. Google is going to buy North. Google adds depth APIs to ARCore.

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Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support

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It was six months ago when Google launched a VR version of Google Earth for the HTC Vive. And still to this day, Google Earth VR remains one of the best, if not the best, app experiences available in VR. An app with such a mass appeal like Google’s Tilt Brush, Earth VR lets you visit locations around the world in 3D. Now Google Earth VR is getting a major update. The post Google Earth VR Adds Search and Oculus Rift Support appeared first on VRScout.

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Google’s Tilt Brush Heads To The Oculus Quest This Spring

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Facebook confirmed earlier today that Google’s immensely popular room-scale VR painting experience, Tilt Brush, is coming to the Oculus Quest headset this Spring. According to Google’s Product Manager Elisabeth Morant, the act of porting the application—released originally for SteamVR and the Oculus Rift—came down to simple performance improvements that were achieved using a series of basic, but effective techniques. Image Credit: Google Inc.

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Google Not Releasing Oculus Quest Competitor, Pixel 3a Doesn’t Support Daydream

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In an interview with CNET , Google’s Head of VR & AR revealed that the company will not be releasing an Oculus Quest competitor this year. No Oculus Quest Competitor. Google’s Clay Bavor told CNET that the company’s focus in VR “is much more on services and the bright spots where we see VR being really useful”. The company is seemingly instead researching the next generation of VR and releasing their current apps on PC VR and Oculus Quest.

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Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ VR Painting App Is Coming To Oculus Quest, Cross-Buy With Rift

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Google’s VR painting app Tilt Brush is coming to the upcoming Oculus Quest standalone headset. Google have enabled cross-buy for Tilt Brush, so if you own it already on the Oculus Rift store you already own it for Quest. In early 2017 shortly after the launch of the Oculus Touch controllers Google added Rift support. Google says Oculus Quest “will unlock completely new opportunities” for artists.

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Google Chrome Update Allows For More Powerful WebVR Experiences

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Last week Google launched the beta for Chrome 79, the latest update for its Chrome web browser. According to Google, this new-and-improved WebVR support will eventually make its way to Chromium-based browsers, including Oculus Browser, Microsoft Edge, Magic Leap’s Helio, and Firefox Reality. Using Firefox Reality, Oculus Quest and Oculus Go users can already access browser-based VR content straight from their headsets without the need for any additional software download.

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Report: Google’s ‘Tilt Brush’ is Coming to PSVR Soon

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Google has taken its sweet time bringing its VR creation app Tilt Brush (2016) to PSVR, although having recently slimmed down the app to fit on the modest mobile chipset of Oculus Quest may have given the company needed incentive to finally launch on PSVR. Although Google has yet to officially announce Tilt Brush for PSVR, the reported data seems to strongly indicate a nearby release on the platform.

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Google Files Patent Application For Hand-Controlled Mobile VR Headset

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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. The post Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards appeared first on VRScout. News Acer Google GVRA HTC Oculus SonySome of the biggest names in the business are teaming up to secure the future of virtual reality.

Google Earth VR Now Officially Supports Oculus Rift With Touch, Adds Quick Search

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Google wakes up from its VR daydream

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Daydream, Google’s mobile-focused virtual reality platform, is losing official support from Google, Android Police reports. Google’s hardware business is already peanuts compared to their search and ads business, so it probably wasn’t clear what the point was.

Google Releases Highly-polished VR Tour of Versailles for Free

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Google Arts & Culture partnered with Château de Versailles to create an extremely detailed VR tour of the iconic French palace, aptly named VersaillesVR – the palace is yours (2019). SEE ALSO Oculus Reveals New VR Headset Prototypes with Major Advances in Optics Form-factor. Built using photogrammetry, Google’s Arts & Culture team took 132,000 high-res photos from different angles, and then fed it all into their software to build a 3D model.

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Tilt Brush Update Adds Camera Paths And Google Drive Backups

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A new Tilt Brush update for PC VR and Oculus Quest added some great new features. Added Camera Paths, Sketchfab upload, and Google Drive Backup. The feature is unlikely to be in included in the Oculus Quest version in the future, due to the restraints of the mobile system. That being said, users would hypothetically be able to create a sketch with the Oculus Quest version and then open it in the PC VR version in order to create and record a camera path for the project.

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Google’s Massive Street View Library Now Available in ‘Google Earth VR’

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Today Google has launched an update to Google Earth VR which brings the company’s huge library of street-level imagery into the application which lets users immersively explore the entire globe. Google Earth VR is a stunning VR experience which we called “ a breathtaking new way to know our planet ,” back when it launched in late 2016.

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Street View Comes To Google Earth VR

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Last year Google launched a VR version of Google Earth , letting you visit locations around the world in 3D. Available on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, the update lets you explore Street View imagery from 85 countries right within Earth VR, making it easier than ever to experience the world as it really is. I’d love to skip down the street with the tap of the controller, just like we’ve grown familiar with from Google Maps. Image Credit: Google Street View.

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Google Develops Real-Time Finger Tracking Algorithm For Mobile Chips

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Google released an open source algorithm which performs real-time 21-point finger tracking on mobile hardware. The system is part of Google’s MediaPipe, a modular framework for machine learning based solutions such as face detection, object detection, and hair segmentation. Unfortunately, Google’s blog post doesn’t mention the quality and latency of the current implementation. Google finger tracking google

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The Future Begins: October Will See Big VR Moments From Google, Facebook, and Sony

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VR Tool Built With Google Poly Turns Words Into Matching 3D Objects

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A VR developer posted footage of a proof-of-concept mechanic that allows users to spell out any word and see it visualized as a Google Poly asset in real time. Using Google Poly to source assets at runtime. VR #gamedev #indiedev #Oculus #Google #madewithunity pic.twitter.com/umtOiJGxMg. As you can see the video embedded above, the tool allows the user to move letters around to form a word, which can then be squished together and turned into a Google Poly asset.

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Oculus Link Test Update Lets You Boost Bitrate To Fight Compression

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The Oculus PC app’s latest test channel update lets you set the bandwidth used by Oculus Link. Oculus Link is a feature of Oculus Quest headsets. Now you can set bitrate yourself using the Oculus Debug Tool (ODT). 4 choices available in Oculus PC app. (or

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Google I/O 2019 Developer Conference Set For May

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We’re coming up to developer conference season once again, and Google’s now dated I/O’s 2019 return. Google didn’t even mention the former at last year’s show despite launching its Lenovo Mirage Solo Daydream headset around it. We’re expecting a fair bit more on the VR side from that one, including launch information for Oculus Quest. Events Google Google Daydream VR Industry News ARCore Daydream google Google I/O

Google Appears to Be Ramping Up R&D Efforts for “New and novel” AR/VR Lenses

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Though there wasn’t much groundbreaking in the Daydream news shared at Google I/O this year, the company is growing its AR/VR team at an accelerated rate, suggesting Google has a number of things up its sleeve yet. While we’ve known for some time that Google has been designing custom lenses for their Daydream products, the new job listing suggests and escalation of that work into in-house rapid prototyping.

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Google’s Experiment With Light Fields Show Potential of VR

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Google is working on ways to create the most realistic sense of presence while in VR. To help with that, Google has been experimenting with light fields to show how VR can come as close as possible to what you’d actually see if you were there. When you’re actually in a place, the world reacts to you as you move your head around: light bounces off surfaces in different ways and you see things from different perspectives,” said Paul Debevec , Senior Researcher at Google VR.

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Google to Shutter Jump VR Video Service in June

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Google seems to be taking somewhat of a step back from VR, as Variety reports the company will be shutting down its Jump program for good next month. Google posted an updated Jump FAQ recently regarding the shutdown of the VR video service, outlining that Jump will officially go offline on June 28th, 2019. Any later than that, and all Jump-related files will be deleted from Google’s Cloud Services for good. Where Google is headed next with VR, we’re not sure.

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Oculus Exec Doesn’t Think Google Daydream Can Match Gear VR

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First Videos Of Google Daydream 6DOF Controllers In Action Arrive

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A few months back Google announced that it was developing a pair of six degree of freedom (6DOF) controllers to be used with the Lenovo Mirage Solo standalone VR headset. The device, which runs on Google’s Daydream platform, needs to be fitted with a new faceplate that allows for the controllers to be tracked without the need for external sensors. Other than those issues, though, it looks like a promising start for Google’s 6DOF controllers.

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Google I/O: The New Google Lens Shows AR Potential

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Google I/O’s 2017 keynote kicked off with some exciting statistics, showing off just how impactful and widespread the company’s applications are. There are 800 million Google Drive users and 500 million active Google Photos users. Later into the keynote, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai spoke of the advances Google is making with their computer vision technology. Pichai followed this up with the announcement of Google Lens.

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Google Kills Movie Rental And Purchasing On Daydream VR

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Google has removed Google Play Movies & TV from its Daydream VR platform. Play Movies & TV is Google’s portal for renting and purchasing movies and shows. Before this month it was also available on Daydream, Google’s VR platform for high-end Android smartphones and Lenovo’s standalone headset. This news comes as part of a trend of Google winding down investment in the Daydream platform. Oculus Video.

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Google: ‘Exactly Where We Take Daydream Remains To Be Seen’

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It’s uncertain days for Google’s mobile VR ecosystem, Daydream. Speaking to Fast Company , Google senior VP of devices and services Rick Osterloh said the company will likely continue to invest in VR, but it “remains to be seen” where it goes. ” Google’s Rocky VR Relationship. Google has had a rocky relationship with VR thus far. According to the Google Play store, many Daydream apps have very low install bases.

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Google Discontinues Daydream View Headset, the Final Nail in the Coffin for its Android VR Ambitions

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It was abundantly clear by earlier this year that Google’s interest in its Android-based Daydream VR platform had withered, but now the company has put the final nail in the coffin by discontinuing the Daydream View headset and confirming that its newest Pixel 4 smartphone isn’t compatible. Google had monstrous ambitions for Daydream at the start. Image courtesy Google. Daydream Google Mobile VR News google google daydream google daydream discontinued

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Report: Google Ditched Plans for High Spec Oculus Rift Rival

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Google had a high-end, standalone virtual reality headset in the works that was recently ditched in favour of the Android-centric ‘Daydream’ VR platform, a new report suggests. It seem that persistent rumours of a standalone, Google VR headset may not have been so far from the truth after all. See Also: Google Announce ‘Daydream’ a VR Platform for Android N. The post Report: Google Ditched Plans for High Spec Oculus Rift Rival appeared first on Road to VR.

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How Google’s Latest VR Moves Are a Major Blow to Oculus’ Mobile Strategy

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Last week at Google’s I/O 2017 developer conference the company made a number of new announcements which are very exciting for VR consumers. Within the industry though, the announcements represent somewhat of a repositioning of industry players, one that puts Oculus’ mobile strategy in a rough spot. Oculus was first to market in the ‘high-end’ mobile VR space when they launched Gear VR in conjunction with Samsung in 2014. image courtesy Google.

Google’s VR Painting App ‘Tilt Brush’ is Coming to Quest, Cross-Buy with Rift

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Already own a copy of Google’s VR creation tool Tilt Brush (2016) from the Oculus Store? Then you’ll be able to hop right into the company’s intuitive painting app with Oculus Quest, the upcoming standalone VR headset. Luckily, some decisions we made early on set us up for early performance wins,” Google product manager Elisabeth Morant says. SEE ALSO Oculus Quest & Rift S Controllers Could Hide an Unintended Easter Egg Message Inside.

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Boz: Get Your Facebook Account In ‘Good Standing’ Before Buying Oculus Quest 2

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New Oculus Quest 2 owners can log in with Facebook, or existing Oculus users can merge their Facebook account with their Oculus one. But I want to point out this is very common – Google, Apple, Xbox, pick a favorite. The Oculus Quest 2 is available now.

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Developers Now Receiving Google’s Experimental 6DOF Controller Kits

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As applications for the Lenovo Mirage Solo 6DOF controller dev kits come to a close recently, it appears Google has begun sending out its first wave of units, an experimental hardware add-on for Lenovo’s Mirage Solo standalone headset that brings optical positional tracking to a pair of purpose-built controllers. So far Google has been mum on the details, so at this point we just can’t tell.

Avant-garde Interactive VR Story Catalog, ‘Corpus Misty,’ Now Available On Oculus App Store

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Peering behind the scenes of Corpus Misty , VR Coven strategically chose to create the assets using Oculus Medium , one of the project sponsors, to promote accessible tools and design standards encouraging non-technical artists to feel represented by the project process.

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Oculus Quest 2 Gift Guide: The Ultimate List

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We’ve got you covered – our Ultimate Oculus Quest 2 Gift Guide takes you through which headset to go for, what accessories to pick up, and the best games and apps to jump into. Oculus Quest 2 Gift Guide: Which Model To Buy. Oculus Quest 2 64GB – $299.

How to enable WebVR in Google Chrome

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One of the biggest news of the last days is that finally, Google Chrome for Windows has added support for WebVR. It was absurd that Google, that is pushing on WebVR and WebAR (let’s say WebXR and we’re all happy, apart from Charlie Fink that hates the term XR), wasn’t supporting it in its famous browser. And when the son of Microsoft Explorer gets functionalities faster than you, Google, you understand that something is not working as it should.

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