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.

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VZfit Fitness Service Comes To Oculus Quest Store With Google Street View

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VZfit launches its subscription fitness service this week on the Oculus Store for Quest with smart bike and Google Maps Street View integration. The workout service hits the Oculus Store on April 15, though it was previously available for Quest outside the store.

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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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‘Realworld’ Aims to Bring a Multiplayer ‘Google Earth VR’ Alternative to Quest & More

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Google Earth VR , which is available today on PC VR, is a breathtaking way to explore our fascinating planet. With Google unfortunately abandoning many of its VR initiatives, it’s unlikely that we’ll see a version of Google Earth VR with multiplayer, let alone Quest support.

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Spatial Beats: Oculus, Google & Snap

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This week, we look at tech stocks, Quest 2’s continued rise, Google’s VR sunsetting, and horsing around with Snapchat See the full roundup below. What is up with Google and XR? The product is a 3D modeling software for PC VR and Oculus Quest headsets.

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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Facebook Launches “Hey Facebook” Wake Word For Voice Commands On Oculus Quest 2

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The Oculus Quest 2 goes “hands-free” with this week’s latest update. It looks like the Oculus Quest 2 is in the middle of a growth spurt. Facebook announced Voice Commands for the Oculus Quest last year. Image Credit: Facebook, Oculus.

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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 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 Responds to ‘Earth VR’s’ Absence on Oculus Rift

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Yesterday, Google shook up the virtual reality scene by both announcing and releasing a brand new immersive experience: Google Earth VR. ” This message appears even for the very developers that have managed to obtain a pair of Oculus Touch controllers, which don’t release to consumers until next month. For some VR fans, this was a shock since a number of VR games support Oculus Touch and the Rift through Steam.

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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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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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NVIDIA CloudXR is Launching on Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and AWS

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NVIDIA is continuing the rollout of its CloudXR technology on the three leading cloud computing platforms: AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Nvidia offers CloudXR client applications for PC, HoloLens 2, Android VR devices (including Oculus Quest), and Android AR devices.

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

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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.

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Oculus Quest Update Introduces Fitness Tracker, 90Hz Support, App Gifting, And More

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Facebook today announced several highly-anticipated updates for the Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 designed to improve the core Oculus Quest experience. Let’s break down all of today’s big announcements: OCULUS MOVE. OCULUS LINK EXITS BETA.

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Google Open Sources Tilt Brush

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Google open sourced its groundbreaking art app Tilt Brush, representing the latest move by the tech giant to cease development of its first efforts in virtual reality. Today is my last day at Google. (!!!).

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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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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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.

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How To Cast Oculus Quest & Quest 2 Directly To Your Web Browser

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It appears as though Facebook has begun rolling out a new feature that allows Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 users to cast their gameplay wirelessly to any computer via select web browsers. Image Credit: Facebook, Oculus.

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Oculus Quest Can Now Cast Directly to PC Web Browsers

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Casting your VR sessions to a Chromecast-enabled TV or a smartphone is one of the best ways to get others involved in the fun while taking turns with your shiny new Oculus Quest 2.

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

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Oculus Android App Has Now Surpassed 5 Million Installs

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The Android version of the Oculus app has been downloaded more than 5 million times from the Google Play Store. For those unaware, the Oculus app is required to setup a new Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, or Oculus Quest 2.

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

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First Look: Oculus Venues and Oculus TV

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These apps hope to make the Oculus Go your next entertainment device. The $200 standalone VR headset from Oculus has finally arrived. the Oculus Go is part of Oculus’ larger goal to getting one billion consumers into VR. Whether you have an Android or iPhone mobile device, you can immediately get started with Oculus Go ( See our review here ). With Oculus Go, iPhone users around the world can now finally jump into VR with something comparable. Oculus TV.

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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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‘Hey Facebook’ Wake Words Roll Out To Oculus Quest 2

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Oculus Quest 2 owners can now address Facebook directly while using the headset to accomplish certain tasks with the phrase “Hey Facebook.”

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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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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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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This ‘Tilt Brush’ Port Brings Google’s VR Creation App to WebXR

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Google stopped active development on Tilt Brush late last month, but also made the VR creation suite open source so anyone could get under the hood. If you’re on Oculus Quest, simply use the default Oculus Browser in-headset.

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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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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.