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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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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New Google Stadia Job Listings Suggest VR Cloud-gaming Ambitions

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Stadia, Google’s cloud-gaming company, is looking for new hires with a preference for virtual reality development experience. Stadia is Google’s cloud-gaming service which runs games on powerful computers in the cloud and then streams them to your PC, laptop, or even smartphone.

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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 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 Files Patent Application For Hand-Controlled Mobile VR Headset

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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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‘Mondly VR’ Language Learning App Now On Oculus Quest

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Originally released back in 2017 on Google Daydream, Samsung GearVR, Oculus Go, and SteamVR headsets— Mondly VR features support for over two dozen languages, including but now limited to Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

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

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The XR Week Peek (2022.05.16): Meta teases Cambria, Google shows new AR features, and more!

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Image by Google). Google performs interesting AR news at I/O conference. At Google I/O, no executive of the company has talked about the M-word, but they have anyway showed interesting AR updates, which will be relevant for our future M-world.

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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.

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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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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.

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Google’s VR Studio Reveals Bright & Bubbly Game Coming to Quest & PC VR in 2022

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Google’s Owlchemy Labs, the VR studio behind Job Simulator (2016), just revealed a totally new game called Cosmonious High. It’s heading to PC VR and Oculus Quest next year. News VR Game cosmonious high google google vr

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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 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’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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How To Play Classic Arcade Games On Oculus Quest

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Well, fret not, because today we’re breaking down how to turn your Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 VR headset into an all-in-one retro arcade. Now it’s important to note that there are a variety of emulators compatible with the Oculus Quest platform.

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

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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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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 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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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.

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

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This Oculus Quest Mixed Reality Apartment Is Straight Out Of Minority Report

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Oculus Quest hand-tracking turns one apartment into an XR playground. XR wizard Greg Madison, an interaction designer for spatial computing, has made science-fiction a reality by turning his own home into a mixed reality playground using the Oculus Quest.

The Top 5 Games for Oculus Rift

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So, you just bought an Oculus Rift and you want to know what to download first (besides the free stuff). In our breakdown of the top 5 games for Oculus Touch and top 5 for the Xbox One gamepad, we take a look at some of the best games currently on the Oculus Store. And now (in no particular order), we present Road to VR ‘s top five games for Oculus Touch, and gamepad. Top 5 Oculus Touch Games.

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Google’s Tilt Brush Officially Comes to Rift on Oculus Home

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Google’s popular virtual reality art program Tilt Brush is launching for the Oculus Rift headset with Oculus Touch controllers. The experience can be purchased today in Oculus Home for $29.99. Many first timers visit Tilt Brush as their first experiences, and Google’s savvy marketing for the product helped the world understand what VR is and why it matters. Tilt Brush on the Rift represents a new era for 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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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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Hack Makes ‘Google Earth VR’ Compatible With Rift and Touch

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Google Earth VR was launched this week to great excitement, except to Rift users who found out that the game wouldn’t work with their headset. Little more than a day later, a hack surfaced that adds compatibility for the Rift, Touch, and even Razer Hydra to Google Earth VR. While SteamVR is primarily the home of the HTC Vive, it also supports the Oculus Rift and Touch controllers, making it easy to developers to release games that work with both headsets.

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Google Buying HTC’s Pixel Team for $1.1 Billion

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Google has announced a $1.1 billion cooperation agreement under which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. Over the past month, we’ve heard from multiple sources familiar with the matter that Google was in the final stages of negotiating a deal with HTC and that it was “imminent.”. Separately, Google will receive a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property (IP).

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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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