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

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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.

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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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 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 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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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 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.

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

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Oculus Quest’s YouTube App Gets Hand Tracking

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Google’s YouTube app for Oculus Quest now supports controller-free hand tracking. This was already possible via the Oculus Browser, but the native app provides a cleaner experience with better performance.

‘Tilt Brush’ Co-creator Leaves Google for ‘very special’ VR Project with ‘Space Pirate Trainer’ Studio

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Tilt Brush co-creator Patrick Hackett announced today that he’s leaving Google after nearly six years with the company. Tilt Brush co-creators Patrick Hackett & Drew Skillman joined Google in early 2015 after the company acquired the duo and their application.

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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: ‘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 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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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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Google’s ‘Son Of Jaguar’ 360° Short Film Now Available On YouTube

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When we first heard about Jorge Gutierrez’s Google Spotlight Stories project, Son of Jaguar , I don’t think any of us were expecting the colorful journey we were about to experience. Previously the family-centric film, which also happens to be the longest and most dialogue-heavy piece of content within the Google Spotlight Stories catalog, was only available on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift via SteamVR. The ‘Book of Life’ director’s VR debut makes its way to YouTube.

Google’s VR Headset Is Daydream View

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Following the reveal of the Daydream mobile VR ecosystem earlier in the year, Google has finally revealed the first headset to support it, Daydream View. The new device was revealed at the Made By Google conference in San Francisco today. That includes the two new smartphones Google itself revealed at the event – Pixel and the larger Pixel XL for $649. Google claims it’s 30% lighter than similar headsets (read: Gear VR).

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Oculus Quest Games 2021: Every Title Coming This Year

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Here’s our full list of new Oculus Quest games 2021 to look forward to this year! Hot off the heels of the Quest 2 launch, there’s a lot of new Oculus Quest games to look forward to in 2021. New Oculus Quest Games 2021.

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.