OpenXR 1.0 Released, Microsoft Supports on HoloLens & WMR, Oculus Plans Rift & Quest Support

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It’s a major milestone, according to Khronos Group which has overseen development of the standard by a consortium of many of the biggest names in the AR/VR sector. Today the group announced the release of OpenXR 1.0, Khronos Group says that from 1.0 openxr working group

Khronos Group Would Welcome Input From Microsoft On OpenXR Standard

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During GDC 2017, Khronos Group unveiled OpenXR as the name for their VR/AR API standard that’s currently being developed. We reported on the announcement and broke down a bit of why this standard was something for the VR industry and community to get excited about, but we also got the chance to speak with Khronos Group president Neil Trevett to get some questions answered. The Khronos Group is hoping to be able to ship the API around GDC of next year.

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OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

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It’s backed by many of the biggest names in the VR and AR industries and has been in development by the consortium for two years now, organized by Khronos Group. The group today announced the ratification of OpenXR 0.9, Image courtesy Khronos Group.

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. image courtesy Khronos Group. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed.

AltspaceVR Announces September 12th Oculus Quest Launch

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Microsoft’s flagship social VR platform brings its unique brand of events to the Quest. AltspaceVR, acquired by Microsoft in October 2017, has a been a beloved mainstay of the social VR space since its launch in 2015. Image Credit: AltspaceVR, Microsoft.

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Microsoft Research Demonstrates VR Controller Prototypes With Unique Haptic Technology

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Microsoft Research has devised two novel methods for more realistic haptic feedback on virtual reality controllers. Microsoft Research’s new experimental controllers bring kinesthetics into the VR space, offering two types of force-feedback applied to fully-tracked motion controllers.

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Microsoft Hires Head Of Marketing From Oculus In Mixed Reality Build Up

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Microsoft today revealed it hired Liz Hamren from Oculus to head up marketing for mixed reality as the company begins to build out its efforts beyond HoloLens into a broad range of devices including VR headsets. Hamren was the chief marketing officer at Oculus and joins Microsoft as corporate vice president of mixed reality marketing. She’ll be reporting directly to Yusuf Mehdi, the head of marketing for the Windows and devices group at Microsoft.

Oculus Rift Has Hidden Preliminary Support For OpenXR

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Facebook added basic support for OpenXR to their Oculus Rift and Rift S headsets. It was developed by a working group managed by Khronos, a non-profit industry consortium. When launching an OpenXR test app, the Oculus app launched and recognized it as a VR app.

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Pixvana Raises $14M Series A Investment for Cloud-based VR Video Platform

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FOVAS is supported on Gear VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows VR headsets and Daydream currently. We are thrilled to work with this amazing group of investors backing us, to realize our vision of XR storytelling,” said Forest Key, Pixvana CEO.

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Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Strategy Driven By Pioneer Who Helped Launch VR’s Renaissance

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A pioneer who helped kickstart VR’s renaissance is driving the strategy for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, spanning both HoloLens and a collection of VR headsets rolling out later this year. We knew Mark Bolas, who ran the mixed reality lab at USC, took a position at Microsoft as the company built up its efforts in mixed reality, but we didn’t know precisely what he’d be doing. It will be his first public appearance since at Microsoft last year.

Microsoft’s 6DOF Controllers Are A Reference Design, Not A Product

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We still have a lot to learn about Microsoft’s six degrees of freedom (6DOF) controllers for its Windows Mixed Reality VR headsets, including going hands-on with them for ourselves. The devices we saw when Microsoft first introduced the controllers won’t be what we get as product, however. Nadia Steer-Mobley, Principle Programme Manager of the Windows Devices Group said as much on-stage at WinHEC last month. Microsoft VR Industry News

Addition of OpenXR Support in Oculus PTC Could Smooth Cross-Platform Development

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The industry is striving for ever greater openness and interconnectivity, hence why The Khronos Group and its affiliates began working on OpenXR. Soon Oculus will begin to adopt OpenXR with support reportedly coming in the latest Oculus Public Test Channel release.

GDC 2019: OpenXR Specification And API Released Publicly For AR And VR Devices

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The Khronos Group, which is releasing the standard for developer and industry feedback , is broadly supported by companies invested in AR and VR technologies. There is also a developer preview of the OpenXR runtime from Microsoft for VR headsets using its tracking technology. Competing proprietary standards don’t inspire confidence in the consumer to invest,” said Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Working Group. AR VR VR Industry News GDC Khronos Group OpenXR

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How To Virtually Hang Out With Friends On Oculus Go Post-Rooms

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Facebook shut down the Oculus Go’s built in social platform back in late October. Oculus Rooms was the Go’s flagship app , allowing people to easily hang out in a virtual apartment by simply being in the same Party. vTime XR on the Oculus Go Store (Free).

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Unreal Engine Adds Oculus Quest Vulkan Support, Unity To Follow ‘Later This Year’

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The latest version of the Oculus Unreal Engine Integration adds support for Vulkan on Oculus Quest and Oculus Go. It is the official LLAPI for the Android OS, used on Oculus Go and Oculus Quest. Vulkan On Oculus Standalones.

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VR at E3 2017: Microsoft Drops The Ball, Sony And Bethesda Scoop It Up

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It was Microsoft that dropped the ball the hardest. This time last year Microsoft was telling us that the console, then codenamed Project Scorpio, would be capable of high-fidelity VR. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has been telling press that he doesn’t get a lot of requests for VR – or, in Microsoft’s puzzling dictionary, mixed reality – in the living room, with the company instead squarely focused on delivering the tech for PCs with its OEM partners right now.

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With Facebook’s ????, Oculus Is Fending off Old Enemies, Former Friends, and New Foes

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At Oculus Connect, the company’s annual developer conference, we got fresh insight into where Oculus is heading, and a new look at how Facebook’s money is funding battles on all fronts of the industry’s increasingly competitive landscape. Image courtesy Oculus.

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Editorial: Oculus Quest Is Winning 2019 And Looks Set For 2020 Too

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The Oculus Link beta and forthcoming support for hand-tracking are poised to completely change the VR market. Facebook’s all-in-one VR headset, Oculus Quest , went on sale in May 2019 for $400 and it is safe to say now, in November, it owned the standalone VR category by itself this year.

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The Biggest Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows VR Releases Of The Week 11/26/17

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And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group , complete with a curated list of recommendations so that you don’t have to waste any money finding out what’s good in the world of VR. Tagged with: new releases , Oculus Home , steam , windows Facebook Twitter Reddit More.

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Microsoft Windows VR Headset Devices Coming in April 2017

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Microsoft product lineup surprised everyone today, but the biggest surprise was planned for VR fans. Not only are these devices cheaper than the Oculus Rift and Vive, but Microsoft says they’re better too. “These headsets will be the first and only to ship with inside-out, six degrees of freedom sensors,” said Terry Myerson, Executive VP of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft.

First Ever OpenXR Demo Heading To Siggraph 2018 This Week

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Khronos Group’s anticipated VR/AR standard API, OpenXR, is finally getting its first ever public demo at Siggraph 2018 this week. The platform, which was announced at GDC last year, will be shown running an Unreal Engine VR demo inside both the StarVR and Microsoft’s Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets at the event in Vancouver, Canada, from August 12th – 16th. VR Industry News Khronos Group OpenXR

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Sony Acquires Insomniac Games, Delivering a Strategic Blow to Oculus Studios in the Process

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The studio has developed three Oculus exclusive titles, with its fourth and largest yet, Stormland , still due to launch in 2019. Sony will bring the studio under its SIE Worldwide Studios group, which has churned out some of the company’s most lauded exclusive games (VR and otherwise).

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The 25 Best Oculus Rift Games Day #5

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It was over six years ago now that a small group of people gathered together to run a Kickstarter campaign for a first-of-its-kind VR headset. million and the Oculus Rift was born. With that said, here are UploadVR’s 25 best Oculus Rift games.

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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. Ultimately, the group will develop best practices and share them openly.”.

Microsoft Finalizing Its HoloLens, VR Headset Specifications

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In just a few days time, Microsoft will host WinHEC , its annual hardware / platform conference. Intel has 600 people here working on hardware form factors, while the similar story is with Microsoft and a few other known global players. Currently, the champion of minimum specifications is Oculus with its Rift, with some pre-build computers going as low as $500. Microsoft is not playing such tricks.

The XR Week Peek (2020.01.20): Oculus Go price cut down to $150, Mojo Vision teases AR contact lenses and much more!

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Oculus Go price cut down to $150. Facebook has permanently cut down the price of the Oculus Go to $150 , the same price that made it sell incredibly well on Amazon during the Cyber Monday. More info (Oculus Go price cut) More info (Xiaomi laying off the team dedicated to Go).

Exclusive: First-Ever Impact Reality Summit Announces 2020 Lineup

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Some of the biggest names in social impact will be in attendance, including: Participant Media, Conservation International, the Rainforest Alliance, Connect for Climate/World Bank, and the Milken Institute, as well as tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Oculus.

Top Investors Discuss VR and AR Strategies and Opportunites at IMMERSE 2016

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SEE ALSO Madrona Venture Group on Why Seattle is a Hotbed for VR and AR. Patrick Eggen, Madrona Venture Group. Over time we think AR and VR converge into a world that the Microsoft folks call “mixed reality.”

The Biggest Rift, Vive, And Windows Releases Of The Week 25/02/18

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And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group , complete with a curated list of recommendations so that you don’t have to waste any money finding out what’s good in the world of VR. Tagged with: new releases , Oculus Home , steam Facebook Twitter Reddit More.

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Khronos’ OpenXR 1.0 Specification Establishes Unifying XR Ecosystem

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To help grow and support the growing virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industries, The Khronos Group and its affiliates have been working on the OpenXR standard since 2016. “The working group is excited to launch the 1.0 These include ‘Monado’ OpenXR from Collabora, the OpenXR runtime for Windows Mixed Reality headsets from Microsoft, an Oculus Rift implementation, Unreal Engine support from Epic Games and Oculus Quest support.

OpenXR 1.0 Specification Release Carries Wide Industry Support

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Microsoft already released an OpenXR runtime for Windows Mixed Reality headsets, Oculus is releasing its own implementation, according to the Khronos Group, and Epic Games will support OpenXR with its Unreal Engine toolset. The working group is excited to launch the 1.0

The Biggest Oculus, SteamVR And Windows Releases OF The Week 10/22/17

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As you’ll know, Microsoft released its first Windows VR headsets earlier this month and, well, there are now simply way too many VR releases to keep up with. Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab, from Alcon Interactive Group. Welcome to our new list format!

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Windows Will Support Headsets With Varying Input, FOV, Resolution and Frame Rate

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Microsoft is looking to unify manufacturers around using Windows to power mixed reality headsets, with a plan to support HMDs featuring a wide range of specifications. Microsoft said it plans to offer HMD developer kits at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next year.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.01): HoloLens 2 may come in September, Oculus may commercialize a multiplayer LBVR solution, HP Reverb is back and much more!

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Image by Microsoft). According to Reuters, Microsoft’s executive vice president Harry Shum took the stage at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai and said that the HoloLens 2 will be released sometime in September of this year. It’s the first of September!

First Look at Windows Holographic VR Headsets from Dell, HP, Acer & 3Glasses

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Here’s a visual tour of some of the first VR headsets to be shown adopting Microsoft’s new Windows Holographic platform. SEE ALSO Minimum Specs for Microsoft's Windows 10 AR/VR Interface Are Impressively Low.

VR ad industry working to fix fragmentation issue

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An industry group and individual vendors are working to fix the problem of incompatibility across multiple virtual reality content hosting, distribution and advertising platforms. Image courtesy Kronos Group.).

With New Headsets & Big Games in 2019, VR is Poised for an Even Better 2020

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Oculus Quest. Image courtesy Oculus. Oculus Quest is surely the most important headset to launch in 2019. The headset’s ease-of-use, solid game library, and reasonable price has pushed it to become Oculus’ best rated headset on Amazon thus far. Oculus Rift S.

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