The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

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Microsoft announces Mesh, an XR collaboration platform. Alex Kipman promised us a Microsoft Ignite conference with an amazing level of immersion , and he kept his word. But since Microsoft owns one of those studios (and using it costs around $100K/day if I remember well!),

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Players Report Performance Issues Even On High-End Hardware

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First, the good news: Microsoft Flight Simulator’s VR support arrived today! There is no mention of the hardware requirements in that blog post at all. Now, the bad news: it’s running really, really poorly for pretty much everyone.

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Rift/Vive Gap Nearly Doubles In March Steam Hardware Survey

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The March Steam Hardware Survey results continue a recent trend. The Oculus Rift once again widened the gap with its main competitor, the HTC Vive. It’s the first time we’ve seen HTC’s headset dip below the 40% milestone. Add the two together and HTC takes 41.18% of the total share. As with last month, it looks like small jumps for Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets are to thank.

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Rift/Vive Gap Widens In February Steam Hardware Survey

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The Oculus Rift continued to widen the gap with HTC Vive headsets in the latest Steam Hardware Survey results. Back at CES it announced two new headsets, the HTC Vive Cosmos and the Vive Pro Eye. Both are coming this year so we’ll be looking forward to seeing what impact they make on the Steam Hardware Survey. There’s also ever-so-slight increases for Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets.

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Vive Closes In On Rift In May Steam Hardware Survey

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It’s the start of a new month so you know what that means; the latest Steam Hardware Survey is in. Once again the gap between the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive family of headsets has decreased. It looks like Oculus may have handed HTC this month’s results on a silver platter. The difference has really allowed HTC to catch up. It’s also helped Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets bump up from 10.57% last month to 11.07% this month.

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Oculus Rift Pulls Ahead Again In December Steam Hardware Survey

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I was half expecting to write that the combined power of the Vive and Vive Pro had allowed HTC to regain the top spot it once held for so long in December’s Steam Hardware Survey. HTC looked like it had Oculus on the ropes. HTC focused on Pro for its Black Friday promotion and Oculus cut $50 off of the Rift. Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets saw a significant leap of their own in December.

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Rift S Boosts Oculus, Index Starts Small In July Steam Hardware Survey

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Late last week we reported on initial findings from the July Steam Hardware Survey. Obviously, we know the Steam Hardware Survey isn’t entirely dependable (it’s only an optional survey for Steam users), but to see the new Oculus headset catch up so quickly to an entire line of VR devices that have been available for a few years is surprising indeed. For comparison, the HTC Vive and Vive Pro come to 39.27% of the total share.

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Oculus Rift/HTC Vive Gap Widens In August Steam Hardware Survey Results

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August’s Steam hardware survey results are now in , and the Oculus Rift takes its biggest leap over the HTC Vive yet. It looks like Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets will have had a part to play in that gap widening, as its share jumped from 6.41% to 7.18% this month too. The Hardware Survey is an optional survey that collects data about the hardware customers are using. HTC Vive Oculus Rift VR Industry News htc vive oculus rift

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Microsoft Hires Former Valve Graphics Programmer

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A notable former member of the Valve VR team joined Microsoft as a “Partner Architect in Mixed Reality.” 2019 and he announced his move to Microsoft today. Very excited to share that I joined Microsoft today as a Partner Architect in Mixed Reality (HoloLens, VR, etc.)!

Rift And Index Shrink Slightly, Vive Grows In October Steam Hardware Survey

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Oculus Rift headsets and the Valve Index have surrendered a tiny share of overall VR headset usage to HTC Vive in October’s Steam Hardware Survey. It’s easily the slowest month of growth for the headset since the Steam Hardware Survey started following it. Again, it’s a very, very small reduction, but it’s the first time Index has gone backwards instead of forwards since it joined the Steam Hardware Survey. The answer is the HTC Vive platform.

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Microsoft’s ‘Haptic Links’ Bring A New Level Of Realism To VR

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That’s why Microsoft is currently in development on a solution that would actually link two standard VR motion controllers together to simulate realistic tension and pressure. By using what Microsoft refers to as ‘Haptic Links,’ VR users are able to engage in realistic two-handed interactions and objects thanks to technology capable of providing different variations of force between the motion controllers.

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HTC Vive Increases Lead Over Rift Again In Post-Black Friday Steam Hardware Survey

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The HTC Vive has managed to buck a troubling trend from the past few months in the latest Steam hardware survey. Also of note is the complete lack of mention of Microsoft’s new Windows-based VR headsets, which launched a preview build of SteamVR support in November. All that said, it’s important to note that hardware survey results aren’t an entirely dependable way to judge sales of the Vive against the Rift. HTC Vive Oculus Rift VR Industry News

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Rift S Surpasses Windows MR, Index Doubles In August Steam Hardware Survey

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The Oculus Rift S is now used by more Steam users than all Windows MR headsets combined, according to the August Steam Hardware Survey. It may be that consumers did not feel the low prices were worth compromises in hardware quality, particularly tracking and controllers. It could, however, also be related to Microsoft’s weak branding of ‘Windows Mixed Reality’ which may have not had the same strength as Oculus and SteamVR.

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Microsoft Reveals Acer Mixed Reality Headset

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Microsoft is showing some commitment to the idea of Windows Mixed Reality (formally known as Windows Holographic) with not just a single headset, but with five headsets. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo are all on board with Microsoft to put mixed reality into the hands of the consumers when Microsoft launches Project Scorpio , a high-end, 4K capable version of the XBox One. The post Microsoft Reveals Acer Mixed Reality Headset appeared first on VRScout.

Oculus Headsets Pass 50% Market Share In September Steam Hardware Survey

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Oculus headsets now make up more than 50% of VR headsets on Steam, according to the September Hardware Survey. They have only ever crossed this landmark twice in the past- before the launch of the original HTC Vive in early 2016, and before the launch of the Vive Pro and Windows MR in 2017, just after the Rift was cut to $399. The post Oculus Headsets Pass 50% Market Share In September Steam Hardware Survey appeared first on UploadVR.

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Facebook Investing ‘Billions’ Each Year On Hardware, AR Glasses Planned For 2023 With New OS

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According to the report, Facebook also recruited executives from other areas of the company to work on VR/AR, as well as executives from Google, HTC, and Amazon. This effort is led by Mark Lucovsky, a former Microsoft engineer who co-developed Windows NT.

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.16): HTC launches Tracker 3.0, Facebook has 10,000 people working on XR, and more!

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Image by Road To VR, from HTC images). HTC launches Vive Tracker 3.0 HTC was not teasing a new standalone headset, but a new Vive Tracker. Yes, the 30% price increase is not appreciated, but, well, we know HTC. Read about Microsoft’s Ignite conference.

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Marginal Shifts For Rift/Vive In September Steam Hardware Survey

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September’s Steam Hardware Survey doesn’t see much change in VR headset usage on the platform. Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets also gained slightly more ground this month, moving from 7.18% in August to 7.22% in September. The holiday season is nearing and no doubt both Oculus and HTC are hoping many people will put Rifts and Vives respectively under the tree this year. HTC Vive Oculus Rift VR Industry News htc vive oculus rift

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Report: Global VR Hardware Revenue To Hit $3.6 Billion in 2017

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After a mixed year for VR hardware sales in 2016, two new separate reports are painting a more optimistic outlook for the VR market going forward. In a new consumer VR report just released by SuperData Research , the findings show that global VR hardware revenue is expected to hit $3.6 The report examines the market size and revenue of consumer VR hardware and software from 2016 and forecasts growth through to 2020. The post Report: Global VR Hardware Revenue To Hit $3.6

Rift, Vive Barely Move In July’s Steam Hardware Survey

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Last month’s charts showed Oculus Rift pull slightly ahead of the HTC Vive with 46.26% of the overall usage compared to the latter’s 44.56%. Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets were the only devices to enjoy a slight rise, moving the needle from 6.25% in June to 6.41% this month. Still, seeing as Oculus and HTC haven’t revealed any kind of official sales figures, it’s the best we’ve got at trying to gauge the market right now.

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Rift And Vive Nearly Neck-And-Neck In Latest Steam Hardware Survey

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The first Steam hardware survey of 2018 is in and it shows Oculus Rift and HTC Vive usage at practically a tie. This month sees HTC Vive as 46.96% (a 0.3% Steam designates HTC Vive at this month’s most-used headset after the Rift took the top spot for the first time in December. Explaining the slight drops on both the Rift and Vive’s side, Microsoft’s Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ headsets grew from 4.35% to 5.17%.

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Vive, Windows VR Gain Ground, Rift Shrinks In Latest Steam Hardware Survey

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Newer VR headsets like the HTC Vive Pro and Windows VR headsets are the winners in the October Steam Hardware Survey results. HTC’s enhanced VR headset, which Valve started listing on the survey last month , grew from 2.03% to 2.27% of overall VR headset usage following October. That’s not a huge amount but, when you add it to the standard Vive’s total, which grew from 42.36% to 42.7%, HTC is on 44.97%.

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E3 2016 - New VR Hardware Announcements

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E3 was not expected to showcase any new VR hardware. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive consumer versions have been around for a few months now, albeit in limited supply. So hardware wise, nothing new from the big players, perhaps CES in January 2017 will bring something new? But Wait, There’s More – New VR Hardware No new VR headset hardware. However, new hardware was announced that will drive these spanking new headsets.

HTC Vive Goes Retail

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Now the HTC Vive appears at retail. Microsoft store shows their supply as coming soon. The Vive retails for $799 which is the same as the price direct from HTC. Current HTC Vive orders are targeted for June shipping. Hardware HTC HTC Vive Virtual Reality Virtual Reality News Vive VR VR Games VR MoviesFirst, Oculus Rift appeared in small numbers at Amazon and Best Buy but was quickly snapped up.

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Microsoft $299 Headset Will Be Tethered

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On Wednesday this week, Microsoft announced they are working on a new $299 VR/AR headset. However, it now appears Microsoft will be shackled to the PC just as with Oculus and HTC. Augmented Reality HardwareDuring the event, very little information was shared by them to the technical details of the headset. On closer examination of on-stage demonstration, the host headset showed a long wire.

Editorial: For A Shot At Survival HTC Vive May Have To Leave Consumers Behind

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Google’s Daydream platform is now a distant memory and Samsung’s Gear VR and Microsoft’s ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets aren’t far behind it. But, nearing four years on, HTC’s prospects in the consumer VR market look much more dire.

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Rift Pulls Ahead Of Vive, Windows VR Gains Ground In June Steam Hardware Survey

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Another month and another similar set of Steam Hardware Survey results are in. Perhaps the slightly more interesting story is that Microsoft’s Windows-based Mixed Reality VR headsets have reached their highest share yet at 6.25%. Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post Rift Pulls Ahead Of Vive, Windows VR Gains Ground In June Steam Hardware Survey appeared first on UploadVR. HTC Vive Oculus Rift VR Industry News

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Microsoft Wants to Power Virtual Reality Headsets

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Microsoft unveiled their vision of a mixed reality world today at Computex in Taipei. . When Microsoft first announced their HoloLens augmented reality headset, they also showed off their Windows Holographic platform, which let developers build Windows 10 apps and experiences for the device. Now Microsoft has announced that they want to be a major part of virtual reality too. The post Microsoft Wants to Power Virtual Reality Headsets appeared first on VRScout.

The XR Week Peek (2020.10.26): DecaGear is an intriguing VR headset, HTC is working on a new device, and more!

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And the price of the wireless add-on is even more suspicious: speaking with a hardware manufacturer, they told me that ONLY THE ANTENNAS of a Wi-Gig connection for VR streaming (like the one of the Vive Pro) costs around $100… so how can the whole wireless streaming device cost just $50??

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The Best VR Hardware Has Never Been Cheaper Than Right Now

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VR headsets have already seen some pretty drastic permanent price reductions in the past few months, including the new $400 Oculus Rift + Touch price, the new $600 HTC Vive price, and the new $450 ‘all-in’ PlayStation VR bundle. Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets also have a consumer-friendly pricing too, selling normally between $400-$500. The Best VR-Ready Hardware Deals.

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers For Windows VR Headsets

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In a keynote today Microsoft is revealing a long-awaited missing piece of its Windows mixed reality platform – motion controllers. According to Microsoft, the controllers would be shown on stage at its keynote but wouldn’t be available for hands-on demos at its Build developer conference this week. Microsoft’s HoloLens is a $3,000 entirely self-contained wearable computer that delivers augmented reality (AR) rather than virtual reality (VR).

Microsoft’s VR Headsets Will Run on $500 PCs, More Info in December

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Microsoft’s surprise new VR headsets, revealed last week and expected to ship next year, remain something of a mystery right now, but we should find out more about them in December. Speaking to Polygon , Microsoft HoloLens chief Alex Kipman revealed that these headsets will be further detailed at two WinHEC events , one of which runs from December 8th – 9th in Shenzhen, China, the other held from December 14th – 15th in Taipei, Taiwan.

HTC Vive Wireless Adapter Launches This September For $300

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Today, HTC announced that the official Vive Wireless Adapter will retail for $300 and is set to launch on September 24th. Pre-orders for the device will go live on September 5th, for US customers they’ll be available at Amazon, Best Buy, Microsoft, NewEgg, and directly from Vive. According to the HTC blog post, installation of the Vive Wireless Adapter “occurs in minutes” via a PCI-e card and attaching a sensor from the PC to a broadcast adapter.

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Microsoft Reveals Asus Mixed Reality Headset, New Design from Dell

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Today at Computex 2017, the annual IT expo held in Taipei, Taiwan, Microsoft revealed more from their line-up of affordable Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ headsets, including Asus’ headset and an updated design from Dell. Microsoft says in their blogpost that the headset was designed with an ergonomically adjustable strap that can be adjusted with a single hand. Microsoft says the headset is designed by the same team that creates their premium XPS and Alienware PCs.

HTC Vive Pro

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Today HTC announced the HTC Vive pro VR headset. A minor upgrade compared to the existing HTC Vive. The HTC Vive Pro has a few advantages above the normal Vive. Hopefully this will also be a step towards Microsoft’s Mixed reality and compatibility with the VR apps in the Microsoft store. HTC has done a great job. Hardware Headsets HTC NewsIs it worth buying or should you stick with your original Vive?

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HTC Vive Pro

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Today HTC announced the HTC Vive pro VR headset. A minor upgrade compared to the existing HTC Vive. The HTC Vive Pro has a few advantages above the normal Vive. Hopefully this will also be a step towards Microsoft’s Mixed reality and compatibility with the VR apps in the Microsoft store. HTC has done a great job. Hardware Headsets HTC NewsIs it worth buying or should you stick with your original Vive?

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Zero Latency’s Free-Roam VR To Use HP Headsets And Microsoft Tracking

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VR company Zero Latency is planning to roll out future locations with HP headsets running Microsoft’s inside-out tracking system. I noted sway to the tracking with sub-par visuals overall compared with mainstream headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. They believe Microsoft’s tracking system in HP headsets will provide a generally superior experience at a much lower price to operators ($350K down to $200K). Arcades hp microsoft Windows MR Zero Latency