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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Microsoft To Host US And International Mixed Reality Dev Days

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Microsoft announced that it will be hosting two Mixed Reality Dev Days in Redmond, Washington May 16 and 17, in addition to some international dev days held in Japan and Germany at some point during the year.

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. The post NVIDIA CloudXR is Launching on Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and AWS appeared first on Road to VR.

Microsoft is the First Major Tech Company to Host a VR Keynote, and it Went Down Without a Hitch

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Last week Microsoft became the first major tech company to host a keynote presentation fully in virtual reality. While far from the first company to deliver a virtual reality presentation, Microsoft—with its $1.73 Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Opens with a Video Address.

“Microsoft Pluton Hardware Security Coming to Our CPUs”: AMD, Intel, Qualcomm

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Both hardware and software can be used for that layer of additional security, and it becomes particularly important when dealing with virtualization, especially when it comes to virtual and physical attacks. Microsoft Announcement.

What Windows 10X is Going to Mean for Microsoft Hardware in 2021

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windows 10x microsoft microsoft surface neo windows softwareThere’s a brand new version of Windows on the way, and it’s set to change how we interact with our PCs—and even change our ideas about what a PC actually is.

Report: Microsoft Might Not Update HoloLens Hardware Until 2019

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A report on Thurrott.com indicates Microsoft is skipping an incremental hardware update to its Hololens in favor of a generational upgrade in 2019. The post by Brad Sams says tips he received from “several sources” indicated Microsoft canceled its second version of Hololens to focus on a third version that will take longer to ship but provide a bigger improvement. This framing of the information could be representative of Microsoft’s outlook.

‘Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR’ Beta Updates Hint at “Upcoming hardware releases”

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Updates to the beta version of Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR, the official integration which allows Windows VR headsets to be used with SteamVR, hint at “upcoming hardware releases.” SEE ALSO Microsoft Says it Hasn't Given up on the VR Side of Windows Mixed Reality.

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. It’s also helped Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets bump up from 10.57% last month to 11.07% this month. Tagged with: htc vive , HTC Vive Pro , oculus rift , Steam Hardware Survey Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post Vive Closes In On Rift In May Steam Hardware Survey appeared first on UploadVR.

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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. 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. Will Microsoft be able to cross the 10% threshold in the coming months?

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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/Vive Gap Nearly Doubles In March Steam Hardware Survey

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The March Steam Hardware Survey results continue a recent trend. As with last month, it looks like small jumps for Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets are to thank. The Hardware Survey is optional and requires users to have their headsets actually plugged in to count. The Oculus Rift once again widened the gap with its main competitor, the HTC Vive. Last month Rift had a 3.81% lead over both Vive and the enhanced Vive Pro.

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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. Despite being priced as low as $150, Microsoft’s platform simply hasn’t stuck with Steam users, potentially due to a combination of weak branding and low quality hardware. The post Oculus Headsets Pass 50% Market Share In September Steam Hardware Survey appeared first on UploadVR.

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Xbox Error Message Refers to VR Headset, Microsoft Says VR Still Not a Focus for Console

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Microsoft says however that the error message was inaccurate, and that VR for Xbox is still not a happening. Some prognosticated that Microsoft has mistakenly leaked VR support for Xbox, something it has repeatedly rebuked in the past.

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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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. The post Rift S Boosts Oculus, Index Starts Small In July Steam Hardware Survey appeared first on UploadVR.

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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. Microsoft’s Windows VR headsets saw a significant leap of their own in December. This is an optional survey and you need to have your hardware plugged in (and using Steam) for it to register.

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Microsoft Mesh Brings Incredible AR Multiplayer To HoloLens

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With Microsoft Mesh, HoloLens finally goes fully online. If you have any experience in VRChat, Spatial, Rec Room, AltspaceVR or other social and collaborative VR platforms, the core of Microsoft Mesh might not seem immediately exciting to you.

Hands-On: Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Is A Serious Improvement, Pre-Orders Now Shipping

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 has officially begun shipping to pre-order customers at the cost of $3,500. It’s not perfect, but Microsoft’s next-gen MR headset has set a new standard for MR headsets. For larger companies looking to connect their entire team with HoloLens 2 headsets, Microsoft is offering a package that includes Dynamic 365 Remote Assist on each MR headset at the cost of $125 per user – per month. Image Credit: Microsoft. Image Credit: Microsoft.

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.

Best VR Hardware Of E3 2017

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Now that it’s all said and done it’s easy to see that E3 2017 just wasn’t a huge showing for VR hardware. Microsoft didn’t even mention VR at all during the reveal of the Xbox One X even though executives have suggested the system will still support it. Best VR Hardware of E3 2017: DisplayLink Wireless Vive. — What were some of the best hardware announcements and demos you saw at E3 2017?

U.S. Army To Receive 100,000 Microsoft HoloLens Headsets

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Microsoft lands $479M contract to put the MR headsets into the hands of soldiers in active combat zones. Army thanks to a huge $479 million contract between the legendary military branch and Microsoft. According to a Bloomberg article, Microsoft HoloLens technology will be used to increase the lethality of soldiers by enhancing their ability to detect, decide, and engage the enemy. Army would expect all 100,000 HoloLens devices from Microsoft.

Microsoft Garage Launches Reality Room For Employees

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The Garage Reality Room is a place where Microsoft employees and volunteers can learn, experiment, and hack on XR (Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality). 2017 was a busy year for Microsoft and Mixed Reality. With 2018 upon us, Microsoft is still committed to mixed reality–this time with the expansion of what they dubbed The Garage –a space originally created for employees and interns to explore, create and innovate in areas such as 3D printing and new hardware.

Microsoft’s fall Surface hardware event: Everything you need to know

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From a small 12.5-inch Surface Laptop, a followup to the Surface Pro X, and more, this is a look at everything rumored for Microsoft's fall Surface event. . Computing News Microsoft surface Surface Laptop Surface Pro 8 Surface Pro X

XR Talks: Microsoft Doubles Down on AR

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A mong tech giants investing in AR, Microsoft continues to show strong signs as a leading platform for enterprise productivity. That not only includes its best-of-breed hardware in the Hololens 2, but an expanding suite of software (it is Microsoft after all) for enterprise AR.

Mesh Is Microsoft’s Vision for Sending Your Hologram Back to the Office

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Today at Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference , the tech giant revealed a bold glimpse at the future of digital collaboration with Mesh , a new mixed reality experience set to shape how people work and socialize online.

Report: Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 Set To Launch Next Month

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We have, of course, reached out to Microsoft itself to confirm whether or not this is true. It is, as the name suggests, an updated take on Microsoft’s augmented reality headset, projecting virtual images into the real world and letting you interact with them. In an interview with UploadVR following the kit’s reveal, Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan reasoned that consumer AR hardware was likely years out.

Toyota Looks To Improve Their Kaizen Philosophy With Microsoft HoloLens

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Toyota plans on using Microsoft’s HoloLens and AR technology as part of their kaizen philosophy in hopes of giving themselves a boost in efficiency and assistance them overall in how they operate as a company. Using the Microsoft HoloLens, an employee could complete the same task on their own in just about two hours. Along with the HoloLens, Toyota is also testing Microsoft’s Dynamic 365 suite, which combines VR and AR tools Microsoft Layout and Microsoft’s Remote Assist.

Microsoft: The Path To Consumer AR Is ‘Measured In Years’

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 reveal event last week made one thing clear: this is an enterprise-driven device. According to Greg Sullivan, Director of Communications for Microsoft’s Mixed Reality arm, it could still be years. ” I did ask Sullivan if Microsoft might be planning any type of consumer stop-gap for HoloLens. Microsoft did launch the original HoloLens with some gaming applications. AR Experiences Hardware HoloLens 2 Microsoft VR Industry News

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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Microsoft HoloLens Concept Eliminates Need For Construction Blueprints [Video]

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Microsoft Research Demos Index-Like Haptic VR Controller

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This prototype haptic VR controller from Microsoft Research suggests where Valve’s Index controllers could go next. The post Microsoft Research Demos Index-Like Haptic VR Controller appeared first on UploadVR. Controllers Hardware VR Industry News haptic controller haptic feedback microsoft microsoft research top stories TORC

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Microsoft Hires Apple 5G Chief To Develop New HoloLens And AI Products

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Now Caballero has joined Microsoft, his LinkedIn page confirms (via Bloomberg ), and his new role could be significant: He left Apple during its 5G modem development drama, and is likely to bring significant cellular and related wireless expertise to his new employer.

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

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While much of Oculus & Portal work is still done at Menlo Park, Facebook is apparently currently constructing an enormous new campus in Burlingame for 4,000 employees to work on hardware. This effort is led by Mark Lucovsky, a former Microsoft engineer who co-developed Windows NT.

HP Teases New VR Headset Designed In Collaboration With Microsoft & Valve

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With all the hype surrounding yesterday’s release of Half-Life: Alyx, many may have missed HP’s announcement regarding a mysterious new VR headset built in partnership with Microsoft and Valve Corporation. Information is sparse at the moment, though HP makes some pretty bold claims on its website: “Developed in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft, the next-gen HP VR headset delivers a more immersive, comfortable and compatible experience than the previous generation.

Rift S Hardware Review: A Simplified PC VR Headset Focused On Easier Setup And Lowering Cost

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Facebook’s relationship to people is reliant on platforms controlled by other companies like Google, Apple, and Microsoft. The next priority apparent in the Rift S design is cross-compatibility with other Oculus content and hardware. For those counting, that’s one more sensor than Quest and three more than the many Microsoft headsets, including the new HP Reverb. Hardware Reviews facebook oculus rift sFacebook and Valve support VR for different reasons.