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!),

Sony CEO Confirms Company Is Working On ‘Next-Generation Hardware’

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According to an interview posted on the Financial Times (and referenced by IGN ) Sony’s CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said, “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware”. Last month, Yoshida even said that improvements and evolutions are still being worked on for PSVR, so I’d say it’s a good sign for prospects of PSVR continuing to exist as a strategy for Sony going forward. Gaming PSVR PlayStation 5 ps4 PS5 sony

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Epic Floated the Idea of Building a Launch Title for Sony’s Next VR Headset

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Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine, said it would consider building a launch title for Sony’s “next VR platform” during negotiations about Fortnite cross-play on PlayStation in 2018.

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PSVR Games With Unlocked Framerate/Dynamic Resolution Could See PS5 Improvements, Sony Confirms

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Sony today confirmed that PSVR games running on PS5 via backwards compatibility can see improvements if they have specific features.

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Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida Responds To Xbox Head Phil Spencer’s VR Comments

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Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida made a comment on Twitter that seemed directed at Phil Spencer’s suggestion that nobody is asking for VR, in relation to Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox, codenamed Scarlett. Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer suggested that VR support for the next generation of Xbox was unlikely in a recent comment. “I ” We should note that as of March this year, Sony had sold over 4.2

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Sony Just Invested $250 Million in Epic Games, Here’s What it Could Mean for VR and Beyond

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Sony Corporation announced today that it will invest $250 million in Epic Games, the company well known for its hit game Fortnite and the Unreal Engine game engine that powers it. SEE ALSO PlayStation 5 Will Support PSVR, Sony Affirms.

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Pressure Mounts for Xbox’s Missing VR Strategy as PSVR Rakes in an Estimated Half Billion From Hardware Alone

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In an era where Sony appears to have a significant lead in console sales already, and with PSVR sharpening the system’s competitive edge, pressure is mounting for Microsoft to figure out its Xbox VR strategy. Gamespot reports Sony’s latest PS4 sales figures (including both PS4 and PS4 Pro) at a whopping 67.5 VR and AR intelligence firm Greenlight Insights estimates that Sony has sold 1.5

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.22): Sony reveals PSVR2 controllers, FRL shows the wristband of the future, and more!

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Image by Sony Interactive Entertainment). Sony unveils the new controllers of the PSVR2. Sony promises amazing haptic sensations on the controllers, that should be able to provide “impactful, textured, and nuanced” sensations. Image by Microsoft). Happy Spring everyone!

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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.

Editorial: Sony Is Letting PSVR Owners (And The Industry) Down In The Transition To PS5

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I’m talking about the slow degradation of hopes and dreams for PSVR support on Sony’s PS5 console at launch. Sony’s flashy new HD Camera, launching alongside the console in November, doesn’t support PSVR tracking.

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Field in View: Microsoft And Sony Are Set To Battle For VR Dominance At E3 2017

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As usual, Microsoft is firing first with its press conference this E3, but it’s doing so even earlier than anticipated. While the company usually rules the headlines on the Monday morning of the biggest week in gaming, this year it’s putting itself even further ahead of Sony’s traditional Monday evening conference (assuming it takes place at that time again), airing on Sunday, June 11th, at 2:00 PM PDT. But Sony isn’t defenseless, however.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.07.13): Sony invests in Epic, Rockstar is working on an AAA VR game, and more!

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Sony invests $250M in Epic Games. Sony has announced that it has made a big investment of $250M in Epic Games through one of its subsidiaries. The investment gives Sony a minority stake in Epic that now is evaluated at more than $17B.

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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.

Sony Plans To Reveal ‘Compelling Lineup’ Of PS5 Titles Soon

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In a recent Corporate Strategy Meeting (covered by popular Twitter news accounts Daniel Ahmad and Nibel ), Sony said it plans “to introduce a compelling lineup of titles” for PS5 “soon.” It sounds like we might finally get our first official glimpse of PS5 titles soon.

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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

E3 2016 - New VR Hardware Announcements

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E3 was not expected to showcase any new VR hardware. Sony, on the other hand, did confirm the release date of their PlayStation VR for October 13. 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. Here is what we know so far on the hardware side.

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. Industry standards and the sharing of valuable information could lead to an increase in compatibility between different VR hardware as well software. The post Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards appeared first on VRScout.

Microsoft Affirms No Plans for VR on Xbox Consoles

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Back at E3 2016, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced on stage that the Xbox One X (then ‘Project Scorpio’) would become the industry’s next VR-compatible console, positioning the platform to compete with Sony’s PSVR with what Spencer called “high fidelity VR.” Shortly after, Microsoft backpedaled however, indicating that one major roadblock to VR on Xbox was the ability to offer a fully wireless experience.

Microsoft Has No Plans For ?Xbox Consoles In VR?

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Microsoft’s messaging around VR on Xbox has been confused to say the least, having introduced its Xbox One X console to the world in 2016 stating that it would support “high fidelity VR”, then promising that ‘Mixed Reality’ experiences would come to the console this year. There are plenty of companies investing in it in the hardware side and the content side, or some combination therein.” The only question is if Microsoft will act on that.

Microsoft Joins Google, HTC Vive, Facebook, Samsung, and Sony as an XR Association Member

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Formerly called the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA), today the XR Association (XRA) has announced that Microsoft has joined as a member company alongside founding members HTC Vive, Sony, Google, Facebook, and Samsung. Microsoft’s XRA membership means that Heidi Holman, Microsoft’s Assistant General Counsel will represent the company on XRA’s Board of Directors. We are thrilled to welcome Microsoft to XRA,” said Elizabeth Hyman, CEO of the XR Association.

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Facebook Follows Valve & Microsoft In Recommending Game Engines Use OpenXR

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Valve made an announcement to the same effect back in June , and Microsoft followed back in October. An API (Application Programming Interface) allows software to interact with other software or hardware.

Next-gen Xbox Revealed with No VR in Sight, Sony Forges Ahead with PSVR on PS5

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With the curious case of Microsoft initially announcing VR support for Xbox One X and then later pulling the plug before launch, it wasn’t clear if the company would use its next console as its opportunity to finally jump into VR. Today at E3 2019, Microsoft revealed its next-gen Xbox ‘Project Scarlett’ but had nothing to say about VR on the console. Meanwhile, Sony has already confirmed support for PSVR on PS5, and hinted at plans for a next-gen headset.

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Sony is Still Reportedly Planning to Release PlayStation VR 2 After PlayStation 5 Launch

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Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) did reveal that 5 million headsets had been sold but a lot of the focus currently is on PlayStation 5. When it comes to price Bloomberg reports that there’s still an issue internally at Sony regarding how much to charge consumers.

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Microsoft Releasing new XBox with Oculus Rift Support?

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Multiple sources are claiming in 2017 Microsoft will release a new XBox, codenamed "Scorpio" with a more powerful GPU and with a 2TB drive. The new XBox is apparently capable of supporting the Rift, and Microsoft is already a partner with Oculus via their wireless controller. Microsoft is already in the process of merging their XBox and Windows systems. This would allow XBox to compete with Sony without releasing their own VR headset. The rumor mill is busy today.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.10.21): Daydream is dead, Varjo VR-2 is out, Sony makes AR glasses and much more!

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Google will continue to keep the servers up to let existing Daydream users continue using the apps, but there will be no new apps, no new products and no new sales of the hardware. Sony creates an AR headset for LBVR. Sony is offering a Ghostbuster AR experience in Ginza, Japan, and for this it has manufactured an AR headset. Well, if you have a PSVR, this is the right time to buy them, thanks to the recent halloween sale by Sony.

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Editorial: Xbox One Series X Specs Can Clearly Support High-Powered VR – So It Should

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This week, Microsoft revealed the basic specifications of its upcoming Xbox Series X console, and they show it’s more than powerful enough to support high end VR. This is despite the fact that Microsoft has made clear that it has no current plans for VR on Xbox.

Sony Santa Monica Studio Prototyped A God of War VR Demo For PSVR

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For Microsoft it’s the Halo and Gears of War games. But for Sony, it’s changed with each console generation. Even though Lucky’s Tale proves it can work it’s not exactly the go-to genre for VR, so consider me a bit surprised when I learned that years before the PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset (previously known as Project Morpheus) actually released, Sony’s Santa Monica Studio created a prototype demo for a God of War VR game.

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Exclusive: Next-Gen PlayStation VR Is 4K With Foveated Rendering And Vibration Feature

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Sony’s next-generation VR headset for PlayStation 5 has significantly higher resolution, inside-out tracking, a vibration motor, and even foveated rendering, reliable sources tell UploadVR. Next Generation Sony VR.

Xbox VR Seems Even Further Away As Microsoft Doubles Down On Gaming

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Microsoft just wrapped up what many are hailing as its strongest E3 in years. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer closed out yesterday’s show with a bold statement reaffirming Microsoft’s commitment to gaming, saying that hardware teams were busy working on what comes next. Microsoft had said they would bring “mixed reality experiences” to the console in 2018, but halfway into the year and the major E3 showcase down and we haven’t heard any mention of it.

Official: Sony Sold Nearly 1 Million PlayStation VR Headsets in 4.5 Months, Despite Limited Stock

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Sony is the first of the big three tethered VR headset makers to drop official PSVR sales figures: 915,000 PlayStation VR headsets sold as of February 19. Speaking with the New York Times recently , Andrew House, President of Sony Computer Entertainment, confirmed the PSVR sales data. As the first company to offer such information, it means that Sony is not only happy with the figure, but likely confident that they’re well ahead of the competing Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

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For Once, Microsoft Got The Jump On Google and Apple with HoloLens — Will It Last?

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MR blends the physical and the digital worlds into a single space, using a combination of cutting edge optical hardware and artificial intelligence (AI) software. In terms of the enterprise market, that pie will be smaller, but will lean even more heavily toward AR and MR. Currently, at the forefront of the MR revolution is the Microsoft HoloLens. Tagged with: microsoft Facebook Twitter Reddit More. AR microsoft

E3 Spotlight: Microsoft Aims For A VR Sweet Spot In 2018

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The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is in Los Angeles, CA next week and it’s always one of the largest events of the year for gamers, giving giants of the industry including Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo the chance to show off the latest hardware and games to drive the next generation of consumer interest. Gaming is likely to be the bridge to that change — the content that offers a reason to buy it and helps put immersive hardware in millions of homes.

What to Expect in VR This Week at E3 2016

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E3 2016 kicks off this week; it’s the first E3 since the launch of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and the last before the launch of Sony’s PlayStation VR headset. With the launch of the Rift only a few months under their belt, don’t expect anything new in the hardware department from Oculus. So if nothing new on the hardware front, what does Oculus have in store for E3? Sony PlayStation. See Also: Sony – ‘PSVR Breakout Box is Not a Crutch for PS4′.

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This is ‘Xbox One X’, Microsoft’s VR Powerhouse Coming November 7th

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At Microsoft’s E3 2017 briefing, the company’s event this year was all about the mid-generation Xbox hardware powerhouse formerly known as Project Scorpio. Microsoft’s most powerful console ever, the officially named Xbox X (formerly known as Project Scorpio) will, according to MS, also be the most powerful console in the world. The post This is ‘Xbox One X’, Microsoft’s VR Powerhouse Coming November 7th appeared first on Road to VR.

Rhythm Game Dance Collider Coming To PlayStation VR On July 9

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It’s even more impressive when you watch this behind-the-scenes video and see that all of the dancers were captured using Microsoft Kinects, as opposed to motion capture suits.

Microsoft Preparing VR Capable Xbox One for Use with Oculus Rift, Reports Suggest

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Microsoft may be preparing a new, much more powerful version of their Xbox One games console codenamed ‘Scorpio’ to power the Oculus Rift some reports are suggesting. The latest is that the virtual reality plans we all hoped Microsoft were working on, may comprise a smart move to bring their console platform, the Xbox One, to a VR capable performance level with the Oculus Rift as the target headset. See Also: GDC 2014: Sony Announce ‘Project Morpheus’ PS4 VR Headset.

Microsoft HoloLens: Everything you need to know about the $3,000 AR headset

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Microsoft HoloLens, the company's holographic, augmented reality headset took us all by surprise when it was unveiled at a Windows 10 event at the beginning of 2015. The HoloLens headset is a bold piece of hardware and the most exciting evidence yet that Microsoft is taking wearable tech seriously. Microsoft is promising a future filled with holograms but not as we'd imagine them - you'll only be able to see them with the HoloLens strapped on.