Official VR Support Heading To ‘Microsoft Flight Sim’ This December

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This past July Microsoft confirmed that Microsoft Flight Sim 2020 , the latest iteration of the companies legendary flight sim experience, would be receiving official VR support shortly after launch. Now it appears as though Microsoft is shifting its plans to include all PC VR headsets.

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!),

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‘Microsoft Flight Sim’ VR Update Arrives Next Week Alongside Real-Time Snow & Ice

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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is having one hell of a month. Back in July during the companies initial reveal of VR compatibility, Microsoft stated that support would arrive first on the recently-released HP Reverb G2 Windows Mixed Reality headset.

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ Will Receive VR Support This Fall, But There’s A Catch

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Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed via a joint press briefing with developer Asobo Studio that Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 will in fact be receiving official VR support, beginning with the upcoming HP Reverb G2 later this year. Image Credit: Microsoft.

Microsoft To Purchase ZeniMax Media, Parent Company Of Bethesda

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Microsoft’s acquisition will cost a reported $7.5 Microsoft has announced plans to acquire American video game holding company ZeniMax Media, owner of numerous high-profile game publishers, for a reported $7.5 Image Credit: HTC Vive.

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.)!

Microsoft Store Possibly Dates HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap

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Now that the Vive Trackers are shipping to developers, the next big launch for HTC’s VR headset is the Deluxe Audio Strap, and Microsoft may have just filled us in on when it’s coming. Pre-orders for the strap are now live over on the Microsoft Store. HTC previously announced that the device would go on sale this June, but Microsoft appears to have narrowed the exact date down to 6/5/2017. HTC Vive VR Industry News

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Microsoft Just Bought VR Social App AltspaceVR

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Microsoft is rescuing the beloved VR social network. The Silicon Valley social VR startup that has taken us on a roller coaster ride of emotions over the past months has big news—AltspaceVR has been acquired by Microsoft. Announced at today’s Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco, AltspaceVR will be joining Microsoft as part of the family. The announcement comes as Microsoft prepares to launch its own VR and AR platform, called Windows Mixed Reality, on October 17.

HTC Teases Cloud-Based VR With New 5G Hub

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With the 2019 Mobile World Congress currently underway in Barcelona, Spain, HTC has been busying themselves with a slew of exciting announcements and demonstrations ranging from a smartphone aimed at cryptocurrency fanatics, to their HTC Vive Focus Plus VR headset. Yesterday, the company used MWC’s stage to reveal yet another new product, the HTC 5G Hub – a combination smart hub/mobile hotspot that brings 5G streaming to up to 20 connected devices. with HTC Sense.

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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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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.

Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?

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For every Nintendo there is a Sega and for every Apple there is a Microsoft. There are a handful of major players already cutting their teeth in VR including Google, Sony and Samsung; but the two titans sitting at the top of the heap are Oculus and HTC. Our big question today is this: when it comes to VR, are Oculus and HTC the respective Apple and Microsoft of the industry? HTC/Microsoft . HTC’s Vive has a lot in common with those philosophies.

Microsoft Ignite To Host Immersive ‘Mixed Reality Keynote’ Next Week

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Microsoft will host a “mixed reality keynote” at its Ignite digital conference next week. Register here for @Microsoft ‘s virtual event (Mar 2-4): [link] pic.twitter.com/1uVy3bb3xB.

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! On the Microsoft Store listing the listed requirements are presumably for the non-VR version only since the recommended tier only calls for an i5-8400 and GTX 970.

Microsoft Reveals ‘Maquette’, a VR Tool for Spatial Ideation and Design

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Microsoft Maquette is a brand new VR tool from Microsoft which is all about prototyping spatial designs. Maquette appeared quite suddenly this week, apparently without any official announcement from Microsoft; it seems to have been picked up by MSPoweruser after being spotted by twitter user WalkingCat. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft.

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. Among its count of members, the OpenXR working group consisted of nearly every major player in the industry except Microsoft until now. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed. Microsoft Microsoft VR News Bits OpenXR khronos microsoft microsoft vr microsoft xr openar openvr

Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Patch Live, Here’s Our First Gameplay

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The long-awaited Microsoft Flight Simulator VR support is now live, and we’ve already jumped into it. It lets you access the entire Microsoft Flight Simulator experience with a headset on and supports any OpenXR devices. Microsoft Flight Simulator VR Support Arrives.

Microsoft Shows Off Haptic VR Controller, Simulates Grabbing With Thumb & Two Fingers

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Microsoft Research showed off a new haptic VR controller which simulates grabbing small objects with the thumb and first two fingers, delivering rich haptic feedback. The two fingers rest against linear actuators (also used in the Oculus Touch and HTC Vive controllers) to give targeted haptic feedback. Microsoft haptic controller microsoft research vr controllers

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Microsoft Says New Surface Studio is VR Ready(ish)

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Announced just last week, Microsoft’s Surface Studio all-in-one computer has been met with excitement and touted as an example of the company’s new approach to innovation. With a mobile GPU on board, you shouldn’t expect to be able to run the most demanding VR titles, but Microsoft says Surface Studio will be able to manage some VR experiences. Microsoft says Surface Studio is made for designers and creators.

Report: Samsung & Microsoft Boost “MR” Partnership, Samsung Builds Wireless AR/VR Headset

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Samsung appears to be making a strategic partnership with Microsoft as it produces what Korean Times reports is a “powerful cordless headset that supports both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).” ” The headset is said to make use of Microsoft’s “Mixed Reality” platform, and to make its debut at Berlin’s IFA technology fair in late August. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft’s Xbox VR Headset Put On Hold – Report

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A new report from Cnet claims what we’ve long suspected; Microsoft’s Xbox VR headset has been put on ice. The tech site cites sources familiar with the matter in saying that Microsoft was indeed working on a VR headset for its Xbox One console and had even partnered with a few developers to bring games to the system. Microsoft’s messaging around Xbox VR definitely seems to correlate with this story. Microsoft VR Industry News Xbox One X Xbox VR

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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A new FCC listing appears for an HTC Vive headset. And in fact, a new request to FCC for a new device has arrived from HTC. Since HTC has always made announcements during the CES, I think it will be announced in January. HTC launches Vive XR Suite.

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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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Microsoft Fires Shots At Rift And Vive, Calls Them ‘Less Immersive’ Than Partner Headsets

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Microsoft had a big surprise for VR fans today, revealing a new range of VR headsets alongside its latest Windows 10 update. Not only are these devices cheaper than the Oculus Rift and Vive, but Microsoft says they’re better too. That is according to Terry Myerson, Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group. Microsoft, meanwhile, didn’t confirm if these new headsets would also run on it. Microsoft htc microsoft oculus

Microsoft Launches Its Windows VR Platform

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Last year Facebook released its Oculus Rift headset with a dedicated platform while HTC and Valve introduced the Vive, powered by SteamVR as an extension of the existing Steam service. As part of today’s free Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft is launching its own platform — officially dubbed “Windows Mixed Reality” — that supports multiple headsets made by some of the most recognized electronics manufacturers in the world.

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 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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HTC Vive Cosmos Launching Q3, Will Have Full SteamVR Compatibility

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HTC’s Vive Cosmos VR headset will launch in Q3 of this year. HTC’s getting started guide explains that the headset uses the OpenVR SDK, so it should support existing Vive and Vive Pro content. HTC’s PC VR Headsets. The original HTC Vive launched back in 2016 for $799. HTC Is Back In The Consumer Space. Cosmos is HTC’s next “consumer-centric” PC offering. HTC claims Cosmos has its “sharpest yet” screens.

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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. Linear actuators tend to offer more haptic ‘detail’ and responsiveness, as can be found in Apple’s ‘Taptic Engine’, the HTC Vive controllers, an the Oculus Touch 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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HTC Launches Vive Studios; Debuts First Title ‘Arcade Saga’

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HTC is getting into the VR content development game with the launch of Vive Studios. Announced Thursday, Vive Studios is HTC’s internal VR development team that’s been stealthily creating content to be released to consumers. Earlier this year, HTC hired game veterans with pedigree hailing from titles such as Fable 2 , Lord of the Rings , Gears of War and other massive AAA hits to create the internal studio. News Arcade Saga Games HTC HTC Vive Vive Studios

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Microsoft Patents A Tactile Feedback Device For Mixed Reality

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According to a recently-published patent , Microsoft is working on a device that will give you tactile feedback in both mixed and virtual realities. In its own images, Microsoft gives an example of holding a basketball, with the user’s hand stretched to simulate the curves of the ball. “In With Microsoft’s tech, though, VR worlds can come a step closer to reality by giving players realistic feedback. Tagged with: microsoft Facebook Twitter Reddit More.

Microsoft Shows New Research in Haptics With ‘CLAW’ VR Controller Prototype

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There are plenty of companies out there working to help define the first real haptic standard outside of tiny vibration motors seen already in VR motion controllers, and now it appears Microsoft can be counted among them with their newly revealed CLAW controller prototype. CLAW, Microsoft describes in a recent blog post , is a handheld VR controller designed to “augment the typical controller functionality with force feedback and actuated movement to the index finger.”

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Most Windows VR Headsets Have Vanished from the Microsoft Store, Limited Stock Elsewhere

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Following months of steep discounts, most of the Windows VR headsets have vanished from Microsoft’s online store and are showing limited or no stock at other retailers. Microsoft has yet to offer an explanation, but signs are pointing toward discontinuation of some headsets. Previously, many of these headsets could be found at Microsoft’s online store and elsewhere.

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

Microsoft Announces The Minimum Specifications For Its Upcoming $300 VR Headsets

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Microsoft has been a shadow player in the virtual reality arms race since it officially kicked off on March 28, 2016. On that date the Oculus Rift launched in each and every box was a Microsoft manufactured Xbox One controller. When the HTC Vive launched a week later, Microsoft now had two HMDs that were soaring toward both their new owners, and their new homes on a Windows-powered personal computer. Tagged with: Headset , Intel , microsoft , minimum spec , VR Headset.

GDC 2017: Microsoft Confirms Windows Holographic Will Not Block Rift or Vive

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Microsoft is set to make its move on the VR market later this year when it launches a range of headsets made in partnerships with other companies for its Windows Holographic operating system. The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive may not embrace that new platform, at least not yet, but Microsoft won’t block people from using those gadgets, either. Tagged with: GDC , htc vive , microsoft , oculus rift , Windows Holographic.