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.

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


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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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. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed.

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


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. HTC/Microsoft .

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Microsoft Calls Scorpio “The Only Console” Capable Of “True 4K” and “Hi-Fidelity VR”


We aren’t seeing a return to those sorts of tactics, but we are finally entering an age of new rivalries as Sony just recently released the PlayStation VR headset. But it seems like Microsoft isn’t too impressed — even if they won’t come right out and say it.

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


We haven’t had the E3 where Sony doesn’t shut up about VR like it once did 3D, for example, nor the E3 where it seems like everyone and their mothers are making VR games like they once were mobile or motion controlled experiences. 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.

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Microsoft Reveals Acer Mixed Reality Headset


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. The post Microsoft Reveals Acer Mixed Reality Headset appeared first on VRScout.

Microsoft’s Xbox VR Headset Put On Hold – Report


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

Sony Introduces Official $399 PSVR Camera Bundle


Looks like Sony caught wind of Microsoft’s VR news; the company has just announced a new bundle for its PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset. The Oculus Rift is currently on sale for the same price at the PSVR camera bundle, and will soon be set at the official price tag of $499 , while the HTC Vive has dropped to $599. PSVR Sony VR Industry News

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Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards


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. The post Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards appeared first on VRScout.

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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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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Sony Isn’t ‘Entirely Comfortable’ With PSVR Market Lead By Current Margin


With over one million units sold, Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) is thought to be the current leader in high-end VR, possibly topping Oculus Rift and HTC Vive sales. Andrew House, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, last week told Reuters that he wasn’t “entirely comfortable” with leading the market “by such a margin that seems to be happening right now,” likely referencing Rift and Vive sales. Microsoft PSVR Sony VR Industry News

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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. HTC/Valve. Sony PlayStation. See Also: Sony – ‘PSVR Breakout Box is Not a Crutch for PS4′.

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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.

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Here’s The Specs That Will Power Microsoft’s Project Scorpio VR Experiences


Microsoft’s Project Scorpio, an upgraded version of its Xbox One console, is coming to market later this year, but we still don’t know much about it. Microsoft is positioning its new beast to push 4K gaming (a 4K UHD Blu-ray optical drive is included) but, as we all know, the system is also going to host VR experiences. None of Digital Foundry’s coverage today even mentions VR, however, so Microsoft is clearly not ready to talk about this feature yet.

Latest Sony Patent Indicates Possible Wireless PlayStation VR 2 With Cameras

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VRFocus has seen recent patents appear for a virtual reality (VR) floor mat by Microsoft and a new headset design for Nintendo Switch. News Pinned Article Patent PlayStation VR PlayStation VR 2 Sony Interactive Entertainment

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Community Download: When Will VR Be Big Enough For Xbox?


For today, we want to hear from you in regards to Microsoft’s current stance on VR , specifically with regard to Xbox. So, the question at hand is: When exactly will VR be big enough for Xbox (and Microsoft) to start actually caring?

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


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. Microsoft has uncharacteristically been early to market in this sector, with the HoloLens dominating almost all coverage of actual deployments of the technology. Tagged with: microsoft Facebook Twitter Reddit More. AR microsoft

PSVR Turns One: A Year Of Frustrating Fun For Sony’s Headset


As of June, the kit has sold more than one million units, which is thought to be more than what the overall more expensive but higher spec Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have shifted in the extra half year they’ve been on the market. Editorials PSVR Sony VR Industry News

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HTC Announces Subscription Plan For Viveport


Details are sparse at this point but HTC announced a subscription plan for Vive content at CES today. But the reveal is yet another example of how HTC is aiming to grow itself into an integral part of the burgeoning VR industry. Tagged with: htc vive , room scale.

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E3 2018 Roundup – Sony’s Positioning of VR, New PSVR Titles Hands-on, Ready at Dawn Interview & More

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Image courtesy Sony Japan Studio. Featuring the cute bots first seen in The Playroom (2013) , Sony Japan Studio’s upcoming platformer Astro Bot Rescue Mission uses similar controls and gameplay mechanics as any other 3D platformer, but it has been created from the ground up with VR in mind.

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VRecap #6: New Beat Saber Track, Vader Immortal Returns & Win Acron!


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PS5’s DualSense Controller Might Hint At PSVR2 Using Inside-Out Tracking


Sony revealed the controller for the PlayStation 5, called DualSense, and a change to the positioning of the light bar suggests PSVR2 may use inside-out tracking. VR headsets from Facebook, Microsoft, and HTC all now use inside-out tracking, as did Google’s headset developed with Lenovo.

Field in View: Valve, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Sony – Who Believes What’s Best For VR?


As wonderful a headset as PSVR is, Sony’s approach to VR is probably the most incidental, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. Microsoft. Tagged with: Daydream , facebook , google , oculus , sony , valve , VR.

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These Are The Stocks You Could Buy To Invest In The VR Industry


Sony – NYSE: SNE – VR Console, VR Games & VR Headset. HTC – TPE: 2498 – Headset, Content Delivery Platform (non-gaming). Microsoft – NASDAQ: MSFT – VR operating system, VR platform, VR headset.

Microsoft has just what VR needsIn a move we should have seen.


Microsoft has just what VR needs In a move we should have seen coming from a mile away, Microsoft announced that it will be opening up the Windows Holographic platform , which powers HoloLens, to other companies. vr virtual reality microsoft ar hololens augmented reality

Here’s 67 Apps and Companies Planning to Support Windows VR Headsets

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Microsoft today announced a bevy of information regarding their upcoming Windows VR headset launch, which will see headsets from Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo coming this holiday season starting at $400. Microsoft Edge. Sony Pictures.

CES 2017 Preview and Predictions – What To Expect From VR This Year


Vive (HTC). What We Know: Today at 1pm HTC will be hosting a press conference to discuss its HTC Vive virtual reality headset. The Vive released earlier this year and HTC has been fiercely committed to the product’s success ever since. What To Expect : HTC has made its tracking system open-sourced for public use. Microsoft. What We Know: Microsoft is at the show in a multitude of capacities.

Microsoft Windows VR Headset Devices Coming in April 2017


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.

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

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While the company had originally collaborated with HTC to create the Vive, this time around Valve opted to handle everything on their own. But it’s also made for an awkward relationship between Valve and HTC who are now positioned more as competitors than partners.

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Five Big Questions Facing The VR Industry In 2019


What Are HTC, Google and Microsoft’s Next Moves? HTC’s Vive Pro may not have been the true Vive successor we were hoping for, but the tease of a Vive Cosmos trademark and the recent reveal of 6DOF controllers for its Vive Focus standalone platform prove that it still has skin in the game. But it’s Microsoft we’re most interested in. What Is Sony’s Wave 3? It’s no secret that Sony’s PSVR headset had a brilliant 2018.

Xbox Head Unveils His Plans For VR Moving Forward


Headsets such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have made PC the go-to platform for a majority of AAA VR developers. Meanwhile, Sony is effectively dominating the console VR space with the Playstation VR. Image Credit: Microsoft Xbox.

Xbox Head Phil Spencer Clarifies Stance on VR for Xbox One X in Refreshingly Candid Interview

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Microsoft’s E3 2017 presentation concentrated on the new Xbox One X console, but made no mention of VR. Actually the teams share a lot of learning—we’ve had the Sony team up, they’ve seen what we’re doing with HoloLens, we talk to the Valve guys all the time.

Community Download: Does Xbox Scarlett Need To Support VR?


Today some rumors have started swirling that Microsoft plan to make the Oculus Rift S compatible with the upcoming new Xbox console , currently code named Project Scarlett. Discussion Gaming VR Industry News Xbox community download microsoft Project Scarlett xbox Xbox VR

Major Gaming Industry Players Jump into VR at E3 2016

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Microsoft / Xbox. Microsoft is bringing VR to Xbox. While not made exclusively for virtual reality, the company says the game will be playable from start to finish with Sony’s VR headset for players who want to feel the game’s spine-tingling horror up close and personal.

Where Can I Try PlayStation VR?


You can already try the HTC Vive in Microsoft stores and the Oculus Rift in Best Buy. Sony have a PSVR store locator on their site to help you find a PlaySation VR demo location. Hardware Playstation VR Sony PlayStation VR Virtual Reality Virtual Reality News

Editorial: Xbox Is Well-Poised To Dominate VR Next Generation


Microsoft itself entered the market last year with a line of PC-based headsets developed with partners, but the Xbox One works with no VR headsets while Sony’s PlayStation 4 pairs with the PlayStation VR headset. The PS5 and next Xbox are looming in the shadows right now; Spencer confirmed work had begun on “the next Xbox consoles” at E3 this year, while Sony’s plans to skip next year’s show seem to suggest something big is on the way.