The XR Week Peek (2020.05.11): new Quest is in the works, Magic Leap may pivot to healthcare, and more!

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Image by Magic Leap). Magic Leap looks for a $100-million deal to save itself. Some reports by Business Insider and The Information talk about the current situation of Magic Leap, that seems always more complicated.

Sony Reveals AR Headset Prototype in New Ghostbusters Location-based Attraction

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Ginza Sony Park, the Japanese tech giant’s Tokyo-based hub for Sony brand promotion, is now playing host to a new Ghostbusters -themed multiplayer experience using a newly revealed Sony AR headset prototype. According to the demo video (linked below), the unnamed “R&D prototype” looks to include both 6DOF head-tracking as well as hand-tracking, and appear to be a standalone unit similar to Microsoft HoloLens.

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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. Peggy Johnson is the new CEO of Magic Leap.

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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. 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

Sony CEO on VR: ‘You Will See The Change And Improvement’

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Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida is confident that issues with current VR headsets will be improved upon in the future. The Sony-backed Japan Display Inc already showcased a hugely promising new VR display at the SID Display Week earlier in the year. Also during the interview, Yoshida noted that mixed reality technology was “one potential evolution of VR”, likely referring to headsets like Microsoft’s HoloLens and the recently-launched Magic Leap One.

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Microsoft Missed Out On Mobile But Wants To Make Up For It With HoloLens

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Windows Phones were never the success that Microsoft wanted them to be. As you’ll know, Microsoft is one of the three big names in MR right now, the others being the mysterious Magic Leap and Meta. It’s still early, but Microsoft is hoping its eagerness will help establish itself in this new category. “We It might be going all in on MR, but Microsoft also has a stake in VR with its upcoming enhanced Xbox One, codenamed Project Scorpio.

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

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Also keep in mind that there are plenty of private companies worth investing in, and some public companies listed below have invested in them like Magic Leap who has investments to the tune of $1.39 Sony – NYSE: SNE – VR Console, VR Games & VR Headset. Microsoft – NASDAQ: MSFT – VR operating system, VR platform, VR headset.

The World of Mobile VR After Pokemon Go

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Perhaps it is only just that Google’s April Fools joke named “Pokemon Challenge” became the most popular, or one of most popular games on the market – the Pokemon Go , This Augmented Reality (AR), or Mixed Reality (MR or MxR, as named by Magic Leap ) which criss-crosses the technologies as merely the start of things to come. Virtual Reality Gaming isn’t coming, it’s already here.

The XR Week Peek (2020.06.15): PS5 revealed, SteamVR implements OpenVR and more!

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Image by Sony, from Road To VR). Sony announces PS5, it supports PSVR. With an online livestream of around 1 hour, Sony has finally unveiled the design of the PlayStation 5. Header image by Sony). augmented reality virtual reality week peek AR ps5 Sony

The XR Week Peek (2021.06.07): Facebook working on Quest 2 Pro, Nolo and Arpara announce new VR headsets, and more!

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Just to make you understand how much money this could mean, my reader Sir Gamedev has sent me a link where one of the previous Xbox executives has revealed that the initial undercost sales of the first Xbox units cost Microsoft between $5B and $7B.

Holographic Waveguides: What You Need To Know To Understand The Smartglasses Market

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Google and Sony both have intellectual property around waveguide designs similar in nature. The waveguides used in Microsoft’s HoloLens, are of Nokia’s design, modified with the housing turned upright, with the micro-displays placed above the eye. Magic Leap. For a secretive company, we can learn a lot about Magic Leap from their patent filings and acquisitions, namely that they launched without a clear path to executing their vision.

2018 In Review: The Year Standalones Took VR And AR Everywhere

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Also in 2018, the United States Army awarded Microsoft a contract worth nearly half a billion dollars to augment U.S. Microsoft’s HoloLens as seen on the International Space Station. Magic Leap One. Magic Leap reportedly lost out on the contract won by Microsoft. We don’t follow the logic, but he claimed those larger efforts will be “much more inefficient” compared to Magic Leap.

The XR Week Peek (2020.06.23): StarWars: Squadron is a new AAA VR game, Apple announces ARKit4 and more!

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Content is the king, and Facebook knows it needs great content of its own to fight Microsoft, Sony, and the other big brands for the domination of the VR sector. Nreal wins first round against Magic Leap in the IP theft trial.

First Ever OpenXR Demo Heading To Siggraph 2018 This Week

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The platform, which was announced at GDC last year, will be shown running an Unreal Engine VR demo inside both the StarVR and Microsoft’s Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets at the event in Vancouver, Canada, from August 12th – 16th. The group includes over 140 members, with major players like Google, Sony, Valve, HTC, Samsung, Magic Leap, Oculus, AMD and Nvidia involved.

The XR Week Peek (2020.02.17): Half-Life Alyx will launch on March, 23rd, MWC has been canceled and much more!

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Magic Leap plans dev days and dev programs. We all know that Magic Leap is in big trouble, and it seems that one of the paths it is trying to follow to exit the quicksands is trying to get more developers onboard. Image by Microsoft).

Enterprise AR Trends for 2020 and Beyond

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Already, several top-level companies like LG, Apple , and Sony are joining the market of AR hardware producers, dominated so far by Microsoft and Magic Leap.

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Spatial Beats: 2020’s Top Ten

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Magic Leap’s pivot to enterprise. A year later Magic Leap ran out of cash and laid off half the company. 350 million came in at the last minute to allow a new CEO, Peggy Johnson, from Microsoft, to focus on enterprise business. W elcome back to Spatial Beats.

How Will Covid-19 Impact AR & VR Headset Shipments?

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Specifically, Sony announced 5 million cumulative units sold in January. Microsoft committed 100,000 units to the U.S. This category includes Magic, Leap One and Nreal Light. Data Point of the Week is AR Insider’s dive into the latest spatial computing figures.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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Feel heat and the wind on your face in virtual reality, new immersive technology products help the visually impaired, professional golfing tees off in VR, a dream team of developers leave Sony to form their own multi-platform studio, the investment and funding wrapup, and lots more… You can enjoy the full audio recording below: NOW YOU CAN FEEL THE WIND ON YOUR FACE IN VR. EX-HEAD OF SONY PLAYSTATION LONDON FORMS CROSS-PLATFORM VR GAME STUDIO.

The XR Week Peek (2020.11.02): PSVR likely not to come in 2021, new info revealed on Decagear, and more!

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Image by Sony). Sony believes in VR, and we definitely believe at some point in the future, VR will represent a meaningful component of interactive entertainment. Then why Magic Leap hasn’t delivered a solid product with 2B?) NVIDIA, Sony, and others are experimenting.

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WaveOptics Raises $16M to Create Optics For Small Form-Factor AR Headsets

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Waveguide technology in general is already in use in some form across several projects, including Microsoft HoloLens, Vuzix M3000, and even the secretive Magic Leap has filed patents using waveguide to display digital imagery. Waveguide optics manufacturer DigiLens recently closed a $22m funding round lead by Foxconn, Sony, Continental and Panasonic.

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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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Sony will give PS4 camera adapters for PS5 for free. Sony has answered this question in the weekend. Facebook and Microsoft publish two interesting research projects for VR. This week, Facebook and Microsoft have released two interesting works from their R&D department.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.05.25): new rumors on Apple Glasses, Oculus Quest anniversary, HP Reverb G2 and more!

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A leak by the famous leaker WalkingCat shows some pictures of the HP Reverb G2, which is the result of a collaboration between HP, Microsoft, and Valve. There’s a speech at AWE held by Microsoft and HP on 28th , so this may be a good moment for the launch. Image by Microsoft).

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The XR Week Peek (2021.04.19): Quest 2 adds Air Link and Resident Evil 4, Pico and HTC are ready to launch, and more!

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On the client side, the system will become compatible with iOS devices, and a Magic Leap client has also been developed. On the server-side, it is being integrated with Microsoft Azure, and it is also coming in the future for Google Cloud and Tencent Cloud.

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The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review

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The PSVR unit will work with the PlayStation 4 and Sony says they’ll have 50 games ready to go at launch. Not to be outdone, Microsoft finally confirmed that the not-so-secret Project Scorpio (an excellent codename decision) is bringing high fidelity VR to Xbox. This continues the interest in Microsoft’s Hololens from the enterprise space… and astronauts dig it, too. Another big Hollywood name is taking the virtual leap of faith as well: Michael Bay.

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‘Ready Player One’ Author Ernest Cline Explains Why VR Is The.

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Cline has seen his fictional universes blend with reality after the consumer launches of Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive (with Sony’s PlayStation VR slotted for an October debut). There are some analysts that believe augmented reality, or mixed reality as Microsoft and Magic Leap call it, will ultimately become the de facto technology in the coming years.

The XR Week Peek (2020.01.16): CES is coming, Abrash predicts AR to substitute smartphones in 2040 and more!

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Some surprises may arrive from Sony (I hope so, but I don’t believe so), but for the rest, I’ve mostly heard about news from secondary operators. Microsoft SharePoint Spaces to launch in the first half of 2020.

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DigiLens Raises $50 Million To Develop Cheap AR Display Tech

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DigiLens , a Sunnyvale, California-based startup developing displays for augmented reality (AR) devices, today announced that it’s closed a $50 million oversubscribed series C round led by Universal Display Corporation’s UDC Ventures, Samsung Ventures, Pokémon Go creator Niantic, Continental AG, Sony Innovation Fund, and Mitsubishi’s Diamond Edge Ventures.

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Who Will Own the Metaverse?

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It’s been called the AR Cloud by many, the Magicverse by Magic Leap, the Mirrorworld by Wired, the Cyberverse by Huawei, Planet-scale AR by Niantic and Spatial Computing by academics. The incumbents like Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft or Snap already own global social graphs, but perhaps looking to unseat them could be the multiplayer gaming behemoths like Sony, Activision Blizzard or EA, or 3D-specific ideas like Aura’s “avatar as a service”.

20th Century Fox’s Ted Schilowitz on Bringing VR & Interactive Storytelling to Hollywood

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Over the past three years, he’s had a lot of early access to hardware from all of the major virtual and augmented reality companies ranging from Oculus, Valve, Sony, Google, Magic Leap, ODG, and Microsoft. When Ted Schilowitz was looking for what to do after traveling the world as the first RED Camera employee, he happened upon an opportunity to serve as a futurist for 20th Century Fox, looking at how to use emerging technologies for storytelling.

Report Predicts AR and VR Headsets Shipments to Approach 100 Million by 2021

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Despite Sony being pleasantly surprised by its official PSVR sales figures – with the nearly 1 million units sold since its October 2016 launch – it’s difficult to get a handle on market penetration for VR hardware to date. IDC themselves predicted in 2011 that by 2015, Microsoft’s then new (and now dead) Windows Phone platform would overtake Apple’s IOS as in the mobile phone market.

The New 3D Apple Arriving at WWDC

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When I worked at Microsoft I got in trouble with the lawyers over patents so they made me sleep with a lawyer (true story, that was my punishment). I also am invested in Apple competitors, Qualcomm, Snap, Microsoft, Amazon, and about 50 other companies in a diverse portfolio.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.07.07): Valve Index shows thumbstick issues, Cosmos works with Wireless Adapter, WeChat introduces AR and much more!

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Microsoft is shipping Azure Kinect. Microsoft is finally shipping its Azure Kinect devkits. As promised, Microsoft has released the documentation on its website. Top VR headset makers have been Sony, Facebook, HTC, Pico, and 3Glasses. I’m in Italy again and here in these days, it is damn hot and wet. I’m hoping to attend a VR event in the North Pole, so that I can feel some cold again.

What to Expect From Top AR/VR Companies at GDC 2018

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Continued on Page 2: Sony, Magic Leap, LG & Microsoft ». GDC is here once again, all next week we’ll have boots on the ground bringing you the latest VR/AR news. Held annually in San Francisco, Game Developers Conference has undeniably been a focal point for VR the industry, and as augmented reality continues to heat up, we expect it to be increasingly important for AR as well.

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Mark Zuckerberg and I are confusing the market about VR and AR and the future of all computing: here’s why we need to stop doing that

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It isn’t alone, we know of many companies that are spending billions on same, including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Sony, Magic Leap, Huawei, and others. You can see this in today’s AR products (and despite what Microsoft or Magic Leap call their devices, they really are augmented reality devices that you wear on your face). Mark Zuckerberg talks about the future of VR and AR at Facebook’s recent Oculus Connect conference.

As UploadVR Turns 2 We Reflect On The First Full Year of Consumer VR

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Magic Leap kicks off the month with the announcement of an enormous $794 million fundraising round, backed by Alibaba. The month closes with Microsoft finally awakening, announcing it will ship the $3,000 self-contained HoloLens augmented reality developer kit to developers at the end of March. Among a slew of content reveals, Sony reveals PlayStation VR will ship in October starting at $399, with the first pre-orders available at the end of the month.

Over 20 Use Cases of Smart Glasses, VR Headsets, and Smartwatches at Airports

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Let’s look back: Early trials: Virgin Atlantic ’s 2014 trial at London Heathrow Airport – in collaboration with SITA – included both Google Glass and the Sony SmartWatch 2. The following year, Virgin partnered with Sony to equip its Heathrow engineers with the Sony SmartWatch 3 and Sony’s SmartEyeglass to test out real-time job notifications and live video streaming to remote expert technicians.