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. Unity details its MARS solution. Header image by Sony).

Microsoft Joins OpenXR, Becoming a Decisive Backer in the Open, Royalty-free VR/AR Standard

Road to VR

By the virtue of its Windows operating system, the basis of which nearly every PC VR headset uses to function, Microsoft joining the OpenXR initiative represents a win for the others involved, which include industry players like Google, Oculus, HTC, AMD, NVIDIA, Epic Games, Unity, Intel, Qualcomm, Sony, Samsung and Valve. There are however too reluctant holdouts left; Apple and Magic Leap, but it remains to be seen what either are bringing to the table.


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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. We now know how much Sony has paid for Insomniac Games.

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. NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) will be natively supported for HDRP in Unity 2021.2. It’s a crazy busy period for me and I really need a good sleep.

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Monthly Round-Up: The Biggest VR And AR News From May 2020


Watch: Sony Reveals Research On Next-Gen Finger-Tracked VR Controllers. Editorial: To Keep Up, Sony Must Prepare To Release More Than One PSVR Next-Gen. Waltz of the Wizard Quest Hand-Tracking Impressions: Magic In Your Hands. Can you believe we’re already through May 2020?

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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. Unity’s IPO. And Sony’s investment in Epic Games values the maker of Fortnite at $17 B (China’s Tencent invested in 2012 and owns 50% of the company).

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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Who Will Own the Metaverse?

AR Insider

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”.

All the best AR VR news from CES 2020

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Yeah, the 3D model of the trainer seems taken from the Unity Asset Store… Samsung has not talked about the glasses, not even revealing the name, or the specifications. And in fact, Neon reminds me a bit too much Magic Leap’s Mica project. Sony Playstation.

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


Magic Leap kicks off the month with the announcement of an enormous $794 million fundraising round, backed by Alibaba. A series of announcements from Amazon, Crytek, Epic Games and Unity Technologies showcase an evolution among their respective game engines into VR world creation toolsets. For example, Lumberyard from Amazon is released for creating games and VR experiences, while both Unity and Epic reveal in-VR tools to speed up the development process.

The Road Ahead in VR and AR Will Have Two Steps Forward, One Step Back


John Riccitiello, CEO of Unity Technologies, predicted that tech journalists would start gleefully writing that the virtual reality revolution is over because sales of VR headsets fell short of expectations, and analysts are in the midst of shaving back their predictions. They do magical things. John Riccitiello (left), CEO of Unity Technologies, and Mike Capps, former president of Epic Games. As late as October, the market researcher thought Sony would ship 2.6

The XR Week Peek (2021.08.09): New specs revealed for PSVR 2, Valve may be working on a standalone headset, and more!

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Image by Sony). Sony aims at hybrid games for the PSVR 2. Sony Interactive Entertainment has had a virtual summit with developers about its plans for the PSVR 2 because it is looking for content for its upcoming headset. Header image by Sony Interactive Entertainment).

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). Literally everyone in the industry other than Magic Leap and Apple uses Qualcomm’s spatial computing tech stack).

Jules Urbach’s Quest To Realize Star Trek’s Holodeck


Facebook, Sony, Valve, Samsung and HTC all bet on games. Unity empowers skilled creators using the toolset to produce virtual worlds that could work on any personal gadget. So we see a new category of content that is linear interactive storytelling,” said Sylvio Drouin, vice president at Unity Labs. The promise of this technology helped Magic Leap raise roughly $1.4 The Holodeck represented the greatest technological leap forward in this aspirational future.

2016: The year of VR in review


Sony Enters VR. Furthermore, Sony brought the games. The Sony library of complete game experiences rivalled both HTC Vive and Oculus right out of the gate. Both Unity and Unreal Game engines tried their hands at creating a development environment in VR. On the visual spectrum, there are companies like Magic Leap and OTOY working to bring lightfield synthesis within the headsets.

What is mediated reality and how I experimented with it on the Vive Focus

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Mixed Reality provides blends that interpolate between real and virtual worlds in various proportions, along a “Virtuality” axis, and extrapolate to an “X-axis” defined byWyckoff’s “XR” (eXtended reality), and Sony’s X-Reality. If you have a particularly fast classifier, you can use some AI magic to detect automatically if there is a sofa in the current frame and where it is. And even with such a rough solution, I can assure you that diminished reality was something magical.

The XR Week Peek (2020.03.23): Half-Life: Alyx launches, Oculus Del Mar leaked, PS5 revealed and more!

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The name made many people recall the CTRL+Labs startup acquired by Facebook, which makes people use their hands as if they were magical Jedis. Unity is offering 3 months of Free Learning so that you can sharp your development skills. Another great UX post by Leap Motion.