Our First Look At Microsoft HoloLens 2

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Microsoft debuts their latest mixed reality device at Mobile World Conference 2019. Over these past three and a half years, Microsoft has been listening to their customers, claims HoloLens inventor and Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman as he took his turn on stage.

OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations

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Along with the provisional release of the specification, Microsoft is releasing an OpenXR runtime for testing, which can enable OpenXR content compatibility with Windows Mixed Reality headsets. OpenXR is a royalty-free standard for cross-platform VR and AR development.

Minecraft For Oculus Quest ‘Under Review’ By Microsoft

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Minecraft for Oculus Quest and Oculus Go is now marked as ‘Under Review’ on Microsoft’s feedback tracker. The request for an Oculus Quest port was posted in May of this year. A similar request for Oculus Go was made back in July 2018, and is also highly upvoted. Minecraft is already available in VR on the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. Gear VR runs the same Oculus mobile store as Go, so in theory porting should be easy.

OpenXR 1.0 Released, Microsoft Supports on HoloLens & WMR, Oculus Plans Rift & Quest Support

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Microsoft has released initial support for OpenXR on both HoloLens and Windows VR headsets , and Collabora has released its Monado open-source Linux OpenXR runtime. Oculus has committed to bringing OpenXR runtime support to both Rift and Quest later this year.

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

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. Microsoft says Surface Studio is made for designers and creators.

AltspaceVR Announces September 12th Oculus Quest Launch

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Microsoft’s flagship social VR platform brings its unique brand of events to the Quest. AltspaceVR, acquired by Microsoft in October 2017, has a been a beloved mainstay of the social VR space since its launch in 2015. Image Credit: AltspaceVR, Microsoft.

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Minecraft Developer Responds To Requests For Oculus Go & Quest Versions Of Game

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This past May, a user by the name of “Siroto” left a post on Mojang’s official feedback site requesting the release of Minecraft on the Oculus Quest. Minecraft on Oculus Rift / Image Credit: Microsoft. Feature Image Credit: Microsoft.

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Microsoft Store to Lead Industry in Revenue Share to non-Game VR App Devs

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Later this year, Microsoft is increasing the cut developers earn when publishing on the Microsoft Store. Microsoft says in a blog post that gaming apps won’t see the raise from the standard percentage, which at the time of this writing is a standard 70/30 split.

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. 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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Microsoft HoloLens 2 to Officially go on Sale in September

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Microsoft might not be doing much virtual reality (VR) development but its dedication to augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) has never been stronger. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, reporting back with all the latest updates.

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 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. Microsoft’s lineup of VR headsets.

Former Microsoft Senior Researcher, Now At Facebook, Recounts Haptics Innovations

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Former Microsoft Senior Researcher Dr. Hrvoje Benko gave a talk entitled ‘The Future of AR Interactions’ at the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) conference in October. Haptics Facebook Reality Labs microsoft research

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

Microsoft’s VR Compatible Xbox is Real

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A few weeks before E3, rumours sprung up that Microsoft was working on an updated Xbox One console that might support VR videogames. The post Microsoft’s VR Compatible Xbox is Real appeared first on UploadVR.

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’s Newest Headset Advert Focuses in on Portability, Ease of Use & Travel

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Microsoft’s special Windows “Mixed Reality” event today saw the unveiling of its latest addition to the VR family, the Samsung HMD Odyssey, and also announced that all VR headsets slated to ship before holiday season are currently in pre-order.

Report: Microsoft Considering Xbox That Can Run The Oculus Rift

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Faced with the release of PlayStation VR later this year, Microsoft is reportedly exploring a deeper partnership with Facebook that would bring full Oculus compatibility to a future version of the Xbox One. oculus console microsoft nintendo ps4 sony virtual theater xbox

Hands-on: Microsoft’s “Mixed Reality” VR Motion Controllers

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Microsoft debuted the lengthily-named “Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers” back in May, but until now we haven’t had a chance to actually try them out. Microsoft’s VR controllers are designed to let you reach into VR and interact naturally with the virtual world.

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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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.

How To Watch Microsoft’s HoloLens Mixed Reality Announcement

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Sunday at 9 am Pacific Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, CVP Julia White and Technical Fellow Alex Kipman will kick off Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. We expect announcements detailing Microsoft’s next steps with AR and VR technology and HoloLens. Microsoft refers to the entire spectrum of AR and VR technology as “Mixed Reality.” ” You can watch the presentation live on Microsoft’s website.

Oculus Quest Demos Will Be Available At Best Buy, Rift S Demos At Microsoft Stores

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If you’re interested in the upcoming Oculus Quest or Rift S , retailers will have demos for each headset starting at launch. Oculus Quest (Best Buy). The Oculus Quest standalone headset will have demos at Best Buy stores, starting on May 21, the day it launches officially. Rift S (Microsoft Store). The Rift S PC VR headset will have demos at Microsoft Stores. Will you go and try the Oculus Quest or Rift S in one of these stores?

Minimum Specs for Microsoft’s Windows 10 AR/VR Interface Are Impressively Low

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In a compatibility test application from recent Windows 10 test builds, Microsoft has revealed some minimum specs for Windows Holographic, the Windows 10 interface and platform for VR and AR devices which will include inexpensive headsets from big manufacturers.

Microsoft $299 Headset Will Be Tethered

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On Wednesday this week, Microsoft announced they are working on a new $299 VR/AR headset. However, it now appears Microsoft will be shackled to the PC just as with Oculus and HTC.

How 'Ready Player One' Used Microsoft's HoloLens to Help Build Its VR Cinematic Universe

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Specifically, Microsoft's HoloLens. It all started last week when the film's director, Steven Spielberg, was quoted in an interview saying that the Oculus Rift had been used in the production of the film.

Microsoft Reveals $300 VR Headsets With 3D Windows Push

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Microsoft is currently hosting a press event in which it’s showcasing the latest version of its Windows 10 operating system, and it means big things for both virtual and mixed reality. A little later on, Microsoft brought its HoloLens mixed reality headset onto the stage.

Microsoft on VR for Xbox One X: ‘PC is Where we’re focusing on [VR] this year’

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Though the company initially proclaimed that the Xbox One X (formerly known as ‘Project Scorpio’) would feature VR support, at E3 this week Microsoft is distancing itself from that commitment.

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. Microsoft htc microsoft oculus

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. Console VR E3 2016 News PlayStation VR e3 2016 microsoft vr playstation 4 neo playstation vr ps4 neo ps4.5

Microsoft Releases Official Xbox One Streaming App For Rift

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Oculus has its very own press conference where it revealed the final version of the Rift and announced Touch. One such announcement was from Microsoft. The Xbox One Streaming app has finally launched on Oculus Home. Microsoft’s 2017 in VR should prove very interesting.

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. Oculus/Apple .

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How to snag Oculus Rift at retail with Amazon, Microsoft and Best Buy

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