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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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

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.

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 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 $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.

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 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’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 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

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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Purchase Oculus Rift May 7 from Best Buy, Amazon and Microsoft Stores

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Today, Oculus announced a limited supply of the Oculus Rift would be available from Best Buy starting May 7. Orders will be available online from Amazon , and Microsoft stores starting May 6th at 9 AM PST. You can set up a demo via their Oculus Live site.

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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.

Google, Facebook and Microsoft Line Up For VR Standalone Push

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Over the next two weeks we are expecting major announcements related to VR from Microsoft, Google and Facebook. Microsoft. Halo is coming to Microsoft-based immersive systems. Microsoft is also expected to roll out the Xbox One X in November. Facebook’s Oculus.

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.

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 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 Reveals Motion Controllers For Windows VR Headsets

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In a keynote today Microsoft is revealing a long-awaited missing piece of its Windows mixed reality platform – motion controllers. This brings the bundle $200 under the price of the Oculus Rift and its Touch controllers. Controllers Hardware Microsoft VR acer

Microsoft HoloLens: Everything you need to know about the $3,000 AR headset

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Microsoft HoloLens, the company's holographic, augmented reality headset took us all by surprise when it was unveiled at a Windows 10 event at the beginning of 2015. When we first saw images of the HoloLens, we described it as "part Google Glass, part Oculus Rift, part helmet from RoboCop".

Microsoft’s Direct Reality Is VR’s Answer To DirectX

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Just ahead of Microsoft’s E3 conference last week the company filed a trademark for Direct Reality. Windows as a platform has to support any HMD natively that you plug in and we’ve been getting good feedback from the Oculus team and Valve about things we need to do with Windows 10.”

Watch Microsoft’s New VR Motion Controllers Get Unboxed

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Microsoft’s new motion controllers for its Windows 10 VR headsets remain something of a mystery to us on the account of not having gone hands-on with them, but they’re finally starting to arrive at the doorsteps of developers. Microsoft VR Industry News

Microsoft Hires Head Of Marketing From Oculus In Mixed Reality Build Up

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Microsoft today revealed it hired Liz Hamren from Oculus to head up marketing for mixed reality as the company begins to build out its efforts beyond HoloLens into a broad range of devices including VR headsets. Hamren was the chief marketing officer at Oculus and joins Microsoft as corporate vice president of mixed reality marketing. She’ll be reporting directly to Yusuf Mehdi, the head of marketing for the Windows and devices group at Microsoft.

Microsoft May Leapfrog Facebook and Google in VR With HoloLens Tracking

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Microsoft’s play for command of next generation personal computing can be seen today with the announcement of a series of Windows-powered VR headsets starting at $300. This is not the case with the headsets on the way from Microsoft’s partners.

Microsoft Buys Mage’s Tale Dev inXile, New VR RPG Status ‘TBD’

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Microsoft just bought another big VR developer. inXile Entertainment, the developer of 2017’s excellent VR role-playing game (RPG), The Mage’s Tale , is joining Microsoft’s growing family of internal studios.

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

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But it seems like Microsoft isn’t too impressed — even if they won’t come right out and say it. Plus, Microsoft has confirmed that they are not making a first-party headset. Microsoft PSVR Sony VR Industry News microsoft p4 pro project scorpio PS VR xbox

Microsoft’s VR Headsets Will Run on $500 PCs, More Info in December

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Microsoft’s surprise new VR headsets, revealed last week and expected to ship next year, remain something of a mystery right now, but we should find out more about them in December. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to confirm that this is the case.

Khronos Group Would Welcome Input From Microsoft On OpenXR Standard

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” Will Microsoft Join The Effort? The current collection of partners is dominated by those more involved in VR, including names like Sony, Oculus, Google, and more. When asked if there were any specific entities missing that Khronos Group would welcome, Trevett immediately mentioned one of the biggest faces of AR: Microsoft. ” Tagged with: API , khronos , microsoft. AR Research VR API khronos microsoft

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Presence Episode 9: Empowering VR Hopefuls with Microsoft’s Liv Erickson

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It’s the week before E3 (that’s The post Presence Episode 9: Empowering VR Hopefuls with Microsoft’s Liv Erickson appeared first on UploadVR. Interviews Podcasts presence VR e3 interview liv erickson microsoft oculus Vive

Microsoft announces a VR headset for $299 via PCGamer.

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Microsoft announces a VR headset for $299 via PCGamer [link] Microsoft announced a new line of virtual reality headsets today which are much more affordable than others on the market. microsoft vr

Could LinkedIn be the Key to Microsoft’s HoloLens Success?

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As you may have heard, Microsoft announced today they are acquiring LinkedIn for $26.2 It is Microsoft’s largest acquisition and one of the biggest tech mergers in history. Oculus has Facebook as their social backbone, Valve has Steam, and now Microsoft will have LinkedIn.

Microsoft Reveals Dell and Asus VR Headset Designs

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Microsoft’s planned roll out of a whole suite of VR headsets continues with the revelation of designs from Dell and ASUS. The Microsoft roll out is one of the most interesting plays for VR dominance given the headsets are extremely light weight and feature precise tracking that requires no outside hardware — so they are much more convenient to set up than a Rift and Vive. No extra USB ports or wall-mounting needed to use the Microsoft-powered headsets.

Experimental Controllers From Microsoft Research Offer A New Way To Feel Objects In VR

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We’re eager to go hands-on with Valve’s new prototype Vive controllers, but these new experiments from Microsoft’s Research division might be even more exciting. For now, the best we have its the vibration feedback provided by the Oculus Touch and HTC Vive wands.