Official VR Support Heading To ‘Microsoft Flight Sim’ This December

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This past July Microsoft confirmed that Microsoft Flight Sim 2020 , the latest iteration of the companies legendary flight sim experience, would be receiving official VR support shortly after launch. Now it appears as though Microsoft is shifting its plans to include all PC VR headsets.

Microsoft Files Patent To Bring Real-World Objects To VR

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According to a patent filed to the United States Patent & Trademark Office, Microsoft has been working on a computer system that automatically converts physical objects into digital models viewable in VR. Image Credit: Microsoft. Feature Image Credit: Microsoft.

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‘Microsoft Flight Sim’ VR Update Arrives Next Week Alongside Real-Time Snow & Ice

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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is having one hell of a month. Back in July during the companies initial reveal of VR compatibility, Microsoft stated that support would arrive first on the recently-released HP Reverb G2 Windows Mixed Reality headset.

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ VR Support Coming to SteamVR Headsets Next Week

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Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) VR support was scheduled to arrive sometime this month, but the wait is nearly over. Dacquin mentions that “as virtual reality continues to evolve, Microsoft Flight Simulator will continue to evolve too.”

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ is Finally Getting VR Controller Support, Coming in Mid-November

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Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) features PC VR headset support, although it’s notably missing the ability to use VR motion controllers. The post ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ is Finally Getting VR Controller Support, Coming in Mid-November appeared first on Road to VR.

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ Will Receive VR Support This Fall, But There’s A Catch

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Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed via a joint press briefing with developer Asobo Studio that Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 will in fact be receiving official VR support, beginning with the upcoming HP Reverb G2 later this year. Image Credit: Microsoft.

Microsoft Announces Mesh, a Foundation for Building Multi-user XR Applications

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Today during the Microsoft Ignite developer conference, the company announced Mesh, a new cloud-based service which Microsoft says will streamline the creation of multi-user XR applications. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Report Casts Doubt on HoloLens 3, Microsoft Says AR Headset is “doing great”

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Microsoft’s enterprise-focused HoloLens 3 may be dead in the water, as a recent report maintains that internal divisions have hobbled the company’s efforts to release its next AR headset as planned. Alex Kipman wearing HoloLens 2, Image courtesy Microsoft.

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.08): Microsoft launches Mesh, HTC and Pico tease new hardware, and more!

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Microsoft announces Mesh, an XR collaboration platform. Alex Kipman promised us a Microsoft Ignite conference with an amazing level of immersion , and he kept his word. But since Microsoft owns one of those studios (and using it costs around $100K/day if I remember well!),

Microsoft Acquires Activision Blizzard for $69B to Play “key role” in Metaverse Development

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Microsoft announced it’s planning to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says the studio will play a key role in the development of its future metaverse platforms. News activision activision blizzard microsoft

Microsoft to Talk About the Future of XR in Ignite 2021 Keynote Hosted in ‘AltspaceVR’

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Microsoft is looking to make good use of its social VR platform AltspaceVR next week as it hosts its first Ignite keynote in virtual reality. ” Register here for @Microsoft ‘s virtual event (Mar 2-4): [link] pic.twitter.com/1uVy3bb3xB.

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. With the HoloLens 2, Microsoft has made what appears to be a more consumer-friendly device than its original predecessor – although the company themselves dare not utter the “c-word” just yet.

Xbox Error Message Refers to VR Headset, Microsoft Says VR Still Not a Focus for Console

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Microsoft says however that the error message was inaccurate, and that VR for Xbox is still not a happening. Some prognosticated that Microsoft has mistakenly leaked VR support for Xbox, something it has repeatedly rebuked in the past.

The XR Week Peek (2021.11.08): Microsoft Teams gets immersive, Meta may open its stores, and more!

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Image by Microsoft). Microsoft Teams to integrate Mesh in 2022. With a surprise move, Microsoft has announced that in 2022 it will integrate Microsoft Mesh, its framework to create shared XR experiences, inside Microsoft Teams. Header image by Microsoft).

Microsoft to Acquire Bethesda’s Parent Company ZeniMax for $7.5B

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Microsoft today announced that it’s entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of game studio Bethesda Softworks. The post Microsoft to Acquire Bethesda’s Parent Company ZeniMax for $7.5B

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. Taking to Twitter last Wednesday, AltspaceVR officially announced that the platform’s much-anticipated Oculus Quest launch will land on September 12 th , making the 6DoF standalone headset the seventh supported device (including 2D desktop mode on PC).

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NVIDIA CloudXR is Launching on Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and AWS

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NVIDIA is continuing the rollout of its CloudXR technology on the three leading cloud computing platforms: AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Nvidia offers CloudXR client applications for PC, HoloLens 2, Android VR devices (including Oculus Quest), and Android AR devices.

Microsoft Flight Simulator In VR Is Gorgeous

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I finally verify out Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR applying the Oculus Quest 2 and Oculus Website link. Microsoft Flight Simulator Globe Update 3 just unveiled incorporating new … source.

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. Oculus says they plan to provide runtime support for apps built for OpenXR on Rift and Quest later this year. The post OpenXR Standard Ratified, Microsoft, Oculus, & Others to Release First Implementations appeared first on Road to VR.

Oculus Quest Update Introduces Fitness Tracker, 90Hz Support, App Gifting, And More

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Facebook today announced several highly-anticipated updates for the Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 designed to improve the core Oculus Quest experience. Let’s break down all of today’s big announcements: OCULUS MOVE. OCULUS LINK EXITS BETA.

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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. The post Report: Microsoft Considering Xbox That Can Run The Oculus Rift appeared first on UploadVR. oculus console microsoft nintendo ps4 sony virtual theater xbox

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 VR Industry News microsoft oculus oculus rift upgraded xbox xbox oneIt turns out those rumours are true.

Oculus Quest 2 passthrough now works without boundaries

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Today I made two little big discoveries about the Oculus Quest 2 that together mean that you can use this headset as an AR device whenever and wherever you want. I would like to say that I personally made this discovery, but actually, it was told me by the great Microsoft MVP Lance Larsen.

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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. Maquette appeared quite suddenly this week, apparently without any official announcement from Microsoft; it seems to have been picked up by MSPoweruser after being spotted by twitter user WalkingCat. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft. Image courtesy Microsoft.

Microsoft’s VR Maker Tool ‘SharePoint Spaces’ to Launch in First Half of 2020

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Back at Microsoft’s annual SharePoint Virtual Summit in May 2018, the company announced it was getting ready to ship a new VR maker tool set called Spaces for SharePoint, the web-based collaborative platform for enterprise customers.

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. In a message posted to Reddit by confirmed Minecraft Bedrock developer u/CornerHard , the team member acknowledged the public demand for standalone VR support before elaborating on the difficulties in porting such an experience to the Oculus Go and Quest. . Minecraft on Oculus Rift / Image Credit: Microsoft.

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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. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo are all on board with Microsoft to put mixed reality into the hands of the consumers when Microsoft launches Project Scorpio , a high-end, 4K capable version of the XBox One. The post Microsoft Reveals Acer Mixed Reality Headset appeared first on VRScout.

How To Cast Oculus Quest & Quest 2 Directly To Your Web Browser

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It appears as though Facebook has begun rolling out a new feature that allows Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 users to cast their gameplay wirelessly to any computer via select web browsers. Image Credit: Facebook, Oculus.

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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

Oculus For Business is now available for all companies

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Oculus has gained in these years always more success in the consumers’ landscape, and now with the Oculus Quest , thanks to an affordable device running great content , it is making strides in the market. What is Oculus For Business? Oculus Quest and controllers.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.09.28): The debate on Facebook continues, Microsoft acquires Zenimax, and more!

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This week we had no big news from Facebook, but in the communities, the theme of the Facebook login for the Oculus Quest 2 remains pretty hot. Yes, you’ve read it well: Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, has returned supporting a VR company. Happy Autumn everyone!

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. Our big question today is this: when it comes to VR, are Oculus and HTC the respective Apple and Microsoft of the industry? Oculus/Apple . HTC/Microsoft . The technology world is always a game of rivals.

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. Released, Microsoft Supports on HoloLens & WMR, Oculus Plans Rift & Quest Support appeared first on Road to VR. AR Industry News Oculus OpenXR VR Industry khronos group openxr 1.0

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. Announced at today’s Windows Mixed Reality event in San Francisco, AltspaceVR will be joining Microsoft as part of the family. The announcement comes as Microsoft prepares to launch its own VR and AR platform, called Windows Mixed Reality, on October 17.

‘XR Casino’ Brings Cross-Platform Gambling To VR & AR

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In terms of compatibility, the platform is cross-compatible with nearly every major VR & AR device, including the HTC Vive, Oculus Quest 2, Microsoft HoloLens 2, as well as AR-enabled iOS and Android devices; it’s never been easier to take your friends’ money!

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. With a mobile GPU on board, you shouldn’t expect to be able to run the most demanding VR titles, but Microsoft says Surface Studio will be able to manage some VR experiences. Microsoft says Surface Studio is made for designers and creators.

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. SEE ALSO Microsoft Introduces New AR/VR Apps for Remote Assistance, Layout Visualization. Check out more details on the Microsoft blog post.