‘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.

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.

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Microsoft Acquires Skyrim VR-Maker And Oculus Lawsuit Rival ZeniMax

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Microsoft is to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Skyrim VR, Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and Wolfenstein VR publisher, Bethesda Softworks. Following the announcement, games industry journalist Jason Schreier reported that Microsoft is paying $7.5

Microsoft’s AR/VR Unity Framework Now Officially Supports Oculus Quest

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The latest release of MRTK adds official support for Oculus Quest and can now be managed directly in Unity’s package manager. MRTK (Mixed Reality ToolKit) is Microsoft’s open source framework for spatial input, interactions, and interfaces.

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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

Microsoft Store Lists Oculus Rift S Pre-Orders For May 21

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Yet more retailer listings are coming in for Oculus’ new PC VR headset, Rift S. The Microsoft Store has listed the new device for release on May 21, with pre-orders already up and running. We’ve reached out to Oculus for comment on the listing. Today sees Oculus parent company Facebook kick off its F8 developer conference. F8 is where Facebook launched the Oculus Go headset last year.

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.

HoloLens 2 Now Shipping, Microsoft Announces

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HoloLens 2, Microsoft’s second enterprise-level AR headset, is now shipping. “When I first tried the Oculus Rift DK1, I instantly ‘got it’ despite the shortcomings,” I said in my article. The post HoloLens 2 Now Shipping, Microsoft Announces appeared first on UploadVR. AR Microsoft VR Industry News ar AR headset HoloLens HoloLens 2 HoloLens 2 AR microsoft top stories

Microsoft Hires Former Valve Graphics Programmer

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A notable former member of the Valve VR team joined Microsoft as a “Partner Architect in Mixed Reality.” 2019 and he announced his move to Microsoft today. Very excited to share that I joined Microsoft today as a Partner Architect in Mixed Reality (HoloLens, VR, etc.)! Microsoft previously hired USC’s Mark Bolas to work on the company’s VR efforts and the company continues to invest in ongoing research in VR and AR.

Microsoft’s SharePoint Spaces Collaborative Tool Is Coming This Year, Including Quest Support

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Microsoft has revealed that its file sharing and digital collaborative work platform, SharePoint, is getting a VR Maker Tool later this year, dubbed SharePoint Spaces. The tool was originally revealed back during the SharePoint Virtual Summit in 2018 but is nearing release generally across the gamut of widely-used VR headsets including the Oculus Quest and Microsoft’s own HoloLens AR headset.

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.

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. Now, Microsoft says Spaces is nearly ready for a general release to all SharePoint users, which is slated to happen at some point in the first half of 2020.

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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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.

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.

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 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?

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 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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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

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.

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 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.

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. Dr Benko had worked at Microsoft since 2005, but moved to Facebook Reality Labs ( formerly Oculus Research) in late 2017. Haptics Facebook Reality Labs microsoft research

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Editorial: Microsoft Partnering With Facebook Gaming Could Be Big For Xbox VR

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Earlier this week Microsoft revealed they were ending the Mixer streaming platform and partnering with Facebook Gaming instead. Could this potentially mean big things for Xbox VR support finally via a relationship with Facebook-owned Oculus? Microsoft’s Frustrating History With Xbox VR. Microsoft’s Partnership With Facebook Gaming. Earlier this week Microsoft announced the decision to shut down its livestreaming platform, Mixer.

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 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 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 Windows maker took to the stage during the show to reveal that Oculus Rift and Xbox One owners could stream their console games into the headset via a Windows 10 PC. The Xbox One Streaming app has finally launched on Oculus Home. Microsoft’s 2017 in VR should prove very interesting.

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. Since the minimum specification for Oculus is a GTX 970, in theory, a new upgraded XBox could certainly attain this level of performance. The rumor mill is busy today.

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 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 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. That is according to Terry Myerson, Microsoft Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group. Back at Gamescom 2016 Oculus VP of Product Nate Mitchell dodged our questions as to if Rift could work with the console.

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. A user put on a headset to enter a virtual space and later stepped into a 360 degree video similar to the Facebook demonstration seen at Oculus Connect 3 earlier in the month.

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 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.

Social VR Platform ‘Sensorium Galaxy’ Announces Partnership With World-Renowned DJ Carl Cox

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