Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida Responds To Xbox Head Phil Spencer’s VR Comments

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Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida made a comment on Twitter that seemed directed at Phil Spencer’s suggestion that nobody is asking for VR, in relation to Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox, codenamed Scarlett. Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer suggested that VR support for the next generation of Xbox was unlikely in a recent comment. “I ” We should note that as of March this year, Sony had sold over 4.2

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Nvidia RTX 3080 vs. Microsoft Xbox Series X vs. Sony PlayStation 5

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Sony To Talk PS5 System Architecture Tomorrow

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After months of silence regarding its next console, Sony will talk about PS5’s system architecture in an update tomorrow. But there’s still much to learn about the specifics of the PS5, and Microsoft’s Xbox One Series X has been putting the pressure on Sony by being comparatively forthcoming with such information in the past few weeks. For now, we do know that Sony is prototyping a new headset and that the current PSVR will work with PS5.

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

Sony’s Smurfs Partner With Microsoft’s HoloLens For VR Experience

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Sony Reveals AR Headset Prototype in New Ghostbusters Location-based Attraction

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Ginza Sony Park, the Japanese tech giant’s Tokyo-based hub for Sony brand promotion, is now playing host to a new Ghostbusters -themed multiplayer experience using a newly revealed Sony AR headset prototype. According to the demo video (linked below), the unnamed “R&D prototype” looks to include both 6DOF head-tracking as well as hand-tracking, and appear to be a standalone unit similar to Microsoft HoloLens.

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Sony Just Invested $250 Million in Epic Games, Here’s What it Could Mean for VR and Beyond

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Sony Corporation announced today that it will invest $250 million in Epic Games, the company well known for its hit game Fortnite and the Unreal Engine game engine that powers it. Interestingly, the investment in Unreal Engine is being made on behalf of a wholly-owned subsidiary of parent company Sony Corporation rather than by Sony Interactive Entertainment (AKA PlayStation). SEE ALSO PlayStation 5 Will Support PSVR, Sony Affirms.

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Sony Announces ‘Smurfs’ Mixed Reality HoloLens Game

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The latest Smurfs film gets it’s own mixed reality children’s game for Microsoft’s HoloLens. Sony’s latest edition to the Smurf reboot anthology, Smurfs: The Lost Village hits theaters today once again bringing the iconic 80’s characters back from the dead much to the delight of children and nostalgic adults everywhere. The post Sony Announces ‘Smurfs’ Mixed Reality HoloLens Game appeared first on VRScout.

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Field in View: Microsoft And Sony Are Set To Battle For VR Dominance At E3 2017

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As usual, Microsoft is firing first with its press conference this E3, but it’s doing so even earlier than anticipated. While the company usually rules the headlines on the Monday morning of the biggest week in gaming, this year it’s putting itself even further ahead of Sony’s traditional Monday evening conference (assuming it takes place at that time again), airing on Sunday, June 11th, at 2:00 PM PDT. But Sony isn’t defenseless, however.

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Report: Sony Still Planning To Release PSVR 2 After PS5 Launch

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A recent report from Bloomberg may reaffirm Sony’s previous hints that a possible PSVR 2 headset would launch after the release of PS5 this holiday season. The report cites “people with knowledge of the matter” in saying that Sony plans to release ” a new version of the PlayStation VR virtual-reality headset, tentatively scheduled after the PlayStation 5 goes on sale” PSVR 2 Launching Later?

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The XR Week Peek (2020.07.13): Sony invests in Epic, Rockstar is working on an AAA VR game, and more!

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Sony invests $250M in Epic Games. Sony has announced that it has made a big investment of $250M in Epic Games through one of its subsidiaries. The investment gives Sony a minority stake in Epic that now is evaluated at more than $17B. It is interesting that when speaking about this alliance, Sony doesn’t only talk about games, but it mentions “the rapidly evolving digital entertainment landscape”. And Sony for sure wants to have a stake in the metaverse.

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Sony Plans To Reveal ‘Compelling Lineup’ Of PS5 Titles Soon

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In a recent Corporate Strategy Meeting (covered by popular Twitter news accounts Daniel Ahmad and Nibel ), Sony said it plans “to introduce a compelling lineup of titles” for PS5 “soon.” PS5 is planned for release this holiday season, but Sony is still suspiciously quiet about the console. We do know that PS5 will support the original PSVR, and that Sony is prototyping new VR headsets, possibly to succeed that device.

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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 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.

VR at E3 2017: Microsoft Drops The Ball, Sony And Bethesda Scoop It Up

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We haven’t had the E3 where Sony doesn’t shut up about VR like it once did 3D, for example, nor the E3 where it seems like everyone and their mothers are making VR games like they once were mobile or motion controlled experiences. It was Microsoft that dropped the ball the hardest. This time last year Microsoft was telling us that the console, then codenamed Project Scorpio, would be capable of high-fidelity VR.

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Sony CEO Confirms Company Is Working On ‘Next-Generation Hardware’

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According to an interview posted on the Financial Times (and referenced by IGN ) Sony’s CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said, “At this point, what I can say is it’s necessary to have a next-generation hardware”. Last month, Yoshida even said that improvements and evolutions are still being worked on for PSVR, so I’d say it’s a good sign for prospects of PSVR continuing to exist as a strategy for Sony going forward. Gaming PSVR PlayStation 5 ps4 PS5 sony

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

Sony Introduces Official $399 PSVR Camera Bundle

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Looks like Sony caught wind of Microsoft’s VR news; the company has just announced a new bundle for its PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset. Sony’s main draw, though, is only requiring the affordable PS4 to get you up and running with VR, instead of a more expensive gaming PC, though this comes at some sacrifice to quality. PSVR Sony VR Industry News

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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

Google, Sony And Oculus Unite To Establish VR Industry Standards

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Google, Sony, Oculus, Samsung, Acer and HTC have combined their efforts in order to create a healthy and equal industry for virtual reality hardware and software to develop and expand. Although there are still some big names in virtual reality and augmented reality missing from the GVRA (Looking at you Valve and Microsoft) it’s still an impressive roster featuring some of the most influential players. News Acer Google GVRA HTC Oculus Sony

6 VR Developers Sony Could Buy To Secure PSVR 2’s Future

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Between the likes of Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica and Media Molecule, PlayStation holds some of the most respected game developers in the world. But, as Microsoft continues to stock up on developers heading into the next generation it appears Sony might be ready to make a few more acquisitions of its own. But we can’t help but wonder if Sony might be looking to make some VR acquisitions as we approach the age of PS5. Experiences Gaming sony VR developers

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Microsoft Affirms No Plans for VR on Xbox Consoles

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Back at E3 2016, Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced on stage that the Xbox One X (then ‘Project Scorpio’) would become the industry’s next VR-compatible console, positioning the platform to compete with Sony’s PSVR with what Spencer called “high fidelity VR.” Shortly after, Microsoft backpedaled however, indicating that one major roadblock to VR on Xbox was the ability to offer a fully wireless experience.

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

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We aren’t seeing a return to those sorts of tactics, but we are finally entering an age of new rivalries as Sony just recently released the PlayStation VR headset. But it seems like Microsoft isn’t too impressed — even if they won’t come right out and say it. ” Could this be a subtle shot fired at Sony’s PS VR and PS4 Pro? Plus, Microsoft has confirmed that they are not making a first-party headset.

Microsoft Has No Plans For ?Xbox Consoles In VR?

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Microsoft’s messaging around VR on Xbox has been confused to say the least, having introduced its Xbox One X console to the world in 2016 stating that it would support “high fidelity VR”, then promising that ‘Mixed Reality’ experiences would come to the console this year. ” It’s definitely a shame to see Microsoft backing out of console VR after appearing so bullish on it just two years ago. Microsoft VR Industry News microsoft xbox

Microsoft Files ‘Virtual Reality Floor Mat’ Patent, Possibly Aimed at an Xbox VR Headset

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A Microsoft patent application for a ‘virtual reality floor mat’ describes a special mat which defines a virtual playspace and can be used for tracking. Spotted by Twitter user WalkingCat , a Microsoft patent application published last week describes a “ virtual reality floor mat activity region ,” a special mat that would both define the virtual playspace and be used for tracking. Microsoft’s virtual reality mat patent application is a curious one.

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

Sony Isn’t ‘Entirely Comfortable’ With PSVR Market Lead By Current Margin

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With over one million units sold, Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) is thought to be the current leader in high-end VR, possibly topping Oculus Rift and HTC Vive sales. Andrew House, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, last week told Reuters that he wasn’t “entirely comfortable” with leading the market “by such a margin that seems to be happening right now,” likely referencing Rift and Vive sales. Microsoft PSVR Sony VR Industry News

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Microsoft Joins Google, HTC Vive, Facebook, Samsung, and Sony as an XR Association Member

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Formerly called the Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA), today the XR Association (XRA) has announced that Microsoft has joined as a member company alongside founding members HTC Vive, Sony, Google, Facebook, and Samsung. Microsoft’s XRA membership means that Heidi Holman, Microsoft’s Assistant General Counsel will represent the company on XRA’s Board of Directors. We are thrilled to welcome Microsoft to XRA,” said Elizabeth Hyman, CEO of the XR Association.

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Sony Acquires Insomniac Games, Delivering a Strategic Blow to Oculus Studios in the Process

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Sony Interactive Entertainment announced Monday that the company is acquiring Insomniac Games, a storied game studio and one of the most experienced in VR development anywhere in the world. Sony’s primary reason for buying Insomniac is surely the quality and success (13M+ units) of Spider-Man (alongside the studio’s decades of experience developing for PlayStation consoles). In that sense, this was a pretty good move for Sony on the VR front.

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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. Microsoft’s Frustrating History With Xbox VR. ” See for yourself at this time stamp: There were promises of no exclusivity deals , stable 90fps for console VR , and Microsoft’s own Mixed Reality content getting brought over to Xbox VR. Sony’s own Shuhei Yoshida responded on Twitter in a rather coy manner, saying: ?´-`?.?oO?we

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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Sony CEO on VR: ‘You Will See The Change And Improvement’

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Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida is confident that issues with current VR headsets will be improved upon in the future. The Sony-backed Japan Display Inc already showcased a hugely promising new VR display at the SID Display Week earlier in the year. Also during the interview, Yoshida noted that mixed reality technology was “one potential evolution of VR”, likely referring to headsets like Microsoft’s HoloLens and the recently-launched Magic Leap One.

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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. Microsoft, meanwhile, didn’t confirm if these new headsets would also run on it. Microsoft htc microsoft oculus

Sony Santa Monica Studio Prototyped A God of War VR Demo For PSVR

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For Microsoft it’s the Halo and Gears of War games. But for Sony, it’s changed with each console generation. Even though Lucky’s Tale proves it can work it’s not exactly the go-to genre for VR, so consider me a bit surprised when I learned that years before the PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset (previously known as Project Morpheus) actually released, Sony’s Santa Monica Studio created a prototype demo for a God of War VR game.

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Sony PlayStation E3 2016 Event – Live Stream @ 6pm PST

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Sony takes centre stage in LA as the pre-E3 press conferences come to a close. Sony’s Pre-E3 show kicks off at 6pm PST ( your local time here ) and the gaming giant has a hard act to follow in terms of VR news in the wake of revelations from Bethesda , Ubisoft and even Microsoft. But with the PlayStation VR headset due to ship some time in October, Sony will likely be gearing up the announcements and hype machine in preparation.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.10.21): Daydream is dead, Varjo VR-2 is out, Sony makes AR glasses and much more!

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Sony creates an AR headset for LBVR. Sony is offering a Ghostbuster AR experience in Ginza, Japan, and for this it has manufactured an AR headset. Well, if you have a PSVR, this is the right time to buy them, thanks to the recent halloween sale by Sony. In them you can find some interesting insights on how Microsoft designed the UX of HoloLens (go to section 2 of the slides linked below). augmented reality virtual reality week peek AR mr Sony vr

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E3 Spotlight: Sony And The Future Of PSVR

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Sony holds its press conference at 6PM PT on Monday, June 12th. With so many games announced before the show we can’t wait to see what Sony has in store for the big week. Now that we know Microsoft isn’t showing VR on Project Scorpio this year , Sony has an open goal on the PSVR side. It might sound overly ambitious, but Sony’s big announcement for the show could be bringing Fallout 4 VR to PSVR.

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