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Reality Bytes: Microsoft, TiKTok & OpenAI

AR Insider

This week on Reality Bytes, we discuss ChatGPT’s partnership with Microsoft, travel to the Metaverse with Sony and Manchester City, and tune into the YouTube vs. TikTok short-form video battle. This post appeared first on AR Insider.

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Big XR News from Sony, Microsoft, HTC VIVE, and NVIDIA

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

Sony Provides Spatial Computing without a Headset Requirement This week, Sony Electronics introduced new 3D visualization tools that allow users to see and interact with extended reality content without using smart glasses. Finally, Microsoft revealed that the new and improved Mesh platform will debut for Mac in late June.

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Microsoft Reaffirms No Plans to Compete Against PSVR 2 on Xbox

Road to VR

Amid mounting pressure from Sony with the recent launch of its PSVR 2 headset for PlayStation 5, Microsoft again affirmed that it’s still waiting for the technology to mature before offering any sort of dedicated VR software or hardware for Xbox. “I think for us, it’s just a bit of wait until there’s an audience there. .”

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The XR Week Peek (2023.01.23): Microsoft shuts down Altspace and MRTK, and more!

The Ghost Howls

Top news of the week (Image by Microsoft) Microsoft lays off 10,000 employees and shuts down its mixed reality projects This is seriously a bad period for the tech industry in general, and of course also for mixed reality. For sure, not having Microsoft backing it will slow down a lot of its development.

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

Road to VR

Microsoft today announced that it’s entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of game studio Bethesda Softworks. I think Microsoft has been a good parent company for gaming IPs, and they don’t have a grudge against me, so maybe I will be able to re engage with some of my old titles.

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Big XR News from Qualcomm, Meta, Microsoft, and Sony

XR Today - Mixed Reality tag

This week saw Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, Meta, and Sony move to optimize their product offerings and business operations. Last year, Microsoft also shut down its long-standing Metaverse platform Altspace VR, transferring some of its development team to its Mesh platform.

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Sony, Microsoft have started suspending sales in Russia

Digital Trends

Sony has pulled Gran Turismo 7 in Russia, while Microsoft is suspending all sales of new products and services.

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