Sony, Microsoft have started suspending sales in Russia

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

With Bungie purchase, Sony is playing on Microsoft’s level

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Sony proves it's willing to spend lots of money so PlayStation can compete with Microsoft's big Xbox deals. Gaming Bungie Destiny PS4 PS5 Sony Sony Interactive Entertainment

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Kojima reassures fans that he still has a good relationship with Sony

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Despite working announcing a partnership with Microsoft, Kojima states he remains close to Sony as well. Gaming News Kojima Microsoft Sony

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Epic Floated the Idea of Building a Launch Title for Sony’s Next VR Headset

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Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine, said it would consider building a launch title for Sony’s “next VR platform” during negotiations about Fortnite cross-play on PlayStation in 2018.

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

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Computing Gaming News GeForce GPU graphics Microsoft Nvidia Playstation PlayStation 5 RTX 3080 Sony xbox Xbox Series XIt's the ultimate showdown between PC gaming and console gaming. We'll stack up the competition and let you decide which platform is right for you.

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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

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. SEE ALSO PlayStation 5 Will Support PSVR, Sony Affirms.

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Sony will acquire Destiny creator Bungie for $3.6 billion

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The acquisition comes less than two weeks after Microsoft began the process of acquiring Activision Blizzard. Gaming Bungie Sony

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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!),

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.01): Sony confirms PSVR 2, Facebook teases Quest 2 Pro, and more!

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Image by Sony). Sony officially states it is going to launch the PSVR 2. PlayStation VR has been the most successful headset until now (if we exclude the crappy mobile viewers), but now it is pretty dated and people were wondering what Sony was going to do. Header image by Sony).

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Xbox’s Phil Spencer: Sony’s VR Unit Is ‘Great’, Teams Visit Each Other

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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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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.

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 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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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).

The XR Week Peek (2021.03.22): Sony reveals PSVR2 controllers, FRL shows the wristband of the future, and more!

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Image by Sony Interactive Entertainment). Sony unveils the new controllers of the PSVR2. Sony promises amazing haptic sensations on the controllers, that should be able to provide “impactful, textured, and nuanced” sensations. Image by Microsoft). Happy Spring everyone!

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

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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

Apple Absent From Metaverse Standards Group That Includes Meta, Microsoft, and Others

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Meta, Microsoft, Nvidia, Sony, and other tech giants have formed a group designed to ensure interoperability in the metaverse. Notably absent from this list of heavyweights is Apple, a company heavily rumored to be working on its own mixed reality products. Read more.

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.

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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 Is Buying Bungie for $3.6 Billion in Latest Blockbuster Gaming Deal

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Sony is acquiring Bungie for a reported $3.6 billion in the latest move of what has been a string of blockbuster purchases within the gaming industry. Read more.

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Sony's New PlayStation Plus Subscription Arrives to Take On Xbox Game Pass

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Sony is finally making a run at Xbox’s Game Pass subscription service with a new version of PlayStation Plus. playstation god of war video game collections ps2 jim ryan home video game consoles microsoft ps3 video game consoles sony interactive entertainment morales playstation network

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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.

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

Microsoft to Swallow Activision Blizzard for $68.7 Billion

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Microsoft is acquiring gaming giant Activision Blizzard in a deal worth just shy of $69 billion—which the Xbox owner says will allow it to gain access to hundreds of millions of gamers and position it as “the world’s third-largest gaming company by revenue, behind Tencent and Sony.”

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

Sony is an Official Supporter of OpenXR But Hasn’t Committed to a PSVR Implementation

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Despite being among the early supporters of the OpenXR consortium—the industry group building the open standard for XR devices—Sony so far seems to have avoided making a specific commitment to implement OpenXR on PSVR or its next-gen headset. Sony, however, remains an odd one out.

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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 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.

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

Scuf's Next-Gen Xbox Controllers Are Better Than Microsoft's

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Microsoft Affirms VR Isn’t a Focus for Xbox Scarlett

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Australian publication Stevivor recently sat down with Xbox head Phil Spencer to broach the subject of whether or not the company’s upcoming next-gen console would be matching Sony’s continued VR ambitions with PlayStation 5.

You Can Sign Up to Test Sony's PS5 Beta Software Before 'Major' Update Coming Soon

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Sony says it has a “major” software update coming for the PS5 later this year, so to help test out the new software before it gets officially released, you can now sign up for a today PS5 software beta program.

Microsoft Swears Call of Duty Won't Be Exclusive to Xbox

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billion Activision Blizzard acquisition , Microsoft promised today to bring upcoming Call of Duty releases and other Activision/Blizzard games to the PS5 and … Read more. You can finally relax, PlayStation fans: Call of Duty isn’t going anywhere—at least not anytime soon.

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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