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. Up until now, it wasn’t clear which way Microsoft was headed.

Unity Technologies Hosting Vision VR/AR Summit Asia in Beijing


Building on the momentum set into motion by the inaugural event, Unity Technologies is hosting Vision VR/AR Summit Asia in Beijing. Unity will also host a one-day workshop the day before the event where Unity field engineers will discuss VR development and optimization.

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E3 Spotlight: Microsoft Aims For A VR Sweet Spot In 2018


The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is in Los Angeles, CA next week and it’s always one of the largest events of the year for gamers, giving giants of the industry including Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo the chance to show off the latest hardware and games to drive the next generation of consumer interest. Microsoft aims to hit this growth spurt at just the right time, and pick the perfect sweet spot for its VR gear that could leave competitors in the dust.

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The CEOs of reality creation tools Unity and Unreal have perhaps the best insight anywhere into the state of the industry and both John Riccitiello and Tim Sweeney see investment accelerating significantly over the next year.

Mobile World Congress Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Concerns


The event in San Francisco from March 16 to 20 represents the next major opportunity for announcements to be made by platform companies like Facebook, Valve, Microsoft, Sony, Epic and Unity as well as the developers they partner with.

The XR Week Peek (2020.01.27): Samsung may be working on a new headset, Half-Life: Alyx will ship on time and much more!

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Or that Microsoft is working on a new reference design that fixes the issues of the first one? This week, a rumor spread among XR communities: next-gen PSVR will be announced at a press conference to be held by Sony on February, 5th. Unity changes how it handles XR Plugins.

The XR Week Peek (2020.02.17): Half-Life Alyx will launch on March, 23rd, MWC has been canceled and much more!

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Image by Microsoft). Both Sony and Microsoft have not given clear plans on their VR offerings for their next-gen consoles , the PS5 and the Xbox Series X, but we have some interesting hints. We now know how much Sony has paid for Insomniac Games.

An Inflection Point for WebVR and the Open Metaverse

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Some the participating companies included Mozilla, Google, Samsung, Oculus, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Valve, Sony, Yahoo, Unity, Intel, Qualcomm, NVIDIA, HP, Dolby, High Fidelity, JanusVR, and Sketchfab.

Editorial: Beat Saber Acquisition Begins Facebook’s Push Toward Horizon


All that effort and money was just to buy Facebook a seat at the table alongside some of the biggest western platform-holding companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple. Two of the worlds I visited were made in VR while a third, more compelling one, was made in Unity.

Addition of OpenXR Support in Oculus PTC Could Smooth Cross-Platform Development

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specification which launched in July helps to solve the fragmentation of the industry with companies like Epic Games, HTC, Google, HP, Unity, Valve, Sony, Samsung, Oculus and Microsoft all supporting the endeavour.

The XR Week Peek (2020.03.02): XR2 shows the future of standalones, F8 and GDC canceled and much more!

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With this operation, Facebook secures another amazing development studio (after Beat Games), making sure that it will be able to provide high-quality games for its headsets in the future, and protecting itself from hostile acquisitions of other companies (like Sony acquiring Insomniac).

Coronavirus: Stay Safe and Expect Delays

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The first cancellation of note was on Feb, 19, 2020, when Sony announced they would be skipping Pax East due to coronavirus concerns. But Sony also has plans to announce the PlayStation 5 sometime in the near future (if they want to keep their Holiday 2020 release date).

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As UploadVR Turns 2 We Reflect On The First Full Year of Consumer VR


A series of announcements from Amazon, Crytek, Epic Games and Unity Technologies showcase an evolution among their respective game engines into VR world creation toolsets. In fact, developers using Unity and SteamVR start effectively standardizing this mixed reality capture method.

Varjo Raises $31 Million For Industrial VR Headset With Human-eye Resolution


The headset can also be integrated with popular 3D engines such as Unity, among other integral industry-specific software. Using a Sony DSC-RX 1000M4 camera, Varjo snapped a photo of the on-screen visuals through a Varjo headset (top) and the Oculus CV1 headset (below). In a rather more mundane example, Microsoft later launched SharePoint Spaces for mixed reality , which allows companies to create immersive worlds for viewing data and documents within SharePoint.

AR+VR Weekly: Standalone VR a hit in China, Houzz’s 2M AR users & HoloLens 2 coming

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Finally, Microsoft is planning to unveil HoloLens 2 which is currently being developed under codename Sydney later this year according to sources. Unity announces Unity ARKit Plugin for ARKit 2 ( Unity ). Sony Opens AR & VR Capture Studio with Tech from Dell, Deloitte Digital, & Intel ( Next Reality ). Catch up on the latest highlights, funding news and launch announcements in XR. Highlights. It’s been another busy week in AR+VR!

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Mark Zuckerberg and I are confusing the market about VR and AR and the future of all computing: here’s why we need to stop doing that

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It isn’t alone, we know of many companies that are spending billions on same, including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Sony, Magic Leap, Huawei, and others. Yes, they use similar tools, if not the same tool, as AR developers use: like Unity.

Introduction to OpenVR 101 Series: What is OpenVR and how to get started with its APIs

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We can deploy to a vast of platforms using game engines like Unity, Unreal Engine, the more recent Godot engine or any of the other engines out there, which have all started to add VR features”. But that’s just how Unity works, and this post isn’t about Unity, so let’s move on.

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12 Can’t Miss VR Talks You Have To See At GDC 2017


Tom Bruckbock (SIEA), Seth Luisi (Impulse Gear), Greg Koreman (Impulse Gear), Richard Marks (Sony Interactive Entertainment). Sony doesn’t have a lot of VR talks in the books for GDC this year, but of the ones it is offering, this is definitely the talk we’d make an effort to see.

Gamescom 2018 Day 2: NVIDIA RTX 2080 Ti video, Ubisoft believes in VR and much more

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In the entertainment area of Gamescom, NVIDIA has put some RTX graphics cards on the desks of some booth of partner companies , like ASUS and Microsoft. The company is providing a Unity and UE4 SDK so that interested developers can develop for it.

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Who Will Own the Metaverse?

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The incumbents like Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft or Snap already own global social graphs, but perhaps looking to unseat them could be the multiplayer gaming behemoths like Sony, Activision Blizzard or EA, or 3D-specific ideas like Aura’s “avatar as a service”.


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Nickelodeon, Sony, HP, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel, TIME, HTC Vive, the U.S. The Age of Smart Information – Mike Pell, Microsoft. Mobile AR Design: From Start to Finish – John Sietsma, Unity Technologies.

The VRScout Report – The Week in VR Review


Demonstrated live on-stage during the Unity Vision Summit, you can already try it out for yourself in the Unity 2017 beta. Recapping the top stories covered on the VRScout Report , a weekly podcast discussing the best in VR, hosted by Malia Probst.

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Sony Enters VR. Furthermore, Sony brought the games. The Sony library of complete game experiences rivalled both HTC Vive and Oculus right out of the gate. Both Unity and Unreal Game engines tried their hands at creating a development environment in VR. Microsoft’s Hololens Project X-Ray demonstrated this year how gaming and software elements can interact with furniture and architecture.

The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.12.02): Facebook acquires Beat Games, Valve gets the Index sold-out and is maybe working on Left4Dead VR, and much more!

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It is also a defensive, move that makes it avoid the loss of its partners, as it has happened with Insomniac Studio that has just been acquired by Sony. Microsoft now sees VR as a high priority for Flight Simulator. You know, Microsoft only adds VR when people ask for it….