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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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. Unreal Engine already supports VR development across all major headsets, including PSVR.

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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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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!),

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.” It sounds like we might finally get our first official glimpse of PS5 titles soon.

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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.

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Facebook Follows Valve & Microsoft In Recommending Game Engines Use OpenXR

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Most VR games are made with the Unity and Unreal game engines. Unreal added support for OpenXR this year, and Unity plans to do the same by next year. Earlier this week, Facebook added a latency-reducing option called Phase Sync to the Unity & Unreal integrations.

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

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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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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.

Facebook’s Oculus Store Now Accepts OpenXR Apps

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Most VR games are made in Unity or Unreal Engine. Unreal Engine added support for OpenXR in December. The working group includes the major VR companies such as Facebook, Sony, Valve, Microsoft, HTC, NVIDIA, and AMD.

First Ever OpenXR Demo Heading To Siggraph 2018 This Week

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The platform, which was announced at GDC last year, will be shown running an Unreal Engine VR demo inside both the StarVR and Microsoft’s Windows ‘Mixed Reality’ VR headsets at the event in Vancouver, Canada, from August 12th – 16th. The group includes over 140 members, with major players like Google, Sony, Valve, HTC, Samsung, Magic Leap, Oculus, AMD and Nvidia involved.

The XR Week Peek (2020.10.26): DecaGear is an intriguing VR headset, HTC is working on a new device, and more!

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Sony will give PS4 camera adapters for PS5 for free. Sony has answered this question in the weekend. Facebook and Microsoft publish two interesting research projects for VR. This week, Facebook and Microsoft have released two interesting works from their R&D department.

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How the Stock Market is Showing Faith in Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR)

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Here are just some of the tech stocks many are looking at right now (in no particular order): Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) For the people who brought you the Hololens 2, probably the most sophisticated pair of mixed reality smart glasses out there to date.

The XR Week Peek (2020.05.11): new Quest is in the works, Magic Leap may pivot to healthcare, and more!

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The company switched to an enterprise model , but apart from a rebranding and an assistance service it is not clear what it actually means, especially if compared with the enormous enterprise offering that Microsoft is giving with HoloLens (Azure services, integration with Teams, etc…).

The XR Week Peek (2020.02.10): Lynx launches MR standalone headset, Facebook acquires Scape and much more!

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Sony closes its game studio in Manchester. According to GamesIndustry.biz, Sony is closing its Manchester-based game studio, that it opened in 2015 to produce ‘AAA’ PSVR exclusives.

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.03): OpenXR is taking foot, new cool features found inside Oculus runtime, and more!

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Some time ago, the most important companies of the XR ecosystem (HTC, Oculus, Microsoft, etc…) joined the Khronos Group to discuss a standard to end the fragmentation of the XR space. Microsoft Flight Simulator is adding VR support, but….

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Assembling a Billion Polygons in Real-Time, with Epic Games' Marc Petit

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With the next generation of Playstation set to hit shelves this holiday season, the big news in the gaming circuit is the revelation of Unreal Engine 5. Unreal Engine manager Marc Petit explains the many other use cases this technology promises.

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

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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.

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

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These representatives of the best of both PC and mobile VR are bound to have a few answers, as will the makers on Unreal Engine 4. State Of Unreal: Epic Games’ Opening Session. You can expect big updates on Unreal Engine 4, a toolkit that has closely aligned itself with VR over the past few years, from Tim Sweeney, an industry legend that is placing big bets on the future of the technology. E3, Gamescom, TGS, PAX are all great shows for exhibiting VR content.

2018 In Review: The Year Standalones Took VR And AR Everywhere

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Also in 2018, the United States Army awarded Microsoft a contract worth nearly half a billion dollars to augment U.S. Microsoft’s HoloLens as seen on the International Space Station. Magic Leap reportedly lost out on the contract won by Microsoft. This meant that in 2018 many innovative VR developers were gagged by non-disclosure agreements, acquisitions (like Microsoft or EA ) and marketing timelines from funding partners like Facebook or Sony.

What to Expect From VR at VRDC and GDC 2017

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What to Expect from Sony. The long and short of it is that you shouldn’t expect much from Sony at GDC this year. Last year Sony had a massive GDC presence, announcing the price and release window of the PSVR headset, as well as demoing a litany of titles to members of the press. What to Expect from Microsoft. Also, we know Microsoft is partnering with several manufacturers on VR headsets of its own, so we may learn more about some of those as well.

Assembling a Billion Polygons in Real-Time, with Epic Game’s Marc Petit

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With the next generation of Playstation set to hit shelves this holiday season, the big news in the gaming circuit is the revelation of Unreal Engine 5. Unreal Engine manager Marc Petit explains the many other use cases this technology promises. Today, we're speaking with Marc Petit, general manager of Unreal Engine at Epic Games. And of course, what's coming up with Unreal Engine 5? We use Unreal Engine 4 to teach to autonomous car about the real world.

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. While at Microsoft booth there was a premium RTX 2080 Ti , that I’ve been able to take in my hands so to make a video where you can see it from all angles. One of my favorite games of all times is Unreal Tournament because I just love to shoot and kill without thinking too much… or better, without thinking AT ALL.

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The XR Week Peek (2020.08.17): Facebook Horizon avatars revealed, Mozilla dismantles its XR team, and more!

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Is The Sony XRperia coming? Sony has just published a job offer looking for professionals to build an XR headset. You may yawn at this news because we all know that PSVR is a thing, and of course, Sony hires people to work on it, but the announcement is more interesting than this.

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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”. In another scenario, we may see game engines dominant, like Unity or Unreal. Some recent acquisitions include AltspaceVR (Microsoft), and Escher (Niantic).

52 VR Games We Can’t Wait To Play In 2019

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Sony London builds on what it learned with its popular London Heist demo here. we can confidently say this is one of the most important titles releasing for Sony’s headset. It’s hard to believe it’s taken us this long to get an Everybody’s Golf game onto Sony’s headset but this rendition of the series looks like it will have been worth the wait. 2018 is over and it’s clear to see that it’s been a great year for VR gaming.

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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”. Thus, the “Your Software” component in the image above can be Unity, Unreal Engine, Godot or John Doe’s self-made engine or application (as the one we will be coding!). Today on my blog I’ll host a guest post by Matias Nassi , a great XR developer from Uruguay.

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2016: The year of VR in review

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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. Between these two, the Unreal toolkit is a little further along, but both need a lot of design and improvement and neither of these seems like it has surpassed the productivity of a traditional development environment.

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. You can see this in today’s AR products (and despite what Microsoft or Magic Leap call their devices, they really are augmented reality devices that you wear on your face). We should stop forcing developers to be joined in some sort of weird way just because they both use the same tool, Unity or Unreal Engine.

E3 2017: Everything You Need To Know About VR And AR At This Year’s Show

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PlayStation VR (Sony). Of the VR companies coming to E3 Sony has by far the most experience with this type of show. Sony will be having its annual press conference at a time and date to be determined, but it usually falls on the Monday evening (June 12th in this case) of E3 week. No word yet on what sort of VR news will be announced on that stage, but this will be a crucial messaging opportunity for Sony to drum up interest in the PSVR by announcing some must-have games.

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